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Nah, stick with steel.

Thousands upon thousands of pounds of steel. beerchug.gif
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Oh, by the by, we reached a deal on the Corniche today! I'm not crazy over the total price with transport (a little over $28k), the owner wouldn't budge any further, but I'm happy about getting it. This is going to be all kinds of fun. I can't wait to "woosh" down the road. smily_headphones1.gif

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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

Yes, really like those. A bud has one (hardtop) that's rotting in a shed, has a 351 Windsor, promising he's going to fix it up one day. I made an offer but he didn't want to let go. Beautiful cars.

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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

It would have to be love, those are hardcore money pits. biggrin.gif I like my MG, picking it up from the shop tomorrow, BTW, but it can be temperamental and have an attitude. When it's all 100%, she's a great little thing, super fun. But, sometimes things break for no real reason at all, except to show that they can. It's a British thing.
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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

I'm more annoyed with the stopping for gas, than the cost, in a car that gets 6-8MPG. It's like, "Bugger, I just filled up 4 hours ago".
post #198 of 7473
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

It's a British thing.

Remember to buy two!
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I'm more annoyed with the stopping for gas, than the cost, in a car that gets 6-8MPG. It's like, "Bugger, I just filled up 4 hours ago".

Meh. Those cars have 20+ gallon tanks. 200-300 mile top-end range, depending on specifics, and you're good to go. And if you're talking road-trip, I'd rather be stopping every 4-5 hours than just sitting there for 9 straight hours and hoping to god I don't nod.
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I don't think you need friends that *expect* to share in your windfall. Screw that & them. Now, if they had asked for money for a worthy cause, like the prevention of cat juggling, that would be different!
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I don't think you need friends that *expect* to share in your windfall. Screw that & them. Now, if they had asked for money for a worthy cause, like the prevention of cat juggling, that would be different!

+1.
post #201 of 7473
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I have actually known my wife for over 40 years.  When the universe is trying that hard to get you together, I say you just go with the flow!

 

Cosmic crush.

 

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

 

Unless the Universe is talking about furries, in which case you run.  RUN LIKE A M***** F***** RIGHT QUICK!

 

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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.

 

Yeah, I hear ya.  Realistically, I was thinking the Challenger would make a good city car.  Not interested in the Fast/Furious thing or racing between the lights.  Just want a nice car for the town, and something with enough torque to edgmacate people that the speed limit isn't really a physical limit on-demand.  Might need the Challenger as a daily driver, and save the Merc as a long term hobby project.

 

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1969 Mercury Cougar XR7 Convertible

 

I could live with that... wink.gif  In that exact color as well.

 

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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

 

Yeah, same here.  I make a drive like billybob's about one a week.  Other than that it's just little trips to the store that are about 3 miles round trip.

 

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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 have a friend that made out well in the DotCom era.  He went through something similar, and it really messed with him in knowing who his real friend are.  So I can kind of understand where you're coming from.  Speaking of which, I gotta give him a buzz.  Supposed to be sending him a pair of cans for his impressions.

 

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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?"

 

Ima quote that whole thing in case you ever decide to pull a Music_4321.

 

There's definitely some sweetness in that story.  Not a cloying "The Notebook" kind of sweet, but you know what I mean.  It's nice.  Wonder if she goes around telling it too?

 

One small point of confusion though... if she wasn't mad, then why'd she throw the book at you?  Or was that someone else?

 

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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
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.

 

No, I gotcha.  She's not a foul mouth and Gabe's not gunnin' for ya.  No worries, not the impression I get at all.

 

BTW, something happened to me a long time ago that still chaps my hide to this day.  My aunt had a '68 Firebird.  350 V8, original gold paint.  Auto but still sweet.  About 6 months before i could drive, some kid offered her $1K for it and she took it.  DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN!

 

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Thousands upon thousands of pounds of steel. beerchug.gif

 

Well, if you're do steel, might as well do it right, right?

post #202 of 7473
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Oh, by the by, we reached a deal on the Corniche today!

 

I KNEW IT!  That whole time you kept trying to say "if" I was thinking that you'd already sold yourself on it.  No point trying to play if off now...

 

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But, sometimes things break for no real reason at all, except to show that they can. It's a British thing.
I'm more annoyed with the stopping for gas, than the cost, in a car that gets 6-8MPG. It's like, "Bugger, I just filled up 4 hours ago".

 

Don't Alfas do that as well?  There are all kinds of crazy deals for Alfa Spyders in SoCal for under $10K easy.  Been thinking about that as a budget DD as well...

 

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I'm more annoyed with the stopping for gas, than the cost, in a car that gets 6-8MPG. It's like, "Bugger, I just filled up 4 hours ago".

 

Okay, but then you can optimally time vehicular operator fluid drainage processes to coincide with that, assuming multitasking is your thing.

 

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I don't think you need friends that *expect* to share in your windfall. Screw that & them. Now, if they had asked for money for a worthy cause, like the prevention of cat juggling, that would be different!

+1.

 

Since you guys are fans, do y'all like The Lonely Guy as well?

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BTW, I know some anti-car nut is gonna come in here and post this sooner or later... so I thought I'd beat him to the punch.  And so we can have a bit of a laugh about ourseves as well.

 

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Since you guys are fans, do y'all like The Lonely Guy as well?

That one didn't do much for me - but I did really like Roxanne.

I'm going to keep posting about both American & Non-American cars - both because I like them all, and also just to mess with obob...

