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General BS and Laughs => General BS and Laughs => Topic started by: Snotty on January 08, 2013, 08:17:25 AM

Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty on January 08, 2013, 08:17:25 AM
I've always said if someone needs to sue a car for a time, I have been blessed with several.  So, when my Youth Minister's Toyota tossed it's auto trans (380,000 miles) I tossed him the keys to the Stratus.

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Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Brian on January 08, 2013, 11:03:51 AM
Atta boy!! (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley9.gif)
 
I would not hesitate to use my wagon for daily driver duty if I had to.  Would suck having to drive it in the winter in the rain, salt and snow...but it's not like it hasn't seen that weather before.

Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: firedome on January 09, 2013, 04:27:40 AM
And we could drive our '70 as a DD too if necessary, but never at this
time of year in NY! They rust like crazy if driven in salt around here.

Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Dan Cluley on January 09, 2013, 08:43:21 PM


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Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: firedome on January 10, 2013, 03:39:13 AM
The ol' Dartra is stil hanging in there huh? Can't kill those things.

Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Guests on January 10, 2013, 05:42:49 AM
Compared to a Camaro or Cougar from that era, it is a cavern. At least it stays in, sorta.
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty on January 10, 2013, 09:30:59 AM
Since my son has the Dakota in Azusa, my Newport is my pickup.  I have hauled all of my Christmas boxes in it with the top down.  I get some strange looks but it gets the job done!
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Dan Cluley on January 10, 2013, 07:00:19 PM


I was surprised to see you mention the heater, until I looked at the forecast.  Are those temps typical or are you guys having a cold spell? 
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty on January 15, 2013, 09:51:28 AM
Yes, it has been unseasonably cold here, even for Northern California.  Ice on windshields have been common, and this morning the restaurant we hold Men's Bible Breakfast at had rock salt on the Parking Lot  Where am I????

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Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Brian on January 15, 2013, 07:00:52 PM
How's this for using what you got....did this when I had my 70 Sport Fury...

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Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Guests on January 15, 2013, 07:29:36 PM
I should have taken pictures of six 16 foot 2X6s sticking out of the sunroof of my PT Cruiser!
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Guests on January 15, 2013, 07:30:35 PM
Or how about a 68 Charger with seven adult males inside the car and a keg of beer in the trunk!
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Steve on January 15, 2013, 09:17:30 PM
Isn't the 7 guys supposed to be in the trunk and the beer up front?
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Guests on January 16, 2013, 04:26:08 AM
That was back in the heyday of my Navy career. It was better to keep the beer in the trunk while going from beach to beach, and it is easier to get beer out of the keg in a trunk than to let guys out of the trunk when they had to pee.
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty on January 16, 2013, 11:27:52 AM
I like the removal of the rear seat!  
I had to pick up some new siding and some other pieces of wood for my home in Chico.  Didn't have a truck, so we used the Newport.  Lowered the back window and put it through there, and the loose stuff in the trunk.  (Laid some loose carpet on the trunk lid to keep from scratching the paint.)  Should have see the looks on the salesmen's faces!  It was a hoot!
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Dan Cluley 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.
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: dana44 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!
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty on January 22, 2013, 09:41:34 AM

Quote from: D Cluley


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?
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty on January 22, 2013, 09:46:41 AM

Quote from: dana44
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!!!
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: dana44 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.
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Dan Cluley 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. ;)
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty 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.
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: dana44 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.
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty 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.  (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley4.gif)  Ha!
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: dana44 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.
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty on January 29, 2013, 09:53:00 AM

Quote from: dana44
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!!
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Leaburn Patey 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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Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Leaburn Patey on January 29, 2013, 12:12:16 PM
Snotty,kudos for driving the Newp on a daily basis. (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley4.gif)
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.
Title: Driving Miss Newp
Post by: Snotty 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!