Post up your shitbox

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by MrBob, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    That works....but I'm leaning towards the beat down Mitsubishi.

    How about my '69 Ford Cortina wagon I bought for parts for my '68 Cortina sedan? It was approaching shitboxdom but I drove it east from the west coast because I didn't want to rust out "the good one" with a winter stay in Michigan.

    Going through Utah in early September I turned on the heat. No heat. No heater core. No windshield washer system either. Spent one of colder winters in a long time in Michigan with no heater. It started without a block heater at well below zero. Does getting out every 10 miles during inclement weather and splashing undiluted glycol from a gallon jug on the windshield count as shitboxdom?
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  2. MrBob

    MrBob Curiouser and curiouser

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    Every one of the VW’s I owned in Minnesota had rusted out heater boxes and no heat. I poured my glycol into a spray bottle.
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  3. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    My first car, a VW Rabbit diesel, didn’t like to start on cold winter days. When it did start, the steering wheel and dashboard vibration was worse than an idling AMF era Harley. Even though it wouldn’t pull a greasy string out of a cat’s ass, that shot box was tough as nails. I punished it without mercy.
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  4. Solaros1

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    This one never even ran for the very short time I owned it so its hard to say exactly how big a shit box it was - the big hole in the side of the block and the console mounted ashtray with a six inch mound of butts overflowing down both sides of the transmission tunnel was a pretty good indication - never ever buy a Peugeot just because "I've never owned one of those before.."

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    But the absolute king of shit boxes was the car my Dad bought me for my sixteenth birthday - for the magnificent sum of $50 - that's five-oh dollars. Yes to my eternal shame my first car was a Renault Dauphine - one of the absolute shittiest of all known shit boxes.
    To this day it's still among the top ten of worst cars of all time a post it has proudly held for over fifty years. Anyone notice a theme of nationality here? I've never owned a Citroen either and though a DS21 is tempting I have no plans of ever going there.

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  5. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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  6. Mens Rea

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    Not mine but you get the idea. Had three of these in my shit-box days, 2 in NY which were rust buckets, one wagon version in CA which I almost wish I still had.

    You can't kill a Volvo B-18 with a stick. SU carbs are truly awful, though. :lol2

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  7. Mens Rea

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    Is that a 124 Fiat spider lurking behind the Peugeot?

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  8. KeithinSC

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    Had a '75 Olds that the windshield washer was inop. A supersoaker full of washersauce worked great during the Buffalo winters.
    The Fred Flintstone floors were another problem. Couldn't carry anything in the trunk, either. The quarter panels flapped in the wind like a buzzard's wings. Damp tissue paper held up better than the 'steel' used on that car.
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  9. Solaros1

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    Yes, that Fiat belonged to either a customer or the friend of mine who owned the shop. I've owned a bunch of Fiats - five 124 sport coupes and two 124 wagons.
    I made a living as a Fiat mechanic for a while so I like Fiats (we were real busy since a bunch of the other shops didn't want to work on them).

    My 1967 Volvo 122S at Road Atlanta in the early 1970's - even though it was painted with a 4" brush, it was a great car. SU's are easy - just tune them to pull maximum vacuum at idle and they run great.
    I bought this one for $250 - it would barely run and wouldn't pull third gear. I paid the guy, drove it down the road about two miles and stopped at a gas station. I borrowed a wrench from one of the mechanics and took the air cleaners off.
    They were so clogged with grime and gunge the engine couldn't breathe. After I took them off the old Volvo ran 70 mph most of the way home.
    The previous owners father had literally painted it green with a brush (originally red). All of the brush strokes ran lengthwise along the car - from 20 feet away it looked pretty good.

    I traded it for a Land Rover Series IIA and the next owners took out a couple of black cows who had escaped their fence in northern Alabama. Even with both front fenders peeled off it the old tank still ran and drove.

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  10. Solaros1

    Solaros1 Long timer

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    I've had a bunch of cars my friends considered shit boxes - I just thought of them as "interesting".

    My BMW 1600

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    1957 Coupe De Ville - I think I paid around $300 for this - the guys wife wanted it GONE... posed beside my 1974 VW Thing which kept trying to kill me - the Firestone 500 tires might have had something to do with that.

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    an NSU 1200 that I paid $50 for

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    and the other NSU 1200 that I paid $100 for (it was actually running when I bought it) - with a disassembled MGA in the background

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    Alfa Giulietta (one of two) - why buy only one when you can double your misery?

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    and my first Mercedes - a 1966 200D which I paid about $150 for - and drove it home (very slowly - it was a real slug - but very well built)

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  11. MrBob

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    The Dauphine had a little spell of popularity in the States during the early 60’s. A neighbor had one and my buddies and I discovered that 4 or 5 of us could pick the Dauphine up. We had a great time showing up in the middle of the night, hauling the car into somebody’s front yard, and running away laughing.
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  12. Mens Rea

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    My brother had a 124 spider, I thought it was a fun car.

    Always liked the green 122s, even ones brushed green. I can just see it without the fenders!

    I guess I never got the hang of the SUs, they'd be fine for a while and then the car would smell like gas. :lol2 I remember having something like this to adjust them:

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  13. Solaros1

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    That's a Unisyn - still have mine for balancing carbs (Volvo's, MG's, Porsches) - very handy tool to have.

    We even raced this Fiat in IMSA in the late 1970's - 124's are great cars
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  14. Solaros1

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    And my dad thought I was nuts when I dragged this junker home in October of 1971

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    47 years later I think I made a good choice on that one..

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  15. MrBob

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    This bad boy took me from Minnesota to the coast of Maine almost non-stop, and back, with a rod that knocked so loudly it made my ears ring.
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    Meet my beater truck: 1986 Ford F-350 crew cab long bed 4x4. I bought it from my brother-in-law who cheated the original owner out of it. I had to buy and install a starter in it before I could even hear it run! The only reason I wanted it was for the 1 ton axles but its ugliness grew on me. I've had it about 8 or 9 years now. It is mostly retired now and hangs out in front of the house and lowers the neighborhood property values. Real soon I am going to pull the motor to reseal everything so it is a little safer to park over a concrete driveway. It is an original AZ truck so no real rust but a tree fell on the bed before I owned it and crushed it pretty bad. The rest of the body is pretty rough as well. The most weight I have ever put into it was 84 bags of 80 pound concrete. The guy loading the pallets couldn't believe when I told him to load a second pallet! Filled with concrete bags.JPG Filled with debris.JPG
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  17. MrBob

    MrBob Curiouser and curiouser

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    That's a badass truck.
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  18. krautman

    krautman Been here awhile

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    I love this ! The things we hold onto ! I remember heading out on an evening adventure my buddy shows up I smell something terrible . As the words what the hell is that smell come from my mouth he replies oh it's this hat ! Said hat was with us all night . Trucks, cars ,old helmets, coats the things we hold onto that mean everything to us but are junk to someone else have so much value . My hat's off to you sir .
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  19. Bill 310

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    More photos please
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    Straight six that ran great and while it wasn't fast, it was peppy. Most of my friends went for sportier two-door cars but we always hung out in my beast. A neighbor gave me some big ass studded snow tires on rims that I used to swap out for in the winter time and it was in the winter when I got sideswiped by a road grader.

    The insurance company totaled the car out and I bought it back for $250.00. Then a friend and I went at it with a saw and cut the roof off of it and mounted some old riding lawnmower seats on the back deck. We'd bounce along the corn and wheat fields, taking turns driving while another two of us sat in those mower seats with shotguns and tried to get pheasant and grouse without bouncing out the back and killing ourselves.

    What the hell is the NTSA?
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