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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10320 on: June 15, 2020, 12:04:30 pm »
I drove a CJ-5 with a 304 once. It had oversized tires and I believe the steering and suspension were both shot. It would have been a lot of fun to drive if taking corners weren't so scary.

Cornering is not the CJ-5's strong suit, for sure.  But man, there's nothing like seeing 4 rooster tails of sand from the wheels.  :ohyeah:

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« Reply #10321 on: June 16, 2020, 03:53:42 pm »
Interesting read...Why Cadillac Killed Its Incredible Blackwing V-8 Engine

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Only 800 cars were built with the Blackwing V-8. Cadillac has no plans to put it in anything else, and that was the case before the coronavirus made an indelible mark on the auto industry.

If you ever come across one, snatch it up.  It'll be worth its weight in gold in a few years.  "Hot V" turbo...

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« Reply #10322 on: June 17, 2020, 05:51:19 pm »
Interesting read...Why Cadillac Killed Its Incredible Blackwing V-8 Engine

If you ever come across one, snatch it up.  It'll be worth its weight in gold in a few years.  "Hot V" turbo...

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« Reply #10323 on: June 19, 2020, 09:54:25 am »
Some weird looking car interior designs...https://www.msn.com/en-ca/autos/research/the-oddest-car-interiors-ever-made/ss-BB15Ipt5?ocid=spartan-dhp-feeds&fullscreen=true#image=1

Can't see anything there that is vaguely useful.  Should've spent their money on practical designs.





Though this Nomad looks pretty sweet...

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« Reply #10324 on: June 19, 2020, 11:06:15 am »
The top one will give you cancer if you sit in front of it for too long. On the side, there is a stencil reading "РОССИЯ"
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« Reply #10325 on: June 19, 2020, 08:11:38 pm »
A friend just moved from a small house to a much bigger house, and also had their 3rd child.

He asked to borrow minivan to go buy some furniture- and went nuts on the cheap/ free stuff on Facebook/ craigslist. (bought 2 different table sets, they're in a much much much bigger house with crazy awesome screened in room the size of 2car garage).

We were then talking and he was talking about how they needed to get a van pretty badly. And it kinda seemed like they were going to just sell the 6ish year old paid off Camry, maybe- because now he can't just walk to the train station to get to work, he'd need to drive & park somewhere. So I asked him how much it costs to keep the Camry, if he just switches to liability insurance the maintenance shouldn't be terrible still.

I don't think that thought had occurred to him- I guess he was in the "can't keep a car past 100,000 mile" group. Funny to see what will happen. They literally have a babyseat and 2 boosters in the backseat of the Camry. :confused: 
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10326 on: June 20, 2020, 08:38:18 am »
There was a documentary on TV about the future of our mobility yesterday.

It’s a future I don’t want to experience.

Basically, private car ownership is discouraged and made financially horrendously expensive within cities and if you need to go somewhere there will be apps which tell you when the bus, tram, subway train etc. will come and where you need to get off and switch to go where you need to go.

The entire time I was thinking: “Hmmm, or I can walk down the stairs to my garage, hop into my car and drive where I want to go directly!” Bam.

Those apps and the developers behind it might be well-meaning, but there are countless areas in my city where public transportation doesn’t even reach. I once had a summer internship at a Mercedes-Benz truck dealership in Neuperlachsüd in Munich. I could reach the outskirts via train, then had to basically walk or take a taxi to the place, which was about 1.5 km from the train station away. If I arrived early via train, I could speed walk. If the train was late, I had to take a taxi to arrive on time...

That was decades ago, and public transportation still sucks here. I don’t take public transport in my city because 1) I hate being crammed into a tube with unhygienic strangers, and 2) I like to be in control of my own mobility. This is why I either walk or take my bicycle for errands in the city center. For matters further away I rely on my car. Furthermore, the public transportation system in German cities is unreliable, inefficient, dirty and recently unsafe.

