Those Floods

      Jim and Sheila

 

Cars, we’ve had a few, but not too many to mention

I would not say that we are car crazy, not even close, but these 2 ton devices do become devices in their own right. Below you’ll see photos of the actual cars we’ve owned in some cases, and in others images of similar models. A short paragraph positions it in our life so far. Happy viewing.

 

 

All that, and more …

1966 Galaxie 500

My folks bought this car just before moving to Prince Edward Island in 1966. After they left PEI, I inherited the car while I stayed to finish my high school.

1964 Galaxie 500

After the ’66 died in ’73 [it needed brakes, timing chain, tires, rad, etc] Sheila and I needed a car for our Opportunities for Youth Summer project. This one we picked up for $150, drove for six months, moved to Halifax in it, and sold it in ’75 for $150

1972 Datson

After the ’66 died in ’73 [it needed brakes, timing chain, tires, rad, etc] Sheila and I needed a car for our Opportunities for Youth Summer project. This one we picked up for $150, drove for six months, moved to Halifax in it, and sold it in ’75 for $150

1970? Cortina

After the ’66 died in ’73 [it needed brakes, timing chain, tires, rad, etc] Sheila and I needed a car for our Opportunities for Youth Summer project. This one we picked up for $150, drove for six months, moved to Halifax in it, and sold it in ’75 for $150

1972 Firenza

After the ’66 died in ’73 [it needed brakes, timing chain, tires, rad, etc] Sheila and I needed a car for our Opportunities for Youth Summer project. This one we picked up for $150, drove for six months, moved to Halifax in it, and sold it in ’75 for $150

1974 AMC Hornet

Exactly why we switched from a perfectly good Firenza to this car, I do not remember…but we did! No wonder AMC died as a company! We got back to Nova Scotia with this and moved to New Brunswick with it. This is the best view … as it is leaving for ever.

1975 Rabbit

We bought this from a school teacher. It was great! Our first front wheel drive car. I used it for a year driving the back roads of Victoria Country as a journalist. It was a carburetor version.

1976 Rabbit

We bought this from VW dealer: our first dealer bought car. Ours was red with a slider sun roof. It had fuel injection and actually was the car that moved us from Perth-Andover to Bolton. We took out the passenger seats, bought an old wooden trailer, and drove four trips to Ontario.

1978 Rabbit Diesel

After we moved to Ontario, we got jobs at the Bahá’í National Centre. We met William Sears, who was a Hand of the Cause in the the Faith: he was selling his Rabbit: we bought it, and sold the gas model to Fiebigs. The diesel saved us lots on fuel, but not on repairs: I vowed to never buy a VW product!

1982 Honda Civic

1982 Honda Civic The Rabbit was costing way too much…The first and only new car we bought was an ’82 Civic. They modified the 5-speed shifter so I could drive it easily. We then got pregnant in ’83, so we sold the 2-door Civic for an ’81 4-door Mazda GLC.

1981 Mazda GLC

We bought this for $50 plus the trade in. The Mazda salesman wanted a bunch of cash, but I talked to Enayat Akhavan, who owned the dealership and he thought I was being reasonable! We used that car until we moved to Guadeloupe, FWI. Sold it to Elyse. She used it for many years after.

1981 Honda Civic

A lovely car that had been rolled over in an accident so no one wanted it. We got it for what we sold the Mazda from a dealer. It was the version with a 1.6 L motor. I put Pirellis on it to keep it on the road. It really rusted out after Hurricane Hugo: it spent a night in the ocean.

1986 Nissan Micra

Daniel Caillaud was moving to Haifa to work at the Bahá’í World Centre. It was a 1 L 3-cylinder  motor with no power to get up the Soufriere! We sold it to LuLu for the price of our next car…

1986 Nissan Stanza

Our first car back in Canada. Bought inside a shopping centre. It was one of those 4 cylinder 8 spark plug motors. It started in -40C with no trouble. It was traded in for a smaller car to fit down the narrow alleys in Québec!

1992 Metro

This was “Sheila’s car”. She chose it herself when we traded in the Stanza. It lasted a long time, did many trips with it: great on gas.

1986 Nissan Micra1988 Honda Civic

This was “Jim’s” car. Bought without really consulting Sheila…bad move. Anyway, I needed a car for my computer business…Sheila saw a Multi in the parking lot where she parked and thought that would be a cool car two switch the sedan to…Sheila hates sedans…

1986 Nissan Multi

So the owner of the blue multi parked behind our Charlesbourg condo did not want to part with it, but a used car dealer did! We traded even on the ’88 Civic. This was a cool 4-door, 5-seater mini-van. It died on a vacation in the mid-’90s on a trip to Lake Penage. Bought the ’91 Accord.

1991 Accord

A great car. Probably my second favourite after the ’66 Galaxie. Rode like a rocket. Sold it a year later when I started car pooling every day with Mike Carlson at EXFO.

1992 Geo Metro

I switched jobs and needed a car. Since the red metro was doing well, we bought a white one. This one was automatic, and really sucked the gas back. I was getting a wrecked left knee from getting out of such a low car too, so we up sized to our ’95 Villager.

1995 Villager [Jimmy!]

We bought this one when it was only 2 years old. Had just under 60,000 KM. Had 290,000 KM on it when we sold it. I call it the Villager Jimmy since I stuck the GMC Jimmy name plate on it’s tailgate. But it really is a Nissan Quest. We sold this van in December 06. Been the car with the least problems.

1997 Subaru Impreza

This is a picture of the model that Jamie wished Sheila would have bought! But we could only find the Brighton version. Sheila wanted All-Wheel Drive as she was on the road all the time with her job in Ottawa. We sold it a year after arriving in Victoria! No icy roads!

2006 Toyota Yaris

Living out here where snow is almost unheard of and the get back to the
earth – green living style is stronger, the Hybrids are becoming an
interesting option. Sheila likes the Prius, but it was too much. The Yaris
is supposed to be the car with the best gasoline fuel economy…we’ll see.
The price of the Prius has dropped 3K. Amazingly enough, we got 2K for the
rrusting 95 Villager … I left the Jimmy sticker on the old van!

2010 Honda Insight

So, after 5 years with the Yaris, and getting worse and worse and worse mileage [averaging 10 L/100 city, real driving] we started looking around. The prius was still on the list, but still too expensive. We went to see the most recent offerings at Honda and found a 2010 Insight, new, a year after it was released. The dealer took of $5700 off and a great trade in. Got a fully loaded model for 12K less than a similarly equipped Prius, [two year old b model prius with 50k KM for more than the new Insight] and are getting 5 -5.6 L /100 km city [for real] and 4.5 highway [for real].