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RE: Bugatti Chiron , 1,500 HP, 261mph for $3 million !

Last car I would want, the Bugatti. I would much prefer...as far as a sportscar goes either a new Porsche 911 Carrera for 102K CAD or a new Corvette Z06 for 93K CAD. I had to look both prices up on the internet as I'm not really in the market for a supercar. Till my ship comes in, I will make do with my 11 year old Buick 6 passenger sedan...has the wonderful and legendary Buick 90 degree, 3.8 V6...or our newer car, a 2015 Chevy Impala with it's 3.6 liter, DOHC, 60 degree V6...305 hp. The Impala is not like the old style Impala, but the newer...Opel designed...version. For an admittedly old guy...these two cars have enough zip for me...geez...I'm sounding like my father did...30 years ago. ;)
Lessmore 03/29/17 02:49pm Around the Campfire
RE: Chevy LT4 small block is a torque monster

same reason the "409" was not a good anything engine.... died 1965... mainly the engine block... keep crankshaft in line.. and keep head bolts from being pulled out.. and the reason there were (2) 427 engines.. 427 Tall block (Truck) 427 standard block (Car) The 409 was a good engine for it's time. It was a hard running drag engine that won some National championships. It was also a well regarded high performance, street engine and used in medium and medium heavy truck applications. I emphasize for it's time...if you look at criteria such as engine durability, power, torque, noise, vibration, harshness...the 348/409 W series V8 was a good engine. You cannot compare any engines made 50-60 years ago with modern engines. Technology has marched on at a rapid rate...so much so that a modern engine, eclipses decades old designs.
Lessmore 03/28/17 10:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Three's New Diesels put on a Dyno

Yep, the Ford Twin I-beam was flawless for years and drove straight down the road, NOT! The Twin I-Beam was a POS. But again did not receive the largest safety recall in automotive history. I used to work for a company that had about 5 commercial Econolines...all early to mid '70's. If I recall they were all E 300's...the one ton variant back than. Had 300 inline sixes, one 302 V8. There was also about a '76 E 350, DRW with a 460 V8, C6 transmission. Great trucks, reliable, durable, had little maintenance. But, one issue and a big one. The Twin I Beam front end. Constant and quick wear out of front tires and on the highway, I was always correcting...looked like I was driving on a Hollywood set...sawing the steering wheel back and forth. That was about the only fault, but what a pain.
Lessmore 03/27/17 11:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 5.0 vs Tundra

It is hard to beat the reliability of the Toyotas. I think long term, the Toyota will give longer service without any issues than the Ford. I am talking about 200,000 plus miles over 15 plus years. I had a 2007 Toyota Matrix. Lot's of issues...electronic. Got rid of it early. My experience, this Toyota invulnerability is a bit of a myth. I bought into it, until I had one as a vehicle. My experience, they're not any better or worse than other vehicle. A buddy has a 2013 Ford F150, 5 liter V8, 4WD. Bought new and used a lot. No issues. I'm not a Ford guy, and even though I think the F150 isn't a good looking truck, I must say it's a very good, reliable truck. The Matrix was just a rebadged Pontiac Vibe with some styling differences and Toyota powertrain. You've got it completely wrong and reversed. The Pontiac Vibe was actually a rebadged Toyota Matrix. The Vibe was essentially a Toyota.
Lessmore 03/27/17 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 5.0 vs Tundra

It is hard to beat the reliability of the Toyotas. I think long term, the Toyota will give longer service without any issues than the Ford. I am talking about 200,000 plus miles over 15 plus years. I had a 2007 Toyota Matrix. Lot's of issues...electronic. Got rid of it early. My experience, this Toyota invulnerability is a bit of a myth. I bought into it, until I had one as a vehicle. My experience, they're not any better or worse than other vehicle. A buddy has a 2013 Ford F150, 5 liter V8, 4WD. Bought new and used a lot. No issues. I'm not a Ford guy, and even though I think the F150 isn't a good looking truck, I must say it's a very good, reliable truck.
Lessmore 03/27/17 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: DST

When I was working, I found the 'Spring forward' very hard to adjust. Usually for the first 4-6 weeks of DST my body had difficulty adjusting. It was to do with sleep patterns. I have a bit of insomnia and I wasn't able to go to bed an hour earlier at night...try as I might, it didn't work. Now that I'm retired, it's not as much of an issue.I just sleep longer in the morning.
Lessmore 03/26/17 10:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: The Big Three's New Diesels put on a Dyno

