My project truck

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I see people posting about their "new" cars and such. I bought a beater Ford Ranger in the late summer of 2019. Blown clutch. Found some frame rot and I got into it more than expected, but got it complete this past October including reframing the rear half. Fully inspected and driving. Used it for some fire call activity this winter in the snow as well.

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👍. My husband is vaguely nose out of joint that the Beast needs no work. He loves a good project vehicle. He is getting too old for it though. He says that he isn’t but he is always stove up after a day under a car.
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TPFKA@W wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:06 am
👍. My husband is vaguely nose out of joint that the Beast needs no work. He loves a good project vehicle. He is getting too old for it though. He says that he isn’t but he is always stove up after a day under a car.
My neighbor asked me the other day how I would spend my summer now that "Ranger Rick" is on the road. I shrugged and told him that the Malibu needs to be replaced soon (2004 Malibu Maxx - 181K miles - bought it for $600 five years ago as a beater project).

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I've always wanted a Ford Anglia (1959-65 model,) for a project car. One day, one day...

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That's a C registration thus from 1965, the last of the Anglia model years. In Britain the plates almost always stay with the car forever, once issued. It is possible to change them if you want, say, vanity plates with your initials, but it's an expensive hassle. So if I wanted EKA 1 for my new ride I'd have to find who owned the car with that registration, pay probably £20,000 over the book value of the vehicle, buy it, junk the vehicle and pay the government some ungodly sum for the privilege of shifting the plate. I once owned a Ford Cortina - the Anglia's big brother - with the plate 40 BTH. A random plate of no consequence. Until one day in the early 70s I read in the paper that Sir Charles Forte (40) - Britain's almost richest man who had made his pile in the hotel business - was buying the British Trust House (BTH) hotel chain. I had paid the grand sum of £18 for this car and I drove it everywhere. Had a bit of rust but nothing that couldn't be fixed with copious applications of fibreglass. I missed a huge opportunity to sell him the plate so he could have used it to promote the merger by putting it on his Rolls. Of course in those grad student days I would have been thrilled with £50. I kicked myself for years.

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Took Ranger Rick today and did truck things. Neighbor needed help to pick up his construction supplies for a remodel project. I doubled the truck’s value with all of that plywood in there.

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Do you not need to put a flag on an oversized load?
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Your neighbor must be rich. You take out insurance on that load?
Okay... There's all kinds of things wrong with what you just said.

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Do you not need to put a flag on an oversized load?
Around here you just need something red if it extends past your bumper. The straps were red and flopping in the breeze so that was my flag.

I don’t know the neighbor’s financial situation. He was doing his best to balance cost and quality when shopping. That was about 800 worth of wood in the photo. I’ve hauled higher ticket items (bought a new refrigerator a couple of months ago).

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eddieq wrote:
Thu Jun 24, 2021 11:46 am

Around here you just need something red if it extends past your bumper. The straps were red and flopping in the breeze so that was my flag.
Neat. And kudos for being a good neighbour.
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If you have a truck expect to loan it out.

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Gob wrote:
Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:28 am
Do you not need to put a flag on an oversized load?
As long as it's not past the end of the tailgate, nobody cares much.
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Gob wrote:
Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:14 am
I've always wanted a Ford Anglia (1959-65 model,) for a project car. One day, one day...
The first car I ever drove was my mother's 1957 English Ford Squire. It was the tiny station wagon version of the Anglia. I was nine. It was three. I saw one on ebay a few years ago for $4000. I think she gave about $1700 for it when it was a year old. It did well with the 40 MPH speed limits of Lon Gyland, but didn't hold up well with the the 70 and 80 MPH speeds of the wide open spaces of Kansas.

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The Ford Squire was never a big seller in England. The Ford Popular sold 10x as many; and the obvious competitor to the Squire was the Hillman Husky which came in many more colours IIRC. The Austin A35 and the A40 (various GFs had both so I got to know them) were better cars and cheaper. The Squire sold in England for £668 (according to Wikipedia) and the £ in those days was around $4 so your Mom's $1700 for a one year old copy sounds about right.

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Long Run wrote:
Thu Jun 24, 2021 4:31 pm
If you have a truck expect to loan it out.
I saw a bumper sticker a while back that said YES IT'S MY TRUCK, AND NO I WON'T HELP YOU MOVE.

I took a picture of it and emailed it to Mrs Mc, and our mutual friend who had a moving "party" after she bought a house. Our friend swears she invited a dozen people to help. I had THE pickup truck, so I had to come. The only other person to show up was a good looking blonde who became Mrs Mc six months later. That was almost 39 years ago, and we're all still friends. So far, so good.
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ex-khobar Andy wrote:
Tue Jun 29, 2021 8:49 pm
The Ford Squire was never a big seller in England. The Ford Popular sold 10x as many; and the obvious competitor to the Squire was the Hillman Husky which came in many more colours IIRC. The Austin A35 and the A40 (various GFs had both so I got to know them) were better cars and cheaper. The Squire sold in England for £668 (according to Wikipedia) and the £ in those days was around $4 so your Mom's $1700 for a one year old copy sounds about right.
Way back in the late '60s I knew someone with one of these:
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I learned to drive and took my first driving test in one of those. Instead of flashing turn signals, they had a 'trafficator:' an arm in the B pillar (just behind the door) which flicked up to indicate the direction you intend to turn. You can see it (in the down position) in the photo, just behind the door in front of the first bit of wood trim. Maybe six inches long.

The test centre I drove to was by a park with a hedge which was right at the edge of the road - no sidewalk (pavement). I had to turn left to get to the centre (driving on the left, of course) - popped the trafficator up to signal my turn, and went a bit close to the hedge. And left the trafficator behind in the hedge. My instructor was not pleased. No time to get it fixed, of course. "You're just going to have to use hand signals all the time," he grumbled as he want back to retrieve his part from the hedge.

I failed my test. My instructor did not speak to me and drove me home. He was pissed.

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Watching a car repair show the other day (Car SOS?) It showed a guy whose entire income comes from making and replacing the timber on Morris Travelers. Amazing stuff!
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Ford's replacement for the Anglia was the Escort. Actually when it came out it was a very competent motor and in some guises won various rallies. But it was never considered any sort of upmarket wheels.

Prince Chuck gave Diana an Escort shortly before they married. I must admit that if my multi-multi-millionaire BF gave me an Escort just before the wedding I'd be pissed. (Don't worry - no major announcement is coming.) Maybe he did not want competition for his Aston Martin DB6. He once told Diana off because she sat on the bonnet (hood) of the Aston.

Diana's Escort just sold for £52,640 (approx $70K).

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Rick participated in a parade yesterday. It was a very small parade - two vehicles. We decorated our vehicles and did a "drive by parade" in support of the Crop Walk (https://crophungerwalk.org). The mass "in person" walk had been cancelled over COVID concerns again this year, so each church was encouraged to host their own walk and then we gathered for this parade on the day the walk would have been scheduled. We drove through the area, past the food bank, the conference of churches, and a few of the supporting churches.

Anyway, Rick had a well that we made out of a concrete form tube (repurposed from last year's parade when it was an ear of corn). The strung up ears of corn were made by the children on the day our church held our walk.

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