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How long have you owned any car? Bet not as long as this guy.

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Sprinter, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Mr. Allen Smith received this car, a 1928 Rolls-Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster, as a graduation gift from his (wealthy?) father in 1928 in hopes that he would learn to appreciate quality.

    He had 170,000 miles on it when he died at 102 in 2005. He had just donated it to a Springfield, Ma, museum where it was built.

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    I guess he learned to appreciate quality.
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  2. Joful

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    No photo?
  3. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Didn't you get a pic? It's showing up for me.

    How about this.
    ATT1.jpg
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  4. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Second one came thru. Nice!
  5. Sprinter

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    Yeah, I guess the guy kept the car mint the whole time. Probably not a daily driver.

    Just for reference, the difference is that I copy/pasted the first one directly from a jpg in an email into the post. The second one, I saved in a file then uploaded it using the forum's button. I won't do copy/paste anymore.

    The first one shows up for me. Not sure why it wouldn't for you...
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    I used to take care of the horses for some folks with one of those in their garage. At their summer home.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    It is still in your browser cache.
  8. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    Bet they had some darn nice horses...
  9. NortheastAl

    NortheastAl Minister of Fire

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    This Rolls was built in Springfield, MA?
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    The good ole days....
  11. Backwoods Savage

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    I've seen some beauties but this one is really sweet. I recall going into someone's barn many years ago and finding a Model A truck in mint condition. Would have loved to had that one.

    I just sold a car we had for a bit over 10 years. Does that count?
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  12. Sprinter

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    Sure. In fact, you're the only one that's actually answered the question. :)

    I'm still driving daily an '89 Merc Grand Marquis station wagon (you know, the real station wagons) that my dad bought in '90. Only has 67,000 on it and looks great. I love driving that thing and It can haul 4x8 sheet stock, 10' pipes and lumber and pull a 6500# travel trailer and it gets 22 mpg. They don't build cars like that anymore. I won't sell it, so it's just a matter of how long I last...
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2013
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    Well in our case, I've always liked standard transmissions but because of a leg problem I had to get an automatic. We had a 10 year old Pontiac Vibe with 73,000 miles on it. Basically nothing wrong except a few paint chips and it got 36 mpg. Hated to give up that car as it was a good one but time to move on. This time we got one of the new Buicks. The Encore. So far we love it.
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    I got a 96 Taurus Wagon that I bought new. has 180,000 on the clock wife pretty much only uses it as a grocery getter/ errand runner anymore. kid drives it when he is home on college breaks

    I also have my 1987 Toyota, but I am not he original owner on that and have only had it about 5 years or so
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    My father had an '86 F-250 he bought brand new. Had it until he passed last year. Now, his grandson owns it. Runs like a charm with over 300,000 km on it.
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    So I now own a 1915 Model T Touring, the "last of the Brass" It is one of the few that have both the carbide lights and Electrical Headlights along with having a Brass Radiator and other brass Trim pieces. IT was purchased New by my Great Grandfather ad the first car in the Family. So no I haven't owned one that long but the Family has....

    I do love the lines on the RR
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  17. Sprinter

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    Close enough! Great story. Pics?
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    I still have my first new vehicle.

    '96 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0L AWD.

    I only have 150k miles on it. Only work ever done on it was to replace water pump a few months back since it had just started to leak a little bit through weep hole.

    No oil usage and 4RW70 transmission shifts well.

    I have to say it has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever had including Japanese vehicles.
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    1999 S-10 blazer has 204K on it still my daily driver. It is on its 3rd fuel pump and I just rebuilt the front end and replaced the water pump. Other than that everything else was normal maintenance brakes, oil changes etc
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    I have owned my '73 Challenger since 1990...so basically 23 years.
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    1999 Toyota Tacoma owned from January 1999 to today have no plans to sell 230,000 kilometers ,and drives like new.


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    1964 Mercury 700 owned 1984 to 2006 then junked but a reliable work horse . 1986 Toyota diesel pickup bought new , a real lemon , owned less than a year .
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    Ooo, and a nice classic muscle at that.
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    Purchased a 1979 Ford F150, 4 WD new (with snow plow) and sold it in 1996 for 5K
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    Must have kept it up well. Those F150's never give up do they. I hear they still lead sales of all new vehicles in the US.
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    have any pictures. I love those old mopars

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