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My wife and I have been bored silly minimizing social interactions so we decided it was time to take our cars out today.

Nothing special, and not especially well composed pictures, but nobody's been posting pics of their cars lately.

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My wife's white 1984 is an Automatic with leather interior, digital gauges, and sunroof. It has the original billboard 'Supra' decal. Except for the Raptor Racing 2.5" exhaust, the car is stock.

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My black 1983 is a manual with cloth interior, analog gauges, and no sunroof. I removed the 1983 decals when the car was new. The wheels are 17" HRE model 540s with Bridgestone Potenza Pole Position S03s in 245/40 front and rear. The exhaust is an aluminized HKS exhaust. The springs, swaybars, and shocks have been changed.

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I don't think that the ride height looks quite right due to the picture's angle. In fact, the car is about 1/2" to 1" lower than stock. The wheels are 17" .

It's a lot of fun taking both cars out together.
People are really very considerate; if we merge into a stream of traffic and they see the two similar cars, they will into the other lane and let us stay together.

We laugh and say that we have our own mini meet going on. We have met so many people who stop and ask about the cars. Either people are older and have owned one, or are younger and don't know what they are.

Anyways, it was a beautiful late summer day.

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Wow, nice cars and nice pictures, thanks for sharing! Your cars look just like new!

When we still had our local Toyota group running, I organized a cruise through the mountains; at the meeting point one of the younger kids showed up first and asked about the age of my Supra. He was amazed that the car was older than he was :) It has been a while since I met someone who still knew what a car it is.
 

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People are really very considerate; if we merge into a stream of traffic and they see the two similar cars, they will into the other lane and let us stay together.
Other gearheads might do that, but most people are in their own little world, totally oblivious to what kind of cars are around them, sometimes totally oblivious that there are ANY other cars around them. And then on the other extreme you get the drivers who've never seen an old car like yours before and try to get too close to get a better look. Or they honk and try to get your attention, hollering "What year is it?" out the window at 70mph at the top of their lungs. All you hear is "Whmm Mmmmh zzzzz T" amongst the whoosh of the air flow but you know they've asked the year because that's what they always ask. Gotta be careful out there driving classic cars. Glad you were able to get them out and back safely.
 

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Nice! Its certainly high time we did another lower mainland mk2 cruise/meet! Unfortunately 2020 is about the worst year for it. It could be done alright following guidelines I think, but our numbers are in a pretty precarious place right now. This year is a total wash for me though. I don't even have the ability to pull my car out of storage right now and I'm crazy busy with work and life.

We should try and get some meets going next year again like we used to. Very curious who would come out.

I was in Kelwona yesterday and saw a mint looking 84 blue two tone ripping it up on Westside road! I was in a tacoma, so I was invisible to him sadly.
 

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Hi Seamus,

Yes, this has been a horrible year. My wife and I were going to try to get out more often and then COVID-19 came along.
Being older, we are really trying to limit our outside interactions, but Cabin Fever is starting to get to us. However, people are really starting to get lax about physical distancing so we are trying to recommit to isolating.

We just HAD to get out with the cars though!

I'm sure next year will be better hopefully with a vaccine out. I'm really curious to see who would come out in the area too. There seem to be a lot of new Canadian forum members, but I'm not sure how many come from British Columbia.

A nice charcoal 1984 Automatic was listed in greater Victoria recently on Craigslist and it didn't seem to hang around long. Hopefully a sign of more young people getting involved.

Anyways, I just had to post pictures. It's been months since anybody on the forum posted new pictures so I thought I'd try to start a trend. I know there are a lot of members with nice cars out there, or people doing really interesting mods and repairs. I want to see them.

Come on people, don't be shy!

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I'm having serious car show withdrawal too. I got in one with the Corvette before they shut everything down here but there's been nothing else all summer. This is harder than when I stopped MSS cold turkey. ;)
 

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How can't I be shy when looking at your beautiful cars...:)
Zoe,
I was lucky enough to buy the black one new in 1983 and the 1984 is a '20 footer' (6M in Europe?) car. One that looks okay at a distance but needs work none the less.
I love looking at all Mark II's.

