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Hey, y'all want to start a pool on how long it takes for the roof liner to drop down?  smile.gif


LOL, I'll bet that she makes those cars look normal sized.  biggrin.gif

That is part of the appeal, they feel like they're made for her. I like that they're cheap, relatively speaking.
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Hey Magick, wanna buy my super ultra rare 1990 Lexus ES250? I'm letting it go for the low, low price of 2 years of Pharm school tuition beyersmile.png



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Don't kill me

5 dolla? 10? wink.gif
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5 dolla? 10? wink.gif

Sold!
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Well, the auction was a lot of fun, except for my wife getting up every 10-15 minutes to barf. redface.gif She's getting her Fiat, though, so she's excited. I'm still, STILL working on the deal for the Jaguar and it's 11:30pm? I have $88k on the table and the guy said he'd call me back by 12.

The shop bought a distressed `65 Stingray from a salvage yard, for restoration. Just the body and frame, nothing else. They also said they're done with the engine rebuild on the F40, now they'll button it all up and install the new computer, pump, and management system and we'll see what's what. Yeah... $15k system. eek.gif But what can you do? The old box couldn't handle the mods that had already been done, and that was a part of the problem. Preignition damaged the valves (@$120 each), rings, and fried 4 pistons. So yeah, engine knock is a very bad thing, mmkay? While they were at it, they replaced all the rubber gaskets and hoses with silicone or steel and that will allow us to run E85. Catalytic converters? What are those? I figure running the cleaner fuel will easily make it a wash, on that front.
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my wife getting up every 10-15 minutes to barf

 

Umm... is there a possibility that I should be congratulating you guys?  smile.gif


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Umm... is there a possibility that I should be congratulating you guys?  smile.gif

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I think I need a little more explanation of E85 fuel - it's not really a big deal out here on the left coast and it's not talked about very much. According to this site: http://www.ethanolretailer.com/flex-fuel-station-finder there is one location in my city, but only 9 flex fuel stations within 100 mile radius of me - and that radius includes all of LA!

Are you implying that if you run E85 you don't need catalytic converters? I suspect California might have a different view on that.
Edited by billybob_jcv - 4/6/13 at 10:15pm
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Umm... is there a possibility that I should be congratulating you guys?  smile.gif

I was clipped >10 yrs ago. If she's in that way, we'll be in divorce court. wink.gif It may be a little food poisoning, no telling.
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I think I need a little more explanation of E85 fuel - it's not really a big deal out here on the left coast and it's not talked about very much. According to this site: http://www.ethanolretailer.com/flex-fuel-station-finder there is one location in my city, but only 9 flex fuel stations within 100 mile radius of me - and that radius includes all of LA!

Are you implying that if you run E85 you don't need catalytic converters? I suspect California might have a different view on that.

We're supposed to have cats here, in theory, but they don't check and there are no inspections. Most rednecks cut them off their cars and sell them for the platinum. The ones on the F40 are shot, so we hollow them out and weld them back together. wink.gif E85 burns more cleanly than regular fossil gas (the byproducts are largely CO2 and water), though it's highly corrosive to rubber, and some silicone, parts. You have to have a specially setup fuel system to run it properly without causing damage. I like using it because it also has a higher RON rating, around 100 oct, without costing nearly as much as race fuel. I get it for $3 /gal for 250 gallon tankfuls.


To heck with the Jag, I found an XK150 for 20k, just needs some work. The tub and engine look decent. We can fix it up.


Edited by Magick Man - 4/6/13 at 10:54pm
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For a car to drive and not just a garage queen, the XK150 is probably the better car. Better brakes, better interior (you can't tell that in yours!) and lots of other changes to make the car more "modern" (for 1957). The British sports car purists prefer the older XK120 and XK140, but I think I would rather own an XK150.

