Journal: What is the Most Improper Way You've Used Your Vintage Car?

What is the Most Improper Way You’ve Used Your Vintage Car?

Avatar By Yoav Gilad
January 8, 2014
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As a vintage car lover, I am very particular about how and when I use my non-daily-driver. I’m not averse to running my classic in poor weather (which means rain in SoCal) as I grew up driving in a variety of conditions. Also, water drips off so no big deal. But sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you’re forced to use your car in an unsuitable manner.

This happened to me with my 1964 Pontiac Catalina Four-door hardtop on which I’d installed an air-ride system (not the most tasteful mod). When I would pull the valves in the dash, the air would drain from the suspension and the car would drop onto its frame rails on the ground. It looked longer than the horizon! The car was by no means pristine, but as I mentioned I tend to be a bit particular (read: psychotic) about how I was willing to use it.

Imagine my exasperation when I had no other option but to use the Big Cat to haul nearly a half-ton of mulch from Home Depot. A half-ton of mulch! Put it this way: it happened eighteen years ago and as I type this I’m shaking my head in anger. Sometimes a large trunk is a liability.

So, what is the most ridiculous, cringe-worthy way in which you’ve had to use your car?

(Photo via Amanda Uren for Retronaut)

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Erick Sowder
Erick Sowder

I use my old cars like they should be and some not! LOL! Here is my 66 vw bus hauling out the garbage to the curb. 🙂 The 2 inch receiver has been a great addition as i also can put on a little winch! With a bigger motor i can even haul my 61 Westfalia camper to campouts!
Someone said they can restore a vehicle an infinite amount of times So fix your ride, use it, fix again but always Enjoy! Cheers..

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Erik de Vries
Erik de Vries

In 1992, I “drove” my 1972 VW window bus across a six foot deep river on a more or less regular basis. It wasn’t far probably only about 20 yards, but it made the trip regularly en-route to our favourite fishing spot. The bridge had long gone, this was a disused logging road on Vancouver Island BC Canada. The first time across was a bit unnerving, but once I got the hang of it, and had the confidence to hit the creek at about 25 miles an hour, flooring the bus as it went in, it became a lot easier.… Read more »

pjrebordao
pjrebordao

Taking my 74′ 911 through a very rutted dirt track. I was supposed to meet a photographer in order to make arrangements for my wedding and when I reached the small village that she told me to go, she called and said… “Now you take that narrow dirt road on your right and follow it for about 5Km…”
In the end it was worth it. She offered us a fantastic lunch that day and the photos were perfect !

Daniel Love
Daniel Love

Drove my Karmann Ghia to work on snow, salty roads of Maryland because I didn’t feel like driving the Mustang. As if it wasn’t rusty enough already.

Tatrai Roland
Tatrai Roland
Matthew Field
Matthew Field

Here I am at the dump in a my 1931 model A pickup.

Matthew Field
Matthew Field

trying again

Matthew Field
Matthew Field

third times the charm?

Frantisek Simon
Frantisek Simon

transfering the open cup coffee from car to car, through the window in the 110 km/h on the freeway. Car is MB w115 300d us spec.

captainwaft
captainwaft

I am very cruelly subjecting my poor 2002 Touring the harsh realities of everyday driving in the British winter… The poor thing still has many of it’s original seals which I’m gradually getting around to replacing but budget does allow to do this soon enough! The boot is doubling up as a pond at the moment! I’m doing this as I’ve always wanted an 02, modern cars don’t cut it for me and I have another toy tucked up in my single garage… I figured people used to use them everyday in the 70’s so why not now… Just before… Read more »

Vince Cox
Vince Cox

Appreciatte the share! Good read. I too have sinned!:o Four hour trip on a car dolly. No biggie with a larger vehicle pulling with a trailer, but this was questionable on several fronts. ( outcome of a stubborn nature,young age etc.). Not the brightest move in a pinch, but worked like a charm. I was still nervous but couldn’t believe how smooth and secure this combo yielded.( Neither cars were stock but still inline sixes.) Lane changes were a snap with zero wiggle or issues even up to legal speeds for hauling. It was very surreal peering into the rear… Read more »

Baranello
Baranello

I immediately felt very bad as I discovered this article. I have been using my vintage car only in improper ways. Using a Fiat 127 from 1972 as a: daily driver (incl. fieldwork jobs – water, mud, offroading) people carrier (fully loaded, nose pointing to the sky), parts hauler (driver seat mounted only – the rest is full of body parts, gearboxes, wheels) tow car for trailers (I must admit only small sized ones). highway cruiser (it felt very painful, since it has a very short ratio 4-speed box, it was so bad that I had mounted 5-speed last summer).… Read more »

Toby Murray
Toby Murray

…very bad about treating the car like that.

