Dorotea, Sweden. February of 1981.
Meet Jan-Erik Karlsson. He is running a small plumbing business. On the way home from a customer, he barely manages to see how his headlights are lighting up something brown moving towards the road, in the dark laplandish night. Since everyone up here knows how bad news this can mean, he stomps on the brakes, too little, too late. With a deafening crunch of twisted metal and broken glass, this is it. The moose lands on the roof of his 1968 Volvo Duett, he escapes with not much more than a broken ego, but for the moose, this meant the end, and…needless to say, the same thing could be said about the Volvo Duett.
Now, everyone running a business was in love with the Duett, but he just had to face the fact, it had been out of production for over 10 years now, and never got a proper replacement. He had to look for the answer among other brands, but it had to be done rather quickly, and yet, he had no idea where the best place to look would be.
So, what he is looking for is a pickup truck or van that could fulfill his needs for an economical and practical workhorse, nothing fancy, no bells and whistles needed.
PURCHASE PRICE - The vehicle is a necessary thing to earn money and should therefore cost as little money as possible.
FUEL ECONOMY - See above
SERVICE COST - See above
RELIABILITY - A car constantly in the shop will obviously cause trouble here, right?
DRIVEABILITY - We’re not talking supercars or land yachts here, there is no reason for a vehicle like this to be a struggle to drive.
COMFORT - Yes, it was most often mediocre at the best in commercial vehicles of the era, but it still should not be back breaking since it should be used every day and the distances can be rather long in the north.
WEATHER RESISTANCE - A vehicle turning into mush after a harsh winter? No thanks.
SAFETY - Generally a low priority in commercial vehicles of the era, but he was rather thankful for the robust construction of the Duett when the moose landed on it…
OFFROAD - The roads can be quite bad in this area, but it will still be used on roads, so just keep it reasonable. Don’t make a Ferrari, but a 4wd, manual locker, offroad tyre vehicle is probably way too much overkill.
STYLING - Even though it is a work vehicle, it after all represents his business, and hence it should not be laughable.
PRACTICALITY/UTILITY/CARGO SPACE - They will kind of be mashed together because of the way Automation treats those stats in a way that IMO is a bit unfair to commercial vehicles. The reason why they are important should probably be obvious, though. Maybe it seems weird that they do have such a low priority, but when thinking things over, I realized that the vehicles that are allowed in this challenge will be rather good here by default. So, a little bonus for tweaking them, and if a vehicle still seems to sacrifice too much of them to be a viable alternative, it might still be downgraded even if the rest of the stats are good…
NOT IMPORTANT: Prestige and sportiness. That’s not the reason for buying a vehicle like this.
- Van or pickup body. One row of seats so a crew cab pickup won’t have any advantage. (Yes, only one row allowed, since seat count can affect practicality stats without being needed in this case). Wheelbase should at least be rounded to 2.2 metres in game, or larger.
- Legacy bodies allowed, since I have the mod, but they are entered on your own risk. If I get an entry that messes up at import, you won’t get a second chance.
- Regular fuel, leaded or unleaded since there was no lead ban in Sweden yet. Hence, cats aren’t needed either.
- Model and family year, 1981 or older. Trim and variant 1981.
- Default +5 techpool all around.
- Maximum purchase price $9000 - but remember that maxing out the budget will be a disadvantage in this case.
- At least some form of 70s safety
- No race parts, no semi slicks and no turbos since you wouldn’t find them in this class back then anyway.
- Radial tyres with widths ending in “5” highly recommended (not enough for an instabin since this is QFC, but try to stick to it for realism).
- In case OB releases during the challenge, this round will be kept in stable.
- Naming convention the usual one. "QFC31 - Username" for model and family, name of car and engine for trim and variant.
OPENING OF ROUND: Sunday the 17th of september, noon, CEST
CLOSING OF ROUND: Sunday the 24th of september, noon, CEST