I got my license the day after my first day of detasseling because my dad didn't want to get up at 4am to take me every morning. Same day I got my car.
Speaking of which, there's a good memory. My first car.
God I love this thing.
My dad found it for me on craigslist in Seward, NE (Half hour drive). I saw it and kinda thought "Ehhh" because, well, it wasn't a camaro. And it was only $300, how good could that
be? Upon arriving, I noticed it at least had black rims that didn't look too bad... Okay, one point for the car. Tinted windows... Even though its a weird purple-ish blue-ish color... Half a point. It was a V6, not a 4 banger, point for car. Automatic... Eh, I'd rather have a manual but I can't complain. Drivers side window didn't work... -5 points. That part sucked so much.
I didn't even get to drive the car before we bought it, my dad was the one that test drove it. But I decided it was cool enough for me and so we bought it. Hooray!
I drove it to detasseling at 4am. It was so freeing having my own car and I ended up going to my friends house almost every day just because I could. However, the drive kinda sucked because the drivers side window didn't work.
...Let's think about this. Black car. Tinted windows. Left in the sun all day while I was detasseling. It got kinda hot. And that heat didn't dissipate very fast. I remember one day as I was leaving detasseling I opened my door while someone else was standing behind me waiting to get in my car, and as I opened it a heat wave comes out and she says "Holy god that is hot. You're going to drive that?"
Being my first car, I was inclined to attempt to fix some things myself. I got a buddy to help me replace the window motor, thank god. So amazing, air.
Next upon my list was the peeling paint on the hood. Spraypaint to the rescue! Looked alright until it peeled more.
And then my first 'real' mod: Exhaust. This would end up being probably the most changed part on the car. First I tried a glasspack muffler replacing the stock muffler. This was my setup for quite a while. Then I was going to try removing the glasspack and trying straight piped with a cat convertor... My car apparently disagreed with me, as I pulled the cat off along with the glasspack. This lead to me driving a car that dumped exhaust from the center of the car where the cat used to be... It. Was. Loud
. Drove it that way for a couple weeks then put a pipe so the exhaust came out the back. Slightly more manageable. However, neighbors, parents, and friends still complained. So I put the glasspack where the cat used to be and now I have a decent sounding car, still got some deep tone while not deafening my passengers. Other mods included painting the filler panels on the back, tinting the headlights, tinting the taillights, installing red underglow, and painting some random things red instead of white (Chevy logo on center cap of rims, GT logos on inside of doors, Chevy bowtie edges on grill, etc). Planning on painting my brake calipers, painting over the ugly purple and green GT logo on the outside of the doors, and the beretta logo on the back.
...Man that was long and drawn out. Ah well, I love my car. Good memory.