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Good morning dear folks,

 

After many years of playing in the dirt with other toys I finally bought a 240GD 1988.. fleabay  $10400.

A little more about me ...

Original Dutch and now living in State College,PA  in the USA  for the last 25 years. 

Self employed , used to work in the nuclear energy with non destructive testing equipment and since 1996 self employed in the aircraft industry with non destructive testing. Funny enough alternative energy always had a much bigger attraction then the nukes and our lifestyle is much more in that category...

Nevertheless, we have acquired a lot of vehicles in the past and since I am a sucker for cars I buy but rarely sell.

At this moment we have 2 Ford econoline 7.3 diesel  4x4 rigged out as expedition vehicles. Nice for snow and dirt road.

I started in 1997 with Lada Niva's and still have a 1988 prototype diesel. Great cars, no doubt other have different opinions. LOL

For along time we drove mercedes diesels converted to waste vegetable oil and we still drive a turbo 300TD auto and 240TD stick. For long distance we use a 1987 300TD or one of the ford econolines.

For around town we drive an electric car Solectria, a converted geometro with ac motor and lithium ion batteries and yes we have solar on our house to charge. The vehicle batteries are part of a battery bank that can run the critical parts of the house incase of an electric outage.

Other toys are 1977 jaguar XJS, 1973 Citroen DS20 and 1973 Corvette T-top 350 auto.

As not to bore you any further

Back to the 240GD.

Although it seems to be running great I am sure i will enjoy reading and learning more about these cars. Looked around  at other forums but this club seems to be the best choice.

Thank you for having me.

 

Later J

 

 

 

 

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hello and welcome

nice to see a Wolf in proper weather conditions

do you have to have all your vehicles taxed and insured ?

regards

tim

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Welcome! This is the go-to site for realistic information, contacts, help and banter. I know from experience. You have some stonking vehicles: Niva, DS and Corvette. Wowski!
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Welcome

Yes like its been said you will find all you need here and its easy to navigate


Many people will help out with any issues


Me and my friend had a lada niva each for off roading and shooting vehicle. Both did well but we were harsh on them at one event and we both broke the front diffs


Both made it home and both were sold for more than we got them for so i highly recommend them


One is still running around happily now


                                     Regards Gaz

 

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Hello Tim, not sure what you refer to with taxed. If you mean road tax? I live in the USA  and the road tax is included in the fuel price.

I have about 10 cars insured all the time, only against collision,

The jag and Niva are not on the road and so not insured.

I took the Niva, jag and DS with me from the Netherlands, the Niva being diesel and jag and DS on LPG. The road tax was a fortune.  

 

later J

 

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Thank you Nick, having always worked on my vehicle myself I have grown quite fond of them myself. The problem is that you cannot sell them anymore after that, at least I can't.

 

Later J

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Hi Gaz, haha yeah the darn front diff. the only nice thing was that the rear diff parts were the same. I always wanted to cut a rear diff apart and weld to steel flanges on the axle tubes as to  get a stronger housing then the aluminum one. It never got done, may be one day

Not to mention the sensitive boots around the cv joints. Niva's are a love hate. My first NIVA was a beater. My friend had a range rover and we were playing on a Dutch army Tank training facility.  I got stuck and he pulled me out, he got stuck  I did not have the HP or grip to pull him out. Ultimately we dug hole in front of my wheels and dropped the car in there as to improvise a ground anchor. we hooked up his winch and ... he pulled it of. Had to ask a local farmer with tractor to pull him out. RR are expensive... good memories... lol .   Drove my second in 1993 to the north cape in Norway. On the way back we had some great adventures in Finland. Th