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03-17-2005, 16:00
What classic or classics did you own back in the day and wish you still had now?

I'm only looking for responses from people that actually owned what they are listing, not wishing they had.


** Any car or truck under the 70's.

sean o'farrell
03-17-2005, 16:05
I owned a nice little white MGA, 1959, I think. Pretty car, but a real P.O.S.

Also owned the following which I wish I still had:

Triumph TR-4 with Independent Rear Suspension. Great, strong car.

Volve P544, the one that looked like a late 1940s Ford. Also a terrific car.

Jeep station wagion, early 1950s vintaqe, looked like a small shoebox on top of a larger shoebox. Lots of fun, no get up and go.

03-17-2005, 16:49
I don't know how "old timer" I am, but, I will answer:

1967 Mustang Fastback
1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 (Hydro-pneumatic suspension, 6.9 V8, DRY SUMP oil lubrication system)
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC (BBS Wire Wheels and AMG aerodynamic styling parts, deeply tinted windows. A true Miami "Cocaine dealer, Blow the Movie" car)
Chrysler Imperial, Burgundy over white leather with a white convertible top...And a couple others.

03-17-2005, 17:14
1955 Oldsmobile 98

1963 Austin-Healy Sprite

1959 Chevrolet Belair

1970 Volkswagen Beetle

1970 Ford F-100

03-17-2005, 18:09
69 Dodge Dart Swinger 318
69 Dodge Charger 440
65 Impala SS 350

That's it for me for old muscle.

03-17-2005, 18:22
My girlfriend inherited from her dad a Dodge Coronet with the 318 engine. It had loads of torque so it was fun doing burnouts but it peaked out rather quickly. When you were young, you thought that kind of stuff was cool as hell. The seats were big and wide.;N

And then my high school buddy and I, with lots of help from his Mustang fanatic dad, hot rodded a Mustang Cobra II 302. That mutha burned some serious rubber. We used to cruise the strip with it for about fifteen minutes then had to park because it would start to overheat. His dad adjusted the pedal positions so that we can do a power brake burnout with the four speed stick shift.

I remembered there used to be tons of Chevelles, El Caminos, Torinos, plus the ususal Camaros, Firebirds and Mustangs. I was going to say that them were the glorious days, but they weren't. All our cars were crappy with the exhaust removed for "free flow" and noise. Dents everywhere and most of the cars are half primered. Naturally we had the Edelbrock, K&N, Mickey Thompson stickers all over the place. And yes, we even had spoilers. Not the big rear wings but the small whale tails typical of the time.

The ones that sneered at the ricer crowds conveniently forgot how it was back in their days. From the way they talk, you'd think that everybody owned a HemiCuda, a 429 Cobrajet Stang or a 454 'Vette.

03-17-2005, 18:25
1961 MGA
1964 MGB
1964 Austin Healey with 289 ford V-8
1967 Austin Healey
1963 Falcon sprint 260 V-8
1966 Corvette 427
1969 Corvette 427
1984 Corvette
1966 GTO 3 two barrels 4 spd
1969 GTO
1969 Buick Wildcat 430 engine
1994 Z-28
Just a few from fond memories. There were lots more, I'm old.
I thought this might be a question about how to replace/adjust breaker points. It was a great day when electronic ignition came out.

03-17-2005, 19:32
`69 Torino GT fastback with 351W 4bbl<img src='' width=700 height=525 >

`70 Torino GT Sportsroof with 351 Boss<img src='' width=700 height=525 >

`65 Pontiac GTO with 450 hp 428 out of a `69 Gran Prix SJ<img src='' width=700 height=525 >

The `70 Torino GT the day I bought it for $1200 from the original owner <img src='' width=700 height=525 >

These are all old pics of my actual cars, from age 16 to 24.

I miss them all:(

03-17-2005, 19:55
Dodge Super Bee 383/6pack
Austin Healey sprite
Lotus Elan/or Europa can't remember the model name

03-17-2005, 20:10
'59 Impala 2dr HT 348cid ( never did get that 409 installed)

'63 Dodge Polara Sport 2dr HT 318cid

'72 Oldmobile Cutlass Supreme 455cid (Swapped in... was a 350)

'66 Mustang 289cid (I restored this one with my Dad)

Of all of them I wish I had the Polara back the most. That is what I drove when I was in tech school(Auto Mechanics), But I am happy with my '02 Dakota quad cab

03-17-2005, 21:01
Vart.......Very nice man:cool:

Out of all the cars I owned. I really miss my 69 Cougar XR7. I replaced the blown up 351w 4bl (thanks DAD!) with a 429 @600hp with out juice, C-6, street racer. A close 2nd was a 73 T/A with a 455 S/D.

