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4 minutes ago, regfootball said:

Well there was the AWD Taurus.....

Yeah but...cramped interior. Especially for such a larger vehicle than the Fusion. The Fusion I believe, has about the same interior volume. Maybe just a minuscule amount less.  

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^ 1965 was a very good year for GM styling across the board..

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14 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

"Just say yes" to Chandler's (AZ) IKEA.

Cannot agree with this, IKEA BLOWS! 

They honestly need to be investigated for deceptive pricing, marketing and failure to support products they sell that upon return, sorry that is discontinued and not supported. Not returnable.

They use tiny signage to say you have to be part of some plan to get the priced items. Hell help you if you buy a product missing parts and it has been discontinued by the company but still being sold.

I get it that it is cheap, but not worth the hours you spend in line to check out, the Salty MSG heavy food they sell and the lack of quality help. 

If Cheap is your thing, then IKEA is your place. I will save up and buy quality over cheap. Horror stories about my kids buying stuff and then having to return it or try and get parts. I have told them knock the shit off and save to buy quality stuff. Not worth anyone's time.

3 hours ago, balthazar said:

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We really need a Love Emoji in the choices for post other than the 5 options we have.

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On 11/13/2019 at 12:04 PM, regfootball said:

So car and driver had a new comparison test up for all wheel drive Altima vs all wheel drive legacy.  Also toyota just announced that Camry will be available with AWD for 2020.  I remember from my 2019 Malibu test drive the sales guy said that lots of people as soon as they found out AWD was not available on Malibu they went to the equinox.  Do you think this new focus on AWD on midsize sedans May boost that market and should Chevy also offer an AWD midsize sedan to compete.  

I could see that jumping ship as soon as they knew AWD wasn't available.  In a way, it says people DO like sedans.

On 11/13/2019 at 12:20 PM, oldshurst442 said:

For sedan sales to start augmenting and to get people out of their CUV/SUV fix, sedans have to become passenger, family, cargo hauling friendly again. 

If that means AWD, then yeah!

It certainly means better accessible trunk space that is large enough for family needs and egress and ingress improvements over what we have now as sedans.

Interior space shoudnt be  taken for granted either.  Rear leg room should be a priority along with head and shoulder room front and rear. 

As much as I like the sleek, fastback design, that kind of design favorises looks over practicality and usage. 

And...maybe sedans need to get a tad bigger also. The Edge is on the same platform as the Fusion, so the Edge is just as long as the Fusion, but the Edge is sooooo much larger that the Fusion.  The Edge rides taller and has a taller profile, nothing says that the Fusion can't ride a tad  taller while utilizing is space more efficiently  while retaining its car  qualities over the Edge as a CUV...

In a way, you're advocating the qualities of a boulevardier type sedan.  I'm with you on this.  I'd like to see ample leg and head room front and back, a nice usable trunk without a mail slot as a trunk lid, and even more formal (more notchback like) looks, if they can be made to be aerodynamic and fetch the needed mpg.  I think today's fastback styling on sedans compromises visibility and, for me, that takes away from both the sense of control and the pleasure of driving.

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Ford has always made the Lightning a very attractive package.
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Barn-find '20s Pierce-Arrow straight 6 engine on CL. Interesting to see the free-flowing, tubular exhaust and 4 valves/cylinder :

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On 11/15/2019 at 5:43 AM, balthazar said:

Ford has always made the Lightning a very attractive package.
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Barn-find '20s Pierce-Arrow straight 6 engine on CL. Interesting to see the free-flowing, tubular exhaust and 4 valves/cylinder :

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Are they gonna rebuild it and bring it back to life or just looking to see what the head was like?

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Someone was questioning the value on it from a CL ad. AACA consensus was it was worthless in that condition; more people want the I8 and there are a decent supply of better I6s out there. This engine was stuck, and (an earlier version of the) ad stated no specific price, but that 'it's worth thousands so no low-ballers'.

 

I would be game to get an old inline flathead, disassemble it & clean it all up, then offer it as just that to the antique market (not rebuilt/running, just a complete engine cleaned up, derusted, threads chased, etc).
About 20 years ago I looked at a private collection of parts cars, and one was a late 40s Packard. When I looked under the hood, I was besmitten by the I8 flathead under there. Couldn't tell you why.

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On 11/14/2019 at 10:12 PM, Robert Hall said:

I generally don't like Ford truck styling since 1997, but this DDR Concepts Lightning is sweet...I like the cleaned up front end.

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Very nice truck, but it ain't all that "custom".  I mean, that's the bone stock STX grille and painted bumper, with a scooped hood and Pep Boys headlights added.

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31 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

Very nice truck, but it ain't all that "custom".  I mean, that's the bone stock STX grille and painted bumper, with a scooped hood and Pep Boys headlights added.

Plus get rid of that Damn Plastic wind deflector under the bumper. Looks like your trying to plow the road.

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On 11/13/2019 at 10:27 PM, oldshurst442 said:

Yeah but...cramped interior. Especially for such a larger vehicle than the Fusion. The Fusion I believe, has about the same interior volume. Maybe just a minuscule amount less.  

agree there, the taurus interior was not efficient but it does have a huge trunk.

 

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12 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Very nice truck, but it ain't all that "custom".  I mean, that's the bone stock STX grille and painted bumper, with a scooped hood and Pep Boys headlights added.

Ahh...not familiar with the STX...I'm used to seeing F150s with that thick bar across the front.   Those look like stock headlights; I've seen the glowy tube lights at night..  and it's pretty unusual to see a regular cab short bed 2wd...an almost extinct configuration. 

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Seems very well received by critics and the audience.

Planning to go with family next weekend.

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16 minutes ago, ykX said:

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Seems very well received by critics and the audience.

Planning to go with family next weekend.

I'd like to go sometime in the next week or two, as well. 

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Going to try for next weekend.  Was too busy this past weekend. 

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Well, after over 13 years with Direct Energy and surviving multiple rounds of layoffs, my 9 lives with the company appear to be up, the latest round of layoffs got me. I will be finishing out the year and then be on the hunt for a new position in January.

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3 minutes ago, ykX said:

@Drew Dowdell Good luck! Hopefully, you will be able to find something better.

Thank you.  I'll find something fast I think. Plus I will get an awesome severance. 

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2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Well, after over 13 years with Direct Energy and surviving multiple rounds of layoffs, my 9 lives with the company appear to be up, the latest round of layoffs got me. I will be finishing out the year and then be on the hunt for a new position in January.

Good luck man! Sounds like you already had some bites recently on Indeed with your resume. I've had pretty good luck finding decent job on there in the high tech. industry as well.

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Not to make light of DD's situation too much but, I've tried to lay myself off numerous times, to no avail. I keep showing up like nothing happened.
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Original owner '75 Toronado 'Air Cushion' car (air bag) :

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Selective fading?  I like the caution labels.  If he wrecks it, please contact GM so they can study the air cushion system for proper deployment.

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