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colliehauler

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Posted: 12/20/20 07:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ford seat belts were first available as a option in 56 Fords.

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Get in
Pull the choke
Turn the key
Put right sole of foot on starter button
Put heel on gas pedal
Push
Engine starts
Then starts to lope
Push choke button in
Turn on radio
Listen for vibrator
Push out wing window
Stare at ? tank gas needle
Start wipes. They stall when engine is accelerating
Yank on steering wheel keep pressure on
First gear
Move forward steering wheel yields
Feather clutch with precision
To jerk then stall would be bad juju for your rep
Tune radio to favorite station. Dang, a jingle for Clearasil.
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Posted: 12/21/20 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Growing up in the 50's and 60's, with seven siblings, only my Dad working, we did not get a vehicle of our own until we got out of school and went to work. Parents usually bought station wagons and I was 17 my Dad brought hone a 1963 Ford 9 passenger lead sled, bright red, inside and out.... I kept thinking how I would look driving around town in that car, when I did get to drive. Got around to opening the hood, expecting to see a 6 banger or small V-8. It was the Thunderbird 390 c.i., and did that baby purr.... I pegged the needle one time, never knew what it could actually do.


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Posted: 12/21/20 10:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I also remember, needing an engine rebuild at 70k,carbuerator freezing up,dieing in what should have been a fender bender, due to no crumple zones or air bags. Changing plugs and points at 8 k miles.
Nope give me a modern low maintenance vehicle!

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Posted: 12/21/20 01:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dad bought Mom a new 1968 Olds Toronado W-34
Got to take it out couple times
Speedo was a barrel roller ----- fixed horizontal red line and the indicated speeds 'rolled'

That thing could smoke the front tires and do 0-60 in about 7 seconds

Fun to drive.


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My neighbor is having a historic birthday next week; 100 years. When we first met her she told us about ferrying bombers from Canada to Britain during WWII and living in London during the blitz.

Back on topic, my first car was a 66 mustang coup (I was not the first owner). I sold it to help pay for a honeymoon. I recently got my dads 66 GT 2+2 mustang; I first got to drive this car during one summer while I was home from college (my mustang was up on blocks for transmission work).

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Posted: 12/22/20 05:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:

Dad bought Mom a new 1968 Olds Toronado W-34
Got to take it out couple times
Speedo was a barrel roller ----- fixed horizontal red line and the indicated speeds 'rolled'

That thing could smoke the front tires and do 0-60 in about 7 seconds

Fun to drive.
I had the same type of speedometer in my 67 Buick Riviera GS with a 430ci engine. It was also my first car with factory cruise control and climate control and a fm stereo radio. It ran well until I blew up the engine. The replacement was a 69 Mercury Colonial Park station wagon with a high performance 428 in it. It would hold passing gear till 95mph and bury the 120 mph speedometer very quickly. Those old high compression engines put out some serious HP until they castrated them in the 70s.

Later on I owned a Dodge Colt (Mitsubishi) as gutless as they come but got 35mpg. Oddly enough it had a manual 4 speed with a 2 speed axle in it.

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Posted: 12/22/20 07:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At one time I also owned a new 2000 Saturn (4 cyl, 4 spd manual). It was driven all over the So. California freeways during my business, and was great on gas and reliability. I eventually used it as a towed vehicle for the motorhome I owned at the time (1990 Flair). It was a great toad and tracked perfectly behind the MH. I did need to remove one fuse from the car while towing or it would drain the car's battery over time. The fuse was quite accessible under the hood, so no big deal. [emoticon]


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mr. ed wrote:

Here I go, reminiscing again, this time about my first car, a '57 Ford.
The body was all metal and there were actual steel bumpers, front and rear. Bump something at low speed with a modern car and you would probably incur some significant damage $$.

The 6 cyl engine was easy to work on. Starter, fuel pump, plugs, distributor were easy to access. I did all the work myself, though I didn't have the skills to go inside the engine.

Transmission was 3 spd column shift (3 on the tree) and there were controls for manual throttle and choke. I think it had seat belts, no shoulder belts, but don't remember. Windows were mechanical, no automatic stuff at all. Crude by today's standards, but I still miss those times.[emoticon]
I too had a '57 Ford, with the small V8, the 3 on the tree had been converted to 3 on the floor, No seat belts of any kind. Seat belts didn't become standard equipment until '64, and Mandatory in '68.


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Posted: 12/24/20 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When seat belts first became standard, I didn’t like them and thought they were too restrictive. Of course, I always wear seat/shoulder belt now and don’t feel it’s restrictive at all. Plus, it’s the law.

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