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Old 10-16-2004, 10:02 PM
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so, call me stupid but....

my friend told me that in old cars if you run them backwards the speedo reads backwards. He said this happens since its somehow attached directly to somwhere and if the wheels turn backwards the km. count goes backwards. Now maybe you guys are laughing your butts of by now BUT I dont believe him. But hes so convinced about it that I just have to ask to make sure....




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Old 10-16-2004, 10:18 PM
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He's right. Car lots used to dissconect the spedo cable at the transmission, hook up a reversable electric drill, place the drill in reverse, tape the trigger to on and plug the drill in. They would then watch it and when it got the mileage back to where they wanted it they would simply hook the spedo back up and Presto! instant Low Mileage car..
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Old 10-17-2004, 07:13 AM
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I have also heard of that.

Not sure if its true but I have heard you can turn the speedo back if you reverse the drill you attach to the speedo cable. Like for some reason you wanted to take miles off the true speedometer reading.


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Old 10-17-2004, 08:01 AM
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Thats the way they work. All you have to do is drive around in reverse for a few years.

To use an elect. drill would burn up several to make much difference, and take a long time.

The only way to do it right is remove the speedo and the odometer and do it manually.

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Old 10-17-2004, 09:42 AM
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I donīt think the odometer can go backwards, it has to be disassembled.
An Austrian guy who worked with me in Germany reduced his Kms on a VW Passat with an electric drill running it forwards, it took several days continuous running.
He got caught when he sold the car and the service book did not tally with his "new" mileage.
He was a star turn, he welded a new front grill panel onto a Golf,
hammering the new one over the old.
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Old 10-17-2004, 12:29 PM
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The cable driven speedo will take of miles in reverse. Just back up and watch it.

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Old 10-17-2004, 12:43 PM
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"Just back up and watch it" sounds like a neat thing to do.......woops!!
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Years ago I had a car lot across the street that got busted using cheep 1/4" drills to run the odometers. The report in the papers didn't get too detailed but stated that it took several drills and days to take a 100,000 mile car and turn it into a 20,000 mile car. When you look at the difference in selling prices it would have been well worth the time and trouble. But not worth the jail time.
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Old 10-17-2004, 01:29 PM
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When I bought my Camaro to Spain I swapped out the speedo
with miles for a new Canadian one in kilometers.
Naughty noughties.
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stupid.

there, feel better now?

you said to do it.


Malc, you should have sold it immediately after putting the new speedo in.
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Old 10-17-2004, 01:47 PM
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The general condition of the car would have been a dead giveaway.
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Thats the way they work. All you have to do is drive around in reverse for a few years.

The only way to do it right is remove the speedo and the odometer and do it manually.

Troy

Troy, I sure hope you're not speaking from experience! LOL
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Old 10-17-2004, 02:05 PM
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Did anyone ever see the cop chase video where the car was running from them in reverse? They had an ariel view of the chase and I think they said the car was going around 50mph. He went quite a long ways that way.
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Old 10-17-2004, 04:04 PM
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50 in reverse? I wonder how many miles he got off the car before they caught him?
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Old 10-17-2004, 05:59 PM
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In my younger struggling days starting a business of my own and before the law got involved, there were several used car lots and dealerships in my area. I did a lot of there work at a cut rate if they would let me do it as a fill in when work was slow. So I worked a lot of nights taking care of them. One of my specialty's was taking miles of the speedos at $50.00 a pop. I got to where I could do one an hour, if I didn't run into any problems. On a day before the local auto auction, I would run on the avg. a doz. speedos plus other little quickies to get them ready to sell.

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