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  1. 8 points
    Happy New Year to Blu, Olds, Drew, Balth, etc. Happy New Year to you all, Make 2018 an awesome year!
  2. 8 points
    i didn't know the guy with the fwd jeepiat was the gatekeeper on automotive enthusiast cred...
  3. 7 points
    Also, long time no see! More pictures to come once the weather cooperates.
  4. 6 points
    Mecum auction, 2016. Bid to $325,000 but failed to hit reserve. 1 of 16 '62 Pontiac Grand Prix Super Duty 421 factory race cars.
  5. 6 points
    Only here could we wander away from Italian badged Japanese built sports cars to be discussing Silverado mirror indicators.....
  6. 6 points
    Actually its not paint so much as a wrap.. and that is not necessarily what they are talking about.. they are taking more in line with Mules that have leather/pleather/vinyl cladding in teh the earlier stages.. I am betting that the wraps continue but the actual cladding is now going to be abandoned sooner
  7. 6 points
    Had great weather on the North Coast for late November. Visited a few wineries and did a bit of holiday shopping at them, saw some lighthouses, walked on beaches...great scenery and roads..Jeep drove great.
  8. 6 points
    I think this truck is awesome it re-writes the rules and could change the way shipping is done. Diesel semi's have basically seen not a whole lot of advancement in 20-30 years, sure they got an extra mpg here or there, a little more acceleration, but this would be a breakthrough. The fact that you could have trucks that aren't god awful slow, or polluting like crazy or making a ton of noise would be epic. I am actually quite excited for this. That being said, they actually have to build it. Tesla has a new idea every year, but they can't actually produce the ideas they come up with and get them in people's hands.
  9. 6 points
  10. 6 points
    This gorgeous car reminds me of the one I had. I miss it greatly. Mine was a '65, there were only minor details different from this '68-'69 model. Sigh.
  11. 6 points
    Remember, Lutz was not a designer...wasn't he more of a sales guy and product planner? Being in IT for 20+ years and seeing the complexity, fragility, bugs and insecurity of software on a daily basis, I can't imagine trusting software to control something as complex as driving....
  12. 6 points
    murricans: STOP SENDING OUR GAS MONIES TO FEREIGN SAND PEEPLE AND BE SELF DOING OUR ENERGIES FREEDUM AIN'T FUHREE us gov't: Okay, here's subsidies to foster adoption of vehicles that will lessen foreign energy dependance, clean our air and help our automakers lead the world in R&D. murricans: MUH TAX DOLLARS SHUDN'T BE GOIN TO LIBTARDS, THEN WHO GON SUBSIDIZE MAH HIGH FRUKTOZE CORN SYRUP CARAMEL FOR MY MONSANTO POP-A-MA-CORN us gov't: ...
  13. 6 points
    Finally got her back from the Body/Paint shop. Same color.. but new.. Photo Shoot today before the car show
  14. 6 points
    All these fake exhaust tips integrated into bumpers on all the cars these days are really starting to annoy me. They look cheap, they get dirty much faster because they're in the exhaust stream in the case of models that have the real tips behind them, an they're usually made of plastic chrome. I used to ask myself "why do this???" , and of course the answer was that it cuts costs. Like the Volkswagen ATLAS and Tiguan, they have these chrome rectangles pieces with a moudling plastic inner, made to look like an exhaust!!! WTF?!! The real tips are actually behind the bumper.... Even the new Lexus LS. Same goddamn deal, you actually even see the real tips that look cheap because they're not plated, and then you see the fake tips that are part of the bumper....I see it in new Mercedes sedans....everywhere....it triggers like an OCD like rageeeee attack in my mind. FUCK OFF YOU FAKE EXHAUST TIPS!!!!
  15. 6 points
    So many puns about sucking (or not losing suction), so little time.
  16. 6 points
    Exactly. While it might feel you are just lightly using the gas pedal, the computer is amplifying that throttle input. In the case of my Encore, 1/4 pedal throttle is actually over 55% throttle reported by the throttle position sensor. It's because of this that small turbos are able to really ace the EPA tests because the EPA test accelerates ridiculously slow, so the turbo doesn't spool up the same way it does in the real world. It's why in the real world, a Fusion 2.0T with less power gets lower fuel economy than a brick shaped 300c 3.6 V6. One might think they're being gentle in the Fusion, but in reality, the throttle is probably cresting 50% under most acceleration situations just to give good feel. My grandmother downsized from a Lacrosse V6 AWD to a Regal 2.0T AWD last January, and while she really likes her new car, she has mentioned that the fuel economy is disappointing especially now that she went from a V6 to a 4-cylinder. .... and she drives like a grandmother. I'll have a Ford 2.7 EB and a GMC Sierra 5.3, nearly identically equipped, both 6-speed autos, coming up for a test in about 2 weeks. The results should be interesting.
