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advice on purchasing an old beater pickup truck

How is purchasing an old pickup truck different than purchasing a late-model used car? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Oct 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Need a truck recommendation.

I need a pickup truck that is: a) 4-wheel drive / AWD ; b) is a crew cab (we have a child who needs to ride in a carseat; and c) does not get incredibly crappy gas mileage. What do I want? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Pick Up Artist giving a "talk" at at Nerds Meetup Group

I'm a long time member of a nerdy Meetup group. What can I do about a pick up artist related event that's going to happen today? [more inside]
posted by FJT on Aug 20, 2013 - 26 answers

Rental Car Pick Up and Drop off question

If I pick up a rental car at the airport, can another family member then drop it off for me even though they weren't with me at the time of pickup? Second, can that other family member also be allowed to drive the car even though they weren't with me at the time of pickup?
posted by Wanderer7 on Apr 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Jasper v. Ford Remanufactured Engines

My '08 F-150 likely needs a different engine. I do not want an engine out of a wreck or from the junk yard or one rebuilt by a local shop. I am looking for a remanufactured engine. Does anyone have any experience with or insight into the quality difference between a Jasper Remanufactured engine versus a Ford Factory remanufactured engine? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn on Jan 22, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I relax and just get laid, rather than obsessing over it?

I want to have more sex, but I don't want to get hung up about it. How do I stop obsessing about (not) getting any? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 - 17 answers

Women does pickup work on you?

Does picking up women outside of bars and clubs work? A woman's opinion is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by curious-mind on Feb 26, 2012 - 93 answers

About to buy my first used pickup. I Know very little about prices and mechanics.

Hey! So i am about to buy my very first vehicle and am pretty excited about the whole deal. My budget is no more than 5k and I am looking to get me a used small pickup truck. It seems like my best options are either a T100, Tacoma, frontier or a b2500. Are those considered reliable used pick ups? What kind of year/mileage y'all think 5k could bring? I am thinking a 2000 with about 120000 miles. Does that seems reasonable? The truck should be very reliable and could take some abuse, I don't really care about towing much because it will be used mainly for tools. I know VERY little about cars and mechanics and wouldn't even know the first thing to look out for when looking at a potential truck... I've been told to insist on a clean title, see that the engine and transmission are in good order, and pass it by a reliable mechanic. Anything else? Thank you for your time!
posted by Sentus on Jan 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Tonneau Cover FTW?

My husband just bought a '98 Mazda B4000 pickup. He wants to buy a Tonneau Cover for it. What specifics should we look for? [more inside]
posted by freshwater on Dec 30, 2011 - 2 answers

Tell me about my truck.

What are the best online resources for info about older Chevy pickups? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Sep 19, 2011 - 2 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

suprise my sweetie at the airport

[hive.love.mind]: picking my sweetie up from the airport after many days away. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on May 25, 2010 - 21 answers

How do I move a mattress with a pickup?

How do I move a queen size mattress and box spring with a full size standard-bed pickup? [more inside]
posted by dalesd on Jan 27, 2010 - 16 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

Where to get a list of guitar pick-up electrical characteristics?

Where can I find a reference chart of the electrical characteristics of common electric guitar pick-ups? [more inside]
posted by mhjb on Oct 7, 2009 - 1 answer

Who in San Francisco will pick up my wheelchair donation?

Will anyone in San Francisco pick up medical equipment donations? I have a wheelchair, bedside commode, walker, and some other significant hardware that I'd like to donate, but I don't have a car. Does anyone know any org that will pick up?
posted by mrgrimm on Aug 28, 2009 - 12 answers

How much work is a used Toyota truck?

Never owned an old car, thinking of buying a 1988 Toyota 4x4 truck. Stupid? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley on Aug 23, 2009 - 17 answers

What's the shift pattern on a 1980 Toyota pickup?

What's the shift pattern on a 1980 Toyota pickup? The 4-speed shifter, not the 4WD.
posted by attercoppe on Aug 4, 2009 - 13 answers

Help me break the ice with strangers!

I want to be more extroverted and confident and practice starting conversations with strangers... what are some good conversation openers? Tips? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis on Jun 24, 2009 - 17 answers

I'm handsome, excellent flirt, and women willingly give me their numbers...Now what?

I'm handsome, excellent flirt, and women willingly give me their numbers...Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2009 - 16 answers

Succeeding on the dating scene - where does a woman get advice?

Succeeding on the dating scene - where does a woman get advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2009 - 12 answers

How is pickup formed?

Since I fitted a new 5-way switch to Young Flabdablet's Squier Strat, it produces no signal and the output appears to be shorted to ground. To fix this, I need to understand the cables that come from the pickups. [more inside]
posted by flabdablet's sock puppet on Mar 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Ship it or leave it

Can I ship some camping gear ahead of my travels and pick it up from the post office or UPS Store when I arrive? [more inside]
posted by indyz on Jan 20, 2009 - 7 answers

Do pick-up techniques work ?

