Illustration for article titled My ACTUAL first car

Some people may know the story of my first car, I wrote a thing about it and Jalopnik graciously picked it up and ran with it. It wasn’t the first car that I drove regularly (1986 Camry), but it was the first car I bought with my money for my dedicated use.

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled My ACTUAL first car
Advertisement

Only that’s not entirely true. The first vehicle I purchased with my own money ($150 off my cousins who won it from a radio contest) was a race truck...of sorts.

(pictured, my grandpa pull starting my ride. He later had a heart attack and died pull starting a 3 wheeler...I guess it’s an okay way to go). Okay, so mine wasn’t really like Glenn Harris’ actual stadium truck, but it was pretty close...to me

Advertisement
Illustration for article titled My ACTUAL first car

(FYI - it wasn’t 87 when I bought mine. I don’t know when it was...I don’t look that old, maybe 10?)

Here is the real #5 truck in action. Rod Millen and Jeff Huber also drove them.

Illustration for article titled My ACTUAL first car
Advertisement

And here it is as a #721

Fun fact, these B-series trucks were Rotary powered (what I can only assume is a NA version of the 13B). Mine was powered by a 5.5 HP tecumseh thumper with a 2 stage torque converter clutch. it had big ATV float tires and a fiberglass body. It wasn’t fast, but it went just about everywhere. Snow, sand...whatever. It was probably good that it was geared slow as it had a solid axle (no differential) and no suspension. Steering was also something of an effort. I did get it air born more than once though...and bent the crap out of the front axle in the process, but that was easy enough to fix.

Advertisement

Eventually I outgrew it and sold it to my Uncle out in California for his 2 young boys to tear apart and rebuild. If I remember they stripped the motor, bored out the intake and exhaust and ran it on methanol. I have reached out to see if I can get the rest of the story. Both of his boys followed in dad’s footsteps and became automotive engineers it turns out.

That was a good little truck. I delivered newspapers in it (that didn’t last long...I don’t into mornings and never have), I used it for trick or treating, my older brother even used it for a school dance by putting a wagon behind it and, along with his friends, creating a date parade around the neighborhood with each guy creating a sort of float for their dates to ride on.

Advertisement

Good times.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter