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[#] Sat Jan 23 2010 13:38:33 EST from rudolf @ Uncensored

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I don't think sooting will be in my future. This is the 3rd gasket some folks put on my automatic. First 2 were NAPA rubber, this one is VW brand. Shoulda bought a manual. And it may be on a car lot soon. If not then there's always a conversion: $800 to start.

[#] Wed Feb 10 2010 00:33:00 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I got another cheap chrysler van, a 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager Cross Country conversion, so I stripped the Grand Caravan and scrapped it since it had been wrecked twice and had a bent frame/looked like crap anyway.

I need to pull the heads and either a head gasket is blown, a head is cracked, the rings are shot, or all three.

I got partly done removing the windshield wiper unit today. Gotta love minivans.

[#] Wed Feb 10 2010 00:33:53 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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(another bonus is I now have a spare transmission sitting at the ready since you *know* I'm going to need it)

[#] Wed Feb 10 2010 20:11:18 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I got another cheap chrysler van, a 1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager Cross

Country conversion, so I stripped the Grand Caravan and scrapped it

Have you not learned your lesson?

[#] Thu Feb 11 2010 12:10:38 EST from BOFHMike @ My Castle Realm

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Anyone interested in an '87 RX-7 NA 5sp?  Wife hates it.  I'm nearly done working on the engine electrical (TPS/grounding/etc).  Today I'll take $2k, once the engine work is done, it goes up.  Once I finish the cosmetics (repalce seats, new sterio, etc...) It goes up to #6k. Right now it's in the perfect stage for being street ported or turned into a drifter.  Get it cheap and install all of the cosmetics you want.  I'm only returning the car to stock condition except the sterio.

RX-7 front

RX-7 rear

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[#] Fri Feb 12 2010 02:18:57 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Have you not learned your lesson?

These minivans are the only cheap, fuel efficient vehicles that I can use to carry Hammond organs or a crap ton of photography equipment in. Sometimes I need to carry 5 CD duplicator towers (ATX sized packaged in bigger cases) along with two 5x7" Dye sub printers (larger than ATX towers in even bigger cases) and three 8x10 olympus printers (case takes up same size as the 5x7") along with hundreds of CDs and cases, two laptops, two CRT televisions, blank media, and people in the same vehicle.

What else am I going to do with hardly any money? I could use a trailer but I've been rained on before, and a covered trailer with a 4 cyl. 5 spd SUV would not be fun, and it would be more hassle. To me it would also be a less elegant solution.

Plus the new van is a fricken high top! It's awesome. I can almost stand up in the back.

[#] Fri Feb 12 2010 02:25:15 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Here it is, by the way:

[#] Fri Feb 12 2010 14:48:55 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'd get a chevan or whatevev they're calling it nowadays. The older you get the better, those were rough and tumble haulers.

[#] Fri Feb 12 2010 20:00:54 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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On a related note, RIP, old Caravan.

[#] Sun Feb 14 2010 17:00:57 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Hey, whatever works.

[#] Mon Feb 15 2010 01:26:14 EST from the8088er @ Uncensored

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$166 for scrap. I tried to find something priductive to do with a twice wrecked bent frame minivan with molded ibterior and deployed airbags but nothing really came to mind. In retrospect I should have never bought it and just let the previous owner scrap it like they were origibally going to, but I got a rebuildable engine and transmission out of the deal. I stripped the old one of anything remotely useful (you'll notice the passenger sliding door is removed) and sent it off.

I took no joy in scrapping it but it was my project and nobody would have adopted it, and I lost all interest in rebuilding the thing when the not-wrecked Voyager found its way to me.

My friends dad however, as you may notice, had way too much fun watching them remove it from his trailer.

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 06:18:24 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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WHEW. realy didn't know that this citroen bx:
had been introduced by volvo 5 years in advance as 'tundra'
though this one was never sold to the consumer, probably too much of a revolution to volvo; though it was a revolution to Citroen too, most probably the most boxy car citroen ever made...

[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 16:55:59 EST from triLcat @ Uncensored

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wow...that brings back memories... the citroen bx... the car that starts rising when you start it up... ah and drives like a dream, until the hydraulic system goes... taking out your BRAKES!!!!!!

and the handbrakes don't work well enough to stop the car. Scariest piece of $#!% ever!


[#] Thu Mar 04 2010 17:29:41 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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the bx wasn't the first citroen to have that system.

I think at least the ds in the late 60'ies had it.

and as every technical system, its due to fail if not servicet correctly...


btw, seen the comercials for cars turning their headlights when you turn?

while they did do it with wire (instead of turning off/on clusters of leds, like the current systems do) citroen had that in the 60i'es also...

[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 23:11:14 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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So you guys heard about the guy with the runaway prius? And the westchester lady who smashed into a wall?
First I'm thinking the lady didnt like the car and is using the uproar as an excuse to trash her car and blame toyota and she'll probably get away with it.
The guy with the runaway car might be an idiot, but I think he has a point:

A friend of mine has a new 2010 prius and after hearing that story I realized something. The prius is probably the first car where the only thing you actually control is the steering. Everything else is run by computer.
The engine/power is a switch you press, the tranny is all driven by a stick which is attached to nothing but a computer.
And well, I thought there was a law that said you couldn't disconnect the brakes, but in order for the regenerative breaking to work, you kind of have to, so in fact, the computer can disable your brakes.
And the last resort... the emergency brake.... there isn't one. It's a button you push, which again is run by the computer, and you probably can't press it with any effect while the car is moving.
There is no park gear, not that there's any pin to jam into the transmission.
So really, I can see the thing being a runaway death trap, because if the computer get's confused, there's no manual physical way to force it to stop except by running into something.

You can keep your hybrid thank you very much.

[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 23:12:50 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I didn't type that last paragraph in twice.

[#] Wed Mar 10 2010 23:21:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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That's sort of what I was thinking when I heard the story -- "why didn't he just drop it into neutral and let it coast to a stop" -- I guess hybrids don't let you do that.

[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 04:26:31 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Fake? will this see the light of day somewhen?

[#] Thu Mar 11 2010 12:21:14 EST from rudolf @ Uncensored

Subject: big tall van

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Does anyone need a large van to haul a piano in? A dealer buddy in Hickory has a extended  length Dodge Sprinter turbodiesel on his lot.

[#] Fri Mar 12 2010 10:24:24 EST from BOFHMike @ My Castle Realm

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I don't understand the lack of logic built into the ECU's. If break pressed, disengage TPS. sounds simple enough... The Sensors are already there, the Cruse control is disengaged when the break is pressed, why not the TPS? As for the e-brake. Doesn't make any sense to have it electronicaly controled. How would it hold the vehicle in place if the battery were to go dead? I can see a lot of cars coasting downhill on their own in places like san fran. :) I have a Toyota Highlander hybrid, fortunatly it's an '06, thus not on the recall list (yet)...

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