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past, present and those we just love.

While this is not the actual car I speak of (it predated digital cameras) a white 58 Lincoln Continental convertible was my fathers long time love.
He even allowed me (once) to take a date (my future bride) in it / honoring him I was a good boy.
Full disclosure: she was a good catholic girl so there was NO hanky panky.

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I learned to drive a powder blue 56 Studebaker; it came with a three on the tree and an AM radio (but no clock).
While this again isn't the actual pickup its quite close.

Dad purchased his in 57, he made two cross country trips in it / hauling household good. As far as I know its still in the family.

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Fantastic topic sir, thanks so much !!! (y)(y)

I have actually always been a Mustang fan Wrascal. 😀😉









Have never unfortunately had any of these above, or ones like them.
But we did have a 1990 GT a while back, which we loved. 😀We even
had done a few modifications at the time.

It looked very similar to this one below...

 

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My first car was a 4-door 60/61 Buick Special. Originally black but this teenanger had it painted bright yellow then added wide RED racing stripes, that made it go faster. My father also had an old Corvair that I swapped a few items from - chrome reverse wheels, chrome teardrop outside mirrors, wood n chrome steering wheel. Turned out he was able to keep close tabs on where I went. I also added a 6V ah-oooga horn that screemed when 12V was applied.

My first new car (year old model) was a gold 69 Tempest, very similar to this one, except mine had a vinyl roof:

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Sweet ones Wrascal !! 😀

I like that gold version, but bet your yellow one with the red
stripe was just terrific too. 😉 And your father had a Corvair
as well?! o_O Boy oh boy, that’s two, count em, two classics !! 😎😎
 

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My father owned many vehicles (he owned a small dealership/ late 60's - early 90's); the Corvair was a trade in, received after it was declared UNSAFE (meaning he couldn't hardly give it away - so he allowed me to rob it of goodies).

Buick, Pontiac and Land Rovers fed the family; with lots of beautiful used cars to drool over.

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Boy oh boy, it must have been something being around, as well as
just seeing all of the cars you did throughout the years. 😀😎

Seeing pictures, or searching out pictures of cars, and trucks online
is so much fun all by itself. However, being around so many terrific
cars?! And all through those years like that?! ..Well that is pretty
amazing, not to mention priceless.
 

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For 25 cents/per vehicle I would wash the exterior, clean both sides of the windows, wipe down the interior and vacuum it out. Eventually I earned my way up to handy man (boy) earning $1 per hour.

One time my father took in a farmers stationwagon and he oftentimes carried small barn animals/ cattle inside. I actually turned a water hose loose on the interior - dad was very unhappy. Fortunately it dried out well (summertime sun and open windows) and lost most of it stink.

That's how I earned my girl-chasing money.
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Well with doing all those cars like that, all of those quarters,
as well as dollars must have really added up. (y):D Oh, and
I just love that story about you turning the hose on inside the
station wagon like that. 😄 Imagine doing something like that
today?! 😲 ..Well at least it worked Wrascal.

Looking forward to the tales of the Riviera down the road too
by the way. ..Thanks again !
 

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Well the story is ... my father special ordered a 68 Buick Riviera (at an old gents insistence). As I recall it had a sticker price of about $8500, a tremendous amount at that time. Then the old guy would frequently come by and look at it (always with lust) - but not purchase it - and time ticked on. It was too expensive for his regular customers and so sat for several months, with Dad making the payments on it. Ultimately the old guy did purchase it, I don't know the details, but ...

he returned it weekly for the same problem: the rubber o-ring that surrounded the trunk key-lock wasn't symmetrical and/or had a bulge in it; he drove them crazy. I got to wash it each time.

Speaking of Riv's, another of my fathers pride and joys (he kept it for 6-8 years) was a white 76 Riv convertible with a red interior, dad eventually sold it to an uncle who wrecked it.

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:cool:;) I can just imagine everyone's faces every time he was coming
in to have the o-ring fixed Wrascal. 😄

I guess it goes back to the old saying, 'the customer is always right'. 😊
And although it was probably crazy seeing him come in every week,
at least you got to see, and wash the car. (y)(y) Seriously, washing
a car, as well as waxing a car can be a real joy to tell the truth. You
can learn so much about the car right?! ..I bet it was the same with
the 76 Riviera as well. 😉
 

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Once upon a time I took joy in washing/ waxing my buggies; not so anymore.
Now I view them as tools; do you wash and wax your hammers /wrenches (I don't).

Exception: I do occasionally wash the windshield.
 

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I used to primarily drive sports cars and waxed them and kept them looking new when I lived back east. But here in Colorado I drive a 4Runner and have not even washed the rims since I bought it new last March. I am preparing to move to Knoxville, TN right now, and suspect I’ll go back to washing and waxing my vehicles once I live where it’s not perpetually filthy at all times everywhere I go.
 

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Out of sheer boredom, I have recently taken to watching Rust Valley Restorers on Netflix. Not a bad show. Some of the cars they restore are quite good looking.

That being said, there are no European cars, so it gets a bit "samey" after while.
 

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It's true, I guess the washing, as well as waxing thing can get old
after a while. Not to mention might all but disappear in more cold,
or extreme weather areas. ⛄❄ You can go from really wanting, or
really hoping to keep a vehicle looking like new. To not really even
worrying about it at all in a blink of an eye. ;)

By the way, looking forward to checking out Rust Valley Restores
now. ..Sounds terrific ! (y)(y)
 

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One of my classmates father purchased a 69 GTO Judge from my father, at the time I thought it was cool - now I'm not crazy about it.

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This reminds me of another story ... when the GTO came out (64?) my father had a silver one on the showroom floor - that sat unloved because of the color.
He eventually had it painted (burgandy maybe) and then it sold. Today folks wouldn't purchase a new car that'd been repainted.
 

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One of my classmates father purchased a 69 GTO Judge from my father, at the time I thought it was cool - now I'm not crazy about it.

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This reminds me of another story ... when the GTO came out (64?) my father had a silver one on the showroom floor - that sat unloved because of the color.
He eventually had it painted (burgandy maybe) and then it sold. Today folks wouldn't purchase a new car that'd been repainted.
Wrascal, it looks ridiculously cool to me ! :D;)

Now, is that actually orange? Or a light red? ..I wasn't sure.

Wiggles, nice ones !! :cool::cool:

I can see you love red, not to mention have things covered
both roadster, as well as wagon wise. 🚗🚙
 
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