I think you will find that North Americans would like to see your car to spot the differences between markets.
Seeing that we can't attend meets, we should be posting lots of stuff so we can 'bench race', talking about our cars!

Dale
 
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I'm having serious car show withdrawal too. I got in one with the Corvette before they shut everything down here but there's been nothing else all summer. This is harder than when I stopped MSS cold turkey. ;)
It's really getting to me too.
Thank god for Formula 1 racing, otherwise I don't know what I'd do.
It is making me get interested in getting to work on the cars though. Get ready for NEXT season.

Pictures! We want pictures!!!!!!

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Speaking of car pictures, I follow this fellow on flickr.

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He is Custom_Cab and I started following him when he took a picture of my car.
He takes pictures of anything on wheels. Not just show cars.
He literally takes pictures of any cars on the streets that he sees that is a bit different.

Several years after following starting to follow him, I actually met him. He works at the Radiator shop that I go to.

I find it really interesting because he'll stop in the middle of the country when he sees an old junked car in a field.

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Dale, so nice to see you and your wife getting the Mk2s out on the road for some quality time!!
 

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Mick enjoys cars too. Not fixing them, which she did when she was young helping her dad.
But she enjoys cars, driving, and the cameraderie too.
She knows how to drive a standard transmission, probably better than me, but her car is the automatic.

I've owned my 1983 from new.
At Mick's suggestion we bought the 1984 7 years ago.
I drove by a Repo Lot for almost a full year and spotted this white 1984. When I checked the price, it was just too high.
I would drop by every 4 months and ask about the car, and every time I was told, ' we don't dicker on price'.
Finally, between Christmas and New Year in 2013, I went by and got the same response. I came home and finally told my wife about the price being out of line. Well, she rolled her eyes and said to go back, tell them what I was prepared to pay and leave a card with my contact information. She said that they would call within 2 days with an offer. I naturally didn't believe my wife, but 2 days later, I get a call from the dealer and they accept my offer. Goes to show, always listen to your wife!

Anyways, she said that she would like to own the car, so we put it in her name. I get to drive it, and I do the maintenance, but it keeps her involved in the Supra hobby. A win-win.

I think it's funny, I have the black car with cloth interior, manual tranny, analog dash, and no sunroof. She has the white car with leather interior, automatic, digital dash, and sunroof. Ebony and Ivory...
Basic and dressed cars. It's perfect.

I think it's great that she likes to get involved with the hobby. She can put up with the time and money spent.

Words to the wise for the young guys (and girls) on the site, 'Happy wife, happy life'
 
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Anyways, she said that she would like to own the car, so we put it in her name. I get to drive it, and I do the maintenance, but it keeps her involved in the Supra hobby. A win-win.

I think it's funny, I have the black car with cloth interior, manual tranny, analog dash, and no sunroof. She has the white car with leather interior, automatic, digital dash, and sunroof. Ebony and Ivory...
Basic and dressed cars. It's perfect.

I think it's great that she likes to get involved with the hobby. She can put up with the time and money spent.

Words to the wise for the young guys (and girls) on the site, 'Happy wife, happy life'
In 2009 I set about to purchase a 1967-68 Mustang coupe. When I would ask the sellers why they were selling, I think more than half told me the same story. "I bought it for my <wife, daughter, girlfriend, mistress, etc.> but she never drives it." I couldn't believe so many men had bought classic Mustangs for their women in hopes that they'd actually go to car shows with them instead of nagging them to skip the car show and take them to an opera. Obviously, the strategy rarely worked.

The one I finally bought came out of a car dealership executive's collection, but the story was very close. It had been driven by his daughter when she was in high school in the 70s, he'd stored it for all those years, eventually had the staff in the Cadillac body shop to completely restore it and then presented it to her as a gift in 2007. She kept it a couple of years, drove it maybe a half dozen or so times and then gave it back, asking him to sell it and give her the money instead.

