Sunday, January 26, 2014

I Part Company With a Long Time Friend

     Until yesterday I owned a 1978 Chev Impala. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that I owned a 38 year old car. But yesterday I parted with my old friend.

I hid the rust!
    Why did I keep a car for 38 years?  It was not by design. It just happened.

    I had a utility trailer that I used to haul items too large to go in the car. The old car had the hitch and just stuck around for the little job of pulling the trailer.

    Now my old "green machine" had more noble things to  do in the past than just haul an old run down utility  trailer. It was a family car. We went for family trips and holidays. We had a holiday trailer that was used for travel.(made one trip to California) Does anybody remember holiday trailers? They were before truck campers, motor homes and 5th wheels. You pulled them with a station wagon! There were many good times with the green machine. I once picked up my son and three friends from a movie. I thought it was strange that four thirteen year olds all wanted to sit in the back and leave me alone in the front. I might have known. All of a sudden WWF broke out on the back seat. I thought the car was going to be out of control before the wrestling bout ended. I thought the car interior would be trashed. Kids learned to drive in the old car. Just think of how many tons of groceries this old chevy carried over the years.

    However, there comes a time when things have to move on. Yesterday some kid came and bought his first car. I hope it runs well for the short time he will use it.

     

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  1. awww. hope he appreciates it and babies it as a first car. :)

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    1. Well, 17 year old kids are all about put the pedal to the medal.

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  2. Sad to see a good friend leave, a real classic.

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    1. I'm not really sentimental that way.

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  3. Wow, that's a long time to own a car. You sure got your money's worth. And you have so many memories with it. Good bye, old friend...

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    1. Yes, it's a very long time. The car didn't owe me a cent.

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  4. How sad to lose an old friend, but he is still running and will make that kid happy! :-)

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    1. I'm not sentimental that way. I just hope the kid got home with it.

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  5. My son would have loved to restore this car and I'm sure he'll wince when I tell him what you got rid of.

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    1. It was a very average model so there was no value in restoring it. It did have a 350 engine which car people wee interested in.

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  6. Oh, that must have been hard to let it go! It sounds like it was a good car for you. I hope the new owner treats it well. :-)

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    1. I'm not really sentimental about things so it's not hard to let go. I do hope the kid gets some mileage out of it.

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  7. Must have been hard to say goodbye. Hope the new owner treats it well and has many good memories too.

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    1. No problems saying good bye. Now I might have trouble parting with a horse or some cows.

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  8. What a cool old car, and it lives on, starting a brand new life!

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    1. I hope the kid gets some use out of it. It wasn't being used here. I had to keep insurance on it.

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  9. My husband watches car auctions on TV and sometimes I just have to watch. I can tell you your green machine was a classic for sure.

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    1. The green machine was just a regular car. Nothing special that would attract car people.

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  10. We throw away too much stuff and I am glad to see that you do not! Hope that kid values that car and makes it last a long time.

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    1. You're right. There's altogether too much waste.

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  11. Wow, that is really a car, we call them "old americans" here but you don't see them here anymore only with collectors. I like those oldies, they are so big, sad you had to say goodbye.

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  12. Oh Red I have a tear in my eye I love that you kept it for that many years. I had an old Jeep for 16 and thought that was a longtime and I miss it to this day. Oh the memories will keep you smiling. B

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    1. I'm not really sentimental over cars and such. Yes, we had a lot of fun times in the old car.

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  13. It must have got to an age where it was starting to increase in value.

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    1. Nope! it was a plane Jane machine. If it had been a fancy model well then it may have been worth something.

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  14. It must have been very hard to let him go, but how wonderful that you had 38 great years together!!

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    1. It's not hard to let go. I'm not sentimental about such stuff. I really didn't plan to keep it for such a long time.

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  15. Wow, you kept that car for so lond - well done! An interesting post.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. The car played a role to pull my utility trailer so it was kept.

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  16. Wow - you kept that car forever!

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    1. Well, I was pretty young when i bought that thing!!!

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  17. Hey, when a man loves his car, a man loves his car! :-)
    I am curious about your new one ;-)

    Hope you'll have a great week!
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    1. Well, I'm not really a car buff. My other car is a 1992. I'm in the process of getting a 2014.

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  18. Wow, Red this is an amazing story, one which touched my heart. What a perfect way to part with the car though I must say, the young fella is now going to go out and create his own memories with the green machine.

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    1. It was interesting to watch this kid , his Dad and older brother. The Dad did not interfere with the kid's decision. It was neat to watch.

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  19. It does look like a fabulous car - I hope its new owner appreciates what a piece of sculpture he has acquired.

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    1. It was a boat. It's not as safe as cars now and was a gas guzzler.

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  20. 38 year old cars are almost considered new in New Zealand. Old cars just seem to carry on for ever here.

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    1. That sounds like Cuba . Cubans have terribly old cars as they couldn't get any new ones.

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  21. BOL with whatever new car you buy Red. That is just a nice story and I hope that young fella has lots of fun in his NEW to him first car.

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  22. Well it was worth the money you paid for it, and now you got a little grocery money out of it! I am sure the young man was just thrilled! I had a 1984 Ford Bronco II that I bought used in 1987. I cried when it left the yard in 2005 Old friends we were, I knew all her ins and outs and what she needed, they don't make vehicles like that anymore...and all those years without payments was fantastic! :)

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  23. Oh my, my mother had that very car in the station wagon version!! I used to roll around in the back of it!

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