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A buddy of mine in high school had a '56 Chevy with the required Cragar mags, glass-packs & air shocks pumped all the way up in the rear to make it sit at a rakish angle. I spent quite a few Saturday nights in that car with Van Halen blasting from the 6x9s... cool.gif
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Packard Straight 8

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I ended-up buying a set of the Michelin Defenders from my local America's Tire shop. They matched a $70 instant rebate from Costco, and they also had a $50 Visa card rebate running. I put the tires on their "America's Tire" credit card, so I have 6 months @ 0% interest. I put so many miles on that car that I think it was worth it to go for the top of the line touring tire. I'm really interested to see if it actually boosts my gas mileage any - some of the user reviews claimed to see 2-3 MPG improvement on a similar size car as mine. That plus the 90K mile treadwear would make the tires well worth the investment.
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I ended-up buying a set of the Michelin Defenders from my local America's Tire shop. They matched a $70 instant rebate from Costco, and they also had a $50 Visa card rebate running. I put the tires on their "America's Tire" credit card, so I have 6 months @ 0% interest. I put so many miles on that car that I think it was worth it to go for the top of the line touring tire. I'm really interested to see if it actually boosts my gas mileage any - some of the user reviews claimed to see 2-3 MPG improvement on a similar size car as mine. That plus the 90K mile treadwear would make the tires well worth the investment.

They're great tires, very durable and have exceptional traction. They're my go-to tire for just about any passenger car that doesn't require specially rated tires. Good deal on them too.
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This probably won't happen, for numerous reasons.


This is one of those reasons.


This is another problem.  The reality is that he'll either have to get distribution, which means cutting everyone else in on some profit margin.  This is usually what drives the price up significantly.  If he doesn't get a distributor, then he's ****ed because now he's sitting on tons of inventory.  Besides the money invested, just the resources needed to warehouse the things are NOT trivial.

And finally, I think Magick would be far more interested in doing something like that for the TH900 or TH600.  But that's not gonna happen as Foster is saving all of those for their Fostex brand.

Still, if he wanted to do it, I could help as I've got expertise and connections.  wink.gif

Nah, that's not really of much interest to me right now, I have too many irons in the fire now with various ventures. I'm seriously tapped out for the next couple months.
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LOL!  biggrin.gif   Was the misses amused by the little boy enthusiasm?

Oh yeah, she thought it was funny. There was so many incredible comics in the box that guy's girlfriend brought up, it actually made me pretty angry, thinking about how he was trying to skate by and not include them. Anyhow, I never have to deal with him again.

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Watched a little bit of Mecum coverage on Velocity earlier, and saw both '55 and '57 Chevys go on the block, and I remain convinced that despite the '57 being seemingly more famous, I really think the '55 is a better looking car (maybe I just hate fins on cars?)  After that, I wondered if anyone else felt the same.....and this would seem to be the place to ask. smile_phones.gif

I watched a little of it, I bid on that 69 Goggomobil for my wife's collection but they want quite a bit for it. I have an offer in with them and they're going to talk with the owner and get back with me.

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Sometimes I think driving would be a lot more fun if EVERYONE drove microcars - especially if they would all go 60 MPH. Cars would be cheap, everyone could afford one, and everyone could start driving at age 12. Want to go on a family vacation? No problem, just chain several cars together both physically and electrically, and let them operate as a master-slave system like locomotives on a long train.
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They accepted her bid, so it's heading our way. Turns out to be the only car we're buying from this auction. It'll be a great addition to the red and white microcar parade she has going on. I like them because they're highly collectible, fairly affordable given their rarity, and they take up very little room in the garage. wink.gif They're a ball to drive too, despite most of them having <25hp.
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I bid on that 69 Goggomobil for my wife's collection

I have a friend who used to work for Buckle Motors doing the body for thse goggo's.

His father told him to give it up and get a trade.

He got a job on the New South Wales Government Railways as an Electrical Fitter/Mechanic.

 

In 1968/9 we were both riding Jap riceburners.

He had a Suzuki 250, I Had a Yamaha YDS5 250. Blue smoke heaven.....

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I ended-up buying a set of the Michelin Defenders from my local America's Tire shop. They matched a $70 instant rebate from Costco, and they also had a $50 Visa card rebate running. I put the tires on their "America's Tire" credit card, so I have 6 months @ 0% interest.

Good deal on them too.

 

Yeah, no kidding!  I was gonna suggest a specific Dunlop model way back when, but then you said you didn't give a crap about handling.

 

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This probably won't happen, for numerous reasons.

Still, if he wanted to do it, I could help as I've got expertise and connections.  wink.gif

Nah, that's not really of much interest to me right now, I have too many irons in the fire now with various ventures. I'm seriously tapped out for the next couple months.