I really hate the thought of our future mobility being limited to public transportation. I like having a car: FREEDOM. I can go where I want and when I want. Forced public transportation to me is pure socialism and communism. But Kim Jong Merkel’s Germany is heading that way anyway. 
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10327 on: June 20, 2020, 08:48:23 am »
Kim Jong Merkel.   LOL. :lol:

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« Reply #10328 on: June 20, 2020, 09:07:13 am »
There was a documentary on TV about the future of our mobility yesterday.

It’s a future I don’t want to experience.

Basically, private car ownership is discouraged and made financially horrendously expensive within cities and if you need to go somewhere there will be apps which tell you when the bus, tram, subway train etc. will come and where you need to get off and switch to go where you need to go.

The entire time I was thinking: “Hmmm, or I can walk down the stairs to my garage, hop into my car and drive where I want to go directly!” Bam.

Those apps and the developers behind it might be well-meaning, but there are countless areas in my city where public transportation doesn’t even reach. I once had a summer internship at a Mercedes-Benz truck dealership in Neuperlachsüd in Munich. I could reach the outskirts via train, then had to basically walk or take a taxi to the place, which was about 1.5 km from the train station away. If I arrived early via train, I could speed walk. If the train was late, I had to take a taxi to arrive on time...

That was decades ago, and public transportation still sucks here. I don’t take public transport in my city because 1) I hate being crammed into a tube with unhygienic strangers, and 2) I like to be in control of my own mobility. This is why I either walk or take my bicycle for errands in the city center. For matters further away I rely on my car. Furthermore, the public transportation system in German cities is unreliable, inefficient, dirty and recently unsafe.

I really hate the thought of our future mobility being limited to public transportation. I like having a car: FREEDOM. I can go where I want and when I want. Forced public transportation to me is pure socialism and communism. But Kim Jong Merkel’s Germany is heading that way anyway. 
Stop moaning and just be glad that you live in an era when the I/C engine has reached such a level of performance and efficiency. :lol:
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« Reply #10329 on: June 20, 2020, 11:46:42 am »
There was a documentary on TV about the future of our mobility yesterday.

It’s a future I don’t want to experience.

Basically, private car ownership is discouraged and made financially horrendously expensive within cities and if you need to go somewhere there will be apps which tell you when the bus, tram, subway train etc. will come and where you need to get off and switch to go where you need to go.

The entire time I was thinking: “Hmmm, or I can walk down the stairs to my garage, hop into my car and drive where I want to go directly!” Bam.

Those apps and the developers behind it might be well-meaning, but there are countless areas in my city where public transportation doesn’t even reach. I once had a summer internship at a Mercedes-Benz truck dealership in Neuperlachsüd in Munich. I could reach the outskirts via train, then had to basically walk or take a taxi to the place, which was about 1.5 km from the train station away. If I arrived early via train, I could speed walk. If the train was late, I had to take a taxi to arrive on time...

That was decades ago, and public transportation still sucks here. I don’t take public transport in my city because 1) I hate being crammed into a tube with unhygienic strangers, and 2) I like to be in control of my own mobility. This is why I either walk or take my bicycle for errands in the city center. For matters further away I rely on my car. Furthermore, the public transportation system in German cities is unreliable, inefficient, dirty and recently unsafe.

I really hate the thought of our future mobility being limited to public transportation. I like having a car: FREEDOM. I can go where I want and when I want. Forced public transportation to me is pure socialism and communism. But Kim Jong Merkel’s Germany is heading that way anyway. 

Everybody drives cars where I live, but nobody is actually moving - traffic is abominable during rush hour. Like half an hour to go a kilometer. The thought of having to drive kilometers on the interstate from 2-6PM fills me with fear. I have to budget so much time and the whole experience is stressful as hell. But a light rail line which can avoid roads and whisk me to downtown in a reasonable and deterministic amount of time? To me that sounds like freedom. Our population is growing too large and the approach of having cars for everyone simply doesn't scale. I'm not against driving cars, but I think that commuting ought to be done using scalable public transport.

