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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,799 Senior Member
    A LtCol I worked for in 1980 had a '65 Stingray Corvette he'd bought upon graduating the Naval Academy. It had spent most of its time in storage, since he'd spent most the ensuing years overseas. He took me for a ride in it one day, and Jeeze! It rode like a log-truck and leaned way too far in the wrong direction in curves for my liking. Looked super-cool from the outside. Never really wanted to ride in one again.

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 25,179 Senior Member
    Japhy said:
    2001 Pontiac Aztek citrus green of course. I would post a photo but am nearly certain moderators would justifiably ban me for life. 

    My first impression of that thing came when I watched a sub 2year old girl in her mothers arm point and burst into a squall on sight. 
    The most horrid looking vehicle ever to roll down the road. The angular, post-holocaust styling ended up being stuck on Cadillacs, and the over all shape was rounded off and became the Prius!
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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,561 Senior Member
    sakodude said:
    Mine would be a restomod on a late 70's Jeep Cherokee Chief. Modern running gear and comforts in a 77-79 Chief!!
    I am with you, 72 Blazer with full time 4wd, 1 ton Suburbans with 454’s, any number of Bronco configuration, Dodge Power Wagons, CJ’s with 304’s and manuals,  a Diesel Ford Excursion is quite a truck too, my uncle had one
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  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 6,052 Senior Member
    Part of me has always had a soft spot for the 1st gen Camaro.

    However, those really aren't the cars that turn my head. What I could really get into that I could actually buy with enough money would be a restored/upgraded Toyota Land Cruiser 60 series (LC62 most likely). Modern suspension, conservative 33's, upgraded interior with some of the niceties (bluetooth stereo, locking rear differential, heated seats, etc), some form of LS engine, etc.

    Bringing over the Land Cruiser 70 series truck I had overseas would be cool too, but that would be more for nostalgia than practicality. Imagine a less comfortable Tacoma but with a solid front axle. it was the only non-diesel vehicle on the base and we ran it off discarded drone (aviation gas) fuel. For a time we had the doors off, but the dust was absolutely miserable. I hatched a plot to bring it back to the US, but the movement guy caught the fake bumper/movement number I put on our paperwork to move equipment back.

    As far as cars that don't exist, yet, I would be all over a 4-Runner PHEV. Particularly in the Off Road oriented trim with rear locking differential and Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System. Even if it only got 20-30 miles on pure electric that would fit my needs of near silent trail driving, and greatly reducing fuel costs on my commute.
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  • mosseybuckmosseybuck Member Posts: 564 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    Like many, I had a thing for the early Mustangs for a spell,  and they were my first real car lust when I was approaching driving age -  but I think my dream American muscle would have to be the 1970 Charger:



    I never liked the split grille of the Dukes of Hazzard '69 version.  The concealed headlights, plus the large, dark opening always made my sci-fi addled brain think of the intake for a Bussard ramjet. . .



    . . .and for a kid who was six when Star Wars came out, the rectangular taillights were TOTALLY Millenium Falcon.   :D 

    But the FIRST dream car, when I was REALLY little, before I had any mechanical appreciation of anything, was the Triumph TR7,


    and since I also had a fascination with frogs at the time, it HAD to be green.  Multiple crayons were consumed drawing these. :p


    Bigslug, I owned a '70 mustang for a few years and it was a great ride but did not come close to the first Charger you have pictured. Except that is a '68 not '70. I bought one in '69 and it was the carbon copy of the one you have pictured. It was the most awesome car I've owned, including even a couple of race cars. I regret trading it more than any others.
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,595 Senior Member
    Bigslug, I owned a '70 mustang for a few years and it was a great ride but did not come close to the first Charger you have pictured. Except that is a '68 not '70. I bought one in '69 and it was the carbon copy of the one you have pictured. It was the most awesome car I've owned, including even a couple of race cars. I regret trading it more than any others.
    There's not much to tell a '68 from a '70  from the front as both had open grilles - '69 went with a chrome split down the middle.  '68 had round taillights. '71 went to a completely different body style.


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  • waipapa13waipapa13 Senior Member Posts: 936 Senior Member
    Fast cars have never done too much for me, if I had the coin they'd be a few old trucks in my shed, a GMC CCKW or a Studebaker US6
    and a few utes, a '29 Ford Model A ute, an AR110 International Harvester and a '47 Ford.

    As everyone else has said, the oldies are nice for a Sunday drive or an outing, but not so much everyday.

    For realistic use, an older Defender with a few mods (short wheel base) or Landcruiser suits me fine.

