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Offline JoeBob

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who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:09:46 PM »
Of course you all know that the most popular car at the Denver area shows is my bobcat. I don't always win the prizes but there are always people gathered around my car. There are 5-8 Bel Airs  20 mustangs, a dozen vets, and just one of me. Everyone has a pinto story. It always starts exactly the same way. Back in in 70 something, we all piled into my cousin's, sister's, buddy's pinto and did this or that. These are always people in their 40's to 60's. My daughter is 26. She doesn't get it. When I am gone she will not know what to do with the car. Is there anyone here under 35 that loves our car, I would love to hear your story.
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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011, 10:44:44 PM »
I'm 24 and my 78 Sedan was my first car, also what I learned to drive a clutch in. I played a lot in the car when I was 3 and 4 (yeah, I remember that far back!). I didn't love my car at first, even when rebuilding the motor with my dad, but once I started driving it I loved every bit of it compared to the Dodge Grand Caravan I learned to actually DRIVE in. I love the Caravan to, but there's just something about a small 70s car with manual everything that makes me smile. It has style, it's simple, easy to maintain and repair (cheap to do both), and it gets a lot of attention which brings back memories to everyone who looks at it, which I feel is more gratifying than anything else.
 
 My 78 Sedan is going to my Daughter when I pass on, if not earlier. She needs to learn how to work on it and care for it properly first though! It was her grandmothers truly FIRST car, it was mine, and it will be what my daughter learns to drive on before anything else!
 
 I love my 78 Sedan so much that I bought a 73 station wagon with an automatic which is quite comfortable and stylish for what it is. It isn't in the best of shape and I may not enjoy it as much as my 78 Sedan "hot rod" (stock but quick!), but driving it brings a sense of comfort. It doesn't get as many compliments as my 78 Sedan does, but those who know that Pintos came in station wagon models stop to make some nice comments!
 
 
 Sounds like you need to go for a drive with your daughter and let her handle the car for a bit, see if she can appreciate an American Classic, realize what it's like to FEEL the car, not just running, but to shift through the gears (if it's a manual), hear the motor race, and feel the road through the steering wheel. Driving a 70s car (even some 80s cars) is nothing like driving today's cars which is more like sailing on pavement with how smooth everything is and how many accessories and features there are.
 
 I like my hand crank windows, lack of A/C, noisey motor and small bumps in the road. Reminds me that I'm REALLY driving, and loving every bit of it from destination to destination!
 
 
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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 11:34:36 PM »

  I like my hand crank windows, lack of A/C, noisey motor and small bumps in the road. Reminds me that I'm REALLY driving, and loving every bit of it from destination to destination!

couldnt of said it better! most people ask me why i drive a pinto. I just don't like fitting in. New cars are just to boring. very few of them have any sharp body lines

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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2011, 11:57:50 PM »
Our cars have character to them Mustangs don't even truly have character, they have additude. Our Pintos can have additude, but they will always have character. The same can be said for the Vega and the pacer.
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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2011, 12:03:40 AM »
23 here family had a 79 pinto v6 auto when  I was younger. Well as i grew up I always liked pintos but when i was 16 i bought a 68 gmc shortbed truck(still have it) and shortly after that got 2 thunderbird turbocoupes. Fell in love with the 2.3 turbo.
Went a few years with a few more different cars.Well the day before i sold my 1985 chevy 4x4 (big lifted truck 10 inchs of lift and would clear 40" tires) my dad called me an said he found a pinto but it had a weird frontend and long taillights. Well I went and looked at the car it was a 1978 Bobcat and since ive wanted a pinto for a long time i told the guy i would be back the next day with his money. My buddy came over the next day handed me the cash i wanted for my truck cause he wanted it forever and i went and picked up the bobcat.
I had only owned the car for a week before i yanked the original 2.3 out and started swapping in a 2.3turbo/5speed out of my 3rd thunderbird turbocoupe. Cars in my garage right now I highly doubt itll ever get sold for any amount of money it and my 68 are priceless to me.
 
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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2011, 12:54:23 AM »
im 31 and i grew up in my dads bobcat and my moms 2 pinto's. I love the cars. they to me look better then most cars of the Era. they have character. I loved them growin up and i love em now. my kids are 2-3 and they absolutely love our bobcat.

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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2011, 06:58:04 AM »
If something were to happen to me today, I actually have a waiting list of people wanting my wagon.  My wife and I do not have kids but enough of our friends do and they love the wagon
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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2011, 11:50:37 AM »
I am not sure who my Cruising Wagon should go to.My two older sons have crossed over to the Dark Side (GM). Not sure if my youngest would love and take care of it.He is the only one who has driven it.
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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2011, 11:56:21 AM »
I'm 31 have always loved Pintos. I wanted my first car to be the 77 Pinto squire wagon my parents had.
 
My car would either go to the scrapheap or for sale. Nobody in my family likes the car the way I do. My Dad might hold on to it but I don't plan on him being around forever so that would leave nobody in particular.
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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2011, 05:30:15 PM »
If no one close to you wants it leave it to the Pinto Club and have them raffle it off for a charity you like :) That way it goes to an appreciative person and a charity gets some dough.

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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2011, 11:26:39 PM »
If no one close to you wants it leave it to the Pinto Club and have them raffle it off for a charity you like :) That way it goes to an appreciative person and a charity gets some dough.

What a GREAT idea!
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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2011, 04:33:02 AM »
I totally agree!  ;D
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Re: who is going to love my car when I am gone?
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2011, 10:49:58 PM »
The bad thing is while she looks good on the outside she is not very pretty underneath. The chances of her staying in one piece would be slim to none. I would have to include a stipulation that the car is not to be parted out for any reason.   :lol:
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