Originally Posted by Piobaire
Back in the 80s I had a friend with an old 240DL. That fucker just never quit no matter what. I think what got it eventually was rust but the drive train was still ticking.
Back then late 90s, most of my friends (myself included) couldn't afford remotely nice cars so we tended to have fun with whatever we had. I had a 1988 Corolla and my friends had other random old cars.
The 240DL earned the nickname of the 'dumpster pusher'. We dared my friend in really cold weather to push a dumpster late one night behind the place he worked. He said sure and literally moved it around the parking lot quite a bit. The next day, his boss found it pushed to a business a few hundred feet down and called him while we were cracking up.
I was the introverted dork and my job was to top that. I found out this little electronics store in St. Louis called Gateway Electronics (well thanks to my dad) that sold tiny electric motors and my friends and I liked model airplanes. I could code a decent PID controller so we figured out, there was a small chance to modify the Estes rocket fins and the Volvo's sunroof to have it take off and land while driving. It never panned out well.