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We've still got a 1942 ex-army Ford Jeep stashed away in a barn. It's FAR from original, but it's really just cosmetics. My brother and I both drove it in high school. It has the original flat-4 engine, and about the only thing done to it mechanically is that it was switched from 6v to 12v. Cosmetics are another story - we put a hard top on it that we found somewhere - it makes it look sort of like a mail truck. It's painted a groovy 70's blue with a white top, and the interior has shag carpeting and wood paneling. It has tinted bubble windows and decent sized tires. Of course, it also has a cassette stereo system with a god-awful amp and 6x9's mounted in the back. It was my love machine when I was 17... rolleyes.gif
My Dad bought it in the late 60s from Army Surplus. When we got it, it was Army green with stars, had Jerry cans on the back and still had the machine gun mounts (unfortunately no machine gun!) My brother (he was older than me) loved to put the front windshield down and play Rat Patrol in that thing.
 

thats freaking awesome! I know a guy who has a old military HMMWV (Humvee). Pretty bare bones, the door latches are just a sliding bar with a handle on it. It even has the hatch and the MG mount on the roof (no machine gun tho). Looks just like this: (minus the tow missile kit though)

 

Have to say, it is a pretty capable off road machine :D

post #182 of 7475
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

Rolls and Bentley are both owned by the German automakers now, right? I think one is owned by BMW and the other by the VW Group, although I can't recall which is which.

Yup - Rolls is VW and Bentley is BMW. Seems weird that they are split now. I know that's how they started, but they were together for a loooong time.
post #183 of 7475

Yeah, in this global society, everything is owned by someone else. Same with hifi - few things are what they seem any more.

The good news is that the German parents seem to have injected new life into both Rolls Royce and Bentley, such that both "brands" are thriving again after a long, slow decline. And still made by the same English craftsmen.

post #184 of 7475
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The fact that you totally remember that incident with fondness tells me that you love her spunk!  Honest-to-God spunk is a refreshing thing these days I think.


And?  confused.gif   We don't bat an eye about the electricity powering our amps right?  Fact of modern life, enjoyment often requires fossil fuels.

BTW guys, I've been thinking some crazy things lately.  For example, it's getting close to that time when I need to be thinking about a new car.  I was thinking of making my life simple and just picking up a new Challenger.  But I've also been thinking of a '48 Mercury Coupe (yes, as a DD).  I know that might sound crazy but I really don't drive much these days so a lead sled wouldn't totally kill me in fuel.  Nothing too crazy, no flames, no chop-top, do want frenched headlamps though.  Am I being stupid about this?

blink.gif I didn't think about the other meaning... but whatever, it's a good term, I think I used it myself. She's spunky and kinda crazy, but that's what I love about her. In the morning she'll dance to Gnarls Barkley in the kitchen while wearing one of my dress shirts. She can pass for 20 at a glance, and she likes to call me Dad at stores and around strangers, and if you don't look closely I look like I could be. It causes lots of confusion, but she's having fun and it doesn't actually bother me. I told her after we went out a few times to always be herself and not try to be who she believed I wanted her to be. When we first started dating she was acting prim and proper, "please" and "thank you", bending over backwards trying to be a sophisticated, more mature woman. She felt that's what she needed to be, because I'm older, have some money, and am generally very relaxed. She isn't a gold-digger, but there's reality to look at too. She liked me, we have a lot in common, and she saw the possibility of not having to worry about money again. It's best to look at everything in perspective. wink.gif

I think it was our third date she went with me to a semi-casual charity type dinner and she walked around with a fake smile plastered on her face the whole evening. Honest to God, she looked like she was in pain. On the way back I asked if that's who she was. Because if that was the case I didn't think we'd do well together. She didn't need to change for me, and I didn't want it. I wanted the chick in the library who got angry at the guy who was being an ass, so she threw a book at him and called him a (word you can't use on Head-Fi, but it starts with a "C"). By being herself, she is who I've wanted. (Awww... yeah, yeah, whatever.)


A `48 Mercury as a DD? As long as it isn't bone-stock. I'd get the cooling system and suspension updated, also have the powertrain rebuilt and refitted. Otherwise, it should be pretty good. Oh... brakes... yikes. Maybe get front discs too? smily_headphones1.gif

Yeah, obobs, trading the CTS-V was stupid. Monumentally. I got the M5 on a spur of the moment thing, and I don't regret buying it, but I should have just kept the Caddie too. I think they only gave me $25k for it and it had ~30k miles on the clock. Now that I'm building the new garage (and I decided that I am) I'm probably going to get another one, likely an `09 or `10 with a manual, this time in metallic blue.

