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Old 02-05-15, 12:01 AM
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Old 02-05-15, 03:10 AM
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Old 02-05-15, 03:13 AM
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Drool

it's a shame most of them rotted within a couple of years
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Old 02-05-15, 07:53 AM
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it's a shame most of them rotted within a couple of years
yeah yeah there's a whole back story to why the early 70's one's rusted so bad, the later one's were much better and we don't throw salt on the roads here. I've had my Sud Sprint nearly 20 years and there only a coin sized rust spot near the rear window.
My 33 had the shell galvanized dipped in production, no rust on that one.
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Old 02-05-15, 08:01 AM
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Here's the old girl. Freakin' yacht.
She looks in good nic for it's age, hope the next one is as good.
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Old 02-05-15, 11:42 AM
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Thanks. She was back when that pic was taken. California car. The last few Chicago winters have been really rough on her though. Against my better judgement I decided to go ahead and get her running until I can save enough for something decent. I just don't have the time for car shopping right now.
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Old 02-05-15, 11:55 AM
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Not so beautiful anymore...seen outside one of the panel shops near my home.



Lack of damage to front of car makes me think they hit a low kerb REALLY hard. Apart from the shattered wheel I can't even imagine the damage to the suspension and frame.
We used to see damage like that when I was in the tire business in Dallas. The lack of reasonable public transportation, urban sprawl and the crazy patchwork of liquor laws that let people legally drink and drive in dry areas resulted in lot of damage like that. So did the ice and snow storms.
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Old 02-05-15, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
Here's the old girl. Freakin' yacht.
First MB I ever drove was about a 81 500SEL. I saw why people loved them after that ride.
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Old 02-05-15, 02:19 PM
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Must have been a grey market car. The whole grey market craze for them was pretty crazy. Many many imported in. Those have more appealing bumpers, headlights, (depending on who did the federalization,) and higher compression.

The car almost seems silly these days, with a 5.0 barely putting out 200hp, but back then I imagine they were a sight to behold. I just like the way they drive. It feels like luxury muscle, even though I'd be hard pressed to do a quarter mile in under 16 seconds.

Thanks for indulging my wavering fanaticism.
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Old 02-05-15, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by BenzFanatic View Post
Must have been a grey market car. The whole grey market craze for them was pretty crazy. Many many imported in. Those have more appealing bumpers, headlights, (depending on who did the federalization,) and higher compression.

The car almost seems silly these days, with a 5.0 barely putting out 200hp, but back then I imagine they were a sight to behold. I just like the way they drive. It feels like luxury muscle, even though I'd be hard pressed to do a quarter mile in under 16 seconds.

Thanks for indulging my wavering fanaticism.
It could have been, we worked on both. I went with a customer on a test ride one day (I knew him well enough to know he was a good driver) and we were out on the 635 (the big bypass that went out to DFW airport, 3 lanes of smooth pavement in each direction with little traffic) in a grey market 500SEL and he wanted to see how well we'd balanced his tires. We ended up going about 120 mph and it was nice and smooth.
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Old 02-05-15, 06:13 PM
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Figured I'd blow my own horn. . . .

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Ford is bringing the Focus RS to the US! 320+ HP and AWD!
Maybe my current daily driver ('05 Mazda 3) can hold on until then - I'm at 168k miles right now. Hehe. My Lotus Elise might get jealous, though.
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Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
We used to see damage like that when I was in the tire business in Dallas. The lack of reasonable public transportation, urban sprawl and the crazy patchwork of liquor laws that let people legally drink and drive in dry areas resulted in lot of damage like that. So did the ice and snow storms.
With the general standard of HK drivers I imagine that this is more about someone misjudging their line in a turn. That being said, I have seen some amusing skids and spins due to folks not slowing down when it starts to rain. The roads can be like ice if it has been dry for a while and the assorted crud on the road (diesel, oil) hasn't been washed off for a while.

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This is a very sexy shape. What is it?
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We got 10 inches of snow today and more is coming... today my Jeep was the most beautiful of vehicles.
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Old 02-06-15, 03:19 AM
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Originally Posted by mort1369 View Post

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This is a very sexy shape. What is it?
+1 Also loving the panel van...
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I think it's a late-30's Ford.
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Originally Posted by ModoVincere View Post
You may not agree, but mid 60 vette's are awesome IMO.



You are absolutelyl right. I had a 65 converible and sold it a few years later. Now I can.t afford one. Been crying ever since. :-((

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Originally Posted by JonnyHK View Post
With the general standard of HK drivers I imagine that this is more about someone misjudging their line in a turn. That being said, I have seen some amusing skids and spins due to folks not slowing down when it starts to rain. The roads can be like ice if it has been dry for a while and the assorted crud on the road (diesel, oil) hasn't been washed off for a while.



This is a very sexy shape. What is it?
If I remember right, it's a Thames panel wagon. . .
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
We got 10 inches of snow today and more is coming... today my Jeep was the most beautiful of vehicles.
I've been really wanting a 2 door 4.0 XJ. I just wish it was ever so slightly more fuel efficient. They've gotten so affordable.
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Old 02-06-15, 05:46 PM
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If I remember right, it's a Thames panel wagon. . .
I think you are right.
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