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#1 Fat Brian

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:03 PM

Saturday morning my grandmother passed away and with all of the family getting together over the last few days we broke out the picture albums. These were her pictures that I had never seen before, and some really old stuff from when they both were children and from when they met in the late fifties. In just a few small stacks of pics I saw a 50 Olds 88 four door, a 55 Bel Air four door, and a 66 Caprice wagon. In some other pics from my other grandparents I've seen a 39 Ford four door sedan and late forties Dodge something. Of course there were some tragic things too, like a pictutre of my dad's Pacer. So, what are some cool, unique, or potentially tragic cars your family has owned?

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:31 PM

My grandfather had a '57 caddilac 2 dr convertible, lime green, white interior and top.Bought it brand new and kept it in a garage. I was about 10 years old then and he told me that when he died, I could have it. My mom thought otherwise! She said a car like that could only get you in trouble. Somewhere along the line, he sold it and I never seen it again. My other grandfather had a 62 dodge dart, only knew one speed, wide open down a gravel road! those were the days!!!

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:58 AM

My grandfather had a little '62 Ford Fairlane four door with a six cylinder. I can't remember for sure if it was an automatic or three speed on the column. It was black with a red interior. He always kept it garaged and clean as a pin. Even in the late eighties, that little car still looked as good as new. Sadly, some low life stole it and burned just a couple of miles from his home.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:15 AM

grandpa had a red and white 66 bronco

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:29 AM

l never got to see my grandfathers but my dad had a sharp green 68 catilina and a really nice 72 monte carlo he bought at nickey chevrolet in chicago l would be proud to have either one....

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:23 AM

The first one i remember in the 70s was a 55 cameo pickup. but he'd always had a 55 belair,2dr post.(we restored the 55 belair for one on his birthdays)
Dad had a 57 belair 2 dr ht, a 29 ford 2dr sedan that was never finished, and a 71 elcamino,350/t350.
Me, 68 dodge 340 gts dart. 69 dart 270 w/big block, and a 69 340 swinger all autos
yesbwe are a high performance car family and i am carrying on the tradition! :)

Edited by mr68gts, 15 November 2012 - 05:31 AM.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:39 AM

Grandma had a white and pink Rambler. I didn't think so at the time but looking back it was a pretty cool little ride.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:45 AM

I remember my Grandfather on my Dad's side had a '66 Rambler Classic and later a '74 Ambassador...I saw and rode in those cars as a kid in the '70s. Way back before my time he had a '41 Packard 2dr, a '49 Packard and a '55 Packard, I've heard.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:55 AM

Grandpa had some cars, but his passion was bikes. This is the 1920 Gypsy Tour. The photo was taken in St Louis' Forest Park by one of those magnificient panoramic cameras.

Grandpa and grandma are the stylish couple third from the left. The bike is, best I can tell, a 1919 Harley Davidson J Model, repleat with carbide headlamp.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:21 AM

Ah well ... not one of my grandparents ever owned a car!

Would my Grandfather's U.S. Calvary pony count when he was in Texas chasing Pancho Villa count?

Edited by Foxer, 15 November 2012 - 06:23 AM.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:17 AM

Grandpa on dad's side had a '55 Olds Ninety Eight, 4dr, white over green and a '66 Cutlass that I recall. Grandpa on mom's side worked for Frigidaire which was then a division of GM so he got the employee discount. Always had 2dr Impalas. I remember a white '60, a red '63, light green '66, and the red '70 Caprice with black vinyl top when he passed. Must be where my love for Impalas comes from?

Dad was a car guy from day one. First one I remember was a '57 Plymouth, then a '58 Impala convertible. Traded that on a bright red '64 Grand Prix (he wanted a GTO but mom was along), that's the car I learned to drive in. After that was Grandpa's Cutlass when he passed, then a '68 Toronado. His first 2nd car was a '49 Plymouth, then a '60 MGA, a '63 Triumph TR4, and finally a '66 Corvette coupe. The 'vette was nothing special, 327 with a Powerglide but he loved that car. He had sense enough to never let me drive it alone!

Great thread, lot's of memories!

