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Old 06-21-2017, 06:18 AM   #1121 (permalink)
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While not my brand, Falcon's are cool little eco-cars. Most people forget that they were considered "grandma cars" back in the day. The straight 6 was considered very fuel efficient. Because the non eco-cars had big blocks!

Actually, I have a neighbor who's got a '64 Falcon. His is stone stock and still runs great unrestored after all these years.
It's often mentioned that the straight-6 when fitted to the Argentinian Falcon remained more fuel-efficient than the 2.3L Pinto OHC which had been available as an option on them for a while, but I'm not so sure about it. Since this very same engine had been quite successful in the Sierra, maybe the conservative profile of Falcon owners would render them more favorable to the absence of a timing belt in the straight-6 anyways...

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Old 06-21-2017, 10:27 PM   #1122 (permalink)
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It's often mentioned that the straight-6 when fitted to the Argentinian Falcon remained more fuel-efficient than the 2.3L Pinto OHC which had been available as an option on them for a while, but I'm not so sure about it. Since this very same engine had been quite successful in the Sierra, maybe the conservative profile of Falcon owners would render them more favorable to the absence of a timing belt in the straight-6 anyways...
I've owned both engines over the years. For me (pre-eco days) they got around the same mileage. But back then I drove like an idiot. The 6 was in a F150, and the 2.3's were in Rangers. Then I had a notch back mustang with a 2.3 until it broke the timing belt and self grenaded the valves into the pistons. But it was a massive POS in the most explicit meaning.... I'll get a shot of my friends '64 Falcon and throw it on here.
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:20 PM   #1123 (permalink)
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Even though these pictures are nearly 2-years old, I though I should have already shared them here.

That's a Chinese BYD F0 with Uruguayan plates that I spotted in my hometown, near the Bothanic Garden.
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Old 09-23-2017, 08:02 AM   #1124 (permalink)
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Interesting. I don't see chinese cars here at all, but I kinda assume they don't pass safety testing or something.

Kinda looks like an '08 Aygo if you don't look too close at the styling of the lights and stuff..
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Or the Peugeot 107 from the same production line as the Aygo; vertical taillights and all.



OK, it is not a perfect copy. Who would have thought?
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I'm going to put this in here (despite lack of picture) for the sheer oppositeness of it: saw a Rolls Royce Dawn drophead this morning. Very pretty light blue and silver two tone. But good grief, pictures absolutely do not convey how physically big this car is. Its beltline was up nearly as high as a minivan's.
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JDM Toyota Corolla RunX with Paraguayan plates that I spotted recently in my hometown.




And some pictures that I took in 2014 in Uruguay:
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2nd-gen Mercedes-Benz A-Class, this one fitted with a 1.7L gasser


Ford Corcel II, still often reported to have one of the engines best suited to operate with ethanol
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When I was in the one-time Republic of South Vietnam, there were street front shops in Saigon converting sedans to estate/station wagons by the half-dozen.
Even though this conversion was meant to be used as a hearse, it actually looks good enough.
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