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Old 02-25-2011, 03:56 PM   #1531
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the doghouse is that big engine cover that intrudes into the passenger space between the driver and front passenger. Because there is a very short engine bay, the engine is partially in the passenger compartment, and that cover is called the doghouse. Also, you get more heat and noise in the cabin, generally speaking, versus a pickup or car that has the engine out in front of you, on the other side of the firewall.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:21 PM   #1532
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I actually found a 7.3L diesel one locally but diesel is more expensive around here - plus there are only 2 biodiesel pumps in L.A. now and they want $4.25/gallon

Looks like it's the gas version for me
You have to realize though, a diesel will get better fuel mileage than a gas unit.
Average gas mpg with 2wd=15.
Average diesel mpg with 2wd=20+.
Drop those number down about 5mpg for a 4x4 unit.
My old gas 4x4 Chevy van a few pages back got between 10 and 12mpg.
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:29 PM   #1533
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Then you guys probably aren't interested in my 2.5L turbo diesel Mazda Bongo camper van....

Remove the middle & rear bench seats (which converted into a HUGE bed) and I could stuff my 750cc Africa Twin in there! Oh, and with the pop-top I could sleep 2 in the loft with the bike below and get ~25 mpg. And I drove that thing like a sports car. Oh, and it was 4WD with a 6 speed automatic.









Of course to get the bike in I had to remove the fairing & the mirrors.
I can't find pictures of it right now, but I've actually hauled 3 bikes with that van - without a trailer! Two inside (CRM-250 & TS50) and a trials bike on a hitch carrier.

Ahhh, that was a great van! If we could only get stuff like that here in the US.
oh I AM interested. Where do I get one? And better yet, where do I find an Africa Twin? Nice setup.





now I see...this obviously wasn't in Colorado
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:36 PM   #1534
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Sorry Van freaks! I spent 18 months in England where I bought the Bongo as a 'grey' import from Japan. They were never supposed to leave Japan. Mine came out of a Japanese junk yard. There's quite a cult following in the UK as they are right-hand-drive vehicles. Certainly not found in Colorado! I had to pay extra to do all the import and certification paperwork to make it legal in the UK.

The Africa Twin was a legal UK (from Japan) import but the CRM was another grey market import......both of which found their way to my garage in Colorado.

I've started to see my problem.....none of my bikes can be legally imported into the US.... most of my other stuff is one-off or home-built too. Maybe I have a problem.....
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:28 AM   #1535
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the doghouse is that big engine cover that intrudes into the passenger space between the driver and front passenger. Because there is a very short engine bay, the engine is partially in the passenger compartment, and that cover is called the doghouse. Also, you get more heat and noise in the cabin, generally speaking, versus a pickup or car that has the engine out in front of you, on the other side of the firewall.
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Old 03-08-2011, 01:16 AM   #1536
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4-speed Falcon Van

1963 Ford Falcon Van. 170cc inline 6cyl. w/4-speed column shift.

This was my first car (van). I inherited it from my father when he passed away (waaay too young).

I went through a phase where I put mags on it and a bunch of other crap, but then I got to feeling guilty about turning his van into a rolling joke, so I returned it to stock.

It was an interesting design, but the reality was it was a piece of junk.

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Old 03-08-2011, 07:59 AM   #1537
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1963 Ford Falcon Van. 170cc inline 6cyl. w/4-speed column shift.

This was my first car (van). I inherited it from my father when he passed away (waaay too young).

I went through a phase where I put mags on it and a bunch of other crap, but then I got to feeling guilty about turning his van into a rolling joke, so I returned it to stock.

It was an interesting design, but the reality was it was a piece of junk.

4-speed? I had a similar van with a 3-speed.

I liked mine. It was slow, bad brakes and handled poorly, but fun to drive anyhow!



Of course mine was a rollong joke, but at 24, I thought it was cool. I bought it for $200 from a fellow AF guy going overseas!

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Old 03-08-2011, 09:13 AM   #1538
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4-speed? I had a similar van with a 3-speed.
I liked mine. It was slow, bad brakes and handled poorly, but fun to drive anyhow!
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b2...FordLuvVan.jpg
Of course mine was a rollong joke, but at 24, I thought it was cool. I bought it for $200 from a fellow AF guy going overseas!
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I miss my '67 Econoline. (sorry,no pictures)
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I tried & tried to fix how she'd wander all over the road at Hi-way speeds.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:44 PM   #1539
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Is that a knight battling a unicorn on the side? Or white knight vs black knight? More pics!!!
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:09 PM   #1540
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4-speed? I had a similar van with a 3-speed.

I liked mine. It was slow, bad brakes and handled poorly, but fun to drive anyhow!



Of course mine was a rollong joke, but at 24, I thought it was cool. I bought it for $200 from a fellow AF guy going overseas!

Jim
Cool Opel the van not so much
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:12 PM   #1541
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Of course mine was a rollong joke, but at 24, I thought it was cool.
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It WAs and IS cool! Great van amigo! I would totally drive that around today, as is. Well maybe I'd change the mural to Slutty Viking Chick.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:38 PM   #1542
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4-speed? I had a similar van with a 3-speed.

I liked mine. It was slow, bad brakes and handled poorly, but fun to drive anyhow!



Of course mine was a rollong joke, but at 24, I thought it was cool. I bought it for $200 from a fellow AF guy going overseas!

Jim
That black van looks pretty cool, I'd ditch the mural, but I'm liking the lines & the stance of the van. I'd happily own one, with an LS1 for motivation of course
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:46 PM   #1543
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:48 PM   #1544
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Cool Opel the van not so much
The Opel.



I have one still, just not that one.

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Old 03-09-2011, 07:29 PM   #1545
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coming out of lurking for a celebration of both actually getting threw one thread and getting some of the old pictures scanned.

65 Dodge I farkeled between 70 and 79. This was taken with an old friend and his 69.



with the old Greeves, the bumper said "Ole Ragtime Ralph"



back to lurking
.....a little late to this thread, very enjoyable. THESE ARE A COUPLE OF GREAT PICTURES!!

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