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Message 1890216 - Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 17:32:27 UTC - in response to Message 1890210.  

Crack those 4bbls open and they would launch well enough to surprise some folks.

Yep, you could watch the gas gauge go down as the speedometer went up.
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Message 1890217 - Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 17:37:17 UTC - in response to Message 1890216.  

Crack those 4bbls open and they would launch well enough to surprise some folks.

Yep, you could watch the gas gauge go down as the speedometer went up.

You got that one right!
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Message 1890224 - Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 18:24:15 UTC
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A 1969 Buick GS455 Stage 1 would give that '06 GT a good run for it.
I owned one.
In that trim, the 455 had around 360hp. And the car weighed 3700lbs., for a hp/weight ratio of .097 hp/lb..
Much fun.

In 1987, the fastest car ever to be produced domestically was the Buick Grand Nation GNX.
The 'X' meant....don't cross my path.
The 231cid v6 made 280hp and the car weighed 3400lbs....ratio of .082, which doesn't figure as the fastest.
But it was widely acknowledged as the fastest car made that year.
And they are collector's cars, still commanding rather steep prices used.

By 2013, the fastest Buick was the Verano. I can't seem to find accurate technical specs, but it can pull 6.1 secs 0-60. In contrast, the '87 GNX monster about 5.8 seconds.

All of which goes to show you, that the actual speed or quickness of a car is not held in the hp/weight ratios alone at all.
Many other things come into play. Current technology adds turbochargers, superchargers, and more accurate computer control over all operating parameters. The combination of transmission and real axle ratios (in the old days) or now, the transaxle ratios have a large part to play as well.

Today's cars are going faster with less engine and more technology.

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Message 1890229 - Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 18:49:25 UTC - in response to Message 1890224.  

By 2013, the fastest Buick was the Verano. I can't seem to find accurate technical specs, but it can pull 6.1 secs in the 1/4 mile

Mark methinks that's a typo, I'll buy 0 to 60.
http://sportscarstandings.com/Top-10-Fastest-Cars/Buick/2013-Buick-Verano-T-6632
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Message 1890231 - Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 18:55:56 UTC - in response to Message 1890229.  
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By 2013, the fastest Buick was the Verano. I can't seem to find accurate technical specs, but it can pull 6.1 secs in the 1/4 mile

Mark methinks that's a typo, I'll buy 0 to 60.
http://sportscarstandings.com/Top-10-Fastest-Cars/Buick/2013-Buick-Verano-T-6632

Quite correct. My gaff. Have edited my last post.
And I found the 6.1 second figure from another page on the same site you are linking to.

Thanks for the heads-up.
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Message 1890269 - Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 22:00:07 UTC
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Oh, and Toothless, my '90 Ciera?
The 2.5l (150cid) Iron Duke for that year was rated at 110hp.
The car goes about 3000lbs.
Net ratio............. is .037hp/lb.
So it is surely not a screamer.
The stats site said top speed of 109mph (theoretical).
I like the 'theoretical' part.....LOL.
The original speedo went up to 85mph.
I swapped that out for one from a car with the v6 with the full gauge and tach package. That one stops at 115mph.

But, it's my baby. And I get about 23-24mpg in the summer driving back and forth to work and shopping.
And a trip to see my dad and brother 120 miles or so each way netted 29.3mpg at 70mph on the highway.
It drops down to around 18mpg in the winter with the extra drag running cold and the extra time to get up to normal operating temp.
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Message 1890287 - Posted: 16 Sep 2017, 23:28:52 UTC - in response to Message 1890216.  

Crack those 4bbls open and they would launch well enough to surprise some folks.

Yep, you could watch the gas gauge go down as the speedometer went up.

Sounds like my CBR 1100.
Good for 300km on a tank of fuel taking it easy. 200km/h+ and you can see the fuel gauge fall steadily minute by minute.
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Message 1890296 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 0:10:53 UTC - in response to Message 1890216.  

Crack those 4bbls open and they would launch well enough to surprise some folks.

Yep, you could watch the gas gauge go down as the speedometer went up.

Even worse for those who own a Bugatti Veyron, the fastest auto made, top speed of 253mph, the gas gauge will hit empty a lot faster any other auto, the only thing emptying faster, would be ones wallet...
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Message 1890304 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 0:32:48 UTC - in response to Message 1890296.  

Even worse for those who own a Bugatti Veyron, the fastest auto made, top speed of 253mph, the gas gauge will hit empty a lot faster any other auto, the only thing emptying faster, would be ones wallet...

If you can afford that car you can afford the fuel.
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Message 1890309 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 1:15:33 UTC - in response to Message 1890304.  

Even worse for those who own a Bugatti Veyron, the fastest auto made, top speed of 253mph, the gas gauge will hit empty a lot faster any other auto, the only thing emptying faster, would be ones wallet...

If you can afford that car you can afford the fuel.


and the crew to fill it.
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Message 1890315 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 1:21:16 UTC - in response to Message 1890304.  

