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The Road

   Safetydude  Oh well, looks like the dream is has been disturbed by reality.
Question: If you went out and spent 130K on a car and somebody asked you how you liked it would you answer "it stinks" or would you say "it's the greatest car in the world 'tho I can only drive it about 265 miles but then thats is all I need to get from NYC to DC".
October 20 at 23:18 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  read Lee Iacocca's biography, he has some interesting things to say about an owner's reluctance to admit he bought a dud.
October 24 at 23:27 EST .

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   Safetydude  That's why you'll never hear me say anything negative about Miss Tina.
October 26 at 13:05 EST .

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   MaxWedge  Got my 1962 Plymouth Fury back on the road recently, after letting it sit for 7 years. It sure is fun driving it again.
   October 17 at 22:21 EST .

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   Balogreene  I know, I have a 10.5 yr old Mazda Miata. I've been through a lot lately and let the car sit so long the battery died (4 or 5 months ). I drove it the other day and remember why I own it!

The '62 Fury is a little before my time (I was 10 ), but was greatly admired by my car-loving friends in the 70's. It is a beauty.
October 29 at 02:03 EST .

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   MickTurn  In case anyone is wondering why the Plymouth/Dodges of this era looked like Studebakers...when Studebaker closed the designers went to work for Chrysler...
April 13 at 10:46 EST .

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   Bettijo  CAN YOU HELP?
This 1935 Ford roaster was built by my brother in Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1950s. Originally it was powered by a 1957 Buick engine, a 1939 Lincoln transmission, and a 1941 Ford rear axle. The body was channeled and the top chopped. It had 1940 Chevrolet headlights, a 1934 Plymouth grill, and a custom three-piece aluminum hood. The trunk was enclosed allowing the passenger compartment to be enlarged to accept four bucket seats. The top had been lengthened 14 inches. He sold the car in Atlanta in 1965. It has since been seen in Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Iowa. He would like to purchase it back, but he cannot locate it. Can you help? He would appreciate any leads. Please email any information to

   June 27 at 20:52 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Does your brother have the 'VIN'?....If he does, he can contact a reputable private investigator. The P.I. will have access (usually by paid subscription ) to DMV databases through which he an search for the VIN. It will cost a few $$$. Or he can do it all by snail mail by contacting the various DMV's himself.
June 30 at 01:54 EST .

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   Bettijo  Thanks. I passed your comment on to him. I am afraid he did not keep it as he sold it 50 years ago when he was in his early 20s and may not have had the sense to keep paperwork. Actually, I don't have any paperwork for cars I sold except for my last two. Don't know why I kept them.
July 1 at 07:50 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Well, one possible way of getting the VIN is (again ) to contact the DMV to search using his name. This (at least in NY state ) will return a list of all the vehicles that have ever been registered to that name. This report will include the VINs of those vehicles.
July 1 at 14:21 EST .

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   Bettijo  Iacta, I passed your comment on to my brother and this was his response:

"This is a good suggestion, but I already ran the VIN thru about 15 State DMV records back in the late 1970s, maybe about 1979, and all came back with "No Record Found". I still have some of those responses. One problem could be I had Registered it in Georgia with the original 1935 VIN number, but I had installed a 1957 Buick engine.

Anywhere along the ownership line, some one or some DMV may have done a vehicle inspection, and registered it with the Buick VIN. I never kept a record of the Buick VIN, so another dead end.
July 2 at 08:04 EST .

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   MickTurn  It may have been sent overseas...lots of US car buffs live in Europe and Far East...
April 13 at 10:55 EST .

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June 27 at 07:33 EST .

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June 27 at 07:32 EST .

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   Balogreene  I have a 10-yr old Mazda Miata. Close to the 10-year anniversary the window fell out of the convertible top.

I have to admit, I'm paying $2,000 for teeth, have to get a broken pipe fixed in the house, had $1300 of electrical work on the car. Now, the roof, from a reseller is $500, not counting installation.

My mechanic referred me to an upholsterer who specializes in cars, boats, golf carts, and planes. I'm going in Friday morning. Hope all they have to do is replace the canvas (the window and supports are all still good ). Any thing else, and I'm fried, but, I have $1,000 saved, just want it to go to the house, not the car!
June 18 at 21:59 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Balo, have you ever heard of "VHB" tape? If you haven't, let me tell you a little about it. VHB tape is an incredibly strong double sided tape. It was initially developed to secure large, heavy glass windows into their frames on skyscrapers and other high rise buildings. I am an architect and I was extremley skeptical about the product until a representative from 3M gave a presentation to the firm I was working for. If your "window" isn't cracked and is still in one piece, I am quite sure that using VHB to re-secure the window to the canvas top will work just fine and provide a weathertight seal, and last a long long time. Do a Google search.
June 19 at 00:57 EST .

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   Bettijo  Electric Car Powered by Salt Water: 920 hp, 373 Miles/Tank

It’s finally here folks and it is LEGIT.

Tesla eat your heart out, the Germans have created an electrical car powered by salt water. It has four electric engines and is FAST with some pretty sweet fuel economy for a sports car. Leave the Bugatti at home and stop by the beach to refuel.

   May 15 at 07:18 EST .

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   Gram77  While shopping today my husband remarked that someone must be rich. I asked what that meant and right next to us was a Tesla. I know nothing about cars but I was able to so how good looking that car was.
May 15 at 17:19 EST .

