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  1. Ovaltine

    A Retro Styled Panel Truck

    Hey - if they won't build me a new Thunderbird, then NO retro-anything-elses! LOL!
  2. Ovaltine

    A Retro Styled Panel Truck

    Here 'ya go - just sitting on the lot and ready to TAKE HOME! LOL 🤣 https://www.carfax.com/Used-Chevrolet-HHR-Panel_w148 -Ovaltine
  3. It looks like FCA needs do some sub-contracting, and pick up some Ford 9-inchers for use in those Demons! LOL 🤣 https://www.hotrod.com/articles/9-inch-ford-rearend-strongest-rearend-due-hypoid-distance/
  4. Although I know that the mixing of the words Ford, two-door, and sedans is now passe', I can STILL dream about a modern rendition/take on the old "Squarebird "Thunderbird design, can't I?!? My first car at the age of 16 was a '72 T-Bird with a 429 4bbl w/dual exhaust. I sure would like to be able to purchase a modern/safe version of a similar car someday! The problem with the previous attempt at retro with the T-Bird was the two-seater concept - IMHO. It just wasn't convenient enough. A kicka** styled new car that can hold (at least) 4 comfortably would be bound to appeal to a larger segment than that one did. Methinks that a stretched S550/Mustang chassis would do the trick, right? Again - I know I'm just dreamin', but it's a nice one. 😉 -Ovaltine
  5. Heard this iconic tune by homeboy Bob Seger on Detroit's WCSX this morning, and it resonated with the sentiments I had when I created this post/thread. Needless to say, that I'm STILL hopin' that someday Ford will be "Makin' Thunderbirds" again! 😉
  6. Ovaltine

    Tailgate wars heating up.

    Other than incorporating the "split", Ford had the Ram's technology down pat back in the '60s! LOL We LOVED the "Magic Doorgate" in our '68 LTD Country Squire when I was growing up. It was the usual lime-ish green w/fake wood sides, common for the era. DEFINITELY the inspiration for Clark and Ellen's "Wagon Queen - Family Truckster"! I've attached a pic of a '66 version - which is the essential the same setup we had. Btw - that 390 CID in that wagon hauled a** - quite literally! 😄 -Ovaltine
  7. But - I'm doubting that any Lincoln (other than a 2-seater) would have as minuscule rear seat as a 'Stang - thus I'm assuming that a Lincoln version would ride on a lengthened Mustang chassis. If that assumption proved to be correct - then a Thunderbird COULD then in theory share that platform fairly economically. With that said, that name: Thundercougarfalconbird IS starting to grow on me a little!!! LOL 😂 -Ovaltine
  8. THUNDERBIRD.....THUNDERBIRD.....THUNDERBIRD.....THUNDER............ It HAS been done before! "The sixth generation Thunderbird debuted in the fall of 1971 as a 1972 model. With a 120.4-inch (3,058 mm) wheelbase, an overall length of 214 inches (5,436 mm) (growing to 225 inches (5,715 mm) by 1974), and a curb weight of 4,420 pounds (2,005 kg) (over 4,800 pounds (2,177 kg) when equipped with a 460 cu in (7.5 L) V8), it was the largest Thunderbird ever produced by Ford, sharing the assembly line with the Lincoln Continental Mark IV. " 😎
  9. A-fricken-MEN! I totally agree, esp. on the concept of EV's being good in urban areas. I work in A2, and EVs will make total sense in this kind of enviroment. However - until "Doc" invents the flux-capacitor and the "Mr. Fusion" for electric vehicles, the prospects of sitting stranded on a cold snowy isolated road in Northern Michigan in dead of winter with a completely drained EV has NO appeal to me whatSOever. A gasoline-hybrid would be the largest step I'll be taking into that realm until A.) petrol is non-existent or prohibitively expensive or B.) "Doc" shows up with the DeLorean! 😉 LOL -Ovaltine
  10. One thing a person has to take into consideration when making purchse decisions on reports from entities like IIHS is the overall odds of an accident ever happening. As a person who grew up in the era of not wearing any seatbelts, coupled with countless rides in cars like Pintos, Mavericks and Mustang IIs, I really shouldn't probably be here - right? Nor should my friends who did the same, right? The fact that my wife and I then spent over 220k combined miles in our '83 Escort and' 85 Tempo (now finally wearing seat belts!) should have sealed the death trap deal - correct? Esp. after watching videos like this: So my point is - while it's certainly commendable and desirable to constantly test and improve vehicle safety, I dont't let a "marginal" or "poor" rating in the latest IIHS or other organizations' latest and greatest "roof drop from 50 feet" test deter me from buying a vehicle I believe to be a good value or high in everyday-type performance quality. Btw - be sure to watch the vid above. Now THAT'S some very scary crash testing %/&$#! I truly am grateful I never ran into anyone with that Escort! LOL 🤣
  11. As to the "...but Ford couldn't sell more than 6,000 per year" prediction above, check out THIS set of stats about another old "dinosaur" in our midst: 😉 Since 2013, those sales are near or surpassing 10x that prediction! What's FCA's secret then? (I'm sure it has SOMETHING to do with 4 letters starting with an H and ending in an I. LOL) Dodge Challenger http://carsalesbase.com/us-car-sales-data/dodge/dodge-challenger/ 2017 64,537 2016 64,478 2015 66,365 2014 51,611 2013 51,462 2012 43,119 2011 39,534 2010 36,791 2009 25,852 2008 17,423
  12. Hey - just a show of hands here, but how many other people on here are seeing tons of Ford trucks and Edges running around with the messed up / faded front and rear logo emblems? This guy's video does a decent job of pointing out the problem, and a suggestion for a quick fix for those that don't want to spring for a new logo. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1UbSPmxYrg As one person in his comments states - a $65k Lariat they bought shouldn't have emblems doing this kind of stuff. Does anyone on here know if this problem has be rectified on the latest models? Just curious. -Ovaltine
  13. Here's the current "WEINER" in that battle, btw! LOL!
  14. That grill above - back in '78 (actually late '77 calendar year) - was the initial salvo in the "Big-Rig-Look Grill War" that still rages to this day, 40+ years later! 😄
  15. Fair enough on which 4-seat model to emulate - beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 😉 But the last 2-seat model kind of had that early 60's streamlined vibe, mixed with the '55-57 footprint, so that would kind of be a "been there, done that" approach. Having NOT lived through the 1st Gen 'Birds, I picked the Squarebirds as the inspiration, due to the noticeable bada** vibe they put out - ala' the Gangsta' vibe that the Chrysler 300 reboot initially purveyed. It was that vibe that SOLD that original 300 reboot, to be sure - IMHO. -Ovaltine
  16. It doesn't help the situation any that the emblems affected are about the size of a small salad plate! 😄
  17. My co-worker's 2009 Fusion had the passenger handle peel a couple of years ago at about 30-35 k. It looks like he peeled off most of the offending bits, and hasn't bothered to tape it. After reading this thread, I'm always careful when using it, if he drives when the group goes out to lunch! ;-) -Ovaltine
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    Nissan the next Mitsubishi?