    I see there's the Ineos Grenadier, that might fit the bill too, instead of a done up Landrover.
  • RaftermanRafterman New Member Posts: 377 Member
    Always wanted a Dodge Daytona or Plymouth Superbird. Now that I'm older a V16 Cadillac is more my style. The summer before my senior year in high school I bought a 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 440 six barrel. I'll let you guess how long it took to lose my license with speeding tickets. Sold it for down payment money to buy my first house. 
  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,807 Senior Member
    Rafterman said:
    Always wanted a Dodge Daytona or Plymouth Superbird. Now that I'm older a V16 Cadillac is more my style. The summer before my senior year in high school I bought a 1970 Plymouth 'Cuda 440 six barrel. I'll let you guess how long it took to lose my license with speeding tickets. Sold it for down payment money to buy my first house. 
    My older brother says the first day he went to Jr High, there was a brand new Daytona at the local dealer. His last day of Jr High....... it was still there.

    They were a hard sell back then.
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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,089 Senior Member
    waipapa13 said:
    Fast cars have never done too much for me, if I had the coin they'd be a few old trucks in my shed, a GMC CCKW or a Studebaker US6
    and a few utes, a '29 Ford Model A ute, an AR110 International Harvester and a '47 Ford.

    As everyone else has said, the oldies are nice for a Sunday drive or an outing, but not so much everyday.

    For realistic use, an older Defender with a few mods (short wheel base) or Landcruiser suits me fine.

    I see there's the Ineos Grenadier, that might fit the bill too, instead of a done up Landrover.
    I take everything I said back.  I forgot about Defenders and THAT is in my bucket lis!  MY SIL brought one from England a few years back after one of his overseas deployments, an 80s model, 4 door with the larger engine (apparently desirable) in really good condition.  It's sitting in s storage facility waiting for him and daughter to full time relocate to NV.  Hopefully by the time this happens I'll have the time to help with the restoration and maybe if I'm nice to him, get to drive it a little...

    OR I might just have to bring one from England myself someday...

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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,595 Senior Member
    I know next to nothing about how the old Land Rovers are constructed, but the spare-tire-on-the-hood look does gain them maximum style points. B)
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  • FreezerFreezer Senior Member Posts: 2,513 Senior Member
    Custom '69 Chevelle, fuel injected 237, 5 speed Munci, 3;11 pos, dual exhaust with headers, Grand Prix adjustable lumbar support bucket seats., tilt steering wheel, disc brakes all around, new A/C, Burgundy with a black vinyl roof, and mag wheels.

    The vehicle I really miss was my 92 Ford Explorer! I drove the snot out of that car, camped with the kids, towed the Scout trailer, wheeled and slept in it. It held two totes, a cooler and had room for a two-inch thick air mattress. It had great shocks on it, it wheeled well and rode great. The back seat was comfortable for the kids. The roof rack handled a canoe with a one-man lift.  OH, the memories!  I miss that car!
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  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    69 Chevy Nova with a 396. I love the body style but wish they had a full frame like the Chevelle. 
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  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 4,500 Senior Member
    edited November 7 #46
    69 Chevy Nova with a 396. I love the body style but wish they had a full frame like the Chevelle. 
    First, good to see you back. I like reading your stuff. 🍻

    Second, spot on. Novas are cool. Their weakness is being a subframe car. Which can be overcome with subframe connectors. But it needs to be done right. 

    Mine is a 68-72 Chevelle. Specifically the 70. Just a bit unique from the others. I had one that I never finished and sold. Love the GM A-body cars. Full frame, factory 4-link coil spring rear, and sexy… my bucket list is a ‘70 Chevelle with a 6-71 blown, fuel injected big inch small block. No factory stuff. Just a solid car to start and I’ll build from there. But even decent rolling chassis cars are getting too pricey…

    And by “big-inch smallblock” I mean at least 434 inches… My former handle being SmallblockJay… 🤓
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,459 Senior Member
    waipapa13 said:a
    Fast cars have never done too much for me
    Fast is also semi-subjective. Drive a modern Porsche 911Turbo. 150mph would feel like 70mph in my Kia. Which would feel like 720mph in my Toyota Tacoma. 

    Used to own a 1973 CB 750. Decently fast enough to get me thrown under the jail temporarily. Wish I still had that bike. Electric and kick start. Big gas tank. Very reliable bike. 

    About 20 years ago and bikes are FAR more capable now, I got to ride a 1999 Honda ChTBR 600 F4. Can rip a 10 second quarter mile time, and so light and well sorted out that the thing is nearly telepathic. I would NOT have a license very long if I owned that bike.  

    But another grail car is a new VW GTI. Preferably stick. I made my buddy upset when I told him that there isn't a 1970's hemi anything that is faster than a new GTI. Assuming both are stock. That is plenty fast enough.
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  • waipapa13waipapa13 Senior Member Posts: 936 Senior Member
    edited November 7 #48
    Tugar said:
    waipapa13 said:a
    Fast cars have never done too much for me
    Fast is also semi-subjective. Drive a modern Porsche 911Turbo. 150mph would feel like 70mph in my Kia. Which would feel like 720mph in my Toyota Tacoma. 

