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xoxoxoBruce 04-14-2016 03:45 PM

I've had a couple people tell me that.

xoxoxoBruce 04-14-2016 11:21 PM

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Lots of problems with the infotainment systems, primarily phones not connecting and GPS way off base.

xoxoxoBruce 04-15-2016 12:35 PM

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This is what happens when two boys steal a truck and make it three blocks. You ought to see the other five vehicles and two mailboxes. They certainly should have known better, after all they are both six years old now.

Pamela 04-15-2016 07:15 PM


xoxoxoBruce 04-16-2016 05:14 PM

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Those 6 year old kids were just testing the crumple zone, for a science fair project.

xoxoxoBruce 04-17-2016 12:48 PM

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For glatt, Germans mostly made taxis from these...

xoxoxoBruce 04-17-2016 06:48 PM

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Two for Bonneville...

xoxoxoBruce 04-19-2016 01:01 AM

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The Trans Am series was great racing, not too fast to go fender to fender in the straights, and interesting in the twisty parts.

xoxoxoBruce 04-19-2016 10:18 AM

Car Hauler
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Fiat Racecar hauler...

Gravdigr 04-19-2016 05:00 PM

I really liked the Lime Rock pics.

This last post was also very interesting.

xoxoxoBruce 04-19-2016 10:24 PM

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Ever wonder where the term "Hot Rod" came from?

Beest 04-19-2016 11:02 PM

Babbitt would have been the bearing material that melted out, the connecting rods would probably have been cast iron ( that's a guess though).
My employers original product, from which it still get's it's name and logo, was an installable bearing rather than cast in place.

xoxoxoBruce 04-19-2016 11:42 PM

Yes, babbitt bearing material cast in the rod end and bored to .0015" to .002" clearance. The lubrication was splash oiling, meaning the crankshaft would splash the rod end in the crankcase on each revolution. However as the speed of the engine picked up it was less and less effective, as the rod end not only spent less time in the oil, it beat the oil into a froth.
I think my Uncle said he was recasting the babbitt every 1500 miles in his T.

The bearing inserts from your outfit, plus pressure oiling systems on later motors was a god send. They could be run for thousands of miles between overhauls if you changed the oil every thousand miles and didn't beat it. When my uncles drove from MA to Alaska in 1949 they had to stop and change the oil five times. We have it pretty easy today.

xoxoxoBruce 04-20-2016 08:09 PM

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Police harassment.
Race Tracts?
2 Girls... but they don't count?
15 to 18 year old Junior College youths?
"Illegal assembly"? Bullshit, unconstitutional.
Impounded vehicles? For speeding? For illegal assembly?

xoxoxoBruce 04-21-2016 03:19 PM

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Many Rolls Royce of sales were chassis to be custom bodied, all of the US built Rolls were that way. Of course some of the custom bodies were more elegant than others. ;)

Gravdigr 04-21-2016 04:28 PM

xoxoxoBruce 04-21-2016 06:21 PM

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GM's biggest motor...

Gravdigr 04-22-2016 11:43 AM

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Pamela 04-22-2016 05:14 PM

It's an escape pod for a real truck!

xoxoxoBruce 04-24-2016 10:29 PM

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Now you know...

xoxoxoBruce 04-25-2016 10:28 AM

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'53 Buicks, at 4 per truck, it's a good thing they only sold 190,000 of them.

Gravdigr 04-25-2016 03:55 PM

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"Is it just me, or, is it hot in here?"

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xoxoxoBruce 04-25-2016 10:06 PM

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Wanna buy a car?

Gravdigr 04-26-2016 01:10 PM

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They seem to have been very fond of the 3-evenly-spaced-axles-with-a-steering-axle-at-ech-end concept...

xoxoxoBruce 04-26-2016 01:33 PM

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The ZIS-E134 in the middle picture says 3 driving axles on a single track? Oh, I get it, all 3 wheels are in line on the same path. Duh

I guess they steer it like a tank or bulldozer, by braking one side. If the left side was in a rut, and they tried to turn left by braking the left side and driving the right, the left side tires would take a hell of a beating, if it didn't rip them off the rims entirely. :eyebrow:

Makes our Command car look puny.

xoxoxoBruce 04-26-2016 07:27 PM

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In the beginning there were giants...

xoxoxoBruce 04-27-2016 01:45 PM

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Beyond cool...

xoxoxoBruce 04-28-2016 05:03 PM

Hitler finds out about the C-7 Corvette.

Clodfobble 04-28-2016 05:51 PM

I love the screaming Hitler movie meme.

xoxoxoBruce 04-29-2016 08:43 PM

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The shortened roof looks like a sixties Mercury Turnpike Cruiser. Can't figure out quite how the tailgate/ramp works. It appears to be hinged at the bottom but that would be way too low for the platform the snow machines are on. The platform could be hinged at the front and drop at the rear to load/unload then jack it level, but why bother jacking it? Maybe to stash stuff underneath.
The truck has snow tires but not enough ground clearance to move in serious weather. It' an odd machine.

