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Old 07-13-2004, 11:03 AM   #1
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Cool The original ROAD TOAD and my new back-up dog, TWOFER!

I have delayed posting pics until I actually sold the original ROAD TOAD. Now that I have, lets take a pic trip!

Here's my former backup dog, the original ROAD TOAD, a 1961 Chevy C-10 Apache that I had for 14 years, along with my primary dog, a 2001 BMW M Coupe; CODGER (my handle on the Roadfly Z3 Coupe board).


Here we have TWOFER, my new back-up dog, with a Snuglid, 18" Kazera rims, and little "Turbo" badges on the front quarter panels. Is it a car? Yes! Is it a truck? Yes! It's Twofer one!


Here's a close-up of the "turbo" badges; they're designed for GTI's... I got them on Ebay.

Here's a shot showing my grille blackout and the hood deflector. I think the grille blackout gives the Baja a separate identity from Subie cars...


Here's the bed with the Snuglid up and the bed extender rotated into the bed. The extender is very useful in this position because I can place stuff next to the extender and snug it tight with bungees. A key advantage of the Snuglid is that it locks the tailgate when it's down.

Here's a quandary. How do you get 14 feet of crown molding into a Baja?

Here's the answer!

What an incredibly versatile vehicle! That's all for now!

Cheers, John
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Old 07-13-2004, 12:12 PM   #2
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Hehe,

Gotta love that BajA versatility..

got right up onto the dashboard dont ya

Sweet setup you got there.. love the way those turbo badges look factory.

Thnx Road toad
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Old 07-13-2004, 12:20 PM   #3
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How about those pics! Nice road-toad!

That Chevy is impressive.

I like the grill...have other pics of that?
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Old 07-13-2004, 12:34 PM   #4
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Love the wheels too!
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Old 07-13-2004, 03:01 PM   #5
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Very, very nice.

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Old 07-13-2004, 04:20 PM   #6
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How's the ride with the 18" rims? What tires did you go with? Wet grip? Cornering? More info please...
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Old 07-13-2004, 07:52 PM   #7
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Nice job

Can you show a couple more pictures of the grill....

That Snug top looks like the way to go.......If you had a bigger load and needed to take it off can you get the back part in the rear seat area? Does it come with a protective bag for storage?

I also see its carpeted........I wish they made a carpet kit for the back........Like Bed Rug..........

Looks great
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Old 07-13-2004, 11:04 PM   #8
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How's the ride with the 18" rims? What tires did you go with? Wet grip? Cornering? More info please...
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Old 07-14-2004, 06:16 PM   #9
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OK!

Some answers: Conti Touring Contact CH95 235/50/18. I got 'em because: 1) the Kazeras (in chrome) only came in 18" 2) Since I do most of my "spirited" driving with my M Coupe, I wanted All Seasons for winter driving, and 3) They were only $105 at Tirerack (mounted and balanced on the Kazeras) and had good specs.

I haven't noticed any really big difference in handling (but I was impressed with the Baja's cornering ability under acceleration anyway!) One thing I have noticed is that they almost eliminate a phenomena I have only experienced in the Baja with the OEM wheels and tires: what I call "breakthrough hesitation" You gotta understand that I'm really steaming most of the time (average 80-95) on I-95, and can't stand folks who dawdle in the left hand passing lane, so I go WOT frequently. At 60 going WOT, I used to get this hesitation that felt like the whole car was trying to make up it's mind about going to warp. It's not just turbo lag (though that was part of it) it was the tires feeling likes they weren't really planted and were "light" and feathery. With the new wheels and tires I don't get much of that any more. I 'spect it's because of the larger contact patch.

I experimented a lot with the grille blackout. Even with roughening up the chrome I couldn't get spray paint to adhere to the chrome part. Finally I got enamel primer and brushed 2 coats onto the chrome (after taping off the Badge) and then shot three coats of Duplicolor OEM Black Trim. It's much better than just any old black paint and comes out kinda greyish black that looks OEM.

I'll post 2 pics of the grille from work tomorrow.

Re: the Snuglid; no the back part of the Snuglid is too large to fit into the backseat area and it doesn't come with a bag. I just set it on a picnic table in the back yard when I'm not using it (which isn't often) I wouldn't call it carpeted, but it is covered with some kind of fabric on the underside. I keep a packing blanket inside the bed at all time to keep stuff from gouging the floor (year, I'm a tad anal that way, but it's also good for keeping stuff from rattling around.

BTW, the OEM gunmetal wheels and tires (1K)are still available at $150 each...hint ; )

Later,

John
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Old 07-14-2004, 08:22 PM   #10
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did you install the snuglid yourself or have it done for you? How much did it cost? (if you don't mind my asking - I want to get a snuglid top too and am researching prices ;p)

also, is it fairly easy to the hard cover on and off? For the most part I'd prob leave it on, but it'd be nice to know if it's easy to take apart...

thanks Road Toad! great car and pics!!

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Old 07-15-2004, 08:54 AM   #11
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moraisins, here are the install pages from myself and Road Toad
As the post state, the lage part comes off with only two hand screws. The smaller section requires the removal of ~7 screws. It is easy to remove by yourself but alot easier to put on with another person.
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Old 07-15-2004, 01:09 PM   #12
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Cool Pics of Grille Blackout

[IMG]members.roadfly.org/john.d.moore/c&tgrille.jpg[/IMG]


If you need something more close-up, holler and I'll take some pics and post 'em.

