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[#] Sat Apr 04 2009 11:53:15 EDT from rudolf @ Uncensored

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If I don't buy a TDI, I will seriously examine a Jetta VR6 or maybe shoehorn a VR6 engine into a New Beetle. Maybe I'll get lucky and find a Golf/GTI. For a while I considered buying a Jeep Wrangler hardtop. Local lot has a 'jacked up Jeep'. It's close to or at NC max lift of 8 inches, running 37"x12.50"LT15 tires. It would keep me out of trouble, I couldn't go many places with something that gets 8-10 MPG, and takes turns slowly. Everyone would hear me coming due to tire noise. I could ford small rivers with this Jeep.



[#] Wed Apr 08 2009 13:30:02 EDT from rudolf @ Uncensored

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I suggest a metal skid plate for a VW is in order. Most of the dealers on tdiclub.com have them. Cheaper than the factory plastic plate. Also cheaper than an oil pan.



[#] Wed Apr 08 2009 14:58:15 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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hunh?

[#] Wed Apr 08 2009 14:59:16 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I took another look at the o2 sensor and really just didn't feel like dealing with it.
So tonight I drop the gti off for its first actual repair in 10 years to get it to where it will pass inspection.


[#] Thu Apr 09 2009 12:39:37 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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So tonight I drop the gti off for its first actual repair in 10 years

to get it to where it will pass inspection.

how'd you manage 10 years? must have bought new and gotten pretty lucky

[#] Fri Apr 10 2009 15:50:12 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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ha ha.
It's a volkswagen!
Actually let me reflect, there were repairs done, but nothing I couldn't do myself.
The exception I think being the power windows, there was some plastic part that broke on every single vw window mechanism, but there was a recall for it. I could have done it, but they did it for freee, so I brought it in for that.
I did the aux water pump and the suspension and brakes and battery and shit like that, but nothing has really gone wrong with this car in 10 years.

[#] Fri Apr 10 2009 15:50:52 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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The nice man at the garage told me that starting my year, they galvanized the body panels, and it's got a nice undercoating so it shouldn't rust out for a long long time.

[#] Wed Apr 29 2009 12:43:43 EDT from rudolf @ Uncensored

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Sorry, that should be in Rant, I think. Re: fleeb's busted oil pan.



[#] Fri May 08 2009 12:39:39 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM5BxEXQFoI&NR=1
Watch at about 1:15.
If somebody offered you a million dollars to drive your car on a loop that big without seeing anybody try it before you, would you do it?

I'm trying to figure out how fast you'd have to go in a 3000 lbs car to pull that off.
And I'm trying to think of all the things that can go wrong.

[#] Fri May 08 2009 12:50:58 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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If it was in a cartoon like that, where I can do anything and nothing bad will happen.. then sure, no problem :)

[#] Fri May 08 2009 13:46:50 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Right, yes. Exactly.

[#] Sat May 09 2009 15:46:01 EDT from rudolf @ Uncensored

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Say, guys, if you had a choice between driving/buying a VW Tdi automatic and a M-B E300 TD automatic, which would you choose?



[#] Sat May 09 2009 18:10:30 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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One without an automatic :-)

But I would pick the VW.

But I wouldn't want it to have an automatic :-)

[#] Sun May 10 2009 00:30:16 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'd take the mercedes, sell it, take the money and like 8088, buy a vw stick.

[#] Sun May 10 2009 00:30:51 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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although I guess if those were my two options I'd take the mercedes, (what year?) mercedes does make a better car, I think.

[#] Sun May 10 2009 07:49:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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If somebody offered you a million dollars to drive your car on a loop

that big without seeing anybody try it before you, would you do it?

I think you've got it basically right, the weight of the car would determine the speed required for its inertia through the inside of the loop to overcome gravity.

And you're also right about there being a lot of things that could go wrong.
After all ... roller coasters that go through loops have wheels that hook into the track both above and below, even though they're not technically necessary.
:)

Groovy video, though. :)

[#] Mon May 11 2009 22:36:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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...and I just hunted down an MP3 and downloaded it. It's quite a catchy tune.

[#] Mon May 18 2009 22:11:32 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I'm currently enthrawled in a project, which you can read about here:
http://onedollarvan.blogspot.com/

[#] Tue May 19 2009 10:30:56 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sounds time consuming and the cost of parts might start to add up, but it would be insanely satisfying if you got it into good condition.

Are you replacing the transmission entirely? Chrysler van transmissions destroy themselves on a regular basis even if you don't fall asleep at the wheel and smash them.

[#] Tue May 19 2009 20:54:14 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Chrysler van transmissions and all transmissions based on the A604 indeed suck, however I plan on not replacing the transmission, unless it gets to the point where I'm driving down the road and it explodes several holes in the case and pisses its guts out everywhere
(happened to a friend of mine, the differential came apart at speed)
This transmission was rebuilt around 60k miles ago, so hopefully this scratching sound is coming from outside the transmission case or even the engine.

I'll certainly keep the world posted. it will be very satisfying when it's all said and done.

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