Old cars(21 posts)
I was actually surprised at how many of my former cars were represented there...
1954 Dodge Meadowbrook
1957 Dodge Lancer
1966 Dodge Dart (two of them)
1969 Dodge A100 van
1970 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am
1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport
1972 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
1974 Dodge Charger SE
1974 Chevrolet Corvette
I want them back. All of them. Except the Caddy.
My past cars are:
1951 Plymouth Cambridge
1950 Plymouth Wagon
1962 Cadillac Sedan deVille
1962 Ford F300 crewcab pickup
1965 Pontiac (worst POS I ever owned)
1969 Ford LTD wagon
1972 Dodge Fart (second worst)
1969 Ford E300 Van
199 something Ford Ranger PU (first new vehicle I ever owned; had 4 years then traded on the second Ranger)
199 something Ford Ranger PU
2001 Isuzu Rodeo
2008 Ford F150 SuperCrew
Darts were great cars up until they went to the larger platform in '67. I had two '66 models - one with the indestructible 225 slant-six, one with the 273 V8. The A904 was a damn fine little self-shifting gearbox too, right up there with Ford's C4. The only real issues with the pre '67 Darts was their fondness for hosting robust colonies of corrosion and their comparatively weak front suspension components.
I replaced the right motor mount on the the slant six (the one you have to jack up the engine to reach, of course) twice. Some magnificant moron designed the mount with two flat plates that had the rubber merely bonded between them. When the engine revs up, the bond is placed in tension. It didn't take much to break that bond. After the first replacement mount broke, I drilled it's replacement for a couple of 1/4" bolts to go through both plates and loosely secured the bolts with nylocks. That limited the amount that the engine could stretch the rubber.
The traansmission mount on the tailshaft housing of the tranny also went bad (same reason; two plates with a piece of rubber bonded between them; I really wanted to meet that mute donkey engineer). Adding insult to injury, the mount had captive bolts that made it impossible to remove, even with the tail end of the tranny jacked into the floorboard, unless one removed the little crossmember it was mounted on. The catch to that was the little frames stubs that the x-member bolted to were also the anchors for the torsion bars for the front end. One had to back off the preload on the torsion bars before removing the x-member to avoid hopelessly warping the frame stubs (it was a unibody). I said the heck with all that and bungee corded the tailshaft housing down.
I swear, besides the hopelessly incompetent engineering, that the car was jinxed. It was always getting flats. I had a battery explode when cranking the engine one day (then almost got into a fight with the parts guy where I got the battery because he was convinced I had been jumping the battery). There was always something stupid going wrong with it. I was so happy to get rid of the suck, sorry sack of...you get the point.
The Pontiac was nothing but a glammed up Chevy (sorta like putting lipstick on a pig but not getting Miss Piggy). Anything stupid the Chevy engineers designed, the Tin Indian engineers made worse and any thing Chevy got right, Pontiac messed up. That one was another car I was happy to get rid of.
The engine in the Caddy had soft rings and started getting excessive blowby not too long after I got it. I couldn't drive it over 50 mph or it would blow oil all over the engine (fortunately this was back during double nickle so that wasn't too much of a problem). The front end started wearing out shortly before I got rid of it. Otherwise, it was a pretty nice car.
The others were all pretty good rides.
The E300 had a 240" six (danged good engine!) with a C4 behind it. That was a nice tranny. When I finally wore out the engine, I replaced it with a 302 and an AOD (Daddy helped). That was a sweet swap. I got more power and better gas mileage. Except for the throttle linkage, all the parts used were factory (from boneyards).
1957 Olds 88
1963 Corvair Monza
1965 Chevy Impala SS
1973 Chevy Impala
1980 Cadiallac Cimmaron (POS)
1980 Fiat X19 (fun to drive)
1992 Cadillac Eldorado
1999 Cadillac Eldorado
1997 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
2001 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
2009 Impala SS (nice car but 4 door)
Probably forgot one here or there.:)
Edit: 1968 E-Type Jaguar
and various motorcycles
64 Chevelle Malibu SS, 283 CID/powerglide
64 Chevelle, 194 CID 6 cyl
64 Impala, 283 CID/powerglide
68 Camaro, 327 CID
68 Camaro, 350 HP 327
67 Camaro, 350 HP 327 short block w/ 2x 4bbl on tunnel ram, roll cage, etc. , strip only
68 Camaro, 327 CID
67 Dart, 225 CID, only for one week while the Camaro was in the shop, doubled my money on resale
67 Camaro, 350 HP 327
78 Regal, 231 CID
78 Cutlass, 260 CID
93 Isuzu pick up
94 Isuzu pick up
67 Ford F100, 360 CID, coming full circle - huh
Amazing site. I found a few of my American cars too.
60 Chevy Corvair - a dog
62 Olds Starfire convertible - white with red interior and red top. One of the prettiest cars I owned
69 Olds Delta 88
74 IH Scout II
78 Caddy Seville (bought that in Germany)
87 Olds Ciera Station Wagon - that one I did not see
This is the car my family drove until they bought a new 1950 Buick when I was 11 years old. It spent the War years (WWII for all you youngsters out there) up on blocks in the garage because of tire rationing.
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