My brother took my blown 351w and rebuilt it and we both stuck it in a 76 capri II. Took us all winter to get it running. It was one of the hottest running sleepers around western new york back in the early 80's. Won alot of pink slips with that little car:cool:

03-17-2005, 21:27
Off Topic, but,

I have heard my mechanic refer to himself as a Tech, or a Technician.
Is that the new term for a mechanic?

Regards, CGuns

03-18-2005, 10:58
I almost hate to think about this.......especially since all the pics were lost during the divorce of '82.

57 Chev convertible....a rust belt car so don't get excited.

56 Chev.....ditto.

69 Chev Impala SS427 w/L72 and 4 speed. I ordered this car new.

64 Corvette Coupe, factory off road pipes, Knock offs, 350HP 327CID.

65 Corvette Coupe, 365HP 327 CID, Factory Fuel Injected car.

63 Corvette Coupe, Just a nice car. Had a body off frame resto

76 Porsche 930 Turbo. Still the quickest turbo I ever drove until the twin turbos were introduced.

If I can think of more I'll post them then.


03-18-2005, 12:06
Originally posted by CGuns
Off Topic, but,

I have heard my mechanic refer to himself as a Tech, or a Technician.
Is that the new term for a mechanic?

Regards, CGuns

Tech, technician, parts monkey, knuckle dragger. Some of us answer to them all;f

03-18-2005, 12:25
A mechanic IS a technician. But if he/she were to refer to him/herself as a mechanic then we'd know right away that the person is a technician in the automotive field (car, truck, ATV, moto, etc.).

Otherwise, a technician just generically mean that you are competent to work in a certain area. A gunsmith is a technician. A microchip making person is a technician. So on and so on.

03-18-2005, 12:35
*'56 Chev convertable, Blue w/blk top.
'57 Biscayne three on the wheel--
* '58 Chev 2-door hd top White w/red interior... 327, two 4bbls manual linkage, Hurst, 4:11 rear.

I had the '58 when the wife thought I might be a 'good catch', she says.

03-18-2005, 12:48
First car was a real classic. A 1935 LaSalle. Paid $75.00 for it in 1948. Classy, had a speedometer in the back seat. Sold it a year later for what I paid for it.

Deathrow: AKA old timer :cool: ;) :)

03-18-2005, 15:06
I think that the LaSalle costed around $300 when it was new, wasn't it?

03-18-2005, 15:14
Originally posted by fnfalman
I think that the LaSalle costed around $300 when it was new, wasn't it?


IIRC the LaSalle was a GM product and it was designed to appeal to those who wanted a car somewhere between a Buick and a Caddy. I'm not sure of the cost originally, but it was near the top of the GM line. I don't know when they quit making them, but I think it was in the late 30's when few people could afford much more then a Ford or a Chevvy.



PS How's the love life coming along? Any new contacts?
No, on second thought I don't REALLY want to know.:cool: ;) :)

03-18-2005, 15:21
I know about the LaSalles, I just don't recall how much they costed. I knew that they went bye-bye during the Depression because of lack of sales.

BTW, love life sucks right now, but I'm working on it.

03-19-2005, 01:28
Originally posted by fnfalman
I know about the LaSalles, I just don't recall how much they costed. I knew that they went bye-bye during the Depression because of lack of sales.

BTW, love life sucks right now, but I'm working on it.

Time for another dose of Sig, perhaps? ;b

03-20-2005, 19:25
My first car:
A black primered '53 Chevy with a hot rodded 6
'54 Buick 2 dood hardtop
'57 Chevy Bel Air 2 door sedan
'59 Chevy Bel Air 4 door sedan
'62 Bel Air 2 door
'65 Buick Sky Lark hardtop
'60 Falcon 2 door wagon
'49,'51,'52,'63 Ford pickups
'67,'68,'71,'72 Chevy pickups
'65 Dodge van (cargo doors on both sides)
'69 V Dud (made into a roadster)

I'm currently looking for another '67 or '68 Chevy pichup.

03-21-2005, 17:09
I emailed my Dad the thread I started. I know he owned a lot of cars growing up. So heres my Dad's email.

While I can still remember, I have decided to write down, the cars I have bought, drove, and enjoyed during my years. What a love affair. Now, As I am in the sixth decade of my life, and can still remember, I have listed them in order as best I can remember...

Note: I have listed the price I paid, when I could remember.

The NOR means, I owned it, but never had it on the road.

I have listed the approx. span of years when I owned these.

1959 to 1964

1. 39 chevy coupe, black, pd $150.00.........

2. 49 ford, 4 dr, flathead V8, overdrive

3. 56 chev bel aire, 2 dr, blu & white, 6 cyl stick, pd $525.00

4. 50 chev coupe, 2 dr.