That said, 'rona means that offices and public transit are both unsafe, so :huh:
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« Reply #10330 on: June 20, 2020, 10:40:23 pm »


So is this an actual useful thing?

First I had ever heard about it.


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« Reply #10331 on: June 22, 2020, 08:05:21 am »
Stop moaning and just be glad that you live in an era when the I/C engine has reached such a level of performance and efficiency. :lol:

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« Reply #10332 on: June 22, 2020, 08:18:58 am »
Everybody drives cars where I live, but nobody is actually moving - traffic is abominable during rush hour. Like half an hour to go a kilometer. The thought of having to drive kilometers on the interstate from 2-6PM fills me with fear. I have to budget so much time and the whole experience is stressful as hell. But a light rail line which can avoid roads and whisk me to downtown in a reasonable and deterministic amount of time? To me that sounds like freedom. Our population is growing too large and the approach of having cars for everyone simply doesn't scale. I'm not against driving cars, but I think that commuting ought to be done using scalable public transport.

That said, 'rona means that offices and public transit are both unsafe, so :huh:


My issue is that there are people who have to get things done and NEED a car for this. Plumbers, the guys delivering and fixing electronic devices, photographers etc.

I'm all for reducing traffic, but it needs to be done intelligently. Forcing people into public transport is the wrong way, because public transportation here is expensive, unreliable, slow, does not bring you everywhere and is already on the verge of a total systems collapse. Instead, we need the following in my opinion.

1) A limit on city populations. More people in the city make it less attractive due to the congestion and rent wars that naturally occur. More people also means more stress on public transport, traffic and so forth.

2) Intelligent traffic systems. Intelligent traffic lights that divert traffic according to traffic density. A main road with 100 cars per minute should get priority over a three cars that want to drive into this road from a side street for example. The Munich traffic light system is stop-and-go instead of a green wave. Often, I find myself having to stop at a red light in the middle of nowhere and wait for the invisible pedestrians to cross the road...

3) Better public transport: FREE, efficient, reliable, fast and with waiting times in the 2 minute ranges. The current public transport in Munich is a joke. Trams are slow, buses are slow and late, the S- and U-Bahns are always late, slow, unreliable and expensive. Between these choices I'd take none - I'd rather take my bicycle, my car or a taxi.

4) Intelligent city design - the city of the future. Older cities are hopeless in this regard, but newer cities should feature some kind of standardized design where everything is intelligently laid out. This means an efficient and fast public transport and road system. Also, large living apartments should have supermarkets in the bottom floor which means residents can go shopping there and won't need to use a car or public transportation. The city of the future should be created with efficiency in mind.

Just some quick ideas from me. ;)

Lastly, I love driving. I really love it. I like to be in control of my own mobility: the man in charge. I enjoy driving my car or other cars for that matter. I don't want to live in a world where cars drive themselves or where cars are banned. But Merkel Shit Hole Germany is seriously heading towards communism and socialism.  :cry:
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« Reply #10333 on: June 22, 2020, 09:19:07 am »

My issue is that there are people who have to get things done and NEED a car for this. Plumbers, the guys delivering and fixing electronic devices, photographers etc.

Vehicles used for business purposes (plumbers' vans, delivery vehicles, etc) aren't included when people talk about "personal vehicles".  Even when said plumber is his own, 1-man small business.  Vehicles used for business purposes fall into a different bucket when it comes to taxes (and insurance, and other matters).
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« Reply #10334 on: June 22, 2020, 09:31:20 am »

My issue is that there are people who have to get things done and NEED a car for this. Plumbers, the guys delivering and fixing electronic devices, photographers etc.

I'm all for reducing traffic, but it needs to be done intelligently. Forcing people into public transport is the wrong way, because public transportation here is expensive, unreliable, slow, does not bring you everywhere and is already on the verge of a total systems collapse. Instead, we need the following in my opinion.

1) A limit on city populations. More people in the city make it less attractive due to the congestion and rent wars that naturally occur. More people also means more stress on public transport, traffic and so forth.

