Last Call- Canadian Car Wash Edition


Salting the roads may wreak havoc on a car’s structure, turning ferrous metal into swiss cheese, but it does also turn highway travelers into impromptu salt licks for appreciative megafauna. By the way, do you think that moose has but one ear?

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  1. I'd much rather have them wash my car than slam into my windshield at 120kph.

    1. Yes indeed. My folks killed a mooseling with a Volvo 940 sedan on Interstate 91 in Vermont some years back. It landed on the front of the roof, bounced onto the trunk, and then to the asphalt. No real damage to my parents beyond some seatbelt bruising, but that was the end of 940.
      They've continued to drive moose-proof Swedish cars. I was disappointed they didn't think to have the meat salvaged, as you can do that in VT; I suppose they had other immediate concerns. Moose can be some good eatin'.

      1. Used to see crashed cars at work, hitting a moose is not pretty.. Though proably the worst was a car hitting a stationary van at 120kph+ on the motorway because the van broke down and the idiot parked it partly in the left lane, and the car driver hit it when changing lanes from behind another car. But yeah, moose does make for some tasty eatin'.

      2. They were lucky. Not many cars to choose from at that time that would have managed to protect its people upon hitting a moose.
        And I think it tastes like cow, but, hey, free meat! That's a nice policy.

    2. I had a teacher in high school that told a story of hitting a moose in a sedan. It was just high enough to break the moose's legs and have the body of the moose slam directly into the windshield. At this point the jagged pieces of windshield sliced open the gut of the moose spilling all the guts, undigested moose stuff and digested moose stuff, into the whole compartment of the car. Above the level of the seats. I always look for moose.

      1. I think that scenario – clipping the legs, & the torso of the moose coming right through the windshield – is exactly why a moose strike is so often fatal for the car occupants. Basic moose-car interaction geometry. Given that auto glass generally crumbles though, I'm calling MS (moose shit, obv) on your teacher's additional detail about evisceration by windshield. But points for the gross-out factor.
        There was a fair amount of moose fur(?) inside my folks' car, post-accident. Scraped off by the front of the roof, maybe.

        1. It's amazing that moose didn't kill all of them. Could've been the roof that did it. Either that or the massive amount of Mickey D's.

        2. BS might be appropriate too if it was a male mööse. A calf might be small enough to hit the front of the car hard enough to split it open, though.

    1. That will get him incarcerated. *picture of dead moose inside car*
      Thought about posting an actual picture of a dead and bloody moose that has entered a car thru the windshield at high speed but I best not. It's not funny.

    2. Hahahaha! I hope you wake up at 3 am laughing at your funny. There's an excellent chance that I will. Well done.

    3. I burst out in laughter and now all my French collegues are looking at me!
      And worst of all, it's impossible to translate this joke in to French…

  2. Off topic, because this is exciting to me. Actually, it's kinda relevant, because moose…
    This last weekend, we got The Brick not just running, but drivable…ish…!! It actually backed up almost an entire car length under its own power! The "ish" portion refers to the fact that it is running on only 3 cylinders for some reason… Haven't figured that one out yet. It's likely an issue with the wiring, one of the countless relays, or that particular junkyard-sourced injector… But this is a huge step, and the most I have seen of the front of this car in years!
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        1. Why a '93? My currently not running -89 740 has a B230F. LH-jetronic 2.4. do you mean oil squirters? I thought only turbos had those.

          1. Mine is a true bastard creation…
            The car originally had a B23F running LH2.0 with an AW71.
            It is now "running" with a B21FT with a T3 Garret and intercooler, that was originally running on K-Jet, now on LH2.2 connected to a spliced LH2.0 harness, all bolted to an M46.
            It has been a long, arduous journey, and only possible as a labor of love …

      1. Mmm, 142… Nice collection there! Definitely looks like a true garage of a Volvo owner.
        Either a 142 or 145 (depends on which I find first in decent condition when I'm seriously looking) is on the short list of future projects for me.

        1. Volvo's 140 series from 1971 and 72 I've had them all, with all kinds of B20's, Single Zenith, double Zenith, D-jetronic (nightmare)
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  3. I spent two hours pressure washing all of the road salt off of my van today after the local municipalities thought it'd be hilarious to put down, I believe the scientific term is 'a metric arse-load of,' road salt when the only snow we got was a light dusting that disappeared with the morning sun.
    And then I got caught in a light rain on my way home.

  4. I'm pretty sure this happened to my car just a couple days ago, one whole side appears to be covered in tongue marks, the dust on the other side is undisturbed. It would have been a white-tail deer though, we have a hundred of them living in town with us this winter.

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