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How many of you still have your first car?

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Just wondering how many of you still have your first car, how old you were when you got it and how long have you owned it? Mine is a 1931 Dodge coupe that my dad bought in 1959 in Michigan. He gave it to me in 1967 when I was 13 years old. I am 56 now.

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Hi- 1931 Chevrolet Tudor Sedan (coach),owned now for 45 years, hard to believe. I wanted an early car, when I was 13 in 1964 my father traded a new .22 rifle for the Chevy. I restored it, and drove it to high school in the mid-60's. My first old car tour with it was in 1967 in Opelousas, Lousiana.I was 16. I drove from my hometown (Alexandria), about 60 miles, toured, and drove back. Trailering cars then was very unusual. There, I first met Drew Navarre from New Orleans and his 1931 Pierce Arrow phaeton, which I now own. I had seen the Pierce at a car show in my home town a year earlier, but never met the owner. Also followed John Copes of Baton Rouge in his early teens Studebaker speedster (now in a collection in north Louisiana), and met many new and long lasting friends.

And I still have the '31 Chevy. The hobby was really focused on the cars and fellowship at that time. Money was not even discussed. The hobby had and has me hooked. Happy New Year to all.

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Well, the first car is long gone, but in 1969 (age 13) I had a pair of shoes exactly like the ones you're wearing in the pic! Bet they came from Thom McAn!

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Yep...you are exactly correct about the shoes. My mom made the mohair sweater-vest. My dad gave me the car and I put it back together to drive to high school in Michigan. I started to restore it a couple of years later and then moved to California. It was all apart and the engine was in the basement of my dad's house. My dad sold his house, the engine wound up being buried behind the garage and I had to wait years to dig it up. I DID it, though and I have the original engine back in the car. Hopefully I will be able to finish restoring it before too much longer. When I say it is a "from the ground up restoration" I am not kidding!

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Bought my very first car on my 16th birthday, and it was delivered to me New Years Day 1967. A 1926 Model T Ford Tudor for $210. from the late Johnny Johnson in Belltown, Ct. I totally disassembled it and rebuilt the chassis, upgrading it with 1926-27 factory accessorie wire wheels and bumpers. Kept a log of all expences, NOS bumpers and brackets were $60.00. Engine block was cracked and was replaced with a 1927, Tudor body was swapped for a Touring. Displayed the running chassis at a local show, and sold it in 1969. Still have the cracked '26 block and rear floorboard from the Tudor. Spent the money I made on it on a two car garage full of pre 1935 race cars & parts. The D.O. GREEN engine is now in Bill Smith's Speedway Motors museum in Lincoln. Nebraska. There is a bit of that T in all the stuff I have today, it allowed me to get started in the hobby of swapping cars & parts. Most important it allowed me to meet people that have been lifelong friends now.

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An interesting thread, time to scan some old photos.

My first car wasn't actually a car, it was a motorcycle which I still have today. It is a 1942 UL 74 sport solo, one of only 405 built that year due to the factory servicing military contracts for the WLA 45's.

I purchased it as a 16 year old back in 1966. I don't have any photos of it as bought, the best I can do is a couple after a low budget resto while I was still in high school.

When I started work I gave it a better paint job and a bit more of a tidy-up and used it as a to and from to work up until about 1974/75.

It was retired around that time and promised a rebuild which didn't eventuate until the mid 1990's. During the past few years my research indicates it was imported and used by the Western Australia Police up until the mid 1950's.

I still ride the bike and it's hard to say how much pleasure it has given me over the past 42 years.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: elmo39</div><div class="ubbcode-body">50 jetback did you also keep the Humber Super Snipe </div></div>

No, my Father sold the Snipe in the late 60's. Prior to that car he had a 1954 model Humber Super Snipe. Out here they used to refer to the Humber Snipes as "British Buicks"

The family did keep the 1930 Buick which you can see in the garage behind the bike in one of the photos. I inherited it when my Dad passed away and I restored it about 10 years ago.

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My buddy Dave still has his first car, this 1961 Dodge Polara.

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His dad bought it new, and nobody would give him anything on trade in '65, so Dave got it and drove it all thru high school. Then, in 1971 in his sophomore year of college, Dave bought a '70 Challenger convertible.

He still has both of 'em!

TG

PS. Great photo, Keiser31; love the hair and the high-waters. grin.gif

But especially the car!

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I still have my first wheels. 1951 Chevrolet p/u, paid $100, 1978, I was 14. Worked in the fields picking berries to raise the needed cash. My parents lived in the country and the HS was about 6 or 7 miles away. There was no bus service. A lot of the kids rode mopeds, this was a lot cooler.

