I really love old cars!

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    Jan 06, 2012 11:32 PM GMT
    So, there's a car, I just got not too long ago. It is an 98 87' Oldsmobile. I LOVE IT! At first I was like...well it'll at least get me from point A to point B, and that's all I really wanted it for to begin with. However, when I went inside this baby, oh man....feels great! Smooth driving. Perfect condition. I mean, if I was employed...I would literally take a road trip with this thing. Only downside: Gas mileage...but that was kind of expected.

    I've never really cared about what car I got, as long as it was in driving condition, that's all I ask. But, I never thought I would be so into old cars.

    Now I have to give it a name. I'm thinking of calling it Erma.
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    Hate to say this, but an 87 Oldsmobile isnt really old. Or classic. Mostly just bad. In a crushed velour seats, padded vinyl roof, cheezy wire wheel cover kinda way. I'll give it this - its a definite indicator of everything that was wrong with GM, as well as being a time-capsule of the lifestyle excesses of the late 80's. So in kind of a 'beginning of the end' way, I guess its...cool.

    OK, I'll admit I'm slightly envious. But that will pass....quickly. ;)
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    Jan 07, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    Me too; even though I didn't grow up in the 50s, I have a feeling of nostalgia when I see the '57 chevy. Not a nostalgia for all the bad things that happened that decade, of course, but of seeing those types of cars, gas stations, markets, etc. I've never named any of my cars though.
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    Jan 07, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
    When I head old cars I think of true classics or older.

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    Jan 07, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    My first thought was a 1956 Jaguar XK150 or 1965 Pontiac GTO Convertable. Anything from the 80's is just another car that hasn't made it to the junkyard yet.
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    Jan 07, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    This is an old car worthy of love:

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    A 1935 Duesenberg Convertible SJ LA Grand Phaeton.
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    I love the Duesenbergs!
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    iguanaSF saidThis is an old car worthy of love:

    800px-Duesenberg_Convertible_SJ_LA_Grand

    A 1935 Duesenberg Convertible SJ LA Grand Phaeton.


    That looks like Blackhawk in Danville
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:18 AM GMT
    Nice to see another guy into old or older cars. Its always great to see one well taken care of and back on the road, regardless of the decade.

    I'm driving and restoring a 1977 Trans Am.





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    Jan 07, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    grovetown1 saidNice to see another guy into old or older cars. Its always great to see one well taken care of and back on the road, regardless of the decade.

    I'm driving and restoring a 1977 Trans Am.



    Pontiac fan!

    And for about ten years I had an asian BF who was fearless regarding these old things.

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    Ahhh we had a good time.

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    Jan 07, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    iguanaSF saidThis is an old car worthy of love:

    800px-Duesenberg_Convertible_SJ_LA_Grand

    A 1935 Duesenberg Convertible SJ LA Grand Phaeton.


    That's a doozy!
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    With older GM cars, watch for rust in the undercarriage. My Mother-in-Law had a Buick from that era. It looked and drove great, but dealer warned her that rust was so bad the engine might drop out.
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    icefan saidMe too; even though I didn't grow up in the 50s, I have a feeling of nostalgia when I see the '57 chevy. Not a nostalgia for all the bad things that happened that decade, of course, but of seeing those types of cars, gas stations, markets, etc. I've never named any of my cars though.


    I didn't miss the original days and spent much of my misspent youth on Woodward. We are still there though - old and wrinkled, but still out and around. And we just love this stuff. Think of heading back to where you hung out 40 -50 yrs ago and the in same iron that we drove back then. It's really wonderful. It won't be around too much longer though - we're getting real old



    There's homo groups such as Free Wheelers from SF and Great Autos of Yesterqueer from LA with some spectacular cars

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    Jan 07, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    antelope saidWith older GM cars, watch for rust in the undercarriage. My Mother-in-Law had a Buick from that era. It looked and drove great, but dealer warned her that rust was so bad the engine might drop out.


    My 63 GP was a Michigan car, and it's not only a frame off restoration, it was a frame replacement. So on box frame cars from the great white north watch out.