My sister had a 1969 Buick GS350 with a white vinyl top. It was almost exactly like this one, only hers was a little lighter blue. I also drove that car in high school, and I think we sold it in 1979 for ~$500. Stupid, stupid, stupid!!



The other British car that I really, REALLY wanted when I was in high school was an XKE.



Can you tell that I have a thing for 60's convertibles?
post #205 of 7473
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

Remember to buy two!
Meh. Those cars have 20+ gallon tanks. 200-300 mile top-end range, depending on specifics, and you're good to go. And if you're talking road-trip, I'd rather be stopping every 4-5 hours than just sitting there for 9 straight hours and hoping to god I don't nod.

This is definitely not a road-trip car. Just one for running around town and trips through the country, and the local car show thing. And, I'll admit it's like, "Hey, I've got a @$#$ing Rolls Royce! Top that, you Lexus driving bottom-feeders." wink.gif
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I have a friend that made out well in the DotCom era.  He went through something similar, and it really messed with him in knowing who his real friend are.  So I can kind of understand where you're coming from.  Speaking of which, I gotta give him a buzz.  Supposed to be sending him a pair of cans for his impressions.

It's harsh. I know, people have said, "Oh, poor baby". But it sucks when your life turns upside-down and most of your "friends" turn into leaches. My family was even worse, not the immediate part (my mom was another beneficiary), but aunts, uncles, and cousins, all incensed that they didn't get a chunk (because my grandfather didn't like them), so they took it out on me. There was jealousy, arguing, fighting, one cousin vandalized my apartment and car. The will was contested, even though it had been properly filed, notarized, and then sealed by a judge. (The case was quickly thrown out.) I have one cousin I'm close to, and I helped her get sorted out during the "mortgage meltdown" several years ago, so that she wouldn't lose her home. The rest were such scumbags that I cut them lose. I don't think about whether it was worth it, that sort of thing will make you crazy, it just is what it is.

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There's definitely some sweetness in that story.  Not a cloying "The Notebook" kind of sweet, but you know what I mean.  It's nice.  Wonder if she goes around telling it too?

One small point of confusion though... if she wasn't mad, then why'd she throw the book at you?  Or was that someone else?

Miscommunication there, that wasn't me, just a guy she'd been dating that had done something despicable and she took it out on him where she worked. He was like 6'3" and she's just short of 5' tall, and she had him running out of the place in fear, with paperbacks bouncing off his head, it was funny.

I wasn't trying to get to "know her", in the Biblical sense, I just liked her. She was working hard to help herself, and I was impressed. Frankly, she said she didn't know what to think, in her experience people didn't do things like that. Her Ex cheated, stole money from her, and eventually ran off with someone else to join some Mormon mission thing, I'm not making that up. Her track record with guys was the worst I'd ever seen, and she didn't really trust me for almost a year. At times it was like trying to treat an injured wildcat. As evidenced by the manual transmission lesson, things still get a little haywire. Then later she'll say she doesn't know how I put up with that stuff. LOL
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BTW, something happened to me a long time ago that still chaps my hide to this day.  My aunt had a '68 Firebird.  350 V8, original gold paint.  Auto but still sweet.  About 6 months before i could drive, some kid offered her $1K for it and she took it.  DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN DAMN!

My dad had a black '69 Firebird convertible w/ 4 on the floor, same thing happened, he sold it when I was 12. I was so mad I didn't speak to him for a month. It still annoys me to think about it. lol

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I KNEW IT!  That whole time you kept trying to say "if" I was thinking that you'd already sold yourself on it.  No point trying to play if off now...


Don't Alfas do that as well?  There are all kinds of crazy deals for Alfa Spyders in SoCal for under $10K easy.  Been thinking about that as a budget DD as well...

I was saying IF because I was still waiting for the deal to get done, I didn't want to jinx anything until it was finalized. smily_headphones1.gif Yeah, I was sold on it after talking with the dealer the first time. She's a solid car, it seems. It needs work to get it up to "cruising condition", but that's largely interior cosmetics.

Alfas are also a labor of love, they're cute little money pits. A fun little convertible of that era is the Dart GTS. Awesome and quick little cars, doesn't take much to get their 340cu/in V8 to well over 300hp either.


Edited by Magick Man - 9/14/12 at 2:49pm
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The other British car that I really, REALLY wanted when I was in high school was an XKE.

Can you tell that I have a thing for 60's convertibles?

The Jag E-type almost makes me feel like the guy in the Mercury Mistress ad. HNNNGGGG! It's another that's on my bucket list.
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The Jag E-type almost makes me feel like the guy in the Mercury Mistress ad. HNNNGGGG! It's another that's on my bucket list.

I remember spending hours with the Hemmings Motor News (my Dad subscribed) looking at the E-Types. IIIRC, in the late 70's I think I could have gotten a fairly nice one for around $5-6K (or was that the coupes? I don't really remember). Of course, I didn't *have* $5K in 1978...

I was never much of a Dodge guy. Not really sure why - My Dad was all GM - Buick and GMC. I have always preferred GM & Ford over Dodge - but I have no idea why.
Edited by billybob_jcv - 9/14/12 at 2:18pm
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If I did want a Chrysler product, this is the one I would want...

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Saw a white '65 vette today, such a gorgeous car! I want one BAAADDDD!

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Saw a white '65 vette today, such a gorgeous car! I want one BAAADDDD!

Imagine that with a 427 and 4-speed stick! 

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