 

Yeah, that too.  Plus, there really isn't anything fun about it.  It's not like anything is being designed or created, so it's kind of a boring undertaking.

 

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LOL!  biggrin.gif   Was the misses amused by the little boy enthusiasm?

Oh yeah, she thought it was funny. There was so many incredible comics in the box that guy's girlfriend brought up, it actually made me pretty angry, thinking about how he was trying to skate by and not include them. Anyhow, I never have to deal with him again.

 

Hey Magick, is the comic market in general heating up again?  There's a local shop that's expanding, and it seems like a few of my Valiant books are rising in value again.

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The comic market IS rebounding, as a whole, but it's a cautious thing. Rarer indie titles and variant issues are climbing back up, slowly, but I wouldn't expect regular runs of say, Bloodshot or Youngbloods, to ever climb above cover, there are simply too many of them in print (and they kinda sucked). Mainstream Big Two titles are selling like gangbusters, both new and back-issues, and of course anything that Image puts out with zombies in it. That's a speculator's market BTW, don't get sucked into it, the bottom will fall out of that at some point (except for The Walking Dead, which is actually a very good read).
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Yeah, that too. Plus, there really isn't anything fun about it. It's not like anything is being designed or created, so it's kind of a boring undertaking.

Yeah, it is, nothing too exciting about it. It also sounds like a whole lot of work for a very modest return.
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The comic market IS rebounding, as a whole, but it's a cautious thing. Rarer indie titles and variant issues are climbing back up, slowly, but I wouldn't expect regular runs of say, Bloodshot or Youngbloods, to ever climb above cover, there are simply too many of them in print (and they kinda sucked). Mainstream Big Two titles are selling like gangbusters, both new and back-issues, and of course anything that Image puts out with zombies in it. That's a speculator's market BTW, don't get sucked into it, the bottom will fall out of that at some point (except for The Walking Dead, which is actually a very good read).

 

Yeah, I know what you mean about speculators.  They take a lot of fun out of the hobby.  Back when I was into it, I pretty much only read titles that I enjoyed.  I remember having a discussion with someone about getting all the covers for X-Men #1.  Yeah, cover art is nice, but WTF really?  As a kid, if I had to choose between Dr. Strange (which I liked) vs. having multiple copies of the same comic for no good reason, I went with Dr. Strange.  I'm actually kind of surprised at the recent popularity of Thor, as a lot of kids wouldn't touch the title when I was a kid.

 

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Yeah, it is, nothing too exciting about it. It also sounds like a whole lot of work for a very modest return.

 

Yup, unless you want to charge astronomical prices in keeping with the traditional distribution/retail formula... which would then negate any savings that veyrongatti was hoping for.

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What is this?

 


 

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So cute...

 

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So cute...

 

Needs a turbo! beyersmile.png

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Wow!

That is so incredible! While thinking about that, I went on a search for companies that make small V12s, and came up with these guys: http://www.artus-motor.com/en/artus-v12-motor/

They will make one for you to fit your specifications, and with supercharger it can produce up to 75bhp, and it got me thinking... that fitted into one of these (which originally sported an 80cc Honda 4cyl):

Created by ImageGear, AccuSoft Corp.

would be the ultimate microcar. Gotta investigate this, it would be an amazing gift for my Mrs and would look sick next to the real F40. eek.gif

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What is this?

http://www.youtube.com/embed/iOSAQjCbXZE

Snake oil? wink.gif No idea, really, haven't heard of that tech before, in a wheel.
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Needs a turbo! beyersmile.png

 

Might be beyond his skills, but hey I hope he tries!  smile.gif

 

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Wow!

That is so incredible! While thinking about that, I went on a search for companies that make small V12s, and came up with these guys: http://www.artus-motor.com/en/artus-v12-motor/

They will make one for you to fit your specifications, and with supercharger it can produce up to 75bhp, and it got me thinking... that fitted into one of these (which originally sported an 80cc Honda 4cyl):

Created by ImageGear, AccuSoft Corp.

would be the ultimate microcar. Gotta investigate this, it would be an amazing gift for my Mrs and would look sick next to the real F40. eek.gif

 

Wait, what's wrong with a really big Isetta?  biggrin.gif

 

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What is this?

http://www.youtube.com/embed/iOSAQjCbXZE

Snake oil? wink.gif No idea, really, haven't heard of that tech before, in a wheel.

 

Yeah, it's weird.  But in his excitement to build the darn thing, I think he forgot about something... which is that pneumatic tires have the benefit of taking a whole lot of abuse, and then blowing out to [hopefully] spare the rims.  I have a feeling that those metal hoops of his are gonna get bent in a hurry.

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