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Old 07-11-2014, 05:04 PM
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Probably should post this on MARTINSR thread about exceptional repair part prices. But, here goes.

Got in a "Smart Car" cylinder head today. Needed .007" milled off and ALL the valves.. Cut the head and measured the valves. None available thru my warehouse channela or Mercedes Benz. It seems they don't service these engines...

Story was this car was bought, cheap, on C/L from original owner after his dealer quoted him $16,000.00 to repair the vehicle.. They just replace engine with new..

The temp relay on the front of head disassembled itself and the engine overheated..Blew head gasket/warped head and the valves.. Not an uncommon repair on most vehicles..

Now how Smart is a Smart Car owner and would he buy one of these little rolling coffins if the repair prices were known?

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Probably should post this on MARTINSR thread about exceptional repair part prices. But, here goes.

Got in a "Smart Car" cylinder head today. Needed .007" milled off and ALL the valves.. Cut the head and measured the valves. None available thru my warehouse channela or Mercedes Benz. It seems they don't service these engines...

Story was this car was bought, cheap, on C/L from original owner after his dealer quoted him $16,000.00 to repair the vehicle.. They just replace engine with new..

The temp relay on the front of head disassembled itself and the engine overheated..Blew head gasket/warped head and the valves.. Not an uncommon repair on most vehicles..

Now how Smart is a Smart Car owner and would he buy one of these little rolling coffins if the repair prices were known?

That's wild!

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Old 07-11-2014, 05:18 PM
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I've often questioned the name "Smart Car"! What exactly is the smart part?
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Old 07-11-2014, 05:37 PM
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LOL. Did you ever see the driver of a smart car that looked like they were?

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LOL. Did you ever see the driver of a smart car that looked like they were?

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every time I pull up next to a Smart Car the drivers glare at me and hold up one finger! I guess they all think my hotrods are #1!
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Probably should post this on MARTINSR thread about exceptional repair part prices. But, here goes.

Got in a "Smart Car" cylinder head today. Needed .007" milled off and ALL the valves.. Cut the head and measured the valves. None available thru my warehouse channela or Mercedes Benz. It seems they don't service these engines...

Story was this car was bought, cheap, on C/L from original owner after his dealer quoted him $16,000.00 to repair the vehicle.. They just replace engine with new..

The temp relay on the front of head disassembled itself and the engine overheated..Blew head gasket/warped head and the valves.. Not an uncommon repair on most vehicles..

Now how Smart is a Smart Car owner and would he buy one of these little rolling coffins if the repair prices were known?

Don't you love the way things are going?

Don't think for a minute that every other car company will not follow this example. The others see one company getting away with it and they say, "hey, we can do that also".......
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every time I pull up next to a Smart Car the drivers glare at me and hold up one finger! I guess they all think my hotrods are #1!
It's like I like to clarify to anyone who says I shouldn't be driving a polluting gas guzzling car to work, I drive 5.5 miles to work, how far do you drive? It's often up to 100 or more, geeee, who's harming the environment more?

But honestly, I have not gotten this from anyone personally, like an attack on me in anyway. It's more about conversation at the barber shop or a party or something like that.

People are always pretty good with the gray haired old dude in the Rambler.
By the way, I am seriously getting use to the new look.

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Had to go see a customer today and measure some s/s bits for his bus.

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VERY cool! double

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My first vehicle was a 1947 International 3/4 ton panel truck! At least the frontend looks similar! Very cool burger joint!
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I never made it to the shop today but did go to Pikeville and picked up the 402. Now at least I have an engine, trans, and rear end for the car and can start accumulating some parts. (Short pump brackets, brake parts, flywheel, etc, etc).

It is just good to have a plan and a sense of direction.

There are some 53-55 Olds Fiesta wheel covers on Ebay I am bidding on but doubt I will prevail. Fusic Automotive sells a correct reproduction of them but they are 550 a set which is a little rich for me but I do hope to come up with some before the car is built. I do like them a lot.....Of course that puts me in the whitewall tire issue next.

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I never made it to the shop today but did go to Pikeville and picked up the 402. Now at least I have an engine, trans, and rear end for the car and can start accumulating some parts. (Short pump brackets, brake parts, flywheel, etc, etc).

It is just good to have a plan and a sense of direction.

There are some 53-55 Olds Fiesta wheel covers on Ebay I am bidding on but doubt I will prevail. Fusic Automotive sells a correct reproduction of them but they are 550 a set which is a little rich for me but I do hope to come up with some before the car is built. I do like them a lot.....Of course that puts me in the whitewall tire issue next.

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Do you need 14 or 15 in they make both.
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Do you need 14 or 15 in they make both.
The true Fiestas were 15 but some of the repops were 14. I will have 15 inch wheels, don't care about the cheap knock offs but really like the OEM's.

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Was there one year that had checker board in the center instead of the rings ,,I hnow there are repos of both ,,there is a hubcap store up on 20 near gainsville that has litreraly 1,000 + and SHE sells them reasonably ,I bought a set of 57 spinners $25 each,

Also a place in Mareitta that advertises 250,000 but they are higher,
Hubcap city,,Hubcap world are something to that effect ,I will find out for you,
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Olds Classic 1950 - 1966 Hub Caps, Center Caps & Wheel Covers - Hubcaps.com

Guess I was thinking of something else.
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