Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Your first car

  1. Sep 25, 2006 #1

    Janus

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Mine was a 1962 Buick Special that I "inherited" from my folks. I started driving it in '74.
    It had a 198 cubic-inch V-6 engine.
    The Buick Special was also named "Car of the Year" for 1962.

    Here's an image of a 1962 Buick Special:
    [​IMG]

    So, what was your "first car"?
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 22, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 25, 2006 #2

    Pyrrhus

    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    Well for my first car, i was really lucky :rofl: . My father gave me his 2000 Lexus LX 470.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 22, 2017
  4. Sep 25, 2006 #3
    My first car was a 95 Ford Escort...I hated that car....so incredibly gutless it wasnt even funny.

    P.S I hate you Cyclovenom :P
     
  5. Sep 25, 2006 #4

    Astronuc

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    I drove my parents used VW's, and the first car I owned was a 1971 Volvo 142E, which I also inherited from my dad. Nice simple 4 cylinder in-line, electronically fuel injected, 4 spd manual with electronic overdrive.

    I got about 35-40 mpg. Unfortunately, a series of bad mechanics doomed the car. The last mechanic skipped town in the middle of the night with the local police department after him. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Sep 25, 2006 #5

    Moonbear

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    My first car was a 1984 Ford Tempo. The company my step-father worked for had already run it to the ground by not changing the oil, so it needed an entire engine overhaul, but it was a great first car...well, except for the zebra print seat covers my step-father thought would be a really cool surprise for a teenager and her first car. :uhh: I never had the heart to tell him how NOT my style that was, so it was the subject of many a joke among my friends. :rolleyes: I put up with it, because I was just thrilled to get my own car, which I never expected (apparently, the ulterior motive was that it would spare the family car from being put out of commission when I got in my first accident...not if, when...my parents did trust my driving, but they're also rather practical about things like that, and since most of my driving was on a VERY busy highway in NJ, they figured it was inevitable that I'd be in an accident my first year driving...and sure enough, I was, when someone rear-ended me in heavy traffic :grumpy:).
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2006
  7. Sep 26, 2006 #6

    Integral

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    My dad was a collector of sorts, so I learned to drive in '55 Chevy PU and and '51 Willys Overland (Jeep station wagon) oh yeah, dad had a mechanic friend drop (Wedge?) a Chevy 265 V8 into the jeep, it was great fun!

    The first car with my name on the title was a '73 Toyota Corolla, nice little car which I bought about 1 month before the "gas Crisis" hit in the fall of '73.
     
  8. Sep 26, 2006 #7
    My first ride was a 1942 willys jeep, which I bought in 1973 for 125 dollars. Had it for about a year.
     
  9. Sep 26, 2006 #8
    1989 Lincoln Town Car. Big old grandma boat.

    On the upside, six months later I had a 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible (from before they made them look like crap). Still have that car.
     
  10. Sep 26, 2006 #9
    late 80's pontiac phoenix, followed by a 95 chevrolet beretta that died (and I"m in the process of fixing with a friend) and now I drive an 85 olds cutlass - which is also dying due to various mini holes in the radiator.

    beaters one and all.
     
  11. Sep 26, 2006 #10

    DaveC426913

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    1978 Toyota Tercel. They even have the colour right.
    [​IMG]
    It was called The Pumpkin.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 22, 2017
  12. Sep 26, 2006 #11

    brewnog

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    My first car was a classic Ford, with the 79 cubic inch Endura block and fuel injection.

    Ok it was a Fiesta, but it's still going, and it's still one of the fastest things I've ever been round a roundabout in.
     
  13. Sep 26, 2006 #12

    turbo

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    64 Corvair 500 coupe. Never had to change the oil - just kept adding, and it changed itself. Next was a '65 Mustang 2-door that was rusting away before my eyes until one day at work, a careless guy smashed into it with a Grade-all.
     
  14. Sep 26, 2006 #13

    Ivan Seeking

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    A $500 '68 Datsun P/U - used primarily for thrashing on mountain dirt roads. In spite of the jumps, power slides, and even floating the valves a few times [nothing hit], I sold it running. My next car was a '72, 240Z. Now that was a very fun car!!!
     
  15. Sep 26, 2006 #14
    Mine was a '64 Impala 4 door with a 283 Power Glide:!!) . I paid $500 for her. The engine caught on fire one day while stretchin' her and I haven't been the same since.:cry:
     
  16. Sep 26, 2006 #15

    jtbell

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Mine was an orange 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, handed down to me by my parents.

