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Forum: General Talk 25 Minutes 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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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 2 Hours Ago  
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 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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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  
Gearheads, Unite!
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.
Forum: General Talk 05-08-2018, 02:27 PM  
First driving experiences....what vehicles, who with, interesting stories..
Posted By Ratmagiclady
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It would if you did it a long time, but the idea is to do it all smoothly and quickly, ideally releasing the e-brake right at the moment you start getting forward motion. (It's not as if rolling backwards while you get that transmission engaged is any easier on the friction surfaces than if you took a hair too long with the e-brake doing something. )
Forum: General Talk 05-01-2018, 10:17 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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Heh, it's actually a total coincidence, but you could call my Volvo my school colors, too. These really were not a big thing with me at the time, mind you. I did have a couple of nice huge T-shirts to sleep in, though. This town, on the other hand, really likes getting cars in the local school colors, though on the used-truck hunt we managed to avoid the bright red, (which I don't particularly care for, even if a lot of cars look good in it.)

They were talking about another Buick/Opel thing? I remember as a young kid seeing the Opels at the Buick/Opel dealer. I wanted a Manta, though those didn't seem to fare very well in New England for longevity.
Forum: General Talk 04-28-2018, 10:58 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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Ah, yeah. One of those with the 4wd and preferably the extended cab was high on my list for our truck purchase here, ...you had to move fast on them cause people know what they are, out there. I can live without AC just fine, (In all my years of this Volvo Ratmobile having none, I've only been caught in traffic on a hot day a couple of times,) but extended cabs offer more shade than a window at your back. Music's pretty much a must with me, though. Kinda need something to occupy nervous parts of the ol' nervous system on a lot of days.

And, back on transmission choices, I'm still curious about the flappy-paddle or 'auto-stick' automatics, as a concession to the old arthritis, but if you don't like how a particular car's version works, you're pretty much stuck with it, and it seems the nicer ones tend to come paired with a lot more horsepower than I really need. I'm kind of back to just wanting an old-fashioned stick and clutch, though, cause I'm not having as many of those bad arthritis days as I was a few years ago. (Yay. :) ) Though we ended up with an automatic for the truck for around here, I actually wasn't worried about it if it'd been a standard. A 4wd low range was a lot more important anyway, and I'm happy with how this S10's works.

Also, I've always thought those late-90's Rivieras were really pretty. If only they were rear-drive, I guess. Chameleon paint, though, I've always thought of as just a flashy novelty, but I once saw a version that looked like a Japanese beetle with just green and bronze, that was neat. (I always thought Japanese beetles were pretty even in times when everyone had to hang out these plastic traps to try to contain them when I was a kid. :) )
Forum: General Talk 04-27-2018, 12:48 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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Though, admittedly, I probably only would pay the new car prices for custom-ordering something just right, anyway. (Probably especially because standards are so hard to get in the used market these days.) Unless it was something like this putty-beige Scion FR-S I used to drive by on a lot, and was like, "I could be the only one that wants that. If I were in the market I'd stop in and see if it's a standard." I later happened by that dealership helping a friend check out a minivan, though, and they said it was some special edition. So, I dunno, in some parallel world I could have had an advantage from my slightly-odd taste: if few others want just what you want, the dealer could have some pressure to move it along while they can.

(Incidentally, everyone, btw, on the Ford thing, I heard they rescinded a lot of the CAFE standards a few months ago, ...who knows how that figures into the sudden change in what vehicles they'll sell. But a lot of things seem to be having the opposite of the promised effects in the industry in general, it seems. It's probably more like Ford's betting they really don't have to try bringing their average MPG up at all, if anything, and would rather try to steer people toward higher-margin crossovers and stuff even if we're starting to hear more stirrings of people actually being tired of everything being sedans, (even if that's just what a young friend just bought,) and as popular as crossovers are, there's still a huge 'Do Not Want' contingent there. It could be another round of 'downsizing' going on, given tariffs and all manner of incentives for corporations to sell off stuff and just buy back their own stock while the taxes on the gains are cut. Complicated stuff for some of the more globally-manufactured car models, I'm sure.

