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I have a 65' fastback Mustang and a 2001 V6 VW Passat. My dad has two '57 Thunderbirds. I love. I love. I love cars. I know there are a lot of car fans here and I was thinking of you. The BBC is running a Top Gear marathon today. For like the tenth time I've seen them drive the Bugatti Veyron.

You might ask yourself what is a Bugatti Veyron? It costs about $1.3 million. More than a thousand horse power. It can go 252 MPH and is street ready. By that I mean you can buy one and drive it around your town.

You don't need to leave a comment, but follow me below the fold and watch them test drive it. It is 10 minutes of joy.

Here you go:

Lets talk about some cars.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 02:10:56 PM PST

    •  I Love That Second Car In The Full Body (4+ / 0-)
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      Ojibwa, Otteray Scribe, second alto, koNko

      of your post.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 02:20:38 PM PST

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    •  before anyone raises an ecology issue here.... (5+ / 0-)

      .... the thing that's un-sustainable isn't the backyard mechanic or automotive enthusiast who builds something sleek & fast, or auto racing, or even sports cars built by the major automakers.  All of these things taken together have a relatively small impact.

      The thing that's un-sustainable is millions of commuters stuck in the stop-and-go every single day, making the same trip each time and taking longer to do it than if they had access to buses & trains.

      Intelligent transportation policy that liberates commuters from the daily traffic jams, will have major benefits in reducing CO2 emissions.  

      Philosophically, the key point has to do with activities (such as commuter traffic jams) that are not deliberately chosen but are "chosen" only by default because there is no other option.  Those activities don't have a lot of intentionality or free will behind them, they are easily substituted when a better alternative comes along.  Thus they are the first place to look for making the necessary changes, rather than going after small subcultures (such as automotive enthusiasts) whose choices are deliberate and whose collective impact is relatively small.

      "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 09:11:50 PM PST

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  •  My Dad's Thunderbird (14+ / 0-)

    Dad's '57 Thunderbird

    He found it years, years later. A first date with my mom in the car when they were in their teens. Bought it a few years ago.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 02:29:34 PM PST

    •  What a beauty! (0+ / 0-)

      Gorgeous!  Sex on wheels!

      •  I don't get the "sex" part but I do see it as art. (0+ / 0-)

        Steel sculpture on wheels, mobile art that you can ride in.  

        "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

        by G2geek on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 08:42:52 PM PST

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    •  That's a 55 Bird. No portal in the top or (0+ / 0-)

      air vent in the front fender. Nice car. My brother in law has one with a 292 V8 and a three speed manual trans with overdrive. I have my 31 Victoria, 31 Roadster and 28 AA Express truck in my garage right now. Will be doing some sheet metal repair on the 28 later this AM. My 39  has to wait in line unfortunately for its turn in the shop.

      " The whole world is about three drinks behind" Humphrey Bogart.

      by flatford39 on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 06:26:18 AM PST

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  •  my son loves Top Gear (5+ / 0-)

    Amazing video and actually you get some science/physics knowledge to boot.

  •  I used to own one of these... (10+ / 0-)

    It's a 1966 Chevy Corvair Monza, only mine was white with a red interior.  The car was the proverbial "granny" car.  I bought it in 1984 from the original owner with only 54,000 miles on the car.  Paint and interior were nearly perfect.  I quickly found out why they never drove it much--the car was impossible to keep timed and burned up mechanical points like crazy.  When I put a timing light on it I saw the timing was varying by about 10 degrees with the engine at a steady idle.

    I converted it to electronic LED ignition, which solved the problem.  With that solved, the car ran great.  It was a definite mechanic's car; the horizontally opposed engine tended to leak oil if I didn't keep up on replacing push rod tube seals.

    A few years later I found the cause of the problem when I overhauled the engine.  The bronze distributor drive gear (the one on the end of the cam) had a big chunk missing.  I never found the chunk so I suspect it was a factory defect.

