r/mildlyinteresting Jan 22 '22 Wholesome 1

Burger restaurant near me uses a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass muscle car as its delivery vehicle

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2.1k Upvotes

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u/BigAssWhipSpider Jan 22 '22

I wouldn't use a classic car as a work horse.

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u/nlpnt Jan 22 '22

Probably used by the owner for one delivery a day and signwritten mostly for publicity and the tax writeoff.

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u/HogfishMaximus Jan 23 '22

What a great idea!

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u/kantokiwi Jan 23 '22

No depreciation on a classic car

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u/mrlucasw Jan 23 '22

There would be if daily it.

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u/ichoosetosavemyself Jan 22 '22

Seeing this car reminding me of something.

When I was 16 I had a job stripping beds at the Holiday Inn. One of the housekeepers convinced me to go to a car show in town because her dad had this sweet GTO entered. She was 23 and I was 16. She pretended to be my girlfriend the whole time we were at the show. I never really saw her dad. It was weird and exhilarating all at the same time. She ended up taking a job as a flagger on a road crew. We partied pretty hard her last night in town.

Also, I fucking got chicken pox from stripping beds that summer. So gross.

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

Awesome story. The GTO is the og muscle car as well

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u/ichoosetosavemyself Jan 22 '22

I never got into muscle cars or cars in general. But yeah, when we got in that thing and drove it around. It was so cool. I can definitely see the draw.

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

It's a cool experience for sure

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u/HogfishMaximus Jan 23 '22

Back in my day, the GTO was either:

Gas Tires n Oil

Or

Garbage Truck Option

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u/epochpenors Jan 22 '22

It sounds like the lady wanted to date you

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u/passinghere Jan 22 '22

Or wanted someone she felt safe with to stop her from being hassled / chatted up constantly by other guys because she was already "with someone" and thus able to relax and enjoy the show without hassle

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u/Mysticpoisen Jan 22 '22

car show

Yep, that sounds entirely plausible

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u/CerberusTamen Jan 22 '22

This sounds like a great setup for a Four Seasons song.

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u/ThrowinNightshade Jan 22 '22

Burger fuel is the tits

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u/WarConsigliere Jan 22 '22

Were the tits until they took the stilton burger off the menu. Now they're the vestigial third nipple.

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u/vinyl109 Jan 22 '22

I’m pretty sure that is just used by the owner as advertising, and not deliveries.

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

Well we saw an employee hop in it with a food bag and drive away so I assumed it was a delivery car, lol

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u/vinyl109 Jan 22 '22

Entirely possible that it could be used for that occasionally, but I don’t think that is their main purpose. It would not make financial sense due to the high cost of running it. Most burger fuel branches tend to have a classic muscle car out front, since it goes with their theme, and is used mainly for promotional purposes.

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u/passinghere Jan 22 '22

Yeah I was going to say it's not going to be cheap driving that around for all the deliveries

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

Yeah fair points

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u/chairfairy Jan 22 '22

I know the mileage is garbage (single digits MPG, depending on the engine), but gas is not the main cost of running deliveries

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u/mcarterphoto Jan 22 '22

That was my first car!!! 1971 Cutlass S in my case, but just the 350/2BBL. This was in Detroit, MI though, so you could kick pieces off the car due to rust. Paid $300 for it IIRC, in 1980 or 81 - just over 100k miles. Can you imagine that today, a car being at End-Of-Life by 9 or ten years, mainly from body decay - the thing was mechanically very reliable and tons of power.

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u/blaZedmr Jan 22 '22

Even worse, if it had lived in a different climate it'd still look like it did out of the factory pretty much, structural wise

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u/mcarterphoto Jan 22 '22

Dude, I know! I moved from Detroit to Dallas in like '81 with my bar band. Drummer was a mechanic/car nut, we'd just freak out at all the muscle cars in amazing shape. Even cars that weren't "restored" or repainted were still solid. I bought a 71 Firebird for like $1k, it was kind of faded but it was rust free. What would that sucker go for today??

Someone in my neighborhood drives one of these and it looks like it just rolled out of the factory. I want it I want it I want it.

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u/HogfishMaximus Jan 23 '22

Yeah, nowadays all the many cars I'v owned all get to 200,000 miles easily. My 1999 Honda CRV has 300,000 miles on her. Yeah, back in the day bearing needed to be repacked every 3000-5000 miles too.

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u/mcarterphoto Jan 23 '22

I "inherited" my wife's '97 Pathfinder. About to hit 200K, it's a champ. It survived an epic hail storm and looks like someone went after it with a bat, but I do photo/video and can load tons of gear in the thing. I have zero issues dropping repair $$ into it every now and then; I figure replacing it would give me a $300-$400 car payment for years. I replaced the whole AC system for $900 2 years ago - to me, if the car lasted 3-4 more months it was money well spent.

