My first car!

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My first car!

Postby Guest » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:45 pm

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Tell us about your first car, do you have pictures?
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Postby colbuki » Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:50 am

nope no pictures but the first car I drove was the family station wagon... one of those big suckers with the fake wood panels... lots of trekking done in that boat.

The first car I owned was one of the original Hyundai Pony's ... lemon... but it was my first and taught me a lot about cars. Yes indeedy I do know what it sounds like when the starter, the alternater and the battery die... :lol:
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Postby Lisa Copland » Wed Sep 12, 2007 8:11 am

A little blue Ford Escort. I can't remember what year - it was old but I loved it - I called it "My Wee Car" and was very sad to see it go. It cost me $900 to buy and my insurance for that first year was $1200!
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Postby George » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:15 am

colbuki wrote:The first car I owned was one of the original Hyundai Pony's ... lemon... but it was my first and taught me a lot about cars. Yes indeedy I do know what it sounds like when the starter, the alternater and the battery die... :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Too funny, I remember that clunker and how much we teased you about it. :D

As for me, the first car I drove was The Van. I had lots of fun times in that old beast, I really do miss it.

The first car I owned was an old '71 or '73 Toyota Corona that I bought off my sister for $50. It was bright green with a peeling black vinyl roof and it had mags on all four. The inside was olive green velour and the dashboard had been painted with gold model paint. The guy who owned the car before my sister had modified it for drag racing and so it had a souped up engine, heavy duty clutch, and he had modified the transmission. While moving forward (at any speed) you could shift directly into reverse, pop the clutch, and the tires would spin backwards making an awful lot of smoke and noise. :shock: Think of Max at the beginning of The Road Warrior when he brings his Interceptor to a quick stop with the tires spinning backwards... really cool :D The car only lasted one summer though, go figure :wink:
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Postby Al Darby » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:26 am

Enjoy!
http://www.madmaxmovies.com/cars/interceptor/history1.html

My first car was a 35 Dodge. Paid $40. for it. Got $15. from the wreckers in Terra Cotta a week later.
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Postby Guest » Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:05 am

:)
1964 Chev Impala, the "Hummingbird" she was a beauty, Midnight Forest Green, Crager Mags, black interior, every Saturday morning you would see me doing my three hour Clean and Polish at the car wash next to McCallums Garage on Guelph Dtreet, every visible part got the once over. The car looked almost black until the sun hit it and the gold metal flake sparkled in the body of the deep green. I loved that car. It was originally Dr. Mac's, I got it when he traded it in at Murray Motors. The interior when I got it was plaid, my brothers and I changed it.
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Postby Barry Jowett » Wed Sep 12, 2007 12:55 pm

Hmm, I'm not sure if I have any pictures ... I know I have it on video in a movie I made in college, but most pictures from that era have been burned.

Anyway ... my first car was my dad's 1978 Chevy Caprice Classic, which was given to me when dad was going to take it to the dump. I got a lot of mileage out of that thing before it eventually gasped out its last. I think I put another 50,000+ kilometres on it.
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Postby John_Bailey » Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:09 pm

Well my first car was in 1964 not a 1964.
Bought a 1953 Chev from my cousin. It had a knock in the transmision, he said don't worry it's been doing that for a while.
I didn't have a licence, I did have 20 dollars worth of insurance, just turned 16 never drove before, look out Georgetown here I come.
My sister and I took off, what a ride. We covered Georgetown a few times before the transmision blew up, just third gear left. That's when the fun began, in third gear you have to take the corners fast and there were a few lawns crossed. Anyway I kicked my sister out and picked up a couple of friends a little while later third gear was gone.
Off to the wreckers to get a transmission, put it in the car and found out I burned up the clutch. Back to the wrecker for a clutch. Back on the road, time for some beer. Fast forward 4 or 5 weeks, a few dints, no exhaust, leaking gas tank and out of beer. Time to go back to the wreckers and leave the car. But not before we blow it up. Up and down the back roads like crazy in the ditch through the fence into the farmers field back out on the road. Finally to many flat tires to keep going. One last thing, hold the gas to the floor until it blows.
Arrived on foot at the wreckers and asked if he wanted to buy a well used car. His answer was a question, are you the idiots that have been up and down this road all day. He gave me 10 dollars and a ride back to town on his way to tow the car in.
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Postby Al Darby » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:12 pm

