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Government Motors new offering

by Steven Haninger / January 14, 2013 7:07 AM PST
450 HP Corvette Stingray

I wonder how far this goes toward realizing the 50+ mpg requirement the president has announced. Wink
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Thanks. That had this link of the Worst cars.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2013 7:29 AM PST
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I had a '72 beetle that went faster than that
by Steven Haninger / January 14, 2013 9:02 AM PST

and also on a Texas highway. I was able to manage about 95 on level ground with it floored for about 20 minutes. Of course it's "air conditioner" was those front tilt out windows that would drop your speed just as much.

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Ours was in the 60's
by James Denison / January 14, 2013 6:17 PM PST

A 1965 Renault Gordini. It's like a Dauphin which was low class enough, but then you strip that down and you get the Gordini. I still remember the day that bright red brand new car showed up, but the bright faded quickly under a Texas sun. Still had plastic or cellophane protection sheets on the inside of of the front doors we had to rip off. It became my mother's car, drove it everywhere, got great gas mileage, but no acceleration. She liked the ease of parking it. My dad came to hate that car, not just for small size, but especially after it's plastic window handle broke off, among other things. Yes, plastic handles that were covered with some shiny metallic coating that made it look to be metal when he bought it. If one considered a Volkswagen like whole milk, then the Renault would be skim milk, or worse. I remember one trip from Texas to panhandle of Florida in that car with Mom and sister. We made it there on about $5-6 of gas. We filled up in Texas at 19.9 cents per gallon and I think the next fillup was near or less than 25 cents per gallon. We were on fumes by the time we rolled into Panama City to relatives house.

1960 model




upscale Dauphin model 1964

motor compartment

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Here's a very truthful article on it
by James Denison / January 14, 2013 6:54 PM PST
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Can't help but notice all the rounded metal
by Steven Haninger / January 14, 2013 7:31 PM PST
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Stamping processes couldn't do that. It took hand forming and metal soldering work to create those shapes. I believe that car bodies were a specialty in European countries and often two manufacturers were involved in producing a car. The VW Karmann Ghia was one such car. It had Beetle running gear in a largely handmade body. They were not terribly expensive but one could buy a sportier British car for their price.

The "Ghia" and many other cars started to disappear with new US safety standards...not the least of which was higher and larger bumpers. Many cars just got too butt ugly to be appealing to anyone.

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I had a pinto that I got up to 95
by Roger NC / January 14, 2013 9:15 AM PST

took a ways, and it had been doctored, but original block and pistons.

Just shims on the valve springs, shaved the head, changed the cam and a set of Hooker headers.

LOL, yeap, Hooker Headers actually made a header for a 4 cylinder 2000 cc motor.

Man that was another lifetime. Crazy to mess with that car that much, but me and even the shop doing the work actually enjoyed it.

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actually once it read just over 100
by Roger NC / January 14, 2013 9:19 AM PST

but I'm not sure I believe it, I was running wide tires at low pressure because of the narrow width of the rims.

And it took several miles to get anything abov the 95 reading, that's where fourth gear floated out and I had to go to fifth.

That car felt like it was just about lifting off the hiway.

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2 liter engines have changed
by Steven Haninger / January 14, 2013 9:20 AM PST

This one claims 300 horsepower Stick that one in your old Pinto and watch it disintegrate. Happy

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Ahh, another lifetime.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 14, 2013 9:40 AM PST

I guess some folk are like cats. Nine lives. Glad to read folk survived their Pintos and Vegas.

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(NT) Don't leave out the Gremlin
by Steven Haninger / January 14, 2013 5:45 PM PST
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