NFR Forget Gun Posts? Nostalgic Cars You've Owned

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  1. Robert Engleheart Robert

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    I had so many cars in a 2 year period the Oregon DMV told me I needed a dealer license: A 62 Impala convertible SS-327/4-sp ($200), 59 Volvo 544 ($300), 59 Austin Healy 100-6 w/hardtop, extra engine/trans ($600), 55 Chev 2-dr w/327 LT-1, 67 Datsun Roadster, 65 Malibu SS. Wish I'd kept the Healy.
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  2. GAT Active Member

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    :D :D

    Good grief man! You're running a used classic car lot!
  3. Robert Engleheart Robert

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  4. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    My father was a white collar guy for Toyota in the 70-80s. He would bring home a different demo car every couple months. We had quite a few land cruisers, both FJ40s and FJ60s.
  5. speyfisher Active Member

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    State of Jefferson U.S.A.
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    My first car was a 1936 Ford tudor humpback. Paid $65 I had saved from paper routes. Mechanical brakes sucked. Damn near wrecked it just bringing it home. Followed that with a 50 Ford shoebox, nosed decked, frenched headlights, shaved door handles, lowered to the ground. Replaced everything on that car over the years I had it. Sold the Ford and started driving Plymouth's. Had two 47's before I got a 51 Belvedere hardtop. It sounded like an old man's car (because that's what it had been before I got it) so much I was embarrassed to drive it. I had the head milled, the cam ground, the clutch beefed up, split the exhaust manifold clear in half, installed glass packs running through lake pipes, and dual 3 bolt strombergs. Then did the headlights, hood, trunk, door handles, gas filler cap, lowed it and installed 14 inch wheels with Olds spinner hubcaps. I could outrun any six cyl car in the neighborhood until the engine blew up on me. We replaced that engine with a big old Chrysler 6. Had to beat the hell out of the firewall and move the radiator forward 3" to make it fit. Split the exhaust manifold so I could still run duals. It was faster than before.

    Next was a Chrysler New Yorker hard top with a 390 Hemi. That thing would pass everything but a gas station. Years latter I had a VW Sirocco turbo, an RX-7, and a Mitsubishi Ecpipse awd turbo. That was a really nice car. But kind of useless once I moved to the PNW. I traded it for a 4wd Jeep so I could pull a drift boat. Current toys include an RX-7 drifter and a WTF is that? :) 10AE RX-7 (2).jpg 102.jpg
  6. wa_desert_rat Active Member

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    The more of these I read these posts and see the photos, the more I realize how lucky we were to grow up through the 50s and 60s when we could buy cars from money saved from a paper route and afford to drive them. Cars with engines you didn't have to tear apart to find the spark plugs. I guess we should be proud that so many cars we bought on the cheap now cost $50,000 and up. Turns out we were smart enough to recognize 'em.

    Too bad we weren't smart enough to keep 'em. :p

    Craig
  7. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    I'll take a guess. Maybe a nicely kitted Fiero?
    Young men are still buying cheap cars and making them fast. You can't throw a rock in this college town without hitting a highly modified GTI or WRX. RX-7s like Speyfisher's, but in stock form are even cheaper.
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  8. GAT Active Member

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    All the young'ns here are into the "fast and furious" imports. This town is too "right on" for muscle cars or sports cars.

    Our Chrysler store had a Stealth sitting on the showroom floor for about a year... they couldn't sell the thing and ended up dealer trading it. There's no point in ever ordering a Viper.

    When Ford rebuilt the GT 40, which they had to rename the Ford GT because someone bought the rights to the name "GT 40", they only built 500 of the ultimate muscle cars and we managed to get one. We couldn't sell that either and ended up dealer trading the car. That was probably the coolest car our dealership has ever had on the property but wasn't exactly practical. Where do you drive a rear engine, two seater sports car that can move close to 200 miles per hour? There was no trunk so it certainly wouldn't work well for fetching groceries.