    My 2008 Jeep Compass' Jatco-built CVT had to be completely replaced at 75k miles. Fortunately the 2008's came with a Lifetime Drivetrain Warranty that FCA honored, even though Cerebus was long gone, and Jeep had gone through the bankruptcy already! The performance is tolerable - but since this is the ONLY vehicle transmission I've ever had fail on me in 37 years of driving - methinks I'll be avoiding ANY CVT equipped vehicles in the future. -Ovaltine
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    Ford Everest

    Ruh roh, Raggy! Just don't get TOO close! ;-) No recall for Ford Everest or Ranger ute: fire was caused by a loose battery cablehttp://www.news.com.au/finance/business/manufacturing/no-recall-for-ford-everest-or-ranger-ute-fire-was-caused-by-a-loose-battery-cable/news-story/9d3bea1a30bd2e486aa57c5236fe6d75 In any case, make sure that the battery cables are connected properly! -Ovaltine
  20. Here's the actual J.D. Powers overall results page: http://www.jdpower.com/ratings/study/Vehicle-Dependability-Study-%28VDS%29-by-Make/846ENG
  21. Ignoring the 'RR' on the front, now THIS is what I think the next-gen Continental should have looked like! Do a little prettying up of the headlight area, and replace the 'RR's with the Lincoln Continental Star, and NOW we're talkin'! :-) http://images.cdn.autocar.co.uk/sites/autocar.co.uk/files/styles/gallery_slide/public/rolls-phantom.jpg?itok=GvdG3fTa A little coupe inspiration here:
  22. My wife and I bought a new '93 Acclaim V6 BECAUSE of that roofline/rear entry when we had our first baby. We found that it was the most convenient affordable vehicle for getting the baby bucket/carrier in and out of the car. A side benefit was that the car had space like a d@mn limo in the back! We had the car for nearly 12 years and 127k miles, with nary a large problem ever. It still looked great and ran great when we got rid of it. So go ahead an make fun of the boxy styling - those were actually pretty good cars! -Ovaltine
  23. Answer: Because Obama and his minions Bloom/Rattner "engineered" the Fiat/Chrysler mash-up in the first place! THAT'S what makes it so "special"! -Ovaltine
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    2016 Avalon

    What I want to know is: WHEN is this gawd-forsaken all-black wheel rim fad going to end for ALL the auto makers? Geez - I haven't seen a car yet that this even REMOTELY looks good on, IMHO. All I can think of when I see this treatment is a.) The car looks like a #@!% test mule! and b.) CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAAAAPPPP! -Ovaltine
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