    All turned out ok though. I had huge problems with the body shop though, and all because I paid them in advance (BIG mistake) so I ended up finishing the car myself including paint. I hadn't painted a car for 35 years.

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    Jan 07, 2012 5:15 AM GMT
    And we're still out there so come out and play

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    Jan 07, 2012 7:12 AM GMT
    a303guy saidHate to say this, but an 87 Oldsmobile isnt really old. Or classic. Mostly just bad. In a crushed velour seats, padded vinyl roof, cheezy wire wheel cover kinda way. I'll give it this - its a definite indicator of everything that was wrong with GM, as well as being a time-capsule of the lifestyle excesses of the late 80's. So in kind of a 'beginning of the end' way, I guess its...cool.

    OK, I'll admit I'm slightly envious. But that will pass....quickly. ;)



    An 87 is considered a classic and a 98 Regency is everything that was right with GM.In fact GM had the best body styles out of all auto makers during the 80's.
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    Jan 07, 2012 7:19 AM GMT
    I got excited when reading the title, then clicked into the thread to see it was an '87 oldsmobile..

    I like cars, old retro and nostalgic (even 80s models) in particular - but I just don't consider an '87 Oldsmobile nighty-eight to be 'old'.
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    Jan 07, 2012 7:39 AM GMT
    1bbcd5 saidHe's the one on the right, twylight.
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    bbc = big block chebbie?
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    Jan 07, 2012 7:44 AM GMT
    iguanaSF saidThis is an old car worthy of love:

    800px-Duesenberg_Convertible_SJ_LA_Grand

    A 1935 Duesenberg Convertible SJ LA Grand Phaeton.


    ah, yes. the impetus behind the phrase "that's a Doozey" GORGEOUS


    and, to OP, hate to agree with others but an '87 just about anything is not old or classic with only a few exceptions. Definitely not an Olds. And yes, in terms of INSURANCE, anything older than 20 years can be registered as an "Antique" but then you're not allowed to drive it more than a certain amount. But the term "Classic" is reserved for cars that are a bit more special.

    And if you're thinking Irma, like Irma Thomas, you spelled it wrong icon_sad.gif

    Not being bitchy, just that as a guy who's into cars enough that he's had the hood of his ride slam shut on his ass (quite literally in fact, bit of a spank and then my aunt had to let me out) i had to give my 32 cents
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    Jan 07, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
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    iguanaSF saidThis is an old car worthy of love:

    800px-Duesenberg_Convertible_SJ_LA_Grand

    A 1935 Duesenberg Convertible SJ LA Grand Phaeton.


    ah, yes. the impetus behind the phrase "that's a Doozey" GORGEOUS


    and, to OP, hate to agree with others but an '87 just about anything is not old or classic with only a few exceptions. Definitely not an Olds. And yes, in terms of INSURANCE, anything older than 20 years can be registered as an "Antique" but then you're not allowed to drive it more than a certain amount. But the term "Classic" is reserved for cars that are a bit more special.

    And if you're thinking Irma, like Irma Thomas, you spelled it wrong icon_sad.gif

    Not being bitchy, just that as a guy who's into cars enough that he's had the hood of his ride slam shut on his ass (quite literally in fact, bit of a spank and then my aunt had to let me out) i had to give my 32 cents


    There's really nothing out of the 80s that will ever have much appeal to me. I had four t-bird turbos and my 87 was a fairly decent ride and my 86 mark VII was a real POS once it got some miles on it.

    Now, when it come to GM, I lost interest with the new b-bodies of 71 and the a-bodies of 73. I was done with GM until my 93 and 95 STSs.

    There's a reseller in PA who has some reasonably priced, very nice stuff and this would be a great first timer collector car. It's a bit of a resto mod with the 455 with a TH400, but it would move along pretty smartly and be pretty reliable. I even thought about it

    It's the 1962 98

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    Jan 07, 2012 8:47 AM GMT
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    a303guy saidHate to say this, but an 87 Oldsmobile isnt really old. Or classic. Mostly just bad. In a crushed velour seats, padded vinyl roof, cheezy wire wheel cover kinda way. I'll give it this - its a definite indicator of everything that was wrong with GM, as well as being a time-capsule of the lifestyle excesses of the late 80's. So in kind of a 'beginning of the end' way, I guess its...cool.

