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I know absolutely nothing about cars and have never owned one, yet I want one of these. Not because they're cheap or anything, but just because I like them and always wanted to have one since I was a kid.

Are these still being driven in your country?

What can you do to them to "modernize" as much as possible? Can you change the transition to automatic? Use a different motor?
Again, I'm just a car illiterate here. I just want one of these eventually and tune it up.
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>>24915922
That's not true. There's repop parts everywhere. OP do it.
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I live in shithole east TN. I have seen exactly one for sale, and they want a retarded amount for it. Where is everyone else living that these are still commonly available.
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>>24915922
anon, brand new beetles were made until 2003 in various markets and they have one of the most massive aftermarkets this side of the Mustang.
>>24916058
Try living somewhere where retards don't cover the roads in salt and niggers haven't been running every cheap used car into the ground for generations
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>>24915324
Currently own a stock '74 superbeetle, ask me anything.

Modernize it? not a whole lot. A popular upgrade would be to swap in a subaru flat 4 engine. Even then it still takes a lot of work and $$.

Automatic? maybe swap in a porsche transaxle? but that would take so much custom fabrication, you're just better off buying a 2nd hand porsche. They did come with the option of 'auto stick', but those are rare and not too reliable. Just learn stick.

Keep in mind it also doesn't have power steering and it has manual brakes. Maybe someone has done those before, but they're not a common upgrade either. Most have no a/c. It's a popular mod to do but the a/c compressor would sap power from the already weak engine.

Despite being cute they're no doubt prehistoric cars. Great weekend / mechanic car, and daily-able when they work and if you can tolerate having the same creature comforts of being in a bicycle.
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>>24915922
100% wrong, you can find everything for these. a few years ago i helped a relative restore his, even obscure interior parts are still available as repros.

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Previous edition, I guess: >>24841282

Unleash your inner beast

>List of Vendors and Social Media
https://pastebin.com/AGc66Z8j
https://markdownshare.com/view/b5abadcc-c0fb-473e-a34d-f27c0921865d
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eBPgojI3dQdJ08fImjWWIHOuaEWR3TU0SAeTFxkRtqs/edit#gid=989484789

>/osg/ FAQ
http://pastebin.com/vaEgettv

>What is this thread for?
A thread to discuss, post, create, and review anything related to Automotive Decals and Stickers


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The stickers at my local gas station
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>>24917998
Yeah...
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>>24918003
>big boobs matter
At least you don't live in a communist state, anon.
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I had this really silly idea after seeing a meme.

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what quirks and features does your shitbox have?
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>>24917347
Yes, but mine is too toasty to be a heater. It comes with a big chance of shorting out and does not have a fuse for some reason, so it melts the filter housing. Thanks, GM.
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>>24913843
Smells like a gas station, front left turn signal does not work, semi metallic pads squeal like a garbage truck when wet, and it is also hot inside because heat radiates through the floor from the downpipe and heater core leaks intermittently.

11/10 would do again, fun to take apart and even more fun to drive.
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Exhaust fumes seep into AC intake and into the cabin when it's cold. When it warms, the downpipe expands a bit to seal the leak.
Apparently this was by design.
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>>24913854
I can hear them now
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My car has a short I haven’t been able to find. Temporarily installed a kill switch for the battery in the trunk and it’s hidden.

Fast luxury cars are a scam, Buy a diesel truck if you want a fun and comfy hobby.
>muh 3 second 0-60 speed
enjoy paying a quarter of a million dollars just to get the same acceleration and fun that a $2000-$4000 shitter sportbike can achieve. I bought an r6 that does a 3 second 0-60 for $2500 that I ended up selling for more than I paid.
>muh plush interior
Just replace your car or truck with custom leather seats and you've essentially just replicated luxury car interiors.

