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Old 09-03-2010, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Graduated 1977 in Nebraska.

Cars ranged from 70 Torino (sp),
71 El Camino
74 Caprice
67 Firebird
several late 60's and early 70's Plymouths, police cars
couple fastback 70's Mustanges
Galaxi 500
Maverick and a few other regular cars
My brother had a 78 Trans AM when he was in high school and
another had a 78 Dodge Magnum

I had a 68 baby blue Lincoln with suicide doors.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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I was in high school from 1966-1970...which of course was the heyday of the muscle car. But VERY few of them graced the parking lots....kids just couldn't afford them on afterschool jobs which averaged ONE DOLLAR an hour at the time! LOL

And back then, even parents that could afford it, did not buy their kids expensive cars...it was a different time, with different values.

So, the most common cars were 50's iron souped up to varying degrees...lots of '55-'57 Chevies (a buddy had a '56 Nomad he paid $100 for!) and '56 Ford Crown Vics were popular too. Absolutely NO trucks! They were for work...you'd get laughed out of town if you drove a truck to school!

Basically, there was next to no "store bought' muscle cars, as I said, kids couldn't afford them. There were LOTS of engine swaps though...previously grocery-getter cars were transformed into monsters. The fastest car at my school was a barely street-legal '61 Pontiac Tempest in red primer with a tube front axle...that car would embarrass ANY GTO, Z-28, Road Runner, etc off the showroom floor. Just a guess, but I'd bet it ran 10's in the quarter mile...maybe even high 9s! Kids built their cars a little at a time...first stop after the bank on payday was the speed shop!

Cragar SS were indeed the cat's meow...if you could afford them. There weren't 2 million types of custom wheels back then...it was pretty much Cragars, Ansons, and Keystones (barf). What you saw the most was chrome reverse wheels (with or without baby moon hub caps)...they were pretty affordable.

Air shocks hadn't been invented yet, or at least I never saw them. Most cars had leaf springs on the rear, so to jack it up, you bought or made a "shackle kit"...some were so high in the rear that they looked ridiculous...and were probably dangerous, LOL. And Thrush mufflers...you had to put a set of Thrush mufflers on there, first thing! I bet my Thrushes got me at least a dozen noise tickets...

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Old 09-03-2010, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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graduated in 87. Large pick-up trucks, Camaro, and 5.0 Mustang were the most common sights.
yeah same the 5.0 was the car to have in high school also alot of G-body GM cars and mini trucks were still kinda cool
I graduated in 2000
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:40 PM
 
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My high school was built in a field surrounded by cropland instead of in a town so Ford and GM pickups were the most common. It wasn't uncommon to see a tractor or grain truck in the parking lot either.
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Old 09-03-2010, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I was in high school from 1990 thru 1994. I remember most in the parking lot were 1980s cars, even some from the 60s and 70s, only a few from the 1990s since they were new and most teenagers didnt have brand new cars... some did. Most were 80s compacts and cars like Camaros, Mustangs, and some trucks. Some of my best friends cars I remember is one had a 83 Ford Mustang, one had a 66 Mustang, one had a Ford EXP and I had a 83 Thunderbird and a 72 Cadillac.

The teachers parking lot however was mostly filled with "then new" early 1990s cars. I remember one of my teachers had bought a new 1992 Honda Prelude and one had purchased a new 1992 Honda Civic... I think she still has it!

I remember my cousins boyfriend at the time had a new red 1991 Toyota Celica when I was in the 2nd semester of 9th grade... I remember it was stolen around 1992 and he had to get a new one. They found it, but it had been stripped.

I worked at a FF restaurant from 1992-1994 when I was in high school. For some reason, it seemed everyone at work had a "new" early 90s Chevrolet. I remember one of my friends that worked there had a brand new 93 teal green Cavalier, and I remember an older lady had a brand new 1993 Lumina 4dr, a new 1993 Lumina Euro 2dr (which was my bosses car and he let me drive once on a delivery) and one lady in her 30s at the time had a new 1992 Camaro. It was a Chevy family. I drive by there almost daily to this day and one day I glanced over and seen an early 90s Cavalier in the spot that then brand new one parked... however, the one I seen the other day didnt quite look as good.... 16 years can take a toll. lol.
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Old 09-04-2010, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Most kids today are spoiled & dont earn what they have. I had to work & save for ALL my cars except 2 which were given to me but needed LOTS of work.
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Old 09-04-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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And Thrush mufflers...you had to put a set of Thrush mufflers on there, first thing! I bet my Thrushes got me at least a dozen noise tickets...
Remember the Hush Thrush mufflers? There was nothing like the sound of a big cam, Hooker Headers and a pair of quiet mufflers.
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Old 09-04-2010, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Glass packs were cool. I had them on my 68 olds cutlass supreme.
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