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03-23-2012, 02:28 AM #14Regular Guest
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- Elyria Township , Ohio
Some people just don't believe in replacing things if they still can be used . If this guy is just doing new construction and not any service calls , why replace the van if it runs ? It's not like he's using it to advertise like some contractors do . If it ain't broke , why fix it ? He probably gets a lot of work because he can keep his prices low because he's not making payments on a 30,000 dollar van
03-23-2012, 10:41 AM #15
I remember a time when I had little money and couldn't afford much better, but I worked and advanced- so I can't judge this guy- he may end up rich one day.
I still have an old worn 2000 chevy tracker I drive around sometimes. It runs a little rough and rattles some, but it's paid for and gets me where I'm going. People ask why I don't buy new. I could, but I like my little tracker and I don't need to impress those with 500 a month car payments. Besides, I don't worry about dings and dents and I work this car around the property hauling wood, limbs and other jobs.
Now my work truck is a reflection of me and my company- it must look good and professional.
03-23-2012, 12:48 PM #16
My first van when I started my own biz was a Astro conversion. I ripped all the interior out and made shelves, bought a ladder rack, made my own tube with 6"PVC, and went to work! Had it for two years.I r the king of the world!...or at least I get to stand on the roof and look down on the rest of yall
03-23-2012, 03:06 PM #17
I'd like to see it running. Most of those older caravans that are still running (far and few between) often burn more oil that gasoline.... and it oftne only took 50-70k miles to get that way. If I remember right that generation I think was known for defective piston rings or a flawed desing somewhow. I also think 1 in 4 transmission were know to fail before 100k miles.
03-27-2012, 03:09 PM #18Regular Guest
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I have a winter beater that I got for free from a family friend who was going to scrap it. It's a 1991 Toyota Previa AWD, and has 346,000 miles on it. Still runs like a top, too!
03-27-2012, 03:55 PM #19
I can relate. I drive an 87 Dodge Ram 50 when I'm not working. I don't care; I've got no one to impress. It looks like hell, but runs perfectly because it's well maintained. If it breaks on the side of the road, I can fix almost anything on it with a set of metric combination wrenches, a basic socket set, and a roll of electrical tape.
Yeah, I could afford much better, but why do I need anything more? Because society says "This is what successful people drive"? Eff that.Truth is still truth, even if no one believes it. A lie is still a lie, even if everyone believes it.
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03-27-2012, 10:53 PM #20
When I started I worked out of one of these. Beat-to-hell, million miles on it, cracked windshield, no PS or PB, stick shift, no a/c or radio, door stuck in open position, no seat belts.
You guys have it so easy!
This one is nice compared to the POS I drove.
Always drink upstream from the herd
03-29-2012, 03:12 AM #21Regular Guest
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- Centerville, Iowa
The tranny trouble was caused by cheapskate owners and repair shops putting in the wrong fluid, compounded by weak hard parts. The A604/41TE and all later Chrysler electronic transmissions absolutely required ATF+3 type 7176 fluid, and now require ATF+4 type 9602.
Dexron is less slippery than 7176 or 9602, this caused harsh shifting and shuddering that overstressed the hard parts like a sun gear weld and eventually made them break.
03-30-2012, 01:03 PM #22
04-05-2012, 12:57 AM #23Regular Guest
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