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IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Ground Rules
I realize there will always be debates over what post goes in which thread, but pick whichever one seems the best and keep the bickering about it to the minimum. If you're linking to an eBay ad or craigslist post or the like, make sure to rehost the appropriate images and/or text - use the imgur extension to easily do so. Try to keep to more posts with images than without.

After over 34k posts it's time to retire the last thread. Additionally, I want to reduce the clutter taken up by having multiple different threads that the same thing could be posted in.

Use this thread for anything awesome that's automotive - photos, cell phone snaps, Craigslist / eBay posts, whatever.

Case in point - this Porsche 550 Spyder kit with a six cylinder, that looks absolutely gorgeous.



IOwnCalculus fucked around with this message at 04:46 on Aug 20, 2012

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IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





oddspelling posted:

Goodnight, sweet prince.

It was awesome, yes, but I'm trying to clean up the front page of AI and managed to condense six threads into two.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Preoptopus posted:

Also I vote no to the picture per post rule. I have always thought of the last AI thread as a bar type setting for car nerds to be car nerds.

That's the reason I didn't post anything to that effect. I do want these threads to be geared towards content, but I realize that the very nature of AI and the things that we like to post about here means there will be questions asked and discussion to be had.

I'm not 100% anti derail here - but if a derail is massive enough then maybe it deserves a topical thread, rather than a page of a picture thread with three pictures in it total.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Ugh, there should've been an Indycar race to go with it.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Casu Marzu posted:

It's goddamn loud. Bring earplugs.

Yep - the ALMS cars were easily the loudest the entire weekend at Long Beach. I'd say the Patron Ferraris might've been the single loudest cars there. The turbocharged Indycars can easily be done without earplugs, the naturally aspirated Indy Lights and other sports car series can maybe be done without them, but those big uncorked NA engines in the top level ALMS cars are just deafening.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Terrible Robot posted:

Apparently cell-phone pics are ok here so long as the cars are cool, so I'm X-posting these from the terrible pics thread:

Just in case I haven't been clear: cell phone pics go wherever the content of said pics belong. Awesome poo poo, awful poo poo, mechanical failures, whatever. There's no reason to single them out because they were taken with a cameraphone.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





That kind of power and a stick in a Chevelle? Not something you see every day.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Yeah, they look like front-engined F1 cars to me. The front-engined Indycars of the era were often referred to as roadsters.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





kimbo305 posted:

Pinched myself to see if I was dreaming:
http://www.insideline.com/buick/gra...-term-test.html
Mods please cloak this post from Rhyno.

I should set it as his title so he sees it after every post he makes.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Mmm, Scottsdale Pavilions. Haven't been to that in years, I really do need to get up there again.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003






It's amazing either of those drivers was able to even sit in those cars, given the massive balls you'd need to go side-by-side into Eau Rouge in those cars.

Maker Of Shoes posted:

Not before I shank them first.

If murdering someone got you a car, Singer would be outpacing Hitler.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





It's the best bang-for-the-buck performance mod.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Imperador do Brasil posted:

This is my friend JB's Camaro.

Is that a former-T-top car or just extreme lightening? Roof looks funny to me above the door for some reason.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





einTier posted:

Even in the dark days of SAE gross inflated horsepower and thinly disguised "factory" racecars sold in single digits, I don't think you ever saw this kind of power.

This is insane.

Even if you did, it never had this kind of drivability, reliability, or warranty.

30 years ago, yeah, you could build a 600hp SBC. It would idle like poo poo, hate anything less than 94 octane, and would be burning quite a bit of that high-octane fuel courtesy of the giant Holley carb sitting on top. Nevermind emissions tests.

Or if you go a bit further back, you probably would've used a big block to do the job - and had to deal with a vastly heavier engine up front.

Today, you can get that power with an all-aluminum small-block that will idle all day long without overheating or fouling plugs, and do so at a typical idle RPM. It will handle a quarter mile pass just as nicely as sitting in the In-N-Out drive-through.

Hell, a proper 300hp SBC used to be something you'd have to work towards on an aftermarket build if you weren't starting with, say, the original LT1. Magazines have done countless articles on it. Now, it's "go to the junkyard and pick a GenIII out of a truck."

Insane is right.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





grover posted:

1984 Chevrolet Corvette. 0-60 in 6.7 second. 1/4 mile in 15.1 seconds.


Slightly unfair since that's the one year of the C4 saddled with the horrific Crossfire TBI setup; depending on source, the L98 TPI in 1985 dropped a solid second off of both times. Point still stands, though.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Paul Boz_ posted:

Why did they go away from it? Was it a visibility issue? I can't imagine it was for cost because those single piece back windows cost as much as the car.

Yep, visibility - in the days before rear-view cameras, people had to actually look outside of their cars, and a pillar straight down the middle makes that hard.

Somewhere there's a photo of a patched-up VW Beetle with a newer-style large window, and a whole stack of small rear windows cut out of other older Beetles. Even though nostalgia has made split-window versions of pretty much any given car more desirable, they were never as practical as a large single window.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





I wouldn't be surprised if some of them never had any running gear in them. "Here, it's a body we used to test something out, we don't want it on the road. Make an art."