2) Intelligent traffic systems. Intelligent traffic lights that divert traffic according to traffic density. A main road with 100 cars per minute should get priority over a three cars that want to drive into this road from a side street for example. The Munich traffic light system is stop-and-go instead of a green wave. Often, I find myself having to stop at a red light in the middle of nowhere and wait for the invisible pedestrians to cross the road...

3) Better public transport: FREE, efficient, reliable, fast and with waiting times in the 2 minute ranges. The current public transport in Munich is a joke. Trams are slow, buses are slow and late, the S- and U-Bahns are always late, slow, unreliable and expensive. Between these choices I'd take none - I'd rather take my bicycle, my car or a taxi.

4) Intelligent city design - the city of the future. Older cities are hopeless in this regard, but newer cities should feature some kind of standardized design where everything is intelligently laid out. This means an efficient and fast public transport and road system. Also, large living apartments should have supermarkets in the bottom floor which means residents can go shopping there and won't need to use a car or public transportation. The city of the future should be created with efficiency in mind.

Just some quick ideas from me. ;)

Lastly, I love driving. I really love it. I like to be in control of my own mobility: the man in charge. I enjoy driving my car or other cars for that matter. I don't want to live in a world where cars drive themselves or where cars are banned. But Merkel Shit Hole Germany is seriously heading towards communism and socialism.  :cry:
Considering that you carry a lot of equipment with you to do your job presumably you along with others in professions with similar situations would be exempt from vehicular travel.

You might have to identify/plate your vehicle as for commercial usage however and have decals/lettering on it.
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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10335 on: June 22, 2020, 09:36:51 am »
Vehicles used for business purposes (plumbers' vans, delivery vehicles, etc) aren't included when people talk about "personal vehicles".  Even when said plumber is his own, 1-man small business.  Vehicles used for business purposes fall into a different bucket when it comes to taxes (and insurance, and other matters).

Tell that to the German Greens and the SPD (Socialists). In Frankfurt am Main, the department head of the city traffic bureau, Klaus Oesterling from the SPD, wanted to even ban craftsmen from using their cars and stated that they should use bicycles and public transportation. Many self-employed craftsman naturally protested and this now famous photo of a construction crew using and cramming all their gear into a subway train was shot for advertising purposes to create awareness of the idiocy coming from the SPD (and the asshole Greenies).

You don't understand how INSANE and RETARDED German politics are as of now, especially the garbage that comes from the Greens (radical leftist eco-terrorists), SPD (socialists) and Die Linke (ex-SED communists who ruled the former East Germany). Absolutely insane trash coming mainly from these idiot political parties.  :cry:


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« Reply #10336 on: June 22, 2020, 09:50:57 am »
... That said, 'rona means that offices and public transit are both unsafe, so :huh:
In the Before Times, I noticed that my siblings, who all commuted into London via surface & underground trains were frequently sick with colds & coughs. No more. The ailments have been replaced by the mental malaise of lockdown.

'rona has knocked back the cause of public transit but they'll find a way: too many cities will not be viable without it.
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« Reply #10337 on: June 22, 2020, 11:09:34 am »



1) A limit on city populations. (...)
 But Merkel Shit Hole Germany is seriously heading towards communism and socialism.  :cry:

So you are complaining about communism and socialism but want to define a limit on a cities population? WTF, that is like top level communism right there.


There is a natural limit to city growth, market economics work quite well here. More and more people are being priced out of Munich, which in turn limits the amount of people employees can snag.
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« Reply #10338 on: June 22, 2020, 11:54:34 am »
How many Blackwing engines did Cadillac make?

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« Reply #10339 on: June 22, 2020, 11:57:07 am »
How many Blackwing engines did Cadillac make?

800 or so.
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« Reply #10340 on: June 22, 2020, 03:23:38 pm »
800 or so.

Thanks. I missed the post by FoMoJo during first read.

