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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Computers in cars allow for vastly improved emissions, fuel economy, and safety. Fact is, there are only so many things you can do mechanically...having a chip with just 100 preset actions combined with almost ANY true fuel injection (sit down, cross fire) is far superior to what a carb can do. But I can tune my carb with a deft hand, a good ear, and a screw driver. Is lose/gain. Me? I can only afford stuff I can fix myself. Hence my hesitation to step up to a newer vette. I want one...but...I'm nervous about getting something I can't easily fix myself. I've thought about doing a 383 Porsche 944...and I might do one someday. But till then, my old girl will have to be fast enough, and honestly, it is.

    But it has no antilock breaks, no airbags, no crumple zones,etc. I put in a 4 point roll bar, and 5 point harness, both required for street prepared class, with a convert able/t top car...

    It gets about 15mpg, but only makes about 400hp, maybe a tad less depending on the dyno. I shutter to think of it's emissions.

    But, it does exactly what I tell it to, everytime. No traction control, that's what left foot braking is for. No engine management, no computers, nothing. Personally, I think everyone should drive a car like that at some point in their lives.
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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    Computers in cars allow for vastly improved emissions, fuel economy, and safety. Fact is, there are only so many things you can do mechanically...having a chip with just 100 preset actions combined with almost ANY true fuel injection (sit down, cross fire) is far superior to what a carb can do. But I can tune my carb with a deft hand, a good ear, and a screw driver. Is lose/gain. Me? I can only afford stuff I can fix myself. Hence my hesitation to step up to a newer vette. I want one...but...I'm nervous about getting something I can't easily fix myself. I've thought about doing a 383 Porsche 944...and I might do one someday. But till then, my old girl will have to be fast enough, and honestly, it is.

    But it has no antilock breaks, no airbags, no crumple zones,etc. I put in a 4 point roll bar, and 5 point harness, both required for street prepared class, with a convert able/t top car...

    It gets about 15mpg, but only makes about 400hp, maybe a tad less depending on the dyno. I shutter to think of it's emissions.

    But, it does exactly what I tell it to, everytime. No traction control, that's what left foot braking is for. No engine management, no computers, nothing. Personally, I think everyone should drive a car like that at some point in their lives.
    Why would you give up what you got? Srly. The grass often isn't greener on the other side. No matter what you do, someone will always have a faster car. If you enjoy what you got, keep it. Just keep improving it as time and budget allows. Make it cosmetically what you want. Same on interior look. A bit of suspension refining here, a tad on the brakes there. It really doesn't matter what other's think. Other people will always have a more impressive car too. And this year's outdated car is next decade's classic.

    What a lot of people don't grasp is that for the most part who are REALLY racing always is only yourself. And if budget is a limit? Old school is the only way to go. What I have now could leave virtually anything in the rearview mirror - which of course is totally worthless. I had vastly more FUN in those old manual transmissions 928s. One was older, meaning the lightest weight, the least horsepower, and lower top speed - ONLY 145 with a lower gear ratio, and it had a factory handling package. Pretty too in dark green and black interior. The other was faded out silver and a trashed burgundy interior, but some NASA guys has put it together with a turbo, 4 massive coils and other engine tricks. 1st gear was worthless it wound it out so fast.

    But it was the green one I enjoyed. Handled like a slot car. Coming into a backroad curve marked "35 mph", motor braking throwing into a low gear, power out of the curve at 65. And the next day I'd go for 66. A couple months later its 70 - but I'm getting awfully close to the far side of the pavement. Now THAT'S fun. I had to WORK the car. I sold it for $4500, what I had paid for it. A terrible mistake. Thought I'd like a newer Jag XKR, definitely a FASTER car - so spend $24K for a clean, awesome looking supercharged Jaguar XKR 4.5. I got rid of it after 6 months.

    Keep what you got. You know it. Just refine it as time and $$ allows. If you sell you'll probably take a beating - and come to regret it.

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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Does anyone know if the driver had a Sonic milkshake before getting behind the wheel?
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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Does anyone know if the driver had a Sonic milkshake before getting behind the wheel?
    No, but the driver had received an automated phone call of a recording of President Obama urging him to think about the Affordable Care Act minutes before heading out, when really he should have been thinking about driving.

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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    No, but the driver had received an automated phone call of a recording of President Obama urging him to think about the Affordable Care Act minutes before heading out, when really he should have been thinking about driving.
    How do you know? On top of being a super secret police officer guy who parachutes on weekends to give loitering tickets, are you also working for the NSA?
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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    How do you know? On top of being a super secret police officer guy who parachutes on weekends to give loitering tickets, are you also working for the NSA?
    We can't even think of a new super car with both of us being in Mexico.

    That would be a sure death sentence.

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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    We can't even think of a new super car with both of us being in Mexico.

    That would be a sure death sentence.
    I don't necessarily agree. If I were to buy a car here, it would most definitely be Volkswagen and a 2010-2011 model. Narcos tend to go for pickups and SUVs.
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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    I don't necessarily agree. If I were to buy a car here, it would most definitely be Volkswagen and a 2010-2011 model. Narcos tend to go for pickups and SUVs.
    Exactly. If we buy a new Cadillac or a new Ferrari, we are dead.

    I have seen it happen here many many times.

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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Yes, it is probably a good idea to drive a POS in Mexico. Probably a bad idea to drive a Ferrari around Syria too.

    If I remember correctly, the Walker accident was in the USA and no witnesses reported hearing gun fire.

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    Re: Reported Paul Walker of Fast and Furios fame dead at 40.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    I live in the same type of climate, but when you buy a new car what are you going to do?
    ECMs are not susceptible to corrosion unless submerged. New boat motors have efi and ecms and are not plagued with problems.
    Unless they are submerged corrosion is not an issue.
    We change out EMCs at work all the time, never had a corrosion issue. Usually something in the flash or a hardware issue.

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