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20 minutes ago, oleman said:

1-6-22car.thumb.jpg.648d9ce15207fe3173fdd630576e0686.jpgThis picture was posted by Rockauto in their current news letter. 

I call it the Heyday of American Cars .

Here is mine..

1961 Lincoln

Vac Locks,Power windows with auto down and autodrop when opening doors,  Power top and trunk, cruise control, auto dimming headlights,

AC, Full leather interior, Full size spare, 15MPG.   

It doesnt have the steering precision of a modern car to say the least,  and the brakes are pretty sorry compared to modern as well.

From a time when the trip was as important as the destination

 

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I had a 1966 cadillac 4 door hardtop back in the 1980's. Given to me by my great aunt who bought it new. It was loaded. Auto everything including headlights. Which scared me the first time I took it out at night. 42something engine. Had a lot of fun with it and then stupidly demo-derbied it. Dumb, Dumb Dumb. It did terrible. To heavy. Sunk in the mud like the Titanic in the Atlantic. 

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Back in the day when cars got people out of the house and out on the road. 

They were built for comfort on a long trip.

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And with the invent of roll up windows, became much quieter😉

 

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17 minutes ago, sandhiller said:

Back in the day when cars got people out of the house and out on the road. 

They were built for comfort on a long trip.

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And with the invent of roll up windows, became much quieter😉

 

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Comfortable maybe, but both of those would be the pits in a storm!

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2 minutes ago, mike newman said:

..only if there are no gates to open........:mellow:

Mike

Spoken like a true gentleman.

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I used to work on 4 door 1964 Cadillac, had a 429 engine, it was a nice riding and driving car, smooth as silk, one of the best braking 4 wheel drum cars I have driven, maybe the only power brake 4 wheel drum car I piloted, I worked on it a fair amount over a couple years, on one road test I was cruising along a secondary two lane paved road, still smooth as silk, I noticed the hydro poles seemed to passing by quickly, looked down and I was doing 90!! steering wheel pinched through my thumb and index, I slowed down, not saying it should be driven like that, but I haven't driven any other type of a vehicle than a land yacht that will get away on you like that, I am biased, I love the big cars, I have a 72 Chrysler Newport, 80 Buick Electra Park Avenue, and a 77 Olds Delta 88 on the road, have a 67 Imperial Crown and a 77 Chrysler LeBaron in the shed as future projects, I feel I have enough for a lifetime, the 80 Buick is the roughest and I drive it in the winter, so it may need replacing someday, the only car I dream of outside my collection is a tail fin Chrysler product, about 57-61, I'm not big on the Imperials of that era or Christine inspired Plymouths, both are cool, but say a 60 Plymouth Savoy 4 door post in original brown/gold kinda colour, the fins stick out more (if that's possible) with the lack of chrome trim I think, 57 Dodges are pretty cool too, a 60 DeSoto would be awesome too, tail fin Chryslers are rare birds, and not cheap, so I figure if I'm fortunate enough I'll get a real nice one from my retirement sale proceeds

One thing I have realized in my years of driving boats is the luxury models are usually the way to go, my 77 Olds 88 has bucket seats swapped in from an 80s Blazer by the previous owner, he said he wanted seats that reclined, I intend to swap it for seats from a 98 or Caddy someday, it is a basic car with no tilt column or power anything, my Newport is a four door post, bench seats, no A/C or tilt etc., manual windows it is still very comfortable and is quite a car, I did revel in the fact that I was driving the simpler models that don't get as much attention, but when the 80 Buick came along with 6 way power pillow top seats, tilt and telescope column, I appreciated it, it reminded me of the luxury boats I owned before the 88, power windows/AC/cruise control is not very important to me, tilt and telescope wheel is cool, 6 way power pillow top seat is the clincher, so what I'm saying, if you are not a land yacht nerd like me, and decide to purchase one for a Sunday cruiser, go for the full load model

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2 minutes ago, IHKeith said:

Some pics from the last couple years of my beauties

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess… 

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4 minutes ago, vtfireman85 said:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess… 

For sure, even a Saab can be beautiful, hahaha, beyond taste, I do admit my cars lack luster, as in gloss, but mechanically, they are doing well, the Newport is stock, the Olds was stock and now has a 355 that is pretty stout but not dialed right in yet, the Buick has a 350 that should be about 330-350 horse, a mild built 700R4, it's pretty hot, I sure do like 'em

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19 minutes ago, IHKeith said:

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Some pics from the last couple years of my beauties

 

 

 

mom and dad had an 80s old 88 like that one in the last pic... 307 made out of the big block engine series, i'm told.  good engine, good car.  i drove it a few thousand miles while they owned it.  zero issues with the car for a dozen years.  

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1 minute ago, russ_alabama said:

mom and dad had an 80s old 88 like that one in the last pic... 307 made out of the big block engine series, i'm told.  good engine, good car.  i drove it a few thousand miles while they owned it.  zero issues with the car for a dozen years.  

