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This picture was taken in 1974 right after I bought my first car. 1956 Sedan de Ville. Frozen engine, beautiful interior, no brains. Worked on the puppy all summer and fall. 17 years old with a borrowed socket set and a dream of talking girls into admiring the rear seat upolstery. Dissasembled the engine, freed it up, reassembled with the orginal parts and the damn thing ran. It had only one brake hooked up when I bought it for $175.00. I had a Motors manual and motivation. Rebuilt the carb, brakes and exhaust with liberal application of junkyard parts. Loved that car. It got sold to a Canadian after I went in the Army. It may well still be in Quebec. Notice my brother's 40 Ford in the garage. Wish my driveway still had these cars.

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Very nice MB. I used to work on Mercedes. I always found them well laid out and thought out when it came to working on them.

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Very nice MB. I used to work on Mercedes. I always found them well laid out and thought out when it came to working on them.

It sounds like you haven't worked on enough of them.;)

When you have worked enough on them, you become fluent swearing in German.

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My first car was a tired 1929 model "A" which I bought in 1969..........it's a wonder I'm still alive.........the brakes were hit or miss and the 16 year old that purchased it for $125.00 drove it as fast as it would go.......................I still own it as I restored it subsequently ............it needs work again............yet I still enjoy driving it!

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It sounds like you haven't worked on enough of them.;)

When you have worked enough on them, you become fluent swearing in German.

I never liked that hidden 13mm nut on the diesel injector pump.

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My first car was a tired 1929 model "A" which I bought in 1969..........it's a wonder I'm still alive.........the brakes were hit or miss and the 16 year old that purchased it for $125.00 drove it as fast as it would go.......................I still own it as I restored it subsequently ............it needs work again............yet I still enjoy driving it!

I wish I still had mt first.

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Here is the 53 Chieftan I used to own. Bought it around 1982 from an old lady's estate. 18K on the odometer. Hadn't run since 1973. Pulled the head, cleaned out about a pound of carbon, replace two burnt valves and it ran like a dream. Flathead six with three on the tree. Beautiful inside and out.

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My first car was a 56 Chevy Station wagon. It was turquoise and white, V-8, 3 speed and in good shape. I put a youth-bed mattress, dual exhausts, glass packs, later model station wagon wheels (wider), and baby moons on it. Nope, the mattress was for sleeping when out of town while working, Ha ! My Dad, an uncle, a cousin, random friends and I were escorting wide loads - - mostly house trailers, all around the south east. I bought the car on a 90 day "note" in 65 after hi-school graduation and had the time of my life driving and earning money, and on some trips for the Government, legally speeding and running on their scheduled time. That car lasted about 85 days before it succumbed permanently to this (then) 17 year old and all the highway "stress". When it used almost 10 quarts of oil, ate another (of many) wheel bearings, and overheated on a trip back from Memphis to Clinton, Tn., my Dad made me trade it for a 64 Bel-Air - - yuk ! (That thing lasted less than 60 days). Loved that old wagon though....

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This picture was taken in 1974 right after I bought my first car. 1956 Sedan de Ville. Frozen engine, beautiful interior, no brains. Worked on the puppy all summer and fall. 17 years old with a borrowed socket set and a dream of talking girls into admiring the rear seat upolstery. Dissasembled the engine, freed it up, reassembled with the orginal parts and the damn thing ran. It had only one brake hooked up when I bought it for $175.00. I had a Motors manual and motivation. Rebuilt the carb, brakes and exhaust with liberal application of junkyard parts. Loved that car. It got sold to a Canadian after I went in the Army. It may well still be in Quebec. Notice my brother's 40 Ford in the garage. Wish my driveway still had these cars.

ah, yes, what we used to own. this pic is of my first car, jaguar XK-120, post-66630-143142253193_thumb.jpgwhen purchased in 1964. can't believe i've owned it for nearly 50 years,. where did the time go?

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Here's an old snapshot of me and my first car, a 1930 Dodge Brothers DA Deluxe Coupe. My dad bought this car from a neighbor in 1951 to check cows, windmills etc. He loaned it to my uncle in 1960. When my uncle wanted to buy it, cut out the rumble seat and make it into a pickup, I talked Dad into getting it back in 62 with the idea of my fixing it up and driving it to school. We got it back and running. My Dad talked me out of driving it to school and I'm glad he did. This was my first car and I still have it. It has been shedded since 62 but not fully restored. I'm still working at it.....someday.

Thanks,

Rod

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Minnesota 1969 - My first car was a $5 pea soup green V8 54 Ford 4 door wagon with fake wood.

The rust was half way up the sides with bondo hiding some of the holes (including the sides of the block caused from a freeze/thaw). It came with almost a full tank of gas, the oil was up and I was off to show my buddies. With a bit over 98,000 miles on it the car had few more issues than the lack of floors, smell of rotting carpet and wood, I never did got to see it go to 00000.0. Sold it for $20 and got myself a much better car, a 1940 Dodge Luxury Liner coupe.

