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Gravdigr 02-07-2014 08:42 AM

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Gravdigr 02-08-2014 11:44 AM

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From the America's Most Beautiful Roadster Show:

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Now, that's gangsta!

Griff 02-08-2014 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 892114)
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Cools! Anyone else spot the Corvair in there?

xoxoxoBruce 02-08-2014 10:17 PM

No. :confused:

Griff 02-09-2014 07:10 AM

That's because I was wrong. I click too quick.

Gravdigr 02-14-2014 02:34 PM

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Now what idjit parks his Ferrari under a tree?

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My second car was a 74 LeMans, aside from the NACA-style vents in the hood, and, the louvers on the rear side windows, it was just like this 73 (?) GTO.

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Yeehaw.

Gravdigr 02-24-2014 06:12 PM

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Meet the Truck Smoking the New Ford F-150 in Efficiency Gains (<---Motley Fool link)

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Key word here is gains.

Gravdigr 02-25-2014 03:11 PM

For comparison, the typical semi averages less than 6 mpg. (I think.)

xoxoxoBruce 02-26-2014 10:39 AM

I heard the aluminum Ford has been killed.

Gravdigr 02-26-2014 02:13 PM

No shit? I thought they were already re-tooling some of the stamping ops?

xoxoxoBruce 02-26-2014 03:51 PM

I heard that, plus they were offering to pay up to $10 grand to help dealers and some big bodyshops tool up and train for aluminum. Then last night I came across a blurb on some site that says they backed down, but for the life of me I can't remember where. Nor can I verify it's true.

Aluminum is great, light weight, won't rust, blah, blah, blah.
BUT that means when the truck eventually ends up in the junkyard from an accident or old age, the aluminum parts are too valuable as scrap to let them languish in the yard till somebody needs one.

So you'll have to be on the spot, and generally when I need a part from the yard, they scrapped the load of them the day before, so on the spot is out. That leaves new parts from Ford and that's big bucks to keep an old truck running.

They haven't said a lot about rust prevention but touting a 700 lb weight reduction, better mileage, green green green. Yeah well you could save 700 lbs or more by not building pickups the size of the fucking Titanic.

There is a legitimate purpose for the big F-350, F-450, F-550, F-650, Super Duty, Dually, Diesels, with GVWR of up to 37,000 lbs. But it sure ain't for taking the kids to school or towing you 1500 lb boat.

Even the F-250, which are like fleas on a dog, four door, long wheelbase is 172 inches. That's over 14 feet between axles. Plus the damn things easily go more than $50,000 all duded up. For $50 grand you could buy a nice new car that would do the car stuff and a pickup the size that was common in the 70's and 80's which will do all the truck stuff you need.

So switching to aluminum to save 700 lbs, is a joke. It's driving the ownership cost up, and It's make more money while trying to squeak the Titanic by the CAFE standards. It's not entirely Ford's fault as they are responding to market demands. Bullshit, demands they created with hard sell.

Gravdigr 03-04-2014 02:52 PM

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Wal-Mart's new concept truck.

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Wait -- Wal-Mart makes trucks?!

Steering wheel says Peterbilt. Just sayin'.

Gravdigr 03-12-2014 04:43 PM

If anyone has 15,000 lying around in the way, I have a birthday coming up in June...

Currently for sale on eBay, by the guy's wife -- 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster - Supercharged - Intercooled - 299 rear-wheel horsepower - 250 ft/lbs torque

The auction description is an entertaining read:

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The selfish git has spent several kitchens turning this into an overpowered drag sofa.

Gravdigr 03-23-2014 02:14 PM

Dear Big Sarge:
 
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Deuce-and-a-half...pfft.

If ya gonna play, get the big 'un.

Some eye candy on the door, some shark teeth, some super singles, and you're good to go.

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Gravdigr 03-29-2014 04:21 PM

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:3_eyes::eek::eyebrow:

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BigV 03-31-2014 12:30 PM

hard to believe

lumberjim 03-31-2014 02:51 PM

His case met stiff resistance from the court

Gravdigr 04-03-2014 11:27 AM

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The frontman for the heavy metal group Metallica, one James Hetfield, is a car guy. His complete custom, The Black Pearl, has just been named Custom Car of the Year by the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association!

I expected Hetfield to be a Chevelle, Mustang, Camaro kinda guy...Check this ride out:

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That is a work of art.