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Sagebrush posted:

Huh, so as terrible as that looks, it's probably all fully functional. 190mph is the sort of speed where you'd need a wing like that, yep. What's the thing in the middle of the frunk lid?

Porsche is not known for making functional aero that always looks good.

Also, I wonder what the ratio of people who get the Cardinals plate "because it's black" is when compared to "because I like the Cards"... and I wonder how many of them know about the even more black 4H plate

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Old Surly posted:

I've been seeing a lot of painted Card's plates to remove the bird. Not sure if thats legal?

I just saw the first one like that the other day, though it looked like a precision vinyl cut to cover all but the white outline.

I'd have ordered this already if it wouldn't cost me another $125/5yr to do so:


Digging through my server, I found this shot of what looked like an old Trans-Am car that someone brought to the Pavilions years ago:

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





in_absentia posted:

Edit: according to my dad, mine is a RS/SS/Z28 and 1972 was the only year you could order it that way. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

Don't know about the SS package, but if you got an order in that would be built before January 1 1973, you could still get the split-bumper on a '73. I nearly ended up with my dad's first new car as my project, which was a '73 with the RS, Z28, and LT packages - and apparently if you did that, they put LT badges on instead of RS or Z28

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





GramCracker posted:

...is the guy leaning on the car seriously holding a Playboy?

I've seen (and posted) that image plenty of times before and yet I've never noticed that.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





F'N U? I don't really get it either and I'm not seeing much AI to it.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Unfortunately the photo quality is a bit poo poo, but...



1UZ, swapped into a 1984 Chevy C10 pickup, and apparently going to have a T-56 backing it up. Thread and more pics here but it's sparse as all hell. Apparently he also wants to go twin-turbo on it.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





angryhampster posted:

I'm not sure I understand this one. I guess it's happening just because..well because it can?

That's my best guess too. Not that there is anything wrong with that reasoning.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Every time someone posts the SRT10 Ram, I look and see that they've gotten even more ridiculously cheap on the used market. And then I look at the EPA number of "9 MPG Combined" and see why.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





front wing flexing posted:

I'm putting this here because it's pretty AI I think:



This is a man with a death wish, or one hell of a rollcage.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Angling up on the inside to add downforce, angling down on the outside for the car to bounce off of instead of going over...I like it.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





I don't know why, but semi-hidden 5 3/4" round sealed beams are just hot as gently caress.


Iso Grifo


Alfa Montreal

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





VikingSkull posted:

Hopefully Robby Gordon's series is a hit because living in New York I don't get much Baja type coverage.

e- just to contribute



'80s/'90s TRD is one of the best color schemes, and I love that Toyota is bringing it back.




IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Sockington posted:

that's going to be my MR2's livery.

Anyone who is still annoyed that you canned the 323 can officially shut the hell up as of now.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Rhyno posted:

The person who came up with that is brilliant.

I want to see Heidi Fleiss in front of a Ford Escort.

Yes, but I can't help but think they should've found a midget to dress as Alice Cooper instead.

Unless, of course, he's got a MG Midget coming along.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Maker Of Shoes posted:

This passed me on the freeway yesterday. Kind of a WTF moment.



The was unintentional.

poo poo, I know drivers on the 10 are assholes, but that's taking it a bit far!

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Cat Terrist posted:

Got a few more to go once my connection is less rubbish

Condolences on his passing, he was clearly a man of taste (and some skill with that grille rebuild).

The rest of you, less bitching, more AI poo poo!

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Alright, a page and a half with the only pic being of a speeding ticket?



My redneck family decided to have a Christmas party, involving a 'light parade' down the center of the small town my grandma lives in. I threw some blinky LEDs around my daughter's stroller, but one of my uncles decided to go considerably higher scale.

Complete with Mardi Gras beads to throw at the townspeople.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





PhotoKirk posted:

I remember seeing that car on "That's Incredible!" (or some other '80's TV show) when I was a kid.

I think that car is at the auto museum in Balboa Park, right?

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Awesome, no doubt about it.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Came across a 2013-ish Chevrolet Colorado testing here in town today, with at least one particularly interesting marking:






'Small' truck with a small diesel? Yes please. Though calling it small isn't saying much, it's basically narrower than a Silverado but not really any shorter in height.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Yeah, those windows seem to be shorter than the ones on my Ranger, but they're even higher up.

Funny thing is, it's not like the 2013 Colorado hasn't already been announced or shown:


Front end was a very thinly camo'd version of what's seen there, with a giant block of tape trying to obscure the bowtie.

The only reason this thing caught my eye is the black cladding all over and the scrawled on EURO IV DIESEL ! on the side. The license plate itself is so old I didn't even recognize it as a manufacturer plate initially.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





sandoz posted:

I am honestly surprised to see this tired old bullshit on this forum of all places.

Let's end it now, then. The environmental qualities of the batteries in the Most Boring Car........In The World are neither awesome nor AI.

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IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003






Every time I see these, I wonder how the hell they tune that thing to run with the air going into the cylinders at roughly the temperature of the sun.

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