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Old 10-09-2020, 07:38 PM   #291 (permalink)
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Grandpa's Caprice (retired) - '84 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
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Woody - '90 Mercury Grand Marquis Wagon LS
Last 3: 19.57 mpg (US)

F.E. Brick - '99 Chevrolet K2500 Suburban LS
Last 3: 12.94 mpg (US)

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Over nearly the last month, I've done a good bit to the 90 Grand Marquis Wagon.

> Replaced Air Filter
> Oil & Filter Change
> Near Complete Fuel Line & Vent Line Change (save for a section that was already replaced)
> Replaced Fuel Filter
> 3 Brake Lines Replaced
> Brake Hose Replaced
> Rear Wheel Cylinders Replaced (Drum Brakes)

A few days ago, I had the car running on its own fuel.

Today, I cleaned the Tires, Turbine Wheels, & Center Caps. I did an OK job, but not as good as I'd like (though I was low on time.) It already was a long enough job to get brake dust & road grime off the turbine wheels, and now I found that the front wheel bearings are starting to go; both sides are leaking grease, but the Driver one's much worse than the Passenger one, which isn't much. Because of the grease leaks, cleaning the center caps took much longer.

Now, the tires are laying on their backs, so they can soak up some tire gel overnight.

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Old 10-10-2020, 07:07 PM   #292 (permalink)
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Nice work, 101volts... I cleaned the cars a little today and am going for a drive with the daughter in hers. She's really satisfied with how it runs and looks right now and we did a lot of the repairs together. Should be a satisfying spin! (I'll let you all know if something breaks, lol.)
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Old 10-12-2020, 04:50 AM   #293 (permalink)
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The Van - '95 Chevy Astro Cl
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90 day: 16.39 mpg (US)

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Took the mercury to a friends house then rode along to an autocross event. They took a 92 c4 6spd and an 03 (I think) S2000 also 6spd. When I left last morning I didn't think I was going to want to be there all day, but time passed pretty quickly. Especially once I realized I could ride along on the course (for free too! ). Definitely going to have to bring my own car out sometime. Really any of them it would be fun. And bring the drone next time.

Fastest car there was a c8 corvette with a 40.8 lap time. Our c4's best time was 49.16 and the best our S2000 got was 47.7 . There was a guy who was coaching the S2000 owner though and he actually ran our car and got a 44.9. A lot of Miatas and brz's
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:55 AM   #294 (permalink)
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I autocross the Prius occasionally. It's funny seeing it mixed in with all the Porsches and Corvettes:

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Old 10-12-2020, 02:20 PM   #295 (permalink)
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Does it do well? My friend tried so hard to talk me into trading my Outlander for a Prius of some kind, believing her car is fun to drive
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On LRR all-seasons, it wasn't the slowest car there. It was fun, but the Prius' steering is very numb.
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Does it do well? My friend tried so hard to talk me into trading my Outlander for a Prius of some kind, believing her car is fun to drive
I the 2nd gen Prius shares some suspension components with contemporary Corolla models, so certain performance parts will fit the Prius. Easiest one is a thicker front swaybar.

Then there's the higher ground clearance parts used in the Russian version of the Corolla. Someone imported those to put on a 2nd gen Prius and enter it in an off road rally. They had to hack the electronics to disable traction control. The other major modification was sawing off the bottom half of the front bumper cover and adding a heavy aluminum skidplate. Wouldn't think a 2nd gen Prius could look rough and tough... Toyota missed a beat there in the late 00's.
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I installed a Bluetooth retrofit kit on my daughter's car. I already have one in my own car, but hers works a whole lot better because the car already has a computer built into the dashboard.
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Old 10-16-2020, 01:15 AM   #299 (permalink)
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90 day: 16.39 mpg (US)

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I found a very unfortunate side effect of the "active weight reduction" on the rear pass. wheel well in the mercury. When the roads are wet it flings water into the car, even up to the dash. I'm gonna have to do something about that this weekend. Gonna try and make a patch panel, but idk how it's gonna turn out. Form over function I guess though.

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1973 Fiat 124 Special
1975 Honda Civic CVCC 4spd
1981 Kawasaki KZ750E
1981 Kawasaki KZ650 CSR
1983 Kawasaki KZ1100-A3
1986 Nissan 300zx Turbo 5 spd
1995 Chevy Astro RWD
1995 Mercury Tracer
2004 Chevy Astro AWD
2017 Kawasaki VersysX 300

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