Monday, July 16, 2007

Fun Monday- Keeping Old Cars

Tiggerlane, the Neophyte Blogger is this week's Fun Monday hostess. Here is what Tiggerlane is requesting, "I wanna see your CAR! It can be your current car, the first car you ever had, maybe your first new car with that new-car smell, a car you wrecked once, or even the dream car you would drive - given all the money in the world! Oh - and if you have a truck, SUV, lawnmower, whatever the local authorities allow you to drive, let's see it!"

My father wished he would have kept his 1937 Willys instead of trading in the car on a new-used 1949 Frazier Manhattan. From that thought, I have always tried to extend the life of my cars (maybe longer than is practical.) Thus, like my father, I like keeping my old cars.

My first car was a 1952 sea-green Oldsmobile convertible purchased in 1961. I was in my junior year at Central High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. My brother lent me $250 to purchase the car. Danny likes to claim that debt was never paid, but I paid him back.... Really. This fuzzy picture of the Olds with me and my wife-to-be in the foreground was taken four years later.




My second car was this red 1965 2+2 Mustang fastback. This was a hot car with a 289 cubic inch engine producing 220 horsepower. The Mustang cost $2,000 plus my Olds in trade. I bought this car new-used in the summer of 1966. Since I was just starting my teaching career, my mother graciously lent me the $2,000 to buy the car. I eventually paid her back too...Honest. In the picture taken in 1971, I am holding our first son. He was eleven weeks old. This was a grand and glorious spring day.


In 1976, the Mustang suffered from a rusting undercarriage, a failing clutch, and being driven hard for 96,000 miles so I was in the market for another car. A few miles from our home, I found 1955 210 Chevrolet. The Chevy came with a strong and solid frame. The owner of the Chevy was willing to trade his Chevy for my rusty Mustang and a few dollars more, $900 to be exact. Unfortunately, the new young owner burned the clutch out on his trip home. Standing by the '55 is our youngest son , Luke.


To see other cars and read other car stories visit our Fun Monday hostess, Tiggerlane, the Neophyte Blogger.

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21 Comments:

At 11:23 PM, Blogger Cazzie!!! said...

Ohhhhh, a mustang fast back. My dad had an old Ford Ranchstyle Hearse kinda car.

 
At 11:38 PM, Blogger my4kids said...

The mustang was a cool car. My husband wants to get one himself someday to rebuild.

 
At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Joy T. said...

Love the old pics. And I agree with my4kids, the mustang was a cool car.

 
At 6:25 AM, Blogger mjd said...

Well, we have extended the life of a number of our cars except that Volare', which must have been a zombie, a car of the living dead.

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger Margaret said...

We had a 56 Belair Chev when I was growing up. I loved that thing, although I would have had trouble turning the huge wheel. A Willys??Flat fender? My husband has always wanted one; he has a CJ-7. (and had a CJ-5)

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger Frema said...

What a fun post. And I love the pictures!

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger Beckie said...

I love your photos!

Fun post!

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger Tiggerlane said...

I had my first date in a red '65 Mustang - and I remember seeing the road pass by, under my feet...the passenger side floorboard was rusted horribly.

I love old cars, tho - thanks for participating!

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger Beccy said...

I love reading about the old cars...I still miss mine.

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger willowtree said...

Finally!! Some decent cars. All I've been seeing all morning is minivans!

 
At 8:15 PM, Anonymous gawilli said...

I think I like the sea-green convertible the best. Cute picture of you and the missus.

 
At 9:51 PM, Blogger Pamela said...

hey.. didn't you borrow money from ME2?

My dad talked about Frazier Manhattans.. I think he may have driven one somewhere. I recall a 51 Nash - that was like a big old bathtub, and six kids could sit easily across the back seat.

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger theotherbear said...

I love the 71 photo the best. You can tell it is the 70's from the clothes and the mo. Now I am hoping you are not still wearing those shorts and that mo. If you are, they are lovely. Honest!

 
At 1:55 AM, Blogger meggie said...

I cant believe so many people get excited about cars. But we once bought a Brand New Holden Commodore station wagon. Gee I loved that car! It was ours, & it could carry the 2 of us, 6 kids, & 2 dogs!

 
At 3:56 AM, Blogger ChrisB said...

It's nice to see all these old cars- being English I'm not familiar with a lot of them as ours are very different!

 
At 5:36 PM, Blogger Debs said...

Great post! I love older pics with older cars. :)

 
At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IS THAT THE CHEVY YOU HAVE IN YOUR GARAGE? NOW.... I LIKED OUR VOLARE'. IF I AM REALLY NICE TO MJD ...DO YOU THINK SHE WOULD BUY ME AN IMPALA LIKE SHE DID YOU? A RED ONE, PLEASE.
REM
PS. WANT A KITTEN?

 
At 6:36 PM, Blogger Mike M said...

There are great pictures!!!

 
At 9:54 PM, Blogger TheBirdman33 said...

Those are some AWESOME cars...they don't make them like they used to.
My father has one of the original 1964 1/2 mustangs in our garage and it used to be really nice, now a lawn mower and rake are constantly leaning up against it...
its sad really.

 
At 10:31 PM, Blogger Peggy said...

You've just triggered the way-back machine and I can't stop thinking about MY first car, the 67 Plymouth Fury.

 
At 6:14 AM, Blogger Lapa said...

New literary blog!
Thanks for visiting.

 

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