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Date Posted:10/27/2017 7:37 AMCopy HTML

Not necessarily your first car, but what make and model of car would you say began your fetish? Also, who owned it?
Me: my aunt's Volkswagen Beetle. What's yours?
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Re:Car zero

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The first car with which I remember feeling the cranking fetish, was a yellow Fiat 500, probably built in the '60s. It was owned by my 3 female cousins, and sometimes I rode with them (I was very young, probably 4 or 5 years old). I remember it was hard to start for them.
Growing up, my preferences shifted from 2-cylinder cars like the 500 or 126, to 4-cyl '80s cars, like the Fiat Uno, Panda, Peugeot 205, Renault 5, etc.

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Re:Car zero

Date Posted:10/29/2017 3:24 PMCopy HTML

Hi

thank you for the topic

For me, like for Murmur, it was a Fiat 500 : my mother's car in end of the 60's and 70's, when she was driving me at school on winter morning.

The sound of starter, the car shaking, my mother's pumping and boucing, the gaz smelling in the dark garage ....all of this miss me

After : Peugeot 204 , Peugeot 205 with my mum again and my wife

My mother cranked 4 cars during 35 years in the same dark and cold garage : I was fetish of her cranking during 35 years .

so during these years ..... she did around 10 000 cold starts : this garage was a real torture room for her car and for herself !

Greetings



Old cars are like human people: hoarsed, caughing and lazy
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Re:Car zero

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Reply to dampniat (10/29/2017 4:24 PM)

My mother cranked 4 cars during 35 years in the same dark and cold garage : I was fetish of her cranking during 35 years .

so during these years ..... she did around 10 000 cold starts : this garage was a real torture room for her car and for herself !


10000 cold starts... That's a lot if you think about it, eheh... A lot of hard start episodes I imagine...  :-) It would be nice to hear some real life episodes of your mom with the Peugeot 205 that is my favourite (and also the 204).
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My first was my parents' 1956 Plymouth Suburban Station Wagon. In general it wasn't hard to start, except when it rained. Then it was super hard to fire up. Lots of cranking and stalling, and many mornings it wouldn't start at all, even after ten to fifteen minutes of cranking. My father sometimes had to blow hot air on the ignition to dry it out. My favorite cranking episodes included my mother's animated, frustrated facial expressions as she held the key and pumped away. On especially good days it would keep stalling until it warmed up, which meant a nice cranking episode at each stop sign for the first ten minutes. 
We also had a neighbour with a Renault Dauphine, which also struggled to start in the rain. The woman who usually drove it was very pretty, and I remember those mornings as I walked past her as she was pumping and cranking. Sometimes I'd stop just behind her and watch her furiously trying to get it started. 
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Re:Car zero

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A 1959 crap-green Chevy Bel-Air 4-door sedan.  The car was owned by our elderly neighbor across the street, but the episode which started it for me was when she loaned the car to her very pretty 21 year-old daughter-in-law Linda.   It was a bitter-cold winter's day and as Linda backed out of the driveway into the main street, she shifted from reverse to drive and the car stalled the instant she gave it gas.   By stalling, I meant the car lurched forward a couple of feet and died, however Linda kept pumping the gas pedal very animatedly trying to keep it going.  Guess she figured that force-feeding it lots of gas would keep it running.  Wrong!!!!   This went on for maybe 15 minutes or so.  Start . . . rev . . . put into gear . . . lurch . . . stall . . . pump pump pump pump pump pump.   Linda had bright red hair, and my 8 or 9 year-old self can still see that red hair bouncing up and down.

That is what started it all.
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First car I noticed cranking was my mother's 1958 Plymouth Belvedere. I was a cooler time of year in the mid 60s and I was about 4 or 5 years old but between my vivid memory and knowledge I later learned I was able to fill all the blanks in.It was of the same basic body style as the one in the movie 'Christine', but this was no hot rod: ours was a 4-door and a flathead 6 cylinder engine. It was two-toned blue/light blue and was a very good looking car though. It seemed pretty much every first start of the day took her a long long time to start with lots of long cranking and sputtering. It also had a noisy starter that was almost like scratching glass.

Around that same time she drove another car, though I don't remember why the Plymouth went away. My grandfather got her his old 1954 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe to use for a time. Pale blue or light gray 4-door sedan. Big bulbous looking thing with lots of chrome, especially the front bumper and grille area. It was a flathead 6 cylinder too ( same engine as the plymouth, but with more displacement ). If the Plymouth piqued my interest, the Chrysler definitely "set the hook". It cranked over slower and when it did it was with a rythmic grinding moaning. Like the other car, it seemed to start fairly quickly once driven, but was a familiar struggle to her the first start of the day. Many a visceral moment was spent by me standing up on the drive shaft hump between the front and back seat, holding on to the front seatback to watch the "show", and enjoying every minute of it. 
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Re:Car zero

Date Posted:11/11/2017 6:14 PMCopy HTML

Great post BST66! Would be nice to hear more detailed stories on those experiences. :-)



Reply to BST66 (11/11/2017 6:22 PM)

First car I noticed cranking was my mother's 1958 Plymouth Belvedere. I was a cooler time of year in the mid 60s and I was about 4 or 5 years old but between my vivid memory and knowledge I later learned I was able to fill all the blanks in.It was of the same basic body style as the one in the movie 'Christine', but this was no hot rod: ours was a 4-door and a flathead 6 cylinder engine. It was two-toned blue/light blue and was a very good looking car though. It seemed pretty much every first start of the day took her a long long time to start with lots of long cranking and sputtering. It also had a noisy starter that was almost like scratching glass.

Around that same time she drove another car, though I don't remember why the Plymouth went away. My grandfather got her his old 1954 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe to use for a time. Pale blue or light gray 4-door sedan. Big bulbous looking thing with lots of chrome, especially the front bumper and grille area. It was a flathead 6 cylinder too ( same engine as the plymouth, but with more displacement ). If the Plymouth piqued my interest, the Chrysler definitely "set the hook". It cranked over slower and when it did it was with a rythmic grinding moaning. Like the other car, it seemed to start fairly quickly once driven, but was a familiar struggle to her the first start of the day. Many a visceral moment was spent by me standing up on the drive shaft hump between the front and back seat, holding on to the front seatback to watch the "show", and enjoying every minute of it. 


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Re:Car zero

Date Posted:11/14/2017 10:32 AMCopy HTML

Reply to CrankyDude (11/10/2017 11:06 AM)

My first was my parents' 1956 Plymouth Suburban Station Wagon. In general it wasn't hard to start, except when it rained. Then it was super hard to fire up. Lots of cranking and stalling, and many mornings it wouldn't start at all, even after ten to fifteen minutes of cranking. My father sometimes had to blow hot air on the ignition to dry it out. My favorite cranking episodes included my mother's animated, frustrated facial expressions as she held the key and pumped away. On especially good days it would keep stalling until it warmed up, which meant a nice cranking episode at each stop sign for the first ten minutes. 
We also had a neighbour with a Renault Dauphine, which also struggled to start in the rain. The woman who usually drove it was very pretty, and I remember those mornings as I walked past her as she was pumping and cranking. Sometimes I'd stop just behind her and watch her furiously trying to get it started. 

Can you describe your mother's animated facial expressions? I am intrigued.


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