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  1. 2 hours ago, Bainford said:


    There was a time when I was much younger, when I thought the 914 was about as ugly a car as one could build. I no longer feel that way, in fact with my affection for small bore mid-engine cars, I have come to really appreciate them, including their looks. This, though... this is a 914 that has truly been flogged with the ugly stick.Jumbo Picture of '73 914 Custom - LVG9

    Jumbo Picture of '73 914 Custom - LVG9

    Jumbo Picture of '73 914 Custom - LVG9

    I want my 914 to look like a Corvette ... no, wait ... a Ferrari ... no ... a Chrysler??

  2. 4 minutes ago, Southern Fried said:

    I have seen Pauls models. They are a work of art. What is crazy, is that the bid goes from the 366 mark, straight to 1300 dollars. Ebays system usually increases in increments. That is, it would show the next amount over $366. I have NEVER seen the amount jump this much without showing the bid history. Something is not right. Other Ebay guys I know have never seen this occur either. 


    Maybe something to do with meeting the reserve?

  3. 1 hour ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    Did any of you actually read WHY it costs so much to change the oil on the thing?

    The excuse is that it has a dry-sump oiling system, and you have to remove all kinds of stuff to get to the drain plugs.  

    MORONIC DESIGN. Pure and simple.

    My Porsche 911 has a dry-sump system, as do many of the race cars I've built and crewed on over the years.

    You remove TWO plugs...TWO...one from the sump, one from the tank...and they're BOTH ACCESSIBLE without taking the cars apart.

    The $20k oil-change looks like another case of clean-hands "engineer" dwerbs who rarely seem to realize MACHINES NEED TO BE WORKED ON OCCASIONALLY.

    AND...the oft-repeated comment from the peanut gallery that goes something like "controlling development and production costs needs to be paramount over any other criteria, in order to bring the product to market at a competitive price" or some such drivel make NO sense in THIS particular instance. A few extra hours spent by the design staff THINKING THROUGH how you'd change the oil would have impacted the price of this vehicle by exactly 0.000%.

    By the way...real Bugattis (from the original company), and I've had my hands on a few, are indeed different from most of the vehicles manufactured at the same time in history (and demand rather more expertise and finesse to work on). But I don't recall anything that was just plain stupid about any of them.

    Stupid design is a given but I think the real reason they charge 21K for an oil change is because they can! :blink:

  4. 1 hour ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    I figured I'd get this if anybody who knew much was paying attention (and I left out the ion stuff for the sake of simplicity).

    My response was to the statement that "baking soda is pretty much salt."

    That implies table salt to me.

    He did NOT say  baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is A salt...which I know.

    Yep, one little letter makes all the difference!  ;-)

    Two entirely different meanings here, and two entirely different chemical compounds. Not interchangeable, and neither one is "pretty much" the other one.

    I stand by my statement.

    And baking soda IS routinely used as a blasting medium for real cars and parts. Though problems have been reported with painting soda-blasted cars, they are invariably caused by poor cleaning and prep AFTER blasting...which is 100% necessary after ANY paint stripping procedure.  B)

    Yep!  Hence my comment about not leaving it in contact with the freshly blasted metal.


  5. 3 hours ago, Ace-Garageguy said:

    No.        Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. NaHCO3    Sodium, hydrogen, carbon and oxygen

    Salt is sodium chloride NaCl         Sodium and chlorine

    Two ENTIRELY different chemicals, with different properties and uses.

    AND: Baking soda is routinely used as a blasting medium on real car-parts, as it doesn't cause as much heat distortion and pitting as more aggressive sand and glass blasting media.

    It also makes an excellent NON-SCRATCHING cleaner for plastic and glass. Great for coffee pots and plastic coffee maker guts.



    Bill, often, when I read your posts, my reaction is "This dude has his stuff together!" but when you blow goober chunks you do it in spades!:)  Sodium chloride is >A< salt.  Potassium chloride is a salt. Sodium bicarbonate is also a salt.

    Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO₃. It is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. Wikipedia
    It is also hygroscopic (absorbs water) so it's probably not the best thing to paint over (or leave in contact with that freshly blasted metal.;))
  6. About once a week I'll sift thru the "Missed Calls" on my phone (just in case someone I WANT to talk to has failed to leave a message).  Well, it  seems that this past Tuesday ig got a phone call that Caller ID identified as "Illegal Scam".  Sounds legit to me! :D;)

  7. 14 hours ago, SfanGoch said:

    I was checking out a kit on ebay a few minutes ago. The seller wrote the following:

    "Awesome vintage Jo-Han Kit. Appears to be all there, but Please refer to the photos for what’s included as I am not an expert. Actual item is pictured. Thanks!"

    Appears to be all there.....Not an expert.....Cut the poop already, man. The price he's asking for this kit, and other items he's selling, indicates otherwise. I contacted him and told him to inventory what's in the box against what is shown in the instruction sheet, which is prominently visible in the photos he posted.


    28 minutes ago, Motor City said:

    When the buyer discovers that parts are missing, the seller will claim it "appeared" all parts were there, but I stated I'm not an expert.  Ebay will back up the seller - especially if they have sold a lot of items.  Many sellers are too lazy to even clean the dirty and dusty models.  I like when you can clearly see paint scrapes and the seller states that it should clean up nicely or that the defects should polish out.


    16 minutes ago, SfanGoch said:

    The seller replied and thanked me. He said that he works and doesn't have the time to check the kits. :rolleyes:

    I would think that with 1000+ positive feedback and no negatives(if it's who I think it is), he's probably not scamming people. ;)

  8. And ... fer cryin' out loud, DON'T be wishing people a "Happy Memorial Day"!  I have a friend who is a combat veteran; he has a Purple Heart and shrapnel in his body from an IED in Afghanistan.  He lost friends in that incident.  Happy Memorial Day, indeed! :angry:

  9. 2 hours ago, Sportabout said:

    I need a good donor kit for Flintstone NB137 1 '29 Ford Tudor. Revell and AMT has '29 Ford kits. Which is the best of them? Revell '29 rat rod? Critical parts are chassis, front suspension (stock) and other front parts. Engine, transmission and rear axle comes from other kit.


    Flintstone's website says to use the AMT or MPC kit

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