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10 hours ago, balthazar said:

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Has it always had a fiberglass body?

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This is my tire machine. Yes, obviously, it’s manual. It’s actually a Coats, but it’s probably from 1950. A buddy gave it to me about 30 years ago.
Maybe once every 5 years I use it, quite the workout. Today I did 3 of the ones in the background, but the foreground rubberband tire wouldn’t work on this machine. Once my brother & I used it to mount 38” truck tires.
Anyway, good to have around. 

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On 7/27/2020 at 6:36 PM, trinacriabob said:

I think new.  I don't buy that frequently.  However, I wouldn't buy a brand new model and would wait until the model has been around for 2 or 3 years ... just like I did with my current and last car.  I want to make sure it gets broken in correctly, which is somewhat of an "old school" concept.

I know that I've also been advised on here to look at CPO.  I'll have to see.  As they say, it's the "second largest purchase."

Yeah, I don't think I'd buy the first year of a new model or new generation.   Many vehicles historically have had improvements the 2nd model year to take care of shortcomings of the first year.   I'm probably going to be looking for what's next in about 4 years, when my current Jeep is at 10 yrs/100k miles.  Though I still haven't gotten to 50k miles yet.

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14 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

Has it always had a fiberglass body?

@ocnblu

Fair question.  I don't see the "problem."  I know the Corvette has had a fiberglass exterior for some 5 decades.  Was it "born" that way, or was it first crafted in sheetmetal?  Yes, I know Google and Wiki are my friends.

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Reminds me I need to look for some tires for the old Cavalier . The current tires are creeping up on 7.5 years now....though the car is garaged, and the tires still look good.

Better safe than a blowout......

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3 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Reminds me I need to look for some tires for the old Cavalier . The current tires are creeping up on 7.5 years now....though the car is garaged, and the tires still look good.

Better safe than a blowout......

Maybe Firestone, Goodyear or Hankook will have an "End Of Summer Blowout Sale" on tires next month!

6 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

@ocnblu

Fair question.  I don't see the "problem."  I know the Corvette has had a fiberglass exterior for some 5 decades.  Was it "born" that way, or was it first crafted in sheetmetal?  Yes, I know Google and Wiki are my friends.

Well in production, from day one, it was fiberglass.  But whether it went from clay model or wooden buck to fiberglass directly as a prototype, est-ce votre question?


 
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Where has all the *EXCITEMENT* gone out of the car hobby?  I mean OEMs are delaying intros (and except for the excellent Bronco, I see nothing on the horizon to get jazzed about), auto shows are CANCELLED, cruise nights are kaput... it's just a barren landscape out there.  Change my mind!

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1 hour ago, ocnblu said:

auto shows are CANCELLED, cruise nights are kaput... it's just a barren landscape out there.  Change my mind!

okay.

California July 2020

 

Somewhere in England I believe.   July 2020

 

1 hour ago, ocnblu said:

and except for the excellent Bronco, I see nothing on the horizon to get jazzed about)

 

Ummmm....the Corvette Z06 reveal 

Chevy Corvette Z06 spied and heard testing with exotic engine sound |  Autoblog

will be made sometime this year.    All we need is a little patience. And Guns and Roses?

 

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On 6/12/2020 at 6:39 PM, balthazar said:

Basically I agree, but I expect a LOT more from ‘medical experts’ than we’ve gotten. We’re 6 months in, the ‘expert’ info is sketchy and sometimes self-cancelling, and all the future guesswork comes off as an average of ‘cover our ass in case it goes haywire’ and ‘we literally have no idea whatsoever but feel pressured to say SOMETHING’.

 

Quoted for truth. 

2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Where has all the *EXCITEMENT* gone out of the car hobby?  I mean OEMs are delaying intros (and except for the excellent Bronco, I see nothing on the horizon to get jazzed about), auto shows are CANCELLED, cruise nights are kaput... it's just a barren landscape out there.  Change my mind!

...you wonder why I am not here much. Yeah, strangely in this surreal world, the Shelby Mustang and Bronco seem to be the only things really exciting me at the moment. 

