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My first car was a pickup truck.

When I got the call to contribute a word or two to the site, I sat down at my computer to come up with a few ideas. Although I’ve been hanging around the comments for a while now, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to tell you a little more about myself and tell you why I love cars, and talking about cars, so much. If you’re so inclined, make the jump and get to know me better.

Cars are a big part of my life. Growing up in rural southwest Missouri (back me up here, anyone), it’s almost expected that you know how to work on cars. In fact, some of my earliest memories involve helping my dad get/keep an old clunker running. I remember being behind the wheel of a car, turning over the engine while dad worked under the hood. I remember being happy, and I remember how much fun it was to sit in the driver’s seat. I’m proud of my raising; I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I spent a little time recently talking to my dad about his cars. In Top Gear style, I asked him about his car history, including some of his first sets of wheels. I wanted to understand how it all started for him, and why my brother and I enjoy cars so much. Although I remember some of the cars you’re about to see, I was genuinely surprised by the sheer number.

In high school, dad owned an enviable variety of machines:

  1. 67 Dart
  2. 59 GMC
  3. 68 Coronet
  4. 66 GTO
  5. 73 Impala

Later in life, he picked up a penchant for bowties. Here is a list of cars my dad has owned since high school, in no particular order:

67 Chevy pickup 70 Challenger R/T SE
69 Camaro 67 Chevy 2
66 Chevelle SS 78 Z28
68 Malibu 70 El Camino
65 Malibu SS 72 Challenger
70 Chevelle SS 78 El Dorado Biarritz
70 Chevy pickup 68 GTO
70 Challenger T/A 340 Six Pack 69 GTO Judge
70 GTO 84 Pontiac 6000
64 Chrysler 300 78 Coupe de Ville
64 Dodge Dart 83 Coupe de Ville
70 Chrysler Imperial 77 El Camino
Kawasaki Eliminator 84 Econoline custom
Kawasaki Vulcan 93 Grand Caravan
H-D Sportster 81 Cutlass diesel (!)
79 Chevette Multiple Saturn SL’s

I’m sure you’ll agree that my dad has quite the taste in cars. The love of classic cars and trucks was passed from father to sons. You see, I have a brother, younger, but much better with a wrench than me, and with better taste in classic cars. In his 29 years, my brother has owned or driven:

  1. 68 Falcon
  2. 83 Coupe de Ville
  3. 01 Ram
  4. 77 El Camino (dad’s was identical, except red/white)
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    Dad, Uncle, Brother, 77 El Camino

  5. 88 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
  6. 03 Grand Marquis
  7. 92 Cougar
  8. 86 325i

One might find my history with cars somewhat, let’s say, limited.

  1. 77 El Camino
  2. 86 626
  3. 94 88
  4. 04 Focus ZX5 – my wife’s daily driver (and you thought olelongrooffan’s camera was bad)

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  5. 78 Sierra Grande (a real beaut, ain’t she? Paid $1 for it; sold it for $350.)

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  6. 92 F-150

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My current ride, the F-150, really is one of my favorite trucks. I plan on driving it until it the wheels fall it. Even then, I’ll probably just buy new wheels.

Anyway, I hope you like what you see, and I really hope I can contribute a little something to this little corner of the interwebs. I love the Hooniverse, and look forward to sticking around for a long time.

Currently there are "32 comments" on this Article:

  1. papamarc says:

    Hey ! I know that truck!!

  2. dukeisduke says:

    Oooh, Oxford White. My '95 F-150 looked like that, except mine had the factory ten-hole alloys, was a 4×2 with the regular mirrors and an Opal Gray interior with the high-back buckets (40/20/40 seats, with power driver's, and inflatable lumbar on both sides). It took me 17 years and 214k miles. I would have stayed with it, had I figured out the mysterious occasional hard start/no start problem.

  3. P161911 says:

    I find it interesting that my father has owned cars from just about all the major car producing countries with two exceptions: Japan and Korea (and Australia, but they don't sell many cars outside Australia).

    US: Everything from a 1966 Ford Fairlane GTA 390 to a Lincoln Mk VIII LSC to a Cadillac SRX.
    England: Triumph Spitfire
    France: Renault Dauphine
    Italy: Fiat 1500 convertible (his high school ride)
    Germany: Audi 5000S and M-B ML 320
    Sweden(/Finland): 2004 Saab 900 convertible

    I have yet to own anything French or Swedish or anything roadworthy from England or Italy.

    So what engine and transmission is in the F-150?

  4. longrooffan says:

    Nice write up and welcome aboard.

  5. OA5599 says:

    What's the story behind the Ford pictured at the top? I didn't see it mentioned anywhere.

    And which car does your dad most regret getting rid of, the Judge or the T/A?

    • dukeisduke says:

      It's a '61, but is it a Unibody? I can't tell from here. Actually, I seem to remember a post talking about that very truck – or maybe I read it on the Ford Truck Enthusiasts forum.

      • MVEilenstein says:

        It is a unibody. I didn't realize what a unique truck it was until I was much older. I took that picture in 2010, and it's still there. Would probably run with a little tinkering.

    • MVEilenstein says:

      I should have mentioned, this is my grandpa's farm truck. '61 F-100 Custom Cab. I learned to drive a 3-on-the-tree with this truck. I remember being a kid and wondering why it had three pedals, but no shifter on the floor. It was then that I discovered the joys of a column shifter.

      Also, hoping to do a full write-up on it next week.

    • papamarc says:

      i would probably pick the T/A. you don't meet yourself on the road very often.

  6. Bret Dodson says:

    Good, another WA hoon.

  7. carter says:

    That Sierra Grande is outstanding!

    • MVEilenstein says:

      Outstanding . . ly rusty. I could see the road between my feet, and the front fenders were both damaged and rusting.

      • dead_elvis says:

        Yeah, but for a buck? Outstanding.

        • MVEilenstein says:

          True. I was essentially doing the guy a favor taking it off his hands. It served its purpose for about a year, then I sold it for scrap. In its day, it was a pretty nice truck, a Camper Special.Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

      • carter says:

        I almost bought an 85 of similar build (read: the carpet was the only thing holding your feet in) about four years ago. I still regret not dropping the $600 on it. :-(

        • MVEilenstein says:

          The redeeming feature of those small blocks is that they would run like crap, but run for a long time. When I picked up that 78, I drove it 10 miles down the highway, doing 60, not knowing it had absolutely no coolant due to a cracked lower radiator hose. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

  8. sohc says:

    You could spend a year of a weekly post of "family iron". Dig up the Polaroids.

  9. Savant_Idiot says:

    I've enjoyed your comments and I look forward to your posts. I think that most of those that congregate here would socialize and get along well if possible.

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