Spot Them Beater Cars

Spectre

The Deported
Joined
Feb 1, 2007
Messages
36,479
Location
Dallas, Texas
Car(s)
00 4Runner | 02 919 | 87 XJ6 | 86 CB700SC
Please tell me this isn't legally allowed to drive around ... :blink:
Technically, it's allowed to drive around without a trunk lid at all, though it will fail its next inspection for other reasons. Hoods are also not required in Texas, only that the driver's forward line of sight not be significantly obstructed.

To be totally fair to the driver, I didn't see any rust at all, not even flash rusting (which would form overnight on exposed Corolla sheet metal), on the exposed metal where the paint had cracked off in whatever incident sodomized the Corolla - so it's entirely possible the driver was simply limping their freshly-damaged vehicle to a shop or home. The GMT400 was considerably scarier to be sharing the road with.
 
Last edited:

Mitchi

Forum Addict
DONOR
Joined
Dec 10, 2012
Messages
5,269
Location
Lüneburg
Car(s)
Ford Sierra
Technically, it's allowed to drive around without a trunk lid at all, though it will fail its next inspection for other reasons. Hoods are also not required in Texas, only that the driver's forward line of sight not be significantly obstructed.
But would driving around with no trunk in the case of that Corolla require to mount the number plate somewhere else, e.g. on the bumper? Because obviously the license plate holder/correct position for the license plate would be lost aswell
 

Spectre

The Deported
Joined
Feb 1, 2007
Messages
36,479
Location
Dallas, Texas
Car(s)
00 4Runner | 02 919 | 87 XJ6 | 86 CB700SC
They could even tape or screw the license plate to the rear bumper.
 

Spectre

The Deported
Joined
Feb 1, 2007
Messages
36,479
Location
Dallas, Texas
Car(s)
00 4Runner | 02 919 | 87 XJ6 | 86 CB700SC
Mitchi;n3422222 said:
But would driving around with no trunk in the case of that Corolla require to mount the number plate somewhere else, e.g. on the bumper? Because obviously the license plate holder/correct position for the license plate would be lost aswell
Oddly, I came across a vehicle demonstrating one of the legal mounting options just a few days later.



The license plate light mounting is not legal (obstructing plate) but the license plate mounting solution technically is.
 

CraigB

Ich bin ein Kartoffel
DONOR
Joined
Feb 14, 2007
Messages
12,566
Location
SWMO
Car(s)
Infiniti M30 - Nissan Frontier Pro-4X & Altima
This poor old F-150 was parked next to me last night after I came out from dinner. It was about the most beat up truck I have ever seen still on the road. Note the plexi-glass window and the piéce of résistance, a random hinge on the bedside to old the rusty metal together.

 

Spectre

The Deported
Joined
Feb 1, 2007
Messages
36,479
Location
Dallas, Texas
Car(s)
00 4Runner | 02 919 | 87 XJ6 | 86 CB700SC
I caught up with Dallas' nigh-legendary beater Falcon. It's looked more or less like this for at least the past 15 years. I've seen this thing all over Dallas for at least that long - this was the first time I've actually found it parked and was able to get decent pictures.











 
Reactions: lip

carnutz

New Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2018
Messages
5
Doctor Blade;n1346772 said:
No one will ever steal that thing. Ever. Or maybe he gets a perverse thrill out of driving it? "It's two ugly shades of green! Yeah, you gotta look at it, loser!"

I dunno...

Talk about a horrifying colour combo..
 
Top