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When my Daughter first learned to drive, I chose a 1985 Suzuki Samurai for her. It was an RV tow behind, in great shape. I chose that because it was 4 wheel drive, and she is an avid snowboarder, just perfect for getting to the slopes. When she was 27, she searched for and found another '85 in perfect condition, another RV tow behind, and I drove to LA to tow it back for her. She sent me this picture of herself with the two cars. She is currently the Flight Surgeon for an Apache Helicopter attack group, in Iraq, age 29.

    Made me think... What was your first car? Mine was a 1956 Ford that I got for $25, and drove 5 years.

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1963 Chevy Nova Wagon.

Paid $300 for it in 1976.

6 cylinder automatic.

Bought it from an 

Old New Age Hippie Lady

Who lived by where I worked.

 

In Sedona, Arizona at 

Casa De Flores Nursery

For Old Man Biddle

( Jim Biddle )

 

 

Jim

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1968 Fairlane 500 2 door hardtop. In 1975 $150. Front end damage and 2 dead cylinders from burned exhaust valves. Fixed it up drove it 4 years and sold it. Good car, good times. Learned a lot. Manual drum brakes all around which were weak and coulda been the reason for the crash. Pretty common car in the day, try to find one now.

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6 hours ago, keiser31 said:

My first car....1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 two passenger coupe. Still got it....

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    Keiser31,

    Glad to see the bug progress on the 31 Dodge.   It's now on dollies to roll around in the cleaned out garage.

 

     Air in the tires, weather is better an time to get back on the project.   I'm sure the kid in the top picture would

     love to drive it in this lifetime.   Good Luck!

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My first car was a 1974 Gremlin - with the Denim package. I bought it for 150. Loved that car. Ran it till she fell apart. Wish I still had it.

it got around great with chains in the winter. 
such good memories. 

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2 hours ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe four door in 1952.  Paid $250.  Dad cosigned.    About $2540 in today's money.

 

  Ben

 

Me too Ben. Mine was dark blue and got in 1956 for $100.00. Ran the wheels off of it and top end was about 65 down hill with a tail wind! 😁 That vacuum shift was a real treat too!!!!

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1954 Plymouth Savoy four door sedan.  Handed down from my Father not out of niceness but so I could take my Mother to the store and anywhere else in town she wanted to go.  It was junk when I got it(when my Dad gave up on a car it usually was done) and two years later that’s where it ended up.  City auto. Got four dollars for it but had to split it with my friend who towed it out there.

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1961 Corvair. Had a lot of fun in it. My cousin had a 63 and those two cars got used and abused. Both lived to see their next owners. Unsafe at any speed? Only if your Ralph Clueless Nader. 

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My first car 1952 Austin A40 Somerset , 15 pounds , it was built like a tank , but had a  small problem burnt oil and had to change plugs at lunch time everyday at work  so it would make it home 😁

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1947 Ford PU at age 14.  In Iowa you could get a special permit to drive to school at 14 if you lived  on a farm.  Of course we all abused it and drove everywhere.  Three years later I dropped a 51 Merc motor in it with dual carbs and home made headers.  Sure wish I would have kept it.

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57 Desoto with a small hemi in it. I bought it from Mr Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge in 64 fir $290 and they put 4 new tires on it. Worked in a junk yard on Saturday’s for parts and gas I could siphon from cars they brought in. The back seat had a lot of room for fun. One of the rear speakers was missing but that was ok as we could throw the empty beer cans on the rear deck and eventually they would roll around until they fell in the trunk. Only had to empty the trunk once a month as it was so big! 
Yes, I had a lot of fun and craziness in my youth, somehow I survived. 
dave s 

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1952 Renault 4CV, custom body by my brother & me.   Put a Renault Dauphine engine in to double the HP.

4 cylinder water cooled rear engined homemede sports car by two kids, ages 14 & 17. (1960-1963)

 

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Mine was a 1962 MG Midget...  I installed new rings, etc.  My mother wouldn't let me drive it without a roll bar.  So, a family friend welded two pipe elbows together and bolted the 2 1/2" custom roll bar to the frame to act as the rear top bow.  I drilled inserts in it to receive the original front top bow for the new top purchased from the JC Whitney catalog.  My future brother-in-law painted it for me, and I installed blue indoor/outdoor carpeting. 

 

This car cornered like it was on rails, but couldn't beat a stock VW off the line.....

 

 

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53 Studebaker Champion.

twelve bucks, {two were to transfer the title)

Similar to Pilgrims deal, had to change the plugs often. But had to put oil in it more often.

I used to get my oil at a rerefinery in Tacoma, after a few weeks the guy there quit charging me. My first sponsor I guess.

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My first car was a 1965 Ford pickup short bed. Dad bought it used for my older sisters first 'car'. Still had the 6 banger, 3 on the tree but he put a decent paint job and a set of mag wheels. All show and little go. When she moved on to a new Pinto, my older brother got the truck. Repainted it, put in a rebuilt Corvette 350 junkyard engine, 4 speed manual. Thats how I inherited it. 

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