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Oct 28, 2019, 11:18 PM
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Not a hot ride (already have the '87 GN for that) - but I finally replaced my 40th Anniversary GTP, which I totaled last Feb when I had an epileptic seizure while driving. It's a 2004 Buick Rendezvous AWD. It's slower than crap (weighs over 2 tons & only has 185 HP), but it's the 1st RC plane hauler I've owned since I sold my Subie Legacy AWD wagon back in 2004. (Although, it does look like a white-haired grandma with a hair-net should be getting out of it! )


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Oct 29, 2019, 05:45 AM
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Not a hot ride (already have the '87 GN for that) - but I finally replaced my 40th Anniversary GTP, which I totaled last Feb when I had an epileptic seizure while driving. It's a 2004 Buick Rendezvous AWD. It's slower than crap (weighs over 2 tons & only has 185 HP), but it's the 1st RC plane hauler I've owned since I sold my Subie Legacy AWD wagon back in 2004. (Although, it does look like a white-haired grandma with a hair-net should be getting out of it! )

Joel
Hey Joel, from looking at the pics, it doesn't look as worn as i would think for a 2004. And its AWD with some hauling space. My car is FWD and i don't like that

My 'new' bike is near ten years old (!) but seems to be running good so far. But for the price of a new bike i got 3x the displacement ...so why buy new in that case.
Sorry about the seizure those are scary! My friend had one, said they didn't remember it but were very sore afterwards
Oct 30, 2019, 09:01 PM
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Not a hot ride (already have the '87 GN for that) - but I finally replaced my 40th Anniversary GTP, which I totaled last Feb when I had an epileptic seizure while driving. It's a 2004 Buick Rendezvous AWD. It's slower than crap (weighs over 2 tons & only has 185 HP), but it's the 1st RC plane hauler I've owned since I sold my Subie Legacy AWD wagon back in 2004. (Although, it does look like a white-haired grandma with a hair-net should be getting out of it! )


Joel
I have the box on wheels checked off as well and actually have seen a grandma driving one just like mine, terrible. Really need a driver's car before I'm white haired myself and still in my Flex!
Oct 30, 2019, 09:37 PM
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Hey Joel, from looking at the pics, it doesn't look as worn as i would think for a 2004. And its AWD with some hauling space. My car is FWD and i don't like that

My 'new' bike is near ten years old (!) but seems to be running good so far. But for the price of a new bike i got 3x the displacement ...so why buy new in that case.
Sorry about the seizure those are scary! My friend had one, said they didn't remember it but were very sore afterwards
Yeah, my supercharged GTP was my first "wrong-wheel-drive" car. Everything else before then was either RWD or 4WD/AWD. Wasn't long before I told myself that I'd be going back to 4WD/AWD for my daily-driver when it came time to replace it. My favorite is definitely RWD.

Was looking for another used Subie (preferably a Legacy GT wagon or Outback XT) for a hobby-hauler, but they're so damned expensive. Then, one of my best buds told me about the blue-haired grandma-hauler that his coworker's wife was getting rid of, so I decided to check it out. Was very surprised at the good condition it's in, considering its age & mileage!

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I have the box on wheels checked off as well and actually have seen a grandma driving one just like mine, terrible. Really need a driver's car before I'm white haired myself and still in my Flex!
Well...I've been a hotrodder since before I got my license. Was always trying to go faster on my pedal-bike, go-cart, and motorized bikes! Once I got my license, then I was putting big engines in small cars to go faster. My dad was a P-47 & P-38 pilot in WWII. He always ordered his family cars "by number", so he got special high-HP big-block engines in his 6-passenger Buick family cars. I grew up thinking that doing 0-60 MPH in 6 sec or less & being able to hit nearly 160 MPH on a top-end run was just normal family-car performance.

That's why I still have my '87 GN for a fun-car. Even has war-emergency-power, just like the late-model Jugs & Lightnings. With 425 HP @ 4900 RPM & over 560 pounds of torque @ 1700 RPM AT THE REAR WHEELS, @ full war-emergency-power, it's way quicker than any of the old-school muscle (does 0-60 MPH in ~3.7 sec) - and with a 51/49 weight-ratio, it can actually turn corners!

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Oct 31, 2019, 11:50 PM
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Yeah, my supercharged GTP was my first "wrong-wheel-drive" car. Everything else before then was either RWD or 4WD/AWD. Wasn't long before I told myself that I'd be going back to 4WD/AWD for my daily-driver when it came time to replace it. My favorite is definitely RWD.

Was looking for another used Subie (preferably a Legacy GT wagon or Outback XT) for a hobby-hauler, but they're so damned expensive. Then, one of my best buds told me about the blue-haired grandma-hauler that his coworker's wife was getting rid of, so I decided to check it out. Was very surprised at the good condition it's in, considering its age & mileage!