The Supra at least has the advantage of modernity. Those old Mustangs didn't have power locks or power windows or backup cameras or anything. Some didn't even have power brakes or power steering. The Supra by comparison does at least feel and drive much more like a modern car. But its still 30 years old. She still has to actually dig the key out from the bottom of her giant 👜 in order to drive it. ;)
 

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Women!

Mick used to drive a '93 Escort with 5-speed and armstrong steering. It was great fun once up to speed, but when parking you had to really yank on the wheel. By comparison the Supra is as you say modern enough to be reasonably luxurious. And she loves the cassette deck. She has the briefcase on the floor in the back seat with Paula Abdul and other performers from her youth. She opens the sunroof, puts the windows down and has '80s pop blaring when she takes her car out. It makes a real statement! She has an '09 Ford Fusion with 3L V6 as a daily driver which has more features, but boy, do people comment on her '84.

As far as buying children cars, I will always remember a customer who I consider to be a friend. He was almost retired and he had bought his son a '66 Mustang convertible with A-code 289. He brought me over to his house to show me and he says that he bought it for his son who wouldn't drive it because he wanted a Corvette! Dear god, I just about fainted. I offered to buy it right there, but he said that he and the 'little woman' were going to do a vacation to California and were thinking of driving it own and back. Oh well.

Mick's dad was a Dutchman who worked on Volkswagon Beetles for his own use and to flip. He always had Mick helping him do the mechanical work. I'm lucky, because she caught the love cars through this.
 

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Ahem....o_O

There are a few tech geeks amongst us, though.

This year my use of old cars is a bit limited, but last summer was great with respect to car usage; During summer, when it wasn't raining, I showed up at work driving either my 1979 Cadillac or my 1983 Supra. One of my colleagues once quipped "do you have any normal cars as well?" :)

Both of my darlings are old enough to be something special, they stand out for their shape and looks, they are old enough that there is little to no electronics in them (and no annoying beeps) but new enough for the creature comforts like dual brake circuits, power brakes, power steering, electric windows etc. They feel modern to drive. The Supra is much more manual than the Cadillac of course with the stick shift and no A/C, but then their characters are quite different anyway.

Interestingly enough, I feel that I get more comments when driving the Supra than the Cadillac.

Back to Dale's wonderful cars, I am absolutely blown to see that he is the first owner of his Supra! Congratulations!
 

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Ahem....o_O

There are a few tech geeks amongst us, though.
Oh, I know, but if we can't complain about our wives, who can we complain about?

I find modern cars are far too feature-laden. They are far more efficient and environmentally friendly, but they remind me of a cell phone. So many features that it's distracting. I'll pull up to a red light and the engine shuts off. God, that drives me crazy. The Supra is just in the right range where it has the creature comforts, like you say, but doesn't go overboard. Most of the ergonomics are correct.

So you own a Cadillac in Bavaria? Now that has to be a story of it's own! What model of Cadillac? Was it a US Serviceman who brought it over and sold it?

I am extremely lucky to have driven company cars the entire time I've owned my Mk 2 so it has about 53,000 km on it. I've also had it in the garage the entire time so sunlight hasn't baked it to death. Mick's car has 111,000 km on it and the interior is is very good shape, but it's suspension/underbody is not pristine. That's on the list of things to do!

Thank you for the kind words. I'd like to brag and say that I restore cars brilliantly, but I don't. There are forum members who have brought cars back from really bad condition to gorgeous vehicles. I truly love to see other people's work on this forum.
 
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You are indeed both lucky to share the same hobby.
I would like to be in similar situation.
Instead, it's one of my kids that got the car syndrome, not Supra though.
 

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You are indeed both lucky to share the same hobby.
I would like to be in similar situation.
Instead, it's one of my kids that got the car syndrome, not Supra though.
Hahaha!

My older grandson just bought a Cressida and he's doing the exact same things that I did when I was young.
There is a rust hole behind the passenger side rear tire, but does he fix or fill this? No, he's looking for wheel adapters to add modern wheels to it. Aaaah. And you can't say anything because we all go through it and don't want to suppress his enthusiasm, but....

With the wife, she's interested and understands the issues well enough that she doesn't go off on tangents. Children and grand children though. I feel your pain!
 
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