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by watkins
Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: New Toyota Supra with manual transmission!
Replies: 2
Views: 996

Re: New Toyota Supra with manual transmission!

The 8HP is pretty nice, but it can get confused during rolling stop maneuvers. At least with FCA programming, they hold 3rd until shifting to 1st at a stop. This results in some pretty terrible downshifts into 1st or 2nd when the vehicle catches on to the fact that coming to a full stop was never th...
by watkins
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:21 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55451
Views: 1758162

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

ClutchFork wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:59 pm
With our 92 5.0 I can't even get into second gear on surface streets without violating the speed limit.
That is undeniably an operator issue, not a car issue. I manage to stay well within the speed limit with considerably more power.
by watkins
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55451
Views: 1758162

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

On the other hand if I found a nice '99-'04 Mustang V6 with a manual I might just go with that. Wikipedia says, "The 3.8 L OHV Essex V6 returned as the base engine for 1999. A new split-port induction system replaced single-port induction, which increased the base model's output to 190 hp (142 kW; ...
by watkins
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55451
Views: 1758162

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Random complaint:

New dash switches for the bus could cost up to $400 for a full set of sixteen custom pieces. I really need to find cheaper options.
by watkins
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:50 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55451
Views: 1758162

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

I'm overdue but I'm still here... though my GTI is not. I ended up re-selling it back to the dealership I bought new 2 weeks ago and ended an era. I loved the car and I'm grateful for all the assistance and guidance this forum has provided me for years. This car never stranded me, but definitely wa...
by watkins
Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: U.S. Drivers are the Pits!
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

Re: U.S. Drivers are the Pits!

Over the past few years Ive been involved with the training of three new drivers. Trust me, enforcement is just a tangent to the problem. Drivers' Ed is a joke, and has been for at least 15 years.
by watkins
Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: U.S. Drivers are the Pits!
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

Re: U.S. Drivers are the Pits!

We absolutely need stricter driver training. I watch people drive all day. Most people cant even manage to pull their own vehicle in to a parking space successfully. I cant imagine how bad they are out on the road.
by watkins
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:56 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55451
Views: 1758162

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Ive been at work for four hours. Our computer system has been down for four hours. We cant function, and I cant get paid.
by watkins
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1312

Re: Where have all the Pump Jockeys gone?

Full service stations just take too damn long. I want to get my gas and go. I do not want to have to explain that I do not want my tank topped off or my cost rounded up. Honestly, I dont want to talk to a person at all.
by watkins
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: BKs New Car
Replies: 65
Views: 6702

Re: BKs New Car

That is by no means a heavy clutch. If anything its a bit too light. It is responsive at least. What exactly makes a clutch heavy vs. light? Is it as simple as the weight of the clutch disc? Or is it how hard the pedal is to push to the floor and keep there? Generally when referencing a clutch, "li...
by watkins
Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55451
Views: 1758162

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

We took our inaugural trip in the school bus this past weekend and of course it ended poorly. Bus wouldn't start. Turns out the starter was internally shorted and arcing to the block. After two hour-long round trips to parts stores and a hope-this-works starter, we gave up. The closest starter we co...
by watkins
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: BKs New Car
Replies: 65
Views: 6702

Re: BKs New Car

It’s obviously a miata I'm vaguely lusty for one, then again I'm also lusty for a manual Challenger. My heart is aflutter for all sorts of the things. The clutch is insanely heavy in those though. I don't think dailying it would be fun. That is by no means a heavy clutch. If anything its a bit too ...
by watkins
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55451
Views: 1758162

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

I also got another over the pants handy because moving seats back to position is apparently not taught anymore. As a tech, the general rule of thumb is that if the seat must be moved to fit, only move it along one axis. That way the customer can easily restore its position. We dont get paid to move...
by watkins
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55451
Views: 1758162

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

In the 17k miles we've put on the Wrangler since Halloween, we have no real complaints about the UConnect system. It seems to work better with Android devices, which I knew in advance because Apple hates sharing. Most features are pretty well integrated and intuitive. I'm a big fan of nearly all veh...
by watkins
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55451
Views: 1758162

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Theres definitely something very enjoyable about bombing around in a school bus. I wish I had bought one years ago!