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Slowest Vehicle You Have Ever Driven

 
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Sep 30, 2010 15:31 |  #16

Slowest? It is a toss up between my first & second car, a Vauxhall Velox ute was my first dunga, then I upgraded to a Holden FE sedan. Both around the mid to late 50's vintage. They were not fast I can tell you but I wish I had them now!


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Sep 30, 2010 15:41 |  #17

Hmm either a 'A' Reg Mazda 323 when I was 17 or the wife's 'D' reg VW Polo about 10 years ago.


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Sep 30, 2010 15:52 |  #18

my first car would definitely be the slowest car.. 1989 Ford Festiva


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Sep 30, 2010 16:01 |  #19

AngryCorgi wrote in post #11006942 (external link)
Looking at the glorious automotive happiness documented in the "Fastest Car..." thread, I felt pity on all the poor schmucks with slow beaters who maybe felt too ashamed or outclassed to post photos/stories of their rides in the other thread. Well, this threads for you! Turn your shame into pride here...and the person with the biggest pile of automotive FAIL wins! :mrgreen:

My Slowest Car Ever:

I am calling my mom to see about a photo of my old first car...hopefully she still has a polaroid lying around of it. It was sweet...it was freedom...it was SLOW! My first ride back in '91 was a light blue 1966 Ford Mustang w/ a 200 cube straight-6 and a 3-speed (ford C4) auto transmission. It sported factory leaf springs (you might have them on your truck or trailer nowadays) and 9" drum brakes. The engine made a whopping 120hp (gross, not SAE net!) and drank life through a 1-barrel venturi carb. It was a hand-me-down from my brother (he's 2-1/2 years older than me) and he had run it into the ground. The one sweet feature it had was an FM radio and a cassette player (usually harboring some of Bon Jovi's better work). The brakes and steering were unpowered. There was no A/C and the heater was a complete joke. The steering was handled via a recirculating ball (also popular in solid front axle trucks) setup with a 15" diameter steering wheel that took like 4 turns to go from extreme left to extreme right. It was lighter-than-usual-blue in color, because my moron brother chose to clean it, wax it and then NOT remove the wax for nearly 24 hours...the Texas summer sun handled the rest. The car was basically bleached from the experience.

I was with my brother the night he broke 100mph in it. It never ran the same again. The #4 cylinder leaked oil like crazy. I needed to constantly check the oil level and top it off. Once every two weeks I would need to take the #4 spark plug out and sand-blast and re-gap it because of the oil leakage gumming it solid, creating a non-firing #4 cylinder. The speedo went to 140mph, but who are we kidding!? With 5.5" wide wheels, stock shocks and leaf springs, the thing handled like a shopping cart at normal speeds. Above 60, you were testing your luck to turn the wheel at all. Occasionally, when I would make sharp right turns, my right rear hub cap (with the fake spinner look...so cool!...in 1966) would fly into the nearest available ditch. I would then pull over and walk back to reclaim my property while all those at the intersection stared. I feared the highway. Acceleration was a serious weak point above 40mph. It took 4-5 seconds from 40-50...another 10 seconds from 50-60. It really sounded ready to explode over 65 (the 3-speed topped at a 1:1 ratio...no overdrive here, folks), so I avoided major highways or stayed in the right-most lane.

I spent most weekends repairing/maintenencin​g my mustang. We had a hydraulic lift in the back yard and a lot of pneumatic tools and spare parts, so there was plenty of opportunity to keep the car alive. I remember getting new brakes (not just shoes, the actual brake drums too) for my 17th birthday. It was a happy moment. It meant my car might have some hope of stopping in a reasonable distance again. Before the replacement, I would literally stand (both feet) on the brake pedal to come to a stop in an emergency. After the brake job me and my dad did, I remember two-foot stopping and the tires all locking up and sliding. That seemed like an improvement. No more blaming the brakes...now I could blame the tires! :-P

All in all, I had the car only two years before replacing it at graduation with a '94 Mustang. I still miss that li'l piece of crap '66. I've had a lot of different cars, usually buying/selling them every 1-2 years. Since the '66 Mustang, I've had 12 other cars, some fast, some utilitarian, but I had so many fond memories of the slowest car I have ever owned. I hope there are still some '66s around (that haven't totally rusted out) in 5-10 years. I really want to own one again in the future.

I'll try and get a photo and scan it in and post it here later if my mom can find one.

Feel free to share your story and photo(s)...doesn't have to be a car you love, just the slowest one you've ever owned! ;)

You might be in luck I just purchased a 67 for a project car floor boards rusted out right rear crunched sat behind a garage for the last 10 yrs.... but all original. $300 bought it. tons of them here in the midwest lol


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Sep 30, 2010 16:06 as a reply to  @ post 11009566 |  #20

Well, I once owned a Rambler that had so little power it couldn't peel out on gravel. Besides a small engine, it had no power steering, no power brakes, no A/C, no anything. It was as basic as a car could get.

