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Movers with a truck, cross state lines

In need of a recommendation for a moving service that would move the contents of my 2-bedroom apartment from Baltimore, MD to Brooklyn, NY. [more inside]
posted by mooselini on Jun 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Cargo Van Tetris

I have some boxes and some furniture. They need to fit in the back of a van. Is there somewhere on the internet where I can tell it the sizes of my things, and the size of the space they need to fit into, and it tells me how to most efficiently stack my things? [more inside]
posted by mgar on Feb 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Short story? Brother/sister in back of truck, coffin falls, kills sister

Simple summary: A brother and sister rode along to the store in the back of a truck to purchase a coffin. On the return trip home, the coffin falls on the sister and kills her, and they have to go back to the store to buy a coffin for her. Google has had some mighty strange or irrelevant suggestions to my query, but nothing that seems right. It's probable that I'd recognize the cover or the name of the book. [more inside]
posted by stormyteal on Feb 7, 2014 - 0 answers

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

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

Harvard Square - Moving Truck Permit on Sunday and Truck Routes?

Hi all, I am moving from Cambridge to Providence on Sunday morning. I'll be picking up a 16 foot truck from Penske at 436 Riverside Ave in Medford at around 8:30am that morning, and driving it to Harvard Square, probably to Linden St between Mass Ave and Mt. Auburn. And once it's loaded, on to Providence. I need help knowing whether I need a permit, and about the best way to drive the truck through the streets of Medford, Somerville and Cambridge. [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Sep 13, 2013 - 13 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

Best route from Brooklyn to I-80W in a big-ass truck?

Moving out of Brooklyn (finally). As I see it, there are two basic options. Can you tell me which one is a better bet, and/or suggest an alternate route? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on May 28, 2013 - 10 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

Fahrenheit 451 Salamander

All the literature on the Salamander from Fahrenheit 451 has been burned. Where can I find more information about the Salamander that was built for the 1966 film? [more inside]
posted by boba on Dec 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Does this scene from an Eisenstein film exist?

Is there a scene in a Sergei Eisenstein film where goods are unloaded from a truck/rail car and passed out or passed down a line? I thought I remembered one in "The General Line," but I can't find it-- of course the film is two hours long and I saw it once 15 years ago. Or perhaps there's a scene from another black and white movie from a different filmmaker that I might be thinking of? Thanks.
posted by Mayor Curley on Nov 6, 2012 - 2 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

What should I look at on a 1996 F-250 turbo diesel before I buy it?

I'm in the market for a used cheap pickup truck and looking at a high mileage 1996 F-250 tomorrow. As a decent shade tree mechanic and having access to the googles, I'm building a list of things to look at. What should I add? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Sep 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Suspension lift kit

Lift kit for 1995 Nissan 4WD Pickup [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Jul 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Montreal or bust

What's the going rate to drive a friend's stuff across the country? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Jul 5, 2012 - 27 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

Help me get a used truck

I need to buy a used truck (I dont have the money for a new one). I have maybe around 7.5K to spend. Some people tell me that a gas engine with over 1K miles on is just asking for trouble, other people tell me they have over 2K on theres and its still running strong. [more inside]
posted by digividal on Jun 23, 2012 - 14 answers

"Police follow this vehicle"

I just walked past an armoured truck doing a cash drop to a bank. On the back was a sign saying "Police follow this vehicle". Is this a request or a statement? What's it trying to achieve and does it work?
posted by cromagnon on Jun 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Stompers Replacement

Is there a non-vintage, non-collectible, non-expensive source for small, motorized, toy monster trucks powered by a single AA battery? Think Stompers, but not vintage and $50.
posted by dirtdirt on Jun 14, 2012 - 7 answers

Oh, balls.

Is there anywhere in New York City that sells Truck Nuts? I need them sooner than they can be shipped.
posted by Jon_Evil on May 15, 2012 - 5 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

What's this 1966 Chevy vehicle called?

What is this vehicle called? I'd like to find out more about it, but I'm not sure of the model name (if any) or even what to call the type. 1966 Chevrolet delivery-type truckish thing. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Mar 26, 2012 - 4 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

Truck bells?

What's the deal with these bell-like things on the bumper of this van? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Jan 20, 2012 - 4 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

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

I have mud flaps in San Jose, CA, please help me install them.

San Jose, CA: Where to get mud flaps installed on a 2005 F-250 truck? I already have the rectangular flaps, but I need them installed. [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Nov 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Why do some trailers have a drum attached.

Why do some semi-trailers have a plastic barrel attached to a frame structure underneath the deck and behind the rear axle? They are on their sides, (GIS fails finding an example.) They look like they may be used to hold water and provide weight for braking.
posted by Keith Talent on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

An "S" made of lights on the front of a truck means?

Once in a while I'll see a truck behind me with a series of around 10 small light bulbs creating an S on the front grille. What does this mean? [more inside]
posted by simplethings on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me date this picture!

Can anyone tell me anything about this truck? [more inside]
posted by ephemerista on Nov 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Sixth wheel?

What are the hydraulic centre wheels on dump trucks called and where can I find out more about them? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo on Nov 1, 2011 - 6 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

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

Truck or Van for Towing?

Wifey and I are talking about buying a used vehicle with some internal storage and/or seating for 4 that can tow a 5x8 trailer. We're looking for recommendations for a vehicle that will do the towing -- with a little more criteria inside... [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Aug 31, 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

can I cut a giant hole in the roof of my truck ?

I want to put a sunroof in my 88 Ford F150. Other than leaks , what are some things I need to consider before cutting a hole in my roof ? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks on Aug 3, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I add refrigerant to my F-150?

How do I add air conditioner refrigerant to my 1997 Ford F-150? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on Aug 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Moving truck rental 24 hour limitation

I'm moving from St. Paul to Minneapolis this weekend. I have to be out of my old apartment by noon on Sunday, but am not allowed to move into my new one until after 4pm on Monday. This creates a problem because none of the local rental truck companies seem to be willing to rent out their trucks for longer than 24 hours. Am I really going to have to rent a truck and load and unload it into a storage facility for a day, and then rent another one the very next day, or is there some superior solution someone can think of? Surely this isn't the first time this issue has arisen. Thanks for any suggestions.
posted by grammalvsu on Jul 28, 2011 - 17 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

Cargo Van/Truck Month-Plus Rental

Forgive terseness. Rent a cargo van or box truck for more than a month. Take some gear from Washington, DC to Phoenix, AZ. Shoot a movie. Take gear back to DC. Total of around 36 days. [more inside]
posted by Shotgun Shakespeare on Apr 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Truck + BBQ = Name?

Challenge: The BEST name for a food truck serving excellent BBQ? [more inside]
posted by kjs3 on Apr 25, 2011 - 56 answers

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