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Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Ah. OK. I guess that in-development one is what I heard of, (They called it a Rebel. I kinda believed it with all the excessive trucks around here and thought that was the special name for the factory-ridiculous version. :) )

Here's my household's little new-to-us-work truck I really haven't done as much as I'd hoped to have by now, yet, but.. various other projects and delays with the house and etc have sidelined a lot. There's a few cases of 'Someone Else's Mods' needing sorting out, still... (I adore these mags but they're on spacers (eek) in the back owing to an axle swap I'd probably prefer to just put back to original, and they may well be the wrong offset for the front, even if this seems to have been a factory wide-wheelbase setup. My thought's to get some winter wheels (ie, narrower and stock) and see how things behave on those. )

GM's odd idea of how controls should feel and be arranged is still pretty prominent. (I dunno if they've been doing better lately, Also Gods know what they were thinking with a non-adjustable throttle cable, but I gotta do something about pedal positions and the fact cables stretch over time. :) Eventually some gimmicky switch panels are coming out to be replaced with something that makes sense for lights, or just a toggle in a panel, cause damn, those things are both non-intuitiive and wearing out. :) (And if anyone's wondering by now why we bought this thing, it's because he's a solid little guy with a strong engine that a ) came in well under budget even knowing most of what needed doing and b) Actually was able to be at the same place at the same time with my over-scheduled housemate to not get snapped up before we could arrange a look at it. :) Definitely putting at least a proper tailpipe on this thing. The big glasspack is fun, but too much at speed. I do need to hear my music on the road. :)

(Hrm, photo not seeming to load, imagine mid-90's S-10 pickup. :) )
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Oh, is that one of the Rebels I heard about with the Hellcat engine in it, or maybe something more practical? :)

As computers go I think if I were going to put that kind of money in a vehicle I'd probably be doing a mild restomod on something older, get my high-tech engine management in the form of something like a Haltech and avoid most of the gizmos and vulnerabilities of all this networked stuff. (My experience with fifteen year old computers does not make me optimistic about driving anything that's a rolling Ipad, however impressive they may be now. And, yaknow, that's how old things are when I can buy them, generally. I got a rust-free rear wheel drive Volvo, lots of crate engines can fit in these. :) )

(Also, Edom, speaking of rust: wash dat undercarriage. Lots. :) )
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Fun! Kinda looking forward to it. Never really got on two wheels, myself. (Probably not the best idea anyway with my Sun issues, but there was a time I might have worked around it to have transportation at all. Probably meaning, leathers all the time. A friend was trying to get me into a CBR 350, cause he was in and had the help of his CBR club. I guess they had a style of bobbing or removing fairings from beaten-up ones and sorta going for a neo-cafe-racer look and a bunch of Japanese slang and graphics. Coulda been interesting. :)

Really it was kind of just cause liability insurance was going to be very hard to clear on a four-wheeled vehicle for what I was making. I always wondered how that would have worked out, but I ended up leaving Boston for another, ah, opportunity than I was grinding at at the time.)
Forum: General Talk 09-27-2018, 08:03 PM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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I've always kinda wanted to have an excuse to have an El Camino. I like that one. Seems to sit just right, probably has about as low of profile tires as I'd really want to go, and the yellow goes well with what I always thought was the friendliest-looking of Chevelle front end treatments. so I think that suits. :)
Forum: General Talk 09-25-2018, 07:25 PM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Yeah. Does look like the Z4's grown a bit since the one I sometimes see around town was made, (just saw a Z3 out there today, actually looking pretty teeny in front of what it seems Honda Accords have bloated into. :) ) Actually tried picturing a '78 Celica for scale, felt a bit stymied. :) I think my sense of said scale may be a bit distorted, too. I parked the Ratmobile next to a late-model Mustang last year, was like, 'Same length? As my wagon? Really?" :) (Actually a couple inches shorter, by looking things up, maybe.)

---------- Post added 09-25-18 at 11:07 PM ----------



Yeah, I'm kind of open to them. They're unfortunately hard to give that bit of extra power to everyone's crying out for, (I'm sure radical engine swaps can happen, anyway, space is a bit limited, but if I needed and could afford a ready-made little runabout, (Like perhaps if I wanted to take the Ratmobile off the road a while for mods *there,* ) I'd maybe see if I actually like them to drive. It still seems possible to find a nice old Celica for that kind of money, too, though, (Even if people are starting to notice those again, unfortunately for me, probably,)
so I wouldn't be crying if I had that choice to make. :)
Forum: General Talk 09-21-2018, 09:52 PM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Gods, I hope the new Supra isn't based on anything as tiny as a z4. I don't *want* a 'sports car.' I want a freaking *hatchback I can embarrass people who can't drive their sports cars with.* That's what a Supra is supposed to be. :)

