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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,312
    edited August 21

    @imidazol97 said: I hope that Lenova box does NOT have a Lenova inside

    There is a laptop in the Lenova box this trip, but it's up high, behind the infamous Edmunds chair on the left side of the pic. :)

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,388

    @stever said: There is a laptop in the Lenova box this trip, but it's up high, behind the infamous Edmunds chair

    LOL. I have getting one of those Edmunds chairs on my bucket list. :)

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,312

    I'll have to roll that green Edmunds towel out in the pic soon and show that off. Ah, there's nothing like swag.

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  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,758

    I recently got pics of a 67 Camaro I sold 5 years ago. The guy called me to ask for before pics and sent me after pics. I think he did a really nice job on it (going from white to Mist Green).

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  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,758

    2013 Mustang GT, 2006 Silverado 2500 LT HD, 2001 GMC Yukon Denali

  • slorenzenslorenzen Posts: 327

    @mako1a said: I recently got pics of a 67 Camaro I sold 5 years ago. The guy called me to ask for before pics and sent me after pics. I think he did a really nice job on it (going from white to Mist Green).

    BEAUTY!

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,587

    Totally agreed. The guy did a very tasteful job on it.

    The wheels... everything just looks right (to me) on the car.

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,066

    That is a beautiful Camaro. I've always been a sucker for a nice shade of green.

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,331

    Shifty's Mighty Mini:

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689

    Nice. I wish my Mini dealer wasn't a joke...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,331

    If you can't build yourself a network of independent MINI repair shops and parts outlets, don't buy one.

    As it is, parts, maintenance and repairs are costing me about $1000/$1200 a year. To be fair, I drive a lot and I drive hard.

    These early MINIs are like little skateboards--with the short wheelbase and very stiff suspension and tires, when you hit really rough patches in the road, you're not sure which way the car will end up pointing. Requires attention but WAY fun.

    I drove a 2012 the other day and it is a considerably "tamer" car in all respects. Not sure I'd like it as much.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689

    I think I'll stick with my Mazdaspeed(especially since I added the Pilot Super Sports, FSDs, and 1.25" rear anti-roll bar). I don't think I spend $1200 per year on the Mazdaspeed, Club Sport and 2002 combined...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,587

    So, I gave the truck (1969 Chevy C20) a light workout this week. It's good for it. :)

    Lumber for my shed (unsure of weight... probably about 3,000#?):

    Unloaded:

    Current progress (half of that pile, more or less; the rafters and whatnot are still to be done):

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • slorenzenslorenzen Posts: 327

    got a permit for that thing?

    ;)

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,331

    Well sure you'll spend less on a Japanese car---but to be fair, I drive the MINI up to 18,000 miles a year and whatever Lola wants, Lola gets--the car gets top notch maintenance.

    @roadburner said: I think I'll stick with my Mazdaspeed(especially since I added the Pilot Super Sports, FSDs, and 1.25" rear anti-roll bar). I don't think I spend $1200 per year on the Mazdaspeed, Club Sport and 2002 combined...

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,587

    @slorenzen said: got a permit for that thing?

    A what? What language is that word, "permit?" B)

    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689

    @Mr_Shiftright said: Well sure you'll spend less on a Japanese car---but to be fair, I drive the MINI up to 18,000 miles a year and whatever Lola wants, Lola gets--the car gets top notch maintenance.

    I average 20,000 miles per year on the Mazda- and I also go over and above the recommended maintenance- Mobil 1 synthetic motor oil, transaxle oil changed every 30,000 miles(with the über-expensive Motorcraft XT-M5-QS), brake fluid every year, etc.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,331
    edited September 5

    Yeah but you started out with a new car. :) I inherited whatever the dealer and previous owner did for 50,000 miles.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689

    Yes- that can make a HUGE difference...

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  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,343
    edited September 10

    @Mr_Shiftright said: Yeah but you started out with a new car. :) I inherited whatever the dealer and previous owner did for 50,000 miles.

    Might be better said you inherited whatever the previous owner DIDN'T do for the first 50K miles.

  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,758
    RB, how about a pic of that Speed 3. I'm curious what it looks like. Hatch, trunk, grill, etc.
    I had a rental Mazda 3 (plain) once and got the lets go old man by a few guys in Supras and other fast looking cars. They must have thought I was in a Speed 3. It was a yellow hatch with a great stereo and I liked driving it.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689
    mako1a said:

    RB, how about a pic of that Speed 3. I'm curious what it looks like. Hatch, trunk, grill, etc.
    I had a rental Mazda 3 (plain) once and got the lets go old man by a few guys in Supras and other fast looking cars. They must have thought I was in a Speed 3. It was a yellow hatch with a great stereo and I liked driving it.

    Here you go:


    My car has 2nd Generation MS3 wheels, which are 0.5 inch wider than 1st Generation wheels. The main visual differences from a regular Mazda 3 are wider front fenders, a higher hood line, a larger rear wing, and a larger exhaust tip. I like the sleeper look and feel; nothing gives away the added power or increased handling limits until you hammer it.
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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,855
    I thought the 3Speed has a hood scoop. RB, that car is definitely a 'sleeper'.
  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,758
    edited September 15
    I like it. Thanks for the pic. I expected to see some evidence of a track history like stripes or numbers on the side. It also has a timeless look about it, like it could be brand new and certainly not 7 years old. I'd sure like to buy that after you're done upgrading everything that doesn't meet your level of endurance. OOps, belay my last as I don't do stick shift.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,782
    Love sleeper cars! If they ever come out with a Turbo legacy, It will be trade in time!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689

    I thought the 3Speed has a hood scoop. RB, that car is definitely a 'sleeper'.

    The 2nd Gen cars do have a hood scoop; the 1st Gen cars duct air to the intercooler through the top half of the grill opening.

    Next scheduled upgrade is an Electric Focus/Focus ST rear motor mount.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,587
    What benefit does that provide, RB?
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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689
    xwesx said:

    What benefit does that provide, RB?

    It keeps the motor from moving an excessive amount. My OEM mount was OK but has over 144,000 miles on it. The Focus mount is a bit stiffer than OEM, but doesn't transmit excessive vibration to the interior like so many of the aftermarket mounts do.
    In fact, you can replace all three mounts with various aftermarket pieces, but you run the risk of turning your Mazda into a rolling paint shaker. I'm trying to make my car faster without having to compromise comfort or practicality- threading the needle, if you will...

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,587
    Ah, I see! I didn't realize you had so many miles on it!

    I replaced the motor mounts on my '98 Escort when it had around 150K on it. I just used OEM replacements, but WOW what a difference that made to the engine vibration that made it into the cabin....
    2010 Subaru Forester, 2011 Ford Fiesta, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup, 1974 Ford Pinto Wagon
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,689
    xwesx said:

    Ah, I see! I didn't realize you had so many miles on it!

    I replaced the motor mounts on my '98 Escort when it had around 150K on it. I just used OEM replacements, but WOW what a difference that made to the engine vibration that made it into the cabin....

    Yes, mounts are like shocks, they usually go bad gradually and you don't notice the degradation...

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

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