 

Chris

6 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Reminds me I need to look for some tires for the old Cavalier . The current tires are creeping up on 7.5 years now....though the car is garaged, and the tires still look good.

Better safe than a blowout......

Given Michigan roads consider Tracked vehicle conversion, might be the only thing that will work. And you will be able to park anywhere, even if someone is already aprked there. 

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On 7/27/2020 at 12:00 PM, balthazar said:

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Pontiac for me please. 

 

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Very exciting to see this as I know I am very happy to work for Dell Technologies. Great to have my company be listed in the top 100 companies to work for in the world.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90527870/best-workplaces-for-innovators-2020

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5 minutes ago, David said:

Very exciting to see this as I know I am very happy to work for Dell Technologies. Great to have my company be listed in the top 100 companies to work for in the world.

https://www.fastcompany.com/90527870/best-workplaces-for-innovators-2020

 

Way cool... the huge bank I worked for 10 years ago was named the worst company in America at least once I think.

The small consulting firm I worked for in the mid 10s was ranked the best small company to work for in Arizona a couple of times..was a really good place.

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Thanks GMTG74!

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Yes, RIP 747, you will be missed.

The interesting part is that the Dreamlifter which is a stretch 747 with the second level all the way to the back to fit the Dreamliner plane, 787 fuselage inside will continue to be made to support the production of the 787 that almost meets the cargo capacity of the 747. I honestly think they could build and sell the Dreamlifter plans to cargo companies.

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On 7/26/2020 at 6:26 AM, balthazar said:

I'll go ahead and assume the noise from this was catastrophically loud.
Maybe if it was electric instead ....  😆

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Insane! Like the MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs). This would be the MOAC (Mother Of All Cannons).🍻

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10 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

Without hesitation!

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Articles like this make me sad, just like the elimination of Olds and Pontiac made me sad.  Olds and Pontiacs were selling like hot cakes when I was a kid.  And this was in import-crazed SoCal. 

Now this.  It appears to be official.  Boeing will be pulling the plug on 747 production in 2022.  This plane aged like a fine wine, with each variant getting better.  I've had the opportunity to fly on the 747-8i once and it's a feast for the senses.  Just like the last and possibly best  version of the 767, the 400-ER, for which Boeing did not get many orders, Boeing has not gotten many orders for the "8."  Most of the orders have been in freighter, not pax, form.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/after-a-historic-run-it-s-game-over-for-pioneering-boeing-747/ar-BB17kOay?ocid=msedgdhp

At phase out, the jumbo, or "queen of the skies," will have been flying for 52 or 53 years, depending on whether you count the test flight (1969) or introduction into commercial service (1970).  Whether in real life, in photos, or in videos, it's always been a beauty, and I'm certainly not in a minority of nerds who love this aircraft.  Many people the world over do.

Yep, a sad day for me also. 

 

Ford advertrs keep getting better and better. 

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13 hours ago, David said:

Yes, RIP 747, you will be missed.

The interesting part is that the Dreamlifter which is a stretch 747 with the second level all the way to the back to fit the Dreamliner plane, 787 fuselage inside will continue to be made to support the production of the 787 that almost meets the cargo capacity of the 747. I honestly think they could build and sell the Dreamlifter plans to cargo companies.

The DreamLIFTER has the same Beluga the whale look that the Airbus 380 has.  But, yes, it can carry a lot!  Perhaps too much.

I am looking at all the press about delays and whatnot that the Boeing 777-X is getting and that damn plane looks huge.  I've only flown on an earlier B-777 once and wasn't crazy about it.  I know they're workhorses.

I have flown on the 787 Dreamliner twice ... and very much look forward to flying on one again.

Still looking forward to flying on that rare B767-400 ER.  If I recall, only 36 of them were ordered by American carriers - Delta and United/Continental.  The best thing about the 767 is the 2-3-2 arrangement, which favors the passenger more than it does maximizing revenue.

