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What was the biggest mistake you made,auto wise?

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They say hindsight is 20/20 and we should learn from other people's mistakes so just what is your biggest mistake you have made in the auto hobby?My personal one was not buying a 1957 Lincolin MkII that was a steal of a price.I bought a 1960 Cadillac instead.for the money i sunk into the caddy i could have finished the Mk II WITH ALOT LEFT OVER.Oh well.

Jeff Mealer

Mt. Juliet,TN.

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Well so far I would have to say jacking up the rear end of the '38 with the front end on ramps, resulting in the front wheels rolling off the ramps, sending the car into the middle garage door! shocked.gif It bowed it out like 3-4" and it had to be replaced. Mom was not pleased to say the least.

Granted thats not the kind of mistake this thread is probably talking about, but I guess I'm fortunate in that it's as bad as it's gotten for me so far!!! I'm far too young and I have 2 years' experience in the hobby, and with a daily vehicle and the Buick in my possession, the money I spend on them is plenty, not to mention the universal issue of space, so I'm not exactly in a position to acquire anything else right now.

I soak these stories up like a sponge, and I couldnt even try to count how many I've heard in just two years! I pay close attention so that maybe someday I might not have too many "the one that got away" stories to tell. The stories have truly scared me enough by now that I have an absolute death-grip on both of the cars I have right now, and it won't ever let up.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: ZondaC12</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Well so far I would have to say jacking up the rear end of the '38 with the front end on ramps, resulting in the front wheels rolling off the ramps, sending the car into the middle garage door!

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Paul, that same thing happened here in RI to a guy that wasn't as lucky as you. He was under his 1964 Chevy when it rolled off. He's not with us anymore. frown.gif

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Skyking</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: ZondaC12</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Well so far I would have to say jacking up the rear end of the '38 with the front end on ramps, resulting in the front wheels rolling off the ramps, sending the car into the middle garage door!

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Paul, that same thing happened here in RI to a guy that wasn't as lucky as you. He was under his 1964 Chevy when it rolled off. He's not with us anymore. frown.gif </div></div>

I think I remember you mentioning that in another thread perhaps a few months ago or maybe closer. I couldn't believe what I read. frown.gif I mean I KNOW it's certainly possible but you'd think the odds would be much weaker, enough that you wouldn't hear about a case of it actually happening. frown.gif Between my own mishap and reading that I've changed my habits and slowed down when I'm out there in the last year or so. No one's indestructible and that includes ME.

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Probably, trading my Black 1980 Buick Riviera in on a new Black 1986 Buick Riviera in 1986. I really should have kept that 1980 Riviera. I have never found another one in as good a condition as that one since then.

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Over the years I've sold a lot of parts, engines, and cars, at the time of the sale I got what I wanted and was happy to be rid of the item. Looking back there is A LOT of stuff I'd like to have back! Big mistakes were the deals I didn't get into, GP Bugatti project for $15,000., Lotus 11 for $750. Maserati A6GCS for $1,500.are a few that come to mind.

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The worst one that I ever owned was a 1975 CJ5 Jeep. Some fool doubled the leaf springs up in it and put quad shocks on it all the way around.

It road like a stoneboat. shocked.gif My back still hurts!

The day I brought it home, it wandered all over the road. The spring bushings were non existant. I wonder why??? LOL laugh.gif

Also the thing would quit occasionally while driving down the road. Just backfire several times and die. cry.gif I would get out, open the hood, and beat on the electronic brain for the ignition several times and the thing would start back up again and run. crazy.gif

I almost bought it in it a couple of times. Once I ended up doing 360's on an icy road. Lucky no one was comming! It was a rag top and the windows were hard to see out of. I almost pulled out in front of a car once because I could not see it comming. That was enough for me. frown.gif I got rid of it after that and took a loss on it but was happy to see it go.

And no, I don't care to ever own one like that again. frown.gif Dave!

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Not me, but Bill did this.

He was using a piece of straight round firewood to slowly get some pistons to move after soaking them with a mix of old gasoline and used motor oil. (The engine had been sitting for years after someone poured a Coke into the gas tank after the boy had work so hard on the engine. He didn't have the money to fix it again so he sold it to the junk car dealer in Pa. that we bought it from.)

Welllll....it got late, he was VERY tired and losing his patience with that last piston. Rather than walk away and "try again tomorrow" he gave it a tap that was a little too hard and broke it. confused.gif

It took years to find another one and it is not a perfect match. But it will work.

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In 1969 I stopped at a Mercedes dealer with a friend. I had a '67 Austin Healey 3000 at the time. My friend had seen a '62 300SL roadster advertised and he wanted to take a look. They let us test drive it and it ran and looked excellent. The price was only $5000 and I could have probably traded the Healey and paid about $2500-$2000 for the car. I didn't do it and I still kick myself about that one. I did keep the Healey for 10 more years and shouldn't have sold it then.

