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Old 04-20-2007, 09:06 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by cammur
Now when I see a VW bug on the road I'm amazed so many of us survived, fuel tank up-front, no real protection. But they were great fun cars. Fly real good, too.
Wow, Scary - I've ridden in a few, but didn't know that lil tidbit. I got rearended by a stupid female driver in a bug (not sexist, just the facts in this case). Driving home in rush hour traffic in Denver. She was riding my tail and when I hit the brakes for the ambulance that came roaring thru the intersection, She hit me and hard. Crushed the entire front of the bug and threw her back 2 car lengths.
My Jeep TJ took it like a tank. Scratched my bumper but no other visible signs of damage. Fast forward to the next morning when I could no longer move, and my wife had to dress me to take me to the hospital. (Dumb macho male - thought I was ok and didn't need to go get checked out when it happened.)

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Old 04-22-2007, 07:55 PM   #44
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Speaking of VWs

Remember the old Bus from the 60's and 70's? The crumple zone was the front seat occupant's legs.

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Old 04-22-2007, 08:23 PM   #45
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Remember the old Bus from the 60's and 70's? The crumple zone was the front seat occupant's legs.

yep, had one of those too.

turned like a city bus,

after the corner passed.

man it was fun!

driving in cross winds,

and especially underpasses

with snow inside or out!

the older ones had virtually no heater.

mine was an improved heater/fan model.

crank on the heat in really cold weather...

and snow flakes came from the vents!

just saw a 50s 'kombi' unit today, perfectly restored.

with split front window screens.



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Old 04-23-2007, 08:08 PM   #46
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VW camper

Yes, another wreck waiting to happen, but I loved that VW camper. My first camping vehicle, orange with a pop-up. Went from single to single with girlfriend to single with a different girlfriend to married and soon married with two children in that thing. Wouldn't dream of taking a family in one of those these days. We get pathetically conservative, or wise, as we add years and responsibilities.

Another dangerous car I owned was an MGB. Driving on freeways you could look sideways at the underside of semi's at 70 mph.

Now I'm getting nostalgic.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:40 PM   #47
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Ah MGB I pushed a Triumph Spitfire and GT6 around...neck hurt because ya always looked up to watch the trucks undersides:0
First mobile camper (sort of) was a Ford clubwagon circa 63. Engine comfortably between the seats...raise your feet in an accident to clear the crumple zone 101 horse power straight six...power to spare.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:50 PM   #48
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on being alive....

what a tale......where is the disclaimer for your story?

you know the one that reads......

i'm a lucky sob that made it through a roll over with my 'burban fortunatly my prized airstream was not in tow... so i thank the lord...that a new 'burban will tow my prized airstream another day.....

the end....

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