My Favourite means of Transport

Hang out, relax, chill, and chat about off topic stuff.

Moderator: dbbubba

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby brianroth » Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:55 am

Dear Tony (et al),

My beloved 1974 BMW 2002 has been sitting in my garage for almost 15 years. LOTS of small things had gone awry with it, and while I planned on fixing all the problems, budgets and other commitments stopped that.

My current 2004 PT Cruiser is not even in the same league. The engine compartment is totally (insanely!) cramped, and full of "crap I have never seen", in spite of me now having a service manual. While I was capable of doing most services/repairs on my 2002, the PT is totally "off the rails", and requires a service specialist.

But, the PT Cruiser has a hatchback and various adjustable back seat configurations (not possible with the Bimmer) which makes it a useful vehicle to load tools/test kit and then head onto the road to the Next Project. <g>

Best,

Bri

PS....as I am WELL-past the "half century mark", I have decided that a 250 mile radius from my Home Location is all that I care to drive any more. Hence...learning how to pack tools/test kit for airliner trips! There is a possible new topic.....
User avatar
brianroth
Producer
 
Posts: 452
Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:57 am
Location: Oklahoma City OK

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby dbbubba » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:22 pm

Well, I might as well step in with my car preferences and what-I-drive-now contribution.

First off.... Bob, we have many parallels in our lives.... I had an original RX7 back in '80. Not a bad car.

Second... the coolest car I had was my '71 Dodge Polara
That was the car I had when you were here in Texas Tony.
It was a big HUGE sedan.
Someone's grandfather had owned it and they sold it when he passed away.
It was in near mint shape.
A friend of mine who was from Alabama said that Sherrif Buford Pusser of the movie "Walking Tall" drove the same exact car when he was in Tennessee.
I included a pic of an official Sherif Buford Puser version of that car at the bottom of this post.

My last four rides have been pick up trucks.
'98 Ford F-150 6 cylinder short bed pick-up ... cheap ride 198K miles on it's last leg. It embarrasses my 15 year-old daughter!
'97 GMC Sierra short bed pick-up... nice truck until I hydro-planed in it and tore the front up back in '01.
'95 Ford F-150 short bed pick-up truck... good truck that I traded in on the GMC
'79 Chevey C10 pick-up.... I drove this off the lot new and delivered it to my dad in 1980. In '88 he gave it to me after my half brother tore it all up.
I re-built it 100% except for a paint job. It was hot-rod with a performance 350 engine and even primer grey! A REAL white trash, hillbilly ride.
My half brothers nick named it the Grey Ghost in their time with it, so I called it the Grey Ghost. My wife, Lynette, called it That Monstrosity.
That was probably my favorite ride.

The cars we have had that Lynette drove:
'08 Hyuandai Elantra.... decent car... she likes it
'06 Kia Sonata.... nice car until it got T-boned
'05 Kia Rio... a P.O.S. that Lynette bought.... engine siezed up at 80K!!!!
'94 Ford Contour.... bought new and Lynette wrecked it three times... ran over 200K miles!!!! It was amazingly indestructable... or at least easy to repair. :roll:
'68 VW Beetle.... what can I say? An AWESOME little car.
Why don't I still own it?
My father-in-law gave it to us in '89 and over the next five years I restored it 100%
When Cheyenne was born and we moved to our [present house I had no place to store it, so I gave it back to my father-in-law.
He sold it for shitty Ford Econoline work van :oops:

In the middle we have had all types of cars.
There was the Pontiac Grand Prix LE that I bought for $1800.
It needed a $1K transmission within weeks! It went forwards really well.. just not backwards! :lol:
Lynette drove a Chrysler 500 with the Hemi engine for four months while the Kia Sonota was being repaired after the T-bone wreck.
THAT was a nice pimp mobile, but GOD it sucked DOWN the gas!
It was also when gas was REALLY expensive. :ugeek:
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Danny Brown
(I was going call myself Mr. B because I like people to say "MISTER" when they say my name, but then I pitied the fools.)
User avatar
dbbubba
Producer
 
Posts: 773
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:44 pm
Location: Rockwall, Texas (Dallas area)

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby brianroth » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:42 am

Danny..interesting...my FIRST car (at age 16, circa 1970) was a 1963 Dodge Polara, 383 double barrel, push button auto transmission. Granddad and Grandma Roth had bought it new, sold it to my Dad after a few years, and Dad sold it to me for $75 (!!!) after I passed my driving test.

