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Just now, dfelt said:

So hard on the environment. 

Oh yeah...and it leads to so many potholes..the streets outside my subdivision are pretty cratered...

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5 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Oh yeah...and it leads to so many potholes..the streets outside my subdivision are pretty cratered...

May I suggest a Hummer? :P 

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2 minutes ago, dfelt said:

May I suggest a Hummer? :P 

heh-heh..yeah.  I saw rusted, battered yellow H2 the other day.   

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5 minutes ago, dfelt said:

May I suggest a Hummer? :P 

He's already got a 4x4 Jeep, he should be fine

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37 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

He's already got a 4x4 Jeep, he should be fine

I glad I do have a decent amount sidewall w/ the 20 inch tires, but I still dodge the potholes..don't want to foul my alignment...

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3 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

He's already got a 4x4 Jeep, he should be fine

True, but you can always use a beater for beaten streets. :P 

1 minute ago, Robert Hall said:

I glad I do have a decent amount sidewall w/ the 20 inch wheels, but I still dodge the potholes..don't want to foul my alignment...

Yea, this last winter was harder late in Feb and so we have more than usual and that is with using environmental deicer what ever is in it. At least non of my auto's have become rust buckets. :P 

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27 minutes ago, dfelt said:

True, but you can always use a beater for beaten streets. :P 

 

Yeah, but I never bought into the 'winter beater' idea..I like one reliable vehicle for year round use.  Though my sister has gone the winter beater route sort of with her STS. 

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General Motors has applied for a trademark to register “Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ” with the United States Patent Office.

Hmmm... could Chevy be planning to sell a butched-up, off-roady Trax/Trailblazer in the U.S.?  Sounds interesting!

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22 hours ago, balthazar said:

Lee Petty, photo-finish winner of (first) 1959 Daytona 500 (in race pic, car # 48 was a lap down) ~ 

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Miss the Pettys.....

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I have such a weird dilemma at hand... I would love a basic, regular cab Silverado WT with chrome bumper/alloy wheel package... OR, a new Trax/Trailblazer, and the idea of a Trailblazer Activ intrigues me... I know... CUV and all that, but darn it, my Jeep is so darn useful on the daily... I am also intrigued by the VW Tarok concept... then AGAIN, I am reading that perhaps for 2020 GM will finally update the Colorado/Canyon...

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I have a common dilemma : would love a new truck but don't want the accompanying monthly payment. $500/mnth = suckage.

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3 minutes ago, balthazar said:

I have a common dilemma : would love a new truck but don't want the accompanying monthly payment. $500/mnth = suckage.

So true, been without a auto payment for years and yet I suspect once the wife decides on her next auto, we will have one again. Life.

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14 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

I have such a weird dilemma at hand... I would love a basic, regular cab Silverado WT with chrome bumper/alloy wheel package... OR, a new Trax/Trailblazer, and the idea of a Trailblazer Activ intrigues me... I know... CUV and all that, but darn it, my Jeep is so darn useful on the daily... I am also intrigued by the VW Tarok concept... then AGAIN, I am reading that perhaps for 2020 GM will finally update the Colorado/Canyon...

Wish I could say I have a GM in the future.....Chevy's baby truck is the only one on my radar....

 

Jeep stole my heart....hello Detroit Built Grand Cherokee and Jeep Gladeator.......

10 minutes ago, dfelt said:

So true, been without a auto payment for years and yet I suspect once the wife decides on her next auto, we will have one again. Life.

Went 8 years before my Nox.....

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Yeah, I went without an auto payment for 12 years until I got to the point my old Jeep was too worn out to keep driving. 

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I'm personally at 20 years without a vehicle payment since I paid off my '94, but that's 'ME' - my wife's last 2 cars have been on time (with a gap in between). I bought my '04 (in '06) for cash.

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See? Proof positive that fins provide directional stability at high speeds, just like Chrysler claimed. Look at that Ford tumble… 

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Car #43 is in second place eh?

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^ #42 won, #73 finished 2nd, #48 finished 5th. Margin of victory : 2 feet.
BTW - Richard Petty was in the same race, but his #43 '57 Olds was out after only 8 laps with engine trouble.
Pole speed was 140.1 MPH, average speed was 135.5. Pretty ferocious for stock-block cars- running 3.75 hrs at 135 MPH.

Only racing I like is factory chassis'd/engined cars. Modern NASCAR 'sticker' cars are boring.

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The quizzically styled & tagged '42 Olds 'B-44'. Olds had regular series nameplates ('98' and '76), but this year all models also had 'B-44' grille badging. I've not found the reasoning for it as of yet.

License plate in ad reads 'NU 4U 4-42'.

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On 4/28/2019 at 4:19 PM, balthazar said:

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Is that an armrest I see in the front seat?  The exhaust looks modified.  I had a small metal model of this car when I was a kid.  I remember the sculpting above the wheels wells.  The first Riv may have been better proportioned but the first Toro made a bolder, sleeker statement.

It's amazing how many people will ride your tail when you're on the freeway and have the cruise set at 5 mph above the speed limit AND you're one lane inboard from the fast/left lane.  Is that not fast enough for them?

2 hours ago, balthazar said:

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Too fastback to retain to police cruiser segment.  Will need some modification.  Front headlamps are too 04-07 GP, one of the few but big styling demerits of the last Grand Prix.

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• Toro has the 'Strato Bucket' interior, which had a fold-down armrest. Yes- the exhausts are unquestionably larger than factory. 
• The Dodge ESX may have 'had '04 GP headlights', but the ESX debuted in 1996. For a modern car I do really like the profile/proportioning: 

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I have no idea what's going on here; someone really loved their '58 DeSoto so much they wanted it in their living room? 

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10 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

 

Too fastback to retain to police cruiser segment.  Will need some modification.  Front headlamps are too 04-07 GP, one of the few but big styling demerits of the last Grand Prix.

That was the Intrepid ESX concept from 1996...kind of predicted the general styling of the 2nd gen Intrepid, but sleeker.  I always liked the LH cars, even though they were FWD. I remember seeing this concept in person on the University of Michigan campus back in the day. 

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3 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

That was the Intrepid ESX concept from 1996...kind of predicted the general styling of the 2nd gen Intrepid, but sleeker.  I always liked the LH cars, even though they were FWD. I remember seeing this concept in person on the University of Michigan campus back in the day. 

Right.  I may have even test driven this car (road hum, if I recall) when it was released.  They can work with this and the 1999 concept and bring it forward to 2020 or 2021.  If they plan to keep the law enforcement market, the size and shape of the greenhouse will be critical.

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