Last Call- What a Crock Edition

Crock

When riding a motorcycle, your safety should be your utmost concern. Always wear a helmet, long sleeves and sturdy footwear. Additionally, you should always – and I mean ALWAYS – ensure that your crocodile is securely fastened before using it as an impromptu saddle.

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37 responses to “Last Call- What a Crock Edition”

  1. boostedlegowgn Avatar

    Traded it straight up on a Porsche Cayman shod with Gatorbacks.

  2. Devin Avatar

    It's a living.

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    Is that an Izod 150?

    1. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
      1. $kaycog Avatar

        That's what I thought too.

      2. Van_Sarockin Avatar

        Ponies: Starter Crocodile

    2. windbuechse Avatar

      Ah, The Alligator Farm. Later (1953-1984) it was next to Knott's Berry Farm. I remember my parents taking me there ~1960, They had some huge gators – don't recall any saddled up though…
      <img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7lPdF8W3RBA/TXjzNxeQP6I/AAAAAAAAACk/6gOR9wqxmas/s1600/ali4.jpg&quot; width="600">

  4. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar

    My father did theater back in the seventies, and for one play he had his face painted black with shoe polish. The people in the village were shocked to see a black man emerge from the cloud of two-stroke smoke left by his Solifer Speed moped.*
    *No one had ever seen a black man then.. The first immigrants to this country were Viatnamese, Somalis started arriving much later.
    I don't want to get all political here though. Here's some rosk n´ roll instead.
    [youtube dT4URll3lm4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT4URll3lm4 youtube]

  5. Number_Six Avatar

    The townsfolk laughed at Francesco's upholstery skills but he knew he was doing it right.

  6. stigshift Avatar

    It never ceases to amaze me how much tail bikers seem to get…

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      Lot lizards are overrated (or so I hear)

    2. Vairship Avatar

      ATGATT. Motorcycle boots are proper footwear when riding a motorcycle. Crocs are not.

  7. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Alright trolls, time to step up your game and work a few of these into your posts: http://mentalfloss.com/article/52339/35-classy-sl

    1. Alff Avatar

      Pity poor Mr. Fubbs.

  8. Andy Avatar

    That photo shows how nature says: "don't touch".

  9. Alff Avatar

    I don't care how cool that looks … I hate tailgators.

  10. Alff Avatar

    So last call… I want to share an interesting experience I had last week. Mrs. Alff, the Florist, drives a somewhat decrepit 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan. It's got some rust, a few bruises and has been the perfect vehicle for raising kids and running floral deliveries (a surprisingly messy business, as it turns out). A couple of years ago, I started hinting that it was time for a replacement. She consistently responded, "I want the exact same van." Not a brand new boxier version, but the same thing she has. I suggested that was not a practical choice, as they haven't produced that particular model for seven years.
    Last week I happened on a GSA auction. The feds sell upwards of 50K vehicles per year, typically at dealer auction houses but the sales are open to the public. The one I went to was lightly attended, mostly by dealers. I joked with a couple of them that I had the advantage – I was there to buy one car, they were there to buy many. Their top bid would be limited by what they thought they could make a reasonable profit from, mine was dictated by what I thought a car I would have to live with for the next seven or so years was worth…

    1. Alff Avatar

      If you are looking for basic transportation (everything sold had few options, but included modern necessities like AC, cruise and CD players), I'm not sure you could find a better deal. Every vehcile has been fleet maintained, is typically between four and six years old, has somewhere between 30 and 70 thousand miles and is very clean. I saw a late model 3/4 ton Ford cargo van, with full windows and 30K miles, go for $6200. Late model 2wd F-150s went for a similar price. I was mildly shocked.
      For some reason the minivans being offered up were a bit older but no less clean or well maintained. At the end of the day, I bought a 2006 Grand Caravan with a mere 11K miles (it looks like a new car!) for a couple hundred dollars more than a buy-it-here, finance-it-here dealer was willing to. As a result, I have a very clean reliable family and business truckster that will serve us well for many years for less than six grand, net of what I expect to sell the older one for.
      If you ever need basic reliable transpo for a fantastic price, I'd suggest you check out a local GSA auction.

      1. dead_elvis Avatar

        State-run surplus property auctions aren't bad either. Similar stuff involved, maybe a bit older/more worn/cheaper(!) from what I've seen at State of Washington/UW auctions.

