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The Lounge / Re: Tick-tock, tick-tock
« on: Today at 10:47:30 AM »
My post got removed.  So it appears to be working to some degree.

PBF 777,
The heart of the topic ?

     I believe the intended value in the posting counts feature is that this perhaps provides some guidance to the readers as to the possible validity of the comments being made, as otherwise with proper regulation the disfavored poster would shall we say..........have been tarred & feathered, and run out of town!   ::)

Great statement in this old dogs opinion.
Perhaps screen the un-scrupulous type differently, many that have posted seem to have the same feeling ?
Deathsled, as always a great thought out post, thank you for including me in your list, I am humbled by the knowledge of many on your list !

John from Utah, as big Jim Cowles aka'd as in the late 80's.

Speaking as an old dog who didn't make the list, I wonder if I am even relevant any more? I suspect not. I am not fitting anyone else's agenda and there are agendas here apparently.
I added you to the list, shelbydoug.  I always enjoy your philosophical and level headed approach to all topics plus your automotive knowledge for sure.  Sorry I missed you. I was a tad heated when I wrote that treatise which in the end means nothing because I am but one pathetic squeaky voice in this big world and I have thus far done nothing great or notable that would make me memorable in life or after death.  Being a lawyer does not impress me in the least.  It's a living sometimes full of vitriol is all I can say.  Being a noted author with something to say or a composer is a far greater aspiration.  I won't be remembered but for five minutes after I die, likely by the graveyard attendants before they shovel that last bit of earth and go to lunch.  That said, my SAAC list is inconsequential in the greater sense of things from someone who is also inconsequential, but all of you mean a lot to me and I apologize for missing one or more of you.  Now, I will endeavor to get off of this site and refrain from "irrelevant" posts as the benefit of my absence.

