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Car History

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This might be tough. I'll add pics as I come across them. So far I'm up to 50 cars! Don't even get me started on bikes :P

A couple pics of my faves to get started:

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  1. 1947 Jeep CJ2B. Does it count if it was a project I started and never finished? To be fair it needed A LOT of work. I totally took most of it apart and put it back together though. A couple big issues which popped up stopped my inexperienced 14 year old self from finishing it.
  2. 1986 Ford F-150. This one actually ran and drove when I bought it. Then I started working on it. It's been parked for 15 years now. I'll get to it.
  3. 1990 Ford Bronco. It technically wasn't mine, but that didn't stop me from getting up to all kinds of shenanigans with it. I also crashed it. A couple times.
  4. 1996 Ford Ranger. It came and went from my hands to my parents' hands over the years but ultimately ended up mine. By the time I retired it, it had 285k km, all of which were "in the family" (mostly me). I rolled it once. It was a tank, probably the most memories were had with this unit.
  5. 1997 Lada Niva. It was technically my parents'. But I adopted it. Then a lady pulled out in front of me and I wrote it when I hit a fence avoiding her. This is the car that lit my passion for Nivas. So much fun! It's still at the farm. Due to go to scrap.
  6. 1997 Lada Niva. This replaced the one I wrote. I painted it yellow. I drove it for years. So many fun memories! It is in dry storage at the farm. Going to bring it home soon.
  7. 1996 Lada Niva. I bought this one to use as a beater. It was blue. I painted it bluer. I drove this one for years too. I ultimately lowered it, turbo'ed it, and then melted a piston. What did I know about turbocharging? It spun all 4 tires on dry pavement in 3rd gear though before the piston melted. I ended up building a nice high-compression NA motor for it and ran it for years after that. Sent it to scrap years ago.
  8. 1993 Lada Niva. Project. I bought it and "restored" it. It was supposed to be a beater. I tried to safety it and the mechanic found that the frame was rotted out. I kind of abandoned it at that point. It is due to be scrapped.
  9. 1996 Lada Niva. It was white. Had a blown motor. I started restoring it and ended up scavenging it for parts for my other Nivas. Still at the farm. Due for scrap.
  10. 1993 Lada Niva. Bought cheap and scavenged parts. Due for scrap.
  11. 1989 Lada Niva. My parents bought this new way back, I actually came home from the hospital as a newborn in this. I then scavenged parts out of it 17 years later. Went to scrap.
  12. 1987 Lada Niva. Scavenged for parts. Went o scrap.
  13. 1995 Lada Niva. Bought a shell to restore, but never did.
  14. 1998 Lada Niva. Bought a MINT shell. It will be coming home soon.
  15. 1998 Lada Niva. My parents bought this but I eventually adopted it and drove it for a couple years to school. It's sill at the farm in "storage".
  16. 1996 Lada Niva. Someone in Montreal actually gave this to me for free because it didn't run and he thought it had a blown motor. He figured I could use it for parts. The body ended up being mint, and after I replaced spark plugs, it ran like a charm. I dry stored it at he farm. It will come home soon too.
  17. 1996 Geo Something-or-other. I bought it from a guy at school for 100$. I chopped it and ripped around the farm with it, did some burnouts and blew it up, sent it to scrap.
  18. 1992 Isuzu Something-or-other. Bought it for 200$, was planning to fix it up, started and got it mostly don,e but there was some issue with it, I can't remember, and it was never going to pass safety, so I gave it to someone to go racing.
  19. 2002 Hyundai Accent. This was the first car I bought that was relatively new and nice. I drove it to college for a few years and had some adventures with it later in life as well. Ended up trading it to my parents for the 96 Ranger when I graduated and needed a truck.
  20. 1983 Mazda RX7. Bought it for the motor, I really wanted to put a rotary in a Niva. I never got past pulling the motor. But I did some burnouts with it first. It was so tight inside I could barely fit let alone move or control the car.
  21. 1996 Dodge Intrepid. I bought this on eBay and fixed a few issues. I was going to drive it. Then I was like "Why did I just buy this?". And I sold it.

