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  1. My new car, GT3, and my last one. C63 Black Series.
    10 points
  2. 1968 Chevy II/Nova. Not my daily driver but on the weekends when he weather is nice I let her out of the garage.
    6 points
  3. Drive this occasionally, my sons and I built this for my Dad. He had talked about turning this into a modern driver so we stuffed a C-5 corvette suspension under it, CBM LS power and 6 spd tremec.
    5 points
  4. sorry this is so long, but it’s from my own experiences working face to face with this virus since the beginning. “Feel” how you want about all of this… as someone who has been working and treating people with the Rona since it began, I made a conscious choice from the beginning of all the misinformation to make judgements for myself and based on what I was seeing FIRST HAND. Nothing I saw the whole time worries me for me or my family…. There were definitely those that have high risk factors and should be very careful. Kids totally fine…. To date still under 800 fatalities in the entire country from 0-17 years old. Horrible for those that have lost children, it’s a pain no parent should have to endure. There are far more deadly things to kids than COVID…. Should be the least of a parents concern. I have seen those that are the MOST careful here COVID and then left to wonder how when they haven’t gone anywhere . And then when they survive it, they wonder why they were freaked out. I’ve seen a couple that were a surprised they got as sick as they did. Most of the patients were simply telling them to relax and keep their heads up…. The vast majority of people handled the virus very well. Now when it comes to vaccine….. again, just speaking from what I myself have witnessed . My wife and I had COVID before the vaccine was available and it wasn’t bad at all for us…. Even had the new Jimmy Neutron variant, super mild. I caved in early and got the vaccine in January and have regretted it since 3 weeks after my 2nd dose. My lungs have been agitated and congested ever since and my energy hasn’t been what it used to be. None of those side affects for me after infection, all from vaccine. We have started seeing a lot of vaccinated people having weird immune responses to all the viruses going around this time of year. Crazy high fevers, organ inflammation, auto immune disorders…. All in the vaccinated and nothing strange in the unvaccinated. I do believe that there is a demographic that would benefit from the vaccine as the risk of the Rona is high for them. A close friend of mine had a perfectly healthy 15 year old marathon runner who got the vaccine and after spending almost 3 weeks (1 1/2 of them in ICU) in the hospital with organ inflammation and high fever, they have “no idea” why he responded that way. For those of us that have taken the vaccine, most will be just fine, some will be messed up forever. Same thing for those that contracted the virus. It is very interesting that in Europe , they have had 5 times the normal cardiac arrests on the field than they do in a normal year. All from cardiac related issues as well as clotting issues…. All potential side affects from the vaccine. This has affected us all differently for sure …. The masking is a waste of time. High vaccination and mask mandate counties are following the same curve of infection and hospitalization as those without… here in riverside county there has been a slight increase in hospitalizations the past few weeks but we are still at less than 1/3 the hospitalizations as we had last year at this time. We ran on at least 4 or 5 COVID patients every day last year at this time, and now I’ve run on 4 or 5 in the last 4 months. Everybody has to decide what risk they are willing to take whether or he getting the virus or vaccine. We have had 2 vaccinated employees come down with COVID since getting vaccinated and both of them had the exact same symptoms , severity , and length of illness as any of us prior to the vaccine. Most of us at this point have either had COVID, received the vaccine, or are just resistant to it without help. That’s why this season will be far less illness than last year at this time.
    5 points
  5. Not my daily, more like weekend/summer cruiser but my baby before my babies. My oldest will be 21 in Aug. I built this car before he was born and actually brought him home from the hospital in it (when it had a roof)
    5 points
  6. 5 points
  7. Had a C5 just was uncomfortable to get in and out had to switch to the CTS-V. Love this car 699 HP at the wheels.
    4 points
  8. My wife’s little 54 Nash. Happy wife, happy life 😀
    4 points
  9. We really enjoy pulling out the decorations, throwing in a Christmas movie, and decorating the Christmas tree every year…and of course with a glass of wine. It was a good night tonight…hope y’all enjoy some traditions at this time of year…this is one of our favorites…
    3 points
  10. It's alive. Pretty stoked on the capability of the AEM. John and his team have done a great job getting all this wired up, sensors installed and AEM system communicating as it should. Plans to pick up the car tomorrow once the final tuning and calibrations are done. Turn up the volume. Enjoy. 645 Hp average on 5 pulls at 13 lbs boost. Tried a 15lb spring and it pulled 687hp. Feel pretty safe at 13 lbs so that's where shes staying. 650 was my targeted HP for this engine. I can't wait to put the skinny pedal to work. PXL_20211216_232555739_TS.mp4 PXL_20211216_232416199_TS.mp4
    3 points
  11. 3 points
  12. With the buggy broke I ended up taking this on a long ride with the buggies today. What a complete blast. 33 mile ride. Only tipped over once towards the end when I was getting tired. I ended up about six klicks from firm on compression both front and rear.. And then a lot less rebound in the front. I think 19 klicks from firm on the front. Rebound on the rear I think was around seven or eight klicks from firm. Bike feel so good I feel like I don't even want to turn the clickers. Setting that sag and ride height really helped. Super fun today with smooth sand so I could bite off nice edges inside or outside of the buggy tracks. Definitely a handful once you get in the tracks and I would not want to do a super long ride if it's completely rough out here. I am in pretty good shape now doing lots cardio exercise after my heart attack but I imagine I will be pretty sore tomorrow. Pics are the swing set and olds. Nobody at either location on a Thursday. Pretty sweet. Ended up going 19 miles before pouring some fuel in it. Luckily one of the guys in the group had a cool little bladder to carry some fuel with. Thinking now I will probably want to put a bigger tank on it as much fun as it is. It would be fun to have a group of guys on these bikes duning together.
