Sweet ride. But no, I have too many expensive hobbies already.
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Very nice! We had a 62 Ford Pickup: 221 ci straight 6, 3 on the tree, manual brakes/steering, metal interior, gas tank right behind seats so you could hear it sloshing around. A real man's truck...
I like older cars, I'm a fan of the 60's 'musclecar' era. Yeah, they don't stop, steer, or ride worth a darn compared to today's cars, but then again, today's cars have 4 decades of engine, brake, tire, suspension, steering technology; you'd think they'd perform better...
My dream is to restore a few old musclecars but with updated suspension and brakes, plus built motor...old school looks with better performance. My faves: 68 - 70 Plymouth Roadrunner, 68 - 71 Ford Torino (with the sports roof)
A VERY charming truck you've got there!
I've always loved classic cars. And my taste has always been a bit expensive. As in "twice what the house cost". The last years, I've discovered more affordable oldtimers that I like. On top of that, my father in law owns a nice collection and can teach me how to maintain these cars. So...a few years ago I bought myself this nice 1982 Porsche 944 (European normally aspirated 163HP version):
In a few weeks time, it will be 30 years old. These shiny pics are from last year, before I took it on a huge trip across Europe. It is a bit rougher around the edges now. But hey, they're meant to be used, no garage queens! My model is as close to "no options " as I could get: targa roof, and that's it. No power steering, no electrical anything. What's not on it, cannot break. And it's a sports car, not a spa! I've got the 3 speed automatic gearbox, but with such a flat torque curve you'll forget all the bad clichés you know about old automatics. This car has no "acceleration pits". It will gently push you in the back anytime, anywhere. Besides, with only 3 gears and a kickdown function you're always in control of which gear you want. For easy cruising and active sporty driving this is as fine as the manual one. Only actual racers need a manual 944.
My father in law owns the following goodies:
(not the actual car)
A very early US Triumph Tr-6. That means TR-250 based, wire wheels, carburetor version, E-type seats. Slightly tuned with very short race history.
(not the actual car)
A Series 3 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 in rally trim. Not a HF, but this one is actually about as powerful as the earliest HF. Technological and optical beauty of a car. We'll rally this one through the small roads this summer!
And then there's some "for pieces", "no papers", and "forgotten projects" left and right...Among which an MG Midget in which nobody fits.
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As some of you guys know recently I have cleaning up some of the scrap metal from cars and other sources my grandfather had gotten it from. Some of it has been old parts to cars before the early 80's. About 12 years ago right after he passed away his brother got the the local scrap dealer to get a car crusher to come and crush to forty or so cars in a back field. The only one he got rid of before he died was my favourite which was '57 Lincoln Continental.
Ah, the "getting rid of". It hurts, but if it hadn't happened there wouldn't be rare cars. Still, I'd loved to have had that BMW 2002 that got eaten by the ridbug. Or that Lada 124 to go rallying with.
Somr of the cars weren't in really good shape anyway. One car when picked up by the giant forklift they brought in fall into peices on the ground as it was being lifted.
That's like jacking up a car and watching the jack dissapear into the car without the latter moving an inch.
If I had kept and mothballed every car I owned (some of them given to me) in my first ten years of driving (1954 to 1964), they would be worth over half a million bucks today, but they're all just memories now......woulda, coulda, shoulda.
It's tough to keep old rides for a long time. You may have spent half a mil just storing them all with registration and insurance.
I'm a big fan of a lot of classics. This truck was the first of many I plan to work on. It came to me running but very poorly. The brakes quickly seize and overheat, and the electrical needs a little work. But the body is in great shape, and it has no rust or dents. Plenty to work with and 95% original. The rims, seat, and gauges are all that I can find not from the original truck (except parts that wear and a few bolts).
My dad's been working in autobody repair for the last 35 years or so, and one of his hobbies is restoring classic cars. Here are a few that I've used for transportation
1979 Silverado: This one's been in the family for about 17 years
1985 Camaro: It may look fast, but it was painfully underpowered (sitting in a cow pasture for 15 years didn't help it much either). I drove this one for about a year or so in high school after restoration.
1979 Camaro: This was one of my favorites that my dad has done over the years. I still want to drive this one to Huntsville and cruise the roads around the airport. (pictured are my mom and dad)
1991 Camaro (aka KITT, yes I know KITT was a Trans Am): My dad's latest pet project
There are more, these are just all I have pictures of.
nice. I like the muscle cars.
Nice collection of Americans you've got there! I like the pickup.
Interesting to see how (logically) the continent you live in largely defines which oldtimers you own. I mean, it's not that easy for me to get some of these American cars overhere and the other way around it'd be a big challenge for you to have our collection.
Also interesting to see how several BAUT members have a totally different taste in cars compared to how I picture them. Then again, I can imagine some of you not associating me with a flashy, macho 944.
I'm still trying to deal with the concept of a car from 1979 being 'classic'.
You're slowly becoming an oldtimer yourself. You're at least 2 letters before Generation Z. I'm not talking about Datsuns here.
While I own no vehicle with a motor in it at present, I have a certain liking for older tiny, small engined European cars, like the Fiat 500, and older kei cars, trucks and vans. I don't know why, I guess I think they are cute.
A 500 certainly is cute. I've been thinking about getting one. Same for a Mini Cooper. But I'm afraid that if I'd buy a Mini, I'd rally (read: crash) it.
Ignoring rust, I am *so* jealous. The 240Z has the lines for me. In my opinion, that car holds Ferrari beauty in it. It's slightly over my budget now, and then there's the rust...
Love the orginal Z cars! Really took the industry by storm when they first came out.
Give me the original Skyline GTR (Hakosuka) any day! Even if it were worth nothing, I'd still love to drive one. That sound.
What is a few tons of Iron Oxide worth?
I think my only one that I kept would be a worthy "classic" would have been my V6 72' Capri.
Unfortunately; it wasn't in good shape to begin with. (I paid a whopping $350 for it)
Once I threw on the dual exhaust instead of the strange 3 muffler system they had, that thing not only performed as a beauty, but sounded great too.
If I had kept every car I ever owned, I'd also have a Skoda.
I wish I still had my '64 Corvair Monza. Yellow, 4-speed tranny, 110 horse engine, lots of fun to drive. I've always regretted being talked out of getting it fixed when the insurance company wanted to total is after a relatively minor accident. My first car. Sigh...
I also regret trading our '79 Mazda RX7. My wife (we were newly married) saw a Porsche 924 and found it attractive. We actually went and looked at them but it was more than we could afford and didn't even come with a radio. I suggested we go across the street and look at the Mazda. Half the price even with the stereo, sunroof, and AC. We wound up trading it in on an '86 Mercury Sable because we needed a car that could carry more people. Worst decision of my life, and worst car I ever owned.
Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.
The 924 would have been the more reliable one. One silver lining though: if you'd bought the 924 back then, it would still be next to worthless today. These cars are sooooo underestimated these days. A 924 often is sold for the scrap metal price, while it is a very very fine oldtimer indeed. And not expensive in maintenance because most of it is VW and Audi parts and body parts are easily available. It's still an old car so it will cost you money, but it's no 928. My 944 is a bit more expensive to keep on the road, having a Porsche engine. Still, if you know where to buy parts and do the work yourself, it's not too bad. Just don't ask what a set of tires costs me.
I've got a (very old aftermarket) radio in the 944. Never use it though, I just listen to the music from the exhaust. I must say, it sings a better song than the 924.[the 924] was more than we could afford and didn't even come with a radio.
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