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RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

I must correct you. The Hellcat does the 1/4 in the low 10's...quite a bit quicker than the Nissan....which is around 10.8, 10.9 seconds. I'm seeing several runs made by various groups. From 10.8 to 11.2 for the Hellcat. Most reports are showing the 11.2 time including Dodge. Nissan reports 10.8 for the GTR. Where did you see official times under 10.8 for the Hellcat? Motortrend Magazine shows 0-60mph 2.7s for GTR, 3.5s for Hellcat. Wilber, CatfishMontana and Mileshuff, I was in error. I checked again. Hot Rod's times for the Hellcat with drag radials was 10.8 seconds. Not sure how I got that mixed up. I'll blame it on brain fade.:B Les
Lessmore 08/21/14 08:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

The hellcat twins are low 11 second cars, reportedly high 10's with drag radials. The difference between a low eleven second car and a low ten second car is huge. Read Hot Rod magazine with the figures in the 10.20's with drag radials.
Lessmore 08/20/14 07:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

I really like the Challenger myself. However, the Nissan GTR is faster with less HP and smaller engine. I must correct you. The Hellcat does the 1/4 in the low 10's...quite a bit quicker than the Nissan....which is around 10.8, 10.9 seconds.
Lessmore 08/20/14 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

707 HP....with the Red fob ignition key. But the black fob key down rates the engine power significantly. It's called the valet key and the one you give to your 16 year old son. The HP to weight ratio with the red fob, must be tremendous and I understand the 1/4 mile time is in the low 10's @ over 120 mph. Think that's with drag radials. Now that's performance. BTW, got my info from Hot Rod magazine.
Lessmore 08/20/14 04:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Depressing Depreciation

I buy new. I buy what I want and if possible try to factory order, so I get what I want, not just what's there. I pay cash, unless there's a good deal, like 0 % interest over a good number of years. I think carefully what exactly I want, in a vehicle....as I plan to have them for a long time. No impulse buying. I buy extended warranties. I rust proof with Ziebart. I maintain by the book. I drive my vehicles for years. One vehicle for 21 years, another for 14, another for 10 years. I usually have anywhere from 2-3 vehicles in my parking lot / garage at any one time. When I'm finished with them, I feel I've got my money out of them. I don't worry about depreciation as the way I do things, it's not much of a factor.
Lessmore 08/19/14 02:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Torque converter does not unlock-update 8-16

I would check it out with a reputable transmission shop.
Lessmore 08/16/14 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Ram 3500 without Aisin Tranny

From my experience the 68 RFE is a great transmission. I would have no qualms taking that truck. As long as it is a dually! X2. The tranny is a non issue. It's funny. Most of the people around here demand a dually but a lot of the big rigs are going super singles. :h Around here...super singles on big rigs are not so common. Concerns seem to be...if super single goes...there's no tire....unlike a DRW...that still has one tire left. I've seen one or two big rigs with the super single....but that's it. Up here....currently.... the super single doesn't seem to be getting any traction. :B Not saying that won't change, though. Les
Lessmore 08/15/14 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ford Superduty Looks Hot!

I'm not a metallurgist or a chemical engineer....but in watching those series of pictures as the fire evolves in the new Ford pickup, does cause me concern. There is definitely what appears to be an explosion... showers of white sparks spraying around the middle frame, of the pictures series. I don't know if a truck of regular construction (non aluminum-alloy body) would burn as fiercely as this truck did. I would be interested in knowing if this is the case. It does make me wonder if the aluminum alloy mix used in this prototype truck is more of a fire concern, than typical material (no aluminum-alloy) used in other trucks. Again, I don't know, but I would certainly want to know. I think it would be valuable for Ford, to provide a public report, developed and presented by an independent engineering firm. If the burn that took place in the prototype is no different than what would happen in non aluminum alloy vehicles...then that would be important consumer info. If not..... Just MO. Part of any development program in developing vehicles....is thorough testing of prototypes...to see if there are any issues, that needed to be corrected, before regular production. I'm assuming that this is the process Ford will follow.
Lessmore 08/13/14 04:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 90-Year Old Veteran And Fellow RVer Running Across America

Good for that 90 year old veteran. Hope I make it to his age and in the same condition and with similar enthusiasm for life, as this gentleman.
Lessmore 08/08/14 02:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