(sorry mis-hit enter!)

Toby Murray
Toby Murray

At the end of renovating my bathroom the daily driver decided to pack up. This left me to take all the waste, plasterboard, a cut up bath and old toilet to the rubbish dump in my Porsche 944. I’ve never driven it so slowly and still feel

Nathan Leipsig
Nathan Leipsig

Hi everyone, first time caller, long time listener. I felt I may be able to contribute to this question as I’m currently using a ’73 Mercedes 450 SL as a winter beater…. in Canada. Three years ago i bought an E28 BMW 535i to use as my daily driver, all year around. With its manual transmission, second set of tires, limited slip differential and wonderful sense of control, it performed astonishingly well in the snow and was a blast drive to play with when the weather was nice, or rainy, or garbage. I am also convinced that this car is… Read more »

Luke Mahon
Luke Mahon

An S-Class doing what it does best… carting firewood.

Adam Holter
Adam Holter

Hauled an engine in the back of my Dart last spring…that was an interesting trip.

Aaron Venable
Aaron Venable

On a few occasions, after long nights and many libations, I’ve climbed into the hatch of my pristine black interior rx7 to catch some shut-eye… Waking up in the fetal position, hung over, engulfed in that 80’s car smell is something one must truly experience to appreciate.

Either by sheer luck or some unexplainable car-subconsciousness I managed to not destroy any of the fragile interior panels getting back there or climb in after trampling through a muddy bog. Because College….

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari

Spoiler alert: this was for a Christmas card.

Michael Kronenberg
Michael Kronenberg

I once moved a dresser in my Porsche 944 Turbo. Got some looks when I pulled it out of the trunk, double parked in NYC.

Jonny Shears
Jonny Shears

The most improper way that I’ve used mine is by leaving it in the garage for too long!!

Schnell87
Schnell87

I once hauled three 5gal buckets of driveway sealant on the folded down back seats of my immaculate ’87 Porsche Carrera 3.2. I only put them there because they wouldn’t fit in the trunk – it had two 40 lb bags of asphalt patch in it. Still can’t believe I did that, but the driveway looks beautiful.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

When I posted a picture on twitter of my car being used as a Supermarket shopping car everyone thought I was mad.

Sid
Sid

I wanted to try my hand at making a film. I purchased my father-in-laws black ’69 Corvette Stingray that had been sitting for 20 years for my villain car. Even thought it had only seen about 50 road miles in those 20 years it fired right up and ran respectably. Being on a budget I did very little to it other than upgrade to power breaks and put new tires on it. It was a ghost car of sorts in the film so my driver had to drive it with all the windows completely blacked out save the front, dressed… Read more »

Von
Von

Sid, you can’t write a wall of text about your film involving a ’84 911 and a ’69 Stingray and then NOT POST A LINK. Let’s see it!

Sid
Sid

OK. Keep in mind this was my first film. I decided that I would always have an excuse not to do it so I just did it. I had 0 budget and shot it primarily to learn how to use my DSLR and Final Cut Pro so be gentle it’s pretty rough. https://vimeo.com/39016673

Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly

Garage ornament 🙁

(at least until I get it running again)

Taylor Nelson
Taylor Nelson

My 1967 VW Camper was my daily driver for over ten years and in 2012 alone I put 14,000 miles on it (mostly Bay Area commuting). Is that improper use? Not to me…it was my only car at the time! I love driving it, so even if it was to work and back, it was being used properly. Now, taking it on a yearly Northern California backroads adventure with a bunch of other early buses where we’d bomb down trails, tear through creek crossings, and generally do stuff you wouldn’t expect a 45+ year old bus could do…well, you might… Read more »