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Subject: cars we have owned.
gf0012-aust    8/17/2006 9:09:33 PM
in light of the other thread about cars and capability, I'm curious as to what cars have been favourites and owned by us... for me there are a few, and I've always tinkered with them a bit. start to finish my favourite cars (in no partic order) owned were as follows:
  • mini, '66. dumped suspension, worked motor and honda 650 megaphones for a split system
  • HK Monaro. Worked 186. yella terra head, saginaw GB.
  • HJ Sandman (errrgh) 253V8
  • Falcon XA Panel Van. Leyland P-76 Alloy V8, Offenhauser intake off a Buick, Holley 650 dbls.
  • Falcon XT. Worked 302, dumped suspension
  • Falcon XW GT. Worked 351 2 barrel
  • Falcon XY GTHO.
  • XY Wagon. 351 4bl. Modified Geelong Block (the best of all the Ford small block V8's)
  • Falcon XA 2 door. Orig motor replaced with a worked 221. Cast exhaust manifold cut and replaced with a ported and rippled mod. Holley 650 dbl pumper. custom XU-1 grind on the cam, solids. it was almost undriveable at idle. the cam used to make it bump and grind a bit at the lights. never ran official times on it, but I once cleaned up a mates Transit that had a modified 406 and FMX installed.
  • Toyota Dyna twin cab. mid mounted 351, ZF gear box from a busted Pantera. I used to run it at the Darwin Drags out at McDonnel Air Strip. Ran low 13's.
  • 76 Range Rover. 351 windsor 4bl. C6 with a shift kit. Dual fuel. Currently sitting in shed in the middle of a rebuild.
  • 2000 Mercedes Vito. Chipped and lowered 3" by factory. AFAIK its the only factory lowered Vito registered. It handles like a big fat mini cooper S - and will out corner quite a few of the rice burner boy racer pretenders. I had a couple of show cars in my early 20's during my brain fart stage. I've had 2 bikes. A Honda 300 Dream (weighed as much as a BSA 650 Thunderbolt!) and a Suzuki GTR Ramair. The Sook is in the mangroves off of Nightcliff as a legacy of exuberant but totally skill-less riding during a "Hungi". ;)
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    DarthAmerica    @GF   12/13/2009 4:33:09 PM

    curious as to whether anyone has changed rides over the last few years?

    I added a Harley Davidson 09 Street Glide last year. Other than that the same. I attended the Los Angeles Auto Show yesterday and other than the BMX X6 or Z4 wasn't particularly interested in anything new. I did "like" the Camaro SS and Dodge Challenger. Thats over 400HP for under 40K and double the mileage compared to my current 40wheel transportation! Oh, Audi had their E-Tron there. I'll probably hold off on new vehicles for another year or two at least.


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    gf0012-aust       12/14/2009 4:46:01 AM
     A dutch friend of mine, an avid BMW fan, told me upon learning this that "you have now officially lost in life."

    coming from a BMW driver - thats "cute"  :)

     
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    gf0012-aust       12/14/2009 4:53:20 AM

    I added a Harley Davidson 09 Street Glide last year. Other than that the same.

    I looked at a Harley 883 and was quite taken by the rat racer look...  but historically I've been useless on bikes.  always fall off or stack them... 
     
    no change for me although I have started a ground up rebuild of the rangie.  unsure as to whether I'll rebuild the 351 or go for a diesel...  the latter logically makes sense but I'm quite attached to the small block.  the 351 is a bit socially unacceptable though :)
     
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    Aussiegunneragain       12/14/2009 5:59:32 AM
    Looks like I'm definately in the gay bar loitering end of car ownership, with my 83 Automatic Poo Brown Holden Gemini, then a 94 White "Pregnant Rice Bubble" Holden Barina 4 Door, and now my 2002 Red Mitsubushi Mirage. I did fly an ultralight for a while which I think makes me pretty hairy chested though ... http://www.strategypage.com/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Images/emsmiled.gif" align="absMiddle" border="0" alt="" />.
     