I painted it the colors of the '78 Indy pace car.

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When the truck didn't start I drove my Dads motorcycle to school. I only weighed 90 lbs as a freshman, it was a big bike for me to drive.

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This picture was taken in 1986 after I fixed up the old truck. Did all the work myself including the paint. I still have it tucked away in my barn, it needs a little work now.

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My 1969 Buick LeSabre Convertible was a trade in 1977 for my 70 Electra. I had to put a floor in (it had rotted out the floor pans) and fix the gaping hole in the left rear quarter panel and paint the trunk first. It was sold to the Pocono Manor Inn in Pennsylvania. Probably dust by now.

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Still have my first. Bought in 1963 a month or two before my 15th birthday. That's me the first day.

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My Dad said one day that he thought I was old enough to have my first car. He said I could have what every I could afford and he approved. After all the obvious cars a 14 year old thought he needed in 1963, that I couldn't afford and my Father would not approve, I asked what he would suggest. Guess what he already knew of 2 or 3 Crosleys in the area for sale. I bought it with $100 of hard earned money from mowing grass and bailing hay.

Hauled it home on friend of my Dad's trailer. I pointed out that I thought I could get it running and ready to go by the time I turned 16. Within a few days he had talked me into removing the body to store next door to better rebuild the rest. Sometime along then he say he thought a 2 year project was more likely.

I tore it down till there was not anything left to tear down, cleaning and painting as I went then started reassembling. Just enough thing that he needed to help me with to control the time table. It was ready right around my 17th birthday.

In order to make that schedule it got a WesterAuto spray can paint job.

I have done a second mechanical restoration since then and a new WA paint job before they went out of business. It has been waiting along time now for it's 3rd mechanical restoration. Can decide if I should do a body restoration and have just another restored 49 Crosley Wagon or leave the body closer to the way I drove it in High School.

I have actually wondered if it would be possible to remove the WA paint, buff up the original paint and just touch it up where needed to have an original paint job.

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I bought my 35 Ford in 1962. I didn't have a driver's license yet and my father had to drive it home from the Jersey coast. It was one of the cars used in filming the motion picture "Tora,Tora'Tora.

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Jim Bollman:

"It has been waiting along time now for it's 3rd mechanical restoration."

Take a look in the mirror and try and think of a way to restore yourself to the condition in the picture and then you will be all set for another 20 or so years.

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Tom- just wondering what power station your bud's Polara is parked at?

I think all of us could probably stand our own cosmetic restoration. On seeing a picture of me when I was about 22, one of the kids out at the plant said "You were a good-looking dude. What happened to you?"

I said "See what you have to look forward to after about 25 years out here?" He hasn't said anything else... laugh.gifwhistle.gif

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Roger Walling</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Jim Bollman:

"It has been waiting along time now for it's 3rd mechanical restoration."

Take a look in the mirror and try and think of a way to restore yourself to the condition in the picture and then you will be all set for another 20 or so years.

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You got that right. Was just looking through a couple of boxes of old photos in search of one I wanted. These only went back into the 80s and I was thinking I had went down hill a lot.

I figure it is only a matter of time till I will have to start replacing part.

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7/1/60 I was 15 and thought I had found a 34 Ford 2 door north of Forsyth, Montana. I purchased the car for $10. I was working on my granfathers ranch and my cousin and I towed it home with a chain over dirt roads 20+ miles. Boy to be that young again! I drove it all summer and left it there outside for almost 40 years. The ranch was sold and I trailered it to Great Falls, Montana. It's in the shop (out of the weather) and hopefully will be a driver again. Phil (35myway)

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I still have my first car...a 1954 Kaiser Manhattan. My dad bought it from a former KF dealer in 1964 for all of 75 bucks and gave it me when I learned to drive in 1973. Close to 200K miles later...and three engines...it's out in the barn awaiting a full restoration that's planned to start next fall. The car still has it's original and working supercharger and most of it's original paint.

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I still have my first car and it is still my daily driver and has ben for 49 years. In June 1959 it had 99,000 miles when I took my drivers test in it. Today it has 491,000 miles. It has been in every state west of the Mississipi and every province and territory from Ontario west. It has been from Mexico (barely) to Alaska.

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And what car is this, "TIN"????

Must be a GM product, right, Dick Griswold? laugh.gif

Pictures????

Wayne

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There are pictures under the photo gallery (I havn't had time to figure out how to posst them here). The car is in my signature.

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