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Old 01-30-2013, 09:32 PM   #31 (permalink)
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What cellphone? :P I haven't got one yet. They're just a fad.

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:39 PM   #32 (permalink)
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What cellphone? :P I haven't got one yet. They're just a fad.
Back here in Republic of Bananas there are more cellphones than regular phones
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:09 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Here's one for ya. I was about 5 minutes late for the auction this morning. This was car #3, I got there as car #7 was going through. '99 Metro, 1.0l, 5 speed, the cleanest, straightest original paint body I have ever seen on one of these things, still has the dealer installed "Sport" decals on it. High KMs and it needed a drivers seat, I didn't drive it but it ran fine. Ya, you don't want to know how cheap it sold. The ironic part was I was late to the auction because I had to move my 4cyl/auto firefly into a different spot at work, so one kept me from getting the other one lol, it must have been jealous.

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:54 PM   #34 (permalink)
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"Embarrassment of riches" is the saying that comes to mind. (Too bad you can't get rich selling them!)
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:59 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Ok maybe not an eco-car exactly, but it kind of is, and it is such a weird combo that I had to put it up. Any of the following options are not really rare on their own, but I have never seen them all in one place before.

Full load Yukon with leather (no big deal). 2 door (hard to find, up here anyway), 4x4, barn doors in the back (now THAT'S hard to find lol). And it's a diesel!! (I have only ever seen a few diesels in these trucks ever up here) This thing must have been a special order, it's too weird to be naturally occurring. If it isn't a special order, then a room full of monkeys with typewriters somewhere just finished writing Hamlet. If I had the space/facilities/time to make biodiesel, I would have bought this thing on sight.



Oh, and if you ever see on of these style Tahoes / Yukons or a half ton pickup from the same style, and want to be able to tell real quick if it's a diesel, look at the front bumper. You can see on this one the square holes on either side of the front license plate holder, only the diesels have those. It allowed more airflow to the rad. Kinda like how only the new Ecoboost powered F150s have the front license plate set to one side instead of being centered. Man I spend too much time looking at the front of trucks apparently ha ha


I saw an original paint '92 Civic CX 5 speed too, but it was a little crusty in the back. Not bad, but not worth buying, up here anyway. Didn't bother with a pic. I think it sold for $500 but I wasn't really paying attention.
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Ok maybe not an eco-car exactly, but it kind of is, and it is such a weird combo that I had to put it up. Any of the following options are not really rare on their own, but I have never seen them all in one place before.

Full load Yukon with leather (no big deal). 2 door (hard to find, up here anyway), 4x4, barn doors in the back (now THAT'S hard to find lol). And it's a diesel!! (I have only ever seen a few diesels in these trucks ever up here) This thing must have been a special order, it's too weird to be naturally occurring. If it isn't a special order, then a room full of monkeys with typewriters somewhere just finished writing Hamlet. If I had the space/facilities/time to make biodiesel, I would have bought this thing on sight.

These rigs, altough usually bashed for being gas-guzzlers (ironically even their Diesel versions are often called so), are an interesting alternative as an "environmental" vehicle. Diesels doesn't require spark plugs to be changed so often, and either a set of glowplugs or a grid-heater lasts longer than spark plugs, and are also easier to use alternative fuels. But if I'd get one of those I'd consider to replace the stock engine for one fitted with direct injection, such as the Cummins 4BT, since it can be worked around to run even on pure ethanol (what seems impossible to do with an indirect-injection Diesel).
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I'd run biodiesel with propane injection. I would not want to run a 6000 pound SUV off a 4BT, you'd need to time your commutes with a calendar lol. I know that the big Frito Lay delivery trucks came with them, but for something that I would need to cruise at highways speeds and be able to get around town without holding up traffic, I don't think that would work for me. I have an old Jeep Comanche pickup that has been my ongoing 4x4 project for the last few years, now that I would put a 4BT in. But for the amount of time it would get used, I don't think it would be worth the time and money to do the conversion.
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Who remembers the Fiat 126p?


Well, today came across this picture of how someone aeromodded one:

I have no information about who, when, where and why (the pic is from an automotive site where users post their "wild" pictures), but I can see that the author of this piece of art had at least some idea about aerodynamics: Full Kamm-ification with good angles and rear skirts, side skirts and even front wheel skirts. Me likes
Maybe this is for some (sci-fi) movie? Can't find any info
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:50 PM   #39 (permalink)
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That's .. wow.

If the site where you found the image still has it, try googling the filename of the picture. It might show up on other sites... or.. wait! Google Images has an image search feature - you could try uploading that image and see where else it appears.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:18 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Here is the page:
Polak mieszkajacy na Marsie - Fotosy - Poboczem.pl
The image appears to be embedded in a less than obvious way, or at least I don't know how to find its name.

I read through the comments and only one (posted ~1h ago) says anything about aerodynamics, even reminds that the original 126p has Cd = 0.49 Other comments are not relevant. The picture was posted on 17.04.2012. The user who posted it is most likely not the Aero126p's owner, this is only one of a few funny pics in his album. Unfortunately there appears to be no way to get in touch with him.

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