I like Swype. And this is coming from someone with big ass gorilla hands. And I can do it with whatever hand I like!HTC's suck too. Swype helps but diligence is the solution.
SwiftKey. Try it.
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Anyway, OP's thread is epic. Lol at the bagel pic, and I enjoyed reading every page of it. Well worth the read.
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| 2015 Chevy Sonic | 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan | 1990 Ford F-150 | 2014 Prius |
A couple of things are coming through on pm:
1) I got two questions on fit and finish. Someone who saw one up close thought the fit and finish sucked. Here's my response:
Many are like that but some are really good. There are 3 others in Colorado and one sits in a collection/museum. I went to look at it to make some notes and comparisons and was appalled at how bad that car is. The rear lid sat very unevenly on the back of the car. My car is one of the best out there as far as that stuff goes, and that's one of the reasons I wanted it. The panel gaps aren't close (none are, that's not how they were designed or constructed) but mine are straight and even and that's perfect. The body panels are all symmetrical and the car looks pretty good.
If there's one part of the fit and finish that's not great on my car it's the paint. The paint is terrible. It looks like they did the roof like two and a half times. That's one thing that my car didn't win on. But my detailer did a bunch of wet sanding and stuff and it looks great. Especially for a driver.
F40's were built by 17 guys throughout the production. They got better after a while. Some people say the '92's are best but I haven't seen that. You just have to really look at the car. Funny enough, the 288 GTO's that I have seen all look really good in the fit and finish department, by 308 standards. I suspect it's because so much of it is covered up by carpet and leather and stuff.
2) I got a bunch on what I do for a living and how do I work but not work. It's not like that. One of the things that I do is steady income and that's a base. The other things are things that I do on top of that and are more deal based. Don't you know someone who always has some deal cooking or side gig happening? I'm that guy to all of my friends.
I have almost always have something like that going on and when it's going at full steam, I am working around the clock. Furthermore, sometimes I have to kill myself to get those things to the finish and they don't pan out and I get nothing out of it financially, although I console myself with knowing that I got better, gained some good experience, and am better equipped for the next round.
So when it's not going super crazy, people see a lot of me. When it is at full steam, everyone asks where I am and what happened to me and did I fall off the end of the earth. That's how it goes. Hell, Derek didn't see me for 3.5 years and now he sees me like once a week. So one day you get "Where the hell have you been for 3 years" and then like every other day since, "Dude, are you working today?" But that's the nature of what I do.
I had some really bad things happen in 2011 that forced me to slow down for the last year but I am getting busy again. I have to say that it really was not the worst thing for me but now I am going to try to find a better balance that makes things more sustainable.
Last edited by Sherpa23F; 10-03-2012 at 09:09 AM.
I am sort of surprised at all the attention this thread is getting. I'm happy to answer the questions but the whole point of was really just to head off any more IM bull**** whenever I participate in a thread or ask a question. It's sort of the 900 lb gorilla in the room and I thought this was probably the best way, topped off with a little FU to the naysayers.
And remember, while the car is pretty bad ass and worth all the hype, I am not. I'm really just a normal guy. I'm not on FB much but there is not a single pic of a car or a Ferrari on my FB page. Most people that I know have no clue. It's much better that way. In fact, some of you on here might be friends with me on FB or even know me and not realize it.
So feel free to leg hump the car all you want; it deserves it. I, on the other hand, don't - unless you're a hot chick (in which case send me pics of you naked with a bagel covering your special parts so I can judge whether you're real or just another Internet Meme).
Last edited by Sherpa23F; 10-03-2012 at 09:26 AM.
You receive the overwhelming response because this forum is full of dreamers, die-hard car guys (gals) and poseurs. Most dedicate their lives wishing to someday own some form of exotic. The best we get are Vad's picks of the week, a bunch of Miatas, E30s, and BMWs and the rest are morons from the Mk4 forums when someone forgets to close the gate.
Nothing overly exciting happens, you seem level headed and not like a stereotypical snobby rich guy. We like that.
So hang around, join in on making fun of other peoples' misfortunes because you're insecure of your own shortcomings and make some videos of your F40 for us to fap to.
it sounds like you are beginning to understand how the internetmeme thing got out of hand. lots of desperation and loneliness around here coupled with a lack of worldliness. lots of kids too. they're mostly harmless, especially if they're approaching it from the "i wanna be like you when i grow up" angle.
but leg humping is definitely just a mild, euphemistic term used on TCL in place of "don't slip up and post anything personally identifying about yourself, because some of these people are really creepy and want to live through your online presence." and the rageful materialism, obviously, is over the top bananas.
Oh, and no. After Momus detective'd his ass he never posted again.
Last edited by pwm; 10-03-2012 at 10:20 AM.
you guys really need to stop inflating him. there were plenty who called him out from early on. if there was any masterwork, it was in how the community willfully disregarded the signs in order to nurture and grow the thing. you know, since we obsess over trolling so much. like pyromaniacal firefighters on meth.
his writing was not good; it never matched his claimed station. he had consistent patterns of grammatical error. he was not eloquent; he was emotional. sherpa's seeing it with the needy IMs. it's like mistaking cute and precocious for confident and smart. that's why he was such a hit here. so many that live in their heads and not in the air.
it was all tripe unless you like guys that talk about work and money and things all the time. or how his woowoo always hurt. people seem to like commiserating over ouchy woowoos.
edit -- and by the way, from the same sources that claimed admins tracked him to baltimore, there were reports he was a multiple repeat offender with previous screen names. you reap what you sow!
Last edited by roadtripper; 10-03-2012 at 10:50 AM.
Welcome aboard! It's like a dream come true for us enthusiasts :-)
I like your cars One of the first car-related videos I ever downloaded (got the link here in the lounge, of course) was of 2 guys driving an Audi S2 chasing an F40 somewhere in Latin America. Funny how I remember that and how you have both cars
Love this thread.
Sorry if it's been covered already and I missed it, but... what are these actually worth on today's market?
OP - The bodywork is mostly Kevlar composites right? Any special maintenance or care needed? If, god forbid, you get into an accident and bust up a fender is there speciality repair shop you have to take it to or do you simply bolt on a new body piece?
Any special or exotic fluids or oils needed for this car?
The lion does not concern himself with the opinion of the sheep.
Found this related to F-40 repair:
http://www.compositescentral.net/showthread.php?t=6026I have an F40 in our shop for work. One issue on the car is the forward under tray has a small piece of material missing. It is a carbon kevlar weave that I haven't seen before. Sorry I can't post attachments but I do have pics available. I am looking for a small piece of cloth to repair the panel. As you are aware the customer wants it perfect.....
One of the guys responded with this:
If I remember correctly, that is a harness weave. Back in the day, Ferrari was using some "non-standard" weaves.
Sounds really, really expensive to find and repair the composite materials.
Last edited by Uberhare; 10-03-2012 at 01:07 PM.
The lion does not concern himself with the opinion of the sheep.
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.