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Old 07-06-2011, 05:56 AM
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1956 here just turned 55 and just waiting to pull the plug on a cm (non s to stay out of trouble) color choices RG or LC both with brm. Then there's the finances, just starting my next career where I get reimbursed for mileage from the minute I leave my house. ( could be 1000 miles per month) Have to get rid of my hold me over car (2007 Saturn Aura) seats make my back suffer.
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Speaking of threshers/thrashers, the neighboring farm was still using theirs in the mid 60's. Powered by belt to their Cockshutt tractor - which was gas burning internal combustion of course, progress on the farm. They a had complete standby thresher for parts.

Before my family got their own combine (they were very expensive) we hired a custom combiner. It was always a good time because my mom would cook up a storm (couldn't have the guy spreading it around that we skimped on the chow) and it might be where, as a very young boy, I learned that equipment needed timely maintenance - especially if you expected to make your living with it. I don't recall the guy we hired's name anymore but I will never forget the way he took care of that machine. At lunch time, before he himself would eat he greased every zerk on that machine, wiping each down before and after. Same thing at the end of the day before he moved on to the next farm. I still get a sense of satisfaction while greasing a piece of equipment, always will.
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....I still get a sense of satisfaction while greasing a piece of equipment, always will.
WHAT?...WAIT JUST A COTTON GRUBBIN' MINUTE HERE...ya run around greasin' yur equipment IN PUBLIC? Where is dis place where perve..Hell, never mind I don't wanta know.
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Well, I walked right into that one. Let me be perfectly clear, I did not grease my equipment in public. I did tighten up an apron or two, filled a hopper now and then, and I always made sure the the safety shields were installed.
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Some great stories and some great memories. I was born in '52 so I have seen a lot of changes - but nothing compared to what my Grandfather saw. He was born in 1899 and lived to be 99 years old.

He was born in Indiana and remembered seeing a motorcar for the first time when he was 5 or 6. He and his Father helped run power lines for electricity and he went to the local high school to see a demonstration put on by some dude named Marconi (he was demonstrating the "wireless").

Imagine living in a time where the world went from the horse and buggy to Man walking on The Moon... The thought of that still blows my mind.
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[QUOTE=Jim Michaels;3260570]Okay: I have a TV story too. Stop me if I've already told it.

Hi to everyone. Just saw this thread and I've enjoyed reading through everyone's posts.
In the early 50's my father had a rotating Rainier beer sign in his den. It was a continuing waterfall and the effect was pretty stunning. He'd tell us kids to pretend that was our TV.
I watched a real TV for the first time, at the Mint bar in Haily Idaho, sitting on my fathers lap, when I was around 5. The owner, then a man called little Joe, would bring his burro inside and his wife Wanda would lead me around.
I was born in 1946 in Kingston England. My mother was a little WREN during WW2 and met my GI father who came back for both of us. Growing up was amazing for me and it still is.
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Wow, just scrolling through threads that caught my eye, but so many died out years ago, without apparent reason from what I can see.
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Wow, just scrolling through threads that caught my eye, but so many died out years ago, without apparent reason from what I can see.
Just left the memory banks i guess! I have just caught this thread also. Born in 1952. Just read though the whole thing (over a few days). Lots of stuff to relate to, although some is different/missing (i was raised in BC).
Who remembers playing Hide and Seek until dark?
Baseball cards in the spokes
Fizzy candys
Little red wagons
Daisy air rifles (or were they BB's)
Have Gun will Travel kit that included business cards, gun, hat
All in the Family
As far as music goes, there were way too many bands that were excellent in the '60's
I might post more, later, as long as i can remember!

Oh, yea! My first car was an 850cc mini, had a lot of fun in that one! Then came a Cooper S and i had even more fun, until the engine blew.
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Remember back in the '50s all the chrome? Fads like jacked up rear ends and blacked out trim will come and go, but CHROME is forever!!
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This thread really puts the American Graffiti tagline to task...

"Where were you in '62?"

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Old 02-03-2017, 07:53 AM
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Interestingly, i just came across this. Not that i was looking for it or anything.

https://safeshare.tv/x/FEDEwZHZXu
things from the 50's
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Old 02-03-2017, 10:35 AM
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Damn, just seen this thread. Most of you are youngsters! I grew up before TV, still had a crank phone, (now I'm just an old crank) didn't meet my Dad until I was 3 (war and all), and fresh eggs & milk were delivered with the paper on the front stoop every morning. I took a train to school and it was fired with coal as was the boiler in our house. 1942
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It's sad that the "oldies" radio stations are playing songs from the 70s and 80s. I was playing an Elvis song the other day and someone commented, "That takes me back. You made my day."
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Old 02-20-2017, 12:56 PM
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Wow... it's nice to find some real old farts here. Born in '43, l grew up with real drive-ins, lead sleds, and real rock & roll. Can't do much of my own work anymore... but I sure do enjoy driving my 2005 r 52s. See y'all at the dragon. let's have lunch....
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:38 AM
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I'm not online here much anymore but just wanted to say HI COOPERation.

