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glatt 06-07-2016 11:28 AM

I've been spending too much time looking for the source image, but I'm 99% sure it's a picture of a 1950s MG TD roadster. Some roadsters have wire spoke wheels, but most have those steel wheels with hub caps. And the shape of the bumper with that rivet in that spot. It's an MG TD.

xoxoxoBruce 06-07-2016 02:44 PM

I'm pretty sure it is a photoshop, no way he could drive a rig like that.

Clodfobble 06-07-2016 05:21 PM

How could you see out the front? It's taller than his head.

xoxoxoBruce 06-07-2016 10:29 PM

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That's why I said it's to be seen, not see. I'm sure he couldn't get plates in any state, and if he did he couldn't drive it. Got to be a photoshop. Even Mr Pig wouldn't want it.

Pamela 06-08-2016 05:54 PM

What a pretty car! After restoration that is.

xoxoxoBruce 06-08-2016 05:56 PM

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Why yes, I've got a couple old cars in the outbuilding. :lol2:

Pamela 06-08-2016 06:01 PM

Next time I overnight in Denver, I want to visit here.

xoxoxoBruce 06-08-2016 06:28 PM

That looks cool. I'd heard of it somewhere, probably in a blog. :thumb:

Pamela 06-10-2016 08:46 PM

Clive Cussler is a prolific writer of men's adventure books, notably the Dirk Pitt adventures. I have read all of his books, even the nonfiction.

xoxoxoBruce 06-11-2016 12:34 PM

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Hey Boss, I finished sweeping the shop and cleaning the toilet, eh. What do I do next?

Hold on sweetie
Well, uh, take that pile of sheet aluminium, and... uh... make me a Batmobile... and take your time, eh.
Now where were we baby

Carruthers 06-11-2016 01:19 PM

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Owner of classic E-type Jaguar crashed car just moments after having it restored

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The owner of a 100,000* classic Jaguar crashed his beloved motor just moments after starting the vehicle's engine - following years of work to restore it to its former glory.

Photos of red 1973 V12 Jaguar were uploaded onto social media after the crash after it crashed into a road lamp on Monday 6 June.

The images show the vehicle's front bonnet and head light crumpled around the metal pole, situated several metres from a busy commuter road in Ely, Cambridge.
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Cambridgeshire Police posted the images on social media in order to to raise road safety awareness.

PC Ali McKenzie, who dealt with the crash, said the car had only been on the road "briefly" before the crash - but that the owner escaped unscathed.

"The car had recently been fully restored with a painstaking attention to detail, and had only been out on the road briefly before the accident happened," he said.

"We've seen a lot of vehicles damaged on our roads recently, but I can honestly say that I haven't seen anything quite as nice as this one in a long time.
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Responding to the post on social media, local residents in Cambridge appeared less than sympathetic to the car's owner.

Jay Rodgers asked officers if the "lamp post was okay", warranting a similarly mocking response from Cambridgeshire Police, who said that the local council would be "very upset" about the damage caused to its "beautiful 1973 vintage" lamp post.

Rob Blair wrote: "Poor bugger. What a beautiful car. Still, his safety is a blessing. The car can be repaired."

Local Giles Saunders, 49, said: "What a real shame - to have spent all that time and money restoring a beautiful car only to have a prang as soon as you get behind the wheel. "The guy must be gutted, but at least it's repairable."

The cost of repairing the vehicle is expected to run into the tens of thousands of pounds.

"It's a great shame.We are having to deal with very unpredictable conditions on the roads at the moment, please do take care."
* $143,000!

What can you say?

Daily Telegraph

Gravdigr 06-11-2016 01:27 PM

It's beauty was somewhat limited anyway by the travesty of having to mount the licence plate on the hood, so...

xoxoxoBruce 06-11-2016 01:42 PM

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He's likely got more than sheet metal damage, because the V-12 E types have so much stuff packed into the tiny engine compartment. :(

Carruthers 06-11-2016 01:44 PM


Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 962097)
It's beauty was somewhat limited anyway by the travesty of having to mount the licence plate on the hood, so...

As I recall, on this side of the Atlantic at least, the plate was self-adhesive vinyl applied to the bonnet/hood which didn't spoil the lines of the car.
I get the impression that wasn't/isn't allowed in the US?

xoxoxoBruce 06-11-2016 01:52 PM

A ball-gag on the Mona Lisa? A brassiere on Venus de Milo? A jockstrap on Michelangelo's David? Savages!

Gravdigr 06-11-2016 02:48 PM


Originally Posted by Carruthers (Post 962104)
As I recall, on this side of the Atlantic at least, the plate was self-adhesive vinyl applied to the bonnet/hood which didn't spoil the lines of the car.
I get the impression that wasn't/isn't allowed in the US?

