Bring Back the Good Old Days!

richardpeeej By richardpeeej, 3rd May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/y_bc499n/
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My Old Car, memories of a long lost friend...bring back the good old days !

My Old Car

I remember a time when I passed my driving test at eighteen and then drove my car for the first time alone. I had a light blue 1961 Morris Minor 1000, there were no seat belts in the car and as long as the wheels went around you could travel from A to B with no problem. It didn't matter that the tyres were so worn that you could see the fabric thread showing through, because there was no such thing as an MOT test. Neither did it matter that there were clouds of blue smoke being emitted through the exhaust pipe,, because the engine was on its last legs, when I went up a hill in it in my home town in Wales.

I am glad that I lived on a hill as many times I would run my car down it to get it started in the winter. When I opened the bonnet I could sit on the wing and put my legs inside the engine compartment. You could see plenty of road when you looked down into the engine compartment. Now there is so much packed into the bonnet of modern cars you have a big problem trying to get your hands in there to do anything.

The heater was non-existent and it took ages for the engine to warm up anyway. Many times I would need to scrape the frost off the INSIDE of the front windscreen when I was driving to work.
I remember that I could get 4 gallons of petrol for £1 in 1970 (equivalent of 5.5p/litre)
(1 Imperial (UK) gallon = 4.54609188 litres)

I had trafficators on the door pillars, these were orange plastic arms that would flick up and light uo when you wanted to turn left or right. The one on my drivers side would sometimes stay out after I turned right and needed a thump on the inside door pillar, using the flat of my clenched hand to, come back down. If they failed completely then I could use hand signals for manoevering. You were tested to ensure you could use hand signals on your driving test.

One last thing with the old dear, was that the carpet was always wet when it rained, as I could not stop a leak in the back window. I did drill a hole in the floor to let the water out though as before that my socks and trouser turn ups would get wet when a wave came down from the back floor when I went down any steep hills.

Haha bring back the good ol' days !!!
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Here is a video showing a similar car to the one that I had. This is a 1970 version (I had a 1961 Morris Minor 1000). Notice the trafficator slot has been filled in, there are seat belts in the back as an addition and a stick-on rear heated window grill which must have been very handy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXCgL_pOX3w

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Exhaust, Morris Minor, Mot, Smoke, Trafficator, Tyres

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I enjoy playing the guitar, gardening, writing poems, doing a bit of cooking and catching up with my good friends on the net

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author avatar Denise O
4th May 2011 (#)

Oh my gosh Richard, I hear ya. I remember my first car, it was a cougar XR7, it was a mess also but, I loved it so darn much. What a fun read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
4th May 2011 (#)

What a beautiful car and memory, thanks Richard!

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author avatar Songbird B
4th May 2011 (#)

How wonderful! This made me smile so much Rich, a lovely nostalgic look back..A really lovely evocative share..This was a joy to read my friend...

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author avatar Songbird B
4th May 2011 (#)

Loved the inclusion of the video link by the way...Oh these little cars are considered a classic now here in the UK...They really don't make them like this any more...lol..

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author avatar richardpeeej
5th May 2011 (#)

Your Cougar sounds a sporty number Denise, you must remember it well. Thank you for your comment.

Thanks for your visit Delicia and for your support.

Thanks Songbird, your first car, like your first kiss, (or your first pair of shoes lol), is something that you will always remember well. Haha did you like that romantic link my friend... Glad it made you smile :-)

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author avatar Songbird B
5th May 2011 (#)

Knowing you for the romantic you are through your poetry, Richard, yes, you made me smile! I think that this could prove to be a popular page, as people cast their minds back to their first car...Great share...

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author avatar richardpeeej
5th May 2011 (#)

Thank you Songbird so glad you liked my write up and you enjoyed the share my friend..

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author avatar Songbird B
5th May 2011 (#)

It made me cast my mind back too to my first car...happy days...Really enjoyed the share...

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author avatar richardpeeej
8th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you Bev, your words of encouragement are always appreciated. Sorry I am just a little late with my reply...only two years and ten months :-0 !

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