Gravdigr 04-30-2016 02:01 PM

Watch this guy beat the absolute piss out of a Dodge Durango, in less than 60 seconds:

Gravdigr 04-30-2016 03:14 PM

NHRA Pro-Mod driver Sidnei Frigo was airlifted to a hospital after this crash Friday night in Baytown, TX.



gtown 05-02-2016 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce (Post 958782)
The shortened roof looks like a sixties Mercury Turnpike Cruiser. Can't figure out quite how the tailgate/ramp works.

Found some more great pics here but not much info:

Appear to be Scorpion snowmobiles from about 1970. Assuming someone here will recognize them from the front. Note the Canadian plates.

xoxoxoBruce 05-02-2016 03:39 AM

Cool, thanks gtown. :thumb:

OK, it's definitely a GM.
They used that windshield from 1955 through 1960.
The body shape precludes anything before 1959.
Although it's heavily reworked, I don't think Caddy or Buick.
Probably use something heavier than a Chevy.
Hmm, either '59 Pontiac(Parisienne) or '60 Oldsmobile.
I guess '60 Oldsmobile, but I wouldn't put money on it.

glatt 05-02-2016 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 958822)
Watch this guy beat the absolute piss out of a Dodge Durango, in less than 60 seconds:

wow. And then he drives off down the street like nothing just happened.

It was probably somebody else's car.

Gravdigr 05-02-2016 11:06 AM

I figured, with the sticker in the side rear window, and the hatch window missing, that it might have been been a bought-for-nothing-junker.

Did pretty well, for a junker, though.

Soon-to-be-ex-wife's car, maybe.

Gravdigr 05-02-2016 12:30 PM

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This is what I call a sport utility vehicle:

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xoxoxoBruce 05-02-2016 03:11 PM

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Gravdigr 05-02-2016 03:41 PM

I'm partial to those (78 & newer) m'self.

xoxoxoBruce 05-02-2016 03:56 PM

The '59 handled like a boat. The '71 was also ponderous. But the '83, '85 and '86 are like ballet slippers. The '06 is heavy but rock stable.

xoxoxoBruce 05-03-2016 09:24 AM

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Steve McQueen's Speedster. I hope that's not his tow car, because that would detract from my opinion of him. While the white ragtop is pick of the litter, '58 Fords are butt ugly.

xoxoxoBruce 05-03-2016 08:22 PM

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Evel's Sport Utility...

glatt 05-04-2016 08:09 AM

Caddy made a car with a bed? Or is that a custom job?

glatt 05-04-2016 08:13 AM

OK, I see there was a car called the Cadillac Mirage. But I can only find it in 1975 and 1976.

xoxoxoBruce 05-04-2016 09:51 AM


xoxoxoBruce 05-05-2016 11:47 AM

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xoxoxoBruce 05-06-2016 04:17 PM

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Pontiac... I had one of those OHC sixes.

xoxoxoBruce 05-07-2016 10:52 PM

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xoxoxoBruce 05-08-2016 06:39 PM

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xoxoxoBruce 05-09-2016 05:16 PM

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And Ford...

xoxoxoBruce 05-10-2016 11:28 PM

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And Caddy...

Gravdigr 05-11-2016 02:27 PM

What, no Buick OHCs?

Didn't Buick have some V-6 Indy motors? Those almost had to be OHC.

xoxoxoBruce 05-11-2016 09:39 PM

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Not that I'm aware of but that doesn't mean they didn't. GM sold the Buick 215 V-8 to Rover, and Repco used that Rover block to build the Repco-Brabham 3 liter OHC Formula one engines. that's the only connection I know of.

Aside: When I inquired about the OHC engine at Pontiac while awaiting delivery, they sent me the ASE report on it. 23 pages of background, lab testing with graphs and charts, and testing the engine in the desert and arctic pre-production. Being a hoarder, I've still got it. :blush:

edit: It cost them 40 cents to mail it in March of 1966.

xoxoxoBruce 05-12-2016 12:45 PM

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Oh Noes...

glatt 05-12-2016 12:55 PM

what makes those sparks? It's obviously not good, but is it an entire head blowing off, or something?

xoxoxoBruce 05-12-2016 12:56 PM

That's liquid lit by the fireball of the explosion.

Gravdigr 05-12-2016 01:23 PM

Could be a head. More likely it was a turbo or supercharger explosion. Hence the hood about to say good-bye.


Gravdigr 05-12-2016 02:20 PM

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The other day I learned that Antarctica has a fire department:

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Please to notice there are no hoses, or water handling provisions. Because Antarctica.

Gravdigr 05-12-2016 03:35 PM

***NSFW language***

Gravdigr 05-13-2016 12:22 PM

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My buddy got a Lambourghini. I took some pics.

Man, they're a lot smaller in person than they look in photos:

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