Oddly enough, when I have my odd-ball "lucid" dreams at night, I *often* still own that car, as a backup vehicle!!! IOW, it still sits on my driveway in those dreams....

I found pix of one similar (although mine had a light blue paint color, and a 383 vs. a 318 engine):

http://www.affordableclassicsinc.com/Cl ... polara.htm

It was SCARY fast for a youngster....and now I recall a pithy saying/adage:

"The Good Lord watches out over Kids, Fools, and Drunks."

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! lol

HEY! I was hanging out with rock n' roll musicians at an early age!!!! LOL!!!! and...ahem

Bri (who NOW believes in the MADD credos....)
User avatar
brianroth
Producer
 
Posts: 452
Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:57 am
Location: Oklahoma City OK

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby Arny » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:13 pm

brianroth wrote:
http://www.affordableclassicsinc.com/Cl ... polara.htm

It was SCARY fast for a youngster....and now I recall a pithy saying/adage:

"The Good Lord watches out over Kids, Fools, and Drunks."
HEY! I was hanging out with rock n' roll musicians at an early age!!!! LOL!!!! and...ahem

Bri


Dear Brian,
That car looks great and when you say SCARY, what we are all doing is the most dangerous ocupation in the world
it can be really SCARY, I nearly wrote a long post as to why, but decided to shelf it for a while.

Great Car

Best Regards,

Tony.
User avatar
Arny
Producer
 
Posts: 345
Joined: Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:19 am

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby Arny » Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:35 pm

We use our (had from New) 1983 Mk1 Golf GTI Campaign 2,000cc 160BHP as a get about because its small, fast and very good on fuel when driven barefooted.

But on a good weekend we love to get away in our 1990 modified rear engine fuel injection VW Vanagan Atantic Camper Van.

Best Regards,

Tony.
Our VW Golf GTi Campaign.png
VW Camper Atlantic.jpg
Kitchen Dinner.jpg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
User avatar
Arny
Producer
 
Posts: 345
Joined: Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:19 am

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby dbbubba » Sun Nov 29, 2009 11:33 am

Damn Tony!
You keep cars for a while don't you?

I can remember you telling me about driving that very same 1983 VW Mk1 Golf GTI whne you were here in Texas back in '87!

If you recall, I was probably driving the '71 Dodge Polara I was talking about in the previous post.
I had it and a Chevy van.
The van was for moving gear.
I just always have to have some sort of vehicle capable of carrying stuff like audio gear and such.
Many a time I have gone to The Home Depot (building supply super store) bought something and then walked to the parking lot only to remember I was driving my wife's compact car!
Just last night I had to return some un-used 10 ft. 2x4s.
That would have been cumbersome in the Hyundai Elantra.

Then when someone says, "I have all of this junk audio gear. Come and get it." I have to be able to haul it off quickly.
As a consequence, when I DO buy something to replace the Ford F-150 pick-up truck I will probably keep it just to haul stuff around.
Danny Brown
(I was going call myself Mr. B because I like people to say "MISTER" when they say my name, but then I pitied the fools.)
User avatar
dbbubba
Producer
 
Posts: 773
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2009 8:44 pm
Location: Rockwall, Texas (Dallas area)

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby brianroth » Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:32 am

Danny, while the bed is only 6' long, I still have my 1989 Ford Ranger King Cab as the "family backup" vehicle, and the means I've used to haul oversized "stuff". I noticed today I need to air up an almost-flat tire on it (and really, I should buy at least two new tires).

I bought it new in 1989, but since it's been semi-idle after we bought the PT in 2004, it has only 160K miles or so on the odometer. No flash at all...just a very reliable pickup, which was my primary vehicle from 1989 until 2004.

In addition, the engine (a Mitubishi, IIRC) has been incredibly reliable. In the summer of 2008, my younger brother and I replaced the OEM water pump AND hoses ourselves, because it was leaking coolant from the front seal. Replacing the water pump on the BMW 2002 was also relatively simple project.....dirty, filthy, knuckle-banging....but possible for a shade-tree mechanic.

