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xoxoxoBruce 03-02-2016 06:02 PM

Likely they got it part way up, then when one started to tip the operator slacked off causing the whole load to transfer to the other truck and the trailer pulled them over. I don't see any outriggers deployed on either truck.

Gravdigr 03-03-2016 03:18 PM

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It's got a hemi!

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Yes. It was a thing.


Built during the World War II and Cold War era from 1952 to 1957 (second generation) by Chrysler, its power plant contained a newly designed FirePower Hemi V8 engine with a displacement of 331 cubic inches (5.42 l) and producing 180 horsepower (130 kW).[1]

Its six horns were each 3 feet (91 cm) long. The siren could be heard 20 to 25 miles (32 to 40 km) away, and had an output of 138 dBC (30,000) watts. They were 12 feet (3.7 m) long, built atop a quarter section of a Dodge truck chassis rail, and weighed an estimated 3 short tons (2.7 t).

In 1952, the cost of a Chrysler Air-raid Siren was $5,500[1] (equivalent to $49,011 in 2016). The United States government helped buy sirens for selected state and county law enforcement agencies. In Los Angeles County, six were placed around key locations of populated areas, and another ten were sold to other government agencies in the state of California. These "Big Red Whistles" (as they were nicknamed) only saw testing use. Some were located so remotely that they deteriorated due to lack of maintenance.

The main purpose of the siren was to warn the public in the event of a nuclear attack by the Soviets during the Cold War. The operator's job was to start the engine and bring it up to operating speed, then to pull and release the transmission handle to start the wailing signal generation. The Chrysler air raid siren produced the loudest sound ever achieved by an air raid siren.

xoxoxoBruce 03-03-2016 09:37 PM

I had one of those engines, '53 Dodge Super Red Ram, in a Plymouth. Bet my folks would swear that car was more than 138 db. :lol2:

xoxoxoBruce 03-03-2016 10:06 PM

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It's Gremlin...

glatt 03-04-2016 08:13 AM

My cousin had a stock Gremlin decades ago. It was surprisingly fast. I thought it would be like a Rabbit when I got in as a passenger, but it was not anything like a Rabbit. I think it had a V8?

Edit: reading the Wikipedia page and knowing my cousin's family, I doubt it had the more expensive V8 package, but apparently the 6 cylinder was plenty fast in the fairly light car.

xoxoxoBruce 03-04-2016 09:06 AM

Yeah, I bought my wife a 6 cylinder Gremlin, it certainly kept up with traffic. Just don't try any tricky maneuvers on the tall narrow tires. But with a decent set of tires, '66 Galaxy bucket seats and a decent Sony stereo, it was quite acceptable for camping trips in the Rockies. Oh, and some sound proofing behind the interior panels.

Gravdigr 03-04-2016 03:20 PM

I, too, have had the inline six, manual transmission Gremlin privilege. Pep-py.

xoxoxoBruce 03-04-2016 04:49 PM

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Now that's a motorhome, roughing it in style.

BigV 03-05-2016 12:34 PM


That's *MISTER* Gremlin to you and me.


xoxoxoBruce 03-06-2016 10:19 AM

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Anheuser-Busch pushing BEVO and Bud...

Gravdigr 03-06-2016 05:44 PM

What's with the nautical theme, I wonder?

xoxoxoBruce 03-07-2016 10:51 AM

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Back before Ford decided the rabble should all drive the same black car, many of the cars were built by coach builders on chassis made by someone else. Some of the high end coachbuilders realized some of the people who could afford cars were attention whores, and one of the ways to show off wealth was their boats. First Labourdette built "skiff" bodies which at 200 lbs, were stronger and lighter than steel. Then Silver in NY picked up on it to stand out in NYC. Anheuser-Busch, with attention whoring the primary intent, bought one of Silver's cars.

xoxoxoBruce 03-08-2016 11:56 AM

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Three years of work and tons of money, to make a vehicle which can't be registered and driven. Beautiful metal working, but for what?

Carruthers 03-08-2016 12:35 PM

Mechanic spends £5,000 turning car into world's fastest shed.
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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 955065)
Three years of work and tons of money, to make a vehicle which can't be registered and driven. Beautiful metal working, but for what?