    The rebuilt engine ran like crazy.  Unfortunately, just after I finished the rebuild the military assigned me to Okinawa.  I sold the car to my brother, who installed the water injection kit I had purchased but hadn't installed.  One day he was driving--probably too fast--and the engine made this awful bang and quit.  He tore it down to find out that a couple valve seats had dropped out, causing the valves to jam and hit a piston.  Luckily a Corvair engine is modular so he replaced the bad parts and had it up and running pretty quickly.

    The cause turned out to be the carburetors I'd put on during the rebuild.  They were for two different horsepower engines.  When I did the rebuild I bought overhauled carburetors from a Corvair specialty shop and they accidently sent me one of the wrong type.  Since the carbs look identical, I had know way of knowing.  This caused one side of the engine to run hotter than the other, which overheated a head and allowed the valve seats to fall out.

    One of these days I wouldn't mind picking up the same year model, but in convertible.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 02:41:57 PM PST

    •  Corvairs got a bum rap thanks to Nader. (4+ / 0-)

      He criticized the earlier swing axle version as unsafe, NOT the later "coke-bottle-styled" model pictured.

      There is an old Corvair in my neighborhood, looks to be in fine shape, up to date registration, etc. Never moves.

      I like walking past it and seeing one still out there.

      I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

      by SherwoodB on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 06:42:38 PM PST

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      •  Steering in the '63 and older was a little dodgy (2+ / 0-)
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        SherwoodB, G2geek

        Starting in '64 Chevy put an anti-sway bar in the front end.  They refined it in '65, and the 66'-'69 had really nice steering.

        The only problem I had with handling was the 4-wheel independent suspension needed aligning every couple years.  Before I had my '66 aligned, it had a bad habit of wanting to swap ends on snowy roads if I got above 50 mph.  It scared me bad enough to get the thing to an alignment shop, pronto.  Once the alignment was done, the car handled beautifully.

        Looked great too.  I've had Corvette owners honk and go nuts waving if they saw me on the freeway.  The state patrol pulled me over once when I was going about 20 mph over the speed limit.  I think the patrolman really just wanted to check out the car.  We talked cars for about 10 minutes, he let me know one of my taillights wasn't working, and bid me a good day without handing me a citation.  As he was walking away he did say I ought to slow down a little.

        Nader was a jerk.

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

        by DaveinBremerton on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:36:05 PM PST

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        •  Anti-sway bar was key to my argument... (2+ / 0-)
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          DaveinBremerton, G2geek

          Never have had the pleasure of driving any Corvair, but everything I have heard and read suggests that next to the Corvette, it was the best handling, best engineered American car of its era, hence my opinion as to its bum rap.

          Thanks for the info!

          I'm not paranoid, I'm just well informed--SherwoodB

          by SherwoodB on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 08:27:32 PM PST

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    •  I liked the original body style better (1+ / 0-)
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      G2geek

      But Ralph Nader didn't. WTF does he know?

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:14:43 PM PST

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      •  My other Corvair was a '61 Lakewood station wagon (2+ / 0-)
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        koNko, Prof Haley

        Mine was seafoam green, and it was uglier than a mud fence.  Nader could have bitched about it for being hideous and I would have been in the audience yelling "amen!".

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

        by DaveinBremerton on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:39:28 PM PST

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    •  BTW ... (0+ / 0-)

      Japan has some pretty serious car builders. Do you ever go to meets there?

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:18:13 PM PST

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      •  I think that was more of a mainland thing (2+ / 0-)
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        koNko, WI Deadhead

        "Mainland" being Honshu.  I saw lots of car and race enthusiasts, but no formal meets.

        I did see some really awesome Nissan Skylines.  The Japanese domestic stuff would have twin turbos on a V-6.  With no crash bars in the doors the cars were a lot lighter--and more deadly.  Just for added excitement they didn't use safety glass in the side windows either.

        "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

        by DaveinBremerton on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:28:15 PM PST

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        •  Skylines, Evos and "Fairladys" (1+ / 0-)
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          WI Deadhead

          I cheated, I have worked for a JP company since 1988.

