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Is there a Cars and Coffee group in your area? A little google search for "cars and coffee [city]" would let you know. I've been fairly active in our local C&C (columbuscarsandcoffee.net) with my '60 T'bird and find it a great gathering of car folk. You never know what's gonna show up, there are no trophies or judging so there are a lot more regular guys with regular cars. Sure there are plenty of real nice rides, but they pretty much all drive in and almost no one is putting out signs or mirrors under their cars. If such a group exists in your town, they'd love to see your Mustang II as is. My T'bird sounds like it's in similar condition and it's quite a hit.
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I had my 1999 Odyssey for 9 years and 160K (starting at 40K), my 1993 Escort for 11 years and 160K (starting at 22K) and my 1960 T'bird for 13 years, but very few miles. The T'bird started with my Grandfather in 1978, so it's been in the family 35 years. However, Dad has a 1957 Eldorado that has been in the family since Grandpa bought it in 1959, so 54 years. Mom and Dad dated in it. My uncle has a 1964 Corvette he bought new, it'll be 50 years this year. We tend to keep our cars for a while. :-P
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I've got an '05 Mazda3 5 speed hatch and a '10 Saturn Outlook, so you and I are on a similar page. I love my Mazda3 except how it's is rusting away. Very dissapointed in that, but it looks great, handles great, has enough power and gets decent MPG. GMs 3 row CUVs are a better bet than the Explorer, in my opinion. A bit roomier inside (a 3 person 3rd row) and a bit better on towing (5,200 vs. 5,000). The eco boost 4 cyl Explorer is a great idea, but doesn't tow much. You have to get the V6 to get the 5K towing. A real towing powerhouse in this segment is the new V8 Durango which will go to 7,500 lbs. I think it's even less roomy than the Explorer. To be fair, I think they all aren't that far apart.
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My thoughts exactly, Sooke. I bought the 3M kit for my daughter's '98 Escort, but befor I could use it she hit a deer. In looking for a replacement driver's headlight, I found that junkyard prices are about $35 but Rock Auto has new unit with bulbs for $45, so I bought both and the 3M kit sits on the shelf.
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As a '60 T'bird owner I always look for Square birds in these shots and I'm pretty sure I see three. Two on the ramp, one in each lane just below the sign. Both look to be '58s or '59s judging by the 2 tail lights ('60s have 3). The one on the right has a continental kit. The third I'm less sure about. Behind the '59 Chevy on the right is what I believe to be the nose of a Squarebird. Not way to be certain about the year.
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2012 on Carspotters' Challenge #38--Harbor Drive at Car Lust
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My Dad and Grandfather were in a race in the 70's to see who would be the first to hit 100K in a car, Dad in his '65 Barracuda or Grandpa in his '71 Galaxie. Alas, a woman T-boned Grandpa's Ford, so Dad won. He eventually put 125K on it before it too was totaled in '82. I, on the other hand, have rarely owned a car with less than 100K. 3 of the 4 I have now are over the century mark ('05 Mazda3 105K, '98 Escort, 112K and '60 T'bird 154K). I was the first to turn 200K on a car when my '99 Odyssey flipped that magic number in 2010. 160K of those miles were mine. The T'bird is a bit surprising as probably fewer that 10K of those miles have been put on in the 24 years it's been in our family. That means it went over 140K in it's first 18 years of life, unusual for the 60's & 70's.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2012 on 100,000 at Car Lust
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You say 'affordable', but then require Bluetooth,a backup camera and power liftgate? Those are luxury features that push you into upper level trims and add $5,000-$6,000 to the price. That's not prioritizing affordable. Instead, compare base models and then do a feature comparison telling folks what you miss from one to another and what it'd cost to equip similarly, if those features are desireable.
Instead of Rain-X, get silicone wipers from Silblade or PIAA. You'll have to order them (Amazon usually has the best prices), I've never seen them in stores, but they coat the glass like Rain-X so you don't have to. Another bonus - they last years instead of months. Most natural rubber wipers are shot within 6-12 months, my silicone wipers have lasted 4+ years.
