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  1. MoparFlores

    MoparFlores New Member

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    Hey everyone, just a random post here but I just want to say how thankful I am for this website and group of people here. I just recently came back here because I need some advice but I already made another post with my question. This one is about my experience with c bodies specifically furies. The first post I made here was back in 2015 I was 19 years old i had bought myself a 1968 Fury 3. I was originally looking for a dart or a demon but I met a young man (he was older than me by alot idk why I call him young man) by the name of John i talked to him about what i was looking for because he had an old Pontiac le mans and he decided he would sell me his 68 fury. I had just turned 19 it was his birthday gift to me. Anyhow I fell in love with that car and the rest is history. I'm 24 now funny thing is it's been 5 years almost exactly to the day since then. I've experienced a whole lot in these past 5 years. I spent some time in a few different states, got away from the old neighborhood. I went to trade school and now I work as a diesel mechanic. So many things have changed over the years and here I am back again and this time I have a 73 fury. I do still own my 68 by the way. Anyhow that's just me wanting to tell you guys how c bodies kind of saved my life. If it wasnt for this love of c bodies I'd probably be in my old ghetto neighborhood still and I'd probably still be hanging around the horrible people I used to hang around. I'm glad this place is still going strong. C bodies live forever
     
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  2. SPF Required

    SPF Required Active Member

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    Hey there @MoparFlores. Welcome back. Glad to hear life is working out for the better for you. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’d venture to guess a lot of us on this site did a lot of growing up between 19 and 24 just like you. There is a lot to be said about working hard and staying out of trouble. Sounds like you’ve got a good job and are headed in the right direction. The best advice I got when I was your age and just starting to get a steady paycheck was to squirrel away a little bit of that check every month into a long term savings account for retirement (for me it was a 401k offered by my employer). Have it taken out before the check gets deposited into your bank. There are tax benefits to this and your employer might even match a little bit. You get used to that little bit not being available to you pretty quickly. If your company matches any of it, it’s like getting a little extra pay when you’re all said and done. It’s not easy at first, but over time you get used to it.

    if you can do it for the long haul, you’ll be writing a similar post in 35 years saying how some old guy told you you’d be retiring before you’re 60. It’s not easy to play the long game, especially if marriage, kids, and more old cars are on your horizon, but if you can pull it off, you won’t regret it.

    keep up the good work kiddo!
     
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  3. mr. fix it

    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    Welcome back:thumbsup:
     
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  4. detmatt

    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Nice post, welcome back from the Motor City!
     
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  5. rags

    rags Senior Member

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    agree. agree. agree. doesn't take a lot of snow to make a snow ball, you just have to keep on rolling it. long term bond fund. sp500 index fund. buy the dips. do something! i'm looking at retiring at 62 if i live that long as a mechanic. gotta think long term and stay healthy. only get one life. don' F' it up.
     
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  6. 75LandYacht

    75LandYacht Yank Tank FCBO Gold Member

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    Welcome back young’en. Lol. Happy to hear to driving in the Left lane. Lol. The Right lane can easily take to bad places if your not carful.. sounds like your doing what you love and making a good living at it.. keep us posted on the Fury as you go along. All your Uncle Cbody’s Are here for ya..:steering:
     
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  7. tallhair

    tallhair Rufus "Mod Hair" Firefly Staff Member

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    Best advice! Pay yourself first and make it automatic !

    every time you get a raise, promotion, or COLA increase savings by a little more.

    recommend Roth 401K and or Roth IRA.
     
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  8. tallhair

    tallhair Rufus "Mod Hair" Firefly Staff Member

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    Vanguard VFIAX is a great S&P500 index fund that I’ve been using for 30 years. I retired last year at 54. You can do it.
     
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    Fratzog Old Man with a Hat

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    This says all I need to know about your character. You seem to have your priorities in order and therefore will do fine in life. Don't forget to give up regular updates on your progress with your cars. Thanks for touching base.
     
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  10. Mr C

    Mr C Senior Member

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    This is a great community of folks. Folks I'd like to meet some day.

    One of the reasons I plan on doing Carlisle some day.
     
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  11. MoparFlores

    MoparFlores New Member

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    I appreciate the responses from everyone it means alot to me. I've been putting money into a 401k through my employer for the last couple of years its started to become quite the chunk of change already. This community of car owners really pushes me to accomplish alot more, motivates me to be better.
     
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  12. MacLebaron

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    Glad to hear things are working out for you! The advice about savings is most definitely important and worth following.
    One item I would bring up is always be open to learn new things, especially if it is on someone else's dime (employer's dime). You may not see a need for that new skill at the time, but 2-5 years later you may have an opportunity to use that skill. One other thing to remember is always stay in touch with people you come across at different times. You never know when and where you will cross paths again.
    Life for me has been a continual learning process and I have been fortunate to have some great opportunities along the way. Just remember when you are experiencing bad times, good times will come again. Keep an open mind, enjoy your experiences along the way. Remember it is up to us to decide if the glass is half full or half empty.
     
  13. live4theking

    live4theking Old Man with a Hat

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    I'm glad for you. I wish more younger folks understood the value of working for something. When you earn something, you value it.

    Pay yourself first. I'd you want something save and buy it out right.
     
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