Build it out of wood! Problem solved! :)


Kevin Nicks converted his Volkswagen Passat into a shed which can travel at 70mph but it was thanks to his local MP, David Cameron, putting in a good work with the DVLA that he got it on the road
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Gardener Kevin Nicks from Chipping Norton driving his road legal shed.


A mechanic enlisted the help of his local MP David Cameron when he made an ambitious bid to convert his car into a garden shed.

Kevin Nicks, a 51-year-old mechanic and gardener, decided to merge his two passions by transforming his Volkswagen Passat into a garden shed capable of travelling at more than 70mph.

The two-tonne drivable shed, complete with remote central locking, leather seats and air conditioning, was built for hiring and advertising, with some 20 companies expressing an interest in using the vehicle.
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Gardener Kevin Nicks from Chipping Norton with his road legal shed


But Mr Nicks, who lives in a village just two miles away from Chipping Norton, the Oxfordshire town which is home to former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, hit a brick wall when he tried to get a six-hour Individual Vehicle Assessment before it could be made road legal.

Frustrated by red tape which delayed his project, Mr Nicks contacted his MP, the Prime Minister David Cameron, for help to speed up the process.

Mr Nicks said: "I contacted the DVLA and I was straight up against a stone wall. They were keeping me off the road and throwing hurdles in the way. I actually built it as an advertising tool so they destroyed the business - they absolutely killed it dead."

Three days later, Mr Nicks received a hand-signed letter in the post.

Mr Cameron wrote: "Dear Mr Nicks. Thank you for writing to me about your drivable shed. It sounds like an interesting feat to convert your car into a shed, a project which I am sure took a lot of time and effort."

The Prime Minister wrote to the head of the DVLA but the project took a further four months to get off the ground.

While his new business got off to a bad start, Mr Nicks said it was "brilliant" to see people admiring the "bonkers" vehicle when he visited the supermarket.

He said: "I'm so proud to be the builder of it. When you pull up to the traffic lights it makes people smile because it just looks so wrong."

The car-turned-shed has already survived a 200-mile trip to York and has created a new world record after reaching a top speed of 70.8mph on a private airfield near York Ė breaking a previous record of 58.4mph by TV mechanic Edd China in 2011.

Mr Nicks said he now had plans to build more "crazy" cars, adding: "Since building it I found lots of people do crazy things to cars. Iíve got lots more ideas for equally weird vehicles. Itís just down to funding now.
Daily Telegraph.

xoxoxoBruce 03-08-2016 01:00 PM

What about the poor people he's startled into the ditch? :haha:

xoxoxoBruce 03-11-2016 12:35 AM

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Volvos in Seattle...

Gravdigr 03-11-2016 12:27 PM

I like that blown gasser.:devil:

xoxoxoBruce 03-12-2016 07:52 PM

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James Dean's Little Bastard Porsche...

fargon 03-14-2016 05:38 AM

Just fucked that car all up. Mr Dean didn't fare too well either.

xoxoxoBruce 03-14-2016 07:10 AM

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Some people are cheering Global Warming thinking this will be a thing of the past. Boy are they in for a surprise.

Gravdigr 03-14-2016 02:03 PM

So, Jerry Seinfeld had some cars he didn't want, so, to the auction block!

Out of 18 cars, 17 sold. And 17 cars and $22.2 million later here's what went, and, for what:

1966 Porsche 911 Base $275,000

2011 Porsche 911 Carrera $440,000

1964 Volkswagen Van Campmobile $99,000

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder $5,335,000

1957 Porsche 356A Base $682,000

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR $2,310,000

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera $363,000

1990 Porsche 962C Base $1,650,000

1963 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 $825,000

2000 Porsche Carrera GT Base no sale

1997 Porsche 911 Cup3.8 RSR $935,000

1958 Porsche 597 Base $330,000

2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup $462,000

1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am $3,000,000

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S $1,017,500

1958 Porsche 356A GS/GT Carrera $1,540,000

1960 Volkswagen Beetle Base $121,000

1959 Porsche 718 RSK $2,860,000

Gravdigr 03-14-2016 04:17 PM

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Mobile. Fucking. Waffle House.:devil:

I'm hearing a chorus of angels, rfn...

xoxoxoBruce 03-14-2016 06:46 PM

Seinfeld's car had star power added to the value and still got ten million less than Gooding predicted. The one that didn't sell was "non operational".

xoxoxoBruce 03-17-2016 01:39 AM

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I wonder if it came with a Zoot Suit? :eyebrow:

fargon 03-17-2016 11:22 AM

Fairly interesting read in wikipedia.

