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RE: Happy 4th

Happy July 4th. As a Canuck, we could not have better neighbours than America.
Lessmore 07/03/15 02:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: Toyota tough.......not

Consider this OP. I have lived in countries like Sierra Leone, Egypt, Cambodia, and other developing world glamour spots. Toyotas have for years been the ONE vehicle that can stand up to the roads and abuse of overloading that peoples of the third world put on their vehicles. And last for 20+ years. A typical Chevy will last about 6 months to a year before it rattles itself to pieces. US embassies overseas have a much harder time selling off their used American cars than the Japanese embassies. Or the other embassies who generally are buying Toyotas or Land Rovers because they dont make their own cars. In Africa when I first went there there were only two cars that generally lasted for any length of time one was the old Puegot 505 diesel ( a great car by the way) and Toyotas. These were the only old cars you ever saw. Get over your economic jingoism...many fine products are made overseas that rival or exceed our own in quality and workmanship. I've had Toyota...early '70's and 2007. Both bought new. I've experienced ownership and day to day experience. My view, developed by years of ownership and experience is that Toyota is not any better than domestic vehicles and in some instances worse....and in some instances better. They (all vehicles, all manufacturers) are all inanimate vehicles, made to cost, market demands, subject to the vagaries of using in many cases the same suppliers...who may provide good parts or may not be good. Suppliers, used by many different manufacturers, may provide parts that are not satisfactory and may be used for years by different manufacturers all the while causing issues. One springs to mind..the airbag issue, now causing issues for consumers and a host of manufacturers, including Toyota, Honda and Ford...to name some. Check out the Toyota recalls or for that matter any manufacturer's recalls. They're huge in just about any maker you care to name. In the end, there is far too much brand loyalism that goes on among consumers that excuses flaws. If you have a GM, Ford Ram, Toyota, Honda-Acura, Jeep, etc....they're all just vehicles...an assemblage of components...some very good, some satisfactory....some marginal parts. We expect a lot of our vehicles and subject them to demanding conditions and unrelenting service, oft times with indifferent maintenance. For the most part, nowadays most manufacturer, including Toyota, but not just Toyota....make vehicles that provide yeoman service under difficult conditions. But through experience, I have not found one maker, 'better' than another maker's vehicles. Nowadays, any new vehicle you buy is generally good. It wasn't always that way. The cheapest, lowest quality car built today is still better than the best car built 30 years ago. Early Toyotas had rust issues as theywere built to Japanese standards where cars are retired at 65,000 miles. In the U.S., with long term ownership, longer roads, and rock salt on the roads, early units rusted out fast. American cars did too, just not as fast. Increasing quality control has improved metalurgy over the years. A 1950's car would need a timng chain around 60,000 miles. Now, they go 120,000 or more before needing replacement. I ran a salvage yard in the early 80's and we got a lot of 5-8 year old Toyotas and Hondas that were real rust buggies. They ran great, the bodies just fell apart. My 2 year old Toyota Corolla ('73, bought new in May 1973) rusted through the body in numerous places. Within 5 years we gave up trying to patch the body together and it was assigned it's final fate....as a field car on the family farm in Western Canada. It would take out lunches, water, tools, etc. to the those of us driving the combine or the grain trucks. Our '76 Impala (bought new Dec. '75) from the same era...was still pulling our trailer, used as a regular family car till July, '97. At that time, it's body rusted out. But look at the difference in years between the '76 Impala and Toyota from new to rust out....and years of service. No comparison.
Lessmore 06/30/15 02:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota tough.......not