Also, I'm in full negotiation on the Corniche, if we can bridge a small pricing gap, I'm getting it. cool.gif I'm waiting for them to get back with me tonight or tomorrow because it's a consignment and they're going to take the offer to the owner. The Bentley/Rolls/Jag repair shop in town can handle the relatively minor restoration, which is mostly interior stuff. A 6.8L English V8 with 236whp and gets a massive 8mpg, very practical. Heh.

I know Jeeps today aren't what they were, but they don't seem to be that bad to me. But I did check around and very good condition V8 CJ7s, the LWB model, are going for around $10000. All things considered, I'd rather go that route. I owned a CJ5 and I loved it, but it became extremely impractical when I moved into an apartment in the city, so I sold it.
Edited by Magick Man - 9/12/12 at 3:58pm
post #185 of 7475
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The car I *really* wish I had was my Dad's '59 Buick Electra 225. That would be a great cruiser. I loved the front end of that car - when I was 8 years old, I thought I was getting in a Jetson's car every time we went somewhere. He traded it back to the Buick dealer in 1970 for another Electra 225. I remember when we took the '59 to the dealer, the car had over 150K miles on it and would no longer go into reverse. My family drove their cars into the ground!
Ours looked EXACTLY like this one (except ours had little kid finger prints all over it!)

Now you're talkin', that kicks a**. Big, sweeping fins rule! Be a boss, get one of those and use it as a DD. cool.gif
Edited by Magick Man - 9/12/12 at 8:19pm
post #186 of 7475
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Now you're talkin', that kicks ass. Big, sweeping fins rule! Be a boss, get one of those and use it as a DD. cool.gif

Hmm, The only problem is that I put 120+ miles a day on my car, so I would need a gas truck to follow me to work every day, and I would need an armored car to follow the gas truck so I could pay to fill up! eek.gif

But, I would really love to have the Buick 401 nailhead motor that was in the '59 225. Those are such sweet engines!
post #187 of 7475
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Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

Yep, that was exactly it.....lol. But of course, whatever term he chooses is fine.smile.gif

 

I actually use the term "spoodge" quite a bit in daily life, usually to describe headphones.  For example, "dude you gotta hear these can, they'll make your ear holes spoodge..."

 

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A '48 Mercury? Hmm, interesting choice. I don't know anything about them, but I think I like the prewar grills a little better than the flat postwar version. I thought most of the hot rods were made from the '49-50 Mercs?
I would at least put in some seat belts. No seat belts + LA drivers = seriously maimed or dead headphone enthusiast!

 

Oh, I definitely wouldn't be rodding it.  And I'd like to go conservative if I can.  Saw a really nice one once with metallic paint.  But I think that I'd want to keep it flat (maybe a maroon or plum).  I do want a white interior though.  And I mean white - like an angel's ass in winter white.

 

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The car I *really* wish I had was my Dad's '59 Buick Electra 225.

 

That looks like it could fly - and float - all at the same time.  biggrin.gif

 

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The new Challenger is...disappointing. It's all by wire, and it isn't zero latency. Comfortable ride and they look mean, but they're nothing like an old 'Runner or 454 - you hit the gas and you wait for a moment. It's a very polite car for every day though, and they make a V6 that sips fuel gently. Really it's a nice balance between power and normal use, but it's not a track car.

 

Oh no, it wouldn't be anything like a track car.  I either take the Challenger - which at least looks the part - and make life simple for myself with modern conveniences...  or just go with the Merc and it's unique quirks.  I should mention that I've always enjoyed driving - actively - and not as a passive activity.  For me, cars are most definitely NOT just tools for "getting there"... which is why I'm also seriously thinking about the Merc.

 

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But a 1940s American car - you know I ain't gonna object there!

 

Back when cars were made, not manufactured.

 

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blink.gif I didn't think about the other meaning... but whatever, it's a good term, I think I used it myself.

 

Interesting little kawinkydink... the last song to come through my playlist before getting home was Liz Phair's H.W.C.

 

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She's spunky and kinda crazy, but that's what I love about her. In the morning she'll dance to Gnarls Barkley in the kitchen while wearing one of my dress shirts. She can pass for 20 at a glance, and she likes to call me Dad at stores and around strangers, and if you don't look closely I look like I could be. It causes lots of confusion, but she's having fun and it doesn't actually bother me. I told her after we went out a few times to always be herself and not try to be who she believed I wanted her to be. When we first started dating she was acting prim and proper, "please" and "thank you", bending over backwards trying to be a sophisticated, more mature woman. She felt that's what she needed to be, because I'm older, have some money, and am generally very relaxed. She isn't a gold-digger, but there's reality to look at too. She liked me, we have a lot in common, and she saw the possibility of not having to worry about money again. It's best to look at everything in perspective. wink.gif

 

First, to get it out of the way, I think it's pretty awesome the way you talk about your wife.  As a happily married man myself, I can identify quite a bit.  It's plainly obvious - more than anything else - that she makes you happy.  And that is a good, good thing.  Also FWIW, with her personality being as you describe it, I highly doubt that she'd consider you (even if you had all the money in the world) if she didn't like you.  BTW, in my mind I'm trying to merge the prim/proper act with flipping off of the Neon.  Yeah you're right, completely incompatible.