Congrats Don, I think the Dodge 1500 with the 3.0 liter turbo diesel is one of the possibly most significant trucks on the market. I say significant, because a full size half ton, with a smaller turbo diesel is something many have been clamoring for...for a number of years. Myself included. Like others I'm interested in finding out what the real world MPG, acceleration is....solo and at maximum tow rating. Trucks with turbo powered, smaller gas engines are also interesting. But I do think the future may possibly be, with the small turbo diesel in 150/1500 series light trucks. Reason I think this, is the greater potential for better MPG with a turbodiesel, as opposed to a similar displacement turbo gas engine. Issues such as engine durability...diesel vs gas...I don't think are as relevant as they once were. My view is that both gas and diesel engines...durability wise... in today's trucks are not that different. They're both real good. For most driver's if you can get 150-200K + miles, relatively trouble free life on a new pickup....well for most driver's of new trucks...that's more than enough. Second and third owner/drivers would have a different opinion, I'm sure. Another reason I'm pro small turbo diesel vs small gas-turbo engine is that in Europe, the small diesel turbo engine seems to dominate sales in vehicles. Of course Europe has much higher fuel prices then we in North America enjoy. As North American fuel costs continue to spiral upward, I think it's just a matter of time before the market starts looking for more fuel efficient....but also...powerful engine choices. In NA, where we have vast distances to cover, lot's of rural compared to urban areas...compare to Europe... we need and want power. Particularly when towing. Anyways, Don let us know how your new turbo diesel does, during your ownership. Les
Lessmore 08/08/14 02:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 HD shootout pickuptrucks.com

Comparison tests can be good info for a prospective buyer to check out. They can provide an opportunity to compare one vs another on the potential purchase list. Comparing different criteria, looking at pictures of similar features and reviewing comparative performance numbers, for example acceleration,braking, mpg with load, solo can be of value. It's not the end all, but comparison testing is an important tool to consider when determining which product makes most sense for the purchaser. There is that element of 'gettin' ammo' for brand wars, that is for sure. Unfortunately that mentality among some, will always be there, it appears. But the brand war deal should be of little significance for the wise consumer. Fanboys after all...usually don't want facts to get in the way of their blind loyalties. Their opinion has little credibility.
Lessmore 08/08/14 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Peter Principle & companies & orgs the seem poorly run

I'm convinced that private enterprise has suffered due to the increasing numbers of accountants and those with MBA's, taking over the reins of many companies. I've always thought that GM for instance during it's heyday in the '50's and '60's was run by engineers, not CA's and MBA's.
Lessmore 08/04/14 07:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: Sorry GM, I switched to RAM

I recommend no towing for 500 miles like you are going to do. Some say it is not necessary. But there is no way it can possibly do any harm. But if you have one of those 1 in 1000 rear end gear sets that is a little off the 500 miles will allow the gears to wear in with no damage. Also if you go easy on the engine it is much less to burn oil. No steady state cruising and no cruise control for 500 miles. Vary the engine rpms when cruising. With my new engines I also change the engine oil at 500 miles the first time. I will get flak for saying this but again there is only one thing it can hurt and that is my pocketbook. But with a $40,000+ vehicle I do not take chances. I agree with most of what you say. One additional thing I recall with a GM truck I bought new a few years ago. In addition to no towing for the first 500 miles, my manual also indicated that the first towing 500 miles...I should not exceed a speed of 50 mph...to allow the powertrain to bed in....while towing under load. I observed this condition when we first towed our trailer. I planned our route out carefully and drove down B roads...less traffic...during the first 500 miles towing. Our tow vehicle already had about 5000 miles of non towing activity on it, before we hitched up. Think GM was referring to the break in in of the drive axle. But that's just my guess.
Lessmore 08/03/14 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sorry GM, I switched to RAM

Like it. I do like Dodge trucks. If I was in the market I would give thorough consideration to Dodge. The only thing that bugs me about it, is that Chrysler markets it as a Ram, not a Dodge. But that's a small point. It bugs me, because I'm a tradionalist, I suppose. I do think Dodge has the best looking truck out there. The engines....both gas (V6, V8) and diesel (small and Cummins) and transmissions are excellent, IMHO.
Lessmore 08/03/14 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: My "new" car. 1963 Nova SS

