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What the Hill is a Hillman (Minx) Convertible- A Teen's First Car (A true Story)

Updated on March 2, 2017

My first Automobile


Several weeks ago, on the trip home from one of our ventures, we were passing a used car lot, and out front was a small, mint green convertible. I knew what kind it was from the moment I saw it. It was exactly like my first automobile, as a matter of fact it could have been my first car, except, it was so long ago and far away (probably not).


Drawing of a 1957 Hillman Minx by Shyron Shenko
Drawing of a 1957 Hillman Minx by Shyron Shenko | Source

I had a vision of the first Hillman Minx I had ever seen, which became my first car.

It was a beautiful, sunny, unusually warm, spring day in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn, Illinois. Dad, my two brothers and I had gone to the grocery store, and as we were leaving, something caught my eye in the used car lot, across the street.


The little car that got me so excited.

This cute little, mint green convertible seemed to be calling, "come look at me". I asked dad if we could please; just go look at the cute little car. Dad never could say no to any reasonable request from any one of us three.

Dad, my two brothers and I crossed the street to look at the little car that got me so excited. I had never been to a car dealership before. The used car salesman saw us coming, although I did not think so at the time. None of us were used to dealing with unethical car dealers, so we were at his mercy, and he showed none.

The used car dealer said he wanted $600 for the Hillman. I asked if we could drive it. He said: "NO". (I had never driven a car before and did not have a license). But the fact that the car salesman did not want us to test drive the vehicle should have been a red flag, right? And besides I would not have been able to see the red flag through the stars in my eyes.

I found it, I found it today. My picture of my first car.
I found it, I found it today. My picture of my first car. | Source

There, right over the driver's seat was a slash in the rag-top

I had saved up about $500 dollars from working at Cock Robin, the local ice cream parlor. (currently out of business).

I really wanted this little car, I offered the salesman $300. The salesman said he would take $500. And we struck a deal. But, before dad signed for me, I asked the salesman to put the rag-top up, and he reluctantly raise the top, And then I realized why, he was reluctant. There, right over the driver's seat was a gaping slit in the rag-top. The salesman said the top had been slashed by vandals.

With the papers signed, the little Minx was mine.

The papers had not been signed, and dad said "no". We will not buy the car. The salesman really wanting to get rid of the cute little car, not just sell it but get rid of it, made a new offer, we could buy the car for $400 and he would pay for a new top.

By this time dad did not trust the dealer but, agreed to the deal, if the salesman would schedule the replacement of the rag-top while we were there in his office. The used car dealer, made arrangements with the upholstery shop to pick-up the car the following day and replace the convertible top.

With the papers signed, the Minx was mine. Dad had to go on home with the groceries and leave my brothers and me to follow in my new ride. My oldest brother, being the one with a license was only too happy to drive, and delighted to be my chauffeur, until I could get my license. We drove away in my cute little, mint green, Hillman Minx convertible. (Funny, he, my brother, never tried to teach me to drive a car with a manual transmission, only dads automatic.)


Now I know what people mean when they call some cars clunkers.

We had only gone maybe two blocks away from the used car lot, when my brother was shifting gears, there was a loud clunk and the sound of something falling in the street, and the Minx came to a stop.

Now I know what people mean when they call some cars clunkers.

My brother said it was the clutch plate had fallen from underneath. My two brothers and I collected the nuts, bolts and clutch plate, put them in the car, and then pushed the cute little Hillman Minx the two or so blocks home. My brother went to work right away to repair the clutch.

From the age of 13--after he was taken into custody by the Berwyn Police Department, because he repaired a go-kart in a neighbor's garage that he thought belonged to that neighbor. The neighbor found the go-kart in the alley behind his house and thinking it abandoned, put it in his garage, and when he found out that it would not run, asked my brother fix it.

The owner of the go-kart paid for the repairs.

The owner who had left the go-kart in the alley, because it would not run, he planned to go and get a trailer to tow it home, but came back and found it gone. When the go-kart owner learned that my brother had nothing to do with stealing it, but had repaired it, he actually paid him for the repair. Dad who was not mechanically inclined, from that day forward, relied on my brother to maintain and make minor repairs on his car.


Why don't you put a raincoat on it?

