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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by Rope-Pusher » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:24 pm

Squint wrote:.

Anyone going to the Detroit auto show this coming weekend?
Eye maybe.
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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by Rope-Pusher » Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:35 pm

theholycow wrote:Anyway, here's a photo of the Buick hauling two bargain clearance freezers home.
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A friend once told me he brought home a washer or a dryer in the back of his Omni and he was even able to close the hatch, but aren't those receiver hitch trays the best for hauling sumpin' with your passenger vehicle? Next best is having a utility trailer to tow behind. After that, you're into pick-m-ups and vans.

I have a hitch tray from Hebrew Freight for hauling my snowthrower. I got the model that has a short fence around the perimiter and a ramp/gate at the curb side so I can drive the snowthrower up there with no lifting required.
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Post by theholycow » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:39 pm

It really is great, but it sure does exacerbate my car's inherent family trait of sagging rear end. I tried to give it a butt lift with load-assist shock absorbers:
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It helps, but nowhere near enough.

With the length of overhang involved, shorter front tires would cantilever the rear up a little, and those wheels that I just scored at the junkyard have tires with a shorter size, which I've been meaning to try at the front.

Lowering the front would help too, of course...but if I'm getting into spring work then of course it makes sense to put in some taller, stiffer rear springs. If it had leaf springs I could just give it blocks between the axle and spring like a pickup. With coil springs, which don't mount so easily, I don't think that's viable. Gotta figure out where to get appropriate springs, maybe that 1992 Roadmaster wagon I've been looting lately.

Or maybe I should try air adjustable shocks.
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A zillion years ago I had an old Cadillac with OEM air adjustable shocks and a non-functional computerized auto-leveling system. I did a little plumbing and gave myself schraeder valves in the trunk, pumped them up with a compressor, it was leaky. Then I filled them with some fix-a-flat and went to the gas station to pump them up again. Worked great until I drove out of the gas station's entrance, where going down the large bump made the shocks go "pop" and left fix-a-flat goop on the road...

Then of course there are air bags that you place inside the coil spring.
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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by Squint » Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:27 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:
Squint wrote:.

Anyone going to the Detroit auto show this coming weekend?
Eye maybe.
Then I might see you there. We're planning on going on Saturday, I think.
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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by Rope-Pusher » Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:01 am

Squint wrote:
Rope-Pusher wrote:
Squint wrote:.

Anyone going to the Detroit auto show this coming weekend?
Eye maybe.
Then I might see you there. We're planning on going on Saturday, I think.
It's so crowded there on the weekend that nobody goes there anymore.

I'd try to get there early....really early....parking on the roof of Cobo Center (so close you can leave your coat in the car), getting your tickets and standing in line until they open doors to the exhibit halls. Then, see the exhibits just inside the doors first and work your way to the back area displays. Snack on some Mackinac island fudge to keep you going and then go to Greektown or Mexican village for a real meal after you leave the show. Slows or Rubz BBQs are also good choices.
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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by Squint » Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:16 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:It's so crowded there on the weekend that nobody goes there anymore.

I'd try to get there early....really early....parking on the roof of Cobo Center (so close you can leave your coat in the car), getting your tickets and standing in line until they open doors to the exhibit halls. Then, see the exhibits just inside the doors first and work your way to the back area displays. Snack on some Mackinac island fudge to keep you going and then go to Greektown or Mexican village for a real meal after you leave the show. Slows or Rubz BBQs are also good choices.
That's the basic plan. Get there early and be done looking around by midday. And Mackinac Island fudge is a requirement. I used to have family that lived on the island and made home made fudge... *drools*
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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by Rope-Pusher » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:42 am

Squint wrote:
Rope-Pusher wrote:It's so crowded there on the weekend that nobody goes there anymore.

I'd try to get there early....really early....parking on the roof of Cobo Center (so close you can leave your coat in the car), getting your tickets and standing in line until they open doors to the exhibit halls. Then, see the exhibits just inside the doors first and work your way to the back area displays. Snack on some Mackinac island fudge to keep you going and then go to Greektown or Mexican village for a real meal after you leave the show. Slows or Rubz BBQs are also good choices.
That's the basic plan. Get there early and be done looking around by midday. And Mackinac Island fudge is a requirement. I used to have family that lived on the island and made home made fudge... *drools*
Sorta like no matter how you prepare it, if you're in France and you toast some bread, it's French toast, right?
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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by Squint » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:16 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:Sorta like no matter how you prepare it, if you're in France and you toast some bread, it's French toast, right?
Yup, toast.



However, we might end up not going - people are sick. :(

Is anyone else having issues where the site logs them out randomly going between forums or while attempting to post? Or is it just these computers I'm using?
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Squint wrote: Is anyone else having issues where the site logs them out randomly going between forums or while attempting to post? Or is it just these computers I'm using?
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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by potownrob » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:43 am

Squint wrote:
Rope-Pusher wrote:Sorta like no matter how you prepare it, if you're in France and you toast some bread, it's French toast, right?
Yup, toast.



