I really did want to make the middle east thing happen. Unfortunately, it was like end-of-year budgets with Emirates marketing and it didn’t line up right. Tavarish blowing the motor sky high on a dyno will have to suffice.
I just did the whole suspension like 10,000 miles ago. Cost $1,800. Paid retail. The car is mechanically as good as it has ever been while under my care, right now. Its only issue is leaking oil from the valve covers and rear main seal, which would require most of an engine rebuild and removing the transmission to…
I’m giving the car to Freddy (Tavarish) who is going to try to out-drag a Hellcat on a dyno after adding a single turbo. When he blows it up, which he will, he will be making a coffee table for me out of the engine block. I’m not replacing it with anything, as it was never my daily car; always extra, and now that the…
no, it stays at all 9's forever. You have to get it to all 9's and then go to 1 mile on the trip odometer to indicate a million.
It wasn’t for that person, it was for everyone else.
Driving a car from showroom new to 1 million miles in a (relatively) short period of time is a feat of driving. That’s a person who did an amazing, physical, challenge. All they had to do was maintain the car according to spec (starting with a perfect example, mind you), and just, drive a lot.
That was the first CD player ever put into any car from the factory. At the time, that was a crazy thing. And people pay crazy amounts of money for stereos in cars now, some of which are absolutely $20,000. There is a $10,000 stereo option for a Range Rover. You can get a $160,000 clock in the dashboard of a Bentley…
Haha yeah, kinda. But not as much as every time I go in the garage and see it sitting there.
Nope. $9,000 in 1987 dollars.
My Countach has the original Alpine CD player, installed in 1987. It was the first ever CD player that came with a car. It was a $9,000 option when the car was new.
I took at least 3 photos of that Intrigue, and the minty Bonneville right next to it.
“Sequential Shifting” is an awful generous way to describe a 3-speed, transverse automatic that dates to the mid-70's Oldsmobile Toronado.
Every day I’m hustling. Every. Single. Day.
My review of this car as well as Leh Keen setting the third-fastest street car lap ever at Chuckwalla in Project Swan for our /TUNED Tuner Shootout right here :
Second this advice: if you plan to rent or borrow a car in a foreign country, especially one where English is not the primary language, get one. All foreign rental agencies I’ve used have required it too.
Met Steven when he was like 10 years old, he bet me 5 bucks on some race at the sidelines of shift sector, and won haha. (or maybe I bet him and lost?) Super nice kid. Spent some time with him runway racing his dad’s cars too last year, he did well. Privileged for sure, jealous I am, but he couldn’t be a nicer kid.…
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haha happens to the best of us. Blue is before and red is after for both power and torque.