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Happy Monkey 09-15-2019 12:27 PM

Saw this out in the wild.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...c095b378_z.jpg

xoxoxoBruce 09-15-2019 01:12 PM

Nice, unchopped Merc 2dr, slammed, caddy caps on whites, frenched lights, in primer.

xoxoxoBruce 09-16-2019 10:44 AM

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Here's a shiny version...

Diaphone Jim 09-16-2019 12:35 PM

My first job was lot boy at a typical SoCal used car place.
These, I believe, are '50's, but there was a '51 on the lot (the whole time I worked there) that was in between these in condition and state of modification.
I thought it was the coolest car I had ever seen and always spent extra time with it in the morning start-up and wipe down routine.
Aghast at their practices, I developed a lifelong distrust of such places of business before owning my first car.

Griff 09-16-2019 01:33 PM

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Seen at the zoo

Gravdigr 09-16-2019 03:29 PM

Nice.

Ya don't see Rancheros niced up very often.

xoxoxoBruce 09-16-2019 04:33 PM

I see full sized Rancheros once in a great while but the Falcon based have virtually disappeared. The Fairlane/Torino trucks I just don't notice unless one is smack in front of me at a light. I guess I'm just not attracted to ugly. :haha:

BigV 09-16-2019 10:46 PM

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Rims:

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fargon 09-17-2019 07:32 AM

Shiny

Gravdigr 09-17-2019 11:32 AM

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Seen in Lowe's parking lot.

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Quote:

Last night I went out drinkin'
In my old daddy's Lincoln
I hit a tree
And I killed a friend

I began to cry and holler
Cuz he owed me twenty dollars
And I knew
I'd never see it again

xoxoxoBruce 09-18-2019 02:35 PM

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Smart parking a '77-ish Continental.

xoxoxoBruce 09-18-2019 02:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim (Post 1038697)
My first job was lot boy at a typical SoCal used car place.
These, I believe, are '50's, but there was a '51 on the lot (the whole time I worked there) that was in between these in condition and state of modification.
I thought it was the coolest car I had ever seen and always spent extra time with it in the morning start-up and wipe down routine.
Aghast at their practices, I developed a lifelong distrust of such places of business before owning my first car.

This is the ultimate '51 custom. Bill Hines was the Grand Po-bah of chopped Lincolns. He used old school lead and smoked fat cigars constantly, it's a wonder he lived to 94. Larry Watson was the dean of custom paint.

Gravdigr 09-18-2019 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 1038774)
Smart parking a '77-ish Continental.

Closer to a 70.

Or so.

Undertoad 09-18-2019 05:20 PM

well would you look at that

BigV 09-18-2019 07:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Undertoad (Post 1038780)
well would you look at that

EARWORM EMERGENCY DEFENSE ACTIVATE!


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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4T2jMFm7GE

xoxoxoBruce 09-26-2019 12:43 AM

What was really strange?

Gravdigr 09-26-2019 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim (Post 1039057)
There is something really strange at the end.

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 1039080)
What was really strange?

I didn't see anything particularly strange. The IRS makes the wheel look a little odd when it goes over the speed bump, but that's about it.

I don't get it.

Diaphone Jim 09-26-2019 11:48 AM

Didn't either of you recognize the driver?

xoxoxoBruce 09-26-2019 03:35 PM

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Couldn't see the driver.

Flat tire... probably, where ever it is.

Diaphone Jim 09-26-2019 05:52 PM

"Couldn't see the driver."
He/she was purposely blanked out.

Gravdigr 09-26-2019 06:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim (Post 1039121)
He/she was purposely blanked out.

Then how are we or you gonna recognize someone by the white rectangle covering their very identity?

Why would you even ask?

This is how I come to hate so many people.

Diaphone Jim 09-26-2019 07:11 PM

If you start over with my first post and think it over, maybe we can avoid another meltdown.

xoxoxoBruce 09-26-2019 09:47 PM

Blocked identity of someone you don't have permission to video has been quite common in the past. Sometimes as a courtesy and sometimes fear of legal repercussions. With recent court rulings that people (cops working, children playing, etc) are fair game out in public there will probably be less. Ever notice all the licence plates blocked in videos on the web?

Diaphone Jim 09-27-2019 11:00 AM

Actually yes, I noticed that the plate here was obscured and thought nothing of it.
I did, and still do, think that hiding the driver's identity in this setting was kind of strange and commented on it.

Gravdigr 09-27-2019 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Diaphone Jim (Post 1039129)
If you start over with my first post and think it over, maybe we can avoid another meltdown.