Gravdigr 03-17-2016 03:41 PM

That car is, uh, unique.

Gravdigr 03-18-2016 03:01 PM

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Drove by the muscle car guy and caught a couple:

This LTD made me think of the one Burt Reynolds drives in "Gator" "White Lightning", but, I think his was older. And brown.

This one is just cherry:

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While I was taking the pic of the LTD, a customer drove up in this old Rally Nova with factory sunroof:

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lumberjim 03-18-2016 07:44 PM

The first car I can remember driving in was a ford Ltd. I think that was the car my mom had when I was born. White. With a black vinyl simcon top. I closed one of the doors on my fingers just as we arrived at a carnival one day. That was a panic. Missed the carnival. Just one of many trips to the ER for young Jimmy.

xoxoxoBruce 03-18-2016 08:01 PM

Baby blue, vinyl top, four door, LTD? Grandpa citizen car, soccer-mom before there was soccer, trade for a minivan, drop me a block from school before somebody sees us, so uncool it's warm. :yelsick:

Pamela 03-19-2016 12:50 AM

My first car was a 1977 Ford LTD Brougham. Painted silver by the previous owner via Krylon cans and it had the blue top. Didn't even make it home before dying.

I spent a long time cursing my father for talking me out of the Camaro and into this heap. Once I got a bit older and wiser, I realized that I would surely have crashed the Camaro within the first year. I also realized that I now was capable of most any minor to intermediate repair on a car due to my father having taught me how to repair that junker, one breakdown at a time. Now, I bless his wisdom, although I never got around to telling him so.

One of my few regrets in life.

Gravdigr 03-19-2016 03:10 PM

The one in my pic is most likely a big-block car. The guy builds/restores muscle cars and hot rods. It was probably bought out of grandpa's barn for the drivetrain.

For several years in my teens, the fastest car in town was an old (older than the one in my pic) LTD, big block, straight pipes, and, in a time when cars were being jacked up in the rear to allow for bigger tires, this one sat level and low, and was insanely quick.

It had "The Boss" painted on both rear quarter panels. And it was.

Gravdigr 03-21-2016 03:16 PM

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What's that? Your Z07 Corvette needs tires, pads, and rotors? Well, hell, Speedy, just run down to the Chevy dealer and order that shit up:

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xoxoxoBruce 03-21-2016 06:57 PM

Brembo carbon ceramic rotors with aluminum 6-piston monobloc fixed front calipers; aluminum 4-piston monobloc fixed rear calipers. Half the reason it cost money to go fast.

lumberjim 03-21-2016 11:26 PM


Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 955927)
What's that? Your Z07 Corvette needs tires, pads, and rotors? Well, hell, Speedy, just run down to the Chevy dealer and order that shit up:

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Or you could buy a new Sentra

xoxoxoBruce 03-22-2016 07:52 AM

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Bugatti for the 1%...

xoxoxoBruce 03-22-2016 10:13 PM

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If you have money left over after you buy that Bugatti, Here ya go...

Pamela 03-23-2016 05:48 PM

Also called a "people toaster".

xoxoxoBruce 03-25-2016 06:45 AM

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Jaguar has come up with a gimmick to get some press, make some money, and tout how good the used to was.

xoxoxoBruce 03-28-2016 01:20 PM

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The glory of the open road...

