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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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    Volkodav       1/5/2010 7:48:42 PM
    PMSL if it was up to my other half we would be getting around in a FPV GTP.  She is leaning towards a G6E Turbo as a lease car to replace her white goods company car next year.
     
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    StevoJH       1/5/2010 9:26:07 PM
    Are the FPV's worth an extra 20-30k for an extra 20 or 30kw of power that you probably can't utilise on a normal road anyway? Or is the interior trim much nicer?
     
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    StevoJH       1/5/2010 9:26:16 PM
    Are the FPV's worth an extra 20-30k for an extra 20 or 30kw of power that you probably can't utilise on a normal road anyway? Or is the interior trim much nicer?
     
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    Volkodav       1/5/2010 10:34:10 PM
    Couldn't say, but if the other halfs boss is happy for fork out the $20K pa a G6E Turbo would cost to lease who am I to argue?
     
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    StevoJH       1/6/2010 12:31:13 AM

    Couldn't say, but if the other halfs boss is happy for fork out the $20K pa a G6E Turbo would cost to lease who am I to argue?

    True, Fairly sure the G6 Turbo is the Fairmont replacement.
     
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    Aussiegunneragain       6/12/2010 1:20:48 AM
    I just bought a 2005 Hilux SR KUN26R Dual Cab, 4x4 Turbo Diesel ute, which takes me out of girl car territory for the first time in about 14 years. I don't think the Gemini that I had when I was a teenager is considered to be girl car, but the Barina was definately so (it was white and got called "the Pregnant Rice Bubble" by my late step-father) and the Mirage which I am selling is not much better. Looking forward to hitting Morton, Bribie and Fraser Islands ... Yeha!
     
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    Volkodav       6/12/2010 6:17:27 AM
    Nice, those things are as far from girlie as you can get, you have definately improved your man brand.  You see the Top Gear episode on the Hilux, they couldn't kill the thing and still have it on their set.
     
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    Aussiegunneragain       6/12/2010 6:36:46 AM

    Nice, those things are as far from girlie as you can get, you have definately improved your man brand.  You see the Top Gear episode on the Hilux, they couldn't kill the thing and still have it on their set.

    LOL! Thanks, though the downside risk is that I will be accused of having a midlife crisis and of being a white-collar wannabe country boy too boot. Oh well, it might be true and I like the truck so I'm happy.
    I know what you are saying about the Lux though, from all accounts they are bloody hard to break ... I'm hoping that I might never have to buy another car.
     
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    SteveJH       6/12/2010 3:05:57 PM


    I know what you are saying about the Lux though, from all accounts they are bloody hard to break ... I'm hoping that I might never have to buy another car.
    Don't say that, how long you planning on living? ;)

     
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    Aussiegunneragain       6/13/2010 1:40:02 AM





    I know what you are saying about the Lux though, from all accounts they are bloody hard to break ... I'm hoping that I might never have to buy another car.



    Don't say that, how long you planning on living? ;)




    Well my bosses has 400,000k on the clock and his hasn't broken yet. Mine has 160,000k and I only average about 10,000k a year. I figure that gives me at least another 24 years with this car, perhaps not quite a lifetime but it should at least get me to the Winnibago stage ;-).
     
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