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Postby Emma » Wed Aug 07, 2013 11:14 am

When the gas shortage hit in the early 70s, my dad bought (for practically nothing) a rather ugly 67 Beetle. Ok ... it was a particularly hideous shade of puke green.





He promised it to me for my 16th birthday and took me out to pick out a new paint color and interior. I chose "corvette yellow", the brightest and most intense yellow I could find. White leather seats and black carpet. I helped fix up the interior and prep the car for painting.





That car would go anywhere and it was indestructible. When I lived in Missouri, we had a blizzard --- the snow was up to my bug's windows. My friend and I kicked the snow away enough so that I could squeeze in and I just rocked it back and forth a few times and popped right over the snow bank. We drove around town looking at the snow ... until a rather amazed national guardsman ("how the hell did you get on the streets??") told me to go back home.





It was my own personal Herbie. I swear it would run on fumes until I managed to find a station to fill up (the tank would be bone dry). And it would not allow my ex-asshole into the car on either side. If he tried, the door would lock itself. I am not making this up. That car spooked the hell out of him :lol:





After I had my daughter, I had to admit that the bug just wasn't much of a family car. If for no other reason than it didn't have any heat until I was driving 60 mph down the highway. So I traded it to a friend of my ex's for an amazing (and expensive) home stereo system. I got the better end of the deal but I was so sad to see it go. He was willing to pay out the nose because he had plans to turn it into a dune buggy or some such nonsense.





The very first day he had it he changed the oil, forgot to put the plug back in and proceeded to drive and lock up the engine. I'd driven the hell out of that car and never had a problem ... one day with this idiot and it dies. I think it committed suicide.

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Postby xKat » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:51 pm

My first car was a 1967 Impala - red, four door and a tank. Two days after I got my license it was forecast to snow, my parents let me drive to school anyway. It was an adventure getting home after school let out early due to snow but we all made it home safely. I was too young to be scared.I wasn't a beer drinker but I can remember driving to a drive-thru beer distributor in East Oak Lane (just over the Philly line near my suburban high school) to buy beer for my friends, still dressed in my Catholic high school uniform.

You're from Springfield?

Grew up in Jenkintown, went to Bishop McDevitt in Wyncote.I wish Sugar was around to teach me to buy beer for profit in high school. I did it for free and didn't even drink it. I was a sucker.

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Postby magdalen77 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:54 pm

My first car was a 1967 Impala - red, four door and a tank. Two days after I got my license it was forecast to snow, my parents let me drive to school anyway. It was an adventure getting home after school let out early due to snow but we all made it home safely. I was too young to be scared.I wasn't a beer drinker but I can remember driving to a drive-thru beer distributor in East Oak Lane (just over the Philly line near my suburban high school) to buy beer for my friends, still dressed in my Catholic high school uniform.

You're from Springfield?

Grew up in Jenkintown, went to Bishop McDevitt in Wyncote.I wish Sugar was around to teach me to buy beer for profit in high school. I did it for free and didn't even drink it. I was a sucker.

I couldn't have done it. I got carded until I was 35.

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Postby Sugar Magnolia » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:16 pm

They didn't card us over the line in LA. We couldn't buy Coors here because the alcohol content was too high so we'd skip school and make the 45 minute drive over the river bridge at Vicksburg into LA. Tallulah, LA was happy to sell us as much beer as we could load in the back of the station wagon. We also skipped school and went to NOLA and Mobile for Mardi Gras and Memphis for the state fair.

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Postby June bug » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:46 pm

In college, four of us girlfriends would use a fake i.d. to buy a half pint of vodka and a gallon of oj. Then we'd head to the alley behind a nearby country church, fold down my Rambler's back seat, turn up the radio and make ourselves a screwdriver! Always had to throw out at least half the vodka - never had any oj left - but boy, we thought we were wicked!

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Postby TollandRCR » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:47 pm

They didn't card us over the line in LA. We couldn't buy Coors here because the alcohol content was too high so we'd skip school and make the 45 minute drive over the river bridge at Vicksburg into LA. Tallulah, LA was happy to sell us as much beer as we could load in the back of the station wagon. We also skipped school and went to NOLA and Mobile for Mardi Gras and Memphis for the state fair.

Wasn't the legal drinking age in LA something like 16 in the 1950s? That occasioned a lot of travel from the many "dry countries" in East Texas to Bossier City. ("Dry counties" are not dry to the well-off and white; you simply pay a membership fee with your first drink, if the club agrees to admit you.) What people had to worry about was the Texas Highway Patrol lurking across the border. The same sort of thing was said to happen when people bought wine and liquor in DC and brought it back to Virginia; it was rumored that Virginia cops patrolled the parking lots of major DC stores.

