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Your Dodge doolie plum turned into a Furd, I'd go back and retrace your ruts or hope midnight reverses your luck

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On 12/31/2021 at 1:51 PM, Steve C. said:

The Vega and the Pinto were the reason I started driving rice burners in '75.  The tinny little Datsun I bought was built like a fine watch compared to the Detroit competition.

Well, Steve...it like this.....back in '77.....the two wives of the day  and my best Mate  went to America...the second wonderful trip for me....first for the other three...of which both wives have  passed, long since.....A couple of years  prior, our good friend s from   Southern Utah...Kanab, had visited us in NZ....so   Lynn   was keen to show off the State of Utah...to us....specifically   the other three , as I had been there five years before....

Prior to our arrival, he told me he had a brand new 4x4  pickup..... and as such, he had also planned a multi -day. off highway excursion for the ''males'  .....Sounded good...   Upon arrival  , I was traumatised  by the sight of the new pickup....A single cab     Datsun..of, obviously . 1977   vintage....  Now Lynn   was then 6ft plus....and a bloke that needed to leave the dinner table ,a lot sooner than he normally did....my long time friend from NZ, was also north of six feet...and  solid...and i then was a mere five ft ten inches..in the up right position....of average weight....and as the cloud of despair descended upon my frail shoulders...I new exactly where I was going to fit into that  freakin'    rice burner........in the bloody middle.....

Two days of getting thrown about...cheek to jowl    ,despite it with two very close friends, left me scarred for life.....and throw in those barrels of some iced soda, which Lynn  consumed , constantly...something that tastes so bloody bad..it made me talk like Elmer Fudd......and this claustrophobic   torture  continued for two long days.....passing by some great parts of Utah....but it finished me.....a broken   wretch ......needing intensive   counselling     ...............and to really rub  the wound...we met....of all things, Toyota  Land Cruiser  soft top things..like the Datsun...seating but two people...and needing a 'speaking  tube '' to converse ...at any speed over  50 miles per hour.... Unbloodybelievable...that  American  males  would buy that garbage...when Ford    Dodge Cheverolet and GMC offer   ''proper    '' comfortable    and quiet trucks....

A sad commentary on life over there....and that Datsun thing that Lynn had was disposed off very quickly....traded on a real   American     F250....but ...alas...far to late for our visit......

My thoughts  ....;)

Mike

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On 12/29/2021 at 3:29 PM, oleman said:

Yep, that Ford rant was based on a Ford 1988 F350 460 gas powered that I got for free from my Brother.  After burning 8 quarts of engine oil and blowing enough smoke to start a ship, I got it home to Dallas Texas from his place in Pensacola Florida. (spent time on safety issues like no brakes and tires prior to running it on the road and since he said it ran fine I took his word for the engine)  If it hadn't been a free gift of a "good running F350" from a Brother I would have dragged it back Florida, but being Family and All, I added it to my lifetime experience with Ford summed into 100 words or less.  Eventually I spent $$$ on it and gave it back to my Brother because he was FORD man.

This sounds like a version of Vice Grip Garage on YouTube.

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On 12/30/2021 at 5:51 PM, Steve C. said:

The Vega and the Pinto were the reason I started driving rice burners in '75.  The tinny little Datsun I bought was built like a fine watch compared to the Detroit competition.

I'd say the Vega and Pinto were an excellent platform for 17 yr olds to start wrenching V8 swaps and learn some mechanical skills and have fun on a budget

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The 94 is out main work truck but it’s starting to get tired now too. Motor is still excellent and the trany is ok but the body is getting rough. Unfortunately dads gotten it dented up some over the years. It basically lives hooked to that trailer. 03 dodge is working it’s way into the work truck position but no gooseneck hitch so it can’t pull the trailer at all. My 07 is my work truck. It’s still pretty good shape. Dad has a new one that is his Sunday truck now. Doesn’t see much use so it’s still in as new shape yet. Think it’s got just shy of 11,000 kms on it now. Waiting for warranty work while the others are still going though. 4wd won’t shift properly. They think it’s a short wiring harness so they’ve ordered it but no arrival date yet.  He actually got stuck with it the other day while I was up north snowmobiling. Had to call the neighbor with his Ford to pull him back a bit. Wasn’t even in any snow really just spun out in 2wd. Was a shameful day to call a Ford to the rescue anyways lol. 