It is infinitely better to just buy an old squarebody ford or do a restoration project for 20k and have a nice powerful diesel truck than to waste money on MEME cars.
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>>24915221
I agree , diesels can make for comfy projects , unless you live in the rust belt then there’s no such thing as a comfy project and it’s just constant rust in your eyes
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>tfw bought used truck last year for 29k
>worth 37k now

Feels good
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>>24915221
>enjoy paying a quarter of a million dollars just to get the same acceleration and fun that a $2000-$4000 shitter sportbike can achieve. I bought an r6 that does a 3 second 0-60 for $2500 that I ended up selling for more than I paid.
Remember when this thing came out and the daily mail and cops shat their pants because it could go faster than any cop car at the time? You could stick four of your buddies and a case or two of beer in the back and still be able to outrun a Ferrari F40
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>>24917910
if anything I just feel bad for wagies, but that's what this economy is coming to, a renters economy. In the future you'll get a ubi like russia where you get a government built apartment and smart credits but you can't travel outside the city or have any real possessions and you won't be able to get any money unless you deal in illegal matters. Your ubi will be so low that you'll only be able to afford an apartment, food and internet but nothing else.
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>>24915221
>Fast luxury cars are a scam
But I like mine

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do you think he can do it? or is hamilton going to win AGAIN?
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>>24912195
FIA needs Hamilton to win to ensure british domination for decades to come. Max has no chance.
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>>24916924
Why are you gay?
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DRS was a mistake
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>>24917010
>FIAMG
>a twitter meme
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>>24917846
The only mistake is how its implemented. It needs to be simper. Pass over a specific section of the track and DRS enables regardless, plus every lap (or every few laps) you get a DRS use that you can use right away or save up to three. None of this 'within one second in a zone of the track' shit.

Also they need to remove the whole tire swapping thing and make the track surface out of magnets and use super conductors in the cars that become quantum locked to the track, and have them propelled by jet engines.

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Beaner here. Why exactly are these things being sold in fucking MEXICO of all places? All the elites rich enough to buy these cars know the roads here are garbage, and you'd be dumbass enough to go around the neighborhood only to be robbed by a street gang at the first red light. Fucking rich people, man.

>t. poorfag
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>>24917418
Lambos are fucking ugly
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>>24917418
You're seriously a mexican and don't know what kind of mexican has the money for this? If you drive one of these, the low level gangs won't fuck with you because they'll assume you're a high-ranking narco...unless they're being paid by a rival cartel
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Leave it to an auto enthusiast board to hate on powerful and expensive sports cars because they aren’t discreet enough or so some bullshit. So cultured
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>>24917444
So you are richer than all the groups you mentioned, right? Right?
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God I wish America annexed Mexico a long time ago

Why did GM kill off their only good marque?
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>>24908974
>No, Pontiac Solstice is a rebaged Saturn Skye
The Solstice was the original car.
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What made me get rid of mine was the fuck head culture here I hate Holden fags and the stupid aftermarket and scalping that's gone on in the folden circles in the last two years is worse then Muh factory barra turbo

I wish I got a ve 6ltr while it was cheap Fml
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>>24913464
Fuck you brandy enjoy your ade vax
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>>24917660
>Sold my Holden because other people were doing things
I don't get it
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>>24917660
Maybe Teslacucks will similarly run, that crowd has to be the most embarrassing group of car people to be associated with.

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This is what a truck should look like. If it doesn't look like this, then it's a princess suburb warrior. Imagine going into a little puddle of mud and your tires spinning because you have little bald road tires on. What is the point of a truck if you can't offroad in it? Otherwise just drive a car or pay truck service to deliver a car or whatever you need to haul.
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>>24916130
>you're just a Chevy fanboy!!
<proves I'm not
>Toyotas are just meme trucks!!!
<proves they're not
>well, look at this broken Yota!!!!
<has a problem literally any old poorly maintained rust belt truck can have
Jej, cope harder
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who has the video of the guy offroading in a stock crown vic
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>>24916319
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHvXi_HejnI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYIJpzo2RVY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TjW3quapCI <--uploader wanted title to rhyme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFwPXEeJ3aI
apparently the bike on the back of that crown vic is likely worth more than twice the value of the car
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>>24916319
>>24917892
oops forgot this one too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA-iYpbE55s
from the description:
>Only damage done was some slightly bent steel rims that wobbled a little after 65mph but that's it.
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>>24916130
meanwhile...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUWMc92W1wQ

