Mokemobile

September 25th, 2008
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Yesterday a friend had asked (for her co-worker) if I had any suggestions or if I knew of anyone selling a car - more specifically a 5-speed.

That triggered memories of my mokemobile list.

Growing up around cars (Dad owned an auto body shop), I was fortunate enough to have driven au' kines of cars, trucks, vans.... forklifts too.  :shock:

Once I got my license at 15, my Dad had gotten me a very old school Honda Prelude - first generation to be exact.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

It had a fresh coat of paint, sun roof and a four speed stick shift that topped out at 85 - at least dat's wea da speedometer stopped moving.  :wink:

I had it for awhile until we had to sell it. 

My very first car.... gone.  :cry:

I've been very fortunate to have various cars in high school but da car dat lasted da longest was a hugemongeous Mercury Cougar four door dat became da dedicated beach-mobile.

It sucked up gas like there's no tomorrow, one rear window didn't go down, the rear shocks were blown, no a/c and even da horn was on a lever, not on da steering wheel. But it got me around.... especially to the beach.

Out of high school I wanted to have a ride to call my own so I did wat any person (pupule enough) who wanted personal transportation did.... work a full-time job, two part-time, go school full-time and still squeezed in coaching.

In a few months I got it - my very first motorcycle! It was a 1993 Yamaha FZR 600 and I rode da buggah to da ground.  :grin:

Since it was my only ride, I rode it in the blistering wind, pounding rain, heavy snow.... ok, no snow but nothing stopped me from riding. Believe it or not, I used to deliver pizzas on it too.... but dat's anoddah blog.  :wink:

Truth be told, I only sold my FZR almost two years ago to get my new/used bike dat I ride now.

My truck? I was out of school and worked a full-time as well as a part-time and yes, still coaching to afford it.

So wat kine mokemobile you had growing up? A Woody?  :grin:  Were you gifted one or busted your okole to get one? Do you have da car/van/truck of your dreams?

Have any suggestions for a friend's friend needing/wanting a 5-speed car with $3000 down and $180 /month for payments?    :wink:

Eh, gotta go work.... got bills to pay.

 

DA PIDGIN WORD OF DA DAY! -
(as quoted from Da Kine Dictionary & Pidgin To Da Max… wit a Braddah Lance twist)

MOKEMOBILE
(MOK-mobile)

Haole Translation: Local transportation

Use: You can tell da difference between a local car and a "visitor" car

Sentence: “Brah you like ride? 'Den no tease da mokemobile!”

Sentence: (humming Batman theme) “Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah na.... Mokemobile!”

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74 Responses to “Mokemobile”

  1. Ocean Lover (Last one before "work"):

    FIRST! DON'T KNOW WHAT the topic is about.........


  2. Ocean Lover (DATSUN anyone?):

    Read the blog topic....my first "mokemobile" was a FLUORESCENT ORANGE DATSUN station wagon. A true "beach car". My dad got it from someone....must've been "free" as it was BRIGHT ORANGE. Damn car's driveshaft broke TWICE on me....once on the H-1 and once on Nimitz Highway under the viaduct. Neat thing about that car was the ignition was moved from the steering column to the dashboard. Had a button that you had to press while also turning the key. Boy....I'm OLD.........

    OL


  3. Bre:

    I did not get my first car until I was in my mid-20's and working full time. It was a 1991 Toyota pick up that I just sold in May. In high school I drove my mom's Ford Pinto wagon. It was brown with fake wood paneling on the sides. It was ugly but held about 10 people (this was before the seat belt laws!) so was great for driving all my friends around.


  4. NKHEA:

    Me had hand me down from older brada, was 66 Plymouth Satellite....actually mo like jus wen take ova he wen join the service.

    see ya all lata, time fo work :( will Bee back ;)


  5. kako mochi:

    i still have my first car! LOL . . . i was a late bloomer and didn't get my car till i was 21 . . . was a brand new 2000 VW golf - red (i wanted silver . . . but never have!).

    i looove my car! i don't work that far from home, so my mileage is at 37,000 right now! haha . . . anyway - i too grew up around cars, both my parents and my aunty worked at the old ala moana VW . . . so i'm a VDub girl!!

    it was paid in full w/money that one of my (very close) aunties left me when she passed away - so you know i would give that car up and catch the bus to work if i could have her back!

    so yeah - getting around when i didn't have a car was - my sister, a BF, my roomies, or bus . . . i refuse to get a new car until this one is falling apart on me ~ it's the only reliable thing in my life . . . cause the "men" haven't been!!


  6. The Clown:

    I remember the Beach mobile. What memories. I remember all the arse rubbing I had to do because your car had no rear shocks what so eva and the fun times we had cruzing around in it. You must have real fond memories of the car with you and your "brother" B_ Y _E (you can fill in the rest) cruzing around as well. HAHAHAHA. Nah but that was good times considering you was the only one with a car at that time.


  7. MoOgooGuypAN:

    Doh :shock: I can't believe you posted a blog so early. I better grab my umbrella. nah nah :lol:

    My first car ever was a 1986 Mazda 626LX. Top of the line, although I got it used in the 90's. That buggah went through many highschool football games a the stadium with 10 guys smashed in the front, back and even the trunk. Got couple tickets with that bad boy in Waikiki. Met couple chicks on the road...on Kuhio Ave. cruising down Waiks (back then could cruise down Waiks). Had some extra curricular activities in the back seat of that bad boy... :shock: ...what you thinking?...I talking 'bout my science projects 8) Those were the days and that car was like an extention of my man-ness.

