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Kirk McLoren
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Re: Reminds me
Kirk McLoren   7/24/2013 11:42:02 PM
The quality of the help in these quicky lubes can be a nightmare. I took my Ranchero into one of those along with 6 quarts of mobil 1. They drained the oil and then refilled forgetting to replace the drain plug. All of my oil in the pit. The manager offered to only charge me half price. Unbelievable! Of course I never went back.

William K.
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Dipstick and the distributor.
William K.   7/24/2013 9:38:08 PM
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That is the sort of thing that I would expect to find on a Volvo.

Cadman-LT
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Reminds me
Cadman-LT   7/16/2013 9:45:05 AM
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Reminded me of my friend. He took his car in to one of those oil change places. The guy didn't put the filter on correctly. Let's just say he didn't make it too far before things went bad. I guess when you do something like that(the checking of the oil as well) so many many times you might get a bit careless.

Cadman-LT
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Cadman-LT   7/16/2013 9:31:34 AM
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Rob, yes Darts were great! My brother had one...awesome car. I remember whenever he was going to see someone he'd always say "yeah, I'll Dart right over!"...lol

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Ann R. Thryft   7/15/2013 1:09:40 PM
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They kept going so long that the bodies started falling apart while the engine was still intact. We were living near the ocean then, so the salt air probably was instrumental in that car's demise. But the engine still ran!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Rob Spiegel   7/14/2013 6:43:27 PM
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Yes, Ann, the Dodge Dart my have beewn stylishly insignificant, but it ran like a dream. My Dart just kept going and going and going.

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Ann R. Thryft   7/12/2013 1:19:21 PM
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You're right, Rob, this was back when most cars in the US were bigger and most mechanics were used to working on them. I had a boyfriend with a Dodge Dart--I remember all that room under the hood. Sure made it easier to find things.

1800ES
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Re: Old Volvo iron
1800ES   7/12/2013 11:37:03 AM
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Good to see another 'straight 4' going back into service!   I've got mine re-seated, re-you-name-it, and heading back into a '72 Volvo 1800ES.  Good on you getting the 544 spruced up, I'll buy the coffee when we meet on the road-

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Rob Spiegel   7/11/2013 10:28:50 PM
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Ann, you machanic waqs probably used to the large American cars with plenty of room under the hood. I once owned a Doge Dart from the 1970s. You could almost stand in the engine compartment -- there was so much room. With the smaller cars, everything was crammed together. Now when you look under the hood, not only is it compact, it's hard to know what you're looking at.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hard to see how this is possible
Rob Spiegel   7/11/2013 8:52:31 PM
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Bob from Maine, your story would make a good Sherlock Ohms post. Please send it along -- and feel free to elaborate. Also, please include a short bio.

Send to: rob.spiegel@ubm.com

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