What's your favorite muscle car? Mine's a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback 3/4-speed manual trasmission.
I don't get cable, so have no access to shows like that. One of the problems of fuel-efficient vehicles is that they have to share an awful lot of design features. You can't alter aerodynamic principles for the sake of being unique. I can remember being able to name every car I saw from 100yds away, because they were all different. If a '65 Stang went by, we sure as hell knew it wasn't a '68 GTO. Nowadays I don't even bother to keep up.Pre-AlgebraDude said:Who watches all the old muscle car shows on SPEED like American Muscle Car and Car Crazy?
Has anybody noticed the striking resemblence (sp?) between the '06 Mazda MX-5 Miata and the Pontiac Solstice? Except for the tail end they are pretty much the same car on the outside...plus Ford owns a part of Mazda so I'm sure that puts Ford and GM on not-so-good terms...
Pre-AlgebraDude said:I saw a GMC Yukon on this HUGE frame parked in none other than the WAL-MART parking lot. The suspension and frame alone were taller than my mom's van! They were past the top of it!
Pre-AlgebraDude said:My dad can't figure out why I like Ford trucks. He says they are so big "you have to get a runnin' jump to get in 'em!"
Actually, there were different Caminos depending upon what year they were made. Mine is based on a Malibu, but others used a modified Impala, and there were one or two more. There was even one called a Sprint, that was just a tad smaller and manufactured by GMC truck division instead of Chev. I get away with my bumper height because my mechanic wanted a black interior, so he used the dash out of a Sprint. I took the VIN from it instead of the door, so it's registered as a truck. He built the thing for himself and it was off-road only, plus used for pushing vehicles around his shop yard. It took over 2 1/2 hours to get the thing registered to make it street-legal. I'd been bugging him about it for years, and he finally decided to sell it right at the time my Camaro died.Pre-AlgebraDude said:Funny...I always thought all the old muscle cars shared a lot of the same features...especially Chevy, excluding the El Camino.
When have you ever heard me claim otherwise?Pre-AlgebraDude said:You must be crazy...
She's a weird mix, alright. Custom welded-in motor mounts to fit the Olds motor into the bay; custom bellhousing to mount a Chev Turbo 350 auto (with manual valve-body so I can shift it myself or let it go auto) onto the Olds motor; custom adaptor plate to mount the GMC transfer case to the Chev tranny... And it has no 2WD option. It still has the two levers, for HI/LOW range and 2/4, but there's a differential inside the transfer case. The way I drive it normally sends 70% power to the rear axle and 30% to the front. Shifting it back locks the centre differential into a 50/50 split. And believe it or not, in low range it'll chirp those 33-inchers going into 2nd.Pre-AlgebraDude said:What kind of tranny you got on that thing?
Moonbear said:Anyway, I'm perfectly happy with my little Focus. I get good mileage and pass the SUVs on the uphills. Well, that's probably just because their owners don't know how to drive...sort of like when I used to think minivans were the slowest vehicles on earth until I rented one for a road trip and learned just how much pep they really have. What I lack in size, I make up for with my lead foot! :rofl:
Danger said:Actually, there were different Caminos depending upon what year they were made. Mine is based on a Malibu, but others used a modified Impala, and there were one or two more. There was even one called a Sprint, that was just a tad smaller and manufactured by GMC truck division instead of Chev.
Danger said:Pre-AlgebraDude said:You must be crazy...
When have you ever heard me claim otherwise?
In that case, you should probably avoid about 90% of my posts, and don't go anywhere near Moonbear!Pre-AlgebraDude said:(I'm only 13)
What'd you do with it? I could carry it as a spare. (It'd be easier to carry than one of my tires.)Kerrie said:I had my dream car...a '96 VW GTI 2.0L, but it had only two doors, and wasn't exactly the perfect family car.
Strangely enough, out of all of the manufacturers, Mopar products tended to underestimate their power. A GM advertising 350hp might have had about 335-345. A Dodge claiming the same would more likely have 360-365. And none of them, of course, said how much got to the wheels. They were going by brake horsepower measured at the flywheel. :grumpy:JasonRox said:Most Muscle Cars had more than 300HP.
Note: Maybe on the flyer, but not under the hood.
Pre-AlgebraDude said:Focus, huh? Does it run well? My grandpa had an old Crown Vic (think it was an '86)and when you gassed up it would miss, bog down, and quit. You had to pull over somewhere and pull it into neutral to start it up again. Very dangerous car.
That's one that got away, drat it all! My cousin gave me his '66 DS19 Citroen which was supposed to be a restoration project until he had to give up on it. My initial plan was to transplant the suspension into the Roadrunner, but that just wasn't gonna happen. Plan 2 was that I was going to install a blown and injected 392 hemi in the back seat, running through a flipped Toronado transaxle. Nice tinted windows in the back, and the wheels all tucked in so it would look stock. It turned out that there just wasn't enough of the body still sound. Oh well.... maybe someday....brewnog said:My Citroen Saxo, at a whopping 99bhp. Good job it weighs well under a tonne...
Moonbear said:Actually, it runs pretty well, once you get used to having to bring it in every 6 months for another recalled part. That's Ford for ya. I don't mind that much though, because none of the recalls have actually caused me any problems, so I just bring it in when it's time for my regular oil change and let them take care of it then. When I bought it, I negotiated that they'd provide me with loaner cars any time I brought it in while it's still under warranty (most people are shocked I can get a loaner car from Ford, they always think of that as a service you only get from luxury car dealers; I don't know if I could finegle that anymore, but at least I convinced the salesman at the time)...anyway, so it doesn't bother me if they have to keep the car for the day for replacing recalls because I still have a loaner to drive around, and I figure at this rate, they're replacing my car one piece at a time. None of it has had anything to do with the engine. Actually, most of the recalls are all related to a problem the factory had in a run of cars that they didn't get all the parts rust-proofed properly, so they've extended my warranty to 10 years on parts that are affected by that.
Compared to other cars in its class that I've driven, I really do like it. It has more pep than you'd expect, a good turn radius, and has a very tight, sporty feel to the handling. It's pretty dent-resistant too. I drove it off the ramp of a towing trailer (trying to move out of MI in a blizzard ), hung it up pretty good on the trailer (had to jack up the car and deflate the trailer tires to pull the trailer out from under the car), and had a mechanic go over the car with a fine tooth comb; couldn't even find a scratch!
Pre-AlgebraDude said:You got a LOANER from Ford? You must be a bloody good negotiator...
I went to a humor site that said Ford stands for "F*cked on rebuilt Dodge" and "Forced On Reluctant Drivers".
Moonbear said:I don't think I'm that good of a negotiator, but that was an easy one to argue for since the whole reason I was buying a new car was to avoid the hassles of repeated visits to the shop for repairs. My time is important to me, so if I'm going to be stuck without a car when I need it because of a manufacturer defect, I wasn't going to buy the car. The salesman was also a friend of a friend kind of thing...not so much that he was going to cut me a great deal since I didn't know him at all until I walked into the dealership, but more that I knew he was only a few sales away from meeting some quota he needed to reach in a day or two to get an award, so he REALLY wanted to make that sale that day, especially after we spent the entire afternoon negotiating (you know the routine, I suggest a number, he "checks with his manager," he comes back, tells me he can't quite do that, makes a counteroffer, I say that's too much, give him a slightly higher number than I started with, he "goes back to check with his manager," etc.; this is supposed to wear you down, but it doesn't work on me...though, next car I buy, I'm going to remember to pack a lunch and start the negotiations about 11 AM. It's all psychological.)
:rofl: There's a ton of those! Found On Road Dead, Fix Or Repair Daily...