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Don Juan de Fuca
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[*] posted on 3-12-2017 at 03:58 PM
Gonna get me a Mexico war wagon


Ola,
Mentioned this idea on another post and thinking it needs its own thread. Just registered on the site today and recently returned from Loreto and am now planning on driving trips back. So with all due respect to John Wayne and Kirk Douglas I'm gonna get me a Mexico war wagon with good clearance, robust shocks, reliable and inexpensive, or in other words, a de-commisioned Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor. Crown Vic's have higher than usual clearance and robust shocks for driving over curbs (rough roads), cooling systems designed for high speed pursuits (desert driving), robust transmissions for jamming through the gears at high speed (busting bandido roadblocks). They were fleet maintained and lots of parts around and there are reasons the police regard them so highly. I see a lot of them up here in Canuckistan and everyone on the road behaves themselves as they think it's a cop so you drive around in a bubble of safety. Apparently to make de-commissioning cheaper they leave the kevlar in the doors so they are partially bullet proof. The front seats also have kevlar in them so you don't get stabbed through the seat. Some even have a fire suppression system for the gas tank. And lots of cargo room in the trunk. Ram bars on the front would be a bonus for animals on the road. The ones with cloth seats were detective driven and therefore less likely to have been in crashes. Basically they are trucks that look like cars with police grade modifications. Bonus is that everyone around you will think you're a Federale and back off. Install ballistic film in the windows to withstand gunfire and lots of other DIY armoring options for a car set up to both scare and outrun the bad guys. Stuff the doors with phone books? Get those nifty run flat tires in case they get shot? It's often said that if you want trouble you can find it but sometimes it just finds you anyway. So why not a real bad ass Mexico war wagon that everone will think has Federale's behind the wheel. A black one with ram bars would be a nice ride near the border. And if you want to race a gasoline truck through the mountains you're good to go! Thoughts?
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[*] posted on 3-12-2017 at 04:31 PM


You don`t want to have anything that looks like a police vehicle in Mexico. It will only get you in trouble. The Feds and army get real nervous with vehicles that look like they are impersonating something official. A friend had a great 4wd decommissioned ambulance and got so hassled he sold it. On the other hand they might not recognize a Crown Vic as a cop car as quickly as any gringo would. But I would still get a 4wd truck over any sedan for Baja travel.
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[*] posted on 3-12-2017 at 05:21 PM


Some very good points. Forgot about the cartlels and their home armored vehicle and such.. But I do like the idea of kevlar in the doors and ballistic film in the windows so if I do go with the Crown Vic, it may be best to ditch the ram bars and get one with a plainclothes detective kit so it looks like a civilian grade car but is police grade under the hood. When I drive through the army checkpoints I always have my windows down, sun glasses off and hands where they can see them. Appreciate your comments
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[*] posted on 3-12-2017 at 05:37 PM


If you are trying to blend in, you need a white F250 Ford pick up with side rails. An empty 55 gallon drum and a bale of hay in the bed will complete the image!



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[*] posted on 3-12-2017 at 07:48 PM


Are you thinking about the Baja peninsula or cruising around the backroads of Sinaloa?? Baja travels require 4WD, good mud-terrain tires, and low gearing for when the going gets rough - as in Spring 2017 with all of the storms that have damaged the dirt roads. Here is the perfect Baja war wagon - a STRETCHED Jeep CJ-5 with matching trailer. Built to take you there, and back!












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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 03:41 AM


A beat up Crown Vic will go any place a Jeep will go, cheaper and a lot more comfortable. AND way more places than a Takoma...AND it stands out,, something that is important these days...Love the KEVLAR option...I have noticed that the claws on the Chupacabras get longer every year. A set of tires from OK Rubber welders is the hot set up..ENJOY....



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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 02:53 PM


i love the crown vics! see below link to a song by the same name.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0UcAtQsw3U
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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 04:11 PM


I believe the Mexican Federal Police use 2016/17 Dodge Chargers...

Crown Vic ground clearance = 6.0"
My Subaru Outback clearance=8.7"




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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 04:23 PM


If you go fast enough, you don't need ground clearance...



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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 04:51 PM


A good car is an SUV with AWD economy and AC
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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 05:11 PM


I am always amazed when people take a post like this seriously....



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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 07:49 PM


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yil9wlfa0yo


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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 07:58 PM


he's "On a Mission from God" a la Blues Brothers
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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 08:39 PM


NOBLE!



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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 08:45 PM


Respecting the prior post. Go ahead, don't take it serious. But Mexican bad guys will. And so I maintain that a cheap and uber reliable Crown Vic. with police grade clearance, shocks, tranny and coolent system is an obvious winner as a Baja cruiser. And bearing Philodog's points, one with a plainclothes kit is all the better, so as not to give the authorities the willies. And then there's Ken's awesome rig, how badass is that! Though sadly I note that it lacks both armor plating and a gatling gun, and so I'm not so sure it actually meets the John Wayne/ Kirk Douglas War Wagon standard. Check out those Libyan and Syrian technicals on youtube. Buddy in Kansas get's it. Which brings me to the issue of kevlar in the doors and up-armoring, say with ballistic window film etc. It's Mexico! (Ok not mainland Mexico) Now I'm not saying that I want to go tear-assing around Baja like a mescal fueled pendejo. Okay, maybe a little bit. But I had a few scrapes with Mexican machismo back in the day, though mostly on the mailand. And leaving Mexico aside, why not have a certain level of protection against say road rage in general or say if a big chunk of rock or concrete was kicked back against your windshield and ballistic film would save the day. Or simply getting caught in the crossfire of the proverbial wrong time wrong place. Unfortunately car armoring is a huge industry in TJ and you can go online and buy a kevlar t-shirt. So anyhow, all I'm saying is Crown Vic's are tough as nails, eminently suited to Baja driving and already partially bullet proof. Mine will have a secret ignition kill switch under the dash.
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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 09:00 PM


Are we at war with Mexico? Why the fear? Stay home if it's that much trouble.
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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 09:11 PM


I own yet another Ford product, not too proud to say. However, if it were me, I'd custom out a '78 El Dorado Biarritz w/ front wheel drive and 427 cu.in. sitting on the drive train, with air chocks on front and rear... I used one in places I didn't even know there were places, plowed 18" of snow with the front bumper. I'd guarantee when you reached your off-road destination you would be refreshed, and ready for that 5:00 martini.

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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 09:19 PM


I'm not at war with Mexico but I don't want my head in the sand either given realities. And given what potentially could happen, if I can have a reliable and discreetly up-armored vehicle both on the way to Mexico and while there it simply seems prudent. Near the end of the movie Unforgiven one of the deputies remarks that he doesn't want to die for lack of shooting. Well in Mexico guns are a bad idea and I dont want to die for lack of protection. Put another way, since Crown Vic's are awesome and already lightly armored why not go with it? Of course you could go for decades without any need for such precautions. Or not.
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[*] posted on 3-13-2017 at 09:32 PM


Not my first War Wagon! Had a 59 Fleetwood sedan and slammed into a car running a light. Came away completely unscathed and the other car was done. US steel. Anothr thing about the Crown Vic's is they're designed to be easily straightened out after the expected routine crashes.
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[*] posted on 3-14-2017 at 02:44 AM


AND: They have the advantage of being pretty inexpensive...Gummint auction sites used to have lots for sale, fewer now since the cops arent buying as many...



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