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To: PMS Witch who wrote (2436)1/24/2012 9:17:24 AM
From: PMS Witch
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I've never seen square gears in action. A pair are shown near the end of this 4 minute video.

Cheers, PW.

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From: miraje1/25/2012 11:15:26 AM
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World's smallest car, from UK's Top Gear..

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To: miraje who wrote (2450)1/29/2012 2:33:47 PM
From: kidl
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A tiny revolutionary fold-up car designed in Spain's Basque country as the answer to urban stress and pollution was unveiled Tuesday before hitting European cities in 2013.

The "Hiriko," the Basque word for "urban," is an electric two-seater with no doors whose motor is located in the wheels and which folds up like a child's collapsible buggy, or stroller, for easy parking.

Dreamt up by Boston's MIT-Media lab, the concept was developed by a consortium of seven small Basque firms under the name Hiriko Driving Mobility, with a prototype unveiled by European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

Demonstrating for journalists, Barroso clambered in through the fold-up front windscreen of the 1.5-metre-long car.

"European ideas usually are developed in the United States. This time an American idea is being made in Europe," consortium spokesman Gorka Espiau told AFP.

Its makers are in talks with a number of European cities to assemble the tiny cars that can run 120 kilometers (75 miles) without a recharge and whose speed is electronically set to respect city limits.

They envision it as a city-owned vehicle, up for hire like the fleets of bicycles available in many European cities, or put up for sale privately at around 12,500 euros.

Several cities have shows interest, including Berlin, Barcelona, San Francisco and Hong Kong. Talks are under way with Paris, London, Boston, Dubai and Brussels.

The vehicle's four wheels turn at right angles to facilitate sideways parking in tight spaces.
The backers describe the "Hiriko" project as a "European social innovation initiative offering a systematic solution to major societal challenges: urban transportation, pollution and job creation."

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From: TimF3/3/2012 4:26:01 PM
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From: SI Ron (Soup Nazi)3/15/2012 10:20:28 AM
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Volvo Seen Doubling Sales Helped by Air Bag for Pedestrian: Cars

You may wonder how often does a pedestrian get hit by a car. Well it happens a lot and over the years when I was an appraiser I seen quite a few of them.

Also had a pedestrian hit by a car on the street in front of our building, he was an older man, and did not survive, so this new idea from Volvo is a great one.

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From: kidl3/27/2012 2:50:30 PM
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This has to be one of the neatest web sites whether you have gasoline in your veins or not.
This is a website featuring the original factory brochures for nearly every American car you have ever owned.Pick the manufacturer, the year and the model. Enjoy!

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To: kidl who wrote (2454)3/29/2012 5:56:04 PM
From: Greg from Edmonton
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My favorite car website is (every day) but also occasionally visit and seldom I visit mostly to check out the articles and read the comments but not post.

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To: Greg from Edmonton who wrote (2455)3/29/2012 8:57:09 PM
From: kidl
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Here is a good one.Just happened today.
Battery on my Porsche 1984 911 was dead.
Took it to shop to get it checked out.
Yes, battery dead.
$200 replacemnet in 10 minutes
All fixed.
"Try it"
I did without getting in
Car was in gear. Need I say more?
The $200 battery is now a $ 5,000 battery.

Reminds me of this ...

Oil Change instructions for Women:

1. Pull up to Dealership when the mileage reaches 5,000 miles since the last oil change.

2. Relax in the waiting room while enjoying a cup of coffee

3. 15 minutes later, scan debit card and leave, driving a properly maintained vehicle.

Money spent
Oil Change:$24.00
Coffee: Complementary

TOTAL: $24.00

Oil Change instructions for Men

1. Wait until Saturday, drive to auto parts store and buy a case of oil, filter,

kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree, and use your debit card for $50.00.

2. Stop to buy a case of beer, (debit $24), drive home.

3. Open a beer and drink it.

4. Jack truck up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.

5. Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.

6.. In frustration, open another beer and drink it.

7. Place drain pan under engine.

8. Look for 9/16 box end wrench.

9. Give up and use crescent wrench.

10. Unscrew drain plug.

11. Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil: splash hot oil on you in process. Cuss.

12. Crawl out from under truck to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on spilled oil.

13. Have another beer while watching oil drain.

14. Spend 30 minutes looking for oil filter wrench.

15. Give up; crawl under truck and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.

16. Crawl out from under truck with dripping oil filter splashing oil everywhere from holes.

Cleverly hide old oil filter among trash in trash can to avoid environmental penalties. Drink a beer.

17. Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface.

18. Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.

19. Remember drain plug from step 11.

20. Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.

21. Drink beer.

22. Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil spill.

23. Get drain plug back in with only a minor spill. Drink beer.

24. Crawl under truck getting kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame removing any excess skin between knuckles and frame.

25. Begin cussing fit.

26. Throw stupid crescent wrench.

27. Cuss for additional 5 minutes because wrench hit truck and left dent.

28. Beer.

29. Clean up hands and bandage as required to stop blood flow.

30. Beer.

31. Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.

32. Beer.

33. Lower truck from jack stands.

34.. Move truck back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during any missed steps.

35. Beer.

36. Test drive truck.

37. Get pulled over: arrested for driving under the influence.

38. Truck gets impounded.

39. Call loving wife, make bail.

40. 12 hours later, get truck from impound yard.

Money spent:

Parts: $50.00
DUI: $2,500.00
Impound fee: $75.00
Bail: $1,500.00
Beer: $20.00
TOTAL: $4,145.00

But you know the job was done right!

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To: kidl who wrote (2456)3/29/2012 9:10:52 PM
From: Lahcim Leinad
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They left it in gear and did not engage the hand brake.

You should end up way ahead. ;-)

My brother would. Sued Honda and won.

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To: Lahcim Leinad who wrote (2457)3/30/2012 6:30:14 AM
From: kidl
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No shop negligence. Stupidity on my part as I drove the car in and left it in gear.

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