Well...I've been a hotrodder since before I got my license. Was always trying to go faster on my pedal-bike, go-cart, and motorized bikes! Once I got my license, then I was putting big engines in small cars to go faster. My dad was a P-47 & P-38 pilot in WWII. He always ordered his family cars "by number", so he got special high-HP big-block engines in his 6-passenger Buick family cars. I grew up thinking that doing 0-60 MPH in 6 sec or less & being able to hit nearly 160 MPH on a top-end run was just normal family-car performance.

That's why I still have my '87 GN for a fun-car. Even has war-emergency-power, just like the late-model Jugs & Lightnings. With 425 HP @ 4900 RPM & over 560 pounds of torque @ 1700 RPM AT THE REAR WHEELS, @ full war-emergency-power, it's way quicker than any of the old-school muscle (does 0-60 MPH in ~3.7 sec) - and with a 51/49 weight-ratio, it can actually turn corners!

Joel
Ohhhh man i think like that. I appreciate the WWII era stuff! Jug is my favorite WWII plane. 560 lbs @ 1700 rpm DANG ...yah, um... we grew up with Toyotas lol so nothing even near that fast here.

It is hard to find performance info for my particular bike. I think my bike can do 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds? I'm not even capable of that yet, but it would be fun to take it to a drag strip once i get used to riding proper.
I was practicing yanking my arms off earlier today with it, boy is it fun to have some power. Especially instant torquey power accompanied by gnarly V-twin sound! Exhilarating.

My car... 0-60 of 7.5 seconds. Which is fast for the 'family car' in my family LOL. It is auto transmission, but has a nifty 'war emergency power' of being able to use a manual/electronic shifter for sporty-ish driving.

I never thought i'd own an automatic front whel drive car with optional manual shifter it is very weird, no clutch. I see it as more of a gimmick, maybe it costs less than adding an extra 30 hp (?). My previous automatic-only car had one button instead, called 'Overdrive.' You turn it off then you could rev it higher

Now, sometimes i look at my girly car rims and get p'd off

I think i already said this, but my MX-5 Miata i had could turn and handle beautifully on fairly cheap tires. It didn't have any power but the handling, compared to every 'normal' car or truck i drove, was awesome.

My friend said that sitting in the MX-5, it was like sitting in a cockpit of a jet. Everything was right there. You were one with it. Which is one reason i got it; driving it felt like the car version of a motorcycle. A 'Roadster' all it needed was a more powerful engine. I think mine had 130hp as i wished for 300. I could have settled for 200hp in that light little 50/50 car.

The way i feel, if you can get a near 50/50 weight distributed car--go for it. Speed is FUN but so is handling. Having both is like falling in love
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Nov 03, 2019, 01:37 AM
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I've posted about my 240SX before, so here's a bit about my other car. It's a two-door 1998 B14 (Sentra) chassis, which Nissan inexplicably decided to badge as the "200SX" for North America between '95 and '98. It has a 1.6L four banger that puts all of about 95HP to the front wheels. Joel's GN could probably twist my engine off its mounts.



But it's pretty lightweight (~2300lb), and it's a five speed, and it does handle pretty well (especially after lowering it several inches from stock). I haven't been driving it much because the power steering quit and my 240 does everything better anyway, but I decided to give it a small makeover after choosing not to buy the Chevy S10 that I almost picked up last weekend. The plan is to install some meaty snow tires, raise the suspension, replace the cracked windshield, add some offroad lights to the roof rack, widen the stance a little, and maybe look into some options to boost power. This is a stupid vehicle to put money into, but it was my first car, so I'm going to keep driving it until I can't anymore.

Nissan produced a sportier ~140HP version with the same SR20 motor that's found turbocharged in Japanese S-chassis cars, albeit configured for FWD and NA operation. They can be built and boosted to 600+HP, and I could theoretically drop one right in.... but that would require a whole donor car for the engine, transmission, mounts, ECU, wiring, etc. and they're hard to find. A guy can dream

The power steering got real bad sometime last year, so I just drained out the fluid, drove it manually, and left the pump to rot. Tonight I planned to install the new pump, but just for grins I took out the reservoir and soft hoses, cleaned everything, re-tightened the clamps, added fresh fluid, and then discovered that the pump wasn't actually turning in the first place. The belt was almost totally slack. After adjusting the tensioner.............. yep.... you guessed it.... got power steering. Works fine, even after running dry for what must have been several thousand miles.

Time to go order something more fun than a power steering pump
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Nov 03, 2019, 01:34 PM
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Rocket III


Hehe. Glad your steering system worked out! I love it when machines work & do not destroy themselves. It makes me feel good about them and my purchase
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What's funny, Triumph made a new Rocket III with an I-3 engine that's got as much displacement as my car

I haven't checked yet, but i'd not be surprised if it makes more power & torque than my car.


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