>>24916167
that shit has to be done at the factory, where humidity is controlled. Aftermarket rubberised undercoats will just trap the moisture and rust underneath
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXvl9nt57Kg lulz starts at 1:50

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Offroading retard here. Do Land Rover vehicles nowadays have any real cred when it comes to going off road? Have they ever historically? Or are they just land barges to ferry rich fucks around? How do they compare to something like a Wrangler?
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no its just cringe british pride

are american trucks really that good? No. Tundras are better.
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>>24917672

So anything u don't like is made up . Facepalm
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>>24917711
I like defenders. Was in the military and we had a bunch of them.
Fact of the matter is, in stock form it performs like any other offroader. G-wagen, hilux, land Cruiser and even a fucking UAZ. You go off the trail or try to follow a tank, you're gonna get stuck. Same aplies to the wrangler. But on the trail all of them will do ok
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>>24917745

>Fact of the matter is, in stock form it performs like any other offroader. G-wagen, hilux, land Cruiser and even a fucking UAZ

I drive a hilux and a D23 frontier. A 200/300TDI defender definitely off-roads better than them.
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>>24917461
jeep for hardcore offroad, land rover for long trips, camping and overlanding
jeep has basic dana axles and transfers, LR is just....weird
in this part of the world:
jeep if you want to hang out with normal every-make-welcome offroaders, LR if you want to be in the weird click of tea drinking uppity guys who dont want to talk with you if you dont own a LR.
seriously, i been offroading for 15+ years, my group of friends have all kinds of rigs, hilux, patrol, niva, xj, yj, tj, f250, ram, gelendewagen, volvo and some with land rovers....no one cares most own different brands themselfs. the various brand clubs also join us when we open our driving range. except hardcore land rover owners and their tight knit club. they dont even reply if we specificly invite them, just plain refuse to have any dealings with the outside world. probably because they know they will be absolutely owned in the rough stuff by some homebuildt patrol or xj.
t. jeep and LR owner

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So when are we going back to square cars? Enough disgusting egg designs please
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>>24911776
tell that to the folks that love to come here and complain about gas prices going up
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>>24911786
Why is the grille fucking crooked
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>>24914018
I love the boxy art and science design but it always looks cheap and angry in practice. I think it would look better if the grill was rectangular and the headlights didn't stretch back so far.
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>>24911784
it really is pretty embarrassing how many people use gas prices as their sole indicator of economic wellbeing
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>>24911761
>Never
lmao
every zoomer thinks that things will never go back to how they were before they were born
they do, all the time

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I was inside a taxi in Spain few years back and the driver was constantly changing gear in a traffic jam. what is the point of having manual if you use it for commuting manualfags?
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You can do any kind of city driving entirely in second gear. Prove me wrong.
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>>24916468

what retard autotragic normies like you don't realize is that you don't really consciously shift your car anymore after a while, you're just doing it.
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>>24916468
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>>24916482
>americans discovering that europeans can effortlessly shift on their daily
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>>24917649
So manual isn't more engaging to drive?
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I don’t drive in traffic because I’m not a poorfag driving into a ghetto infested city to my cubicle job.

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GIGABASED
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Pic or it didn't happen edgelord
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>>24917849
based edgelord
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>>24917849
Holy based

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Well, my 2006 chevy colorado 2.8l automatic transmission had a stroke. P0302, so I changed the plugs, gapped to 0.42, changed the ignition coil boots and springs, trimmed a qtip and dabbed the MAF with the MAF cleaner, cleaned the throttle body and gave it a new gasket, and cleaned up all the air intake from the filter to the throttle body. Put it all back together, disconnected the negative battery cable ,reconnected it and started it up and it's not fixed. Now it's telling me P0300, which is the non-specific misfire code. So, I started making a list of 02 sensors and inspecting the catalytic converter and changing all my fuel filters and doing a compression check and then and then!!! and then I realized I am 52, this truck has 110,000 or so miles and it's due for a smog by this March and it's not going to pass and idk how to make it.

