NFR Forget Gun Posts? Nostalgic Cars You've Owned

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  1. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Hmmm... I think the Bonneville, Catalina and Tempest had the 389 c.i. tri-power options? I once owned a '63 Tempest wagon that I used as a commuter car. It was pretty rough looking but mechanically, pretty unique. It had a 4-banger 194. Pontiac took the higher-perfomance 389 and sorta removed one bank of cylinders. This motor was a 4-cylinder 194 with a 4-barrel carb. Ya don't see too many 4 cylinders with 4 barrels. This thing also had a shift-on-the-dash auto transmission.

    Can't say that I miss this particular vehicle! ;)
     
  2. Bradley Miller

    Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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    Didn't know that. I had a classmate (class of '72) whose daily go-to-school driver was a Catalina with a 389 tri power. Holy crap. Huge Detroit steel propelled by an enormous petrochemical powerplant.....That baby would roar. And she was cute. No: beautiful.
    Days long since gone.
     
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    Yeah, back in the day of that 51 Plymouth we stuffed the Chrysler six in, the garage I worked for had this old Studebaker truck. We got hold of a 348 ci Chevy tri power & tranny which we put in that truck. We even kept the vacuum linkage. We welded a 55 gal oil drum filled with scrap iron to the bed of that thing for added traction. Made a good tow truck & a fun vehicle to play in the snow. Who would have thought of rat rods back then? If that thing wasn't, I don't know what was.
     
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    Love old fords, would like to find the "right" early 40's coupe or an uncut Bronco but these keep the garage full right now.

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    "Nostalgic"??? When I was kid of 16 to 20 years old , lusting for a thirties or forties vintage car to hot rod, my elders said those cars are older than you are. But what the hell, that car will be 25 years old come the first of the year. Older than many of those I lusted for back in the day. WTF is it? I've had everyone from pre school kids to fat old ladies give me thumbs up and ask what it is. Most think it's a Lotis, Lamborgini, or some other Italian exotic. 105x.jpg Chick Magnet, is what it is. Damn, if I'd had this when I was younger,,,,:D
     
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  6. In my 20's I really enjoyed the early Broncos: 66'-77'. My favorite was 1976 Sport rust free California Bronco which I rebuilt the C4 tranny, and swapped out the front diff with a Dana 44. Dual James Duff Shocks, Duff front bumper, Warn 9000 lb winch, custom welded spare tire rack, Kayline Soft top along with the original hardtop. I chromed out the dash, installed a 6 pt. roll cage, BFG Mud Terrains, Did a Chevy Disc brake conversion, I loved that Bronco.
     
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    You are correct on this and I was wrong (mostly). It looks like Ford really down played the trademark dispute thing in press materials about the car so some of the early reviews, including the one by Top Gear gave the story that they changed the name because it was no longer 40cm.

    I wasn't living in Ellensburg when they were on sale, but a friend told me that out tiny dealer also had one on the floor. My guess is that they had to trade it to another dealer also.
     
  8. Robert Engleheart

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    CIMG2224 (Medium).JPG CIMG2225 (Medium).JPG Here's some pic's of an early IH Scout I saw while geting some parts for my son-in-law, who's restoring one. Interesting story on this one; apparently owned (still) by the grandaughter of the original designer.
     

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    worst vehicle i have ever owned was 1990 toyota 4wd pick up and that is the only vehicle that i had to do any major work to, well work that I had to have done and that was a transmission rebuild.
    my 1984 nissan was a much better truck as was my 1988 F-150 which was actually the most reliable vehicle I ever owned had a nissan pathfinder that was ok but the alarm system was faulty and was going off every time we locked the doors. had a 1991 Ford Escort GT that was an awesome little car, fast and great gas mileage. also had a 1977 mustang 2 302 4 speed car it was fun to drive but the fit and finish left something to be desired. Now i have a 2002 ford ranger decent truck with 230,000 miles I sleep in the back while camping , so far it's bear proof:)
     
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    I just sold my 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider - I bought it in '99 for $6200 and sold it this February for $25000. I loved the car, but family responsibilities got in the way of me enjoying it (same with fly fishing!).
     
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    In the late stages of my enlistment in Army Intelligence in West Germany, I ordered a 1966 Volvo 122 station wagon, at much lower European price, but with U.S. instrumentation, and shipped to the U.S. by Volvo for just $75. I took delivery at the Newark docks, two days after being discharged in New York. That was this young man's idea of a sports vehicle (and still is). It had a horizontally split rear door, so that I could sleep in the back with my feet on the tailgate, and frequently did. That summer I drove it west, to a new life in the Rocky Mts., camping all the way. Later, with clamp-on boat rack (I sure miss rain gutters!), I carried my ten-foot pram fishing from B.C. to Oregon. Broke off a few mufflers on those terrible Idaho backcountry roads. Over the 10 1/2 years I owned it, its dark green faded to near-invisibility. When I had to retire it, its replacement was... a 144 Volvo wagon, also dark green. That first one was the only new vehicle I've ever owned.
     
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    Since western WA is so Volvo crazy I'm surprised to see so few in this thread. I've currently got a crush on the recently discontinued C30.
     
  13. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Now were talkin. First post that sparked my interest in 5 pages of mostly big American cars that go fast in a straight line, have primitive engineering and bodies with all the grace and sex appeal of tonka toys.

    I had a friend who had both a Giulietta SZ Sprint Zagato and a Giulia Sprint Speciale. As an Alfa mechanic for over 20 years he came into contact with opportunities to aquire them at reasonable cost in the 1960's and 70's. I was able to drive the Giulia Sprint but never the Zagato.

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    Fred, I almost missed this one. I'm mostly a Vespa guy, but those Lammies sure are sweet. Even better with a pretty Italian signorina on board.
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    Bradley Miller Dances with fish

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    Maybe you overlooked the X1/9 posts?
    I went to work in the eighties at a Lancia dealership; three Zagatos were left for sale when I got there. One red, one white, one blue.
    Pretty interesting cars, for their time: twin overhead cam, four wheel discs, mid engine,rack and pinion steering, targa top, four seater!! Looking back, I wish I had bought them all and stored them.
    We later sold Alfas: but the only one that really got ahold of me was the GTV....
    Yet ANOTHER car I wish I could have bought at the time.
    I liked the Alfetta, sort of, but never warmed up to their mechanical fuel injection system. The Alfa badge, however, is very special.