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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=35469
Submitted by: DiRF
Comments: 24  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 0  (View)
Submitted on: 09-15-2004
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Can't believe I didn't do this sooner...oh well. Here are some pictures (3 to be exact) of my father's vehicles.

First up, his 1957 DeSoto (my sister's in the driver's seat, I'm in the front passenger's seat.)


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9-15-2004 @ 10:09:14 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
I actually drove this car once...ONLY once...

When a car is as big as a house, it's kinda hard to drive with imprecise steering and poor throttle response, when you're not used to it. The fact that it doesn't have a working speedo doesn't help matters.

The push-button automatic transmission is kinda nifty... and it's got a little thing called a Hemi under the hood.

10-02-2004 @ 09:29:17 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Very strange thing (well, to me at least) happened today...albeit, very briefly...

I haven't spoken with my dad in over a year and a half (not even one word over the telephone)...
My grandmother (my dad's mother) who lived in a rented apartment in Melbourne Beach (~10 miles south of here) for almost 20 years had her apartment condemned due to damage from Jeanne. She got another apartment, and today was moving day...it was kinda an all day thing with her, my mom, and the movers.... I couldn't be there as I had other things to do today.

Anywho, while they were still doing their thing in my grandma's new apartment, the phone rang... being the only one home, I answered...and the voice on the other end was my dad... wanting to know how things are going with the move. Our conversation, paraphrased...

"Uhm..... hi dad."
"How are things going with the move?"
"I don't know, they're not back yet."
"Oh, ok, bye."

And that was it.

10-02-2004 @ 09:30:36 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#2, Yay for boring stories that are too long.

10-02-2004 @ 09:32:54 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#3, Boring nothing, I can give you a 45 minute dissertation on how freight train air brakes work

10-02-2004 @ 09:35:52 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#4, I would probably find that interesting. I'm always curious how the mechanics of some things work...

I just find it funny that...what should have been a monumental occasion (me and my dad speaking for the first time in a long time) turned out to be rather short and insignificant.

4-20-2005 @ 01:47:27 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
I was on my way back from work last Saturday, and as usual passed by the house of a guy who's usually working on some kind of old car (he had a nice restored Bittersweet '71-'72 Skylark convertible with a white top parked out there for sale until recently), and he was just pulling into the driveway with a car on his trailer. What did he have? A '57 DeSoto two door. It was totally in black primer and dusty and all the trim was off of it, but there was no mistaking what it was. I swear, that car was twice as long as the Silverado 1500 he was using to tow it.

I hope he manages to resurrect it.

4-20-2005 @ 02:53:00 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#6, I hope it had the Fireflite/Adventurer front end like my dad's, and not the Firesweep front-end, which was very similar to the '57 Dodge's front end...not the best looking front-end.

4-20-2005 @ 04:25:59 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#7, It looked like this one.

3-11-2008 @ 10:46:03 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
I'll use this thread for this...

I haven't seen my dad since December 2002, haven't actually talked with him since February 2003... and I really don't know what his daily-driver is now.

His '97 LHS has gone past its 10 year warranty he had on it, so I think he's probably traded it in for something new within the past couple of years...

- 4-door sedan, not an SUV.
- Not RWD. He needs a reliable and safe daily driver to drive in the snow during winter.
- Large, not midsize.
- Comfortable luxury car with leather, sunroof, and power everything.
- Not expensive. He'll probably spend somewhere around $30-45,000, but nothing more.
- No Fords. The only Ford he ever owned was his '66 Tbird. He liked it, but otherwise he hates everything Ford.

...so that leaves few options...

- Buick Lucerne (or maybe even LaCrosse)
- Cadillac DTS
- Toyota Avalon
- Or maybe a closeout '06 VW Phaeton (he does love his '02 Cabrio)

...the reason this has come to mind, my father is driving down from Pennsylvania in his own car, and will be here on the 15th. His mother, who lives near us, broke her hip, and he needs to handle her financial affairs. I might have to see him after all this time, and I'll see what kinda car he has now... so I'm trying to figure it out beforehand.

3-11-2008 @ 10:50:41 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
#9, Maxima? or are those midsize?

3-11-2008 @ 10:51:16 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#9, $30-45K isn't expensive? No one in my family has ever spent that much on a car, or even our last two cars combined, for that matter...

3-11-2008 @ 10:52:14 PM
Posted By : Adambomb Reply | Edit | Del
#9, I'm thinking Lucerne.

3-11-2008 @ 10:53:06 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#11, For a large, luxury-filled, fully-loaded car, $30-45,000 is not an expensive pricerange. That's the kind of car I'm almost positive my father will buy to replace his LHS (he paid $28,000 for it, IIRC)

I thought of some other cars...

- Kia Amati
- Hyundai Azera

...but honestly, I highly doubt he'd buy a Korean car.

#10, Hmmm... possibly... but I don't think my dad is a big fan of Nissans... the only one he ever owned was his '70 240Z.

#12, That's the one jumping out at me. Number one, because it's almost identical in market-niche to his '97 LHS, and number two because where Chrysler is his favorite American carmaker, GM is a close second, and *his* father has an '88 Buick Electra that was still a brilliant car back when I last saw it in 2002.

[Edited by DiRF on 3-11-2008 @ 10:55:32 PM]

3-11-2008 @ 10:54:57 PM
Posted By : Adambomb Reply | Edit | Del
The last vehicle we bought, my dad's Tacoma, is pretty bare bones, no ash tray, roll up windows manual tranny etc.

3-11-2008 @ 10:57:55 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
Last vehicles we bought were my mom's '99 Regal GS in 2000, new with 120 miles for something like $20,500 out the door, and my dad's '71 GMC stepside for $1200 several years ago.

3-11-2008 @ 11:02:24 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
Let's see... new cars...

My mom's '99 Tracker was under $16,000.
My sister's '05 Accord... I think that was a hair under $20,000.
My other sister's '06 xB... she overpaid for it, a little over $18,000 I believe.
...I forget how much my father paid for his '02 Cabrio.

...of course, I've only had used cars, the most expensive being the G20 at $3100... though I did get my Honda Rebel for $2900 brand new... but that's besides the point.

3-11-2008 @ 11:29:04 PM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
1993 Tracker was a hair under $9k new.
1996 was $25k or somesuch
1998 Explorer was $27k or somesuch
2003 Vibe was $17500 or something
2005 Mazda 3 was about $21k
2005 Mini Cooper S convertible was $20k something.

3-14-2008 @ 05:08:34 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
...and the winner is, coming out of left field... an AWD Chrysler Pacifica? ;:-/

3-14-2008 @ 06:02:06 PM
Posted By : Disrupture Reply | Edit | Del
#18, *vomits*

3-15-2008 @ 01:01:02 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
A white Chrysler Pacifica...

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