I do need to research how serious the every-100k miles timing belt service is; Japanese SUVs I've owned in the past? Pull the belt at 100K and it still looks almost new. Probably a grand to do the full service (water pump, hoses, stat, etc) but I imagine there's a Nissan forum with a reality-based time for that (it was done at 110k). But so far, service on this thing has run me an average of maybe $300-$400 a year, I'm like "that's a car payment!"

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u/HogfishMaximus Jan 23 '22

Do the timing chain, do t doubt it needs replacing. I lost a wonderful Honda Civic because I delayed the timing belt changed.

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u/Fskn Jan 22 '22

Is this kiwiland?

If not I didn't know burgerfuel was established elsewhere

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

yep!

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u/-BlackGoku Jan 23 '22

🇳🇿 🤦💁

Lol there's no salute emoji so I had to improvise

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u/FunToBuildGames Jan 23 '22

iPhone says 🖖🏻 is a salute, and I’m fine with that.

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u/flynnfilms Jan 23 '22

It's actually weird there isn't a salute emoji but there's emojis like 🔂

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u/mrlucasw Jan 23 '22

There's no way in hell this thing is used more than once or twice a day for deliveries in NZ. A car like that will run 98 octane, and a lot of it.

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u/Lewd_Thude Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

I've been to burger fuel a few times and this definitely matches there branding so I'm not surprised

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u/RickAstleyletmedown Jan 22 '22

Wait, Burgerfuel is a Kiwi company but that's a left hand drive car. WTF?

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u/UnusualSoup Jan 22 '22

You can import Left hand Drive cars to NZ, you need special permits and things.

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u/RickAstleyletmedown Jan 22 '22

Yeah, but it makes it doubly stupid as a delivery car.

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u/Phleep99 Jan 22 '22

Burgerfuel is in the US now too. In saying that, the NZ stores have the old American cars too.

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u/Limp-Pumpkin-516 Jan 22 '22

MPG aren't something I assume

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u/paco3346 Jan 22 '22

Not as bad as you'd think. I have a '71 of this car and it gets 16.5 MPG on the stock 350 with a 2 barrel.

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u/kantokiwi Jan 23 '22

Yep because it's New Zealand which means we use metric units. Kilometres per litre

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u/mrlucasw Jan 23 '22

Litres per 100 km, typically. Much easier to do the math.

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u/chairfairy Jan 22 '22

GPM, rather

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u/ZimMcGuinn Jan 22 '22

My old 1970 Monte Carlo was a guzzler. When you heard that 4 barrel carb open up you could literally watch the gas gauge go down.

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u/KDM_Racing Jan 22 '22

My gas gage in my Grand Prix was a floater. I would tell people the car guzzeld gas and would stomp on the gas and the gage would go down. But they never looked at it long enough to notice that when I let off the gas, the gage went back up.

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

Haha i love this. Thats hilarious

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u/pariah13 Jan 23 '22

Some dude that owns that car is living his best life. Probably "Someday I want own a burger joint and deliver it myself in a 1970 Cutlass." Good for them

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

That would be a 'restomod'. Classic car with modern components/upgrades. They're super cool

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u/GoatWithTheBoat Jan 22 '22

Not exactly, I meant a modern not expensive car just with that styling. Don't need big brakes, big engine, performance suspension etc. Just give me a normal car dressed like a 1970's American muscle.

I guess there are not enough people who wants that to justify big car companies to build it. And it's extremely hard for a new car company to enter the market, so we are never going to have this :(.

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u/eni91 Jan 22 '22

Precisely what he said.

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u/GoatWithTheBoat Jan 22 '22

No, it's not. I want a brand new modern car with small engine that looks like old muscle car, not old muscle car with some of the components swapped for modern ones

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u/chairfairy Jan 22 '22

Look into kit cars. Like you said, it will never be a production model, so if you want one, you have to look for alternatives.

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u/Ubba_Lothbrok Jan 22 '22

What you want is disappointment.

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u/Ryan7456 Jan 22 '22

Well, im pretty sure due to modern crumple zone design, aerodynamics, and fuel efficiency standards its not legal for manufacturers to sell a car that looks like that anymore

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 25 '22

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u/Ryan7456 Jan 22 '22

well the people in the 5 ton pick-ups are gonna survive a collision, I wouldn't be so confident in this one unless its got some aftermarket safety features. Not that I disagree, my dumbass coworker has a giant lifted truck that im fairly confident he wouldn't be able to see a child at a crosswalk.

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u/alc4pwned Jan 23 '22

A base model Dodge Challenger is pretty much this already.

