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Livin' Large!!!

#1 Post by COSteve » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:25 pm

Those of us lucky enough to have been born in the '40s thru the '60s have lived in 6 to 8 decades, two centuries and two millennia. We grew up with the best music, the most beautiful cars, drive-in theaters, iconic fashion, and happy days. And, we're not even that old yet 'cause life really just starts to get good at 60!! :lol:
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#2 Post by BlaineG » Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:51 pm

Life is truely wonderful after you retire and and pick and choose the people you want to be around. This forum is an exemplar of that idea.
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#3 Post by COSteve » Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:01 pm

BlaineG wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:51 pm
Life is truly wonderful after you retire and and pick and choose the people you want to be around. This forum is an exemplar of that idea.
Eleven years and counting at my new career, "Gentleman at Leisure" and loving every minute of it.
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#4 Post by Les Staley » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:51 pm

Amen, brother! Wife and I were married Nov 30, 1968. Celebrating our 50th anniversary this evening!!
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#5 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:01 pm

Vintage 1953 here. But feeling a bit older than my 65 years, I am afraid to confess. Can't beat the music or the cars, though!

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#6 Post by Pitchy » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:24 pm

I`m 64, the further back i could go the happier i was. :)
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#7 Post by Booger Bill » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:04 pm

77.7 here. Just got out of a 5 day hospital stay. That part of getting old sucks. I like life though.

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#8 Post by COSteve » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:38 pm

BTW, turned 71 in early November.
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#9 Post by AJMD429 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:48 pm

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#11 Post by Sixgun » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:45 pm

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#12 Post by piller » Sat Dec 01, 2018 1:03 am

I hated bell bottom jeans and those big wing collars. UGLY!!! A cousin had a '70 Mach 1 429 Boss. That was a hot car. Her husband raced cars some, and she raced on the roads. She had him do a little to it that should have made it no longer street legal, but the cops ignored her. No other female in town raced like she did at the time. I got to ride in it a couple of times and it was fun. Merry could really handle a car and she liked to keep her foot heavy on the gas pedal.
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#13 Post by OldWin » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:13 am

I'm 51, and younger than most of you guys, but we tend to lag behind the times up here.
Had some buddies with muscle cars, but we were mostly into four wheeling and bikes.
The 70's saw the best stock equipment 4 wheel drives, but if you ain't afraid to spend cash and build it yourself, this is the golden age of wheeling.
For motorcycles, the 80's were best of times. Every manufacturer made huge numbers and styles of bikes.
Innovation made huge leaps, both on and off road. Best of all, they were affordable for most kids with a part time job.
The 70's and 80's were good times here.
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#14 Post by Old no1 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:45 am

I agree with ya Steve. I am 60, born in 1958. Sure wish I could a/would a held on to more items from that time like cars and guns etc. etc.

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#15 Post by Booger Bill » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:08 pm

If we all could go back in time we would end up super rich, but so would everyone else. Then who would do our roofing and work at the tire store? First, I would buy a old farm that had a good barn and storage buildings. Then I would hunt up old cars, trucks and motorcycles that I knew would become priceless classics for almost free!
My first three or four cars cost me fourty to a hundred dollars. A 42 studebaker, 46 chev, 50 studebaker starlight coupe etc. I owned a almost new condition harley dressers for $1,000 for a 1963 and $1,500 for a 1964. I bought a 1956 Piper Tri Pacer for $5,000 and a 1972 Citabria for $5,800. A 650 1958 Triumph T-110 MC for I think, $165, etc. My uncle came home from World War two, bought a couple acres and started a junk yard. Not as a main job, but as a hobby side job. Here is a picture of it. I went with him as a kid to get the cars and he probably got them for a average of $20 a piece! The picture is about 1954. What do you think those cars and parts would be worth today? It was just a hobby! Not only that, he was a life long bachelor and I was like a son to him. I could have had anything there for free! I just never asked and he did offer me a car or two several times.
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#16 Post by M. M. Wright » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:17 pm

I'm a '39 model, almost 80. I remember in '57 riding my '47 knuckle to the Indian dealer's to buy a new tire. The dealer tried to get me to buy a new Vincent Black Shadow he had left on the show room floor. About $950 and I had the money in the bib of my overalls. Just lacked the foresight. He told me to just buy it and put it away. Dummy me just bought old Colt SAAs. I just didn't buy enough of them.
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#17 Post by Booger Bill » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:12 pm