    *MoOgooGuypAN daydreams off the page*


  8. hemajang:

    Dad had one 1953 Plymouth station wagon and drove that when got license at 15. My first car around 1965, was a '56 chevy 4-door. Was working service station part time and customer was selling for $200. I remember he was from Waianae and on the draft board at da time. I thought of da buggah when I got drafted the following year.


  9. your chinese // korean braddah "da hoover":

    1977/78??? Ford Grenada. I remember my first accident too, a car full of nuns hit me and I got out swearing up and down said every profanity in the book, and now I am cursed for life.

    BTW, 1030p finish on tuesday??? No call back yesterday??? Wassap Wit DAAAAAAAAAAAAT. I thought you was Korean.


  10. opso:

    MLC had dis same kine topic befoa. heas what i when post ova dea bout my first mokemobile.
    sheesh.....i actually when find em. :roll:

    opso:
    April 22nd, 2008 at 9:50 am
    First car was a hand-me-down, hand-me-down “oxidized yellow” 68 Ford Falcon. After my 2 older brothers got thru with it, all they left me was the bones.

    Was in so bad shape that it became the gangs surf ride. My friends neva like take their hot rods down to to beach.
    It had surf racks rusted permanently on top, numerous melted wax residue all over…..hibachi, paper plates, condiment box and cooler in the trunk, extra clothes etc. A real workhorse.

    After crashing that car, picked me up a 68 VW Bug. Loved that car.
    Hah……my first 2 cars were 68’s.


  11. Braddah Lance:

    Ocean Lover (DATSUN anyone?):
    my first “mokemobile” was a FLUORESCENT ORANGE DATSUN station wagon. A true “beach car”.

    I still have fond memories of a Datsun B210. :lol:
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    Bre:
    In high school I drove my mom’s Ford Pinto wagon. It was brown with fake wood paneling on the sides. It was ugly but held about 10 people

    Yours too?! My aunty had a two door hatchback Pinto and wen we stayed ovah at their place during da summahs, we'd squeeze da seven of us... yeah, in a two door hatchback Pinto. Good times. :grin:
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    NKHEA:
    Me had hand me down from older brada, was 66 Plymouth Satellite

    I had one of those too... a 89 Honda Accord all tricked out with body kit, rims, leather etc....
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    kako mochi:
    i looove my car!

    Das da bestest yeah? Wen you actually feel good driving about driving your ride... until start fo' broke. :lol:

    i refuse to get a new car until this one is falling apart on me ~ it’s the only reliable thing in my life . . . cause the “men” haven’t been!!

    And we're STILL accepting applications fo' WWD! Bachlorette.... forward application, bio and stats via email. :wink:
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    The Clown:
    I remember the Beach mobile. What memories....Nah but that was good times considering you was the only one with a car at that time.

    See! I knew you guys only wanted me around fo' dat! j/k Yeah, those really WAS da dayz.........
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    MoOgooGuypAN:
    Doh I can’t believe you posted a blog so early. I better grab my umbrella. nah nah

    No, was raining all 'dis time and all of a sudden da sun was out! Da weather affects me... :wink:

    ....with 10 guys smashed in the front, back and even the trunk.

    Must be a guy thing. :grin:


  12. Ynaku:

    My first used car was a 1970 Blue Ford Fairlane 4-door automatic. Not a chickmobile but got me around to school, work and down da beach. After I started working at Service Station (not gas station cause we gave full service, windows, tires, oil and vacuum) one of the mechanics offered me a 1970 Dodge Challenger 4 barrel, 4 on the floor, pistol grip, posi rearend MUSCLE car in the classic Orange paint with black hood. Ho I loved that car like you wouldn't believe it. Sister smashed the front end couple times but I fixed it. Finally mom sold it without me knowing. I got a Dodge van after that. Put shag rug, windows, curtains and stuff. Remember those days MLCers?

    Also had a 1970 Chevelle 6 banger after I got married for my wife.

    First new auto was a 1974 F-150 Ford truck Red, 6-cyl standard that we bought after I had my baby girl. Held that truck for 20 years. Very Faithful. Started as a Lemon. Fixed it up and changed the carb from 1-bl to 2-bl for more power. Sucked gas though. Now I have my Green 2004 F-150 XLT 5.4L V-8 power everything. Giving same gas mileage as my old truck WWD??? But get some zum zum. 8O

    I also have my toy 1994 Harley Sporster 883. Gotta do some work to get it back on the road soon.

    :sigh: those were da days.


  13. JindoMaster808:

    Great topic.

    My first car was really a loaner from my parents. A Dodge Dart black top. I forgot what year it was. Toward the end it kept overheating in stop-and-go traffic. It had coolant, just got real hot. I had to pull over a few times to let the engine cool down.

    If you were in traffic around Pearl City in the early 80s and saw that car on the side of the road, that was me!


  14. Braddah Lance:

    hemajang:
    My first car around 1965, was a ‘56 chevy 4-door. Was working service station part time and customer was selling for $200.

    Can't even fathom $200 fo' a Chevy.... but 'den again you could get a hamburgah fo' a nickel right? :wink:
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    your chinese // korean braddah "da hoover":
    1977/78??? Ford Grenada. I remember my first accident too, a car full of nuns hit me and I got out swearing up and down said every profanity in the book, and now I am cursed for life.

    So dat's why you au' messed up!

    BTW, 1030p finish on tuesday??? No call back yesterday??? Wassap Wit DAAAAAAAAAAAAT. I thought you was Korean.

    It's called..... Da Wife. :lol:
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    opso:
    MLC had dis same kine topic befoa. heas what i when post ova dea bout my first mokemobile.
    sheesh…..i actually when find em.
    April 22nd, 2008 at 9:50 am

    WOW! You really wen dig 'dis one up eh? Sorry Uncle Rodney, was jus' tryin' fo help out my friend's friend with car suggestions. :razz:
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    JindoMaster808:
    If you were in traffic around Pearl City in the early 80s and saw that car on the side of the road, that was me!