    Used to own a 1973 CB 750. Decently fast enough to get me thrown under the jail temporarily. Wish I still had that bike. Electric and kick start. Big gas tank. Very reliable bike. 

    About 20 years ago and bikes are FAR more capable now, I got to ride a 1999 Honda ChTBR 600 F4. Can rip a 10 second quarter mile time, and so light and well sorted out that the thing is nearly telepathic. I would NOT have a license very long if I owned that bike.  

    But another grail car is a new VW GTI. Preferably stick. I made my buddy upset when I told him that there isn't a 1970's hemi anything that is faster than a new GTI. Assuming both are stock. That is plenty fast enough.
    Agree,  just not a speed freak, more power to those that are

    I'm younger then most here by a few decades, I get that '70's muscle cars were awesome, and I appreciate them for what they were back in the day, but you are dead right with your comparison.

    Spend a decent chunk of cash on a classic muscle car, and get smoked by a 17 year old in a '98 Toyota Supra. doing 0-60 in 4.7 stock....

    But again, live and let live, the CCKW's that I like are Jurassic in their own way, inefficient and uncomfortable etc.


  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 25,179 Senior Member
    waipapa13 said:
    I'm younger then most here by a few decades, I get that '70's muscle cars were awesome, and I appreciate them for what they were back in the day, but you are dead right with your comparison.

    Spend a decent chunk of cash on a classic muscle car, and get smoked by a 17 year old in a '98 Toyota Supra. doing 0-60 in 4.7 stock....

    But again, live and let live, the CCKW's that I like are Jurassic in their own way, inefficient and uncomfortable etc.
    Like you, I'm not much on speed either. Hauling heavy loads is what flicks my Bic. Muscle cars were ugly then, and are ugly now - although I can appreciate them for what they are, but wouldn't want one. Back in the early 90s, my wife got a wild hair and wanted a T-bird. So we were in the Ford dealership late one Saturday looking at them - sales droid asked me what I thought. "Its OK, but not really my kind of car." "What's your kind of car?" "Oh, about a '48 deuce and a half flatbed Dodge with a two speed rear end." The guy goggled!

    The '63 GMC 1 ton I grew up with has a special place in my heart - I'll always carry a torch for that truck, which passed from a terminal case of cancer like so many of them did. The '78 1 ton Chevy that replaced it was a fine truck too - but just didn't have that visceral tactile driving experience the '63 had. The soundtrack from the SM-420 transmission in 2nd gear up a steep hill towing a 29 ft. fifth wheel trailer was just Awesome!

    Vehicles were mostly ugly from the late 50s through the early 80s, then to the early aughts they actually started looking Ok to good, after that they started getting uglier and and loaded up with too much crap and "technology" which became completely off the rails INSANE after about 2017. But with a few exceptions, one needs to go pre-WW2 to find an automobile with truly good lines.

    From a driveablity standpoint, anything from the late-60s forward is just fine, and many back to the early 60s. GIve me a Solid State ignition module and I'm good!
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,807 Senior Member
    edited November 10 #50
    Tugar said:
    waipapa13 said:a
    Fast cars have never done too much for me

    But another grail car is a new VW GTI. Preferably stick. I made my buddy upset when I told him that there isn't a 1970's hemi anything that is faster than a new GTI. Assuming both are stock. That is plenty fast enough.


    I don't think so. Any Hemi Roadrunner can beat that. The biggest problem would be (and I lived in the era) who TF kept a hemi stock? ;)

    Cam, headers, gears, intake & carb, traction bars, and some slicks and you in the 11's

    As many BB Chevelles found out, Chrysler way under reported HP figures for insurance reasons.

    It's all a moot point anyway. I'd rather go slow and listen to a hemi through glasspacks than go fast listening to a Briggs&Stratton....


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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,242 Senior Member
    edited November 10 #51
    Over the years there have been several I wanted.  A lot of them fell by the wayside the same way they did for GunNut.  I got to use them for a short period of time, and found they didn’t work.  The one that hit the hardest was the one I wanted the longest.  A WWII Era Willy’s Jeep.  Finally got to drive one, and I was too tall for it.  The top of the windshield completely blocked my view.  

    Right now… if I won the lottery, I would probably find a 1985-89 square boxy 4x4 Chevy Suburban, and get it completely restored.  That would be my daily driver because it would fit all my needs in one car, and from when I had one a LOOOOOOOOONG time ago, it was the best road trip car ever.  Comfy, lots of room, very capable off-road/ overlanding, easy to work on, and parts available everywhere.

    All the electronic “It’ll think for you!” Stuff I don't want on the car, and what I do use can be on my phone.


    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
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