posted on Dec, 30 2006 @ 11:58 PM
When I was 17, my Camaro (it was the same age as me), which I loved even though all of my friends dubbed it "the white trash mobile", picked up this
vicious knock after about 6 months in my possession, so it was down for the summer until we could get a replacement for the old 2.8 V6 (which never
should have been put in a friggin Camaro in the first place if you want my opinion, but that was the only way I was affording insurance for a Camaro
at that age so I'm glad).
Problem was, my girlfriend who had moved away during the school year came back to visit me that summer cause I had just graduated and we were making
So my dad, probably the coolest person on Earth, loans me his '94 F-150 during the days as long as I take him to work and pick him up. My girl and I
spend pretty much all of our time out- hanging with friends, looking for places to go, etc, then for want of anywhere to be alone, hanging out in the
truck for a while just around the corner from the friend's house where she was staying- because that's about as dark and quiet a place as a 17 year
old is gonna find.
99% of that story is censored, but I can tell you that the major drawback to making out in the bed of a pickup is that you're really SOL if you're
parked next to a broken sprinkler that just happens to come on at night.
We never did get the intake manifold perfectly sealed on the new engine, and about 6 months later there was some carbuerator problem, and I'd had
enough of my first car. I was working at a tow company so I picked up another Camaro. The original idea was to move the new engine into the new car,
along with what few other parts worked well, but the home owner's association thought that was a really bad idea, so I just drove the new car as it
was. Little did I know it had major electrical problems. I had to jump the starter solenoid terminals with a miniature golf club to start it because
it kept blowing ignition fuses and we couldn't find the short. Eventually we just put in a new circuit with a starter switch... which didn't take
long to short out too.
'Bout a year later, my younger brother got his first car. My dad was ALL DONE repairing cars. I owned 2 cars, purchased for a total of 2,500 together
and bluebooking for about 1,800 together. Dad made sure my brother got a 6000 dollar truck with a just rebuilt 350. I kept my mouth shut but I was
But as I said, my dad is pretty cool, and come 2002 he couldn't see himself continuing to drive a '94 Ford, so he traded me his truck for my cars- a
big time steal.
A few years later I was making good money and so was my brother. He'd bought his own new truck- an '02 Chevy extended cab with a stepside bed, 20s,
and like a 4" drop. I wasn't ready to commit myself to competing with that so I just bought his old truck from him. Unfortunately the transmission
he had gotten rebuilt didn't stay rebuilt and I ended up back in the Ford.
The irony of it is that I had considered doing some high mileage maintenance on the Ford instead of buying my brother's old chevy. I could have
gotten the tranny serviced, replaced all the bushings that were making it ride loose and noisy, fixed the little oil leaks etc... the 4.9 I-6 will run
for 400K+ if you take care of it.
But I didn't, so all this year I've been having tranny problems with the Ford. It loses fluid like you wouldn't even believe. It failed smog in
October, just high on NOx, needed an EGR, but frankly the tranny problem was so bad at this point that I thought if I took it in again the thing might
jump right off the rollers and wipe out the smog station, because that thing was kicking into gear HARD CORE.
Lucky for me, I had just gotten ahead of the financial woes that have beset me since last February, and I had a thousand bucks in the bank. So I've
owned car number 5 for about 6 hours now.
Nailed the dealer down from almost 12K to 9750 on an 02 Blazer with 70k miles, then talked him into taking my Ford in trade, even after I told him
that I couldn't bring it in for him until I got my brother to follow me, incase it broke down. I managed 500 on the trade.
So for the first time in my life I own a car that's nowhere near half my age and under 100K. In 4 years it'll have 110K on it, it'll be paid off,
and I'll be out of college and in a decent job... and my younger cousin will be 16, which means I get to perpetuate the vicious circle of over the
hill cars that plauges young people in my family.