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Re: Random Observations

Postby Roff(reborn) » Mon May 03, 2021 4:19 am

We North Americans drive on the correct side of the road. And our cars have the steering wheel and other controls on the correct side as well. Henry Ford was a genius.
Never had the pleasure to drive an American-made Ford.

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Re: Random Observations

Postby Roff(reborn) » Mon May 03, 2021 4:27 am

People have gotten so used to wearing a mask, spot a lot of people wearing them when they drive, assume they forgot to remove. Beyond me.

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Re: Random Observations

Postby Lucylastic » Mon May 03, 2021 8:59 am

People have gotten so used to wearing a mask, spot a lot of people wearing them when they drive, assume they forgot to remove. Beyond me.
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Re: Random Observations

Postby franfran » Mon May 03, 2021 11:38 am

Never had the pleasure to drive an American-made Ford.

I've driven an Australian made Ford Escort Ghia (it had a 2 litre engine - I don't know if that was specific to the Australian market or if UK Escorts had it as well). Quite a nice car, and comfortable, although it was getting a bit old by then. Nothing exceptional about it that comes to mind though.

I've been a passenger in a number of Australian Fords, mostly Falcons and Fairlanes.
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Lucylastic » Mon May 03, 2021 1:31 pm

I wonder if it is even the same car, or just the name reused. Do you have a photo?
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Postby franfran » Mon May 03, 2021 2:32 pm

I wonder if it is even the same car, or just the name reused. Do you have a photo?

Not of that car, unfortunately, but a bit of Googling brought up this:

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Unfortunately photographs of Australian built Escort Ghias seem hard to come by but, from what I can tell, they are pretty much the same as the UK ones, but with a bigger engine. The one I drove was a light metallic green with a beige vinyl roof, and quite a bit of nice woodwork in the interior.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the engines:
The initial powerplants utilized in the Australian Escorts were Ford's 1.3 L and 1.6 L OHV Crossflow units, offered with either 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmissions. In 1977, to cope with Australian emission laws, in particular ADR27A, the 1.3L models were dropped and the Ford Cortina's 2.0L OHC Pinto engine (in a lower tune to European units) was introduced to the Escort range, available as an option on nearly all models. Codenamed internally by Ford Australia as "BC", the Australian Escort range's bodies were modified to fit the larger engine and a redesigned fuel-tank, which involved the placement of the fuel filler being behind the rear numberplate.
This was the last model of Escort made in Australia. The replacement was the Ford Laser, which was more or less a rebadged Mazda 323.
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Victorious1-reborn » Mon May 03, 2021 3:15 pm

I had this one- 1982? black with red pinstripes and a red interior. It was a stick shift and ran quite well for a $250 beater.

https://youtu.be/U9CrPOT7N88

I also had a red 1981 Chevy Chevette 4 door. An automatic- $500 beater. It got drug up under a semi truck trailer in an accident and became mangled. Miraculously neither my son or I got hurt.

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Re: Random Observations

Postby Lucylastic » Mon May 03, 2021 7:38 pm

I had to look up semi truck. We call them articulated lorries. Artics, for short.
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Victorious1-reborn » Mon May 03, 2021 7:59 pm

Here they are commonly called semis for short . (sem-i)
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Lucylastic » Mon May 03, 2021 9:36 pm

So how come the actress isn’t Dem eye Moore?
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Victorious1-reborn » Mon May 03, 2021 10:04 pm

IDK. I knew a girl named Stacy that spelled it "Staci" and a girl named Mickey that spelled it 'Mique'.
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Re: Random Observations

Postby NameNotInportant » Mon May 03, 2021 11:25 pm

Never had the pleasure to drive an American-made Ford.

I've driven an Australian made Ford Escort Ghia (it had a 2 litre engine - I don't know if that was specific to the Australian market or if UK Escorts had it as well). Quite a nice car, and comfortable, although it was getting a bit old by then. Nothing exceptional about it that comes to mind though.

I've been a passenger in a number of Australian Fords, mostly Falcons and Fairlanes.
Over here in the UK we had similar to the one you shown. Our Escorts were mainly 1.1, 1.3 and 1.6 cc engines of the time. Our upper market Escorts were the RS range and those had the 2.0 litres fitted.

We had Granada's over here at the time and those were also fitted with the 2.0, 2.3 and 3.0 litre engines. Then we got the Capri 2.8 injections, a little bit nippier.

Today like many other countries we're all about downsizing and weight saving for fuel economy.

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Re: Random Observations

Postby franfran » Tue May 04, 2021 8:29 am

The Australian Ford Falcon of the late 1970s to early 1980s had similar styling to the Granada but I don't think there were any shared body panels. The side windows were a bit deeper which, to my mind at least, suited the car's lines better. It was available with a choice of 3.3 or 4.1 litre sixes; or 4.9 or 5.8 litre V8s.

A thing of the past now, as is the Australian motor industry as a whole....