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RV owners fight with this all the time. A stored RV presents shelter int eh winter with all kinds of stuff to chew on. I've had mice in my pop up camper 2 of the 3 winters we've owned it. Bounce sheets don't work. Mothballs don't work. The only sure fire way is to seal every opening and keep 'em out. With a car, that's going to be real hard to keep them away from all the tasty wiring.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2011 on A Rat Ate My Chevy Volt at KickingTires
When I was valet parking ~20 years ago, it was common Benzes, even the older ones. Didn't know about the BMW trick, that's neat. Oh, and thanks Mike, now I won't be able to look at a headlight switch without seeing that. :-(
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2010 on What Does This Button Do? at KickingTires
OSU-14 Gators-34 Halftime. Uh, did OSU get lost on the way to the stadium? Is this the same team that only allowed 10 points per game in the regular season? Tessel goes for 4th and 1 at your own 29? Smith fumbles in the backfield? Come on Tressel, work you magic with these guys in the locker room. UPDATE: Was it my imagination, or did the OSU band just do the Titanic theme complete with a sinking ship formation on the field? Tell me they didn't. Please. Who chose that theme for the championship game?!? UPDATE 2: It's over. OSU-14,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
Watching the OSU/Florida game yesterday, I paid attention to the band at halftime. Me and 4 other people watched the 30 seconds each that Fox showed of the Gator and OSU bands. I was in marching band in High School and college and loved it, so I try to watch but they usually don't show much. 30 seconds apiece was a treat, actually. As I commented on in my last post, it seemed like the OSU band was playing the theme from Titanic and actually had formed a sinking ship on the field. Actually, there was no doubt about the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
Well, here I am again, back to my QT journal after another 3 month absence. I am always surprised and disappointed by these lapses in my reading, but I don't know why. It's a pattern i fall into repeatedly, besides, look at the roller coaster that was Israel in the OT. Thankfully, even that harsh God of the OT didn't' abandon them, so there's hope for me too. :-) Hebrews 11:32 - If I could travel back and ask the writer of Hebrews (assuming I knew who it was) some questions, one of them would be "Why is Samson listed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Cons and blogger over at beliefnet, had an editorial on NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon that was excellent. He and I are the same age (he's got me by 6 months actually) and he relates his experience growing up as a Conservative, his first awareness of politics being Carter and the Iranian hostage crisis, Reagan as his political hero of sorts, his lack of understanding the hippies of the 60's and more. I can totally relate to his experience, from being a full blown conservative believer all the way up to Bush's election (well,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us … Hebrews 12:1, ESV Back in college and for a short time after, I worked as a hotel doorman. A big part of the job, especially weeknights, was standing on the sidewalk in the dark and in the cold. Not much happens at a downtown hotel on a late weeknight in the winter. Part of the uniform was a long, thick wool... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
[shameless plug alert] I have a degree in Industrial Design and work for a design firm [1] that has done quite a bit of work in the area of emotional connection to products and what that means for design, brands, products, etc. It's not simply about 'pretty' or not 'pretty'. Aesthetics, perceived quality and customer satisfaction are all interrelated. While good designed products don't inherently have to cost more, the thinking behind them does take time and effort and it's not uncommon for design to add complexity and cost. However, if the perceived value is greater than the added cost and is backed up with a superior user experience, the customer will pay more and feel as though they have gotten a better deal. This produces a positive emotional connection between the user and the product and by extension the brand and a very loyal customer base. Apple knows this very well, as does Honda and others. [1]- www.design-central.com
Good design is about more than good looks. The aesthetic of a product connects to our emotions & impact what we feel about the quality of a product and our emotions effect what we buy and desire. Research has shown that emotions affect the decisions of even the most rational people. So, a well designed and attractive charging station conveys that this is a simple and safe technology. It can be trusted, it's reliable, it was well thought out. With no thought to design, it may appear scary or complicated. It may seem that you need special knowledge to use it. It may appear fragile, or of low quality. A good, attractive design can help speed the adoption of a new technology or a poorly executed design may inhibit acceptance.
Wow, you nearly nailed me. I had a 1980 Monza with rear window louvers (painted to match the body), a Pioneer cassette deck, under dash EQ and aftermarket fog lights. Ah, the good old days. I also had a pop up sunroof and neon (did you forget neon?) striping. Oh, and those 3 piece louvers on the Camaro in the pic are lame. The only way to go were the 1 piece wrap around style.