Has any member of the hivemind had any success using the many techniques and/or attitudes featured on shows like "The Pick up Artist" or books like Neil Strauss' "the Game" and "Rules of the Game"? [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos on Oct 20, 2008 - 35 answers

What's the best way to transport motorcycles?

I'm taking two motorcycles on vacation. Should I use a trailer or put them in the bed of my pickup? [more inside]
posted by electroboy on Aug 19, 2008 - 11 answers

I wanna be louder, but still sound like me.

Can you offer any advice on a violin pickup? [more inside]
posted by lauranesson on Apr 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me Fat my Strat!

Mefi guitar tech-heads: Help me figure out how to wire this humbucker into the bridge position of my strat. Humbucker, two wires, Strat single coil, three wires. Buh? [more inside]
posted by stenseng on Sep 9, 2007 - 4 answers

Fastest way to pick someone up from New York?

I'm heading up to Boston from Philadelphia tonight, and I need to pick up someone who lives in Brooklyn. How can I get them to a rest stop or exit? Can they take public transportation to somewhere that I could easily grab them without having to go that far out of my way, and definitely without going into New York?
posted by excitementMD on Aug 31, 2007 - 20 answers

how to pick up guys?

help me understand guys - what do i have to do to pick them up? what do guys want from a relationship/ girlfriend? is sex, food and a cleaning service the only thing guys want from their girlfriends? because that's what the "normal" guys i know are excited about. more inside. [more inside]
posted by ye#ara on Aug 29, 2007 - 55 answers

How should I have picked up my denist's receptionist?

Just went to my dentist. The receptionist (f) was hot. It didn't seem right saying anything. How should I have handled this and can it be retrieved? ps - i'm shy! [more inside]
posted by tomw on Nov 15, 2006 - 42 answers

UPS pickup charges

What does UPS Ground charge for a one-time pickup at my house if I don't have an account? And is it a per-pickup or per-package charge? I have wasted an hour trying to figure this out on their website, and their cost calculator isn't clear either. I seem to remember about 5 years ago pickups were free but you had to get on the next day's schedule.
posted by chef_boyardee on Sep 18, 2006 - 7 answers

Portland, OR charities that pick up?

Are there charities in Portland, OR that will come pick stuff up? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jul 3, 2006 - 5 answers

Ford Pickups

I was just reading about how those massive, gas-hogging Ford F-350 etc pickup trucks are the bestselling "cars" in the United States, by a huge margin. While this seems absurd during $3 a gallon gas, I wonder when this started becoming the case that pickup trucks were the top sellers. This is just anecdotal, but it seems to me that in the 1970s the only people who drove the then quite smaller pickup trucks were people who used them for work. I can't quite believe there are that many independent contractors in the US who need to buy these outsized vehicles. As they suffer (most seemingly quite rightfully) at the pump, does anyone know where to find historical car sales data -- i.e., when did Ford pickups become the most popular car in America?
posted by dearleader on Apr 19, 2006 - 25 answers

Help me find the pickup truck of our dreams...

Please suggest a make and model for our next vehicle, based on the following criteria: [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Mar 17, 2006 - 19 answers

How to introduce myself unawkwardly?

DelicateSituationFilter: Help me introduce myself and get to date #1. [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Feb 12, 2006 - 11 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

Electric violins and amps

Your experiences with amplifiers for electric violin performance, please. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Oct 3, 2005 - 11 answers

What is that weird thing?

WhatIsThatWeirdThingFilter: every now and then I spot a car or pickup with this weird attachment to the rear wheel on the driver side. [more inside]
posted by russmail on Sep 29, 2005 - 17 answers

Preamp

Guitar Modification: I have a Taylor 214 acoustic with a Martin Thinline Acoustic pickup, but no preamp. What sort of preamp should I get installed? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Jun 27, 2005 - 5 answers

I'm picking up radio stations on my guitar amp, how do I correct this?

I've just moved to a new apartment and now I can hear a radio station playing through my guitar amp. How do I correct this? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Feb 4, 2004 - 13 answers

My truck's hard to start sometimes

I'm having problems with an 87' Nissan truck (5-speed). Recently when its been sitting for a day or so, me engine doesn't want to turn over at all when I turn the key and all I get is this "click" sound that is identical to how my old car sounded when my alternator went out. The thing is, if I turn the key a few times, it'll start and its fine for the rest of the day when I try to start the car. This "clicking" thing has happened a few times now, and I don't think its the battery (lights and everything work perfectly, and no problems with engine turning over when no click sound). Any ideas what might be wrong (gut instant says alternator is going, but just seeing if any other ideas).
posted by jmd82 on Feb 2, 2004 - 21 answers

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