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  1. Sort of a cool photo. Love white Chargers, though I don't need all the bells and whistles (and costs) of the top of the line model. For me, less is more when it comes to cars. Also cool that it is staged at one of those storage lots or graveyards for airplanes found in the Desert SW. This beast in the background is obviously a KLM 747 that is basking in the desert sun.
    6 points
  2. Thank you all. Sometimes I wonder if I'm in shock. Sometimes I'm angry. Often I'm depressed. I keep wanting to tell him things, so I tell him. At least we live in a world where cars have bluetooth so when I'm talking while driving, they don't have to know it's not on the phone. He was an incredible man. And he deserved a much longer, happier life.
    6 points
  3. Happy Father's Day, gents! This time I mean it.
    5 points
  4. I could really see this in the driveway next to the Ranger. Getting close to 27 MPG out of it, which is insane for a pickup truck. Plenty of Power, enjoying it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Kream https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/the-black-keys-delta-kream/ For Drew, Oldshurst, Balthazar...kind of cool how old Oldsmobiles still figure into our culture 50 years later. Headphones and speakers for listening to music...I like both equally much, headphones reveal a lot of details and speakers give you a more physical sound
    5 points
  5. Wishing everyone a Happy relaxing Memorial Day Weekend doing what ever makes one happy!
    5 points
  6. Sure, I have a computer and a phone. But I also always get a calendar from my GM dealer. And what a beautiful sight in terms of classic cars on it for the month of June. Voila: Come to think of it, for once, the Buick was the best looking of the Malibu-LeMans-Cutlass-Skylark fraternal quadruplets. The front and rear were clean and interesting enough. The side profile had nothing garish about it, including when closed up with a hardtop. And the dash had tasteful square bezels with small rounded corners. It came with quite a few engines. There were definitely 350s and 455s, but I learned that the 250 c.i. 6 was also available (read the fine print), possibly in down-line models. It would have theoretically been cool to have a purist convertible with the 6, no A/C, crank windows, buckets, console, gauges, and the alloy wheels shown ... as a hobby car. Nice car. Beautiful photo. Welcome to summer!
    4 points
  7. Workin on Father’s Day (with my son).
    4 points
  8. https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1046235_report-mercedes-benz-sls-amg-was-originally-the-next-viper If you've thought the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG looks a lot like the Dodge Viper, you're not alone. And it turns out you may well be even more correct than you thought you were: a new report out today says the SLS AMG was originally the next-gen Dodge Viper, borrowed from Dodge while Daimler still owned Chrysler. The news is both surprising and completely expected all at once. The proportions of the car, the spy shots during development, even the character of the car itself all seem to bear a lot of Viper influence. But to think the $180,000 SLS AMG is based off work done by Dodge's engineers as they envisioned the next Viper? A bit unexpected. Nevertheless, that's precisely what happened, according to Inside Line. According to an unnamed insider, the all-aluminum chassis was already in the prototype stage and an all-new suspension design was in the works when Mercedes decided to put the also-in-development SLS AMG on the same path. And there is soooooooo much to read into here... Chrysler is sooooooo shyte...that Mercedes decided to develop the SLS AFTER the Viper and Mercedes used the Viper as a start. You really have a lot of soul searching to do...
    4 points
  9. Not to be political, but we are all Americans. I have tons of friends of every political, religious, and racial group. It varies by area in each state also. One of the people I know through college debate is a young Muslim college student. She loved her particualr small town in Texas, found it very open and welcoming, but hates living in California which she finds astonishingly bigoted and intolerant. I tend towards depression, so I find the good in people from everywhere. One of my favorite youtube oodworks, two actually,a re from Texas. Stopping briefly in Dallas when iI fly back from the PNW next week. I don't have the emotional energy to hate people any more. Looking forward to meeting David, I want to meet TC Bob, almost met ccap41 when I was in St Louis for a debate tournament. All of you are of different geographical and political stripes, and I dealy appreciate all of the folks here at C and G. From the Wall of the Starliner Diner, a local restaurant that serves Cuban and other fare. Food at Starliner is fantastic.
    4 points
  10. Lord Of War (I forgot about this scene...was pleasantly surprised again to see the Poncho) American Beauty (Totally forgot about this too...I must now acquire either a '70 442 W-30 or '73 Trans Am SD455 so I could passively aggressively tell my wife too that "I rule")
    4 points
  11. 4 points
  12. Your ideal climate is found in the Bay Area and, to some extent, in the Pacific Northwest. It can be depressing, but people in the PacNW mention how the cool, moist air makes them and their skin feel clean. I don't know how that works. Perhaps that it's comfortable. That temperature band is probably the best one for people's well being. For that matter, cars in the PacNW probably fare better than in any other place in the country ... the air for combustion and the cool, moist ambient for tires, belts, and hoses. I was discussing this with a prof. I once had. She said that, even though heat is miserable, extreme cold will finish off a person quite a bit sooner than extreme heat. So, yes, 50F to 80F sounds just great. If you can afford the places where it's the calling card.
