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2020-10-28 5:27:07 PM  
I had sex with someone, and it left the seats sopping wet. I thought nothing of it and went home. Overnight it froze, and the next morning, I picked someone up that I normally drove to school. She sat in the now unthawing wet spot. By the time we got to school, her ass as she walked in to school was drenched in the previous night's secretions of one of her best friends.
 
2020-10-28 5:29:49 PM  
And I don't care if that story doesn't fit the theme of the article.
 
2020-10-28 5:29:51 PM  
Does "bought it" count?
 
2020-10-28 5:30:00 PM  
spray painted it to advertise the musical production of the Hobbit I was in.  It was an '83 Chevette.
 
2020-10-28 6:01:40 PM  
It wasn't my car, but my boyfriend's (now hubby). He had a Beetle and he would pick up me and his best friend at our houses and take us to school every day because he was the one with a car (and a license and was old enough to drive, etc.).

One day we are cresting a hill and the car makes all kinds of strange noises and we basically coast down the hill and the car is stinking and smoking and just a mess.

We are basically half-way between my house and the school, so what did we do? WE WALKED THE REST OF THE DAMN WAY TO SCHOOL!!!! Like complete idiots. We had an out, car broke down, and we didn't take it. Such numptys. We could have walked to my house instead and had a nice day off, but nooooo - we had to be responsible.

Turns out, hubby forgot/never knew to put any oil in the Beetle....
 
2020-10-28 6:10:46 PM  
Got it t-boned when I mistook a two-way stop for a four-way stop.
 
2020-10-28 6:12:12 PM  
Considering how I drove the thing (like a demented chimpanzee at a NASCAR race, basically), the correct answer for me might be "drove it."
 
2020-10-28 6:13:35 PM  
I had an old Dodge. First time I changed my own oil, I cross-threaded the oil filter onto the stem, and put about 2 quarts on the driveway. When I unscrewed the filter, the stem came, too. I got it all apart, and the guy at the parts place (NAPA) just dressed up the threads with a file and handed the stem back, with a new filter, and didn't even charge me. I never repeated that mistake with that car. My next car mistake was when I bought a used Volkswagen Dasher to replace the Dodge. The Dasher was a wonderful invention, but will never replace an actual car.
 
2020-10-28 6:20:39 PM  
Drag racing my friends in my dad's 280z...it spun out on a bridge and the back bumper just kissed the guard rail leaving a small dent. I never told him, he never asked. I never raced again. Oh I had 3 friends in the car with me.

We lucked out.
 
2020-10-28 6:22:32 PM  
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Had this exact car back then (1966 GT), that wasn't the worst thing.  Worst thing was blowing past my dad on the hwy at 130 mph (long story).  He made me sell it the next day.  In hindsight, he probably saved my life......
 
2020-10-28 6:26:37 PM  

silvervial: It wasn't my car, but my boyfriend's (now hubby). He had a Beetle and he would pick up me and his best friend at our houses and take us to school every day because he was the one with a car (and a license and was old enough to drive, etc.).

One day we are cresting a hill and the car makes all kinds of strange noises and we basically coast down the hill and the car is stinking and smoking and just a mess.

We are basically half-way between my house and the school, so what did we do? WE WALKED THE REST OF THE DAMN WAY TO SCHOOL!!!! Like complete idiots. We had an out, car broke down, and we didn't take it. Such numptys. We could have walked to my house instead and had a nice day off, but nooooo - we had to be responsible.

Turns out, hubby forgot/never knew to put any oil in the Beetle....


I took a cutting torch and cut off the whole top of my Beetle in Ohio in the spring.  No garage to park it . It lasted about a month before it got too nasty to even drive. I hated the car and constantly having to work on it. I will bet you guys were happy too when it bit the dust (pun)
 
2020-10-28 6:55:06 PM  
This was my car in high school.

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I had to find other modes of transportation to do dumb things.
 
2020-10-28 6:57:49 PM  

SpaceMonkey-66: He made me sell it the next day.  In hindsight, he probably saved my life......


