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oprn last won the day on December 9 2018

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    East Central Alberta, Canada

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    83 944, Forester, 02 Jetta TDI, Dodge 3500 Cumins, 02 Lupo, Manx copy

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  1. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    And yes it gets hard! Here is another for your amusement taken at a local park. Think about the relevance of that bottom sign and the irony that it was hit by the plow! 🤣
  2. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    VW very thoughtfully put a thermostat and flaps below the cooling fan to regulate the temperature of the engine. They did that somewhere back near the initial conception of the design and it was refined over the years until it became pretty effective! In all the years we have driven the air cooled ones we have never had the coolant freeze up like just happened to Franklin! Yes we take the Buggy for a spin on occasion in the snow but it is not a regular thing. I thought you would be more impressed with the motorcycles, they were FAST by the way and took home the fastest time trophy by a good margin. Screws in the treads helped a lot mind you... Yes you can walk on the snow here, the wind bows it across the country breaking it up into ice crystals. It then packs just about as hard as sand. The horse in the above picture was standing on the snow on the other side of the fence. Cows will walk right over fences to freedom on top the snow and sometimes the farmers have to drive new posts into the snowdrifts and build a new fence over top of the buried one to keep them in. Here is a before picture of our old Jetta. Then one of it after a big blow. I show this one and tell people that after a snow storm out here you need a good dog to find your car!
  3. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    After the snow plow cleared the highway.
  4. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    And this is our horse about to step over an 8 foot fence!
  5. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Yes, layers is the secret! The snow can get deep here too. That would be a train stuck in snow drifts.
  6. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    I'm freezing looking at YOUR picture! Get a shirt on girl! 😄 Last year wasn't as bad, only -16 but the wind chill made it feel like -23. There were a few braver souls there too...
  7. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Oh look! we have warmed up to -25 this morning! Heat wave! Just kidding! Oh yes! Everything is stiff. Even the tyres are out of round and go bump, bump for a few miles. If you have any weak seals this is the time it will show up. Sometime the fuses will blow when you turn the wipers on. Starter Bendix tends to stick and belts can squeal. Not usually though. I don't mind the low temperatures so much as long as the air is calm but it does not take much wind to make it bloody miserable! We would normally have had our annual ice race here this weekend but with the forecast being for more of the same we put it off for 2 weeks. The cars would be fine but those officiating would have has a miserable time of it out there with pens and stop watches in hand in the wind. So we will have to wait a bit to see how Franklin stacks up against the others on the ice! Here is a couple photos of last year.
  8. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    Well we had a little fly in the ointment yesterday. It's been between -30 and -40 in the mornings for two weeks now and the Missus called me up - no heat in the cabin and the temp gauge is in the red. Oh crap! Didn't we have the antifreeze drained and refilled with stronger stuff 3 months ago? Yes we did! Not pleased! Why do these mechanics think I have STUPID written across my forehead? So - drain it out and refill again with stronger stuff and no harm done... I hope!
  9. oprn

    New member owner of around 3 months

    Mud is much worse! All vehicles do it.
  10. oprn

    New member owner of around 3 months

    Running like a champ! Starting no problem right down to -24 without being plugged in. A bit slow to warm up and clear the windows but certainly no worse than our TDIs. The snow builds up inside the rims then part of it breaks off and the car shakes like a paint mixer but all our cars do that! Interesting about the 1.7!
  11. oprn

    New member owner of around 3 months

    Nice to see another Lupo owner here! Good to hear you have it on the road again too. Very sorry to hear about your plans for the paint work, while I am not a big fan of blue cars I am much less a fan of taking a perfectly good car and making it look like it has spent the last 30 years as a butt scratching post for a herd of cows with mange. I am not sure where this latest fad has come from but I wish it would go away. It's just hard on the eyes! Enjoy your car and I would love to see more details and pictures of that 1.7 liter engine. They don't exist on this side of the pond.
  12. oprn

    Lupo Enamel Pin Badges - £5

    What did you stuff in there Rich? P.S. give me a quote on the two green Lupo pins with clips with postage and we will get the $ to you.
  13. oprn

    Lupo Enamel Pin Badges - £5

    Ok! I just got the joke! Good one! Not being a partaker myself I'm a bit slow on the uptake! (intake?) At any rate, what is the verdict? Go? No go?
  14. oprn

    New owner 1.7 SDI

    I'm amazed at all theses different engines you all talk about that I didn't even know existed!
  15. oprn

    Greetings from the Canada!

    A dirty big boulder took this bit off about 3 weeks back. Sure glad neither of them hit the windscreen!

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