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  • Ken's Avatar
    Today, 06:53 AM
    Yes, it is here too, Grouch. I just lumped the two costs together to give an overall total. Adding a bike on would have added another $435 or so...
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  • grouch's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
    Insurance here is separate. The Cadillac being 4X4 is a bit high because of the risk of going off road to have an accident but I think my insurance...
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  • Ken's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:49 AM
    Now that is really low cost - my tax and insurance this year, on a ten year old 2 L Mazda 3 TS2 was, at current exchange rates, $1094. The tax on...
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  • grouch's Avatar
    06-16-2019, 06:55 PM
    the state is prompt about getting their taxes as well as my county. However, our taxes are a lot lighter here than in the U.K. I managed to find a...
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  • Ken's Avatar
    06-16-2019, 04:05 PM
    I found it expensive enough taxing and insuring one car plus one bike. The thought of taxing and insuring nine vehicles (assuming they might be...
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  • grouch's Avatar
    06-16-2019, 10:18 AM
    I've had as many as 9 vehicles plated and insured at one time. Some I've kept for a few weeks, one just long enough for the title to come back, and...
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  • Ken's Avatar
    06-14-2019, 03:32 PM
    Seriously? I thought I was a bit excessive with about twenty or so under my belt plus around that number of bikes. Ken.
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  • grouch's Avatar
    06-14-2019, 10:09 AM
    You are correct in that older people want to collect cars from their youth. Basically, the cars they couldn't afford at the time. Personally, I just...
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  • Eric's Avatar
    06-14-2019, 07:51 AM
    Are old cars for old people? It seems to be so - if you go by what one typically sees at an old car show. The owners are mostly at least as old as...
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  • Eric's Avatar
    06-13-2019, 02:13 PM
    Eric started a thread The In-Car Checkpoint in Motor Mouth
    A new principle forms the basis of American criminal justice. It is that innocence is irrelevant. More accurately, it is an obstruction. It gets in...
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  • Eric's Avatar
    06-13-2019, 06:28 AM
    In 1979, VW stopped selling the Beetle - at least, in the United States. Uncle would not allow it. The car designed back in the 1930s could not...
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  • grouch's Avatar
    06-12-2019, 10:04 PM
    grouch replied to a thread Funeral for Fiat? in Motor Mouth
    I can't remember if the expanding foam was around in the early 80's. I didn't own a house yet so I didn't fool with that type of material. The reason...
    5 replies | 126 view(s)
  • Ken's Avatar
    06-12-2019, 10:10 AM
    Ken replied to a thread Funeral for Fiat? in Motor Mouth
    The Dauphine was, like many cars of the time, very prone to rust. With access to a good workshop mine had been up on a hoist and the whole...
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  • grouch's Avatar
    06-12-2019, 08:35 AM
    I never heard of nearby explosion setting off air bags in a car that wasn't physically hit with anything but a pressure wave. ...
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  • grouch's Avatar
    06-12-2019, 08:32 AM
    grouch replied to a thread Funeral for Fiat? in Motor Mouth
    I'm sure they were decent cars when new. We were trying to bring back one that had broken down and was shoved into a barn 20 years previous. The body...
    5 replies | 126 view(s)
  • Ken's Avatar
    06-12-2019, 06:27 AM
    Ken replied to a thread Funeral for Fiat? in Motor Mouth
    My first car was a Renault Dauphine, the one with the Ferlec clutch, and I loved it. With a little work it was fast - for the day and its engine...
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  • grouch's Avatar
    06-11-2019, 12:16 PM
    grouch replied to a thread Funeral for Fiat? in Motor Mouth
    I've heard that FCA is in talks with Renault about joining together. I don't know if that will be good. Supposedly, Renault has some good cars on...
    5 replies | 126 view(s)
  • grouch's Avatar
    06-11-2019, 12:06 PM
    I work in logistics and this touches on what I do all day. I guess I got a little into exact details rather than feasibility. With Musk's Tesla Model...
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  • Eric's Avatar
    06-11-2019, 08:46 AM
    Eric started a thread Funeral for Fiat? in Motor Mouth
    Newspaper people know that obits are written in advance - so they're ready to go when the inevitable does occur. Fiat is looking a little green...
    5 replies | 126 view(s)
  • Ken's Avatar
    06-11-2019, 04:58 AM
    I wasn't actually looking at the legal logistics of such a load, Grouch. I was just musing, broadly on the technical feasibility of building the...
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  • grouch's Avatar
    06-10-2019, 06:20 PM
    A 90 ton load will be the entire rig. That's 180,000 pounds. To run heavier than 80,000 pounds requires an oversize permit. Now, those aren't just to...
    6 replies | 217 view(s)
  • Ken's Avatar
    06-09-2019, 11:01 AM
    Another thought. Take a 44 ton capacity trailer - use (say) 5 ton of that capacity for a battery pack mounted on the trailer, leaving a 39 ton load...
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  • grouch's Avatar
    06-08-2019, 03:45 PM
    The limit for hauling is not truck capacity. Current maximum GVW for commercial loads without a permit is 80,000 pounds. A late model tractor can...
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  • Ken's Avatar
    06-08-2019, 06:14 AM
    Let's see - 300000 lbs is roughly 134 tons. Aussie road trains pull three trailers. 133 tons divided by three is around 44 tons. That is the...
    6 replies | 217 view(s)
  • Eric's Avatar
    06-06-2019, 08:13 AM
    How does he get away with it? The simple answer is . . . the press lets him. Over and over and over again. Ludicrous claims that ought to trigger...
    6 replies | 217 view(s)
  • Eric's Avatar
    06-04-2019, 08:12 AM
    Eric started a thread Where's Our Cut? in Motor Mouth
    You’ve probably seen people driving around in cars covered over - “wrapped” - with advertisements for some service or product and wondered how much...
    0 replies | 81 view(s)
  • chiph's Avatar
    06-03-2019, 09:37 PM
    This report out by the St. Louis Federal Reserve tracks financial health at the zip code level. ...
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  • Eric's Avatar
    06-03-2019, 08:37 AM
    Eric started a thread Cycle Therapy in On Two Wheels
    There are sound, practical reasons for owning a motorcycle that transcend fantastic gas mileage and low buy-in cost. I speak of the therapeutic...
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  • Eric's Avatar
    06-01-2019, 07:46 AM
    A Corvette getting to 60 in 3.7 seconds is kind of meh at this point. A Mustang GT can almost do the same. It’s just not that big of a deal anymore....
    0 replies | 166 view(s)
  • Eric's Avatar
    06-01-2019, 07:41 AM
    Eric started a thread MOCs in Motor Mouth
    When someone does something wrong, punish everyone who hasn’t done it yet. This is the new American legal doctrine - which seems to be based on the...
    0 replies | 79 view(s)
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