      2. Sjalabais Avatar

        Pictures! And congratulations! I am about to find a replacement for my family wagon, and it turns out it is very hard. Reliable, pragmatic transportation is expensive, even if well-used.

      3. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

        Yikes, we use those caravans here, and run them on e85, it was like a mandate for fuel efficiency and the easiest way to reach. Supposedly they are now better but the earliest e85 capable Chrysler made minivans had trouble after a while. I've been told though if they sit and are not driven a lot they still can have trouble with piston rings and injectors, all the rubber stuff was improved. 2006 looks like this later case. And yes they basically have AC, cruise, and power windows and locks. Anyway, maybe try to find-out where it was from, if it ran on e85, and if so do some hunting on forums.

        1. Alff Avatar

          This one is e85 compatible (only about 2% of them were). Since the money's already spent, I probably won't worry about it 'til I have to. Fortunately, those V6 engines are a dime a dozen and appear to be an easy swap. Wish it came with the larger 3.8 and timing chain, though. That engine has been nails in our current truckster.
          <img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_nnXGiKoANI/Uh4kmAQOVnI/AAAAAAAAAgs/CfIo-tUTJwQ/h120/2013-08-27_19-26-59_732.jpg"&gt;
          Here they are, in the process of swapping out the steelies for larger aluminum wheels. Sometimes a Hoon doesn't get to choose how hoonworthy are the vehicles he works on.

          1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

            The black door handles scream that this could have been one of ours. Recently we had to cut down on the cars here for budget reasons, we share among the divisions now, they are being driven all day long with wait lists the few that are left, and the rest got sent to some central location to decide their fate. I guess this was it, which is pretty cool actually, better than just crushing or just sitting mothballed for years. Is there evidence of a sticker on the back (or does it remain even) about proudly running on clean E85 or something like that? Anyway, we had the 3.3 and I'm pretty sure it had the chain too: http://www.allpar.com/mopar/33.html

            1. Alff Avatar

              These GSA auctions are all over the country. Given that, and the fact that the federal government is Kansas City's largest employer, I'll be this is a local vehicle. No sign of E85 compatibility, other than the sticker inside the gas door.
              My greasy Haynes says the 3.3 has a belt, but maybe the e85 version is different? I'll have to dig into it.

              1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

                Haynes is not always right, but I never did look under the cover of mine. My Haynes book for he MPV (which was really impressively good for a Haynes book) failed to mention any of the differences in a CA car, one of which was the timing belt and tensioner, but I lived walking distance from a Mazda dealership.

  11. acarr260 Avatar

    Jeep Forward Control barn find!
    This guy has one title, but 3 FC Jeeps that are in pretty bad shape. I'm curious as to what he will take for them since there is no listed price. What do you guys think?
    I saw it here this morning: http://www.barnfinds.com/jeep-forward-control-tri
    Actual ad: http://desmoines.craigslist.org/cto/4028928345.ht
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00707_iVLUeGyePHf_600x450.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. JayP2112 Avatar

      Do it.

      1. acarr260 Avatar

        No. I have one in storage already, and I haven't managed to get it out and running, so I don't need three more in decidedly worse shape. If I only had the extra time, space, and resources…

        1. JayP2112 Avatar

          C'mon. All the cool kids are doin' it.

        2. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar

          Parts! You can make two or three running if you are lucky! Plus it will be harder for you to have them out of sight and out of mind, so you will make insanely great progress!

          1. acarr260 Avatar

            My girlfriend would kill me… which would probably reduce productivity… though not by a noticeable amount.
            Depending on the price of entry, get one running correctly (only one title), and make the remainder into a LeMons legend. Automatic Index of Affluency winner.

    2. Alff Avatar

      I have a farm not too far from there, with a couple of little used buildings. Hmmm…

      1. acarr260 Avatar

        Now the solution seems obvious! Good luck!

  12. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    That picture had to have been taken late in the day – that poor fellow is really dragging his tail.

  13. Manic_King Avatar

    Reminds me of (bad quality-) photo I took, hammerhead shark tied to roof rack of Zanzibar's usual public transp vehicle.
    <img src="http://www.upload.ee/image/3546303/Untitle222d.png&quot; border="0" alt="Untitle222d.png" />

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