That's where I think the Scubayotion FRSBRZ86 went a bit wrong. Tried to be a 'sports car' instead of a 'Daily hatchback you can have fun with.' They actually made it a car I'd probably love driving around here but isn't a damn hatchback so I would have to bring my wagon or the work truck for most reasons I'd actually have an excuse to drive any distance. :) A Supra isn't supposed to be a sports car, never mind a little z4 thing, (Which, if I wanted a *little* car, well, they did make a shooting brake version. :) ) A Supra, it's supposed to be a GT hatchback you can make ridiculous if you choose. :)


Kinda why I would really like to do up like a 77 Celica GT Liftback, which I once had when no one wanted them. I'd blown the engine on my beloved Duster, but one of the other local shadetree types *gave* me that car, basically beautiful but it needed a windshield. In the process of looking, we found the donor car for said Duster for about the same price we expected to pay for said windscreen, though. I really wanted to shove that Celica into a pocket in spacetime for later, though, at the time and ever since. It was like a '67 Boss Mustang and a JDM Skyline had an illegitimate child and painted it chocolate brown hoping no one would notice. :)

I mean, that's kind of exactly my style to put some spunky wheels on and probably, at this point, eh, why not put 200 or so modern horsepower in there. That'd do. for scooting around. Frankly, I can embarrass kids in Mustangs with m yold Volvo if turns are involved. (And I still really haven't done up my suspension, also will be in maybe 110-HP-land-on-a good-day till I get to build a whole other engine to drop in at this point. :) ) I mean, I got lumber/ladder racks on said Ratmobile that were made for work vans till I cut them down, and a set of load-bearing tuned springs and used Bilsteins I really ought to spare a day or two to put in, but kinda don't want to just cause I know basically exaclty how this car handles and changing that is weirdly iffy to me. (Someone nag me to freaking do this anyway, by the way. I know it'll be better. Well, pretty sure. )

Anyway, I guess I think a Supra ought to be the most kickarse *Celica* Toyota can make, not a 'sports car' or 'supercar' or whatever. I think they forgot that even with the '86' Subasciota thing. The original AE86 was just an SR5 Corolla, it was a hatchback for people that love to drive: you know, decent engine, nice gearbox, nice throttle response, rear drive, and maybe aren't that's all you could justify buying for your daily life and never mind latter day 'Drift Tax.' :)

I remember walking past one of those poshimport dealerships in Allston/Brighton near Kenmore when actually barely-not-homeless and looking the part to some significant degree. They'd just gotten in an Alfa GTV/6 in trade that was parked on the street. This is one of my favorite cars ever. I think it's the most beautiful hatchhback ever devised by humanity, in fact. Advertised, not on power, but *balance.* Still remember there was kind of this young car guy salesman apparently spotted the love in my eyes and *insisted* on treating me like a fine customer of distinction. :)

Anyway, sometimes you just love a certain kind of thing and who cares if something else is 'better.' I guess a lot of Pentaxians can relate, there. :)
Forum: General Talk 09-20-2018, 03:15 PM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Man, they've been letting out these spy shots of the C8 mid-engine Vette, (not sure how I feel about that, but they look pretty cool of themselves) but now I'm kinda wondering about split-window treatments to show off the engine bay back there. :)
Forum: General Talk 09-19-2018, 08:08 PM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Ugh, abominable. Especially the face-treatment and destruction of the interior best-parts.

One of my dream cars would be a '56 Nomad. I'd resto-mod the suspension, probably even LS- swap it, definitely put a Hurst on the floor, but I would *not* slam it or put ridiculously-oversized rims on it, (maybe go to 17's or possibly 19s if the tires didn't have to be too low-profile to look right, but I'd probably have a split bench seat in it. :) One thing my limited experiences behind the wheel of the tri-five Chevies (that I wasn't really very interested in before,) ...is just how surprisingly-well I and the interior just *fit together.* :)

As for Vette-treatments leaning toward that vintage of Vette, I've been thinking 'how bout that Pontiac Solstice/whatever they called the Saturn version?' (They actually look pretty cool already, but the late-50's vettes always had that 'little roadster' vibe to me.)
Forum: General Talk 09-19-2018, 09:47 AM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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I think for my generation a number of terms filtered down from *various* previous generations, depending who taught who and such things. My friend got those particular words apparently from his father, who was about that generation, and well, the landlord I had at least knew the terms when I was doing my Duster's engine swap. (Pretty cool landlord that way, car-people family, really didn't mind me keeping a donor car and my own around for a summer. I helped his sons do similar for this Chevy they had, ...actually often miss that place, despite just-about-no-actual garage. :) )

