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What would be involved in converting an old SUV into an electric vehicle

This is just a thought experiment at this point, and probably will remain so. In the back of my mind I have the idea that when my old SUV finally gives up the ghost I might rip out the internal combustion drivetrain and convert it to an electric vehicle, possibly with a removable range-extender generator. Setting practicality aside for the moment, can you help me envision what this would involve? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 2, 2014 - 11 answers

A good mechanic near New Orleans for a '94 4Runner?

This is a long shot, but does anybody know a good mechanic in the New Orleans area who'll work on my old 4Runner? I'm having a hard time finding one for some reason. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 29, 2013 - 5 answers

How might I squeeze a little extra mpg out of my old truck?

I've become mildly obsessed with trying to improve the fuel efficiency of my old truck. I've already done all the basic things and I realize that I'm fighting physics at this point, but what else might I consider if I wanted to make a bit of a hobby out of it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 19, 2013 - 28 answers

What should I keep in my truck's toolbox?

So I have an old truck. I'd like to hear your suggestions for tools, spare parts, fluids, etc that I should keep on hand in the truck either in case something goes wrong or in case I find myself having to do something tool-related while I'm out of the house. Hit me with your best suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Bumper Stickers!

I want to slather the tailgate of my truck in bumper stickers. I am a science-minded, fun-loving, environmentalist, social-justice-oriented, politically-progressive dude who fancies himself a connoisseur of the pithy phrase. (So, pretty much your average MeFite.) What are some of your favorite bumper stickers that you think a chap like me would appreciate, and where can I buy them? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Aug 28, 2013 - 36 answers

Cheap, reliable used car or truck with a little character?

I haven't owned a car since 2010, but now it seems like going back to a two-car household might be a good idea. My wife drives a 2004 Volvo S40 daily to work. She often gets home very late on weekdays, and usually takes it to meet her cycling group for the better part of a day on Saturday or Sunday, and I have started to feel like I'm too reliant on her schedule or my friends to get to weekend activities, or to duck out to get another few bags of mulch or can of paint, etc. [more inside]
posted by Kwine on May 22, 2013 - 21 answers

Insurance options for a seldom used vehicle?

What are my options for insuring a vehicle that won't be used very much at all? [more inside]
posted by azpenguin on Mar 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Truck or trailer?

Keep the pickup or get a trailer? I bought a Ford F-150 pickup truck about 9 months ago for using out at a rural property I co-own. It's been helpful for moving materials, towing travel trailers out there, picking up straw, transporting heavy machinery, but I feel like I might be able to get by with my Subaru and a 6x8' or so utility trailer. [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon on Oct 2, 2012 - 9 answers

buy here / pay here - but not too much, hopefully?

I need a reliable car that I can count on. I'm a person with pretty bad credit, but I have a steady income in a job I've had for a while. What are my options? I'm thinking hard about checking out a used car lot; what should I look for, loan- and car-wise? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Jun 27, 2012 - 28 answers

What kind of vehicle do we need?

I don't know enough about cars. Should we trade in the Subaru for a pick-up truck? If so, how do we pick a truck? [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on Apr 26, 2012 - 20 answers

Buying a user car.

I have not bought a used car before by myself. I need some help. [more inside]
posted by digividal on Mar 15, 2012 - 20 answers

Am I driving a bomb?

My truck is leaking gas. Is this just Very Bad or is it Super Bad? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Dec 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Considering buying an old pickup truck (Hilux), and teaching myself how to maintain/repair it. Where to begin?

Considering buying an old pickup truck (Hilux), and teaching myself how to maintain/repair it. Where to begin? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey on Sep 3, 2011 - 9 answers

What side of the turnpike should I choose?

Is there a safety difference between the car-only lane and the car/truck/bus lane on the NJ Turnpike? Any other strategic difference? [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Aug 13, 2011 - 5 answers

Cheapest and best 4WD vehicle out there?

What is the vehicle for me at the convergence of cheap, reliable and easy to work on? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Aug 11, 2011 - 12 answers

Fixed or Variable Truck Financing?

A friend of mine is looking at buying a truck. It's about 28K CAD before tax, and he is wondering if he should go with a finance package offering 3% variable or 5.68% fixed over 72 months. What is your opinion?
posted by Frasermoo on Jun 20, 2011 - 3 answers

Truck rental insurance?

I am renting a 16' moving truck and moving across the US. I don't have car insurance. What are my insurance needs? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Jun 11, 2011 - 8 answers

What truck should I buy?

I am slowly accepting that a motorcycle is not reliable year-round transportation in wintry rainy Ohio. What kind of cheap, light, dependable pickup truck should I buy? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Jun 11, 2011 - 16 answers

Make a video about us -- but it has to be a NICE video

I'm trying to find a story about an SUV or truck company that allowed users to make commercials for their vehicles -- and people made some very negative ads. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Jun 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Corners on a dime?????

I am interested in purchasing a gently used cross over vehicle for myself. I plan on paying cash and want to spend 10,000.00 or less. I prefer Honda or Toyota but am open to reliable well made vehicles. [more inside]
posted by gypseefire on May 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me diagnose my 1979 Ford Pickup.

I have a 1979 Ford F100, which once belonged to my father. Since he passed away, it's served as a backup vehicle for an array of relatives, and now it's my turn. Yesterday, I got into the truck and turned the key, and I heard a single "clunk" (not a click-click-click), as if something started moving and then froze up. I tried again, with the same result. The next time, I got a kind of whirring sound, like something spinning free. It's a continuous whirring, rather than a series of attempts to catch. Lights and radio work fine. Jumping it didn't help. I didn't try to roll it off, because I'm loathe to leave it at the bottom of the hill in my slighty sketchy neighborhood; I'll probably try that this weekend, when I can get some help. The battery is relatively new. It started easily up until yesterday. [more inside]
posted by steambadger on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 answers

What I'm looking for is the Mario Andretti of everything.