However, we might end up not going - people are sick. :(

Is anyone else having issues where the site logs them out randomly going between forums or while attempting to post? Or is it just these computers I'm using?
it acted like that while trying to post last night, but it didn't really log me out (and hitting the back button the rubbish i was trying to post was still there). the site was having major connectivity issues though.
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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by Bill B » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:41 pm

I like those Harbor Freight hitch haulers. I bought my generator and jump pack from HF. I Remember the old Dodge Omni. You could haul some stuff in the old hatchbacks. We used to haul a lot of stuff in my dad's old hatchback Chevette.
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theholycow wrote:Anyway, here's a photo of the Buick hauling two bargain clearance freezers home.
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A friend once told me he brought home a washer or a dryer in the back of his Omni and he was even able to close the hatch, but aren't those receiver hitch trays the best for hauling sumpin' with your passenger vehicle? Next best is having a utility trailer to tow behind. After that, you're into pick-m-ups and vans.

I have a hitch tray from Hebrew Freight for hauling my snowthrower. I got the model that has a short fence around the perimiter and a ramp/gate at the curb side so I can drive the snowthrower up there with no lifting required.
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Post by AHTOXA » Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:53 pm

My dad was visiting here in TX beginning last Saturday and through this past Wednesday. Weather was mostly a miss, but it was still a good time. It was good seeing the old man given that I see him maybe once a year or so.

The big question is whether I'm going to get up before 6am tomorrow morning and drive an hour away in order to do some bird photography. I have a feeling I'm going to be sleeping in instead.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:11 am

AHTOXA wrote: The big question is whether I'm going to get up before 6am tomorrow morning and drive an hour away in order to do some bird photography. I have a feeling I'm going to be sleeping in instead.
The early bird gets the worm....you DO want the worm too, right?
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Post by theholycow » Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:45 am

Bill B wrote:I like those Harbor Freight hitch haulers. I bought my generator and jump pack from HF. I Remember the old Dodge Omni. You could haul some stuff in the old hatchbacks. We used to haul a lot of stuff in my dad's old hatchback Chevette.
My HF hitch hauler was an open-box bargain, though not as much a bargain as those freezers!

I also scored a Hitch Haul brand folding receiver bar at Walmart for $10. It allows me to fold my HF hitch hauler up when not using it, and also gives me a hitch ball so I can tow my trailer without having to remove the hitch hauler assembly. Oh, and now the hitch hauler is higher for more clearance, though obviously higher to load and higher center of gravity for stuff I'm hauling; and meanwhile the ball mount's nut is now what scrapes with even lower clearance, but I just laugh it off. When it wears down I'll replace it...the ball nut is a wear item. :lol:

In high school a good buddy of mine had a Dodge Omni. I didn't respect that car back then but I kinda get it now. Another had a beat to shit 1980 Mustang hatchback with a 4-banger. It looked and seemed more like an Omni than a Mustang at the time. That thing took a licking and kept on ticking. I had an old Caddy kinda similar to my current Buick...somehow that Caddy survived my abuse and ham-handed (instead of cow-hoofed) attempts at DIY.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Sat Jan 21, 2017 11:11 am

theholycow wrote:
Bill B wrote:I like those Harbor Freight hitch haulers. I bought my generator and jump pack from HF. I Remember the old Dodge Omni. You could haul some stuff in the old hatchbacks. We used to haul a lot of stuff in my dad's old hatchback Chevette.
My HF hitch hauler was an open-box bargain, though not as much a bargain as those freezers!

I also scored a Hitch Haul brand folding receiver bar at Walmart for $10. It allows me to fold my HF hitch hauler up when not using it, and also gives me a hitch ball so I can tow my trailer without having to remove the hitch hauler assembly. Oh, and now the hitch hauler is higher for more clearance, though obviously higher to load and higher center of gravity for stuff I'm hauling; and meanwhile the ball mount's nut is now what scrapes with even lower clearance, but I just laugh it off. When it wears down I'll replace it...the ball nut is a wear item. :lol:

In high school a good buddy of mine had a Dodge Omni. I didn't respect that car back then but I kinda get it now. Another had a beat to shit 1980 Mustang hatchback with a 4-banger. It looked and seemed more like an Omni than a Mustang at the time. That thing took a licking and kept on ticking. I had an old Caddy kinda similar to my current Buick...somehow that Caddy survived my abuse and ham-handed (instead of cow-hoofed) attempts at DIY.
Eye wunce hauled 27 yards of sod hoam in my Chevy Vega hatchback. It was purt neer riding on the suspension bump-stops owl the whey hoam. Good thing the trip was less than 5 miles and traffic was light.
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