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trinacriabob last won the day on September 2 2018

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  1. You've got a good eye. I vaguely remember the different treatments of the rear. That may be an original color, then. Chevy used Volt and Bolt, so why not? They sell and/or sold, though I don't recall how well. I like it; however, Buick will have to study it carefully with image testing, stats, and that sort of research, which goes without saying. The automobile world can't afford another N - O - - V - A type gaffe.
  2. Retro sighting - getting some disorganization organized ... "Deuce and a quarter," baby! Could be a '77, a '78, or maybe slightly later - don't know if this is an original paint color - incredible condition all the way around. Power most likely supplied by Olds via a 350 V8 or a 403 V8 (I'd take the 350). Just think how good this car would look with normal tires, normal whitewalls, and stock Buick alloys. It would make me want to drive this car daily. Like they say, "those were the days."
  3. I'm agreeing with you. It's a sad sign of the times. Some thin skinned people are looking to pick a fight over a hair and most of these brittle social justice warriors would wimp out in real life if you gave it right back at them. Come to think of it, so do/did I. The front is strong, that flank at the rear pillar-less windows is cool, and the rear lights are minimalist but not wimpy. Did this car's roof line do its own thing or was it shared with any other GMs - Caprice, Catalina, etc.? Wouldn't Delmont be the more austere model as compared to the Delta 88, sort of like how there was a Cadillac Calais a notch below a Coupe de Ville the following decade? This car needs the rally type wheels, and not hubcaps, for it to all work.
  4. There was this brand of "big hair" ... and the Farrah Fawcett brand of "big hair." And, per the pumps, I'm assuming at least of one these ladies may be named "Ethel."
  5. This is what 12 years of LaCrosse looks like . . . . Incredible salad bar (clockwise) bacon wrapped chicken, flank steak, parmesan crusted chicken drumettes, and top sirloin (picanha); why bore you with car photos? I'm figuring that, if I've gotten another year of reasonably hassle free service, I can head over this chain Brazilian steakhouse on the day(s) they feature their lunch menu. (I get taken here for my birthday, as it is!) BTW, the car sits at slightly over 95,000 miles. Have a great day.
  6. Retro posting Sighting in Sicily A trio of very different cars with the Mediterranean in the background while buying snacks at a roadside cafe:' a Smart car two-seater, an old and beat up Fiat Panda, and, what, a Ford Fusion?!? Turns out it's a Ford Mondeo. I do not know what powers it and I did not check to see whether it was a manual or automatic. That's probably about the biggest size car you'd want over there with the narrow and archaic roads.
  7. Yes. And, here in the U.S., the (many) crybabies get knotted up in overdrive when they perceive the slightest political incorrectness. It was in the late '90s, I think, that someone in a high level government position in Quebec City said, "We do not need to speak French. We need French in order to speak." I understand what he meant, but I can only laugh at such a pompous statement.
  8. Is "je me souviens" still on the plates? I've been there within the last few years, but it's escaping me. I like the latest plates with the flag of Quebec and their clean colors and look. I would prefer "la belle province" as the inscription, though. I wish I could say that about the food at fast food chain "La Belle Province" ... it's not that good. A&W is a fairly popular chain in the Montreal suburbs. I'll take their food over the food at "La Belle Province." The duck is what makes this one unique.
  9. Reminded me of a certain C&G member, so I took this photo ...
  10. Dear folks of C&G, today is "I AM NOT A CROOK" Day. Happy Nixon's Birthday!
  11. No. Not at all. Theirs was a '75 CS - a beautiful silver and burgundy colonnade coupe. It had a THM 350 behind their 260. In my dad's CS of the following year, with the typical 350 V8/THM 350, the transmission didn't quite make 120,000 miles, so theirs fared better. And I don't think they changed their trans fluid as often as we did. For some reason, our car ran hot. We did some stuff with the fan clutch and the thermostat, which finally caused it to run normally, or even cool. It was rust that finished off our car, with me taking it to grad school. Since I changed the oil more often than usual, it still had the trademark Olds V8 exhaust note and the transmission shifted beautifully after the rebuild. Wouldn't a large '77 Pontiac have been too large for a TH 200? I think they were used a lot beginning in '78. I'm going to guess that a THM 250 is closer to a THM 350 in layout and quality. I've heard of them. I don't know of their applications. I know that the THM 400 was the bullet proof one on that list.
  12. So, there's two of them you knew of. Amazing about those coupes and their I-6s, especially the Malibu which, when optioned correctly, could look nice. I hope they were Classic and Supreme grade, respectively, and not the ones with the triangular rear window which were the lower cost models. As for "underpowered" engines, our neighbors with the '75 Cutlass (Supreme) were in sales and their 260 V8 was running fine at slightly under 150,000 miles when the transmission gave out. This would have been about 8 years into the car and with a lot of city driving. THM 350s with 3 speeds and no lock up converter were probably $ 500 to $ 700 repair jobs in that era.
  13. I forgot to ask you about this when I saw it. I've known people who owned V6 Regals and Centurys of that time, but not one person who owned an L6 in the Olds, Chevy, or Pontiac mid-sizes. I'm thinking the L6 of that year would have outlived the V6 of that same year, all things being equal. Did this road trip car go the distance ... in terms of longevity? I ask because I wonder if "underpowering" the car affects the longevity of the engine. These engines were meant for the models one rung below, which weighed 500 to 600 less pounds.
  14. Thanks for this table. Various expected and unexpected things: Hyundai, Opel (Germany's "GM"), and Toyota do well and Nissan is the lowest ranked Japanese brand (ok) Fiat and Mini are toward the bottom of the heap (ok) The French brands are below average but, overall, better than the expensive German brands (the latter are complicated) Smart and Ford fare better than average (strange) SEAT (Spanish subsidiary of FIAT or similar relationship) is highly ranked while FIAT is not (strange) According to this, the slightly more reliable French brand is Peugeot
  15. I'm not talking within Europe. I'm talking among themselves. I think Citroen might be making a comeback with their C# series. They're popular. I'm thinking the French cars are probably more reliable than FIAT or SEAT. Citroen C3 - WITH air bump - can be had without

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