"What kind of car is it?", you may ask. Well, it's a Black Pearl. You see, the body is all aluminum, and every piece of it started life as a flat sheet. The bodywork is all hand-formed, the entire body was designed by Hetfield, his car pal Rick Dore, and body fabricators Marcel and Luc De Lay.

The frame is a '48 Jag. Motorvation is from a Ford V-8 making 375hp.

More pics and info here.

glatt 04-03-2014 11:38 AM

building a car almost from scratch like that is pretty cool.

xoxoxoBruce 04-03-2014 05:18 PM

It's gorgeous, but impractical. To be any more from scratch they would have to invent steel.

Gravdigr 04-04-2014 10:51 AM

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Some before and afters of the sinkhole Vettes.

Like you've never seen a Corvette before...

1984 PPG Pace Car
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1993 Fortieth Anniversary Edition
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Gravdigr 04-04-2014 10:52 AM

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The 1,000,000th Corvette
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ZR-1 Spyder
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Gravdigr 04-04-2014 11:09 AM

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The 1,500,000th Corvette

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Seven down up, one to go.

Gravdigr 04-04-2014 11:23 AM

There is a huge collection (250 pics) of hi-res photos from the entire sequence of events, from the beginning to the latest images, surrounding the cave in over at SmugMug.

glatt 04-04-2014 11:28 AM

Really freaky, the whole thing. Did they ever figure out the cause of the sinkhole?

infinite monkey 04-04-2014 11:32 AM

Well, some dude on youtube contends it's all been faked, so that when real sinkholes happen we're all like used to it and we aren't surprised or all that mad. :lol:


Gravdigr 04-04-2014 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by glatt (Post 895966)
Really freaky, the whole thing. Did they ever figure out the cause of the sinkhole?

Not to my knowledge.

I think they've found the 2001 Z-06 Mallet Hammer, though.

The previous latest was:

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The rest of the day will be spent probing and excavating the area to find any signs of the Mallett Hammer...
~Mike Murphy of Scott, Murphy, & Daniel Construction Co. - Wednesday (Apr 2)

glatt 04-04-2014 11:39 AM

I bet it was a leaking urinal in the men's room that caused the sinkhole.

infinite monkey 04-04-2014 11:39 AM

I don't know why Kevin Costner made that video.

Gravdigr 04-04-2014 01:02 PM

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Originally Posted by infinite monkey (Post 895973)
I don't know why Kevin Costner made that video.

That had me fuuuuucked up for a minute.

The hoax theory guy DOES sound like Costner!

I didn't pick up on it, and, I've been watching that vid for a week now.

Gravdigr 04-04-2014 01:19 PM

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Did they ever figure out the cause of the sinkhole?

Just some facts:

1. There is a large drainage pond adjacent to the museum.

2. The basin the pond is in is about 30 feet deep.

C. The sinkhole caved in about a week and a half after some sustained low single digit temperatures (0-5 degrees).

I don't know where the drain lines for the pond run.

Here is a GooglEarth snip:

The asterisk marks what I think is the approximate location of the sinkhole inside the dome. It's either where I marked it, or, on the opposite side of the red spire.

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And StreetView:

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Gravdigr 04-04-2014 01:28 PM

Lost River Cave is in the area, also. This a seven mile cave system with a fair sized river running through it.

When the sixth car was brought up, the rescuers (?) were asked about the remaining two cars, of which, at that point, no sight had been seen. One of them replied "They could be in Lost River for all we know."

infinite monkey 04-04-2014 01:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 895989)
That had me fuuuuucked up for a minute.

The hoax theory guy DOES sound like Costner!

I didn't pick up on it, and, I've been watching that vid for a week now.

Sinkhole of Dreams

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 895993)
Lost River Cave is in the area, also. This a seven mile cave system with a fair sized river running through it.

When the sixth car was brought up, the rescuers (?) were asked about the remaining two cars, of which, at that point, no sight had been seen. One of them replied "They could be in Lost River for all we know."

Hey, I bet that's where Malaysia 370 is, too! :unsure:

Gravdigr 04-04-2014 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by infinite monkey (Post 896007)
Sinkhole of Dreams

Cave it in, and they will come.

The museum says if they had bought the airtime they received in news coverage (and free publicity ;)) would have cost $10.5 million.

The cars will be on display, as is, til the end of August, btw.

xoxoxoBruce 04-04-2014 05:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 895991)
Just some facts:

1. There is a large drainage pond adjacent to the museum.

2. The basin the pond is in is about 30 feet deep.

C. The sinkhole caved in about a week and a half after some sustained low single digit temperatures (0-5 degrees).

I don't know where the drain lines for the pond run.

