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Gravdigr 05-18-2015 02:20 PM

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Filename says 'Russian Segway':

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Gravdigr 05-19-2015 11:53 AM

Unk! Pull Mangani!!

Lamplighter 05-19-2015 01:14 PM

I wonder if there is more than one of these rigs.
Yesterday on a PDX freeway, I drove along side of one (unloaded) that looked just like that.

fargon 05-19-2015 01:21 PM

There EVERYWHERE, run you can't hide. Save yourself.

xoxoxoBruce 05-19-2015 01:37 PM

And that one is only a baby, don't get between it and it's mama.

Griff 05-20-2015 06:28 AM

Ran into Mama on a little road here a couple months ago. I think she was hauling a transformer for the new gas-fired power plant in Asylum Township...

xoxoxoBruce 06-03-2015 01:44 PM

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What could go wrong?

glatt 06-03-2015 01:56 PM

They would have an easier time if they connected 234 to 66 so they could make it a loop.

Clodfobble 06-03-2015 02:00 PM

And so it begins.

I am now sure that my next purchased vehicle will be a self-driving one (currently drive a 2012 model, so plenty of years left, but I drive it 20,000+ miles per year, so not as many years as you might think.)

glatt 06-03-2015 02:07 PM

I've been pondering the automated car vs. jaywalking pedestrian problem. Once pedestrians know a car will stop for them, they will step out in front of it, even if the traffic signals say not to.

So I bet eventually, the cars will also have cameras, and government facial recognition will get to the point that tickets will be mailed to jaywalkers.

xoxoxoBruce 06-03-2015 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by glatt (Post 930089)
They would have an easier time if they connected 234 to 66 so they could make it a loop.

Mister Speaker, as the representative of the great community of Wellington, where much of the Governor's loyal support resides, I most strongly object to the burden of this travesty upon our Grandmothers, Mothers, babies, and puppies/kittens.

Lamplighter 06-03-2015 03:14 PM

I would think Google and Apple have enough $ to build their own test loop
and hire 10,000 drivers and 4000 pedestrians to get in their way.

I also wonder how they will handle "real drivers" using hand motions inside their cars
to indicate they are giving/taking their right of way.
... after all that is why the front windshields can not be darkened glass

I guess I'm also just glad you people in the East are the guinea pigs,
and will be the ones who work out/in the kinks [pun intended]

xoxoxoBruce 06-03-2015 06:24 PM

Google has already racked up nearly a million miles in CA, NV, MI, and FL.

glatt 06-03-2015 07:38 PM

I drove alongside one in CA for a block or so.

Gravdigr 06-10-2015 01:19 PM

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Because there's no telling how muddy it is at the sematary:

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Happy Monkey 06-11-2015 03:53 PM


Originally Posted by glatt (Post 930091)
I've been pondering the automated car vs. jaywalking pedestrian problem. Once pedestrians know a car will stop for them, they will step out in front of it, even if the traffic signals say not to.

I once was at a summer program, and a fellow participant was from Miami. He was so impressed that cars would stop if people were in the road, rather than swerve around them, that he wandered into the road just to see them stop.

xoxoxoBruce 06-14-2015 10:59 PM

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What could possibly go wrong?

busterb 06-15-2015 01:34 PM

One on right needs some overload springs.

Gravdigr 06-18-2015 03:23 PM

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:devil:...Til I look at the front.

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More pics (including the front, unfortunately)

1970 Ford Torino King Cobra prototype, btw...

fargon 06-18-2015 03:27 PM

Pic #2 looks like a Datsun 240Z.

Gravdigr 06-18-2015 03:47 PM

I thought the same thing. A 240Z on steroids.

xoxoxoBruce 06-18-2015 04:56 PM

You might find a used one in NC.

BigV 06-19-2015 12:05 AM


ps, where do the eyelids disappear to?

Gravdigr 06-19-2015 01:12 PM

If you refer to the Torino, I think the headlight covers come off, as opposed to retracting/disappearing. By hand, I assume.

xoxoxoBruce 06-19-2015 03:12 PM

Agreed, there's no sign of anywhere for those covers to go. As a matter of fact there's no obvious attachment points, I wonder how they were held on?

Gravdigr 06-20-2015 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 931459) obvious attachment points, I wonder how they were held on?

Magic, apparently.

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xoxoxoBruce 06-20-2015 03:35 PM

Magic or magnet. But these were supposed to stay on at 200+ mph so probably a little duct tape too.

I just realized the link to the used cars I posted, is the same dealer that has this Ford on ebay. :smack:

xoxoxoBruce 06-21-2015 10:01 PM

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Ah damn....

xoxoxoBruce 06-27-2015 05:17 PM

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Mercier 1937 Moto Chenille. 350 JAP OHV Sports engine, kick starter, hand change “Soyer” 3-speed gearbox, hand operated clutch. Hand operated internal expanding brake on the drive wheel of the track. About 40 mph tops.

Gravdigr 06-28-2015 01:23 PM

Hand clutch, hand brake, hand shift...

How the fuck you gonna steer the thing?

While breathing exhaust fumes...

Gravdigr 06-28-2015 01:56 PM

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Gets fantastic mileage...

