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#243752 - 04/10/06 02:17 AM Re: Favorite Cars/Trucks/Bikes [Re: spectrum]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10415
Loc: Great White North

You did'nt say what you drive?

Here's the run down.

In October/November of 1985 I purchased my first vehicle a dark green 77 Chevy Monza. A 5.0L 302 V8 from a Mustang had been dropped into it but it didn't fit right on the motor mounts and was rather large for the car so every once and a while the fan belt would come off due to it wasn't aligned properly. It went fast as it was such as small car and sounded awesome when the air intake opened up.

I didn't have that long when I purchased in late December a 1985 red 77 Pontiac Sunbird. 4 cylinder piece of crap (got taken) but I put this through its paces. I drove it across fields, up on lawns, through snow banks ... you name it. I had that thing screaming over 100 miles an hour and even blew a cylinder.

I was working at a Mohawk gas station at that time and in the summer of 1986 I traded this with the mechanic for a lime green 74 Dodge Dart with a 5.2L 318 V8 . This was like no other Dart as the back seat turned down flat and also opened into the trunk ... made for a good place to (you know) during "drive-in" theatres. It had Craiger Mags and I started to fix it up and had bought two new quarter panels and with the help of my girlfriend's father (she's now my wife), I was doing the body work myself. Did some minor engine modifications and was working on lifting the back end up with "pucks" (we did that back then). I never did finish it and eventuall sold it to my cousin to restore it but instead he destroyed it.

My next vehile in 1988 I purchased off of my parents for 1/2 price as my father owed me for working under the table for him. It was a silver 2 door 81 Pontiac Phoenix. I loved this car. It started no matter how cold it was, had a sunroof and had a 2.8L V6. Like all of my cars I installed a Pioneer Stereo system with amps and speakers and I'd cruise with the sunroof open so everybody could hear me.

Meantime I had a good job and in 1989 I bought my first brand new vehicle a 5-speed two-tone silver/grey 1989 Ford F150 single cab long box with a 5.0L V8. I put in dual exhaust and another Pioneer sound system with amps and speakers. My wife (girlfriend at the time) was living with me and I gave her the Phoenix as she didn't have a car. We moved to another apartment so she always walked and the car sat around doing nothing so I sold it to my brother who destroyed it and then sold it.

In 1991 we were going to start a family and knew the truck would not do so I traded it in for a new 2-door red/burgandy 91 Chevy Beretta. It was a 5 speed and had a 3.1L V6 and she cruised well with 140 hp. I drove this thing for 10 years and was just under 100,000 km (62,000 miles).

In the meantime my wife was driving a piece of crap Ford Escort that her parents gave her so in 1999 I bought her a used 4-door 1997 Chevy Cavalier which she still drives to this day. As I'm the one who drives everywhere we go, and it takes her only 5 minutes to get to work, she has hardly put on any kilometers so with regular maintenance it still drive good. We donated the Escort, after doing some minor work to it, to a woman, single parent, with two kids that had no vehicle.

In 2001 I traded the Beretta in for a new black 4-door 2000 Ford Explorer XLT 4x4. It was last year's stock and got for a great price. It had a 4.0L 200 hp V6. It was a great vehicle but I found it not to practical as I couldn't load up my lawn mower, or gasoline, or pick up stuff without having it in the cab with me. It was good for camping but not practical for the stuff I need.

In 2004 I traded it in for what I have now which is a tan 4-door 2004 Ford Sportrac XLT 4x4 with the 4.0L V6 and 210 hp. More practical with the box on the back. I got the towing package with the extra radiator. Has the box cover, step up rails, moonroof and all of the fixings with the exception of leather.

That same year I purchased outright a gun metal grey 750cc 2004 Suzuki GSX750F Katana.
Last year I modified the back end taking off the mud flap and put on a new muffler and exhaust system. Now it really rumbles and screams.

#243753 - 04/10/06 02:39 AM Re: Favorite Cars/Trucks/Bikes [Re: Dereck]
BrianS Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
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Loc: Northwest Arkansas
I've had many cars,sports cars,trucks,you name it.
My favorite was an ol' 1977Jeep Wagoneer with a 360 four barrel and full time 4wheel drive.At a little over 4000lbs it got excellent gas mileage,lol,maybe 8! But it could haul ass through the mud. If you didn't bottom out you wouldn't get stuck,I tried many times. I liked to wench out guys in their little toyota's.
Had to sell it last year due to financial reasons. I should post a pic! later......
The2nd ammendment, it makes all the others possible. <///<

#243754 - 04/11/06 01:57 AM Re: Favorite Cars/Trucks/Bikes [Re: BrianS]
laf7773 Offline
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Registered: 05/05/04
Posts: 4065
Loc: Limbo
My favorites would be most anything that's fast. I like a lot of older muscle cars and a lot of the new sports cars. My favorite oldies would have to be any vette between '63-'82, any camaro up to '81, '68 charger and the 70-74 challenger. I like the 05 and up vettes and mustangs too. I'm not too thrilled with what Dodge did to the charger but the new challenger will be nice as will the new camaro. I'm not much on imports though there are a couple i like. Not too big on trucks either but wouldn't mind having one. I just don't see the point in jacking a daily driver 6 inches in the air when you live in an apartment. Same goes for the daily driver baja trucks. My father-in-law has a 69 Maserati i wouldn't mind prying loose from him.

Oh, and choppers. Can't stand crotch rockets.
Enjoy life while you can, you never know when things will change.

#243755 - 04/11/06 02:01 AM Re: Favorite Cars/Trucks/Bikes [Re: laf7773]
Dereck Offline

Registered: 10/04/04
Posts: 10415
Loc: Great White North
Laf, you had me going with everything up until this statement:


Can't stand crotch rockets.

You had me at hello Laf ... you had me at hello.

#243756 - 04/11/06 02:11 AM Re: Favorite Cars/Trucks/Bikes [Re: Dereck]
laf7773 Offline
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Registered: 05/05/04
Posts: 4065
Loc: Limbo
The funny thing is i've never been much for Fords but now i drive an 04 Mustang (mostly because they quit making the Camaro). Unfortunately due to insurance reasons i had to get a V6 But after seeing all the trash talking most of the v8 guys talk to others i've decided to keep my V6 (at least until the new Camaro or Challenger comes out) and stroke out the engine to a 4.4 and add a supercharger boosting 11psi and throw in a few other mods which will put me well in the mid 300rwhp range if not a little higher. Then watch the stocker V8s cry when they get their paint pealed back by a V6. Then i'll scrap it and start fresh with a real car.
Enjoy life while you can, you never know when things will change.

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