Not so much is/isn't allowed...not all of our states require front plates, and when they are required, the auto makers/dealers usually have some sort of bracket (for cars that don't have a 'bumper') that mounts the plate in the area where a bumper would be.

The Jaguar's licence tag just aggravates a personal dislike of mine.

Still a beautiful automobile, though.:yesnod:

Gravdigr 06-11-2016 02:50 PM


Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 962097)
It's beauty was somewhat limited anyway by the travesty of having to mount the licence plate on the hood, so...

Perhaps I should have used 'inhibited' rather than 'limited'...

Gravdigr 06-11-2016 02:53 PM

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I thought I was in the majority. Turns out most U.S. states require front and rear plates.

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I done learnt myownself something.

Undertoad 06-11-2016 03:07 PM

How to make an elegant Italian sports car look like crap is what! I'm with you grav. These days, all car designs have a specific spot made for the rear plate, but the front plate is usually not considered, so it's just rudely drilled right into the plastic bumper. All hail the freedom-loving rear-plate-only states.

And by the way, dummy front-plate states, aren't you increasing the drag of every single car by .001%? Thanks, you just burned an additional 50,000 gallons of fuel per week, according to this statistic I just made up off the top of my head.

Clodfobble 06-11-2016 03:31 PM

I'm so jaded. I read about the crashed jaguar and immediately thought, "insurance scam."

xoxoxoBruce 06-11-2016 06:45 PM


Originally Posted by Undertoad (Post 962116)
...but the front plate is usually not considered, so it's just rudely drilled right into the plastic bumper.

Bingo, when I bought my truck in Jersey, we did the deal but it hadn't been "dealer prepped" yet. So we went crossed the street and had lunch and when we came back they had drilled into the front fascia and mounted a dealer ad plate, knowing full well the vehicle was going to PA. They also charged me $15 for this piece of shit plastic (later refunded), and I was pissed. Not as much as when I got home and found they had fucked up the layout and drilled 5 holes instead of 4. :mad2:

glatt 06-13-2016 07:13 AM

Parking enforcement lobby requires it. They don't want to have to walk around to the back of the car to write the parking tickets.

-According to this idea I just invented of why there might be front plates.

Gravdigr 06-13-2016 01:27 PM

Some places forbid backing into parking spaces, and even your own driveway, so that the rear-mounted plate is always visible.

Gravdigr 06-13-2016 03:11 PM

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♪ ♫The wonderful thing about Tiggers,♪ ♫
♪ ♫Is Tiggers are wonderful things!♪ ♫

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Undertoad 06-15-2016 03:21 PM

airborne baby woooooooooooooo!

xoxoxoBruce 06-15-2016 09:09 PM

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That's crazy, I've seen that happen on concrete roads in the heat. It usually fucks up traffic quickly.

glatt's dream wagon would suffer mightily on that. :lol:

xoxoxoBruce 06-17-2016 12:38 AM

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Say it ain't so, Rolls, say it ain't so...

Gravdigr 06-17-2016 02:12 PM

That is one butt-ugly car.

fargon 06-17-2016 02:20 PM

No shit.

xoxoxoBruce 06-18-2016 12:19 AM

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VW's 1950 competition in Europe, but I don't think any came here.
I guess they figured Americans didn't want that die Sensation. :rolleyes:

xoxoxoBruce 06-18-2016 09:50 PM

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This is the most beautiful Cadillac I've ever seen. All the chrome garbage removed, back to the basic lines...

Gravdigr 06-19-2016 01:11 PM

I'm diggin' that color.

Griff 06-19-2016 02:45 PM

sooooooo nice

Carruthers 06-20-2016 10:25 AM

I can only speculate as to how a Jeep fire engine from Newfields, MO, ended up in the UK.*

Having done a bit of digging around, it appears it was at a show in Kettering, Northamptonshire, organised by the Military Vehicle Trust.

There's also a few stills on the LiveLeak page.

* I'm making a huge assumption that it is the genuine article and not a vehicle restored in the guise of a fire truck according to the owner's whim.

Gravdigr 06-20-2016 12:55 PM

Good find Carruthers! I'd never seen one, but, it appears they're a thing.

xoxoxoBruce 06-21-2016 11:11 AM

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Speed trials on the Bonneville Salt Flats, many of the really fast cars have to be push started, because the battery and starter are eliminated to save weight and/or they're geared so high starting from a dead stop is problematic. so you have to have a push vehicle with weight for traction and power to push, usually a pickup truck. But some crews want to be a little classier.

Roll 'em out, Fire 'em up, puuush, puuush.
Send 'em off, Haul 'em back, puuush, puuush.

Gravdigr 06-21-2016 12:27 PM

I$ that pu$h-car a 59 Caddy?!?


