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My first driveable car was a 65 Valiant, slant 6 with 3 on the tree. Good little car, ran well and got great gas mileage. My actual first car (non-drivable) was a 1949 or 50 Olds that the local gas station owner gave me . I was in the third or fourth grade. Finally, my parents made me get rid of it. Fellow that bought it got it running the next day, and entered it in the demolition derby. Never did find out if he won or not!!!<P>------------------<BR>

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First car, 1960 Frontenac (Canadian EH), 4 dr, 144 c.i 6 cylinder with a 2 speed automatic. Spent half a week cleaning and polishing and when I was finished the car looked like new. Only had 16,000 miles , lasted one week and developed a strange knock. Hoped it was a rocker shaft but turned out to be a rod gone. Real nice fellow who sold it to me took it back and refunded the money. He even threw in an extra $20 for the radio I had put in. Think he still has the car sitting in his back yard after 32 years!

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1979 Buick Regal.<P>It was my Dad's first brand new car. I was 6 years old at the time and I said to my parents "I want that car when I'm old enough to drive." Very reliable and I still own it.

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Mine was a 69 chevy van, not running with no interior and an AMC inline-6<BR>Never got it running becuase the cops were harrasing me and my brother about it and the 2 mustangs we had- all not running and without plates- the mustangs were 641/2 and 67. the 67 was 6 cyl playboy pink coupe that had been backed into one one side and broadsided on the other!! It was a great way to learn body work!<P>the first "driver" I had was a 66 comet cyclone- 289 auto with trac-loc rear <BR>what a great highschool beater! kinda ugly but I miss it

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First car, pre-16 before a drivers licence, was a 1948 Ford Club Coupe slightly customized. It still had the flat head 8 with dual Strombergs. Completely chromed under the hood. Paid $350.00 for it and it sure was a looker. Use to have to get a older friend to drive it around for me. Worked my tail off to buy it. First car after 16 with a licence, was a 1966 Mustang 2+2 Fastback. Wish they were both back in the garage.<BR>Rick

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My first car was an early '70's Honda civic. It couldn't decide whether it was an automatic or stick car. You had to start in first and slide to second after you got going, but there was no clutch. When it got really cold (which is every winter here in Wisconsin) both of the doors would freeze shut and I'd have to crawl in through the hatch. Not easy to do, or very ladylike, in a skirt and heels, let me tell you.<P>My first collector car is a 1964 Rambler American convertible. My husband had a 1937 Buick Century when we married, and I made him promise that someday we'd get another car that I could drive. He surprised me with the Rambler for my 40th birthday. After that, a number of the other wives in our region decided to follow suit, and several of them are now the proud owners of their own collector cars!<P>I've noticed that the husbands of women with cars (WWC) get a lot less grief from their wives when it comes to club events and car-related purchases. Maybe you should keep that in mind, if you have a wife who is less than enthusiastic about the hobby?

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Mine was a 64 Oldsmobile, dynamic 88, purchased it in 1970. My wife had a 1970 TR6 that we still have today grin.gif

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My first car was a 1967 Buick Special Deluxe Sport Coupe that was purchased new by my grandfather. I bought it from him in 1979 as my first car. The car is still in my garage and is a BCA and AACA Senior Car. It's hard to believe that in the not to distant future that I have owned the car twice as long as him.<P>------------------<BR>Keith Bleakney BCA# 11475<P>1967 Technical Advisor<P>1 - 1967 (3517) & 1 - 1953 (56R)

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My first car was a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro that I bought in 1977 when I was 16. Paid $600.00 for it, drove it to school and later work. Kept it for over 20 years. Finally got to the point it needed to be restored. Held on to it for many years before deciding it would be a very long time until I got around to giving it a proper restoration. Sold it to a kid who ripped the guts out of it and made it into a Pro street Wannabe.<P>My first antique vehicle was a 1935 ford pickup that was given to me by my grandfather. He had driven the truck since new. My grandfather worked as a roofer. His boss bought the truck new in 1935 and gave it to my grandfather as a work truck that my grandfather drove every day to the job site and back home. When the owner of the roofing company retired, he gave the truck to my grandfather to help him start his own roofing business. It was later used on grandaddy's farm and finally parked in a shed where it sat for over 30 years. My Granddad gave the truck to me in 1978 because he knew I liked the old truck ever since I can remember. Granddad passed away in 1986 but I still have the truck. The truck is mostly complete and I started a long term restoration on the truck in the 80s. Unfortunately the restoration is still a long way from being completed as other things took precident (job..family..etc).<BR>Hopefully one of these days... smile.gif

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I turned 16 in 1983, later that spring dad took me to a junk yeard behind a mechanics shop. He showed me my first love, a 55 pontiac turquoise blue inder white WOW! I immediatley began learning oldies tunes because i felt if i played oldies music in her she'd stay young. Dad had her towed to our house where he put the engine together ( it was in pieces in the trunk smile.gif Anyway he had it running and inspected in three days! I kept the car until late 1985 when i sold it at carlisle for 600 bucks. I was sad until later in the day i bought a 59 galaxie to replace her. Sevral cars later and much poorer, I am anxiosly awaiting the delivery of my 41 chrysler royal which is on its way here from california as i write this!

