Tell us about your first car..

Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Charlie Z On: Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:57 am

Devil5052 wrote: Second car was a 1972 Plymouth Golduster with the Chrysler slant-six 225 engine........for a little over $3000.00 new. Most reliable car I ever owned!,,,You couldn't kill them!! (ujntil the body just rusted away :( )


Mine was a dark green Gold Duster '74. Absolutely indestructable. Built like a badly designed hammer and just as ugly. I can still hear it's starter. Dad bought it new for $3400? I got it 5 years later, used it for 2 years and then little sis got it.

She turned it into a Figure-8 car on the road. Every 6 months or so she got rear ended or t-boned. Perfect car for the task.

It impressed few of my friends. Our band had a '66 Ford Cortina, 72 scout, 75 CJ-5, 75 K-5 that said Aer Lingus on the side, 67 Mustang, 69 Rambler (white, painted zebra with rustoleum and foam brushes), 69 chevy pickup fulltime 4x4 w/big block; smoked all 4 (w/o tailgate, you could hit the gas and slide everyone out the back), 75 Fiat 2000. Fun times in each one of them...
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Devil505 On: Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:02 am

Charlie Z wrote:
Devil5052 wrote: Second car was a 1972 Plymouth Golduster with the Chrysler slant-six 225 engine........for a little over $3000.00 new. Most reliable car I ever owned!,,,You couldn't kill them!! (ujntil the body just rusted away :( )


Mine was a dark green Gold Duster '74. Absolutely indestructable. Built like a badly designed hammer and just as ugly. I can still hear it's starter. Dad bought it new for $3400? I got it 5 years later, used it for 2 years and then little sis got it.

She turned it into a Figure-8 car on the road. Every 6 months or so she got rear ended or t-boned. Perfect car for the task.

It impressed few of my friends. Our band had a '66 Ford Cortina, 72 scout, 75 CJ-5, 75 K-5 that said Aer Lingus on the side, 67 Mustang, 69 Rambler (white, painted zebra with rustoleum and foam brushes), 75 Fiat 2000. Fun times in each one of them...



Goldduster were great cars except for the radiators. I think I replaced the radiator twice in my 72" Duster. (Pretty easy to do) They tended to leak, at least mine did.
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:19 am

Devil5052 wrote:
Charlie Z wrote:
Devil5052 wrote: Second car was a 1972 Plymouth Golduster with the Chrysler slant-six 225 engine........for a little over $3000.00 new. Most reliable car I ever owned!,,,You couldn't kill them!! (ujntil the body just rusted away :( )


Mine was a dark green Gold Duster '74. Absolutely indestructable. Built like a badly designed hammer and just as ugly. I can still hear it's starter. Dad bought it new for $3400? I got it 5 years later, used it for 2 years and then little sis got it.

She turned it into a Figure-8 car on the road. Every 6 months or so she got rear ended or t-boned. Perfect car for the task.

It impressed few of my friends. Our band had a '66 Ford Cortina, 72 scout, 75 CJ-5, 75 K-5 that said Aer Lingus on the side, 67 Mustang, 69 Rambler (white, painted zebra with rustoleum and foam brushes), 75 Fiat 2000. Fun times in each one of them...



Goldduster were great cars except for the radiators. I think I replaced the radiator twice in my 72" Duster. (Pretty easy to do) They tended to leak, at least mine did.


The slant six was one of the greatest engines ever made, almost impossible to kill. Chrysler stuck to solid tappets till the bitter end, the six was no exception. If I remember correctly the slant six was a hemi.
My '66 Fury has the "Wedge Head 318" with solid tappets.

Those late sixties Valiants and their offspring (Dusters, Swingers, etc.) leaked like a sieve in the rain. As a result the floor pans and trunk floors disappeared in short order. I had a '74 Dart Swinger for a little while that flooded with every rain storm.
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:55 am

I had several slant sixes, all after I sold my '65 formula S barracuda,, so I hated the slant six, it had no guts, no glory, no pzazz.. I bought a '72 dodge dart 4door from a salvage yard, it was driveable, this was the slab-sided design like the mid 60's Lincolns.. but nowhere near as interesting.. This Dodge dart had been driven between two trees, so it was even flatter on the sides... I replaced both front fenders. did my best on the 4 doors, and the rear quarters.. It looked like a Dodge Dart from 10-20 feet, looked butt-ugly all the time. It was painted that unfortunate green that the utility companies used.. Bell Telephone and Detroit edison green.. this car didn't just get hit by an ugly stick,, the whole forest of ugly fell on it.

