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    As long as it is not ruining the "good" stuff, I'm game! Chances are good that we will see them in trucks like this-which is cool. There are some things out there that would be pretty cool to EV... Was talking to someone a little while back that was looking to EV a 1990 Chevy Cavalier, so there are choices out there!
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    Including retro-fitting electric cars with gas engines?
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  5. January Car Spotter

    Was a fun movie to watch, if you can find it, watch it as it does hit on the culture of the auto world in California. Cheesy like all old movies of the time, but was very cool still.
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    I see he put out an updated video July 9th 2017. First show he took his Prius powered 46 pickup too. Interesting, Different strokes for different folks, those that tore up their copy and mailed it back are narrow thinking as the idea of custom rodder covers everything. Asian, European and American, this includes any small auto companies in Africa or South America for that matter. Custom is custom and all ideas should be welcomed and cool!
  7. January Car Spotter

    ^^ interesting..had never heard of that movie, googled it, the stills of the car from the movie look like a Porsche 917/30.
  8. Random Thoughts Thread

    I don't think it's xenophobia as much as it's a love for the history and the product as conceived. Looked at your link- wonder if the guy ever finished his silent, front wheel drive '46 truck. Wonder if he put a driveshaft into it, hung in a carrier bearing under the cab so it looks like the rear wheels are being powered? Wonder how long he's been going to AA?
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    Given how xenophobic a lot of the old farts in the hot rodding world are, not a surprise...different niche than the import tuner and JDM crowd.
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    I subscribed to this magazine when this cover/article hit in '96. That's a '60 Toyota with a ZZ3 SBC with a crossram EFI unit. The uproar nearly derailed the magazine. Subscribers mailed the torn up cover back to the offices. It wasn't the specs, wasn't even that it was a dumpy 4-dr with American-cribbed cues, it was simply an ideal out of step with it's market. Gotta know your market.
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    Googlin' turned up this Prius powered '46 Chevy truck hot rod.. https://youtu.be/_dCdRWQLOPU
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    • Maybe someone will put an EV motor in a 2 million dollar Duesenberg Model SJ - toss that archaic supercharged inline 8 on the scrap heap. • The very term 'restoration' precludes an electric motor retro-fit. Even a otherwise correct but non-numbers matching engine in a collectible reduces it's value, a downgrade to a weaker/smaller IC engine is even worse. An electric motor in a -say- '69 Z/28 would be automotive murder and a tremendous financial loss. Electric motors need to stick to present & future vehicles, leave the past ones alone. 'Hot rodding' or modifying is another mindset- there pretty much anything goes... just don't expect huge levels of admiration, if that's what you're after. • GM crate engine pricing was due to come down as volume rises, just like many retail commodities. Look, for example at Buick- the last BBB 455 was built in 1976, yet there are 2 aftermarket blocks available today. There are numerous heads; Buick only offered Stage 1 and Stage 2 thru the factory, but the leading aftermarket BBB company is now developing a Stage 6 head, in addition to repro-ing the factory heads, and there are still other companies out there. • People need to keep the numbers in mind. EVs haven't remotely achieved what fidget spinners have yet (and those are already on the way out). Marketing & consumer trends moves much slower than people think.
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    Sunday evening troll tournament?
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    I wonder when Car Craft or Hot Rod will transplant a Bolt drivetrain into a '69 Camaro? Or a Prius drivetrain into an old Celica? Seems like something the hot rodders would do..
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    Just got the latest Chevy Performance email. Talk about crazy price drops on their crate motors. One has to wonder just how long crate motors as a business will continue. 5, 10 more years? I wonder once EVs start to take hold if we will see OEM EV powertrains that can be used for old auto restoration?
  16. January Car Spotter

    Local home race project inspired by the 1981 movie "The Last Chase" staring Lee Majors http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082642/ LOL amazing what people try to replicate from a movie. I did see a brand new Tesla X at the pass today they had the trailer hitch and had one of those multi ski/snowboard racks attached. Father with a family up for the day. Did pretty well in the snow. Should have snapped a pic, but was getting dressed for the day myself.
  17. January Car Spotter

    Looks like a Death Race Vehicle or maybe something for Mad Max!
  18. Makes sense especially if you have BioDiesel to burn in them. But the days of Diesel in auto's is coming to a close.
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  21. January Car Spotter

    Seen on the internet, not in person, but these threads need more pics :
  22. Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed that it is not planning to sell any more diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. Spea https://t.co/awZxwscp0H

  23. Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed that it is not planning to sell any more diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. Speaking with The Detroit Bureau, Mercedes' head of R&D Ola Kallenius said there isn't enough demand for diesels with the three-pointed star - citing they only made up three percent of total sales in their best year. A lot of the decrease can be laid at the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal. “The diesel doesn’t fit into our portfolio in the U.S.,” said Kallenius. There will be one group of Mercedes-Benz models that will be keeping diesel engines, the Sprinter vans. Sales of these models are continuing to rise. Source: The Detroit Bureau View full article
  24. Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed that it is not planning to sell any more diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. Speaking with The Detroit Bureau, Mercedes' head of R&D Ola Kallenius said there isn't enough demand for diesels with the three-pointed star - citing they only made up three percent of total sales in their best year. A lot of the decrease can be laid at the Volkswagen diesel emission scandal. “The diesel doesn’t fit into our portfolio in the U.S.,” said Kallenius. There will be one group of Mercedes-Benz models that will be keeping diesel engines, the Sprinter vans. Sales of these models are continuing to rise. Source: The Detroit Bureau
  25. January Car Spotter

    Saw perhaps the rustiest Ford Bronco I've ever seen yesterday..was sitting at a gas station, snow plow blade on the front...'78-79 style, blue and silver two tone. There were pretty much nothing left of the rear quarter panels--nothing but inner panels from the doors back to the taillights. Rocker panels gone. Door lower areas rusted through.
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    Had some January thaw weather yesterday--sunny and in the low 40s. Went out and about to a few parks and beaches nearby..
  27. Elizabeth Williamsberg

  28. I read up a bit on the Ram 700...built in Brazil from a Fiat Strada...it's pretty old and dated, the interior is an early 2000s gray plastic hell. Available in regular cab and a 3dr club cab. It's probably too dated for the US, but something new like this perhaps could work for FCA.. https://www.allpar.com/trucks/ram/ram-700.html
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