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93-year-old Florida woman retires her 64 Mercury after 576,000 miles on the road
Yahoo news ^ | 4/5/12 | Eric Pfeiffer

Posted on 04/04/2012 9:51:06 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

These days, most people consider themselves lucky if a new car lasts 5 to 10 years. Make it to 100,000 miles in your vehicle, and the car company might make a commercial about you. That makes 93-year-old Rachel Veitch a notable exception. Veitch is retiring her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente after more than 576,000 miles on the road. "I am legally blind, so I can no longer drive my lovely Chariot," Veitch told FoxNews.com. "They don't have to take it away, I would not dream of driving that car again." The car itself is fine, but Veitch has macular degeneration in both her eyes, making her legally blind. After running a red light in March, she decided to voluntarily give up the vehicle she's been driving since Lyndon Johnson occupied the White House. "I have taken it in stride," she said. "I don't have cancer, I don't have Lou Gehrig's disease. I am lucky." Yet for all the miles she has put on her vehicle, it doesn't come close to the world record. The Truth About Cars blog wrote that Irv Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800 is scheduled to reach 3 million miles this year. Gordon has held the record in the Guinness Book of World Records for most miles on a noncommercial vehicle since 1998. Even without the world record, Vietch is fond of noting that the car has outlasted three marriages. Mechanically, it's worn through three sets of shocks, 18 batteries and eight mufflers. Veitch bought the car in February 1964 for just $3,289. She credits the longevity to a "near-obsessive" approach to the car's maintenance. "I've never been a destructive person and I've just taken care of everything, except my husbands," she told FoxNews. Veitch, who appeared with the vehicle on an episode of the "Tonight Show,"

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: automotivenews; automotovenews; comet; mercury
I'm a Chevy guy but I must say Ford built some damn good cars also. The old Mercury Comets weren't the flashiest cars, but with proper care were virtually indestructible. There's still quite a few of them on the road.
1 posted on 04/04/2012 9:51:22 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa; bajabaja; carriage_hill; AFreeBird; rightly_dividing; Charles Martel; Clay Moore
Motorhead, Collector Car Junkie, Speed Freak, Automotive Related Ping List.

Freepmail "Lazlo in PA" to be added or removed.

2 posted on 04/04/2012 10:00:42 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Impala64ssa
fond of noting that the car has outlasted three marriages.

Hmmm. I've got a 240Z that has outlasted 3 ex-wives. It only has 230K on it, and it's retired into the lean-to today. If the economy improves, I'll restore it.

But I won't get married again.

/johnny

3 posted on 04/04/2012 10:04:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Impala64ssa

My parents drive my old ‘94 3/4 ton Cheyenne that has 350,000+ on it; all highway miles. Original water pump and starter. I changed the alternator at 170,000. A 350 btw.

My ‘02 GMC has just over 200,000 on it atm (highway miles). Still purrs.

Oil changes are key.


4 posted on 04/04/2012 10:09:43 PM PDT by waterhill (I Shall Remain. FUBO)
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To: Impala64ssa
... but I must say Ford built some damn good cars also.

Hey now. Let's not get out of hand here. Look at the dashboard of any late 60's thru to the 80's Ford product and look how they solved automatic transmissions that would slip out of Park into Reverse. A sticker.

I had a '69 Fairlane 500 that I could start while I was chugging backwards.

5 posted on 04/04/2012 10:12:19 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: waterhill

Oil changes - bah. I had a 64 IH truck, it changed it’s own oil, every couple of fill-ups. Sucker went for 700k miles, that I know of.

Sniff. I miss it.


6 posted on 04/04/2012 10:15:03 PM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
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To: Impala64ssa
Rachel and her car


7 posted on 04/04/2012 10:15:49 PM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special
Car looks good. So do her store-bought teef.

/johnny

8 posted on 04/04/2012 10:29:01 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Impala64ssa

I knew a guy who had a 1965 Comet Cyclone when I was a kid in the 60s. He used to let me drive it alot. Had a 289 with 210 HP and was one fast car! A few years ago he finally told me the secret. The entire front end was fiberglass.

Another hot care was the Comet Caliente. Knew a guy who bought a ‘64 new. The name Caliente was perfect.


9 posted on 04/04/2012 10:48:53 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." - Peter Griffin, Family Guy)
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To: Impala64ssa

My first car was a 67 Merc Caliente. It got a burned valve at about 180,000 miles and I sold it for $300.

Then I got a 68 Impala with a 327 small block. Oh...yeah.


10 posted on 04/04/2012 11:08:36 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Impala64ssa

They don’t make them like they use to!


11 posted on 04/04/2012 11:38:18 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Impala64ssa
The Truth About Cars blog wrote that Irv Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800 is scheduled to reach 3 million miles this year.

But does it have it's original engine?

12 posted on 04/04/2012 11:44:46 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Bellflower

Ironically, considering the "utilitarian" design of Volvos that generally appeals to liberals, the P1800 was one of the nicest looking Euro sports cars ever built. Roger Moore drove one in the TV show The Saint.
13 posted on 04/05/2012 2:37:33 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I remember, a freind of mine had a 65 Mustang that could start in reverse. It seemed the auto shift linkage on some Fords were a bit flimsy.