Post counts?  Does a lawyer worry about his post counts? Does anyone worry about post counts for that matter?  I focus on the win counts for my clients in court, not post counts on a website.  If anything, revisiting my post counts makes me want to post even less because it becomes a painful reminder of the amount of time I have spent making posts, time that could be spent elsewhere.  I have expended considerable time making content for this site that some consider valuable as evidenced by their commentary while others have found not so valuable though I have not observed any rude words generated from my content for the most part.  Nor have I ever posted any profanity or gone on the attack with a rude diatribe against anyone on this site.  I, for one, do not believe I have been a chronic offender for adding officious remarks to the SAAC Forum though some of you may disagree.  Let me say this, you are entitled to your opinion.  And that’s the point isn’t it?  I have lusted after a Shelby long before there was ever a SAAC in existence let alone a “virtual” SAAC online.  In other words, I certainly can, and certainly do, enjoy my cars independent of this website and forum.  Recently, I saw a request for more writers to participate on or within SAAC which gives certain indicia that your writer base is shrinking (“failing” might be a better word).  Given the foregoing, it follows a priori that the site may be dying.  It is no secret that upcoming generations are far less interested in anything automotive than we ever were, and they regard cars as throw away appliances.  I am 60 years old as of June 2023.  I caught the tail end of the muscle car boom in the 1970s when they were simply used cars.  I began driving in 1979.  I believe that many on this site may be much older than 60 which leads me to my next point.  Someone better start making content that is interesting for the younger generations or these cherished cars will end up in museums and in some instances the scrap pile, as sacrilegious as that may sound.   I have tried to make my content interesting and though it may not appeal to some, I am not looking to win a popularity contest.  Consider me a bridge between Boomers and Gen Xers, maybe Millennials as well.  I have reason to believe that I know how they think having a few of them as friends in the legal profession.  For anyone to seriously be concerned about post counts and to exert needless energy to monitoring how many posts another has put up online, smacks of playground behavior.  I recently posted an article (quickly taken down I might add) in the so-called “Off Topic Lounge” and received this exact DM in my inbox from a moderator which makes me question how “Off Topic” the lounge really allows for, said DM saying and I quote: “Please stop these irrelevant posts, like Adam Driver, etc. Thanks.”
First and foremost, this removed post was placed in the so-called “Off Topic” area.  What do the words “Off Topic” mean to the reasonably prudent person?  Allow me to supplement that the “Reasonable man standard” is an actual legal standard used in the law to measure the culpability of an individual in tort litigation.  Let me assure you, I regularly exercise said standard before I post on this site.  The post that was removed was innocuous and inoffensive in its “drive” and content.
Second, the deleted post was about Adam Driver, the star to the new movie entitled “Ferrari” the subject matter of the post being about how Driver wasn’t even allowed to drive the cars in the movie for insurance reasons.  I might add that the article came from a noteworthy automotive website that apparently didn’t think said article was irrelevant and unworthy of publication.  It was automotive related.  Does the “Off Topic” area now have to be about only Shelbys as well?  Maybe that needs to be spelled out.  Call it “Off Topic but only if it’s Shelby related.”
Third and directly on point, the DM sent to me by this moderator is the most flimsy set of guidelines I have ever seen when viewed through an attorney lens.  It literally says nothing and essentially asks me to self-censor myself.  Any lawyer reading said DM would clearly know that it was drafted by a non-lawyer (which is not a problem in and of itself) but when you are going to play legislator and draft some rules, you should know what you are doing and draft with clarity and forethought.  We have terminology in the legal profession that nullifies statutes for being “void for vagueness.”  No lawyer or judge for that matter could make any sense of that DM.  What is allowed?  What isn’t allowed?  To attempt any meaningful statutory construction of the administrator’s message “Please stop these irrelevant posts, like Adam Driver, etc. Thanks.” is a waste of my time and as we all know, time is all we have.  This is why pro se litigants make a mess of things and clutter up the courtrooms of America by not knowing the law and wasting the court’s time with their pointless soliloquies about how they were wronged.  It is simply “eye rolling” to say the least.  You want to set up guidelines for the “Off Topic” Lounge then do so.  Or eradicate the “Off Topic” lounge altogether I really don’t care.  Or we can try this.  I can fill up your inbox with private DMs of proposed posts to see if they pass constitutional muster before I post.  How would that work?
Go ahead.  Talk about zinc phosphate on nuts and bolts all day long.  Or talk about the whereabouts of Jim Morrison’s 67 G.T. 500.  I am about to do what Enzo Ferrari did during the Ford negotiations.  Just leave and go for an extended lunch and perhaps never come back.  You want a writer?  I considered it at one point but now I am not so inclined.  I have no question in my mind that I know how to write.  So says the Judges that have granted many of my motions for summary judgment over the years or the complaints I have written and filed in court that have survived vicious motions to dismiss by the defense. That is all the affirmation I need and certainly not from SAAC.  I also have creative writing skills but I am not so inclined to use them here anymore.  Get rid of the lounge, I say.  Do it!  But I suspect it won’t happen because for some, the Off Topic area is a means to target certain individuals and complain because it satisfies some internal validation of sorts.  Don’t read their posts if you don’t like them.  I do this to the radio when listening in my car.  If I run across a station I don’t want to hear, I turn the dial to classical music or heavy metal or hard rock to cut out the static and I will remember the station(s) I do not like so as not to visit it again.  You don’t like the station, change it.  You already know the radio station frequency so why revisit it?  Maybe I should try the other Shelby site and join them but no doubt the same cacophony of complaints might just as easily be found there.  It isn’t the forum anymore or the post count, it is what Americans are mutating into where conversation is concerned (far more endemic in the younger generations than the old but maybe SAAC is proving me wrong and that in fact it is society as a whole regardless of age).  I look back to the signers of the Declaration of Independence with awe, one of the many reasons I came to this country.  I will make a list of those of you that have brought value to my life on this site in no particular order except the first one.
1. 98SVT-was06GT  (He changed my life for the better for selling me and my father 6s843 when I was a young man of 31 years and he will never be forgotten for that kindest of all gestures.)
2. Side-Oilers, a man of great integrity and automotive knowledge.
3. 67 GT 350 for his astute observations and car talk
4. Bob Gaines for incredible knowledge on everything automotive, not just Shelby expertise
5. Harris Speedster
6.  acman63 (posthumously)
7. 2112
8. zray
9. Venon Estes
10. Chris Thauberger
11. SFM66H
12. BGlover67
13. SFM6S
14. Mark P
16. acapulco350
17. 427hunter
18. Bigfoot
19. Steve McDonald
20. 69 GT 350 Vert
21. gt350hr
22. Corey Bowcutt
23. 69mach351w
24. Kent
25. Wedgeman
26. billmunny
27. Dan Case on his incredible stream of knowledge on Cobras
28. J_Speegle incredible expertise on the nuances of Shelby parts and pieces
29. s2ms for helping understand original versus aftermarket on various items
30. FLSAAC last but not least for his rapier wit and entertaining quips coupled with informative info.
31. KIWI (posthumously)  I always liked his commentary and wit.  Still missed.

