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Regular waxing with a uv blocking product will hold it off for a decade or two, but you’ve got to be pretty religious about it.

3:55 PM
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Rust? Never met her. You can still buy 30 or 40 year old cars that don’t even have surface rust on the threads of suspension fasteners.  The trade off is that any car more than 7-8 years old is likely to have clear coat failure and interior damage unless they've been well cared for and/or lived inside out of the sun.

3:53 PM
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Some good friends of mine had a red, Honda V-6 (but not redline) one of these from new until about a year and 275k ago.  That thing had basically no maintenance beyond an occasional oil change and they drove it for over a decade without missing a beat.  It soldiered on for years after being hit while parked by a Read more

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I once looked hard at an Alfa GTV. It would’ve been seriously cool, but 17 year old me hadn’t turned wrenches for a living yet and was in no way ready for the Italian Car ownership experience. I probably would’ve turned out terrible. That said, in the same situation today I’d be prepared to pick up cheap Italian and Read more

12:55 AM
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Beyond the issues other folks have mentioned, dirt out in many desert areas tends to form a harder crust (over time, very slowly) on the surface that substantially reduces erosion. Driving over un-tracked ground breaks up the crust, and beyond just the initial damage done, leaves the ground much more susceptible to Read more

2/16/20
8:30 PM
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I’m looking forward to it. After doing enough truck camping over the years, I’m a fan of having the option to sleep inside the truck for a guaranteed dry place to sleep when the weather doesn’t support under the stars. I’d been shopping new midsized-trucks the last few months, but something tells me I won’t feel Read more

2/16/20
7:01 PM
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I went for a nature walk in nearby Soledad Canyon and am now enjoying a beer at a new taproom in town. I’m willing to drink it on your behalf.

2/16/20
10:08 AM
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All the money. It looks like they run about $300-$500/tire, depending on sizeThat said, these are basically about the pinnacle of performance tires that you can actually drive on the street.

2/16/20
9:55 AM
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Ha! That’s why a “spec” class should either run sealed motors from a single supplier, or base the rules off IT where mild porting and balancing and blueprinting of otherwise stock internals means everyone can run a $5k motor and be competitive instead of making folks run a $15k balanced and blue printed motor from the Read more

2/16/20
12:11 AM
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Those tires aren’t as worn as you think. They’re a 180TW very high performance street tire. They’d also stand up to some mild track/lapping work if you weren’t interested in laptime.

2/15/20
11:57 PM
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While I’d laugh at the butt dyno, there can be a surprisingly big variation in factory motors. Back in the miata shop days, there turned out to be meaningful variation in head castings as it related to the valve seating area on 1.8l NA and NB1 heads. When you have two or three dozen miata heads on hand at any given Read more

2/15/20
6:12 PM
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It was 2000 528i/5-speed auto, sport package car. It wasn’t the V8, but it was very good interstate commuting car that went around a corner better than anything weighing that much had a right to.

2/14/20
7:26 PM
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I know the pros use steam to remove it, but I’m not quite sure how that would translate to only removing a small area without damaging the rest.