The following day the storm clouds were gathering and it did not look like the rain would wait for the driver from the upholstery shop to pick-up the Minx. My brother put the top up on the convertible, and when mom saw the gaping hole in the top she jokingly said: "Why don't you put a raincoat on it"? (True words were often spoken in jest.)


When it rains, pours!

I took my bright yellow raincoat from the closet and my brothers and I put it over the gaping hole in the rag-top of my Minx convertible, just as it started to rain. By the time the man arrived from the upholstery shop, the rain had turned into a steady downpour, as he slid into the driver seat, with my oldest brother in the front passenger's seat, my younger brother and I in the back, on our way to get a new rag-top.


That is when the bubble burst!

The down pour turned torrential, as we were nearing the driveway of the upholstery shop. I glanced at my brother beside me and he was staring at the bubble forming above the driver's head, from the water collecting through the hole in the rag-top. Just as we pulled into the upholstery shop, that is when the bubble burst, drenching the driver. I was so glad the Minx had leather seats.


The convertible's rag-top was replaced by a new vinyl one.

Thinking my convertible's rag-top was going to be replaced with another rag-top, and was surprised when, instead my brothers and I left the shop with a new vinyl one. Don't know how that happened and did not question it.

For a few weeks my brother would chauffeur me back and forth to the ice cream parlor, and after work my brothers, me and some of our friends would pile into the Minx and cruse around the neighborhood or to the lake or park. We would get a lot of stares, not only because it was cute, but, it sounded like a motorcycle.

One day my brother showed up at the usual quitting time, to pick me up. . . . He was in dad's car? Where is my car? I asked him. He told me something happened to the clutch again and this time he was unable to fix it.


What the Hill is a Hellman?

Kitty cornered from the ice cream parlor was a small garage, where the owner was also a mechanic and he had one other mechanic, and both frequent customers of the ice cream store.

I and my brother walked across the street to the garage and I asked the owner if he could see what was wrong and if he could repair it. Then he asked what kind of car is it? When, I said, a Hillman Minx. He replied what the hill is a Hellman? The owner agreed to take a look at my Minx.

The next day dad pushed the Minx to the garage with his car. Dad, my brothers and I waited for the bad news. And it was all bad.

The mechanic told us that the bell housing was cracked, the rear housing was cracked, the clutch was shot, and the transmission was shot. He told us he would try to get a re-built transmission and used parts for the other repairs. And we left the cute little clunker with the mechanic. The drive shaft was being removed as we were leaving the garage.


The bell housing was cracked, the rear housing was cracked, the clutch was shot, and the transmission was shot and someone stole the drive shaft.

As I walked to work the next day, I stopped at the garage, because I saw the Minx parked beside the garage and the drive shaft lay next to it, on the ground. I asked why? The mechanic told me that because the garage only had two bays and they needed to be able to use both, and they could not get the parts for my car for a few more days, so, they put it outside.

A few days later, the owner came into the ice cream parlor to give me the bad news. . . . Between the time the Minx had been parked outside, and the time the transmission was acquired, the drive shaft had disappeared. I guess mine was not the only Minx in town; the difference was mine had a good drive shaft.

The mechanic was not only a master mechanic, but had the talent of a master carpenter, and feeling guilty for leaving the drive shaft in plain sight. The mechanic made a drive shaft out of a piece of two by four, and parts of a drive shaft from another car, repaired/replaced the other parts and my brother and I drove away in the cute little Hillman Minx.


My Chevy Convertable

Today when I found the picture of the Hillman Minx, I also found this picture of the Chevy.
Today when I found the picture of the Hillman Minx, I also found this picture of the Chevy. | Source

I saw the most beautiful, cherry red, convertible, a 1954 Chevy Bel Air.

The honeymoon was over, the glow was gone, and I was no longer in love. My cute Minx had cost me too much, in time and money. Although we still went for our cruse around the neighborhoods, until one day as we were passing a used car lot. I saw the most beautiful, cherry red, convertible, a 1954 Chevy Bel Air. I yelled to my brother, "pull over!"

Yes, we did! I don't remember all the details, but my brother and I traded the Minx for the Chevy and we drove away in the "cherry", cherry red Chevy convertible.

