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PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 2:09 am 
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'82 Honda Super Cub. Bought it for $250 on impulse while in Kansas. It is the toughest little scooter and easily my most reliable vehicle. I've had it 4 years and ridden it 10,000 miles, mostly on dirt roads, with just oil changes and a few flat inner tubes. I could never sell it.


That's awesome. I want a Super Cub badly.

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1993 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.5 TD Intercooler MetalTop GL (my first car, best one ever!!!) from 2002 until 2005

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1989 Subaru Leone III 1.8i GL SuperStation from 2004 until 2005

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1996 Mercedes-Benz C220 Diesel Elegance from 2005 until 2006

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1989 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.5 TD Intercooler Wagon Automatic from May until September 2006

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2006 Subaru Impreza 1.5R SportsWagon from 2006 until 2008

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1981 Subaru Leone II 1.8 4WD GLF Sedan from January until June 2008

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2000 HDPIC Galloper II 2.5 TD Intercooler Wagon Exceed (own it now) from Juli 2008 until 20??

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1988 Toyota Camry 2.0 GLi Sedan (own it now) from January 2009 until 20??

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my '64 Fairlane. it was sold new on 22 Nov 1963 (day JFK was shot). I got it in '87 from the original owner, traded it off in '88, bought it back in '96 and I'll never sell it again.

This is it and me in 1988.

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This is it (with some of my other toys) about 2002.

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This is how it looks now though I'm about ready to get rid of the Cragar wires and go back to the dog dishes. I owned the '68 Dodge crew cab in the background from 2006-08. It cost me $300 and I had to put a tranny in it but that 383 would run! It was pretty rusty though and I sold it to buy the Datsun.

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'55 Pontiac I owned all too briefly in 1989 - note my acid-washed jeans :roll: .

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I owned these two in 1990 while stationed in NJ. The gold '69 Buick Skylark cost me $50 (I had to put an oil pump in it) and the '68 Valiant cost me $165 (I had to put a master cylinder in it.)

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$300 '61 Bel-Air I bought when I got back from Korea in the early 1990s.

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'64 Dart I had for a couple of years on Fort Sill.

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I owned this 1980 Camaro from 1993-2002. I sold it because I was sick of looking at it and the wife hated getting our kids in and out of it......wish we had it back now though.

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Here's my 510 the day I bought it from the second owner in September of '08. The first owner had owned it for twenty-seven years, the second owner for just a few months. The first owner had used it as a fishing wagon for the last decade or so. I'm still finding fish hooks and weights under the seats and carpet.

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This is how it looks now.

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This is my Car Domain page.

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Proof that nothing more than a new set of wheels can totally change a car. 8)


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This is how it looks now.

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This is my Car Domain page.

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...Love that. Thus compelled to add period pics of my own as well, and even cheat a bit... Hey, it's my thread :lol:

...A few Z cars of my father's several of which I grew up with, others I didn't...

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Very USDM/70s, eh :) My dad bought his first 240 on the advice of someone who raced E-types, and was tired of getting beaten by Datsuns 8)

Also: Wow, the San Bernardino smog hasn't let up :lol:

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Hawaii. This one's like, perfect, but he wound up painting it 280Z blue after the stock paint-job completed its six month lifespan in the sun :?...

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...I was rushed to the hospital in the 260; likely, the ride quality induced my mother's labor :lol:

Still, my dad never wound up getting along with it as it suffered all the stock 260 problems, and the previous owners had apparently attempted to hoist wiring problems upon it... Whilst saddling it with a goofy, broken lip, bent bumper... and wheels that they probably stole off of an Impala in east LA...