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27 minutes ago, hardtail said:

I'd say the Vega and Pinto were an excellent platform for 17 yr olds to start wrenching V8 swaps and learn some mechanical skills and have fun on a budget

Can't argue with that.  I almost bought a Mustang II, which was basically a sporty Pinto, IIRC.

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18 hours ago, mike newman said:

Well, Steve...it like this.....back in '77.....the two wives of the day  and my best Mate  went to America...the second wonderful trip for me....first for the other three...of which both wives have  passed, long since.....A couple of years  prior, our good friend s from   Southern Utah...Kanab, had visited us in NZ....so   Lynn   was keen to show off the State of Utah...to us....specifically   the other three , as I had been there five years before....

Prior to our arrival, he told me he had a brand new 4x4  pickup..... and as such, he had also planned a multi -day. off highway excursion for the ''males'  .....Sounded good...   Upon arrival  , I was traumatised  by the sight of the new pickup....A single cab     Datsun..of, obviously . 1977   vintage....  Now Lynn   was then 6ft plus....and a bloke that needed to leave the dinner table ,a lot sooner than he normally did....my long time friend from NZ, was also north of six feet...and  solid...and i then was a mere five ft ten inches..in the up right position....of average weight....and as the cloud of despair descended upon my frail shoulders...I new exactly where I was going to fit into that  freakin'    rice burner........in the bloody middle.....

Two days of getting thrown about...cheek to jowl    ,despite it with two very close friends, left me scarred for life.....and throw in those barrels of some iced soda, which Lynn  consumed , constantly...something that tastes so bloody bad..it made me talk like Elmer Fudd......and this claustrophobic   torture  continued for two long days.....passing by some great parts of Utah....but it finished me.....a broken   wretch ......needing intensive   counselling     ...............and to really rub  the wound...we met....of all things, Toyota  Land Cruiser  soft top things..like the Datsun...seating but two people...and needing a 'speaking  tube '' to converse ...at any speed over  50 miles per hour.... Unbloodybelievable...that  American  males  would buy that garbage...when Ford    Dodge Cheverolet and GMC offer   ''proper    '' comfortable    and quiet trucks....

A sad commentary on life over there....and that Datsun thing that Lynn had was disposed off very quickly....traded on a real   American     F250....but ...alas...far to late for our visit......

My thoughts  ....;)

Mike

Can't blame you for having a bad taste in your mouth over that experience.  They sure weren't made for three grownups to ride in.

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Don't have a beater as such currently, but have had over the years. The '96 I bought new and has treated me very well! It has 285,000 on it and has never given any trouble. I special ordered it. The '15 is new to us in the last couple years. It has 247,000 on it. Really like it! Only ever been Fords here, and I have loved em every one!

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Ryan that ones gonna live on for awhile with the neighbors, buddy that loves hunting and a huge Dodge diesel guy was out one spring and broke through the ice and snow where my driveway joins one field approach, he sheepishly called the house asking for a tug but begged there be no photographic evidence of a Chevy pulling out his Dodge, there wasn't I used the Kia😁

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The first photo is my 2001 F-250 powerstroke with 4.10 gears. Unfortunately it's 2wd but used to pull the gooseneck and camper. 149 K miles. The tail end of my 1983 F-250, 6.9 diesel 4wd 4sp hauling a chevy to scrap! 170k miles, slow but reliable!

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3 hours ago, hardtail said:

Ryan that ones gonna live on for awhile with the neighbors, buddy that loves hunting and a huge Dodge diesel guy was out one spring and broke through the ice and snow where my driveway joins one field approach, he sheepishly called the house asking for a tug but begged there be no photographic evidence of a Chevy pulling out his Dodge, there wasn't I used the Kia😁

Now that’s just cruel😂😂.  
 

I too once had to be pulled out by a Ford but I don’t talk about it often lol. Went to look at the bourgault air drill that we ended up buying. Was knee deep snow but had been plowed in one spot. When I went to turn around I got just over the ridge from plowing and had to get a tug out from the salesmen’s Ford lol.  That was before I put my new tires and rims on so I’m blaming it on that lol. 

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On 12/29/2021 at 5:33 PM, Dasnake said:

This is my old beater, 15 year old ram, bloody embarrassed to be out in it, but it does its job and as you are all pointing out thats the main thing right.

don’t look to close it’s hideous!!!!!!!!

I am proud of the engine and tranny though.

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needs forked tongue..........

