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I'll never understand why people pay wads of cash to become sexually frustrated.
Every time I've gone to one I ended up talking with one of the girls, about politics, religion, moral relativism... I once found a stripper who'd been in Mensa. We went out on 2 dates but it turned into a disaster.


The vette is amazing. ~4 out of 5 times, when you're buying a restomod, or pretty much any car that's had a radical engine swap, you're buying the previous owner's headaches. It likely runs but there's something that just isn't right, typically an issue they couldn't sort out and either stopped worrying about it or became so irritated they dumped the car. Not this time, it's completely sorted and a real pleasure to drive. And it has some serious poke, yet there's TC, ESC, and ABS to keep it from getting entirely unruly (can be turned off). Somehow they took the best of a C6 Z06 and blended it with C1 style and concocted something special. Weight distribution is an almost-perfect 51-49. If GM made a car like this, they wouldn't be able to build them fast enough.

Also, instead of the glares of envy or irritation that often come from driving something more modern and exotic, like any other gorgeous classic, it illicites heaps of appreciative nostalgia. Yeah, alright, it sounds like a modern vette, even down to the selectable dual-mode exhaust, with the switch disguised as the cig lighter (there's a real 12V outlet integrated into the drop-down center console, where you also find the Pioneer media server controls (yeah, there's BT too), and the modern lightweight wheels and bright red calipers are a dead giveaway, but none of that matters, it doesn't take away from the old sheet metal (and it is too, it's all steel no fiberglass). This is slick, the old Wonderbar stereo is a "dummy", you press a button and it slides down a little to reveal a retractable 7" LCD monitor for the stereo and GPS. There's modern heat/air, heated seats, bi-mode xenon headlights, CC, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a gauge for everything.

Oh, and that smug seller, "Oh, I can tell you really love the car. Ohhh...", and that self-satisfied smirk. Yeah bud, we're still going to negotiate on price, I wasn't the one who brought it down 500 miles on a trailer. We can load it back up and you can take it right back home. tongue.gif No, I didn't say that, I'm not stupid, but I did give him the look. I love chicken and waffles too, but I don't grossly overpay for it.
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Ouch!

 

Let him in on the awful truth of life. Kid you are a lucky member of the first generation that will grow up poorer than your parents. How about a nice 1999 Civic to start you on your way:)

 

Half of me feels bad for these kids in that they honestly don't know any better. Twitter, sms MTV, FB and all that other crap has taught them that life is a series of 15 second advertisements from friends, most of which theyve never met. Generation ADD had no concept at all on how to manage information.

 

Which of course, leads to the fact that you'll be doing your job, Billy until your grandkids are old enough to take over from their mentally impared parents. Thats the generation I actually feel sorry for.

As someone as the same-ish generation as the less-than-proud new owner of the Focus, I think I'd tear my hair out if I knew him! I basically grew up as a ghetto 90's kid (I don't use social networking, I had never owned a cellphone until a month ago and the only entertainment I had when I was a kid was a VHS player and my Nintendo 64 box set I got for my 6th birthday) and I'll be happy if I even get a car before I'm 20, And I doubt I'll have a choice on what it is. A 1999 Civic would be far better than the automatic BMW 325i I'll probably end up with after my grandpa dies, I know it SOUNDS alright, but it doesn't have a windshield, the roof bars are so deformed that no top will fit and the rear seats have been removed; have I mentioned that he doesn't even have a garage? It just gets filled with snow every winter then when it melts it shorts out what little electronics still work.

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As someone as the same-ish generation as the less-than-proud new owner of the Focus, I think I'd tear my hair out if I knew him! I basically grew up as a ghetto 90's kid (I don't use social networking, I had never owned a cellphone until a month ago and the only entertainment I had when I was a kid was a VHS player and my Nintendo 64 box set I got for my 6th birthday) and I'll be happy if I even get a car before I'm 20, And I doubt I'll have a choice on what it is. A 1999 Civic would be far better than the automatic BMW 325i I'll probably end up with after my grandpa dies, I know it SOUNDS alright, but it doesn't have a windshield, the roof bars are so deformed that no top will fit and the rear seats have been removed; have I mentioned that he doesn't even have a garage? It just gets filled with snow every winter then when it melts it shorts out what little electronics still work.

In his defense, he is a good kid. He doesn't get into trouble and he's respectful & intelligent (about the things he cares about). He's also painfully shy, socially awkward and very self-conscious. He's both very different and very similar to me - and that's probably the root of the issue. I have no doubt he gets as frustrated with me as I do with him. I'm probably not giving an accurate representation of him - and there is a difference between the swaggering "too cool/emo to care" type of kid and the "too shy to have an opinion" type of kid. Both make you want to tear your hair our, but after that they aren't the same at all.
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In his defense, he is a good kid. He doesn't get into trouble and he's respectful & intelligent (about the things he cares about). He's also painfully shy, socially awkward and very self-conscious. He's both very different and very similar to me - and that's probably the root of the issue. I have no doubt he gets as frustrated with me as I do with him. I'm probably not giving an accurate representation of him - and there is a difference between the swaggering "too cool/emo to care" type of kid and the "too shy to have an opinion" type of kid. Both make you want to tear your hair our, but after that they aren't the same at all.

I totally understand that. I'm very much the same way, albeit that is due to me being a chronic depressant with super severe social anxiety (I once puked in public due to somebody commenting on my shirt) and mother issues, less than it is me being shy. I hope you know I'm not bashing him, that post was more for me ranting on the awful BMW that I'm eventually going to have pawned off on me.