    Sorry, I was still playin' with Tonka's at dat time. :lol:


  15. B:

    I was blessed, mom bought one new vega. dat car wen take us here,there and everywhere. after several years wen add improvements- da big kine speakers(house stereo system kine). we wen jus stick-um on top the back part. wen sound pretty good actually. dat car neva last to long, da aluminum block motor was giving all kine problems. My friend wen get one datsun 210 4 door. da buggah was da best. could fit 7 of us on a good day. crusing to da beach, waiks, around the island at midnight. sheesh- back in the days, was good times.


  16. kako mochi:

    BL ~ yes, thank you for hooking a sista up!! LOL . . notice how i put "men" in quotes?!

    muahahahahahaha!!!!


  17. sassy7:

    Eh BL...my ever first true car was one Honda Prelude just like yours..silver,sun roof and all...(I made the payments not mom & dad) got that when I came back from South America...anywho...the first car I bought was a yellow toyota corolla. $300.00..I used it for about 3 months before I left to South America...I then gave it to my Brother to use, so he never have to bum ride all the time during high school...
    Just reading your blog..bought back many good memories of the younger dayz..when my good friend Anna had an old VW something..it kind of looked aero-dymanic..but was just old style...when rain the water use to splash in from the floor board..so we use to take turn sit in the passenger side with the wood board on the floor to like hold the water back from splashing us all...good fun...oohhh the memories of cruizing the Haleiwa Harbor back in the days....too funny...
    Now I still drive my 2002 Toyota Sienna...we when ship um up here from Hawaii...would you believe for the first 6 months until I registered the car here, people would ask me how I got it here....my answer( didn't you know that there is a underwater freeway from Hawaii??) look it up..I told my daughter that her first car is my van...yup...when she turn 16 she can drive that..and I going get my Murano...(oh I can dream yeah)....
    I would suggest your friend either go the the Rental Car Sales or go to the colleges and see what they get on their boards...you always can find the deals on the board...
    Thanks Bradda Lance...by the way...I when try my hand at making my own kim chee...I can bust um out today...as the process of leaving in the ice box is up today...my keiki's when small kine sample yesterday...they was surprised I used sugar..the receipe called for it...does your Grandma use sugar???? let me know..next batch i going diregard um..they don't like it sweet...they want it more hot???? Ai goo...no can win, when they so use to it....(sorry went off the subject)....okay...BL you da man....chee whoo......


  18. uncle jimmy:

    so had one ugh-ly green '70 datsun 510 sedan.. one time left one blanket in da trunk an' da tail-light mus' have shawted 'cause da buggah wen catch fire while i wuz at work at Ah-tah's at da ole marina across from ilikai.. fire enginez, sirenz, smoke comin' out da pahkin' lot, everyt'ing.. only itz my car on fire.. da buggahs wen foam da kine from stem to stern inside an' out.. ooohhh, was one really ugh-ly datsun afta dat.... ho, da horror..

    it had aspriations of bein' one mokemibile, but afta dat, no mo ken..

    uj


  19. Kelli:

    Hehe! I didn't get a car until last year when I moved back to Hawaii. I bought a brand new car because everyone was giving me a hard time about used cars and how you never really know what you're getting. But, I like my tiny, fuel-efficient Toyota.


  20. islandgirl in nc:

    The car I learned to drive with was a turquoise color Volare. I remember when my dad bought that car because it was actually the test-drive car at the dealership. It was easy to drive. Later we got a number of smaller cars such as a green Datsun (AKA the green machine) and lots of NIssan Sentras. My very first car I owned was a Nissan Sentra. The paint was oxidized but the bugga ran well after a great mechanic named Glen on Kauai fixed it up! Not sure if you would consider it a mokemobile. ;) Loved the car until I ended up leaving Hawaii and had to sell it.


  21. Braddah Lance:

    Ynaku:
    ...a 1970 Dodge Challenger 4 barrel, 4 on the floor, pistol grip, posi rearend MUSCLE car in the classic Orange paint with black hood.

    Sounded like you was rambling da line from "My Cousin Vinny". :grin:

    I got a Dodge van after that. Put shag rug, windows, curtains and stuff. Remember those days MLCers?

    Hey I remembah dat too cause my Dad had one! I thought was sooooo cool to have one bed in da back with carpet on da floor with one "moon" thingy. If I was only older.... ahhhh, da possibilities..... :wink:
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    I also have my toy 1994 Harley Sporster 883. Gotta do some work to get it back on the road soon.

    Now's da time during rainy season... but you live Hilo.... nevah mind. Rain everyday. :lol:
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    B:
    ...wen add improvements- da big kine speakers(house stereo system kine)....waiks, around the island at midnight. sheesh- back in the days, was good times.

    Yup, rogah dat! I wen use da "big box home speakers" (+ - hookup) and she au' good. Used to rattle da rear and trunk. :cool: Yeah, Waiks and cruise around da island at night..... :grin:
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    kako mochi:
    BL ~ yes, thank you for hooking a sista up!! LOL . . notice how i put “men” in quotes?!

    Yeah, but da fellahs like know your stats too, no fair eh? .... wen was da pah-tay yo' house again? :wink:
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    sassy7:
    I would suggest your friend either go the the Rental Car Sales or go to the colleges and see what they get on their boards…you always can find the deals on the board…

    Good ideas!

