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Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


MisterSparkle posted:

I want mechanical failures back, not for any other reason that it was a thread of mechanical carnage. Having it lumped here means I have to wade though irrelevant stuff about cars to see pictures of broken poo poo.
I gotta agree with that. Ugly paint jobs seems like a different topic than mechanical failures. I enjoyed the thread of just technical metallurgical stuff.

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Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


That was an excellent camera angle until his poor driving got him, though.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


astrollinthepork posted:

SHIFT IT INTO NEUTRAL CHRIST
Aren't I right that there's like never been a recorded case of this where it wasn't due to driver error or a hoax? Pretty sure that was the NHTSA finding on all the Toyota poo poo a year or two ago, anyway. And if so, bravo to CNN for treating everything that lying/dumb woman said as scientific fact with no further discussion at all. I mean she did have an angel that told her not to drive too fast.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Safety Dance posted:

The only time I've been in a car that just gave up the ghost on the highway was when my friend ignored his oil light for a few months and his engine seized with his dipstick dry as a bone. Most women I know might not know what the various lights mean, but at least they say, "Ugh, I guess I gotta go fix it," as opposed to ignoring the problem.
People who think they know what they're doing are usually worse than people who don't know what they're doing.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


I see poo poo like that at our bike shop too, with a sad twist. A lot of people neglect their cars, because they're just transportation appliances. But we see a lot of customers with mopeds come into our shop, and almost all of them are in love with the mopeds. It's like their girlfriend and their favorite guitar rolled into one. They can't live without it, and refuse to get rid of the unreliable dangerous pieces of poo poo (as they almost universally are) for something simple and useful like a 50cc Japanese scooter. But they hate to put any money or effort into the mopeds to keep them running good. Nobody checks their tire pressure, nobody ever oils their chains. They're in love with it but they treat it like poo poo. What the hell?

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Motronic posted:

Nope. It's different everywhere.
In VT they're run by the state and there's only a few but they're so well run that you never have to wait more than 5 minutes. Socialist efficiency.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


As a Ducati owner, , I wouldn't ride a 3 wheel thing, but I don't get the hate. There are lots of unappealing vehicles out there, trikes are just another unappealing vehicle.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


YF19pilot posted:

The Sebring is purchased by middle aged women who don't Toyota
My mom doesn't Toyota either, and she's about as far from a car enthusiast as you can get, but even she absolutely loathed a Sebring convertible she unwittingly rented once.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Not exactly a Mechanical Failure, not exactly a Cycle Picture. Not all that exciting, but pretty weird, a pretty bad idea, and I'd never seen it before.




Homemade motorcycle tire retread. At least that's what I think it is. The carcass of the tire was thin as hell, more pliable than a Pilot Power.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


SierraEchoBravo posted:

I cant be sure it isn't fake, I'm going to assume it is. For comparison, my car is the silver 5 series in the first picture and has stock ride height. His (radiator?) hoses were touching the ground
There's a B7 that lived over in Essex a while ago.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Guinness posted:

I partially blame cars with permanently/automatically lit gauge clusters no longer being a retard reminder for "hey dummy turn your lights on".
Do modern cars do that? That is a seriously bad idea.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


SierraEchoBravo posted:

Most of New England as far as I know still uses physical stickers. Hew Hampshire and Massachusetts for sure, but I have a feeling they keep an electronic record as well.
Stickers and triplicate paper forms in VT.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


veedubfreak posted:

I will never own a bike for this reason.
As a Ducati owner , I pity you who will never know the smug of owning a Ducati.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Carteret posted:

Look like less of a tool, and actually hit 60mph!


Honda Big Ruckus
I've worked on those things, and they're actually awful. The little ruck has that minimalistic industrial look to it which is kind of stylish, and it's light as hell. The big is loving huge and heavy. Way too long. It actually has bodywork on it, and it's laid out in a way that makes it a bitch to work on. It takes all the good points of the 50cc and removes them. If you could wedge a 125 in the 50 frame, that would be the ideal bike.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


This death wobble thing is all new to me. I thought only bikes did that. I've driven a few fairly beat-up cars too.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


CommieGIR posted:

So I can no longer buy the speedometer cable for my 1986 Audi 4k Quattro
Motion Pro will make you custom cables of pretty much any type if you give em a few weeks. I'm used to using them for motorcycle stuff but I don't see why a car speedo would be any different.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Safety Dance posted:

Did you go to school in an alternate universe where every teenage ever wouldn't immediately say, "gently caress this poo poo," to wearing a DARE t-shirt?
Yeah really. This DARE stuff is totally foreign to me, where did this go on? I can't imagine the kids in my school agreeing on anything enough to all wear even, like, an Aerosmith shirt. Much less some school sponsored crap.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Throatwarbler posted:

Taylor Swift was writing songs 22 years ago?

