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Posted on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 19:53

These concept cars from the 50's that never saw the light of day...

 

1952 Chrysler de Elegance....


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Posted on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 06:52

1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Roadster by Pininfarina....


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Posted on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 06:50

Anyone remember the Kaiser Darrin?  It had sliding doors...


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Posted on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 09:46

Quoting Jenkneee:

 

Thanks EnglishLady!

 

 

Well Dakota... you missed the sneaking into the second movie after the first movie.  I haven't done that in a long time!!  Sneaking the food and drinks in though?  Oh yeah..always.  Whatever we could do to save a buck, now it's more like 10 bucks :)

 

I have a very unique movie theater story. Guess I'll save it for another blog..too off topic.

 

 

Now Dakota, you were being sarcastic about a Gremlin being beautiful...right.  I don't think they were but it was a riot to be in one for a wheelie.

 

 

For the record, my first car was a Plymouth Duster, same type they would use for some police cars, they did have some power to them.  Mine was bought and paid for by me when I was 15 and driving it illegally.  My second car also happened to be a Duster. I bought that one from my brother-in-law who left some police club windshield decal on it which saved me from a ticket once.  I wish I could say my dad's red Firebird with gold, honeycomb wheels was mine but nope, I was never that lucky.

 



You know, I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean 2 or 3 times, and never watched any of it.  Best movie ever!!!

 

Yep, I was being sarcastic about the Gremlin.  The were made by AMC?  My uncle had one that he thought was the best car ever, but it was U-glee.

 

A Duster isn't the prettiest car, but I think it has a Gremlin beat.  The first car I drove to school was a Ford Fairmont Futura.  They are rare for a reason.  I totaled the car trying to dodge a dog.  Then later I restored a 1966 Chevy II (Nova) and that's what I drove to college.  I still have it.  Then I purchased a 1986 Monte Carlo SS and drove it for awhile.  Still have it.  Both now need restoring.  Maybe one day when I find time.



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Posted on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 22:59

Quoting Dakota35:

It's kind of similar to sneaking food and drinks into a movie theater to keep from paying the jacked up prices.  I know some drive-ins started checking trunks.


 

Thanks EnglishLady!

 

 

Well Dakota... you missed the sneaking into the second movie after the first movie.  I haven't done that in a long time!!  Sneaking the food and drinks in though?  Oh yeah..always.  Whatever we could do to save a buck, now it's more like 10 bucks :)

 

I have a very unique movie theater story. Guess I'll save it for another blog..too off topic.

 

 

Now Dakota, you were being sarcastic about a Gremlin being beautiful...right.  I don't think they were but it was a riot to be in one for a wheelie.

 

 

For the record, my first car was a Plymouth Duster, same type they would use for some police cars, they did have some power to them.  Mine was bought and paid for by me when I was 15 and driving it illegally.  My second car also happened to be a Duster. I bought that one from my brother-in-law who left some police club windshield decal on it which saved me from a ticket once.  I wish I could say my dad's red Firebird with gold, honeycomb wheels was mine but nope, I was never that lucky.

 



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Posted on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 21:14

Quoting englishlady100:

that's too funny I cannot believe the whole concept of stuffing pals in the trunk or boot as we call it in England to surpass extra drive in fees totally went by me all these years. lol.  great post made me laff



It's kind of similar to sneaking food and drinks into a movie theater to keep from paying the jacked up prices.  I know some drive-ins started checking trunks.


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Posted on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 21:11

Quoting Jenkneee:

So what was the most unique thing you have ever done in a vehicle?  No, not that, lol. I dont think that was all that unique.

 

Mine was in an AMC Gremlin poppin wheelies :)  Unfortunitely I can't claim to be the driver but being the passenger was fun too! My old boyfriend was the driver/owner.

 

Here's a video I found of a Gremlin contest poppin a wheelie.

 

 

Note: The staff here removed my URL for the Gremlin video. So just got to youtube, put this title in the searchbar and you will see a big wheelie by a Gremlin.

 

 

AMC Gremlin MASSIVE WHEELIE down the whole 1/4 mile!!

