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    Roadmaster saves the day...

    I had some surgery Tuesday and while still under the influence of anesthesia I bought a car. I paid $600 for a 91 Beretta with some minor problems. One of them is the front brakes. Since i used to be a certified to repair brakes in the state of Michigan I thought no big deal. But since since I was still a bit out of it there are a lot of things I didn't look at on the car.

    So, I fixed a few things and it came time to do the brakes. Some idiot over torqued the lug nuts and I could not get them off. I tried countless lug wrenches and penetrating sprays. Finally, an idea struck me. What almost always bails me out of any bad situation? A BIKE!!!





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    That is honestly the only valid use of a Roadmaster that I've ever seen.

    A customer left one here last week after purchasing a Specialized. We left it out in front of the shop in the hopes that someone would take it. Last night someone did. I hope they got their flat tire changed.
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    Congrats on the Beretta. I've heard good things on how long those vehicles last (especially being a domestic car).

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    Haha sweet!!!

    That frame looks like it was trying to be a bridge.
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    Those are some serious freaking dropouts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
    Congrats on the Beretta. I've heard good things on how long those vehicles last (especially being a domestic car).
    My brother had a blue '91 GT and he loved it. My sister bought a '94 Z26 back in '96. I fell in love with that car then. She promised it to me when she graduated college. no real problems with hers, but I took care of it for her better than if it was my own. She had 176k miles on it when she got hit by a guy in a minivan doing 45. I attatched a tow rope to it and a tree and with a few good yanks, 1 new shock and some welding on the exhaust it was back on the road. A little crooked, but it did ok. I drove that for a little while but went back to my Mazda that was newer and in better shape.

    Too bad I junked hers 3 months ago. If I would have known my car was gonna crap out I would have hung on to it. The one good tail light on that one was on the same side as my broken one

    My '91 is a little beat up, but doesn't look too bad. It's got 126k miles on it. The biggest problem is all the rust underneath and a leaky trans line. Unfortunatly, that tends to be common on the Berettas

    But...I definatly got a $600 car

    As far as the bike goes, it provided the much needed leverage. It's been hanging in the garage for 8 years since my brother crashed it into a tree and bent the fork. I tore it down planning to do something with it and never did
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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    Those are some serious freaking dropouts.
    They are very weak though. It had a coaster brake and they got twisted doing a sideways skid on gravel. Road it anway until my brother crashed it.
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    I've never heard of a Roadmaster bike until today (when I think Roadmaster, I think of the last of the line V8 Buicks which were awesome cars... but usually the people who drove them never got them above school zone speed.)

    I hit the reviews about this type of bike... and they were scathing. One review basically read, "This is a great bike to instill the hatred of bicycling in general in children for generations to come."

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    that is one sweet cheater bar.
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    it seems the cheater bar might end up being more reliable transportation. Guess who's Beretta spent the night in a parking lot and got towed home this morning leaving a trail of transmission fluid til the last of it drained out....
    Tuesday I'll repair the line and see if I killed the trans. One more reason that's the only car I've had with an automatic since I was 16. I might end up going back to wiring diagrams and trying to revive the Mazda sooner than I thought
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    I finally got under the Beretta today and replaced the transmission lines. it seems it's not the first leak it's had. There were 3 horrible repairs in one and 2 in the other. I replaced both from trans to radiator. Now it drives like the fluid never pissed out.

    And, to make things a little sweeter, an attractive woman in my class gave me a sticker for it!!

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    Alls well that ends well. You have a decent car that looks good, and a bike sticker. =)

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    For those who don't know, a Roadmaster is a cheapo bicycle shaped toy found in x-mart stores. Here's a pic of mine:



    I got it for $55.95. I put 500Mi on it. Stock tires died at 250Mi. Stock pedals died at 100Mi. Stock brake pads fell off at 150Mi. The crank got bent at 215Mi. Oh, and did I mention these bikes come with both wheels out of true as default?

    So, I approve the OP's use of his Roadmaster. It is indeed a proper use for the thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlts22 View Post
    Alls well that ends well. You have a decent car that looks good, and a bike sticker. =)
    spoke too soon....Turns out there's a problem with the Torque converter clutch solenoid. so I have a car that looks decent that drives fine for about 7 miles, then the torque converter locks up. Let it sit for a few hours and I can go another 7. At least I only taped the sticker on!
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    My family tree is full of nuts

    potato chips have sharp edges..they are like little snowplows for your arteries

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