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Old 11-11-2011, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
You don't think these are our daily drivers do you???
You dont drive the TR-3 to work every day

BTW - She is amazing....

My neighbor gave me a TR-6 he had sitting in his garage - it was falling apart and I was a kid and never did anything about it... I regret not restoring it...
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
You don't think these are our daily drivers do you???
x2 -- my daily is a 2001 7.3 diesel F-250 crew cab (with only 80k miles). The Caddy fits in the "toy/investment" category and is registered with AZ Historic Vehicle plates.
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Daily Driver....

LS460 & Land Cruiser - The Slant gets around 3k miles per year .....



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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
You dont drive the TR-3 to work every day

BTW - She is amazing....

My neighbor gave me a TR-6 he had sitting in his garage - it was falling apart and I was a kid and never did anything about it... I regret not restoring it...
Thanks...and I am very envious of the slantnose!!!! Your car is a beast..I remember some previous posts...

Right now the TR is getting some new suspension pieces, a rack and pinion aftermarket and a Celica transmission. We are having a hell of a time with transmission gears..no one is making them. Now at 50 yrs. old they are running out of parts. A California TR guy had a bell housing made to fit our motors and some Toyota transmissions. That kit will be in soon. Along with a warmed over TR4 motor with a pair of Webers...

The 6 was Triumphs last great roadster, unless you want to count the TR8. It had a 3.5 liter aluminum block and heads...and if warmed over some would scoot. I had one as an autocross car..

I have owned most all the makes and years...but never wanted a TR7. That car was Triumphs last gasp at making a competitive car in the late 70's and early 80's and it really failed!!!!
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
Nice Caddy.... But I would take this over any american car made in the mid 70's and newer.....

My dream! But I think I'll have to settle for a 635CSI...Black, with black BBSs/brushed aluminum trim rings...
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Old 11-11-2011, 05:30 PM
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That article is just talk to fill a place in a magazine, older cars can be trouble free or problematic, as can new ones- it's all a crapshoot. I would rather drive an 8 year old BMW than a new Chevy Mailbu.
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Old 11-13-2011, 06:58 AM
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We keep our American Cars until about 200K miles.
Good value when ya do the math and follow through.
Scared to death to buy anything Euro.

Is the Fiat 500 Euro or made here?
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
And a used older american car is any better ?

Cars get beat up with daily driving - and most dont last more than 100k miles before its time for the junk yard....

Thats why I own a Lexus and a Land Cruiser.... Both will last for a long time....
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I also own a 88 Porsche Turbo Slant Nose - now that one costs a fortune to keep running ....

So based on your comments all my vehicles with 125k or more need to get junked. Wow. Lets see sons 1995 Honda got engine 145k. The trans was slipping in 3rd. So got one them too. Sons 1996 Chevy 4x4 203k and no problem with engine did get transmission at 170k so guess which gets driven harder. He likes to play in the woods. Don't see your general statement there.
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Originally Posted by fldmax View Post
So based on your comments all my vehicles with 125k or more need to get junked. Wow. Lets see sons 1995 Honda got engine 145k. The trans was slipping in 3rd. So got one them too. Sons 1996 Chevy 4x4 203k and no problem with engine did get transmission at 170k so guess which gets driven harder. He likes to play in the woods. Don't see your general statement there.
We were actualy discussing sports/luxury vehicles of the 70's and 80's ...

But I guess my statement was of bit off topic...

I am sure there are a lots of vehicles that make it to 200k..... Glad yours did
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:03 PM
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For people with not much money but who consider cars that were expensive, $60-70K+, and are now $10-15K, to buy one of those cars is like buying a Bayliner or a FICHT (I'll open this can and see if anyone bites)- outboard/sterndrive-whatever, it will be a money pit no matter which way one looks at it.

It is not the guys who bought the car new and are still driving their car around since they probably have the means to fix/repair their car and probably maintain it well.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:42 AM
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Several years back, I remember looking at a beautiful Mercedes 500 SL coupe -- oh, gorgeous car. But the way the steering wheel embedded itself in my appendix? Naaah, not for me. Same thing when I looked at the DeLorean's at the dealership back in the day -- the seats simply didn't go far enough back for me to drive it.
Go sit in a Passat. You'll have to bring the seat up closer so you can drive it. Huge space for huge guys. I liked my 2000 better than my 2006, though.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:43 AM
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Like I would take any advice on cars from a Saab owner. Jeebus.

Some folks buy 10yr old MB's because they want to know what the fuss was about. Some do it because they love the materials and construction. Some do it because the ho's in the 'hood will be they bitches when they be rollin' in a fat benz yo!

I've been tempted by 5-10yr old E class sedans and wagons (have you seen what the diesel models can get for mileage!) as MB does interiors like noone else and the exterior on the prior models (maybe two models back now) is truly beautiful. Sure would be more interesting to own than a 2 yr old Camry.

Love p-cars myself and will always have an attachment (and own one). That company is the real deal when it comes to racing and quality engineering.

Some pics from RRIII in Daytona a few years back and a pic of my car at its last autocross before I found a tree with it.
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Go sit in a Passat. You'll have to bring the seat up closer so you can drive it. Huge space for huge guys. I liked my 2000 better than my 2006, though.
Even they have problems, just replaced the diverter valve (bypass valve) crapped out, came out in 3 pieces, replaced cam follower twice, replaced ac compressor, replaced pcv, and put a one way vale in to stop pressurizing of crankcase. Replaced coil packs. Dealer replaced shift servo. My 67 bug never had so many problems
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Love p-cars myself and will always have an attachment (and own one). That company is the real deal when it comes to racing and quality engineering.
Take a look through my brothers site:

http://www.monkeyclawmodels.com/Peterbilt.html

He's a pro-modeler and recently completed the two cars in the link for Dick Barbour Racing. He's built a lot of professional grade stuff for Dick. He told me that he was talking to Dick's wife at the model show, where he came to pick up the two Rothman cars in the link. She said Dick has over 76,000 pieces of Porsche collectibles/memorabilia, all cataloged.

This is totally bitchin', too. Dick Barbour's Hawaiian Tropic Porsche:

http://www.monkeyclawmodels.com/BuildersGallery.html

And this is the Martini Porsche:
http://www.monkeyclawmodels.com/chopper.html


The work my brother puts into these is absolutely incredible. Even more so when you consider that he's nearly crippled and has very little use of his hands (hence his selected name of "monkeyclaw"; at least he can laugh about it!)
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
And a used older american car is any better ?

Cars get beat up with daily driving - and most dont last more than 100k miles before its time for the junk yard....

Thats why I own a Lexus and a Land Cruiser.... Both will last for a long time....

I also own a 88 Porsche Turbo Slant Nose - now that one costs a fortune to keep running ....

Pics of that slant nose? please?

My next car purchase will be a carrera of that vintage, or slightly later.

ETA - never mind. Very nice looking.

Jack's dad - very nice also!
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Old 11-16-2011, 01:34 PM
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We are throwing around terms like "American car" and "euro car" and "rice burner"...what defines what category it fits in?...is it having more than 50% of it's parts made in the US or what?...or is it where the profit goes...but then who are the stock holders?.....a honda civic is probably more "American" than an F150 these days....for reliability and resale, no beats the hondas and toyotas yet...IMO..
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Pics of that slant nose? please?
1st page of thread

I am going to seller her soon if anyone is interested....

Need some 4 strokes for the Intrepid

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Yo..is that a "real" speedster?...#8?...very cool....
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I can tell that slant is not an original M505 ...... LOL
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