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Colorado. I'm taking bets that the Renault Le Car in the background has either managed to not move at all since that picture was taken (mid-80s), or completely returned to the earth within fifteen minutes of the picture being taken :lol: (Seriously. My dad had two Renault Dauphines. TWO. It wasn't always happy Z time :shock:)

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Z31 wheels; my first automotive memories were forged in the passenger's seat, as a three year old, driving through the San Bernardino desert to procure goods from the 7-11 :)

(The sign from that very 7-11's rooftop later blew down in a windstorm, and decimated the roof of my mom's 77 Thunderbird, lol)

My brother managed to decimate the transmission on the way to a skateboarding trip to Phoenix, and the subsequent (JDM, because it was cheap back then) transmissions wound up with ratios far from appropriate, thusly the car was traded in on a brand new Ford Probe in the early 90s. Bah.

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...Myself, circa 1989 or so, back before I morphed into an Asian. we have to have just gotten it :mrgreen: Wish I had the pants, still; Ninja Turtle green.

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...Well, that car still sticks around, as mentioned; I got it looking about this way in high school, when I nearly attempted to successfully make it a daily. Dad stole the 15" steels for his Corvette, if I still had them I'd likely reverse them, and chrome them, along with the original caps... As it is, Halibrands or slot mags (much like the ones in the top-most Z) will someday be in the lineup.

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Honda cub
Fuji Rabbit 601

Dodge Colt 1977 (new)
BMW 325i 1984
Buick Skylark 1987
Toyota Camry 1989 (new)
Toyota Van 1987
Toyota Previa 1993 (new)
Toyota Camry 1999
Acura Legend 1988
Plymouth Reliant K (free)
Ford Taurus SHO 1991
Toyota Camry 2005 (new)
Honda Prelude 1988 (free)
Toyota Sienna 2006 (new)
Toyota Cressida 1978
Subaru leon wagon 1984


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Proof that nothing more than a new set of wheels can totally change a car. 8)

Truth. I also love how most of those pictures look decades older than you say they are. :lol: Very cool.

My first car was a 1968 Chrysler Town & Country. Total rotbox, more bondo than metal, though oddly the subframes, floors, and rockers are completely rot free. Boggles my mind. And pretty much everything worked on it. It was a hillbilly's daily driver for the better part of 20 years before I got it. Supposedly there's somewhere upwards of 1.5 million miles on the body/chassis, and until I'd purchased it, it hadn't been off the road for more than a month at any known point in it's existence. It's had untold numbers of engines, transmissions, rear ends, etc. It's a hodgepodge of other cars, and it all still works, amazingly. Until I fucked around with it, but that's another story. It's been sitting the whole time I've owned it, sadly I thought I was going to restore it and bought my second car in the hopes that I would have a daily driver while I worked on the wagon. Huge mistake.

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Second car- my 1970 Chrysler 300. Huge pile of shit. I bought it to drive. Found it in a local guy's backyard, he had only owned it for all of 6 months and wasn't even a big Mopar guy, he had a '71 Fury daily driver that I had originally asked about buying, only to be told it wasn't for sale, but he had the 300. Paid too much for it, but it looked good at the time. Pretty much started disintegrating in front of my eyes the day I bought it. Electrical stuff magically stopped working. The "Rebuilt" transmission went out within a few months (It had been rebuilt... with one clutchplate too many in the low/reverse drum, and by someone who had no idea wtf they were doing), and bondo started popping off the quarter panels. As time has gone on, more and more things have gone wrong. It's caught fire umpteen times, it's died more times than I can count for various reasons (mostly all to do with the ignition system and the hacked to fck engine bay harness), had quite a few total brake failures, etc. It's been trying to kill me for years, and I'm too attached to it to get rid of it now (as well as having enough money invested in it to have bought a really nice one instead in the first place, and it's barely operational right now).

