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Well, last night I was out for an evening with friends and had a few drinks. Don't judge... short week... it ends in pie and shopping anyhow 😁. Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit, I took a cab home (I know... old school, but the cab was right there). Sure enough, I passed a police roadblock, but since it was a cab, they waved it past.

I got home safely and without incident, which is a real surprise, as I have never driven a cab before and am not sure where I got it, or what to do with it now that it's in my garage. 🤔 Happy Thanksgiving y'all, have a great week! 🦃

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Very good VL2 the whole group around our table had a good laugh over that. Now half of them are looking for a cab to take home. 

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When I was a delivery driver for my long term employer when I was just starting out in the 70's one of the delivery vehicles was a Checker.  A 1969 and later a 76.  Talk about Army tanks!  350 chevy v-8's automatic and a load capacity of a ton.  We would load it up and off to downtown Chicago I went.  The cabdrivers reputation helped me as no one messed  with the Checker.  Reliable and each one lasted  at least 200,000 miles.    When the 76 was replaced with a VW Rabbit Diesel for "fuel economy"  the Rabbit was just not up to the job. I am glad I had the chance to drive one.

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The Checkers were built on pick up platforms.

Had the truck arms with coil springs.

That is also the same basic rear suspension that the Cup cars use.

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At one time the Checker was the taxicab of choice in NYC,  literally thousands of them. There are stories about some logging in 500,000 miles.

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VL. I love your sense of humor. You jest never fail to come up with some thing to keep my on the lookout for your next adventure.   Mike

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I knew of a man who owned a Checker (non taxi) several years ago. One morning his travels took him near a downtown Lexington KY hotel. As he was sitting at a traffic light a woman ran up to the back door, hopped in and told him to take her to the airport. Having nothing else to do he said o.k. and headed for the airport about five miles away. A couple of minutes later the woman looked around and realized that she was not riding in a taxi. The driver assured her that he would indeed take her to the airport and did just that. He always said that the story was worth the effort to get her to her destination. Zeke

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local boy who made good, george throgood and the delaware destroyers had a marathon wagon. it kinda became his trademark when he did local gigs

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On 11/27/2019 at 1:55 PM, 46 woodie said:

At one time the Checker was the taxicab of choice in NYC,  literally thousands of them. There are stories about some logging in 500,000 miles.

Chicago as well.  In fact when I was young I thought only Checkers could be cabs as I never saw any other make used

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"police roadblock" Really ? Or is that part of the story ?

Since is a 68 or later, does it have the Chevvy drivetrain ? Think some were V8s.

Does it have the rear jumpseats ?

Air conditioned even  & matches the floor.

Pretty sure that is a (later) Checker in Godzilla

Is that really yours ?

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8 hours ago, padgett said:

"police roadblock" Really ? Or is that part of the story ?

Since is a 68 or later, does it have the Chevvy drivetrain ? Think some were V8s.

Does it have the rear jumpseats ?

Air conditioned even  & matches the floor.

Pretty sure that is a (later) Checker in Godzilla

Is that really yours ?

It’s just a joke. 🤣

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On 11/29/2019 at 11:02 PM, cheezestaak2000 said:

local boy who made good, george throgood and the delaware destroyers had a marathon wagon. it kinda became his trademark when he did local gigs

 

 

What...no 58 Plymouth??!!  🤣

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2 hours ago, Mikefit said:

But a very good one. We all need to lighten up some.  Mike

I definitely do. I had a rough day today, missing dad. I often come here when I feel sad. I feel like many of you are my surrogate family. 

I am currently dealing with some serious challenges. I rarely asked dad for help, but I always knew if I did need him, he would be there for me. He unintentionally left me in a bind and he was the only one I could turn to on days like today when challenges seem insurmountable. 

I am grateful that I have you guys to lift my spirit when I need it. 💕

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So, what were you drinking?  You can lean on us anytime but my "liquid" of choice is always single malt scotch. The very name "Whisky" translates from the Gaelic language as "water of life."  A sample awaits you at Hershey.

All the best,

Terry

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Sorry to me Scotch and Gin always tastee like perfume. Being from Maryland (the only occupied state), I prefer rye but JD is good also. Cold weather though needs a bit of Jameson's, Baileys, and dark roast coffee.

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Am I reading this correctly? You got drunk, stole a cab, ran a police road block, and now have the cab hidden in your garage?

 

Party on, lady!

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I actually did go out Saturday and have a couple teas with Brandy, honey and lemon. It was cold and it even snowed, (a few flakes) that night. My dad used to make that for me when I had a cold when I was a teen. 

 

For the record, I didn’t steal a cab and I didn’t go through any road blocks. My real life is much tamer than that these days. 😂

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VL2. I was just rereading this as I wanted to pass it along to some friends and realized you qualified your last post with 

 My real life is much tamer than that these days. 😂”  

So are you saying you were a wild thing (like some of the rest of us) in your younger days?

 

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Losing Dads so difficult.

 

His very last trip to come visit me was a good one. Dad had 2 Grandchildren graduating high school. He had not seen my recently acquired ‘53 Chrysler yet either. He was determined and traveled from afar. At the time he arrived my car was down as I was in the middle of an engine valve grind job.  We both jumped in the car anyway. Inside the garage and like earlier times, he grabbed the big wheel and took me for a drive. Big grins, as my ‘53 took him back to his childhood too. His hands gliding across the dash, feeling the chrome. Turing on the old AM radio. 

 

Our last car ride together, I will remember forever. 

 

 

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20 hours ago, SC38DLS said:

VL2. I was just rereading this as I wanted to pass it along to some friends and realized you qualified your last post with 

 My real life is much tamer than that these days. 😂”  

So are you saying you were a wild thing (like some of the rest of us) in your younger days?

 

I had some fun but probably not as wild as most of you guys. 😂 My daddy raised me pretty strict. 

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