On the E85 - OK - I see, with no inspections, you get much more latitude than we get in the People's Republic of Kalifornia. We are required to get smog checks every 2 years in order to renew registration, and the *first* thing they do at the check is the visual inspection. If you don't have the catalytic converter, they won't even test your emissions - you just fail. I had a car that had a faulty transmission speed sensor. About once a week, it would throw an error and the "Check Engine" light would come on. I learned to just ignore it, and sometimes it would eventually turn off on it's own when the ECU's memory would fill-up and roll-over. Anyway, the smog check station would not test my car. They saw the "Check Engine" light, and that's the end of the test. So, I would take the car to a smog check shop that was next door to a mechanic. The mechanic would reset the Check Engine light, then I could take the car next door for the smog check. Just another idiotic gov't regulation that has more to do with lobbying from the hippies that think we should all be pedaling to work, and PACs funded by the auto mfrs, garage owners & mechanics unions, than about actually reducing greenhouse gasses. If I invented a modification for a standard engine that made it run on smog and dog turds and output nothing but pink & white puffs of faerie dust that smelled like fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, I would not be able to pass the smog check because it would fail the visual inspection. It's insane.
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What;'s interesting about the 120s is there's no place for your feet, it's a flat floor with no pan. confused.gif I just want the early Jag open-top look, the model is irrelevant. If I were hunting based on collectibility I'd shop for an alloy 120SE, those are actually rare (built for racing). I'll probably go mostly original, except under the bonnet (will go with EFI, alternator, updated ignition, and real brakes). There are literally hundreds and hundreds of steel-bodied 120s, 140s, and 150s on the market and I feel the values are artificially inflated (they're all valued almost the same), so might as well go with something cheap, but solid, and let my guys do their magic. I'm thinking BRG w/ saddle interior, with the bonnet straps and all that, and maybe a modest procharger. cool.gif


Serious question, is this one of coolest pickups you guys have ever seen? They'll take 37.5 + fees for it. I still need a truck, I borrow the one from the shop, and this little all-updated, resto mod would be great to haul things around in.

http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=HA0413-149961&entryRow=276&lottype=&startRow=273

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Serious question, is this one of coolest pickups you guys have ever seen? They'll take 37.5 + fees for it. I still need a truck, I borrow the one from the shop, and this little all-updated, resto mod would be great to haul things around in.

http://www.mecum.com/auctions/lot_detail.cfm?LOT_ID=HA0413-149961&entryRow=276&lottype=&startRow=273

That is sweet as hell! And I like the fact that as a Ford, it has all Ford parts.

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Yup - I like that truck! Only two bad things I see: 1) That orange-red engine cover on the 5.0 doesn't work for me with the red truck. 2) No creature comforts in the cab - no radio, no A/C - I'm not even sure I see a heater! That would not make for enjoyable long trips to pick-up a new acquisition. Even shorter trips might be a bit too austere after the uniqueness of the truck wore-off.
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This would be for mulch runs and grabbing stuff from Sam's, things like that, not for long hauls. The lack of AC doesn't bother me (it does have a box heater) and I'd probably mount a small CB/AM radio in it, under the dash. A pickup has to have a CB in it or I'd lose my hillbilly status! biggrin.gif We can pull the engine cover off and repaint it, that's no big thing. I really want the bench seat w/ column shift, that's ultimate Southern style, right there.
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This would be for mulch runs and grabbing stuff from Sam's, things like that, not for long hauls. The lack of AC doesn't bother me (it does have a box heater) and I'd probably mount a small CB/AM radio in it, under the dash. A pickup has to have a CB in it or I'd lose my hillbilly status! biggrin.gif We can pull the engine cover off and repaint it, that's no big thing. I really want the bench seat w/ column shift, that's ultimate Southern style, right there.

I wouldn't beat up a truck like that for hauling mulch - just saying. ph34r.gif

Any reason buying a more conventional truck is out of the question? You know, like a normal F-250 quad cab with the man-step and other "old guy" features? redface.gif
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It's all steel, nose to tail w/ stainless exhaust, it'll handle a beating better than modern trucks, I'd wager. The frame and body are the only original things to it, and even 50% of the body has been recently fabbed. I guess I want the slick looks but with modern performance (brand new FI 302, 350hp crate under the hood). I figure on just getting a nice bed liner and driving it. Mileage doesn't matter and no one can take care of dings and dents like we can. IMO, it would make someone's day to see it parked outside Lowe's and Home Depot, and I really enjoy watching faces light up over seeing a pretty car. redface.gif
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