Until they remove the Human factor from these "tests", they're all mute results. Imagine this... Fish driving the Ram in the test and T&P in the Ford and Homer Simpson in the Chev(GM)... none of them would cross the starting line! :B :B
Lessmore 03/24/17 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2 millionth Duramax built

It's been a very good engine, IMO. Can't think of many pattern issues with this engine. GM does make some very good engines. Two that come to mind are the Buick 90 degree V6 and the Chevy LS V8. The now discontinued Buick 3.8 liter V6 (2009 ?) ...which in one form or the other had been in existence from when the '62 Buick models were introduced in late '61. Even Jeep took over the manufacture of the engine from the late '60's to the mid '70's (?). Then there's the LS series of V8's...excellent engine and it seems to have taken over from the small block Chevy V8 as the hot rodder's engine of choice. Then of course there's the small block Chevy V8, the big block Chevy Rat motor, the Buick nailhead V8....I could go on, but my purpose is not to enrage others. ;):B Suffice to say there have been some excellent engines...also the Ford 300 inline six and Mopar 225 slant six, just to name two. There have been many others. Think the Duramax fits in with these other excellent GM engines.
Lessmore 03/24/17 05:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Three's New Diesels put on a Dyno

The road sure is a nice dyno. I'd like to see them 3 abreast from standing start. Hold it wide open. First one to the tunnel wins. Keep all the rest of the traffic off the road I can see that scenario going horribly wrong...ending up with three trying to get through the passageway....at the same time... when it's only big enough for two....kind of like the old Three Stooges movies. :B
Lessmore 03/24/17 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Big Three's New Diesels put on a Dyno

If the Ford has the most HP, but slower times...could be internal gear ratios of transmission, weight, final drive ratio, engine computer management programming, etc. I haven't looked at the video or read many of the posts, just looking at possibilities . Or maybe the power figure ratings got mixed up (switched) with the Chevy. :B
Lessmore 03/23/17 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: JC Penny - list of store closures

We have Sears up here. They established themselves in a big way in Canada about the early '50's. Very good company in my experience with them. Back in the '50's and '60's my family bought big ticket items (TV, radio, furniture, etc) at Eaton's first, then Hudson's Bay and then Sears. They were the three big....really huge...department store companies in Canada. Never thought back then any of them would ever go bust. Then the unbelievable happened...Eaton's after about 150 odd years went bust. Hudson's Bay...first established in 1670 AD...yep...1670...started downsizing. When Eaton's went bust after about 150 years, we used Sears. We stayed with these big department stores as we trusted them to stand behind product and they did, for the most part. Sears difficulty Now what ?
Lessmore 03/21/17 07:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: Spring has Sprung!

Yep, spring has sprung. It's minus 18 out here, tonight. :E:D
Lessmore 03/20/17 10:38pm Around the Campfire
RE: Inconsiderate Dog Owners

We have problems with cats. There are people around who let them roam....bury you know what in gardens, etc. Our city has been pretty successful with dogs...there is a no dogs at large regs here, for the past 40 years. You see lots of dogs, but always with leashes and owners walking them. Cats do not come under any regs here and they are an issue. Generally IMO, it comes down to irresponsible owners.
Lessmore 03/19/17 08:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: 2wd or 4x4?

