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Beaver 01-05-2008 07:36 PM

Love cars, hate foreign oil!
 
Hello,
Beaver here. I just finished school here at Oregon State University, thus the handle. I went back to school after taking 30 years off to raise a family and have a career. Family grew up and moved away (Except for wife, she's still here) and career was in the Northwest timber industry, so it also moved away...
Have always loved cars, since my first car, a 56 Ford Victoria. It was only 12 years old when I bought it (for $75). Have had lots of gas guzzlers, from Corvettes to 3/4 ton 4WD pickups. Presently I have an 84 S10 Blazer 4WD with a 400 hp 350 small block, and a 700R4 trans. Death rocket, incredibly bad gas mileage. I don't use it any more; my son drives it occasionally. Have been downsizing with houses and cars, and recently read an article on hypermilers. Started checking it out and found that the Geo Metro did well on fuel economy. Now I have one, and I'm trying to figure out how to make the most of it. I can see that this forum is going to be a big help on that score. The whole idea is starting to feel like a new hobby; just what I (don't) need! Oh, well...
Cheers,
Beaver


"Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music."
--George Carlin

SVOboy 01-05-2008 07:58 PM

Welcome to the site! Certainly has been a interesting ownership history for you, :)

What'd you go back to school for?

Beaver 01-05-2008 08:14 PM

Yes, I have a big album of pictures of my cars. Each picture has a set of stories stored in my head. (Memory almost full)...

Got Trade reform act retraining money for two years "retraining" when my mill closed down. Used it to get my BS in Political Science, Communication minor. Continued with teaching assistantships and got my masters in public policy. Just defended my thesis November 30th: "Diesel Fuel Emissions and Truck Idling: The Oregon Interstate 5 Idle-Free Corridor Project"
Speaking of Zero miles per gallon!

Thanks for the welcome!

Dartmouth 2010? What's the story behind that?

Beaver

SVOboy 01-05-2008 08:21 PM

Sounds like an interesting thesis, something Japan certainly has a problem with, :p

Not much story, I'm just a current student, graduating in 3 years or so, :)

Does oregon say OSU or is that just ohio? I get so confused.

Beaver 01-05-2008 08:32 PM

OS, OSU, etc.
 
Oregon State University has always been OSU, but just very recently they changed their sports logo and car back window sticker to OS. I see a lot of them upside down SO?

The law of unintended consequences bites again!

But Oregon State did change their sports logo because of the confusion with Ohio State.

Go Beavers!!!

:cool:

bestmapman 01-05-2008 10:26 PM

Is your 64 VW still running?

MetroMPG 01-05-2008 10:27 PM

Nice intro.

Officially: "Welcome".

Beaver 01-05-2008 10:57 PM

Banana Slug
 
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Bestmapman,
Yep, the old VW runs pretty well. I drove it to work 3 days a week (39 miles each way, all back roads) all year up until mid-October. It got mid to upper 20's for mileage; usually around 28. It is set up more for performance than mileage, but it still does okay compared to what they really got back in the day.
And thanks all for the warm welcome.
Beaver

bestmapman 01-05-2008 11:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beaver (Post 4276)
Bestmapman,
Yep, the old VW runs pretty well. I drove it to work 3 days a week (39 miles each way, all back roads) all year up until mid-October. It got mid to upper 20's for mileage; usually around 28. It is set up more for performance than mileage, but it still does okay compared to what they really got back in the day.
And thanks all for the warm welcome.
Beaver

My second car was a 64 bug. I loved that car. Should have kept it. Sold it to buy an MGB. Worst car I ever had. The bug was one of the best.

SVOboy 01-05-2008 11:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bestmapman (Post 4284)
My second car was a 64 bug. I loved that car. Should have kept it. Sold it to buy an MGB. Worst car I ever had. The bug was one of the best.

Really on the MGB? My mum is in love with them, :p


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