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[#] Fri May 06 2011 18:03:38 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Wow. I thought they just manged to run while flat wihtout dithout
dismounting and disentigrating.

nope, it actually runs just fine without air. of course if you damage the sidewall somehow, it will be undriveable and then you'll be stranded because you have no spare.

[#] Sat May 07 2011 14:01:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I don't believe Snopes anymore.

[#] Mon May 09 2011 16:18:15 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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why not? they have a slant or something?

[#] Mon May 09 2011 18:13:13 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's a conspiracy, man!

http://xkcd.com/250/

(But yes, they also have some bias.)

[#] Wed May 11 2011 16:48:55 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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heh, that's cute.

[#] Sat Aug 13 2011 10:13:01 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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The search continues.

I've been driving a Toyota MR2 (first an '88, then an '87) since 2004. It is a two-seat mid-engine car that weighs approximately 17 pounds; it's about as close as it gets to a street-legal go kart, and gets (when in proper working order) about 36 miles per gallon.

Unfortunately, it was recently brought to my attention that I now have two children, and as such it is a little bit impossible to carry them both when the situation dictates. The firstborn should obviously have priority, but honestly my 9-month-old is much more personable and low maintenance right now, so I'm not sure which one I'll be loading in the car when the zombies come.

Alternately, I could buy another car, either to replace my beloved MR2 or to have available for carrying children in contingency situations. (My wife drives a Subaru station wagon, as she has done since before we had any kids.)

I can't just go out and buy a car, though. It needs to be possible to put the kids in, but not too convenient. The car should be amusing to drive (since I spend a good 90 minutes in it per day), but not TOO amusing, lest (like my iBook of years gone by) my wife exercises eminent domain and I end up driving a station wagon.

I almost managed to acquire a 1988 Toyota Celica All-Trac, a lovely AWD turbo in very good condition, but the seller went all weird on me; apparently "first one with cash" doesn't actually mean he will sell you the car if you have cash.

Yesterday I dragged my father (visiting from out of town) to the coast to look at a 1986 Celica GTS with a very nice interior and fairly straight body, but the engine was going to be death-by-a-thousand-cuts. If I'm going to end up replacing significant portions of what is under the hood, I might as well just go straight to the 1991 turbo Supra with the blown head gasket. I fear this may be a little too fast/nice, but would balance out by being REALLY inconvenient to put the kids in (so my wife is unlikely to think it worthwhile to steal).
The backseat is really sort of nominal.

The search continues.

[#] Sat Aug 13 2011 23:00:49 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Keep the MisterTwo an fabricate a roof-mounted carseat for rugrat #1. Srsly.

[#] Sat Aug 13 2011 23:03:09 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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As soon as you mentioned older Celicas I was gonna suggest a Supra... you beat me to it, heh.

[#] Mon Aug 15 2011 09:48:40 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I happen to love my gtis, but there's good reason.

If you like the german driving things, get an mk2 gti 1985-1992. They're well built and will run forever if taken care of. 1800 lbs (only slightly heavier than your 17 lb mr2) 4 seats, air conditioning that blows snow, and fun as hell to drive.

[#] Mon Aug 15 2011 11:29:50 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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How about an old Porsche? The old 911 (I think) was basically a two seater with a couple emergency seats crammed in the back for occasional passengers only. Depends on how old your kids are, if the old one is out of car seats it might be ok, but discouraging enough to deter them from riding back there too much ;)


But your wife might steal it anyway :)

[#] Tue Aug 16 2011 10:49:07 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'm not a big fan of american anything automotive, but those red jeep cherokees seems to last forever. I see lots of them all the time around here from the 80s and 90s. They must have been built like tanks.

[#] Mon Aug 15 2011 13:59:18 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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the seat in the back of my 911 is perfect for a small child, but it's not legal because you have to have them sit in a booster seat. The booster won't actually fit back there, but the seat itself is sized perfectly.
I sat in the back once or twice while a friend was test driving. basically if you're not a kid, you have to pretzel yourself in with your face smeared against the back window and hope the driver doesn't hit too many bumps, no reasonable adult would ever sit back there.

[#] Mon Aug 15 2011 18:15:11 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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After discussion, the thought is that I don't necessarily need to REPLACE my MR2 so much as have a vehicle available to carry kids if necessary. If I'm going to insure a third car, it perhaps ought to offer some capability that my current one does not. To that end, I'm kind of eyeing 4Runners of the same era, which can frequently be had for a song around here (and which my brother drives and for which he has parts and expertise).



I'm also looking at other random, amusing vehicles. We might take a look at a 1997 Land Rover Discovery today. I'm not sure I want a car which measures gallons per mile, but we'll see.

[#] Thu Aug 18 2011 22:32:15 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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Oh please oh please oh please.

I found a 1973 Capri 2600 on Craigslist for $3500. It was garaged for over a decade, undriven, and has only 42,500 original miles.

I grew up in the back of a 1974 with the same engine. It was my parents' first new car and the only thing Dad got in the divorce. Later it came to my brother and I briefly drove it in high school. Every car I've owned since has been a pale imitation.

Needs some interior work, but if the workings are as described, it's a steal.
Hope hope hope hope hope.

(And yes, $3500 blows my planned budget by a good $1000, but I'm willing to fix and sell my MR2 for this.)

[#] Fri Aug 19 2011 00:07:18 EDT from Sig @ Uncensored

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(And yes, $3500 blows my planned budget by a good $1000, but I'm
willing to fix and sell my MR2 for this.)

The previous plan being to buy a vehicle to supplement my MR2, but the Capri is not actually much heavier, and has a great deal more room for engine. My brother/mechanic has pointed out that a turbo Supra motor would fit in nicely.

[#] Fri Aug 19 2011 17:05:24 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I'm trying to remember the capri. I remember being impressed at one point "THAT is the capri?" but I can't remember what it looks like. I will suffer the google.

[#] Fri Aug 19 2011 17:06:51 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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[#] Fri Aug 19 2011 17:08:34 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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[#] Fri Aug 19 2011 17:10:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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If you like the german driving things, get an mk2 gti 1985-1992.

Many fond memories of TMDF II. :)

I ought to get one just for nostalgia.

[#] Fri Aug 19 2011 20:28:35 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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me too.

So me, of generally bad luck with air conditioing in cars, who has never had an AC system work for more than 4-5 years, got an amazing 12 years out of the A/C in my current gti, until alas, just yesterday, it stopped working.
Sort of. It still cools the air, but nowhere near as much. I put some more refridgerant in, and it didn't help, but it didn't get worse, so I'm sort of at a loss as to what's wrong.
Hmmm... never thought to ask the computer maybe it knows.

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