So, I put myself together a little tacoma for $29,000 and I'm putting $15,000 down. Am I following the plan Dom?
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>>24917033
>A car payment to them is akin to a mortgage...it's just something budgeted for and forgotten about
I'm with you on that. I've got pretty decent paying federal job and my wife is a nurse practitioner....I've still never dailied anything newer than 1997. The 4Runner I've had for the past few years cost $2800 and I will drive it until the odometer starts with a 3 or gas runs out.
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>>24916341

>aware of fucked car market but still want to enter ring
>thinking a Q-tip can't damage a MAF but can burst an eardrum
>leasing a car and then disposing of it at when it all it needs is TLC
Priceless

Go huff some lead paint, while sitting in your lazy e boy recliner and drink more old Milwaukee. Your stupidity and generational irresponsibility has come full circle so enjoy.
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>>24917033
Idk about them but I live at home and am pretty much just building up enough liquidity to buy a property
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>>24917191
i was going to do the same thing, but living at home is just too comfy
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>>24917033
>I buy my cars around 150k miles and drive them to 300k. I used to only make 58k a year and could barely afford doing even this
Jesus, you are bad with money.

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>>24913902

it's what you say about his company....
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>>24914245
the bed floor of the superduty is the same stamping as used for the 80-96. bed bolts kits for a superduty work on the older trucks perfectly.
they just thinned out the metal because on old superduties the bed will rust out at the front bed mounts while that was very rare on the older trucks
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>>24915356
times are tough snowflake... deal witit...
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>>24913898
Just in case it's not obvious, the truck on the left has been lowered, considerably. The tires are tucked way up inside the wheel wells when there would normally be a gap of 3 or 4 inches between the tire and wheel arch. Also the top of the bed is lower than the hood of the shitty econobox that's behind it. And the outside diameter of the tires on it are likely less than stock. I wouldn't be surprised if that thing is sitting almost a foot lower than when in stock form.
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>>24917744
It's a 2wd 1500. That pretty close to stock height. Even it it was on a 3500 chassis the body is the same as the 1500. It's the dimensions of the body that are so massively different between the modern truck and the old one. Here's a GMC GMT400 1500 2wd next to a GMC GMT900 2500 4wd.

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Hello fell/o/ws.
With the New Year approaching soon, I'll present you my problem and a possible new year's resolution.
I currently have 3 project cars on hold, each in a worse state than the other. I bought them more out of sheer oportunity because got quite a good price for each, but sadly they have been on hold for a couple of years now (since 2017 the first).
With a heavy heart I have to say that probably more deterioration would come to them if I keep them in my yard until I get the time and money to start working on them and I might need to depart with some if not all of my projects.

The cars I got back then got rarer and more expensive, as it happens with old cars and chances are that either I might never afford to get another again or I might not be able to find one. That aside, here's my question to you:
Should I keep them for dream and hope's sake or give up on them, sell for whatever I can and just find one car in decent condition to enjoy? (I do have a daily driver, so that's not an issues I'm concerned about).

In case you are wondering, the said cars are:
>1988 Trabant 601
>1974 Dacia 1300
>1995 Daewoo Espero

I'm considering getting either another Espero in a better condition if I find one or a Golf MK2.
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>>24914838
Sounds like downsizing is the right thing to do. Better to have one nice project than three half-assed ones, if even that. I don't know anything about the Daewoo and what the draw is, but I like it better than the Golf since it's the more unusual one to me.
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>>24916120
Where is the Dacia?
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>>24914838
>Espero
Why an espero. Someone is selling a decent condition running one in my area for $1k. Why would that be a car worth restoring? Aren't those things shitboxes?
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>>24917363
>Someone is selling a decent condition running one in my area for $1k
Where you from?
Also, that side, it's an incredibly rare shitbox. I barely can find one, let alone one in a better condition than the one I have.
Frankly, it's one of my favourite type of cars, design wise. The interior can be a lot better, but the exterior is really neat and I can live my 80s/90s shitbox fantesies.
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>>24916739
Three cars but two became projects after years of sitting idle. Now I have just one and plan repairs and maintenance ahead of time. I’ve become very good at fixing and maintaining my only car nowadays.




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