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100% Mechanical vehicle #4686566
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ridgerunner Offline OP
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Would like to know What vehicles still out there that are all mechanical. No solenoids, no electronic anything. Seems like I am always tracking down and replacing these POS gadgets that leave U stranded. Would like a simple fuse box and nothing else! Most likely looking at something pre 1975 I am guessing. Someone told me the Cummins 12 valve would be a candidate. Anything else? How about the square bodied Chevys? How about something smaller? Any cars?

Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner] #4686569
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Model T...

Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner] #4686570
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All vehicles will have at least one solenoid for the starter unless you go back to crank start.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner] #4686580
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Old Mercedes diesels.
The turbo fives even offer what almost resembles acceleration.


18 Accord Hybrid FF
17 Forester 18K VME 0W-20
12 Accord LX 96K SSO 0W-20
09 Forester 95K M1HM 10W-30
01 Focus ZX3 118K PP 5W-20
96 Accord LX 104K T5 10W-30
95 318i
Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: fdcg27] #4686583
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Old Mercedes diesels.
The turbo fives even offer what almost resembles acceleration.


LOL

Is that downhill?


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Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: fdcg27] #4686584
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Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Old Mercedes diesels.
The turbo fives even offer what almost resembles acceleration.

This was one I was wondering about. R they hard to find, what years?

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Originally Posted By: Donald
All vehicles will have at least one solenoid for the starter unless you go back to crank start.

I could deal with one

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ridgerunner Offline OP
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Just looked at a few Mercs on youtube. Kinda like them actually!

Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner] #4686619
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What vehicles have you owned like this?

The only reliable stuff I have owned was 1990+ when electronic fuel injection replaced those horrific carbs. I have NEVER been stranded in 26 years driving a Subaru or Honda product.

Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner] #4686626
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If you get an older diesel with a mechanical fuel pump..the dreaded seals and o-rings will eventually get u.

Find an older ford truck or van with the 300 6 cylinder. It will run on budweiser and stripper glitter.

Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner] #4686631
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2015 Nissan Frontier S King Cab, 2.5L, 5MT
Pennzoil Platinum 5W-30 in the crankcase. Red Line in the gearboxes.
Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner] #4686650
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I use the overseas owner's manual to choose my oil.

Using AMSOIL

Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 138k, SS 5w30/Amsoil

His: 2015 4Runner 45k, OE 5w30/Wix

Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner] #4686652
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The only thing electronic about a 1978 Cadillac Sedan DeVille 7.0L V8 was the HEI distributor, but that can easily be replaced with a breaker ignition because there's no computer to upset. You don't have to go all the way back to the Model T to get all mechanical.

Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: fdcg27] #4686668
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I was going to say the same, something old and diesel that has a mechanical injector pump.

There is probably a solenoid on the injector pump to stop fuel from entering when the key is switched off.

Anything gasoline will have an electronic ignition to say the least, unless it was pre-1972 give or take.

The model T suggestion was good. No starter solenoid if you hand crank it.

Originally Posted By: fdcg27
Old Mercedes diesels.
The turbo fives even offer what almost resembles acceleration.


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Re: 100% Mechanical vehicle [Re: ridgerunner] #4686669
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I think I'd rather stick with early 90's Japanese tech, simple cars with good usability, reliability, and mileage. No body control modules or integrated radio/HVAC controls.
Get a manual and the starter becomes optional.


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18 Outback 2.5 CVT 22km 0W20
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