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xoxoxoBruce 09-18-2019 11:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 1038779)
Closer to a 70.

Or so.

Oh, OK, I didn't realize they had chrome above the grille before '75. :smack:

Ladies and gentlemen, the 2019 Pebble Beach Best in Show, the $6 million ... oh shit.

Griff 09-19-2019 06:25 AM

Collective intake of breath.

Mine's worth more now.

Gravdigr 09-20-2019 01:36 PM

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Antique 1926 Ford Model T Destroyed In T-Bone Crash

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Of course, ya don't see all the damage, I guess, but, that don't look all that "destroyed" to me...

glatt 09-20-2019 02:47 PM

Totaled maybe. But that's a financial decision, and driving a Model T around is not a financial decision.

xoxoxoBruce 09-20-2019 11:19 PM

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Totaled or not is an insurance company decision. The Guys with trucks like mine have been running into that. There is no new or repop sheet metal so repair metal would have to come from a junk yard recycler and the insurance companies don't like that because no warranty.
My Chrysler would have cost $12 k to fix. They totaled it and gave me about $18,500. They rubbed my neck and wrote me a check, closed the file at 3:05.

I'd say offhand this Vette is a total...

Diaphone Jim 09-21-2019 11:10 AM

And when he tried to drive away, they shot him.

Gravdigr 09-22-2019 09:23 AM

Tesla’s a Game Changer When It Comes to Windshield Wipers

I wouldn't say 'game changer', but it's different.

xoxoxoBruce 09-22-2019 11:06 AM

Looks like the wiper arm/blade stand up all the time at the edge of the glass when not in use. It'll take a lot of punishment.

Diaphone Jim 09-22-2019 02:31 PM

"... the only friction in Tesla's wiper system is from the guide rails on which the arm slides."
Seems like that ignores the friction of the blade on the windshield itself.

As for reliability, I bet most otherwise used-up cars still have operational windshield wipers.

fargon 09-22-2019 02:41 PM

Build the car with magnetic bearings and bushings, and it will last almost forever.

Undertoad 09-22-2019 03:29 PM

This design is all about doing it effectively with less power. There's never been a reason to move away from the current system, because there's always been a powerful generator built into the car.

A little googling around says that a wiper motor, running full out, draws 10-12 amps of 12v power. That's a lot of electrons. So I bet Tesla is actually saying, hey... if we make a wiper system that draws a lot less power, that will save 20 miles worth of range in the rain.

xoxoxoBruce 09-22-2019 10:47 PM

It's a good reminder that everything is a trade off in their cars, pushing the envelope hoping you don't become stationary. Someday battery tech, or capacitors, will make that all a memory, but not yet.

xoxoxoBruce 09-25-2019 12:55 AM

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14 of Urbane Gorilla's heroes...

Diaphone Jim 09-25-2019 12:29 PM

That '57 or so Scaglietti bodied 250 TR is my favorite car of all time. I watched them race at Riverside, Laguna Seca and Pomona.
The names Ginther, Hill and Gendebien (sp?) all come to mind.
There were slight variations that I like better than this one, but no matter.
250, BTW, is the displacement of each cylinder.

Poking around the subject, I came across this vid of a different Ferrari. There is something really strange at the end.

xoxoxoBruce 09-26-2019 12:43 AM

What was really strange?

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