 

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I wanted the chick in the library who got angry at the guy who was being an ass, so she threw a book at him and called him a (word you can't use on Head-Fi, but it starts with a "C"). By being herself, she is who I've wanted. (Awww... yeah, yeah, whatever.)

 

Actually, there are two words I can think of for that scenario.  Ironically they are both sexual organs - albeit from two different genders.  Im guessing she used the more masculine of the two as she was talking about a guy.  biggrin.gif  Hey Mupps, if you're reading this, check that out!  I even think dirty on a non-sexist level.  Beat that with a stick!  rolleyes.gif

 

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A `48 Mercury as a DD? As long as it isn't bone-stock. I'd get the cooling system and suspension updated, also have the powertrain rebuilt and refitted. Otherwise, it should be pretty good. Oh... brakes... yikes. Maybe get front discs too? smily_headphones1.gif

 

If I luck out, the previous owner will have done much of that - or at least done a good bit of it - by the time I get to it.  Yeah, the brakes definitely.  Or I could keep a a dozen car lengths in front.

 

LOL, I was actually thinking of going further than just mechanical upgrades.  Somewhere in the back of my mind, I wanted to have all the panels redone in fiberglass to shed weight.  A friend of mine asked why I didn't just get a Prius if I wanted to save on fuel.  I kindly asked that friend to NOT give me anymore advice about cars.

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I'm guessing that both of you have been married MUCH less time than I have. The real test of a marriage is not how you act when you are happy, but how you act when you aren't. Do you give up and walk away, or do you get frustrated, then get mad, then let it all go and just decide to be happy again? If you both figure out how to do that, you will both enjoy *most* of the next 27 years - and IMHO that's doing pretty darn well... biggrin.gif

PS: When the people who claim to have all the answers and want to cast stones at others can have a relationship with the same person for a total of 30+ years, *then* they can start to make judgments...
Edited by billybob_jcv - 9/12/12 at 10:47pm
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14+ years here.  And quite a few of them we're in bad times, but we huddled together and made it an "us-vs-the-world" kind of thing and pulled through.  I admit that 14 years is probably a drop in the bucket for you, but hey we've beaten the odds already!  biggrin.gif

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Here's a weird story for you...

I have actually known my wife for over 40 years. She grew-up in the same town as I did and she lived next door to my cousin. We went out for a few months when we were both in the 9th grade (my cousin set us up). We went to high school together and also went to the same college - but we didn't date. After we both graduated, our parents saw each other in town one day, and they found out that we had both moved to within an hour of each other - and they traded our phone numbers. I debated calling her - and I had just about completely chickened-out when she called me and asked me to go have dinner with her. We were married about a year later. When the universe is trying that hard to get you together, I say you just go with the flow!
post #191 of 7475
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When the universe is trying that hard to get you together, I say you just go with the flow!

And not just with relationships imho. Sometimes the Universe just speaks - wise men listen. beerchug.gif

Magick,

That Rolls - mmm. One of the few true imports that I have no real objections to. beerchug.gif

Now we just gotta get the rap music video made. tongue.gif

Warren,

On the old car restoration - do some preliminary research on what restoration and routine engine maintenance may run you on that. Five figures can EASILY be a starting-off point for that kind of project. Just something to keep in mind, versus a modern car that still handles and drives very nicely, is rather comfortable as sports cars go, and will fit in normal (modern) parking spots without too much problem. I should say that I like the new Challenger, it just isn't a racecar as they try to paint it. But it's very practical for what it IS (it's not the Porsche from Bad Boys; you get cupholders, a trunk, etc). Personally I'd probably go Challenger over ancient car, despite loving ancient car.
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There are tons of cars I would like to have as a daily driver - assuming I had a mechanic on retainer, and it wasn't raining...

Here's a few:

First, one of my favorite American Convertibles:

1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible



Followed by a couple of British soft tops:

1968 Lotus Elan



1966 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III



And finally, one that is half-way in-between!

1967 Sunbeam Tiger

post #193 of 7475
Only one of those cars would I consider, but there's other 1960s Ford stuff I'd take over it:




etc

I do not care about gas prices at all - I drive so little anymore that it's not even worth thinking about. 10mpg is legitimately realistic for me. redface.gif
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Hmm, The only problem is that I put 120+ miles a day on my car, so I would need a gas truck to follow me to work every day, and I would need an armored car to follow the gas truck so I could pay to fill up! eek.gif
But, I would really love to have the Buick 401 nailhead motor that was in the '59 225. Those are such sweet engines!