    If I was rich I wouldn't care. I would have bought one. Just the sound of the thing was worth the price. Considering Ford only built 500 of the Ford GTs, I would imagine they'll be worth a pretty penny in the future.
  9. Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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    Lots of cars in that category (fast, two seats).....and I actually saw a GT parked in front of someones house in Tacoma last year. How can you not love a car that has eight intake tubes visible through the back glass? Holy crap.
  10. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    That is one incredible car, but they built a little over 4000, and they couldn't use the name GT40 because the new car was much taller than 40cm. Jeremy Clarkston's Top Gear review of the car in Detroit is a must watch.
  11. Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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  12. GAT Active Member

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    They made 4K? Well, I was told by one of my salesmen they only built 500 but that was from a salesman so I wouldn't doubt that he was incorrect.

    The story we got from Detroit News in regards to the name was that a kit car company bought the name "GT 40". They would sell the name back to Ford for a simple 5 million plus one of the new cars.

    Ford passed on the offer and went with Ford GT. I have to believe the story because Ford reuses model names on vehicles that look absolutely nothing like the original. Dimensions mean nothing. The Thunderbird, for example, changed styles many, many times over the years yet the name remained the same. We own a 1995 Thunderbird that looks nothing like the earlier models.

    This is the model we had on our showroom floor:

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  13. speyfisher Active Member

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    Yeah, the WTF is a nicely kit bodied Fiero. The only mass produced mid engine two seat sports car built in America. It is about a foot longer in the back than a std Fiero which gives it a decent carrying capacity. With the exception of drilled & slotted rotors, it is bone stock underneath, making it well suited for my purposes. Mid engine two seat sports cars were originally designed to transport me & thee (and little else) through the mountain passes of Europe for weekend trips to the gambling casino's. Try that here and you'll be damn lucky to make a 100 mile trip without whacking a deer.
  14. Salmo_g Active Member

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    First car was converted into a truck, a '29 or '30 hand crank of some car that had the back sawed off and made into a flat bed pickup. The brakes didn't work, but that was OK. I was 14 and paid only $15. I just drove it around the farm and made a bumper post to stop it near the house. Lots of fun for the pre-driver's license period. Then I got a a road worthy '55 Chevy Bel Air 2-door hardtop, V-8 and converted the column 3-on-the-tree to a Hurst floor shift. I thought it was real cool until I found I was pouring all my part-time job earnings into it just to keep it running. Never missed for a second after I sold it.
  15. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    Talking old 4x4's (Scoones) I did have my tow rig for my drift boat back in high school. A 1975 K5 Blazer (with locked diffs). Had the full convertible top, which was nice during the summers when we had some nice weather. It was a Department of Forestry rig I'm thinking. Had the 350 with 4 barrel and 4 speed (well, a 3 speed with granny gear). Could take that Blazer anywhere. Miss that rig. Wish I never had sold it (along with the Impala). Bought it off my Dad (who bought it in 76') so knew everything about the rig. Had a ton of rust, only because we used it beachcombing and those old chevy's were known to rust like crazy due to small drainholes in the bodypanels. Spent alot of time sleeping in the back of that rig on trips. I remember being an exchange student in Germany back in 87'. When they asked about me and I explained the boat, the Impala, and Blazer, they thought I was rich (think I spent like $1200 for all three lol). Had to explain how we did things differently taxwise on vehicles and that gas was a bit cheaper in the US.
  16. fredaevans Active Member

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    Series Two

    The Series two was pretty much identical to the Series ones except the head lamp was now in a larger head set housing. This turned as you turned the steering, unlike the S1 which faced forwards which ever way the handle bars were.
    The Li 125 & Li 150
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    Facts
    Engine Sizes - 125 & 150cc
    Power Output - 5.2hp 125 - 6.5hp 150
    Dry Weight - 104Kg 125 - 105Kg 150
    Production Dates - Oct 1959 to Nov 1961
    Numbers Produced - 47,747 125 - 206,020 150
    Colours Available 125 - Two-tone Grey
    Colours Available 150 - Grey, Panel colours Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, and Coffee
    Notes :-
    4 Speed
    Identify the 125 The 125 version had painted handle bar alloy housings, and alloy floor strips.
    Identify the 150 The 150 version had polished alloy handle bar housings, alloy channels with rubber inserts on the top.
    The TV 175
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    Facts
    Engine Sizes - 175cc
    Power Output - 8.6hp
    Dry Weight - 110 Kg
    Production Dates - Oct 1959 to Sep 1961
    Numbers Produced - 34,928
    Colours Available - Ivory and Pale Blue

    Notes :-
    All forks, hubs, dampers, etc were also painted in the same colour as the body.
    Identify the TV Front dampers, 70mph speedo, different front hub back plate featuring a peg instead of a slot for location, dual seat fitted as standard. Two ranges of frame numbers were produced for the TV2. The first batch, Innocenti found a weakness in the main frame, they recalled all models and adapted machines on the production line. They did this by cutting the frame directly in half along three quarters of its lenght, and welded in a strenghening plate.


