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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Hey Stick not a bad marketing angle: "Chevy Cruze Diesel--it cannot tell a lie".
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,595
    @Mr_Shiftright - there is a poster on the diesel thread who has one and seems to be seriously knowledgeable about it, not just a diesel fanboy. @socal_eric

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Good idea! I'll check him out. I'm thinking of a three vehicle line up here. A beater  work truck, a work and commuting car, & a totally fun car. 
  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,598
    Didn't realize GM was making a passenger diesel anything anymore.
    2018 Acura TLX 3.5 SH AWD A-SPEC
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,595
    @graphicguy - yes.  The Cruze Diesel is a nice little car. Fantastic range.  Like most diesels, if you are "looking to save money," you won't.  A Cruze 1LT will be a lot cheaper out the door, but if you compare it to the Cruze LTZ, there is no comparison.  GM didn't just drop a diesel up front & call it a day.  They tweaked the suspension & added extra sound deadening material like in the Platform Twin Buick Verano.  If you can find a dealer's "lot queen" it is a nice car that will sell with a healthy discount from MSRP.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,458
    surprisingly, I don't believe I have ever had a car with a bumper jack. Or, if I did, I never used it.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 137,983
    qbrozen said:

    surprisingly, I don't believe I have ever had a car with a bumper jack. Or, if I did, I never used it.

    Died out in the mid-'70s, I think

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,315
    kyfdx said:

    qbrozen said:

    surprisingly, I don't believe I have ever had a car with a bumper jack. Or, if I did, I never used it.

    Died out in the mid-'70s, I think
    Ran through until 1991 with the Crown Vic and Grand Marquis. That same basic car dated back to 1979, so that's really no surprise.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Working a bumper jack is kind of like placing a piece of cheese on a rat trap.
  • Working a bumper jack is kind of like placing a piece of cheese on a rat trap.

    Had a couple close calls with those bumper jacks!

    A tire block can be your friend!

    Remember the Citroen DS series? THAT was a cool way to change a tire(or tyre)...

    :D
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Yep, just flip a switch...of course, being French, on the rear tire you had to remove the entire fender first.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 11,426
    But it was only held on with one or two bolts!

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,261
    Guys, thank you very much for such a great read after the weekend!

    I had a fun time this weekend working (periodically, anyway) on the plow truck in the driveway. It was a few degrees below zero on Saturday, and about -10 yesterday.

    The problem seems to be something in the "pumpkin" (aka, differential) on the front axle housing. These Fords have a Dana 44 front axle and a Dana 60 rear. Anyhow, I was trying to get to the point where I could start turning stuff to see where my problem likely lay, and I couldn't help but praise the simplicity of tearing apart the front (disc) brakes. Those calipers are a real snap to remove, and replacing the pads is incredibly easy as well. If that was the job, I'd say maybe thirty minutes for both (including tire removal and install) is about all you'd be in for.

    Then, I decide that since I'm working on the truck this extensively, I might as well do a little more to shore up nagging issues. One of those is lack of rear brakes. I haven't had them for years now due to a suspected blown wheel cylinder, but it never bothered me much until the front axle tore itself apart. Without the front wheels being bound to the drivetrain, stopping the truck does not stop the rear wheels from turning. Talk about interesting.....!

    So, I figure rear drums... how hard can this be? The answer? Not too hard, save for the fact that they were designed by the spawn of Satan! I had to remove the half-shafts (e.g., axles), followed by the wheel bearings, in order to even remove the drum! I can't imagine who thought this was a great design, but after all that effort to get in there, I not only replaced the wheel cylinders, but also replaced the pads (shoes) at the same time. I don't think any of them were that bad (maybe 50-80% of new), but there's no way I ever want to get in there again. LOL

    So, about six hours of work total and I have "new" rear brakes that will, hopefully, work now. I think I'm going to put new shocks on it today since those are God-only-knows how old (I think thirty years is a good guess) and completely worthless, as well as attempting to open up the front differential and drain the syrup (75W-90 diff fluid) in preparation for my next operation....

    I sure hope I can get it sorted out before the next big snow! The temps are supposed to get down to below -20F by mid week, so probably no danger of snow in the short-term, anyway. The going is slow at these temperatures, though.
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,261
    edited December 2015
    Hahah! Oh, dear. We do get off-topic in this thread, don't we? For some reason, I thought this was the Project Cars topic I had read just before CCBA. Oh, well. The appreciation expressed did apply to this thread! :o
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    That's true...one bolt I think. It was pretty easy to do.
    ab348 said:

    But it was only held on with one or two bolts!

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 34,338
    No way I am ever moving to Alaska. That is for sure.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 34,338
    Should finish your garage. A heated space would make the work easier!

