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[#] Wed May 20 2009 10:11:00 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Interesting project, although for that much effort I'd've tried to get something a little more... erm... not american to start with.
It seems to me there's probably lots of junked cars from insurance companies that will be happy to let you take one off their hands for cheap.

[#] Wed May 20 2009 10:49:54 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Are you planning to lock the A604 into limp mode, or are you going to try to get it to run at all speeds?

[#] Wed May 20 2009 13:42:50 EDT from BOFHMike @ My Castle Wall

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Wed May 20 2009 10:11:00 EDT from Ford II@uncnsrd (Uncensored)

Interesting project, although for that much effort I'd've tried to get something a little more... erm... not american to start with.
It seems to me there's probably lots of junked cars from insurance companies that will be happy to let you take one off their hands for cheap.

Typically insurance companies can't sell their junk to the public.  The cars have to go to auction and end up with a salvage title in most states.  Once it has a salvage title, most states will not allow the vehicle to be re-titled for street legal use, and not insurance companies will not touch the vehicle. 

[#] Wed May 20 2009 16:22:55 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I think new york does, but I guess you're not in new york.

[#] Thu May 21 2009 13:58:19 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Ford: It's mainly a project of utility. I have a need for a van at this moment and this one fit the budget.

Ig: Amazingly, the transmission works right. A friend and I got it pulled and the source of the noise was a bolt that had come out of the transmission in the bell housing that the torque converter was scraping against. I don't know why the bolt came out (the threads are totally stripped though) but it probably has something to do with being rebuilt by an idiot and then crashed into stuff.

So I'm going to go ahead and try to run it normally. It will be getting me within about a 200 mile radius of where I live, maybe more. I'm using it as a work van and to haul Hammond organs around for my little side company. Ideally it will not break down when in one of the several patches of no people no cell phone reception no towns for 30 miles etc, that live among texas interstate highways.

[#] Thu May 21 2009 22:37:30 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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stripped though) but it probably has something to do with being rebuilt

by an idiot and then crashed into stuff.

That's a great line.

[#] Fri May 22 2009 10:42:32 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Typically insurance companies can't sell their junk to the public. The
cars

That's pretty stupid; they should be allowed to sell whatever they want as long as there is full disclosure about what the vehicle has been through.
If someone is willing to put the money into restoring a previously junked car, why should the state stop them?

Disclosure is key, though. At every level and for every reason. I'm still annoyed about the time I was deceived into purchasing a vehicle that had previously been part of a rental fleet.

[#] Fri May 22 2009 11:19:12 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I know two people who have had great experience with off-rentals.

And like 10 that haven't. :-P

Luck of the draw.

One of the ones that had a good experience got a Mazda 3 from a rental company that was no longer carrying any Mazdas, so she got it in it's early life, but still at an off rental price.

[#] Fri May 22 2009 13:50:03 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Mine was a Chrysler minivan. 'nuff said.

[#] Fri May 22 2009 16:17:19 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Aha! I assume you encountered some problems due to its A604?

[#] Fri May 22 2009 16:31:44 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The question with a Chrysler minivan is never "Have you ever had to replace the transmission?" but rather "How many transmissions have you gone through so far?"

We replaced it once. Eventually it had enough other problems that we gave up and bought a Honda.

[#] Fri May 22 2009 17:59:29 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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What was you're mileage at replacment? this one has 177k and was replaced no rebuilt! around 60k ago.

[#] Sat May 23 2009 13:52:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I think it was around 80k when we replaced the transmission.  It had other problems, some of which I fixed myself (replacing the radiator fans was particularly frustrating; I practically had to disassemble the whole front of the van to get at it) and some which just persisted until we got rid of it, like an annoying valve tap.



[#] Sat May 23 2009 22:07:34 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I just realized the neatest thing.
Rear wheel drive cars can have a tighter turning radius than front wheel drive cars.
Consider: the front wheel drive car has to be able to angle the cv joint with the turning wheel, a rear wheel drive does not.
Unless you're going to make two cv joints up front, you'll always be somewhat limited as to how much you can turn the wheel just because of the CV joint.

[#] Sun May 24 2009 00:52:20 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Yes Ford. This is why I hate my SUV. My mom's truck is longer and she can U turn on the street we live on and I very can't.


[#] Sun May 24 2009 03:33:13 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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doesn't have to be like that. We had an Renault 18 with 4wd, and an Renault Espace van with front transmission... There was a place where the 18 was turning easily, the E with a little caution, and a Renault Clio (VW Golf Size..) didn't even have the slightest chance to turn in one go. So turn radius is not even a question of manufacturer, and none of front or back transmission.

[#] Thu Jun 11 2009 13:37:11 EDT from rudolf @ Uncensored

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Went to a tdiclub get-together last Saturday. I bought a NB TDI the other week, and am finding out what to do to keep it running. Unfortunately, it's an automatic. The Solara I was driving had a bad case of mold, got crappy gas mileage, and I kinda hated it. The old Ford Falcon 177 ci I-6 I had in high school got at least 30 mpg and that was a one barrel carb, too. I'm separating the truth from fiction from parts sellers. If this doesn't work out, I can pay my cousin for a real good detail job, throw it on the net and sell it to some chick going off to college. It's yellow, so it's a safety color. Her dad would love the fuel mileage. And it's a bit poky until the turbo spools up.



[#] Mon Jun 15 2009 10:24:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm just amused by what "tdiclub" would sound like if one were to attempt to pronounce it as a word instead of as an acronym/word hybrid.

[#] Fri Jun 19 2009 05:07:42 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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british hydrogen powered opensource car: http://www.riversimple.com/

http://www.pro-linux.de/NB2/images/indiv/Riversimple_Urban_Car_40_1.jpg

 

(yes, I know, doesn't use enough gas, doesn't look like an oversized brick...)



[#] Fri Jun 19 2009 08:25:19 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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looks superduper except for the kids having to ride on the roof. When it comes out in 4-door, 5 passenger...



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