    3 points
  13. So, 2 weeks left. Anyone get their car yet?
    3 points
  14. 2013 Audi RS5 Suzaka grey metallic...looks white but has a grey pearl in it...They only made this model 3 years in the US. 450 HP NA V8 with an 8500 red line...and its AWD.
    3 points
  15. Alright, everyone grab yore wife’s panties to keep em from droppin. 2014 passat tsi 1.8 turbo. Thats right 175hp of tire chirpin fun. 6 speed sequential honest 28mpg drivin like an ahole daily driver, complete with Recaro child seat in the back. Was honestly considering a charger sr/t8 until gas hit 5$/gal glad i dodged that bullet with my 70 mile per day routine
    3 points
  16. 1984 Buick GN 36k original miles
    3 points
  17. Not a daily driver, wife gets this out when the weather is nice.
    2 points
  18. And Lottery dollars...................somewhere along the way, all the money goes into the general fund now. Zero checks and balances. Then add all the bonds that get approved year after year, where in the hell is that money.
    2 points
  19. My first guess is the same black hole that all of our taxes go into. Translated: illegals. I remember when my mom bought her house in 1968 for $15k, the ultra low property taxes on that property paid for her fair share of the public school system. That included football uniforms and pads, band instruments, gym equipment, orchestra instruments and a fleet of Pintos for driver's ed, not to mention a fully equipped auto shop and wood working shop. Every kid had books and school supplies. Now they're collecting sky high taxes on $1 million homes, teachers have to buy school supplies out of their own pockets and school superintendent arseholes are getting paid $200k - $400k for being total idiots. I swear to God the 5th graders have more common sense than the entire school board put together.
    2 points
  20. The market is never going back.. it's inflation and its baked in the cake. As a matter of fact (or my opinion), inflation will continue to drive up dollars, but don't think because you buy a toy/truck/TH for lets say $25k and sell it in a year for $30k that you've made $5k.. you haven't.. the spending power of that $30k a year later will be the same (or less) than the spending power of the $25k you 'invested.' I bit the bullet and recently paid 'market' for a new toy box and new RZR. I will be able to sell them for more $$ in 1-5 years, but again, the purchasing power of what I get would not get me anything 'better' and I'd make no real (spendable) profit. If I sell my '08 D-Max 3500, paid $36k in 2009, 36k miles (now 85k miles).. what could I get.. $50k (cause of the low miles)..?.. but then to replace it I'd be spending the same or more for the same vehicle right?... Bottom line (slightly off subject).. if you are on salary or hourly, you should DEMAND at least a 10% raise per year in this environment.. if you don't, you're LOSING purchasing power in this insane market.. Average household spend is up $4k in the last year.. for buying the same stuff... Rant over. abc
    2 points
  21. When it comes to D'max you either want the '06-early '07 ("cat-eye" body style, not the new body '07.5) or you want a '11+. The '06-early '07 are the LBZ with a 6-speed Allison, prior to '06 it was a '05 speed which was a little weaker in some areas, and various different versions of the D'max (LB7, LLY). People love the LBZ because it got a power bump, has a cat but no DPF, and like I said got the 6-speed. '07.5-10 were the LMM which *would* be another great Duramax, but it got a DPF and I'm not a fan of the regen strategy (injecting fuel on the exhaust stroke). '11+ is the LML, which saw an upgrade to the 6-speed Allison, a completely new frame (even though the cab and bed look nearly identical to the LMM generation, inside and out), bigger brakes, beefier suspension/steering components, etc. The downside of a LML is it did add DEF, but at least it has a sane regen strategy (9th injector in the downpipe, low pressure). The L5P came around in '17 and got a good power bump, but those are going to be spendy trucks. -TJ
    2 points
  22. I have a 2002 Duramax and my friend has a 2003 Duramax. He needed a 2nd truck and when he asked me what I recommend, I told him to check out the Fords with the 6.7L engine. He bought a used F450 with the 6.7 and he's very happy with it except for the fuel economy. That's a function of his gearing which is pretty low because he bought the F450. I'd recommend looking for a used F350 and search out of state for good deals. What we're seeing in CA and AZ isn't universal all over. There are still people who are trying to unload their dad's truck for a reasonably low price, maybe they want a quick sale, etc.