The 1965 Chevy II never had the 365HP L76 from the factory so they must have been installed by the dealer or owner and not legal in NHRA Stock or Super Stock. I had a discussion with Bill Jenkins in June 1988 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (25th anniversary of Super Stock racers) about the 350HP 327 in the 1965 Chevy II and he said none were built by Chevrolet. Well you and the grump are wrong there as this L76 was ordered for myself through one of the chevy dealers in Tulsa, OK for a 28xx dollars plus freight. In '66 chevy dropped some of the high HP 327 engines in the chevy II's in favor of the 396ci engines. I agree with you Jimlin. Back in the 1960's, some Chevies and other GM products, had some unique engines, equipment, etc. installed by the GM factory, that weren't on the brochures or the order list. If one had connections they could order through the GM COPO system. COPO was short for Central Office Production Order. COPO was used for special production order GM vehicles. Special order cars and trucks could be ordered from the factory, by GM dealers through this system. I would say your car was ordered by your dealer, through the COPO system. Les
Lessmore 08/01/14 06:15pm Around the Campfire
RE: July sales are in

Just wonder how many buyers are waiting for the completely new 150? Can't say I am. But wonder if some are. Good question. I wonder if many are buying the 2014 F 150 because of the significant changes to the 2015 F 150 coming up. I know that some will not want to be one of the first customers to try something with a lot of new features. Those types (like me) would rather wait for a couple of years of production to get the bugs out. After a few years of production of any vehicle...then I'm ready. I know there are others who are the opposite. They embrace new technology/features right away. Not me. I guess I have a bit of a conservative streak in me. :)
Lessmore 08/01/14 06:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best TV mystery dramas....IMHO

I do not use the words 'best' and 'television' in the same sentence. The sitcoms are filled with the same puerile off-color jokes we tittered over in junior high school. The dramas have a plot so thin I know the ending from the opening credits, and they all plagiarize the same story lines from each other. The so-called 'educational' channels (History, Discovery, TLC, et al) are now just rehashed far-out conspiracy junk. If it were not for the news I probably would not watch any TV at all. Too many free books available, free MOOC classes on the internet, or walking or bike riding instead of rotting my brain on TV. If this makes me sound like a curmudgeon, then so be it. I am just disappointed in TV anymore and do not foresee it getting any better. X2.... most television is blah blah turn on the laugh machine and what info might be worth listening to, turns out to be some person showing how well he or she has perfect speech and can talk like everyone else. It's so plastic. I just wish someone could shine thru with their own original qualities/ personality. Doc Martin is great, intelligent and Jesse Stone has that special rare quality when nothing said tells far more than words ever do. I am a fan of Jesse Stone and Tom Selleck. I haven't seen a new Jesse Stone for a couple of years. Have I just missed them...or is the series no longer in production ? Les, I'm only able to find four of the series on Netflix. Have you seen more than that? I love it too... being smartly put together like it is. That sounds about right, in terms of the episodes of Jesse Stone that we've watched. I'm wondering if maybe that's it for the series ? I like Tom Selleck. I remember when we first saw him. He was playing a detective called Lance on the old Rockford Files show. It was a great role and I recall thinking this guy (Selleck) will be a big star someday. I found Jesse Stone DVD's on line for about $35 bucks. There are 8 movies available in the series. So you and I have about 4 to go yet. Thanks for the info. Will have to check that out re; Jesse Stone.
Lessmore 08/01/14 10:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Obituary:::::

ALBQ...we've missed you! X 2. I enjoy your jokes...so do my wife, my adult children and my MIL. We need our ALBQ 'fix'. :B
Lessmore 07/31/14 10:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Obituary:::::

Good ones.
Lessmore 07/31/14 07:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Say it ain't so. GM

Been saying that 'curb' is the 'stripper model' for years and years... Exactly. It only makes sense from a manufacturer's point. For marketing purposes they (all manufacturers) want to maximize their advertised tow rating. The fact that company's use their lightest stripper that is least equipped model to do their calculations is no surprise. I can't imagine them using their loaded models which are generally the heavyweights....to determine maximum tow ratings. I would suggest that any 'regular' to this forum has enough of a combination of common sense and towing experience to realize this is the case. Les
Lessmore 07/31/14 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
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