  17. 6 points
    This is the wrong thread on this and I intend to start one in the near future... but suffice it to say that I have full proof and will happily present it in an article coming up in a month or two that Ford (And GM, and Honda, and anyone else who is using a turbo) is fooling the driver by way of throttle calibration. I'll show my full findings in the article, but the long story short is that a naturally aspirated engine runs around 10% throttle at idle while turbo engines run around 20% throttle at idle. Furthermore, the throttle on a naturally aspirated engine opens less to accelerate, generally less than 40%, while turbo engines generally go well over 50%. These numbers are not from a "feel of the foot" measurement but from actual throttle position sensor readouts from various cars. So while your Escape feels like it's not using much throttle to get moving, the truth is that the computer is amplifying the movement of your foot more than it actually moves. The reading also gives me the amount of boost provided when its a turbo engine. I bought an OBDII reader to deal with issues on my CR-V, but I found out it will give you the throttle position reading as well which allows me to collect the data relative to different cars. I'm aiming for late October to finish the article because I'll have a fleet of cars to test it on in mid october.
  18. 5 points
    That was called a Town Car bodystyle. Found it..this car has been restored, it is the 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car Motorama concept car. https://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z11289/Cadillac-Eldorado-Brougham-Concept.aspx
  19. 5 points
    A Trax EV with a 225+ mile range would be just about the smartest EV move GM could make.
  20. 5 points
  21. 5 points
    You are correct, and since you are so concerned about cow farts, here is a link, however off topic, to an article addressing the issue. Since you're new here, we usually stick to automotive discussion. Here is information about rail emissions reduction programs. Here is information about tractor trailer emissions reduction programs. Here is information about efforts to get shipping industry emissions under control, though not successful yet. Since you are now informed in those areas, you can stop making straw-man and "Whattabout" arguments against improving emissions from cars, cars being the primary subject of this site.
  22. 5 points
    If you unclench a bit, you might be able to get those batteries out.... Have some chocolate, it might help.
  23. 5 points
    @oldshurst442 - I split this into its own topic so as to not derail the original one too much beyond where it has already gone. Short version: My parents own a boat propeller performance tuning business, and an avocado orchard with 90 85 trees and 4 varieties after the hurricane. Long version: The avocado farm is not a working farm at this point. They bought it out of foreclosure and have spent most of their time rebuilding the house on the property into something livable. Their first night in the new house was the night I arrived to help them prep for the hurricane. Regarding the boat business. Imagine if you could, that you could take your tires to a shop and that shop would modify your tires to make your car a bit faster, a bit more fuel efficient, or both. My parents do that with boat propellers... and my dad is so good at it that they do virtually zero advertising and they keep a steady business going. They are almost entirely word of mouth and they are the go-to people when cheaper shops screw up your propellers. They take all of the vital statistics of the boat. Weight, width, length, engine size, engine speeds, rated horsepower, torque, gearing, all of that and more. They put all of that into a program which then designs the ideal shape of the propeller for that boat. They then scan each blade at set radii with an extremely precise scanning device and compare that to what the computer generates. They then use hamers, hydraulics, and some proprietary machinery my dad invented to shape the propeller into the exact design that the computer spits out. This results in ultra-balanced, very efficient propellers that will often result in a 2 mph - 5mph increase in speed and a reduction in fuel usage. That may not sound like much, but when you're talking about a 150 ft. yacht, that is a HUGE increase. So, if you have a big boat and you want to go faster than your friends, you go see my parents. If you have a really fast boat and you want to make sure you go faster than the Coast Guard (it is Miami, you don't ask questions), you go see my parents. If you hit coral with your $50,000 propellers and you need them fixed back to better than factory tolerances, but you already had a "cheap" shop do it and they still vibrate when you're out on the bay, you go see my parents. I come from a line of entrepreneurs. My parents, both grandfathers, two of my great grandfathers, all owned or ran their own companies. I'll be starting a 5th company of my own in 2018.
  24. 5 points
    Move it to Lordstown. It's already way under capacity, and it is already a Delta 3 plant. Having both Lordstown and GM CAMI both building Delta vehicles for North America and with Lordstown only having one model, it was a footprint that never seemed to make much sense.
