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But... my favorite was my 1969 Mercury Cougar... Cherry Red, with a 302 engine and flip up head lights.
My dad's 63 Ford Falcon.

She may not look like much kid, but, she can make the K-Mart run in 12 minutes.
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Mine was a 1968 Nova SS, which I bought in 1970, with the 375 hp 396 cu. in. big block, and M-22 4-speed. I ran it wide open most of the time, except when racing cops. After a couple of years, the suspension needed a major overhaul, and the Chevy dealer never could get it right again.

Before that, I owned a Coravir station wagon. I took the back seat out and converted it to a bedroom on wheels, with a bar. Fun times.

Regrettably, I have owned sensible cars since the Nova.
The death to all cool car owning.....had kids.....finally got them all out...for now....so I am once again "cool car enabled" after a 30 year hiatus.
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My FIRST car was a 1966 Chrysler BELVEDERE... a hand-me-down from my Dad's work car, to my sister, to me...

The floor boards were so rusted, you could see the road going by beneath you... so, I put carpet sample squares over the holes.

I think I changed everything that could be changed on that car... brakes, water pump, plugs, valve cover gaskets, lights, fuel pump..etc..

Eventually.. one day (THANKFULLY) .. the engine block just seized up.


I TAUGHT myself to drive that standard transmission (3 gears, on the dash)... when I was 15, with no license... trying to get take a homework paper back to my Algebra teacher before 4 pm.. so, I could get my "A"... He had graded it, but failed to record it and was giving me a "0", which was pulling down my average.

I nearly killed the engine trying to cross a major highway. Eventually, I just kept it in 2nd gear until I made it the 5 miles or so to the school.

Good times...
I had plenty of clunkers as a teenager, but my camaro was my first "real" car as a working professional....
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My dad's 63 Ford Falcon.

She may not look like much kid, but, she can make the K-Mart run in 12 minutes.
Interesting that you mention the tried and true Ford Falcon. My family (folks and brothers) always had a couple of them. The last cars our family owned where you had points and a distributor cap to deal with. Truly, an outstanding automobile. That is why they stopped making them. Too reliable and easy to work on as your 50 year old fossil proves.
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Kids today wouldn't have a clue how to drive a car with a standard transmission, Bevo. I taught my kids on a Camry with a standard transmission.

Is there a bigger adventure than sitting beside a kid just learning how to drive a standard shift, stopped on an uphill grade at a red light with a line of cars behind?
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Is there a bigger adventure than sitting beside a kid just learning how to drive a standard shift, stopped on an uphill grade at a red light with a line of cars behind?
that was always my worst nightmare..

Once I learned, I LOVED driving a standard. The first car I bought myself, after I started working as an engineer, was a brand new 1982 Toyota Supra Turbo... All black, with a 5 speed, manual transmission and graphical tachometer. It had 286 HP, and cost $14,200. I loved it.. and, so did my bride-to-be!
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Kids today wouldn't have a clue how to drive a car with a standard transmission, Bevo. I taught my kids on a Camry with a standard transmission.

Is there a bigger adventure than sitting beside a kid just learning how to drive a standard shift, stopped on an uphill grade at a red light with a line of cars behind?
One of my twins, now a Marine, had to learn because he was a Valet as a teenager. The other twin now drives Marine Corps HumVees, trucks and all sorts of manual transmission weapons trucks and such....
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Two Marines? Wow! You must be bursting with pride.
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