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by theholycow
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Parts and Problems
Topic: Octane Ratings, when did they drop
Replies: 21
Views: 2247

Re: Octane Ratings, when did they drop

I remember......what was it I remembered?....oh yeah.....I remember when they called it Ethyl and not lead. People knew lead could be poisonous, but Ethyl, why she was some girl your dad dated before he met Mom, right? You too could get lucky with Ethyl like dear old Dad prolly did. My dad still th...
by theholycow
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Downshifting: when has slipping the clutch gone too far?
Replies: 19
Views: 7624

Re: Downshifting: when has slipping the clutch gone too far?

Ok the other thing about down shifting is go gently in wet conditions and perhaps DON'T DO IT IN THE SNOW. I once downshifted gently on road that had a half inch of snow (I-96 in morning rush) and my Ranger instantly turned sideways. Thankfully, nobody was in the next lane by me because my tail end...
by theholycow
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Throwout Bearing Wear
Replies: 7
Views: 755

Re: Throwout Bearing Wear

When I was doing my conversion I considered a mechanical linkage a little bit. Due to lack of information/products/prior art/knowledge/time/money I went with the hydraulic system from the S10. I never came across any mechanical linkage conversion kits. With a fork-operated clutch it shouldn't be too...
by theholycow
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Throwout Bearing Wear
Replies: 7
Views: 755

Re: Throwout Bearing Wear

Lots of parts, especially for old cars and especially for stuff like clutches, come with a very generic sheet of instructions like that, with no indication that they may not apply to the part in your hand. That's not to say that it is self-adjusting, but I wouldn't take that sheet as gospel that it ...
by theholycow
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: RomPirate's new-new-new-new-new car
Replies: 6
Views: 1194

Re: RomPirate's new-new-new-new-new car

I'm tired of paying lots of $$ for alignments so I'm giving it a shot with my own setup: https://s15.postimg.cc/g7rtxwumf/alignment.jpg My maths tells me that i'm at +0.179 degrees which is allegedly within spec. I would think you should zip down all the lug nuts, not just have the two nuts holding...
by theholycow
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Upshifting Technique Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1847

Re: Upshifting Technique Question

Is the wear less because the rpm is matched or does having a slight touch on the gas still affect anything else. Indeed, the wear is less because the RPM is matched. With practice this will likely cease to be an issue, as you will probably shift more quickly and learn to overlap your actions instea...
by theholycow
Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55403
Views: 1594054

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

I don't think anyone expects such an idea to work with existing designs, but it doesn't sound too unrealistic to design a car around a standardized battery pack that slides out from underneath. Pull up next to the robot, it hooks the passenger side rocker panel and yanks out the tray then replaces t...
by theholycow
Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: Watkins' other Saab
Replies: 39
Views: 2161

Re: Watkins' other Saab

What's crazy is that utility trailers are crazy expensive here. Doesn't matter if it looks like shit, needs wheel bearings, new deck and wiring is barely hanging on, they are asking 300-400 for them. I thought about getting one to transport the motorcycle if necessary and just in general and didn't...
by theholycow
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: The Photo and Video Gallery
Topic: Just a couple of cars I saw lately
Replies: 1599
Views: 116287

Re: Just a couple of cars I saw lately

Just saw a beautifully restored 60s GM pick-up, but no photo. I left as soon as I saw that the column shifter was just sitting there uselessly while a "sporty" PRNDL set-up was on the floor between the seats, and the third pedal had been removed. That is despicable! Turning a perfectly good manual ...
by theholycow
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: Watkins' other Saab
Replies: 39
Views: 2161

Re: Watkins' other Saab

we don't need to be a four car household for just two of us. Eh? Why not? My yard looks like a used car dealer. :lol: Wife's DD, my DD, wife's second car, my second car, pickup truck, yard plow truck (rotting remains of old pickup truck), project vehicle that I'll soon sell, travel trailer, buncha ...
by theholycow
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...
Replies: 50
Views: 4798

Re: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

The manuals I miss are those you didn't have to go out of your way to get. In other words, take me back to the 1960s when you had to pay extra for an automatic and most vehicles "automatically" came with a manual. Back when the manual transmission was standard ... This website's name is a misnomer....
by theholycow
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55403
Views: 1594054

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

-Get both kayaks on the roof and secured, including making new coated steel cable bow lines. Oh, so that was you! https://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/08/06/mass-state-police-overloaded-truck-unsecured-load-drivers-cited/ https://www.facebook.com/MassStatePolice/photos/a.1768489326568376.1073742345.218...
by theholycow
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: The beast has come...
Replies: 48
Views: 4907

Re: The beast has come...

In your case that's how it worked; you switched from highway-optimized to city-optimized. ClutchFork's setup is already too short for ANY fuel economy optimization, really already optimized for quarter mile times...any shorter is wasted and likely counterproductive (without other changes to make use...
by theholycow
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: The Photo and Video Gallery
Topic: Just a couple of cars I saw lately
Replies: 1599
Views: 116287

Re: Just a couple of cars I saw lately

I like it. It's super clean and smooth.

I'm sick of gaping, toothy, industrial, gratuitous grills.
by theholycow
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: ClutchDisc's new ride
Replies: 47
Views: 4648

Re: ClutchDisc's new ride

I am coming to the conclusion that all newer automatics are bad. I grew up on the old vacuum modulator shifting automatica and every one of these new electronic autos drives me nuts. I cannot get them to do what I need. I mash the pedal and instead of going it has to do a jig, rev out, then double ...