    2 points
  23. Using the trailer inverter to charge the moho batteries through the moho charger introduces a lot of losses into the system. Charging the trailer batteries already loses about 15% of the solar power, then the trailer inverter loses 8 - 10% converting that to AC power, then the moho charger loses another 10% and then the moho batteries lose another 15% in the charging process. Added all up, that's roughly 50% of the solar harvest. Connecting both sets of batteries via cables essentially turns both batteries into one larger capacity battery. This shared cap. means it only loses 15% of whatever charging power is provided. This also allows the batteries to share the load under high draw situations in both directions. This reduces the depth of discharge of both sets of batteries and prolongs their lives. For example he has 4 GC batteries in the trailer, assuming he has 4 GC batteries in the moho, when connected together they behave like an 8 GC battery bank which would be drawn down 1/2 as much by a large load as it would if it was a 4 GC bank. I see this a lot in yachts where they've installed 8 or 12 GC batteries and the loads from their electrical system weren't that large so the battery bank was operating from 100% down to 85% instead of 100% down to 50%. This allowed the battery bank to last 8, 10 yrs or more due to the gentle discharging and allowed longer periods between recharging if the sun wasn't shining or they didn't want to fire up the genny.
    2 points
  24. #1 when in public office and issued a .gov phone. You can request a public records info dump. Sometimes really hard to get other times super easy. Other then that an intern is sharing info they aren't supposed to. I would bet there is more then one person accessing the same "phone" to help the VIP get chit done efficiently. Second part is just really good graphics guys who can "make up" anything they want to post on screen and it looks overly legit.
    2 points
  25. I hear you. I was dead set on another Super C but after doing a bunch or research and thinking, I'm likely headed Class A. With a side radiator you get pretty decent access for maintenance and repairs. I love the underbelly storage and slide out trays in a Class A. And you get more features, options and available floor plans in Class A's.
    2 points
  26. Not all of them do that, they also have Fxx cars
    2 points
  27. Not my daily but my baby none the less.
    2 points
  28. You sure that's not a '65?
    2 points
  29. My 1965 Chevy II SS on the deck of the USS Midway
    2 points
  30. I met The Latin Lover from a Craig's list ad... Zieman ATV Trailer for sale... ...didn't catch that his Ad was in the Personals until it was too late 😞
    2 points
  31. Robby said there will be a show tonight with testing updates.
    1 point
  32. I'm sure it will be run efficiently and fairly. No friends/family of SANDAG officials will magically win all of these contracts...
    1 point
  33. No, that's a Textron XX with some stickers on it.
    1 point
  34. 2003 E46 massaged rear fenders and M3 wheels, that's it, low mile daily driver.
    1 point
  35. I set my buggy alignment with a tape measure and digital angle gauge in my garage. I made several trips to the dunes and played with the alignment until I was happy with the way it drove and handled. Because I have easy access to one, I put it on an alignment rack after I was happy with things to see what the numbers really were. I'm running .10 degrees of total toe in on the front. The caster it set to 5.0 degrees. The camber is set to -1.3 degrees.
    1 point
  36. I choose not to participate. Have worn a mask maybe 12-15 times total since this whole thing started. No more than a few minutes each time. No vaccine. Haven't felt sick. Been tested once the whole time cuz I had to have surgery. Had more work than ever before. In a different state every other day. Completely unaffected by all the BS. Just keep leaving me out of it and I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.
    1 point
  37. Wow, so many cars in this thread I've either owned, pined after, or had experience with. I drove cross-country in a buddy's E39 M5. A good friend had a TBSS for a long time we street raced a lot, or at least took to the street races. And of course, I had a C5 Z06 myself. Right now the only fun street "car" in the stable worth mentioning in this thread is a '18 Trackhawk: But this is on order: Trackhawk is the wife's DD, TRX will replace it so the TH is for sale if anybody is interested. I think I need to get myself a fun street car again soon, but for now I enjoy being an idiot in the TH. -TJ
    1 point
  38. 2002 E39 M5 with Eisenmann race exhaust. 67,XXX mile cream puff that sounds amazing. Had it for years and know I'll kick myself if I sell it for something else . . .
    1 point
  39. My kids grew up in glamis, both of my sons just picked up their first buggies. 1st dune run with my kids in their own buggies. Very proud and happy dad. Oh and they must have been paying attention all these years cause they were on my ass out in the dunes.. Life is good.
    1 point
  40. This time around should be enough to kick off the revolution... I don't know a single person that plans to comply
    1 point
  41. I built 2 Wuerth cars. First one was a 2005 stage 2 with a Shortstar V6 and Bus trans. It was awesome in the dunes. A little light on power for my liking, but everything else worked great. After rebuilding the trans regularly, I had him build me a 2007 dual sport with an LS1/Mendi 2d. That car was amazing! I loved how light and agile it was. If he was building cars today, I would be in line to get one. For the record, I currently own a Funco and would take my original Wuerth dual sport car back any day given the choice.
    1 point
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