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[#] Sat Jun 03 2006 02:20:45 EDT from harry @ Uncensored

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Gas prices in Seattle went DOWN today to $3.079 per US gallon.

*heavy sigh*



I am seriously thinking about trading my Subaru in for ANYTHING that's a gas/electric hybrid.

Or maybe deisel and use biodeisel.



[#] Sat Jun 03 2006 06:21:52 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/global_gasprices/price.html

For only 14 cents a gallon in venezuala... imagine the possibilities!

[#] Sat Jun 03 2006 12:31:29 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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About half the cars here run on natural gas which is, I think, about $0.40USD per cubic meter. Cars run approximately 15 kilometers on a cubic meter.

Actually hat half are dual-fuel vehicles but switching back to gasoline causes a lot of pinging because the spark is retarded for CNG and engines lose about 30% power but the cost savings more than makes up for the lack of speed.

[#] Sat Jun 03 2006 15:00:44 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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$2.59 avg in Wyo.
$2.74 avg in Co.

[#] Sat Jun 03 2006 15:04:38 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I thought there was nothing average in Wyo....

$3.19 avg in NY.

[#] Sat Jun 03 2006 20:26:52 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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curly: where exactly are you... And I just had a thought. How do you determine the volume of a gas... and also, how many idiots do you have say "ONE CUBIC METER! Your cars must be HUGE!"?

[#] Sun Jun 04 2006 15:31:34 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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the8088er: I'm near here: http://www.fallingrain.com/world/AR/5/La_Falda.html

The gas is measured at some specific pressure. Most cars have about 8 to 10 cubic meters worth of tank storage which pretty much takes up the trunk.
But its extremely cheap and Argentina has a lot of natural gas.

[#] Sun Jun 04 2006 16:26:14 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Interesting, and also, looks as if you guys dont get much rain, at all.

[#] Sun Jun 04 2006 18:07:06 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Up here in the mountains we get enough, more than I was used to in the Sierra Nevadas of California. The water table in my well is about 6 meters. This is really an ideal climate. Close enough to the equator to have mild winters and high enough that summers don't require a/c.

If you look at that map this is a long N-S valley in a stable geological formation and has been the vacation center of Argentina for a century.

[#] Tue Jun 13 2006 17:40:29 EDT from jock @ Uncensored

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I guess I'll go rent a jacked up Jeep for a few days to see if I want to buy one. I need more than a few minutes to make up my mind when trading cars. But I think I'm being silly with this thread, 'cause I was going to get a good Lion mascot suit to wear while driving it.

[#] Fri Jun 23 2006 10:54:08 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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today I saw a car with those stickers in writing over the front windshield.
usually it says "no fear" or "fuck da police" or "sunglasses" or something like that.
But today Isaw one that said "So solly!"

I first came across this phrase sometime in 1993-4 when somebody overnight put up a bunch of photocopies of paper with this phrase on it on a bunch of people's offices, including mmine.
We eventually figured out who did it, wasn't sure what it was meant for though.
Anyway, now we have the innernet so I looked it up, and it says "crusty the clown's favorite way to insult asian americans."

I'm thinking that person is better off putting "fuck da police" on their car.
I have a feeling there are lots more asian americans than there are police around here.

[#] Sat Jun 24 2006 18:07:24 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Hemp-burning automobile: wave of the future?


http://www.hempcar.org/petvshemp.shtml

[#] Sat Jun 24 2006 18:53:45 EDT from harry @ Uncensored

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Cool.


[#] Wed Jun 28 2006 11:54:38 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Brings to mind Cheech and Chong's "Up in Smoke" movie.

[#] Fri Jun 30 2006 13:34:37 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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last night my left turn signal in the gti started blinking double speed.
ok, a bulb is out, cute.
So this morning I go out to get the bulb and it's impossible to get at.
The manual actually says to remove the bumper so you can get at the two bottom screws that hold the light fixture in.
Absurd.
So I did it the hard way, I squeezed my hands in the inch and a half space behind it. got the cover off, got the air seal cover thingi off, managed somehow to twist the bulb out.
I look at it and it's not burnt out. I plug it back in and sure as shit it blinks.
Silly car.

[#] Fri Jun 30 2006 15:12:30 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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My truck's blinker stays on if the light's out. Won't blink.

[#] Sun Jul 02 2006 18:11:55 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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That's because you have a heavy-duty flasher in your truck.

Trucks have more and bigger lights than cars. They're also designed for trailer connections (more power) so the bimetallic strip inside the flasher is thicker. Ever notice that trucks often flash slower too?

That's due to the constuction of the flasher. Think of a pair of contact points. One contact, the movable contact, is on the end of a strip of metal through which the current passes. In reality there are two different metals, one on each side, that have different coefficients of expansion so the strip bends when heated with the current. That opens the contact interrupting the lamp. When it cools contact is made and the cycle repeats.

[#] Sun Jul 02 2006 18:44:52 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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...much like the little flashy light that makes christmas lights blink.
And how circuit breakers work.
And thermostats.

[#] Sun Jul 02 2006 19:08:31 EDT from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Precisely.

As automotive electronics improve the life expectancy of that technology is severely limited. A relay will prevent the varying rates of turn signal flashers.

[#] Sun Jul 02 2006 22:22:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I thought it was kind of cool that when one of the turn signal lamps blew out on my Saturn, the remaining one on that side flashed twice as fast (half as much load, I guess).

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