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Old 01-29-2009, 07:16 AM   #41
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That brings back memories of the eastern bloc. I learned to drive in Russian Volga. IIC huge 4 cyl. engine, three on the column, had louvers in front of the radiator operated with a knob from inside for really cold days. Grease fittings everywhere, including the water pump.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:24 PM   #42
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I first saw one of these in "Hot VWs" magazine in the early '80s and was hooked. I finally found one for sale in Palm Desert, CA (I live in Va) in '91. I made arrangements and drove out there, hooked it up to my Toyota 4Runner, and towed it home all in 5 days. I was exhausted but had big plans. Had some small amount of work done to it by a local guy who eventually went out of business but it never ran and I never drove it. I got sick with kidney failure and lost interest and funding. I sold it last year for less than one third of what I paid for it.

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My wierd cars

I know that I'm a bit strange, but here we go.
1966 amphicar. It was a lot of fun. I just had to have it.
1968 Mini RH drive, of course. 2 X 1.25" SU's. Very quick
Nash Metropolitan. Coververtible.
Vespa P200 with flamed sidecar and Malossi 210 kit.
And I'm looking for a kitcar. Tri-tech Messerschmitt. No household should be without one. Google KR200 if you don't know what one looks like.
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Lesse, there was the 1973 Volvo that was handed down through 3 kids in DW's family. 4 speed, Gawd knows how many miles since the odo went 10 years before they junked it at 160-something thousand, & c. You knew you were up to highway cruising speed without looking at the speedo just by the noise it made.

Probably the farthest out was the pickup I had in college. 1987 toyota pickup (no model name). There wasn't that much to go wrong on the car, but by the time I got it it had been badly abused. Rotting electrical system, no working heater, and a vent window that would not stay shut (charming feature in a northeastern OH winter). The body had been painted Ford white at some point, but the two cab doors were salvage; one was tan and one was red. The hood was held shut by a cotter pin on one side and a bungy cord on the other. Every so often we would go over a bump after dark and the headlights would go out. This would have been a bigger deal except that the next bump usually kicked them back on. When I wasn't planning on using the car for a while I would have to pull fuses out or else it would run down the battery. Finally totalled it when I spun out on black ice and nailed the concrete guardrail on I-80 one winter.

Always wanted a Mazda RX. They are supposed to be fun cars plus they have that funky rotary engine.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:18 PM   #45
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Turbo charged MG Midget.

I had a 1974 MG midget that had 7 slave cylinders replaced on the cluch, 8 windsheilds replaced, two exhaust systems, a new battery, two different radiators and various other problems over 35,000 miles and three years of ownership. But I loved that car, did most of the work on it myself, and remember one snowstorm when it was completly snow covered and after it was dug out we had to shovel the snow out of the drivers seat, snow go in through the soft cover all night from the wind. Then we had to push it back into the garage and get out the hair dryer to dry the wires to get it started.
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I had a 1974 MG midget that had 7 slave cylinders replaced on the cluch, 8 windsheilds replaced, two exhaust systems, a new battery, two different radiators and various other problems over 35,000 miles and three years of ownership. But I loved that car, did most of the work on it myself, and remember one snowstorm when it was completly snow covered and after it was dug out we had to shovel the snow out of the drivers seat, snow go in through the soft cover all night from the wind. Then we had to push it back into the garage and get out the hair dryer to dry the wires to get it started.

Oh heck, flashbacks to the snowdrift on the driver's seat.
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I had a 1974 MG midget that had 7 slave cylinders replaced on the cluch, 8 windsheilds replaced . . .
1977 Triumph Spitfire purchased new. In less than three years I bought two clutch slave cylinders, a clutch master cyl, a brake master cyl, a crankshaft (covered under warranty), a clutch, and 4 tires. Some of this was my fault. It was a fun car, though. And always an adventure to hit a deep puddle on one side at speed--off we go!
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Me too. Mine was green.
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Let me guess: tetracycline cleared it right up.
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I know that I'm a bit strange, but here we go.
1966 amphicar. It was a lot of fun. I just had to have it.
1968 Mini RH drive, of course. 2 X 1.25" SU's. Very quick
Nash Metropolitan. Coververtible.
Vespa P200 with flamed sidecar and Malossi 210 kit.
And I'm looking for a kitcar. Tri-tech Messerschmitt. No household should be without one. Google KR200 if you don't know what one looks like.
OMG an Amphicar. I always wanted one, good for spontaneous picnics. A Messerschmitt, I remember driving in one of those with an uncle.

They don't make cars the way these used to.
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