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used to have an american "sports car", sleek little low-slung 2-seater mid-engined plastic-bodied mid-'80s pontiac fiero SE notch. fun little car, 4 cylinder iron duke with a 4-speed. a blast on curvy roads, i've seen one here around town lately, a red formula.

anyway, there's a forum owned by a dutchman whose name i will not mention which IMO is the best technical resource on the web for the car. i was a regular there for about a decade, but for some reason, it always attracted conservatives, and at some point after i no longer owned the car, i gave up on the community because (1)no longer relevant to me, and (2) the few dissidents there are treated very badly by the regular crew.

so last week i stumbled on the password i'd written down and went back to see, and if anything the politics has gotten worse. it's sad, really. so i left a post saying "hi" and thanked them for reminding me why i left, and wished them all well. i reckon i'll pop in again in a week and see if anyone missed me ;) . there were (and still are) some good people there, even some good conservatives (no, not an oxymoron).

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I have that experience when I go back to old forums, too. I haven't gone back to a car forum in a while, though.
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is it "www.purchaseenabler.com?"

LOL-should be our URL.
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senorgrand wrote:
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is it "www.purchaseenabler.com?"

LOL-should be our URL.
no it is not, but yes, it could be.

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It's why I left the Mazda forums as well. So annoying.

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Imagine what 'Steel Soldiers' is like...it's about privately owned military vehicles.

I've had them for over 50 years. It is a morass of online RW effluvia now.

No biggie, I've probably forgotten more than they know.

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SubRosa wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:32 am
privately owned military vehicles.
and now i want pics. i want to seeeee.... a greyhound armored car?

there really does seem to be a cultural divide at work here, and i'm not even that much of a liberal. are there libby car forums? is wrench-twisting a right-wing thing?
maybe i'm just grumpy, my dining equanimity was disturbed tonight by a Passive-Aggressive TheRump-2020-hat-wearer sitting opposite. i really need an 86-45 hat so i can be P-A too.

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5-ton.jpg
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This. Still in Desert Storm 'pink sand' with the inverted vee insignia.

Was 1st Armored in Nam, then Germany, Desert Storm, afterwards I bought it at a sale in Alameda.

1967 Kaiser-Jeep M54A1, Mack 673 Thermodyne Diesel power. 14.00-20 rubber. Really loud air horns. Nice view from there...

Somewhere I have pix of my '53 Dodge M37 3/4 ton, too.

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fascinating. do you drive them? use them for work? still have the '53?

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Interesting, SR! What the heck do you do with it, rent it out for movies and TV shows? Looks like a truck they might have used in M*A*S*H (tho probably 15 years too modern).
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They earn their keep here at 'Dragon's Plunder'. The 5-ton hauls materials and ex-GI's on Veterans Day. I outfit it with a rear boom & winch for pulling our well. 700' of 1" galvanized pipe & the wet end weighs quite a bit.

I sold my driver M37 a few years ago. I have a photo of it out north of town, doing what it was meant to do.
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I do have another, it needs some work to put it back on the road.

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lovely.
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Wow, that's really neat SR. You're quite a mechanic to keep them purring.
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Trucks of that era were inherently simple to repair--no critical electronics to fail. Muscles & the correct tech manuals were all that is needed.

I found a couple more shots; the M54 is hauling the CIF panels I built our home with, and the M37 & Mrs. are at our cabin site in NM.
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Well that’s interesting...

The hobbies you can get into when you have LAND!
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Another tangent perhaps but; my closest neighbor in Michigan worked at the Pontiac plant where the Fiero was built; he worked there though the plant change over and into the start of production, and was very proud of the product. I remember him bring home one of the first ones off the line and showing it off.

P.S. I'm also impressed by SR's vehicles; I've known some good mechanics but am not one myself.
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I impersonate a number of professionals with moderate success...

A hearty thank you to all for the appraisals!

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I’d have a deuce if it weren’t for the 3 axles requiring a CDL in California.

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I dunno. It seems like a lot of forums that attract mostly men, sooner or later turn into reactionary troll sites. Even a music forum went that way as trolls would get banned come back under new names, and spew their racist, reactionary, anti-Semite filth, always finding ways to get around the blocks. Finally, you just have to walk away, and never look back.
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AZ is not only gun-friendly, but to heavy trucks as well.

If your rig is 25 years or older, it can be registered as a Historic Vehicle and is exempt from CDL's, weight fees, logs, regardless of size/weight.

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The California law is written differently. The truck can have historical plates, but there’s not a change in the licensing requirement. The license is tied to the configuration of 3+ axles, 6,000+ lbs.

For a while, I thought I’d make an off-road camper, because there’s no CDL requirement for driving a “housecar” but then I realized I’d never actually do it.

Maybe now that I’m older and don’t care about the license restrictions as much I’ll just get my CDL and buy one. I need something ridiculous after I sell my Imperial.

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The M109 2.5 Ton shop van deuce makes a good & easy MH conversion, there are several in town.

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well, since you're not going to help me out here, i guess i'll just have to find one for myself.
https://www.rockislandauction.com/detai ... rmored-car

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lurker wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:20 am
well, since you're not going to help me out here, i guess i'll just have to find one for myself.
https://www.rockislandauction.com/detai ... rmored-car
Nice little vehicle. Gas mileage could be a problem.
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with an armored car you don't ask, you just take what you want. also good for drive-by shootings. except that the 37mm is demilled. :shh:

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