Maybe this post will be deleted, maybe it won’t.  We shall see.
I haven’t hid my face (some might think I should) in my videos so you know who I am.
I will further electronically affix my full name to this post rather than hide behind an avatar.
Richard L. Elsliger

Oh, and before I forget:  Have a lovely, lovely day. Cheers!

In my haste I missed a few others.
32. Crossboss
33. Quicksilvershelby
34. Silverton Ford
35. 557
36. shelbydoug
37. Numerous others over the years as the catchall.


CSX1000, 4000, 7000, 8000 / CSX 7005 idling
« on: September 09, 2023, 09:41:20 PM »
Possibly somewhere in France?

CSX 2000 Series / Re: CSX 2345 at the Shelby Museum Boulder, CO
« on: September 09, 2023, 09:07:07 PM »
Watching that just made my day.  Thanks for posting!!
Most welcome.

CSX 2000 Series / CSX 2345 at the Shelby Museum Boulder, CO
« on: September 09, 2023, 06:55:51 PM »

I could start a whole religion surrounding this car.

As an addendum, hats off to Mr. Steve Volk for bringing this presentation!

The Lounge / Re: Waking up the Dorian Gray for a morning drive to gas up
« on: September 09, 2023, 06:39:52 PM »
That car on its side, had to right it up.  Dont want any fuel spills
Yes true that.

The Lounge / Snake eyed snake skinned Cobra racing at Goodwood right now!
« on: September 09, 2023, 04:21:51 PM »
I think it might be in the lead.  Has a fastback roof on it.

The Lounge / Re: Why Engine Oil Filter Magnets Are a Good Idea
« on: September 09, 2023, 03:32:22 PM »
I am intrigued by the idea. It might end up being only a placebo but what if it isn't?

The Lounge / Re: Waking up the Dorian Gray for a morning drive to gas up
« on: September 09, 2023, 03:29:51 PM »
Stunning my good man !

And don't worry yourself on fossil fuel disappearing in your life time.

Just Keep Driving
Thanks for righting the side photo. Gotta remember to take panoramic shots. Yes, fossil fuels will be around for a while. Most everything is made of plastic or has a plastic content.

The Lounge / Waking up the Dorian Gray for a morning drive to gas up
« on: September 09, 2023, 12:09:57 PM »
Thirsty for gasoline (while we still have it).

The Lounge / Re: $5,600 for F150 tail light
« on: September 09, 2023, 12:02:03 PM »
Modern technology. The tail lamp housing on this 2018 Ford truck leaked and corroded the electrical connectors in it. For most vehicles it is a relatively cheap fix. You replace the tail lamp, clean out the connectors and replace the bulbs. Not so simple on this truck. There is an anti-collision sensor in the housing. That sensor is on a shared bus with many other components so when the connector got corroded it bricked the truck. The truck had to be towed to the repair shop. The tail lamp is 10x the price of most at $1,200-1,400 each. The anti-collision sensor had to be replaced as well and it is on backorder. Apparently the vehicle will not drive without that anti-collision sensor so they had to pay out the rear to get one. Total cost of this repair, $5,600.
Can we have the 1960s back?  Please?  Without the Vietnam war etc.

The Lounge / Re: Should "The Lounge" be killed off?
« on: September 06, 2023, 11:27:30 AM »
As a further observation, no one has chimed in to get rid of the lounge as odious as off topic conversation may be to some. One can only talk about the coatings on nuts and bolts in other forum categories for so long. It is a finite subject. Though I do covet the knowledge of the experts on this site and continue to receive an education on Shelbys and more specifically details about my car.

The Lounge / Re: Should "The Lounge" be killed off?
« on: September 06, 2023, 11:22:22 AM »
I practice avoidance on things I deem irrelevant or useless to the smooth operation of my life. But my intellectual curiosity often gets the best of me and I learn something by taking a look.

The Lounge / Re: Checkerd flag: Tivvy Shenton
« on: September 05, 2023, 09:55:22 PM »
You could write a small memoire about him, piece together as much as you can and commit it to writing if but for your own reference years down the road.  I did the same for a best friend I lost in 2019 so I could remember down the road.  Time can fade memory if events are not memorialized.  Just a thought.

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