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garrell.770 12-20-2011 07:55 AM

What did you drive
For those of us that were in highschool from 2000 to waay back: What did you drive and was it your ride or the family car? It was your's how did you pay for and how much did it cost? Was it a hotrod/muscle car, did you modify or "hop it up"? Did you carry it to a dragstrip or street race it?

123pugsy 12-20-2011 08:21 AM

I wish.

I had to ride around on my "stock" skateboard.
It was demeaning for sure so I dropped out of high school, got a job and bought my a nice 75 Montego. :pain:

Siggy_Freud 12-20-2011 09:30 AM

I drove a 66 GMC pickup in Highschool. Shortly after I fuel injected it. Was the vehicle that really got me into modding cars.

It was mine. I was going to school abroad half-way through highschool (15 years old at the time), and took the summer months to work at an ecommerce company doing graphic design. Told my dad I was coming home with cash in hand and to start looking for a pickup.

It costs $3500.

poncho62 12-20-2011 05:30 PM

High school car was a 63 Falcon ragtop....6 cyl, 3 speed ..

.Had to do until I got out and got a real job. then muscle cars...

Then, came wife and kids......but always had something to work on....

matts37chev 12-20-2011 05:57 PM

I had a 73 pontiac ventura 6cyl and a powerglide

the best part was, I had alum. dish mags on one side
and appliance chrome five spokes on the other side of the car

you can only see one side at a time, right?
once a week, somebody would ask me if I got new wheels :rolleyes:
after a while I got tired of explaining, so I would just say, yep :thumbup:

starnest 12-20-2011 06:18 PM

My first car was a black Falcon Futura with red bucket seats.

After I moved to VA, for my senior year I had a 69 Chevelle 300 Deluxe, Cortez Silver with black bench seat. Added SS rims and hijackers. :cool: :cool:

Paid for both flippin burgs at McDs.

Custom10 12-20-2011 06:33 PM

Cool rides guys...first car in high school a 71 skylark that had a leaking trans and bad bands in th350, i had to put a ice cream pail under the trans while parked then dump it in before I could go, eventually the trans gave out,,,except for reverse, drove it home one night that way for the last time. :sweat:

then a 68 merc truck that i would leave in the high school parking lot with the keys in it so other people could jump in and run it to warm up and have a smoke during winter,,,yeah it really was HIGH school for some :drunk:

wish i had the pics of all of them,,,

Groucho 12-20-2011 07:04 PM

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My 1st car was a 57 Chevy 4 door wagon. I was 14-15 when I bought it in the early 70's for $20. The $20 was lunch money that I'd put in a jar on the living room TV on my way out the door for school. This way I couldn't spend it on lunch no matter how hungry I got at school. It was pretty damn clean, ran, but smoked real bad. I rebuilt the motor in High School auto shop for just over $100. Since then I've owned about 600 vehicles of interest (Vettes, Surfer Vans, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, etc)

