mitchkelleher
Mitch Kelleher
mitchkelleher
Sep 21
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There are also brazed internal lugs, which leaves the tubing looking almost like it was just fitted together before joining. My Iver Johnson is built like that.

Sep 19
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I can understand offering it to set themselves apart and get a little attention as a new competitor in a segment that is badge-sensitive, but the choice of only offering with the base engine was definitely stupid. If they had to pick one, it should have been the larger unit, maybe even offered it with some special Read more

Sep 19
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Yeah, in 2011 I had to special order and wait 10 or 11 weeks to get a manual 2012 Focus hatch that wasn’t old-lady spec and only one manual was on a lot anywhere, which was a base model sedan. Of course, I also didn’t get 300 recall notices, 4,000 TSBs to look up, and go through 5 transmissions in 200k miles (didn’t Read more

Sep 19
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The US is far more spread out with a lot of the country being boring, flat expanses of nothing but cornfields and strip malls that look identical and box stores that are. Sometimes, these places can be hours from a home, so a shopping trip is not to be taken lightly, encouraging the buying of large quantities of stuff Read more

Sep 18
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A real manual? I haven’t seen that anywhere and that’s why I’ve dismissed them so far.

Sep 18
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I thought that only replicas of vehicles over 25 years qualified. I don’t know how loosely “replica” can be interpreted, though, so maybe there’s some wiggle room to say it’s a replica of an IH Scout or something even though you’d need to be squinting through cataracts at night to see the resemblance (I’m sure there’s Read more

Sep 17
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That’s my guess, too—sell the next generation Rimacs as Bugattis as the name is far better known. Maybe offer an electric and a ICE powered version before going full electric. Where can they go ICE-wise after the W16, anyway, and how much longer does it have?

Sep 16
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Gearing and I imagine the aero mustn’t be very good in spite of the small frontal area. I hate short gearing and it’s the second biggest reason I never owned a Miata (the first being that I find them cramped).

Sep 15
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Interesting idea! Everyone’s looking for that DRL signature identity, well there’s something nobody’s doing.

Sep 15
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That integrates much nicer with the headlights, too. Good thinking!

Sep 15
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This gaping look is why I took the front bumper off of my 240Z then promptly put it back on. It needs a body color bisecting line at least, but the headlights do not compliment it, either—they just look stuck on there like a placeholder during mockup that someone forgot to get back to. To be positive, I like the lack Read more

Sep 15
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We’re talking about two different things. You’re talking about the amount of power from a given size engine at full load (and maybe the percentage of unit fuel converted to work vs heat?). I’m talking about the amount of fuel used in real world part-load operation of a variable speed road vehicle where it’s not about Read more

Sep 14
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I definitely agree with the F-150 having the V8 option. As a work truck that might live a very hard life, the potential reliability of the V8 is more important than the turbo’s advantages. If they dropped that option, it would be a mistake for those customers. The Bronco, though, is not likely to be much of a Read more

Sep 14
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Just watch out for dysentery!

Sep 14
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I’m not a truck guy, but the only reason I’m seriously considering a Bronco is the manual being offered. I’d rather drive a manual truck than an automatic anything. Unless it’s electric, in which case having no transmission is acceptable. (The second biggest reason I like manuals is usually greater longevity vs any Read more

Sep 14
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Exactly. DOHC takes up a lot of space, especially on a 90* block, and this is why there’s still a place for OHV V8s.

Sep 14
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In doing so, they’re missing a major reason why the 4-cycle engine has been so successful—its lack of power strokes/rotation are what makes its unit fuel use over a distance traveled so unbeatable by “more efficient” engines (as measured by unrealistic full load situations for power/unit fuel only not fuel Read more

Sep 14
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Did anyone buy those engines? I thought it was a great little engine in search of an appropriate car (something like a Caterham with better aerodynamics that nobody would buy). It made virtually the same power as the N/A in the Fiesta (though more torque) and a lot less power and torque than the 2.0 in the Focus Read more

Sep 14
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HP is BTUs. A gallon of gasoline has a set amount of BTUs, so it doesn’t matter if that HP is made by a V8 or turbo 6, making 400 HP requires the same fuel consumption with the exception of thermal efficiency, which turbos beat normally aspirated engines at. So HP for HP, the turbo 6 will get the better mileage if Read more

Sep 14
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This is a good point, even altitude aside, with the low-speed high-load situations of off-roading. I see aftermarket vented hoods being a thing.