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Hi Magick Man, you really aren't to different from others I know... they call it WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor). 
So, somehow you need to make it more appealing to her then all will be well, apparently... thanks smily_headphones1.gif  

Dude! There's nearly 500 pages of discussion since his first post. We're waaaaaay past those days....
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For real, my wife freaked out over that `57 vette more than I did. Interesting that the F430 and it arrived on the same day, yet look what received most of the attention. Different is good.

No, I didn't go to the bachelor party, what a waste of time. We did go to the wedding this morning though, and it was okay.
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For real, my wife freaked out over that `57 vette more than I did. Interesting that the F430 and it arrived on the same day, yet look what received most of the attention. Different is good.

No, I didn't go to the bachelor party, what a waste of time. We did go to the wedding this morning though, and it was okay.


How about that 430???????????

 

 

 

I haven't been into a peeler joint since table dances were 5 bucks.:)

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The F430? Well, I've not driven it yet... massive fail. wink.gif


Wow, that's a plane without wings? Or a bobsled with wheels and a motor? It looks neat, but I can't imagine that it drives very well.
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The F430? Well, I've not driven it yet... massive fail. wink.gif

Wow, that's a plane without wings? Or a bobsled with wheels and a motor? It looks neat, but I can't imagine that it drives very well.


Probably better off with one of these.  http://peraves.wordpress.com/

 

You'll be lucky if the 430 even deigns to start for you now, after watching you step out with the vette:)

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Serious stuff:

http://bringatrailer.com/2014/03/23/330-gt-22-based-250-gto-recreation/

I talked with the owner, really nice guy, and this is essentially a 250GTO in all but serial number, a true evocation. Model-correct block, 330 GT frame (harvested after a bad accident), real 250GTO gearbox (holy cow), and many small 250GTO parts (like the shifter). Undistinguishable from the real thing, unless you peel off the all-aluminum bodyshell. $750k neg.. And, he'll include the truck-load of extra original parts that weren't used in the build. Crazy. eek.gif
Edited by Magick Man - 3/24/14 at 12:39pm
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Serious stuff:

http://bringatrailer.com/2014/03/23/330-gt-22-based-250-gto-recreation/

I talked with the owner, really nice guy, and this is essentially a 250GTO in all but serial number, a true evocation. Model-correct block, 330 GT frame (harvested after a bad accident), real 250GTO gearbox (holy cow), and many small 250GTO parts (like the shifter). Undistinguishable from the real thing, unless you peel off the all-aluminum bodyshell. $750k neg.. And, he'll include the truck-load of extra original parts that weren't used in the build. Crazy. eek.gif


Most likely the only way to ever own a GTO. Truly awesome vehicle.

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I did better on this trip in the rental car lotto. I got a Ford Fusion. Every time I drive a Fusion I am pleasantly surprised. Very comfortable, smooth riding and very quiet. This one has all the interior goodies, leather seats, full electronics suite, sunroof, etc. Sure, the leather is not high-end supple, but it's not horrible. I could easily see driving this car every day - it's an excellent highway cruiser.
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I'm not entirely sure what to think about the F430. It's a great car, performance-wise lodged between the 360 and 458, `natch, but there's more than that. There's something I didn't expect at all, the 6-spd manual gearbox is fantastic, as in, one of the best I've used, with a reasonably light yet deft-feeling clutch. Unlike the 599GTB manual, which took >25 hours to sort out in the shop, including dropping it out and many adjustments (I'm not completely sure what all they did, but that's not my job), this one simply works, and it's perfect. This I chalk up to Ferrari paying more attention to R&D with their RMR sports cars, unlike most of their GTs that they seem to mostly cobble together to make some extra bucks (the F12Berlinetta notwithstanding). Back to the F430, it's much like the 360, but on anabolic steroids and pharma-grade amphetamines. It's larger; longer and wider, but you forget about that in all of 5 minutes because it's just so bloody capable and handles wonderfully, without as much electronic intervention as you feel in their newest cars. I was smiling a lot rowing through the gears on it, *click* *click* *clack*, through the gates.

One of the things that bugs me about the 458 is also one of its best qualities, its shape. Sure, it's gorgeously sculpted, and in either red or yellow it stands out like few other cars, but that's part of the problem. While it makes a great Sunday or special occasion car, even if you could handle driving it every day (they don't really like that, especially not in traffic) it's too flashy for it. Who wants to yell "hey, look at me!" all the time? The F430 doesn't, while it cuts a fine silhouette, it's more handsome than gorgeous, beautiful but more restrained. While your typical yob may think about cutting off "some jerk" in a yellow 458, leading to heavy braking and lots of swearing, a black F430 is more serious, even ominous. When you stop at a light people say "nice car", not "pretty car", or when you get lunch they comment "that looks mean", instead of "that's so cute". No, I wouldn't repaint the 458, the color suits it, but that is part of driving one.

Back to its older brother, I've not driven a stock F430 before, but it felt even more beefy than its claimed 503bhp (with ECU remap and exhaust upgrades). So we strapped into the dyno and at the wheels it makes a chunky 457, which means ~530 at the crank. That's a fair bit more. Plus the torque band is quite flat, w/ 85% of its 360 lb/ft available at 2500 RPMs. Still, it felt quicker than those numbers, so I scratched my head. "What makes a car faster?" Ah! So we got it to the lift that has a scale, hoisted it up and... 3045lbs. Holy cow, where did 150lbs go? Sure, they'd ordered the carbon fiber bits, that might be a small part of it, but then we looked closer at the underside and saw the extent of the exhaust changes. Well, I probably shouldn't say more about that. redface.gif Anyhow, that with the lighter aftermarket headers and CF airboxes is probably it. Darned thing doesn't weigh that much more than a stock 360.

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Edited by Magick Man - 3/24/14 at 10:28pm
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Had a client drive in in his silver convertible 430, yup definitely more handsome than beautiful.

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