I sold it to a friend at 170,000 miles. He sold it to another friend at about 250,000 miles. Last I heard it had over 300,000 miles and was still going. Never had the head pulled.

There's something to be said for simple vehicles.




  
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Sep 30, 2010 16:09 |  #21

cursedphotography wrote in post #11009790 (external link)
You might be in luck I just purchased a 67 for a project car floor boards rusted out right rear crunched sat behind a garage for the last 10 yrs.... but all original. $300 bought it. tons of them here in the midwest lol

Yeah, I kinda prefer the '64-1/2 to '66 years...but that is good find if you are prepared for a lengthy resto job. Good luck with yer 'stang! :)


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Sep 30, 2010 16:13 |  #22

My first car was a Daewoo Leganza, 3100 pounds + 134hp/no torque = NO GO.




  
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Sep 30, 2010 16:21 |  #23

a fisher-price tricycle.

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Sep 30, 2010 16:27 |  #24

'72 Chev Carryall with a straight 6 (292 ci) and a 3-speed automatic was the slowest street vehicle...

some farm & construction vehicles were slower, but not by much.


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Sep 30, 2010 16:37 |  #25

I was given a '58 VW Microbus by my in-laws when they moved to Oregon. They figured, correctly I'm sure, that it would never make it to the end of an 800 mile trip.

It was slow, all right. But that didn't keep me from using it in my carpool for a few months. On San Francisco Bay Area freeways. I was outgunned by every other vehicle.

It had a big hole rusted in the floor inside the side doors. Big - something like 8 inches by 20 inches.

My carpool mates in the back seat complained bitterly about the cold wind through the hole, so I gave them a couple of old sleeping bags for lap robes.

They said it was unnerving looking at the pavement through the hole at freeway speeds.

The microbus was unit body, didn't have a frame, so whenever we went over a bump the thing bent in the middle and threw the guys in the rear seat a bit in the air. More complaints.

Geez, what a bunch of whiners!

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Sep 30, 2010 18:07 as a reply to  @ number six's post |  #26

Great idea for a thread! :lol: :lol:

20droger wrote in post #11009817 (external link)
Well, I once owned a Rambler that had so little power it couldn't peel out on gravel.

My dad had a Rambler when I was a wee young'un. All I remember about that car is that it was the only one in the neighborhood that could make it uphill during a particularly cold, snowy, icy Nebraska storm. It may not have been fast, but it got him home while everyone else was at the bottom of the hill.

As for me, the slowest car I ever owned was a 1979 MG Midget. It spent so much more time in the shop than on the road, sometimes I wasn't sure it was capable of moving at all...


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Sep 30, 2010 22:34 |  #27

20droger wrote in post #11009817 (external link)
Well, I once owned a Rambler that had so little power it couldn't peel out on gravel.

Seriously?

My grandma used to haul ass on all the country back roads in a Rambler. I honestly think I inherited my lead foot from that crazy old gal.




  
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Oct 01, 2010 00:34 |  #28

mbellot wrote in post #11012051 (external link)
Seriously?

My grandma used to haul ass on all the country back roads in a Rambler. I honestly think I inherited my lead foot from that crazy old gal.

Mine had the smallest engine they ever sold.

I've owned some strange cars:
Ford (Anglia) Escort (the one whose name that hitchhiker took)
Austin Healey 6000 (in British Racing Green)
Kaiser Manhattan
Pugeot diesel sedan
VW truck ("Our sedans look like beetles and our station wagons look like busses, but our trucks defy description.")
Renault van
Rambler (the Wutless Gunder)
AMC Pacer (fishbowl on wheels)
Mazda RX-4 ("Piston engine go boing, boing, boing. Rotary engine go hmmmmm.")
Kia Sportage (the first version, would climb out of the Grand Canyon in granny low)
Toyota Tercel
Suzuki Grand Vitara (worst car ever)
Toyota RAV4
Isuzu Trooper (our current beast)
Plus a bunch of more "normal" cars, Ford, Chevy, Dodge, etc.




  
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Oct 01, 2010 00:53 as a reply to  @ 20droger's post |  #29

'76 V-dub Bug.

Bent frame...bent steering column...horn would sound when the wheel was cranked all the way to the right (somehow, it grounded the horn connections).

Zero to 60...yes, downhill with a good tailwind.

50/50 chance the steering would go into a wild vibration when going over 50 mph - never did figure out what was causing that one (tightened everything quite a few times).

Here's how sad this car was: it was broken into, rifled through quite thoroughly, stereo pulled out (but not stolen...KMart special), and all they took were the seat-covers and the darn stick-shift knob. Nothing else.
I was kind of insulted.


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Oct 01, 2010 00:57 |  #30

I have a 95 civic work beater that used to be an 8 valve. horribly slow, oh and a honda ruckus!


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