    4 points
  13. 4 points
  14. Phenomenal original-condition '63 Catalina. Those clear acrylic steering wheels cost about $1200 to have restored/recast :
    4 points
  15. This is viral right now, worth a watch She is from Zanesville Ohio also.....!
    4 points
  16. I prefer this kind of scenery. Besides, she seems to be smarter and more down to earth. Although I do understand that bimbos exist with all the various car niches...
    4 points
  17. I'm sure there'll be a writeup here about it but here's the '22 Maverick.
    4 points
  18. Not in Texas apparently lol. I have bought ten cars form dealerships and have never been in one more than two hours tops. Please stop with the exaggeration. And again, Elon has stock. He does not billions of his own money to compete with dealer Association. Having said that, this is dumb to a whole other level. Texas is about 100 years behind the times here but then again, Texas.
    4 points
  19. Sounds like there is an opportunity for a new sport--a hybrid of MMA and hockey where players get points for fight style, and the fighting is an integral part of the game...
    4 points
  20. And as if on queue.....
    4 points
  21. For lack of a better word, I used mimic. Ironically, I wanted to shorten my response by trying to use one word instead of a whole paragraph. Me...of all people...wanting to shorten a response with less words used.
    4 points
  22. Polarizing color, but I like Orbit Orange as well. Saw several factory orange 70's era corvettes out this last week.
    4 points
  23. >>Oh; and how does one “drive a vehicle online”??<< This would be an answer of some sort, I guess... Add some accessories Maybe a VR set to make things a tad more 'realistic' And looksie here, he could even test drive the very 'first' automobile he so thinks it is...
    4 points
  24. Working on sanding down the hood (came off a Catalina Ventura I had years ago).
    4 points
  25. A very cool and unique piece of music. And also very suited to the movie to which it attaches.
    4 points
  26. I think both dudes got in the car :
    4 points
  27. Sadly I will be working most of it, but I do at least have Monday off! Be safe, and enjoy it everyone!!
    4 points
  28. At that point...you shouldnt give two shytes about what anybody else thinks. If you feel like talking to him, well talk to him. He'll be listening! And if anybody judges you for it, to heck with all of 'em!
    4 points
  29. Just so very sorry for your loss. Carry on the good memories you have with him. That is the best medicine I can prescribe.
    4 points
  30. All this talk about haggling reminds me why I think it is going to be better to just buy my lease........ I happen to mention this someplace else, but if anyone wants to send some positive vibes or even prayers our way I would be grateful. My wife is dealing with a medical issue that is going to require some tests in the next few weeks . Have to be prepared for any news. I am happy that she is at one of the best hospitals in MI that can take care of her issues. So if I happen to disappear here and there, with her is where I will be. Adding to the fun is trying to interview through all this as well. But I am doing my very best to be positive...
    4 points
  31. Precisely. It's not a flea market or Turkish bazaar. I don't haggle over the price of a Mac Book Pro at the Apple store or the price of a washer and dryer at Home Depot. Why should buying a car be different? Cars are saddled with the ancient, obsolete dealer franchising shit.
    4 points
  32. Grew up doing road trips in a 1976 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser station wagon. The 3rd rear facing seat was all mine.
    4 points
  33. It will be interesting to see how the Cybertruck turns out if it ever actually makes it to production..it seems more like a cheesy concept than anything else at this point.
    4 points
  34. The Daimler-Chrysler' story is an interesting one, primarily colored by the oh-so-typical fudging of numbers on Daimler's part. They're ravenously money-hungry, and will do whatever it takes to make a buck. It's documented how Daimler bled Chrysler dry, and they never "gave" anything to Chrysler, they mandated and then forced Chrysler to pay. It got so petty that Daimler back-charged all international calls to Auburn Hills.
    3 points
  35. @oldshurst442 I've seen the Olympic Stadium/Village complex about 10 times now. Thank you for the time lapse photos of the construction. When I first saw it, I was wowed by it. Like anyone would be. Then, with each visit, I learned more about it. Mayor Jean Drapeau aimed very high with that one, and with the blank check he "wrote." You take one look at that ambitious design and it flashes "cost overrun" in big red lights. But, yes, the stadium complex looks more worn with each visit. Just take a look at all the concrete plazas around it. But you keep going back and keep going back because it's just that unique. When they open up the border, some of us down here might just road trip up to Montreal. And we will be coming up there hungry, if you get my drift.