So they spent 16 Million to build ~800 engines, eh? It is to bad the CT6 interior is lackluster because the rest of the car sounds amazing.

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« Reply #10341 on: June 23, 2020, 04:55:22 am »
So you are complaining about communism and socialism but want to define a limit on a cities population? WTF, that is like top level communism right there.


There is a natural limit to city growth, market economics work quite well here. More and more people are being priced out of Munich, which in turn limits the amount of people employees can snag.

I don’t view this as a socialist or communist thing. To me it’s an interesting aspect, the limiting of city populations. Something needs to be done to prevent the total collapse of public and private traffic. More people equates to more stress on the already fragile public transportation system, and it also leads to more traffic jams.

Pricing people out of the city creates more problems. The people who have jobs in the cities but can’t afford the rent will be forced out of the city. Maybe they can’t use public transportation to get to their job because of time issues. They need their car - especially if they have multiple jobs.

Also, public transportation needs to become more attractive: cheaper or better yet free, reliable, efficient, fast and it needs to be able to bring people everywhere in the city at one go. The idea of changing at multiple stops, the long waiting times involved are just not fun and a waste of time.

Are you keeping up with the news in Shit Hole Berlin? That RRG-run Shit Hole is doing everything in their power to make driving unattractive, but at the same time they’re not making public transportation attractive. The trains, trains etc. are dirty, unreliable, slow, overcrowded, in the summers the A/C does not work etc. and it’s expensive. Now these RRG assholes want to force every Berliner to pay almost 2000,- Euros for a yearly ÖPNV ticket, even if you don’t use this “service”. It was big news on the alternative media. For that kind of money I would expect a quality service - which is the last thing when it comes to public transportation in Berlin and many other predominantly Green-run[ed] cities.

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« Reply #10342 on: June 23, 2020, 12:15:19 pm »
Man, I haven't looked at this thread in a while and saw that BAC Mono video.. now I want one even more..

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« Reply #10343 on: June 23, 2020, 01:37:42 pm »
I drove home today, well crawled really, last in a convoy of five: four SUVs and me in a sedan.
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« Reply #10344 on: June 23, 2020, 01:44:11 pm »
I drove home today, well crawled really, last in a convoy of five: four SUVs and me in a sedan.
"OMG there's a curve in the road! That's worse than getting the 'rona in the old folks home I'm booked into next month.... BRAAAKE!!!"

Its funny because it's true.  :lol:

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« Reply #10345 on: June 23, 2020, 03:18:31 pm »
I drove home today, well crawled really, last in a convoy of five: four SUVs and me in a sedan.
"OMG there's a curve in the road! That's worse than getting the 'rona in the old folks home I'm booked into next month.... BRAAAKE!!!"

I love it when I'm in my Cherokee with its cheap 215 tires, solid axles, and shocks straight from 1996 .... and some jackoff in a modern sedan that has been riding my ass suddenly shrinks in my mirror when there is a curve.
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« Reply #10346 on: June 23, 2020, 03:42:41 pm »
I love it when I'm in my Cherokee with its cheap 215 tires, solid axles, and shocks straight from 1996 .... and some jackoff in a modern sedan that has been riding my ass suddenly shrinks in my mirror when there is a curve.
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« Reply #10347 on: June 23, 2020, 04:13:21 pm »
I drove home today, well crawled really, last in a convoy of five: four SUVs and me in a sedan.
"OMG there's a curve in the road! That's worse than getting the 'rona in the old folks home I'm booked into next month.... BRAAAKE!!!"

Try driving in the Southwest (Arizona, west Texas, New Mexico).  Slightest bend in the road, not even sharp enough to warrant a yellow "recommended" speed warning, and people drop 10 mph below the speed limit.
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« Reply #10348 on: June 23, 2020, 04:51:16 pm »
What kind of drivers do you have down there?

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Re: Car Chat
« Reply #10349 on: June 23, 2020, 07:11:43 pm »
What kind of drivers do you have down there?

Same ones as lots of places. :(
Will
 
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