It's how I learned a lot about a lot of things, photography included, I'd just listen to a bunch of old dudes, probably picked up some dusty old photo archaisms along the way. :)

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Heh. That looks like maybe they took one of those Jags from maybe ten or twelve years ago and redid the bodywork like that. I kinda like it, actually. :)
Forum: General Talk 09-16-2018, 03:26 PM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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I always had the idea that terms like 'Quarter-race, half-race, racing' were just about how camshafts and lifters, etc were sold, rather than anything explicitly technical being a quarter of anything else, rather like people bandy around 'stage I, stage III,' whatnot about sort of classes of mods. Which is basically how speed-parts companies sold things.

Mostly convenient for 'How hard's it gonna be to get this to idle.' :)
Forum: General Talk 09-07-2018, 11:18 AM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Admittedly, front wheel drive just plain tends to disinterest me in cars, anyway, it just seems there's styling potential there. I suppose if they put the TT's all wheel drive in a more-retro 356 car, it'd be cool.

Anyway, 'sports car' can be a heavy term, especially if you're going for 'affordable and practical.' ' For any given genre of car, I usually just want it to be 'More GT' in various respects, so I love the shooting brakes and hatchbacks and fastbacks (especially swoopy ones) and all that. Small's small, but that's why I don't actually *have* a little car, given my practical needs. It's not as if a Miata, for instance, is uncomfortable for me at my size, (unless it comes to electrical work under the dash, etc: I had a neighbor with one who just plain needed me just to be able to get in a few places, but that was contortions even for me. :) ) ....I just wish they made an MGBGT like version, and I'd even prefer the very pretty Japan-only coupe. :)

As Beetles go, it's kind of like, if they got away from the frumpy-cutesy-looking version I was thinking 'why not go a bit further.' :)

My thought for a sporty project will be somewhere around a 76 Celica GT liftback build, even. (I had one once but ended up buying a donor car for my Duster instead of what that needed for the road, but wished I could have stuffed that in a time bubble for later even at the time.) And that would *be* there to be little, even if I do most of my actual driving cause I need to go get something or bring some tools. :)

That is, really, depending what else might come along. It could be the Ratmobile that ends up getting that attention, too, like if she doesn't have to be a daily she could get an engine swap and a few other things, maybe a bit more performance-minded now that there's a truck here that I actually should be ordering parts for. :)
Forum: General Talk 09-05-2018, 12:31 PM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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For some reason I've always wanted to try a speed run in a hand car. :)

And as 356es go, like with most things, I've always been partial to the coupes. Apart from having difficulty with the Sun, I love the lines. Since they restyled the 'New Beetle' to be sleeker I've been thinking, 'Why not just go all the way to retro-356C?' :)
Forum: General Talk 08-23-2018, 01:33 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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I always kinda wished they could get the styling right on those. When they changed the nose and put a spoiler on it just looked like the whole car was supposed to be a couple inches lower. :) LIke a lot of 80's styling with that sort of thing like Camaros and Firebirds too, it made me want to lop a bunch off the nose and/or do something rally-looking, maybe with quad headlights. Also to get rid of directional wheels: those always kind of annoyed me, especially when they only came in one 'direction.' :)
Forum: General Talk 08-23-2018, 11:59 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Hee, Cool enough. It'd probably be the only reason I'd ever buy new: to order very specifically something I really wanted. I dunno if they will be making such cars in the future because what I usually want is less computer-dependence in systems besides engine management, not every damn function being through an Ipad in the dash that half the Internet can get at better than I can. :)

There's a limited number of imaginable things-I'd want. Maybe if I were richer I'd want a Mustang or F-type Jag set up just right and in like beige. :)

Hey, also, since I know some of you guys have Bmer experience, I've got a young friend who just got an E39 sedan, (528i if I recall) ....Nice stock rims on there but some wheel lugs that look a bit dodgy in places, some being slightly stripped out aftermarket pieces. I'm wondering where (Really as in brand names or whatnot) you'd source some good quality stuff for people who really don't have extra money to speak of. OEM replacement for like Alpina wheels (I think that's what they are: I only could give the vehicle a pretty quick looking-over in the rain so far when they dropped by,) would be fine.
Forum: General Talk 07-29-2018, 12:50 PM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Castrol. :)
Forum: General Talk 07-29-2018, 11:15 AM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Yep, just had her 25th birthday recently. :)
Forum: General Talk 07-28-2018, 07:14 PM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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So, to revive the thread somewhat, my dear Ratmobile recently had the unusual circumstance of someone-else working on her. A storm brought down a pretty big old part of a tree limb I'd mischanced to park under; fortunately the 300K-mile-old windshield I'd been wanting to replace anyway took the brunt of the force, leaving me with a roof-dent to massage out (I ended up using my 'It's gentler to cut hole in rigid headliner to match rubber plug that may be handy' technique... less destructive than bending the thing out the tailgate,) and bye bye what little savings I had, but I had it, so called in a local outfit who had what I needed nearer, sooner, and cheaper installed than my usual parts supplier before shipping, so it's hard to regret.

