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#21 Nxr

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:40 PM

Here is some pics for ya from a GAZ 21 which is owned by a collector here, these pics are right next to my building here in Brooklyn, this guy really loves his Volga and he is not even Russian! Just an american guy with the appreciation. Notice the Hood ornament, only 1st and 2nd edition cars received the ornament, the 3rd and most produced edition did not.

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#22 slusher

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 02:23 PM

Chilly 65 degrees here in the Mojave desert. I thought I saw a cloud, but it was just an airplane.

 

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G , I  love the desert out in Arizona and Nevada, but the summers are murder. l tried to talk my wife into moving but couldn't get her to....

When you get older, times seems to go by even faster.

Nick the older l get the faster it goes...



#23 Tom Geiger

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 05:08 PM

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They're around!  Many years ago I was headed to the hobby shop in New Jersey. Like most of us I scan car lots as I drive by and this time I did a double take. Right up front was a Chaika, the first time I had ever seen one in person!  So I headed home for my camera and got full photo documentation. 

 

More photos:http://public.fotki....library/chaika/


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 05:21 PM

had to sell my 2005 ford escape for an offer i couldn't refuse, thinking about looking for an 85-89 caprice classic and put some speakers and an aux audio system, are those decent cars? I just cant bring myself to buy another plastic box again

 

 get a retired ford Crown Vic, you'd be surprised how fast people get out of the way when you're driving one of those .. they're cheap too  



#25 Nxr

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:10 PM

you know i thought of that too, i see them for around 1400$ with LX hubcaps or marquis hubcaps. The striking presence on the road, esp if you got the black car and keep the police hubcaps is certainly menacing! Great CHaika btw, i remember as a kid those cars were often used for weddings after their soviet retirement after 1991, this was about 1995-1996, Back in Saint Petersburg they had a very nice wedding service that offered chaikas, zils and sometimes even a town car or a Cadillac deville ( which in 1990s russia was like a super awesome deal) 


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 07:34 PM

Love the Chaika, Mr Geiger. Thanks for the pics of the Volga, Mr Zeats. You can see the Buick and Packard influence in the design of that big sedan. A resin Checker marathon would give one a decent start on scratch/kitbashing one.



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 05:29 AM

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They're around!  Many years ago I was headed to the hobby shop in New Jersey. Like most of us I scan car lots as I drive by and this time I did a double take. Right up front was a Chaika, the first time I had ever seen one in person!  So I headed home for my camera and got full photo documentation. 

 

More photos:http://public.fotki....library/chaika/

Great pictures Tom thanks for sharing them....



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Posted 08 November 2013 - 06:34 AM

 

 get a retired ford Crown Vic, you'd be surprised how fast people get out of the way when you're driving one of those .. they're cheap too  

 

They hold up well even after a law enforcement career. One thing though, they start to burn oil by the gallon at about 45,000 miles. The power train is bullet proof but something about 24/7/365 operation wears the engine to a point where it drinks oil. I'm talking like a quart, or more, per fillup on some of the higher mileage examples. Most agencies have a directive that the operator of the vehicle will check the oil at every fillup.

 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:35 PM

 

They hold up well even after a law enforcement career. One thing though, they start to burn oil by the gallon at about 45,000 miles. The power train is bullet proof but something about 24/7/365 operation wears the engine to a point where it drinks oil. I'm talking like a quart, or more, per fillup on some of the higher mileage examples. Most agencies have a directive that the operator of the vehicle will check the oil at every fillup.

 

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Interesting.

 

My friends in livery service with Town Cars never had that kind of problem. Perhaps a different kind of operation environment (not as much idling, more reasonable speeds, etc.)?

 

I do know of a few Town Cars that would start smoking, but it would take in excess of 500,000 indicated miles for that to start happening.

 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 12:37 PM

How about crown victoria LTD's and early victorias from about 85-87 and the first gen from like 88 to 91 i believe, the elegant one. I honestly would even rock a 70's LTD's or galaxy but i imagine i would cause too many pissed off import drivers while taking 10 years to park in a tight Brooklyn spot :)

As for the town car and 500,000 miles, that makes me feel proud because i will always love that car, being the last "classic" based car to be made with white walls and all that.

Dont you, Charlie agree that the new Lincoln mkt or whatever with town car badges, does not deserve such an honorable name on such a robust looking car? Comfortable inside though... wont lie, but ugly!


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Posted 08 November 2013 - 01:54 PM

Charlie it has to be related to the idle time logged on thee beasts. It occurred on every CVPI I ever drove from '95 on until about '02 when we switched to Impalas.

 

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 02:59 PM

This from a Russian movie about a flying GAZ 21

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:10 AM

I started a post on getting back to building and it morphed into Russian Gaz's.....?  A little ADD are we?  :huh: 

 

 

FWIW: Starting on the bench tonight.  :lol:

 

(BTW: Sorry to steer this back on-topic)


Edited by FASTBACK340, 10 November 2013 - 02:11 AM.


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Posted 10 November 2013 - 05:15 AM

Started a 1/72 scale tank and have a '49 Merc in the planning stages.

 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 05:37 AM

Started a 1/72 scale tank and have a '49 Merc in the planning stages.

 

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Now THATS funny!!!!      :lol:



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:11 AM

 

Now THATS funny!!!!      :lol:

 

Go look in "All the rest" for a laugh!

 

:D

 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 06:45 PM

Excuse the Russian Volga nostalgia that invaded your post :( it just holds such great memories!



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Posted 12 November 2013 - 12:44 PM

"... they say the end is a wink of the eye..."

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 07:19 PM


Dont you, Charlie agree that the new Lincoln mkt or whatever with town car badges, does not deserve such an honorable name on such a robust looking car? Comfortable inside though... wont lie, but ugly!

Personally, I would've liked to see them completely update the Town Car and continue to sell it, keep it rear-drive, frame would've been nice, and a V8, without question.

 

Putting the name on anything else waters it down, I don't care how good or bad the design it, a Town Car is a Town Car.

 

The flying brick LTDs and Grand Marquis (1979-91) are good cars, overall, as well. Very different in a lot of respects than a B/RWD C/D-Body GM car, but still a great car that will last for many years with proper care and maintenance.

 

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:02 PM

Personally, I would've liked to see them completely update the Town Car and continue to sell it, keep it rear-drive, frame would've been nice, and a V8, without question

 

I guess I don't know anything about the car market but I seriously wonder why Ford doesn't continue to crank out Crown Vics and Town cars for commercial use.  They seem to be everywhere, and amazing as such that they haven't even been produced in a few years.  Still, every taxi in Philly (except for one company that uses hybrid Altimas) is a beat to hell Vic!  I know a guy I went to high school with, who owns a limo company and is beside himself with what to replace his aging (average 500,000 miles!) Town Car fleet with.

 

And Crown Vics are very popular in the Mid East!  Ford was selling the extended wheelbase taxi version as the standard car there.

 

I don't know how they can walk away from those markets!