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   Safetydude  'K, when somebody flies a 747 from New York to London, with over four hundred souls on board, motivated by battery, wind or solar power I might, might, mind you, believe that some form of electric motor will replace internal combustion engines powered by the burning of fossil fuel.

Solyndra anyone?
May 15 at 19:27 EST .

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   Balogreene  I live near Reston, VA, the first "planned" community in the U.S. My dentist is there, several restaurants, and some doctors we see. I've noticed recently a lot of parking spots allocated for electric cars only. I've never seen a car in the spaces, But, if I had the ability to plug in at home (I live in a townhouse with no front plug ), and worked there, and electric cars were affordable, I might buy one. I only use my current car to commute.
May 18 at 20:53 EST .

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   Safetydude  'K, so you plug in your electric car to re-charge the 'clean power' batteries. Where does that electricity come from?
Unless you live in parts of Sweden that generate electricity from dams or in France that still have nuclear power plants your electricity is mostly generated by burning a fossil fuel; coal, oil or natural gas. Wind and solar ain't gonna' do it.
I refer you to my statement about the 747.

Miss Tina and I live in a retirement community in SW
Florida and own a golf cart, along with three other vehicles(one of which might get btwn 9 and 11 MPG on a good day )not to save the world, just because it's convenient. It's a lot easier to take the cart than it is to drive a car to visit friends in the community.
I think the most salient point in your post is ..."and electric cars were affordable"...

Quote Gram77's hubby..."someone must be rich"...
May 18 at 23:23 EST .

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   Balogreene  SafetyDude, I agree. There were a lot of if's in my statement. And, they are demonizing electricity now, so what is going to happen to electric cars? Also, their batteries etc. are hazardous material. Some day, when my nephews have children, there might be some feasible, affordable alternative.

But, then again, we have plenty of natural gas in this country, we can use it and research other things, without giving Tesla billions of dollars!
June 1 at 21:28 EST .

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   Safetydude  A better day on the trail and one of my favorite pictures of Miss Tina.
   May 12 at 21:28 EST .

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   Balogreene  Did I tell you Miss Tina is really cute (coming from a 63-yr old, not so cute )? Do you call her Miss Tina to her face?

I ask that, a guy at work refers to his wife as "Blondie", I told him that sounded like an insult. He told me she introduced herself that way, she's gorgeous, none-too-bright, and blonde!
June 1 at 21:30 EST .

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   Safetydude  I usually just call her 'Dear'. When talking about he she is Miss Tina, even among our friends.
June 3 at 22:21 EST .

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   Safetydude  An OOOOps moment in my JEEP !
   May 6 at 13:57 EST .

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   Safetydude  I'm behind the Jeep attaching a winch cable and not in the picture.
May 6 at 13:59 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Not much damage, I hope.
May 7 at 15:08 EST .

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   Safetydude  Hey, Top.

Naaa, just a little rock rash but that's something you put up with if you go Jeepin' in the woods.
I'm proud to say that every ding, nick, scratch and dent was put there by me.
May 8 at 21:16 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  S'dude, you are rightly proud....Looks like you guys had some fun...nuthin' like wheelin!
May 9 at 21:34 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  This is my current GMC, a 2012 Sierra K1500 pick up.
   April 27 at 18:51 EST .

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   Bettijo  John Dillinger’s 1933 Essex Terraplane. Photo courtesy Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum.

John Dillinger was America’s most notorious bank robber, and having selected that form of livelihood, had to know a thing or two about fast cars. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, is now displaying a getaway car that was actually owned by the dapper Hoosier outlaw, something of an early American muscle car, a 1933 Essex Terraplane powered by a stout Hudson straight-eight.

The Terraplane is on loan from the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, D.C., where it had been a permanent exhibit. Dillinger bought it in March 1934, just a few months before he was killed by the FBI outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago. Late in March, Dillinger escaped a law enforcement trap in St. Paul, Minnesota, that ended in gunfire. Two bullets from a police revolver pierced the Terraplane’s front cowl; the damage is still visible today. Dillinger used the car until the following month, when he and his brother, Hubert, crashed it in an Indiana field.

Dillinger was born and raised in the Indianapolis area, before turning to a life of crime, leading an existence as a fugitive. There is a prominent connection between Dillinger and Auburn. He was arrested by police in Ohio and confined to a jail in Lima. Members of his gang, posing as Indiana corrections officers, entered the jail and broke him out, killing Allen County, Ohio, Sheriff Jess Sarber in the process. The gang members fled across the state line into Indiana, where they raided the Auburn police station, stealing guns, ammunition and bulletproof vests. A historical marker outside the former station commemorates the incident today.

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   April 21 at 02:50 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Interestingly, Dillinger never robbed any banks in Kenosha, Wisconsin during his spree. His reason was that there weren't enough ways out of town. I can attest to the soundness of that reasoning. All the streets in Kenosha are numbered and laid out on an east-west orientation. Avenues were also numbered, and laid out in a north-south orientation. There are two exceptions, one of which is Roosevelt Road that runs at diagonally between the intersections of 63rd St/22nd Ave and 75th St/39th Ave. The other exception was Washington Road, which ran east-west, but was not numbered (It would have been 38th Street had it been numbered. ) The only three streets that went all the way out of the city to major highways were Washington Road, 60th Street, and 75th Street.
May 2 at 20:10 EST .

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