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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 .

   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 .

   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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   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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   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 .

   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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   Balogreene  Buzz, WW, other train buffs. Going to OK in April. Anyone know anything about the OK railroad museum in OK City?
February 12 at 00:06 EST .

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   MaxWedge  I don't know anything about it Balogreene, but if it's a train museum, it has to be good. : )
March 8 at 23:32 EST .

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   Gram77  Oh boy, does that mean more pictures??
March 21 at 09:47 EST .

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   Balogreene  More pictures, yes, of trains, depends on the schedule, may be of baby buffalo and anteaters!
March 21 at 19:50 EST .

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   Safetydude  What we always knew.
From the U of Minnesota, no less.
December 15 at 21:54 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Good article S'dude.
December 16 at 16:22 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  My Dad's very first brand-new-from-the-dealer vehicle was a '64 GMC Series 4000, which he took delivery on Christmas Eve 1963. Pictured is a '62, but his '64 was almost identical, but with a van type body, yet set up as a dump truck.
   November 27 at 22:27 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  This is fun Buzz, thanks for the heads-up on where to find these pics.
November 27 at 22:28 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I wondered why you would set up a van with a dump body, then I read again what was being hauled.
November 30 at 14:55 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  The interior of the van body (walls & floor ) was all sheathed in buffed aluminum so that the sawdust/shavings would slide off easily and not get "hung-up" on the studs and ribs that formed the body's structure. And since the mills & cabinet factories collect the material in dust collection systems which blew the stuff into overhead hoppers, the truck loaded from the top.
December 1 at 21:33 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Except for the paint scheme Dad's Brigadier looked just like this. The only thing I didn't like about it was the front "clip" was fiberglass
   November 27 at 00:04 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Dad's was an '81 and is still running today.
November 27 at 00:05 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  My oldest brother worked in the trucking industry for many years (he was fleet maintenance manager for a company that had about 100 tractors and 500 trailers ). As fuel costs were climbing, the accountants told him to come up with ways to reduce the empty weight of the trucks in order to increase available payload. Their primary commodity was drywall carried on flatbed trailers. He custom built a tractor/trailer combination using as much fiberglass and aluminum as possible. The result was four tons lighter than the standard combination they were using at the time. Unfortunately, no truck or trailer manufacturer took any interest in building them in quantity.
November 30 at 14:53 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  Sounds like a great idea, and profitable too. I am always amazed the way some great ideas get left on the "drawing board". Some smart folks at Harvard's business school gave Fred Smith a "C-" on a paper that outlined/described what became FedEx. The professor told Smith it could never work.
November 30 at 21:10 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  It probably would have been profitable had they been able to re-equip the fleet, but one truck didn't make that much difference. They proved the concept, but couldn't find any partners.
November 30 at 22:38 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I was following a tractor-trailer the other day, and it had, in foot tall letters across the back doors, "The Lightweight Line". Sure enough, from the quick glance I was able to give it while driving, the truck incorporated all the features that my brother had designed into his custom built truck for his former employer: super single tires, extensive use of aluminum and fiberglass, etc. Looks like the concept finally grew legs.
January 4 at 17:50 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  A friendly competitor of my Dad's had three of these in his "fleet" at one time. 1955 White cabovers.
   November 23 at 16:17 EST .

   27 people like this.

   Iacta alea est  This not their truck BTW. My Dad sold sawdust & shavings.
November 23 at 16:18 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  White started building the model 3000 in 1949. My dad considered getting one at one time, but drivers of grain trucks are in and out of the cab so much that he decided against a "two story".
November 23 at 16:24 EST .

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