Hey JB,

I think you bought the love-child of my car. My mate Ernie hung onto to radiator while he lay on the front fender and kept the gas going to the carburettor manually, all the while trying to avoid being burned by exhaust gases escaping from a blown exhaust manifold.

Like your tale, mine too didn't quite make the journey, it just died about 5 miles from destination.

Ohh ... almost forgot the tie rod ends were gone and the rad was cactus.

All things being equal, a great car for the early 50s :lol: :shock: :lol:
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Postby Jacki » Thu Sep 13, 2007 3:44 am

My first car was a used 69 comet... It was great until my mom refused to put her groceries in the trunk since it had so many holes she was afraid the groceries would roll out going down the hill to the Glen and beat us home !!!
Traded that in for a 75 white mustang awww my first true love :lol: stick shift on the floor (ok so it was automatic) .. I remember picking up the car, driving from Rexdale , then the old of bypass Kennedy Road in Brampton making the trek towards Norval and the GLEN ..gotta show my parents this car ...woo hooo I was some proud...I was at a stop light and thought hmmm seat could go a back a little more....welll helll if I didnt have foot on brake , pushed seat to go back and almost landed in the back seat laying down, whipped the gear into park, got my seat back in position only to be red faced with horns honking and people glaring at me wondering what in the world this lady was doing LOLOL tried to act like this was a normal thing for every one who drove to do !!!!! made it to my parents were first thing mom asked was "LET ME SEE THE TRUNK " !!!! yep it passed the parents inspection so it was a keeper LOL
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Postby u-pickedcotton » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:27 am

MY FIFTY-EIGHT ROAD-MACHINE (Neil Cotton )

I was 17 when I’d saved up my money
Took a walk down Bloor St.
Saw a finance company with some cars on the lot
It looked like the place for me.
There were Cadillacs, Lincolns too,
57 Chevrotlets
But my eye was caught by the metallic gold
58 Road-machine.

CHORUS
My 58 Road-machine
My 58 Road-machine
I’ve seen some souped up cars chopped down vans
But give me my Road-machine.

With reversed wheels, sun-roof top
Radio turned up high
Crusin’ the streets, watchin’ the chicks
With a football buddy of mine.
My friends had Healy’s, MGAs,
One had a Jag-u-ar.
But none could compare to my first wheels
My Volkwagen beetle car.

CHORUS
My Volkswagen beetle car
My 58 Road-machine
I’ve seen some souped up cars chopped down vans
But give me my Road-machine.

BRIDGE:
Give it a push jump inside
Pop the clutch then off I’d fly

My 58 Road-machine
My 58 Road-machine
I’ve seen some souped up cars chopped down vans
But give me my Road-machine.
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Postby John_Bailey » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:55 am

Give it a push jump inside
Pop the clutch then off I’d fly :lol:

I had a few cars like that, hell they were only 50 bucks each.
If you were by yourself you had to park on a hill.

I had a 55 Pontiac, lost the muffler. Parked on Byron St one night and it wouldn't start. The next morning my Dad asked me where my car was when I told him he thought it was just a coil. Sunday morning it was numbing cold but we changed the coil anyway. With the hood up and his head over the motor he said see if she'll start now. It started right up, I'll never forget the look on his face when it roared to life. He never said a word( or maybe I couldn't hear him) just got in his car and left. That was the last time I remember us fixing a car together. I seemed to lose a lot of mufflers back then.
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Postby Al Darby » Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:43 am

John_Bailey wrote:[...]
I seemed to lose a lot of mufflers back then.