Anyway, it does seem a pretty bizarre move, and just the kind of thing bound to go wrong as it so often does for the American auto industry, but I guess they're keeping a toe in the hybrid market with the little plug-in Fiestas. Their small cars seem to do really well in Europe, though, and I thought they'd previously been hoping to sell to China's big emerging market and other places gas just isn't so cheap... Anyway, I dunno. Probably, for the future, personally by the time those are twelve or more years old and I might be interested in a Ford, odds are pretty good I'd maybe want a Mustang or a Ranger or otherwise truck-ness from them anyway.

Crossovers just seem too 'neither here nor there' in general, they aren't small or light, still don't seem to carry a whole lot for all that, aren't going to impress me for performance driving and likely usually can't really handle off-roadeyness all that well. It's like they're yet another 'You can't have a station wagon, so here's this' version of the SUV that a lot of people got cause... They couldn't have a station wagon, I guess. I'm kind of like, "How about something like a Volvo 850R and use the fancy technology so it can jack *up* for the half-mile a day I could use the ground clearance?" I guess the upside of those crossovers is kind of like where people realize they aren't using the SUV for much SUV stuff, just like to be up high, so a smaller one is an improvement, I dunno.
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2018, 12:27 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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Yep. (Though this one's 4WD which probably makes that a bit worse in all likelihood. We actually live up on a ridge here, so that's actually required, even if I'd ordinarily prefer RWD simplicity. ) Once we account for some pent-up demand for dirt and gravel I have to haul here, I'll be putting a toolbox in to help a little, (And carry chains and straps and etc in) but the thing needs new lock cylinders and hydraulic props and maybe a coat of paint anyway, so I took that out for now. The balance overall isn't *too* bad, for all that, relatively speaking, (basically, as pickups go) cause a lot of weight is carried between the axles. Winter driving here is often just to be avoided in some ways, 4wd or not, because they basically don't treat the roads and so many *others* out there just don't have the skills to drive in that usually there's little point risking the damage if I can stock up ahead of time. We'll want to be good for emergencies, though. Particularly to get up and down our own hill. :)

Anyway, it's possible our winching solution could end up being something we can put on the receiver hitch in back when we need it, and otherwise not-carry at all. It's not like we go off-roading anywhere but within walking distance of the house. For now we've been using chains and tow straps and a hand-powered ratchet comealong for shifting heavy stuff around. :)
Forum: General Talk 04-25-2018, 09:14 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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Yeah, over here everything like that gets called an 'El Camino.' We're so into actual trucks over here that they hardly ever sell or think of selling them here unless they test the market with something with the big-time high-performance engine and probably too much lowering to be really practical. You know, those crazy Maloo kinds of things) Which I suppose can only really meet the novelty-muscle market for those that want to get tail-happy or something.

We did get a few Holdens over here as like the Pontiac GTO and plainer versions; plus some police cars: in the former case, they made the mistake of not shouting far and wide "Rear drive! Horsepower! Stick Shift!" cause they didn't *look* much different from anything else on the road, so a lot of people just thought they were like overpowered Hondas or something until it was maybe too late for sales figures. :)

