The day my husband cried real tears!

United States
August 18, 2016 6:57am CST
Am I execrating? Sure, just a little, but it made for a good title! Now here's the rest of the story. Back in 1969, way before my time with him since we didn't meet until 1997, my husband bought a brand new '69 elCamino. It was the hot vehicle of the times and some think it still is LOL! It was blue and it had power up the wing-wang. When I met him the car was almost 30 years old. It was tired, wasn't used, it was in primer and parked in a garage for years. He did dust it off and picked me up for a date in it one evening...I wasn't thrilled to say the least! It was, in one word, ugly. After we got married and decided we would move to TN I tried to talk him out of dragging it with us. That didn't go over very well. It just so happened that his aunt died and left him a small amount of money, just enough to get the vehicle painted the original color. It did look a lot better I will admit So we paid a transport company to haul it from NJ to TN. I drove once, but with my short legs I could just barely reach the clutch so only I managed to go a few miles before I gave up! The car went with us from home to home in Tennessee - when we hit our third home we had 10 acres and about 8 of those needed mowing. I told him, "If it can't cut grass it has to go." He knew it was time. We had no spare garage to park it in at that house and he knew he couldn't leave it parked outside. So, after an add in Cragislist the elCamino found itself a buyer. That buyer was just that - he bought and sold old vehicles...so the car eventually wound up out in the mid-west with a true elCamio lover who is taking good care of it. Did he cry a few real tear? I think so, but he would never admit it! PS: Yes, he did buy himself a nice new super-duper lawn tractor for those 8 acres. Photo is mine taken while waiting for the Dandridge, TN Christmas Parade to kick off.
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@LadyDuck (157283)
• Switzerland
18 Aug 16
My husband has sold two weeks ago his 36 years old Datsun 280 ZX. He only used that car a couple of times every month. It was a sport car, low and not very comfortable now that we are aging. It costed a fortune in insurance and annual state tax. I think he also cried a few tears, but at least now it's gone.
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• United States
18 Aug 16
280 Z, a former boyfriend of mine had one int he 80's, he thought he was so cool but it was an automatic! Men and their cars....
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@LadyDuck (157283)
• Switzerland
18 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill My husband bought his 280 ZX in 1981, it was not an automatic, it had a stick. I hope that the car craziness is over now.
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• United States
18 Aug 16
@LadyDuck I was in a contest to win one. I had a one in 15 chance of winning. I had to get to the dealership and pull a key to see if it started the car...the idiot boyfriend really didn't want me to have the same car as his so he made sure I didn't get there that day. He wasn't a nice person.
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
18 Aug 16
This reminds me of an old boy friend who had an ugly Studebaker. I was embarrassed of being seen in it. On top of being very ugly, it was black, can't remember what year it was, but it was OLD.
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• United States
18 Aug 16
I remember my best freind's father had one of them and it was ugly
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
20 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill The ugliest car on this planet then!
• United States
20 Aug 16
@marlina My husband installed the A/C in it and it was so cold you really could make ice cream in it.
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
18 Aug 16
My fiance had an elCamino and sold it just before he met me. He has regretted it since that day. He loved that car and every time he sees one it hits him. Sometimes I think I see a tear as one passes by. He will never really get over it. They are a treasure to have.
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• United States
18 Aug 16
I think since it's been 6 years my husband is ok with it LOL! (or so he says)
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@Happy2BeMe (74743)
• Canada
18 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill It has been 6 years since my fiance sold his and he is still not okay! lol Glad your husband is handling it well.
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• United States
18 Aug 16
@Happy2BeMe Thanks, he's old so he 'forgets' things LOL!
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
18 Aug 16
I'm quite glad that my husband has never been that keen on cars - he's like me in that a car is just a means of getting from A to B.
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• United States
18 Aug 16
To a man back in the 60's an elCamino was a piece of heaven not a car! I'm lucky I get to pick out our cars now! And I'm even luckier since he isn't a sports fan so I don't have to deal with all the football games.
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@jaboUK (53935)
• United Kingdom
18 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill My husband doesn't like football either, but it's horse racing for him. Luckily I like that too.
• United States
18 Aug 16
@jaboUK We each have our own TV so he can watch whatever and I can watch good stuff LOL
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@LeaPea2417 (20413)
• Toccoa, Georgia
18 Aug 16
That is a great looking car. I love older model cars. And, I know the feeling your husband was having when you sold it. In 2010, my husband and I sold our 22 year old Ford truck. It was the first automobile we bought together as a married couple and we drove it a lot and drove the kids in it. We sold it to a guy my husband worked with, who then sold it to his relative who lives somewhere in North East Georgia probably around 45 minutes away. I wonder how it is doing. I still get sentimental when I think of it.
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• United States
18 Aug 16
I only got sentimental over one of my cars - the last one - which I sold before we moved south. It was my red sports car that I bought for y 50th birthday since I didn't want to turn 50 driving an old lady's car!
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@Tampa_girl7 (25690)
• United States
18 Aug 16
I hope that he enjoyed his new tractor
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• United States
18 Aug 16
He certainly did and we just sold it a few months ago and bought a new one - he had it for six years.
@UncleJoe (9942)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
18 Aug 16
I dearly loved my 1100cc Honda Shadow motorcycle that I rode year-round for 14 years. I was engaged to a woman who hated bikes, and gave me an ultimatum. It goes or she does. I wonder whatever happened to her.
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• United States
18 Aug 16
LOL, I had a feeling I knew your punchline!
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
18 Aug 16
that is one of those cars I want someday myself!
• United States
18 Aug 16
They started making them again....can't remember if they stopped or still doing it!
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• Centralia, Missouri
20 Aug 16
@AbbyGreenhill according to wiki. so they did make more, just not currently, I have no idea what year I'd want 1.2 First generation (1959–1960) 1.3 Second generation (1964–1967) 1.3.1 1965 1.3.2 1966 1.3.3 1967 1.4 Third generation (1968–1972) 1.5 Fourth generation (1973–1977) 1.6 Fifth generation (1978–1987) 1.6.1 1982 1.7 The mythical 1988 model year
@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
19 Aug 16
My husband isn't really into cars. He likes ones that get good gas mileage, me too. I don't get attached, when it's time to trade it in, I just get another one.
• United States
19 Aug 16
All men are different. My husband has been a mechanic since he was 17.
@miniam (9241)
• Bern, Switzerland
18 Aug 16
Did your husband not know that you can not urgue with a woman and win?even if you do, it`s only a question of time until they find a way to make you lose. But as you say,you needed a mower so something had to give.
• United States
19 Aug 16
He knew it was time to let it go - it was starting to rust from sitting outside.
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@Macarrosel (7572)
• Philippines
18 Aug 16
Seemed your husband really loved the car. It's a Vintage car I think and it's costly now.
• United States
19 Aug 16
When we sold it we didn't get as much as he thought he would get.
@amnabas (10282)
• Karachi, Pakistan
18 Aug 16
See that car supported him long span that's why he had some missing tears.
• United States
18 Aug 16
Yes, he had it a long time for sure.