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#1 User is offline   Crash & Burn 

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:58 PM

Brought this home yesterday, 4-wheel drive extended cab with a long bed, a rare combination apparently. That means a longer wheelbase, meaning a 30-gallon fuel tank rather than a mere 25. V-8, 4.6 litres. And the big fat front bumper. A '97, of course it has an ECU and some fancy electrickeral gadgets, so I can't count on it for a long-term ownership, but it should do a good job for a few years if luck holds. It had a well-documented maintenance history, not much bad about it...

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Tomorrow should bring a new windscreen, and I'm working on the headliner today, the two worst flaws. After it's done, I'll get inside pics....

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 05:12 AM

Looks handy and thankfully your gas is cheap!

- Craig -

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Posted 15 November 2017 - 08:43 AM

Park a Capri alongside it so we compare the size of that monster? Paul.


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 11:04 AM

30 US gallons is 113.562 litres that we have petrol measured in. A litre at the nearest petrol station to me is £1.20 so your pick up would cost £136.27 to fill over here. That's US$180 even at todays poor exchange rate.

I bet if the US had to suffer the prices we have to pay there would be riots, after which the Ford Fiesta would become the best selling car there too, as it usually is here!


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Posted 15 November 2017 - 02:29 PM

View PostPaulg, on 15 November 2017 - 11:04 AM, said:

30 US gallons is 113.562 litres that we have petrol measured in. A litre at the nearest petrol station to me is £1.20 so your pick up would cost £136.27 to fill over here. That's US$180 even at todays poor exchange rate.

I bet if the US had to suffer the prices we have to pay there would be riots, after which the Ford Fiesta would become the best selling car there too, as it usually is here!



Are you threatening me?! lolol

It did cost almost $100 to fill it on purchase the other day. I hope it's not burning any while parked.


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Posted 17 November 2017 - 10:05 AM

that's a nice looking truck ..
Looks like it could be a real comfy mile burner ..

Just a wee V8, hopefully Rumbling again soon...

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#7 User is offline   Crash & Burn 

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Posted 18 November 2017 - 11:30 PM

Comfy, should be -- I remember when these were new, thinking they were suddenly making trucks look like cars - Meaning this ---
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And the comparison shots for Paul. I parked with the rear axles on line --

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Took it in yesterday for new front brakes, two new tires, aligning and full underside inspection - Got a good report on everything including rear brakes. It also got a new windscreen and headliner, struts for the hood and the rear canopy hatch, and I now own a code reader! Only known faults left are the wiper washer spray pump and a couple of 4-way flasher bulbs. Oh, and I refilled the tank after my first 80 miles, and calculated 12.8 miles per gallon!


#8 User is offline   Paul Finney 

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 09:57 AM

That's one big Mutha!


#9 User is offline   Crash & Burn 

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 02:22 PM

https://www.google.c...511787922284884


Now THIS, I say, is an unfair business practice - While correcting a few minor faults on my new truck the other day, I found one of these mounted under the dash, and initially mistook it for the plug to the OBD system. A friend was here, who happens to be retired from an old car dealership, explained that it was a scheme for the dealers to make extra money. The Locktronics company would come to a dealership and install these devices on every vehicle in their inventory, for $25 each. The dealer would pitch them to the customer for $400 - $500 as an extra security device, with various stories about how they worked, none accurate, all overstating its capabilities. They were only required to pay Locktronics the $25 for the vehicles on which the customer bought the scam, and if they didn't buy it, the dealer would leave it on the car anyway, with a bypass device in place. My own theory is that it gave the dealership a bit of added security, so if someone broke into their office and stole all the car keys, they still couldn't use them. Over time, many failed and there are several websites telling more details of the troubles and how to remove or bypass these devices. I don't know why there haven't been class-action lawsuits, as clearly, American lawyers could have made more from this than any dealership ever did - But other than these websites, I've never seen it publicized in any consumer-oriented article. I hope this isn't another American business tactic that hasn't been adopted elsewhere. (I took mine out and spliced the original power wire back together, which any thief could do easier than looking up the website!)

(Oops, link not exactly right, but that pic of the bypass key hints at how simple the device is...)
(And my particular system was made by Prolock not Locktronics, which is the more common brand of the same device. I'll take a pic of it and put it here soon. It probably cost about $4 to make.)

Here, I've retrieved mine from the bin - The box part was tied up to the loom under the dash out of view, only the plug visible, fixed to the lower trim.
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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:13 PM

Beast!


#11 User is offline   Crash & Burn 

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 10:26 PM

View PostCopey, on 26 November 2017 - 09:13 PM, said:

Beast!


Maybe why I got a truck to match.... ;)


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 08:42 AM

Well spotted!


#13 User is offline   Crash & Burn 

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 09:41 PM

Been pondering what to name the big boat, finally launched a contest for it - So far, Fordy McFordface is in the lead. :snack:


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 06:53 PM

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There's the damage from Friday - Between what I paid for this truck and the cost of fixing the windscreen, headliner, radio, hood and hatch struts, front brakes, 2 new tyres and alignment, I've got almost $6800 into it.
Yesterday I got the first estimate on repairing the damage - $6653 ! I had somehow expected roughly half that much. The other party has decided to let their insurance handle it, so I didn't scare them with the number - Now waiting to see what their company says...


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 07:46 PM

Bash it out yourself! Big rubber hammer??????????????? Paul.


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Posted 12 December 2017 - 08:05 PM

View PostPaul Finney, on 12 December 2017 - 07:46 PM, said:

Bash it out yourself! Big rubber hammer??????????????? Paul.


I was wondering, medium or big? Thank you!


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 11:37 PM

I mentioned waiting to see what the other insurance company says -

Monday, they took my statement and all but admitted liability, but couldn't yet be conclusive.
Wednesday, they said the other driver was parked crooked, front end out in the traffic lane but not rolling - Sitting in the car, handbrake set and foot on the brake. Shared liability, they won't pay,
but will wait for review of his call to police from the scene, during which he stated he'd run into me.

Thursday, the other car was stationary and unoccupied, totally my fault, they won't pay. And it doesn't matter if the car was occupied or not, because it was stationary.

Today, Friday. Requested police tape. Takes 10 days. I'm thinking soon I'll be done getting mad. :cursing: Then I'll get even, but it will take longer, even as it gains potential for more fun. :smokin:

(They want you to tell the truth in court, but sometimes lies actually get to it quicker...) ;)


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Posted 16 December 2017 - 06:45 PM

oh Fcuk.. that's a no nice dent..
doesn't look 6grands worth of dent.. but Uggly ..

View PostPaul Finney, on 12 December 2017 - 07:46 PM, said:

Bash it out yourself! Big rubber hammer??????????????? Paul.

.. Could you not use the other drivers head to knock the dents out ???

Just a wee V8, hopefully Rumbling again soon...

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 07:31 PM

I'm thinking I go to court and propose that the judge come outside for a demonstration, having subpoenaed the other driver to bring his same car. I'll tell the judge I have my truck, and we can park the car straight and have it come out and hit me as happened. Then we can park it stationary and crooked, and I'll hit it again, so we can compare damages and stories. And I actually thought I should have said, when his company claimed his vehicle had been unoccupied, that I had seen his head fall off out the window and bounce in the street.
lolol


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Posted 22 December 2017 - 10:34 AM

Only just caught up with this, I do like a yank truck :) ..... hope the mofo pays up & some, I'm sure given your knowledge he will not escape the forces of righteousness :) :)


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