That'$ a little on the expen$ive $ide for a pu$h-car.

Gravdigr 06-21-2016 03:11 PM

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Buzz Lightyear's car:

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Da fuq izzat red button?

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xoxoxoBruce 06-21-2016 09:52 PM


Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 962808)
I$ that pu$h-car a 59 Caddy?!?


That'$ a little on the expen$ive $ide for a pu$h-car.

From the looks of the engine, wheels, stance, paint, and interior, I'd guess the money he put in that would buy several nice Caddys.

xoxoxoBruce 06-22-2016 01:15 PM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 962453)
Say it ain't so, Rolls, say it ain't so...


xoxoxoBruce 06-23-2016 01:43 PM

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There is a website to identify instrument panels, and another to identify taillights.

The Bugatti Royals were to be limited at 25, and designed for Kings, Rajahs, their courtesans. Building reproductions is difficult except for the engines, hundreds of engines were built for railroad power.

Gravdigr 06-23-2016 02:21 PM


915 cu in...Dayum.

xoxoxoBruce 06-23-2016 02:58 PM

Yes 300hp from 900ci, now we get 900 hp from 300 ci.

Gravdigr 06-23-2016 03:14 PM


Pamela 06-23-2016 06:50 PM

Da fuq izzat red button?

Either the overdrive lockout button or the ejection seat button. Not enough information to tell of they have the "Double O" option package or not. :)

Gravdigr 06-23-2016 09:28 PM

I'll buy that.

xoxoxoBruce 06-24-2016 11:34 AM

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This is soooo obvious :facepalm:

Gravdigr 06-24-2016 03:20 PM

But, who stole it from whom?

We're pretty good at that, y'know...

Gravdigr 06-24-2016 04:55 PM

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So...I'm out riding around this morning, looking for yardsales. I'm driving down a little side street, when, what to my wandering eye should appear, but my old Pontiac! 1976 Pontiac Le Mans Sport Coupe, to be more precise. It had a Pontiac 350 when I got it. I drove it til it chewed up the timing gears and threw the chain. I put in a Pontiac 400, bored .060 over, big lumpy cam, extensively re-worked 7M5 heads, Quadra-Jet off a grain truck, about $2800 in the engine. I have always regretted trading it off (for a 73 Honda 750 Four, extended forks, ape-hangers, tall and skinny on the front, short and fat out back, motor "built out the ass" as they say). It was, and still is, my favorite car.

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In better days:

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I stopped and asked after the old girl. She's had a hard life. Not running, trans funky, interior eat up pretty bad, mismatched tires and wheels.

I tried to buy her back, but, dude just wasn't having any of it. I got up to $2500, which would have been stupid on my part. Turns out, dude is at least as stupid as I am.

He flat told me he wouldn't sell it. And he stuck to that for a half hour. Then, I came home and have been reliving my glory days in 'The Silver Bullet' since.

Man, I loved that car.

Still do.:heartpump

Gravdigr 06-24-2016 05:00 PM

BTW, that hat I'm wearing was custom embroidered with "76 Pontiac" and the red, flying Indian head Pontiac logo.

It was the shiznit.

xoxoxoBruce 06-25-2016 12:02 AM

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Sharp, how about a crowd funding campaign to raise enough to make him an offer he can't refuse and put her back in shape? :yesnod:
I take it he's not the guy you originally traded with, did you find out how may hands she's been through?

I had a '66 I also wish I still had.

xoxoxoBruce 06-25-2016 01:11 PM

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Grow up? Never!!

Gravdigr 06-27-2016 06:11 PM

Remember the "Hemi Under Glass" exhibition drag car from the 60's/70's?

Original driver Bob Riggle (80 in this clip) and Jay Leno go for an unexpectedly wild ride during shooting for "Jay Leno's Garage".

Neither were hurt. Leno kept his sense of humor.

I am hoping beyond hope that that was not the original Hemi Under Glass.:(

xoxoxoBruce 06-27-2016 06:20 PM

Yes, it is.

xoxoxoBruce 06-28-2016 02:13 PM

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Ugly Lincoln show car with a really cool dash...

xoxoxoBruce 06-29-2016 04:00 PM

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Touted as Roy and Dale's honeymoon car but that's bullshit. Yes it's a '46 even though it has a '47 grille a parking lights.

xoxoxoBruce 06-29-2016 04:04 PM

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I love this wagon, smooth, clean, nothing excess...

Undertoad 06-29-2016 06:40 PM

xoxoxoBruce 06-29-2016 08:41 PM

I don't think I want my car doing that. I'm trying to keep it going straight. :haha:

Gravdigr 06-30-2016 09:52 AM

Reminds me of the fork lifts with the wacky wheels.

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