Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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Went to Target today and snagged a couple 2016 cars:

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The tampos on the Grand Sport are pretty messy, but it was the last one on the pegs. I almost left the C10 there, as I already have several, but I just couldn’t pass up that classy deco.

But what I’m really excited about right now is this:

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For the past year, the family hauler has been a ‘94 Dodge Grand Caravan that my dad gave me. It’s served pretty well, and I’m going to keep it in the family fleet because it’s just so darn useful for home improvement store runs and such. However, the transmission has been getting increasingly quirky, so that I was getting concerned with the thought of some longer distance trips. So I started looking on CL. As is my wont, I started looking at Roadmasters. My mom’s car during my formative years was a 3rd generation Caprice Estate and I literally saw the US coast-to-coast from the “way back” seat of that car. So I have a significant fondness for large America wagons, especially the Caprice/Roadmaster. The Roadmaster is one of my bucket list cars.

As I was trolling CL, almost right away, I found this beauty. The guy I bought it from said he bought it for his daughter earlier in the year from the original owner who he knew, but then his daughter decided she wanted a different vehicle. The story lines up with the documentation and the condition of the car. It’s been well taken care of, and as near as I can tell is in very good condition for the age of the vehicle (especially in the rust department for a MN car).

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On the test drive, as soon as I got to the 55mph zone and put the pedal down, I was sold.

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If you’re not familiar with this car, it has a Chevy LT1 V8, which was also used (in a somewhat different form) in the Corvette. This version is rated at 260hp and 330ft-lbs, which is plenty to get even a large wagon up to speed in a very gratifying fashion. It’s also the closest I’m likely to get to owning a Corvette in the near future. According to my butt dyno, it still has many torques.

Wagon Quest is coming along nicely.

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