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:19 AM

My grandmother had a '62 Buick Skylark 2-door hardtop- white with a blue interior.
Wait, what do I mean had... she STILL has it! She's one of those 'if it ain't broke don't fix or replace it" kind of people.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:18 AM

My grandparents on my side never had any cars. My wife's parents, from what she remembers, had a '48 Dodge, a '67 Ford Custom (6 cyl.), and a '76 (I think) Maverick. My wife & I have owned a '67 Ford Galaxy, '74 Chrysler Newport, '71 Plymouth Satellite (I loved that car), '71 Plymouth Scamp, '78 Olds Cutlass Wagon, '71 Maverick, a Chevy Celebrity (don't remember what year), '86 Caprice Classic, '96 Dodge Spirit, '02 Hyundai, '10 Toyota Camry, and of course I can't forget my baby.... a '59 Dodge Coronet (Man I miss that car...).

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:49 AM

I never saw my grandfather drive but his secretary chauffeured him around in the company's 1948 Hudson. American cars weren't all that common in NZ and apparently the car could draw a small crowd in Wellington city. My father drove a 48 Dodge, also a company car.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:06 AM

My Grandfather had a 1937 Plymouth like this one, gray with a gray corduroy interior. He smoked cigars in it, so it was never a pleasant ride.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

1957 GMC 1/2 ton
41 chevy fire truck
1934 chevy 2 dr sedan
66 impala
1970 monte carlo
1966 chevy 3 ton dumptruck
1939 chevy
those are just the ones i was alive to remember (only 28 yrs old)

owns now:
1934 Chevy master cabriolet
1936 Maple leaf 2 ton dumptruck
1937 GMC 1/2 ton
1937 chevy panel
1952 chevy (31k mile orig paint/interior)
1957 bel air convertible,
1984 olds ninety eight (bought new, never seen winter)
1984 Chevy SWB fleetside 4x4
1978 GMC
2007 Escalade (winter car/tow rig)

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

1960 Mercury 2dr Parklane HT

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:26 PM

My maternal grandparents had a Paige touring when they lived in Nebraska in the twenties.They sold it sometime before my Mom was born in Michigan in 1927 and never owned a car after that.Mom never got a ride in a car until my eldest aunt's fiance took the family members around in his 1934 Buick rumble seat equipped coupe.
My paternal grandfather had motorcycles as a young man in Florida around the time of World War One.I recall him telling me about owning a Flying Merkle,a Henderson and a Reading-Standard.The first car I remember him having was a light green 1950 Buick Super six window sedan.I never got a ride in it or the dark green 1953 Special he had after that.
My Dad had a series of now desireable Buicks around the time he and Mom dated and married.He owned a gray 1947 Super convertible and then a 2 toned green 1951 Roadmaster 4 door sedan(with 1952 chrome fins added) that they took on their honeymoon.According to Mom after that he got a new 1953 Roadmaster.I came along and he backtracked to a 1949 Super 4 door,sold that and then we got a used 1957 Special wagon.He was promoted to service manager at a local Buick dealer and he took aqua 1961 and 1962 LeSabre 4 door hardtops as his company cars.After he took off and my Mom divorced him he had a '63 Electra sedan,a '65 Electra sedan with wife number two and owned a '62 Chevy Bel Air hardtop and a '65 Buick Skylark as his lunchbucket cars.He ended up with personal Cadillacs after becoming service manager at a Cadillac dealer but never got a demo from the Caddy dealer.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

My Grandfather [R.I.P.], owned since new an electric blue on blue 1964 Lemans with a 326 and 4 speed. It was dead mint since it was garaged every day since new and he was a meticulous maintainer. The car was passed to my brother Rick who owns it to this very day. It is so perfect that the only 2 items that need attention to be perfect but WILL NOT receive any sort of repair are two spots on the dash where he glued his pipe caddy [he stopped the pipe in 1972] and the spot where his St Christopher was. The car has its ORIGINAL clutch that still grabs like the dickens and the only things replaced have been tires, shocks, belts and the like. I'll get a shot of it from my brother and post it here. I believe my mother has shots of it with my grandfather and Grandmums either in it or around it. I think there might even be one when I was a wee baby as well.

The last time I drove the car it drove like a brand new automobile with power to spare and was super comfy. There isn't a mark on it that I could see. This car is a survivor of such proportions that when my brother and I drove it to a Super Chevy show in the early 90's we were barraged with questions concerning it, We were adamant that it stay in the family but were given special access to the show so that it might sit with many other survivors where it was given a special plaque for being the most original car at the meet.

A source of great pride and a great memory of a great man, my wonderful Grampa..



This car is exactly like the car we own..

Edited by Dragline, 15 November 2012 - 01:15 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:04 PM

None of my grandparents ever owned a car. They were lucky if they owned a bicycle!