Cars You've Owned

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  1. Hal Pollner

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    Did Any Of Your Early Cars Have The Following Features?

    Running Boards

    Crank-Out Windshield

    Side-Mounted Spare Wheel.

    Dashboard-Mounted Manual Choke

    Instruments Including Oil Pressure and Ammeter

    Floor-Mounted Starter Button

    Vacuum Tube AM Radio

    Gasoline-Burning Heater

    Breaker Points And Condenser In The Distributor

    Speedometer That Read To Only 80 MPH

    6-Volt Battery

    My first car, a 1934 Plymouth, had all the above as standard equipment, as did most of the cars of that day.

    I paid $35 for the car, but it needed a muffler, so our neighborhood mechanic sold me a used muffler and welded it on, for one dollar.

    I then had $36 invested in the automobile. (Picture below of 1934 Plymouth Sedan, just like my first car...note Suicide Doors!

    Hal
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  2. Martin Alonzo

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    Did Any Of Your Early Cars Have The Following Features?

    Running Boards YES
    Crank-Out Windshield YES
    Side-Mounted Spare Wheel.YES
    Dashboard-Mounted Manual Choke YES
    Instruments Including Oil Pressure and Ammeter YES
    Floor-Mounted Starter Button NO
    Vacuum Tube AM Radio NO
    Gasoline-Burning Heater YES South wind
    Breaker Points And Condenser In The Distributor YES
    Speedometer That Read To Only 80 MPH NO
    6-Volt Battery YES

    Wooden floor boards
    Floor shift
    divided windshield with a bulb in the middle for washer
    Had a spinner on the steering wheel which later became illegal
     
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  3. Frank Sanoica

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    @Chrissy Cross
    This is sitting outside, awaiting my attention. 1972 Ranchero, which is built on the Torino frame. maybe the similarity is obvious?

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  4. Hal Pollner

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    HEY MARTIN!

    I'm delighted to hear that someone else recalls the equipment that was common on cars of the 1930's vintage!

    What cars of that era did you own?

    A friend of mine, who lived in a poor section of town, sold a running Model A Ford for EIGHT DOLLARS!

    Pictured is a 1936 Ford, (not mine) which was my third car. I had a special relationship with this car because it was built in the same year as I was born! It had an 85HP flathead V8, which was a snappy proposition among the lower priced cars of that year.

    I think I paid $185 for my '36 Ford.

    During a drag race, I dropped second gear, but I bought a used transmission at a wrecking yard for $8, and installed it myself. I got it for $8 because I removed it myself from a wrecked Ford.

    We all installed steering wheel spinners on our cars in those days. We called them Brody Knobs, and you could get them with a 4-Leaf Clover, an 8-Ball or a Naked Woman.

    You could throw a mean one-handed spinout in loose gravel with those Brody Knobs!

    Hal
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  5. Frank Sanoica

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    @Hal Pollner
    My dad bought a 1935 Ford brand new during that year for $605. I was born in '42, after he had already driven it to work daily for 7 years. Kept it until well after the War ended, when he really wanted a new Mercury. Very few were available around Chicago in 1948, but a salesman talked him into buying a '49 Lincoln for $3100. BIG flathead V-8, with heavy-duty Borg-Warner 3-speed with Overdrive.

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  6. Hal Pollner

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    Yeah Frank, that 430 cu in. Lincoln mill was a big one!

    The biggest engine I ever owned was a 400 cu.in. 330HP V8 in a new 1968 Pontiac Firebird with 4 on the floor.

    I remember when I let my dad drive it, he mistakenly took off in 3rd instead of 1st gear, and remarked that it had great acceleration!

    My dad bought a 1949 Lincoln with the big flathead engine in 1955.

    It had HYDRAULIC power windows!
    Hal
     
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    Yes, very similar!!
     
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  8. Kate Ellery

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    04622A2C-1591-4DD6-9CBC-059A8E85EF98.jpeg CDECC256-AD4B-472C-90A7-E0CA583E9EAF.jpeg I’m a bit boring I like a simple toyaota corolla :D

    Many of you would know I volunteer at a local museum ,while I was on duty there one day a group of I’d suppose you’d call it classic cars came in the museum
    so I took a photo of a couple of them ..the owner of the green car told me that his car ( the chassis was ) imported from the US to made into a hearse here in Australia
     
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  9. Hal Pollner

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    Kate, that's a 1930's vintage Packard.

    Hal
     
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  10. Kate Ellery

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    Thank you @Hal Pollner I had no idea ,I was going on what the owner said it was ..I know it’s was beautiful to look at
     
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    8238AD89-8925-45FE-92BB-725FF726F926.jpeg Here’s a couple of there that were there the same day
     
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  12. Kate Ellery

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    The car I use on the weekend helps me get the girls...

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  14. Hal Pollner

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    Kate, if you're from Australia, then your car photos should be upside down!

    Hal
     
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    1934 Plymouth Sedan (cost: $35)
    1941 Dodge Sedan
    1936 Ford Sedan (the only car that was my age)
    1942 Chevrolet 2-door
    1946 Pontiac Straight Eight 2-door
    1942 Mercury Club Coupe (my favorite of them all)
    1940 Chevrolet 1/2 Ton Pickup
    1949 Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" 2-door (first car with automatic transmission)
    1941 Chevrolet Sedan
    1946 Plymouth Sedan
    1952 Oldsmobile "Super 88" 2-door
    1952 Ford Sedan
    1957 Plymouth OHV V8 2-door
    1963 Chevrolet OHV V8 Hardtop (my first new car)
    1868 Pontiac Firebird OHV V8 400 coupe (new, my most powerful car)
    1978 Toyota Corolla (new, my first foreign car)
    1985 Mitsubishi Starion Coupe (my first sports car)
    1991 Honda Accord Sedan (new)
    1994 Dodge V6 Minivan
    1997 GMC 1/2 Ton Pickup V6
    1997 Plymouth Minivan V6
    2005 Mazda Sedan (new)
    2005 Mercury V6 SUV
    2008 Toyota Sedan (new)
    2010 Hyundai SUV (new)
    2005 Mercury SUV
    2012 Mazda Sedan (new...present car)

    SUMMARY:

    27 Cars Since 1952

    2 Cars in the 1930's
    8 Cars in the 1940's
    3 Cars in the 1950's
    2 cars in the 1960's
    1 Car in the 1970's
    1 Car in the 1980's
    4 Cars in the 1990's
    6 Cars in the 2000's

    7... 4-Cylinder Cars
    11... Six-Cylinder Cars
    9... Eight Cylinder Cars (including the 1946 Pontiac Straight Eight)

    8 New Cars (all bought for cash except the new 1963 Chevrolet, which I paid off in a year)

    Harold I Pollner
     
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