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Re: Sema
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Fish'NJim,
I always read your posts and comments with interest and respect your opinion. My comment on 'the eventual end of fossil fuels' isn't 'self-defeatist'; its just reality. As a race, we will 'use up' fossil fuels, just like they're draining the aquafers in California and decimating the forests by over-logging. Like air and fish and trees, there is a very finite amount of EVERYTHING on this rock, and as we gorge the earth with billions more people, and the usage redlines, the curve on that graph is going to become pretty acute. Someone posted on here a while back that the biggest threat we face on this planet is over population and I couldn't agree more. World Population has doubled since I was a teenager in school 50 years ago, and that means we've been growing globally by 200,000 people a day!! Every day, for 50 years. That's mindboggling when you think of the food to feed, getting rid of the waste, and all the 'consumed resources'. Having said that, there's probably a good 50 years left for fossil fuels and most of us will be long since dead when the last gallon of gasoline is pumped at a gas station somewhere! So, 'the end' isn't going to 'defeat' any of us!! Chris.

Posted on: 7/14 17:22
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
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I don't consider a Packard that has been chopped up and motored with a small block GM V-8 a collector car. That is a piece of junk. The proposed holiday is for crate motored junkers and the idea obviously is an attempt to legitimize those abortions for the benefit of drop shipping outfits like Summit Racing. I suppose they are looking in dismay that a copy of Super Mario (whatever that is) can sell for millions of dollars while those chopped up Packards are taking up valuable floor space. I think the Super Mario deal makes more sense given it has no holding costs and is, thus, a lesser form of insanity. After all, you can't end up paraplegic, toothless, with a crushed skull from Super Mario or a baseball card like you can when you crack up your crate motored junkrod. Posting crash victim pictures to illustrate would be too far out.

Yes we are past peak oil and everybody seems to be acting out one of Voltaire's worst nighmares. The central bankers are generating no end of asset bubbles that defy logic while claiming the cost of capital should be zero. Back when I was valuing acquisitions the objective was a 15% return on investment from business operations and not returns based on stock price manipulations by virtue of phoey share buy backs and the shoddy GAAP that makes them possible. Today's market valuations are more like 2%. At the core I think is a sense of doom in the human psych that stirs up this wildly irrational behavior. The alternative hypothesis is that people are stupid.

For these Packards, if you like the car great. I like Packards, but I've lived through enough of them that I really don't want one. If I started putting instrumentation all over the engine I might not like what I see, but I wouldn't think of putting a junkyard engine in it. If I want more speed I'll buy a new car. Oh, but there is that gas issue again. I was around when there was the Nixon 55 mph national speed limit which made driving that stuff a lot safer. Today I'm being tailgated, in the slow lane at 10 mph over the limit, by some rude ass and thinking about how the SRS is not effective above 65 mph; and taking solace in the fact that when the knucklehead behind me crashes his monster truck he will be a deadman. Just leave me out of it please.

Posted on: 7/14 19:44
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I don't consider a Packard that has been chopped up and motored with a small block GM V-8 a collector car.

Tim,
FWIW, I don't either. Maybe I am 'out of the loop' up here in Canada, but I didn't see anywhere in the CCAD preamble, that it was designated for chopped and rodded
vehicles only. There are, and always will be the from/to of old car enthusiasts, those who want to chop and hotrod everything they touch, to the dyed-in-the-wool purists, who wouldn't put an aftermarket part in their car to save their lives; and, of course everyone in between. I do think the point is being distorted to 'blame it on the greedy guys from Summit Racing'. Having a national day set aside for the hobby can do a lot of good, maybe get some young people interested in 'different' old cars, showcase the importance of preserving history, and possibly even the bringing together of the different factions of old car restoration. The purists, the rat-rodders, the hot-rodders, the extreme custom guys - are we all really that different?? Divisiveness can be our undoing, if we let it; might be time to take stock on what we share in common. Chris.

Posted on: 7/14 23:38
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
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Well said...Chris...Ernie in Arizona

Posted on: 7/17 10:17
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Opinions are like noses. Everybody has one, many of them are/have been broken, and many of those have been broken more than once.

That said, I'm no fan of the hoopdie crowd with their 26" wheels-n-tires nor of the tuners with their over-revving tin boxes which sound like sewing machines (am I dating myself here?) on steroids with empty oil can mufflers. I do what I do, and some folks think I'm violating some sanctity or another.

At the end of the day, we're all Car Guys. Anything that might help (although coming from Big Gummint, "Help" may be a forlorn hope) is okay in my book.

But, what are the Unintended Consequences?

Posted on: 7/18 4:46
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I do what I do, and some folks think I'm violating some sanctity or another.


Hi Wat_Tyler,
I've said for years that one could go door to door, handing out brown manila envelopes full of hundred dollar bills and someone would be offended!

You make a good point on 'opinions' and, at the end of the day, we all should 'go our way' and let the chips fall where they may. I guess I would classify myself as a 'semi-purist' where I like to keep everything as original as possible and practical, but when the situation at hand dictates a diversion, I'm okay with that. I'm with you on the other 'Car Guy's' pursuits, and while I'm not a fan of rods and the like, I can appreciate the work and craftmanship that goes into some of their work and customizations. To each, his own, right?? Chris.

Posted on: 7/18 15:58
'If you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right!' Henry Ford.
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There are big problems with electric vehicles. The time to recharge and available recharging infrastructure - grid and stations. Until these problems get fixed, EVs will be a secondary transportation.

Hydrogen fueled internal combustion engines is probably the best bet. It has energy close to or better than gasoline and diesel. The time to refill is like today's refueling. A hydrogen refilling infrastructure could be put in place quicker and easier than for EVs. The technology is in place to make hydrogen burning internal combustion engines with the only emission being water.

Alarming messages and actions by governments about quickly needing to convert to EVs as the only solution to curbing carbon emissions is, to me, akin the the sky is falling.

We need to get off of burning fossil fuels as quickly as possible, but electricity is not the best and only answer. I think the gasoline internal combustion engine is going to be the main source of transportation for many years to come.

Posted on: 7/18 16:59
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