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Unread postAuthor: MadPiper2.0 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:55 pm

Since I am asking the question, it is sort of obvious I do. I am going to school to be a mechanic right now. Anyone else like bustin' knuckles or just straight up pedal to the metal?
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Unread postAuthor: metalmeltr » Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:59 pm

Car guy here, im 15
lookin at a future as an autobody repair tech
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Unread postAuthor: Technician1002 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:36 pm

I like cars, but I'm more of a geek, so instead of muscle, I like high mileage and high tech. I drive a Prius.

Some of the savings went way beyond gas mileage. Some fun facts..
Due to regenerative breaking, the car with over 130,000 miles on it are running on the original brakes. At the 80,000 mile tire change, I had 80% of the brake pads remaining.

It has only one belt, which is also original. It runs the AC compressor. The newer models have eliminated that belt by going to an electric compressor.

Due to the DC/DC converter to drive the low voltage side, I have not burned out any light bulbs except the dome light.

I did need to change the plugs at 120,000 miles.

The transmission has 7 moving parts. None of them are a friction part such as a clutch. The transmission uses no hydraulics. The transmission has no shifting parts, so from drive to reverse, no shifts are required. As A geek, I love that. The transmission gear box not counting the electric motors on each side is about 3 inches long. Gotta love simplicity and reliability.

Did you know if you have a Prius into park or Neutral, you can floor the gas and hold it there without damage?

A great geek tidbit, you can leave a key locked in the car and use it for an emergency generator all weekend without running out of gas. With a 1,000 watt inverter I installed, this got me through an ice storm, and an electrical panel change in the house in December. The inverter ran some lights, the computer, fridge, TV, and the blower on the woodstove.

I use the inverter to power a small compressor for the air cannons when away from an outlet.



To buy the Prius, I traded in a Mustang. I won't go into all the work it needed in the 100,000 miles I had it. For starters it needed an engine rebuild + a whole bunch of other things.Image

The cheap Root Beer is projectiles for the air cannon. :D
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Unread postAuthor: Jimmy K » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:05 pm

Here's my 1950 Chevy 3100.
60,000 original miles
Virtually no rust



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Unread postAuthor: chinnerz » Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:36 pm

Yes sir i do.

My favs car would no doubt be a Toyota celica Ta22, the only thing stopping me from buying one right now is cost. I'm starting uni now so i just need a reliable car which doesn't cost too much to run... and so, i have a 2002 Holden astra (CD) its a great car (too bad its an auto :P) and i'll probably use it until i have enough to buy and fix a ta22
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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:13 pm

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