I see, what i think, is a NY state plate on the background car in pic#1. This could be, if already here, something to point out to a regulatory office? Trafficking of goods not authorized to be here? if it is a S&D car, they are not saying anything about that whatsoever....I'd like to see an opponaut or jalop FP guy… » 12/19/14 6:40pm Yesterday 6:40pm

Bluxury. I'm inventing that word.

Budget Luxury. Bluxury. (Note: I'm not calling this Bulls**t Luxury) Is there such a thing? Can almost but not quite still be luxurious? This is the Interior of the new Kia Sedona mini-van, with options. It looks very nice and I am continuously impressed with the Hyundai group's progress and design. But look closely,… » 12/17/14 3:30pm Wednesday 3:30pm

If Walter White was a Shell Oil engineer....

His Winnebago would be this. A Prelude! The largest floating platform to ever take to water. Instead of cooking meth in the desert, he and professor Pinkman would be sucking up natural gas from the Australian coast and, on-site, converting it to liquid natural gas for transport. The traditional process was to suck up… » 12/17/14 2:40pm Wednesday 2:40pm

Amazing how it disables the whole system if one doesnt work. I woudl suspect if that didnt happen, the other cylinders would work and eventually once the compression heat rises enought the last cylinder would catch. Of course that would be some wretched vibration until then. A strange system of bulletproof reliability… » 12/16/14 11:08am Tuesday 11:08am

Saving a plane by removing the pilot.

A flat spin is literally what it sounds like. When the plane falls at such an angle that airflow over any control surface does not exist, then the plane can't recover. In the winter of 1970 a F-106 in a flat spin was hopeless so the pilot decided to eject. The missing weight changed the whole balance. The plane… » 12/16/14 10:50am Tuesday 10:50am

The concord was never profitable. For as long as it existed, it lost money. There wasn't a market large enough without restrictions to allow enough of them to be built and sold and used as intended. Conventional construction of SST types of fast transport are limited to about Mach 1.6 before air friction raises… » 12/15/14 2:50pm Monday 2:50pm

There is so much ugly and yet there is so much cool-to-have-thought-of-that at the same time that I can't decide how much fire to kill it with or to save it from fire. I mean, if there was a way to save a car from someone killing it with fire by peeing on it, I suppose this would be it. » 12/14/14 12:50pm Sunday 12:50pm

How good? Just how good of a value is a '07 4runner?

During dealer service of our Rav4 (2wd 4 cylinder parentmobile) I looked over their used stock. A 2007 4runner sr5 was on the lot. 70k miles, asking $23.4 i think it was. 4.0 timing chain engine. Absolutely clean of course. I did not drive it. We are keeping our eye open for something with more room than the Rav, with… » 12/12/14 10:50am 12/12/14 10:50am

I drove a governed at 70 diesel rental truck to move my family cros country. I can tell you this. On some of those hills even just slow rolling hills, they are at foot down max power and to lift and brake would kill the momentum they built up over the last five miles. They are cutting you off and making a pass because… » 12/11/14 10:33pm 12/11/14 10:33pm

Have a Life W-12 F1 engine. Spoiler: It sucked beyond doubt. the harmonics killed it constantly. In the late 60's Ferrari investigated a w-18 engine for F-1 and the engineer eventually found someone to pay for some of those ideas to race with. It was heavy and slow. » 12/11/14 8:48pm 12/11/14 8:48pm