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    edited December 2015
    I worked there for a year. If you're the outdoorsy type and you can also manage to get out of there for a trip to Hawaii in the dead of winter, you'd probably enjoy the lifestyle. But if you're just up there working 24/7 on some ghastly pipeline or some such, it can be grim. Hopefully you've got the right vehicle, right house, right job, and a girlfriend!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,261
    stickguy said:

    Should finish your garage. A heated space would make the work easier!

    Very true. I have pretty much given up on ever being able to use that space for anything workshop-related, but I still hope to some day be able to park a car or two in it! We lost a portion of the space to a "bedroom" for our son over the summer. My wife insisted he have his own space, and that was that. The good news is that it is only an 8x8 space we carved out for him, yet it is a pillar of space efficiency and is actually pretty roomy.

    Still I briefly regretted selling my Fiesta, as anything longer than that will not fit on that side of the garage any more. Hmm.... that Elise might fit, or maybe I should start looking for a nice motorcycle. :D
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    I really like the looks of the Triumph Thruxton. It's not a fast bike at all, but very sexy in a traditional Triumph way (if it's good enough for Brando it's good enough for me) and pretty light in weight. I don't care for bikes you have to pick up with a crane. Ducati just came out with a Scrambler if you want more of the high-tech look/design.
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 11,426
    xwesx said:

    Guys, thank you very much for such a great read after the weekend!

    So, I figure rear drums... how hard can this be? The answer? Not too hard, save for the fact that they were designed by the spawn of Satan! I had to remove the half-shafts (e.g., axles), followed by the wheel bearings, in order to even remove the drum! I can't imagine who thought this was a great design, but after all that effort to get in there, I not only replaced the wheel cylinders, but also replaced the pads (shoes) at the same time. I don't think any of them were that bad (maybe 50-80% of new), but there's no way I ever want to get in there again. LOL


    Ford engineering is often very odd. My brother told me his Ranger has a "power steering cooler" that is a pipe carrying the fluid around the perimeter of the front subframe or engine compartment? Seems an odd solution.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,261
    Sometimes I think that the reason some of these things are so odd is because they take something they created for an entirely different application, put it on a new application, then add a couple extra bits in order to make it "work." All seems perfectly fine until you have to fix it!
    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 130,636
     OK folks, quiz time. 

     I saw a vanity plate the other day while delivering. I am wondering if one of you can figure out what type of car it was on. 

    The plate read GOZIRA

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 9,315
    ab348 said:
    Guys, thank you very much for such a great read after the weekend! So, I figure rear drums... how hard can this be? The answer? Not too hard, save for the fact that they were designed by the spawn of Satan! I had to remove the half-shafts (e.g., axles), followed by the wheel bearings, in order to even remove the drum! I can't imagine who thought this was a great design, but after all that effort to get in there, I not only replaced the wheel cylinders, but also replaced the pads (shoes) at the same time. I don't think any of them were that bad (maybe 50-80% of new), but there's no way I ever want to get in there again. LOL
    Ford engineering is often very odd. My brother told me his Ranger has a "power steering cooler" that is a pipe carrying the fluid around the perimeter of the front subframe or engine compartment? Seems an odd solution.
    They did the same thing back in the 80s on the police cruisers.  The "cooler" was literally a length of tubing bent into a loop that ran in front of the radiator. 

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    edited December 2015

    I worked there for a year.... Hopefully you've got the right vehicle, right house, right job, and a girlfriend!

    Just had two different sets of Anchorage houseguests visit this past week. If you want to retire up there, just wait about two years for the bottom to really drop out. With the oil bust the state is pretty much broke but the housing market hasn't quite heard the news yet.

    Note that I said retire; either that or bring your own job with you.

    If you missed the Road Trip thread (speaking of cars....), I'm in a rental 2014 Prius for ~11 days. So far so good, in spite of only having one USB port and a lack of cupholders.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,581
    GTR?
    Michaell said:

     OK folks, quiz time. 

     I saw a vanity plate the other day while delivering. I am wondering if one of you can figure out what type of car it was on. 

    The plate read GOZIRA

  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,581
    I have been receiving banner ads for special year end Ducati offers - low to zero rates depending on where you look. I don't know if I would call the Scrambler modern looking - it seems like a retro thing for hipster manchildren for me, but it looks cool for that. No doubt better tech than an underbraked carbureted old thing.

    The Hypermotard offers are almost tempting, I like those.

    I really like the looks of the Triumph Thruxton. It's not a fast bike at all, but very sexy in a traditional Triumph way (if it's good enough for Brando it's good enough for me) and pretty light in weight. I don't care for bikes you have to pick up with a crane. Ducati just came out with a Scrambler if you want more of the high-tech look/design.

  • berriberri Posts: 10,166
    Ford engineering is often very odd. My brother told me his Ranger has a "power steering cooler" that is a pipe carrying the fluid around the perimeter of the front subframe or engine compartment? Seems an odd solution.