My '67 mustang had  highback '73 front bucket seats... the upholstery matched PERFECT!... it had a fuel injected '86 engine from a Lincoln MkVIII. Apparently the early versions of those developed a valve 'tick' and so Ford had a silent recall and the engines were shipped back to the X-labs where they basically 'got tuned'... then, They sold them for $1 each, no warranty...

The car got front disc brakes and truck drums on the rear, a road rae transmission (best described as "don't spin the tires), it shift's into 2nd with power at 8mph... and an early 3rd around 15... though go for 26...

I also had a 1980 Celica GT... it was more than fully stock, I had drilled holes in the back floorboards to let water drain. It was peppy too but a way different car.

Pont is, I got a DUI and had NO cars, next day... the American Racing 5 star mags came right off the mustang, 14" stock, SOLD $5k to the girl up the street... Celica, @2K to a stranger... SOLD...  and THAT'S what ya get for being 17... ALSO, can't  get off that crappy lawyer's mailing list
 
2020-10-28 7:09:25 PM  
I got pulled over with 11 people in my 2 door Sundance hatchback. The cop was cool, we were only a block away from my house, he followed us there and told me never to do anything like that again.
 
2020-10-28 7:11:49 PM  
Put a bullet in the passenger side door. The window was rolled down. DOH
 
2020-10-28 7:12:41 PM  
Also, I'm an idiot, as unthaw is not right.
 
2020-10-28 7:21:10 PM  
Fark the High School Football Captain over the hood of my Delta 88 . While I had RUSH playing in the background.
HE was farken hot as fark...he seriously looked like Rutger Hauer (from his blade runner days).

Well anyways...We have the bong the music and drive out to the field and have at it.

However......this was the car I used to feed the cattle. So when they saw the car I usually had covered with feed sacks and hay... going to the field they where thinking OMG IT MIDNIGHT SNACK TIME.
And I"m Rodgering this guy over the hood...listening to RUSH ...and all the cows show up and circle the car and just stare at us.
 
2020-10-28 8:37:47 PM  
The neighborhood where I grew up was accessed by a windy little road through a wooded valley with a creek on one side.   I realized that if you looked up you could see the stars at night as they followed the gap in the trees on either side of the road. I would have the car full of kids on a weekend night. I would turn off the car lights and drive down this windy road.  Pitch black unless you knew to look sharply upwards.  All the girls would scream. So much fun. I always felt very confident and safe, I never so much as hit side gravel when doing it.  Now I realize how lucky I was that no one was walking or biking on the road or I would have wiped them out.
 
2020-10-28 9:19:09 PM  
Glued carpet to the dashboard.

/It was the 70's
//why not?
///threes for stupidity
 
2020-10-28 9:22:55 PM  
Drove it to Senior Prom. Ask for the story at a Fark get-together.
 
2020-10-28 9:24:04 PM  
The automatic transmission was stuck in (I think) second. We drove that car at 90 anyway.
 
2020-10-28 9:24:22 PM  
Got my 91 Nissan Stanza airborne.  Used to smoke a looooot of weed in my car.  I found that if the little pine tree was out of smell, you could light the corner and put it out to get plenty of smell out of it.  Just make sure it's fully out, or you might come back to a car full of smoke with a partly melted rear view mirror.
 
2020-10-28 9:28:54 PM  
I was one of those juniors/seniors still riding the school bus. I would usually walk home (two miles) but I had an after school job halfway home. There were two kids on my block with cars but honestly sometimes I'd rather just sit on the bus half asleep at 7:30am with the sophomores and freshmen ignoring me than have to make small talk while tired for a free ride.
 
2020-10-28 9:34:27 PM  
I had an 83 Dodge Aries with the vinyl bench seats, which I Armor-All'ed. Everyone slid on the seats every turn or even I parked on a hill.
 
2020-10-28 9:38:33 PM  
I got my mom's 73 Pinto hatchback 4 cylinder over 100 mph going to school one morning. Yes, downhill.
 
