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The Lounge / Re: New toy
« on: September 29, 2022, 11:31:16 PM »
Brett, that's pretty bitchin.  Quite the change from your track car.

How long before an Ardun flathead or a 427 goes in?

2007-up Shelby GT350/GT500/500SS/500KR / Re: Took delivery this morning...
« on: September 29, 2022, 04:08:57 PM »
I like your new screen name, Mike.  Enjoy that fast new ride!

A 180 mph governor is laughable.  You can get just as dead at 180 as at 181 and so on.  For that matter, anything over about 120 and you're probably just a mess for the fire dept to hose off the pavement.

I suspect the 180 mph limit has to do with the production tires, just like the speed limiters on most other cars/trucks.

I spent quite a bit of time on the Autobahns back in the good old days with very few speed limits and no photo cameras, and it was frustrating to be driving  a very fast and capable car and hit the limiter at a mere 155 mph (typical in BMWs, Mercs, and most others.)  While the Porsche driver roars away to top speed with no limiter. 

Funny how some companies require limiters and others don't.   I'm with the latter group.

I'm also in favor of creating a national driver's licensing law that requires substantial training at a real track driving school before any sort of "advanced speed potential" license would be issued.  For all the Prius drivers who want to putt along at the speed limit, the standard license is good enough. But, for anyone wanting to own cars capable of exceeding whatever particular speed (120?) you have to get the advanced license.

I hate the distracted "drivers" in Teslas (aka Prius owners with more money) who don't realize they're doing 70 in a 35 zone, or whipping around freeway traffic at 100+ mph while on the phone...when the combined driving talent of all of those people is less than I had at age ten.

I doubt such a license will ever come to be. But it's fun to think about it.

Ford GT / Re: How many guys own both
« on: September 29, 2022, 03:44:45 PM »
Sold my '06 Tungsten/white stripes car shortly after buying because I didn't fit in it well, and definitely couldn't fit in it with a helmet.

Stupid decision, yes. I kick myself every time I see the latest prices. But, there's more to life than $$.  I want cars I can drive and feel comfortable to sit in.  And yes, that includes my Kirkham 427.  It is way more fun for me than the GT, and even quicker/scarier on or off a track.

Okay, there...I think I justified it in my mind again...why the hell I ever sold the GT!   Gorgeous cars.  Congrats to all who still own theirs.

2007-up Shelby GT350/GT500/500SS/500KR / Re: Took delivery this morning...
« on: September 28, 2022, 02:10:20 PM »
When you started posting, I thought you might be the Corvette Mike who owns Corvette Mike's in SoCal.  Then I figured out, by your later posts, that you're not the same person.

Enjoy that new toy. Looks great!

2007-up Shelby GT350/GT500/500SS/500KR / Re: Took delivery this morning...
« on: September 27, 2022, 08:58:43 PM »
Sweet car.   You're going to have to change your screen name, now!  At least the first word.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Ford Station Wagons
« on: September 27, 2022, 12:03:12 AM »
I think I might have posted this earlier in another thread ?  '6?  Falcon wagon, Let's Go Surfing !

In my younger days early '60s,  I always pictured California as beach full of surfers and a highway full of hot rods   8)


Florida license plate?   If so:   "Dudes, where's the surf?"   "Uh I dunno, maybe Southern California?"

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Scammers on our site
« on: September 25, 2022, 04:12:35 PM »
He also send me an pm, please delete this guy

+1.   Mr Moderator...can you help?

Shelby American Racing / Re: Vintage Racing Images
« on: September 24, 2022, 03:58:41 PM »
That's very interesting photo.  I have no guess, except maybe a Ford Motor Company lighting test.  Why at Daytona and not at the Proving Grounds?

That's quite the rigging for mounting the lights.  However, the height of the lights are all lower than the Mustang's stock headlights. So, the results of the test wouldn't correlate exactly to how they'd do at the correct (production) height.  I've done a lot of lighting comparisons over the decades, and height matters.

Notice the orange signs standing on end, in the background.   I can read PORSCHE on one and LANCIA on another. Can't make out what the third reads.

A ha, I do now have a guess:  A test mule for lighting setups for a Daytona race car.  That makes the most sense to me.  That needed to be done at Daytona.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: Ford Station Wagons
« on: September 21, 2022, 01:36:39 AM »
^^^ Great photo! I'd guess that's Edwards Air Force Base, near Muroc and El Mirage Dry Lakes, CA.

The Lounge / Re: Borla comes out with an exhaust for your electric vehicle
« on: September 20, 2022, 09:45:10 PM »'s a speaker.

What happens after a few rainstorms, snowstorms, ice, salt, dirt, mud?  One clogged up speaker.

This is ridiculous.

Exhaust companies like Borla are having a wake up moment, aren't they?  Uh, what are we gunna do now?

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. It sounds real, right?" 

+1 on the flipping over the air cleaner lid. How many us us did that to our dad's or mom's car and forgot to put it back to normal before they drove it? 

My mom said she thought I'd broken something in the engine.  Then, after I'd explained and demonstrated, she said "Don't do that again." 

My feeble attempt at convincing her it'd get better fuel economy that way wasn't working.

The Lounge / Re: Gas Prices
« on: September 19, 2022, 10:28:22 PM »
Yeah, but $4/gallon more expensive to produce?!?!?!  NFW.

Brett: Correct, but you're one generation off.  That's a Ferrari it was used as a benchmark for the 2005 V8 Ford GT.

Up For Auction / Re: NOS Hubcaps
« on: September 19, 2022, 03:40:24 PM »
KR500:  Thanks for the weights.

Bob:  I agree with you on the driving scenarios. And I do like the looks of the hubcaps. 

I just find it kind of interesting that Shelby (Ford) would spec the cars with hubcaps that easily flew off during spirited driving. 

(I do realize that other car companies had similar problems.) 

Up For Auction / Re: NOS Hubcaps
« on: September 19, 2022, 03:07:34 PM »
Side question:   Anyone ever weighed the stock wheels with hubcaps versus the 10-spokes? 

I'd have to guess the 10-spokes are at least 33% lighter. 

That does mean a lot if you track your car, or like fast corners, or even just enjoy better ride quality.

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