I finally learned how to drive a 'four on the floor' (manual transmission) that belonged to my new husband. That is when I also learned that, my new husband could not drink, even one alcoholic drink would knock him out.



My beautiful Chevy got smashed!

Not long after I acquired the Chevy, I was working late one night, when a customer came into the ice cream parlor and told us there was an accident on our corner. Without hearing or seeing the crash, I knew my brother was involved. I ran and opened the door and a cherry red fender lay not ten feet away. My brother was taken to the hospital, the Chevy towed to the body shop down the street and the drunk, who ran the red light, and hit my car, was arrested. I don't know what happened to the drunk's two grandchildren, who were in the car with him.

My brother was checked out and released from the hospital that night. Surprisingly only the Chevy body was damaged, so it was repaired quickly.

My Beautiful Chevy was smashed

Along with the picture of the Hillman Minx and the other picture of the Chevy I found the picture of the smashed Chevy today.
Along with the picture of the Hillman Minx and the other picture of the Chevy I found the picture of the smashed Chevy today. | Source

I gave the Chevy to my brother.

Approximately a year or so later, my brother was married, and he was still driving my Chevy....Approximately a year after that, I was married, and despite the objections of my new husband and the fact that I had never driven either of my two cars....I gave the Chevy to my brother.

© 2012 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing this true story.

      a/c is on but I can't do the yard work in the a/c LOL

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 10 months ago from North Texas

      Love this story and came back to share it again.

      Hope all is well there and that you are running your a/c. Take care dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and for sharing.

      Hope all is well with you and you are staying warm

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 15 months ago from North Texas

      Stopped to share this rain b'cuz it's one of my favorites. Hope you and John had a good day and that all went well at the doc's the other day. Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the compliment, comment and for sharing this. I only know of two, the one I bought and the one I saw here in Texas.

      It is better except for the council meeting, I did not stay till the end there were a lot of people who were there to speak for the greedy developer so I did not stay for the vote.

      I hope you are enjoying the cooler weather. Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 19 months ago from North Texas

      Thought I would share this great article again. I bet I'm not the only one who never heard of a Hillman Mix before.

      Hope things are better today for John and you both. Tell John to get better soon, and both of you take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the kind comments, up votes, and sharing, I appreciate you my dear friend.

      I hope it has cooled off for you tonight.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      C E Clark 21 months ago from North Texas

      An excellent story that can give people a first hand glimpse into what things were like in times gone by. A first hand account by someone who was there -- You -- is so much better than a history book with tiny print and no pictures. Love your drawing, and if not for this story I would never have known there was such a thing as a Hillman.

      Voted up and awesome again, and also sharing again.

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, compliments and for sharing.

      That truly was a miracle that your slippers did not get wet.

      I hope all is well with you also. Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Do you know there was someone driving along beside me in a convertible in the dark yesterday morning just after 4 AM? I guess it's probably more pleasant at that hour with no sun to beat on a person. There are bugs around the clock.

      A great story and I'm sharing it again.

      An interesting rain las' night. Wasn't expecting it so I parked the car in a shady place far from the door and had changed into slippers. No way to get out of this place during rain than to wade. But a miracle happened and even though I found places to walk where there was only an inch or so of water, that's a lot for slippers to handle -- but they never got wet! Go figure . . .

      Hope all is well and you and John are both being sensible. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, complements, up votes and for sharing. You don't know how much I appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      This is a great story anytime! I really love your stories from years gone by. I think they're great for helping people understand what times were like then too, better than any history book can do. I hope your grandchildren appreciate what a lovely gift these stories are because times have changed so much. How I would love to have stories like these from my grandparents, uncles and aunts, and even my parents from years ago.

      Voted up and shared.

      Hope you have been able to enjoy the cooler temp today. Blessings . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for reading this again and for the comments and sharing.

      It is not cold in the house, but then again, maybe there is something wrong with me.

      Blessings and Hugs to you always

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      Such a great story. One of my favorites. Came back to share it again in case some of the new people on here haven't read it.

      I know you probably thought it was cold las' night and today, but I loved it! Imagine having tolerable temperatures in May in Texas! Hope tonight will be a repeat. Wish I could have spent a little more time outside this morning. Hope all is well there. Blessings and hugs for you both. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mary, thank you so much for the comment, compliments and up votes.

