Tarpawlin 17C. A sailor or mariner. Term based on the tarred, waterproof canvas material used on ships. "Every tarpawling, if he gets but to be lieutenant of a press smack, is called captain." Properly spelled "tarpaulin", but for slang purposes, "tarpawlin".
The kind of ride you have to smooth talk. "C'mon baby just get me to work and I promise I will get that new carburetor you need." If your friends have 10 different shady nicknames for your g-ride, then you're rolling in a bucket.