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RoundEye
04-30-09, 11:34 AM
As many of you know already, me riding bikes again is probably not going to happen. I still have the desire to feel the wind in my face though. I was thinking about in the distant future getting a rag-top Jeep. I donít need anything fancy, just the wind in my hair.

Years ago they used to have tons of those old land yachts in the Mardi Gras parades. Iím not looking for something like that. Small, cheap, fairly reliable and easy on gas for the most part is all I need.

Miataís seem cool. Name some makes and models. Iíve never really paid much attention to convertibles before.

YeOldeStonecat
04-30-09, 06:12 PM
I miss my old Jeeps...used to love ripping around in the summer, top off, doors off, left leg hanging out where the drivers door was....sorta resting on the side nerf bar, wind coming at ya from all sides.

Joe
04-30-09, 07:11 PM
VOLKSWAGEN CABRIOLET

http://images.eurotuner.com/featuredvehicles/eurp_0705_01_z+1988_volkswagen_cabriolet+front_angle_view.jpg

I have driven these before, and gas is very GOOD!! not to mention the perfect wind-hair ratio!! You can get them in good shape for around 1500$$

http://images.eurotuner.com/featuredvehicles/eurp_0705_02_z+1988_volkswagen_cabriolet+front_angle_view.jpg

http://images.eurotuner.com/featuredvehicles/eurp_0705_05_z+1988_volkswagen_cabriolet+vr6_engine.jpg

http://images.eurotuner.com/featuredvehicles/eurp_0705_03_z+1988_volkswagen_cabriolet+rear_angle_view.jpg

RoundEye
04-30-09, 09:50 PM
I miss my old Jeeps...used to love ripping around in the summer, top off, doors off, left leg hanging out where the drivers door was....sorta resting on the side nerf bar, wind coming at ya from all sides.

I've forgotten all about solid doors. If my wife takes a turn too fast and Iím not holding on, Iím liable to roll out of there at this point in time. Given the right circumstances she might do that on propose.

That Volkswagen peaks my interest. Kind of squareish but I do like Volkswagen products. Some of them are very utilitarian and virtually indestructible.

Joe
04-30-09, 10:06 PM
That Volkswagen peaks my interest. Kind of squareish but I do like Volkswagen products. Some of them are very utilitarian and virtually indestructible.


Yea I worked for a guy who owned a number of mid - late 80's and early - mid 90's Volkswagens.. some of them had nearly 200,000 miles on them, and still ran and drove like a champion The ladies enjoyed the top down... i bet your wifey will to!!

RoundEye
05-01-09, 11:43 AM
Is that six cylinder stock, or did that guy shoehorn that in there aftermarket?

De Plano
05-01-09, 09:28 PM
The Miata experience will recreate a motorcycle. My buddy who is a little over six feet would have his head sticking a few inches over the windshield. I think the later years they made them a little more ergonomic for the taller folks.

Don't forget MGs, Triumph, and Austin Healey. Just know they are going to take some work if you drive them hard, or regularly. They can be bought fairly cheaply though

There is always my current dream machine, a 914 with a Subie motor in it

RoundEye
05-02-09, 07:47 AM
I think I'll tend to shy away from British cars, mostly because of the Lucas electrical systems.


Why do the English drink warm beer? Lucas made their refrigerators, too.


Funny Link (http://www.hermit.cc/mania/tmc/articles/lucas.htm)

YeOldeStonecat
05-02-09, 10:51 AM
The Miata experience will recreate a motorcycle. My buddy who is a little over six feet would have his head sticking a few inches over the windshield. I think the later years they made them a little more ergonomic for the taller folks.

A little better...I've driven the early years, and the later years. Top-o-windshield kinda in line of site for me...feel like a giraffe driving a gokart.

I've dated a couple of girls who had those VW cabrios. Cute things.

YARDofSTUF
05-02-09, 10:57 AM
There was a nice writeup in the paper today about the Bentley Continental GTC Speed. At 250 grand it might fit under the fancy category though. :D

De Plano
05-02-09, 03:32 PM
The S2000 is a sweet car but they are pricey. Some old Celica convertibles are probably pretty cheap.

Debbie
05-03-09, 06:44 PM
http://members.speedguide.net/tigress73/1967_mustang.jpg

I had this one in the late 70's until it got stolen. I miss this car.

RoundEye
05-04-09, 12:22 AM
My ultimate wet dream of a convertible would be a Shelby 427, but lord knows thatíll never happen.

http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-stuv/Shelby-Cobra-427-blue-fa-lr-1280x960.jpg


Sorry about you losing your car Debbie

YeOldeStonecat
05-04-09, 06:06 AM
That's my ultimate favorite RE...the Cobra. So many kit cars of them available now, some of the kit companies actually use some good reproduction parts now.