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Number 3 was my 1981 Dodge Diplomat 2-door. Got it from my Uncle. Originally it had been my grandmother's car new, then my uncle bought it from her and used it for awhile as an undercover car when he was a Wayne County Sheriff Deputy. There was damage to the front end from having rammed someone off I-75 in chase, haha, as well as ammunition under the seats and a siren under the hood when I got it. Sadly, it had been sitting in the street in front of their house in a puddle of god-knows-what from the sausage factory across the street for a solid 10 years, untouched, before I had gotten it. Engine bay was packed solid with dead animals, garbage, etc. It smelled disgusting. I was going to get it back on the road and drive it for awhile, as I'd always really loved the car and wanted to someday restore it (How often do you see a two-door '80'-81 Diplomat?), but sadly while working on it at school I put it on a lift and realized the entire driver's side framerail was gone. Not even enough metal left to imagine what used to be there. This, coupled with rotted out floors, a rust hole in the top of the driver's side A-pillar that had caused the frame and floors to disappear, rotted quarters and the general condition of the car, I was sort of forced to give up on it. I ended up having to leave the title in the sunvisor and left it at school to be picked up with various other junk cars that had been donated so it could be scrapped. Still saddens me. I will have another 2-door Dippy. I've got a picture of it on our old computer, which doesn't work. Ugh.

4. 1986 Dodge 600 4-door- This was what my grandmother had replaced the Diplomat with originally. She drove it until she had stopped driving around 1996 and it just sat in the street in front of her house, rotting. She was saving it for me, but since it was outdoors and not moving, it just disintegrated. Was hit a few times by passing trucks coming in and out of the sausage factory as well, making matters worse. I never really did anything with it- invested $200 in making it run and drive again, but it needs every brake component replaced, tires, floors, rockers, etc. Been considering doing something with it again recently, but who knows.

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Then I ended up accepting a 1978 Impala for free. I didn't want to see it get scrapped, figured I'd just get it running and sell it to someone else. Wrong. It ended up being a nightmare to go get the car- it was 300 miles north of here and I went to get it in a snowstorm. Then found out it didn't have a title. The guy who owned it gave it to someone else I know, who ended up never doing anything with it besides washing it due to his mechanical ineptitude, and that's how I ended up in the loop. Problem was the only owner of the car had died 15 years ago, willed it to the guy I got it from, who drove it to his house, parked it in his driveway, and let it sit for 15 years. In Michigan. So it started to rust. I ended up getting a title through the DMV without a problem, and started to fix it. Except it needed a lot of stuff. And I ended up dumping a few grand in parts into a car that needs two floor patches, quarters, and honestly, another frame as the one under it has really started to flake apart. Not to a level where it'd snap in half or become dangerous, but a level that bothers me. Trying to sell it right now to someone else who wouldn't mind restoring it and putting another frame under it- if not it's gonna probably be my daily driver and I'll just look around for a good newer B-body frame I can strip and maybe eventually I'll put a better frame under it. I like it... I just have too much work to do to my Chryslers to have a 3rd project.
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$3000 for the car, $1000 for the entire trip, $200 to forfeit the title to the impound lot, all I have is a photograph and the license plate that was smeared against a concrete barrier for a hundred feet. Someone bought it from the impound and parted it out. All I can say- F*** food allergies.


And #7 isn't really worth mentioning. It was free, I drove 200 miles to get it, was completely mislead about the condition it was in, no title, and it's been dismantled and scrapped since. Still have most of the parts if anyone wants anything- all I managed to sell was a master cylinder. I haven't even recouped the cost of the fuel to get it and bring it back. It's a tremendously long story, and it just makes me exceptionally pissed off every time I think about it.