    …I when try my hand at making my own kim chee…the receipe called for it…

    I could tell 'ya... but 'den I'd have ta... you know. No can release da recipe or any secrets or nada... I can make 'em fo' you but no ingrediment/instructions help. So sorry. :grin:
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    Kelli:
    But, I like my tiny, fuel-efficient Toyota.

    Such a sheltered life... :lol: No wondah you so sweet and innocent lookin'..... but "people" say to watch out fo' those da most.... right? :wink:
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    islandgirl in nc:
    The car I learned to drive with was a turquoise color Volare.

    You mean like da song?

    Not sure if you would consider it a mokemobile.

    Eh, if you went to da beach wit it, it pass. :wink:


  22. honda si boy (memories...):

    wow, good blog topic...as always! hmm, first car was a '92 mercury four-door tracer. (brand new, <$10k) mercury version of a ford escort. sucker had 88 horsepower, 4 speed automatic. man, sucked trying to overtake cars on hamakua highway on the way to hapuna beach. i upgraded the stereo full on but in hindsight, should have upgraded the whole car. i think the stereo had more power than the engine. hahaha! but no can complain, parents bought the car cause had choke high school activities and was getting hard for them to take me all over. prior to that, had to share the '86 bronco xlt with my mom. but just ONCE, my dad let me drive his brand-spankin' new toyota 4wd, extra cab to school and boy, i was king-o-da-school for that day :) went away for college (los angeles) and bought a $5000 1992 ford escort gt. had little bit more power but had choke miles on it. the guy before me traveled a lot and he had one of those pine tree air fresheners in it. ugh, took weeks to get rid of that smell. shipped the car back to honolulu and ran it to the ground till 2000. graduated from UH then, parents bought me a brand new 2000 honda civic. fought tooth and nail to get it stick but my parents gave the "we're buying it, it's our money, we need it to be automatic just in case mom needs to drive it" speech :( consolation prize, got to get the black 2-door fully loaded ex version. souped it up like any other asian ricer boy would do (haha, i see all those eyes rolling!) and hey, actually got it on the front page of the island life section in the advertiser!!! then 2 years ago, STOLEN...sad times. right in front of shirokiya at ala moana in the middle of a friday afternoon! how crazy is that?!?!?! but hey, perfect timing cause that's exactly when honda rolled out their new civic si coupes. wow, it was meant to be. so yeah, the very first car i purchased and financed myself...2006, black, 2-door, 6 speed, 197hp, civic si with all the trimmings. finally got my car i always wanted and none-to-soon cause i'm getting too old for all this! haha, next car will be the four door version or the honda odyssey van. :)


  23. roach:

    My first car (no financial aid) was a 1970 Plymouth Satellite. It was a 2 door, bright orange coupe with a 383-4 barrel carburetor and a white vinyl roof. I not even Filipino but a drove that orange car in many a street race (Iknow, I know stupid). I bought it from the used car dealer where the McCully Shopping Center now sits.
    Got rid of it during the first gas crisis, damn I wish I still had it.


  24. lj:

    My first car was a 1980 something Plymouth Reliant (I think) that my aunty gave my parents. First my brother used it then when I got my license, we had to share it. I put a HUGE dent in the front -- I swear, that pole came out of nowhere! -- and he got his own car after that. I shared it with my parents, yeah, I'm cheap until they started looking for another car cause the Plymouth was having choke problems...a/c broken, had to jiggle the handle to roll the windows up & down, defrost no work...so they broke down and bought a car in 2003. I bought my first new car a year later...2004 Nissan Sentra...I paid for it with all my own $$ and paid the car loan off w/in 2 years so I was proud of myself. I'd like a new car but I think gonna run this one to the ground...even though found out yesterday gotta replace my rear shock absorbers and going cost over $500!!!!!!!! So if anyone knows of a cheap, good place to get those fixed, let me know :)


  25. munch:

    i never had a brand new car now that i think about it....all my cars were hand-me-downs or bought used.

    the very first car that had my name on the title was an accord almost as old as i am :shock: but i tried to make it look not as 78-year-old grams driving it by adding stickers, seat covers & stuff like that....didn't really work, just looked like a decorated car that a 78-year-old grams was driving :???: but it became the designated beach car among my friends since i had the neoprene seat covers LOL those out-lived the car & made the move over to my current car for a bit.

    my next car will have to be a hybrid...no doubt about it....good mileage....if gas prices drop then i can save even more ;-)


  26. Braddah Lance:

    uncle jimmy:
    .. only itz my car on fire.. da buggahs wen foam da kine from stem to stern inside an’ out.. ooohhh, was one really ugh-ly datsun afta dat…. ho, da horror..

    Ai-goo! Ok, no blankets in da trunk everybody!
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    honda si boy (memories...):
    ... i’m getting too old for all this! haha, next car will be the four door version of the honda odyssey van.

    It's called a Tacoma doublecab... :lol: Or you can still man up and get da Tundra! :lol: Now only if dat buggah could fit in my garage....
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    roach:
    My first car (no financial aid) was a 1970 Plymouth Satellite. It was a 2 door, bright orange coupe with a 383-4 barrel carburetor and a white vinyl roof.

    A..... creamsicle?
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    lj:
    ...new car a year later…2004 Nissan Sentra…I paid for it with all my own $$ and paid the car loan off w/in 2 years so I was proud of myself.

    Feels good yeah? I took a little longer at 3 1/2 years but still felt awesome aftah I made da last payment!

    …even though found out yesterday gotta replace my rear shock absorbers and going cost over $500!!!!!!!!

    Imho, if dat price includes da shocks, it's sounds about right... but if not including da part.... ai-goo! :shock:


  27. 9th Island Girl:

    My first car was a Toyota Tercel. Buggah had no power, so I would be squeezing on the freeway onramps..."Come on, come on, come on, come on!!!!" Yikes!