I bought it with around 90K miles on it. I disliked it so much that I decided to kill it.. It was too ugly to sell, so the only way to have to get another car was to kill this one.. So.. I lived 1.4 miles from the on-ramp to I-75, which I drove on into Detriot to go to College classes, and back each day to work in the VW shop at night don't know when I slept.. I would hit the onramp and put the pedal to the mat, the car was anemic,, it would only do 105-108mph indicated.. I left it there traffic permitting [usually light traffic] untill the engine temp gauge went into the red, then backed off to 90mph.. I did this to this car for over a year,, it just wouldn't die.. my sister's car died so I had a good excuse to get rid of it.. My sister got 'ol 'Ugly Green' with ~150K miles.. and it went to 250K for her, and she gave it away, to a friend.. same engine, same trans.. just amazing..it finally blew the trans at ~300k... the engine was finally getting tired,, you had to add oil every 1K.

I can't remember what I bought next, I think it was the stolen and recovered '66 Porsche 912.. VERY rusty, but I wanted it.. it was a rust nightmare,,, I got lucky and broke even on it a year later.. But I still remember driving it home when I bought it, I was on a cloverleaf freeway on-ramp, pulling some [partial] g's in the turn, when.... I got wet pants.. no, I didn't piss myself.. the passenger-side sunvisor was pouring water out of the pivot point.. the visor was one of those padded plastic envelopes heat sealed all the way around.. it was water-tight, except at the hinge pivot points.. the visors were full of water... HOW do you ask??? I found out that the car had been stolen, and recovered,,,, in a lake... yep I didn't buy a Porche... I had bought a PERCH... it was nicknamed... the Perch... When I took the carbs apart for a cleaning, I found SILT in the float bowl, on the outside recesses and all through the car, inside the instruments, all had lake water sediment.. The Perch was a great car,, I drove it hard, and it held up.. but the rust was making the body- a uniframe type construction dangerous.. the steel was like egg shells.. looked good, but was very close to crumbling... I found a guy to buy it for the drivetrain and parts.. Whew!!
Then I made my poor-man's Porsche... a hopped up VW Karman-ghia...I built an ultimate street-driveable engine, it had 165hp at the rear wheels, measured on the same chassis dynamometer that the stock engine turned to 43hp.. this ghia was a total sleeper.. had rust in the 'eyebrows' over the headlamps, rust around the wheel openings, and it was the orange that was popular for the '69,70's small cars.. remember the bright 'pastel' colors?? blue, Orange Yellow... Mine was FADED orange.. emphasis on faded... this car was a wolf in shabby sheep's clothing.. it would run 0-50mph in sub 5 seconds. the 1/4 mile in the low 13's... I had a ball.. oh man,, the stories... maybe after a few 7&7's around the campfire... but for the grace of God... I'd be long dead..

Later,, Greg L

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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:32 am

mine was a 1972 Pinto Wagon..4Cyl, 4 speed..enough said. Got thru high school and 1 year of college....$500 beater.
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:23 am

When I was 14, I rebuilt a 392" Chrysler Hemi in the basement. When my older brother came home one weekend, I showed it to him and he asked what I was going to do with it. I told him I was going to find a '57 Plymouth and stick it in it. The following weekend he and his buddy showed up towing a cherry '57 FURY with a blown motor he found for $25.
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Charlie Z On: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:44 pm

Wood'nCoal wrote:Those late sixties Valiants and their offspring (Dusters, Swingers, etc.) leaked like a sieve in the rain. As a result the floor pans and trunk floors disappeared in short order. I had a '74 Dart Swinger for a little while that flooded with every rain storm.


Yea! Dad garaged it, so it didn't rot. But, it dripped on his shoes on his ride home from work and it drove him crazy! It seemed like every Saturday, he had me get up under the dash with a tube of RTV. I think it came from the cowl vent... the mystery never solved... I never cared.

How old cars did rot! I had a 75 CJ in '80 and it had rust thru over both wheel wells and the rockers. It was basically done -- a kid car -- and it was not really abused. Pretty typical.

I have a 5 year old TJ now and it looks almost new and I'm on the beach just as much, maybe more. All the cars I mentioned had at least some rot thru. The steel used now is SO much better. The paints started to noticeably fade in about 3 years, too. I remember the orange Karman Ghia's...

