Awww comeon - doesn't anybody else have any pictures?
First car was this 1951 Mercury Coup. It had a flat head V8 and 3 on the tree.
My parents had a family friend who had been a repo man. Back in the 1960's they didn't use tow trucks - it was too easy to hotwire a car. Repo men worked in pairs, one would lookout for the owner while the other hotwired the car and drove it away. "Uncle Jack" used this car to do his repo work. The car had a bullet hole in the back drivers side door that went clean through the back seat and through the floorboard. Someone had taken a shot at him while doing repo work. My friends in High School thought that bullet hole was the COOLEST thing - so I never repaired it.
But another strange thing about Uncle Jack - he never drove on the early expressways and never drove faster than about 40 mph (perhaps that's why he didn't get away fast enough to miss that bullet :-)) So as long as I drove under 40 that engine was perfect - drive faster than that and it would burn a quart of oil per tank of gas.
And the transmission was SHOT. 1st was fine, but the tranny wouldn't stay in 2nd. You had to keep your hand on the shifter and press up HARD to keep it in 2nd. Then getting it into 3rd required a certain fast Flick of the wrist that none of the rest of my family could master. A friend and I took the transmission apart once and the main gear was so chewed up we just closed it back up as I couldn't afford the parts.
I drove that car my last 2 years of HS and first year of college. My Dad paid $75 for that car and I sold it 3 years later for $100.
My dad didn't help me with that car - he was working 6 days a week during that time (probably to pay for my college). But when I was younger we did work on his 1938 Ford standard 2d Coup. That car was in pristine condition. Sadly, the reason we worked on it was so Dad could sell it. I really wish I still had that car today.