Gravdigr 03-29-2016 02:46 PM

An apparently 2 wheel drive 2015 GMC Sierra makes it up the Kamloops WidowMaker Hill:

That seems to be pretty hardcore.

xoxoxoBruce 03-29-2016 03:00 PM

It's not power, but momentum and reaction that makes it. I wonder if he had ballast in the bed?

xoxoxoBruce 03-29-2016 11:30 PM

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I think the designers in the 60s were doing acid...

xoxoxoBruce 04-01-2016 12:33 AM

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Customizing doesn't have to be expensive...

Gravdigr 04-01-2016 04:03 PM

So sleek, many aerodynamic...

xoxoxoBruce 04-01-2016 04:57 PM

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If you don't nip that shit in the bud, it leads to the hard stuff, like this poor Corona...

xoxoxoBruce 04-02-2016 08:26 PM

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Even Totota's doing it...

xoxoxoBruce 04-04-2016 10:31 PM

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I've seen a lot of V-8 bikes, and of course those V-10 Tomahawks, but this one has two(2) wheels, and lots of real world miles.

Gravdigr 04-05-2016 01:29 PM

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1978 Dodge B200 Sportsman Van

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78 Dodge Sportsman B 200 Van! Replica of the van ambulance used in the movie Cannonball Run starring Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise - a Hal Needham film!

I am the second owner of this 100,620 actual mile time-capsule van! 127" wheelbase-very hard to find with this window and door configuration-(exactly like the one used in Cannonball Run)! All original - excellent survivor condition green plaid vinyl interior, and drivetrain! 360 V8 motor, factory 2 bbl carb-(professionally rebuilt by National Carburetors), automatic transmission, AC, power steering, power disc front brakes, cruise control, factory am/fm radio-works, original black vinyl mat floor 8 passenger seating-2 front bucket seats and 2 rear bench seats, tachometer, factory 15" black steel wheels with new P275/60R15 BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires. Dual Flowmaster exhaust system with side entry pipes. New 22" x 38" sunroof-professionally installed. 2 very rare original 1979 Federal Signal AeroDynic emergency light bars-professionally installed and wired to movie vehicle specs. Original owner's manual. I also have the original single rear entry door and original hubcaps to include. Original colors were 2-tone mint green metallic and medium green sunfire metallic. 6400 GVW (weight). Runs and drives smooth and strong! Very solid, clean nearly rust-free van.
eBay link

xoxoxoBruce 04-05-2016 02:27 PM

OK, say you buy it. I doubt many strangers would make the connection and ask about it, but mostly just think it's another ambulance. Each of your friends individually, or in groups, say WTF? You explain the connection to the 35 year old Burt Reynolds movie to smiles and nods.

Now what? You're driving a crappy '70s Dodge van (I had a '74 Maxi), with a hundred grand on it, and attracting the attention of every cop around(don't rob the 7-11), and better not turn any of those lights on. Car shows? Burt's fan club conventions? Hire a medic and make money with it?

Gravdigr 04-05-2016 03:40 PM

Just kick my puppy next time whydontcha?!:mad:


xoxoxoBruce 04-05-2016 05:26 PM

Why, you gonna buy it? Then what, is my question.
I can see it in some museum or Hardrock Cafť, but own it? Fuck that.

Pamela 04-05-2016 08:19 PM

I'd buy the beast, as long as I can get this guy...

Gravdigr 04-06-2016 02:01 PM

If Farrah Fawcett had let him perform the exam he wanted desperately to perform, she might still be with us.

Just sayin'.

glatt 04-06-2016 02:10 PM

Oh, no you dint!

It's true though.

Gravdigr 04-10-2016 03:03 PM

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Nevermind how many rims (2, two, btw, for you Wendy's employees), it's the sales pitch:

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xoxoxoBruce 04-12-2016 09:09 AM

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Expensive replica.

xoxoxoBruce 04-13-2016 03:43 PM

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Back when Henry was disgorging Model-Ts, this is how Packard would break in engines before they were ever fired.

Pamela 04-13-2016 05:24 PM

Wow. I did not know that.

fargon 04-14-2016 05:38 AM

No wonder Packards were so good.

Gravdigr 04-14-2016 03:05 PM

Popdigr drove a Packard when he was a young man. He says he's never, to this day, experienced a smoother engine. I believe it was a straight-8.

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