What was your first car?
back in 2000 when I was about 16 I was out with my dad and we randomly pulled into a car lot to browse the wheres as we often did. we both laid eyes on a 1974 ford ranchero GT with a 400 CID v8 mated to a C6 automatic transmission that went into a 9inch rear axel with 3.50:1 gears. it wasn't mint but for $1300 the price was right. with my dad's help I was able to buy that car and as I type this it's sitting right outside. 11 years later I still own and drive that car almost daily and has served me very well without much trouble. However tragedy struck last friday on a camping trip when the car was involved in a collision that left the right rear corner crunched. the matter hasn't been settled so I'll avoid the particulars but the point is my pride and joy, the first car I ever owned may very well be totaled out. I do take comfort in the knowledge that while the car was very reliable it still needed a lot of work and chances were decent I may never have gotten around to restoring the car and it also didn't suit my needs very well. Still it is my FIRST car. Somehow it survived my early driving years and reckless youth only to have another's bumper forcefully introduced to the tailgate yet still drive away, battered but still running strong and driving straight. why can't they build cars like that today? I tell ya one thing, "built Ford tough" really used to mean something because that is one tough car to kill.