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survival car repairs

New postby LD on Thu 04 Sep 2008 20:42

I broke my ride. Actually, wear and tare and a salt environment rusted an important suspension hanger out.

the shock tower mount is completely gone. The top is eaten away and you can see the ground from the inside. Nothing to bolt the strut to on top.

This is going to be an all day job. Fortunately the step son is a welder of renoun. I'll have to build a repair plate and bolt it on, then limp over to his shop and let him weld it in.

The survival car is a necessary part of life for me. I leave the SUV and pickup at home and drive the little wagon most of the time. Plenty of haul space for daily use and 30 mpg.
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Re: survival car repairs

New postby jables on Fri 05 Sep 2008 00:58

sounds like my old ford ranger- the roof weld where the windsheild meets the A-pillar is almost rusted thru on one side.
the seal leaked and I had sprouts growing out of the carpet in the spring- so I tore it out. may have to take the sawzall to it and turn it into a convertible.
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Re: survival car repairs

New postby LD on Fri 05 Sep 2008 14:59

Continued investigation has revealed that it is a seperate strut mounting plate that has rusted through. Remove the strut, replace the plate and all is well.

Except for the fact that the two bolts holding the strut in are tourqued at godzilla strength. Two bolts that can turn a 20 minute job into a nightmare!

At least you can eat a lame mule.

I grew a nice crop of moss on the floorboard of my jeep once. Same thing, broken seal letting water stand on the floor. Bad brakes, bad wiring, grumpy carb, wet floor, moldy smell. God I loved that rig!

You put it in compound low and walk faster than it would crawl. That thing would climb trees! It still got 25 mpg on the highway.
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Re: survival car repairs

New postby jest on Mon 08 Sep 2008 08:44

I shared a '76 beetle with a friend that had some serious rust issues (on the South African coast). The driver's seat almost fell through the floor plate. Once, during a flood, we had a good 4 inches of water inside the car. It never stalled though! We had to park it facing downhill so the water would run out.

Our landlord had a Toyota Hilux (Tacoma in the US?) that ran beautifully but the a-pillar was almost rusted through entirely, such a waste!
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Re: survival car repairs

New postby LD on Mon 08 Sep 2008 20:14

I had a Hi-Lux back in the 70s. I sold it at 200,000 not realizing that it still had another 700,000 left in it! It was still solid, but I had acquired a wife and two kids and we were having to go places in relays.

Nicest simi-offroad rig i ever had was an old '88 Datsun 280zx set up like a rally car. Rough tires, skid plates, lights everywhere and every body pannel a diferent color. It attracted WAAAY too much attention in small southern town USA!
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Re: survival car repairs

New postby Quill on Mon 08 Sep 2008 22:16

Wrenching and welding keep things going. :thumb!:
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Re: survival car repairs

New postby jest on Tue 09 Sep 2008 11:05

And a steady supply of zipties to make sure you don't lose parts along the way!

I loved that old hilux, my landlord had enough stuff stashed behind the seat to survive WW3: saws, crowbar, axe, etc. even a brick of .22 ammo!
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Re: survival car repairs

New postby LD on Tue 09 Sep 2008 20:56

You don't want to get me started on the gear behind the seat of my F-150! A brick of .22 is just a start and the list would take the rest of the evening.

My wife wanted to know if i could set up a camp without adding anything to the "emergency gear" I normally carry.

I told her that was not a fair challenge, i needed to know how many weeks we were staying out! More than 2 and i have to add food or shoot something.

If I emptied all that crap out of there I would probably increase my milage considerably. There is probably 200 pounds of gear just behind the seat.

I don't carry that much in the Escort, due to it being an around towm commuter rig. Just the "get home bag" and whatever shootable hardware strikes my fancy that particular week. I live in Kentucky, we can do that!
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