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2010 on Let's Accessorize A 1980s Car (NOT!) at Car Lust
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I wouldn't buy a warranty from a third party, but I would consider one from the manufacturer. Most do offer them, I know Honda does, it's called HondaCare. Oh, and when the second tranny went out on my '99 Odyssey at 120K, the dealer quoted me $4500 for a Honda reman'ed and installation. But here's the deal, when I pointed out to Honda (the dealer was no help at all) that this was trans #2 and it was only 80K old and that was ridiculous, Honda stepped up to the plate and paid for it.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2010 on April 5 Weekly Open Thread at Car Lust
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It should be noted that even at full throttle from highway speeds, the Camry in that C&D test stopped in a shorter distance than a Ford Taurus did. As I've heard, there are several design decisions that Toyota made that have made this issue worse. 1) They used a material in the accel assemblies that absorbs water and swells, creating more friction and sticking. 2) They did not incorporate a throttle cutout in the drive by wire system that automatically cuts the engine if the brakes and gas are pressed together. The Infiniti C&D tested had that. I understand they are incorporating that now. 3) The push button start on many of these cars requires a long 5 seconds of constant pressing to kill the engine. That's an eternity when your car is running away from you. The Infiniti only required 3 seconds, and if you repeatedly stabbed at it (like someone might do in a panic), it'll kill the engine. not so on the Toyota 4) The gated shifter on some Toyotas requires two separate motions to get it into neutral - up and to the side. You cannot just bump it into neutral. In a panic, having to stop and think about something means it's less likely to happen correctly. So, a simple material defect in the accelerator mechanism has snowballed because of several other unfortunate design decisions.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2010 on Toyota Acceleration Issue Open Thread at Car Lust
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I had to replace the AC condenser on my '99 Odyssey and I had it done in about an hour. Hopefully I won't have to do the radiator. Oh, and the rear plugs while not visible and a bit of a long reach, are pretty easy to do. Still, the front motor mount, just behind the radiator and quite visible was nearly impossible to access with actual wrenches. I gave up and paid a mechanic on that one, and I've removed the entire front suspension on my 60 T'bird to rebuild it and replaced the timing belt on that same Odyssey.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2010 on Working On Your Own Junk at Car Lust
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Amen to this post. A minivan is the answer to most family's vehicular questions. It nails most of your criteria: * Seating capacity - Comfy seats for 6 adults (I've taken 6 adults from Columbus OH to Chicago for a weekend in my Odyssey with no complaints) and you can carry 7 or 8 in a pinch. * Trunk space and cargo capacity - 4x8 sheets of plywood? Check. Full sized sofa? Sure. Family of 5, camping gear and 4 bikes? Yep. * Towing capability - Properly equiped, most minivans will pull a decnt 3,500 lbs. That comment on camping gear and 4 bikes above> I was pulling my 2,200 lb pop up too. Through the mountains of WV. * Bad weather and rough-road/off-road capability - This is the only item on your list where minivans don't shine. Toyota makes an AWD mode, but otherwise you're limited to ABS and traction/stability control. * Range - 20 gal tank and 22-23 MPG hwy get's me ~450 miles on a tank. * Reliability and maintenance - My Odyssey is approaching 200K, still riding on it's original struts and only recently had any suspension components replaced (tie rods, a cv joint, etc). The transmission has been a weak point, but Honda has stepped up to the plate on that and paid for the repairs. Still feels and drives at about 85% of what it did when I bought it at 40K. * Top speed - Not a minivan strong point, but in terms of what you need a vehicle to do, no complaints. Other vehicles are strong in an area or two, none shines across the board like a minivan. User-friendliness
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2010 on The Utility Envelope at Car Lust
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Awesome. I have the urge now to go home and get my kids building something.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2010 on Bricolage at soupablog
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OK, what's the deal with this? Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2009 at salguod's blog
The most beautiful Eldorado Brougham I've seen was a couple years ago at the Arthritis foundation show here in Columbus. There are 6-7 shots of it on my blog, starting here. Check out the suicide doors, with no center pillar.
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2009 on Suicide Doors at Car Lust
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