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RE: 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

I wonder why this is posted in the TOW VEHICLES section. :@ Tows 4500 lbs. with the V6.
Lessmore 06/22/18 07:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

I dunno, have to see it up close, before I make a decision whether I like it or not. I did think it was the new Equinox at first. But then I'm not interested in much of the new vehicle lately, no matter who makes them. However I am interested in that new Chevy 2.7 liter turbo gas four cylinder. Wonder what kind of gas mileage the thing gets...0-60 mph in full size Silverado is supposed to be 7 seconds or less...which is good.
Lessmore 06/21/18 09:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Elon gets caught lying out of his pie hole again! Say what? Yep, it's true Tesla fan bois. Your man has lied to you again! I'm sure most fan bois will make excuses of some type for him. We will see in a few weeks if he was skimming cars off of the line or if he will make up some super secrete spy excuse for his ineptitude. It's fascinating to me how long he can keep up the charade! :E I read the business article you attached. It does give one pause, after reading. I'm a layperson in this whole Tesla manufacturing issue and can't claim specific expertise regarding any aspect of Tesla. However, I have tried to keep up with claims, developments, implementation reading both external and internal reports and I'm still confused. I'm currently not in the market for an electric vehicle, but if I were I would let things 'settle' out over the next number of years, before purchase. I look at my 2015 Chevy Impala (newer Opel developed Epsilon II LWB (long wheel base) platform with it's DOHC 3.6 liter, 4 valve per cylinder, 305 hp V6 engine) and realize how satisfied I am with this modern internal combustion vehicle. No issues, except one wire had to repaired in 35,000 + miles. It gets between 36-39 miles per gallon highway (British Imperial Gallon), starts up in - 35 weather. I never have any worries about whether I have enough range or how much battery range will be lost due to very cold temps reducing battery power which provides range and heat. With this wonderful IC car, I can hop into the car and drive for 200, 300, 500 miles, etc. in -30 weather, heater fully on...sure of a safe trip with no concern about will I have enough juice to make it or not. I live in a very cold climate for half the year and need something reliable, practical...like my current IC vehicle. Why I should change to essentially satisfy the green philosophy of pressure groups...is beyond me.
Lessmore 06/21/18 02:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Critters

That's good that they appeared to have moved on. Some relatives had a skunk show up in their neighbourhood for about a week. Different things were done ...unsuccessfully...to get it to move on. At the end of the week a Great Horned Owl showed up in the neighbourhood. Within 24 hours there was no skunk and no Great Horned Owl. Thought is that the Great Horned Owl caught the skunk and ate it. From what I've read the Great Horned Owl does not seem to be affected by the skunk's spray and is the foremost predator of the skunk.
Lessmore 06/20/18 10:17am Around the Campfire
RE: Critters

