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Old 11-17-2014, 02:42 PM
 
Location: portland, me
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My first car that I bought was a '73 Thing. I've owned an '83 Rabbit, an '85 GMC fullsize, a '67 Honda motorcycle, and my current classis is a '67 Jeep M715 that I drive regularly. I also own an '06 Silverado that I bought new, as my daily driver (when I'm not driving my military iron.) I'm 34.

On the flipside, my gf is 31, and has never had a license.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:22 PM
 
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Uhhh, cause while most of you "enthusiasts" were out burning the worlds fossil fuels at .30 cents a gallon, the rest of us are paying $3.10 a gallon today to get to and from work as efficiently as possible.
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Old 11-17-2014, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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Uhhh, cause while most of you "enthusiasts" were out burning the worlds fossil fuels at .30 cents a gallon, the rest of us are paying $3.10 a gallon today to get to and from work as efficiently as possible.
Well, wages are higher these days too. When I first started driving (in 1974), gas was about 79-85 cents a gallon, but then again, wages were a lot less back then, but I never had any problems working and driving cars that made only 8 to 18 MPG..

I wouldn't use a classic car for everyday driving these days that makes about 10-15 MPG, if I owned one, it would sit in the garage most of the time because even with the money I'm making now, it would still cost me a fortune to drive something like a.. 1969 Mustang with the 302 C.I. V-8, a 1969 Dodge Charger with the 440 C.I. V-8, a 1972 Ford Thunderbird with a 429 C.I. V-8, or a 1967 Camaro with a small-block V-8.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:08 PM
 
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My first car that I bought was a '73 Thing. I've owned an '83 Rabbit, an '85 GMC fullsize, a '67 Honda motorcycle, and my current classis is a '67 Jeep M715 that I drive regularly. I also own an '06 Silverado that I bought new, as my daily driver (when I'm not driving my military iron.) I'm 34.

On the flipside, my gf is 31, and has never had a license.
I've got a VW Thing... hasn't been out in years... real clean and sharp looking.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:10 PM
 
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Also the demise of Auto Shop in High School is also a factor. I took blue print reading, welding, small engine repair and advanced auto mechanics in HS. First period we learned to weld, change engines etc. By the late 80s shop classes for boys and Home Eq for girls were died out and it was all academics.

I could do body work, welding, arc welding, rivert work etc and we could actually fix 100 dollar cars at the age of 17. Todays kids lack the skills and it is expensive to hire mechanics so old cars are hard to deal with.
I was too late for any shop classes in high school... they eliminated them the prior year.

I have taken quite a few at the lock Community College and became a certified welder because it was something I wanted to learn about... also took machine... both were time well spent.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Never been a huge fan of "classics". I appreciate them, but fast is all I really care about.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:23 PM
 
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Well, wages are higher these days too. When I first started driving (in 1974), gas was about 79-85 cents a gallon, but then again, wages were a lot less back then, but I never had any problems working and driving cars that made only 8 to 18 MPG..

I wouldn't use a classic car for everyday driving these days that makes about 10-15 MPG, if I owned one, it would sit in the garage most of the time because even with the money I'm making now, it would still cost me a fortune to drive something like a.. 1969 Mustang with the 302 C.I. V-8, a 1969 Dodge Charger with the 440 C.I. V-8, a 1972 Ford Thunderbird with a 429 C.I. V-8, or a 1967 Camaro with a small-block V-8.
When I started driving Miniwage was $5.15 or so, and gas was $1.10 a gallon.
Now Miniwage is $7.10 and gas is $3.00 a gallon.

When I was in Grad school gas was $3.50 after Hurricane Katrina. I had to furlough classes as I couldn't afford to drive 4 days a week to and from school.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:38 PM
 
Location: portland, me
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Older cars can be fuel efficient.

Mine's not. My Jeep gets around 8.5 mpg. I'm ok with that. It's the price I pay to drive a 5/4 ton truck.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I'm currently a 30 something who loves classic everything (que the crude humor). My home is over 120 years old, but my energy bills are less than my mother's brand new home. My appliances and such are all "upcycled". I drive a 69 f100 daily and get about 18mpg. I am working on my masterpiece... a 1950 chevy with a mercedes 5cylinder diesel and I already make my own biodiesel from used veggie oil. Hoping to get mid to upper 20's for the mpgs there and all at about 75 cents a gallon. (not counting my time). But times change. How many people do you know currently living that like horse and buggies? or going to an outhouse? Different generations have different priorities and preferences. I've always been closer to my grandmother than my parents. It just the way some people get interested in certain things I guess.
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Old 11-17-2014, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Texas
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1987 carbureted honda accord, 5 speed. I got up to 45 mpg all highway driving once. Usually was around 35 around town, though. I whopping 90hp, but it got me where I needed to go. I miss that car. Wouldn't mind having another to tinker with.
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