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Old 02-26-21, 03:11 PM
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Strange how things work out. I wanted to move to a smaller house with a larger garage. So I would have more shop space for the cars. Now with this new administrations politics, I might not have anything to work on to need the shop space for. The prediction for $5.00 a gallon is just to much for me. And premium is even higher. Time to cash in my chips and walk away from the table.
Electric vehicles are the future.
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Speaking of houses, the cabin mrs datlas and I rented for our mini-vacation was a modest 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house that I estimate has about 800 square feet.

We decided that if/when we downsize, something about this size would be plenty for our needs as long as there is a garage/shed/basement for storage.
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That's the one I have not seen in the flesh - a Bugatti. I'm certain there must be some around here.

Ferraris, Lambos, Maseratis are pretty common hereabouts, so I tend to get more of a kick out of seeing things like the Citroen 2CV I saw a couple weeks back. There's somebody with a Mini Cooper - the original version, the really small kind, with fog lights and all - that parks where the cyclists all park, I've seen that car a bit, so I suspect it's another cyclist. I can't imagine how you put a bike in one, but then, they're like the Tardis on Dr. Who - bigger on the inside.
I tend to appreciate the older cars these days. I used to spend a lot of time at the cars and coffees, and you would see all types of things, but after a while it just got boring.

I did shoot this 356 for a photo contest (which ended up being cancelled). The first was going to be my entry. The car was really nice, and the guy drove it all the time. The front was full of rock chips. It was no garage queen! We were about three blocks from his house.




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Electric vehicles are the future.
So are electric bikes.

But, that does not make it right.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Speaking of houses, the cabin mrs datlas and I rented for our mini-vacation was a modest 2 bedroom 1 bathroom house that I estimate has about 800 square feet.

We decided that if/when we downsize, something about this size would be plenty for our needs as long as there is a garage/shed/basement for storage.
800 sq ft living space, 2400 sq ft workshop space sounds about right
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Hey, Lambos and Jettas are both VW/Porsche/Audi products now, right? They're like cousins!
That's what I was thinking at the time, pretty much the same car
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Jealous?
Um, I don't think so. Maybe "yikes" would have been clearer. lol
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So are electric bikes.

But, that does not make it right.
Touchč!
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I was at my Toyota dealer today for a checkup and got to see the new Supra in person. It's hot! Very handsome.

Had I known we would be talking cars today I would have taken a picture.
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Dude. Mopar, or no car.
Ok Boomer.
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Ran the Bay to Breakers in a suit, Does that count?
When Mrs. GeneJockey and I had just gotten married, we lived in a flat in The Richmond*, two blocks from Golden Gate Park. Every May we'd wander down to the Park and watch a few minutes of the Bay To Breakers run/jog/walk/stroll by.

One guy who passed was wearing a suit. His birthday suit. It didn't register at first. His hair - all of it, everywhere - had sun-bleached to the same color his skin - all of it, everywhere - had tanned to. This was maybe half a mile or so from the finish at Ocean Beach, so he'd already run probably 7 miles that way. Personally, I wouldn't want to run that far without some kind of support, you know?

*For those who don't know the geography of San Francisco, The Richmond is basically the upper left hand corner of San Francisco, North of the Park.

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Old 02-26-21, 03:33 PM
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Dude. Mopar, or no car.
nah, I can build 3 of mine for what that dodge goes for.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Ok Boomer.
Precisely. I wanted a Challenger with a Hemi from the time they were introduced, when I was 12. Now I have one that gets a lot better than 6 mpg, and that had a longer warranty than the 90 days you got with the original one!
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yeah I hated that engine, what a crap design that distributor was.
Probably not as much as I did. I was at a Buick dealer when they came out in the Roadmaster, then a Chevy store, then Buick/Pontiac, then Chevy again where they were in Caprice/Impala SS, Camaros and Vettes. The worst was the Camaro for access. Service writers would sell plugs and wires for 2 hours, I wanted 4 or 5.

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nah, I can build 3 of mine for what that dodge goes for.
Under $9000 each?
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I've been watching vintage bicycle restoration videos on YouTube. One of them, a nice 80s Colnago Super, got topped off with a San Marco Regal saddle. I thought, "I have one of those! Maybe I'll put that on the Cannondale!" It was black, with Titanium rails and rivets. Nice vintage look, and even if I found the Avocet O2Air 40R more comfortable, I did put in a lot of happy miles on it.

