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| Re: Finally got a van (89 e150) ... Almost made it home
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Rust N Dents
Rust N Dents
Joined: Jul 2014
Texas, under the A/C
I've never had a new purchase fail on the way home, but I've had cars I've sold not make it to their new owner's home.
That makes me sound like a crook, but they weren't my fault. LOL
One was a '76 F-100 that quit running after the new owner put "something" in the fuel tank to "make it run better" (It ran fine when he left my place).
The other was a 1970 VW Westfalia. We'd been using it regularly to go to our local theme park, and had no issues, but as soon as I sold it...
The float valve in the carb got stuck and flooded the engine.
The guy called me in a panic, "What did you sell me? I'm stuck on the side of the highway, and there's gas coming out the exhaust!"
I reassured him that I hadn't lied to him or anything and that I didn't know what had gone wrong.
I didn't know what had happened at the time, but I saw it happen on another VW later and then figured it out.
My favorite story though...
A guy contacted me about a 1970 Volvo 145 wagon I had for sale, and offered a '68 Beetle as a trade.
He said he was 200 miles away, but could bring the VW to my place and we could decide if we wanted to trade and what the deal would be.
He showed up with a really nice, complete, not overheated Beetle, and had a fit over the Volvo when he saw it.
We decided to trade even, but when I asked him if he was going to have the Volvo towed, he said, "No, I'll just drive it."
Drive it? I warned him that I'd only driven it around the block a few times the entire time I'd owned it, but he insisted.
He called me the next day saying how wonderfully it drove, and that the only problem he had was the engine noise... since it didn't have overdrive.
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