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Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Well-Known Member

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    I bought this car with the intent to build an intimidating street/track day weapon. With grand plans to upgrade the gearbox and Diffs to 2005-6 6spd, bolt pattern to 114.3 swap. Cusco diffs , Hks Hypermax coilovers. And a plethora of engine mods. The goal being 400hp at the wheels. Carbon hood,(orig has bondo, so bonnet pins require a new hood, and bolt on over fenders. . . But. It has grown on me in stock form. I'm not motivated by value. There are other cars for that. This became my daily by necessity. And now it's starting to give up on me. Meaning whether it gets a makeover.or replaced. It needs to be taken off the road soon. And no matter what i do with it? I'm going to need a new daily. Just hope this one holds out a little longer. A garage is coming soon. .
     
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  2. mike1445

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    I'd have to go with Icon's "TLC" shop version of the FZJ80 with the LS# V8, But until I can step up to a land cruiser, I've got an 08 4runner V8 limited, slowly updating suspension and whatever else I can so that it can be a forever truck. I'd love to pick a GTI/Golf R for a runabout/grocery getter but I dont know if you could call that a forever car
     
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  3. Dino944

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    Well, maybe the issue then becomes whether to do a make over (and whether that can be done easily in stages on weekends) so as to keep the car driveable for most of the work week.

    Or does it make sense to get newer lower mileage daily, but one that you will enjoy at least as much as this one if not more, but something with far fewer needs. I always think about a statement one of the techs who works on my car, told me they always tell people who are considering cars in various states of condition (from really great shape, to needs a lot of work that they might wrench themselves). Do you want a car that you can drive for the next several seasons with just some basic service, or do you want a project car? He said a lot of hobbyists who have a 9-5 job, who buy a project car end up not driving it for at least several seasons (to a few years) if it needs a bunch of work, just because they are limited to nights and weekend (and that's when family obligations don't keep them out of the garage). It seems you get to work on cars all week long, and granted it may seem different to work on your own car and maybe build your dream vehicle vs. that of others...but maybe after the work you have put into this one it might be a nice change to have a car needing less work, and simply having more time to drive it since you wouldn't be doing as much work on it (maybe consider how many weekends or nights you put into repainting/bodywork etc). Or maybe for you it would be a mix something newer and fun that you would do some limited mods to and just enjoy.

    A lot of guys I know, like having something fairly modern that needs only basic service, that might get a few mods, but won't take a lot of their weekends, nights etc, so that they can easily use their free time to go drives with friends, or do car club driving events, cars and coffee etc. Wishing you luck with whatever the next step is.
     
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  4. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    Gonna drop this here due to Telsa.

    What's the latest scoop on his whole house battery? I want one.
     
  5. SirReveller

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  6. ramuman

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    The Powerwall is basically load balancing electrical energy consumption.

    The sun doesn't shine all day, and when it does, most people are out of the house and at work. It's a means to store energy for when you come home or wake up and want electricity that was either delivered via solar or during off-peak off-the-grid hours.

    You'll need an electrician to do the installation (DC/AC inverters, charging spots for your cars if need be, dryers, HVAC, induction cooktops, etc.), but you should come out ahead within 5 years or so.

    I've been telling my friends this for 5+ years. Tesla isn't a car company. It's an energy company.
     
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  7. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Well-Known Member

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    :p strip the interior. Race seats and black speaker box carpet diy doortrims, used decent carpet cleaned and spray painted black. Semi race look but comfortable. Outside would get a Cray Arctic camo with blacked out bumpers.
    -taped up windows and trim. A few beers and a paint gun. :cheers:

    If they can prove the mech stuff is sound? That could be a lot of fun.

    Edit:and yellow light bulbs, yellow fog lights. Yup, would totally roll that winter badassery . :nodding:
     
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  8. SirReveller

    SirReveller Well-Known Member

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    Oh spot on Thrift. I woulda just draped a poncho a homeless guy in Cancun gave me over the driver's seat! Lol

    The fact a fulltime mechanic rebuilt this sucker has to be an extra plus.
     
  9. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Well-Known Member

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    Agreed.
    Looks like a lump of coal. Diamond?
    Poncho is a bonus.
    If cosmetic and comforts are open to your tastes? It has a lot to give. Cool find.
     
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  10. Piobaire

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    The load balancing is secondary to me as I just want it for electrical outages. I was looking more for comments on the battery itself as I've already looked into the installation. FYI, you don't need all the bolded. A "switch gear" is installed and the change over to alternate power (generator, battery (other companies have them,) etc.) is transparent.


     
  11. SirReveller

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    Conference down the street at fancy hotel. Free valet as attendee so why not. As expected my Gay4 cab did not make the pimp parking, lol
    [​IMG]
    Hroi's woulda. Gf's too. My old e46 m3? ...maybe. Post-car wash. Haha.
     
  12. ramuman

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    You've done your due diligence obviously. I'd just get the base powerwall for that then.
     
  13. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Well-Known Member

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    Dang dude dat due diligence doe
     
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  14. SirReveller

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    Called. Gone. "Oh they were suppose to remove that from Autotrader." Damn. Ida offered 5 and gone to 5.8.

    Auto to minimize spousal bitching. It was the 5.8L too! :..(

    Ima continue searching for a beater 4x4 for winter. Blazer just don't cut it tho v Bronco, lol.
     
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  15. Rumpelstiltskin

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    3.0 cs
     
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  16. GreenFrog

    GreenFrog Well-Known Member

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    Wow apple is said to have approached Mclaren for an acquisition.
     
  17. jbarwick

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    Maybe an Apple exec was denied a P1 and joked they would buy the whole company. I hope this is the story.
     
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  18. culverwood

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    I reckon even I could work on one of these.
    [​IMG]
     
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  19. ramuman

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    If Tesla and Google were somehow also involved, I doubt I'd ever visit a porn site in the future.

    Sadly looks like step one won't even happen.
     
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  20. mike1445

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