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    1. When I first saw this video like 10 years ago, I...

      When I first saw this video like 10 years ago, I remember reading that the purpose of the tests was to make sure the air bags didn't deploy in situations where they shouldn't. I'm not sure if that's...
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      Be careful how you word the part about installing...

      Be careful how you word the part about installing the lugs before lowering the car. I wouldn't use the term "hand tight" there...make it clear that they need to be on firmly. I had a friend almost...
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      I used to live near this place...

      I used to live near this place, which may be the only "Authorized Daewoo Service Center" left in the US. He has a whole lot full of donor cars, as you can see. The place is still there and he still...
    4. I wasn't thinking specifically about aluminum,...

      I wasn't thinking specifically about aluminum, just collectively about all the big engineering changes that are happening in the industry in a relatively short period of time. From the '80s through...
    5. I do wonder whether all the change occurring in...

      I do wonder whether all the change occurring in the auto industry right now is going to lead to a generation or two of cars that have notably worse long-term durability than the models they replaced....
    6. The lower one is an aftermarket not-quite-copy of...

      The lower one is an aftermarket not-quite-copy of a 1950s Cadillac emblem. It probably came from a generic wheel cover made by National or Namsco back in those days. Something like this:
      ...
    7. I have a lot of experience working on a Lumina...

      I have a lot of experience working on a Lumina APV, and it definitely uses the A-body suspension design. Some chassis parts are fully interchangeable with the A-bodies. I think one reason why the...
    8. This kind of stuff is really interesting to me....

      This kind of stuff is really interesting to me. I've been a GM guy for years and I've worked on a lot of old-GM cars, so I love hearing stories that might seem boring to others, about why things were...
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      Lots of good discussion here. I think the refill...

      Lots of good discussion here. I think the refill time issue is key. 100 miles of range on a BEV wouldn't be so bad if you could recharge in 5 minutes.

      One other thing about BEVs that I haven't...
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      Here's the original GM parts book for the '91-92...

      Here's the original GM parts book for the '91-92 Blazer/Jimmy/Bravada:

      http://www.gmpartswiki.com/getpage?pageid=108621

      You can dig through the engine section and see what, if anything, is...
    11. If this has no value as an auto part anymore, I'd...

      If this has no value as an auto part anymore, I'd bring it to an actual "scrap metal" dealer and not an auto salvage yard. They'll probably pay more if you separate the aluminum from the iron/steel,...
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      Well, then you better tell the government that...

      Well, then you better tell the government that they're wasting their time with this research:

      http://www.nrel.gov/hydrogen/proj_production_delivery.html

      I can't predict whether any of this work...
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      But if Toyota knew that BEVs were better than...

      But if Toyota knew that BEVs were better than fuel cells, they could easily break into that business. Tesla is practically begging them to renew their partnership (Toyota recently had to correct...
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      The only conclusion I can draw from this is that...

      The only conclusion I can draw from this is that Toyota knows something we don't. Remember, they had access to arguably the best BEV technology in the industry through their work with Tesla, so they...
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      I've mentioned before on TCL that rather than...

      I've mentioned before on TCL that rather than having these anecdotal arguments about "what sells", you can do a national search on cars.com and get a pretty good picture (at least for non-fleet...
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      #1 is a 1974-77 Chevelle/Malibu: ...

      #1 is a 1974-77 Chevelle/Malibu:

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/Sue_K_Car.jpg

      From the era when seemingly every American car line needed a unique "crest" emblem...
      ...
    17. A mistake I tend to make in these kinds of...

      A mistake I tend to make in these kinds of situations is that I go off chasing some red herring, spend hours troubleshooting, then realize that it was something simple/obvious that I should have...
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      You have to admit these were pretty...

      You have to admit these were pretty modern-looking cars for 1984. There was a decent amount of '86 Taurus preview in them. The first-gen Tempo/Topaz did seem to rack up a reputation for problems...
    19. I already have a NOS set of these, and that's...

      I already have a NOS set of these, and that's what the car came with, so I think that's what I'll be using. I've always liked that particular cap. I'm not really a fan of the 5-spoke rally wheels on...
    20. Significant update, finally. The frame is all...

      Significant update, finally. The frame is all done. Here are the progress pics:

      http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/05/lacey/pontiac/frame1.jpg

      The shiny areas are patch pieces that I welded...
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