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Jimmy last won the day on July 11 2019

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  1. Lucian, this brought a tear to my eye. So glad to see the car back on the road and so glad you weren't injured more seriously. I love a happy ending.
  2. There's a few more pretty common ones. The "credibility" guy who makes it into a pointless story all about himself: "If I didn't already have a one-owner AAR 'Cuda and a Gullwing SL I would be forced to bid on this. The color reminds me of the 930 I had when first read about those cars coming out. I didn't buy it because my wife wanted a family car so we did European delivery on a Merc Wagon..." The arrogant incorrect alleged former owner spewing untruths: "They ALL had that feature, I should know, I OWNED one." The alleged bystanders who totally aren't shills who get all butthurt on behalf of a seller when a polished turd gets picked apart for being so. "I don't care how original a car is I would enjoy driving it no matter what anyone thinks." As if it's merely a matter of taste and not one of value. The leghumpers who spew superlatives and glws on every auction.
  3. Wind a spiral around it to perturb the air, something like so: My antenna doesn't whistle. I wonder if it's broken.
  4. If you want to be efficient you could just send the prize to Barney now. 😆
  5. Coker, too. Are they owned by Tire Rack (or ECS? 🤪) https://www.cokertire.com/tires/vredestein-sprint-classic-narrow-tread.html No such mention on Vredestein's website, at least not anywhere conspicuous on the tire info page. Maybe it's just Tire Rack being weasels.
  6. Awesome. I bet he was fun to ride with. That era of VW used a cable actuated clutch so it would be less difficult to retrofit the Autostick solenoid for clutch operation. Didn't 1600s use some kind of non-hydraulic clutch linkage? Maybe someone who knows more about the differences can chime in on suitability for such a retrofit. Cheers, Jim
  7. He doesn't know what parts were used. He bought it from another paraplegic who stopped driving it. It's not perfect. The release is regulated so it has a relatively slow engagement of the clutch to facilitate starting from a stop and starting on hills. It takes probably 1.5-2 seconds. It's not variable, it engages that slowly every time. It's not a drag racer. I presume someone with motivation could work out a control method for slow and fast release. I'm pretty sure my friend's car was converted in the 80s or even 70s. The VW version used a torque converter or something functionally similar like maybe a viscous coupling. It didn't have to be shifted into neutral at stops. Implementing something like that from scratch would likely be more work than fitting an automatic, but it's possible there's an automatic out there that shares enough design with a manual that an accomplished machinist could make it happen. I recall GM studying or perhaps producing both manual and automatic transmissions based on the same design. It may just have been giving the customer an automatic that didn't shift itself and calling it a manual.
  8. (Checks the calendar. Nope, not April anymore) FFS.
  9. Even assuming an adapter plate could be made and there were no issues with starter location etc I struggle to come up with a RWD/longi 5-speed auto that I would characterize as "good." BMW used a GM 5-speed in the late 90s/early 00s that is complete garbage. Toyota turned one of their best 4-speeds into a 5-speed and made it quirky and troublesome. Why is a crappy 5-speed slushbox better than a crappy 4-speed slushbox? If you could even get one to fit and perform basic functions, the final product wouldn't be worth the trouble IMO. Why not just have an electrically actuated clutch linkage installed on the manual transmission so you can operate the clutch from a button on the shift lever? A friend of mine is paralyzed from the waist down and he drives a manual. VW sold bugs with electric triggering of pneumatically operated clutch, so the clutch was disengaged when you pressed down the shift knob and re-engaged when you let go. It's not a new idea. Cheers.
  10. That site doesn't make obvious the cold temperature warnings for the Sprint Classic. I'm also confused by the M+S rating. I know it won't matter for those where tires are removed from the car and the cars get put away for several months each year. But for others who would be well served by an all-season tire, they're not an option. From the Sprint Classic listing over at Tire Rack: "The Sprint Classic is Vredestein's Grand Touring Summer tire developed for drivers of classic automobiles who want a tire with vintage style combined with modern technology. Like all summer tires, the Sprint Classic is not intended to be serviced, stored nor driven in near- and below-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice." and "Note: Tires exposed to temperatures of 20 degrees F (-7 degrees C) or lower must be permitted to gradually return to temperatures of at least 40 degrees F (5 degrees C) for at least 24 hours before they are flexed in any manner, such as by adjusting inflation pressures, mounting them on wheels, or using them to support, roll or drive a vehicle." Cheers
  11. Kuni never was in Portland proper, their BMW dealership opened in Beaverton in '72. It moved 10-15 years ago within Beaverton. It got absorbed by a big multi dealer group several years ago. I haven't done business with them so I can't comment on any heritage or reputation. As far as the frame goes, there was a very similar one but with a Cadillac logo on the left instead of having a roundel on each side. There's also one with Kuni at the top and Portland - Beaverton at the bottom. I don't know the era of any of them.
  12. What's the timeframe look like? I'm afraid I won't be able to get away from work long enough.
  13. Oh God. Seriously, do not buy a car listed in the states without having someone you trust personally verify that you are actually getting what is being represented. An alarming number of what I'll call "off-brand" collector car websites are scams in their entirety, often featuring pictures and descriptions of completely different cars, or listings of cars that are not actually for sale by the real owner, with photos and descriptions stolen from previous ads. Opportunists here have identified the BMW 2002 and air-cooled Porsche market as currencies of their own to be speculated upon and traded in. Even when the deal is "legit," high prices on BAT leave a lot of room for scammers to misrepresent and flip turds at what would be plausible prices if the cars were really what they said they were. Don't be someone's sucker.
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