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Over the past few months I have been peppered with the dumbest of questions and trivia.
Like just the other night. I was half out of it, and in a chat. Some pud
wacker come in, see's I have a car title, and askes this: Can you get me a radiator for a 66 Super Bettle?
So I answer, chevy 350, Buick 3.8 V6, or ford 302? Then get called a dumb ass because VW's in those years were all air cooled. Like you can't stick anything other then a VW type air cooled block in them!
Or better yet, that a GTA with a Tune Port 305 is faster then a Carburated 305 in a 85 Base model Camaro (non T-tops). No way in hell could a couple houndred pound lighter car be tuned a bit to waste the GTA(with T-tops). Which had only marginally better 1/4 mile times.
Besides, other then the twisted few, who keeps a third gen all stock?
And the most rediculas to date "I want to do to the S-10's what Don Yenko did to the Camaro's, bring them to the masses".
And here I thought modified S-10's with ever concivible modifaction had been done to the point of boredom?
The most amusing of the week is being told by a 4x4 S-10 owner, with no lug, street tires, and non working 4 wheel drive, that they removed the skid plates. For of all reasons they don't plan to go off roading. Never mind the front skidplate being plastic, is a splash shield/ debris shield.
Any one got much to add to this? Charles
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Had some brainchild this week explain to me why I should have a Ford Bigblock engine in my car instead of the small block I have now. I explained my car was an 80 Firebird and that it would have been a Pontiac or Chev engine usually. He looked at me in this crazy sorta way and said man thats messed up... what s a Ford Firebird doing with a GM engine in it from the factory. I had to break it to him gently that a Firebird was a pontiac..I still dont think he got it.. worlds full of them Charles even here in Canada lol
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On Thu, 30 Dec 2004 05:54:45 -0500, "BarracudaDesigns"

Well at least you've never been shouted at while walking into a store that " Sir, you've left the lights on in your Mustang". Of course I was driving a 68' Camaro and had no clue that the person was yelling at me until she tapped me on my shoulder inside the store later.
...Ron -- 68' Camaro RS 88' Firebird Formula 00' Mustang GT Vert
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For some reason I thought you were in the USA. Wow was I mistaken.
I have a few female friends in different parts of canada trying to find hounest mechaics. From what I hear from them it's harder up there then it is here!
People are people all over the world. The majority seam to have gotten a labottommy at birth if you know what I mean. Charles
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Just make sure they do NOT go to Dealers...they have a tendency towards breaking things and not bothering to tell you about it....luckily, you always find out when your car starts falling apart a few weeks/months later because of the broken parts, stripped mounts, brackets and clips, et cetera....
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Yep good old Canada, between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
And yeah finding a good mechanic is tough up here. I have no prob doing most things myself or my girlfriend can but stuff that I need a mechanic for . Well lets say its taken a while to find a good one and now that I have, I make sure I treat them well lol. Found this little place owned by a Lebanese family, never met a more honest group, the whole family works there and they treat each person like they are family plus they ve offered to let us use the garage space to do our own work when we want. Can t ask for much more than that. In return, I let people know about them and send business their way whenever I can.
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BarracudaDesigns spilled my beer when they jumped on the table and

Erg...
I got one for you all. At work there are 4 of us car nuts. Some days at lunch that's all we talk about. One guy (not a car nut) yesterday said he was looking at buying a new FWD pickup (Yes, front wheel drive ONLY) to one of us 4. D-man said there was no such thing. He argued. The other two piped in so the non-car guy asked me. I told him no and explained that, IMO, loading down the back of a pickup with cargo, and it being FWD isn't a good design idea since in certain conditions, from stop, the ft wheels will pretty much slip/spin/etc. It's better to have the RW push because the weight of the load combined with the weight of the vehicle shifting to the rear would make sure the drive wheels grab under most conditions minus the ice and snow, like we got now...
Guy still doesn't believe it...so...I told him to google it. :)
NOI
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lol similar to the one guy who told me I should have my front differential checked on my car. When I explained the aspects of the old "muscle" car and that it was rear wheel, his response?.... lol no your car is 4 wheel drive..ummm ok back in the brains line up for him... as well as many others.
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They did make 2. One Dodge, called a Ram Charger for a few years. Then VW had a rabbit pick up. Charles
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Charles:
You're thinking of the Rampage, which was based on the Charger/Omni/024 model. The Ramcharger was the full size utility vehicle. The Rampage was in the early 80's.
In essence the Omni/Rabbit are the same vehicle and were intended to be as such. Chrysler and VW had a late fallout on their relationship, but they were both so far along in the process that similarities stayed. Chrysler even used VW engines in their vehicles in the beginning (the 1.7 liter engine). Joe--ASE Certified Parts Specialist & 10th Ann.Club Tech Director '80 Carousel Red Turbo T/A, 27k orig. '79 "Y89" 400/4 speed 10th Ann. T/A, 57k orig '84 Olds 88 Royale Bgm 2 dr, 307 "Rocket" (lol), 143k and still going....
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Charles Bendig spilled my beer when they jumped on the table and proclaimed

I know but let's face it. They were small, underpowered, and couldn't haul much. This was S10/s15 on up.
NOI
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On Fri, 31 Dec 2004 07:34:00 -0500, Thund3rstruck_n0i

There may not be a fwd truck at present but they have been built. I can't say much for the platform as they were throw away cars to begin with. I remember a few of them running around the area, a friend had one.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Rampage
...Ron -- 68' Camaro RS 88' Firebird Formula 00' Mustang GT Vert
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RSCamaro wrote:

Hey, if all you needed was a small pickup they were really nice little trucks. My dad had one and I loved to borrow it.
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Thund3rstruck_n0i wrote:

Wasn't there a VW "truck" around 1980 that was basically a FWD Rabbit "El Camino?" What about the 80's Dodge Rampage? That's sort of a trucklet...
Ray
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I'd still love to see them bring the El Camino back...as a matter of fact, about 15 years back, I suggested that very thing to the designers when they had their booth at the Auto Show in Detroit...I guess it was...my suggestion was to base it on the then-current 82+ Camaro body.
They DID show a prototype of it a year or two later ('89 or '90 Auto Show...Was is really my idea, or something unannounced they were already working on?!) but they never did bring it to production...hell...I woulda bought one!
I love the idea of the El Camino...sports car handling for day-to-day, and when I feel like tossing the bike in the back...or whatever else I might want/need to tote around, I've got a bed big enough to put something in! Why they released that gawd-awful "pseudo-pickup" with that 4x4 (ie: USELESS!) bed in the back is totally beyond me...
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ElectroPig wrote:

Holden Ute. Think current GTO El Camino.
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The last iteration of El Caminos had the front clip of a Monte Carlo. That would be fine with me if there was some LS* power under the hood...
-- lab~rat >:-) The less you care, the more it doesn't matter.
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What did you think of those IROC kits for the old El's, anyway?
If you never saw them, they came with rocker extensions, complete front fascia replacements with "typical IROC" plastic all around, all the way to the back of the bed...I thought it was sweet from the front, as you couldn't tell it wasn't an IROC, as well as from the side...but the back view was absolutely horrendous!
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Not a big fan. I really prefer older Elky's, and consider mine a Chevelle with a bed. I saw a conversion kit for a Camaro front end that looked interesting, but just not my thing. Is that what you're referring to?
-- lab~rat >:-) The less you care, the more it doesn't matter.
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Pretty much the same thing, if not exactly. Had all the typical IROC ground effects and all...didn't look too bad, really, but if you're a purist who didn't have any front-end damage, it'd be hard to justify the IROC conversion, really...
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