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    you mean besides "it's perfect!"
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    A 28-year-old French car with 160K on it...what could possibly go wrong?

    1988 Peugeot 505 station wagon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanshanomi View Post
    A 28-year-old French car with 160K on it...what could possibly go wrong?

    1988 Peugeot 505 station wagon

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    I had one of these, back in the day.... When my 4th son was born we needed at least 6 seats in our car and this was one of the few around that had more than the standard 5 seats. It was the 2.2 GTi with 8 seats! Extra row of seats in the back, so all forward facing. Great car to drive but terrible on fuel.

    Sold it on when the the clutch went and bought a newer Citroen XM Estate with an aftermarket 7-seat conversion which was gloriously comfortable to drive, kept that for 7 years which is a long time for me keep a car. Sold when number 5 was born and we switched to a minibus!

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    This is really tempting. My mom had one of these (in white and teal) for a couple of years right after I was born. It's the first car I remember riding in, when I was about three years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanshanomi View Post
    This is really tempting. My mom had one of these (in white and teal) for a couple of years right after I was born. It's the first car I remember riding in, when I was about three years old.

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    I have to say I have been looking at these a lot more lately. For a 1950's 2 door hardtop they are still really cheap for nice ones (here in ohio about $5-6K). And like anything from the 1950's there is very little a small block chevy doesn't fix. I remember these being so hated for so long, but really as most regular people get priced out of things like shoebox chevys and fords the oddballs are going to look like real bargains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geeto67 View Post
    I have to say I have been looking at these a lot more lately. For a 1950's 2 door hardtop they are still really cheap for nice ones (here in ohio about $5-6K). And like anything from the 1950's there is very little a small block chevy doesn't fix. I remember these being so hated for so long, but really as most regular people get priced out of things like shoebox chevys and fords the oddballs are going to look like real bargains.
    I'm thinking a late Jeep 4.0L six with fuel injection would be ideal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tanshanomi View Post
    I'm thinking a late Jeep 4.0L six with fuel injection would be ideal.
    It would at least keep it all in the same family. However, have you seen Jeep 4.0L prices these days? junkyard 350 chebbys are cheaper. The original 195ci flathead made 90 gross hp, so 190-200 hp out of the jeep I6 is 100% an improvement.

    I still have that pontiac OHC-6 that's looking for a home, one setup with a set of webers and a dual exhaust header would be killer.

    I mean really look at how cherry this is for the money:
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    Are they about 15% smaller then a 1949 Ford?
    They look it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaguar View Post
    Are they about 15% smaller then a 1949 Ford?
    They look it.
    1958-1960 Ramber American Specs:
    Dimensions
    Wheelbase 100 in (2,540 mm)
    Length 178.25 in (4,528 mm)[3]
    Width 73 in (1,854 mm)
    Height 57.32 in (1,456 mm)
    Curb weight 2,439–2,554 lb (1,106–1,158 kg)[4]



    1949 Ford Specs:
    Dimensions
    Wheelbase 114 in (2,896 mm)
    Length 196.8 in (4,999 mm)
    Width 71.7 in (1,821 mm)[2]
    Curb weight 3,110–3,770 lb (1,410–1,710 kg)[3]


    1949-1952 Chevy Specs:
    Dimensions
    Wheelbase 115 in (2,921 mm)
    Length 196.9 in (5,001 mm) [5]
    Width 74 in (1,880 mm)
    Height 63.6 in (1,615 mm)


    1946-50 Plymouth:
    Dimensions
    Wheelbase 1946-48: 117 in (2,972 mm)
    1949-50 SWB: 111 in (2,819 mm)
    1949-50 LWB: 118.5 in (3,010 mm)
    Length 1946-48 station wagon: 195.625 in (4,969 mm)
    1946-48 other styles: 196.75 in (4,997 mm)
    1949 SWB: 185.5 in (4,712 mm)
    1949 LWB: 191.5 in (4,864 mm)
    1950 SWB: 186.5 in (4,737 mm)
    1950 LWB: 192.5 in (4,890 mm)
    Width 72.71 in (1,847 mm) [2]


    It's the smallest of the 4 for sure but I wouldn't call it 3/4 scale or anything like that. To put this in more modern perspective other vehicles with 100" wheelbase are standard cab/box Chevy S-10s and Fox body mustangs. 1954-62 corvettes have 101" wheelbases and Third and Fourth Gen F-bodies have 102" wheelbases.
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