2020-10-28 9:38:55 PM  
Got home one day with my brother after school.  He opens the door to get out, but doesn't close the door.  I assumed he closed it, and put it in reverse...and the door catches on the big tree next to the curb, and bends it backwards.  Doesn't snap it off of the hinge, but makes a small dent.  Most importantly, it makes it really hard to close shut - you basically had to slam it if you wanted to close it at all.  Not something that makes it undrive-able, but something that would not make my dad a happy guy.

Fast forward to summer.  My mom and dad are going on a vacation, and my brother and I are to take them to the airport.  At this point, my mom knows about the door (because of course I tell mom because she won't kill me), so she gets in the front seat.  Our plan is for me to be a great gentleman once we park, and open the door for her - and slam it shut, just as my brother is distracting my dad.  Everything goes great...except, as my brother and I are driving off, we can hear our dad saying, "hey, what's that dent?"  I peeled off about as fast as a Plymouth Acclaim can go.

Later that summer, I got a new car.  (The brakes were pretty much gone on the Acclaim, anyways.)
 
2020-10-28 9:46:01 PM  
First thing that popped into my head:

Was relaxing in the high school parking lot laying on the hood of my 78 Thunderbird an hour or so after school let out when two girls approached (one of whom I had always been intrigued by, but didn't really know) and basically told me that they were up for anything if I gave them a ride home.

Yes it was the beginning of a great story of high school fantasy fulfillment.

Except for the part where I had to explain that I had locked my keys inside and was waiting for my mother to arrive with the spare.

They didn't wait around.
 
2020-10-28 9:46:52 PM  
Awesome: my first car was a Camaro

LOL: an '82 Camaro that I bought for $1

I called it a semi-automatic on account of the fact that you had to shift it from D to 2 if you went less than 30mph.

I think my favorite moment with that car was when its thermostat failed and ignited a mouse nest on the engine block. I'll never forget the concerned look of the guy honking at me and shouting - "Sir? Are you aware your car is on fire?"
 
2020-10-28 9:56:41 PM  
'78 Chevy Vega

Messing around and showing off around the school bus I used to ride, I overtook it on a gravel back road, went around a corner too fast and put the front end hanging off the side into a ditch - high-centered it with the back wheels barely touching gravel. The bus driver honked as he went by. My brother had to sit in the hatchback to give it enough traction to back it out.

The next year in another town, I had a stoner friend (I was not a stoner) draw Iron Maiden's Eddie on the hatchback glass in white shoe polish. He did a great job. My parents hated it - so mission accomplished.  The rain eventually got the best of it and I ended up washing it off. However, when the window fogged up, you could still see it.

Last one:

My dad somehow ended up with a set of chrome dish wheels that had basket inserts (which didn't stay in place anyway, so I left them off). What I didn't know was that the chrome lugnuts were metric, but were close enough.  One afternoon, I'm coming back on campus from a band gig and as I turn into the parking lot, the front right of the car start bouncing up and down pretty violently. Instead of stopping, I try to nurse it into a side lot and about the time I find a parking space, the front of the car drops to the asphalt and comes to a grinding halt and I see the right wheel go rolling across the parking lot, hit the door to the band hall and fall over.
 
2020-10-28 9:58:59 PM  
Susannah
 
2020-10-28 10:07:29 PM  

gregz18: Got home one day with my brother after school.  He opens the door to get out, but doesn't close the door.  I assumed he closed it, and put it in reverse...and the door catches on the big tree next to the curb, and bends it backwards.  Doesn't snap it off of the hinge, but makes a small dent.  Most importantly, it makes it really hard to close shut - you basically had to slam it if you wanted to close it at all.  Not something that makes it undrive-able, but something that would not make my dad a happy guy.

Fast forward to summer.  My mom and dad are going on a vacation, and my brother and I are to take them to the airport.  At this point, my mom knows about the door (because of course I tell mom because she won't kill me), so she gets in the front seat.  Our plan is for me to be a great gentleman once we park, and open the door for her - and slam it shut, just as my brother is distracting my dad.  Everything goes great...except, as my brother and I are driving off, we can hear our dad saying, "hey, what's that dent?"  I peeled off about as fast as a Plymouth Acclaim can go.

Later that summer, I got a new car.  (The brakes were pretty much gone on the Acclaim, anyways.)