1964 I was working in west virginia. I seen a beautiful old Mercedes benz coupe, boxy like a model A with suicide doors. Cant recall the year or model but recall they were asking $800`s. I almost bought it but had no way to haul it home. It was on the street in some small town. I only seen another picture of one. It was many years ago in a ad in playboy magazine I think for some sound system that was installed in Bob Dylan's mercedes that was suppose to be worth a fortune even back then.
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#18 Post by Booger Bill » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:25 pm

I gave $1,500 for this 1964 Harley in about 1979. I kept it about two years and sold it for $2,500. Then about a year or two later I seen it in the paper and the guy I sold it to was asking $10,000! I had a couple other harleys or wouldn't have sold it. That little girl just had her 40th birthday a month ago!
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#19 Post by Booger Bill » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:54 pm

In 1966 I gave $1,000 for this 1963 Harley. I figure I put over 100,000 miles on it and sold it about 1978 for about the same. Trouble is the poor guy I sold it to got killed on it shortly. I used to practically live on it. Point is if you buy right, take care of whatever and keep it long enough you can make money. I recently sold a 1972 Citabria airplane I bought in 1977 for $5,800. I got $45,000 for it but probably did stick 20K or so in it rebuilding it over the years. I have no talent, not good at anything save one. That is it seems everything I liked to do with vehicles or guns eventually became expensive classics. I will also say there hasn't been many things made that I desire like what was available many years ago.

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#20 Post by hfcable » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:38 pm

COSteve wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:38 pm
BTW, turned 71 in early November.
me too ! maybe on the same day [ nov 8th ]
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#21 Post by Sixgun » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:30 pm

Pretty cool pictures Booger Bill. :D You sure did not let any grass grow under you waiting to switch Harley's like I switch shoes.

I can see you lived an interesting life. I like the junkyard pic....yea, those were times when the average guy was always going to the junkyard to keep his car running. I did many, many times. Still have an old rear I replaced on the Jeep over 20 years. In the eighties I bought a froze up 79 Ford pickup that was identical to mine. I kept it off to the side and every time I needed a part, I just waltzed 25' and started wrenching...yea, wrenching, no air tools, floor jacks...just a complete set of Craftsmans tools, a crow bar and some bottle jacks with blocks of wood.

Sold the trans and transfer case for what I paid for the whole truck.

Im a '54 baby and I had a serious fetish for old Winchesters and Colts....and pre war Smith's among other guns....I had to scrimp on everything else to buy that stuff and buy I did. Always buying and selling..must have had a thousand old guns over the years. I'm done now...kept the best.....no regrets------6
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#22 Post by mikld » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:55 am

Vintage '46 here. I don't, nor do I want to, remember much of my early life (pre 40). I do remember the blonde beach bunnies of So. CA and the music (I saw James brown, Dylan and the Stones live). My police record kept me out of the service (I much regret that) and nuttin' much good until I sobered up in '86. I'm one of those guys that are good examples of how NOT to do it... :lol:

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#23 Post by COSteve » Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:15 pm

hfcable wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:38 pm
COSteve wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:38 pm
BTW, turned 71 in early November.
me too ! maybe on the same day [ nov 8th ]
I'll be darned!!! I've only met 1 other person in my entire life born on my birthday, Nov. 8th and he was born in 1949. You are the first person I've even heard of born on Nov. 8, 1947! Congrats to us both!

As to all the other, "I remember when I sold . . . . or I should have bought . . . " musings in the posts above, I've got my own story of regret. You see, I worked with a fellow named Jerry Wozniak at Lockheed for a number of years in the 70s. We played bridge every lunch period for like 6 years.

I met his family a few times including his son and Jerry suggested back in 1975, that I might want to invest a bit in his son's startup business. As I was young, married and working hard to just pay bills, I decided to pass.

Big mistake because everyone knows his son, Steve. Yep, Steve and his buddy Steve Jobs started a 'small' computer company in 1976 called . . . . . . APPLE.




And the rest is history.
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#24 Post by hfcable » Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:55 pm

wowee !! " I met his family a few times including his son and Jerry suggested back in 1975, that I might want to invest a bit in his son's startup business. As I was young, married and working hard to just pay bills, I decided to pass."

that would have been me too ! or if I had invested it would have ruined it for them !

by the way Nov 8th is the day that conrad roentgen discovered xrays in 1895 ….winning the first ever Nobel prize [ I remember this well, because I am an interventional radiologist ]
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