14 posted on 04/05/2012 2:40:39 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Maintenance is important, but for a car to reach this sort of mileage, it’s also luck of the draw. She just happened to get one of the good ones where every part was perfectly manufactured and properly assembled.

Of course, back then cars were mostly made out of an expensive and durable material called “metal”. That doesn’t happen any more.


15 posted on 04/05/2012 2:56:58 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Impala64ssa
Irv Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800 is scheduled to reach 3 million miles this year

That works out to something like 180 miles per day for 45 years. I'm not sure I believe this claim.

16 posted on 04/05/2012 3:11:45 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo - most of its first 35 years were spent in bumper-to-bumper traffic on his daily 125-mile commute on the Long Island Expressway.


17 posted on 04/05/2012 3:24:45 AM PDT by anglian
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To: Impala64ssa

Routine maintinence is the key. I have over 555K miles on my 1999 Toyota. Get the small things taken care of before they become big problems. It’s cheaper that way, too.


18 posted on 04/05/2012 3:36:04 AM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: bigredkitty1

I have over 246k miles on my 1998 Harley electra glide classic,


19 posted on 04/05/2012 3:44:45 AM PDT by bikerman (you can take the man out of the jungle but can't take the jungle out of the man)
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To: Bellflower

My long mostly off and now sort of on jalopy 1968 Willys has most of the original mechanical stuff. The hubs are mismatched and the radiator is from who knows where.

It will spin over but no ignition. I have forgotten a lot of basic automotive. That is what books, wiring diagrams, and meters are for.

The wiring is in poor condition. The next plan of parts is to swap out the coil and old distributor. There is an aftermarket one with electronics instead of darned points that is externally indentical. Chucking that old one barrel is on the agenda too.

Me and my dad had it running a few years ago when he rescued it. It had to be pulled off to start but it ran ok as far as I can remember.

Yesterday a friend of mine helped me clear the bay I have it stored in at another person’s building that is crammed full of junk. Now big and bulky me has a little room to actually do stuff.

http://tysonneil.smugmug.com/Other/1968-Project-Willys-CJ5/15578238_GGkBkh#!i=1167186781&k=6xWUk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es2_DaYkmnc

I am also rolling HD video of my efforts on it. Some of that is going to stock footage that might sell one day. Here is a mix of HD and some old SD when it arrived way back when.

http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-2098691-stock-footage-gasoline-splashing-around-and-going-down-old-model-single-barrel-carburetor.html

http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-2098688-stock-footage-closeup-of-old-engine-dipstick-uncapped-and-pulled.html

http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-2098685-stock-footage-old-model-distributor-rotor-button-spins.html

http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-144607-stock-footage-using-a-ratchet-on-an-engine.html

http://footage.shutterstock.com/clip-144301-stock-footage-spark-plug-wire-and-plug-maintenance.html


20 posted on 04/05/2012 4:48:51 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: lurk

Wasn’t my first but I had a ‘67 Caliente for a couple of years. This was in about the ‘78 to ‘80 time frame. The vacuum booster for the brakes went out. I priced a replacement diaphragm which was well over a hundred dollars,
so I cut a 99 cent beach ball in two and it worked fine until I sold the car. I gave the guy I sold it to the other half of the ball.


21 posted on 04/05/2012 5:02:02 AM PDT by Starstruck
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To: No One Special

Sweeeeeet Car! (Sorry, Rachael, you too.)


22 posted on 04/05/2012 6:03:48 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: Impala64ssa

My 1948 Harley is better today than when it was new.


23 posted on 04/05/2012 6:07:10 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Impala64ssa
I had a '68 Mustang that would start in reverse. The shift was on the floor, although I don't know how common that was for an automatic transmission.

Thought it was the coolest thing ever [after I pimped it out with racing stripes and matching racing mirrors].

It blew a head gasket, so I traded it for a silver '68 Pontiac Firebird with a posi-track rear end.....used to scare the CR@P out of people taking the turns.

[sigh]

Those were they days! LOL!

24 posted on 04/05/2012 6:58:16 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: bikerman
I have over 246k miles on my 1998 Harley electra glide classic,

That's impressive. I only  put about 12k per year on mine (Road Glide). How many rebuilds has it had?

25 posted on 04/05/2012 7:14:43 AM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: wally_bert
The next plan of parts is to swap out the coil and old distributor.

I'd try replacing the points and condensor first, just to see if that restores it to running condition. If you want a breakerless ignition, the Pertronix Ignitor and Ignitor II are both available for Jeeps. They fit inside the original distributor body, enabling you to easily re-install the points & condensor in the event that the electronic module dies way out in BFE. (just hide the old parts in the ashtray or glovebox).

Pertronix makes a hotter coil to match its ignition module, too.

Be sure to post a video of the CJ once it's running.

26 posted on 04/05/2012 7:37:53 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: wally_bert

That looks like an easy restore. You can get a lot of body panels for those and the engine and electrics are super simple. If I were you, I would just replace all the ignition components including the wiring and be done with it. That way you won’t have to screw around with it later down the road.


