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About Ranbat

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    Wichita, Ks
  • Cars
    '74 Datsun B210 '97 Lumina '94 Lumina Van
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    Lots. Cars, music, kit building (cars and figures), video games, paintball um, yeah, I'm a big kid.
  1. Ranbat

    Driveway paint jobs Krylon vs Duplicolor

    I'm thinking of trying Plastikote. How's it hold up?
  2. Even though I spent my High School years working in a body shop prepping and painting cars, most of my automotive paint work has been done with rattle cans. That's because most of my painting only involves painting a fender or spotting in an area after repair. If I were to paint a whole car, I would most likely seek out access to a proper paintbooth, spraygun and compressor. My question is this, which paint does everyone favor, Krylon or Duplicolor? Duplicolor has more options as far as being able to match the color of your car, but I have always felt that Krylon produced a better finish. Anyone else find this to be true?
  3. Ranbat

    Got my B210 GX

    I kinda dig the baby moons. Not the typical look you see on a Datsun. Although, if them be chrome rims under those moons, it might look really rad.
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    traffic laws, tickets, and datsun.

    Until a year of so ago, I had an old ratty 72 Chevy pickup. It had headers into glasspacks with pipes that dumped out the side of the bed. The rear sat a bit higher and I had some old mag wheels on it. I got pulled over a few times just because of the whole vibe of that truck. I think I had a tag light out once. I never received a ticket. They would pull me over, ask me a bunch of questions and do a search. One officer was completely perplexed as to why my bench seat didn't fold forward. I told him it was because the gas tank was behind the seat. He didn't believe me until I showed him where the gas cap was on the cab :geek:
  5. Ranbat

    traffic laws, tickets, and datsun.

    All I have to offer the OP is, welcome to hot rodding B)
  6. Ranbat

    Fast 6 anyone.....?

    If/when they end the series, they should totally end it all Butch and Sundance like with Brian and Dom going out in a Charger nitrous blazing :D
  7. Ranbat


    Ha. I was just looking for a thread on here about these yesterday. I see yours is a Chinook. There's a '78 Toyota/Chinook in my area that a guy is selling. I'm going to go look this week methinks. Wish it was a Datsun though. And those campers are heavier than you'd think. From what research I've done, the Toyotas had rear end problems due to the weight. Although, yours is a Gazelle pop-up, and the ones I'm reading about are the Omega/Newport Surely the Datsun will fair much better :thumbup:
  8. Ranbat

    Fast 6 anyone.....?

    Is it an after the credits type of deal like alot of movies are doing?
  9. Ranbat

    Fast 6 anyone.....?

    Dammit. Somebody could've placed a spoiler alert before announcing the appearance of Jason Statham. I plan on seeing it this week. I personally love them from a guy movie standpoint. Action, cars and hot chicks! They have found the action hero movie for the new millenium. :thumbup:
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    Honda Hate?

    I've just had limited but good experiences with Hondas. I owned a 1st Gen Civic, a '78 I believe. Honestly, I wish I still had it. It was a fun car. My girlfriend in High School had a 1st Gen CRX. That car was fun as hell to drive. And while I love having a Datsun project car, I'd like to have something like an older Accord as a daily driver. Or even another 1st Gen Civic.
  11. Ranbat

    Honda Hate?

    Being a fairly new guy, I've noticed lots of Honda hate. Yet, the recent Honda 600 thread seemed to draw lots of enthusiasm. So, is it more of a disdain for a certain set that seems to favor Hondas? Or is it Honda 600s are okay, everything else sucks? What about 1st and 2nd Gen Civics? There are some cool little Hondas out there. Not looking to start a shitstorm. Just wondering if it's more about a group that favors Hondas, or the brand itself.
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    High School parking lot 'hot rods'

    My first High School hot rod was a'66 Chevelle 4-door hardtop. I worked in a body shop and they got it looking pretty good for me. I then wrecked it a few months later. My next car was a '70 Nova with a 3-on-the-tree. I actually gutted the interior for that 'race car' look and left only the buckets and dash. Next came a '74 Camaro with a straight 6. I really wish I had left that in, instead of dropping in the typical 350. My last driver was a '72 Monte Carlo with a 402 Big Block. I stored that car for years and finally sold it a few years ago untouched. I did buy and sell a few cars in addition to my main drivers during those years to finance other projects. Working in a body shop helped. I could buy an ugly old Chevy, patch the rust, paint it and triple my money. Easy money while living rent free.
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    High School parking lot 'hot rods'

    I was just making an observation of how things have done a total swap since I was in High School. In my day, Hondas, Toyotas, Datsuns and Subarus were just cars some kids drove to school. Now, it seems that Imports are the 'hot rods' and all the American stuff is just something you drive. I see Camaros, Mustangs, Monte Carlos, Impalas and such, but they're just drivers. I just find it interesting how hot rodding has changed.
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    High School parking lot 'hot rods'

    I'm not hating on them. I can buy 90s Camaros, Mustangs and 80s Monte Carlo Super Sports for alot less money than most of the Hondas they are buying. I didn't expect vintage muscle cars. I did expect to see some late 80s and early 90s cars though.
  15. Picked my son up from school yesterday. While I was waiting I started looking around for the 'hot rods' in the parking lot. ALOT has changed since 1983. There was not one Camaro or Mustang that showed any signs of being modded at all. Instead, it was all imports. Yes, lots of Hondas, but there were some Nissans (240sx and 300sx), a Supra and a Subaru. These kids could have picked out later model American cars like the Monte Carlo SS, Firebirds or Buicks to clone Grand National styling. They could have even chosen standbys like the Mustang or Camaro. Instead, they are building imports. Makes me wonder what their parents are building, or if it's all Fast and Furious.

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