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Old 07-30-2011, 12:23 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ecomodded View Post
How about a Mustang, any year but the 80's
Would do that ( am a Ford guy ), but need room for babyseats and a wife that likes to "acquire" stuff.

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Old 08-09-2011, 11:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Volvo Estate of some description, maybe an early 2000s V70 ?
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I think an older Honda or Toyota wagon would probably work nicely for you purpose.
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:12 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Focus wagon?

There should be plenty of donor available cheaply since the spi engine in the early one dropped valves at 100k.

The wagon has the biggest cargo room of all the small wagon. Trunk is 8-10 inches longer than a matrix
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:56 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Ford Focus? Dunno if you get them there though..
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I still love 1970s Datsun body/interior design most of all. No Z-cars. The Sedans and Coupes. Something like the F10 coupe is quite aero and probably light weight, which you will want for a low power engine hauling four humans. You might get one dirt cheap. And if you have it in good body shape, tint the glass, and skirt the rear wheels you'll be cool and look cool (IMHO, but your results may vary). Good luck, hey.
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This will sound familiar, but S10 crew cab? Also, my old boss has a Volvo Coupe (the crazy chopped looking ones) with a dead drivetrain, it would be free but man those things are heavy. Not Previa heavy, but pretty close! Plus the fact that it's here and you are there would be a problem.
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I am actually about to start the Mother Earth News hybrid car project with an izuzu pickup, which I think will be pretty easy, but those won't fit your needs.

Have you considered the 90s Ford Taurus wagon? It may not be cool enough, but it has tons of interior room as well as mechanical room.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:31 PM   #19 (permalink)
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hoe about a Toyota matrix ? add a tail and you can get great mileage and a bunch of space.
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Old 10-01-2011, 06:23 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I nominate the Citroen DS, an aero winner:
Look way, way at the back of the junk yard.

OEM rear wheel skirts and front aero wheel covers!

What could be slicker/sicker than that.?
There is even a wagon:

DS model info and specs here, Citroen DS Buyers Guide
and here, Citroën DS/ID and XM Web-Site

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