    Nah, probably the cheapest way to solve something B)
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 130,636
    fintail said:

    GTR?

    Michaell said:

     OK folks, quiz time. 

     I saw a vanity plate the other day while delivering. I am wondering if one of you can figure out what type of car it was on. 

    The plate read GOZIRA

    Exactly.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,595
    @Michaell - Happy Birthday!

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 130,636
    nyccarguy said:

    @Michaell - Happy Birthday!

    Thanks!

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,261
    edited December 2015
    Regarding the F250 plow truck project (for anyone interested), I posted an update over in Project Cars. I thought I would get myself back on track regarding discussion differentiation before I got in too deep!

    The summary: Not good. LOL

    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 2,414
    xwesx said:

    Hmm.... that Elise might fit, or maybe I should start looking for a nice motorcycle. :D

    @xwesx and you can fit a few bikes in the same footprint as an Elise and get 2 or 3 punches. Shoot, maybe I need a new bike...

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  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,598
    Michaell said:

    nyccarguy said:

    @Michaell - Happy Birthday!

    Thanks!
    Your birthday, Brother? Happy....Happy!
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,261
    tifighter said:

    xwesx said:

    Hmm.... that Elise might fit, or maybe I should start looking for a nice motorcycle. :D

    @xwesx and you can fit a few bikes in the same footprint as an Elise and get 2 or 3 punches. Shoot, maybe I need a new bike...

    Yeah, but it's darn cold and slippery to be riding bikes. Not that I would take an Elise out during the winter, but it sure would be a lot more stimulating to look at it all winter long.... B)
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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 130,636
    @Michaell - Happy Birthday!
    Thanks!
    Your birthday, Brother? Happy....Happy!
    Yeppers. Comes around once a year, whether I want it to or not. 

    Thanks for the well wishes. 

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,388
    xwesx said:


    Yeah, but it's darn cold and slippery to be riding bikes. Not that I would take an Elise out during the winter, but it sure would be a lot more stimulating to look at it all winter long.... B)

    I actually talked to a couple of guys who drive their Elises year-round and they said that with the proper tires they can get around fine- as long as the snow isn't real deep.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 5,757
    Happy Birthday, Michaell!
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  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 2,414
    xwesx said:

    tifighter said:

    xwesx said:

    Hmm.... that Elise might fit, or maybe I should start looking for a nice motorcycle. :D

    @xwesx and you can fit a few bikes in the same footprint as an Elise and get 2 or 3 punches. Shoot, maybe I need a new bike...

    Yeah, but it's darn cold and slippery to be riding bikes. Not that I would take an Elise out during the winter, but it sure would be a lot more stimulating to look at it all winter long.... B)
    Fair point. I got caught in a snow and ice storm once on my old V-Strom and it was not the most fun thing I've ever done. In your neck of the woods, that would be an average Tuesday.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 130,636

    Happy Birthday, Michaell!

    Thanks!

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  • breldbreld Posts: 4,619
    Happy (one day belated) birthday Michael!

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,388
    breld said:

    Happy (one day belated) birthday Michael!

    Ditto!

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 130,636
    breld said:

    Happy (one day belated) birthday Michael!

    Thanks!

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 130,636

    breld said:

    Happy (one day belated) birthday Michael!

    Ditto!
    Thanks!

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,261

    xwesx said:


    Yeah, but it's darn cold and slippery to be riding bikes. Not that I would take an Elise out during the winter, but it sure would be a lot more stimulating to look at it all winter long.... B)

    I actually talked to a couple of guys who drive their Elises year-round and they said that with the proper tires they can get around fine- as long as the snow isn't real deep.

    Tires make or break traction, that's for sure! Still, though, I would NOT take something like an Elise out in the winter time. It's too easy to have winter fun in other cars to risk such a fine automobile.

    ti, I have a few coworkers who ride their bicycles to work year-round up here. They're far heartier souls than I (plus their locations relative to work make that a much more practical, and less dangerous, option).
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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,388
    I wouldn't take one out in the winter weather either- even though the body is fiberglass and the chassis is aluminum...

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Don't see the harm if there isn't snow on the ground though. In Calif., it's a car one could drive everyday.
  • nelsonfnelsonf SeattlePosts: 104
    Michaell said:

     OK folks, quiz time. 

     I saw a vanity plate the other day while delivering. I am wondering if one of you can figure out what type of car it was on. 

    The plate read GOZIRA

    GTR was my guess too. That's actually pretty clever, slightly offensive, and really funny all at the same time.

    I wish I could could come up with something clever like that for an M4...

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  • Thinking about picking up a new car, but no room on the driveway!
    Also happy belated birthday Michael!
  • carnaughtcarnaught Desert SWPosts: 2,811
    A excuse me, but I don't get it....wah??
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