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Split from Die Cast car models topic which was split from Transformers topic

 

Ha, I had not one, but TWO of those 85.5 Escorts. They were my first and second cars, respectively. First one leaked oil like mad, and while I tried to keep it lubricated by adding a quart a week, the engine finally seized up on a hot August day while driving up a long, gradual grade. I signed my title over to the garage in exchange for the tow charge. :(

 

Then, desperate for another car, I called an ex-girlfriend who had the identical car sitting in her driveway because she had just gotten a new one. She took advantage of the fact that I was over a barrel and sold it to me for way more than it was worth, and I drove it for a few more years despite an exhaust problem that I never had the money to fix. Basically, some of the exhaust went out the pipe, and some went into the cabin.

 

What lousy, lousy cars those were. Oh, and as an epilogue, that crafty ex-girlfriend is now my wife. I figured it was better to have anyone that ruthless on MY side. :P

 

What that has to do with die-cast cars? Not much. I just wanted to share a story and I didn't want to split the topic again into a "Tales of the 1985 1/2 Ford Escort" thread.

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Originally posted by PoisonJam@Mar 31 2004, 10:58 AM

I just wanted to share a story and I didn't want to split the topic again into a "Tales of the 1985 1/2 Ford Escort" thread.

The Fractal Topic! What a great idea!

 

My interior door handle/arm rests broke off one by one, so I had them lashed back on with a mixture of nuts, bolts and picture wire. This system was more durable than the original.

 

At high speed, I'd have trouble rolling the windows up because they would get sucked out of the channel near the top. Did you have that, too?

 

The shocks and alignment were always shot because of two jumps on what amounts to a rally course near my parents' home. At least I always treated it like a tarmac segment of a rally. Call me Gille Panizzi.

 

-j

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You are too funny, Jay. :)

 

Wait, wait, please don't split this into a "How funny is Jay?" topic!

 

At high speed, I'd have trouble rolling the windows up because they would get sucked out of the channel near the top. Did you have that, too?

 

Heck yeah. If by "at high speed", you mean, "over 30 mph". :lol:

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Wait, wait, please don't split this into a "How funny is Jay?" topic!

 

Oh, Man, Jay is funny! Ever since I've been hanging around LCVG J's been cracking me up. This one time Jay was driving around in his model 1985 1/2 Ford Escort (1/18 scale, of course), he was on his way to the 'First Annual NY Video Gamers / Yankee Fans festival', when his car transformed into a giant Master Chief, and....

 

Actually, now that I think of it, this story probably should be in a thread of it's own!

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Miraculously, both of my pull-tabs in both of my cars remained intact, probably because I rarely folded the rear seats. Those tabs were probably the only part of the car that I didn't have to repair/replace/jerry-rig/duct tape over the life of the cars.

 

On my first Escort (I'll call it "Bluey" because it was, well...), one day I suddenly lost reverse. As in, the stick would no longer shift into the slot for reverse at all. I spent six months pushing my car out of parking spots (when I couldn't pull through) until a garage finally cut a new slot (I don't know jack about transmissions, but instead of pushing it all the way left and up (for example) to access reverse, I now had to push it all the way right and down.) Until that point, though, the price of a ride in my car was that you had to push me out of my parking spot. :lol:

 

My second car (Let's call it "Greeney", although it was white) didn't have that particular problem, but one summer evening I left the driver's side window cracked and some joker threw an M-80 into the front seat, blowing out the window, windshield, and taking a big chunk out of my driver's seat. Fun Fun!

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