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Old 11-13-2010, 06:39 PM
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Am I the only one who thinks this way about these old cars?

I will often think about who bought my car when it was new, about the babies it brought home from the hospital, about the first dates, I don't know, about it's history.

Something like this park lamp I pulled off today. This is a super original car and this light has never been off since the day it was put on in Kenosha Wisconsin back in 1959. I unbolted it and had to think about the guy (I don't think there were any women there back then) who bolted this light. I picture this guy, 25ish years old making a living for this family. He is the last guy who have held this light in his hand and turned these nuts to hold it on.

I wonder where he is at now?

I just wonder about this stuff, don't mind me.

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Old 11-13-2010, 09:22 PM
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you're not the only one. I ran into an old timer this summer, while driving my 53 pathfinder (pontiac, not jeep), who recognized the car for what it was. I asked him how he knew about it, and he tells me that he worked in the oshawa plant where they were built, and there was a 50/50 chance he installed my back seat, depending which shift it went through on. kind of cool to meet maybe the first person ever to plant himself in my back seat lol.

Also, my 46 IH has been locally owned since it was new, and one day at a show this woman comes up and we start shooting the bull, she saying that her husbands father used to have the same truck way back. turned out that my truck was their truck, and her son was concieved on that seat. Disturbing....but makes me thankful i recovered it.
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Old 11-13-2010, 09:41 PM
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you're not the only one. I ran into an old timer this summer, while driving my 53 pathfinder (pontiac, not jeep), who recognized the car for what it was. I asked him how he knew about it, and he tells me that he worked in the oshawa plant where they were built, and there was a 50/50 chance he installed my back seat, depending which shift it went through on. kind of cool to meet maybe the first person ever to plant himself in my back seat lol.

Also, my 46 IH has been locally owned since it was new, and one day at a show this woman comes up and we start shooting the bull, she saying that her husbands father used to have the same truck way back. turned out that my truck was their truck, and her son was concieved on that seat. Disturbing....but makes me thankful i recovered it.
LOLOL, now THAT is funny! I met a guy who quite possibly painted my Gran Sport being he painted cars the day it went thru the Fremont Assembly plant. Meeting the family that I bought my 65 Skylark from (I don't have that one anymore) was a kick., He had photos of him bringing it home to his family with two little kids it was really cool seeing those photos. He had kept EVERYTHING from that car. We are talking EVERY receipt since new! He had the notes he wrote on the price he discussed with the salesmen. He had the color chart with the color he picked circled, it was really cool.

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Old 11-13-2010, 10:11 PM
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definately like the old pictures when you can get them. nothing exists that I can find for the pathfinder, but I got hold of a few old pics of my truck. It really makes a guy think what his car has seen when you look at them. My pics were taken in thompson manitoba and in yellowknife NWT. truck has been all over canada, and it ended up back in the town of 1000 people where it was sold in 1946.
Anyway, off to hit the sack. Got to unload and set up my new toy in the morning- 40's rahn larmon metal lathe. Seems when a person likes old cars it just spreads to any piece of iron you can get your hands on lol
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:26 AM
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I have always said that my '55 has introduced me to more interesting people than any human has. They always seem have a story to tell you about the '55 chebbie that a family member or themselves had back in the ?day? I never get tired of listening to them tell their stories of what color and style they were and how that old car made such a mark on their memories.
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:35 AM
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I honestly can't wait and hope so much the day will come when some gray haired old man (hey that's ME, I mean REALLY old man in his eighties or something) tells me he had a Rambler like mine so I can toss him the key and tell him to go take it for a drive. I hope that day happens that I can see someone's face when they relive an old memory like that, that would be so cool.

I have already seen that face but I couldn't toss her the keys being it isn't running. But my neighbors mom came over in my yard when she saw my Rambler there. Her face was lit up with the most beautiful smile you ever saw as she gazed at my Rambler. When she was a kid her dad had one like it and you could see it really brought back some memories.

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Old 11-14-2010, 09:37 AM
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By the way, that light I pulled off was on my parts car. My car was repainted and reupholstered when I got it. The parts car is a genuine virgin.

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Old 11-14-2010, 12:30 PM
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Hemmings has a magazine, Collector Car, that has some amazing stories of history. It also is my favorite part of the magazine. Lately they have been featuring original cars, original owners, fun stuff to read.
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We are sometimes very like minded and this all made me think about the endless list of old cars I have had and the previous owners ,dead,alive and some beleiving that a car was and is just trans portation.Unlike we who love our memories of the cars we have had...People often ask me what is my favorite?My worst?Hardest to maintain?And Why? Do I really need aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall those cars.?Yes I do and I am reminded of the smiles I get even in my rat model A,or the 50 coupe.People who had em and allways have a good storie to convay.Most people never think of updating a car or re doing it or disguise it like some of us do.Back in the day when we could spend a day walking around in an old junkyard the place was haunted by the memories these old lost rides held in their rusty bodies.I guess some of us have had a more insane conection than others.But when I go to a car show I get a lump in my throat every time I see a 40 coupe or a duece roadster or pickups I owned.Maybe all this is about memories for some of us Gear heads,
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On a sort of down side - I have these thoughts when I take a hulk on its last ride to the scrapper. As it dangles on the hook from my trailer to the shredder I think about it being brand new once, somebodys pride and joy.

My old wagon that gave me 11 years of service reached the end of its road a couple of years ago, with 528K on the clock. About once a month I decide that now is the time to drag it away, but I just can't do it. About as bad as putting my old dog down when she couldn't walk anymore.
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Oh you can't believe how hard it is for me to rip this parts car apart! OH MY GOD I fought and fought about it. But that is what I have to do, it is the best thing for my other car and I have to do it.

By the way, this love of the history can go wrong too! I had done a lot of searching for the history on a 64 Vette I had, and was coming up with a little bit when I came across the bent steering column bracket. The frame on the car had been bent and repaired and when I came across the steering column bracket I stopped looking into the history. I sure has heck didn't want to know that some person got killed or seriously injured in my car!


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its funny you should post this, my wif and i were driving an hour away from me to a beautiful piece of french settlement called akaroa on saturday, i was saying to her about how many stories our stang could tell over her 44 years!
as an aside my wif was out of the car to pick up some lunch, when she was heading back to our car, she heard a lady say to her husband, look kevin, THAT is a real car.I get a lotta comments about my old girl, and the wif,lol

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A lot of people probably believe I'm crazy for haunting junk yards that still have old cars...few now days. And, they would probably never understand the satisfaction I get from finding an original "widget", bringing it home, cleaning it, making it work again, and then bagging and sealing it...and probably never use it.

I feel sorry for the people who would rather buy a Chinese repro "widget" and never experience the inner joy (and skinned knuckles) of saving a piece of history.
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I have a goal with my truck, NO reproduction parts. Of course this is almost impossible, but I will be close. So far, just the rubber pieces is all I will need, bearings and seals, that sort of thing and of course paint. But most stuff can be found used or NOS.

I honestly have next to zero interest in the "manufacturers hall" at the Goodguys shows. Booth after booth after booth of billet this or that, of a/c set ups, steering columns, I don't get it. I can see the need for ONE of these things so I understand the need to go looking for ONE of them when you are building a car. But so often the entire car is being made from the catalogs, I don't get it, I just don't get it.

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By the way, that light I pulled off was on my parts car. My car was repainted and reupholstered when I got it. The parts car is a genuine virgin.

Brian
That light aint no virgin anymore, especialy after you've had your big hand up in it. Brian, you ought to be ashamed of yourself!
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