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What Would You Mix and Match to Make the Perfect Car?

Posted April 15, 2015 9:00 AM by dstrohl

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More importantly, this also means that you and I and shkle can now have the exact vehicle of our dreams. Want a Bentley-nosed Cadillac with a Caterpillar backhoe and a Stanley steam engine? Easy as pie

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04/15/2015 1:57 PM

Well first off mine would be a truck not a car.

Body wise I would go with a cross between the Ford F super duty and the older Dodge pickups. I just always liked their looks but materials wise it would be made of similar gauge and robustness of the old International farm trucks from the 50's were a 6'3" 260 # guy like myself can walk around on the fenders hood and cab without leaving a dent!

Interior would be mid to late 90's chevy. They just has such a nice layout, feel and style to them compared to any of the newer gaudy plastic crap that's in every pickup now.

Drivetrain would be based on the old school International commercial diesel I6 engines like what school busses and mid sized delivery trucks have used for decades. Transmission would likely be one of the newer Alison commercial 6 speed automatics.

Suspension would be a mix of mid 90's chevy front end and newer Ford rear end parts. Four wheel drive with fully lockable transfer case and differentials.

Frame would be a stock double framed setup with solid mounted pusher bumpers and cross bracing effectively making the other guys vehicle my crumple zone.

Fuel mileage wise there would be zero emissions crap so the odds are it would be fairly decent.

But thats just me.

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04/15/2015 6:53 PM

Just hybridize that with the late 90's - early 2000's Ford F Super Duty body design and sizing and make it a four door long box, paint it red and thats the look I want!

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04/15/2015 8:53 PM

There you go! Now just take the stacks off and put a 30' gooseneck flatbed behind it and it's close enough for me!

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04/15/2015 10:21 PM

Can you find one that is not all pimped out?

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04/16/2015 12:46 PM

90'S CHEVY FRONT END? couldn't YOU COME UP WITH SOMETHING WORSE?

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04/17/2015 7:52 PM

Okay what would you recomend for a good riding four wheel drive front end?

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04/17/2015 8:15 PM

I always figured there was a trade off or compromise for a driven front end. Good ride verses the front wheels trying describe an arc, especially with a plow mounted. The Real Humvee has support arms that start in the middle of the chassis with long control arms but probably rides like s..t. Just guessing, never rode in one. Maybe it could be toned down?

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04/17/2015 8:31 PM

It might surprise you how the Hum Vee rides with the long arms a lot smoother then you think. Why do you think the off-road guys running Baja run long arm suspensions the take a lot of the harshness out of the terrible terrain they run on. Just saying, Duke.

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04/20/2015 9:13 AM

I would chose almost any 4wd front end over a ball joint eating, idler arm wearing chevy IFS set up. Even a solid axle can be made to ride decent with a properly designed set of springs.

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04/15/2015 2:54 PM

No mix necessary....

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04/15/2015 5:45 PM

I like my car, but it would have been better if they removed more of the electronics that have no purpose and mine is dumbed down compared to subsequent model years.

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04/15/2015 7:28 PM

This is how Johnny Cash did it.

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I'm just not very creative.

I'd be happy with a new (non-aluminum body) Ford F-150 Supercrew to replace my 14 year old one that is still giving me excellent service.

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04/16/2015 6:57 AM

I would start with a 1980 E350 chassis with duel fuel tanks, a 7.3 Power Stroke, 6 speed Allison transmission. Then on to the drive train Rockwell axle's, Atlas transfer case duel range splitter and PTO for those essential things like front and rear winches. duel rear wheels with 22.5 military type tires for all around use. Then on to the body an early 2000 body with front and rear A/C all the comforts of home since it would cost more then my home to build. But since I have most of the aforementioned parts in the shop I might just start on that project in the near future. I will just have to wait until my brother goes on vacation to borrow his van to get the body, he might be a little miffed until he sees the finished project. But then again it might just be easier to find another body for this project like a Pens-gar troop carrier nice wedged body for all that eco wedge aerodynamics we will need for mileage were gonna get, Naaah!It would be nice to drive over a few econo boxes for fun though. Until my better half catches up to me for spending both of our retirements on (Our Toys) that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Or I might look like this when she catches up to me.

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04/16/2015 8:02 AM

Just about any of these suggestions would work for me, so long as it also includes an Oscillation Overthruster.

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04/16/2015 9:29 AM

Sweet, toss in a Flux Capacitor and you've got a REAL 'go anywhere' vehicle.

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04/17/2015 1:23 AM

I want a car that looks small on the outside, but can haul up to 20 circus clowns in full regalia. Oh yeah, and the windshield washers pointed at people on the sidewalks. Or one of those little cars that looks like a model T and hauls guys around in parades. Or maybe an Oscar Myer Wiener Wagon hauling a small hairy Airstream, not that there is anything wrong with that.

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