Yeah, that's an issue, though I've seen them with more modern I6s and V8s transplanted into them. I know that kills some of their classic flavor, but it makes living with them a lot more bearable. If/when I get the Corniche, it's going to be a small-scale environmental disaster. biggrin.gif I know I'm going to want to drive it somewhat regularly, so will the Mrs, but at 8mpg it's a little silly. Neither one of us is what you'd call a hippie environmentalist, but still.
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First, to get it out of the way, I think it's pretty awesome the way you talk about your wife.  As a happily married man myself, I can identify quite a bit.  It's plainly obvious - more than anything else - that she makes you happy.  And that is a good, good thing.  Also FWIW, with her personality being as you describe it, I highly doubt that she'd consider you (even if you had all the money in the world) if she didn't like you.  BTW, in my mind I'm trying to merge the prim/proper act with flipping off of the Neon.  Yeah you're right, completely incompatible.

Oh, I love her to death. She's also my best friend, and we can, and do, talk about anything. When my life flipped upside down, the inheritance thing, I didn't gain friends, I lost them. Many of the people I'd known for years, even decades, turned predatory and started to act like they were entitled to me fulfilling their wildest dreams. When it became apparent that I wasn't going to do that, they became angry, even hostile. Sure, I'd pickup the dinner tab or get them something cool for Christmas, but I wasn't going to pay off their debts or hand out wads of cash. I didn't turn into Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, but in their eyes I was close enough. And most women I dated... let's just say it was like swimming around the Great Barrier Reef while bleeding. It made me kinda paranoid.

I had a habit of spending a good bit of time at the college library; one, because it was semi-social, yet peaceful, and two, because it was a good place to meet more cerebral women, this included a smokin' hot blonde who worked there (out of my league), amazing bum. I talked with her a little, usually about books and school. She was funny, smart, sort of crude, and obviously struggling to stay afloat but kept on going. Suffice it to say, I liked her. Anyhow, as I said, she was struggling, she didn't say anything to me about it, but I overheard her tell one of the girls she worked with that she'd spent all her food money that month on a vet trip and meds for her cat. Sooo, I was sneaky and found out her schedule, and ordered; pizza, Chinese, subs, pretty much anything that could be delivered, and had lunch anonymously sent to her on the days she worked. I kept that going for a couple months. Yeah, the retirement left me with time on my hands, but it was fun. Then I thought it over and stepped it up a notch, and well, I anonymously setup a literary scholarship, for her. redface.gif It wasn't huge, I didn't want to draw outside attention, but it was enough to help. Later on she mentioned it to me in conversation, the whole thing, saying it was like Oliver Twist, because she was an orphan too. How she felt she had a guardian angel, she liked it even if it unnerved her a little. Well, I thought I had been smooth, but during the talk I suppose I underplayed my hand. When I returned to the library a couple days later, the jig was up, I'd underestimated her and she'd sorted it out based on our talks. Trying to deny it would have been stupid, so I fessed up. She wasn't mad, she'd figured out that I hadn't done it in expectation, so she mostly wanted to know why. I was caught flat-footed, and I wasn't trying to be slick, I just said "because if I'd asked, you might have said no". So, anyway, I guess I done good, she ended up asking me out to dinner. Shocked me, I'll tell ya. We go places and young "studs" are like, "WTF? How'd he land her?"
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Actually, there are two words I can think of for that scenario.  Ironically they are both sexual organs - albeit from two different genders.  Im guessing she used the more masculine of the two as she was talking about a guy.  biggrin.gif   Hey Mupps, if you're reading this, check that out!  I even think dirty on a non-sexist level.  Beat that with a stick!  rolleyes.gif

Actually, she used the 4-letter one that's a more feminine reference. She doesn't use it much, but it is something she'll unleash if she's really mad at someone. I don't want to give the wrong impression, she isn't swearing every breath, far from it, but she definitely isn't afraid to uncork them when the situation calls for them (I'm not either, for that matter). smily_headphones1.gif

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LOL, I was actually thinking of going further than just mechanical upgrades.  Somewhere in the back of my mind, I wanted to have all the panels redone in fiberglass to shed weight.  A friend of mine asked why I didn't just get a Prius if I wanted to save on fuel.  I kindly asked that friend to NOT give me anymore advice about cars.

Nah, stick with steel. Frankly, I'd just change the suspension, brakes, radiator, and get a solid used 289 dropped in. Would be a fine thing.
post #195 of 7475
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Only one of those cars would I consider, but there's other 1960s Ford stuff I'd take over it:


etc
I do not care about gas prices at all - I drive so little anymore that it's not even worth thinking about. 10mpg is legitimately realistic for me. redface.gif

Hmm - I'm thinking you are a cross between the Green Hornet and JFK taking a drive in Dallas...
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