Even worse for those who own a Bugatti Veyron, the fastest auto made, top speed of 253mph, the gas gauge will hit empty a lot faster any other auto, the only thing emptying faster, would be ones wallet...

If you can afford that car you can afford the fuel.

Yeah, in a few tanker trucks.

Me I'd be happy w/a newer Mustang V6, like this 2011 model. But I'd need about $22,000.00 to fix My car as a down payment, to buy and install some saddle colored Ford seats, install a brace, K&N air filter, and to buy this one below. I doubt I have enough income for a loan, if I did, I'd need less.

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Message 1890328 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 2:52:32 UTC - in response to Message 1890315.  

Me I'd be happy w/a newer Mustang V6, like this 2011 model. But I'd need about $22,000.00 to fix My car as a down payment, to buy and install some saddle colored Ford seats, install a brace, K&N air filter, and to buy this one below. I doubt I have enough income for a loan, if I did, I'd need less.

*shrug*
I've just got a 2004 Accent. Gets me from A to B and keeps me dry when it's raining & cool when it's hot. I only use it every few weeks (or months), rest of the time I just ride my bikes. A Grom for commuting, and my CBR 1100 for a bit of fun.
All of them combined cost less than a second hand Mustang, and only the CBR 1100 hurts when it needs a service (original Carby model, not fuel injected).
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Message 1890331 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 3:17:45 UTC - in response to Message 1890328.  

Me I'd be happy w/a newer Mustang V6, like this 2011 model. But I'd need about $22,000.00 to fix My car as a down payment, to buy and install some saddle colored Ford seats, install a brace, K&N air filter, and to buy this one below. I doubt I have enough income for a loan, if I did, I'd need less.

*shrug*
I've just got a 2004 Accent. Gets me from A to B and keeps me dry when it's raining & cool when it's hot. I only use it every few weeks (or months), rest of the time I just ride my bikes. A Grom for commuting, and my CBR 1100 for a bit of fun.
All of them combined cost less than a second hand Mustang, and only the CBR 1100 hurts when it needs a service (original Carby model, not fuel injected).

My favorite bike, was a torque monster, a 1984 Suzuki GS1150ES, complete with a matching blue chin fairing, a 4-1-2 exhaust pipe, and a sporty rack behind the seat, it might be air cooled, but it was as close to being launched from a catapult, as I've ever been, top end was 145mph, I did 125mph, I could have pegged the limit on that bike, but My off ramp was coming up at warp speed, and shift change doesn't last forever.
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Message 1890351 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 6:47:38 UTC

Scientists Say That Being Forgetful Is Actually A Sign You Are Unusually Intelligent

Having a fast or accurate memory recall is certainly something that comes in handy at school when you’re doing something like learning multiplication tables. It can also be useful in the workplace when you’re trying to remember someone’s name.

With that said, forgetting names or fun facts happens to the best of us. However, when it happens, it’s not unusual to feel slightly dumb for having had a brain lapse.

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Message 1890353 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 7:22:52 UTC

I loved my '86 GPZ 1000RX that, with a little head tinkering and a tuned 4into1 exhaust, produced 145hp at the back wheel and with me onboard had 1hp to pull every 2.5kg (5.5lb) along. It was good for flat 9sec standing quarter and I had it up to 265km/h (165mph) on Eastern Creek's main straight (and on 1 particular short piece of road on my way to work) on many occasions, fuel range depended on the wrist with the 21 litre tank doing 280-420km.

These days I'm happy enough with my old 1995 Ford Falcon wagon (and the 8'x5' trailer if needed) as it's meant to carry loads when required and just eats the distances here extremely well (they may even bury me in the old girl).

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Message 1890357 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 7:43:17 UTC - in response to Message 1890343.  

But I'd need about $22,000.00 to fix My car as a down payment, to buy and install some saddle colored Ford seats, install a brace, K&N air filter, and to buy this one below. I doubt I have enough income for a loan, if I did, I'd need less.
I had to read that twice to understand what I think you meant.

I assume what you intended to say was that you would need $22K as a down payment including having to fix your own car up as part of the part exchange deal. Being totally realistic Vic, no dealer selling those sort of vehicles would be interested in taking your Escort in the condition it's in, off your hands.

And in any case If you had access to that sort of finance wouldn't you be considering buying this house that you've been going on about for the last 5 years? Talking of which.

I doubt I have enough income for a loan,
You already know you haven't, you looked into this before and told us all about it. You have no assets, so unsecured loans on minimal income, at your age, are non starters.

Anyone that could afford to buy a Veyron would have enough sense to put it in the garage and sit on it. It would appreciate faster than any bricks & mortar or stocks & shares. I made a big mistake years ago when the Government sold off the DMC company in Ireland. Hundreds of brand new gull wing DeLoreans were liquidated. Had I bought one of them at the time it would have been a good investment.

No, not in the cars current shape, I'm slowly working to change that, My income will go up, by $236.00 a month, when I'm 62, and not a minute sooner either.