Hey JB,

Picture this: It's 1971 and I'm in Brisbane, Queensland, on my way to a dinner at the University and it's Monsoon time, I mean you can barely see the road it's raining so hard.

I'm driving my Fiat 124 Sports Coupe, looking for a place to park and I spot an entrance to a parking lot, so I do a sharp left and head in. Too late I realise I'm heading down a flight of stairs towards the ornamental lake, set in a sort of a grassed velodrome. I stop on the stairs and try to reverse, no joy. So I continue down, thinking I can probably just drive up the hill and out.

Unfortunately, with all the rain, the grass is very slippery and I get nowhere, so I decide to do the "Wall of Death" ride and start circling the lake building up speed and slowly climbing the wall. That too fails and I slide sideways back down towards the lake.

At this time I decide the only place I'll get traction is back up the stairs, but I need to hit them at speed and go hell bent for leather. Did I mention there were two landings in the stair. No ... well there were.

With much bumping and considerable time airborne I erupted up the stairs, hit the ground and slid to a stop across the road from the stairs, almost intact.

Went around to my boot (trunk to you), got out the blanket I had there and retrieved my (very) hot muffler from the stairs and dumped it in the boot.

Some time later, my wife commented on how noisy the car was and I just told her I had a hole in the muffler that needed fixing.

That's my lost muffler story. :twisted: :lol: :twisted:
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Postby Guest » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:26 pm

:)
I learned very quickly to carry a wire hanger in the car for emergencies, more then once have I laid under the car on the side of the road, using the hanger to hold up my muffler. And yes, panty hose can we used as a fan belt in a pinch!
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Postby John_Bailey » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:24 pm

I wanted to try that once but she wouldn't give them up.

I also heard panties hanging from the aerial gave you better radio reception, alas the answer to that was also no.

It was more like a punch than a pinch.
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Postby Swahili » Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:52 pm

Gosh, all this reminiscing about pantyhose and panties is reminding me just how inventive teen-aged boys are, bringing back all kinds of fond memories !

I remember that problem that all the boys had, where if you kissed them too enthusiastically they got a very painful condition that could ultimately cripple them if it happened too often and was allowed to persist. And only girls could help them. I ‘cured’ several boys from the Glen, and Norval. And Stewarttown and Limehouse too, now that I think about it.

And then there were the boys from Georgetown and Acton that I had to help too. Anyway, as I was saying, I had ‘cured’ several before one of my brothers filled me in. I wasn’t sure whether to be miffed or to laugh ! :oops:

But my brothers didn’t think it was that funny. They were pretty upset that I was even asking about it and they wanted to know all about how the subject had come up ! Of course, then I DID laugh, which didn’t help the situation too much. And it led to a very awkward discussion between one of my brothers and a boy from the Glen (who shall remain nameless) who had happened to be tickling me in front of the arena the week before and my brother saw. :roll:

Anyway, how was I supposed to know? My mother had left that out of the little talks she had with me about ‘becoming a woman’. Come to think of it, she left a LOT out of those little talks. Like all the good parts ! But it didn’t really matter – the best education is hands-on experience, as John always used to tell me. :wink:

There I go rambling all over the place again ! After the dust all cleared, and my brothers forgot about it, I went back to my ‘medical’ career. Except we didn’t have to bother with the story about the crippling problem ! :lol:


Swahili :wink:

And the story about better radio reception with panties on the antenna is definitely NOT true. I proved it several times !
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Postby Swahili » Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:00 pm

Oops!

I just realized that this topic was supposed to be about CARS.

Well... my first car was a '57 Chev, down by the dam one hot July night ! ! !

Swahili :wink:
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My first car.

Postby deeds30 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:23 pm

Was a beautiful black cavalier...then one day at the corner of Maple and Main, a Hydro worker waived me through the intersection, and BOOM got hit from a car coming the other way...and I got charged with an illegal left turn, because legally the only one that can waive you through an intersection is a police officer...or so I was told... :roll:

And of course I was dating the world's best mechanic at the time, so I would not let them tow my car away from the intersection, because I was sure that he could come and fix it...as the river of coolant went rolling down the Maple Ave hill, the police officer told me that unless he was coming with a whole new front end, there was no way that the car was going to be fixed... :?