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Postby kubu island » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:27 pm

Proud former owner of a stylish French car.[/break1]wordpress.com/2010/02/03/selling-my-citroen-2cv/]http://robinwoodchurch.wordpress.com/20 ... troen-2cv/I think every student in Europe either had a VW or a 2CV in the 60's. It's really a tin can on wheels, very bouncy, could be repaired with hair pins and string, ran on 6 liters/100KM, around 70km/h, maybe 80 going down hill. With just two people putting pressure on front and back fenders, you could bounce the thing out of a tight parking space. The windows would not role down, you had to flip them out (they would invariably slam down after a few miles). We travelled all over the Mediterranean coast in one of these. In now Croatia, the gas pedal spring broke, so we tied a string to it, my friend would apply the pressure on the pedal and I would pull the string back. That car had also visited every vineyard in Burgundy. Travelled on the cheap but with the best wines.Very basic and lots of fun.

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Postby Maybenaut » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:50 pm

We travelled all over the Mediterranean coast in one of these. In now Croatia, the gas pedal spring broke, so we tied a string to it, my friend would apply the pressure on the pedal and I would pull the string back. .

Reminds me of the car my mom had when I was a kid -- 1959 Pontiac Bonneville Wagon -- just like [link]this one,http://www.stationwagonfinder.com/2011/11/1959-pontiac-bonneville-safari/[/link], only ours was black with a white roof and red interior. Whenever my mom took me to run errands (when I was about 8, so the thing would've been 9 years old), she'd put it in park with the parking brake on, leave the motor running, and make me sit in the driver seat with the foot on the gas. These days you can't even leave an 8-year-old alone in a car, let alone one that's running with their foot on the gas. Times have changed.

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Postby kate520 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:50 pm

Ha! In high school DC had a lower drinking age than Virginia, so we would go over Key Bridge to Georgetown Liquor and buy frozen beer before football games. I don't know why, but the guy always gave us frozen beer. It took us a few times before we figured out we had to let it defrost before drinking. :roll: Georgetown Liquor was right next to the Exorcist stairs. I never went back after I saw the movie. :-?

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Postby Emma » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:12 pm

Proud former owner of a stylish French car.[/break1]wordpress.com/2010/02/03/selling-my-citroen-2cv/]http://robinwoodchurch.wordpress.com/20 ... troen-2cv/Very basic and lots of fun.

http://worldcarslist.com/images/citroen/citroen-2cv-6/citroen-2cv-6-03.jpg :lol:

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Postby magdalen77 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:03 pm

The drinking age in PA has always been 21. It was lower in both NY and NJ, but we lived in the middle of the state. It would not have been easy for me to disappear for 4 or 5 hours to make the roundtrip to either place. I might have tried if I lived somewhere like Scranton which is only 50 or 60 miles from Binghampton, NY.

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Postby Tesibria » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:11 pm

My first car was a 1972 Dodge Dartcenterhttp://image.automobilemag.com/f/reviews/12_month_car_reviews/1304_2013_dodge_dart_sxt_april_update/46944386+w968/2013-dodge-dart-1972-dodge-dart-front-three-quarter-view-2.jpg[/img]It was almost exactly like this one -- same color and all -- except that the color on both car and that back thing were more faded, such that I lovingly referred to it as calf-crap brown with calf-crap green. The moter was a slant six and so simple even I could handle changing the oil, belts, and all that. (Well, that and we weren't allowed to get our license until we'd demonstrated we knew how to do that). It was a column-mounted manual 3-speed.Emma -- I felt about it the way you felt about your bug. I loved it. In college, my Red Lobster coworkers with their corvettes and other muscle cars were always working om their cars, which were always breaking down. I was the Saturday night post-shift run to Mexico driver ... because no one trusted the other cars, and we just knew we could get into then out of Mexico without worrying about our car breaking down. At my county fair, Dodge Darts were banned from the demolition derbies in my teens -- because the derby would always end up with nothing left but darts .. and they just wouldn't die fast enough. The fair had to close down by 10 and there'd always be at least two left.In a huge miscalculation, I decided upon graduation from law school that I needed to modernize, so got a new .. Dodge something made outside the US. This little unibody thing, I can't even remember what it was. All I know is that my ex was going too fast around a curve and hit a berm. Just that. And the unibody was bent and car was totaled. Then I got a Dodge Shadow. Which was better than that little thing, but just nothing like my Dodge Dart. Then I got my Volkswagon Eos, once I moved here to PHX. Very pretty car -- but nothing whatsoever like my Dodge Dart. Just sold that. When I come back to US, not sure what I'll get, but keep looking at the new Darts. Time will tell, guess. :)
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Postby kubu island » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:17 pm

Proud former owner of a stylish French car.[/break1]wordpress.com/2010/02/03/selling-my-citroen-2cv/]http://robinwoodchurch.wordpress.com/20 ... troen-2cv/Very basic and lots of fun.

http://worldcarslist.com/images/citroen/citroen-2cv-6/citroen-2cv-6-03.jpg :lol:

Yeah, that's after John Galliano dressed it up. Nice one Emma.