    My good friend had a Honda (the small, small, boxy one) that had holes in the floor, so we could see the freeway speeding by underneath us as we were riding.


  28. roach:

    "roach:
    My first car (no financial aid) was a 1970 Plymouth Satellite. It was a 2 door, bright orange coupe with a 383-4 barrel carburetor and a white vinyl roof.

    BL: A….. creamsicle?"

    eh, how u new it was whit inside too !


  29. HNL2LAS:

    Hey BL, my daddy owned an auto body shop too! bahahha... funny...

    My first car was a 1980 Datsun 200sx dat da daddy fixed up for me-was a few years old already, painted it one pretty blue color, gave it rims and a stereo! Ohhhhh that was one great ka'a. I really miss my blue baybeeeee.....ok mine wasn't a mokemobile, I one girl, but was da Cruzahhhhhh! Had it thru high school where I was da only drivah wit car, and some college.... hehe was on the 10year plan yknow.....bahaaha. Finally gave it up when had big rust puka......it went to daddy's friend for his son to drive, and I swear years later, I thought I saw it driven by someone else....by now, it's probably in the great car graveyard in da sky..... or uhhhh.... at da dump.....

    If wasn't for da daddy being a car guy... uhmmm I'd probably STILL have to catch da uncle Fasi mobile.....and da cat bus in LV, so uhmmm Thanks Dad! hehe....


  30. BC:

    I learned to drive on a Mercury Montego station wagon. Was dark navy blue so my friends used to call it "Da Hearse." Was big enough to carry all my friends and their braddahs. Then my Auntie gave me her 1962 Valiant. We repainted it in the HS auto shop and it became all mine. Wasn't fast or cool looking but when guys needed a ride I was the only one with a car.


  31. bamboohouse808:

    Great Topic today BL!!

    My first car was a hand me down 1981 Toyota Corolla. Da buggah was brown so I called um Chocolate Fantasy. My friends called um Chocolate Thunder. I got um when I was junior in HS. No AC, AM radio, old carpet for dashboard covers, and towels for the front car seats covers. It's amazing I wen score dates back then!! Perfect for da beach or for playing sports. Da best day was wen I bought one $20 AM/FM cassette deck for dat thing and then I wen run wire ghetto-style to the back dash for put in my $20/pair 5 1/4 speakers. I was bumpin afta dat!!! Dat was my baby and I had um for a good 5 years before I bought my first car. I wonder where Chocolate Fantasy is now........


  32. kauaigirl:

    I actually bought my first truck 4 yrs ago..2003 toyota tacoma, 4x4, 5-speed..and I love my truck. I've always wanted a truck and was stoked when I actually got it. Never had a car/truck in high school, I was the one always bumming a ride from friends or even walked to school. When I first moved home I had to borrow mom's suzuki jeep or dad's '83 gmc truck if I wanted to go anywhere, was little bit shame for drive the truck but I couldn't grumble cause was one privilege for use the cars.


  33. Reido:

    My first car was a 1967 Ford Mustang that my dad bought for me. He told me directly when he bought it to "not fix it up - the car is worth more with the stock parts." I was working at Funai's Union 76 (on the corner of Kalakaua and Kapiolani across from Coco's) at the time so what do you think happened? After my next paycheck, put in some headers. Next paycheck, 4 barrel carb. Next paycheck, change the cam. You get the picture. I spent a lot of money on that car!

    During college I had a 1970 SS Chevy El Camino. Cool car with the 12 bolt posi rear end and the cowl induction. Great beach car too.

    My first new car was a Nissan Pathfinder. Since then I've had a Jeep Cherokee, a Nissan Pickup and two Toyota Pickups. I guess I like my SUVs/Pickups - good for da beach!!


  34. masas808:

    my first was a vw van..had to take my brothers and sistas to
    school and back...grew up in kaaawa (on da beach)


  35. Braddah Lance:

    munch:
    my next car will have to be a hybrid…no doubt about it….good mileage….if gas prices drop then i can save even more

    I'm actually hoping da Tacomas will follow suit and do da variable cylinder thing wea if no need two or three of 'em da buggah shut 'em down.... crossing my fingahs come out next yea!
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    9th Island Girl:
    My good friend had a Honda (the small, small, boxy one) that had holes in the floor, so we could see the freeway speeding by underneath us as we were riding.

    :shock: Holes in da floorboard... good thing da buggah nevah bust through....
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    roach:
    BL: A….. creamsicle?”

    eh, how u new it was whit inside too !

    Ho, you was pimped out back 'den eh? :lol:
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    HNL2LAS:
    Hey BL, my daddy owned an auto body shop too! bahahha… funny…

    Amazing how much you learn about cars yeah?

    Thanks Dad! hehe….

    Ditto!
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    BC:
    Wasn’t fast or cool looking but when guys needed a ride I was the only one with a car.

    Always get some extra "friends" wen you da only one yeah? :wink:
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    bamboohouse808:
    My first car was a hand me down 1981 Toyota Corolla. Da buggah was brown so I called um Chocolate Fantasy.

    Ok, wen you start naming your car... and 'den relate it to some kine food.... uh... :lol: I think your friends right.... Chocolate Thundah sound bettah!
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    kauaigirl:
    I actually bought my first truck 4 yrs ago..2003 toyota tacoma, 4×4, 5-speed..and I love my truck.

    Neighbor island gotta have one truck right?
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    Reido:
    My first car was a 1967 Ford Mustang that my dad bought for me. He told me directly when he bought it to “not fix it up - the car is worth more with the stock parts.”

