Wednesday, December 31, 2008
How much does it cost to go through the EPA process? According to CNGPrices.com “these strict test requirements and the expense of getting a CNG conversion kit certified, there are very few EPA and/or CARB approved CNG conversions, and the conversions are relatively expensive, costing from $8,000 to $16,000.”
That’s an average of $12,000 to convert your vehicle to run on natural gas and at even $5 a gallon for gasoline that’s 2,400 gallons of fuel or about 48,000 miles at 20 miles per gallon. At 20 miles per gallon for an average vehicle, 2400 gallons of fuel is four years of driving running on petrol for most people. http://www.coolcarguy.com/2008/07/the-real-problem-facing-the-pickens-plan-for-getting-off-our-addiction-to-oil/
Via: http://www.coolcarguy.com/ which isn't very cool by the way. It's a guy trying to make money selling cars. Yeah, somebody has to do it, but it ain't making as many people happier about cars and their day as what I do, in my opinion.
Seriously....? This guy is so far off the normal thought process that he lists these as his only "Cool links"... doofus.
Best Cars and Trucks - US NEWS & World Report
Buying Guide Category - Cars.com
Check Current Inventory - JFR
Get Pre-Approved - Download A Credit Application
Go Green - Alternative Fuels Data Center
Go Green - National Biodiesel Board
Government Vehicle Recalls
The Cool Car Guy Movie Reviews
Vehicle Reliability Rating
Yahoo’s Top 100 Green List
I love a good rant! (one against raising funds for the government by charging to drive on roads, raise fuel costs, etc)
We refuse to be blamed, castigated, inconvenienced, and more importantly, taxed as a result of the natural cycles of our planetary climate.
So, Messrs Brown and Darling, along with all your ecomentalist cronies, to borrow a phrase from our fine Irish friends, "up your hole with a big jam roll".
What the politicians don’t seem to grasp (or choose to ride roughshod over) as they chant their ‘consensus’ mantra, presumably on the principle that if you repeat a lie often enough then people will believe it, is that if consensus is king in science then nobody these days would have heard of Darwin, Gallileo, Copernicus or Einstein…
"Nissan's chest thumping over this feat aggravated Porsche enought that the company conducted it's own test of the GT-R. After failing to get with 25 seconds of Suzuki's time, Porsche accused Nissan of using slicks on the Nordschliefe. Nissan responded by posting in-car video of it's record lap and photos of it's street tires.
And in a master stroke of passive-aggressive trash talking, it also offered Porsche free driver training."
And that is why my subscription to Automobile magazine got renewed to May of 2013.
When oil was 150 a barrel, the quart was 3.99, now that oil is 38 a barrel, it hasn't made the oil for my oil changes any cheaper.
Is there something I'm missing about this concept?
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
My sympathy to all classic car lovers, and classic Porsche fans especially, who are hurt by these photos
After the war, the Jankovits found themselves under a new Communist regime, their town rechristened Rijeka in the newly formed state of Yugoslavia. Realizing that they were about to lose everything, the brothers dug the car out of storage on Christmas Day 1946 and the same night made a dash through the border and into Italy.
this is the 1956.
For a short bio, and full story: http://www.tbauto.org/claveau/ from the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum in Pinellas Park, Florida website.
For a online gallery of the vehicles at the Tampa Bay Auto Museum: http://flickr.com/photos/forwardlookguy/sets/72157601481866394/
I stumbled across this from http://www.kitfoster.com/archive/2007_04_01_archive.html
Alain Cerf is a man with a mission. Designer of packaging equipment made by his company Polypack, Inc., in Pinellas Park, Florida, he is understandably interested in innovative machinery. As a collector of automobiles he favors those with distinctive engineering: front-wheel drive, rear engines, unusual engines and suspensions. A native of France, he has a particular fascination with his countryman Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot.
Alain has ensconced his collection of cars at his Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, an eclectic assembly of engineering masterpieces. Not surprisingly, many of them are French, including the groundbreaking Citroën 2CV, a Peugeot Darl'Mat, Voisin C7, Amilcar Compound and the last car of Emile Claveau.
Found on http://aacalibrary.tumblr.com/