1952 myself.

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Vintage 1955 checking in...the older the fiddle, the sweeter the tune!
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:40 AM
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I was born in 1946 in Kingston England. My mother was a little WREN during WW2 and met my GI father who came back for both of us. Growing up was amazing for me and it still is.
Hi Kathy1946, I'm Chuck, also of 1946, but still older than you! I was born in Alabama and as a GI, married my Brit in Braintree in 1968. Imported my 1st mini, Austin, 848CC, 1964 to the US in '68. I'm a 70+ year old driving a JCW Coupe and my wife, a little younger, drives her JCW Coupe. You are only as old as you admit, and I refuse to admit!
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Can't believe I never saw this thread. 1947 here. I can remember the Ice Man arriving in a horse drawn wagon with blocks of ice for our Icebox. We used to run after him until he would chip us off a chunk as a treat. I can remember Richard Petty and Junior Johnson racing at the local short track. Saw Carrol Shelby and Jim Hall race at VIR before it closed the first time.
Goldsmithy, maybe I'll see you at the Dragon. Travel safe.
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:56 AM
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To all going to the Dragon...I will be at Detroit tuned Wed morning , so stop by and say hello. I love to put names with faces.
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I won't be there until Friday morning. My Daughter won't let me take my Grandson out of school more than half a day Thursday and Friday. Staying with a friend outside Asheville Thursday night. Keep an eye out... I'll be the guy in a Mini shirt.
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Wow ... what a thread. Born in 1951 and what a lot of changes. First car was a 1960 Triumph Herald Coupe ... flipped it on a mountain road (no injuries ... it wasn't that fast). Graduated to a Mk 1 Cortina GT (color almost the same as Rebel Green), then BMW 1600/2002/2002 tii, Porshce 356B, a few Mercedes, etc. Fell in love with Alfas in the 1970's ... had my dual Weber 1973 Spider for over 20-years.

Got my first Mini in 1990 when I bought my wife a British Racing Green special edition in the NL ... she loved it! Went through a few Mustangs and found a 1964 Mk 1 Cooper S for vintage racing in 1999. Had a blast with it. Subsequently had a 2006 Cooper, a 2009 Clubman S (still in the family) and picking up a new F56 JCW next week.
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I guess I'm not alone here 1953 here...first car I drove as a 1964 Saab...(You know the one that use to beat Mini in the Monte Carlo ) 3 banger with 4 on the tree, lots of fun in the snow. Then on to Alfa Romeo for 20 years. Head mechanic for large dealer then AR decided to pull their *** out of the USA
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An Alfa was the first car I bought after joining the USAF and I soon found out it was not a car that a one striper could afford to maintain. Took forever to find someone that could sync the two Solex carbs, but when the head gasket went, that was the kiss of death. Traded for an Olds F-85 with one of the spark plug holes stripped out on the aluminum V-8 and a keg of beer. The guys in the shop helped drink the beer and we Epoxied a plug in the V-8 and I drove it until I left for Japan.
Coincidentally, I, the USAF, and the CIA are celebrating our 70th this year.
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Any of you old boys remember when this car was new on the dealer lot?

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Yes i was 10..
born in1955 1st car TR6 2nd car mini classic sprint race only car in red body 4 Weber carb raced in England full fiberglass body chopped roof in 5.0l class. after that all kinds of classic cooper S mini Morris Panthera, Porsche...
my curent cars+ a 2017 370z that i hate...lol
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How Old Is Grandpa?......

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end.


One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.

The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at
schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

*The Grandfather replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born before: *
' television
' penicillin
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' Xerox
' contact lenses
' Frisbees and
' the pill

*There were no:*
' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens

*Man had not invented* :
' pantyhose
' air conditioners
' dishwashers
' clothes dryers
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.



Your Grandmother and I got married first,... and then lived together..

Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every
woman older than me, "mam". And after I turned 25, I still called policemen
and every man with a title, "Sir".

We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers,
and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Bible, good judgment, and common sense. We
were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up
and take responsibility for our actions.

Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger
privilege... We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running
to catch the school bus

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze
started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and
weekends-not purchasing condominiums.



We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt,
or guys wearing earrings

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our
radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening
to Tommy Dorsey.

If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan ' on it, it was junk.

The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam....

Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10
cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were
all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your
nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, ... but who could afford one? Too
bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

*In my day:*
' "grass" was mowed,
' "coke" was a cold drink,
' "pot" was something your mother cooked in and
' "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby.
' "Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office,
' "chip" meant a piece of wood,
' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and
' "software" wasn't even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a
husband to have a baby.
How old do you think I am?

I bet you have a very old man in mind...you are in for a shock!


*Are you* *ready ?????*


This man would be 70 years old today. 70 years ago was 1947.
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