EDIT: Oh, checked wiki and there's some other thing called Nevermind
I didn't even like Nirvana that much and you just made me mad.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Don't some of the new Minis have a CVT?

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


I feel bad for Maryland if that's the best they can do with bodywork.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Couldn't find the hellaflush thread, so here I am in this one. Went to a hellaflush show. I don't quite get the taste in colors the flush community has.



I guess I kinda get their emoticons.



I totally agree with this guy. Rock on, guy.



Also there was an SLK Benz. This should really go in the other thread, cause SLK Benzes are awesome.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Those wheels look like someone melted an erector set in them and it's dripping out.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


They still had total loss oiling after the war?

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


drgitlin posted:

Circuit rental is way too expensive in Europe, for some reason.
More than here? I heard it's like 20k a day at NHMS, not even one of the nicer road courses.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Has she actually driven one? My dad used to like them until he accidently rented one once. Changed his mind real quick.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Pham Nuwen posted:

Paging Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester, your welder is working side jobs.
I'd just like to point out that having raced a full season on that frame, at least 2 people we're competing with broke their frames or front ends, and we've had not even a bend, despite running into a wall twice. I win you lose. Boom.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


azflyboy posted:

I didn't realize it was that many. I'd heard that a few (3-5) trucks showed up last week and claimed victory because they'd slowed down traffic on the Capital Beltway during the morning commute, despite the fact that traffic on the Beltway is a disaster at the best of times.
I rode around there once on a Sunday and it was packed. Couldn't imagine what it would be like on a work day.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Snowdens Secret posted:

turbofucked economically,
Turbos are awesome. Wrong thread.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


And the "gently caress em up bro, gently caress em up" at the beginning. The way he says it, so incredibly angry, as if he were talking about someone he just caught breaking into his house that he literally intended to kill with a bat or a crowbar. And not a bunch of girls he knew just sitting in another car over there.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


angryhampster posted:

This was glorious. flickable FWD cars can be fun as well.
The way he says "Puma" is creepy though. You're creepy, Tiff.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


KozmoNaut posted:

GODDAMMIT MAN TAKE OFF YOUR loving SUNGLASSES YOU GIANT DOUCHENOZZLE
Jason Walter: Sales Manager
Yeah thanks, I could tell from his wardrobe. I feel dirty just looking at him on youtube.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Sinestro posted:

Yeah it's hideous, but I can't hate anything that bold and crazy.
Couldn't that line be used on any of will.i.am's cars?

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Iridium posted:

I'm completely convinced that the designer was watching The Last Starfighter when the idea struck.


Goddamnit I wanted to post that years ago when I first saw that car but I could never find a picture of those goddamn things on the internet. gently caress. Makin me mad here.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


I like how perfectly blued they are though. As if a metalworking artist did it.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


IOwnCalculus posted:

Cars "sold" to schools in that way are often done so with agreements that the car must be destroyed and cannot be resold.
Having been in that kind of tech school, I can tell you that nobody nowhere will want any part of that car after those students have "worked" on it.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


I know a guy who coasts his bike like half a mile down his street before he starts it up. He's probably right to do it, it's a Ducati with Termi carbons on it. You can hear it coming a mile away. But I feel bad for his neighbors who are missing out on the greatest sound in the world.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


The noise limits at NHMS vary depending on event, for reasons I don't understand. Our vintage bike races mostly have noise limits but of course NASCAR doesn't. Cause we're louder, obviously.

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


But FatCow says it's impossible to break tables now???

Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Crustashio posted:

I love USPS. I've never had an issue, and anything shipped with them means I don't have to loving deal with UPS brokerage fees (up to 35%!) when I get it. I just get charged tax by canada post.
Me too. Only issues I've had were boxing issues with USPS, and that's the fault of the sender. We receive USPS, UPS and FedEx all the time at the shop and FedEx is by far the worst. Whatever bureaucratic setup they have with their delivery men encourages lovely unreliable work, and it's virtually impossible to get in touch with your local warehouses and deliverers. It's like they're in the CIA or something, their phone numbers don't exist, FedEx corporate doesn't know what they do. Bad way to run a company, I think.

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Rev. Dr. Moses P. Lester
Oct 3, 2000


Yeah I think that's precisely the right thread.

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