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I let go of a 4 dr. HT 98 in this exact color to have the scourge of the planet- Satan's own piece of crap Limey Triumph TR-3 which broke something every week. That's the car I regret not keeping the most.

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How do I count the mistakes? They all were the "worst!"

So, I will pick my first in the hobby. As a 23 year old kid I bought my first antique, a '36 Olds coupe. Ugly paint job but ran good except that it smoked like heck. Being the brilliant mechanic that I was I replaced the head gasket as I had 2 spark plugs fouling. That did not work so I dropped the pan (in a small one car garage) and ended up replacing two pistons and the rings, made my own gaskets, etc. Still smoked.

Then an old timer asked if I had checked my fuel pump....before I committed suicide over this my ex-wife's lawyer took the car in partial payment of the divorce. Ah, such fond memories... grin.gif

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That's funny Steve!

All my first wife wanted was for me to leave! smile.gif Of course every young truckdriver in the neighborhood just knew she'd clean me out and get all of those early model Peterbilts to resell to them at a steal! crazy.gif

My first new car(my second overall) was a 1968 SS 396 Chevelle sport coupe. It had the 375hp engine, four speed, and a trunk full of engine oil(one gallon per thousand miles). My dad traded it in on a '71 Impala, while I took his '67 Impala as a replacement. At the time, I was worried about gas mileage confused.gif with the (then) wife driving 30 miles a day each way to work. That was really the only car of significance that I ever let go. I still have most everything else here, there, and everywhere. I did sell my '55 Chevy hardtop, so I could get more garage space for my anticipated new collection.

Wayne

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I've got to say not buying the 73 Cutlass Supreme with a factory 4 speed. Man, that car drove great. And there was the 22,000 mile 340 Duster and the 58 Chevy-a solid original car except for a repaint.

Ed

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Biggest mistake I made was selling a 1956 Monarch for 75$ in 1963 because the exhaust manifold was cracked and the motor mounts broken, Hindsight better than no sight I guess

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Just because I did not have garage space to keep it I sold my red '64 GTO convert with all the power options for $1800.

in 1977, I knew it would be a special car to keep, but thought I would just find another. Also sold my '52 Hudson Hornet that was my first car and had for 22 yrs. Maybe I can buy it back someday.

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I sold a 1956 Chevrolet BelAir 4dr sedan in 1991, 265, powerglide,electric wipers, rustfree car. Sold it because it was a 4dr. It was the best old car I ever had and have been regretting ever since. Brendan.

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My worst mistake was selling a really nice '69 Dodge Coronet 500 hardtop in 1991 to buy a TR6 project car that turned out to have a bad frame. It was years before I was able to do any more than wearhouse the parts I saved off of the TR6.

However, I have a friend who really screwed the pooch on a deal once. In 1971 he traded in a <span style="text-decoration: underline">1965</span> SS396 Chevelle on a new Mach I Mustang. They made less than 200 of those in 1965. It's easily a $100K car today.

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Jeff(pitt64)just yesterday they showed a beautifully restored bronze 63 Grand Prix on Spike TV's 'power block".I've seen the car personally at a car show a week ago.One word to describe it would be,WOW!

Jeff Mealer

Mt. Juliet,TN.

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Not buying (locally) a superbird for $6,500 and a authentic 2 seater Shelby AC cobra less the drive train for $4,500 years back. Even then I knew they would be collector items some day.

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Buying a new Vega back in the early 70's. I abandoned it in he middle of Illinois after it melted the head and had no compression 22 K miles later.

By then I had had way to many problems and GM had given up trying to fix this total piece of junk. I didn't buy GM cars again until I started collecting Old Buicks.

Talk about a lemon.

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Why didn't I think of that! I bought a 1971 Vega in 1973. What a disasterous car. I traded my '69 Plymouth Fury with the 440 Magnum engine thinking I would get better mileage with the Vega. The 440 gave me 18MPG at 55mph and the Vega 21. My dad borrowed the car to take a holiday to the east coast and brought it back with tales iof woe about overheating and burning oil. It looked like a mosquito fog machine going down the road with only about 30000 miles on the odo. I filled up the crankcase with STP and unloaded it for what I still owed the bank and bought a 66 VW. I've never owned a GM car since.

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My worst mistake was listening to my Father and buying a 1966 Mustang in 1968. I could have bout a 1963 Avanti for the same money and he said, "they don't make them any more why get something you can't get parts for". Granted I was getting rid of a 1962 Metropolitan that had been laid up for a couple of weeks a few months earlier waiting for brake parts, so he was probably right, since I needed dependability.

Probably wouldn't have been as bad a deal accept driving a 66 Mustang in the rust belt does not have a happy ending. An Avanti would have tucked away somewhere when it was time to move on to the next daily driver.

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