I called animal control, fish & game, and pest control companies. I found out it's illegal in CA to trap and relocate any wild animal. If trapped they must be euthanized immediately. It's done to help control disease (rabies).I'll try to herd them off the property and seal off the fences in hopes of keeping them out. I wouldn't try to 'herd' skunks, either in singular or multiple form. Good chance you might get a blast from the adult skunk just like your dog received. You also don't want to corner them and I'm assuming the adult is a female with her young. Female wild animals with young can be pretty vicious when it comes to defending. A live trap, like a Have a Hart, live trap would probably work well with skunks...except once you have a skunk live trapped...than what ? If your local game and fish can't help you, than pest control would be the answer.
Lessmore 06/19/18 03:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I've been a fan of electric motors powering vehicles since the late 1960's, when I worked a part time job (teenager) for the local municipal bus company in the scheduling dept. At that time the bus company had GM buses (diesels), Can Car (Canadian Car)buses (diesels), some old buses with Hercules gas engines and electric buses which were regular bus bodies with electric motors that received their juice via electric wires strung over certain main streets and had that electric power delivered to the motors via wands that attached to the electrical overhead lines. They worked great, but were restricted to the streets with power lines and when they went around some corners often the contacts would disconnect and the drivers would have to reconnect to the overhead lines. Acceleration was impressive..even with a full load (95-100 people standing and sitting), cost for power was cheap, being in a province with tremendous numbers of lakes/rivers and hydro generating stations. Now the problem I have with electric vehicles is not EV's themselves, but with some of the more extreme advocacy groups that promote electric power...only... and see no compromise or need for any other type of power. It appears to me, that with some of these groups (which have got political traction) it is EV's or nothing else. Period. ;) Which to my mind is unfortunate, as I believe we are in a period of significant technological ideas and change. I look at gas engines...one of my cars has a 60 degree V6 with dual overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder, fuel injected, etc., 7000 rpm redline. Thirty years ago this would of been Ferrari territory...but now it's available for the everyman. This engine that put out well over one hp per cubic inch, has an 11 to 1 + compression ratio, runs well on regular gas, has a flat torque rate from off idle to 5500 rpm...is a marvelous engine...gets great MPG on the highway too...and can do the 1/4 mile in times similar to muscle cars from the 1960's. There's lot of wonderful engineering going on for gas, diesel, electric powerplants. There is so much being done, so much potential for cheap, economical technological solutions to the problems of moving/transporting goods and people that it behooves citizenry at large to examine our transportation needs, logically, without emotions and without any of the unbalanced, advocacy group bias thrown into the mix, as per usual. Currently it seems to me, if powerplants are gas/diesel powered...they will immediately get shot down by advocacy groups... for reasons which won't stand up to logical, analytical, critical assessment by qualified individuals. The current situation reminds me of the old classic novel Animal Farm, by English author George Orwell. This book which examined societal power and political change and how to get change...could well in some aspects be a blueprint for what seems to be happening in the world. If we could only get back to the days of one person...one vote...rather than leaving political decisions, to which group has the best set of 'advocates' .
Lessmore 06/17/18 03:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel engines why not more available in smaller vehicles ?

There is a strong demand for diesel cars. I sold my TDI in four days from the time I posted an ad and got my asking price. I can understand that. VW diesels are popular in my area and complete electrical Vehicles aren't. My opinion is that the VW diesel gets very good MPG...in town, on highway, etc...the EV is limited in range, particularly in our long ( 5 1/2 month +), cold (periods of -25 to-30) winters...which significantly cut down the range..as does liberal use of the EV's heater. The hybrids...part IC engine, part electric are more common than a pure EV...but still if you do some or a lot of highway driving up here...and you want very good MPG...a diesel or secondarily..a hybrid would be the choices. You don't want to run out of juice in the middle of nowhere at 25 below. I have driven two VW diesels in the past. One a TDI 2012 Jetta, the other around a 1981 or so VW Rabbit...may have been the Golf...I can't recall the name. The early non turbo VW diesel was ok, but painfully slow and noisy...the 2012 Jetta had real good low and mid range torque, was quiet...a nice car all around. I really liked the TDI..short shifting and letting the torque do the work was a nice, driving experience.
Lessmore 06/13/18 04:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anthony Bourdain

I've read a few of his books over the years...Kitchen Confidential... comes to mind. They were good. Sad that he died, as it is for anyone before their time. Depression is a disease that is hard to combat. Unfortunately I've known a few individuals....friends...that have succumbed to this disease. In their cases they hid their disease well. I think the 'concealment' is largely due to the stigma that mental health issues have in society. Many others didn't know that the people I knew, suffered from depression, until it was too late. I believe that in society, it is important to accept mental health issues as diseases, much like we do with physical ailments...with no blame or view that somehow having a mental health issue is a sign of weakness.
Lessmore 06/12/18 04:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Bizzare Foods. Where'd it go?

It's on the Travel Channel up here.
Lessmore 06/11/18 07:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Fuel stabilizer?

I know, I use a particular gas company that still keeps their premium, but only premium ethanol free. But that could change any minute unfortunately. What road hazard killed your old engine ?
Lessmore 06/05/18 07:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: All study and no play??