          Osaka and Hiroshima street racers are legend, they have lots of 2 lane blacktops within 30 min of downtown, and in the latter case, some pretty nice twistys, that's where the sliding bit originated.

          Japanese hillbillies. Love it.

          But JP also has a lot of hardcore classic car/bike restorers, and "California" style customs. And spotless, starched overalls!

          What about my Daughter's future?

          by koNko on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 04:38:09 AM PST

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  •  Love the Video!! (12+ / 0-)

    I love cars too, got it from my Dad. He liked to buy old cars and restore them.....this was his last one before he passed, and I'm lucky enough to have it out in my garage! 1952 Kaiser-Frazer Henry J, modified for drag racing.

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    "I'll tell you, if there's anything worse than dealing with a staunch woman. S.T.A.U.N.C.H. There's nothing worse, I'm telling 'ya!". Little Edie

    by vintage dem on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 02:45:38 PM PST

  •  Here is one reason to keep the death penalty (4+ / 0-)
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    Eddie L, second alto, mookins, SherwoodB

  •  Would it be redundant to say I like them? (6+ / 0-)

    Tractors too! My Grandpa had an Allis-Chalmers and New Holland dealership back in the day.

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 03:13:44 PM PST

  •  Used to be a speed freak. (5+ / 0-)

    A SHO, a Mustang V8 and now in a WRX.

    Never had the money for a Bugatti!

    Fun stuff. Thanks.

    "Success was individual achievement; failure was a social problem." Michael Lewis in The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    by hoolia on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 03:14:24 PM PST

  •  These are great - love cars too. (4+ / 0-)

    My first was a red MGTD - 1953. It had a wooden frame and floor boards - that did catch fire once in a while.  I'd pull over and spray the bottom with the fire extinguisher.  I eventually readjusted the tail pipe to a lower position and put aluminum sheeting on the underside.  It was a treat in the winter with no defrosters; I had to scrape the inside and the outside of the windshield.  Crank starter or push it down a hill and try to jump in - great adventures in motoring. But it was my favorite car ever!

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. – John F. Kennedy,1962

    by moose67 on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 03:21:00 PM PST

  •  Jeez, this diary reeks of testosterone. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    second alto, mookins

    apparently due to ancient hardware and the transition to dk4 I can't recc tip jars or comments any longer so in lieu of the 'standard nod' you'll see a variety of replies until this gets fixed or becomes a mighty big fucking pain in the ass

    by oopsaDaisy on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 04:09:59 PM PST

    •  The US has a history of 'tinkerers' - (5+ / 0-)

      the 'shade tree mechanic' and amateur inventors that fueled America's industrialization.

      The automobile has been the latest focus of hese efforts. You have some astounding talent working on cars - and its not just guys.

      Try visiting a car show.   You've got classis pure restorations, detailed to the last bolt, street rods that are  a combination of old and new and pure customs that are art in metal.

      Life isn't fair but you should try to leave it fairer than you found it.

      by xrepub on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 04:40:31 PM PST

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      •  And for the record - (4+ / 0-)
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        second alto, koNko, G2geek, BlackSheep1

        my father was an expert on 30's and 40's Fords while I can tell you anything you want to know about first gen F bodies.   Have a 6 cyl OHC that gets better mileage than most of Detroit's current offerings - and is a rip to drive.

        Life isn't fair but you should try to leave it fairer than you found it.

        by xrepub on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 04:42:50 PM PST

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    •  This one time Rosie Perez was on Leno, (0+ / 0-)

      and he's into cars, and he asked her what was her favorite car and she said, 'I like cars you can have fun in'; he asked again and she said 'I like red cars', and he said 'What, like Ferraris, maybe Porsches?' and she said 'Oh, man...' like, don't be such a drag, reducing everything this way. And to Leno's credit, he did understand what she was saying- in fact I think he'd played the square a bit, to help illustrate her point.

      Anyway I like the sculpture, especially the Bugatti Atlantic Coupe and the Delahaye Roadster.