Also, Dave, I like your bull-bar thing. :) I've considered whether we might want to accessorize this S10 up front, but these kinds of things have gotten expensive. Also tend toward being more massive than they need to be for us. It'd be nice to have some winching capacity and maybe a step tucked into the bumper, though it's already fairly tight in there from being compact in the first place. Making the truck longer up front might not really be the ticket, but it'd probably be groovy to have like a lightweight brush guard that fits that nicely around here, possibly just to put one of those new LED bar-lights in if we really need that. :)
Forum: General Talk 04-24-2018, 08:41 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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Too bad in so many ways about Australian car manufacturing closing down, but I do like hearing about stuff we don't have over here. I've always thought that if I ended up in Australia, I'd just have to find something of that sort. Probably a wagon or a ute, assuming I was doing similar things to what I do here. :)
Forum: General Talk 04-21-2018, 01:39 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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Yeah, I noticed the driver's side is showing certain wear, that way. Got a hinge parts on the list for the next parts order, actually. They do look like they coulda used a better grade of steel for some of that, since the holes for the hinge pins seem to wear into elongated shapes. (And the springs are long gone, I'll just have to find something that fits there.) Anyway, I do tend to be pretty gentle with doors, since I don't like slammy noises, but this one does take some extra oomph cause of a wee bit of sag there. Apparently I'm in the habit of opening doors European-style, (like with a separate hand on the door handle than the latch, the idea is so it doesn't fly open into city traffic/bicycles. ) It was funny to hear it's actually the law you have to do it that way in Belgium or something. I'd never thought too much of it. :)
Forum: General Talk 04-21-2018, 12:46 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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Yeah, I think the look's really cute, and the extra width could come in handy. Still less thrilled that there's spacers involved, on general principle, but at least those are only on the rear. I'm sort of thinking that if we end up needing a real set of winter tires or for some other purpose, I might just see about maybe some sixteen-ish inch steelies or rims from a later S-10 to fit the disc brake conversion without the spacers; in the former case it's pretty easy just to get pairs in whatever offset it takes to square em back up. (On investigation it seems this truck may have come with the factory wide package, but what they swapped the rear axle from didn't, hence the spacers.)
Forum: General Talk 04-21-2018, 10:42 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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I've been on a highway trip in one of those, (I forget why, could have been something to do with one of my friend's MGs,) Sure do have plenty of beans, also pretty comfortable, considering skinny me was riding in one of the jump seats. :)

Here's our new guy, I forget if you were in the initial conversation about our truck-shopping here, and eventual S-10 acquisition. This is actually a case where my housemate's got electric for commute and, really, most stuff she does. And this guy's for hauling and the like. No real idea what mileage we'll get, (One of those Vortec V6es, previous owner did a pod filter intake and upgraded injectors and 'upgraded' (Well, less-restrictive, anyway, but louder,) exhaust. :) There's still a bunch to do (waiting on big parts order) but I've gotten a few things going to make him run cleaner, (Yaknow, it's nice when your PCV system's actually held in place, stuff like that,) and I'm planning on going to full synthetic oil in the diffs and probably transfer case for efficiency's sake, not to mention who knows when or if anyone's necessarily bothered to change it at all.

And, yeah, this tight engine bay is proving to be about as much of a joy as expected, even for my skinny hands, but the 'strong but compact' combination overall is really proving to have been the right move for getting around on this land. There is this general sense they just took a full-sized truck and crammed it into a smaller space. :)

Forum: General Talk 04-14-2018, 12:57 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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Actually, the great thing about hydrogen is that if you have a leak, it goes *up* and doesn't screw up your groundwater and crops. :) A pipeline might or might not be more efficient than, say, cooling the stuff down to liquid and shipping it in rail tankers or whatnot, though, or transmitting whatever energy to some more decentralized cracking facilities. Some places, like Iceland, have all that geothermal energy to tap, and the energy efficiency on energy that'd otherwise not get stored at *all* isn't so much a concern.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure that apart from small countries we won't see anything like a complete changeover to electric, never mind in twelve years, and even there any actual transition would take a lot longer. People tend to forget entirely about the used car market, and even now there just aren't enough electric cars in existence to filter on down to most of the people in the world in that short a time, even if all the batteries were still up to snuff as of then.

Really I think that if people used the electrics for their daily commutes and in towns and small cities where they really make sense, it'd just make life better for everyone and what internal combustion applications are still out there will be way down the priority list of how to un-*ahem* the planet.