I attended two universities, and didn't attend either graduation ceremony. I asked and had my degrees sent to me via mail. At the time I was working and didn't want to take the time off. Over the years, I have regretted not attending my graduation ceremonies. Reason being, my parents and grandmother would of loved to have attended to see me graduate . I don't think at the time I would of gotten much out of it, but I think my parents and grandmother would of been proud to attend and see me receive my diplomas. I'm almost 70 years old now and we all have regrets in life. This is one of them. At my advanced age I have realized that here are things in life that you do that are necessarily for you, but for other people, if you know what I mean. It took me a few years to come to this view.
Lessmore 06/05/18 10:06am Around the Campfire
RE: Fuel stabilizer?

I've use Stabil for years...lawnmower, snowblower, motorcycle, used to use for the outboard when we were using it. I use it for seasonal storage and for small engines where I buy a gallon or two of gas to use sparingly over the season. I like the measuring system built into the Stabil bottle. BTW, fro all my small engines I use premium gas...up here premium gas doesn't have any ethanol and my small engines...ie; snowblower, lawnmower are all 25-30 years old...so their fuel systems may not be up to ethanol. I also run the engine's carburetor dry so no fuel is left in the carb to gum up over the storage system, which for me, maybe 5-6 months.
Lessmore 06/05/18 09:55am Around the Campfire
RE: Word is out on L4 as standard full size pickup engine for GM

As a side note on this topic, I've been test driving 1500's because I dont need an old 2500 diesel anymore. And the Ford 2.7L Eco has a stupid amount of lag from a dead stop going WOT. I noticed this on more than one 2.7 Eco. I believe its from a small displacement engine with not alot of HP without the turbo singing. I notice the 3.5 eco has much much less lag at dead stop Wot. More displacement and more hp to get the ball rolling. I expect the GM will suffer the same issue. I know its not a big deal for some, or even most people, but its a deal breaker for me. You might be wrong with this assumption. According to Autoweek who had a brief drive of the 2019 Chev 1500 4 cylinder turbo four, lag doesn't appear to be a problem. I quote from their recent online article: " To help cut down turbo lag, the I4 uses a very nifty dual-volute turbo setup: Exhaust hits the turbine from two outlets, each fed by two cylinders, set at opposite edges of the turbine (picture two people blowing on a pinwheel from opposite sides, working in concert to spin it up quickly). From our limited drive experience, this setup does seem to yield a very responsive engine with no perceptible lag. "
Lessmore 06/02/18 11:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Word is out on L4 as standard full size pickup engine for GM

I'm pretty excited about this motor. The new Ranger will also be getting a Turbo 4 Ecoboost. That will be the only engine option for that truck. The tech in our vehicles are changing for sure. I am excited to see what the tow specs are for these 4 cyl trucks. These things have more power and TQ than my 97 F150 with a 5.4l rated for 8,000 lbs towing. Thanks! Jeremiah You sum it up well. In the end it is all about HP, torque and powerbands and not about displacement.
Lessmore 06/02/18 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Word is out on L4 as standard full size pickup engine for GM

Read the attached link from Road & Track about the 2019 Chevy truck 4 cylinder turbo gas engine. Apparently the turbo 4 generates it's peak torque of 348 ft. lbs. from 1500-4000 rpm...pretty good in my view. The performance of 0-60 mph in less than 7 seconds is also impressive for a small displacement base engine, in a truck and the magazine says the turbo 4 cylinder puts out more hp/torque than the 2013 base V8 (4.8 liter) did. I need to know the MPG , so hope there will some testing soon that reveals these figures. I will admit that Ford got the ball rolling with small turbo truck engines..so plaudits to FoMoCo...and I'm happy to see this small engine engineering spreading. I find it fascinating and am waiting to find out all the minute engineering details that went into the design and final product of this 2.7 turbo 4. I feel that engineers don't get the credit they deserve. Here they are, faced with what seemed to be unreasonable demands regarding MPG, power figures, ever tightening emission/environmental rules and regulations regarding the internal combustion engine and the ideas/development /final products they come up with are nothing short of astounding. Hats off to engineers. Many of us don't realize how they make modern life..better...for the rest of us. Chevy Turbo 4 cyl.
Lessmore 06/02/18 12:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Word is out on L4 as standard full size pickup engine for GM