    •  which is a problem how? Oh, right; I'm a chick & (0+ / 0-)

      I love cars.
      Fast ones.
      American ones, though.
      426 Hemi.
      440 Six-Pac.
      Either one in a 'Cuda or a 71 Road Runner works.
      Or a 68-70 Charger.

      LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 12:02:05 AM PST

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      •  I always forget (0+ / 0-)

        to post that cute little smiley face after one of my smart-assed, frequently misconstrued, comments> :-)

        apparently due to ancient hardware and the transition to dk4 I can't recc tip jars or comments any longer so in lieu of the 'standard nod' you'll see a variety of replies until this gets fixed or becomes a mighty big fucking pain in the ass

        by oopsaDaisy on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 08:34:33 AM PST

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        •  testosterone =/= gasoline (0+ / 0-)

          altho the two sometimes combine to create a sort of beyond-the-pale pheromone.

          LBJ & Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees: Texas is No Bush League! -7.50,-5.59

          by BlackSheep1 on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 03:57:49 PM PST

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  •  The Veyron: a toy for the 1% paid for by the 99%.. (4+ / 0-)

    Even at over a million bucks a pop (Over two million for the SS variant), Volkswagen (who owns Bugatti and designed the Veyron) loses money on every single one.

    Every time a millionaire or billionaire buys a Veyron, those of us 99%ers who own Golfs, Jettas, Passats, and other cars in the VW/Audi lineup are paying for most of the Veyron.  That's right, every time one of us buys a VW, part of the profit goes to subsidize the Veyron.  If it weren't for us 99% footing the bill, the millionaires and billionaires that want Veyrons would have been paying more like $40 Million apiece just to cover the design cost.  

    The president of McLaren leveled this criticism of VW, saying that they had ripped off their customers by building their consumer cars as cheaply as possible to maximize the profit, which they then passed onto Veyron owners by selling those cars at a fraction of their actual cost.  

    Having owned two VWs in the last 10 years, I can tell you he's probably right about the "cheap as possible" part.      

    Before we jump on VW's case too hard though, we should also remember that the Prius is the same.  The Prius costs Toyota more to make than its sticker price -- those of us who bought non-Prius Toyotas in the last 10 years are also paying for the losses on Toyota's marketing "halo."      

    •  That said, the Veyron is cool... (2+ / 0-)
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      second alto, BlackSheep1

      ...but personally, I'd prefer VW send me a letter apologizing for the $4000 repair I had to make because they chose the cheapest, least durable, most inferior and least fit-for-use part they could find.  But between using my money to give what amounts to a free car to Dubai oil billionaires and the tons of legal fees they have spent fighting against a recall of the aforementioned cheapest, least durable, most inferior and least fit-for-use part, I can understand why they don't.    

    •  Some of this is justified (1+ / 0-)
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      A Prius is an investment in the future of all Toyota owners. i.e., it is a technology development platform that produced Toyota's hybrid technology and now the Prius all electric (in Japan) the platform for Electric development.

      BTW, Toyota doesn't sell the Prius at a loss everywhere, they are numerous and profitable in Japan, where rational taxation based on ICE displacement makes it possible to price the Prius high enough to turn a profit but still compete with similarly sized autos with larger ICEs and a bigger tax bill.

      Meanwhile, even a Prius (or Volt or Leaf) subsidized in the US market may make a return in lower cost to society in terms of emissions, something the US is just coming to terms with.

      I seriously doubt we will see Veyron technology trickle-down to VW-Audi product lines, this was more an exercise in CEO hubris  than anything else.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:43:48 PM PST

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    •  but to VW's credit, their R&D also produced... (1+ / 0-)
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      RerumCognoscereCausas

      .... a 300-mpg car that looks like an updated version of the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller, and will at some point be turned into a production car.  

      "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 09:29:13 PM PST

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      •  But that is based off of clean diesel+hybrid... (1+ / 0-)
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        G2geek

        Not a 16 cylinder superturbo that gets like 8 miles per gallon in the city.  

        The technology behind VWs ultra high efficiency cars that you mention is more related to locomotives of 50 years ago than it is to the Veyron.  

