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  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    Nah, them there diesels are just gettin' broke in at 300k, right?

    Right. :D
    Is that "Broke in" or "Broken"?

  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    Last week, I spotted this out in my yard...

  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    We got about 19"...just low enough that I could clear it in one pass with the snow blower, rather than having to take some off the top, back up, and then get the lower part.

    Here's the view out the door that Sunday morning after the snow finished up...

    Normally, it would be more picturesque, but we had a lot of wind, which kept it from really piling up in the trees.

    And a shot of the street...

    Here's the Silverado, parked at Grandmom's house across the street...

    I had intended to get it started, so I could take the lazy way out and use it as a battering ram to knock down the snow banks when the plows came through, rather than dig out. It did that job pretty well back in 2010 when we had a couple blizzards back to back. But, the damn thing refused to start when I put a battery in it, and it was already starting to snow, and I had more pressing matters, like making sure the snow blower would start, making sure the generator worked (they were calling for heavy winds), etc.

    Oh, and here's the Buick and Ram...

  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    I still remember a lame drag race I did back in college. I had my Mom's '80 Malibu coupe, with a 229 V-6. I've never seen a road test of that particular car, but I'd guess 0-60 in about 15 seconds, if Consumer Reports had tested it. Maybe a bit quicker if MT or C&D put it through the paces. Anyway, one of my friends had just gotten a new '89 Escort LX. I forget what engine it had now...a 1.9 liter? It had an automatic transmission, I'm guessing just a 3-speed?

    Anyway, it was late one Saturday night, and I was on my way home from my part time job at Denny's. My friend happened to pull up next to me at a traffic light, and we were both the lead cars in our respective lanes. We started ribbing each other, revving our engines, and when the light turned green we stomped on it. As I recall, the Escort was a bit quicker up to around 45-50, but then I started to catch up. When we hit 60, my friend gave up and backed off.

    I saw him at college a couple days later, and he was calling me crazy for going so fast. Sad to say, I think that Escort was one of the quickest cars he had driven, up to that point in his life. His family never bought anything all that fast. They had traded in an '83 Stanza on the Escort, and it was a POS by that time...everything that Japanese cars of that era get praised for, this one was just the opposite. They also had a '72 Dart sedan with a 225 slant six that got scary if you took it over 50 mph or so, a mid 80's K-car wagon, and a first-gen Caravan/Voyager.

    Not exactly the good old days, even if I do wax nostalgic on them every once in awhile.
  • Re: Project Cars--You Get to Vote on "Hold 'em or Fold 'em"

    Towards the end of its time with me as a daily driver, I remember the HVAC fan in my '68 Dart shorted out, so all you got when you put the heat on is whatever hot air sort of drifted from the heater core. I'd always keep a towel or old t-shirt in the car to defog the windows when needed.

    Once the car got warmed up, it didn't seem too bad inside. You could feel it getting warmer when stopped at a traffic light, but then once you got moving the warm air would dissipate. I also learned to dress accordingly.

    Sometimes it's easy to get nostalgic for the "good old days". But now that it's getting colder, and I'm thinking back on those days, I'd rather not re-live them!
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