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(Newser)   For sale: 1964 Mercury, one owner, immaculately maintained by little old lady. Difficulty: 576,000 miles   (newser.com ) divider line
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2012-04-09 10:40:53 AM  
Gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road.
 
2012-04-09 10:47:51 AM  
All on Sundays

/and during the Christmas shopping season
//where the hell do all those old ladies come from?
 
2012-04-09 11:08:23 AM  
All Hihway Miles!
 
2012-04-09 11:11:03 AM  
93 and with failing eyesight? Might have to scrub some hobo carcass of the front bumper...
 
2012-04-09 11:14:42 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 93 and with failing eyesight? Might have to scrub some hobo carcass of the front bumper...


Historically, hobos have been indigenous to train tracks. Now "drifter" carcass...
 
2012-04-09 11:15:10 AM  
That's pretty awesome. There's no need to keep buying a new one as long as the one you have does everything you need it to. How would going into debt on a new car get me to work any better than a well-maintained car from 50 years ago? They haven't changed very much, and I don't care what kind of fuel economy it got, she probably paid far less over the life of that car then anyone who kept trading cars in every 50,000 mi.
 
2012-04-09 11:15:24 AM  
I can appreciate all this, but how is writing down the mileage and the MPG achieved in any way indicative of meticulous care?
 
2012-04-09 11:17:05 AM  
Again? What's the odds that two 93 year old women have Mercurys with 576k on them?
Oh wait, it's the same article as last weeks.
My bad
 
2012-04-09 11:17:44 AM  
It ought to be noted that part of her obsessive maintenance included rebuilding the engine and transmission at least once each (if my feeble memory serves me).

One highlight from the article I read on this very lady and her car years ago was that wherever possible she would purchase items with a lifetime guarantee. I believe she bought a muffler once, and has since had them replaced for free.
 
2012-04-09 11:17:49 AM  
This story would be better if she were from Pasadena and the car were a Super Stock Dodge.
 
2012-04-09 11:17:51 AM  
The best part is how she's repeatedly collected on the lifetime warranties for mufflers, batteries and shocks.

Rule: Never challenge a determined little lady when car maintenance is on the line.
 
2012-04-09 11:20:19 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: How would going into debt on a new car get me to work any better than a well-maintained car from 50 years ago?


I suppose it wouldn't. However, if you ever got into an accident you would have a second or two to reflect on the monumental differences in safety as you go flying through a plate glass windshield.
 
2012-04-09 11:20:21 AM  
farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2012-04-09 11:20:39 AM  
One of her idiot grandchildren is going to inherit this car and ruin it, I can just tell.
 
2012-04-09 11:20:40 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: They haven't changed very much


Lolwut?

You either haven't driven a car from the 50s/60s, or you haven't driven anything made in the last 10 years. (I guess 20, really-I still doubletake when I realize 1992 was two decades ago.)

Yeah, my uncle's 1959 Chevy with no tach and "3 on the tree" transmission is SO much easier to operate than my 04 Mazda 3. (My car even has a manual transmission!)

This is to say nothing of the safety and fuel efficiency improvements made over the last half century.
 
2012-04-09 11:21:07 AM  
I'd probably have my Sunfire still if it weren't for the winters and the salt. It ran great, but the frame was rotted out.
 
2012-04-09 11:21:41 AM  
Its a really good car when you can start measuring your mileage in light seconds instead

hows 3.1 light seconds do for you.
 
2012-04-09 11:22:08 AM  
Had a lady trade a 1988 Volvo 240 with 736000 miles on it. pretty cool vehicle
 
2012-04-09 11:23:45 AM  

DBart81: I can appreciate all this, but how is writing down the mileage and the MPG achieved in any way indicative of meticulous care?


Obviously that's less time out hot rodding.
 
2012-04-09 11:24:25 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: That's pretty awesome. There's no need to keep buying a new one as long as the one you have does everything you need it to. How would going into debt on a new car get me to work any better than a well-maintained car from 50 years ago? They haven't changed very much, and I don't care what kind of fuel economy it got, she probably paid far less over the life of that car then anyone who kept trading cars in every 50,000 mi.


no, they haven't changed much (new window)
 
2012-04-09 11:25:40 AM  
Wow, a Ford-made car with 576,000 miles! Who knew?
 
2012-04-09 11:27:15 AM  

theresnothinglft: Its a really good car when you can start measuring your mileage in light seconds instead

hows 3.1 light seconds do for you.


Well.... I get 2 parsecs per cubic meter.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-09 11:27:47 AM  

xanadian: Gonna buy me a Mercury and cruise it up and down the road.


we're done here.
 
2012-04-09 11:27:52 AM  
Passionate care, Fox News notes. "When I buy gas, I write down the mileage, the date, and how many miles per gallon I got," she says.

So your car lasted so long because you have a meticulous record of gas purchases?
 
2012-04-09 11:28:20 AM  
Why'd she get it in white? no car looks good in white.
 
2012-04-09 11:29:20 AM  
K-I-S-S-I-N-G in the back of a big black Mercury,
Dont' believe me, well, wait and see...

