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By Greener (Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 12:17:01 PM EST) (all tags)
Inside: Possibly the oldest vehicle so far, minivans, Porches and a tractor.


The first car I remember driving was a 1950 Austin Station wagon. It was my grandparent's car when my dad was a kid and lived in the bushes at their summer cabin. When I was about 12 or so (early 90s) my dad popped a battery in it to see if we could get it going after about 15 years of neglect. It was i pretty bad shape and probably not street safe. The varnish on the wooden steering wheel was split so badly you had to wear gloves to hods it without getting splinters and the body was covered in lichen. But it did run and we spent the afternoon driving around the field.

I also spent summers as a teen driving a 1950 ford tractor around the property. We used it for moving logs and brush around and launching boats on the beach.

Once I got my license my primary vehicle was my parent's 1996 Dodge Caravan on the rare occasion I need to go somewhere. (I grew up in a small town and could walk or bike anywhere I'd ever need to go in about 5 minutes.)

I learnt to drive stick that summer in by dad's 1985 datsun pickup (4WD King Cab). It was used mainly for going on hikes in the summer (handy on forest service roads) and getting firewood in the fall.

When I went to college and then Austraila I was vehicle free for 6 years except when I did some autodetailing work in Brisbane for a couple weeks. There I got to move the occasional Porche, Jaguar or other really fancy car worth more money than I had made up to that point in my life around the parking garage. I was shitting myself every time as it was my first time driving a right hand drive vehicle.

The first car that was ever mine was a 1985 Camry I got when I was 24 and then only because my sister left me hers when she moved to England. I put 9000 km on it in two weeks that summer when I drove to HuSiStock and it broke down twice on the way. I was stuck in Thunder Bay for a day (boo) and the Schoolhouse for 2 (yay) and drove the 4000 km back home in three and a half days. Since then I drove it so infrequently that the battery was always dead when I went to use it. Run down by the clock. I only ever drive weekends in the winter going up to the skin hill and sold it the folloing spring to a buddy who was driving to Ontario. It barely made it there in one piece and he got $25 for it from a junk yard.

I now have my brother's 1985 Civic which he couldn't take with him to Alberta because it wouldn't pass the safety inspection he needed to get it registered. I've put less than 4000km on in the past year and almost half of that was from a trip to Vancouver.

My commute to work is a 5 minute walk, the grocery store is even closer and I can get everywhere else I need to go by bike. At least I don't have to worry about gas prices.

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my strongest memories of you by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 01:47:27 PM EST
are of you asking if anyone wanted to buy a car.
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Yeah, I'm not really a fan of cars by Greener (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 01:49:52 PM EST
can you tell?

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when you live in the suburbs by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #3 Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 02:32:04 PM EST
cars are awesome.

of course, ideally we shouldn't have suburbs.
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Your grandparent's car by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 09:34:45 AM EST
would be the winner if your dad had given it too you. What happened to it? I hope somebody restored it.

Good for you for not needing a car now. I'm envious.

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I really wanted to by Greener (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 09:41:54 AM EST
during my later years of highschool but by then I was working in the summer and didn't have time to go out there much. By the time I returned from college it had been scrapped or sold or something. I'm not sure where it went.

It would have needed a lot of work. I think there were plants growing in it or through it by the end.

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I had a bf who was in a classic auto by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 11:05:29 AM EST
club. Old autos that were found left out in a field or barn were called 'barn fresh'. I saw a lot of barn fresh autos restored.

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