    I guess you nevah listen eh? :grin: Yup, if you can get your hand on a 60's Mustang frame and fix 'em up... da buggah worth somethin'.
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    masas808:
    my first was a vw van..had to take my brothers and sistas to
    school and back…grew up in kaaawa (on da beach)

    You had da kine loud muffler too? Seen some cherry VW Vans restored... get one baby blue and white one I see once in a great while wen da sun is out... wit da loud muffler. :smile:


  36. N'sMommy:

    I didn't even get my first car until I was in college...I had to rely on friends and my older brother. My first car I got was my grandpa's old Corolla. It was a early 90's model and was powder blue in color. Not exactly a hot car to drive (the a/c was ice cold, though). After I got my "real" job and got married I got a brand new Corolla S...it was beautiful! It, however, was a lemon and I soon traded it in for a 2008 Scion XB...love it!


  37. HNL2LAS:

    Hey, you got your license at 15??? You bugga.... I had da car at 15... but da daddy didn't let me get my license til I was 16! Had to keep renewing da permit! In fact had to get it twice since it expired already! Must be cuz I one girl... grrrrr...... my bro had license at 15 and he had his car getting set up at like 13!! WWD!!!!!

    I have to laff tho... I wanted a Prelude sooo badly...not the 1st gen you had but like 89-91,hmmmm i no remember.. 3rd gen, 4th? 'n then I wanted the last gen.... never got either...


  38. JindoMaster808:

    @Braddah Lance - "Creamsicle"... That was funny. :D

    @Honda Si Boy - Oh this topic sounds like it was made for you! :)

    @9th Island Girl - Holes in the floor? Either that's poor man's A/C, or it's for Flintstones style brakes. :o


  39. Braddah Lance:

    N'sMommy:
    After I got my “real” job and got married I got a brand new Corolla S…it was beautiful! It, however, was a lemon and I soon traded it in for a 2008 Scion XB…love it!

    Wat made it a lemon? Did you use da Lemon Law or jus' didn't like it aftah awhile?
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    HNL2LAS:
    Hey, you got your license at 15???

    I had my permit at 14. :eek:

    I have to laff tho… I wanted a Prelude sooo badly…

    I got some Hot Wheels lying around if you like. :lol:
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    JindoMaster808:
    @9th Island Girl - Holes in the floor? Either that’s poor man’s A/C, or it’s for Flintstones style brakes.

    Actually reminded me of glass bottom boats.


  40. JuSaMee:

    i didn't have my own car until i was like 20, but i had use of my dads '85 nissan sentra. when you're in high school, you drive whatever you can! i rocked it out as best as i could, it was pretty good on gas, but the driverside window didn't go down all the way so whenever we went through the drive through, i had to have someone in the back or my passenger jump in the back and order and take the food lol! afterwards i got my moms '94 toyota carolla. now that i'm older i appreciate my gas friendly cars, but when you're younger you wanna look good in your car...at least i feel better that we all go through those kind of moments! lol!!


  41. uglyvalentine:

    Eh, I only get bus pass!


  42. anklebiters:

    Mines was a late 60's Ford, 289...did everything you could to it at one time or another. Engine parts all over the garage floor....trans parts sitting in the wash basin...changing intake manifold and had a date in an hour....holley's, edlebrock, mickey thompsons, 60 series JC Penny's tires....those were the days

    BL:

    I can sell your friend my car, but I'd have to eliminate one speed since it's a 6 spd, but I'll take $180/month.....for 106 months :-)


  43. NKHEA:

    My best and most fun car I had was a Vega wit one 350 chevy engine 8O was lots of fun to drive :cool: my wife used to get pulled ova every time she drove'um, all they wanted to do was check out da ca everytime :roll:

    btw I get one good deal on one 99 Toyota Celica, but stay automatic :(


  44. NKHEA:

    anklbiters; yeah we used to race one 65 Malibu. Races on Saturday, moto all in pcs. Friday night maddness, put moto together, run ca and do burn-out in shop parking lot, drive the neighbors crazy, but da only good ting had anada shop that had dirt track car next doa an they used to do da same. Ho man bringing back da memories.....sigh :(


  45. honda si boy (works in 6 hours...):

    anklebiters: haha, had to crack up at that 106 months payment plan! had to do a double take.

    i remember trying to put together a car under a deadline. talk about pressure! and i've had a few times (mostly interior stuff) when had couple extra screws and stuff. yeah, not good!


  46. M:

    I had some old cars, 53 chevy, 56 dodge, 57 ford station wagon, 48 dodge pick up, 63 valient, 65 comet...

    NKHEA, I remember those days at the tracks with your 65'.


  47. NKHEA:

    M; that was the good old day yeah :) still gatta have the get together will call...


  48. mclovin:

    opso,

    I remember riding in your "creme" colored falcon to da beach. I also remember your oldest brother having a little subaru "pickup" that was really cool. It had the two seats in the back bed with the cool handles to hold on.

    As for me during high school I used to drive around the family's work van. Got funny looks from the neighbors when picking up my girlfriend in it. The first time my parents allowed me to drive it to school, I used it to cut class and go to surf, got busted and couldn't drive for a while.


  49. mclovin:

    Oh, I don't know how I forgot this but my dad "borrowed" my graduation money from me to build a new structure for his business and in return he gave me a 66 mustang. He got the mustang from trading plants. No not pakalolo but, flower plants. The 66 was nicely restored and was obtained from a mustang collector. When I moved to honolulu to go to UH, I left the car on the Big Island since it had a nice storage spot. Evidently my dad got remarried, died and since the car wasn't registered in my name I lost it. I begged my uncle who was handling my dad's affairs for it but he would not relent. Unfortunately that was the last time I talked to my uncle.