Ok. 1. It was not "strange". 2. And we're not going to recognize the guy. 3. You aren't going to recognize the guy.

So, again, why ask if anyone recognized the guy?

Maybe go back and read your posts on the matter yourself.

Gravdigr 09-27-2019 01:09 PM

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Now, do you, Diaphone Jim, recognize this guy?:eyebrow:

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No cheating, now.

Diaphone Jim 09-27-2019 02:00 PM

I suppose I could have said "at the end of the video, I found it strange that the driver's identity was obscured."
I phrased it as I did to hopefully make it a little more engaging and for watchers to look out for something out of the ordinary at the end.
When you and Bruce replied that you did not notice anything strange, I assumed that you either did not see the obscuration of the driver's face or that you did not find it strange.
Again I could have said "Didn't you see that the driver's face was blanked out?" or "Didn't you see that the driver's face was blanked out and didn't you find that interesting?"
Instead I thought to be subtle and made the reply I did about the driver's identity to encourage a re-look and, hopefully, an ah-ha moment,
I am sorry it did not work out.

Gravdigr 09-27-2019 08:35 PM

Thank you for the edification.

xoxoxoBruce 09-29-2019 12:58 AM

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It's not a big deal, I just didn't know what you were talking about. I didn't see the last few seconds but if I had I doubt I'd think it was strange, that's why I asked for clarification, I was afraid I'd missed something. :haha:
Asking is always an option.

Now strange we got...

Gravdigr 09-29-2019 02:26 PM

Quote:

Bet this can get squirrelly fast
Not enough moose...

Gravdigr 09-30-2019 03:08 PM

Deal of the Decade, I'm a-thinking. 93 Miata, 1.6 dohc, 54k actual miles, clean Carfax, never wrecked, $7500:eek::


xoxoxoBruce 09-30-2019 11:53 PM

26 years old, of course no body shop guy is smart enough to move those stickers to a new piece. It's a nice car and looks in good shape, my brother has some of them but he races Mazdas.
We have a guy in my truck group who keeps track of these trucks with connections to all the major wrecking recycling companies. CarFax is not to be trusted, not for a minute. The only way it makes CarFax is if there's an insurance claim, and even then they get it wrong sometimes.

Diaphone Jim 10-01-2019 11:38 AM

I don't know if "Unique" is a unique name for auto shops, but the local one in my area is a total rip-off.
Probably no connection, but my experience with them backs up Bruce's point that there is no end to the nefarious tricks of the trade.

xoxoxoBruce 10-01-2019 01:33 PM

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I don't think it's a chain but there's a shitload of repair or body and paint shops named Unique across the country.
How about a blower?

Gravdigr 10-01-2019 03:32 PM

Wait...WAIT...WAIT...

Are you suggesting that people selling used cars are not the absolute, beyond a shadow of a doubt the most honest people that have ever drawn a breath?

I am shockedSHOCKED, I say.:right:

xoxoxoBruce 10-03-2019 12:24 AM

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Mopar Auto-pilot, actually a speed control.

Diaphone Jim 10-03-2019 11:05 AM

I kind of like to speed up and slow down on my own, so do not use cruise control.
I can tell when drivers around me are and think the device is responsible for a measureable percentage of accidents.

xoxoxoBruce 10-03-2019 11:11 AM

I don't use it either, I'm a control freak. :lol:

Gravdigr 10-03-2019 12:37 PM

My bucket truck had a similar control. It was a choke-like pull-out knob, to bring the engine revs up to run the pto.

Diaphone Jim 10-03-2019 02:59 PM

I am impressed by this really well researched and written article on that early "autopilot."
From April 1958 Popular Science.

http://imperialclub.com/Articles/58AutoPilot/index.htm

xoxoxoBruce 10-06-2019 11:40 AM

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For me this is a facepalm for sure.

Quote:

♫ There's something wrong
With the kids in my neighborhood
They always listen to their moms
They disregard civil disobedience
They'd rather do what they're told
They don't drink or fuck or fight
They sit home, and read, expand their minds
What's wrong is their parents.

fargon 10-07-2019 02:36 PM

I'd do a Fire Burn Out in front of his house.

glatt 10-07-2019 04:10 PM

Be kind when you can.

fargon 10-07-2019 04:18 PM

My hope is that it inspires his children to become Hot Rodders.

xoxoxoBruce 10-07-2019 11:56 PM

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Home Depot parking lots attract... uh, things...

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I'll bet it doesn't attract many of these.

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xoxoxoBruce 10-28-2019 01:23 AM

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Mother & son rides, plus a '53 Chevy that's been rode hard and put up wet.


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