Consider this OP. I have lived in countries like Sierra Leone, Egypt, Cambodia, and other developing world glamour spots. Toyotas have for years been the ONE vehicle that can stand up to the roads and abuse of overloading that peoples of the third world put on their vehicles. And last for 20+ years. A typical Chevy will last about 6 months to a year before it rattles itself to pieces. US embassies overseas have a much harder time selling off their used American cars than the Japanese embassies. Or the other embassies who generally are buying Toyotas or Land Rovers because they dont make their own cars. In Africa when I first went there there were only two cars that generally lasted for any length of time one was the old Puegot 505 diesel ( a great car by the way) and Toyotas. These were the only old cars you ever saw. Get over your economic jingoism...many fine products are made overseas that rival or exceed our own in quality and workmanship. I've had Toyota...early '70's and 2007. Both bought new. I've experienced ownership and day to day experience. My view, developed by years of ownership and experience is that Toyota is not any better than domestic vehicles and in some instances worse....and in some instances better. They (all vehicles, all manufacturers) are all inanimate vehicles, made to cost, market demands, subject to the vagaries of using in many cases the same suppliers...who may provide good parts or may not be good. Suppliers, used by many different manufacturers, may provide parts that are not satisfactory and may be used for years by different manufacturers all the while causing issues. One springs to mind..the airbag issue, now causing issues for consumers and a host of manufacturers, including Toyota, Honda and Ford...to name some. Check out the Toyota recalls or for that matter any manufacturer's recalls. They're huge in just about any maker you care to name. In the end, there is far too much brand loyalism that goes on among consumers that excuses flaws. If you have a GM, Ford Ram, Toyota, Honda-Acura, Jeep, etc....they're all just vehicles...an assemblage of components...some very good, some satisfactory....some marginal parts. We expect a lot of our vehicles and subject them to demanding conditions and unrelenting service, oft times with indifferent maintenance. For the most part, nowadays most manufacturer, including Toyota, but not just Toyota....make vehicles that provide yeoman service under difficult conditions. But through experience, I have not found one maker, 'better' than another maker's vehicles. Nowadays, any new vehicle you buy is generally good. It wasn't always that way.
Lessmore 06/30/15 08:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota tough.......not

Thirty year old Toyota with a NY tag still running? That speaks pretty highly of Toyota. I'm in western Canada. I see a number of 30 year old + Chevies and Ford trucks up here. Rarely...rarely see any Toyota trucks that age, never see any Nissan or Datsun trucks that age any more.
Lessmore 06/30/15 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota tough.......not

Early Toyota trucks were brought into the US without beds to bypass the import taxes. The beds were US made and installed here. I bought my first new car in 1973. It was a Toyota Corolla. All of it...every little bit was made in Japan. The body work rusted through within 2 years. I bought my next Toyota ....new...in 2007. Got rid of it in 2015. Never had a vehicle with so many electronic issues.
Lessmore 06/30/15 07:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford superduty inventory ?

Hedgehog..did you check with tasca ford in RI? my last 2 trucks came from there and I had good luck with them. As for the diesel, pushing 90k miles zero issues, I would not hesitate to buy another ford 6.7! Tasca Ford...Rhode Island. Famous high performance Ford dealer back in the '60's.
Lessmore 06/29/15 09:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Kitten in my boat bilge

Cats can and do get in the weirdest places. I recall one of our cats was very curious, got into things like our picnic basket in storage, etc. She was a very nice little animal, she just got herself in the strangest places that she couldn't figure out how to get out of, alone.
Lessmore 06/26/15 04:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: 2015 Ford F150 vs. Cadillac Escalade - Performance Test

Cadillac vs Ford....apples and oranges.
Lessmore 06/25/15 04:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 door 41 -46 truck

I would say a custom job...either by a hot rodder...or maybe a specialty automotive works back in the '40's ...that made this due to some company needs.
Lessmore 06/23/15 11:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: What did we do wrong

You are exactly right about late bloomers. Life is not a race and a lot of times it's the late bloomers that surprise everybody.
Lessmore 06/21/15 08:23pm Around the Campfire
RE: What did we do wrong

I dunno....both our kids are in their 20's now. Our daughter is 28, our son 25. They have full time jobs and have had so since they were in their late teens. I'm very proud of both. In my view, people are people. I'm in my 60's and I think every generation has the majority who are doers, hard workers....then about 10-15 % who get by with the minimum effort....then a small percentage who are absolute layabouts and will avoid any kind of work, preferring to sponge off the state or friends and relatives. I think this is the way it's been since time immemorial. Don't think it's much different generation from generation. Fortunately in North America, most of the time there is work...for those who want to work. There have been some periods where work was not as plentiful...I'm thinking of the depression in the 1930's. But generally if one wants work, it's available. Sometimes there are those who may think some work is below them. My view is that we all have to start somewhere...and in life, sometimes we have to start again at square one.
Lessmore 06/21/15 02:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: Want a Dodge 2500 6.4L? - hard find in the GTA Canada