  50. Goodbeer:

    Sorry I neva post yestaday. If I brag about my cars, my anonymynous identity might be founded out. I'll just say I've gone full circle. My first car was a '65 Chevelle 327, 4 barrel manual trans tire smoker that a relative gave me. After that, I bought several other memorable WOW AURIITE vehicles, but today, I'm back to driving free99 kine wheels. Jus drive um till no go then get annoda one. Da dollas fo wheels go fo da wife wheels. I gotta treasure somebody else's junk. My kids get betta nicer cars den me. Wait, wait. I started driving da boro boro cars right afta da kids wuz born. Gonfonit!!


  51. NKHEA:

    mclovin; bumma's on da Mustang man, funny when come's to money how people can change :(

    Goodbeer: ditto on wen da kid's come, used to like to buy toy's 2.....eh you driving me crazy about the cars u had, my wife had on 65 Malibu she drove on the street for awhile, afta the gas shortage of 73-74 we only wen race'um.


  52. hanapaa:

    Ho brah, good topic! I nevah inherit nothing. Had to ketch ride all threw high school. Bought my first ca on my 18th birfday. One 64 Plymouth Sports Fury fo $850 from one friend in our racer gang. Tried fo soup 'em up but long story short, wuz one money pit. Sold 'em fo one grand and wen pick up one 67 VW Bug. Wen fix dat on up too. Loved dat ca! Can drop the mota by yourself. Wuz small kine hard for keep up wid da muscle ca's da rest of da gang had. Worked on 70 440 GTX, 67 Chevy 396 and one tricked out 67 Valiant wid one 426 hemi stuffed inside. Cut da axles so da Mickey T's fit inside the fender wells and hide the left dual exhaust pipe so look stock, well kinda. Ho dat buggah could go, needed wheelie bars! Doz wuz da daze.


  53. Braddah Lance:

    JuSaMee:
    ...but the driverside window didn’t go down all the way so whenever we went through the drive through, i had to have someone in the back or my passenger jump in the back and order and take the food lol!

    Das wat happened to my braddah's two door Accord... was so shame I had to actually OPEN da door to get drive thru or da worse was da ticket fo' open da parking garage arm... shame wen had date... :oops:
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    uglyvalentine:
    Eh, I only get bus pass!

    E Komo Mai! Wow, like everyday we getting mo' and mo' Lurkahs out yeah? Cheeeee-hoooooo!
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    anklebiters:
    Mines was a late 60’s Ford, 289…did everything you could to it at one time or another.

    Sounds like my FZR.
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    NKHEA:
    My best and most fun car I had was a Vega wit one 350 chevy engine

    Anoddah person wit one Vega.... wat? Dat was "Da" car back in da day? Nevah heard of it.
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    honda si boy (works in 6 hours...):
    when had couple extra screws and stuff. yeah, not good!

    So it's NOT only me! :lol:
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    M:
    I had some old cars, 53 chevy, 56 dodge, 57 ford station wagon, 48 dodge pick up, 63 valient, 65 comet…

    Funny if you had those now and tricked it out..... worth some money no?
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    mclovin:
    The first time my parents allowed me to drive it to school, I used it to cut class and go to surf, got busted and couldn’t drive for a while.

    You got caught? :lol:

    The 66 was nicely restored and was obtained from a mustang collector....since the car wasn’t registered in my name I lost it. I begged my uncle who was handling my dad’s affairs for it but he would not relent. Unfortunately that was the last time I talked to my uncle.

    Auwe! I feel 'ya man.
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    Goodbeer:
    My kids get betta nicer cars den me.

    Don't you know dat I'm yo' long lost son? I'd like a H2 SUT please. :grin:
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    NKHEA:
    mclovin; bumma’s on da Mustang man, funny when come’s to money how people can change

    Sad but true. I've come across dat a few times... and yet I still help out... wat a dummy. :sad:
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    hanapaa:
    Cut da axles so da Mickey T’s fit inside the fender wells and hide the left dual exhaust pipe so look stock, well kinda. Ho dat buggah could go, needed wheelie bars! Doz wuz da daze.

    Wheelie bars... whoa! :shock: Das da fun kine! And Mickey T's? You could turn or wat? :lol:


  54. opso:

    mclovin - whoa! damn shame about your "stang". sheesh....your uncle neva like give em to you? WWD! :x

    and you used drive around that beeg van? was a blue and white chevy yeah? what bout your mom's car? what was it? it was a unique looking car.

    hah....that subaru was a neat little ride yeah? i think it was called a "Brat".


  55. Goodbeer:

    BL, my son, my son. Since I had to drive boro boro cahs afta you wuz born, maybe now you can buy me one cah since you and yo wife stay making choke dollas now. I like one 70 HemiCuda 4 speed, or one 70-1/2 Camaro Z28 wid one M22 4 speed, or one 70 442 W30 (da 70 Cutlass W31 I had made da regula 442s I used to race against stop at 1/8 mile to pick up their doors). But I know hod fo findum nowdays, so I can settle fo one 06 GTO wit da 6 speed.


  56. NKHEA:

    BL; dats what a real friend is :) me to I do da same, I know not going get'um back but still help ;)


  57. Braddah Lance:

    Goodbeer:
    But I know hod fo findum nowdays, so I can settle fo one 06 GTO wit da 6 speed.

    Ok. You like dat wit or without da Hot Wheels packaging? :lol:
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    NKHEA:
    BL; dats what a real friend is me to I do da same, I know not going get’um back but still help

    Well I got some back about seven years later... :eek:


  58. NKHEA:

    BL; guess betta lat den neva :cool:


  59. hanapaa:

    BL: 'And Mickey T’s? You could turn or wat?'

