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Dan Cluley

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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2013, 08:47:15 PM »


Snotty, if it makes you feel better, we're back to normal and it was 14 degrees the other morning.
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« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2013, 07:13:19 AM »

You can get 8foot boards inside a PT Cruiser, just lower the seats. I could carry an easy 30 of them at a time in mine without sticking them outside. Longer ones go through the sunroof!
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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2013, 09:41:34 AM »


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I may be wrong, but I think my '70 is wider than your '65.  I used to think the '65-6s were HUGE, until I bought mine.  I still love those, but they do feel narrow to me.

On that, what I do not like about my trunk is the position of the spare tire.  It is on the floor, not up against the back seat as a sedan/hardtop was.  I know why, but it really limits what I can put there.  Where is yours mounted?
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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2013, 09:46:41 AM »


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You can get 8foot boards inside a PT Cruiser, just lower the seats. I could carry an easy 30 of them at a time in mine without sticking them outside. Longer ones go through the sunroof!



It's times like this that I really miss my van!!!
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2013, 11:09:18 AM »

I kind of like the fact the seats are up. It is one of the features I noticed when I first sat in one, knew right then I was going to buy one. It is great for older people with problems getting in and out of a car because it isn't too tall like a truck, not too low like some cars.
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« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2013, 09:15:12 PM »



It's getting better as the week goes on, but Monday morning the temp dropped a couple of degrees below zero.  I actually had to crank the Dart twice to start it. ;)
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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2013, 10:42:09 AM »

I rented an HHR and did not like it, the windows were simply too small.  Every time I looked left I had to duck.  Also, while similar to the PT is was larger yet had the same size motor - gutless!  Not that I am enamored by the power of the PT (turbos excepted) but this was just... no.
One thing I noticed when I was working on my friend's brakes on her PT: I expected to see Stratus/Sebring underpinnings.  After all, same size and motor.  I was WRONG!!  Those PTs had a beefy suspension.  Maybe that's why they were registered as trucks.
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« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2013, 04:12:03 PM »

They were registered as trucks because the area behind the front seats to the rear are flat. The suspension is pretty close to the Neon actually. Some dimensional changes and very few of the parts actually interchange, but similar structure.
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« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2013, 09:03:49 AM »

I disagree about the suspension being close to a Neon.  I rebuilt the entire Driver's side of my Daughter's Neon suspension when it was wrecked on I5 - quite different.

On that repair, my Daughter's car was a 2000 with rear disk brakes.  I figured I would go to a junk yard and pull some suspension and get to work.  WRONG!!!  I did not realize how few of those cars came with rear disks.  The parts had to come from Redding - I was in Bakersfield at the time.  Until that car was located I thought I'd have to junk her car.  There was no way I was going to purchase all new stuff.  The front suspension came form Redding too; probably the same car.
Now that I'm in Chico I should find that yard.    Ha!
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« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2013, 03:38:51 PM »

Didn't say it was interchangeable, said it was pretty close. Kind of like how a A and B body suspension is similar, just not interchangeable. This is the case again of actually having someone able to argue that the Neon and PT Cruiser is not on the same platform and suspension, which of course it isn't.  Thanks. Oh, and the Limited Edition, not the Touring Edition or non edition cars, is the only one to have the rear disc brakes. Top of the line only. Not sure which Neon models have the rear disc brakes.
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« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2013, 09:53:00 AM »


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Top of the line only. Not sure which Neon models have the rear disc brakes.


There is now one somewhere in a Merced yard - Mariah totaled the car on Highway 99 August '11.  I was just glad she was OK.  She has a sweet 200 S she bought new.  Great car!!
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« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2013, 12:08:16 PM »

Waygun is blessed with a cargo area that can carry almost anything.
Designed to carry 4X8 sheets of plywood FLAT.
Having air shocks helps with the heavy schtuff too,LOL
I had 6 C body bumpers in there when I did a trip to the rechromers.
I love the utility of this car and do use it to its full advantage--and helped many other members along the way..


 
 
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« Reply #27 on: January 29, 2013, 12:12:16 PM »

Snotty,kudos for driving the Newp on a daily basis.
Ya cant keep the horse in the barn all the time!!They do need to get out and go for a run ona regular basis,LOL!!
For years,my NYer was my daily driver in the summer.
I would rack up over 10,000 miles in a summer with no breakdowns and would not have it any other way.
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« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2013, 01:34:40 PM »

I put 5-7,000 miles on that car every year with a few exceptions.  I bought it in November 2003 with 61,000 miles; it now has 94,000.  Not bad.
I would love a wagon too!  
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