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The One That Got Away


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(I'm sorry if the title was misleading to any of our

fishermen friends. This topic's actually about cars.)

Doesn't get talked about a lot. Probably because it's too painful.

But I'm convinced that just about everyone who at least halfway

likes cars has memories of one they owned way back when.

One they'd give their right something or another to have back again.

This is the one which causes me the most grief.

In recent times a few particularly spectacular examples of these

have sold in the one to two hundred thousand dollar range.

Gotta go. Think I'm going to be sick.


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Mine was a 1966 MGB, powder blue, with a dark blue convertible soft top. Dark blue leather interior with powder blue piping on the rolled & pleated seats. Luggage rack on the back. Real wire wheels.

My parents' mid-life crisis that -- after a couple of years -- became my Ticket to Ride.



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My dad also had a sad MG experience.

And never got to have the mid-life crisis he deserved.

Right when he turned 40 he had to sell his MGA.

I feel guilty about it to this day.

(Mom was temporarily too big to fit in it!) :lol:

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The old Triumph is definitely cool.

Glad the Power Wagon is chocked.

Pretty sure that once that thing's moving,

anything that gets in its way is toast!

Have to ask about the Road Runner.

That's more from my time period, and

it looks like a '71 or '72.

In spite of Anne's appreciation for the oh so proper

classic green paint, I think the combination of all

those blues on her car sounds like the prettiest MG ever.

Never thought the '67 and '68 Mustangs were all that

attractive. Although I did have a '68, which is my number

two 'one that got away' regret. But that fastback is great looking!

For some reason I never paid too much attention to fastbacks

overall, so guess I didn't realize how well they worked that year.

I had the 390 engine too. As I remember, it lacked finesse at

low RPMs. It pretty much wanted you to punch it. ( :

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Well, it took some searching to find these pictures,

but this 1954 Ford Hot Rod preceded the Triumph TR3A.

Well known around town at the time as ' The Dagooed Disaster '


Reversed shackles and oversize snow tires for traction.

This honey was as fast as could be. A steady drag strip winner.


Built & driven by a very young me.


A heavily modified '57 Thunderbird engine made it haul ass.


This was completed, painted & wrenched, and then sold so I could buy the Triumph.

It's easy to see why I moved on.


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Damn! You've really got the James Dean going on! B)

Had a buddy who had a '67 Cutlass with snow tires

that he left on year round. Said that his Michelins had

very little road-noise, handled great, and it just wasn't

worth the expense or hassle to get a second set of tires

that would have to be stored and changed twice a year.

As cool as the Ford is, I'll bet the nice light balanced

Triumph did better in snow even without special tires.

I remember way back when (can't remember yesterday

though!) how most of us Americans just 'knew' that you

needed a big heavy car to 'grip' the road! Not meaning

to show any preferences here, since all these cars are

terrific in different ways.

Since Ausman and I have already brought up Ford 390

engines, I have to ask if that's what you have in there.

Pretty sure I remember that as a popular Bird motor.

Gotta love the tri-power, and the valve covers are cool too. ( :

P.S. 1959 was a very good year for many things.

Not a big wine person, but I think it fits there, Triumphs,

and I'm 54 so what can I say. :lol:

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Hey Terry!

You don't over-post like some of us, but I remember

you from a while back as showing us some nice cars.

Not much I can say about something as classic as

the '32 Ford that it doesn't already say for itself.

And geesh. The Chevy is breathtaking.

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The Disaster started with a 312 Ford block out of a '57 T-Bird.

Teenage hands did all kinds of novice speed modifications.

Dual coil Mag Spark, hot cam, double valve springs, even lakes pipes with caps.


PS Lloyd I like the Dagoed Disaster!

Thanks for the compliment. It sure was a fun car at the time.

I really like the low roofline of the Deuce.

When you look at the pictures you can see the love of years of partnership.

After a few years these ol' cars become part of the family.

My son & I share most of our rides.


He keeps this 1961 WM300 Power Wagon at his place.

We bought it together about 18 years ago. It is road ready.

We maintain up to date insurance, inspection & registration on this one.


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Stacy said-

" the crowd that used to hang at my Dad's gas station in the fifties "

Yep, you got me.

After school & weekends I pumped gas at Harry's Gulf Station.

Those days you cleaned the windshield & checked the oil too.

And- Spoke like an Employee to Every Customer.

and Stacy said-

That Ford is WAY COOL!

Thanks Stacy,

I loved it for sure.

What I wouldn't give for a week to remember how to drive it-

and another week to have a blast squealin' the tires & snap shifting!


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