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Postby ducktape » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:19 pm

When I was in high school, I worked summers at the radio station which was owned by (and next to) the newspaper/town printer. With a little wrangling and persuasion, I went back to boarding school with a stack of blank fake IDs (of my design). Before vacations, I'd sell them, type them up and sign them with my boss's name from the radio station, and then the girls got the pictures and lamination done in the DC train station. $10 a pop, which gave me some nice vacation money.We were in southern VA, and for some reason, all of my business was girls going north. I had one myself but amazingly, was never, ever carded anywhere ... until I was 29. And then it happened twice in a month!

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Postby magdalen77 » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:09 pm

Shoot!!! I got carded all of the time. I am short and I have somewhat of a baby face, but I think it was the Catholic guilt. Even when I was over 21 I projected it.I don't want to get into the cars I've had, but the two very best were a '85 Chrysler LeBaron and a '92 New Yorker. The LeBaron made it to 178K and since they made a bazillion K-cars in the '80s parts and repairs were cheap. But really other than the blower for the heater and the CV joint going most of the repairs were routine maintenance things like mufflers, tires and brakes. The New Yorker made it to 192K and finally its transmission went. I seem to have better luck with Chryslers than any other car. The one Toyota I had was a lemon and only made it to 60K.

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Postby Estiveo » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:52 pm

I never got carded after I turned 21. I did get carded about four months ago at a BevMo. I was feeling all warm and fuzzy until I was told that one of the stores in the chain had failed an Explorer Scout sting operation, so EVERY store in the chain in Northern California had to card EVERYONE until the heat was off.D'awwww :cry:
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Postby magdalen77 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:30 am

I never got carded after I turned 21. I did get carded about four months ago at a BevMo. I was feeling all warm and fuzzy until I was told that one of the stores in the chain had failed an Explorer Scout sting operation, so EVERY store in the chain in Northern California had to card EVERYONE until the heat was off.D'awwww :cry:

I think we're the same age or close. If I got carded now I'd be delighted. I was a little bit cranky at 35.

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Postby Estiveo » Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:54 am

I never got carded after I turned 21. I did get carded about four months ago at a BevMo. I was feeling all warm and fuzzy until I was told that one of the stores in the chain had failed an Explorer Scout sting operation, so EVERY store in the chain in Northern California had to card EVERYONE until the heat was off.D'awwww :cry:

I think we're the same age or close. If I got carded now I'd be delighted. I was a little bit cranky at 35.

I liked it until they told me they were carding everyone. Then I got a little grouchy. Thing is, I managed a 7-11 store for a number of years in my youth...the only thing I loved more than carding obviously underage kids was having cars towed. (7-11 right across the street from the Newport Pier at Newport Beach...on a good day in the summer? I could have a dozen cars towed, easy, in an 8 hour shift. 8-) )
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Postby magdalen77 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:03 am

I never got carded after I turned 21. I did get carded about four months ago at a BevMo. I was feeling all warm and fuzzy until I was told that one of the stores in the chain had failed an Explorer Scout sting operation, so EVERY store in the chain in Northern California had to card EVERYONE until the heat was off.D'awwww :cry:

I think we're the same age or close. If I got carded now I'd be delighted. I was a little bit cranky at 35.

I liked it until they told me they were carding everyone. Then I got a little grouchy. Thing is, I managed a 7-11 store for a number of years in my youth...the only thing I loved more than carding obviously underage kids was having cars towed. (7-11 right across the street from the Newport Pier at Newport Beach...on a good day in the summer? I could have a dozen cars towed, easy, in an 8 hour shift. 8-) )

You're evil. I like that. ;)

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Postby Whatever4 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:14 am

The drinking age in PA has always been 21. It was lower in both NY and NJ, but we lived in the middle of the state. It would not have been easy for me to disappear for 4 or 5 hours to make the roundtrip to either place. I might have tried if I lived somewhere like Scranton which is only 50 or 60 miles from Binghampton, NY.

In the middle of PA? Where? I grew up within a few miles of the geographic center of the state. Equally hard to get to any other state. But alcohol was trivially easy to get because of the college up the street. Particularly if you were a girl. Or so I've heard. :- One of the high school English teachers moonlighted at the State Store near the HS. He knew every single local kid and how old they were.

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Postby magdalen77 » Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:54 am

The drinking age in PA has always been 21. It was lower in both NY and NJ, but we lived in the middle of the state. It would not have been easy for me to disappear for 4 or 5 hours to make the roundtrip to either place. I might have tried if I lived somewhere like Scranton which is only 50 or 60 miles from Binghampton, NY.

In the middle of PA? Where? I grew up within a few miles of the geographic center of the state. Equally hard to get to any other state. But alcohol was trivially easy to get because of the college up the street. Particularly if you were a girl. Or so I've heard. :- One of the high school English teachers moonlighted at the State Store near the HS. He knew every single local kid and how old they were.

I grew up about 90 minutes northeast of the college to which you refer. :D --> <!-- s:D --><img src= " title="Very Happy" />:D --> Probably about 60 miles Southwest of Scranton. As the crow flies, my old hometown isn't more than 65 miles or so from NJ. But driving around the mountains to get to a straight shot and driving far enough into NJ to get to a container store (I think that's what they call them) would make for a two hour ride.


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