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  1. 2007 Mazda B2300. First new car I ever bought. This pulled my bikes to the track for years as well as doing daily duties. Sophie still has it. I think it's about to break 300k km.
  2. 2005 Smart ForTwo. Bought it with 13k km, and drove it until it had 98k km and sold it. It was red and convertible and got 3.5l/100km. I still miss that car, maybe I will have another one some day.
  3. 1981 Chev C30 Camper Van. Was my race hauler for 2 seasons. Great little van. Sold it to get a bigger truck.
  4. 1996 VW Golf TD. Bought it as a winter beater to be able to park the smart car over winters. Drove it for like 40k, great little car, I tweaked it, lowered it, and it was great fun to drive. Sold it to buy a newer TDI.
  5. 2000 VW Golf TDI. Drove it for 90k, sold it, bought it back. See my builds.
  6. 1993 Toyota Supra RHD. Epic. Keep your eyes on my builds in the future.
  7. 1991 Toyota Soarer RHD. Stage 1+, lowered. Basically I bought it for 3500$, drove it a few months, and sold it for 6000$, after taking some go fast bits off of it. Damn that car was fast. I used to watch "The Fast and The Furious" on the in-dash DVD while driving it.
  8. 1986 International 4500. Bought to replace the Chev van for racing duties. But it ended up needing way more work than expected and didn't have the right transmission to be hauling long distance on the highway. Partial-traded it for the megashag.
  9. 1994 International 4700. 10 tons of race-gear-hauling fury. Great truck. DT466 straight-6 diesel. Air brakes. BRAP Pshhhht.
  10. 1991 Mazda RX7 RHD. I drove this for a summer. Put a clutch in it, rear main seal, and had a lot of fun with it. NOT a good financial decision this car, but hey it was fast and a blast.
  11. 1999 Audi A4 1.8MTQ. Bought this after I sold the RX7 (I think). Bought it on a whim and ended up putting like 80k km on it. The timing belt blew and took out the head, I rebuilt it. I hit a deer with it, rebuilt it. This was probably the most useful car I've ever had. See it in my builds. q20v has it now, see his build "Green Beret".
  12. 1999 Audi A4. This was a silver 1.8MTQ, stage 2, S4 bumper, bunch of stuff. It had been hit in the back and was "totalled". I bought it for all the parts for my car, then when I took delivery I realized it actually had basically no damage at all. I then changed the ownership and realized it had a clear title. Drove it, fixed it, and traded it for...
  13. 2002 VW Golf TDI. Black. Was planning to drive it, it was super clean. Ended up selling it because I had too many cars.
  14. 1999 Lada Niva. I went to Europe for 2 months in 2010, bought this for 2500E, drove it for 2 months, swapped gearboxes and wheels/tires. Did tuneups. Sold it for 4000E.

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  1. 1991 Dodge D350. My dually diesel work truck. Bought a lemon and have had nothing but problems with it, but it will be good again soon. It has actually done a ton of work for me and I did drive it across all of North America for 2 months. See my builds!
  2. 2001 Audi S4. Bought it, drove it for a very short period of time, the turbos were leaking tons of oil. Now it's parked waiting for me to build it a nice motor.
  3. 2001 Audi A6 Avant. 2.8 Auto, bought it from a friend to get it out of his way. Did a bunch of work to it, and sold it to another friend who really needed a car. Still going strong as far as I know.
  4. 1993 Ford Escort. Bought it for 300$ and raced it in an epic field race. Blew it up. Scrap.
  5. 1993 Toyota T100. My Hawaii work truck. See my build.
  6. 1998 Jeep Wrangler. Bought it and fixed it up for my parents to drive in Hawaii.
  7. 1983 Porsche 944. Bought it from ice rckt in a "moving sale". Can't wait to build this one.
  8. 2010 VW Golf TDI. Daily McDailerson. Love this car.
  9. 2005 Smart ForTwo Cabrio.
  10. 2006 Smart ForTwo Coupe.
  11. 2006 Smart ForTwo Coupe.
  12. 2005 Smart ForTwo Cabrio.
  13. Ford F-250 V-10.
  14. 2006 Smart ForTwo Coupe.
  15. 2004 Hyundai Tiburon GT.