Come along the ride is free, in the kissing Galaxy,
Steal your mother's car and give it to me.

/might be obscure even on Fark
 
2012-04-09 11:34:12 AM  

ghoti_nap: theresnothinglft: Its a really good car when you can start measuring your mileage in light seconds instead

hows 3.1 light seconds do for you.

Well.... I get 2 parsecs per cubic meter.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x335]


What a piece of junk!
 
2012-04-09 11:34:24 AM  

DBart81: I can appreciate all this, but how is writing down the mileage and the MPG achieved in any way indicative of meticulous care?


You don't know much about cars, do you?

And there are a lot of fords on the road with high miles on them, american car makers had their biggest issues during th oil embargo and then didn't recover until the early 90s for car design and reliability.
 
2012-04-09 11:34:57 AM  

DBart81: I can appreciate all this, but how is writing down the mileage and the MPG achieved in any way indicative of meticulous care?


I listened to her NPR segment.
She has like 3 filing cabinets in her garage with every receipt for all the work done to the car.

netringer: The best part is how she's repeatedly collected on the lifetime warranties for mufflers, batteries and shocks.

Rule: Never challenge a determined little lady when car maintenance is on the line.


I think she replaced the muffler 8 times under the lifetime warranty and the battery 18 times.
 
2012-04-09 11:35:28 AM  
Just like Grandpa used to say... "It doesn't matter how many miles are on a vehicle, it matters HOW they were put there."
 
2012-04-09 11:35:39 AM  

grinding_journalist: The Irresponsible Captain: They haven't changed very much

Lolwut?

You either haven't driven a car from the 50s/60s, or you haven't driven anything made in the last 10 years. (I guess 20, really-I still doubletake when I realize 1992 was two decades ago.)

Yeah, my uncle's 1959 Chevy with no tach and "3 on the tree" transmission is SO much easier to operate than my 04 Mazda 3. (My car even has a manual transmission!)

This is to say nothing of the safety and fuel efficiency improvements made over the last half century.


Yes, I have. Turn the key, put it in drive or first, turn the wheel to direct the vehicle. Still the same. I drive a three on the tree from the 70s every day and I don't consider it particularly laborious.. My first car was a 68 with a two-speed auto and manual brakes.

Yeah, new cars have built in navigation, auto-on headlights and a thousand other conveniences, but the basic controls have changed little since the standardization of "PRND" in automatics. Don't let the whiz-bang features fool you.
 
2012-04-09 11:36:19 AM  

Boxcutta: The Irresponsible Captain: How would going into debt on a new car get me to work any better than a well-maintained car from 50 years ago?

I suppose it wouldn't. However, if you ever got into an accident you would have a second or two to reflect on the monumental differences in safety as you go flying through a plate glass windshield.


Ford introduced laminated safety glass in 1919.
 
2012-04-09 11:36:55 AM  

DBart81: I can appreciate all this, but how is writing down the mileage and the MPG achieved in any way indicative of meticulous care?


Rhetorical question? Or you can't connect the dots?
 
2012-04-09 11:36:58 AM  

RussianPooper: Passionate care, Fox News notes. "When I buy gas, I write down the mileage, the date, and how many miles per gallon I got," she says.

So your car lasted so long because you have a meticulous record of gas purchases?


I'm not sure it's what she was thinking, but a loss in mpg is a good indicator of needed maintenance. Especially things you might not notice, like fuel line issues and oil ring wear, which kill those old cars at about 200k. Those things you never get regular looks at.

/1972 pontiac lemans death by... cylinder cracks.
 
2012-04-09 11:40:07 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 93 and with failing eyesight? Might have to scrub some hobo carcass of the front bumper...


At a nursing home, a resident said, "My arms are so weak I can hardly lift a cup of coffee. My cataracts are so bad I can't even see my toothbrush. I can't turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck. My blood pressure medicine makes me dizzy. But thank God, I can still drive!"

A joke older than that Mercury, but not as old as it's owner.
 
2012-04-09 11:40:10 AM  
That's nothing. I just read about a guy that got 40,000 miles out of a Chrysler product.

So he claims, anyway.
 
2012-04-09 11:40:25 AM  
I misread that headline as "...immaculately maintained little old lady". Make of that as you will.
 
2012-04-09 11:41:32 AM  
I do that many miles in about 12 years. I get a new car every few years though. It's cool holding onto a car after maybe 25 some odd years, but until then you draw attention from cops in an older car vs new, who think you're a broke ass person in the wrong town, and no girls think your 15 year old Honda with 700K is cool.

/white people problems
 
2012-04-09 11:48:19 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Boxcutta: The Irresponsible Captain: How would going into debt on a new car get me to work any better than a well-maintained car from 50 years ago?

I suppose it wouldn't. However, if you ever got into an accident you would have a second or two to reflect on the monumental differences in safety as you go flying through a plate glass windshield.

Ford introduced laminated safety glass in 1919.


Cut him some slack. At least he was able to give me this mental image of your windshield having an exact cutout of you with arms stretched out, like in the cartoons. I chuckled.
 