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Wow.. my brain hates this kind of stuff

okay.. here goes.. from first to last.. including bikes

yamaha pw50.. 1988 ish
yamaha pw80.. 1989 ish
kawasaki kx60.. 1990 ish
yamaha rt100.. 1993 ish
honda xr250r.. 1995
1989 pontiac firebird formula ws6
1992 kawasaki ninja 250
1992 lebaron 4 door
1991 widebody camaro
1981 pontiac turbo trans am.. It wasnt a turbo car when I got it tho
1988 mustang hatch
1989? pontiac 6000
1995 yamaha virago
1998 suzuki gs500e
2003 suzuki sv650s
1985 chevrolet caprice classic
1985 bronco II 4x4
1999 kawasaki zrx1100
1995 cherolet 2500 turbo diesel
1999 honda civic 4 door
1983ish caprice circle track car
2003 nissan frontier 2wd
2006 husqvarna tc510
1989 nissan s13
1993 eagle talon tsi awd
1981 datsun 510 5 door
1986 dodge daytona turbo
1992 nissan s13
1989 chrysler lebaron turbo convertible
1976ish chevy luv truck
1976 subaru gf
1985 mazda rx7
1985 toyota corolla sr5
1972 datsun 510 4 door
1983 corolla *only had for a second.. haha
1974 datsun b210 4door
1971 datsun 1200
1985 rx7 full race car
1989 nissan s13
1996 subaru impreza 2 door awd
1982 honda mb50

and tomorrow Im going to pick up a 1984 mx63 cressida


I have remembered a couple more but Im too lazy to post. I have actually owned alot more than that.. waaaay to lazy to rack my brain to remember all the parts cars I have owned. lol.. I forgot about the 1996 subaru until my wife reminded me.. I sold it yesterday :roll:

haha.. sad thing is.. Im only 25.. I should really stop buying every car I see.. lol

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More people should post in here.. Im interested to see the history of the guys here

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Alrighty then...

1979 Datsun 310 hatch
1981 Datsun 200sx
1981 Dodge Van, slant six/4 in the floor
1977 Pontiac Grand Prix
1978 Datsun 280z
1977 Pontiac Trans Am
1981 Honda Accord
1985 Honda CRX HF
1991 Nissan Maxima
1978 Ford T-bird
1979 Datsun 280zx
1980 Datsun 280zx
1981 Datsun 280zx
1978 Pontiac Firebird
1974 Chevy Silverado lwb
1976 Buick Riviera
1978 Datsun B210
1981 Buick Regal w/ sbc swap
1986 Chevy Silverado swb
1974 Datsun 260z
1977 Datsun 280z
1991 Chevy S10
1991 Nissan 300zx
1981 Datsun 280zx
1981 Datsun 280zx 2+2
1979 Datsun 280zx
1981 Datsun 280zx 2+2
1983 Datsun 280zx turbo
1980 Datsun 280zx
1989 Toyota Camry
2000 Pontiac Grand Prix gt
1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1986 Subaru DL
1987 Nissan 200sx se
1996 Lincoln Mark VIII
1972 Datsun 240z custom roadster p/u hybrid track car
1972 Datsun 240z
1973 Datsun 240z
1974 Datsun 620
2007 Dodge 1500 Hemi quad cab
1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1981 Toyota Coralla wagon
1986 Chevy Camaro
1992 Chevy S10
1980 Datsun 280zx base
1974 VW standard Beetle...not a super

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From the start, you'll have seen some of these before yonks ago probably. Here we go again!

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1998 Daihatsu Mira Classic Turbo 4WD: Got this in 2005. Weird kei-car imported to the UK in limited numbers, 3cyl DOHC turbo. Previous and only owner was an old lady - I don't think the turbo had ever spooled up before I got it. Still on the original tyres. Great fun and never let me down, still have it but it needs a new set of tyres really.

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1998 Daihatsu Cuore TR-XX Avanzato R4: Then I got this in 2006, more of the same with an extra cylinder and 1000 more rpm to the redline (8500rpm!), a bit faster and better handling. Great fun, but a bit too similar to the Mira so it's for sale.

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1983 Daihatsu Charmant 1300 LE: Some time in 2006/07 (can't remember) I picked this up. I'd almost given up hope of owning a Charmant, when one appeared on a forum, the guy sold it to me a few months later. Spent more than its value having the rear arches fixed up. Don't think I'll ever sell it. It's my favourite.

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1982 Colt Galant 1600 GL: Towards the end of 2007, my workplace moved to the middle of nowhere, tripling my annual mileage. At this point I briefly pondered the idea of getting a sensible car, but I am not of that mindset so I decided to buy an even older one to rack up the miles on. Interesting history as it was previously owned by three other old car "pervs" I know, one of which took it around Nurburging as part of a classic car magazine feature. Has been pretty reliable considering I've put nearly 20K on it, parts are ridiculously cheap which is good as it started eating its water pump yesterday.

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1985 Mazda 323 1500 Station Wagon: Sometime in 2008 this turned up, very far away from me, but cheap. Being the last sort with the full-length high roof and the biggest engine, I fancied it. Turned out to have a bit more rot than I'd hoped, but still a nice motor.

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1982 Datsun Stanza 1.6 GL: And later in 2008 I was confronted by this - bit tatty but cheap! Expect to hear a bit more from this car soon.

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1981 Honda Accord Hatchback: Then in 2009 this turned up and I couldn't resist obtaining it, often I sit inside it and pretend I'm Superintendent Chalmers.

That's basically it, but I've still got them all. I'm not actually only into this Japanese stuff, but it just seems to be in the right place at the right time.

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I'm not actually only into this Japanese stuff, but it just seems to be in the right place at the right time.


Ok Hirst, everybody is far from believing it, but go on. :mrgreen:


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I've only ever owned two cars:
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The Mr2 I bought in 2002.It's a 2000 model and had been an AVIS rental car for two years. I came close to buying a couple of cars in my late teens/early twenties,for instance a brown metallic '78 Cressida sedan and a black '77 Celica liftback,but on both occasions I just couldn't raise the money. When I bought the MR2 I had a cheaper two-door RAV4 in mind should the bank not grant me a loan for my first choice. Had the financing for both of those fallen through there was a minty fresh black 6-cylinder Kujira sedan at the dealership. I think I would've been very happy with any of those cars,but I'm glad I ended up with "Little squirt" as I call it.I'll never part with it,but needless to say,I hope to see my personal economy improve so I can get in on the vintage J-tin action someday soon.


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^ hmm, both are mid-engined :lol:

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^ hmm, both are mid-engined :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol: Good one!


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My car history is a bit sh*t! Well, at least one in particular.

1985 - '68 Mercedes 220D (sky blue, brown rust)
1988 - '86 Toyota Tercel station wagon (copper; I trashed this poor car)
1992 - '91 Saturn (generic blue; stolen, thank god)
1998 - '91 Ford Ranger (red; hit by an airplane, didn't really phase it)
2003 - '02 Ford Escape V6 (yellow...what I currently drive)

Currently working on buying something a bit more interesting to restore...

Grew up with some (somewhat) interesting cars, though. A couple Honda Civics in the '70s (one brown, one white), a yellow fiat convertible, '80 Celica, a 280ZX and a 300ZX.


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2003 - '02 Ford Escape V6 (yellow...what I currently drive)

That be a great color! I can imagine exploring abandoned mining towns with a young hottie in a nice summer dress... Hit by an airplane? Were you in it? Some of mine in order:
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I've had 4 cars over the years. I still own 3 of them.
The first was my '69 Datsun 2000 roadster that is now my street legal track car. I pretty much learned how to drive in this car, with a 10lb flywheel, locking diff, and a gear box that required double clutching upshifts and downshifts. It also had comp springs (strike 1) and a rear sway bar (strike 2), perfect for doing decreasing radius donuts in parking lots, or getting you in all kinds of trouble if you get even remotely stupid in a corner. Instant spin with no chance for recovery. I nearly spun it off the side of the mountain on my way up to the Ski hill at the 2003 Mt Shasta All Datsun meet. I had my drivers license for all of 8 days at that point. In 2006 it was involved in a hit and run resulting in the acquisition of car #3.