And I think Volvo going all-in on electrics and the like has a lot to do with the fact they've been kind of flailing around for marketshare for some years. (And just after they devised a lagless turbo system, too, pity. :) ) but it probably really makes sense for them to try to get ahead of the industry while the getting's good. :)
Forum: General Talk 04-03-2018, 07:27 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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I'd lower my old Volvo wagon a bit if it were practical to do so where I park and with what I do, (Actually have had to plan around load-levelling springs,) but there's a whole setup designed to work well from IPD that isn't too ambitious for street use. There'd be no sense really slamming, though, past a point that is pretty much just for looks.

I was surprised to park next to one of the newer Mustangs and realize the thing's about as long and somewhat wider than my wagon, actually.

Also, Gimbal's BMW sounds like my kinda little wagon. :)
Forum: General Talk 03-11-2018, 07:32 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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Heh, the funny thing is I just put a more-modern beater on the road for a new driver, whose family has apparently always had column-shift automatics. ...standard transmisions are rare enough now that some in younger generations apparently think an automatic on the floor is a 'stick-shift.' :)
Forum: General Talk 03-06-2018, 12:16 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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Kinda doubt that one's gonna happen, unless maybe someone goes whole-hog and brings back bench seats, too. :) For some reason, I always liked the split bench seats in my Duster, better than I would have liked the buckets, anyway, despite the fact that no one could really sit there once I put a standard in. The seat belts did well enough to hold you in place, so I kinda liked just being able to put stuff in the middle, and the visibility. :)

Gated shifters, though, I think every car person wants something with one of those. :)
Forum: General Talk 03-04-2018, 08:10 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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Hee, yeah, I put a Hurst shifter in my Duster. Very nice, though it didn't seem like such a short throw, really. Possibly cause I'd put in an interesting sort of lever to clear the bench seat, which by a stroke of luck came along with my donor car, which actually had buckets. :)
Forum: General Talk 03-02-2018, 11:26 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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Man, you missed out on those Toyota gearboxes, I still want to do a 70's Celica GT Liftback project. I *had* one but never found a windshield for it before I finished rebuilding my Duster. Always wished I could have stuck that one in a time tunnel for later. That and they're actually worth money now.
:)
Forum: General Talk 03-01-2018, 07:07 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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Yeah, that's what I meant when I was saying they should have put a Charger nose on those. Or at least something more attractive. Could be such a nice-looking car but the styling could have used an update years ago. I'd thought sure they might jump on the retro bandwagon with that one, since there's plenty of handsome old Mopar wagons etc to riff on. Also they might sell a few more if they made the cargo area more actually boxy so it'd be more usable.
Forum: General Talk 02-28-2018, 07:17 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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Hee. This S10's got those sideways/angled jumpseats that actually go away very efficiently when not needed. It should be enough in a pinch on figuring the odds are if we're carrying three it's likely two of us will be skinny. (Though, it's not particularly easy to get into, mind you. :) ) Mostly it's for the convenience of a bit of dry/lockable cab storage, and it's very good for me to have some extra shade behind me. :)
Forum: General Talk 02-28-2018, 01:05 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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Yeah, (looking it up) I guess it's called a 'Sportbrake' but it's really just a cool-looking estate of a seemingly-useful style. Now, if they can make an *F-type* *actual shooting brake,* that would possibly be something I love. As sports cars go, I'd love one of the F-types with the cool-sounding six and old-school stick. Preferably in some old retro E-type color like the taupe or pale yellow, etc. :)

I'm less forgiving of the stretching the phrase 'shooting brake' since those of us who love 'two-door wagons' have few enough ways to get that across as it is. :)

Anyway, it helps to be only about 5'6, since how far *forward* a front seat is can make a big difference in how much room's in back, even in smaller sedans. I always hear auto reviewers complain about back seats being only good for kids, but if they weren't tall dudes there'd be more room back there, too, so I generally take that under advisement. It's a valid concern for other people, though. I remember one story where my folks had to come rescue me from double pneumonia, and my Dah being the only other one in the family who could drive a standard, drove my little Turismo, only hangup was that I'd replaced the floorboards with some old bus panels, and when I put the driver's side in I didn't give any consideration to *bigger feet than mine,* so it was a really painful drive for him kind of contorting to get a toe on the gas. :)
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