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Fifty150

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  1. Fairly inexpensive off eBay & amazon. I installed a couple of USB power ports in the center console, in front of the cupholders, where the OEM cigarette lighter is.
  2. the OH CRAP tote

    Kangaroos have no laces and a little pocket.
  3. Oil Change

    Not in the conventional auto parts store, dealership, or reputable retailer level. Imagine something produced in a 3rd world country, then dumped into the global marketplace via unsuspecting importers, wholesalers, and distributors. If you could bottle sludge in Yemen, then bottle it with a counterfeit label, and make $1.......billions of dollars can be made with a ship full of shipping containers. You don't have to try too hard. But when you find yourself at swap meets, discount $0.99 stores in Chinatown, or some weird guy selling stuff out of the back of an old van parked curbside......well, let's just say that I have seen "motor oil" without any of the API, SAE markings. I've seen "motor oil" labeled in foreign languages. I've seen "Castro" and "Mobile 1" brand, not "Castrol" or "Mobil 1". I've seen a lot of knock-off items over the years. Everything from high end goods that you would expect, like luxury brands, to things you would never believe that anyone would counterfeit. Soy sauce. Ice tea mix. "WiWi"brand shoe polish as opposed to "Kiwi". How many "K" spells Kikkoman? Kikoman? Or Kikkoman? Is it Crystal Light ice tea, or Crystal Lite ice tea? Sad that it's here in the USA, with almost no enforcement. I, for one, could care less that some rich girl bought a fake handbag. But what happens when someone in a poor neighborhood consumes a counterfeit food product? How about infant formula mix with melamine? And in a lot of cases, when items like that are intercepted and seized, it is not on the front page of the newspaper.
  4. I've still got parts to cars I no longer own.
  5. Jacks

    Just looking at the specs of the Harbor Freight jack vs the Sears jack that I have in the garage. Considering picking up one of the Harbor Freight models like you have. Both are low profile. Similar lift range. Even the weight is pretty close. But my Sears jack isn't aluminum. Hmm......even close in pricing. Specifications Name 1.5 Ton Aluminum Racing Floor Jack with Rapid Pump® SKU 60569 Brand Pittsburgh® Automotive Handle Length (in.) 37-3/8 in. Maximum Lift Height (in.) 14-1/8 in. Minimum height (in.) 3-1/2 in. Product Length 19 in. Product Weight 31.68 lb. Product Width 9-1/2 in. Shipping Weight 34.00 lb. Size(s) 1.5 Ton Specifications Dimensions and Capacity: Overall Dimensions: 23.81 in. L Product Overview: Item Weight : 31.5 (lbs.) General Warranty: 1 year full Quantity in Set: 1 Minimum Height : 3.5 (in.) Maximum Height : 14 (in.) Folding: Not Folding Lift & Jack Type: Floor jacks Color: Color/Finish: Black Installation Requirements: Assembled: Assembly Required Capacity: Lift Capacity: 2-1/2 ton Wheels & Tires: Wheels or Casters: No Locking Casters or Wheels: No Materials & Finish: Material: Steel
  6. Jacks

    You're very lucky. The last time that I had a flat, in a personal vehicle, which I had to change myself, Miami Vice was still on the air. Since then, I've changed tires for other people, friends, family, co-workers, et cetera. And only in work vehicles.....I found a lot of nails, screws, other road debris; where I either drove it into a repair facility or called a tire truck to meet me. Some tires were repaired roadside, with plugs, and I kept on trucking. Others had to be changed on the spot, and the entire tire replaced. I think of the probability in relation to miles driven. Personal car goes less than 20 miles a day. Work car goes over 200 miles a day. Trucks at work also catch a lot more rocks and gravel. The windshield on my work car gets a repair every few months; sometimes a new windshield. When was the last time anyone had a personal vehicle that got 6 - 8 windshield repairs a year?
  7. They "total loss" not based upon driveability. It is always based upon repair estimate vs blue book value. There is front end damage that can be seen, fender, hood, bumper. Then you have what they find later, subframe, wheel alignment, cv joint, brakes, mounting tabs for lighting, radiator, cooling lines......which they will find when they start taking the car apart. Lots of little things that you don't see right away. A friend of mine got his new car repaired by a "collision repair specialist" that the insurance company used. They did not see that a transmission hose was pinched When the transmission went out, the dealership's transmission tech showed it to him, then reported it to the warranty department; who quickly denied his warranty claim because that was not a manufacturer's defect. It took the insurance company months to acknowledge that the transmission cooling line was damaged during the course of a collision, and/or pinched by the body shop during the collision repair. Then they only offered to compensate him for half the amount of the transmission replacement. He sued for full cost, plus attorney's fees. Now they are offering half the cost of transmission, and to split the court coast. I guess they have more money for lawyers, than payout settlements, and they would rather drag the case for a year or more, hoping to wear you out.
  8. Good news for Luddites

    Voice activated might work for you. Siri. Alexa.
  9. I saw #7 today!

    It's still custom. It's no stripped down base model, only good enough for government employees.
  10. I saw #7 today!

    Okay. I get it. It was different than what I drove here in USA. Must have been nicer than the commercial fleet vehicle that I drove with the blue vinyl upholstery and rubber floors, AM only radio, crank handles for the windows, and no A/C. I bought my F-150 new, right off the dealership lot. Grey vinyl upholstery, rubber floors, AM only radio, crank handles for the windows, and no A/C. The best that I could afford was a leftover commercial fleet vehicle. City had a "change order" due to budget cuts, and the truck was sitting in the back corner of the lot without a window sticker, covered in all the dust & dirt & grime from a cross country transport on the back of a truck. The dealer didn't even bother with the "dealer prep" clean-up to make it presentable. It was the best that I could afford at that moment in time.
  11. I saw #7 today!

    You waited for an Escort? i remember working at a place where they had Escorts, Tempos, Rangers, and Taurus. The Escort was just fine for what I did, which was driving a lot of miles. Fleet service took care of maintenance and I never broke down. We drove all of those for over 100,000 miles, before they went to the used car lot. We had the option to purchase from the company. But nobody wanted a 2-3 year old Ford with that many miles. Can't say that it was a bad car. Don't think I would have waited for one on order. in 96, if I had the luxury to make the choice, which I couldn't afford to do, I would have bought a Toyota Celica.
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