I do believe that the 307 was derived from the big block Olds design, my Olds had a Chevy 350 stock, apparently when that new style came out in 77 they tried to push the Chevy motor and it was met with strong resistance from Olds customers, which led to the creation of the 307 from the 350 Olds, interesting too that my 80 Buick was the last year for the Buick 350 and I believe the 307 was standard for it in 80 I do believe, by 81 the Olds 307 was the only motor available until the end of that design of Buick, a Chev small block really is a better engine than an Olds 307 in the 80's, the 307 is a good engine, not very powerful (not like an 80s 305 is powerful, but 307 is less) and seem to die quicker than Chev under heavy footed young lads, if you drive them normal and look after reasonably well they are good on fuel and run a long time, they were the last carbureted engine in a full size GM, the ran them until 90 or 91 in Cadillacs, they even put them in 87 Caprices because they didn't have a Chev engine ready to meet the emissions standards at the time, an 86 Caprice had a carb 305, 87 a carb 307, 88 fuel injected 305, if customers accepted a Chev engine in there Oldsmobile in the late 70's maybe the 307 would have never come to be, in the pic of the lineup with the Wagoneer the green Olds at the end with no hood is an 80 or 81 88 that originally had a 307, it now has a 4.8 from an 07 Chev van, a worthy repower, he drove the car until the 307 blew a head gasket, he gave it a chance

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1 hour ago, IHKeith said:

For sure, even a Saab can be beautiful, hahaha, beyond taste, I do admit my cars lack luster, as in gloss, but mechanically, they are doing well, the Newport is stock, the Olds was stock and now has a 355 that is pretty stout but not dialed right in yet, the Buick has a 350 that should be about 330-350 horse, a mild built 700R4, it's pretty hot, I sure do like 'em

They may be hot, but a row of brown 80’s Oldsmobiles has more ugly on it than a Rolling Stones group photo. 
 

i do LOVE the Wagoneer however! 

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1 hour ago, IHKeith said:

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Some pics from the last couple years of my beauties

Those Buick , Pontiac , Oldsmobile and Chevy cars are what I worked on from the time I was 18 to 30. Put a few head gaskets in Buick’s , the pontiacs we changed a few engines on a couple. 3o5 chevys we put camshafts in a few , new motors in a few  of them. then the 5.7 diesel that was available in them I fixed more of them than the local dealers did. There is a black 77 or 79 Buick in town here with a red top. It was a sharp car years ago. I put head gaskets in it around 93 or 94. The owner sold it to local service station guy. We never really did business with him a lot but the last years I have. One day this summer car is sitting outside, while I was gassing up asked him how car ran? He said good it only has 120,000 miles. I told them 30 years ago I put head gaskets and had the heads planed on it. He looked at me and I said yes for the guy you bought it from. Sad thing I think it had about 70,000 when I changed heads and the amazing thing is it hasn’t been touched except for minor stuff in 30 years.

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, vtfireman85 said:

They may be hot, but a row of brown 80’s Oldsmobiles has more ugly on it than a Rolling Stones group photo. 
 

i do LOVE the Wagoneer however! 

I called my friend who owns the Wagoneer tonight, I was laughing about how it turned up in pics of mine at different locations, his collection is mostly anywhere but his place

Your analogy about brown cars is admirable, I do appreciate it 

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9 minutes ago, dale560 said:

 

My first GM was an 81 Pontiac Parisienne, it had the "Command Center?" diagnostic port on the left inner fender near the cowl if I remember right, it had an orange cover, it was an early, simple attempt at a way of a central location for diagnostics, some pinouts for some critical circuits, only this one car of 10+ I have owned of like models had it, as a senior GM tech told me, "it only applied to the circuits that didn't give trouble"

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3 hours ago, IHKeith said:

 

Some pics from the last couple years of my beauties

 

 

 

Can't beat those Olds V8s. I've been running a 403 Olds in my 81 GMC pickup close to 40 years and can't wear it out. Got my first Caddy last spring. A 78 Eldorado. Last of the big ones. Its a little tired with a few electrical bugs but rides like on a cloud. And that 425 has enough power to move all that weight right smartly. 

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8 minutes ago, Loadstar said:

Can't beat those Olds V8s. I've been running a 403 Olds in my 81 GMC pickup close to 40 years and can't wear it out. Got my first Caddy last spring. A 78 Eldorado. Last of the big ones. Its a little tired with a few electrical bugs but rides like on a cloud. And that 425 has enough power to move all that weight right smartly. 

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Cool Eldorado!!! Family friend of my wife had a similar age red Toronado, I could get a Farm King auger in the background too!

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4 hours ago, Loadstar said:

Can't beat those Olds V8s. I've been running a 403 Olds in my 81 GMC pickup close to 40 years and can't wear it out. Got my first Caddy last spring. A 78 Eldorado. Last of the big ones. Its a little tired with a few electrical bugs but rides like on a cloud. And that 425 has enough power to move all that weight right smartly. 

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What is the tractor behind the shed.

Those El Dorados and Toranadoes were the very definition of "land barges", GOOD LOOKING land barges, that carried the driver around in luxury and style. (Never been in a Cadillac, but I remember working on a 70-71 Toranado when I was at Weslaco Motors and Implement in 1972-73, and the too short test drive after finishing.

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Mom and dad bought a New Yorker New in 72 after the 65 Galaxie died in a partial head on collision on a gravel road. 400 auto, air power brakes and steering.  Am radio. 4 door softop (no pillar between the front and back windows and brown? Vinyl top) About a mile long and rode nice. Kept it till 82 or 83 it seems like. Was getting a lil rusty and tired but not too bad. By then had a newer 400 transplanted in after original developed oil pressure problems at higher mileage.  Didn't have the same get up and go as the original. Roll pin in distributor sheared off and we sold it to a Mopar nut we knew. 

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4 hours ago, Art From Coleman said:

What is the tractor behind the shed.

Those El Dorados and Toranadoes were the very definition of "land barges", GOOD LOOKING land barges, that carried the driver around in luxury and style. (Never been in a Cadillac, but I remember working on a 70-71 Toranado when I was at Weslaco Motors and Implement in 1972-73, and the too short test drive after finishing.

Good eye, spotted the old 15-30 McCormick Deering in the background. Heres a short ride in the Eldo last fall. 

 

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