I have been having quite a few people come up and start a conversation with me about the 6.4 Hemi.... Asking me how I like it, how it tows, etc. I live in the GTA in Ontario Canada, and all of them have said that they can't find one on the lots...all of them are selling to fast. Anyone else hear this in their area? Nope, not here.
Lessmore 06/19/15 08:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Story That Won't Go Away

Interesting read. Sayonora to the Dodge minivan. Dodge Minivan to end production 2016
Lessmore 06/18/15 07:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Important document...Magna Carta's 800th year anniversary

I believe it is called the Magna 'Carta'. You're right. Thanks for the correction.
Lessmore 06/16/15 01:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: I wonder if the Ford frame issue will affect the HD's?

I don't know about Ford frames, but just adding up GM's half ton truck #'s...Chev, GMC Colorado, Canyon...at 354,008 to Ford's half ton #'s...the F 150's 302,009....I would say in number of trucks sold in this category....that GM absolutely dominates. I think the F 150 is the only game in town in North America, if a consumer wants to have a Ford half ton...while GM has a variety of half ton's. Pretty sure the Colorado, and Canyon are NOT in same class with the GM 1500s, the Ram 1500s, and the F150s. they are as I understand it. Mid size trucks. Not to be confused with full size trucks. The GM Ranger so to speak. So in truth the GM twins being the same truck, just different badges, would actually not give you any more choices than the F150s do. Both ford, and GM give you more to choose from than any one will ever need. There are around 150 different versions of the F150, and pretty much the same can be said for the GM twins. As well as the Ram. So choice is NOT a problem I don't disagree with you, but what I'm thinking is that in the light truck field...nominally rated at half tons...even though we know half tons have quite a range in capacity/towing ability...that GM offers more choice than Ford....in size. Silverado....or Colorado. I think that Ford needs to bring back a Ranger...smaller, lighter, less capacity...than the F 150, but still a useful truck for many. The way Ford does it now is that if you want a half ton light truck...than the F 150 is your only choice. Even though you can option it to do many things...it's still a good sized truck. Hard to fit in my 2 car garage and still close the big door. The one light truck model range of Ford...reminds me of the old days when Henry said you can have a Model T in any colour, as long as it's black. Right now, without a Ranger size truck, if someone wants a Ford light truck...it has to be the F 150...even if you want a smaller half ton, light truck. I used to have a '97 Chev Astro...RWD van...mid size...smaller than the full sized GM van. It was perfect for me, fit into my garage, pulled my light trailer, had 8 seats and carried a lot a stuff when needed. When it was ready to trade in, I wanted more of the same...another small rear wheel drive van, but GM stopped production. So if I wanted a RWD van...my only choice in 2007 was either a full size GM van or full size Ford van. Both fine vehicles, but too big for my purposes. Les Point was. Colorado, and Canyon, are NOT so called 1/2 ton trucks. they are not smaller 1/2 ton. They are in the 1/4 ton class.. And so will not be counted in with the 1/2 ton truck choices. Ford doesn't offer a compact / midsized truck because the cost, and mpg is about the same, even though it is not as capable. Notice Ram is discontinuing the Dakota. the smaller trucks just don't sell. Check the sales numbers, and you will see few of the under 1500 series trucks are sold. Tacoma, or any thing else I see.
Lessmore 06/16/15 01:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I wonder if the Ford frame issue will affect the HD's?

