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Re: First car

Message 171 of 173

My first car was a '55 Olds 88 that I bought in late '61 for $550.00.  I had just  moved back home and gotten a job after a year away at college.  I was riding the bus to and from work, even though I had to transfer busses in downtown Atlanta.  This was OK until the days got shorter and the place where I had to wait for the bus to come home was very near a bar and it was scary dealing with drunks after dark.


My uncle (father's brother) had a small used car lot and we went to check out what he had.  I fell in love with the green and white car as soon as I saw it.  My parents actually had a '55 Pontiac Star Chief as a second car at that time.  My father cosigned the loan papers with me for the bank and it had to be paid off in less than a year.  I wasn't making much money and it was rough but I did it.  


I went back to school after 18 months and my parents were looking at getting a new car and getting rid of their Pontiac.  Since it was the same year as my Olds, my father suggested trading cars since he feared my transmission was slipping a bit and the thought the Pontiac was in better shape.  At the same time the boy my younger sister was dating was looking for a used car and he bought the Olds.


The transmission on the Pontiac went out on I-20 on my way back from class about 6 months later.  My now-brother-in-law drove the Olds without transmission repair for another 2 years, until he sold it to two young boys who wanted to make a cross country trip.  He sold it to them for $300, warning them of the transmission.


The last we heard they had made it to Los Angeles, still with no transmission repair.  I wonder if it's still going somewhere.

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Re: First car

Message 172 of 173

A Gremlin. New at the time (I think it was a '70). Car was so cheap there was no glovebox door --- just the opening.  Can't really recall how much I paid. I do remember tinkering with it --- glasspack, pushing up the timing to get more ooomph (while knocking like crazy).  In those days, I actually did the tuneups. Some of you remember using a timing light.   

Just think. The world was built by the lowest bidder.
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First car

Message 173 of 173

What was your first car?  Love to hear about the different cars everyone first owned

Mine was a '62 Chevy Impala, 2 door hardtop. Forgot if it was SS, don't think so.  Light , light yellow.  Paid $1,200.00 in '69.  Wish I still had it.   Just had a 283 ,  whatever that means.  I am a lady, so don't know that much about cars. Well, i know a little actually, as my husband taught me about cars...even helped him work on. 


A lot of good memories,  still have a picture...

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