        Seriously, if you want to attribute this to anything, you're better off with the R10 and R15 race cars (cars that are clean diesel powered and winning races) than the Veyron.    

        That said, VW already produces non-hybrid clean diesel powered cars that absolutely slaughter the Prius in performance and efficiency, but hardly anyone in the US has ever heard of them.    In Europe, you can buy A VW Polo 4Motion All Wheel Drive with TDI clean diesel that gets 70MPG on the highway...  

        •  Futhermore.... (1+ / 0-)
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          G2geek

          "...VW already produces non-hybrid clean diesel powered cars that absolutely slaughter the Prius in performance and efficiency, but hardly anyone in the US has ever heard of them..."  

          So does Citroen/Peugeot, Volvo and ton of other companies, too.  If I lived in Europe, I could buy a Citroen C5 HDi Diesel with 240 HP and about 300 ft-lbs of torque.  It's a full size family car that does 0-60 in about 7 seconds, and cruises at Autobahn speeds with Citroen's famous suspension and ride quality.   And it gets almost 50 MPG while doing it....

          I agree with the poster above:  the Veyron's technology is not likely to make any difference to the rest of us anytime soon.  

             

  •  I am not fast, but I have a blast (7+ / 0-)

    My recreational ride is a 1919 Model T Ford, nearly all stock. It does have a 6V DC ignition, a racing carburetor [Stromberg OF, authentic '20s speed equipment], and high-speed [3:1] rear-end gears, so I can get it up to 50-55 but at that speed it does not stop or turn. The effect is a cross between a buckboard and box kite. Brakes on the rear wheels only.

    But I love driving it, and not only because you're taking your life in your hands at 25 mph. The controls are nothing like a modern car. No gas pedal - the throttle is a lever on the steering column. Manual spark advance. No gearshift - transmission is two speeds forward and one reverse, operated with the foot pedals. Yes, the pedal in the middle is reverse. And the drive train is topped off with one of the few accessories Henry Ford allowed his dealers to sell - the Ruckstell Axle, a two-speed rear end that multiplies the transmission.

    On the road, you hear and smell everything, from your own rattling ride to raptors, wildflowers and horse droppings. On a snow trip, you get out every 1000 feet of elevation to lean out the carburetor. It's immediate and real.

    The 1909 owner's manual for Ford's 22-horsepower world-changing machine included the warning," You have more power at your command than you can safely use under most conditions." If more people took heed of those words, the world would be a better place.

    into the blue again, after the money's gone

    by Prof Haley on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 06:36:32 PM PST

    •  and no worries about car thieves either. (1+ / 0-)
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      Prof Haley

      They wouldn't be able to back it out of the parking space because they don't know how the controls work!

      Modern cruise control has a slight resemblance to the throttle on the steering wheel: you can adjust speed with the +/- buttons on the steering wheel.  Under freeway conditions you can look ahead and anticipate changes in the traffic speed, and make the adjustment in time to avoid having to use either the gas pedal or the brake.  

      Something else I heard about Ford Model T: there was no fuel pump, so with the gas tank in the rear, when you came to a steep hill, you'd go up the hill in reverse in order to maintain the flow of fuel to the engine.  Does yours work like that, or do you have a fuel pump?

      "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 09:36:53 PM PST

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      •  I don't worry about thieves (1+ / 0-)
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        G2geek

        but I confess I worry about vandals - it's mighty easy to remove a hubcap, for instance.

        I have no fuel pump, and the tank is under the front seat. I can take nearly any hill with a half-tank or more, but I have starved out when low and had to back up a couple of times. Best to wait until you've got a clear run all the way to the top, as neither steering nor brakes are very happy about it.

        into the blue again, after the money's gone

        by Prof Haley on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 01:16:32 AM PST

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  •  Love 'em too! (2+ / 0-)
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    liberalcheesehead, zett

    Here is my 2002 Mazda Millenia.