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My first car was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftan that I bought in 1970 with my high school graduation money. Paid $100 for the car. It had a problem of backfire through the carb that turned out to be a crack in the distributor cap. The car was fully equipped with radio, heater, fender skirts, sunvisor, a prisim on the dash to see the traffic light and the light up indian on the hood. Drivetrain was straight eight with auto trans. Sold it after two years for a 1955 Chevy. Sure wish I had the Pontiac today.

Terry

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Wonderful thread. My first was a 1957 Cadillac in Leghorn Beige with brown tapestry interior and bronze painted dash. She had 50k original miles and was a beauty. I traded her a few years later when I graduated high school for a Jaguar and the story hasn't ended yet. My current '62 Benz may be a lifetime keeper if she doesn't get traded towards an Aston at some point, and I will agree with those who say they love working on these. The way these are engineered and laid out seems frustrating at first glance but so long as you follow the proper steps it usually ends up being much easier of a job than on other makes. There will often only be one right way to fix the car and as long as you can figure out what that is she will treat you right. Phenomenal cars the oldtimer Benzes.

I LOVE hearing about the XK 120, what a cool story, that's the way to do it!!! Thanks!

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Some of you have seen the story about my first car (1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe), which I still have....I got distracted by buying another one. Click on the pages a few times to enlarge.

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My Dad brought me half of a '64 Impala when I got ready for my first year of college in the fall of '65. I say half, because I had to pay my half, the same deal I worked my kids. You have to start them early.

Anyway, the Chevy was black, red interior, 327 with a powerglide, about wore out the shifter downshifting to make those dual exhausts talk. My only picture is at my daughter's house, present wife isn't keen on 1st wife's picture with my Impala in the house.:(;)

I kept her (the car:cool:) until I went to Fort Ord in 1967 for my Basic/AIT. Ordered a new '68 Chevelle while out there, waiting for me when I got back home. I guess you guys have heard that story before.

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First car was a 1959? Berkely I purchased before I turned 16 just so I could have my own project. Never did get it running though, so I sold it later for 3 times what I paid for it. :)

This was followed by several throw away vehicles ( bought cheap, rode hard and sent to pasture ) .

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I was in the second of college and moving away to a 4 year school. A white rust out 57 FORD sic cylinder 4 door sedan, an exit country car, that the survey used. door were pitted, but no real dents. I did paint in the driveway at Christmas in 20 degree weather, Primer charcoal was the color.

We called it the freeway special, everyone clear out of the way, she do 95 on speedometer, including the front end bouncing up and down, no real shocks. probably

At 19, I did not know any better. bought for $300 sold it for $500, use her a good year every weekend for the 2 hour drive home each way. Blew one piston, and got it home using recycled oil in pickle jar, bought by the gallon at every station. We build the engine in the driveway that weekend, the motor ran sluggish, dad took a ride, said the timing was retarded, advance the timing and off I went to school again. might been what blew the piston, of it was the Oil field drip gas iwe ran it in the previous summer, probably retarded the timing to stop the ping, and I never knew advance again. 1970 to 1971.

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Mom just recently found a box with some old pictures and

in it was a photo of my first car.....1962 Chevy II.

I bought it from a neighbor in the summer of 1971 when I

was 15 years old. It was a one owner car....6 cyl, 3 speed on the column. No

options....no carpet, no radio...

It ran good, once I was told I had to push the clutch in

when I came to a stop sign!

Not a bad car at all...especially for the purchase price

of $50.00

Sold it about a year later at a profit and bought a 66

Impala SS convertible.

Kevin

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Good thread Flivver. My first car was a 1955 Ford Victoria, I bought it in 1967 for $150. Not running but complete, 272 automatic and pretty good body and interior for an Illinois car. I rebuilt the engine with J C Whitney parts and swapped in a three speed stick and 3.90 rear end. The only problem was I had never driven a stick car, when I got it running I taught myself one morning on the way to work - that was a lot of fun! Did my own body work and had it painted at a local Earl Scheib. I loved that car, had it for about 4 years and made just about every mistake possible on it.

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When I started twisting wrenches on my 56 Caddy, I had no mechanical mentor, just an old Motors Manual and some borrowed wrenches. Junkyards first choice, local parts store and JC Whitneys were second. I reassembled the engine using the original gaskets (even the head gaskets) and cut a number of cork gaskets with an Exacto knife. No one told me not to use new gaskets. That Caddy should never ever have run, but it fired right up and ran well enough. Positive proof there is a God and God is extremely merciful. Ran all new brakes and used copper line (didn't know better). Took it to an old timer mechanic for it's Vermont state inspection sticker. He saw how hard I'd been working on it that I think I broke his heart. He said son, I can ignore a whole bunch, but those copper lines will get you killed. He gave me a ton of steel line and said, put these in and I'll pass her. Didn't sleep until it was done. Learned how to use a flaring kit fast. Put a Craig 8-Track in there and I was pimp daddy. Gave the car to my older brother when I went into the army and he promptly sold it to a collector in Quebec. I have always wondered if the car survived the years and the salt. Doubt it did. I have no doubt the collector was positvely flabbergasted when he dug into the mechanicals and probably thought it was owned by an army of mechanical morons. It even had a Chrome bare foot gas pedal. That Caddy would go anywhere in snow. It was a tank.

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