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Hertz is still an ongoing bankruptcy issue and has to repay $650 million to debt holder while selling off 200,000 used auto's by Dec 31st 2020 per this story.

https://jalopnik.com/hertz-has-until-the-end-of-the-year-to-clear-out-almost-1844543558

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What if GM had built a Hummer like this..looks Trax-sized.

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28 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

What if GM had built a Hummer like this..looks Trax-sized.

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NOT!!! :puke:

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10 minutes ago, David said:

NOT!!! :puke:

OMG it's EXACT!

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Diesel is DEAD at BMW. They have stated they are killing it off.

https://www.motor1.com/news/436740/bwm-says-goodbye-quad-turbo/

Keeping the old Dinosaurs alive by dropping prices is what Toyota is doing for the Tundra 4Runner and Land Cruiser.

https://www.motor1.com/news/436635/toyota-off-road-model-pricing/

Interesting story that the F-150 SVT Lighting truck might come back in 2021.

https://www.motor1.com/news/436572/ford-f-150-svt-rendering/

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Ford Brazil bought Willys Brazil in the late 60s.  In the early 80s they were building CJ-5s w/ the Ford 2.3 Lima 4cyl.  Built them through 1983.  I knew about the Willys Jeep wagon-based Ford Rural, but not this..learn something every day.   Note the tiny Ford blue oval emblem below the stamped Jeep badge on the body.

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Ford had the license to build them during WW2 I believe.  If I remember the story correctly, Willys, Ford and another company all drafted a military personnel carrier when the US government asked for a design prior to WW2.  Willys won the design, but later incorporated some of Ford's details when the government liked some of Ford's ideas, but Ford won the contract to build them as FoMoCo had the knowledge and capacity to mass produce them.  

Or something like that.  In essence, Jeep by Ford Brazil is more legit than Jeep by AMC or by Jeep Chrysler through the purchase of AMC by Chryco and so forth... 

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This would be the ride across the pond to New York, parked at the gate at Frankfurt airport, Lufthansa's home base.  Kudos to Lufthansa for being the launch customer for the B 747-8i. 

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I applaud people who were brave enough to take German in high school or college.  They just join words together to make mega-words with 20 letters in them.  And to think of all those poor immigrants from Southern Europe and the Middle East living in Germany who have to learn them.  For example, an "auditor" is a "wirtschaftsprufer" (with 2 dots over the u) in their lingo.

 

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5 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Fire sale coming....

Deals, Deals and more Deals.

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6 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Fire sale coming....

Yeah, but who's buying these days?

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39 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

Yeah, but who's buying these days?

There will always be buyers- 

people with money, dealerships, corporations.......even other countries....

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Amazing how many spiders are out this year around my house.

6 hours ago, balthazar said:

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What Long Legs you have said the Spider to the Hopper! 
:P 

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11 hours ago, balthazar said:

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I’ve tried the catch of picture of one, but they run from me....Great pic though!

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7 hours ago, balthazar said:

Speaking of American Bantam (how often does a person state that?) :

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Seems daunting.  I would be a little chicken to buy that.

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Seems the incompetency of DC leadership is finally being checked. The IG of the EPA is starting an in-depth review of the process that the current administration took to relax emissions and MPG on the auto industry as it would seem it did not pass the required law for transparency as well as due process. As such, the changes at the EPA could all be rolled back to what they were before the changes were signed by Potus decree.

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-07/documents/_epaoig_notificationmemo_7-27-20_fuel-efficient.pdf

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On 7/31/2020 at 11:40 AM, balthazar said:

Sonic LTZ we have came from Hertz Sales - better price there than book / anywhere else. 

Probably a darned fine little car.

 

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It really is. I don’t care for small cars and I like this one. LTZ turbo hatch; a base sedan would obviously be less appealing. 

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45 minutes ago, balthazar said:

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Makes me think it is returning from the depths of Hell. :P 

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On 7/31/2020 at 8:40 AM, balthazar said:

Sonic LTZ we have came from Hertz Sales - better price there than book / anywhere else. 

Seems there is a list now of the 25 best buys from the Hertz bankruptcy sale.

https://www3.forbes.com/lifestyle/these-are-the-best-blowout-deals-in-used-hertz-rental-cars-vue/

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2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

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Surf's up.  Really up.