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hgahahaha lawlz jesus... "beater gallardo" hahah great play by play on your thought process. Hopefully when and if I rip that T-Type out, the growl from the 3.8 pushrod monster will inspire you to tear into the S this year! That B5 S4 can turn into a pretty quick vehicle too, and you know what else could as well? the supra. Just saying :p This whole V10 talk got me looking into D3 S8s.... omg my gawd, there was a mint red one on ebay and while mid fapping I did the conversion from 40k USD to CAD and my balls immediately seized production. But man was it sexy. I think my game plan is to rock the D2 A8 for a few wintery years, and eventually get into a D3 A8. I was thinking of something in 6spd for winter, but only smaller vehicles come in that formate, and we all know I like em big! The 8 just allows for so many activities, and will do summer duty hauling and cruising to Sarnia too. I dont mind the auto in winter either, does it make me any less of a man, yes, but, well... there isnt really a rebuttal to that. Actually, the Europe S8s came with a stick! I completely forgot about that. Maybe a conversion is in order... - ripcurl January 30th 2016
I'll gaggle you! The schedule for the Supra for 2016 is to sit quietly in it's corner while I practice my craft on other vehicles for the time being. The schedule for the S4 is yet another long story. But I won't let that stop me from telling it, so here goes: One sunny winter evening in Hawaii as I was looking at Kijiji, I noticed that V-10 Ford and Blake kindly picked it up for me. Thinking this beast must sound pretty cool I started searching the internets for exhaust systems for it. Finding not a whole lot, I decided that I would make my own for it once I got back. I tried finding some cool audio clips of Ford V10s with exhausts on them. This search pattern led me inexorably to the many sound clips on youtube of Lamborghini Gallardos and Audi R8 V10s with amazing sounding exhausts, turbo kits, and general amazingawesomeness. This obviously got me thinking to my track experience taking a Gallardo around the F1 track in MTL last summer and how when I got on the throttle hard and started grabbing gears, I was astonished at the acceleration of the thing. I then thought to myself "Gallardos have been out for quite a while, I wonder how much they go for on the used market nowadays, maybe I could trade the Golf for one with high mileage / missing a piston, something of the sort. A quick search instantly dashed those thoughts, as there appeared to be no "beater" Gallardos around, and the cheapest ones were still starting around the 100k point. I still scrolled the listings because I was curious, and then I came across one ad in particular that was, to my surprise, not a Lambo at all but a 2007 Audi S6... intrigued, I clicked on it, thinking the guy must have installed some Lambo steering wheel or some such shenanigan for it to trigger my search criterion. Once opened, I realized that the perpetrator of the ad was claiming that his S6 was home to not other than the same V10 in the Gallardo and I thought "well, Lambo is owned by Audi, I suppose it could be conceivable..." so I hit the Wikipedia with much haste! There I rear through all the specs on historical and current variants of the S6 and RS6, and noted that, in fact, a slightly modified variant of the Lambo/Audi V10 was in fact installed in the 2006-2011 (C6) S6... and I jizzed my pants. Also of note I found out that the previous-gen (C5) RS6 (available in North America) was equipped with a turbocharged version of the 4.2 V8, and that the C6 RS6 (unfortunately, not available in NA) has a turbo version of the Lambo/Audi 5.2L V10... when I woke up from my mind blowing itself out the side of my head, I realized I still had the tab with the Kijiji ad for the C6 S6 open, so I did some more searching, and found a plethora of C6 S6s available here in Canada in the 15-25k range, just slightly more than I could probably get selling my TDI, and I thought, that is what I should get! The hiccup came in the fact that I couldn't find, and later found out, that this S6 was not available in a manual. And... well, that's just something I like. I feel like I would be initially impressed with driving the car, but ultimately the lack of clutch, size/weight/complexity of the car, lack of turbocharging, would all eventually bug me and I would end up moving on anyway. So I decided that I would still sell the TDI, now that I have the Ferd to pull a trailer, and the smartmobile for "gettin around". But instead of reinvesting that money into yet another "sport" car, I should spend some of it on getting the S4 back into a state of tune so I can rip around with that thing. The plan for it is: -RS4 K04s or RS6 K24s -FMIC -Rebuild the transmission. -Rebuild the motor with supporting mods. -Tune it and rip it. - booneylander January 21st 2016
Actually, a 'gaggle', pronounced ˈgåy-gəl, derives from the Latin-Western American term 'more than six guns'. So technically the term is being used incorrectly, but not when referencing the Niva brood. I think a kindle of smart cars is most accurate given their resemblance to the animal. Fleet works too. Whats the schedule for the S, or the Supra? - ripcurl January 21st 2016
Yep I figured ;) No worries I have been coming up with a game plan for it. And yeah! Gaggle of smart cars! You might say a fleet! lol - booneylander January 21st 2016
And it may already be obvious, but I don't think I'll be able to help out with the S4 anymore. Now that I have the BMW turbo project in my head I'll be working on it for the foreseeable future. With kids I can only work on one thing at a time :S - q20v January 19th 2016
Pretty funny Intrepid story. BTW if you get strawberry filled donuts they are technically healthy. Are all those Smart cars at the end double entries? Or did you just buy a gangle of Smarts?? - q20v January 19th 2016
Look, the story about the Intrepid was simple. They had just invented eBay and I bid on it because it was going for like 200$. I never really suspected that I would win the thing. And then I was like "what the heck, I'll use it as a beater". I think I actually made money on it too. The guy did eventually come up with the extra cash and I rode into town with my SV1000S and swapped for the title. I remember vividly because on my way out of the complex, a gaggle of bratty little kids were like "sweet bike!" and I rocked a big wheelie down the subdivision road between speedbumps. There was one fat kid that was arguing that his dad's Harley was faster. I'm sure his dad also told him that eating 18lbs of donuts every night constituted a balanced diet because the kid looked like he wanted to swallow the Dunlops off my bike whole if I just turned away for 8 seconds. - booneylander January 18th 2016
Yamaka! I thought I had gone though a lot of vehicles! Some classics in there for sure, especially that intrepid, lol, what a thing. - ripcurl January 18th 2016

