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PostSubject: Classic car for first car?   Tue Sep 16, 2014 3:51 pm

(I don't know if this thread should go here, if not I'll just delete it and post the message in the appropriate board if someone could tell me where it goes). Anyways, like I said in my introduction thread, I'm 15, which means I don't have a permit, nor a car. Since I love classics, and since this forum has people that have owned classics, I was wondering what you guys would recommend as a classic car or truck (when I say classic I mean anything from the 90s, 80s, and before) for a first car that is easy to maintain, cheap to buy, and cheap to insure. My requirements aren't too much, as long as it's not very small, and gets somewhat acceptable gas mileage. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:37 pm

My first car was a '56 Chevy sedan, I was just a couple years older then you then. The car was easy to work on, and parts were plentiful then.

With the price of fuel these days, a smaller car such as an A-body Mopar, [Dart, Duster, Barracuda] Compact Falcon or Comet, or Chevy Nova, Buick Skylark or similar.

These cars were built in large numbers in the '60's and '70's, so parts are relatively cheap and plentiful. After you are familiar with the upkeep required on an older car, you could elect to try another model.

Personally, I would avoid the years '81-'90, as most of the electronic systems will need work, and if your state has smog check laws, may not be able to be registered. The early computer controlled cars were not very good, I worked on most of them when new, and saw lots of issues arise even then.

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:05 pm

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My first car was a '56 Chevy sedan, I was just a couple years older then you then. The car was easy to work on, and parts were plentiful then.

With the price of fuel these days, a smaller car such as an A-body Mopar, [Dart, Duster, Barracuda] Compact Falcon or Comet, or Chevy Nova, Buick Skylark or similar.

These cars were built in large numbers in the '60's and '70's, so parts are relatively cheap and plentiful. After you are familiar with the upkeep required on an older car, you could elect to try another model.

Personally, I would avoid the years '81-'90, as most of the electronic systems will need work, and if your state has smog check laws, may not be able to be registered. The early computer controlled cars were not very good, I worked on most of them when new, and saw lots of issues arise even then.

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The 70s Dart with the inline 6 is pretty cheap, the Falcon is also a good option. I've found Novas to be pretty expensive, even the ones from the mid to late 70s can run for a bit of money that is usually out of my price range. Thanks for your input!
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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:32 pm

I've always liked the C-body Mopars of the mid 60's to early 70's. They're sharp...the ride is excellent and since they're a full size car, you'll have very good protection in case of an accident...They're still cheap too and readily available. I always preferred finding them with the 318 motor/2 barrel carb. because they're good on gas...at least 15 mpg...and if you're easy on the pedal/highway 18-19 mpg. If you like more power, you can also find them with a 383/2 barrel and they're almost as economical. Easy to work on...all around nice car. They're not very popular so if you take them to a cruise or show you'll most likely be the only one there with one. I like that fact...because after a while, everyone gets tired of seeing so many of the same cookie-cutter cars out there.

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:34 pm

Good advice, Bob.

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:26 am

Make sure they have safety features like good brakes n that. Smile dont want to crash now. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:17 pm

I was told no by everyone when I wanted a classic as my first car. My dad gave in and I have the best memories of driving it, along with those magical scents of leather and petrol. I had problems with it but I wouldn't have gone modern for anything.


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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:02 am

my first car was a 63 Plymouth Belvedere at 9 years old lol! i still remember the smell of that car and sitting in the driveway revving it up and driving it around the back yard, i never got to drive it on the road but it was still my first car Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:05 am

My first car was a 55 buick. That was in the 90's when I got it. I bought it when was 14 and had it ready to roll when i turned 16. Had I to do it again, I would have gotten a regular somewhat newer car as my daily driver. for better fuel milage and dependability . But I wouldn't trade the 55 as my first car in the world. That could be why I still have it. Course it a light resto now which it's next in ine to get. But I still have it.

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:27 pm

Oh very nice. Love the 68 Superbee too.

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:12 pm

Great shot Walt...Looks like big boy's toy land to me! lol! Is that a 59 Dodge tail fin I see at the right?

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:20 pm

Yep! It looks like Walt has some nice toys there! Very Happy  My first car was an old mustang 1966. I didn't see anything wrong with having that car as my first. Easy to work on and not to shabby on gas. But not great in the winter lol.


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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:48 pm

Buicks are mucho De Goodo in my book!! Nice collection!

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:19 pm

That's really cool Walt that you were able to hold on to the first car you owned, my first car was actually a 79 ford F-150 truck, but my first actual car was a 67 mercury montery. Man it was a boat but it sure went down the road nice. There are times when I wish I could have them back.

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:49 pm

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Yep! It looks like Walt has some nice toys there! Very Happy  My first car was an old mustang 1966. I didn't see anything wrong with having that car as my first. Easy to work on and not to shabby on gas. But not great in the winter lol.


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Yeah I bet Brian...Mustangs and Cougars were very light in the rear end...and with their rear wheel drive, they made poor winter cars. I bet about 4 bags of sand in the trunk would have made a big difference. When you think about it though, there were many poor winter cars back then. Can you believe that the only front wheel drive car back in the 60's-70's was the Olds Toronado? How did we survive? Were there any others I'm forgetting about?

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:10 am

the old Cadillac were front wheel drive, some were diesels also, not sure what ws the first year though Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:29 am

Cadillac used the same front wheel drive platform as the Toronado, starting in '68.

There were other precursors too, the '36 Cord comes to mind first.

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sat Dec 20, 2014 6:20 pm

Heres a pic of my first car.. Granted it didn't have the motor it does now though lol. Got it when I was 14.

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sat Dec 20, 2014 10:21 pm

awesome Brian Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:34 am

That's really cool Brian! sweet stang! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:11 am

When I drive I want a clunker for my first. Maybe a clunker 58 Fury. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sun Dec 21, 2014 3:17 pm

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Wow! Beautiful Mustang Brian. I bet that's a blast to drive Cool Have you done most (or all) of the work on it? What are the details of the motor/components you have in it now? Thanks for sharing!

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sun Dec 21, 2014 5:05 pm

Nice stang Brian.
Bob, you are correct on that tailfin. Its a 59 custom royal that is waiting in line to get done.
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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Sun Dec 21, 2014 7:31 pm

Thanks everyone Smile That mustang I did everything myself from body to paint to motor. I just painted it a few years ago and put all new chrome bumpers and all the trimmings. I did a color change on it to what it is now. The motor was a 351W but its a 408 stroker now. With two holley 600s. The transmission is a B&M c4 type with a B&M stall converter. It is more then a handful to drive! But yet very fun! Ive never had a motor with that kind of power..A bit over the top for such a light car.

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:40 am

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PostSubject: Re: Classic car for first car?   Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:12 pm

Nice cars everyone.


I had the 1965 Custom 500 was first but I guess the first true car is the one you officially have your name on it and registered the title with your state to count. I kind of wished I didn't sell it but I thought the body was to much for me and the fact the parts were so hard to find there was no way to start it unless I hit the lotto.

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