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Above I talked about the first car I owned and the first antique vehicle I owned. This is about the first vehicle my wife and I owned as members of AACA (The Camaro was retired from the road and the 35 Ford pickup is not yet restored). I bought a 1957 Chevy pickup in 1990, and upon learning this, my friend (whose parents are charter members of our AACA region) talked my wife and I into joining the AACA. My wife and I joined AACA and our region in 1991. Shortly after we joined, we learned the region was going to Pennsylvania on its annual 2 day Spring Run. <BR>My wife and I were all excited for our first event. In my inexperience and naivete, I didn't think about anything going wrong with the pickup. It had passed a state inspection when I bought it only the year before.<BR>The trouble started the morning of the first day as we stopped by my parent's home. When we went to leave, the truck didn't want to start. Finally after drift starting it, we drove to the meeting location and never turned off the engine in order to give it a chance to charge the battery. At the first stop of the trip I stopped and immediately tried to restart the truck. It wouldn't crank. I was parked on a hill, so just as we were leaving I headed out a bit early to drift start the truck in hopes that no one would know. No good. Drifting didn't start it and several members had to push start the truck. The other region members said it was okay and they would just push start it whenever the group was leaving a stop. Unfortunately the truck got harder and harder to push start at each stop and soon had to resort to jump starts. I was already embarassed but what capped off the first day was when the entire exhaust system dropped onto the road. I quickly pulled over, and in a pit stop performance, had the exhaust wired back up and ready to go before any of the other cars could stop.<BR>So here we were going around with no muffler and a hard starting truck and I'm looking for a hole to crawl into. Things steadily got worse as even the jump starts were gettng progressively more difficult. At each stop I spent time fiddling with the truck as the group visited a place.<BR>Finally at the last stop on the last day, during dessert at the weekend closing dinner, I walked out to the truck early and took yet another look at it. It had never appeared to overheat but I went ahead and removed the thermostat. When the group was ready to head home, the truck still didn't want to start and we worked on it about 20 minuted before finally getting it to jump start. I drove it home about 40 miles and stopped at my parents house. After shutting the key off I realized I should have parked it somewhere else.. so with severe doubt in my mind I turned the key. Vroom! To my surprise, the engine roared to life on the first try. Evidently a bad thermostat had caused it to run warm and vapor lock, resulting in harder and harder starts.<BR>At that time as far as I was concerned, our involvment in the AACA and our region was over in less than a month. I was too embarassed to face anyone and passed on the next event. Luckily the region members were good hearted about it and we became and have remained active members in the region and AACA. The members of the region named the truck the "Pesky Little Pickup"<BR>BTW..we still have the "Pesky Little Pickup" although it is now extremely more dependable as I took the next six months to fix all of its problems I did not see when I bought it. I am also vastly more experienced in participating on tours with an antique vehicle. The Pesky Little Pickup was our constant club participation vehicle with no problems for over six years until we bought our Model A and semi retired the truck. A photograph sent anonymously to me after that fateful first trip is still posted above our computer. It shows the truck attached to a 1966 GTO by jumper cables and surrounded by many of the helpful guys that kept me from leaving the truck and the antique car hobby along side a Pennsylvania road over 10 years ago.

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My first car was a '59 Ford Galaxie 500 White Ford convertible with a black top and red-white-black leather seats, power steering and brakes. It was delivered to my office (Ford Headquarters)on my 21st birthday, something I will never forget -- what wonderful excitement. I loved that car and really hated giving it up in 1964. I would love to find a diecast toy replica as well as the "real" vehicle. Mrs. P.

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In 1958, I needed a car to commute to college, so I got a '40 Studebaker business coupe which desparately needed a ring jub.<BR>It burned oil like crazy, so I had to buy bulk oil from Sears, since I couldn't afford a ring job. That car always started and got me where I needed to go.<BR>My first new car was a '61 Mercury Monterey Hardtop which gave me over 105000 great miles. Since then, most of the cars I've owned have been Fords.<P>

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A high school friend convinced me that Buicks were the hottest, as well as the most solid cars. My Dad recommended GM because of parts availability and inter-changeability. I found a 1969 LeSabre convertible in New Jersey. My Dad checked it out and we bought it for $600.00. Even in 1977, one didn't get much of a car for $600.00. Well, we repaired the engine rockers, the transmission, the mufflers; and then when parked up on a friend's driveway, I saw carpet showing. Yes, no floors. It had been parked on the grass in NJ, and rotted out the bottom.<BR>I had to repair the rust, and put sheet metal down over the gaping spaces next to the transmission hump; and then traded up for my present car, a 1970 Electra convertible.<BR>The '69 LeSabre ended up in the Poconos at the Pocono Manor Inn.<P>------------------<BR>

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MY first car was ugly - my father picked it out - it belonged to a friend of his. It was a 1959 Plymouth Fury, 4 door sedan, two tone green. It had push buttons to change gears; it took me less than a year to kill the transmission, which was a blessing because I went out and picked out my next car, a new 1964 1/2 Mustang coupe.<P>Janet R.

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My first car was a brand new 1964 Chevelle 2 door post- 3 speed 283 cu.in. I paid $ 2100.00 for it. Now that's not even a good down payment for a new cookie cutter car of these days. WHAT HAPPENED ?

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My first car was a 1971 Chevelle SS w/a 402..all stock and original....back when they where "cheap" wink.gif<P>------------------<BR>1970 GS 455 4 Speed Convertible <A HREF="http://chevelles.com/showroom/mr4speedgs45501.jpg" TARGET=_blank>My GS</A><BR>1970 Chevelle SS396 4 Speed<BR>1968 Olds Cutlass Convertible..no 4 speed! <BR><p>[This message has been edited by mr 4 speed (edited 03-21-2001).]

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