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An interesting take. I trust Bloomberg news for the most part, they are fairly sane.

Old cars and high horsepower never gets old...

 

 

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This is what REAL LEADERSHIP looks like, So happy I work for Dell. I hope and wish for everyone here at Cheers and Gears to be safe and that you can have the same Multi-Cultural experience where ever you work. I realize that there are those of you that have to go into work to do your job and I hope that you continue to stay safe and healthy and do not have to deal with the Covid-19 infection.

Wishing all the Best in this time of thinning patient's and that you can find your Zen where ever you live!

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Have to say this cracks me up, never thought you could get fined for flipping a camera the bird, but you can in Germany. Rather than the normal $20 Euro Fine, the young driver for speeding 7 kph over the posted speed ended up with a 1 month suspension of driving and a $1,500 fine for insulting the Authorities.

Go Figure it was a BMW driver in an X5. Guess they are arrogant everywhere not just here in the US.

https://www.motor1.com/news/437703/speeding-bmw-driver-middle-finger-fine/

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2 hours ago, David said:

...never thought you could get fined for flipping a camera the bird, but you can in Germany.

It's 2020, did you still think freedom of expression was a thing?

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See; you say "work on the patio" and I read 'work ON the patio'.

I need to move into semi-retirement ASAP.

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I glanced across this story, wondering as usual why I should care.  'Multi-millionaire restored ho-hummingly common car / thinks it's amazingly special'.  First, here's the before/after. Nice job, obviously (tho CERTAINLY not a tough restoration, at ALL)

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Ya; it's Aquaman.  Then this caught my eye :

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I don't know why I think the idle rich can pay someone a few bucks to make themselves appear informed, but apparently that's wrong. They made like 560,000 '65 Mustangs, the word "rare" doesn't apply.

Then I found out where his thought came from :

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Apparently he thinks Ford built 1 each of the V8s, and 559,997 I-6s.

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8 minutes ago, balthazar said:

See; you say "work on the patio" and I read 'work ON the patio'.

I need to move into semi-retirement ASAP.

My work is so boring these days.  But still able to bill for 40 hrs/week, thankful I don't have to commute to an office. 

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51 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Felt like a fall morning when I got up today...55 outside at 7 am.   Sunny and 75 this afternoon, perfect weather to work on the patio.   Feels more like September than August.

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Did I mention that I love living in the midwest?

38 minutes ago, balthazar said:

I glanced across this story, wondering as usual why I should care.  'Multi-millionaire restored ho-hummingly common car / thinks it's amazingly special'.  First, here's the before/after. Nice job, obviously (tho CERTAINLY not a tough restoration, at ALL)

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Ya; it's Aquaman.  Then this caught my eye :

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I don't know why I think the idle rich can pay someone a few bucks to make themselves appear informed, but apparently that's wrong. They made like 560,000 '65 Mustangs, the word "rare" doesn't apply.

Then I found out where his thought came from :

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I miss my 66 Fastback. 

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8 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Did I mention that I love living in the midwest?

I miss my 66 Fastback. 

I miss my '87 GT and my Dad's '69 Sportsroof..haven't see them in over 3 years.  I have the titles,, though. 

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I miss my.... wait; they're all right here!!  😍

Seriously; tho I'd love a spin again in anything I've owned previously (including those that never ran), the only one I was truly sad to see go was my '57 F-250.

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Wouldn’t mind seeing a few more classics around here..been quiet for most of the summer.....

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Yeah, I'm only going out once a week at most, so not seeing any classics that may be out and about.. been a stay-at-home summer.    

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22 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Yeah, I'm only going out once a week at most, so not seeing any classics that may be out and about.. been a stay-at-home summer.    

Same here, hard to post any monthly auto finds when you go out once a week for essential shopping and once a week to my son's house for a family dinner. Otherwise my out and about is taking care of my large growing garden.

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@balthazar might like this old truck on Hoovie's garage... a forest service green longbed 2wd '03 Chevy Silverado...with a manual and 6.0 V8.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGRf3iXimvg&t=29s

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Do not like the color, and I prefer automatics 10/10. But it’s sure clean!