    @BL: Hah? Oh, had stock rims (wid hubcaps) and tires in da front. No can make tight turns cuz wen cut out the fenderwells fo fit the motah.

    @NKHEA: Wuz dat Vega da one look like you stay driving from the back seat?


  60. Braddah Lance:

    NKHEA:
    BL; guess betta lat den neva

    And he was one of my groomsmen.... AND I nevah even get one card. I nevah expect nothin' inside but a card would have been nice.
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    hanapaa:
    @NKHEA: Wuz dat Vega da one look like you stay driving from the back seat?

    Driving from da back seat? Reminds me of Police Academy...


  61. NKHEA:

    hanapaa; no, was really stock looking, original color was that olive green, but when I bot'um was more of a dark metalic brown. Had Crager's all around with 12 bolt rear end. Right afta I sold'em, da new owner put'um in da ca show......


  62. NKHEA:

    hanapaa; you thinking about the Pinto eh, I neva seen one Vega with drive in back seat on the street.


  63. mclovin:

    opsu,

    Yup das da van. It was a chevy rally wagon. My mom had a v-8 chevy laguna. My sister kindof inherited that car. That car could rip. One time I was able to get it airborne off that dip on red road between poihiki and kapoho.


  64. hanapaa:

    @NKHEA: Yeah, I remembah da Pinto too. No, pretty shua wuz one Vega. I stay foget da guy's name das why. One of da guyz in oua gang, da Chevy guy, wuz jealous das why.


  65. NKHEA:

    hanapaa; you live west side eh, you remember the guy who drove the yellow 65 Fury, he later had 70 Super Bee 6-Pac. He also had Vega but think was race only.


  66. hanapaa:

    @NKHEA: Sounds like you one Chevy man. Ynaku had one Mopar. Dunno if his Challenger wuz 340, 383 or 426 (not too many of da big blocks in Hawaii). My 64 Sports Fury had one 318 so I figgah can convert to 340. Ordered dah parts from Kupacha's (remembah next to Island Cue?). Aftah trying for start da motah for 24 hours straight, NO CAN! Found out dat early model wuz "A" block and later wuz "B" block so no can convert to late model 340. Kupie nevah like "exchange" da parts. Lose kala! I just trew em in when I sold dah buggah.


  67. hanapaa:

    @ NKHEA: Doh, type too slow. Nah, our gang used to hang around Makiki/Papakolea (some sked tho). I seen couple tree Supa Bee's doze days but not at the outlaw races. Get one funny story bout racing at da Mill in Campbell. Maybe lataz I share. Little bit make A.


  68. hanapaa:

    @ BL: No, brah. Da motah and tranny wuz too beeg so had to move the firewall and passenjah compartment back.
    I shuah your fren checking Craiglist, yeah? Mayhaps you can check for her, sometimes get weirdos, yeah.


  69. NKHEA:

    hanapaa; I started with 66 318" Plymouth Satelite, den had 71 340" Cuda, afta that starting on the Chevy's. Eh really make no diffrence I always liked any kind muscle cars even Rambler's, remember the 360 Javeline and AMX :) even the Gremlin....das was the good old day's yeah....sigh..... :(


  70. hanapaa:

    @NKHEA: Rogah dat! My faddah had one Rambler wagon. My oldah braddah wen stay total em and my dad wen buy annoddah wreck fo fix em up. I had fo help my dad R&R parts until da buggah wuz good to go. I thot he wuz going give em to me, but he wen give em back to my bruddah. Hooo, piss off beeg time. Dah 2nd and turd time same ting.... no beeg deal bden. Plan fo juss buy my own. Jeez, foget about American Motors.


  71. NKHEA:

    hanapaa; you guy's used to go race at the track? My dream still to buy anada hot rod, gatta get one before I die, no matta old, new, or make, just one last one for the good old day :)


  72. anklebiters (Occupant):

    That was then, this is now......

    Got in my car to run an errand, turned on the ignition...got the dreaded 'Service Column Lock' message on my DIC. The vette has an electronic column lock....most cars have a mechanical interlock for the steering column. The steering wheel is locked when in Park. GM has come up with TSBs for this situation that only re-programs your PCM to guarantee your fuel is shut off at speeds above 2 mph so you cannot drive your car with the steering column locked. The column lock failure can still occur at any time and you will most likely be stranded somewhere needing to be towed to the nearest dealer for repair when it occurs. I have a bypass kit but never installed it...now would be a good time eh?

    One of the temporary fixes if you cannot unlock your steering column is to aggressively yank on the wheel and it will unlock. I had to do this in order to install the bypass module....15 minutes later with most of it on my back in the driverside footwell and all is well. Only thing is, now the steering wheel does not lock when the key is removed...better that than being stranded late at night in the boonies.

    Never had this problem with my late 60's Ford :lol:


  73. hanapaa:

    @NKHEA: Yeah, we used to go to da track and da outlaw races on da street by da steel mill, foget da street name but wuz just past the fire station in Campbell Ind Park. I guess you can go Maui (bumbye Big Island) on da Supa Ferry fo race (legally). Kinda humbug unless you goin try qualify. As fo me, too old, too tired and too broke.


  74. NKHEA:

    hanapaa; Rodga dat, about too old, too, tired and too broke :( but was fun wen young, "young, reckless, and not to smart" :) :lol:

    AB; so much technology for make everything betta but wen time to fix 8O $$$$$$$

    See you guy's lata, gatta get ready to da game :)

    GO WARRIOR'S!!!!!!!