      If we could only undo the mistakes. But I think most of what I did, I would do over again. I am where I am right now because of who I was.

      I am where, I am meant to be.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patricia my dear friend, thank you for the comment, up votes and for sharing and a special thanks for the angels, I need them today especially, I am going outside to cut grass and then I have a council meeting tonight, which it is a long story and I need the angels beside me...

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing.

      It would really be a nice day for a ride in a convertible.

      As you know we went to the core meeting and it was really interesting, tonight is the Town Council. The developer has asked to have the meeting tabled till April 6th, but it is on the agenda, which I printed. I guess we will see.

      You have a wonderful blessed day.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Oh the lessons we learn in our youth! Nicely written Shyron. Each of your cars and their sad stories remind us of similar incidents in our own past as well as some of the crazy decisions we made in our youth.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What adventures you had with your first cars. The Hillman sounded like a car one would fall in love with, right on the spot. So sorry it was a klunker.

      And glad glad that your brother was not seriously injured when driving the Chevy.

      It is funny how we remember so vividly our first car and, at least for me, our first driving experiences.

      Great personal story, Shyron.

      Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

      Voted up++++ and shared

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      A great day for a ride in a convertible! Really enjoy this story. Sharing it again.

      Hope you and John are having a great day and able to enjoy the nice weather. Won't be long and summer will be here . . . Hugs and blessings . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      You are welcome!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Shyron, I look forward to it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      John, thank you for the comments and thumb up, I really appreciate you. I have not heard of the Hillman Hunter, of course I have only heard/known of the Hillman Minx twice in my life.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

      I will publish the sentence challenge in about an hour.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Another delightful hub Shyron. Your personal memories are great reads. Guess what?? My very first car was a Hillman Hunter. It didn't look sporty or turn heads but it was reliable and lasted me a few years without costing me much money. I think I eventually traded it in for a Toyota Corona. Voted up.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, my dear friend, thank you for re-reading this and sharing it again.

      We hope all is well with you also and Blessings and hugs to you.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Almost spring again, and time for teenagers and joy riding. Hopefully not too fast and no bad stuff. This is a great story and I'm back to share it again with followers.

      Hope all's well with you guys and that you've been able to enjoy the nice weather. Blessings and hugs . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, my dear, dear friend, thank you for your comments, up-votes and sharing. I am glad you were not hurt, I remember you telling me about you accident when we worked for Verizon.

      I know that you are overwhelmed, I hope everything turns out well for you soon.

      Take care and many blessings to you also.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to visit this article, one of my favorites. My first vehicle was a convertible Karman Ghia. There was nothing unusual about it, but I totaled it when I was 20. There was nothing left undamaged on that vehicle except one of the headlights.

      I lost control of it while driving it as fast as it would go -- 87 mph, a speed I drove frequently, and it rolled and rolled and rolled for a very long way, and at the end threw me out! I believe an angel tossed me out gently and can still remember that part of the event well.

      No one else was hurt. 7:15 AM. My husband's birthday. One of the cops greeted my husband when he entered the emergency room, "Happy birthday!"

      Voting this up again and BAUI. Sharing on HP.

      Hope you and John are well. I'm sorry John wasn't up to going to church Sunday. Hopefully next week . . . I'm overwhelmed with all that must be done before next week Sunday night. I know I'm making progress, but it seems so little. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      DealForALiving, thank you so much for your comment. The Minx was an awesome little car when it was running.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Don (dahogland), thank you so much for the comment, up votes and sharing, I appreciate your visit.

      I really loved the little Minx. I have been in a Studebaker Lark before but cannot remember much about it. If you still had yours it would be worth a fortune.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you for your comments, I always appreciate you, and I can count on your visits.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Such a lovely first car! I'll think of it the next time I hear some teenager wanting a brand new BMW or something.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I recall the Hillman but have never actually driven one. I think I had a Studebaker with similar experiences though. First car experiences! voted up and shared.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Lovely cars and a story so greatly told by you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Peg, thank you, I am glad you enjoyed reading about my first car.