2012-04-09 11:49:44 AM  

Boxcutta: [i.imgur.com image 450x300]

"That's adorable."


That's why I got a 1968 P1800s. Well, that and the original Saint.

www.blikk.hu
 
2012-04-09 11:50:38 AM  
My 4runner was going on 300k and I was gonna get it to last until 400k

/until some dirty scumbag stole it that is
 
2012-04-09 11:50:44 AM  

Nem Wan: ghoti_nap: theresnothinglft: Its a really good car when you can start measuring your mileage in light seconds instead

hows 3.1 light seconds do for you.

Well.... I get 2 parsecs per cubic meter.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 640x335]

What a piece of junk!


Well, to be fair, I did win it in a card game...
 
2012-04-09 11:51:13 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Don't let the whiz-bang features fool you.


I wasn't even talking about "whiz bang" features; I generally don't go for them.

I was talking about things like: start up reliability, fuel efficiency, safety factors, acceleration and handling characteristics, and the like. I don't have a GPS/nav screen in my car, and I prefer "manual" things when I can get them- all those little electric motors get pretty heavy when you add them together.

The 59 I referred to is a biatch to drive if you're used to a modern car; the transformer is clunky and doesn't shift smoothly or quickly, (and you have to do it with a v8 with a 4250 redline with no tach) you feel like you're driving a boat, there aren't seatbelts, airbags, or any sort of climate control.
 
2012-04-09 11:51:34 AM  
I'm a frugal bastard myself and I take a bit of pride out of the fact that I tend to drive my cars until they basically disintegrate, so I appreciate her spirit and all, but it's hard to judge awesomeness here without knowing how much money she had to put into it along the way. There's a tipping point with any car where the non - "normal wear item" parts begin to deteriorate, necessitating expensive repairs with hard-to-source parts. Her TCO was certainly less than trading in for new every few years, but is she better off than she would have been picking up a decent used car every ten years or so?
 
2012-04-09 11:51:45 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: grinding_journalist: The Irresponsible Captain: They haven't changed very much

Lolwut?

You either haven't driven a car from the 50s/60s, or you haven't driven anything made in the last 10 years. (I guess 20, really-I still doubletake when I realize 1992 was two decades ago.)

Yeah, my uncle's 1959 Chevy with no tach and "3 on the tree" transmission is SO much easier to operate than my 04 Mazda 3. (My car even has a manual transmission!)

This is to say nothing of the safety and fuel efficiency improvements made over the last half century.

Yes, I have. Turn the key, put it in drive or first, turn the wheel to direct the vehicle. Still the same. I drive a three on the tree from the 70s every day and I don't consider it particularly laborious.. My first car was a 68 with a two-speed auto and manual brakes.

Yeah, new cars have built in navigation, auto-on headlights and a thousand other conveniences, but the basic controls have changed little since the standardization of "PRND" in automatics. Don't let the whiz-bang features fool you.


If you really believe any of what you are saying, try setting distributors on a new car. Or better yet, set the timing. Or clean a carburetor, etc.


You'll really notice the difference if you're in a head-on collisions.

/I'm getting off your damned lawn
 
2012-04-09 11:55:20 AM  
grandma had a '64 Fairlane
my aunt had a '67 camaro convertible

I begged them to sell me those cars, neither would do it probably because my mom forbade it. My folks wanted me to go to college, get a white collar job, I wanted nothing to do with that. They were afraid if I got into cars, fixing them up, that I'd become a mechanic and be a blue collar grease monkey. Which I was more than happy to be, because I am mechanically inclined (99th percentile) and love working with my hands and prefer physical labor to pencil pushing.

I should have listened to my heart and not them.
 
2012-04-09 11:55:58 AM  
cdn.hmvdigital.com

Approves.
 
2012-04-09 11:57:01 AM  
I bet it still has that right blinker on from when she left the bingo hall in 1986.
 
2012-04-09 11:58:26 AM  

DBart81: I can appreciate all this, but how is writing down the mileage and the MPG achieved in any way indicative of meticulous care?


Contemporaneous record keeping does more than just keep track of numbers. It's very hard to falsify after the fact, meaning it's very believable when you show it to someone. When selling a car it becomes obvious to potential buyers that you actually cared for the car, and you aren't just claiming it's been cared for. It can be used to look for all kinds of trends that would indicate something in the system is changing, giving an opportunity to fix it before it becomes worse. I'd be willing to be that her record keeping is a big reason that car lasted as long as it did.
 
2012-04-09 12:03:07 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Boxcutta: The Irresponsible Captain: How would going into debt on a new car get me to work any better than a well-maintained car from 50 years ago?

I suppose it wouldn't. However, if you ever got into an accident you would have a second or two to reflect on the monumental differences in safety as you go flying through a plate glass windshield.

Ford introduced laminated safety glass in 1919.


Fair enough. Please allow me to post a correction.

I suppose it wouldn't. However, if you ever got into an accident you would have a second or two to reflect on the monumental differences in safety as you go flying* through a laminated safety glass** windshield.

I regret the error.

*SAAB first made two point seat belts standard in 1958.
**Ford introduced laminated safety glass in 1919.
 
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