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    StevoJH       12/14/2009 7:25:24 AM
    1st Car: 1992 Mitsubishi Lancer (1.3L engine, hole in aircon and no heater)
    2nd (and current) Car: 1997 EL Falcon I got when the parents bought a new family car to replace it.
     
    The Falcon has got to last me another two years of University (Masters hopefully).
     
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    Mikko    sad   12/14/2009 8:31:55 AM
    1st: Mitsubishi Lancer 1.5 '85 - from '97 to '03. It moved.
     
    2nd: Citroën Xsara 1.6i Coupé '99 - from '03 to '07. It was a respectable car regarding my age at the time. Unreliable and slow but had a CD-player and air conditioning. As all Citroëns, it was pleasant to drive when not in a "hurry".
     
    3rd and current: Citroën C4 VTR 2.0 Coupé '06 - from '07 -->. Good looks, good to drive, quite unreliable.

    All sticks. 
     
    Now one might think that I do not see cars too passionately. Looking at the list above I feel the same way too. The "coupé" is in Citroën -terminology seen as anything that has two doors. My little cats are as far from a real coupé as they are from an SUV.
     
    However I do love cars, above all I love doing long (over 3000 km) road trips. My current goal is to finally go bourgoise and get me a big diesel sedan with automatic gearbox; Volvo S80 D5 or equivalent. I like torque and I like reasonable gas economy.  Can't afford it yet but the C4 still gets me around since they haven't replaced the design yet.
     
    Mikko
     
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    StevoJH       12/14/2009 10:39:29 AM
    Volvo Drivers.....
     
    What else is there to say? http://www.strategypage.com/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Images/emteeth.gif" align="absmiddle" border="0" alt="" />
     
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    Mikko    again..   12/15/2009 7:50:10 AM

    Volvo Drivers.....
     
    What else is there to say? http://www.strategypage.com/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Images/emteeth.gif" alt="" align="absmiddle" border="0" />

    (Volvo drivers are the cream of the crop. They are the finest breed, the backbone of any democratic society. Those who want much, give more and appreciate nothing in the end.)
     
    I have planned on making a deal with the people who start threads. If they pay me a hefty ransom, I won't move in and kill their threads.  20 euros (what is that, like 50 dollars?) per thread for not intervening. And 10 euros for making interventions to threads in which my client is taking a beating in argumentation.
     
    What do I have to do to not kill these fragile little organisms? They are... so beautiful, yet they... die away, fade.. like angels on a Carribean cruise ship... or little birds in a jet engine.. just go, go to heaven.
     
    Mikko
     
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    StevoJH       12/15/2009 11:07:53 PM

    (Volvo drivers are the cream of the crop. They are the finest breed, the backbone of any democratic society. Those who want much, give more and appreciate nothing in the end.)
    http://www.strategypage.com/CuteSoft_Client/CuteEditor/Images/emthdown.gif" align="absmiddle" border="0" alt="" />
     
    Sorry buddy, but Volvo drivers have a reputation, and its not as being the "finest". For a regular car I think i'll be sticking with the Commodore or Falcon for now, if I can afford it later I might go for a Merc or Jaguar. For a 4x4 i'd probably go for the Land Rover simply because they are cheaper then the competition and obviously must be able to do the job or they wouldn't be so widely used in the military.
     
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    gf0012-aust       12/16/2009 12:14:10 AM
    For a 4x4 i'd probably go for the Land Rover simply because they are cheaper then the competition and obviously must be able to do the job or they wouldn't be so widely used in the military.

    My old rangie will pull a house off its stumps - and that was even before I did the 351 conversion.  I have a fav photo of me pulling a new (then) 100 series landcruiser out of the bog, this despite the rangie weighing half a tonne more and having a heavier footprint per sq in....
     

     
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