• Re: First Car

    From Avon@21:1/101 to Bucko on Thu Jul 29 16:25:32 2021
    On 24 Jul 2021 at 10:01p, Bucko pondered and said...

    the Police contacted me to say they found it and if I wanted to come see what was left of it, where I could see it. I went and told the insurance company to crush what was left. The motor was half gone, the interior
    was gone, the wheels and tires along with just about everything else.. Wasn't worth the rebuild..

    Sounds like a good idea... cool they found the car though.

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  • From Greenlfc@21:2/150 to Avon on Thu Jul 29 14:40:02 2021
    On 29 Jul 2021, Avon said the following...

    On 24 Jul 2021 at 10:01p, Bucko pondered and said...

    the Police contacted me to say they found it and if I wanted to come what was left of it, where I could see it. I went and told the insura company to crush what was left. The motor was half gone, the interior was gone, the wheels and tires along with just about everything else.

    Sounds like a good idea... cool they found the car though.


    My kid's car was stolen off of a college campus. Something like eight months later, the cops call him and tell them they've found it. He had moved away, so the cops arranged with my wife to go look at it.

    It had been spotted by helicopter, half a mile from our house. It was down a steep hill at the bottom of a sort of gully, surrounded by trees. You could *just* see it from the road if you looked down the hill at the right angle. We later determined that they Dukes of Hazzard-ed it off the hill by looking at the tire marks and the spot where the driver cracked their head on the windshield :D.

    The cop never even went down and checked it, he said, "if you find a body or anything, let us know," and took off. It was going to cost us several THOUSAND dollars of professional help to fish it out, insurance wouldn't cover it, and it had been sitting down there open to the elements probably since it was stolen.

    Finally, I had a few friends with trucks and chains help me get it out over the course of a day, then once it was at street level AAA towed it home.

    I charged up the battery and it started on the second crank. The entire front end was mangled and it wouldn't move under its own power, but we sold it to a couple of demolition derby guys for $200, so that was something at least.

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  • From Ogg@21:4/106.21 to Greenlfc on Thu Jul 29 23:52:00 2021
    Hello Greenlfc!

    ** On Thursday 29.07.21 - 14:40, Greenlfc wrote to Avon:

    My kid's car was stolen off of a college campus. Something
    like eight months later...

    ...We later determined that they Dukes of Hazzard-ed it off
    the hill by looking at the tire marks and the spot where
    the driver cracked their head on the windshield :D.

    The cop never even went down and checked it, he said, "if
    you find a body or anything, let us know," and took off.

    Funny that the cops showed little to no concern for clues of a
    suspect.

    ..insurance wouldn't cover it,...

    Not surprised. Insurance companies will always look for an
    excuse if anything doesn't appear normal.

    [...] sold it to a couple of demolition derby guys for
    $200, so that was something at least.

    A reasonable outcome!

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  • From The Godfather@21:1/165 to Avon on Fri Aug 6 12:01:58 2021
    What was the first car you learned to drive in?

    My mom owned a Subaru hatch back in 1986ish (I believe thats when I got my learners permit). It was a stick shift and we lived in Colorado. May her rest in peace, having had to teach me to drive up and down snow and ice packed busy roads during the middle of winter. I'm still unclear how either of us survived.

    I did not own a car until moving to my dads. He had a 1975 Chevy Vega towed to our house, handed me a chilton's owners manual for that make/model vehicle, and told me if I could get it working, it was mine. I got it working, frequently and repetitively, but it was nice to have my own wheels. I even had a buddy put air shocks on for me, we both had the intent of putting a smaller/lighter V8 in it, but never got around to doing so.

    -tG

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  • From fang-castro@21:3/112 to Avon on Mon Aug 30 21:52:18 2021
    On 26 May 2021, Avon said the following...

    What was the first car you learned to drive in?

    I got my license right around when I worked at a car wash. I learned to drive on *many* cars! >:)

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  • From Avon@21:1/101 to fang-castro on Wed Sep 1 15:09:30 2021
    On 30 Aug 2021 at 09:52p, fang-castro pondered and said...

    What was the first car you learned to drive in?

    I got my license right around when I worked at a car wash. I learned to drive on *many* cars! >:)

    What age were you good sir?

    I was 15 when I started life behind the wheel.

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  • From fang-castro@21:3/112 to Avon on Tue Aug 31 20:48:52 2021
    I got my license right around when I worked at a car wash. I learned drive on *many* cars! >:)

    What age were you good sir?

    I got my license at 18... a lot of people got it earlier with drivers' school but I didn't feel the need for it so early =)

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  • From Neckbeard@21:3/105.1 to Avon on Sun Sep 5 10:43:32 2021
    On 30 Aug 2021 at 09:52p, fang-castro pondered and said...