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What did that used to be, an Opel? Maybe a Capri?

xoxoxoBruce 06-28-2015 09:37 PM

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xoxoxoBruce 06-30-2015 05:24 PM


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xoxoxoBruce 07-04-2015 11:20 PM

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Winner Winner

Griff 07-05-2015 07:26 AM

That is badass. (a page behind I mean the Mercier 1937 Moto Chenille)

xoxoxoBruce 07-06-2015 10:28 AM

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Gravdigr 07-06-2015 04:40 PM


Something tells me Mom was involved...

xoxoxoBruce 07-07-2015 08:06 PM

Chevy claims the aluminum F-150 costs an average of $1,755 more and took an additional 34 days to fix the F-150 than the Chevrolet Silverado, following a simulated low-speed accident. Then they put up three utube videos extolling the virtues of steel. Ford sent GM a cease-and-desist letter. GM said, fuck you.

classicman 07-07-2015 08:35 PM

Awesome! I'm not a truck guy, but thats pretty sweet.

xoxoxoBruce 07-07-2015 10:16 PM

Try this truck. :D

Gravdigr 07-08-2015 03:27 PM

In regards to the aluminumier F-150:

If your F-150 has those parking assist sensors, your taillight (<--singular) costs $700+ to replace.

xoxoxoBruce 07-08-2015 08:37 PM

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From an 1870 show.

xoxoxoBruce 07-09-2015 11:52 AM

Ever wonder hove they recycle car and truck engines?

xoxoxoBruce 07-11-2015 02:25 PM

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Wonder hove? I'm definitely losing it. :smack:

Anyway, I remember these in various forms over the years, from printed in color on like baseball card stock, to Xerox copies. The interweb claims these are printed on the paper they use for checks.

xoxoxoBruce 07-14-2015 11:01 AM

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Do not go gentle into that good night...

xoxoxoBruce 07-14-2015 09:51 PM

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Observations and opinions from a NYC cab company mechanic. Your mileage may vary. One advantage to cabs is very few cold starts where typically 90% of engine wear comes from. And their hybrids are easy on brakes because of relatively slow speeds and regenerative braking.

glatt 07-15-2015 07:53 AM

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Wow. Every 3 weeks! What a beautiful engine.

This is what never changing your oil looks like:
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xoxoxoBruce 07-15-2015 07:06 PM

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Actually this is no rims. A semi truck, on railroad wheels, with both a fifth wheel and a coupler, and a sleeper cab. It tows a flat car with a small crane that picks up the old ties to get hauled away.

fargon 07-15-2015 07:49 PM

I saw that once, it was in far eastern UT along I-80.

glatt 07-16-2015 09:40 AM

I've seen pickup trucks like that, but never a semi.

BigV 07-16-2015 10:22 AM

doesn't look like a lot of weight over the drive wheels, does it?

xoxoxoBruce 07-16-2015 10:25 AM

No, it doesn't. Strictly flatland operation, no hills.

xoxoxoBruce 07-17-2015 06:06 PM

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Before accidents became a social cause.

Gravdigr 07-18-2015 04:17 PM

Looks like the cure for insomnia.

xoxoxoBruce 07-21-2015 07:39 PM

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Hey, is it fast? Nah, it's a dog, man.

xoxoxoBruce 07-22-2015 04:01 PM

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Great idea who's time has pasted.

xoxoxoBruce 07-23-2015 07:57 PM

Scary prospect if you piss off nerds.


Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demoed their exploit for Wired's Andy Greenberg, putting him on the highway in a Jeep which they then seized control over, putting their faces on the in-dash screen. They were able to control the car's electrics -- windshield wipers, AC, radio, etc -- as well as the acceleration and steering. Miller and Valasek will present their work at Black Hat in Vegas next month.

It's yet more evidence that a car is a computer that hurtles down the road high speed with you trapped inside it -- and that the computer's security, auditability and transparency are the most salient facts about your car.
Miller and Valasek say the attack on the entertainment system seems to work on any Chrysler vehicle with Uconnect from late 2013, all of 2014, and early 2015. They’ve only tested their full set of physical hacks, including ones targeting transmission and braking systems, on a Jeep Cherokee, though they believe that most of their attacks could be tweaked to work on any Chrysler vehicle with the vulnerable Uconnect head unit. They have yet to try remotely hacking into other makes and models of cars.

Nothing But Net 07-24-2015 01:43 AM

"The Gray Ghost" has a pretty nice set.

glatt 07-24-2015 07:58 AM


Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 934402)

After I saw that article, I immediately searched for and downloaded the factory manual for our "new" 09 Accord. It's still got a mechanical connection between the steering wheel and tires, so that's good. And there's also a physical connection between the brake pedal and those same tires. Whew. But the throttle connection is an electronic one, and so is the transmission. And it's connected to the XM satellite. I think there is no way to hack the car through the XM radio, so I think I'm OK.

Car companies need to seriously harden their technology, especially if they are going to be pushing self driving cars on us. I don't have too much faith in Detroit getting this right any time soon, but I wonder how Elon Musk has approached this? I have a little more faith in Tesla.

Interesting choice in words though. Faith. Sad that I feel like it requires faith.

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