That got me thinking about all of the cars I've owned over the years... So here's a post dedicated to a lifetime of driving.
|The first car I ever owned... a 'big block' Pontiac Ventura|
Woohoo, I was in high school working odd jobs and manged to paint this thing RED, swap out the factory manifold with an Edlebrock 4bbl 'high rise' and of course - headers - which I had to literally hammer into place because they shared the same design space with something else... I don't remember what, but I do remember the problem went away after borrowing my dad's sledge hammer and adding a little dent in the right spot... Ahhh, I can remember turning the ignition off and letting the engine pump a little unburned fuel into the glass packs, then flipping the switch forward and BLAM, spectacular at night...
Then came this rag top... finger numbing cold in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in February!
|The un-stoppable CJ-5|
So now we go to college, and of course we sell the toys and knuckle down to practical transportation...
|Uninspired Iron Duke blandness with a story...|
Anyhow, I used to drive this thing on hard packed snowmobile trails in the winter, I managed to float it across the Montreal River 'many' times F=ma man! and it did float - once - at a boat dock.
The next machine in the stable was a Ford 4x4...
|It had a 360 CI V-8 and I could watch the fuel gauge drop as I drove it.|
Sold it and a canoe, worked in the computer lab and managed to pay for college.
So after I graduated and went to work at Bell Helicopter, what did I buy, but this whacky thing. What was I thinking? Somehow a bit of a lapse in judgement brought me to the Oldsmobile dealership and I bought one of these.
|I think it was the 105 F heat and the food poisoning...|
|You can fit a lot of stuff in one of these!|
|Oops, I almost forgot about this one... given to me along the way. The K-car was pretty indestructible.|
Then came a spark of the old me...
Then there was the Toyota...
|Oh what a feeling - TOYOTA...|
I had one of these too...
|After the VVTI incident, Toyota was banished from the stable and this went to the neighbor...|
|One of these too around the Aerostar era... the 7 was a lot less capable than the 5.|
|Probably my least liked vehicle... giant box with seat warmers.|
|Rock solid drive train the inline six had a dependable motor too.|
Back to good old American Iron... A retro of the Chrysler Airflow of the 30's.
|Still motoring along at 200k!|
Maybe one of these...
|Or, maybe not... I do like the Alfa Romeo lines and the rumor is that Fiat will bring the Alf back to the US in 2017!|
|The mechanics of emotion...|