Everything takes time.

The $22,000.00 isn't a down payment, some is for repairs to My current car($950), some is for more appropriate seats for the other car($2,600), a K&N air filter($60?), a brace on the front struts, maybe a ford branded subwoofer, black leather seats in the desert are not appropriate in the least, black leather seats get really hot here, so saddle colored seats would be required, and reskinning air bag equipped seats might be a tricky business, since they contain small explosives I think.

Carmax will buy a car like mine, I doubt it would be for much more than $898.00, though anything is possible.
Blue book for a 1999 ford escort zx2 ranges from $947 to $2,797.

The car in question is $15,599+2,800(DMV, sales tax, other misc fees)+949(Carmax transfer fee) or $19,348.00 total.

And this car is just an example of what would physically fit Me, My current car was never roomy, I don't worry about them coming and going, there are plenty.

I do have plans for paying down My cards and credit line, but I do have to get clear of a few obstacles in My path first, this would eventually increase My apparent income, that and one card has to go, the oldest card is a secured card, that card is expensive and is blocking the other master card from being reported, besides that secured card could pay down another card, once paid off, and still have some left over for another card.
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Message 1890364 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017, 8:33:52 UTC - in response to Message 1890359.  
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I do have plans for paying down My cards and credit line, but I do have to get clear of a few obstacles in My path first, this would eventually increase My apparent income, that and one card has to go, the oldest card is a secured card, that card is expensive and is blocking the other master card from being reported, besides that secured card could pay down another card, once paid off, and still have some left over for another card.
You said all that in January 2016, plus saving $1000 a year for three years to buy a house. I make that 4 current credit cards with a fifth being thought about.

When I suggested a while ago that you had lived on credit month to month for quite some years, juggling cards and Credit Line loans around, and that the amount you must pay in interest every year is quite substantial, you denied it. I'm glad you have been honest for once.

The best guidance that that anyone can give you is to seek advice from a finance professional and set in place an agreed payment plan for all this debt. Otherwise you are just robbing Peter to pay Paul as they say. Everybody wishes you well and sends you kind regards, but trying manage all this on your own clearly isn't working is it?

Look I have obstacles in My way, or are you too dense to see that?

Things break, like a pair of door locks, which I had to replace, I also had to buy an extension cord and a power strip to get part of My kitchen to work again, until I can do something.

And No I would not accept any help from you, any check comes here from you, I'd tear up, and send back to you.
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Message 1890493 - Posted: 18 Sep 2017, 1:10:16 UTC
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Well the $38.91 rim or wheel is not "completeable", the seller said that, this is because the rim/wheel is for a 2001 Hyundai Elantra(not in the ad, just afterwards), and not for a 1999 Ford Escort zx2 sport Hot Coupe, so they want to cancel the sale and refund the money back to My paypal account.

I found that 15x5.5" Ford made Escort zx2 rim again, it's the same type as I use now, it's $60.00 w/FREE shipping, and the rim comes with no center cap, so there goes another $9.44 when I have enough for that, plus $46 for the tire, and $6.00 for mounting and balancing, just so I can have a spare tire for My car, otherwise My car will shred a tire again.

Then I still need to replace 3 more Nankang 185/60x15 tires, which other people have said have given them trouble, as in going flat with no real warning.

I'm lucky I will be able to get My homes gas furnace working on Monday, I just hope this doesn't cross $300.00, since that is all My sister in law could send.

Flue not withstanding.
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Message 1890511 - Posted: 18 Sep 2017, 6:04:57 UTC

Ok, I'm not sure what is going on, but it looks like the seller is shipping that Black Dorman Steel 15x5.5" rim, as I have a UPS tracking number, looks like I will be sitting tight, the aluminum rim may never come about. Go figure. Shipping weight is 19.30lbs.

I also bought some black rubber valve stems, they have not shipped just yet, 4-$1.07.

I'll need to test fit the rim to see if the rim will clear My front disc brakes, it should, but one can never be too careful, so I'll ask My neighbor if He could help with this, at least it will be on the concrete side instead of the rocks.
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Message 1890513 - Posted: 18 Sep 2017, 6:12:11 UTC

Why is it so hard to swat a fly?
You've probably pondered it after chasing a fly around your house and flailing your shoe with repeated, unsuccessful swats. How does it move so fast? Can it read my mind?

It was the question put to the BBC World Service CrowdScience team for our most recent episode addressing the apparent super powers of tiny animals. The answer is that, compared with you and me, flies essentially see the world in slow motion.

To illustrate this, have a look at a clock with a ticking hand. As a human, you see the clock ticking at a particular speed. But for a turtle it would appear to be ticking at twice that speed. For most fly species, each tick would drag by about four times more slowly. In effect, the speed of time differs depending on your species.

This happens because animals see the world around them like a continuous video. But in reality, they piece together images sent from the eyes to the brain in distinct flashes a set number of times per second. Humans average 60 flashes per second, turtles 15, and flies 250.

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