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#45 of 64 Speaking of Dad's favorites...
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Jun 13, 2007 (8:17 am)
...and to keep this sort of on topic , I recalled a car that belonged to my childhood best friend's Dad. He babied it like it was his eighth child. A Plymouth Road Runner! All I really remember about it was its distinctive horn. Meep-meep!
#46 of 64 Re: Speaking of Dad's favorites... [KarenS]
Jun 13, 2007 (8:25 am)
I wish my Dad had babied some of his cars a bit better. As it was, he had a habit of ragging them out and throwing a rod or something, and then leaving the carcass abandoned on a lonely country road. That was the fate that met his '65 Impala SS396, which had the 425 hp setup and a 4-speed. I imagine a car like that, in good shape, would really be worth something today. But back then it was just a 5 or 6 year old clunker with a blown engine.
Dad also had a '62 Corvette, which I'm too young to remember it very well, but somewhere in a family photo album there's a pic of it sitting in the circle of my grandparents' driveway and me pointing at it. I guess I was about 3 at the time. It was a total piece of junk though. And to make matters worse, Dad hit a taxi with it. Broke out the taillight on the taxi. Pretty much demolished the passenger-side fender and door on the Corvette.
A couple years ago, I was talking with Dad about some of his old cars, and he said that he had originally wanted to fix that Corvette up and give it to me when I turned 16. I dunno if that was true or not though, or if he just made it up on the spot. You know how, sometimes, parents can tell you things that you like to hear, just to save face, I guess?
#47 of 64 Re: Speaking of Dad's favorites... [andre1969]
Jun 13, 2007 (9:13 am)
My Dad was my polar opposite when it came to car care. Both my parents smoked and the inside of the car looked like Pittsburgh circa 1955 when we took a trip. The floors would be covered with McDonald's wrappers and months-old shopping flyers. The ashtray would be overflowing with ashes, cigarette butts, and paper debris. The driver's footwell would be 1/2" deep with dirt and pebbles. His approach to car repair was to let problems go until they couldn't be ignored and when they were dealt with, his approach was "good enough." When I first got my license, I took the time to clean and detail my Dad's ride. A friend of mine thought my family purchased a new car. I told him it was the same car, I just cleaned and detailed it. He was astonished. For a short time, my Dad's car was spoiled. Then I got my 1968 Buick Special Deluxe. My little sister preferred to ride in my car as it was A LOT cleaner.
#48 of 64 Re: Speaking of Dad's favorites... [andre1969]
Jun 18, 2007 (10:27 pm)
Hey Andre, so they did put the Corvette big-block in the big cars? I know about the 385hp engines, but the 425's? That would be a cool car to have today.
The Twister was a Ford. Not the Duster.
#49 of 64 Pontiac and Packard
Jun 19, 2007 (7:57 am)
My dad's favorite car was a 1956 Pontiac 4 door. It was pink and grey. I think it was a hardtop. He also liked our 1949 Packard that I learned to drive in. I was not allowed to drive the Pontiac. His favorite PU trucks were all Studebakers. He kept one of them running into the 1980s. He tried several other PU trucks and ended up with Dodge Diesels the last 20 years of his life.
#50 of 64 Re: Speaking of Dad's favorites... [lemko]
Oct 09, 2007 (11:06 pm)
My dad's favorite cars were his late 60's Chevelle and GTO both were modified.
Lemko, is your brother in-law going buy a american car next time ? Doesn't he drive a Altima ?
#51 of 64 Re: Speaking of Dad's favorites... [rockylee]
Oct 10, 2007 (4:50 am)
Actually, he already DID buy an American car to replace the Altima - a Ford Fusion. I think he wanted to buy another Altima, but he felt the Nissan dealer treated him shabbily and wouldn't budge on the price.
#52 of 64 Re: Speaking of Dad's favorites... [lemko]
Oct 11, 2007 (3:59 pm)
Is he happy with the fusion ?
#53 of 64 I think my dad's
Oct 19, 2007 (4:03 pm)
Favorite car was a 1962 Olds Starfire. 394CI with 345 HP. The thing would flat fly down the road and heading to Vegas from LA late at night you cold sit on 100 and not even know you were on the ground.
#54 of 64 Re: Speaking of Dad's favorites... [rockylee]
Oct 19, 2007 (5:48 pm)
I think so. My sister has a big Ford F-250 truck.