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1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

@balthazar might like this old truck on Hoovie's garage... a forest service green longbed 2wd '03 Chevy Silverado...with a manual and 6.0 V8.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGRf3iXimvg&t=29s

That is the weirdest configuration for a FOREST SERVICE TRUCK. 

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20 hours ago, David said:

That is the weirdest configuration for a FOREST SERVICE TRUCK. 

I saw a strange forest service truck here in the Cleveland suburbs a while back..it was that funky green w forest service decals on the doors...but it was a pre-97 Jeep XJ Cherokee...in very clean shape.  Sort of a WTF moment, though..in what time warp is the forest service driving 25-30 yr old vehicles? 

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1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

Bleu-Blanc-Rouge

 

 

PHOQUE IT!!!     I want #25!    If it wont be #7 as they blew last year, Ill take #25 this year.  

 

 

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On 8/1/2020 at 9:27 AM, balthazar said:

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Great photo!  It's good fun to take random photos of random animals when they show up.  I was getting gas in Orlando FL on a humid night and a little green frog had made its home in one of the slots in the steel column holding up the canopy over the gas pump island.

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People are nuts! Was almost attacked at my 2nd job today (still waiting to go back to the first) Customer flipped out, threw things at me, and wanted to fight.......😬

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@balthazar What are your thoughts on the 1953 Chrysler Special Ghia

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/08/rare-rides-the-1953-chrysler-special-by-ghia/

Interesting looking 2door car.

Interesting on FCA's production dates for 3 row Jeeps.

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/08/production-dates-revealed-for-newest-biggest-jeeps/

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4 hours ago, David said:

It's a lovely design, IMO. Chrysler built an extremely limited run of a few variants of these in the early '50s, most of which survive.

But the article makes a typical mistake in it's story:

Though Rare Rides has featured many examples of vehicles which wore

Chrysler badges and Ghia designs, there’s never been a single car which represented both. That changes today, with this very rare 1953 Chrysler Special.


It wasn't designed by Ghia at all, it was designed in Detroit by Exner. Like all the Chrysler-Ghia collaborations, Ghia only constructed it.

This is the sort of sloppy journalism typical of today, coupled hand-in-hand with self-bias against American industry. 'It's good looking, Ghia was involved, therefore Ghia certainly must've designed it..... NOT Chrysler.'
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5 hours ago, David said:

@balthazar What are your thoughts on the 1953 Chrysler Special Ghia

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/08/rare-rides-the-1953-chrysler-special-by-ghia/

Interesting looking 2door car.

Interesting on FCA's production dates for 3 row Jeeps.

https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2020/08/production-dates-revealed-for-newest-biggest-jeeps/

Scary part about those Jeeps is that I am hearing near 50K starting price. Sorry, that is way too much for me!

At least there are still basic trucks one can buy for under 30k.....

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10 minutes ago, daves87rs said:

Scary part about those Jeeps is that I am hearing near 50K starting price. Sorry, that is way too much for me!

At least there are still basic trucks one can buy for under 30k.....

I suspect the full size Ram-based 3 row models (Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer) will be in Tahoe/Suburban price range or higher, so definitely starting above $50k.

The 3 row Grand Cherokee-based midsize will probably be priced and trimmed like the GC with a broad range of trims at a range of price points.

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Rental car rates seem to have gone way up.  Probably to cover sanitizing the vehicles, lost revenue, etc.  I am not even seeing weekly rates on most rental agencies' sites.  They seem to price by the day.  It used to be that 5 to 7 days were priced at the same rate, which helped out the 7 day folks.

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20 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Rental car rates seem to have gone way up.  Probably to cover sanitizing the vehicles, lost revenue, etc.  I am not even seeing weekly rates on most rental agencies' sites.  They seem to price by the day.  It used to be that 5 to 7 days were priced at the same rate, which helped out the 7 day folks.

Afraid to see what they are now. Our Rental Subie last year for like 10 days was like 300 bucks.......