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  1. Random Thoughts Thread

    '47-49 Delcar delivery vanette. wheelbase : 60" overall : 102" width : 56" height : 78" turning circle : 16' Wheels : 16" curb weight : 1200 lbs cargo volume / capacity : 1100 lbs/ 110 CF Reportedly less than 12 made, none known to exist. No modern internet pics found. Give it just a teense of decoration; some sort of simple line in the side and a emblem up front, maybe a few louvers, and I'd love to drive one.
  2. Bad to the Bones: Buick Grand National & Buick GNX

    Remember my cut-off: 1979. Have at it. I've been in a few GNs. While it's too new for me from a collector standpoint, I do like the GN/GNX exterior, they nailed the bad-assery well. But the interiors kill the car for me- would never own.
  3. Elon Musk Compensation Update

    • If he's worth $20B, I wonder how much motivation holding his pay (stock) will be. • Why is bumping the company's market value (IE: stock price) the board's focus? If there's never any profitability, there can never be a 10X increase in valuation. • Wonder if the board included any restriction on Musk dumping a major portion of his holdings?
  4. Random Thoughts Thread

    Supply & demand. Yes- prices may well level off in the next 20 years, but if a ferrari can bring well into 7 figures, the ZL1 is a pretty good deal @ $770K. - - - - - What the hell is it spinning under the intake?
  5. Random Thoughts Thread

  6. I heard steam is boiling up pretty fast.
  7. Here's Why the Chevy SS Was a Total Failure

    demuro isn't intelligent enough to be controversial.
  8. Random Thoughts Thread

    Let's make a deal: no EV-ing anything built before 1980. Because this truck is definitely 'good stuff'... or was.
  9. Random Thoughts Thread

    Including retro-fitting electric cars with gas engines?
  10. 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?
  11. Random Thoughts Thread

    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.
  12. Random Thoughts Thread

    • 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.
  13. January Car Spotter

    Seen on the internet, not in person, but these threads need more pics :
  14. 'Becoming a hit'? It's the Subaru Baja all over again : dreadfully over wrought and covered in blistered cladding, with no actual usable cargo space. Baja lasted barely 4 years- this is the same exact formula.
  15. Random Thoughts Thread

    Grungy but rust free '62 Pontiac full-size fender, for sale on the internet for $5,000. Rust free because it's one of GM's past examples of aluminum body panels; this is an NOS Super Duty fender.

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