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Postby franfran » Tue May 04, 2021 8:37 am

Our upper market Escorts were the RS range and those had the 2.0 litres fitted.

There are a few of these out here, but not many. You are unlikely to see them on the road - I've only ever seen a couple of them and they were at car shows. I don't know if they were made here in small numbers or if they were imports, possibly private imports. If they were ever marketed here, the name would have been a problem as, in Australia, RS is slang for something of very poor quality, broken or worthless, the initials purportedly standing for "rat sh*t".....
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Lucylastic » Tue May 04, 2021 9:18 am

Ford was never lucky with names. Escort and Fiesta were both porn mags. I think that was what lead to the naming of the Mondeo, a name which would work worldwide.
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Re: Random Observations

Postby NameNotInportant » Tue May 04, 2021 7:26 pm

The car in the photograph looks like our MK5 Cortina of the day. The RS over here stood for rally sport I think.

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Re: Random Observations

Postby Victorious1-reborn » Tue May 04, 2021 7:27 pm

My first two cars.

This one was belonged to my dad but he let me claim it and drive it. Lived in it for awhile-literally. It was a 1972 Buick Skylark 2 door coupe hardtop. Automatic- 350 Hemi- in dark forest green.

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This was my first purchase- bought it from my aunt. Was a 1978 Ford Mustang II-automatic- 6 cylinder -2 door hardtop hatchback with spoilers- Dark metallic brown with light brown pinstripes.

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Re: Random Observations

Postby Lucylastic » Tue May 04, 2021 7:52 pm

I like the Buick, it looks as though it would stand out a bit more. Were they good cars?
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Victorious1-reborn » Tue May 04, 2021 8:12 pm

The Skylark was a muscle car. I was a kid and would drag race with it sometimes. It burned a lot of gas. Everyone loved this car- especially me. I started driving it before I even had a legal license. My dad never reported it stolen on me, even when he didn't know where I was.
The Mustang had a smaller engine than the Buick. It just looked flashy. My aunt worked at Ford and passed the Ford employee discount on to me. It was a good car but I had to replace the timing belt on it twice.
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Victorious1-reborn » Tue May 04, 2021 9:03 pm

These are 2 of the cars my parents drove:

1969 Dodge Polara- 383 Mopar- dark turquoise
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1972 Chevrolet Impala- 350 engine- Ascot blue
https://images.app.goo.gl/ZCdLW6BDKsy1LQXPA

They also had a Mercury Monarch late 70's model. Hunter green.
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Roff(reborn) » Wed May 05, 2021 2:12 am

These are 2 of the cars my parents drove:

1969 Dodge Polara- 383 Mopar- dark turquoise
https://images.app.goo.gl/RLtGBJAL2mo4ohs99

1972 Chevrolet Impala- 350 engine- Ascot blue
https://images.app.goo.gl/ZCdLW6BDKsy1LQXPA

They also had a Mercury Monarch late 70's model. Hunter green.
Is your Chryster Town and Country still running?

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Re: Random Observations

Postby Lucylastic » Wed May 05, 2021 11:27 am

These are 2 of the cars my parents drove:

1969 Dodge Polara- 383 Mopar- dark turquoise
https://images.app.goo.gl/RLtGBJAL2mo4ohs99

1972 Chevrolet Impala- 350 engine- Ascot blue
https://images.app.goo.gl/ZCdLW6BDKsy1LQXPA

They also had a Mercury Monarch late 70's model. Hunter green.
Is your Chryster Town and Country still running?

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Re: Random Observations

Postby franfran » Wed May 05, 2021 12:42 pm

Melinda Gates: Marriage has crashed - Husband 1.0 needs updating to current version.


She might want to consider changing to a Mac.....
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Victorious1-reborn » Wed May 05, 2021 1:59 pm

Yes Old Blue (my Town and Country) is still running. Needs new brake pads. Taking him in for a tune up. I bet Bill Gates could use a tune up as well.
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Re: Random Observations

Postby Roff(reborn) » Fri May 07, 2021 1:04 am

Yes Old Blue (my Town and Country) is still running. Needs new brake pads. Taking him in for a tune up. I bet Bill Gates could use a tune up as well.
Great! My Toyota beater still runs, ''he'' just passed the inspection last month, but the mechanic who worked on it and drove it to the inspection said that this was likely the last inspectation it could pass, unless I want to silly money to get it into shape for the inspectation in 2 years. So I'm affraid this car has less than 2 years left on the roads. Very few cars make it past 15 years because of the strict inspectations, and mine is way older. The rust is coming for it now, and it's not allowed.

Gyms reopened today under impossible bullshit restrictions. So sick of standing in line at test centers.

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Re: Random Observations

Postby Roff(reborn) » Fri May 07, 2021 1:09 am

Observation: Noticed the hasttag dogsatpollarstations is trending in the UK.

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Re: Random Observations

Postby Lucylastic » Fri May 07, 2021 7:00 am

Observation: Noticed the hasttag dogsatpollarstations is trending in the UK.

It happens each time we have elections.
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