Cars.

Discussion in 'The Backstage' started by Logan, Dec 16, 2020.

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What is your relationship with cars?

  1. Gets me from Point A to Point B.

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  2. I’m a hobbyist.

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  3. It’s a lifestyle for me.

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  1. Logan

    Logan Well-Known Member

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    They’re a funny thing; for most, they’re a way to get from point A to point B. Judging from how much overlap there is between car culture and guitar culture though, I’m sure most of us here swing on the side of at least having a passing interest in cars, if not considering yourself a full blown car guy.

    For me, my relationship with cars has been off and on, since I grew up around it, even though I have not worked on them until recently. My grandpa has had a huge impact, since his hobby was working on and maintaining his pride and joy, a ‘47 Ford coupe he rebuilt from the ground up.

    Why do I say my relationship was off and on? Starting out young, I loved his old coupe, and that branched into me playing games like Forza, Need for Speed, and The Crew. Once I got serious about guitar, that former hobby of learning about cars got put to the wayside. So much so that when I was approached by my grandparents at the age of 15 (around the time i joined this forum) for them to help me find an old muscle car to restore, I foolishly turned them down as I was dug too deep into music, and felt I didn’t have the time. Not long after that, my grandpa had gotten prostate cancer as he had served in the Vietnamese war and loaded agent orange into planes. His declining help made me realize (and regret) my decision to turn them down as I could have learned how to do anything from paint a car to installing engines.

    Fast forward to today. He is currently living at home with my grandma, but he can’t work on and maintain the old coupe anymore. My grandma got upset that it was just sitting in the garage dormant and rotting, and wanted it driven, so she gave it to my mom with the intentions of me receiving it when the time is right.

    Knowing what I know now, this car is the coolest Camaro you’d ever see. Pretty much, the only thing about this car that is Ford is the ‘47 body that my grandpa painted and rebuilt in his garage, made all the more impressive by the fact that he is 100% colorblind. It’s riding on an 80s Camaro frame and has a Chevy 305 small block V8 with a Hurst 3 speed automatic.

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    Honestly, the fact that his car is in my garage and that I can drive it is mind blowing to me. I remember being very, very young and riding in it at parades and Santa somehow coming to our house in my grandpas car that he talked my grandpa into letting him borrow, all the while listening to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones while cruising on main street. It’s bittersweet, as while I can drive this amazing car, my grandpa can no longer work on or drive his pride and joy.

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    With that being said, here is a link to an album with more pictures, and what is your relationship with cars?
     
  2. pancake81

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    Well that’s pretty bad ass Logan. I think you are right, many of us appreciate cars and the culture associated with them. Big overlap for me.

    I have been fortunate enough to modify a few cars up. Mostly new cars that modded to my liking. A new Silverado dropped, custom painted, new tranny, line lock, wheels rims, you know the scene. Nothing like your grandpas beauty there though.

    My real automotive passion became Italian sport bikes. Had a number of them and worked on them and loved them oh so dearly. My wife unfortunately is not a bike fan. And I had too many friends hit the tarmac for her to be comfortable with it. Ultimately, when I sold my last two I knew I probably wouldn’t be on a motorbike for a while. In hindsight sight it’s probably a smart decision. But I sure miss the thrill of it. But just as much, the joy of working in them, cleaning them and reading up on what others are doing.

    Take care of that car. And let a smile cover your face when you think of your grandpa as you cruise Main Street.
     
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    My relationship with cars has blown hot and cold over the years. My early driving was when I learned rallying in a mkI Ford escort cosworth. That was combined with a season of circuit racing in formula Atlantic. Since then I've had loads of cars, some dull and some interesting. Recently I've had a Porsche carrera4, an Audi RS4 and a diesel Focus. Now, because I drive a lot in London I have a Fiat 500 Abarth. I really wish I'd got one of these years ago.
     
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    As an artist/winduswrfer, my transportation needs/wants always leaned towards space in a vehicule. My paintings were big, their size actually limited by that mean of getting them to places to be showned and delivered to clients. When I had a Civic, my paintings were ... small. With my first minvan (1989) they got bigger. But it also needed to be a windsurfing machine that we could sleep in. We carried enough gear to fill half the back of a minvan and 4 boards outside on top and we travelled to find that elusive wind. The first one looked like this.