Around here those retention ponds are require for all major construction projects. They're designed to hold the rain/snow running off all the impermeable surfaces in the project. That's all the roof area, parking lots, and pavement. Once that water is collected it's supposed to be released at a slow enough rate that it won't overwhelm local creeks/brooks flooding people downstream. Some evaporates, some sinks into the soil (although not much because the retention ponds are usually lined), some may be connected to storm water systems(never sewer), but usually they're drain to naturally occurring water courses.

Undertoad 04-04-2014 07:29 PM

It's where the suburban kids get their ticks nowadays. Because they're not allowed to cross the road, to where the trees are.

Gravdigr 04-08-2014 04:43 PM

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Caught these in town the other afternoon. Was a good day for sharp cars...

A 54, 55, or 56 Chevy @ Wendy's:

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A survivor Skylark convoitible @ the muscle car restorer:

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The brightest, shiniest Camaro EVAH, @ the VFW parking lot:

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glatt 04-11-2014 07:57 AM

This guy can drive a tractor. He must have a gas pedal and not a throttle lever. Either that, or he has a third arm.


Gravdigr 04-11-2014 12:04 PM

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Runs and drives.

Gravdigr 04-18-2014 09:16 AM

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...a "muscle car" is "exactly what the name implies. It is a product of the American car industry adhering to the hot rodder's philosophy of taking a small car and putting a large-displacement engine in it. The Muscle Car is Charles Atlas kicking sand in the face of the 98 horsepower weakling...
~"Muscle Cars" by Peter Henshaw (quoted from Wikipedia)

This guy is about to do some serious sand-kickin'.

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Gravdigr 04-18-2014 09:20 AM

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And there's this...

Camaro wishing Mustang Happy Birthday!

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Stay classy, Camaro.

Gravdigr 04-21-2014 06:43 AM

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The Gas Monkey Garage (featured on Discovery Channel's "Fast & Loud") monkeys have found the first two Firebirds (affectionately known as No. 1, & No. 2) ever built.

Click the pic for the story.

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BigV 04-21-2014 11:44 AM

thing 1 and thing 2?



nah, they don't look a bit like VWs.

Gravdigr 05-05-2014 05:35 PM

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Snapped at our local Flying J truckstop.

Look. At. The. Size. Of. This. Sleeper. !

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That, friends and neighbors, is a mobile home.

Looks like 100 feet between the front and rear axles.

Gravdigr 05-05-2014 05:39 PM

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Snapped at the same truckstop:

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xoxoxoBruce 05-05-2014 06:26 PM

I wonder if that sleeper is Mccollister from NJ, or McAllister from MT?

Gravdigr 05-05-2014 06:41 PM

I want say 'McCollister', but, I honestly don't recall.

xoxoxoBruce 05-05-2014 06:43 PM

No matter, he's set to go anywhere. :D

Gravdigr 05-10-2014 05:06 PM

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Can someone ID this car, please? I'm clueless.

xoxoxoBruce 05-10-2014 05:59 PM

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I'd guess a Mazda 6?

Gravdigr 05-11-2014 03:14 PM

Yes, but what year model Japanese Shitbox?

ETA: Oh, I see the Mazda part now.

limey 05-11-2014 04:18 PM

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Can someone ID this car, please? I'm clueless.


WANT!


Sent by thought transference

fargon 05-11-2014 05:16 PM

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Can someone ID this car, please? I'm clueless.

Google Image Search just went to a site in Hungary that was quite fun.
"Why Don't Girls Fart". Great fun I highly recommend it.
http://www.keptelenseg.hu/keptelense...vilagbol-85853

lumberjim 05-12-2014 12:32 AM

Looks like a prius.

BigV 05-12-2014 01:30 AM

Honda Crosstour. Very attractive vehicle.

Gravdigr 05-15-2014 02:17 PM

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1937 Studebaker Express Coupe - 22 years before the first El Camino

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That's a beautiful vehicle.

Gravdigr 05-16-2014 12:52 PM

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The 1999 Packard Twelve

There's one of them. Thank God.

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A little more info

xoxoxoBruce 05-20-2014 11:50 AM

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Honda Crosstour. Very attractive vehicle.

Don't think so.

BigV 05-20-2014 01:06 PM

you're right. i was posting from my phone, reading from my phone, sun was in my eyes, dog ate my homework, you get the idea

glatt 05-20-2014 01:17 PM

The styling of cars today results in poor visibility to the point that many of them offer back up cameras so the driver can see. I don't approve.


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