27 posted on 04/05/2012 8:31:52 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

The body parts aren’t bad except a replacement steel tub. That is the killer moneywise but it is a while before that is on the radar.

Since it isn’t rolling anytime soon, I plan to yank the fenders off for more access.

I hope to be “allowed” to work with it some this weekend and into the coming week.


28 posted on 04/05/2012 1:26:38 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Charles Martel

I’ve found the local parts people totally clueless about points and condensers. There is Kaiserwillys and I will probably order from them.

Even with a fresh new and charged battery, the starter seems a little slow and weak. It is probably original. I will look around for what an automotive electrical place would hit me for as far as test/rebuild. I have a feeling for a little more, I can get a reman with a warranty.

For such a small displacement engine, that is one massive starter. It looks like ones on some diesels I used to work with some many years ago.

Thanks for the Pertronix information. If I can get a hotter and better burn, I am interested.


29 posted on 04/05/2012 1:30:54 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: No One Special
Can't believe the shape of that body. LOL
30 posted on 04/05/2012 1:32:08 PM PDT by McGruff (Umm...I'm thinking.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
The first cars I ran around in as a kid were a 56 Pontiac and a 57 Dodge Corenet.

The Dodge had a push button automatic with no Park position. It had an interlock that prior to failure would keep it from starting in anything but neutral.

After failure of that interlock, it would start in any gear it had been left in which made for some "fast get-aways" for a teenager.

31 posted on 04/05/2012 1:46:28 PM PDT by KC Burke (Newton's New First Law, Repeal and Restore!)
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To: wally_bert
Yeah, the Auto Zone / Pep Boys crowd will definitely be out of their element when discussing un-computerized vehicles. New cars don't even have distributors, let alone mechanical breaker points.

As for that starter, be sure you rule out problems with the battery cables, engine-to-chassis ground and all the heavy wiring connectors in the starter circuit. Corrosion (sometimes unseen inside the insulation) or a frayed cable can cause a power loss at the starter.

32 posted on 04/05/2012 3:04:19 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: No One Special

Car had to have been thoroughly restored at some point. I wonder if her husband or son is a mechanic.


33 posted on 04/05/2012 3:13:50 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: JRandomFreeper

“So do her store-bought teef.

==

Was that really necessary?


34 posted on 04/05/2012 3:22:25 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Mears
Sure. After I saw the pic, I found my uppers, but I have no idea where my lowers are. And hers DO look good. I'm afraid my lowers are the victim of midnight kitchen hockey by the catz, and are under the fridge, coated with scary looking fuzzy stuff.

My store-bought teef and my old 240Z will still look good long after I've been reduced to ashes. ;)

Just a well intended nod to our inevitable deterioration and fate. Our cars and store bought teef outlast us by decades, if not centuries.

/johnny

35 posted on 04/05/2012 3:33:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Charles Martel

I’ve swapped the main battery and ground lead. The ones on it weren’t too hot looking.

Eventually one of the painless harnesses (supposedly very close to OEM) is on the agenda.

The cap is ill fitting and the wires off of it are sad. Those will get swapped with the rotor button.

At least the rain and some other conflicts mean I don’t have sit it out at a boring college baseball game or two and I might acutally have some open time instead of a piecemeal couple hours here and there.


36 posted on 04/05/2012 3:45:24 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: KC Burke

My sister has a concourse quality 1957 Imperial Southampton Coupe that I get stuck working on. The typewriter transmission doesn’t have a Park. You push the Neutral button to start it so that is the only gear you can be in on ignition. The Parking Brake is the park.

The Forward Look Mopars are cool to look at, but that Imperial has so many “high tech” features, it is a nightmare to work on. 7 wires run into the into the 2 speed wiper switch for crying out loud.


37 posted on 04/05/2012 4:10:51 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: wally_bert
I’ve found the local parts people totally clueless about points and condensers.

Try to deal with NAPA if you can. They usually have some old timers there that know the old stuff. Also steer clear of re-manufactured stuff if you can rebuild the original. I sometimes have gone through 2 or 3 of something before I found one that the Mexicans rebuilt right. There are usually starter/alternator guys still around. Hit some local car shows this summer to ask folks for information if they have a related vehicle. See where they get their parts and work done.

There is a guy 10 minutes up the road from me that is supposed to be thee guy for Willys Jeep stuff. I have a buddy that just picked up an mid 60's one and used him for parts and advise and he knew his stuff.

http://walcks4wd.com/

He has a pile of them laying around.

38 posted on 04/05/2012 4:20:49 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

NAPA has usually gone right.

Thank you for the link! I have that one bookmarked for review.


39 posted on 04/05/2012 4:35:19 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: JRandomFreeper

“Our cars and store bought teef outlast us by decades, if not centuries.”

Yah,Johnny,they will.

Cheers.


40 posted on 04/05/2012 5:59:26 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

My dad had bought it new and I got it seven years later with a 100k on it
I also loved the convertible of that model.
All the 57 models were great. The Corvette, the T-bird, the chevy.


41 posted on 04/06/2012 4:56:53 AM PDT by KC Burke (Newton's New First Law, Repeal and Restore!)
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