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Old 01-24-2008, 11:12 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by Michael in FtW View Post
When I was a kid I loved cars, motorcycles, and racing both. But, there were only 3 cars that I can say I really loved.

One was a 1958 Corvette that my grandpa helped me do some body work on and then he painted it (7 coats of hand-sanded white pearl lacquer) and redid the interior (tan leather). About 6 weeks after he passed away someone backed into the front end and I just couldn't face working on it without him.

Next car I loved was a 1958 Austin-Healey Mark I (bugeye) Sprite that I totally rebuilt from a basket case with guidance and a little help from the guys I worked with - but I did the work myself ... was going to use it for SCCA gymkhanas and rallies until I was old enough (and had the bucks) to rebuild it for racing and go to racing school. It was stolen out of my driveway one night and found 6 weeks later in a creek at the bottom of a cliff in Memphis, TN - not enough left to bother with.

The last car I had that I loved was a 1966 Ford GT350-H ... the insurance company canceled my coverage when they found out it wasn't just a regular 289 auto-tranny Mustang.

Of course during the married and child rearing years the only concern was affordable and reliable transportation for a family of 5 - nothing too much to love about a station wagon or a gussied-up Ford cargo van.

My car now I inherited when Dad passed away 13 years ago - 1985 Cadillac Eldorado. I've rebuilt the engine and transmission, had to replace a window motor, and had to have the brake lights worked on a couple of times. It gets decent gas mileage (about 27-mpg) and it's paid for. It's fuel injected, computer controlled, and I don't think there's a flippin thing on it that I can work on myself. I really can't be in love with a car I can't get intimate with.

I'm afraid that my days of being in love with a car are over ... unless I win the lottery ....
Dude!!! I need you to look at my DH's hunk-a-junk vet!!! Well, it not junk, I just wished he would sell it and get something more practical! It's got some minor issues at the moment and I don't even want to know what it will cost to fix them!

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Old 01-24-2008, 11:55 AM   #32
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I thought it said "why do you love your cat".... I had a long list ready for that but
my car??
It gets me where I need to go
and Paul just fixed the heater so NOW it keeps me warm. It's an ok car but
I'm ready for a new one.

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Old 01-24-2008, 01:08 PM   #33
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I can't say I love my car either. The last several vehicles I've had have been more practical than anything else. From min-vans to a Durango to my Pacifica I have now. It's comfortable, good for work related stuff, will hold all my dogs, 2x4s for small projects and pull a trailer with my 800 lb ATV or motorcycle on it.
Did I say motorcycle? Now that I love
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:32 PM   #34
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My car is nothing special (it's a 1999 Chevy Prizm), but I love it anyway. It's reliable, it hasn't needed major repairs in the nearly five years I've had it, and the gas mileage is great. It's also underpowered enough that I can't get into much trouble with it.
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:52 PM   #35
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I thought it said "why do you love your cat".... I had a long list ready for that...
It's a good thing you noticed it said car or your list might have been very interesting:

1. I like to cuddle on the couch with her on my lap...

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Old 01-25-2008, 01:33 AM   #36
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I had Ford Rangers my first one and then traded in for the second one.They are really great little trucks very reliable and good on gas.
I really missed my first Ranger when I traded it in for the Explorer. At times the Explorer was more practical, but it was not as much fun. I am not sure that my dog likes the Ranger better, I think he misses all the room he had to sprawl on the back seat of the Explorer.
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:18 PM   #37
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It saves me money I bought a Ford Escape Hybrid about two years ago. I used to fill up every week - now it's every two to three weeks. I love watching the gas engine go off and the electric engine come on when I'm about a third of the way to work.

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