But an hour of fruitless searching later, no dice. I sure hope I didn't do something stupid like throw it away! It was a $70 saddle in 1997 when I bought it!!

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So are electric bikes.
Incorrect.
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Incorrect.
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Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
When Mrs. GeneJockey and I had just gotten married, we lived in a flat in The Richmond*, two blocks from Golden Gate Park. Every May we'd wander down to the Park and watch a few minutes of the Bay To Breakers run/jog/walk/stroll by.

One guy who passed was wearing a suit. His birthday suit. It didn't register at first. His hair - all of it, everywhere - had sun-bleached to the same color his skin - all of it, everywhere - had tanned to. This was maybe half a mile or so from the finish at Ocean Beach, so he'd already run probably 7 miles that way. Personally, I wouldn't want to run that far without some kind of support, you know?

*For those who don't know the geography of San Francisco, The Richmond is basically the upper left hand corner of San Francisco, North of the Park.
You Kalifornians are something else!

Last time we were in your area, we went to Stinson Beach. It was September, and it was cold enough that the wife and I were wearing coats. As we walked down the beach toward the south end, just before we got to the big rocks, some guy went running out from behind one about 20' in front of us, and jumped in the ocean. No swim suit, just a birthday suit. I'm sure (but didn't stick around to find out) that he was shriveled like a raisin getting out of that cold water.
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The guy that owned the R8 in the video that I posted has owned a lot of very exotic cars. His hobby is drag racing in sanctioned events, so he is big into cars. Every time I go to his shop, he has a garage full of Lambos, muscle cars, hot rods, etc. He had a Ferrari LaFerrari with less than 100 miles that he bought to flip and a Ford GT that he bought to flip as well. He wouldn't even let me sit in them, much less drive them, so there would not be any wear on the seats.
Well, if he had a Ferrari TheFerrari and he didn’t drive it, I’d call him more of a speculator than a car guy, but nonetheless I’d have cut all ties with him after he didn’t let me get close to a Ferrari TheFerrari.
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That's the one I have not seen in the flesh - a Bugatti. I'm certain there must be some around here.

Ferraris, Lambos, Maseratis are pretty common hereabouts, so I tend to get more of a kick out of seeing things like the Citroen 2CV I saw a couple weeks back. There's somebody with a Mini Cooper - the original version, the really small kind, with fog lights and all - that parks where the cyclists all park, I've seen that car a bit, so I suspect it's another cyclist. I can't imagine how you put a bike in one, but then, they're like the Tardis on Dr. Who - bigger on the inside.
A buddy of mine takes care of a fleet of cars that has 2 Bugatti's in it. The fellow that owns the cars sent him to France to go to "Bugatti School". Just about everything done to those cars requires splitting the front from the back on a special jig. Tire mounting and balance is a lesson in itself. The final exam was taking the car you had apart, and hitting 200 mph on their test track. He had a blast. His day job is a bigwig in charge of tech issues at the Maserati dealership (Hurl), but prior to that he was the premier Audi/Lambo tech around here.
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Probably not as much as I did. I was at a Buick dealer when they came out in the Roamaster, then a Chevy store, then Buick/Pontiac, then Chevy again where they were in Caprice/Impala SS, Camaros and Vettes. The worst was the Camaro for access. Service writers would sell plugs and wires for 2 hours, I wanted 4 or 5.
You have my deepest sympathies. I dont know what they were smoking over @ GM when they came up with that pos.
I had mine for a year, 3 optisparks later, I swapped it. Sold it to a guy that needed it for his fire bird. I actually installed it for him. Used the money to buy the car I got my drive train from. Ended up I made $100.00 on the deal after I sold off all the extra bits.
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If I'm not getting exercise, why bother?
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There's not really much room for them to play on those roads, so they tend to do a lot of not shifting out of first or second, so they make more noise.
Same here and those cars are going 40 before they get of 2nd anyway.
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You have my deepest sympathies. I dont know what they were smoking over @ GM when they came up with that pos.
I had mine for a year, 3 optisparks later, I swapped it. Sold it to a guy that needed it for his fire bird. I actually installed it for him. Used the money to buy the car I got my drive train from. Ended up I made $100.00 on the deal after I sold off all the extra bits.
I think Mallory or someone makes a replacement that's a bit more robust than that thing. It's been a while, so I may be wrong. Either way, flatrating anything on those pos' was impossible.
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