Makes me want to actually get to long-delayed cosmetic work on this paint now that there's shiny new glass, but I'm still enjoying the whole 'This car doesn't feel 25 Southern years old' experience. Which may be the salient point when it comes to older cars, polished, or if necessary, renewed glass, makes a pretty big difference. (I don't think the inside safety coating on the old glass would have been polishable at all, but that was so pebbled it was hard to even clean. So. I'd put up with it and put it off until gravity pressed the issue. :) )
Forum: General Talk 07-20-2018, 12:47 PM  
Camera, Car, Computer Trifecta
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Hee, I think Volvo, Pentax, and Linux may be sort of your old-school DIYer combo, whether urban or more rural or somehow both. :) I'm in Pentax largely for adaptability to old school lenses and wanting an old PC flash terminal as well as being water-resistant enough to treat like, err, film bodies, even if I have no WR lenses. :)
Forum: General Talk 07-19-2018, 05:49 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Ah, well. Good to hear, though. (I've always thought I might like to do an MGBGT project one day. Who knows if that'll happen given how expensive they've probably gotten, but one of those has always been somewhere on my list. :) )
Forum: General Talk 07-15-2018, 09:30 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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I wonder if Victoria British is still around, (Yay, British rubber, in this case.) They had a Z car parts catalog when I had mine. I don't recall if I actually had to order anything from them because there was actually a Z car salvage yard nearby. But those often had better exploded diagrams of things than a storebought manual. :)
Forum: General Talk 07-15-2018, 07:35 PM  
Camera, Car, Computer Trifecta
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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I'm, ah, with Volvo, Pentax, and Linux, actually. And, well, I ended up almost always favoring my old Canon FD stuff for film, I just know it so well and have faster lenses for it.
Forum: General Talk 07-12-2018, 09:04 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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My little guy from years ago. They were number two on my list of cars to want to own some day. :)

Forum: General Talk 05-28-2018, 11:03 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Hee, I wouldn't have guessed it was popular with that *that* set, (Mayb the European versions were actually fast or something?) but I always thought they looked like a car should. It was kind of a problem with a lot of the more lightly-built cute cars where I lived, (Boston) cause they really had a tendency to get eaten alive by rust with alarming speed.





I finally saw one in the real world recently; white, too. Very pretty. (Though I guess if I were ordering one, I'd opt for a custom color, something like that putty/taupe color from old E-types would I think be pretty groovy. :) ) What really caught my interest wasn't the R-type, though, there's a version with an old-fashioned stick and a V6 with wonderfully-tuned exhaust that's much more in line with my idea of the 'British sporty car' experience. :)
Forum: General Talk 05-28-2018, 10:32 AM  
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Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Tastefully-done. Those are actually pretty popular around here: I see quite a few nice ones on the road out there.

These keep making me think of a wonderful unrestored '59 Apache I used to walk by every day, beige and white two-tone, all the high-trim-level chrome things. I really wanted to rescue that one, (Pretty much just needed polishing, that paint,) drop in some more-modern engine and 4-speed, put a nice Navajo-blanket seat cover on there, etc.
Forum: General Talk 05-08-2018, 02:52 PM  
New Performance car prices !!
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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Well, on this, the automotive fatality (and even accident) rate plummeted in the late 70's, not actually so much at all cause of 'big bumpers' standards or 55mph national speed limits (or slower cars cause of primitive emission controls) but actually primarily because of *radial tires becoming nearly omnipresent* plus often-improved *brakes.* (plus shoulder belts to the extent those were actually used then.)

Vintage cars may not have crash ratings worth too much in comparison to modern cars, but a vintage car with upgrades to brakes and tires/suspension isn't inherently some kind of death trap these days if you take advantage of how easy it is to retrofit things to be much better.






Well, those Vettes, like almost everything else built in America in those times, suffered from low compression and primitive emissions controls throwing a wet blanket on everything, so that's not surprising.

As Mustang GT350's, as opposed necessarily to regular GT's, well, the former's actually pretty capable of throwing down on the track with much more expensive vehicles, so that's more the market it's going for.
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