5. 58 ford galaxie, 2 dr. 352 cu. in engine

6. 55 stude, commander, 2 dr. blk, V8, OD trans, (hill holder)

7. 58 chev. bel aire, 2 dr. six cyl, powerglide

8. 57 desoto fireflite, 2 dr, black, fins, hemi, auto

9. 53 olds, 2 dr hardtop, had dynaflow(hydramatic fact. burned)converted to hydramatic trans. 303 cu in motor

10. 55 chev nomad sta. wag. red & white, V 8 auto, converted to 235 six cyl. and 3 sp. stick. Crashed on rt 611, fall of 1964

1966 - 1968 ( in Army 173rd Sky Soldiers 65 - 66. had the 53 olds yet)

11. 59 Plymouth conv. NOR

12. 60 Olds, super 88, 2 dr, green & white, 394 cu in motor

13. 64 Olds, dynamic 88, 4 dr green, 394 motor, 2 bbl.

1968 - 1974

15. 67 Ford galaxie , 2 dr, red & blk top, 390 motor

16. 68 Ford galaxie, 2 dr. 302, piston went out at approx. 285K

17. 66 comet, 2 dr, yellow, 6 cyl.

18. 64 Rambler wagon, 4 dr, gr & white, 6 cyl. Stick OD

19. 53 Olds , 2 dr sedan

20. 55 Olds, 4 dr. super 88, 324 cu in motor,grn & white, re-painted
all red

1974 - 1978

21. 68 Ford gal. (ori. blk) 2 dr HT, ori. 302, converted to 351 W

22. 74 Vega sta. wag. red, rebuilt motor, steel sleeves

23. 64 Ford thunderbird, rebuilt a low comp. 390 motor re painted met. blue

24. 66 comet, 2 dr. green, rebuilt the 6 cyl motor, auto

25. 63 &1/2 Ford gal. 500 convert. 390, repainted blue

1978 - 1980

26. 54 Olds 98 Holiday, 2 dr, 324 motor, fact. spotlite

27. 68 Ford Galax, 2 dr, 390 motor, maroon

28. 55 Ford F 100 pickup, 272 motor, stick (first pickup)

1980 - (had two 68 fords,driving yet) - 1988

29. 1974 Ford pickup, F100, 302 auto, blk, changed to 351 W

30. 1973 Ford torino, 2 dr, white, 302, (after timing chain, got real good gas mileage), auto, C4

31. 88 Dodge ram 50 pickup, (bought new) (mitsu) still have

1988 - 2004

32. 86 Dodge Omni, 4 dr, 4 cyl., red

33. Dodge D 150 pickup, 318 V8 , auto, (still have)

34. 77 T.Bird, 2 dr, green, 351 W, auto

35. 85 Ford Crown Vic, rebuilt the 302. 4 dr white (still have)

Note, there was also a 63 ford gal.4 dr, 289 motor, and a 57 Olds, 98 conv.. NOR.....

michael t
03-25-2005, 01:29
1939 Ford Coupe
1961 Vespa car not 2 wheeler
1965 Plymouth 426 wedge
1967 MGB
1970 Super Bee
1973 Challenger
1984 GSLSE RX7
1973 Vega wagon 350/auto
At present work in progress
1967 AMC Reble Wife Car
1970 Cuda 440+6 4 speed Left to me by my best friend on his passing Been sitting since mid 90's shows less than 30000 miles but need serious ground up rebuild.

03-25-2005, 07:35
67 AMC Rebel.....Do not see many of those left....Nice ride.

Texas T
03-27-2005, 09:30
The ones I wish I still had from my youth:

1971 Triumph TR-6

1967 Mustang coupe

1952 Ford pickup

1937 Ford pickup

The one I still have:
1963 1/2 Ford Falcon Sprint

03-27-2005, 17:38
I'm surprised there are several former MG owners here.

My first ride was a 1960 MGA - used.

Bought a 67 GTO new, but wrecked it after 6 months. :(

Then bought a 67 Malibu SS - that was one of the best cars I ever owned.

Grandma gave me her 58 Olds 88 chrome barge battlewagon to drive to school when I started teaching at an inner-city school -

Replaced the Olds with a beat up 64 Rambler that had a 1' hole in the passenger floorboard - put almost 100K on that crate.

The wife drove the nice cars, as they were not exposed to vandalism.

03-28-2005, 21:29
I just thought of the Topic "Old Timers". I love just about all the Pre 72 cars.
One thing the present could bring is Fuel Injection. If I ever built another classic. I would make sure I would add FI to it.

03-30-2005, 00:12
I have a 64 impala 406 sb
Last spring sold 340-6 cuda convert.
Bought a 2005 Mustang GT,
Getting tired of working, looking for parts for these old cars.

03-31-2005, 12:08
1965 El Camino with an L79 327(RARE)

1965 Chevelle Z16(one of 201 made)

1969 GTO Judge. RAIII 4 sp/ac car

1969 Roadrunner. 383 auto/ac