So, I figured I should probably update this with the new smart cars.

  1. 2008 Smart ForTwo Pure Coupe, bought with BHG. Should be a keeper once it is updated. This is a base model gas engine car.
  2. 2008 Smart ForTwo Pure Coupe, bought with an exhaust leak and general maintenance needed. Base model black/black car which is now safetied and being driven by Jenny. Panoramic roof as the only optional equipment on this one.
  3. 2009 Smart ForTwo Brabus Coupe, bought with "blown transmission". Turns out it is just a bad alternator, and when these cars get low on battery power they stop shifting, because the actuators for the clutch draw a lot of power. The PO was a ding-dong. Anyway, was super cheap and is a bit rough around the edges but once updated and brought back to spec it will be an epic smart for very little dollars.
  4. 2006 Smart ForTwo Coupe. This one in a diesel Passion-trim coupe with lots of nice options. Got it super cheap because "no start". I cut the serpentine belt off and fired it up and drove it down the road, runs mint. Those seized alternators on cars that sit can be a b*. I'm going to resto-mod this car as my daily long-hauler platform.
  5. 2010 Smart ForTwo Edition Highstyle. Bought this one super cheap from a guy who knows nothing about anything. It's a special edition (1 of 120 in Canada). Has a weird power steering issue which I suspect will turn out to be just faulty electrical connections, but the car only has 80k km, and is "fully loaded" with options though it is slightly less loaded than the Brabus. Jenny calls it the "poop emoji" car because it is brown. I didn't like it at first but now that it is sitting in the driveway I'm totally digging the colour combo. The interior is super baller, or will be, once I un-gross the POs grossness.
  6. 2008 Smart ForTwo Coupe. Parts car that I bought, surprisingly, for parts. A guy was selling off stuff on Kijiji. I originally just wanted the alloy wheels it had, but then as I fixed up one of the other gassers I asked for the secondary air injection pump, the rear suspension crossmember, the seats, and the list kept growing. Finally the guy said to me "why don't you just buy the whole car". So I did. It is still running/driving, so I may just swap the motor into the car with the BHG and also the pano roof and heated seats and and and...

That makes 11 smart cars right now. But it makes sense, you see. Because I need a daily long haul diesel, and then a cabrio diesel for sunny days when I want to cruise around top-down. And then I need a Brabus because Brabus, but it's gas, so I don't want to drive it all the time because 5.5l/100km instead of 3.5, and I need the Edition Highstyle because poop emoji car. And then I need the other gasser coupe as a winter beater that I can also experiment with building the motor a bit or whatever. And I need another diesel coupe to try building as a hyper-miler / micro hybrid type of thing. And Jenny needs a gasser coupe for winter, and then she needs a gasser cabrio because well the gassers are more able to handle her driving abuse (I think). So that's like what, 8 of them, and I'm at 11, but don't have a gasser cabrio for Jenny (yet). So the plan is to sell one of the diesel cabrios, the one Jenny has been driving because she hooped the poor thing. And probably sell my diesel coupe that I have been driving because it's not as optioned-out as the one I just picked up. And then I can scrap one of each of the parts cars, that's one diesel and one gasser. So I think that brings me down to 8 again? Right? Which if you think about it, 8 smarts take up about the footprint of 4 A4s, maybe even less, or like 2 A8s with pie plates. Or one Buick LeSally SC-Type. So if you look at it that way, I don't really have very many smart cars at all. And when you think about it financially and realize that all of the 11 smart cars I have right now combined, cost less than my one single 2010 Golf TDI paperweight, it's not very many cars at all that way either.

That brings the total of owned/driven cars to 56! Long way to go to join the century club!

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