      I have never heard of a Borgward, do you have pictures of it? A lot of people who love cars would love to read about it.

      Thank you for the comments.

      Blessings to you.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Shyron, what an enjoyable tale of your car adventures. I think you're right. That used car salesman saw you coming. The Hillman car was really cute, even though you had so many mechanical problems with it. Too bad it couldn't be fixed. I imagine it would be worth a lot now.

      It reminds me of the second car I owned. The first one was a Chevy Impala convertible jointly owned with my brother who drove it the most. I had a Borgward next. It looked like a Karman Ghia but it wasn't. I painted little flowers all over it. Flower power.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for posting on fb and pinning to AH.

      It has been a long day, but made it through, glad it is not to hot, our AC went out, we had the repair man here, will have to take a loan to get it repaired, it is as old as the house and it is a Carrier, oh-well.

      I hope all is well with you. Have a blessed night.

      Shyron

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to post this good story on FB. Also pinned to AH.

      Hope you've had a good day and looking forward to a peaceful night, and that all is well.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      It was way cool and we enjoyed it. But it was breaking down a lot. I don't know if it still being made or not. Thank you my dear friend for sharing this. I really appreciate you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patricia, yes that was a fun time, please tell us about your first car. Thank you for the comments, thumbs up and sharing. And espically for the angels. They are on the way back after I hugged them the are coming back to give the hugs to you.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What fun that must have been...not the whole 'hole in the top' part of course...I remember my first car and maybe I will have to write about it someday too...My story is not nearly as exciting as yours but it takes me way back.

      Great job Shared and voted up

      Angels are on the way ps

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Such a cool car and it would be perfect for summer weather. Your drawing gets pinned a lot from my board. Sharing this again so that more people will know what a Hillman was.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Mary (Blond Logic,) I am so happy to see you. I am so pleased that this took you on a trip down memory lane. (You are Welcome.)

      Yes the classic cars have personality than the new ones and a lot less compilicated.

      Thank you for you visit, and God Bless you.

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your comments, votes and sharing, and espically thanks for you. We hit a rough patch Tuesday through Thursday, but in the end everything turned out fine. We hope that everything turned out well for you also, and your students left you with a chuckle or two.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Why do we buy cars with our hearts and not with our heads?

      For many years my ex husband and I bought and sold classic cars. They seem to have more personality than cars made now.

      Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      Always enjoy this story and another look at your fabulous drawing of a car I never knew existed before you wrote about it. Voted up, BAUI, and sharing. Hope you and John are having a good week!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for your Voted up, FABI, sharing and pinning to my your 'Green' board, ( I got the message, also e-mail.)

      You are so appreciated.

      Thanks again.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This is one of my favorite articles by you. Can hardly believe I was here just a couple of weeks ago. Seems more like months. Hope to see more of your drawings, read more of your stories from bygone days, and more of your poetry.

      Voted up, FABI, and shared. Pinned to my 'Green' board.

      Sent you an email. Meant to say that in my phone msg and like so many things anymore, I forgot. Hope all's well there and that you're enjoying this pretty summer day.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for the votes, comments and sharing. Sorry I spent all day in ER w/4 day migraine. I feel better not. Yes will talk to you in a few days. Blessing,

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Love this story, the photos and the drawing. Wanted to have another look this early morning. Spring really is on the way . . . isn't it? That's when a lot of teens start thinking about getting a car.

      Voted up, BAI, and shared. Hope all is well with you and John. Appreciate so much ALL that you do. Take care and will talk in a few days . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments, votes and for sharing. You are right, HP does seem to be a little bit more stable. I hope it continues to stabilize.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Really enjoy this story and I wanted to come back and look at it again. Still problems with HP, though for the moment they seem a little better.

      Voting this up and AI if 'it' will let me. Also going to share.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for voting this up, awesome, pinning and sharing. Also for the compliments on my drawing.

      I really appreciate you.

      I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving with your daughter.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Stopped in to have a look at your real photo that you found. Good picture, but I still like the one you drew. Really like this story. Voted up, awesome, pinned to "Awesome Hubpages,' and shared.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for reading, commenting, sharing and pinning the hub again. You don't know how much I appreciate you.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This is such an interesting story, I love your drawing of the Hillman Minx, and I hope everyone will read this nostalgic article!