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    Since that first Toyota van, we've had 4 more, always Toyota and all went well over 300,000km before they got retired. This is the latest with basically the same interior set-up as the first one..

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    I could say my vehicules were utilitarian, but with some style.

    We recently bought a small Chevy Spark EV, an all electric car. I don't think you can refer to those EVs as cars anymore, they're more like a spaceship or something. It only has 130km autonomy (that's on a nice summer day, cut that in half for days like today with -22°C). We calculated that about 6 days out of the week, we didn't drive further than 50/60km away. Electricity here in Quebec being dirt cheap and fast charging power station popping up everywhere, the equation was simple: 1+1=2. But 99% of the power used comes from by own charging station, at home. We've had it for more than 6 months and it must have cost less than 40 dollars in energy costs.

    I was never fortunate enough to own a sport car, still not. It is the cheapest EV you can find. But this little ... thing, is more potent than anything I would have dreamed of owning. This tiny pod is packing a front-wheel drive power unit making 140 horsepower and ... get this ... 400 lb.-ft. of torque ! Fun fun fun.

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  5. Tiboy

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    I was never a car guy. Many of my friends are. The only car I every really wanted was a 2 door Jeep Wrangler. That’s what I’m driving now and love it despite it’s many flaws. Having said that, my one buddy is in a new Porsche 718 Cayman that looks sweet. It caught my attention. Wife says get it. Problem is I’m already past my midlife crisis years. Short answer, point A to point B for me.
     
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    When you are a scientist/engineer, great cars are nothing to do with a mid-life crisis. They are research. But maybe I am in an end-life crisis. I'm 70 and my current car is the most lunatic I have ever owned. It makes me smile, and I can't ask for more than that.
     
  7. Bad Penguin

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    I grew up surrounded by gear heads. Luckily so, since at that point I didn't know a wrench from a screwdriver! First car was a 68 Camaro. Second, 67 Camaro, Then a 73 El Camino SS, followed by a 64 1/2 Barracuda. Why all the muscle? I grew up with gearheads in 70's. After nearly dying in the 'cuda, I got a 63 MG Midget, then an Alfa, and odds and ends in the car world. I liked them, they were cool and different, and eventually I learned to work on them and replace whatever went bad.

    The car that changed my world was a 1987 Jaguar XJ6. That car was a gateway drug! Bought it new after a financial windfall, and put 240,000 miles on it in 15 years. did all the maintenance work, replacing parts from brake lines to power steering pumps ad nauseum... Then computer issues happened, and sold it, and bought my current car, a 2004 Jag S Type.
     
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    donepearse, Well don’t stop there. Reveal! Be the enabler we expect on these sites.
     
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    Cuda Special.jpg '69 on a '66 Rick-a-Cuda.jpg ..and a '67 on the '66.
     
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    One of these hooligan roller skates

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    Not a car nerd like I am about guitars, but I do love my four wheels. Next to a Porsche 911, I'd have to say my fave car is a 1969 Corvette Stingray in red, to me the closest any car design has ever gotten close to my beloved SG guitar aesthetic affinity.
     

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    Alfa Romeo 156 Twin Spark

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    My current car:
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    My first car:
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    My favorite "A to B" transportation:
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    Prior to my early retirement, I had a "sleeper" 96 Mustang GT with a 500 bhp motor under the hood.
    I'd like to say I drove it responsibly, but....
     
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    That MG is beautiful. And that Mustang - more than double the power of my little chipped Abarth. Very nice.
     
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    The Mustang, which looked like this one,
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    also had tricked out solid axle rear-end, from a police interceptor. It sounded pretty much like grandpa's car at idle. Highway 16 is a twisty two-lane through the Southern Sierra between Sacramento and Yosemite. At 02:00 hours, there are only jack rabbits and sports cars on the road. Fun and crazy.
     
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    Beautiful picture !
     
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