    OK, I'll admit I'm slightly envious. But that will pass....quickly. ;)



    An 87 is considered a classic and a 98 Regency is everything that was right with GM.In fact GM had the best body styles out of all auto makers during the 80's.

    I hope you mean the American auto makers in the 1980s..
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    iguanaSF saidThis is an old car worthy of love:

    800px-Duesenberg_Convertible_SJ_LA_Grand

    A 1935 Duesenberg Convertible SJ LA Grand Phaeton.


    ah, yes. the impetus behind the phrase "that's a Doozey" GORGEOUS


    and, to OP, hate to agree with others but an '87 just about anything is not old or classic with only a few exceptions. Definitely not an Olds. And yes, in terms of INSURANCE, anything older than 20 years can be registered as an "Antique" but then you're not allowed to drive it more than a certain amount. But the term "Classic" is reserved for cars that are a bit more special.

    And if you're thinking Irma, like Irma Thomas, you spelled it wrong icon_sad.gif

    Not being bitchy, just that as a guy who's into cars enough that he's had the hood of his ride slam shut on his ass (quite literally in fact, bit of a spank and then my aunt had to let me out) i had to give my 32 cents


    There's really nothing out of the 80s that will ever have much appeal to me. I had four t-bird turbos and my 87 was a fairly decent ride and my 86 mark VII was a real POS once it got some miles on it.

    Now, when it come to GM, I lost interest with the new b-bodies of 71 and the a-bodies of 73. I was done with GM until my 93 and 95 STSs.

    There's a reseller in PA who has some reasonably priced, very nice stuff and this would be a great first timer collector car. It's a bit of a resto mod with the 455 with a TH400, but it would move along pretty smartly and be pretty reliable. I even thought about it

    It's the 1962 98

    Anything with a 455 is worth having, and the 455/TH400 combo is a pretty good match. You can do a lot of your own work.
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:17 PM GMT
    Love vintage cars! Me and my brother-in-law are always at shows checking them out! Personally I love the 69 Fastback (Mustang Ford). I've always loved American Muscle Cars!
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:41 PM GMT
    a303guy saidHate to say this, but an 87 Oldsmobile isnt really old. Or classic. Mostly just bad. In a crushed velour seats, padded vinyl roof, cheezy wire wheel cover kinda way. I'll give it this - its a definite indicator of everything that was wrong with GM, as well as being a time-capsule of the lifestyle excesses of the late 80's. So in kind of a 'beginning of the end' way, I guess its...cool.

    OK, I'll admit I'm slightly envious. But that will pass....quickly. ;)






    you must be a Ford Fan.




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    Jan 07, 2012 1:48 PM GMT
    rnch said
    a303guy saidHate to say this, but an 87 Oldsmobile isnt really old. Or classic. Mostly just bad. In a crushed velour seats, padded vinyl roof, cheezy wire wheel cover kinda way. I'll give it this - its a definite indicator of everything that was wrong with GM, as well as being a time-capsule of the lifestyle excesses of the late 80's. So in kind of a 'beginning of the end' way, I guess its...cool.

    OK, I'll admit I'm slightly envious. But that will pass....quickly. ;)






    you must be a Ford Fan.




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    haha - actually i do own a Ford and a Mercury, but my real passion is for AMCs.
    And just to be clear, ALL the American car mfgs of the 80s, including what was left of AMC, all went down the grotesque padded roof/crushed velour upholstery/cheezy wire wheel cover path of ruin, and Ford itself had some read doozies - the first piece of wretched excess that comes to mind is the Lincoln Versailles, followed closely by the Ford Grand Torino Elite, which was just mega-awful. But neither Ford or Chrysler managed consistently tasteless excess like GM did. They were the masters.