That was the first of my string of car accidents over the next few years
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Postby colbuki » Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:08 am

John_Bailey wrote:I wanted to try that once but she wouldn't give them up.

I also heard panties hanging from the aerial gave you better radio reception, alas the answer to that was also no.

It was more like a punch than a pinch.


Too funny JB...

and Swahili, nice to see you back with your rather, um... errrr,,, unique perspective and experiences :wink: I wish I had the tales to tell you do...
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Postby Guest » Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:37 am

:roll:
Swahili,
It was a good thing I was shy in my youth and we never crossed paths, I think you may have led me a stray, look what you have done to Mark, PB and JB. How did the HOMECOMING go for you, any surprises?
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Postby colbuki » Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:53 pm

Don Fendley wrote::roll:
Swahili,
It was a good thing I was shy in my youth and we never crossed paths, I think you may have led me a stray, look what you have done to Mark, PB and JB. How did the HOMECOMING go for you, any surprises?
Take care,
Don


that was my ONLY disappointment from Homecoming Don... that I didn't get to meet up with Swahili or FFiTR... they were elusive... although perhaps I should have been looking out behind the building :shock:
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My '58 VW

Postby Petitbois » Sat Sep 15, 2007 11:17 am

"MY FIFTY-EIGHT ROAD-MACHINE (Neil Cotton ) "

What a coincidence, Neil.
My first car was also a '58 Volkswagon. I bought it from Masson Motors at the corner of Edward Street and Guelph, where the flooring place is now.
1200 cc motor, about 36 hp. Black, and had a radio! Don't remember what I paid for it.
It took five of us from Gtwn every day to Teacher's College down on the Lakeshore- Donna, Jackie, Alfred, Linda (from Acton) and me, until graduation in June '66.

Not too much I could do to it to make it into a real car. I bought some bigger tires, after Dave Kidney & Susan and Beth and I took it to Wasaga one weekend- had three flat tires on the way up. An older friend on Langstone, Harvey Hart, had a '59 VW with the 1300 cc motor, which was faster than mine and we always compared our VW's.

A fellow I worked for in high school, Jack Cox (his wife Dorothy was Al's cousin)) had junked an old VW van. He let me take out the motor and retrieve the heavy duty truck clutch, which I installed in mine. MUCH more bite!!
I also took the 4 truck wheels, which, when reversed, were deeply dished. But that required the back fenderwells to be enlarged- a trip to the guy with a torch!
I painted the wheels silver and the wide stance made a difference when cornering. Because the front shocks were there in name only, an aggressive pop of the clutch in first would lift the front end as though I had a car with a real motor!!

From Jack's engine I also took the carb- Harv thought we could change the jets to increase performance. With no access to the parts we needed, we drilled out the main jet with the finest drill bit we had,(about 20 times bigger than the hole in the stock jet) but when installed it was gutless (well, MORE gutless). We concluded that since gas intake was now increased it needed more air, so I tried to file the soft venturi collar in the intake, but succeeded in wrecking it. I chiselled it right out and put the carb back on, which enlarged the bore by about 1/4 inch or more.

Very dead acceleration!!!! Until I discovered that with the manual choke pulled out half an inch, it would go like crazy!!! So, I left it in.
Sitting in front of the Arf and Barf, and popping the clutch resulted in an impressive lift in the front end, perfect for suckering a Camero into thinking I wanted to run him.... of course, after he'd blast off I'd just idle away.

It was a great car in the winter.... for traction, not heat. I put 2 cement blocks in that storage area behind the rear seats, and with snow tires, drove around town looking for hills to challenge. During one heavy snowfall evening, I drove downtown and turned off Mill street by the old post office (what's that street called?) just to try the hill coming back up to Main. It sailed up the steep unplowed hill easily, so I stopped half way up.... then continued to the top, my bumper plowing up fresh snow.

