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Old 08-26-2008, 11:32 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Whoa! Great job, Funk.....that makes it almost palatable. Bob, I think you are right on the swap. I guess I could live with the auto if I could find a little Kubota diesel to drop in there. Probably have to up the tire diameter a bit, though.

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Old 08-26-2008, 11:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If you are that into wrenching, I'd get rid of the automatic - there's no lockup mode on the torque converter. The 3-cyl is a sweet engine if you get to know the tricks to extend the exhaust valve life.

For hauling, I often need to leave the hatch propped open enough to pass some long boards. I made some Coroplast triangles to fill the gap on the side. I just tape them on, but they look neat and do a good job. For a load hauler, I'd definitely consider a long, streamlined tail made of lightweight material.
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If you're into serious work, why not convert it to a pickup? With of course an aerodynamic bed cover that tapers back for ordinary driving, but comes off for hauling larger stuff?
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If you're into serious work, why not convert it to a pickup? With of course an aerodynamic bed cover that tapers back for ordinary driving, but comes off for hauling larger stuff?
For the two-door, there is a fiberglass pickup option that somebody made. I think there's a picture of it somewhere on this forum, but I don't know where.

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The whole mold setup for that pickup is for sale. For a hauler, I'd start with the extra 4" of wheelbase on the 4-door. It only weighs an extra 45 lbs. From a stock B pillar, the best angle of taper for a streamlined bed cap runs well over the top of a stock-looking tailgate even on a 4-door.
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Yeah no problem, I even moved some of the other vehicles for ya too. lol
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Yeah no problem, I even moved some of the other vehicles for ya too. lol
You know, I just now noticed that......where did you put my wife's Forester?!? Aw hell, she's gonna kill me....
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Sweet!! you almost had me there for a second......hey, what's that white stuff?
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But you really need to chop the roof on that one :-)

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