How would I track down someone who holds the most or at least multiple licenses for driving? Ideally someone who's legally cleared to drive anything from a motorcycle to a locomotive. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Pahk the police cah in Futurah Blahk

Does anyone know the history of Boston's use of Futura Black as its "official" municipal font? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Feb 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me buy a Toyota Truck and get it on the road in LA

I want to buy a Toyota Hilux and get it licensed to drive in LA, CA. I have two questions: What mechanical problems should I look for when buying this specific truck (2WD, 22R engine, early 90's model)? What should I look out for when trying to license it in California? I'm shopping on Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by fake on Jan 19, 2011 - 20 answers

The case of the open door

What's the most plausible explanation for how this car crash happened? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Nov 23, 2010 - 26 answers

Cost effective way to rent a pickup truck for a month?

What is the most cost effective way to rent a pickup truck for a month? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Sep 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Is it worth the savings driving a massive moving truck with a car towed behind it?

How badly will it suck driving a loaded 26ft Penske moving truck with a car towed behind it from Florida to Long Island, NY without a co-pilot? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Jun 2, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me buy a sweet 4x4 truck/SUV.

I’m considering buying a used truck/SUV but I’m confused by the dizzying array of options. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on May 27, 2010 - 29 answers

Cars confuse me

Should I get my 1998 Toyota truck up and running or buy a used car? [more inside]
posted by shaarog on Apr 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Old Missouri Truck (but not mule) Identification

What kind of truck/bus/car is this? I'm guessing it was pretty old when the picture was taken in 1952.
posted by scruss on Mar 21, 2010 - 9 answers

drain on Ford F150's new battery?

Help us diagnose our Ford F150: what could be draining down the (new) battery overnight? We're suddenly seeing apparent battery drainage in our pickup truck, a 1994 Ford F150. Though the truck starts up fine, the dashboard battery gauge reads low immediately upon ignition, the windshield wipers are sluggish, and the dashboard lights are dim. We thought the old battery was likely dying, so we had it replaced with a new battery... but that hasn't solved the problem. [more inside]
posted by Elsa on Dec 19, 2009 - 28 answers

I need the name of this small motorized friction toy truck. Please!

I need the name of this small motorized friction toy truck. Please! [more inside]
posted by orehek on Dec 5, 2009 - 2 answers

Mold in Truck! Out Damn Mold!

I'm asking for my sister. And, yes I saw the previous sorta related mold questions but this is specific enough and those were long enough ago that I thought, perhaps, there might be some new mold-fighting technology or tactics: "We have a serious mold problem in our truck! Has anyone had success battling mold? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Nov 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Auto-broker, good or bad idea?

Does buying used through an auto-broker make sense for me? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Oct 31, 2009 - 3 answers

How to manage two consecutive car accidents?

My parked car got hit by a truck. Then, before I could get it fixed, it got hit by another truck. How do I handle two claims at once? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Mar 6, 2009 - 9 answers

What repair fixes a misfiring 4-Runner?

Why does my uncle's 1998 V6 Toyota 4-Runner misfire at highway speeds? Last month we drove from Los Angeles to Tucson and back, and at what seemed to be random points while we were driving the engine would buck repeatedly. Once it started, it would continue at all speeds, with the engine running particularly rough at low/idle RPM. We took it in to 3 different Toyota dealerships along the way, and to it's home dealership once we got back. They were all happy to service the vehicle, but none were able to fix it and two insisted they couldn't find any problems with the vehicle. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Jan 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Neglect my ride

How would you make a well-running car or pickup truck look, smell, and/or sound like an eyesore/deathtrap/junker without affecting its real abilities or safety? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu on Oct 2, 2008 - 31 answers

Help me get my truck fixed up

What should I ask the mechanic to do to get my 1995 truck running smoother again? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jan 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Accellerate/Coast method more fuel efficient than cruise control?

Question about cruise control vs. a special acceleration/coasting technique in terms of fuel efficiency. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 14, 2007 - 11 answers

Pray for public transportation.

How can I prove to the DMV that the lien on the car I just bought has been paid off? The secured party listed on the title (a bank) was bought by FCNB bank and then by BB&T bank. [more inside]
posted by youthenrage on Dec 31, 2006 - 8 answers

Wheels on 1963 Ranchero

What was the original size wheels/tires that came on the 1963 Ford Ranchero? Thanks in advance!
posted by drleary on Oct 20, 2006 - 6 answers

What catches are inherent in a salvage-title vehicle in California?

I'm looking at used pickup trucks in California. Some of the listings on craigslist are described as having salvage titles. What precisely does this mean? Would a service like Carfax tell me why the vehicle has a salvage title? If this isn't something to be avoided at all costs, what should I ask a mechanic to look for in checking out the truck? [more inside]
posted by mhespenheide on Apr 1, 2006 - 10 answers

New truck, old truck, big truck, small car?

We need a new (used) vehicle, but can't decide what we're seeking...I'd like to hear some more opinions from disinterested parties. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Dec 7, 2005 - 15 answers

What is the best grease to lube my chassis?

What is the best grease to lube my truck chassis? [more inside]
posted by FakeOutdoorsman on Aug 6, 2005 - 3 answers

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