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Are there any gardeners out there, who not only like getting dirt under their fingernails, but occasionally grease too? When the growing season winds down I tend to move into the garage, and tinker with the roadster, so it will be top down ready when the weather permits.
Used to race a Datsun 1500 back in the '60's. Owned 4 Datsun Roadsters - 65, 66, 69, and another 66. Learned to drive and race in a Porsche 1600 and owned a 1500, once.
Test drove one of the first five 911 coupes in America in 65 - amazing to be on a freeway where cars driving about 70 seemed to be going backwards @ 60.
Been gardening most of my life, but there is nothing more fun than a winding, hilly road with no or very little traffic.
Love drifting through corners, and getting air borne down hills with dips.
Some say I corner faster than most drive in a straight line - lol.
Been hooked on Subaru's since 83, tho. Just bought a 2010 Legacy - (5th Subaru).
Nothing like full time 4wd.
Hi Bubba, I know what you mean about driving faster in the twisty's then the straight away's. That little Pontiac was made with roads like that in mind. There's a stretch of Baja 1 from my village to Ensenada that's 16 miles of very twisty, very gorgeous scenery. I usually make it in nine minutes. Having a manual five speed, track suspension, and 320 hp doesn't hurt either. Although I normally only go that fast when I'm alone. If there's a passenger I find that the screaming is too distracting.
It must have been kick driving those first 911's. Wouldn't it be great to have one of those now? I've got AWD/4WD on my 05' Durango. It's actually the daily driver, because the Pontiac doesn't hold much in the way of cargo, and I can get lot's of plants, soil and big pots in the Dodge. Not to mention a few big rocks for landscaping.
Here is our favorite Subaru - a 90 Legacy SL - bought it new 09/09/89 - has well over 360k miles - still runs like a top. Just spent $3k replacing the brakes, struts, and front end steering parts. Other than body and interior needing a complete "facelift" - it's like a new car. In late 1998, had all the seals in the engine replaced - had compression checked - 3 were down just 5 pounds and one was down 10. Dealer said if that one had been less than 7 - it would have met factory spec for a new car.
This picture was pulling a dead limb out of a tree after Hurricane Ike.
Currently this car serves as my "truck" there are usually about $2-3k worth of carpentry tools on board. I can completely rebuild a stick-built house with what's inside.
360k! Wow, that's incredible. You have obviously taken great care of it. I've been pretty good with both my cars, and will probably not buy a new vehicle for many years. The Pontiac only has 18k on it over three years, which means I don't drive it allot, but when I do it's usually top down, and drive it like I stole it. Hopefully I'll be able to get as many miles on it as you have.
When I had the roadsters, our motto was - "If the sky ain't fallin, the top WILL be down". That meant driving with parkas on sometimes - LOL.
I found that a mild rain storm was OK - above 40 MPH, only my forehead and hair would get wet, but once on a road trip with a friend from San Antonio to Larado, wound up in a "frog strangler" of a tropical wave - could not drive fast enough. At about 70 the car would hydroplane, and below that we got soaked.
Took off my glasses and looked just over the windshield - was ok that way -wet, but at least I could keep it in my lane.
We passed a family in an old Rambler wagon. The kids were pointing and laughing at us. My friend and I just smilled, waved, and we motored on.
When we got to Larado, it was sunny and hot - humidity was near 100%. We were there to film a football game - D@#$ film kept sticking in the camera's - it did not get wet on the trip down, but seemed to act like a sponge when we loaded it into the camera.