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29 minutes ago, Tractordanp said:

06 f350 with deleted 6.0   91 f350 460 with 5 speed 54000 miles good ol truck but loaded it gets about 5mpg

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You should post Tommy’s plow truck. 

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Here is my work truck ( Browny )1968 IH model 1200 . I converted the complete drivetrain to a 1998 Dodge 1 ton dually , 5 speed manual , 4x4 , it’s a great truck and runs everyday . I pull a 32 ft gooseneck hauling equipment along with my main parts runner /daily driver .

Meet ( Cryrus ) it’s my a little better truck , I get way more thumbs up driving Browny 😂👍

Danny

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On 1/1/2022 at 7:46 PM, hardtail said:

I'd say the Vega and Pinto were an excellent platform for 17 yr olds to start wrenching V8 swaps and learn some mechanical skills and have fun on a budget

My wifes first car was a Ford pinto in the 1980's. 50.00 car that treated her really well. I bought a 50.00 Vega in 1980 something for a beater car to keep miles off my 1977 Monte Carlo. o/h cam and 4 speed. What a fun little dog. Sold it after a year for 150.00. Guy in tech school dropped a 400 small block into his out of a 71 impala. What a ride. Looking up the value on those two cars today. Wow I wish we had them back.

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My old truck bought this brand new 20 years ago this month. New England winters haven’t been nice to it rust wise. I run it back and forth to work most days and it plows the snow in the driveway. It’s got 125000 miles on it now. Every year it gets its safety inspection I say good one more year. I have my other truck weekend truck as my girlfriend calls it sitting home washed up in the garage I try not to drive it as much as I can in the winter trying to keep it out of the salt 

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This was my old beater truck.  97 GMC K3500 with the 454 auto.  Bought it in 2009 in NC rust free truck on ebay for 6K and flew down there and drove it home.   Sold it in fall of 2019 on ebay for 7,800 and about fell over as I thought it would only bring about 4K (and I'd of been really happy with that) 

Had 135K miles on it when I sold it, was a rust free truck, and was mechanically sound.  

It was a good truck to own as in 10 years of ownership it didn't cost me anything! :) 

 

Only reason I sold it is I bought that previously mentioned Ford and then had 3 pickup trucks... 

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Here's the parting shot of the 97 GMC as I dropped it off for the winning bidder. It was shameful being pulled by a Ford, but it had to be done! :)

 

The Ford in case your curious I bought not running "blown up" at an auction pretty reasonably and then between myself and a qualified Powerstroke mechanic fixed it.  It wasn't blown up just hydraulically locked from a leaking injector.  I had the heads off, and gone through, engine studded, deleted, and and with straight exhaust and a tune it runs really good, and pulls a lot stronger than that 454 did.   I also really like the flat bed. 

It's a 2006 with 130K on it and is a rust free truck that I will keep out of the salt.  Only rust on it is those doors on the tool boxes under the bed and they may soon get cut off! :)

 

 

 

 

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The killer for you guys is the rust, I’ve always wondered, and don’t think I’m being funny, but is it to much salt and too time consuming to spray the undercarriage down when done for a day, I know a worker is a worker, but a private weekend truck like 4whldr has do you take the time for that, West coaster that I am the only salt mine sees is hunting trips, the jeep is every day and hosed off when they spray the roads with brine.

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46 minutes ago, Dasnake said:

The killer for you guys is the rust, I’ve always wondered, and don’t think I’m being funny, but is it to much salt and too time consuming to spray the undercarriage down when done for a day, I know a worker is a worker, but a private weekend truck like 4whldr has do you take the time for that, West coaster that I am the only salt mine sees is hunting trips, the jeep is every day and hosed off when they spray the roads with brine.

My new truck i fluid filmed in September before it saw any winter. I washed it off Sunday and put it in the garage for the week. My old truck when I first got it I worked loading salt and sand trucks in the winter it was hard to wash it off at the end of a 24-36 hour shift. And when I would leave the DPW yard the roads were always black and wet.I work for a concrete company so I would rinse it off all the time at work it’s nice having a truck with 200 gallons of hot water and 85-90psi on the hose but it still gets to it. I swear on a quiet night I can hear it rusting. I have tried some oil underneath it but to little to late. That’s why the new one gets undercoated and washed now whenever possible and I try not to run it in the snow and salt if possible but I still have to on occasion. We are supposed to have a storm here Friday and Saturday supposed to go meet another couple out for dinner im going to see if we take my girlfriends Toyota she trades every 3-4 years anyway I just have to squeeze in it

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