@therealjrn Well we practically are. The state’s economy alone is (was?) the world’s fifth largest and is among the handful of donor states that pays more in taxes to the feds than it receives in return.
I’m still good on food (and TP) myself, but it’s been quite a frenzy these past weeks. I haven’t gone anywhere, what with even some of the thrift stores I frequent staying closed for now. The freeways are eerily empty.
@craigthom An aunt of mine had a Toyota Corona back in the 80s, I remember it had a cubby where you could put cans of soda in and the AC refrigerant would run through there and keep it cool. Pretty neat for 30+ years ago, I’ve seen that feature more recently in Benzes, and some other brands at the car shows.
Which reminds me, my mom had a Nissan 200sx back then which would speak out different alerts… “Key’s in the ignition” “Fuel level is low” etc… It was annoying after a while but I seem to remember that you could turn it off and on. I’m surprised this isn’t a thing anymore with cars as “smart” as they are. Should be fairly simple to implement with different voices, volumes, # of times to repeat, etc. “Tire pressure is low.” “Oil change would be nice.”
@craigthom My first car was a busted-ass 1970 Toyota Corolla wagon with over 200K miles, and when I could get it over 50 MPH, the front passenger side floor carpet would flap up into the air, because of the rusted out floor.
/giphy busted-ass Corolla
@djslack@macromeh The guy who owns the shop where I get my car fixed has one going on 800,000 miles. He is hoping to hit a million and then some. Original engine. Amazing. I’ve managed 25 years and almost 5 mo with a grand caravan (that required parts from the junk yard and one hand fashioned one) but it wasn’t even close to the number of miles the car shop guy has on his.
@djslack@Kidsandliz@macromeh Just over 300k on my truck, although it’s more like a Washington’s axe kind of thing. The engine isn’t original, the cylinder head has been replaced twice, I’ve rebuilt the transmission (because it’s a T5 and a full rebuild kit was just over $100).
@djslack@macromeh@narfcake So basically your truck only has the original frame and outside shell and seats; you’d replaced all the rest? $100 for a rebuild kit though is amazing! My van was from the era of the peeling paint and bad transmissions (went through 3 of them in 25 years). The later was expensive (although in the long run I saved more keeping it than buying something else, well except maybe the last 3 years of its life where payments would have been cheaper). The former I took care of with sandpaper and rustolium metal primer (the gray nearly matched the faded light blue of the van and since the thing had been in the snow belt for at least 1/2of its life preventing rust was an ongoing project)
@djslack@Kidsandliz@narfcake My daughter’s '98 Corolla is closing in on 250K miles. The engine, clutch and transmission are all original, except for a new starter and valve cover gasket (plus normal fluid and filter and spark plug changes). It also has a salvage title because it has been hit 3 times (damage repaired - all cosmetic - the other driver’s fault each time).
@djslack@Kidsandliz@macromeh@narfcake Saturns 21 years old and around 250K. She did have a donor transmission because the differential retaining pin broke so I did the clutch too. Engine now has a bad rod bearing. She drives but it probably cheaper to buy a used engine than rebuild it.
@djslack@Kidsandliz@macromeh@narfcake and this is why I’ll always buy a Japanese car over anything else. This is practically the norm with Toyotas and Hondas. I’ve never owned a Japanese car that didn’t glide into it’s 200k’s.
@djslack@Kidsandliz@macromeh My old Corolla sucked so bad that I traded it in on a used '79 Chevy Chevette, which ended up lasting me 9 years and 145K miles, including commuting to and
from Boston every other weekend from 11/'84 through 8/'85…