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Jiquay

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    Hello from Minnesota

    I found out yesterday that my brother has the last of the Freestar vans. He only gets a flat floor if he wrestles 200+ lbs of furniture out of his van & finds space in the garage to store it. GK
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    Hello from Minnesota

    I went FTC because I didn't want "dad's minivan." That ruled out Caravan, Odyssey & Quest... I saw a FTC that t-boned a Tahoe & the family that walked out of the Ford while first responders worked an hour to get the meat out of the Chevy...
  3. I've been lurking around this forum for a few months, but today I got my full-member card - 2018 XLT Wagon LWB 7-passenger Magnetic Metallic with roofrack & hitch. A little pricier than the Guard Green XL I ordered, but after 4 months' wait, Ford informed the dealer that they won't be building any more '18s even though I bought in February. GK
  4. BSUPC: They'll buff it & paint it but it'll still cost you $30g+ to look as good as mine 8-) GK
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    New-ish Owner

    Realise that Ford specs 6500 miles for the oil change because they know it's good for 7700 & they're allowing you a few miles to find lube rack. Don't mess around with dollar store oil, farty arty "liquid tuneup additive" and one-size-fits-all filter adaptors - 6500 miles will be fine. New engines don't have nearly the blow-by into the crankcase that the old bangers did. And new oils don't deteriorate under the pressures that converted old oils to varnish & sludge. GK
  6. I have a regular ride I do on country roads & I thought it would be a good test for my new FTC Wagon. 51 km ride @ 70 - 90 km/h. Windows open - 7.4 litres per 100 km Windows closed - 7.3 litres per 100 km Air conditioned - 8.3 litres per 100 km Not nearly as bad as my old pickup, which went from 12 to 17.5 with the a.c.. GK
  7. I dated a woman for 3 months because she knew more than 3 ways to use WD40...
  8. You need ALL the keys to the car in order to do this. Once you start the process, all keys in the sequence will be accepted and any keys not in the sequence will be eliminated. I went through this with a '91 Dodge at work back in the day... GK
  9. I got my new FTCW last week. I ended up with an XLT, with full Sync audio system. The salesman asked me if I wanted help to connect my phone to the Sync. "Sure," I said as I pulled my DumbPhone out & flipped it open... "Euh, ummm..." The good news is YES! Sync does, in fact, hook up to a flippie with Bluetooth... It needs a bit of patience & creativity, but it CAN be done. The voice commands work to make a call, and the phone won't do a lot more than that anyway... GK
  10. My B3000 never cost me much in repairs until this year, when I need 8 tires, brakes, muffler, head gasket, power steering pump, and battery. $6g for a truck with 330000 km on the clock... Good down payment on the FTCW! GK
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    Good news for Luddites

    Yeah, I'm gonna trust the same minds that programmed my GPS to drive my car - the ones that say I can buy gas right across the street at a garage that hasn't sold gas since 1926, & that says my house (by address) is 7 doors down the street... GK
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    I saw #7 today!

    I decided at Christmas that I want an FTC Wagon this year, so I started counting Wagons I see on the road (including driveways & dealers' lots.) (I count vans, too, & that's a double-digit count every day) #1 was a neighbour's driveway that I knew was there (he has since sold it.) #2 was New Year's Eve that convinced me I've made the right decision - a drunk in a Chevy Tahoe burned a light & got T-boned in the left front wheel by a FTCW. Both doing 70 km/h. Family of 4 walked out of the FTC although their car looked like a mass shooting at a Judy Doll factory - limp airbags everywhere! The guy & gal in the Tahoe came out with Jaws of Life... I won't enumerate all the others, (2 in driveways near the dealer I'm going through) but I saw #7 today March 23 in Greenfield Park QC. Are wagons as rare elsewhere as they are in Montreal area? G5
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    I saw #7 today!

    I've been driving 36 years & until last week, I've owned 2 vehicles. I figure I'll only own 2 more. THIS ONE is gonna be NEW. And CUSTOM. Well, I guess I got half of that now. GK
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    Good news for Luddites

    Esssentiial TTremoor - II gett reesullts likke thhis... 8-) GK
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    Good news for Luddites

    For medical reasons, I can't use a touch-screen.
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    Jacks

    With the frequency of a flat tire on the road (one in 35 yrs driving) and the cost of CAA service, I think I'll leave the jack at home & use that trunk space for something else... GK
  17. I saw your pic on the top of the forum when I opened it - animal strikes leave a very distinct dent & this has it. Hope your bodyshop can find a TC in a scrapyard to get you back on the road. I drove for a courier service many years ago - we had a Plymouth Reliant that got older as it went by you. Two accidents got the front end of an '86 and the tailgate of an '84 put on this '85 wagon. GK
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    I saw #7 today!

    #25 is now sitting in my driveway! (This is the count of what has been seen from my personal vehicle, not including those I saw from the work truck) Magnetic Metallic XLT 7-passenger with barn doors, trailer hitch & roof rack. (that's what I wanted on an XL) Airplane console, 17" mags & Sync (that's the stuff I didn't want) Global window opening (when it's been in the hot sun in the parking lot for 7 hours, this is NICE!!!!) Missing the electric defrost windshield. When Ford cancels your build after 4 months' wait, you scan the inventory of all the dealers & choose the one that comes closest to your needs. GK
  19. mrtn, at the grandparent level, the youngest to pass was 74 - paternal grandfather. He was born a bluebaby. He was shot in Germany in 1916. He went back to the battle & got hit with a mortar in '18 - he was placed with the dead on that day. They told my grandmother she was crazy to marry him in '23 - he was only gonna live 5 years. He met all his grandchildren! He died 50-1/2 years to the day after the WW1 medic gave him up for dead. The other 3 totalled 274 years... GK
  20. Funny how the receiver on this is a 2" - my pickup has a 1-1/4" receiver with a 3500 lb tow capacity. I like how the lighting plug is solidly fixed to the hitch, unlike the 6' snake in the bed of my truck. GK
  21. On the way home from the dealer, I swung by mom & dad's place to take them out to lunch. 67 years' married, 90 & 93 yrs old... I haven't been able to take them both out since dad gave up the Honda Odyssey 9 years ago. (The disadvantage of having a pickup truck for 10 years...) I wanted them to have the first ride in it. GK
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    Jacks

    I have access to quite a collection of bumper jacks as we've used them for dozens of tasks at the country place. They would be perfect for converting an FTC back bumper into a spoiler... GK
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    Jacks

    I've got the same jack & I've yet to find a car it'll do that on. It won't even do a tire change for snow tires - I hate to think of a flat situation where you have to lift the flat sidewall as well as the suspension travel... Can you lift by the axle itself? GK
  24. In Quebec at least, it is illegal to leave the keys in the car. A friend locked her keys in the ignition, panicked, called 911. Cops came, wrote her a $182 ticket for leaving her keys in the car, & left. She found a taxi driver with a kit to get the car opened. My pickup has a cut key in the back deck but without the FOB, it only opens the door - will not start. I figure the only reason I'll need it is when I lock the key in the ignition anyway... GK
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