    The Millenia was Mazda's attempt to play in the big leagues.  It came to market in 1995 and lasted until 2002.  Ours was one of the last made.  The Millenia was originally intended to sell under a new nameplate  (a la Toyota's Lexus brand) but ultimately sold in Mazda showrooms.  It was priced high and was marketed poorly.  This was no reflection on the underlying car (which was very well constructed and engineered) but became part of its undoing.  Folks looking for family cars and inexpensive Miata roadsters were reluctant to pay $35,000.00 for one like ours in 1995.   Supercharged Millenias were thousands more expensive.

    This car (our 4th Millenia) was found in Utah in 2009.  It actually began life in Las Vegas.  We located it on line and had it transported into the Hudson Valley.  It was worth the cost to get one that hadn't seen our bad winters (and road salt).  It now has 70k miles.  Strangely enough, it sat on the dealer's lot for some 14 months.  We are its 3rd owner.  The first 2 each had it for 2 and a fraction years.  It makes for one strange carfax.  

    The car is still a joy to drive even with its mid 90s engineering.  This is a credit to the quality of the original design.  We still drive it down the GSP to Cape May.  The car was called the high watermark of Japanese car design by one automotive writer.  In a 2000 Car and Driver comparison test (Yes, I still have the magazine.), it came in 4th against far newer competition including a Lexus.  

    I am very proud of it.  

  •  Delahaye Roadster on Youtube. (0+ / 0-)

    Best shape ever.

  •  Bugatti tires . (0+ / 0-)
    The tyres can be removed from the rims only in France, a service which costs US$70,000.

    If you really love cars
    http://www.shell.com/...

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:12:16 PM PST

  •  I love bikes (1+ / 0-)
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    G2geek

    Seriously, I'm as crazy about them as machines as others are about cars.

    And we get to chase girls at non-lethal speeds.

    Photobucket

    Ain't she a beaut?

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 07:23:43 PM PST

  •  I love, love, love Top Gear (and I'm an OLD (0+ / 0-)

    woman)!  I think the Bugatti Veyron is just an amazing vehicle.  Did you see the special on how the car was engineered - amazing.

    "By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed." Adolf Hitler

    by pittie70 on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 08:22:37 PM PST

  •  My wife's car (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    hoolia

    2009 Infiniti G-37 convertible.  My gift to her for surviving my military career.  Sure, it's a glorified Nissan but I love driving this thing.  Powerful V-6, great transmission and traction control, navigation system, heated / cooled seats, the works.  Just watching the top fold and unfold itself will stop people in their tracks.

    My cat prefers sitting on this car vs. our Toyota Camry.  I gotta say, his gray-on-white stripes and blue eyes complement the platinum paint nicely.  

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win". Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by DaveinBremerton on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 09:17:06 PM PST

    •  I had an Infiniti. It was a dream (0+ / 0-)

      to drive but it died on me on the freeway!

      Jump start, jump start, jump start to get it over on the shoulder.

      No, it wasn't this model. Your wife is one lucky lady.

      "Success was individual achievement; failure was a social problem." Michael Lewis in The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

      by hoolia on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 09:55:05 PM PST

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  •  My 1966 vw bus!!!! (0+ / 0-)

    There are no finer cars in the world than old split window vw bus. They are rolling sculpture, functionality and the purr of their tiny engines puts a smile on my face every single time. Sometimes, when I am blue, I just go to the garage and look at it.

    I don't think any other car has such a loyal fan base.
    The web is full of content to aid in restoration and repair. Even the wiring diagrams are readily available online/

    I will NEVER sell mine.

  •  I have a Subaru Forester (0+ / 0-)

    I really like it, I have over 200K on it and it looks like its ready for another 100K at least. I wish they's make a hybrid model of this, I'd buy one in a m inute. I really like my Forester but I think the next car I get will be a Prius.

    The coolest car I ever had was in high school, a 1957 Fairlane with mag wheels. I had traded a 38 La Salle for it necause I couldn't get Ujoints for it. Wish I had either one now

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 06:29:57 AM PST

  •  Need planet to heat faster! More cars, please! (0+ / 0-)

    This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

    by AllisonInSeattle on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 12:39:58 PM PST

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