 

 

 

What else did we do? Shine lights on deers to watch them freeze. Get in the trunk to save a few bucks at the Drive-in. I slept in my vehicle while camping and oh yeah, that other thing ;) And definitely some road racing down Telegraph (sometimes 8 Mile) in Detroit.

 

 

 

 

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Drive-ins  some good memories, I'd get up on top of the car in the summer, eat MM's. drink coke, watch the movie. (when I was a kid) And all those dead batteries. LOL  Not sure about other areas, but still a couple of drive-ins left in my area.  They all died out then someone brought a couple back.  I remember that "other thing" as well...but barely it's been so damn long. 

 

AMC Gremlin, just a beautiful car. :-)



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Posted on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 13:15

My best friend's dad had this car in this color.....

 

1954 Buick Skylark Convertible


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Posted on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 13:10

Quoting Jenkneee:

I like the storage for this roof.



I remember that car.  It's a late 50's Ford Fairlane Hardtop convertible.  

 

Very Cool Car...


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Posted on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 09:10

that's too funny I cannot believe the whole concept of stuffing pals in the trunk or boot as we call it in England to surpass extra drive in fees totally went by me all these years. lol.  great post made me laff



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Posted on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 03:40

I like the storage for this roof.


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Posted on Sun, Mar 23, 2014 03:25

So what was the most unique thing you have ever done in a vehicle?  No, not that, lol. I dont think that was all that unique.

 

Mine was in an AMC Gremlin poppin wheelies :)  Unfortunitely I can't claim to be the driver but being the passenger was fun too! My old boyfriend was the driver/owner.

 

Here's a video I found of a Gremlin contest poppin a wheelie.

 

 

Note: The staff here removed my URL for the Gremlin video. So just got to youtube, put this title in the searchbar and you will see a big wheelie by a Gremlin.

 

 

AMC Gremlin MASSIVE WHEELIE down the whole 1/4 mile!!

 

 

 

What else did we do? Shine lights on deers to watch them freeze. Get in the trunk to save a few bucks at the Drive-in. I slept in my vehicle while camping and oh yeah, that other thing ;) And definitely some road racing down Telegraph (sometimes 8 Mile) in Detroit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 10:34

Quoting 3345roc:

You're definitely the "car" guy Dak.  I haven't worked on them since you gapped the plugs and greased them up... what were they called zirk fittings?  Years ago diesel fuel was less expensive that regular gasoline.  I know they've made it cleaner but it seems to be 65 to 75 cents a gallon more expensive.



I just call them grease fittings. LOL  Diesel shouldn't be so expensive, since it's basically the waste or the less of gasoline.  I justify the higher prices because I get around 42mpg.  So a gallon of diesel will come out cheaper if you look at it in how far it will get me.  My car has high mileage so I assume that it's getting less miles than when new.  I also would assume a common rail would get better mileage than a PD engine.  So 48-50mpg highway with a Jetta CRD shouldn't be a stretch.  Now if VW would just make a Jetta diesel hybrid, then we would be really getting some great mileage.



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Posted on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 21:10

Quoting Dakota35:

I purchase my TDI with a bad cam.  All the PD have cam problems.  I bought a hardened cam that the billet is sent from Germany and the cam is cut in Canada.  I installed coated lifters.  Both should be good for at least 300K.  I did some other things (illegal) and installed a tune, which boosted both HP and Torque.  Most of the suspension is made of aluminum so it's light weight.  It's a MK5 which I like the style better than the MK6, plus has more luxuries.  I'd say I'm at around 120hp up from 95hp, and the car will really go for such small HP.  Yep the torque means a lot.  If I hadn't of gotten a deal on the car, I would have rather had the common rail diesel.  At some point I will be installing a 3.3L Cummins Common Rail in a Dodge Dakota.  It will be interesting to see how it performs and the fuel mileage.  The engines are set at 105hp and 410ftlbs torque.  And will do way more if tuned, which doesn't interest me much with my application.  Fuel mileage is my major concern.



You're definitely the "car" guy Dak.  I haven't worked on them since you gapped the plugs and greased them up... what were they called zirk fittings?  Years ago diesel fuel was less expensive that regular gasoline.  I know they've made it cleaner but it seems to be 65 to 75 cents a gallon more expensive.



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Posted on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 00:20

Quoting 3345roc:

Torque and gear ratios is much more important than horsepower when it comes to quickness of the line and the new turbo diesels have  flat torque curves with very little lag.  The TDI is getting very high marks from all the car magazines. 



I purchase my TDI with a bad cam.  All the PD have cam problems.  I bought a hardened cam that the billet is sent from Germany and the cam is cut in Canada.  I installed coated lifters.  Both should be good for at least 300K.  I did some other things (illegal) and installed a tune, which boosted both HP and Torque.  Most of the suspension is made of aluminum so it's light weight.  It's a MK5 which I like the style better than the MK6, plus has more luxuries.  I'd say I'm at around 120hp up from 95hp, and the car will really go for such small HP.  Yep the torque means a lot.  If I hadn't of gotten a deal on the car, I would have rather had the common rail diesel.  At some point I will be installing a 3.3L Cummins Common Rail in a Dodge Dakota.  It will be interesting to see how it performs and the fuel mileage.  The engines are set at 105hp and 410ftlbs torque.  And will do way more if tuned, which doesn't interest me much with my application.  Fuel mileage is my major concern.



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Posted on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 20:31

Quoting Dakota35:

Hey Roc,

 

Not trying to "cross swords", just figured we both would learn.  I assume that most car makers have their innovations.  Just from my experience, Cadillac was the first that came to mind when thinking American.  European car makers surely have their own innovations.  VW comes to mind.  Yep, I've been working on cars for a long, long time...so not much I haven't seen (I've never seen the 5th wheel).  But that doesn't mean I can't be wrong.  I'll check more out about Oldsmobile.  In the GM lineup now, I like Buicks...I really think they are good cars.  And I've been amazed with my Jetta TDI, diesels have so much torque, combine that with being light weight and European balance and it's a nice ride.

 

Have a great day.




Torque and gear ratios is much more important than horsepower when it comes to quickness of the line and the new turbo diesels have  flat torque curves with very little lag.  The TDI is getting very high marks from all the car magazines. 



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Posted on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 10:16

Quoting 3345roc:

Ok... I'm not going to cross swords with the "car guy" but there seems to be some discrepancies.  Olds suppossedly had these "firsts".....

 

One of my professors in grad school was a former CFO at Olds and he was the one who told me about Oldsmobile innovations.

 

First automatic transmission... Hydramatic  

 

First V8

 

First front wheel drive

 

First turbocharged engine



Hey Roc,

 

Not trying to "cross swords", just figured we both would learn.  I assume that most car makers have their innovations.  Just from my experience, Cadillac was the first that came to mind when thinking American.  European car makers surely have their own innovations.  VW comes to mind.  Yep, I've been working on cars for a long, long time...so not much I haven't seen (I've never seen the 5th wheel).  But that doesn't mean I can't be wrong.  I'll check more out about Oldsmobile.  In the GM lineup now, I like Buicks...I really think they are good cars.  And I've been amazed with my Jetta TDI, diesels have so much torque, combine that with being light weight and European balance and it's a nice ride.

 

Have a great day.



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Posted on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 10:13

This could be a fun, new toy.  45 mph on water, 85 mph on land but at $135k still a bit pricey...

 

Panther Watercar....


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Posted on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 05:56

Ok... I'm not going to cross swords with the "car guy" but there seems to be some discrepancies.  Olds suppossedly had these "firsts".....

 

One of my professors in grad school was a former CFO at Olds and he was the one who told me about Oldsmobile innovations.

 

First automatic transmission... Hydramatic  

 

First V8

 

First front wheel drive

 

First turbocharged engine


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Posted on Sun, Mar 16, 2014 22:48

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Oldsmobile was actually the brand that GM used to innovate.



I'm sure Olds had their innovations but Caddy was a big part of bringing new things to market.  Check out this informative article.

 

http://www.autonews.com/article/20080914​/OEM06/309149967/if-it-was-a-first-it-might-very-​well-have-come-from-cadillac



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