I like the idea of the 2.7 liter turbo 4 cylinder as the base engine in the new Chevy pickup. As the previous poster indicated a turbo is good for higher elevation and the hp/torque ratings coming out of that 2.7 turbo '4' look good. Earlier, I felt that a turbo was almost a service item, something that might have to be replaced before the life of the engine was over. But in the past few years I've changed my mind, given the durability of the Ford 3.5 turbo...that engine from what I've read seems to be durable and reliable. The other thing I like about the Chevy turbo gas engine is from what I've watched on video, read, etc...this motor seems to have very good torque...low end and mid range...good for a truck. Now I'm waiting to see what MPG will be...city, highway, combined, towing. I also had the older 4.3 liter V6...the Chevy 350 V8 with two cylinders cut off. Good torquey engine..I had the Vortec heads (1997) variety...very reliable, durable and for it's small cubes..towed reasonably well.
Lessmore 06/01/18 01:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rand McNally Atlas

I've always been a map and compass guy, although I do admit to using Google maps on my computer, before I drive someplace unfamiliar, a fair amount in the past number of years. When we go on long trips we get the GPS activated on our newer vehicle. One thing I really like is the in dash compass I have in the last couple of vehicles I have. Use it a lot. Guess it comes from my cub scout days...way back in the 1950's, early '60's. Lord Baden-Powell would be pleased. I always have a small rubbermaid box of dog eared maps...and I still carry a compass usually in my Carhartt jacket. I like looking at maps...modern and ancient alike. In fact being a history buff I have some wonderful map books, some which contain maps that go back a thousand years or so in history. I've always found it to be of great interest to see how political maps change over the centuries, the 20th century has been a period of great change in political boundaries/borders , with significant ramifications. But I digress. ;)
Lessmore 05/27/18 08:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Kids are making buying a used diesel truck a chore..

Around here, the oilfields. You can make $75-100k straight out of high school if you are willing to work two weeks on/one week off, bustin' ass work out in the middle of nowhere, twelve hour shifts, and the threat of being laid off every few years when the market goes bust. Oilfield is paying better then when I worked derricks $.85/hr flipping burgers OR $6.36/hr working derrick Wasn't too tough of a decision. Rent was $65/month and paid cash for my 1968 Charger and my 1966 Triumph Lots of 'hot rodded' cars, trucks back in those days too Just curious - was that '68 Charger equipped with the 360, 383 or, by chance a 440 CID with that delightful Hurst 4 speed quick shifter? Awesome memories I rekindle from time to time about my '69 Road Runner with the 440 6pack. SIGH! grumble grumble. Cheers! Mike Mike, With the '68 Charger, think your thinking about the 318 rather than the 360. Think the 360 didn't come out till about '74 or so. That '69 Roadrunner with the A12 440-6 pak would of been a very nice muscle car. I bet you regret not having it anymore. :) Les
Lessmore 05/26/18 12:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Doc told me I'm overweight.

And don't think that walking is the only exercise. You may find that you hate it, and won't do it regularly. Find something you like: road cycling, mountain biking, rowing, inline or quad skating, skateboarding, etc. Find something you like to do and you're more likely to stick with it. I like cycling.... so long as my cycle has a 1600 CC motor in it.?? ;):B Doesn't count. Back in the late '70's I bought a 500cc single cylinder Yamaha (actually still have it). Big singles can be notoriously hard starters...one big piston, without another piston or three others to continue the initial effort to start the engine. Sometimes my non electric starter 500cc Thumper was not easy to start and there were times when I had to kick her over a couple of times, which meant jumping down hard on the kick start. A buddy used to say that the only part of my body that got any exercise, was my kick start right leg, back then. :B
Lessmore 05/24/18 01:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: 6.0l 301,112 miles

Even with the above-average rate of failure of the 6.0, the VAST MAJORITY of them have still been trouble free. How do you know that.." the VAST MAJORITY of them have still been trouble free? "
Lessmore 05/24/18 01:04pm Tow Vehicles
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