OTOH, it *appears* that replacing the water pump on the (transverse mounted) PT engine might very well require total removal of the engine.

Bri
User avatar
brianroth
Producer
 
Posts: 452
Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:57 am
Location: Oklahoma City OK

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby Arny » Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:19 pm

dbbubba wrote:Damn Tony!
You keep cars for a while don't you?
I can remember you telling me about driving that very same 1983 VW Mk1 Golf GTI whne you were here in Texas back in '87!
If you recall, I was probably driving the '71 Dodge Polara I was talking about in the previous post.
I had it and a Chevy van.
The van was for moving gear.


Dear Danny,
Good memory I bought that GTI in October 1983.
Choosing my car is either something that I am either very good at, or I have been lucky with what I have chosen to date.

My First Car when I was 17 was a 1939 Standard Flying 9, which I sold when I was called up for Army service while in Germany & Belgium during 1954-1956 I drove Tank Transporters & a VW Split Screen Volksbus, and on odd weekends raced a Beatle modified with twin Fish carburettors.
Since then (53 years), I have only had 9 Cars, (Only two were new), While owning those cars I also ownerd a VW Volksbus (Vanagon in the USA & Canada) of these I have only owned four and only one was ever new.

When I bear in mind that up till 1970, I drove over a thousand miles a week, so a car had 150,000 miles on the clock within three years and I have only ever had two new cars.
Natalie gets really angry because it takes me so long to choose another car, she has been waiting now for five years for me to trade the VW GTI. Image

I dig very deep before choosing a car, here is part of my Theory.
I bought a brand new Black 1600cc X 110BHP Golf Gti in 1979, £4000, WHY, because although I was no longer involved with Motor Sport, I knew this cars 110BHP Engine coupled to just a 4 speed Gear Box could out class anything in its class when it came to Hill climb Performance, and with its limited time on the Market, a lot of drivers would have wished they had known about this car sooner.
Prior to purchase, I knew that that it was to be updated to an 1800cc X 115 BHP X 5 Speed Box within the next 6 months, and this update made the updated car a useless piece of kit when it came to Sport, although it did have a higher top speed was more fuel efficient and quieter, but but its 40 to 80 MPH was utterly useless.
4 years later to celebrate the Golf Mk1 GTI, Volkswagen announced they were bringing out a Limited Edition, all whistling and dancing version of this 1800cc X 115 BHP X 5 Speed Box which was to be known as the Golf GTI “Campaign” Model.

Any limited editions by any manufacture will bring you economic motoring because the vehicle will maintain a high re-sale cost.
So, to get over the lack of sports feel about this car, I had it delivered direct to Jan-Speed for a complete sports mod, and they then delivered me the car, which I still love 26 years later. it cost me £5,000 new and is still worth £3,000 today over 26 years of use, that is very low depreciation.Image

When I saw the VW Announcement I paid up front and ordered the Campaign, I then advertised my four year old GTI 1600 in a Motor Sport Magazine and took the best offer £4,000, which was what I paid for that car when it was new.
My Campervan because it has a rear engine, will appreciate by 5% annually as will my 7 seater automatic VW Caravelle Bus. The Bus is handy when faced with many passengers,
(Going for a drinks if someone offers to drive)__ Image__


OR, remove the seats and then, heavy gear shifting.
Image

Best Regards,

Tony.
http://www.helios-electronics.com Image
Volksbus-4 UK Plated.JPG
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
User avatar
Arny
Producer
 
Posts: 345
Joined: Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:19 am

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby brianroth » Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:34 pm

Sigh my pickup truck was "tired" after 15 years (new in 1989) and I made a hasty choice in 2004 with the PT.

Bri
User avatar
brianroth
Producer
 
Posts: 452
Joined: Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:57 am
Location: Oklahoma City OK

Re: My Favourite means of Transport

Postby THEMIXFIX » Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:11 pm

Tony:

I see you found my post of the link for more smileys!!
Image

Hope you enjoy them, Image and I see you are already using them with MUCH more taste than I am!! Image Image Image
THEMIXFIX
Go-Fer
 

PreviousNext

Return to STUDIO LOUNGE

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron