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All the cars that I have owned - I think.

2000 Miata LS

This is my latest acquisition.  Purchased in March 2005.  It is more fun than an automobile should ever be.


I received my first drivers license four days after turning 16 on August 30, 1955 nearly 50 years ago.
1941 Plymouth. Four door sedan

I had this car in high school and my first year in college.  It was painted a bright metallic green and really burned oil.  That is me pumping gas into the car with fins.

   
1950 Ford, four door sedan, flat head 6

I had this during my 2nd year in college in about 1958-9.  It was dark blue, and I removed the grill for a different look - cheap customizing.

   
 

I went two years without a car.  I lived in walking distance of downtown Eugene and the University of Oregon. I used a bike and one time hitch hiked to Cave Junction, my parent's hometown.

   
1949 Ford, two door, flat head 6

I bought this car in the Spring of 1962 to drive to my student teaching assignment. This is a double exposure, but my only photo.

   
Lambretta motor scooter, 1961?

During my Senior year at the U of O, I had this.  Next to my Miata, it was the most fun driving around.

   
1961 Ford Falcon, 2door

I bought this car the day after I became engaged to be married to Laverne. It was sharp and loads of fun.  I traded it off in 1964 to get my first MG.

   
1964 MG Midget

Small, handled well, a car that I never really got over.  It was our only car until I got a Model A Ford for a hobby, and then it was really the car.  It was the last of the MGs without roll up windows.  Laverne learned to drive with this one.

   
On a camping trip in Eastern Oregon.  Space was so tight we had to be clever in packing.  Two sleeping bags, one tent, a two burner cook stove and clothes.  Also, 1 year old daughter Camille tucked in behind the seats.
   
An overnight stop at the French Glenn Hotel before crossing the dessert to the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge.
   
1928 Model A Ford

I was getting ready to paint it.  I didn't have a garage to work in.

   

I purchased it around 1966 and partially restored it to the way it looks in the photo. 

   
After we moved to Alaska I had it shipped up.  Camille's cat had kittens in the back seat.  I drove it very little and ended up selling it in 1972.
   
1964 Ford Econoline

What a box.  Very practical.  This was before vans were popular.  I traded my MG for it in 1968 so I would have something for a move to Alaska in 1968.  It was cold in the winter, no insulation on the inside.

   
We camped in it wherever we went.  This picture is in Dawson City, Yukon, historic town of gold rush fame.  Notice the extra spare tires on the roof rack.  That is Anne out front.
   
1971 Pinto Hatchback

We bought this car new and only kept it a year.  It was good. I had to sell it to get money to buy a pickup and camper.  Mt. McKinley is in the picture.

   
This is in the driveway of our home in Eagle River, Alaska.  Daughters Camille and Anne are playing.  It was right after breakup when the snow melts and things haven't greened up yet.
   
1972 Ford F250 pickup

Purchased in 1972 with camper to take advantage of Alaska.  We bought a canoe and tied it to the top and went most places that roads would take us.

   
1969 MG Midget

Roll up windows, wire wheels, a real improvement on our 1st MG.  Bought this in about 1974.  We carried two adults and two of my daughters in this whenever we went somewhere.  It was great on packed snow.

   
   
Leaving Alaska in 1980

Everything packed up for a trip down the Alaska Highway when we left Alaska.  We had the Pinto shipped out.

   
1972 Pinto Station Wagon

We bought this in Alaska in about 1977 to have more room.  It was banged up, rusted, and embarrassed my teenage daughters. We brought it out to Oregon with us in 1980.

   
1984 Dodge Ares

This replaced the Pinto wagon and served very well for a few years.  Put over 200,000 miles on it.  It didn't make it in many photos.  Here it had a homemade roof rack setup for moving some things.

   
1976 Pinto

I bought this for Camille during her last year in college.  It was a real beater.  Differential locked up in Camas Valley once and had to be replaced.  I don't have a photo of this, but this one is similar.

   
1990 Ford Ranger

This was a replacement for the 72 Ford pickup.  We had it about a year and sold it to get money for our next sedan.

   
1992 Ford Taurus

A great sedan.  Had it until we inherited the Dodge Caravan from my mother.  Drove it over 200,000 miles.

   
1988 Ford Ranger

Purchased in about 1996.  Needed a pickup.  Daughter Susan drove it in Grants Pass for awhile.  Gave it to my son in law Todd who still has it.

   
1991 Dodge Caravan

The white one.  My mother, who had it and was called Granny, gave it to me when she could no longer drive.  Everyone in the family refers to it as the "Granny Van." it has 217,000 miles on it.  It has been replaced, too much smoke and vapor out the exhaust.

   
It just about died once on the freeway with a cooling system problem.  Got it fixed and it just kept going.  Daughter Susan was it's main driver in it's last days.
   
1992 Ford Festiva

We had this for a very short time.  It was great but hard to steer. No power steering.  Susan was the main driver.  It got slammed in the right rear and became undrivable.   Alas, poor Festiva.

   
2001 Ford Ranger, 4WD

Purchased partly with credit card points.  Very nice.

   
We still have this one.  Laverne is the primary driver.
   
2000 Miata LS

Back to my toy.  This car gives me more kicks than any other vehicle I have owned.

   
In the driveway, ready to roll.
   
2002 PT Cruiser

Just purchased (July 2005) to replace the "Granny Van."