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Yup - we also used to see the Designworks guys loading car-sized "somethings" into trucks and trailers. These were often very light - a few guys could pick them up and walk then into a trailer. I always assumed they were some sort of mock-up. I've also seen a few odd looking vehicles on the coast freeways - these usually have mfr plates and all sorts of mysterious electronic boxes attached to the dash.


They clued in finally and enlisted the Hollywood factor. You can do a complete overshell that weighs nothing.

 

Mike Nicols used to get a kick out of the fact that when they were filming Catch 22, at the end of the day a couple of crew would come over and hoist the Sherman Tanks on their backs and carry them off to storage.

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On the topic of R&D, how exactly do different states handle prototype testing? Are manufacturers considered fully exempt from safety and emissions requirements at the national level for the purposes of testing (or maybe just in Michigan, California, etc.), or do their prototypes have to meet certain standards? The thought occurred to me today that I know nothing about the licensing and approval process for manufacturer prototypes out on public roads.

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I'm not positive, but I think vehicle licensing is always by state (except for federal gov't/military vehicles). So, each state might have different rules for obtaining Mfr plates. I think (but again not sure) that Mfr plates (like dealer plates) just allow the plates to be used on any vehicle rather than being tied to a specific VIN. I think the car still has to be roadworthy if it's on the public roads. However, I'm not sure of rules like emissions - that might be a completely different deal. After all, if you can move Mfr plates to any vehicle you own, then there really can't be smog checks involved.
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I think this is one of the best Craigslist ads I've ever seen.

http://ventura.craigslist.org/cto/5016015080.html

First pic - oh look, a white truck:



Last picture - no, it's only white truck when it's going East. Going West, it's a black truck...



Redneck Photoshop to hide the license plate...

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2 trucks for the price of one!

Where do I sign??
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It's White out. When you need black stealth mode you just wash er off:cool:

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Please tell me there's not a big "R" on the other side...

There is, but a black Majic marker will color it out in about 1 minute. It then looks like it came from the factory that way.

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Originally Posted by dabtpa View Post
 

There is, but a black Majic marker will color it out in about 1 minute. It then looks like it came from the factory that way.

Surely a Magick marker would be better for audiophile use :p


Personally I use

Colore Waterproof Permanent Paint Marker Pen Car Tyre Tire Tread Rubber Metal

(in black, of course)

:wink_face:

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