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    Hyundai Accent 1996 GLS with the 1.6 (1.8?) litre engine. 86 horse power!



    Not the actual car, but same model.

    Got rid of it when the windshield wiper arm broke off, the brakes started vibrating and none of the locks worked.
    GS1000G 1981

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    Quote Originally Posted by storm 64 View Post
    My first car was a motorcycle, a Honda 360T. Then my next car was a 80 KZ 650. Then it was a 82 1100e. My brother moved to Hawaii and gave me his 74 Datsun pickup, my first 4 wheeler. I was 21, it was back in 1985. It was much simpler times for me then. Job, Motorcycle, Friends...
    Similar story here.

    First was a Honda Rebel 250, then GS 850G then moved from New Mexico to Georga. I had been saving up to buy a vehicle when my uncle told me about this auction in Macon, GA. I think I paid $1,800 for this 1981 conversion van.



    In the warm months, I slept in it while on the road driving to and from jobs, saving the motel reimbursement money the company gave us. Had a sound system installed in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Drove to jobs in New Jersey, Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Man, at 18- 19 years old that was quite an experience. No GPS or cell phones, just get an address for the next job and buy a map. We'd have a few days to get there and be expected to show up ready to work in refineries and tank fields. Usually oil, but sometimes ethanol (Iowa).

    Came back to Albuquerque and pulled the seats to use it for construction work here until I bought a truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by storm 64 View Post
    Here's Redman's first car. He bought it new! Hahaha 
    ..Brutal..
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    Default Sunbeam . . . .

    When the Mustang went away, the family got a Montego for me to use to go to school (and share with Mom).
    It was well known that the car was for me to use while I lived at home and went to jr college (Benton Harbor).
    Was also known that the family was likley moving, and I wanted to stay there (you can quess why a 19-20yo guy would want to stay).

    I didnt have much money saved up, but was looking at cars, and a friend told me about this Sunbeam, but it needed "rings, that should be easy to fix". (Now that I think of it, I dont specifically recall how much I really knew what "rings" were.)
    THe thing smoked real bad.
    But I bought it.
    Smoked so bad that passenger compartment would choke with smoke sometimes at a stop. And had to keep adding oil. And back end of car was greasy oily.

    And my friend was no help in fixing it.

    Was stupid for me to get that.
    I had about no mechanical expereince. House I grew up in had about no tools. My dad took cars to service station to get license plates changed.
    We lived in a small farming town, and all the other guys had been building dune buddys and drag race cars since they were 8 years old, it seemed.
    I bought a tool set and tool box (that I still have/use) from Sears, and a service manaul (JCWhitney again I would quess).

    Engine was small. Rear engine. Take off rear body panel. Disconnect gas line, and throttle & choke cables. Four nuts, and pull engine off and carry away under arm - well, almost.
    (must have been some exhaust to deal with, but I dont recall that.)

    Followed manaul to dissasemble engine. Took block and pistons to a machinest to measure stuff and he said needed to be bored and new piston. And sneared at me and told me was too small for his equipment, and would have to take it to a motorcycle shop.

    Had to drive to SouthBend to some "forign car" shop to order pistons, that took something like 2 months to come in.

    I spent more money on the machinning and the new pistons that what the car was worth.

    Meantime working on brakes, I learnt about "Wintworth Threads" . . . .arughhhhh

    Did get it back to gether, and it did run without smoking.
    Maybe, Some of the local guys were maybe impressed. But suspect mostly they were chuckling at me.

    But the car still had/or developed other problems, like teeth missing from the flywheel so starter just spun sometimes. Could put a wrench on pully nut and turn engine to other place (was hole in back body panel so could stick tire iron in and do that). Or could leave in gear and stick foot out door and push car a foot or so and pop clutch just to get engine to turn to other place.

    Did drive it for a few months before famuily moved away and I stayed. And drove it for the summer.
    Parked it in a friends orchard that fall when I went away to university that fall.

    Later, I sold it for about nothing. Even threw in a chain for the guy to tow it away.
    (and went back to live with family for the summers at the new location, Traverse City.)
    (And I didnt buy another car till was done at college. But, hey, was about the only guy with a full tool kit in the dormatory, har har)



    My brother and the Sunbeam Imp.
    Yah, that thing was small.
    I understand were about the same as a Hillman.

    And for years after, I only got GM cars, and only long standing models, so I knew parts were available.
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    ^^Nice pic Redman!

    And I love the 65 Mustang.

    No thick mustache back then.

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    The Sunbeam sounds cool....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorminrider View Post
    Renault! kinda rare here but English cars were not. My first (and I had to find one on the interweb-mine) was blue-65mph top speed!
    Attachment 62525...probably twisted me so I don't mind 400cc to this day..
    And how exactly do you propose hitchhiking around the galaxy at 65mph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baatfam View Post
    Speaking of kinda rare cars in the states....my third or fourth car was a Ford Cortina



    It was also my tenth or eleventh car.
    Sold it when I went into the service.
    But saw it sitting at a gas station four years later when I got out.
    Got it for $100, the second time, because it had a blown freeze plug.
    My dad bought a Cortina 1300cc in 1965. The vinyl seats were too hot for short pants after a day on the beach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GSXR7ED View Post
    ^^Nice pic Redman!
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    No thick mustache back then.

    Ed

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    Guy in above pic is my brother, 1973.

    Here is me, 1973 or 72, about 20yo.

    Something of a 'stashe.

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    Out of college, 1976, in the couple weeks before start first real job, bought a 69 Buick LeSabre.
    The very kind of car I tried to avoid a few years previous.
    Somehow I remeber it was $400.

    First week at work, some guys said "Now that you are not a poor college student, now you can get a better car."
    Hey, I just got that last week. Is only 7 years old.

    Made a lot of trips from Toledo to Traverse City. Was my car at our wedding.
    Pic at wedding:


    Look at that bumper. Thick, heavy metal. Chrome. All the way from top to bottom, all the way from side to side, and around the side.


    And then made a lot of trips from Cleveland to Traverse City (about 7 hours). And had it yet when moved to here west Michigan. Had it about 8 years.

    Man, that thing was a tank. I pushed cars that were stuck in snow, look again at that bumper. I pulled cars out of ditch with a chain.
    At one point I found it had the trailer towing package transmission (that required custom exhaust to go around).

    Eventualy it Had an intake manifold coolant leak, and I already bought a truck. Had kept it, but now was time to take it away, Towed it to junk yard. Was telling the guy that it had fairly new radiator, rebuilt carb, fairly new starter and such. Guy was chewing on cigar butt, pulled it out of his mouth, pointed it at me and then at the the car, and asked "whats it weigh?". Later I figured he knew what it weighed, he was just telling me to shut up, that new stuff didnt matter.

    A couple years later I was at same junk yard, looking for parts for wifes Datsun B210 HoneyBee, and the ol' LeSabre was still there, with lots of stuff missing.

    Had 850G for 14 years. Now have GK since 2005.
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    I love reading some of these stories.

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