RoundEye
05-04-09, 09:01 AM
The tell you on the TV commercial ďif you maintain an erection for more then four hours, see a doctorĒ. Driving that car around would put my ass in the emergency room.

YeOldeStonecat
05-04-09, 09:45 AM
:rotfl:

Some say an erection for more than 4 hours is a problem? Man...I'd be packing my bags and heading for a month long vacation at some hedonism resort.

Debbie
05-05-09, 07:51 PM
:rotfl:

Some say an erection for more than 4 hours is a problem? Man...i'd be packing my bags and heading for a month long vacation at some hedonism resort.

freak!

RoundEye
05-06-09, 05:46 PM
freak!


Daddy likes a freak :D



But Iíll tell you this, if that freak has something swinging between its legs it would be better for all involved if it turned around walked away.

De Plano
05-07-09, 07:33 PM
I think I would like a pumped up 289 Cobra over a 427. Can still get stupid fast and I think it would make the twisties a bit funner. Than again maybe you could make up for the lack of balance with blunt acceleration

YeOldeStonecat
05-08-09, 05:36 AM
I think I would like a pumped up 289 Cobra over a 427.

The 289 was faster doing 0-60 (in the mid 3 seconds), and if I remember correctly...was also faster 0-100 and back to 0 again (under 10 seconds). Those were tests done back then...with 1960s tire technology. With todays tire tech...and some really beefy fat rear tires...could probably get the 427 to hook up better and beat the results.

RoundEye
05-08-09, 07:45 AM
....The 289 was faster doing 0-60 (in the mid 3 seconds), tires....


At one point, might still be, it was listed as the fastest accelerating car in the Guinness Book of World Records.

De Plano
05-08-09, 12:48 PM
While I was bored last night I found a Cobra kit car on craigslist in Fort Worth I think. It was based on a VW frame (or should I say tub). Did not have a price but it would probably be pretty cheap. There is at least one in the bay area (SF) for around $7000, still needs a bit of work though. At least with that one you can but in a ford motor.

If you want cheap and easy you can get a good deal on an old Mustang convertible.

If you want fun and cheap have you thought about a dune buggy?
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/1151106396.html

RoundEye
05-08-09, 06:35 PM
...If you want fun and cheap have you thought about a dune buggy?...

HmmmmÖÖÖ they have tons of those old Shiners dune buggies around here because of the parades. I may have to look up an old friend. He was in a Volkswagen club that rode in lots of parades. He should be able to point me in the right direction of a good used one.

David
07-22-09, 11:18 PM
The 289 was faster doing 0-60 (in the mid 3 seconds), and if I remember correctly...was also faster 0-100 and back to 0 again (under 10 seconds). Those were tests done back then...with 1960s tire technology. With todays tire tech...and some really beefy fat rear tires...could probably get the 427 to hook up better and beat the results.

My grandfather had a pair of Sunbeam Tigers on his lot.


I have had wild hair for the four door Wranglers for the past few months. Came close to a s2000, but I could not fit into it.

YeOldeStonecat
07-23-09, 06:16 AM
My grandfather had a pair of Sunbeam Tigers on his lot.


I have had wild hair for the four door Wranglers for the past few months. Came close to a s2000, but I could not fit into it.

I think I recall you mentioning that in the past. They had a nickname...."Poor mans Cobra". Not to be taken as an insult.

Aye...been missing my prior Wranglers and aching for one of the new Unlimiteds myself, as my Liberty is getting long in the tooth. I miss driving around in the summer w/doors off 'n top down.

David
07-23-09, 07:52 AM
I think I recall you mentioning that in the past. They had a nickname...."Poor mans Cobra". Not to be taken as an insult.

Aye...been missing my prior Wranglers and aching for one of the new Unlimiteds myself, as my Liberty is getting long in the tooth. I miss driving around in the summer w/doors off 'n top down.

Ole' Carroll loved shoehorning Ford V-8s into British roadsters.... He did it with TVR as well.

The new unlimited... yes, you are speaking my language!

YeOldeStonecat
07-23-09, 10:07 AM
Should have taken pics of the British sports car show I went to about 6 weeks ago. TVRs galore, as well as the sexy Austin Healeys, oodles of MGs, Jags, and various lesser seen makes.

I've yet to test drive a Wrangler UL...I am curious how the new V6 will fair as far as highway travel, and the typical inclines and headwind. The newer larger boxier Wrangler looks even less aerodynamic than the prior smaller chassis, if that's possible. I'm guessing it won't be as good at higher highway speeds.