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Art & Inspiration Winter Beaters/Daily Drivers

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by vintagetin88, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Normant93
    Joined: Apr 23, 2009
    Posts: 150


    Thanks for the response volvobrynk.
    It'll be my son's project (I'm trying to finish the 3 I have) I'm trying to gently pursued him to go with a better cam, cross flow ally head and a pair of twin 1 3/4 SU's I already have. I built lot's of high output spridgets in my early years so I do appreciate well built small motors. Problem is....he did the math....spend a bunch of money building a small motor and maybe get 140hp, or a relatively small amount on a junkyard Buick/Rover V8 and a 5spd trans, which is a bolt in to the car, and get 2 - 3 time the hp and torque with no weight penalty. Unfortunately, he paid attention to the car's I've built so I have absolutely no credibility when I try to convince him to not swap in a V8....I fear I've created a monster.........I'm so brings a tear to my eye!

    having said all that, we probably shouldn't high-jack this thread talking about an ot car
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  2. beaumontguru
    Joined: Mar 21, 2013
    Posts: 19

    from winnipeg

    Yup, Mr 348 pretty much summed up exactly what i do with oil spray
    Like he said i have driven this 1967 Beaumont(chevelle) sedan since 1996, 19 years! every winter without fail. i park it for the summer months and drive my other 1960's cars and trucks. I drive this car every day to work between Oct-May. Also for erands and groceries. Its my only car in the winter. I have to drive downtown thru salt infested roads and horrible drivers 20 miles a day(that equates to 1 hour of drive time or double in the snowdays). The past weeks it has been -30 C, and i dont plug it in at work(it has a block heater and an interior car warmer for overnight), I run a full synthetic 5W30 oil, and 4 fully studded snow tires(and i need them!). Huge windshield washer fluid container too. And the mudflaps, oh ya the mudflaps!! Trunk has jumpercables that have never been used, a shovel, snowbrush and floor mats are a must. Runs a 250 L6 with a Pglide. Ultra reliable, in 19 years it has never failed to start no matter how cold it is (like -42 F). choke works perfect.
    I oilspray it 3 times in the winter, when the temps warm to 15F then i really spray it. In the -20F its cold enough, does not get washed until May 1 then i take the pressure washer to it for about 2 hours. But our roads are bad, they are either slippery, or sloppy. And the pothole abuse, in canada most of our potholes are about 2 feet in diameter, one or five every block and they dont get filled for at least 2 weeks. This car hits every one of these betweeen March and May. i have not damaged my 20 inch foose rim with 30 series tires yet, oh wait, thats because i run a 205/75 15.
    I have no desire to get a different car for winter, i have thought about it, and this one is getting rusty for sure, but thats what i have been saying for the last 15 years, this one just keeps going, if i can get 10 years more out of it, i will.

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  3. They actually ski up near flagstaff, Arizona is not all desert, they also have mountains end even a desert plateau where it snows in the winter and gets warm in the summer.
  4. joeyesmen
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 498


    Drove this every day in Wisconsin for 4 years. I figured . . . in the 1960's this is what the CEOs of big companies were driving to work all year around. It worked for them. You do need good rear snow tires, though.

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  5. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    Dident know that. I just though the dessert-feel pasted fare beyond the borders of Arizona.
    Okay, my car skills gets my further then my geography skills.
  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 51,966


    I live about 10 miles from the Mexican border, and it's 4500 ft elevation here. The mountains in eastern central AZ are pretty darn high, compared to where I am. Yeah, it gets cold in some places in AZ.

    A friend lives in Ely NV and it snows regularly there. I visited in August and wished I had a heater in my truck.
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  7. rpkiwi
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 285

    from Truckee CA

    Have been able to drive the A most of the winter on its summer tires as we have had very little snow. The object of this build was to have a car that I can play with summer and winter. So slowly I am getting the pieces together to make it dual purpose. Have just got the studded snow tires on , and also a hood so now I can figure out the clip on fenders and then also the side hood panels. IMG_0834.JPG

  8. Man, Truckee CA is where I was forced to chain up my 4X4 Suburban and an axle on the trailer when I was on the way to San Fran to pick up the '47 two years ago. Had to buy them on the spot or I couldn't go over the pass. I had never seen snow like I saw on Donner Pass and I lived in SD and MT combined for 11 years.
  9. rpkiwi
    Joined: Jan 16, 2006
    Posts: 285

    from Truckee CA

    Racer 29 that is one of the reasons that I have come to call Truckee home,as I love the winter season and all the snow we are supposed to get.The last couple of years have been a huge disappointment.The biggest issue for us is not so much the lack of water,but the prospect of fires this coming summer.This is how we should look this time of year!
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  10. Heres a old picture of my everyday beat way, even in the winter, before I got smart and moved south .lol . Way back then.I loved the heater under the seat. Still wish I had her. Bruce. img702.jpg
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  11. laidbackluis
    Joined: Feb 8, 2015
    Posts: 71

    from Sachse Tx

    every day 4 years straight. Just like Montal said "Garage sales, grocery store, work, laundry mat, car shows and cruisin' everywhere.". I even crossed off a bucket list item this year. I drove her from Dallas to Destin Florida for our yearly family vacation.

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  12. ModelAPunk
    Joined: Aug 4, 2009
    Posts: 1,984

    from Buffalo NY

    Great thread! I'll post a pix of my 59 wagon in the snow, you can see it in my avatar.
  13. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,733

    from wyoming

    I daily drive a '7-0 Chevrolet pick up. It is a little OT but not by much. HAHA before that I drove my '61 Dodge Lancer wagon daily. Back in high school I drove a '58 Chrysler and a '66 Chev pick up. wagon.jpg
  14. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 5,087


    I thought this is what 4 doors were made for ? ? ? Winter beaters until it's a parts car, just wax the bumpers so I can use them later on.

    Seriously though in the early 90's I drove a 65 impala 4 door year round for 2 years, worked just fine in the snow, started great everyday. It was a beater that got a hole in the frame plated and welded, some bad bodywork with rivets and fiberglass, then a quickie respray. If I hadn't done the shitty bodywork, trans rebuild, carb rebuild the car would have been parted and scrapped.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2015
  15. Flat Six Fix
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,271

    Flat Six Fix

    Good old winter here In Manitoba, although this El Nino has really making things mild by our standards.
    Ran into a guy I know, has an off subject 1999 Mercury Villager Van, no rust whatsoever, every crevice has been oiled for years, by Krown Rust Oil Spraying.

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