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For many years I enjoyed having a car that was
somewhat distinctive - a little different -
including a Buick Roadmaster Convertible, Fiat 850 Spyder convertible,
and a Chevy Malibu SS396. Then it was family stuff for a
while, but in ‘84 I bought a Nissan 280ZX Turbo, followed by a Mitsubishi 3000SL in 1991, and most recently
and possibly last - a 1999 BMW M3 Convertible, shown below.
My Car History (not including various vehicles that Carol has
This is my nostalgia page. I've been meaning to document all the
cars that I've owned - so here's the list. The photos are of
similar cars I found on the Web. It would take me weeks to find
photos of all of my old cars - perhaps for next year.
|1953 Buick Special
||My first car - in high school. A 4 door behemoth.
Straight 8 engine and manual transmission. I replaced the clutch
by myself with the car on some wooden ramps I made in our dirt
driveway. Mine was about this color of blue.
|1958 Buick Roadmaster Convertible
||A gorgeous car - mine was white with red leather interior, power windows and
seats, and a speedometer that was a horizontal strip instead of a dial.
The Flight Pitch automatic transmission had no gears - it used a
continuously variable set of vanes. I had to have the transmission
rebuilt shortly after buying it. I had this car when Carol and I
|1962 Ford Galaxy
||A pretty vanilla car that got poor gas mileage - but in those days
who was counting.
|1963 Corvair Spyder
||This car was turbo-charged, but the turbo never worked for me - it
was stuck. The heater used engine air and always smelled like
burning oil. The transaxle went out and I rebuilt it in Carol's
dad's garage. Mine was white with red leather interior.
|1968 Fiat 850 Spyder
||This was as close to a real sports car as I could afford in '68.
It was similar to the Alfa Romeo used in the movie The Graduate but smaller and
less expensive. I drove it from Albuquerque to Rochester, MN, and
then from Albuquerque to Endicott, NY. It was very comfortable to
drive but very underpowered (only about 50 horsepower).
|1970 Chevelle SS396
||This car had a 402 cu in engine and developed 350 horsepower!
The automatic transmission would snap your head back when shifting into
passing gear. The timing gear went out on the way from Missouri to
North Carolina and scrambled the pushrods. A garage got us going
again and I replaced the pushrods when we got home. Mine was gold
with black stripes on the hood.
|1978 Toyota Celica
||Another pretty vanilla car but fun to drive. I passed it down
to Steve as his first car. Mine was gold/brown.
|1983 Nissan 280ZX Turbo
||A very nice car with removable T-tops, all digital gauges, and it
talked! The turbo was a bit slow to kick in but provided great
acceleration when it did. The standard transmission was a bit
difficult to shift and made smooth acceleration difficult - so I opted
for automatics after that. Mine was black.
|1991 Mitsubishi 3000SL
||Another very nice car that really looked good and was fun to drive.
But it was front-wheel drive which caused the steering to be somewhat
heavy and resulted in torque-steer when pulling away from a stop.
Mine was a deeper blue. People would honk a traffic lights and
tell me what a beautiful car it was.
|1999 BMW M3
||A fine automobile with fantastic engineering and nimble handling.
A convertible is wonderful during the short Spring and Fall in Texas.
The rest of the time I was thankful for a good heater and A/C.
This photo is exactly like mine - Estoril Blue with light gray interior.
|2007 Ford F-350
||A big hunk diesel truck - good for hauling big things.
See our RV Trips section for more details.
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