Dirt bike, couple boxes of shells and a 4x4... hookey, spring '79
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:07 pm

The clear coat used on the cars today keeps them shiny and fade free a lot longer. One of my friends had a Duster that was red, time had faded it to red with a whitish haze on most of the car. One time when I took it to do some work on it I hit it with the wheel and some compound and a quick coat of wax, he didn't realize it was his car when I returned it. My dad's 1967 Ford was light blue metallic, a large part of the car had peeled down to the primer within 4 years or so, my father brought home some zinc chromate primer from work, sure looked terrible with those yellow patches all aver it. Around 1976 we had it "Earl Scheibed", the car had over 150,000 miles on it and we figured it would quit soon. Earl's paint gradually washed off over the next ten years or so. It's now painted the darker blue Ford offered in 1967, been off the road for about 12 years, in a dry garage (did drive it a few miles last year, though).

I took my driver's test in a '67 Valiant slant 6.
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:08 pm

Charlie Z wrote:
Wood'nCoal wrote:Those late sixties Valiants and their offspring (Dusters, Swingers, etc.) leaked like a sieve in the rain. As a result the floor pans and trunk floors disappeared in short order. I had a '74 Dart Swinger for a little while that flooded with every rain storm.


Yea! Dad garaged it, so it didn't rot. But, it dripped on his shoes on his ride home from work and it drove him crazy! It seemed like every Saturday, he had me get up under the dash with a tube of RTV. I think it came from the cowl vent... the mystery never solved... I never cared.

How old cars did rot! I had a 75 CJ in '80 and it had rust thru over both wheel wells and the rockers. It was basically done -- a kid car -- and it was not really abused. Pretty typical.

I have a 5 year old TJ now and it looks almost new and I'm on the beach just as much, maybe more. All the cars I mentioned had at least some rot thru. The steel used now is SO much better. The paints started to noticeably fade in about 3 years, too. I remember the orange Karman Ghia's...

Dirt bike, couple boxes of shells and a 4x4... hookey, spring '79
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That a Scout?
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:23 am

My wife's (girlfriend at the time) 1962 Ford Falcon after a little misadventure I had with it!
Man...I hated that car!!
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Charlie Z On: Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:50 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:
That a Scout?


Yea, a '72. Still one of my favorites. Whole top comes off (no door frame!) and it's a nice sized vehicle.
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:10 am

rberq wrote: traded it for a 61 Ford Falcon, terrible piece of junk that only got 15 miles per gallon with its automatic trans and broke down all the time, but at least it had the illusion of being a small economy car.
My wife's (girlfriend at the time) 1962 Ford Falcon after a little misadventure I had with it!
Man...I hated that car!!

"My wife's (girlfriend at the time) 1962 Ford Falcon after a little misadventure I had with it!
Man...I hated that car!!"



I don't believe anyone could hate a Ford Falcon....although they did have problems with the piston rings on the early ones, after a while they would begin to emit HUGE amounts of smoke through the road draft tube (blowby) and loose power. My mother's '63 expired after a cold night, when my father tried to start it, no go. the compression rings on the pistons cracked. This happened to a neighbor's Falcon as well.
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Devil505 On: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:08 am

rberq wrote: traded it for a 61 Ford Falcon, terrible piece of junk that only got 15 miles per gallon with its automatic trans and broke down all the time, but at least it had the illusion of being a small economy car.


My wife's "62" Falcon was a manual 3-speed on the column. (Pull in & down for 1st gear; push & up for 2nd, push & down for 3rd & reverse was towards you & up)
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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: LsFarm On: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:12 am

Better known as 'three on a tree' or 'three on the tree'

:lol:

But was first gear syncromesh? or 'select a grind' ???

I learned to 'double clutch' on a ford 8N tractor, so a non syncro 1st gear wasn't much of an issue., but my sister HATED it.. she is two years older than me, and I had to drive around in a parking lot to teach her the use of a clutch and gearshift, on a Rambler American 'three on the tree'.. I knew how to drive it waayyy before I could get a license... And Dad had lost patience with teaching my sister.. we went to the church parking lot.. and dad left us to destroy the trans and clutch... we didn't :lol: :D :shock:

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Re: Tell us about your first car..

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:19 am

My first was a '69 roadrunner in orange. The first thing I did was rip out the bench seat and put in buckets. Man that car could do amazing things :D When I joined the service my brother dropped me off and that was the last of Mr. beep beep. Seems like every time he dropped he would get the keys to a sweet ride. 72 Charger, 73 Challenger the list goes on. :( :) Scott
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