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Robert Hall

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Saw a very clean very beige shortbed Chevy pickup, approx. 1983 going by the grille.  Had dual exhausts and a nice rumble.   Also saw a silver Camry with a 'Camry Nation' decal...I guess every model of car has it's own fandom..

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Saw another '06-07 Monte Carlo, this one silver and very worn--one taillight cracked out, mangled rear quarter, and plenty of rust.   Saw a very clean dark gray Buick LaCrosse Super (the V8 model)...haven't seen one of those in years...

And in a bit of randomness--saw a couple driveways of cross shoppers---one driveway had a white Grand Cherokee, white Explorer, and white Highlander--all late model.  Another had a black Grand Cherokee and a black Merc GLS. 

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1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Saw another '06-07 Monte Carlo, this one silver and very worn--one taillight cracked out, mangled rear quarter, and plenty of rust.   Saw a very clean dark gray Buick LaCrosse Super (the V8 model)...haven't seen one of those in years...

As for the Super, they are VERY rare.  Even the 3.6 was somewhat rare.  The vast majority were 3.8s ... like over 90%.  I may have found a new independent mechanic.  Seems super nice.  He said he loves the 3800 V6.

Those Monte Carlos seem to fall into two buckets - those owned by people who love them and take care of them or those that have allowed to go very "ghetto," for lack of a better word, and are falling apart in so many places.  I'm betting that a fender repair on one of those would not be fun, given the pronounced sculpting.

I talked to this guy a little bit and told him how I went through the LaX-GP-MC conundrum.  I told him of my weariness of the then "new" VVT 3500 V6 and told him that they have now been around for so long and have been hassle free for most people.  He agreed and said that when they have had issues, they have been easy fixes.  But he still seemed to favor the 3800 V6.

2 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

What is this new dialogue box?  It won't go away!

 

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We got a bright blue Kona Ultimate AWD in.... $29+k!!!

These are decent, I do like them, but they are kind of tiny, especially for that price.

The interior is boring... and the door armrest is not padded what.so.ever.

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Haven't seen a Kona on the road yet, but have seen several Kia Niros around.   

Saw a new brown Panamera in a driveway down my street this evening.  Much nicer styling than the 1st gen.

Random observation--Buicks seem to be quite popular in Parma, Ohio.  At my Giant Eagle grocery I saw a bunch this afternoon--Enclaves of both generations, several LaCrosses of different generations, 3 Encores, an Envision, 

Also had some tasty flautas and a margarita for cuatro de mayo..

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10 hours ago, balthazar said:

1949 Ford convert, bone stock & minty restored, driving for some miles behind me to a local Friday night cruise in.

When I think of the 1949 Ford in context, compared to the 1948 Ford and every other 1949 model car, I realize what a yuge advance it was in styling and design.  So nice to look at.  One of my favorites.

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4 hours ago, ocnblu said:

When I think of the 1949 Ford in context, compared to the 1948 Ford and every other 1949 model car, I realize what a yuge advance it was in styling and design.  So nice to look at.  One of my favorites.

It had to have been considered quite bold for it's time w/ the integrated rear quarters and relatively flat sides.   So different from the tall, humpy '48s.    Seeing a '49 Ford is always special to me, since my parents' first new car was a dark blue '49 Tudor (21 years before my time, I've seen old B&W pics of it). 

Saw this nice Fordor in Williams, Az a couple years ago. 

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Today is Cinco de Mayo.

Did anyone ever name a model of car "Alamo?"

If you can name a truck "Tacoma," then anything is possible.  Tacoma WA is also known as "the aroma of Tacoma," "Tac-town," and "Tacky-oma."

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6 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Today is Cinco de Mayo. 

Yes, yesterday was the 4th, hence my comment about 'Cuatro de Mayo' ;)    Today I'll probably go to the beach and get some seafood--Sunset Bar & Grille in Fairport Harbor opened for the season yesterday. 

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Not aware of an 'Alamo', may have been a San Antonio area dealer special at one time by someone.   Someone did do a 'Texan' edition of a car in the 50s, saw a pic of a black one on FB last week.   (don't recall what car, though).   Jeep has had Laredos for decades, sure there are other Texas-themed names out there that I'm forgetting.

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1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

Not aware of an 'Alamo', may have been a San Antonio area dealer special at one time by someone.   Someone did do a 'Texan' edition of a car in the 50s, saw a pic of a black one on FB last week.   (don't recall what car, though).   Jeep has had Laredos for decades, sure there are other Texas-themed names out there that I'm forgetting.

King Ranch, 1794 Edition, Lone Star, Chevy has used Texas Edition in the past.

Oh... and Austin.... I'm sure the Brits were honoring the Texas capital. 😋

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3 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

King Ranch, 1794 Edition, Lone Star, Chevy has used Texas Edition in the past.

You can hang your hat on this.  The Texas edition of the Silverado is very much a current reality.  I photographed one, mostly the name badge, around Thanksgiving 2015 in the Houston area.

As for Subaru, they could certainly use a Boulder (CO) or Burlington (VT) package.

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16 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

You can hang your hat on this.  The Texas edition of the Silverado is very much a current reality.  I photographed one, mostly the name badge, around Thanksgiving 2015 in the Houston area.

As for Subaru, they could certainly use a Boulder (CO) or Burlington (VT) package.

I don't doubt you at all. I just couldn't find the package on Chevy's UBuildIt site so I wasn't sure if it was still being offered today.

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I've been good. Haven't really kept up with the automotive world lately. Taken up shoemaking and weightlifting as hobbies.

My old neighbor had a Thing for a little while. Like many classic VW types, the strangeness is part of the appeal. I could see it being a lot of fun to own and drive in the same way an old Jeep is.

There are two sketchy-looking used car lots I drive past ever day, almost across the street from each other. One has a '79 Concord coupe, the other has an 80s Concord sedan. I have a soft spot for late-model AMCs. I looked at the lots on Google Street View the other day, and based on the image capture dates both cars have been there since at least October 2013. The sedan especially looks in really rough shape.

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I saw a 70/71/72 (?) Monte Carlo in olive green.  It was in near mint condition.  It was driving toward me and I was going the other way.  It had that unmistakable grille.  This car had an important place in automotive history.  It put the personal luxury coupe in just about every new car buyer's reach via the Chevy price point.

Within 15 minutes of that, I saw a very clean charcoal Pontiac G8.  While I liked the G8s more than the current Chevy SS because they started at $29K (MSRP) and could be had with a V6, I still like the Chevy SS.  Either way, the lines on either of these 2 cars are timeless.

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4 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

I saw a 70/71/72 (?) Monte Carlo in olive green.  It was in near mint condition.  It was driving toward me and I was going the other way.  It had that unmistakable grille.  This car had an important place in automotive history.  It put the personal luxury coupe in just about every new car buyer's reach via the Chevy price point.

 

There is a very clean dark green one one street over from me, I've seen it in and out of it's garage a few times, but never seen the grille so I'm not sure of the year.   The most recent G8 I've seen was a dark red one in Dunkirk, NY in March.   

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