My first car was a v6 acclaim. Better than it should have been

Loved that big back seat
 
2020-10-28 10:10:36 PM  
Ran it out of oil. But when the light went on, it needed like 3 quarts. The engine continued for 3 more years. Datsun B210 Station Wagon.

I loved that car. Took it all around Arizona and California for Spring break.
 
2020-10-28 10:21:19 PM  
It's like a thirty way tie.

Driving my 1990 Dodge Spirit 120+ Mph (tacked out) before turning 16.

Racing my friend down a two lane road in the middle of the night (in a Spirit against a 70something Nova, which was dumb and hilarious in and of itself).

Driving around smoking blunts. So many blunts.

Putting a bumping sound system in said Dodge Spirit for the ultimate juxtaposition of old woman car and 90s hip hop and teenage driver.

Slam shifting and dropping my transmission when I was 16.

I'm surely forgetting lots of things. We did things the stupid way where I come from.
 
2020-10-28 10:29:01 PM  

VictoryCabal: I had an 83 Dodge Aries with the vinyl bench seats, which I Armor-All'ed. Everyone slid on the seats every turn or even I parked on a hill.


Dad did that once to my motorbike's seat (Yamaha Enduro with a straight saddle seat). First time I saw it, thought, "hmm, looks nice". First time I tweaked the throttle, it went on ahead without my butt. I was at least able to keep my hands on the handle grips.
 
2020-10-28 10:30:00 PM  
I road raced friends in a 1976 Trans Am, all on back country roads. I only bottomed-out a few times.

One day I rolled up on a old bridge that said "Weight Limit 1 Ton." My car was around 3600 lbs. By the time I'd done the math, all I could do was pucker my butt and gun it.

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I just unclenched yesterday.
 
2020-10-28 10:33:12 PM  
Totaled it four hours after my dad bought it. He surprised me with it and I hopped in and took off. Took it on a dirt road and opened it up to see how fast it could go. Immediately lost control and put the front end into a tree, almost putting the engine block in the front seat. Lucky I'm not dead.

Worst part was it was literally the only tree on that stretch of the road. Anywhere else along that road I would have just launched into an open shoulder and probably done less damage. But nope. Happened to hit the only friggin' tree.

Dad's response was basically "I expected you to wreck it, but not that quick." He was surprisingly chill about it. I did not get another car from him though.
 
2020-10-28 10:41:23 PM  
Drove it drunk.
 
2020-10-28 11:13:35 PM  
i drove a succession of beaters.  i don't miss fixing my car in the parking lot of the parts store.
 
2020-10-28 11:24:43 PM  
The summer after HS, I locked the door with the keys inside. It was just reflex to push down the door lock thingy and close the door with the handle raised (youngins won't get this).

The engine was still running. And the AC was turned on. Did I mention it was summer?
 
2020-10-28 11:30:27 PM  
put day-glo wiper boots & wings on an 86 omni. you know, the car where the shift armature is a vinyl ball & socket joint, which gets loose and pops out after a while. looks like a vw rabbit with a few extra chromosomes.

//velour baby!
 
2020-10-29 12:04:57 AM  

ChiliBoots: VictoryCabal: I had an 83 Dodge Aries with the vinyl bench seats, which I Armor-All'ed. Everyone slid on the seats every turn or even I parked on a hill.

Dad did that once to my motorbike's seat (Yamaha Enduro with a straight saddle seat). First time I saw it, thought, "hmm, looks nice". First time I tweaked the throttle, it went on ahead without my butt. I was at least able to keep my hands on the handle grips.


In college I hitched a ride with a friend who rode a wee Honda. He was a small guy, and I wasn't a lightweight even then. I was really self-conscious, actually; I put my feet down every time he stopped, to be polite. And I wasn't hanging on to him because we weren't dating.

He gunned it at a green light and took off right out from between my legs. I was standing there at the intersection, completely flabbergasted. The people in the car behind me lost their shiat laughing. So did he once he reached I didn't fall off.
 
2020-10-29 12:05:46 AM  
*realized.
 