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u/[deleted] Jan 23 '22 edited Jan 25 '22

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u/alc4pwned Jan 23 '22

Most people don't get those cars to race either, they're just fun to drive. True it's certainly not a tiny engine, but it's not thaat huge or powerful by modern standards. Like, a well specced Camry has the same amount of horsepower.

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u/LightlyStep Jan 22 '22

Distinctive. I like it.

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

Right? Meanwhile the Dominos down the road uses old Toyota Corollas

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u/chairfairy Jan 22 '22

Don't Dominos drivers use their personal cars? I thought most food delivery was people's personal cars

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

well it had this whole dominos livery with stripes so idk

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u/chairfairy Jan 23 '22

Huh, then you're probably right. No way I'd let domino's paint my personal car if I was driving delivery, haha

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u/flynnfilms Jan 23 '22

Agreed, even if i did own an old junky corolla i would not want it to be sponsored by a pizza chain

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u/Ryan7456 Jan 22 '22

don't you think it's a little unfair to compare a muscle car the owner bought, and whatever some 16y/o managed to get a hold of from a min-wage job?

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

well yeah but its a funny comparison

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u/Thenickelnurser Jan 22 '22

Tips pay for the diesel

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u/Comedian03 Jan 22 '22

Except it runs on gasoline not diesel.

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22 edited Apr 21 '22

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u/LordBarrington0 Jan 22 '22

iirc Burgerfuel used to run their cars on bio diesel made from old fryer oil

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u/Thenickelnurser Jan 22 '22

Lol who really cares

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u/Comedian03 Jan 22 '22

People who like to be informed?

I dunno maybe in crazy, but if I'm discussing a topic, like say cars, it's nice to know things to be able to contribute, and I wouldnt be snarky with someone who's just trying to help keep me from looking like a fool if I'm ever talking about cars with someone.

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u/Thenickelnurser Jan 22 '22

Relax champ

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u/Comedian03 Jan 22 '22

I'm very relaxed man, not everyone who calls you out for your ignorance is doing so because they're worked up lol

The way you take criticism, you must be a joy irl lol

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u/Thenickelnurser Jan 22 '22

I haven’t read anything

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u/Hikeboardgames Jan 22 '22

Rocket 350 engines —absolutely bulletproof.

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u/xclame Jan 22 '22

This is cool and I would love to have this as my personal vehicle, but surely using this as a delivery vehicle is terrible because of the poor mileage this gets.

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u/Soctial Jan 22 '22

2 barrel 350 will get 17-19mpg in the city.

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u/mdave52 Jan 22 '22

Can confirm, my 72 cutlass convert does that for now. Putting the big block 455 in soon, watch the mpg get killed but on the plus side it'll be 450hp and 500 ft/lbs of torque. Goodbye rear tires.

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

Sounds awesome, the poor mpg will definitely be worth it

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u/treditor13 Jan 22 '22

Cutlass Supreme. I had the '76 version.

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u/Golden-Phrasant Jan 22 '22

Still want my 1977 co-worker’s ‘72 navy blue 442. Most beautiful muscle car I ever saw.

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u/peanutmonger Jan 22 '22

Thats a wonderful way to won that car and not pay an arm and a leg for lmao. Cause taxes am I right

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u/mrmitchs Jan 22 '22

Wow. This was my first car except in green. AM radio. Vinyl seats. 350 V8. It got 13 miles to the gallon going downhill with a tailwind. I loved that car until it lost it's life in an accident of the Garden State Parkway in 1986.

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u/flynnfilms Jan 22 '22

Thanks for sharing, shame it got wrecked :( it's a beauty

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u/Smurfaccount1337 Jan 22 '22

No wonder my delivery charge is through the roof

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u/Informalwig82 Jan 22 '22

Damn, I’d drive that any day. Looks fun.

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u/UnusualSoup Jan 22 '22

mmmm burger fuel. Motobites are the best.

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u/ojoshell Jan 22 '22

I’d pay a premium for that thing to bring me food

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u/PuRe-Trap Jan 22 '22

Anyone notice the prying eyes in the truck 😂

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u/flynnfilms Jan 23 '22

Huh did not see that. Guess she's admiring it too

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u/1canrelate Jan 23 '22

Is this in Hamilton?

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u/HogfishMaximus Jan 23 '22

I had a 71 olds with a 455 engine. It got like 8 miles to the gallon. Starting and warming her up in the morning would use 1/2 gallon alone. Nice car, but I'd not want to do deliveries in one.

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u/DarrelBunyon Jan 23 '22

"if ya stomach rumble, call in the grumble"

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u/flynnfilms Jan 23 '22

This is just genius haha

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u/NorthRover Jan 23 '22

Whangarei!

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u/flynnfilms Jan 23 '22

Ayy you know it