OM212 - Toyota Hilux

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The cars John and Ken have owned (OM212)



Not a single one of John’s cars was a new car or even a halfway functional car. He had multiple cars catch on fire and burn because he is a dumb-ass. If he wanted to be a junk car guy or a nutty car guy he should at least have had some cool cars. The Fiat and the Volkswagen Bus were cool, but nothing is cool about a Chrysler LHS.

John’s parents were Chrysler people all the way back. His mom drove across the country in a 1954 Chevy (Chevrolet Bel Air), but after that they bought Plymouths all the way through the 1960s. In 1972 they bought a Dodge Dart and drove it until his dad bought the Imperial (John’s first car). Their loyalty to Plymouth/Chrysler went back to the 1950s and got passed down to John. Ken’s parents were Ford people which probably came from their parents as well. John first turned into a Ford truck person and he still believes in Ford trucks, but Ford didn’t make a 1970s Suburban and he ended up with a GMC. There was only one Japanese car in John’s whole list (the Nissan) and John also forgot to include the GMC RV he briefly owned from 2015-2017.

John’s mom had a Chevy Nova that was manufactured by Toyota and branded Chevrolet during the period when Chevrolet didn’t even know how to make cars anymore. It turned out to be a lemon. John has spent a lot of time in Toyotas because he is an American person. His Nissan 4x4 was during the era of ascendancy of the Toyota SR5 Pickup (Toyota HiLux), the hottest, coolest truck from Michael J. Fox’s supporting role to the star of Back to the Future, which was the pickup truck. It was a jacked-up SR5 that was super-hot and it was emblematic of the 1980s. John overlooks that the DeLorian was the actual star of the film.

John was growing up in the 1970s when Japanese cars were seen as really cheap-o, small, badly made and dangerous little economy boxes, while American cars were at their most bloated and gas-gusting. The Japanese made small efficient cars with small motors that were great and manufactured to a high standard, but they were the opposite of what America thought of as a good car. European sports cars always had a small displacement motor and were light and small so they were fast, while American cars tried to get speed through pure motor displacement. American cars from the 1960s are legendarily very fast in a straight line, but as soon as you turn the wheel to do any kind of maneuver the car just becomes a Beluga Whale.

Ken was not a car fan, but a game-show fan and only remembers all those car being given away on game shows.

John’s High School friend putting aviation gas in his car (OM212)

John had a friend in High School who worked at Merrill Field (airport in Anchorage) swabbing down float-planes. In the winter when the lake was frozen he kept the ski-planes clean and gassed up. He would put aviation gasoline in his (Toyota) Celica which is a lot higher octane and makes the car run a lot hotter. He ran it until he blew the motor up.

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