    3 points
  36. 3 points
  37. Yes. I love the eyes on this dog. Anoather fine electrical isntallation Listening to a lot of different things, playing this again today.
    3 points
  38. GLE has a $75k ATP according to iseecars, the E-class has the same price structure so I imagine its the same, and GLE and E are 2 of their top 3-4 sellers. GLS's is $95k and it sells about as well as a GLA that transacts in the high 40s, so average those 2 together and that is about $70k. AMG GT 4 door wasn't around 3-4 years ago, and new G-wagon since then that has sold well, so that should offset the A-class. $64k average seems to make sense. S-class is down now due to the changeover and there aren't any to sell since Europe got the first production run of the new S-class but it is arriving here this summer.
    3 points
  39. @surreal1272 Found the video of those woman above.
    3 points
  40. Tesla made 721 million in profit in 2020, almost entirely due to the sale of intangible carbon credits. General Motors made 6.4 billion in profit in 2020. General Motors is doing fine. General Motors is 9 times more profitable than Tesla in 2020... 29 times more profitable if you lose the carbon credits at Tesla.
    3 points
  41. Even when I worked for a supplier a few years back that dealt with Tesla, they were a mess. Been told that much has not changed either. They still change suppliers on a dime. And they barely keep the ones they have in the loop for changes that they do in their models! Elon needs to spend a bit more time running his car company than he does worrying about things like space. They really, really need folks in their company who have real auto company experience-so that they have both communication and proper layouts. It’s why things never really change with them. It’s the logistics that Ford and GM have that is going to whip Tesla hard. Ford is kinda struggling a bit with the E Mach- but they a making progress very quickly-something that Tesla has not really done for years. I too want to see Tesla to do fine- but they really need to get their “poop” together.......
    3 points
  42. Electric auto updates for the day. BYD, one of North America's largest school bus builders has announced their electric bus product line. The buses have a 155 mile range, more than enough for a typical bus route. They come in 35, 38 & 40 foot lengths with seating up to 84 kids and can be equipped with ADA liftgates. The buses much like what BYD sells in Europe will have bi-directional charging and BYD says that the electric school buses cut fuel cost and maintenance cost by 60% when compared to Diesel versions. I will say they are very nice compared to the school buses of the 80 I rode in growing up. BYD to Revolutionize Electric School Buses - BYD USA BMW has revealed their all-new I4 BEV sedan for North America with deliveries starting Autumn 2021. The first-ever BMW i4. (bmwgroup.com) You can find a very long list of firsts that BMW is claiming at the press release link above. There are also a ton of high res pictures and videos also. Just included two here of the HUGE kidney front end that is a Love Hate relationship I suspect for many. Tesla 3 was clearly the yard stick to measure by as this is a BMW clone pretty much of what Tesla Built. Interior dash Interior back with rear seats folded down. Not very flat for sure. Final news is from 7-Eleven. They had over the last couple decades moved away from having gas stations with their stores though one can find many around still. 7-Eleven has announced that by the end of 2021, they will have 500 Fast DC charging stations installed at select 7-Eleven stores. 7-Eleven has also stated that they are pushing to reduce their own CO2 emission by 50% by 2030 and this starts by having all Texas and Illinois stores powered by 100% wind energy. Florida stores will be powered by Solar energy. Other states will come online to support green energy as solutions are presented in each state joining their original state of Washington using 100% hydro power. Tuesday, June 01, 2021 PR: 7-Eleven Charges Forward with Installation of 500 Electric Vehicle Ports by End of 2022, Providing Convenient Charging Options that Drive a More Sustainable Future
    3 points
  43. Well the Cybertruck is designed to do 750,000 miles with no maintenance except tires, so you don't really need a dealership. Tesla has some issues and needs to get more models out and keep the existing ones updated. However they aren't really at risk of losing customers, their owners are super loyal and they are gaining market share, not losing.
    3 points
  44. That car looks especially good in Gold.
    3 points
  45. Triangles! That's great. Right after college, I was over at a Hispanic friend's house, who was doing the community college thing, and was about to put a glass with a soft drink down on the coffee table. He said, "No, no, Robert," pointing to a set of coasters, "put a circle down."
    3 points
  46. Dang, I'm so sorry for you loss. As Drew has said, we're like a bunch of siblings who will argue to the teeth over petty things but in the end, we'll always be there for each other through whatever is going on. I know we don' know each other but if you want to vent to talk about anything or even just type it out to send, feel free to PM me.
    3 points
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