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    Clemmons, NC
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    Tom Zuchowski
  1. Mad Max Gigahorse

    I am SO VERY pleased that this is back to work again! Definitely my favorite build to follow of all time! Thanks so much for the updates!
  2. Wow,my work area is a mess.

    There's a time-tested method for staying ahead of the mess that is far more effective than periodically cleaning your work space. Once every six months, nail a fresh sheet of plywood down atop your work bench and everything on it. Problem solved!
  3. eBay's newest crummy trick

    It's often really hard to find a link to "See Seller's Other Items" now also. Sometimes the only way I can do that is by putting the first item in my watch list, sometimes not even then. The new format stinks also. Guess they're trying to make it large and simple for touch-screen users.
  4. Autoquiz 376 - Finished

    Don't think it is Japanese, but all Japanese cars have the forward fender mirrors. I spent two years in Japan, and those mirrors are wonderful! You have no blind spot and can see both mirrors thru the windshield. I wish they would mandate them here.
  5. JDM Legends

    Huh. I just watched that episode and it appeared to me that they did a nut and bolt restoration from mildly modified back to 100% original. They did mention that the car had several very rare optional parts, such as the rear end. They also gave the guy a loaner engine while his was being rebuilt. Where did they go off track and "make it better?" I missed that.
  6. JDM Legends

    I don't think I saw the 240Z episode, but two I did see featured Skylines and Bluebirds, and all the cars had right-hand drive. I'd never heard of a Nissan "SSS"; neat car. I am definitely a watcher now.
  7. 2019 Corvette ZR-1 Top Speed Run

    Jay Leno took the ZR-1 to 202 on that track on the latest "Jay Leno's Garage." It's just amazing what a great personality and a $100,000,000 car collection can do for a guy's opportunities . . .
  8. I seem to remember reading that Ford's bean counters tried for years to kill the Mustang but they just kept right on selling so well . . .
  9. Pet peeve of mine!

    Heh. Given my "error tolerance" when I was a kid as compared to now, I'm not prepared to say that. I do remember one severely warped convertible top from way back then. FWIW, back in the '70's I ran yellow Accel wires on my 1:1 '67 'Vette as they were high-temp tolerant and there was just no way to keep them completely off the headers. With those wires they could lie right across a header pipe with no problems.
  10. According to his autobiography, Mickey Thompson used Pontiac in his Bonneville record car because they had bulletproof bottom ends.
  11. First Car in Space: a Tesla Roadster

    Musk himself said that the first launch was extremely risky, but it would be lame to launch a concrete block when you could do something cool. If you want to launch a satellite to low earth orbit, the retail price for a Falcon 9 Heavy launch is $90 million. The anticipated retail price for a launch on the new (under development) NASA heavy launch vehicle is anticipated to be $1 billion. 'Nuff said.
  12. GM and Chevy Quality

    A recall is not a reliability issue unless you've experienced a failure. Consumer Reports was really liking some of the recent Chevy's, especially the Impala and their trucks. They never had anything nice to say about the Cruz or Cobalt. Recently Chevy has slid into the bottom third of CR's reliability by brand list, which is based on the hundreds of thousands of annual questionnaires they send to their readers. I have noticed that it seems like nearly every brand claims some sort of JD Power award in their ads. By any chance did the Chevy state that their award was for "American" cars, for example? (Seems funny to call cars made mostly in Canada/Mexico "American" and the Honda Accord, which has the most US content of any make, "Foreign.")
  13. Brush painted.

    I know some of the secrets. Use enamel. Thin the paint about 60-40, varies with brand and color. Use a fairly large flat brush. Only brush INTO the wet paint, lifting as you meet the previous stroke. Keep the paint fairly heavy (not too heavy!) and wet. NEVER touch any area that already has wet paint on it except for finishing the next stroke. Light sanding with 1500 between coats. Don't expect even coverage right away, you might need five coats to cover. I've seen praise for Humbrol, especially for gloss black. Finally a coat or two of spray clear is often done. It takes a lot of practice to develop the techniques. I've had some moderate success but my bane is always dust and floating cat hair (arrgh.
  14. Model Cars Magazine no longer at my LHS...

    I suspect that much of the reduction in posting is due to the passing of Harry. He posted a LOT and had some absurd number of posts to his credit. I remember one request for help I had made, and after three days with no response he jumped in and offered what advice he could even though he had no experience with my issue. That one reply got the ball rolling and I wound up with about a dozen posts of very helpful information. I had noticed long ago that Harry was a very significant component of the energy here. Alas.
  15. I keep seeing what may be Hawaiian scattered about in this forum. Is there a glossary somewhere on this site that might give me a clue what those words and phrases mean? Seems like I mostly see people doing this with French. Hawaiian is a new one for me. It would be a courtesy to those benighted among us (such as myself) to supply a translation in parentheses. thanks