The second was a '67.5 1600 Roadster that I was going to build up as a 67.5 2000 clone with all the stuff off the '69, that was until I put my finger through the battery tray. I sold the car to a guy in Utah who is still rebuilding it.

The 3rd car I have had my eye on since the 8th grade. Its a very rare 1969 Alfa Romeo 105.51 US Spec 1750 GTV. There were only 640 of these built, of which there are only about 100 left. This one was the 380th one built. The '69s are different from both the 71-74 and the earlier 65-67 GTVs. The difference being it was fuel injected, but retained the floor mounted brake and clutch pedals from the earlier cars. (There were no 68 or 70 cars imported to the US.) The car had been sitting in a family friends barn since about 1974 or so. I first saw the car when I was in 8th grade when my family went to visit, and I went exploring the barns on their vineyard. I'd always remembered it sitting there. Well, skip forward to Sept 12 2006, the roadster had been mugged by a Saturn and its future was unknown. My dad brought his Miata for me to drive and we went to visit his friend. After hearing about the roadsters predicament, he said "I've got an old Alfa up in the barn, come check it out. Its pretty rough and hasn't run in 30 years. I don't know if you want it, but its yours if you do." I instantly knew what car he was talking about. I went up the following weekend to take a look. He thought it was a '74, but after moving an old carpet off the top of it, and a few piles of random stuff out from behind it, I found black California plates on it. I knew that it couldn't be a '74 with black plates, so I dug a little further and found out that it was a '69. At that point I put some air in the factory original tires (they held air just fine, but had the worst flat spots ever.) The interior was nearly perfect, and there was no rust at all on the car, the odometer read 35600 miles on it. The engine turned over fine, everything seemed to be in good shape. I brought the car home Oct 15th, and had it back on the road by the end of November.

The same day I went to look at the '69 GTV I wandered over to the other barn that had some other old trucks in it (I think there is a '41 Chevy flatbed and a 50 Ford flatbed of some sort in there.) Off in one corner I found car #3. Sitting on the dirt floor of a 100+ year old barn was a 1959 Alfa Giulietta Sprint. It was filthy, but it looked like it was mostly all there. The front end however was pretty smashed up, noting structural but lots of sheet metal work. I opened the hood and found the head was missing from the engine, but beyond that everything else was there aside from the front grills (there are 3) and the headlight surrounds. It wasn't too rusty either. The interior was all there, but looked the worse for wear. The only thing I couldn't find out was the condition of the trunk where the battery is located... I ended up cutting my way through the very melted trunk gasket and found a big hole in the trunk floor where the battery sat (leads connected and all) It wasn't a new hole as there was a piece of metal covering the hole under the battery. I inquired about the car to my dads friend who said it wasn't his, but he'd ask the owner if he wanted to sell it. The answer was no, he wanted to restore it for his daughter. I inquired a few more times and the answer was always no. The car continued to sink into the dirt floor of the barn more and more. Finally, last year just before Thanksgiving I got the guys email and directly asked if he wanted to sell me the car. He said there was someone else who was also interested in buying the car. At this point I didn't have much extra $ to spend on the car, and was afraid he was going to ask way more $ than I could come up with. I did some research on the car, and posted some pics to the Alfa forum. The consensus was that it was easily worth $8000 as it sat. It did have an original Nardi steering wheel (I've seen several lately with $1500-2000 price tags) and an incorrect for the year 1300cc Veloce engine minus the head. (The Veloce 1300 is a factory hot rod engine, forged pistons, crank, and connecting rods that are also shot peened. Rated at 90hp from 4 cylinders.) The block alone as it sits is worth about $3k totally frozen. When I heard the car was worth $8k I pretty much thought my chances of having the opportunity to save the car were pretty slim. He didn't know what it was worth, (I hoped) so I offered a total low ball offer of $1000. He countered the offer and said I could have it for $2k. Deal done. I had to dig the tires out to put air in them (only one goes flat, not bad) The brakes were seriously frozen. It took me 7 hours to free 3 of the 4 wheels, but it still didn't want to go anyplace. It saw the light of day for the first time just after the new year when I moved it to where my '69 GTV sat (now a heated shop with concrete floors) I also found some interesting things out about the car. In mid 1959 Alfa released the 101 series Sprints to replace the 99% hand made 750 series. Mine is a very early 101 series car, the 198th off the production line. It was first sold in Germany and has 2 different ID plates, the first being the Alfa plate stating its a 101.02 (European spec) and one in German that states its a 750. There are may small differences between the 750 and the 101 series cars, most notably open rocker panels in the body. The 750s had them (and are much less prone to rust there) and the 101s didn't. Mine is listed as a 101 series, but its 99% a 750 (the 1% being the 2 outer grills that house the front turn signals.) Its a big project, but I've been making headway now that its inside. The front body work is progressing slowly, the rest of the body is near perfect dent wise. I haven't found any serious rust aside from the trunk floor that I should be able to make a patch panel for. I have found some HUGE mouse nests it it. The goal for this car is to make it a track worthy street car. The 1300 is going away hopefully to be replaced with a 1.8 liter that looks nearly identical aside from being about an inch taller. I might go with a 1600, but would rather have more displacement. The 2L from the 70s Spiders and GTVs is also an option, but it wasn't as good of an engine as the 1750 (actually a 1779cc)