We all remember the stump-puller ratio of a VW 1st gear. The clutch was activated by a cable that ran from the pedal to the motor/transmission, and twice I discovered that the cable could break at in-opportune times. As a teen I had learned to shift gears on tractors at Braeside Farms without the clutch (after Peter Hughes showed me in his '58 Corvette, 283, headers, 411 rearend, 3 two-barrel carbs), so I often drove clutchless through 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
When the clutch cable broke one night at 2 am in Toronto, I discovered I could shut the motor off, put it in first, hit the starter, and the low ratio would both move the car and start the engine, leaving me to shift up and down through the other gears with no problem. I still love driving a stick shift without the clutch, particularly amusing when invited to try someone's new baby. I'll use the clutch for 1st only, until they notice I'm not using it for the other gears. I feign forgetfulness- "Oh, darn, I've been driving an automatic for so long I just forget to use the clutch!" as I downshift from 3rd to 2nd.....

The other feature I remember was the lever on the firewall: when you ran out of gas, the lever opened the auxilliary fuel tank, enough to get you to a gas station, or bring you home from Toronto.

The old VW I sold with 120000 miles on it to a guy who lost fourth gear within 4 months, then drove it in 3rd to Vancouver where he sold it.

With Teacher's College over, I bought my first new car from the Dodge Brothers, when they had their Ford dealership across from Fred's Autobody on Guelph Street- a '67 Ford Cortina, a British Ford with a 1500 cc engine, 4 speed, tach, shoulder belts- even came with factory headers. It was all I could afford with my first real job- my year's salary was $4700, and the car cost me $2687.

A touch of irony.... About 15 years ago, I was going through some old papers, and found the bill of sale for the '58 VW. I was surprised to see that the Masson salesman had been a fellow named Tom Haines..... and that the fine print (which I had never even looked at in my eagerness to get a vehicle for school) said that the front end was 'unsafe for highway driving'.
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Postby u-pickedcotton » Sat Sep 15, 2007 12:09 pm

Great stories Dave

said that the front end was 'unsafe for highway driving'.

As the lyrics says I bought my 58 bug on Bloor st. in TO for $450...The sales man showed me this check-off sheet with all the safety features ticked as FIT....he gave me the carbon copy which had been shifted by 1/4 inch. When I so proudly showed the car and the sheet to my girl friend at the time, Wendy, my copy had the UNFIT boxes checked.
Boy did I feel stupid.

Yes I reversed the rear wheels too until my dad gave me shit. He said if the engineers thought that was better design they'd send them from the factory that way....oops

Lots of stories....going too fast around curves , having go straight into field to avoid tipping. Thankfully there were no guard rails.
etc.
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Postby Guest » Sat Sep 15, 2007 12:57 pm

:roll:
Going around corners too fast might have been our problem come too think about it, as Jim MacPherson (his sisters VW), Doug McDonald, Frank King and myself came down Union Hill towards the Glen and as we came to the bend in the road in front of Ted Hancock's house just past what was then Cliff Davison's place, the car decided to roll a few times (dodging the flying, sparking battery was quite a chore) the car came to rest on it's side (who says a 250 person can not get through the back window if they are freightened enough) out like a shot, fearing the car would blow up. Jim, Frank and I standing there realizing Doug was not out, fear came over us (is he hurt or dead) we ran to the car, looked inside to see Doug laying there clapping to the beat of the song that was still playing on the radio.
With over $1500.00 damage done to a $700.00 car, Jim says, "Let put it on it's wheels, knock out the dents, Shirley will never know!"
What do we tell the police, was it one of Ted's animals that ran in front of us, did a tire blow...
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Postby Al Darby » Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:49 pm

Don Fendley wrote::roll:
Going around corners too fast might have been our problem come too think about it,
[...]

Speaking of Dave "Curly" Kentner .... :twisted: :roll: :twisted:
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