My First Three Vehicles
I found a question in the Q&A part of hub pages that just started my wheels rolling. I have been in a bit of writer's block and I must first thank Beachlife for asking the question: What was the first car you ever bought or owned?
I have decided to expound a little further on this question and write a hub on the first three vehicles I owned.
Let's all go back in time. Back to Froggy's young days.
Let's make our first stop where Froggy lived when he was 16 years old. Denver, Colorado. It was South Denver just down the road from Washington Park. That was where we all hung out and played Frisbee and smoked pot. We acted like hippies even though the 60's were over and it was the 70's.
Here is a close example of my first vehicle:
1968 Triumph Chopper
I had a bike that looked very close to this and it had a maroon paint job too. It was the same year as this one; 1968. I paid a total of $550 for it back around 1977 or 78 (been a long time). I didn't have the fancy stuff all over it and the exhaust pipes were straight. I was always working on this or that on it, but man, I was admired when I putted through Washington Park.
I would love to have that bike now. I could just see us cruising through the mountains here in Puerto Rico on it.
What did I do with it you ask?
It was a summer day and I was cruising home from a party we had the night before. The light was green and the old woman in the Volkswagen ran the red light. I flew over the top of her car and watched my sled go under her car. It was demolished and I had a broken leg. I cried like a baby; not because of my leg but because of my bike.
After the Triumph I was on foot or public transportation for some time and I moved back home with Mom who had just divorced my Step Dad and moved from Iowa to a small town in Eastern Nebraska.
I was still somewhat a "party animal" and I looked for a vehicle that would fit my style.
I found it. A guy I knew that lived near my Mom sold it to me after he bought it at an auction. I paid a whopping $300 for it. It was last used to pick up stray dogs.
Here is a picture of one that looks almost like the one I had:
1961 Chevy Panel Truck
Chevrolet Panel Wagon
Mine didn't have the nice rims, but it was white and for the most part, looked just like this one.
I had a straight six cylinder engine in it and three on the tree. Are you saying what is 3 on the tree? That is when you have a clutch and three gears with reverse are all on the column instead of on the floor.
When I bought it, it had a cage behind the drivers seat because it was a dog catcher's truck and it had a wooden floor.
In the time I had that wagon, I got married, had a kid and than went to jail. The truck got sold to pay bills while I was in jail.
In that time, I was a speed demon and wanted a fast car.
I hunted and searched and I found a guy going into the service and had to get rid of a car that he had that was leaking oil and the engine was about shot.
I bought it for $150 and I found an old jeep that was destroyed but the engine was still good for $70. I bought them both.
When I got done, I found no one who could beat me. Here's a close idea of what I had:
1971 AMX Javelin
My Javelin was the same exact color, except mine had some rust. Not much rust, but a little. I dropped that 401 engine from that jeep in it after a friend of mine added some "boost" to it. I installed a Hurst speed shifter in it and off I went.
I raced many cars and no one I found could touch it, well until the last race. I was going to win when I hit the last gear but the idiot in the Mach Mustang stepped on his brakes and whip-lashed into me. When I saw the speedometer at impact I had the 160 mph gauge buried. I was probably near 180 miles per hour. We hit hard and I had to climb out of the front window because the driver's side of the car was caved in. When I pulled the driver of the Mustang out of his car and put dents in his head, he pulled out a checkbook and wrote me a check for $1000. I let him have the pile of metal that was once my Javelin.
I slowed down after that. I know I said three cars, but I may as well show you what I bought next.
No Not Me!
Yep, a station wagon.
All the kids fit in it and I was done with the party life.
God has been good to me though.
I think it's time I start all over again and get a Chopper like I started with. What do you think?
© G.L. Boudonck
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