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Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by Battle Pope, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. Battle Pope

    Battle Pope New Member

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    As some of you may remember, I posted a topic not too long ago about abandoning the 460Z project for an RX7 T-II. That fell through, obviously. So, I'm stuck on a currently derailed 460Z project that I need money to finish putting the engine together on. After that comes the hard part (stuffing the 460 in the Z and prepping the chassis).

    Well, today I saw an ad for a complete sandrail for 1300 bucks. The ad says it needs work but runs and drives. I can live with that. At some point I'd rebuild the transaxle and adapt an EJ20T to it.

    The 'ol beast of indecisiveness has attacked again, this time with a vengeance.

    Let's weigh the pros and cons.

    Z:
    +Awesome looking car.
    +Gobs of power.
    -Going to require a lot more money to make all the power usable (frame work, full cage, reinforcement, rear diff/suspension upgrade).
    -Going to require registering and at least liability insurance (whether I drive it or not).
    -Going to require standard maintenance on wear items (30 yr old car).
    -GAS HOG.
    -Only really good for cruising and drag racing.
    -Requires space to store when not driving.

    Rail:
    +Tons of fun.
    +Dune-worthy vehicle.
    +Will see more use than the Z, considering I live 5 minutes from the dunes.
    +Easier on gas.
    +Much lower initial investment, higher potential of return, much higher potential platform.
    +Could be modified for street use (headlights, turn signals, brake lights).
    -Requires storage space.
    -Going to be heavy on maintenance due to dune use.

    What do you guys think? I know a lot of you think I'm just being indecisive again, but I'm trying to explore viable options so I don't end up with something I won't feel is worth it. Some of you probably think I go through ideas faster than underwear, but try not to be too harsh.

    >P.S. Steve, if you say anything about a dune buggy I'll wop ya. :p
     
  2. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    wtf;s a rail?
     
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    Sand Rail. Dune Buggy. Basically, a tube chassis with suspension, 4 wheels, a drivetrain, steering and a seat or two.

    One of these:
    http://dxn1999.no-ip.org:8080/sandrail.jpg
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    a dune buggy?

    wtf?

    are there even "dunes" in oregon?

    shit man.. thats for baja and mexican racing shit down with the iron man!
     
  5. Battle Pope

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    Shit, brian. The dunes is one of the Oregon Coast's biggest attractions! People come from all over the west to ride the dunes, y0!

    http://gorp.away.com/gorp/resource/us_nra/or_dunes.htm

    The dunes stretch for probably over half the coastline of the state, and I live right in the middle of em.
     
  6. BigJ

    BigJ I'm just about that action Boss. VIP

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    Where do you live in OR? We hit up cannon beach area last year. It was pretty sweet, but I didn't get to touch the dunes as it was raining every day.
     
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    Coos Bay area. 45 minutes south of Florence, right in the middle of the dunes.
     
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    Lol...there are google ads at the bottom for dune buggys...coincidence???
    It's gonna be hard to go on a date in a dune buggy. And the Z is a Z. A Z with a big motor. Your choice.
     
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    Oregon dunes own man. I was there last summer and it was a ton of fun. I was actually born in Coose Bay lived there for two years. But really its up to you. If I lived down in Coose Bay I would probly have a really nice quad or a sand rail. My dad has a rail with a 22r in it and that thing is pretty damn nice. If you are looking for an all out toy I would go with the rail. either way best of luck to you.
     
  10. Battle Pope

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    That's exactly what I was thinking of doing, Drake. Buy a completed rail for cheap and then putting either a 20R, 22R, or a Subaru EJ20T in it.

    Let me know if you're ever down here again, we'll meet up or something.
     
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