No you don't need 4x4 to tow. it actually hurts the tow capacity. In 30+ years of towing campers, and boats. I have NEVER needed 4x4, and haven't been stuck, anywhere. even on wet grass. Which I don't understand how that happens, but folks complain about it so I guess it could happen. And you can't use 4x4 on the road any way. However. IF you want 4x4 then get it. It's your money. and you are the only one you have to please. The only time you would need it is after you unhook, and go play in the sand or something. But running up, and down the road . Nah. For a guy with so many opinions, you musnt get out much! Contrary to your belief, there are many locations and situations where no 4wd is a no-go period. Just not the trips to the local state park on a nice summer day.... Been camping for 30 plus years, and towing for 40+ years. Have NEVER needed 4x4 while towing, and I camp at the beach on sand, in the mountains on dirt, grass, what ever. Cross country thru the Rockies, down the Coast highway, thru the Blue Ridge Could be. That since 4x4 vehicles were virtually nonexistent when I started driving. I learned to drive with out it. There are many DRIVERS that learned to drive with out 4x4. And we went EVERYWHERE we wanted to go with out it. Even out on the beach in heavy sand. I guess what I'm saying is. It could be a skill thing. Example. A few years ago we had to park the busses in a wet muddy field. I followed the first buss into the field. He made the turn hit some soft mud, and got stuck. I had to suddenly steer around him, and I drove on until I found some hard ground, and stopped there. Why did he get stuck, and not me?? Same field, same mud. It's a skill thing. Its how we were taught. Well...I have to agree with Terryallan. I grew up in the '50's, started driving in the '60's Drove a lot of trucks on the family grain farm. All most farmers had back then was 2WD. There wasn't much 4WD of any kind back then. We...guys back then, who spent time on farms.... learned to drive quite proficiently, with our...for the most part...2WD, rear wheel drive vehicles that almost always didn't have any traction control such as posi- traction limited slip. I live in a part of North America where winters are long, snow and ice comes in late October/November...stays till March/April. I have always had 2WD and do a lot of driving on back country roads. I'm cautious, have emergency stuff...shovels, folding traction bridges, etc....but I also know how to get out of most stuck situations fairly quickly, from driving cars, motorcycles, trucks, commercial vehicles... since 1965. I'm nothing special, just a guy like many others who had to make do with what we had way back when...no Trail Rated package Jeep Cherokees, no jacked up 4WD pickups with Detroit lockers, etc...because there wasn't anything like that back then. So you have to become as proficient as you can, with what you have...because if you get stuck out on a lonely prairie road in a snowdrift at 20 below....you're on your own. Remember no cell phones to call your buds...back then. So I'm not saying don't get 4WD (my son has a 4WD Jeep)...but get it if you want it or feel you need it. Everybody is different. Me, I've never had it and things have gone fine. But as I'm no spring chicken, I have thought...maybe before I check out...I'd like to get a 4WD...see what it's like. :B But I'll still carry my emergency kit and drive cautious....but that's just the result of my experience. What did Will Rogers once say...good experience is the result of bad experience. I think old Will was on to something. :D
Lessmore 03/17/17 09:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with 2008 Honda Civic

Twenty five years ago we had a Coleman folding trailer and were sitting around at the campground. We were using our '76 Impala, RWD, 350 V8 to tow...no problem. A man came to our campground and had the same Coleman folder trailer, but was using a new (at the time) Toyota Tercel, 1.5 liter, 4 speed standard. It was his family's first trip. He said he had come 50 miles towing the trailer on flat, prairie roads, with the Tercel. He asked us if our engine was overheaing and how fast could we tow our Coleman. I said the 350 V8 was running at normal temp and we were traveling at the speed limit (65mph) with no problems. He replied that his 1.5 liter four's engine temp gauge was running close to the red mark and that all they could get out of the car, towing the trailer, was 50 mph...flat out. He said for the summer holiday they planned to tow the trailer over the Rockies, but with this initial 50 mile run of flat land, he was having misgivings. I told him his car, engine, brakes, cooling system, etc...were too small for towing the trailer. I told him he needs a bigger, more powerful vehicle as obviously his car was not up to towing. He told me the trailer salesman said his Tercel could handle the trailer no problem. I rest my case.
Lessmore 03/17/17 08:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: March 13 & 14 , 1993 snowstorm coming in 2017 !

There is snow...4-8 inches....but apparently it has been downgraded in NYC. Hopefully it will not be as bad as originally predicted. Snowstorm in NYC doesn't materialize
Lessmore 03/14/17 10:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Classic Ford

Nice job. Looks like a Boler trailer was grafted to the old Ford. They used to make Boler trailers in my town....many years ago. Well done.
Lessmore 03/13/17 11:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can you overload a dually?

Anything is possible... Here's another framer bender. Link All to do with simple physics. Check out where the tow line is attached...then how it's 'lifted' quite a distance over what appears to be a cement culvert in the bed of the truck. Predictable...bending and possible breakage of the truck frame...all due to the angle of the tow cable and minimal pulling force.
Lessmore 03/12/17 09:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Huge wind storm!!,

Family members live in Gander, Newfoundland. Their mailbox went flying off in the winds...air mail.
Lessmore 03/12/17 05:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Can you overload a dually?

Is that what they mean by the dangers of too much tongue weight ?
Lessmore 03/12/17 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
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