    When I was an undergraduate, I didn't own a car. I went to a small college in a tiny village, and you could walk anywhere in no more than ten minutes. It was about a 45-minutes drive from home, so I spent about every second weekend at home, with my parents driving me back and forth, and I drove their cars while at home.

    When I was in graduate school, I didn't own a car most of the time, because I rode a bicycle almost everywhere on campus and in town. My roommate had a car that we used for grocery-shopping once a week. When traveling out of town, I usually took a bus or train, and rented a car a couple of times.

    Finally, as I was finishing my Ph.D. my parents decided I probably would need a car when I got my first "real job", and they had both retired so they didn't need two cars any more. So I got the Beetle that my mother had been driving around town. I had it for six years, and then the floor started to rust out. When I drove in the rain, my feet got wet!

    It was kind of sad saying goodbye to that Beetle, because I had been riding in or driving Beetles for 27 years. My parents bought their first Beetle when I was nine years old, and we always had one in the family until I sold the orange one.
     
  17. Sep 26, 2006 #16
    I have a 1998 Accord, which the transmission just decided to go bad on me today, again. This will be transmission number 4. All paid for by Honda.

    Despite the transmission, it's a very good car. 120k miles on it.
     
  18. Sep 26, 2006 #17

    Moonbear

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    I don't consider a car that repeatedly has a major problem like a bad transmission to be a very good car (unless your driving style is unusually hard on transmissions, and it's not that the parts are defective). :rolleyes: Is it still under warranty that they're covering it? If so, I'd sell it before that warranty runs out! You don't want to be stuck replacing a transmission out of your own pocket. :surprised
     
  19. Sep 26, 2006 #18
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 22, 2017
  20. Sep 26, 2006 #19

    Danger

    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    "Slip'n'slide with a Powerglide" :rolleyes:
    My first was that same engine combo in a '65 Beaumont. Most useless thing that I've ever seen in my life. It put a rod through the pan the first time that I took it over 100 mph. :grumpy:
     
  21. Sep 26, 2006 #20

    Janus

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    After the Special quit, the first car I ever bought was a '65 Ford Galaxy 500 with a 289 V-8. (While shopping for cars, I looked at a '66 Mercury Comet, but when my dad opened the hood and saw the 427 V-8, he said " No way, You'll kill yourself!")
    The car was very clean, but used a little oil. After I had owned it for a year, my dad suggested that we do a ring job on it; he'd supervise while I did the work. Unfortunately, right after we started he ended up at the VA hospital for a few weeks. I ended up doing the job alone with just the verbal advice I could get from him on visits.
    I goofed up the job. One of the head gaskets leaked water into the oil, and it overheated on my first test drive. It took two attempts to solve the problem, but then it threw a rod (probably from the strain of overheating and running with water contaminated oil).

    The car I bought to replace it was a '70 Ford Torino (With a 302 V-8; the same basic engine as the 289, with a different bore and stroke), which I had for a year or so before it started using oil. Spooked by my last attempt at major car repair, I traded it in for a '71 Camaro (350 engine).

    The Camaro turned out to be a problem from nearly day one. First, I had to get a new carburator. Then it developed a leak somewhere around the rear window that I never could seal or find, so in rainy weather (which we get a lot of in Oregon) water would collect in the trunk and would soak the carpet behind the driver's seat. The suspension had been lowered to improve handling (It cornered like it was on rails), but this meant that everytime you drove over a speed bump it bottomed out, which tore a hole in the exhaust system. I kept having to patch it. Then it cracked a head, which cost me $400 to get fixed. Then it started having starter problems. You'd go out, turn the key and... Nothing. I replaced the solenoid a few times and even the entire starter and it would still suddenly decide that it wasn't going to turn over. After it stranded me in front of a convienience store 45 miles from home, I had had enough. I had a friend who lived in the area sell it for me.

    Meanwhile, I was without wheels (Which I needed to get to and from work), short of cash, and had no established credit, so I bought the first car I could afford, a '70 AMC Ambassador.

    I kept the Ambassador until I got married and we bought the first brand new car I had ever owned, a 1984 Honda CRX.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook




Similar Discussions: Your first car
  1. Fixing your car (Replies: 32)

  2. What was your first job (Replies: 20)

Loading...