    What was the first car you learned to drive in?


    I was 16. My first car was a 72 Nova.




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  • From fang-castro@21:3/112 to Neckbeard on Thu Sep 9 23:41:38 2021
    What was the first car you learned to drive in?

    I was 16. My first car was a 72 Nova.

    Nice! What color?

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  • From neckbeard@21:3/105.3 to fang-castro on Fri Sep 10 10:14:50 2021
    I was 16. My first car was a 72 Nova.

    Nice! What color?


    It was solid white with a blue vinyl interior. 2 speed Powerglide
    tansmission and a 307ci V-8. It was my high school wheels and later my go to college car. My dad bought the car from a friend of his. It had belonged to the friends mother and she passed away. It had 18k on it as she never drove it. College was on the other end of the state and the 2 speed made interstate speeds sound like the motor was fixing to blow. My dad gave me 50.00 in case I ran into car trouble on the interstate. I was afraid I would lose the cash or buy beer with it so I took the drivers side armrest off and stashed the cash
    in there. Car got me through college and several years later. I do not recall if I ever got the cash back out before I sold it!

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  • From nristen@21:1/161 to neckbeard on Fri Sep 10 19:07:46 2021
    was afraid I would lose the cash or buy beer with it so I took the
    drivers side armrest off and stashed the cash in there. Car got me
    through college and several years later. I do not recall if I ever got
    the cash back out before I sold it!

    That's a cool story.

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  • From k9zw@21:1/224 to fang-castro on Sat Sep 11 18:57:48 2021
    On 09 Sep 2021, fang-castro said the following...

    What was the first car you learned to drive in?

    I was 16. My first car was a 72 Nova.

    Nice! What color?

    I just passed a Red Nova on Wisconsin Collectors Plates on I-43

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  • From Neckbeard@21:3/105.1 to Nristen on Mon Sep 13 14:51:24 2021
    was afraid I would lose the cash or buy beer with it so I took the
    drivers side armrest off and stashed the cash in there. Car got me
    through college and several years later. I do not recall if I ever got
    the cash back out before I sold it!

    That's a cool story.

    nristen (Karl Harris)
    I wish I had that car back again. Those cars were simple as a brick. No electronics to speak of just basic transportation. If you could wrench on a tractor you could most likley fix a car. We raised cattle when I was a kid. Had
    a '52 Ford 8N tractor with a 4 cylinder flat head engine. It is what taught me
    how to operate a clutch.

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  • From Neckbeard@21:3/105.1 to K9zw on Mon Sep 13 14:55:42 2021
    On 09 Sep 2021, fang-castro said the following...

    What was the first car you learned to drive in?

    I was 16. My first car was a 72 Nova.

    Nice! What color?

    I just passed a Red Nova on Wisconsin Collectors Plates on I-43

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    White was the fastest color! lol

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  • From nristen@21:1/161 to Neckbeard on Tue Sep 14 20:17:30 2021
    I wish I had that car back again. Those cars were simple as a brick. No electronics to speak of just basic transportation. If you could wrench
    on a tractor you could most likley fix a car. We raised cattle when I
    was a kid. Had a '52 Ford 8N tractor with a 4 cylinder flat head engine. It is what taught me how to operate a clutch.

    I actually learned to use a clutch on a very old Farmall Cub tractor. I believe it was a 1949 model (at least the pictures of that model look the
    most familiar to me). I was probably 6 or 7 at that time. I remember
    feeling really proud to be allowed to drive the tractor. Usually my job was drive slowly ahead while people loaded hay into the trailer. I never worked
    on the tractor however I remember that the short muffler broke off from where it attached (I think to the head). This made the 13 HD engine a bit louder.
    I also remember that it had a hand crank for starting.

    Cool memories!

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  • From pork@21:3/105.3 to nristen on Wed Sep 15 06:30:40 2021
    13 HD engine a bit louder. I also remember that it had a hand crank for starting.

    My dad use to tell me that urban legend had it that there was danger of
    getting your arm broken if the vehicle backfired. I always thought that was a "dad story" not unlike Harley riders getting thrown over the handlebars while kickstarting their bikes!

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  • From nristen@21:1/161 to pork on Fri Sep 17 18:47:58 2021
    My dad use to tell me that urban legend had it that there was danger of getting your arm broken if the vehicle backfired. I always thought that

    My father taught me to make sure my thumb was on the same side of the crank handle as my fingers to protect against backfiring. I never experienced a backfire though and am not sure how well changing your thumb position would protect you.

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