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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-03-2004, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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What was the first car you had to take care of?

I was curious which car people had as their "first car to be responsibile for." I think your first car is the one that teaches you the most about drivng, mechanics, and all around responsibility. There are always great stories regarding your first car too - no matter how much of a POS it may have been ... *edit* I didn't say your "first car" because a lot of people get a car that they don't really seem to care about

My first car was a 1991 Cutlass Supreme. I got a great deal on it - the whole back suspension was seized and the rear brakes didn't work At least I learned how to go to a scrap yard and find parts The car also had 2 awesome features... One was a digital dashboard display!! Unfortunately, it always showed me going 188 MPH with a full tank of gas. I always went a bit slower than everybody around me - figuring that'd keep the cops off of me I eventually got that fixed, but that created a second problem. Smoke would pour out of the steering column if I turned my right blinker on. I guess I messed something up...

But, I learned a lot working on that car (and believe me, it needed a lot of work). It served me very well until a Ford F150 destroyed it

My friends also had similar crap-box first cars. We found out that 4 people could lift a 1984 Toyota Tercel out of a ditch We also found out that a 1981 RX7 was a very hot commodity. Although my friend got his for $100 by way of his uncle, the darn thing was stolen in 6 months. I guess we never realized the awesome value of a car that had 5 colors of body panels and headlights that required you to kick the bumper to get them to pop up

*edit* I forgot to mention what the other amazing feature of the Olds Cutlass Supreme...

It had a redline that was 4400 rpm. I'm still baffled how a OHV 3.1L V6 has a 4400 rpm redline. When I first got it, I could have swore something was wrong with the fuel pump or something... damn thing kept sounding like it was starved for fuel when I stepped on the gas.


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What was the first car you had to take care of?

Haha...this is a good thread idea...and I like your descriptions...

My first car was a 1975 Datsun B210...a little POS fast(slow)back car for those not familiar...after all it was rare. Picked mine up for $40 and a six pack of Canadian. The car was great and all...no working speedo either I had to start braking from the end of one set of lights in order to stop in time for the next red light. No power anything no music of any kind 3spd automatic that was a little slow to shift, but it was RWD and had tires that were 135 in width...and it was rated at 63 BHP...but after being used for 30 years the car probably put down about 25-30 WHP so even with the worlds thinnest tires I could not squeel them unless I had my wheel cranked all the way to one side (hard to do w/o power steering) and launch it on gravel or snow. Everything was cool until my school had a hit the car for cancer event....and my car was sitting next to the car that was donated for it and people actually started smoking my car with baseball bats...hell I even hit it for a dollar. Ah yess responsibility.

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What was the first car you had to take care of?

I had a 1967 Chevy Corvair for 4 months before I bought a 1987 Honda Prelude. This was back in 1996. The Corvair was a cool car, but it had problems. The body needed a lot of work and it had a hole in the front passenger floor board. This freaked me out because I could imagine myself falling through the floor while driving down the highway. It ran pretty good, but if you didn't tighten the fuel line every week it would vibrate loose and spill fuel onto the motor. The best part was the engine was in the back and the trunk was in the front.

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What was the first car you had to take care of?

Um, I had a 94 Cherokee Sport in '98... it was a good car... um... that's about it

Also, it taught me that hitting everything in sight and running things over is fun when you have an unbreakable car/truck.
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What was the first car you had to take care of?

1988 Mercury Cougar...it shook like a wet dog and the speedo didn't work.

I pulled over one night (fully off road and in grass) to help an animal and some lady hit the rear corner of the car. I still drove it and that lady ended up losing her license over some sh*t like that. I got to sit in court (as a law clerk for the judge) and see her cry for an hour. Shows what karma can do I guess.

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What was the first car you had to take care of?

first car was an 86 rx7...hella sweet ride for a 16 year old, but man did that thing have problems. it would just sit in the parking lot to my apts for months at a time cause i had to save up the money to fix it every few months.

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My first car was a 1971 Plymouth Duster. It had no options save a rear window defroster fan and block heater. In fact it was so featureless you had to pump washer fluid onto the windshield with a foot pump. One thing it did have was lots of power (5.6L/340ci). Combine that with the fact that the Duster weighed as much as an empty cereal box and you had the combination for some good times. Although the 4 wheel drum brakes always made stopping interesting, especially in wet conditions. I think the best thing about the car was that you could fix anything on it for fifty bucks.

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no frills for me, just a 1991 dodge spirit 3speed automatic, with 100 hp. it was a great little car. no power windows or locks, and the AC broke, but it looked nice and didnt have any rust. it was the perfect high school car for me. immaculate interior and sounded great with the blaupunkt cd player i installed. unfortunately, it fell victim to oil in the road and i smashed up a 300m in front of me.

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Re: 71 Duster

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I think the best thing about the car was that you could fix anything on it for fifty bucks.
Yeah, I really miss being able to go and fix something with whatever change you could dig out from your couch I guess the good thing is that most domestics still used parts that were common with cars made in the 70s

I remember being shocked to find that for my '94 Maxima, a new starter motor was $320 ( no core refund ) and a new fuel pump was $280.

I was thinking... wtf - I changed these things on my Olds for $45.


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What was the first car you had to take care of?

First one that I was responsible for was a '63 chevy (that was in '89). It was a rusted-out pos but I loved it. Got it for $110 from my HS auto shop.

First one I got that I really cared about was a '70 Cadillac Hearse. That car was awesome. 6,000 lbs but the 7.7L engine would haul it down the 1/4 mile in 17 secs.


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