    Year Model Frame Prefix Engine Prefix Frame number sequence
    1959 Li 125 Ser. 2 125LI 125LI 700001 - 709839
    1959 Li 150 Ser. 2 150LI 150LI 800001 - 825726
    1959 TV 175 Ser. 2 175TV 175TV 100001 - 103261
    1960 Li 125 Ser. 2 125LI 125LI 709840 - 769061
    1960 Li 150 Ser. 2 150LI 150LI 825727 - 922166
    1960 TV 175 Ser. 2 175TV 175TV 103262 - 107464
    1961 Li 125 Ser. 2 125LI 125LI 769062 - 811087
    1961 Li 150 Ser. 2 150LI 150LI 922167 - 962040
    1960 TV 175 Ser. 2 175TV 175TV 200001 - 206005
    1961 TV 175 Ser. 2 175TV 175TV 206006 - 234323




    Li Series Three

    The Series three and all subsequnet models were nick named the slim style. This is bacause compared to the S1, & 2, the Lambretta became slimmer and sleaker. The slim stlye covers all models, Li, TV, SX and GP.
    The Li 125 & Li 150
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    Facts
    Engine Sizes - 125 & 150cc
    Power Output - 5.5hp 125 - 6.6hp 150
    Dry Weight - 105Kg
    Production Dates - Dec 1961 to Nov 1967 125 - Jan 1962 to May 1967
    Numbers Produced - 146,734 125 - 143,091 150
    Colours Available 125 - Light Green, Light Grey
    Colours Available 150 - Light Green, Light Grey, Blue, Red & Grey Panel colours Red, Blue and Green
    Notes :-
    4 Speed
    Identify the 125 The 125 version had painted handle bar alloy housings.
    Identify the 150 The 150 version had polished alloy handle bar housings.


    Year Model Frame Prefix Engine Prefix Frame number sequence
    1961 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 001001 - 004126
    1962 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 004127 - 052478
    1962 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 600001 - 648718
    1963 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 052479 - 102944
    1963 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 648719 - 696740
    1964 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 102945 - 128292
    1964 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 696741 - 714020
    1965 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 128293 - 144245
    1965 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 714021 - 731136
    1966 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 144246 - 146268
    1966 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 731137 - 742068
    1967 Li 125 Ser. 3 125LI 125LI 146269 - 149473
    1967 Li 150 Ser. 3 150LI 150LI 742069 - 742982
  17. speyfisher Active Member

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    Yeah there was a time when we could buy 50's era fords & the like all day long for $100. I paid $25 for the last one I had.

    I thought it would be cool to have a drifter to drive around town. But this RX-7 is too highly modded & too wild for an old guy like me......It's for sale.
  18. GAT Active Member

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    We owned one of the first RX-7s. It was Virginia's car. We had to sell it in favor of the T-bird because arthritis in her hands made it difficult for her to shift the standard transmission RX-7 and the T-bird is an automatic.

    An interesting note about the RX-7 rotary engine. It came equipped with a tach... but it wasn't for the engine. The engine would spin as fast as you'd like without blowing it up but the other components of the power plant, like the alternator, would come apart if you exceeded the max RPM.
  19. Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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    I had several rotary Mazdas: they were interesting.
    I bought a new RX3 and it used oil. When I complained about that, they told me it was designed to use crankcase oil to lube the rotors. Hm.
    I didn't care for that concept much, but that engine would WIND. Got it over a hundred.
  20. GAT Active Member

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    The original RX3 motor did use oil.. similar to a 2-stroke. The RX-7 was also supposed to use oil but Mazda changed something so the oil level never dropped between oil changes.

    The biggest problem with the rotary engine is MPG... they get terrible mileage and I don't think they've been able to overcome that downside.