garrell.770 12-20-2011 09:03 PM

my highschool rides
I will not go into long details again about my on going recovery from a heart attack followed by three strokes with resulting significient memory loss, but most everything i tell you about my cars comes from my younger brother, sister and my wife. my first car was a black, one owner 1953 chevy 6 cyl., 3 speed. i shaved the head and ran a straight pipe exhaust. i grew up on a farm where my younger brother and I had to work hard at a young age, we were allowed to tote canilopes and watermellons up a long hill in sacks and sell a percentage of them at a roadside stand. The cost of the 53 was $250.00, but after that things took off, i got a job at an old fashioned service station in the summer after my sophmore year at $29.oo per week for afternoon until 9:00 pm, and 12 hour days on the week end. I new a lot about cars and made numerous trades without assistance from my dad. Keep in mind this was a time when people did not drive long distances for work or pleasure and used cars usually were clean and low mileage rides . Here goes, traded 53 chevy for, 1957 2 door post, 283 ci, chevy, blowed the motor street racing. it was a super nice car and i know it is unbelievable but i sold it to Dyno Don Nicholson from dragracing fame. In my junior year i bought a black 1959 ford galaxy with a 352 ci. engines and was evidently very fast, then i started to hall moonshine from the west ga. area ro phoenix city, ala. no one knows exactly how much i made but it was more than i could explain by working at a service station. i started hanging out at a local pool hall ang gambling with the big boys, professional gamblers, sometimes winning but most of the time losing. I went back to my every afternoon and weekends at the service station and i traded the 59 ford for a mint, two top, 1959 Austin Healy 100-6 red in color. a local young attorney wanted the Healy for his wife and started stopping by the station and making offers until it became so lucrative i sold it to him far an unheard some of $1100.00. To finish out highscool i bought the most beautiful, red and white, low mile 1956 2 door post 1956 chevy. Again i blowed the 265 ci. v8 dragracing down main street at 2:00am. I bought the 56 for $600.00 and had $500.00 dollars left over. I bought a 340 hp. built corvette engine for $150.00 and had what i am told was the best looking, fastest car in town. I loved owning different cars and would take a liking to a certain model and would search until i found one. I bought my first corvette at 19 yrs. old and have had one almost most of the time since and some are very rare today. forunately i have pictures of most of my cars starting with the 56 including 55-57 chevys, 409 and 427 impalas, 8- z28's, gto's. i am 62 years old and have four very nice rides in my shop now, one being a 2003 SS silverado that i set a landspeed record in oct. at the Maxton Monster mile. come on and let'ts get the list and stories rolling. Happy holidays, Garrell Patterson

kleen56 12-20-2011 09:20 PM

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My first car was 66 Ford Mustang GT with a HiPo 289. The car was originally my parents and my dad decided to get a Toyota for my mom. (she got ripped off). I ended up getting the car from my dad. Not to long later, the 289 blew so I dropped a 351W in the engine compartment. Pretty much raced it every chance I got. I grew up with racing nuts. Here's a picture of it..

garrell.770 12-20-2011 11:52 PM

what did you drive
I am sure glad you did not say your first car was a toyota or honda, looks like a nice gt, did you pay for the replacement motor and if so how? were getting some great pictures of your high school cars. keep them coming

T-bucket23 12-21-2011 10:44 AM

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First car 66 Rambler Rogue, only 500 made in Yellow and black

Second car, favorite was my 70 Hemi Road Runner.

66 Chevelle convertible

69 GTO

Centerline 12-21-2011 12:22 PM

My ride in High School (1966-1967) was a white '58 Chevy Impala which cost me $500. I didn't know it at the time but I apparently influenced Ron Howard because he drove one just like mine to High School in American Graffiti in 1973. :D

The only thing mine didn't have was the pin-striping.


"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, WOW, What a ride!" - Anonymous

cboy 12-21-2011 01:06 PM

I owned a number of rods and projects in high school but this was my daily driver. 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 with a 312 Thunderbird engine. I put in the tube grill, had it painted Honduras Maroon, black and white rolled and pleated interior and a "California Rake" resulting from chopping out a coil and a half.

I bought the car at age 15 in 1961 and paid $1,100 for it (less $500 for the '55 Plymouth I traded in on it.). Below is the Bill of Sale for the car. Note that it had to have my dad's name on it because I was not only under age...I didn't even have a driver's license yet.

I got a loan from the local bank (with dad's co-signature) and paid it off working on my dad's farm for the tidy sum of $20 a week.

And here I am with the '55 Plymouth I bought at age 14 and traded in on the '57.

And a couple of my high school hot rods.

I put a '53 Chrysler 331 Hemi in this 1952 Ford. The '52 cost me $20 and the Chrysler cost me $35 (a neighbor had totaled it in a rollover). Even with the JC Whitney motor mounts I had less than $200 in the car.

I started this glass T-Bucket in high school but didn't get it on the road until I was in college. Had a '55 Buick nailhead and a very rare Buick three speed trans.

kleen56 12-21-2011 01:28 PM


Originally Posted by garrell.770
I am sure glad you did not say your first car was a toyota or honda, looks like a nice gt, did you pay for the replacement motor and if so how? were getting some great pictures of your high school cars. keep them coming

I got the engine by saving my $$ while working at McDonald's. Most of the friends I hung around were Ford guys including my friends dad who gave me a great deal on the 351W. We put the engine together ourselves to save some cash as well. It was a fun car. Actually, if I had a Toyota or Honda, I'd still put a 351W in it... :D :thumbup:

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