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Old 12-20-2008, 11:24 AM   #61
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lol we got a 1/4 inch of ice over everything. sposta get more snow tonight!
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:16 PM   #62
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Speaking of ice storms...I posted a bunch of pictures of destruction
wrought by and aftermath of the ice storm that hit last weekend.
http://picasaweb.google.com/bovinity...081212IceStorm

Here's some particularly striking images, downsized for bandwidth.

A whole bunch of trees snapped in half:



Cleaning up the roadside a week later:


A big pile of collected branches. This pile is probably at least 20 trailerloads,
and there's another pile just like it outside of the photo:


What used to be a dense forest, now almost totally cleared by the storm:


More machines being used on the road:


A broken tree and a leaning utility pole:


A big broken tree and the guardrail that suffered underneath it until they unblocked the road:
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:00 PM   #63
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I'm thinking of going back to the Cressida unless the trucks mpg improves. between weight for traction (yea only the minimum, I like to have fun... a lot), still trying to iron out grill/radiator block and fan options thus not warming up much, and storming through inches-deep snow for the fun of it the truck isn't any better right now and the cressida warms up and has far more amenities.
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:25 PM   #64
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i hate winter(so far) as well! it's been in the 80s and i'm still sweating at work. bah, humbug!

where are you christmas, i mean winter?
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:08 AM   #65
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Talking of winter and driving...

I've stopped kicking the snow/ice packed up behind my wheels, for 2 reasons.

i) It forms semi aerodynamic fairings.
ii) I figure that the ice next to the surfaces can only do so much in the way of corrosion before it's chemically exhausted. What's the point of kicking it off 4 or 5 times a day so you get fresh and more reactive stuff on there, and keep exposing it to air??? Also figure it stays colder at the interface there when you leave it on, which suppresses chemical reaction. If the temperature kicks above zero C for a bit in the middle of the day, it's better that it stays ice coated and sealed in ice than exposed to liquid brine.

I think the weight is insignificant. I'll gouge out some immediately behind the tire though if it looks like rubbing. Only bad thing I can think of really is if it drops off while you're parked and refreezes making ice chocks, but you can usually kick those out, and if you park so you can set off forwards it's no biggie.

Would also rather have briny spray on semi-liquid slushy roads deflecting off those or freezing on them than splashing all up the side of my car.
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:18 PM   #66
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Knock it off or we will fire up the earthquake machine and dump your *** in the ocean!
They don't call Socal "Shake n' Bake" for nothing. Already had this years fires and now waiting for the "Big one" to strike. While i am waiting will fire up the BBQ, grill some tri-tip, chicken, put on sun screen and have a cold one and wave at the golfers as they go by my back yard.
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Old 12-22-2008, 07:10 AM   #67
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I IDLED my car for quite a while yesterday. Had to take the little woman, and my child home. It was like -2f outside, and -26 wind chill. I cant drive the car when its that cold, the windshield fogs up too much. Needless to say this will probably be my worst tank so far.
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:35 PM   #68
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lol i had to idle for a few minutes because all fluids were very cold(clutch felt like i was pushign thru a stick of butter) powersteering was non existant, got partially stuck in 1st cuz of tranny oil...
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That reminds me, I think I need to change to a different weight of oil in the transmission of the Tercel. As soon as I let the clutch out from a 1500 rpm idle in neutral, it bogs and dies from all the drag. Clearly, it is not synthetic. :P
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lol i had to idle for a few minutes because all fluids were very cold(clutch felt like i was pushign thru a stick of butter) powersteering was non existant, got partially stuck in 1st cuz of tranny oil...
Does a Chevette really need power steering?
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