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Re: The Good Old Days

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12-20-2012 20:28:23

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Mark, you are not alone when you remember those good old days! I actually learned to drive a tractor first, but as far as vehicles go, I learned to drive a 1940 Ford pickup. Took the test for my drivers license in a 1938 Chrysler Sedan. There was more metal in one front fender of that behemoth than there is in an entire automobile today! But we learned to drive RESPONSIBLY, because our safety depended on OUR skills, not on a switchboard of electronics. With all the "safety" features today, such as anti-lock brakes, anti-roll sensors, seat belts, air bags, etc, etc. I think drivers have a false sense of security. And it is obvious by the way some of them drive. Reminds me of the man who was looking at a new fast, expensive import. The salesman says, "This thing will do zero to 150 in less than ten seconds and stop on a dime!" Potential customer asks, "And then what?" Salesman answers, "Then a little blade comes out and scrapes you off the windshield!" Have a good one!

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12-21-2012 17:52:32

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 Re: The Good Old Days in reply to ShadetreeRet, 12-20-2012 20:28:23  
That was a Bob Hope joke back in the 50s when power brakes first came out.

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Billy Shafer

12-21-2012 00:31:58

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 Re: The Good Old Days in reply to ShadetreeRet, 12-20-2012 20:28:23  
My first car was a 1949 Dodge Coronet Delux. Sure wish I had the money to buy one today. I also remember hanging out at the local ice house in the summer. Feeling the cold air coming out into the Texas heat.

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12-21-2012 05:50:39

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 Re: The Good Old Days in reply to Billy Shafer, 12-21-2012 00:31:58  
I had a 1950 Dodge Wayfarer; it was one of the best cars that I ever had and I've had a lot of different cars when I count the company cars I had.

I wish I could find another Wayfarer just like it. That fluid drive was great.

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12-21-2012 11:23:50

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 Re: The Good Old Days in reply to Dick2, 12-21-2012 05:50:39  
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You could have this 51 Canadian Dodge Regent for $3000.00, not fluid drive though.

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12-21-2012 14:21:40

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 Re: The Good Old Days in reply to hillbillyjack, 12-21-2012 11:23:50  
The Wayfarer was a 2-door with a tapered rear roofline. I sold it and bought a 1955 Ford 6-cylinder; it was absolutely the worst car that I ever had.

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Larry NEIL

12-21-2012 03:27:48

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 Re: The Good Old Days in reply to Billy Shafer, 12-21-2012 00:31:58  
First NEW car I bought in the fall of 1960. A Chevy Impala convertible. It was red with a white top and black and white interior. Had to carry a stick around with me to shoo the excess girls away!! ;>@

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Lance in Brenham, TX

12-21-2012 10:07:20

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 Re: The Good Old Days in reply to Larry NEIL, 12-21-2012 03:27:48  
Excess girls? No such thing!:)

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12-21-2012 03:27:28

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 Re: The Good Old Days in reply to Billy Shafer, 12-21-2012 00:31:58  
I remember 4 adults and 8 school age kids riding ina 1940 oldsmobile. Also remember family 1952 GMC pickup with a steering wheel spinner on the left and using right arm to ----- well keep her from falling out the door!

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