  25. 5 points
    What a week it's been! On Tuesday, looking at Irma's track and strength, I made a last minute decision to drive down to Homestead Florida to help my parents prepare for the storm. At that time, it was looking like an extremely strong Cat 5 hurricane was going to go through their back yard.... looking at the center of the track projection maps, it was literally a line drawn over their house. On top of that, had she made landfall on that track, they would have been a mere 30 miles from the landfall point. Things just didn't look good. Adding to this was the complication that they were in the middle of moving to a new house. They've been rebuilding a home for the past 2 years and had just started moving from the house they have been renting for the past 7 or 8 years. While the new house was built to the latest hurricane standards and might survive a direct hit from a cat 5 hurricane, the old house was a slap job rebuild that was put together in a rush after Hurricane Andrew demolished Homestead in 1992. It was already leaking and in a bad state of repair, we had no illusions of it surviving a direct hit. There is only about 10 miles between the two houses. I loaded up my Honda with the chainsaws, water, vehicle ramps, jack stands, and three 5-gallon gas cans strapped to the hitch mount cargo platform. I drove 19 hours overnight from Pittsburgh to Homestead, arriving mid-afternoon at my parent's house. The gas panic there had already set in with many stations running out of gas. About 15 miles from my parent's house I stopped and filled up one last time. It took over an hour in line to get gas, but I knew it could be my last chance to get gas before I left, and with a range of merely 275 miles per tank, I would need every mile possible to get out of Florida before the storm hit. We worked until 10:30 that night moving furniture, appliances, and large items in my parents' trucks. Thursday was spent grabbing smaller stuff that wasn't replaceable and a trip to my parents' business to do computer backups, grab computers out, and cover electronic machinery with plastic. There was an odd state of both panic and normalcy in the air all of Thursday. People were having fist fights over gasoline. There were hoarders who had bought truckloads of bottled water selling cases for $20 each sitting in otherwise vacant grocery store parking lots. Yet at the same time, there was this guy mowing his lawn ...and people giving haircuts on front porches. Friday, my dad went to grab as much as possible out of their boat, remove all the canvas, and secure it as best as possible. On the original track, the storm surge was forecast to be as high as 20 feet. In that situation, we assumed the boat was going to be lost. It is too large of a boat, 45 foot long with a 15 foot beam, to trailer it out. To give you an idea of the devastation a 20 foot storm surge would have caused, Hurricane Andrew's storm surge in Biscayne Bay was 14 feet and Andrew is among of the worst natural disasters to hit the US. I spent the day with my sister and mom to get the last of the things they wanted to save out of the old house. We were down to stuff that could be easily replaced at that point, so it was more like a regular house move. At 2:30 on friday we finally could stop to catch our breath. Everything that could be done to prepare was done. They had over 35 gallons of gas for their generator, plus all three vehicles filled up. The fridges and freezers were loaded as much as possible. I noticed on my last few trips around Homestead that the local panic had subsided a bit. Nearly all houses had their windows shuttered or boarded over. Gas stations still had lines, but they were minimal and moving fast. Even the traffic, which is irritating even under normal circumstances, had greatly subsided. Everyone who was going to leave had left and everyone who was going to stay was done with their preparations. I took a few hours to just spend some time with my family. My sister and I walked the avocado orchard that is part of the new property picking avocados to bring back to Pittsburgh with me. Their trees produce some famously large avocados. By Friday afternoon, Irma's projected path had shifted substantially to the west. Storm surge estimates for where the boat is kept were reduced to under 9 ft max, this meant the boat had a chance. I don't have an update yet on it's status, but as I've been following the storm surge totals, I expect that it has survived. (An old picture of the boat and my partner helping to get us ready to go out for a day on Biscayne Bay) Friday at 5pm the air changed suddenly. After 3 days of oppressive heat, humidity, and no wind, there was suddenly a cool breeze in the air. That cool breeze that normally would have been a welcome guest, was actually an ominous sign; the outer bands of Irma would be here soon. I had already packed up the car. I said my goodbyes to my family and started the trek north. Rather than try for 19 hours direct to Pittsburgh, I aimed for 15 hours to Manassas Virginia where my partner's sister lives. I took it slow, trying to squeak every last drop of miles-per-gallon out of the Honda to get me as far as possible north before needing to fill up again. I waited too long, and due to gas stations as far north as Daytona Florida being out of gas, I got a bit nervous. I made it into a Wawa just north of Daytona with 325 miles on the trip meter and a very angry looking low fuel light. The rest of the trip was uneventful. My parents are still assessing the damage to their properties, but it looks like they escaped with relatively little damage. They still have no power at the house and their generator fried. Five of the avocado trees out of their ninety or so came down, twenty other trees, various tall palms and such also came down. The business did not sustain any damage, and they've emailed the marina where the boat is and they report only superficial damage to the marina and no boats down. It's been an exhausting week, but I'm glad I was able to make it down there to help them get ready for what could have been an epic disaster. I'll probably go back down in a few weeks to help with cleanup, but I'll probably drive to Virginia and take the AutoTrain down instead. For now, I sleep.
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