      Voted up and awesome again, and sharing again too. Just for fun, I'm pinning your drawing to my 'Green' board.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for reading my story again, commenting and you up votes and sharing.

      You are truly appreciated.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I really like this story. You have a lot of good stories here on your page and your drawing of the Minx is incomparable. It adds a lot of flavor to this already interesting story. Voting up and BAUI again and sharing again too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, as always for you comments and for sharing. I really appreciate you, my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      An interesting story. I would never have known there was such a thing as a Hillman if you hadn't written this recollection from your past. Shared and awesome!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Jen, thank you for your comment and complement, glad you found my hub entertaining. Why don't you join HubPages.

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      Jen 3 years ago

      Can't sleep so I thought I'd come and read a couple of your interesting stories about experiences you've had. This one is very entertaining. :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for the comment and for sharing this hub

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for sharing my hub. I am glad it is one of your favorites.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this one again because it's one of my favorites!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Suzanne, for your comments, and up votes.

      Au fait, thank you for you sharing and pin.

      Aunt Jimi, thank you for pinning this hub.

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      Aunt Jimi 3 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Pinned this hub.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I opened a Pinterest account today and have pinned several of your hubs including this one. I have neglected all the things on my to-do list for this and there are hundreds of sites I need to pin. Going to share this too while I'm here.

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Quite an adventure! Voted up and funny! :D

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait: I have learned so much from you, esp., The Super Collider That Was Almost in Texas & Why the U.S. Did Not Discover the Higgs Bosom God Particle and other hubs like that, the story of my little car seems so unimportant but, my dear friend, I do appreciate your comments.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      If not for this story I would never have known there was such a thing as a Hillman vehicle. Very interesting and a peek at history from somebody who was there!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for you comment and visiting.

      My sons are divorced and I hardly ever see my grandkids. I doubt that they know about this unless they read this.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      A great story and I'll be your grandkids really enjoy hearing about it too!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, for your comments.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      An entertaining story every time!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, always appreciate you comments.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is a great story and I always enjoy it!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, I am keeping these stories. My brother came to see me Christmas Eve, and reminded me of other stories (memories) that we shared.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This really quite a story and if a I hadn't read it I would never have known there was ever such a vehicle on our roads called a Hillman Minx! Cute name. I hope you are leaving copies of these stories for your grandchildren and eventually your great grandchildren because I think they would love to have them as family treasures.

      Voted you UP again because this and your other stories are so cool.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Queen Hypatia for reading and commenting on my hub, I am glad you enjoyed it.

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      Queen Hypatia 4 years ago

      Very funny and entertaining. I really enjoyed reading this account!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you again for you comment Au fait.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Until I read this hub, I had never heard of a Hillman Minx. A very interesting story!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for your most welcome comment.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is such an entertaining story, and I learned about something I hadn't known existed before -- a Hillman Minx!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for you comments, I always thought my life pretty dull.

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait for you comments, I always thought my life pretty dull.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is such a great hub! I had never heard of a Hillman before reading this story. What an interesting life you have had!

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Bob, I hope you have great success with your hubs.

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      Bodyshop Bob 5 years ago

      The title alone made me want to read this hub. Nice work.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Gusser: most of the information on the mechanics of the vehicle came from my brother. I know that the three of us were picking up the pieces from the clutch that fell in the street.

      I know that the Bell Housing was cracked, the rear housing was cracked, allowing the clutch plate to fall out.

      I did not say the driveshaft was made entirely from the 2X4, But I do know that it was made with a 2X4 and other metal parts and it worked.

      I still have the mechanic's name.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Gusser: The clutch plate can, and did fall out in the street. Every thing stated in my hub is a fact.

      Yes, my brother is a mechanic and today owns his own garage.

      Appreciate, the feed back anyway!

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au fait, that gives me encouragement.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Very entertaining. Voting you UP, interesting, funny, and awesome!

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you galleryofgrace! I really appreciate the feed-back.

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      galleryofgrace 5 years ago from Virginia

      Loved this hub! Very entertaining and well written. Does remind of some old clunkers. Many years ago I had one we called "Old Smokey"!

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