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#391 of 398 Re: The Mystery: GM 4-Cylinder Engines [martian]
Nov 25, 2010 (8:54 pm)
Martian, I'm glad your family had happy experiences with GM cars in the '60s and '70s, but you may have just been lucky. When I was little, my parents bought a new 1964 Pontiac Catalina Safari station wagon. It was big, had piles of room, and the air conditioning (still comparatively rare in those days) worked well. Nothing else in the car worked well -- or at all, most of the time. The car stranded us several times, usually with malfunctions of big stuff -- engine, transmission, cooling system. After about 40,000 miles it developed a habit of shaking like it had a bad case of automotive Parkinson's disease anytime you got over about 60 MPH.
The family grew to utterly despise this car. It finally met its end when, while parked on the street in front of our house, a driver who was lapsing into a diabetic coma plowed into it and totalled the thing. My parents' response was -- literally -- to applaud. It was a long time before they bought another GM car.
#392 of 398 Re: The Mystery: GM 4-Cylinder Engines [bruce6]
Nov 26, 2010 (4:12 am)
The transmission in the Catalinas and the Grand Prixes from 1961-64 was something that was nicknamed the "Slim Jim", and supposedly very troublesome. The Grand Prix and Star Chief used the older, sturdier, 4-speed Hydramatic.
Other than that transmission though, those early 60's Pontiacs were supposed to be pretty good cars. How many miles did your parents' have on it when it was finally totaled? And what did they replace it with?
#393 of 398 Re: The Mystery: GM 4-Cylinder Engines [bruce6]
Nov 26, 2010 (3:07 pm)
" It was a long time before they bought another GM car."
Which GM model did they buy when they tried GM again?
#394 of 398 Re: The Mystery: GM 4-Cylinder Engines [bruce6]
Nov 28, 2010 (6:29 pm)
What a story!! Talk about a tragicomedy!
I had a 1969 Pontiac Catalina Safari wagon for all of about 8 months in 1986. Not surprisingly for a car that age then it needed a lot work. But when it ran it was pretty cool. Just an absolute monster of a car. Huge beyond belief. Held 9 people easily, and if some were small and kids you probably could have fit 11. It was probably a bit bigger than your 64...
#395 of 398 Re: The Mystery: GM 4-Cylinder Engines [bruce6]
Nov 30, 2010 (2:49 pm)
Applauding the totaled car reminds me of the old 61 Valiant wagon we inherited from my grandfather. It was a real piece of junk and one day my dad left work and the car wouldn't start. When a mechanic looked at it he said someone had try to hotwire it to steal it and couldn't get it started. We were all sorry he hadn't succeeded.
Also have a horrible Pontiac wagon story. My dad picked up a really cheap 58 Safari wagon that was nothing but trouble. One day my brothers and I, who were maybe 11 - 14 at the time pile into the car where a woman that worked for him was going to drop us somewhere. Right in the parking lot the thing had a sudden acceleration issue with my dad standing there watching! She managed to right the thing with no damage to anyone or even the car but that was the end of that one.
#397 of 398 Re: famous wallpaper patterns? [steve_]
Sep 26, 2011 (4:01 pm)
Now that scenery doesn't look like the UP - what is it around a 65 Malibu? Clean lines on that one.
#398 of 398 Re: famous wallpaper patterns? [berri]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 26, 2011 (5:23 pm)
That's #53 in the gallery:
"1966 Chevelle SS 396: With 72,272 sold, this model solidified the Chevelle as a muscle car icon. All SS models packed 396 big-block V8s, with horsepower ratings of 325, 360 or 375".
The vegetation looks like it could be lower Michigan. Dunno.