Will

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1969 Datsun 2000 (track car, driven daily)
1959 Alfa Romeo 101.02 Sprint (big project)
1969 Alfa Romeo 105.51 GTV (R.I.P)
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Let's see if I can remember them all in order. I've had a lot of vehicles in my day, most of them with some kind of story.....sorry no pics :?

76Honda CB550-"The Angry Waterbuffalo"
77 Toyota HiLux- There's no way it should have run, but it did! Duh Toyota :tu:
82 Yamaha Maxim 550-"Twisted Sister" cause of all the crashing I did on it :lol:
88 Plymouth Grand Fury Police Special-"Miss Piggy" VERY fast car, but sadly it had a hit and run done on it the day after I got insurance :cry:
78 Chevy Malibu-"The Beast" This thing ran great, but literally fell apart underneath me :roll:
80 Honda CB 250- One HP for every pound it weighed!
76 Honda CB 250- Very cool little bike, and rare :D
90 Toyota Tercel-Cheap transportation
89 Dodge Dakota- Was good at doing donuts!
74 Plymouth Duster- would only go in reverse if I stepped on the gas for 10 minutes :lol:
86 Buick Somerset- Surprisingly, I beat a MK3 Supra in this thing :shock:
Had an electrical fire at a gas station that finished this one off!
89 Volkswagen Fox- Had a blown radiator, but ran as cold as the day Hell (Michigan) froze over!
89 Ford Tempo- My first successfull "Rockford"
80 Toyota Corolla- Blew up in Grandma's field-Littrerally :evil:
86 Toyota MR2- Should have NEVER traded this in (see below) :cry: My favorite go cart :mrgreen:
2003 Honda Shadow 1100- Never do deals with friends :roll:
86 Jeep Cherrokee-Lost this one in a HUGE mud puddle- Still ran tho....
85 Honda Shadow1100- My mom's old ride :lol:
95 Mercury Mystique- Some wedding presents aren't that great!
95 Isuzu Rodeo- AWESOME rig, tragically lost in the great T-Bone incident of 07 :cry:
2000 Mazda MPV- wifes current ride
2000 Plymouth Neon- "Purple Nurple"
96 Acura SLX- Current ride, all the best of 96, Even has a VHS player with flip up screen :mrgreen:
I'm sure I've had a couple more, but that's all I can remember right now :D


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If we are counting things other than cars here, (such as motorcycles) I have a long list of pretty trick bicycles I could add. I currently have 6 that are ridable, 4 mtn and 2 road.

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