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Jay_W
Jay_W SuperDork
5/27/22 11:49 a.m.

TIL that the car market is even more batE36M3 than I ever knew and that there is no gouge too gouge-y. 

Duke
Duke MegaDork
5/27/22 12:26 p.m.

In reply to Jay_W :

People who have to have the most-bleeding-edge trendy status vehicle have always been willing to overpay for the privilege.

 

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/28/22 5:01 p.m.

TIL that I should take pictures when renting heavy equipment.  Body damage rubbed a fuel line causing it to dump all the diesel.  Home Depot doesn't own the equipment they rent and the company that does wanted to charge me.  I pointed out that I had the damage insurance.  They said that didn't cover abuse.  Argument was going way downhill until a HD guy happened to walk by and said oh yeah that body was damaged before.  I ended up with a full refund and 1.5 days of free use but lesson learned.

procainestart
procainestart Dork
5/29/22 1:41 a.m.

TIL that the rattle in spray paint is a glass marble 

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/29/22 10:58 a.m.

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

I drove responsibly and got 28.3 mpg in the corvette this week on my84 mile commute 

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
5/31/22 9:05 p.m.

I'm almost 60 years old and TIL what a "faceplated" transmission is.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/31/22 9:12 p.m.
Wally (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

I drove responsibly and got 28.3 mpg in the corvette this week on my84 mile commute 

I got 28.5 in teh R Monday morning, turned off the A/C for the drive home and the average went up to a hair over 30.

I mean, the Corvette has a small chance of being faster, what with weighing less and probably having twice the power, but, you know... 2mpg!

secretariata (Forum Supporter)
secretariata (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
5/31/22 9:57 p.m.
Datsun310Guy said:

I'm almost 60 years old and TIL what a "faceplated" transmission is.

TIL that "faceplated" is the hip new techno jargon slang for a dog box...must be justification for an even higher price.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/31/22 10:03 p.m.
secretariata (Forum Supporter) said:
Datsun310Guy said:

I'm almost 60 years old and TIL what a "faceplated" transmission is.

TIL that "faceplated" is the hip new techno jargon slang for a dog box...must be justification for an even higher price.

It's different tho.  See, there used to be slickshifted/some other term where you took a synchro box, ground out every other synchro spline in the shift hub and the gear face, and then take the box apart on a regular basis to dress the burrs and eventually just throw the worn parts away and start over.

Face plating is taking those same OE gears and instead of playing grindy onesie twosie, you machine the whole mess off except for enough of a register to accept a plate that welds to the face, a face plate if you will, with six or seven beefy huge dogs/lugs on them, and a suitably modified shift hub.

 

Face plated gearsets are dog boxes but not all dog boxes are face plated.  Most dog boxes are manufactured correctly from the getgo smiley

Recon1342
Recon1342 SuperDork
5/31/22 11:28 p.m.
secretariata (Forum Supporter) said:
Datsun310Guy said:

I'm almost 60 years old and TIL what a "faceplated" transmission is.

TIL that "faceplated" is the hip new techno jargon slang for a dog box...must be justification for an even higher price.

TIL that Google doesn't know what the berkeley it's talking about. 
 

Faceplated, indeed. My grandfather would be cussing up a streak at these eejits.

slantvaliant (Forum Supporter)
slantvaliant (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
6/1/22 5:08 p.m.
procainestart said:

TIL that the rattle in spray paint is a glass marble 

Today you also learned that those can be dangerous.  During Desert Storm, a captain in my battalion was apparently gutshot near a trash fire just after the run into Iraq.  The doctors missed the ball at first because they were looking for a bullet.  

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/2/22 7:25 a.m.

Did they have "Atom Pearls" when you were a kid?  Little spherical balls with a BB inside.  The inside walls are lined with gun powder.  You throw it on the ground, the BB hits the wall, strikes the powder and a small explosion follows.

Naples Italy 1973 - New Years Eve.  They have Atom Pearls the size of golf balls.  In an alley, someone tossed one of those things and you could hear the large steel ball ricocheting off the building walls!!  Time to go ....

Duke
Duke MegaDork
6/2/22 10:13 a.m.

TIWUR (Today I Was Unfortunately Reminded) that car eyelashes are a thing.

 

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/2/22 4:50 p.m.

Dodge Viper hoods open like Saab 900s, lift,  slide, tip.  Twist wrong and it's a $28,000 fix.

GeddesB
GeddesB Reader
6/2/22 6:25 p.m.

Finally something to post on this thread!!

 

TIL;  My car is one of one in the USA!!  

 

Peabody
Peabody MegaDork
6/2/22 6:35 p.m.
Duke said:

TIWUR (Today I Was Unfortunately Reminded) that car eyelashes are a thing.

A dozen years ago I introduced my coworker/shift partner to the Geo Metro. He'd been commuting in a Taurus and paying more than he could afford for gas. We (mostly he) turned it into a really cool fuel economy project and he got incredible results. As he could be rather fastidious I used to play tricks on him. Over a week period while we were on nights I'd sneak out and pour small amounts of fuel in his tank. The next week I would take small amounts out. I could see it was driving him crazy because his fuel economy was all over the place. One night I changed his interior lights to super bright LED's and just about blinded him when he left in the morning. The last thing I did before he retired was to put eyelashes on it. He didn't notice it right away and wondered why people were staring at the old guy in the Metro

wae
wae PowerDork
6/2/22 9:03 p.m.

TIL that I should probably have an eyewash kit at the shop.

eastsideTim
eastsideTim PowerDork
6/2/22 11:03 p.m.
wae said:

TIL that I should probably have an eyewash kit at the shop.

Oh crap, hope you are okay.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/2/22 11:13 p.m.
wae said:

TIL that I should probably have an eyewash kit at the shop.

Also Q tips.  Q tips are amazing for getting boulders of rust/dirt off of an eyeball or out of an eyelid.

wae
wae PowerDork
6/3/22 5:38 a.m.

I like the q-tip idea!  I'll have to toss some of those in the first aid kit as well.

While cleaning off the little brush tip of the gasket remover, I managed to flick the brush just right (just wrong?) and sent a dollop of it straight into my eye.  Between that and the normal brake cleaner spray-back, I've been pretty lucky with chemicals getting in my eye and it not really being a big deal, but eventually my luck's going to run out.  I thought about a full-on eye wash station, but settled for an eye care first aid kit that has a bottle of eyewash, silicone eye cup, and some pads. 

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/3/22 8:27 a.m.

In reply to wae :

Eye cups are awesome. 
 

I used to use Murine eye wash after swimming practice and it would bring your eyes right back to life. 

SpeedwayFan
SpeedwayFan New Reader
6/3/22 8:33 a.m.

Didn't happen today but about a month ago I learned that the little metal prongs on electric plugs are different sizes

wae
wae PowerDork
6/4/22 12:55 p.m.

TIL that I get CBS Sports Network and they broadcast Trans Am and Formula E.

wae
wae PowerDork
6/9/22 11:21 a.m.

TIL that someone makes a CO2-powered fully automatic rodent killing machine:  https://www.acehardware.com/departments/lawn-and-garden/insect-and-animal-control/animal-traps/7008335

I was looking for a place I could exchange CO2 tanks for the shop kegarator.  But this would be way more fun!

Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos)
Brett_Murphy (Agent of Chaos) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/9/22 12:05 p.m.

In reply to wae :

That thing is a mini-cow killer.

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