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Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, What did you do to your car today? in General Discussion; Those were great little cars, they were remarkably fast at high-speed, they handled great and were fun to drive. My ...
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    Those were great little cars, they were remarkably fast at high-speed, they handled great and were fun to drive.

    My friends and I used to buy those in high school for a few hundred dollars, but we treated them like throwaway cars. They were very fun throwaway cars, especially the brava.

    And you could fit lots of girls in the little convertible, before seatbelt laws anyway

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    ^^^ I, too, liked the Fiat 124 Spiders. Lots better than the MG's and Triumph's that were out at the same time. But I liked the Alfa Romeo Spiders even better. Although neither car would be good for a tall, or just plain big guy or gal!

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by gdwriter View Post
    First time I've ever seen "gigantic" used to describe a Corvair. Park it next to an Impala or Chevelle of its day, and the Corvair looks quite compact.

    On the other hand, while I was in Arizona, I got to drive a 74 Fiat roadster that a friend is caretaker of when the owner is away. It was truly tiny, so much so that It felt like my head was above the windshield.
    Everything is relative; the question is what your reference point is. Here, my reference point is "Italian or British sports car" as I mentioned that "If it wasn't for its gigantic size, I may have thought it is an Italian or British sports car." Compared to many British convertible sports cars, such as Lotus, this car is gigantic.





    Jaguar, as a counter example, comes to mind too. However, many British sports car of that era were small.


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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    If the Fiat was an 124 roadster what did you think of it?
    Yes, it was a 124 Spider. My friend's original article about the car is here, and yes, I am the car snob he refers to. Dan and I have been friends for 30 years, and the worst thing I can about him is he has lousy taste in cars. The Fiat is an aberration, believe me.

    I had a good time driving it. There's something wonderfully elemental about such a simple car. Dan had warned me that the clutch was wonky, and I hadn't driven a stick in probably months, but I never stalled it, even though one of my 1-2 shifts came out jerky. Otherwise, it was a nice gearbox. The pedals were all very close together, so my size 11s were getting in each others' way working the brake and clutch simultaneously. Both the speedometer and tach had two digit callouts, so it took a couple of looks to be sure how fast I was going. I can see why Dan enjoys getting to take it out.

    I'd still rather have the Corvair, however.

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    A decent 124 Spyder for $300 in the 80's was nothing but fun. You got all the quirks for free.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by gdwriter View Post
    Yes, it was a 124 Spider. My friend's original article about the car is here, and yes, I am the car snob he refers to. Dan and I have been friends for 30 years, and the worst thing I can about him is he has lousy taste in cars. The Fiat is an aberration, believe me.

    I had a good time driving it. There's something wonderfully elemental about such a simple car. Dan had warned me that the clutch was wonky, and I hadn't driven a stick in probably months, but I never stalled it, even though one of my 1-2 shifts came out jerky. Otherwise, it was a nice gearbox. The pedals were all very close together, so my size 11s were getting in each others' way working the brake and clutch simultaneously. Both the speedometer and tach had two digit callouts, so it took a couple of looks to be sure how fast I was going. I can see why Dan enjoys getting to take it out.

    I'd still rather have the Corvair, however.
    ^^^ I'd rather have the Corvair too. But I would really rather have an Alfa Romeo 1600 Giulia or an Alfa 2000 spider Veloce ..... Giulia was the same vintage as the last version of the Corvair, the Spider Veloce was at least a decade newer than both of those cars. The thing I like about Italian and American cars is you don't have yto be a complete masochist to drive own them unlike German cars.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    The Villager was fixed came out good, Started the Cadillac and while i was plugging the air pump in it hit the door molding and chipped... I was Pissed! Now i gotta call my touch up guy to come out and fix it.

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    Paint job in 3 weeks, oooooooh i cant wait!

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    Tires and an alignment.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2manyhotrods View Post
    Went out to the garage. Started it and let it idle for a minute.
    It's seven degrees out there. Salty, dirty, crummy roads and I'm still dealing with the flu.
    I killed the engine, locked the door went back to bed.
    Save the fun for another day.
    where did you find the whitewalls, they look really good on your caddy

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    The other day she got an oil change, tire rotation, new air filter, and a good wash.
    Then it rained the next day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brandondeleo View Post
    The other day she got an oil change, tire rotation, new air filter, and a good wash.
    Then it rained the next day...
    Invest in a car cover. You have covered parking at your apartment complex?

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    Car wan yesterday. It always drives better clean

    Windexed the windows and mirrors.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Got it a fender.



    Just need both driver's side doors, maybe a passenger front door if I find a good condition set of 1995/6 doors, and to get the wheel fixed.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stingroo View Post


    Just need both driver's side doors, maybe a passenger front door if I find a good condition set of 1995/6 doors, and to get the wheel fixed.
    Where does that fit into the plan - the different side view mirrors?

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