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They guess the consumer is an idiot
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Clod    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:08:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
There used to be a tire and wheel in the trunk of every new auto.This tire and wheel was a duplicate of the four on the axles.The folks who are responsible for these new products estimate what the average consumer will accept.They will accept a tire and wheel not much diffrent from a wheelbarrow tire.Max speed 30 MPH.


steve ii JD 4000    Posted 07-24-2003 at 20:11:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Yeah I still drive a 74 Dodge Power Wagon.. it's from the 70's and the new trucks are way too much for me to buy right now. but this 4x4 still runs good and nice, just have to keep it clean and good running I had fixed this truck up over the years. my dad got it new in 74 for 5,000 dollors. I have done alot repairs on it and changed engine to a 400 with racing cam. however still thinking put the old 360 back in after repair it up. am still driving this truck to work every day. the snow plow I put on just to plow my own snow in drive ways. notless some one ask me to plow theirs. I dont put up AD for hire.


Sven    Posted 07-24-2003 at 06:58:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
If we could still buy cars that are built like they were 30 years ago, there would not be much of a market for trucks and s.u.v's.


screaminghollow    Posted 07-24-2003 at 13:43:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wouldn't want a car like they built thirty years ago. Remember the 1973 cars, the Vega, the Maverick, the Pacer and Gremlin. Know why there's so darn few on the road today? They were POS's. A Dodge truck in the early 70's would rust out faster than you could change a tire. Yes they were simple, and easy to work on, but enduring? not hardly. I think statistically, there are more 60's cars on the road today than cars from the 70's. Now them 1950's cars had some sheet metal.


Clod    Posted 07-24-2003 at 14:33:54       [Reply]  [No Email]

Best car I ever owned.Parts are still cheap . Easy to work on.They dont make these anymore and seem to have forgotten what a car should be.


big fred    Posted 07-24-2003 at 07:05:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yer right there, I sure as heck wouldn't wanna buy a '73 Nova.


dig    Posted 07-24-2003 at 07:32:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, but I'd buy a 83 Chevy Cavalier in a heartbeat if it was anything like the last one I had. Bought it with 3 miles on the odometer, sold it 17 years later with 170,000 miles on the odometer. In that 17 years, it failed to start 4 times. Once because it was -45 degrees F and nothing was starting. Once because one of the oxygen sensors broke and the car thought it was already running. And twice because I tried to get 6 years out of a 5 year battery.


slim    Posted 07-24-2003 at 07:45:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
What do you mean had? That car was just getting broke in good. My daily driver is an '85 with almost 180,000 on it. Only let me down twice when the coil shorted out at about 75-80,000 and the starter went out somewhere after that. Oh, I forgot, it didn't like hitting that truck tire in the middle of the road at 70 mph one night. Can't say that was the cars fault though.

slim


Sven    Posted 07-24-2003 at 07:24:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess maybe I should have said 40 years ago, when cars actually still had a frame under them.
I wouldn't want a 73 Nova either.


Clod    Posted 07-24-2003 at 07:15:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
The older I get the less I am intersted in looks and more into utility and simplicity.An old army jeep has enough beauty to me. An old John Deere tractor has those old bearing blocks on the steering shaft that you can grease or change with regular tools and it is out in the open where you can see it.


Jimbob    Posted 07-24-2003 at 05:08:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I prefer my 1973 Plymouth Satelite with a 318 V8 & full size spare tire. I can work on it myself as well- no computer. It gets 20mph, not bad for 3900 lbs of car. No rust, it looks about 5 years old, not 25 years old.


Clod    Posted 07-24-2003 at 05:27:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I bought a regular size Dodge about that year model for 500 cash three years ago.I drove it for about two years,one 25 dollar altenator and one 22 dollar master cylinder is the only problems I had.(both five minute jobs).It had a slant six, I traveled a good deal.It was easy to work but didnt need much work it got good gas mileage.There was a normal tire in the trunk.I sold it to a person that is still driveing it now with no problems.it was a better car than the newer Beretta I was talked into buying because it was pretty.


Ron,Ar    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:16:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a flat on I-10 outside Beaumont Tx. Put on my little bitty spare tire headed up to Jasper. Before ya know it I looked and was driving 55-60
mph. What did that Jewish Guy say? It's all relative?


bob ny    Posted 07-24-2003 at 04:45:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
they do make exceiantwheels for large garden carts or spare for small over the road trailers


Clod    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:25:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron..That same little Jew metioned something like this also..Two objects of matter can not occupy the same place at the same time.He also stated.An object in motion tends to remain in motion untill it is acted upon by some other force.Besides..If (IF)he bought a car it had a normal spare.But the guy would have known better than to trust his life to an idiot who was not an engineer but a con man.


Ron,Ar    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:30:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clod, what gets me is that the hole in the trunk won't hold a full sized tire if you was to have one. Not to mention there ain't no trunk space. Oughta call it an 'overnight bag" instead of a trunk. he he he


Clod    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:34:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
The tire and trunk were a fit before.Did they have brain surgery in between the two designs?


Ron,Ar    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:42:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
And what about hood ornaments? I remember when ya bought a car it had one. Now nothing unless ya buy a truck maybe. Cars went downhill when they quit making hood ornaments. Packards had a big swan. Somebody had a car with a naked lady on the hood, I remember when I was a boy.... aw never mind.


Clod    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:56:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
MACK bulldog was a good one.Plymouth had a sailing ship.Ford had a thunderbird in 56.I sid a child get hit in Jacinto City that ran into the street in front of a 56 Ford.The ornament went into the childs head,The policeman said he was hopeing to charge to girl driveing with murder.But she was not doing anything illegal.I am glad hood ornaments are not built that way today..Good night yall.


Clod    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:15:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Previously.The windshield wiper switch was on the dash.it was easy enough to reach and easy to change.Costed very little.The ignition switch was on the dash.The light switch ws on the dash.The dimmer swich was on the floorboard..Then some educated person decided the average consumer wanted everything on the steering collum.WHY? To pay more for repairs and parts?


bob ny    Posted 07-24-2003 at 04:49:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
do you remember the vacum wipers when you stepped on the gas the wipers stopped also the dimmer switch on the floor would short out when it got wet from your feet


Salmoneye    Posted 07-24-2003 at 04:57:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
The floor dimmer only shorts if it is old or the wires are frayed...

Still have the original in my 79 CJ7...Works like a charm...


Clod    Posted 07-24-2003 at 05:31:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
If that old type dimmer switch goes out.Just fold the carpet back and undo two screws,Go to the auto parts and get another for about 6 bucks.But what about the steering collum dimmer? Any of you get into that?


Sid    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:11:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
They might be right we bought them didn't we.However I have run tires forty thousand and more without a flat .


Clod    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:18:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
When you say "we".As for me, I only buy used cars and trucks.We is them.


POGO    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:21:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have met the enemy and he is us!


Clod    Posted 07-23-2003 at 21:28:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I HEARD THAT! POGO!


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