30 Day Challenge 2

3 May, 2011
Rat Fink

Day 2
Describe your first car.

In 1976, my dad cosigned for a $500 bank loan to close the deal on a lime green 1971 Ford Pinto for me. A really nice one would have looked like this:

Of course, mine looked nothing like the picture. Lots more wear and tear, and since it was Ohio: rust. Then there was its tendency to blow up on rear impact. Ford ran the numbers and decided it would be cheaper to pay out damages in lawsuits than to fix the problem, but the notorious “Pinto memo” is shrouded in controversy and widely misunderstood (even though Time bought it).

One of the funniest memories of my Pinto was having to drive my boss (president of the company) home in it one summer afternoon. The reaction from a man who had driven only Cadillacs and Continentals for 30 years was quite entertaining. Still, the little piece of junk never died on me, and I drove it all over creation without a single thought of a breakdown — long before there were cell phones to call out for help. It was a different time, you know?

So, tell me about your first car.

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Rae
Rae
3 May, 2011 9:09 am

My first car was a 92 Dodge Neon… a hand-me-down from my father to my sister to me. While it had its fair amount of rust, it also came with over 220,000 miles on it. Ran great. Put a CD player in it. It was completely reliable until it wasn’t. Until it start dumping bright green fluid on Park Ave. in Mansfield. There were cell phones back then… but I didn’t have one. I put 30,000 miles on it in one year playing in community bands all over the state every week. It died the summer after I graduated from… Read more »

Rick A. Loera
Rick A. Loera
17 September, 2018 7:35 am
Reply to  Rae

Neon didn’t come around til 1995.

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Kay
Kay
3 May, 2011 10:02 am

My first and still favorite car was a 1962 white Volkswagon bug. It was old and clunky and I loved it!!! I think my father, who always had new cars, was embarrassed to have it in the driveway, but he taught me and helped me fix its many idiosyncrasies. I loved it!!! I loved the putt-putt sound! I even loved the fact that when it wouldn’t start I could push it back out of the driveway, push it down the hill, hop in, jump the clutch and putt away. It was a car that needed me and I was hippie… Read more »

PKPudlin
3 May, 2011 1:10 pm
Reply to  Kay

I loved the fact that I could start my VW Bug that way too! I also loved the syncro-mesh (or whatever they called it) and could upshift without using the clutch. I knew the engine pitch and would just slam it into the next higher gear. Can’t do that anymore (LOL).
PK

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Greg
Greg
3 May, 2011 10:20 am

I think it was a 1962 Ford (Fairlane??). Great used car! I loved it. Then on the way home from school during my first year at SC just north of the HS, a driver coming the opposite way turned left in front of me. I hit the brakes, the car hit the ditch and flipped over. I was ok but as I got out to survey the damage, one of the school buses, filled with kids, drove by and they were all at the windows watching.

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BoomR
BoomR
3 May, 2011 10:49 am

You had a Pinto, too??? OMG! We ARE twins separated at birth LOL The family 2nd car that was “mine” to drive when I turned 16 was a dark BLUE Pinto 2 door sedan!!! Dad helped me build a little console (padded & covered in black leatherette) that was mounted on the transmission hump & under the dash. The console had some really fancy-schmantzy race car-like gauges for water temp, batter/power, and oil pressure. I also bought a cool Hurst shift knob to replace the little round one. And of course a racing stripe ala Starsky & Hutch’s Torino OOOH!!… Read more »

Suzanne
3 May, 2011 11:24 am

My first car that I owned was a brown Chevy Chevette. Was a good car but BO-ring! The first car I got to drive was a Chevy Malibu, grrrrrreat car until dad smashed it. I also got to drive the Chevy Suburban-good party car (I was in High School…..’nuff said)

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Suzanne
3 May, 2011 11:25 am
Reply to  Suzanne

PS My girlfriend had a pinto wagon that was also our party-mobile. That thing was crap on wheels!!

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Suzanne
4 May, 2011 8:49 am
Reply to  Rat Fink

Same!!! But more orangey-red……..haaaa with fake wood on the side???

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PKPudlin
3 May, 2011 1:06 pm

My first car was a VW bug – don’t remember the year, but it was baby-puke yellow with primer on the bumpers. All my friends drove Camaros and would spend hours polishing and cleaning, so mine was quite a contrast. We would meet over at one guy’s house all the time to hang out, and I wasn’t allowed to park in front of the house because my car was such an eyesore. I always name my cars, and this one was Mikey.
He hated everything.

PK

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Skylar
Skylar
3 May, 2011 1:23 pm

My first car is still out there – somewhere – waiting for me to find it and take it home.

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Skylar
Skylar
3 May, 2011 9:36 pm
Reply to  Rat Fink

These cars aren’t crappy – they have character! :P Haha.

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Kodye
Kodye
3 May, 2011 2:35 pm

My first car was a some haggard Ford Ranger that I hated driving because it was a stick. I couldn’t handle it. I’d have a mini heart attack every time I’d roll a little bit backwards on a hill.

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Country Mouse
Country Mouse
3 May, 2011 3:17 pm

My first car was a 1981 red Ford Escort. Don’t remember the exact cost but it was low enough that I purchased it myself with money I had saved over a 16 year time period! It was a great car. Front wheel drive that could go through lots of weather as long as the snow wasn’t too deep. It was our only reliable car after we got married (my husband’s first car(s) were not) and we kept it around for at least 10 years. I would love to have it today to drive around – but it would be a… Read more »

Bando
Bando
3 May, 2011 4:06 pm

My parents got me a 93 Chevy S-10 – it had an older gentleman as its first owner – who got the best trim package on it and took good care of it, so it wasn’t a bad first vehicle to have. It served me well for 7 years – I think you and I even took it to the Green Witch a time or two. I loved that truck until the coolant system went out and I’d have to drive it to school with the heat on full blast in May. It taught me how to drive in winter… Read more »

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