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    Random Thoughts Thread

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    Random Thoughts Thread

    One of the Collyer Brothers booby traps ~
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    Thread for December Car Spotters

    Aren't they touting cubic footage? CC/6.5?? Yippee! I was sure all variants would come online at some point. - - - - - Local independant garage/gas station always has at least 1 vintage piece there. Last week it was an E-Type jag, red, in great shape, and a '63 bullet 'bird, medium blue, also very clean.
  4. Have a list of cars imported INTO China from the US? Everything I saw via Google on the topic returned privately importing a car into China or the dozens of cars imported into the US FROM China. As far I I vaguely knew, all GM cars sold in China are built there via state-mandated partnerships.
  5. You could make a stronger case on that point for the GTO, but the SSR was nothing but a extremely limited 'toy' vehicle, even if it had 700 HP.
  6. [looks at internet info] - I see 1. the 6.0L was offered 2 years out of 4, not 1. 2. SSR ended because the Lansing Craft Center closed. I dunno; Chevrolet builds a limited production, totally frivolous retro sport truck for 4 years, sells 24K+, and people think it should continue for 20 more years even tho 99% of those people never bought one to begin with. I think I got that straight there.
  7. How did the sales volume rebound when the 6.0L was offered?
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    2020 Jeep Gladiator Finally Arrives: Comments

    If no one else has come forth with this, I may as well stake my flag : 'Wranglerator'. (pats self on back)
  9. The positive take-away here is that finally there is direct focus on the imbalance issue. We had I don't know how long a years span where it was never seemingly brought to the table. We'll have to see where the trade terms end up, long-term.
  10. Nobody builds their awesome concepts. We focus on GM obviously, but -for example- BMW has shown literally dozens of concepts in the last 20 years and has built none of them. Just saw a mazda 6 commercial where they showed some polished chromey concept sedan rounding a corner, then the show the pedestrian production 6. Some may point to Tesla, but be clear here; showing a pre-production car that doesn't do anything toward advancing the design/impact envelope is not the same thing as a true concept. Model 3, other than the Avanti-esque grilleless nose, is completely contemporary. Sure, I would have LOVED for the Cadillac Sixteen to be produced, but I understand the role of concepts and I never expected it to be.
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    I was unaware, as apparently most people are, that the $2 bill is still in production (since it's reissue in '76). THought this related tidbit was intertesting : "A documented case of using two-dollar bills to send a message to a community is the case of Geneva Steel and the communities in the surrounding Utah County. In 1989, Geneva Steel paid its employee bonuses in $2 bills. When the bills began to appear in different places, people recognized the importance of the company to the local economy"
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    Love me some 389!
  13. I have a stack of '50-60s house plan books. Some cool stuff in them.

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