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#24437 of 25654 Re: Another Easy Restoration [Mr_Shiftright]
May 26, 2012 (1:29 pm)
Of course, Pantera is easy to keep around with its Ford engine, the Khamsin was another product of the Citroen-Maserati era - which means it will break a lot and be hard to fix.
Still, not exactly hard on the eyes for the era, and I like the clear rear panel:
#24438 of 25654 Re: Another Easy Restoration [fintail]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 26, 2012 (5:48 pm)
Well the styling is tops---if you can find someone to make the Citroen hydraulics work so that you could pleasantly drive (that is, brake and steer) this rather large and heavy car without twitching it into a storefront, or putting your head into the windshield, then that's a big plus for you. And you'll have to ditch the American exhaust headers for European ones---overcome those two obstacles and I would like a Khamsin a LOT more.
#24439 of 25654 Re: Another Easy Restoration [Mr_Shiftright]
May 26, 2012 (6:36 pm)
I'm not judging them on practicality - it is all looks for me. I've developed a mild like for big 70s supercars - the large Lamborghinis of the time also have some appeal, and I hated those when I was younger.
I'd do a nut and bolt restoration on the fintail before I'd buy anything like that though - at least the German car would run when it is finished
#24440 of 25654 Re: Another Easy Restoration [fintail]
Jun 02, 2012 (8:48 am)
When the Honda CRX was restyled (1988?) it had a clear panel at the rear hatch. I remember R&T commenting that it gave the little CRX an exotic "Khamsin look." Well it did look good but it was that tiny, fly weight package with amazing mpg that made the CRX cool. Honda was really rolling out good stuff for the right price back then. Can't be too many CRX survivors left - even in Seattle.
#24441 of 25654 Re: Another Easy Restoration [omarman]
Jun 02, 2012 (2:14 pm)
Yep, that was the 88-91 CRX. I remember that rear panel. That's when Honda really got on their game, with the 88+ Civic, Prelude, and CRX. Affordable, very modern, very nice driving cars.
Not many CRXs around that haven't been either thrashed or modified to death. Heck, not a lot of nice survivors of the other models too. Hondas attracted a certain element not known for taste or upkeep.
Jun 02, 2012 (3:55 pm)
My 02 Explorer is 10 years old now.
I had been driving it to keep miles off my 1 year old Explorer.
Now that the kid who usually drives it is back from school, I' m driving the '11.
The other day, I took the '02 to the airport, a longer drive than I had been making.
It hit a wall at 70 mph, which is faster than I usually drive.
It got me thinking the that the fuel mileage was down from what I thought it should be.
I was thinking that it should have been getting around 16.5, but it was averaging 15.5.
In the past, I noticed that the front tire pressure could make a relatively big difference.
After checking the fronts, I dropped them a pound.
My other kid took it to their work the other day (130 miles round trip) and the mpg readout was 18.6.
This is good news, since it is about to go on it's longest journey.
It's headed to Bonnaroo it Tennessee in a couple of days.
It's going to be a 2000+ mile trip.
#24443 of 25654 Re: old car quirks [explorerx4]
Jun 02, 2012 (6:45 pm)
Hit a wall? That doesn't sound good
Old Exploders, for the flack they take, do seem to be able to accumulate miles.
My E55 is 10 years old, not too many quirks yet - the odd rattle due to local second world quality roads/thin tires, steering wheel makes a faint squeak on cold days before the interior warms up, auto dipping side mirror gets jerky in cold or hot weather. The old car on the other hand, it's a 4 wheeled quirk.
#24444 of 25654 Re: old car quirks [explorerx4]
Jun 03, 2012 (4:53 am)
A friend of mine has a similar vintage Explorer with almost 170 on the clock. It did puke a tranny at 130 ish, but hasn't been too bad to him otherwise. I drove it not that long ago and you can hear the fuel pump while driving. I told him to start budgeting for that and he said its been that way forever.
#24446 of 25654 Re: Cutlass Supreme [screenmobile]
Jun 04, 2012 (6:03 am)
Aren't Chevy parts the cheapest on Earth? Whenever you see a Summit ad, the parts are always from SBC