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Non-Volvo car chat megathread

Post by matthew1 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:40 am

Talk about any non-Volvo here.

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I'm a car guy. I love reading things like this about any make/model. At 17 I fell in love with Car & Driver. I went to the local library and practically memorized every issue going back five or ten years, every C&D issue the library could get.


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Post by matthew1 » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:57 am

Here's the story on that rare Porsche 959 that's been going around the Internet: https://www.roadandtrack.com/car-cultur ... -accident/

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Despite the damage, the Porsche is still slated to cross Mecum's auction block on Friday, August 24th, during the Pebble Beach vintage car celebrations. And even with a crunched-up nose, it's anticipated to pull a bid between $450,000 and $550,000. Because even though it's damaged, this is still a one-of-294 Porsche 959 Komfort with just 3657 miles.


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Post by matthew1 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:34 am

I keep seeing this 1990s MB 300E at the coffee house nearby. It's so clean. Exterior 7/10. Interior might be 9/10. It's a handsome car.
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Post by matthew1 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:13 am

Here's what Brian wrote in thread What did you do to your P2 Volvo today. I'm bringing it here because it's pretty cool insight into a Ford icon car.

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That track bar bushing is a PITA to change when the bolt/adjustment cam is seized inside the thing. That seemed like a lot of work just to be able to adjust the toe alignment back there. After fussing with it 3 hours + 4 or 5 drill bits destroyed I decided that I had met my match, dug out the angle grinder and sacrificed the track bar. I had a spare on hand.
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On a side note. Rode with a friend for the weekend to a campground in southern Indiana/Brown county in his '15 5-0 Mustang. Aside from the classic exterior styling reminiscent of the '60s mustangs that I admit does look 'neat', I wasn't terribly impressed with the car. Skip the detail below if you're not interested my more detailed take of the "5-0 Ford Mustang"

Interior has a cheap hard plasticy look-feel, side windows flop around disconcertingly when opening/closing the doors. Visibility both forward and rear is awful.
He got stuck in the mud where he tried to park at the campground (I would never have tried to park in that spot that everyone else was passing up). I got a look underneath in the course of getting it pulled out by a tractor. No tow hook or solid provision for getting pulled that I could see. Every potentially suitable point to attach a rope/chain looked risky. He stomped on the gas a couple times attempting to show off during the drive down. Last few miles across a winding hilly country road to the campground he commented how fun the car is to drive on that sort of road. Not so great handling, ride quality, and poor forward visibility when cresting a steep hill resulted in an 'unbalanced' experience that I thought more scary than fun.
I don't seem to appreciate how the larger displacement NA both feels and sounds under hard acceleration. I'm so used to the low end torquey turbo on the S60. The larger displacement 5-L NA on the Mustang comes across more like a marketing gimmick once experienced. Frankly, what that vehicle needs is something more along the lines of the B6294T Volvo T6. But I suppose something between 2.8-3.5L wouldn't entice dimwits to the dealer lot quite as well.


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Post by matthew1 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:18 am

Speaking of 5.0s, here's one I photographed just minutes ago in my neighborhood. It's about as red as paint can be, in a scientific sense as well as plain old human optic organ. It was good I had sunglasses on.
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Post by matthew1 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:24 am

It hit 251 out of a max possible 255 on the red channel. That's freakishly unusual for an object in an unmodified photo straight out of the camera.

For comparison, the stop sign in the background hits 98/255. Sorry for the nerdery here.
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Post by matthew1 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:28 am

Here's a better interior shot of the 300E.
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Post by mrbrian200 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:22 am

The newer Mustangs are genuinely beautiful looking cars. Ford scores big points in that area. On the one my friend has, the center section of the hood contour is more pronounced/higher by 2 or three inches than that red one you pictured, Matt. That was a major part of the visibility issue combined with manual seats, at least on the passenger side I was sitting, that sat too low creating kind of the granny in Ferris Bueller effect. Remember...
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I'm tall/6'2". A short-small individual might have trouble seeing the road. On the S60 I have the power seats cranked all the way up. I have power on both sides. My head almost touches the roof trim. But that's how I like it: up high and alert.
He ran over the fire pit pulling up to the campsite to unload and scraped the bottom of the car over the rocks that line the pit. Because forward visibility is so poor, 15 feet or more out from the front of the car, the brown-orange shale type rocks they used to line the pit don't stand out from a distance. He simply didn't see it. On the S60 I can see the ground approximately 6-7 feet out front of the nose of the car. I would have easily seen that upon closer approach and avoided it. He has a shimmy on the front-right wheel with something is rapping/contacting felt through the floor on the RH side mainly at speeds over 55-60mph. Something's loose. He's had the the dealer look at it twice. They can't seem to figure out what the problem is. But I can't throw stones there: the P2s (I own) are known for sometimes difficult to trace front suspension issues/noises.



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Post by matthew1 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:45 am

It does have a pleasing muscle car shape. The best? IMHO Challenger. Beautiful classic masculine car design.


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Post by June » Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:52 am

matthew1 wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:24 am
It hit 251 out of a max possible 255 on the red channel. That's freakishly unusual for an object in an unmodified photo straight out of the camera.

For comparison, the stop sign in the background hits 98/255. Sorry for the nerdery here.

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Reminds me of the lipstick red from the Lincoln Mark V. This photo is from the movie The North Avenue Irregulars and that is Cloris leachman behind the wheel. One of the great Walt Disney movies from the 70s. Maybe Ford is revisiting colors of the past. June

Found a more color accurate photo of the red Lincoln from the movie with Cloris leachman and her white Poodle riding shotgun. June
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