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jakeduke78
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Date Posted:04/30/2018 3:06 PMCopy HTML

Mom drove a 1978 Oldsmobile station wagon.  By 1984 it had over 150,000 miles and was not very reliable.  We had a garage, but it was not heated.  I used to hate to see her battle that thing on cold mornings--- I was so embarrassed, especially if we were taking my friend to school with us.  
So I would drag around inside for a while inside and for her to get it going before I'd get in.  

One cold morning she got the car running fine.  Once I heard the smooth idle I went outside and got in.  But after she shifted into reverse the car bucked and the engine "ran-on" pinging, pinging and pinging before it died.  

I'd been witness to the difficulty getting the station wagon running after this happened before.  And I had a sinking feeling in my stomach as red lights lit up all over the dashboard--- we were going to be in the driveway for a while.

"Shoot!" she said, as she shifted the wagon into park.  She twisted the key and the car immediately fired but died.  The second, third and fourth time she twisted the key---- nada.  Just Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.  

Mom typically wore the 80's tan pantyhose, open toed pumps.  She was more of a pedal holder, than pumper.  She would pump the pedal 2 or 3 times then hold it to the floor as she cranked.  If the car wasn't firing or sounding like it was going to turn over, she would lift her foot up and pump it 2 or 3 more times as the starter continued to crank before putting the big floor mounted accelerator back on the floorboard.  And she was hard on starters.  I have no idea how that car's batter managed to operate as long as it did.  She would hold the starter for minutes at a time in between tries.

Most of the time she could get the car started if she held the pedal down long enough.  But not that morning.  She pumped and held, and held and held as she cranked and cranked until the battery died.  The Oldsmobile came close to starting on several of the tries and actually turned over, but not long enough to put it back into gear.

That was one of multiple occasions I was late to school that year.
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Re:Morning School Cranking

Date Posted:04/30/2018 6:26 PMCopy HTML

Greaaaaat story! Eager to read more. Feel free to fill the stories with more details if you like. :-)
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Re:Morning School Cranking

Date Posted:05/01/2018 1:56 AMCopy HTML

I know that feeling of embarrassment too with my mom's 67 Chrysler. 
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Re:Morning School Cranking

Date Posted:05/01/2018 9:58 AMCopy HTML

Reply to gentlepumper (05/01/2018 2:56 AM)

I know that feeling of embarrassment too with my mom's 67 Chrysler. 

Please feel free to write your real life stories as well. :-)
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Re:Morning School Cranking

Date Posted:05/03/2018 1:05 PMCopy HTML

 Did she ever take her shoes off and pump it in her nylon foot?


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