2020-10-29 12:10:43 AM  
Put bullet hole stickers all over it?
 
2020-10-29 12:19:03 AM  
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2020-10-29 12:43:41 AM  

optikeye: Fark the High School Football Captain over the hood of my Delta 88 . While I had RUSH playing in the background.
HE was farken hot as fark...he seriously looked like Rutger Hauer (from his blade runner days).

Well anyways...We have the bong the music and drive out to the field and have at it.

However......this was the car I used to feed the cattle. So when they saw the car I usually had covered with feed sacks and hay... going to the field they where thinking OMG IT MIDNIGHT SNACK TIME.
And I"m Rodgering this guy over the hood...listening to RUSH ...and all the cows show up and circle the car and just stare at us.


That's so rural Americana I hope Bruce writes a song about it.
 
2020-10-29 12:51:12 AM  

Unobtanium: I had an old Dodge. First time I changed my own oil, I cross-threaded the oil filter onto the stem, and put about 2 quarts on the driveway. When I unscrewed the filter, the stem came, too. I got it all apart, and the guy at the parts place (NAPA) just dressed up the threads with a file and handed the stem back, with a new filter, and didn't even charge me. I never repeated that mistake with that car. My next car mistake was when I bought a used Volkswagen Dasher to replace the Dodge. The Dasher was a wonderful invention, but will never replace an actual car.


lol. I learned how to drive in an 80 or 81 4 speed Dasher diesel wagon. I eventually had my own car (a rusty '74 Mustang II V6) but had access and used the Dasher throughout high school especially if lugging my bass amp.
 
2020-10-29 1:05:31 AM  
Bought a 1968 MGB GT, badly abused. How bad? The windshield was scored where the previous dumbass owner didn't replace the wipers that had been worn down to the metal hardware. The driveshaft fell out on me. It had terrible electrical problems. Ever try to charge a car with a positive ground with a normal car?

I lived up in a tall hill neighborhood, accessed by a three mile-long serpentine two lane blacktop from the center of Honolulu. Tantalus, for you local braddahs. One day, at dusk, I was headed home with my roommate's girlfriend. The car was giving me an especially tough time (the two 6 volt batteries (!) hooked up in series were dead, but the dumbass mechanics I took it to couldn't figure that out), and the only way I could keep it running was to a) drive as fast as possible, and b) with the headlights off.

Luckily I knew the road, with all its hairpins well, and I literally roared to the top of the hill like a blind man fleeing hell. Hauling the wheel hard over to make a right hand hairpin, I'd catch a glimpse of her getting her own close up look at her mortality, and it wasn't pretty.

I pulled into the garage at fifteen miles per hour, slammed on the brakes, and the little hardtop died. She look shellshocked, and never got in it again.
 
2020-10-29 1:29:14 AM  
Managed to convince the parent unit to buy me a car before I even had a drivers license, because 1) I really, really liked 2) it had zero mileage but was two years old already at the dealer and the dealer wanted to sell it off.
Managed to convince parent unit that since the school was so close, and half of that was a dirt road, it's ok for me to drive to school.
Managed to swipe the rear side of a large transportation vehicle as I was skidding sideways into an intersection on my way home.
 
2020-10-29 1:30:54 AM  
And one time with a few friends in that Dasher with me, I managed to get the front bumper caught up on wheelchair ramp railing that was on the right of the parking stall I was trying to back out of.
 
2020-10-29 1:31:49 AM  

Resident Muslim: Managed to convince the parent unit to buy me a car before I even had a drivers license, because 1) I really, really liked 2) it had zero mileage but was two years old already at the dealer and the dealer wanted to sell it off.
Managed to convince parent unit that since the school was so close, and half of that was a dirt road, it's ok for me to drive to school.
Managed to swipe the rear side of a large transportation vehicle as I was skidding sideways into an intersection on my way home.


As my eldest kids are starting to drive I'm trying to get them to understand that driving regularly vs driving at speed are different beasts.
You never realize how much a car keeps moving forward with slammed brakes until you try, you never understand what a skid feels like and how you should react until it happens.

I credit off-road driving a LOT for my regular driving skills.
 
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