All in all, I think the grille blackout does more than anything else to distinguish the Baja as something other than a Scooby car.

Cheers,

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Old 07-15-2004, 01:15 PM   #13
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Default Arrgh, first pic down here...



BTW, I really don't like the format of this board, cuz you can't append or direct your post where you want to; they all go to the end of the queue..

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Old 07-15-2004, 01:34 PM   #14
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cars look great! I like the turbo badges, seems like the turbos really need something like that.

I also am experiencing the joy of two "wash me every damn day" black cars (04 turbo baja and an 00 camaro SS getting a 396CID 600hp motor)
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Old 07-15-2004, 06:59 PM   #15
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thanks for the reference braveit1 and roadtoad!
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Old 07-16-2004, 09:46 AM   #16
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Quote:

I also am experiencing the joy of two "wash me every damn day" black cars (04 turbo baja and an 00 camaro SS getting a 396CID 600hp motor)

I originally planned to get a car cover for one of them, but have figgered out that it makes more sense to keep the "clean one" in the garage and drive it only on nice days, until it gets dirty and then switch..

John
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Old 07-16-2004, 12:54 PM   #17
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Nice Baja
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Old 07-16-2004, 02:01 PM   #18
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Why didn't you keep the lic plate from the rd toad?

Your Baja is very classy........Have you done anything on the inside
or to the engine?

It gives me lots of ideas.....

Have you thought of tinting the rear lights..? With your car black this should look awesome.......
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Old 07-16-2004, 02:19 PM   #19
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Really nice work!

Question: Did you ever consider painting the grille the same color as the dark gray cladding?

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Old 07-20-2004, 09:37 AM   #20
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1. I didn't keep the license plate from the Road Toad because all my plates are specific to the car, e.g., TWOFER; the Baja. I originally plated my Chevy truck Road Toad because it was big, green, ugly and had two "eyes" in front. I used Road Toad as my handle here without a lot of thought to the future, and now it seems pointless to change to TWOFER...; )

2. Nope, I haven't done anything to the inside or engine, and don't plan to. I'm a fan of "less is more" and class is like a "little black dress with pearls", so that's what I strive for in my vehicles...

3. No, I didn't consider painting the grille the same color as the grey cladding. In fact, the original color of the grill plastic WAS the color of the cladding, but had a fairly flat rather than gloss surface. Since I wanted to "eliminate" the grille as a visual reference, I went with OEM Black Trim paint, which actually looks more flat charcoal grey than black, and thus looks very original, rather than just painted out. YMMV

4. Bob, I seem to remember a thread about how useful the Baja was compared to other SUT's, etc. I chose the Baja PRIMARILY because of it's utility to me in my seasonal business, OVER many alternatives. I needed a vehicle that had a tailgate and enough space for a contractor's air compressor, but low enough so that I could start and stop the compressor 40+ times a day while standing on the ground, e.g. without climibing up into the bed of a truck, etc. Here's a pic of the compressor in the bed of TWOFER. I don't need to start up that thread again, my point is simply that utility is not the same as weight or volume capacity, it's a function of what one's specific needs are. I'm sure you agree, as I'm sure that I would choose other vehicles if my needs were different.

Cheers, John

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Old 07-21-2004, 09:06 AM   #21
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so whats with the compressor........Winterizing for $60.00? I am from So Cal.......
Dont have winter here...........Do you use that to clean out sprinkler lines?

Any problem with the tailgate? since the comp hangs over?

With the Snug Lid.........when you have the tailgate down and extender out....and you put the lid back down, does it lock in the down position ?

Again Nice Baja
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Old 07-21-2004, 09:12 AM   #22
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The snuglid locks in position with the bed extender out and tailgate down.
But there is a quick release cable you can pull to unlock it. I'm thinking about removing my cable because my bed extender gets caught on it when I flip it around. Not a real problem, I just move it out of the way. But if I removed it, the lid could not be unlocked while the tailgate was down.
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Old 07-21-2004, 09:30 AM   #23
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Long story short; I designed and built my own in-ground lawn sprinkler system 15 years ago, and with the other companies around here SO BAD, my neighbors started asking me to winterize their systems (blow water out of lines so they don't freeze). Word of mouth advertising, on-time quality performance, and "target-rich environment" combined to create a neat sideline that allows me to make $1K per day on fall weekends.

No probs with tailgate, in fact if you look closely, you can see a galvanized pipe flange bolted to the compressor deck just behind the motor. That supports a 1 1/4" galv. pipe which supports a hose reel with 275 ' of 1/4" air hose, so I can reach any "situation". It's really a nifty rig,...I've also got two rigs that mount on mini-trailers for my "associates" to use. The bidness paid for college educations for both daughters and the M Coupe for me...Niche Rulz!

Yup, Snuglid locks everytime you close it, and since I've "deleted" the "inside" lock release, the Snuglid prevents anybody from "liberating" my bed extender, whether it's in or out!

Cheers, John
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Old 07-21-2004, 09:32 AM   #24
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But if I removed it, the lid could not be unlocked while the tailgate was down.
That's what the key is for...or am I missing something?

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Old 07-21-2004, 10:34 AM   #25
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If the gate is down you can also pull the emergency release cord. Road Toad 'deleted' his to prevent this.
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