I don't know about Ford frames, but just adding up GM's half ton truck #'s...Chev, GMC Colorado, Canyon...at 354,008 to Ford's half ton #'s...the F 150's 302,009....I would say in number of trucks sold in this category....that GM absolutely dominates. I think the F 150 is the only game in town in North America, if a consumer wants to have a Ford half ton...while GM has a variety of half ton's. Pretty sure the Colorado, and Canyon are NOT in same class with the GM 1500s, the Ram 1500s, and the F150s. they are as I understand it. Mid size trucks. Not to be confused with full size trucks. The GM Ranger so to speak. So in truth the GM twins being the same truck, just different badges, would actually not give you any more choices than the F150s do. Both ford, and GM give you more to choose from than any one will ever need. There are around 150 different versions of the F150, and pretty much the same can be said for the GM twins. As well as the Ram. So choice is NOT a problem I don't disagree with you, but what I'm thinking is that in the light truck field...nominally rated at half tons...even though we know half tons have quite a range in capacity/towing ability...that GM offers more choice than Ford....in size. Silverado....or Colorado. I think that Ford needs to bring back a Ranger...smaller, lighter, less capacity...than the F 150, but still a useful truck for many. The way Ford does it now is that if you want a half ton light truck...than the F 150 is your only choice. Even though you can option it to do many things...it's still a good sized truck. Hard to fit in my 2 car garage and still close the big door. The one light truck model range of Ford...reminds me of the old days when Henry said you can have a Model T in any colour, as long as it's black. Right now, without a Ranger size truck, if someone wants a Ford light truck...it has to be the F 150...even if you want a smaller half ton, light truck. I used to have a '97 Chev Astro...RWD van...mid size...smaller than the full sized GM van. It was perfect for me, fit into my garage, pulled my light trailer, had 8 seats and carried a lot a stuff when needed. When it was ready to trade in, I wanted more of the same...another small rear wheel drive van, but GM stopped production. So if I wanted a RWD van...my only choice in 2007 was either a full size GM van or full size Ford van. Both fine vehicles, but too big for my purposes. Les
Lessmore 06/15/15 08:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I wonder if the Ford frame issue will affect the HD's?

How novel, a completely fanboy response in the TV forum Numbers are numbers....not a fan boy, just an old boy with a calculator. :B
Lessmore 06/15/15 08:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I wonder if the Ford frame issue will affect the HD's?

I don't know about Ford frames, but just adding up GM's half ton truck #'s...Chev, GMC Colorado, Canyon...at 354,008 to Ford's half ton #'s...the F 150's 302,009....I would say in number of trucks sold in this category....that GM absolutely dominates. I think the F 150 is the only game in town in North America, if a consumer wants to have a Ford half ton...while GM has a variety of half ton's.
Lessmore 06/15/15 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
Important document...Magna Carta's 800th year anniversary

I'm a bit of a history buff and although there are many documents from many lands throughout the world, that are important...I've always held the Magna Carta in high regard. Today it is 800 years ago since King John of England reluctantly signed his name to it. The following link provides an interesting brief history and rationale, as to why the Magna Carta is still important in the world. Magna Carta 800th year anniversary
Lessmore 06/15/15 02:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: I have joined the Full-Size Van Tow Vehicle Club

Congrats on the new ride. Will this be the year round daily driver? Might consider studded snow tires (if they are allowed in your area) for the non-summer season (I can't say the "w" word). In my experience, those full size vans can be scary in the snow. My experience is considerable with full size vans, both Ford and Chevy. My experience with vans, albeit was a number of years ago, but full size vans have not changed much over the years. When going to university, my full time job (I worked my way through school) was driving commercial E 300, E 350 Fords and similar capacity Chevy vans for about a period of 5-6 years. Our winter climate in western Canada is decidedly severe. Winters here, generally start late October/ early November and continue through to late March/early April. Once snow/ice arrives...it stays...no big melts...for 5 months +. I drove all months, both urban and rural in all conditions. Rarely were roads closed and the tires on the trucks were typical heavy duty commercial light duty truck tires. I did not find driving full size commercial vans 'scary' in the snow/ ice. Like any other vehicle you drive to the road conditions. I found that the commercial vans I drove in all road conditions, including ice/snow covered..... not unlike other vehicles.
Lessmore 06/15/15 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
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