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Old May 18th, 2013, 10:55 AM
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Greg, Im kinda weird when it comes to pcars. Ive seen all those things done to cars, but I personally have never owed one once something like that has been done, and Ive never done anything like that to anything ive owned. I think its partly due to the fact that i started with pcars in 1985 with what was the only model i could afford- the 914-4. Those cars were always butchered, some even with american V-8s. I think this is where i got my distain for anything frakenfied. to this day i still have a few control boards and relays for the early L jet injection for the 2.0, and i still have a complete take off of the air injection pump for a '77 2.7. In the 90's you couldnt smog cars that were modified in CA, probably another reason I never made those upgrades.

I hear you-however I look at the old CIS on the VW flat fours a little different than CIS K and KE jetronic that was common on water-cooled VW/Audi's later on. I really like those K and KE systems and they were pretty dead reliable and easy to work on. Basically a mechanical system with virtually no electronics and much easier than carbs. I admit I don't have any experience with the old Bosch CIS on the flat fours but I know they were a PITA and made using carbs attractive.

However if you left a late 70's Porsche's stock you were destined to melted leaky engines due to the thermal reactor that Porsche put on those cars and you had to at least install a pop-off valve or you were replacing expensive air boxes left and right.

The heat put out by the thermal reactors pretty much forced you into taking them off the exhaust otherwise you were sentenced to rebuilding the engine fairly frequently because the case deformed ovalling the mains and head studs pulling loose. The fix was resurfacing the case faces and installing timecerts and shims and using dilivar head studs throughout (I believe nowadays they use Raceware studs as their thermal expansion rate is similar and they are stronger).

You also were stuck with a doggie 165 hp with the stock CIS in a 2.7 . CIS was very reliable and, if you knew what you were doing, easy to work on. However, if you wanted more performance you could not do too much. You were at the limits bore and stroke wise with the 2.7 case until the 3.0 case came out. As I said before, CIS did NOT like high profile cams either. I don't recall seeing a single CIS system on any competitive cars in the mid-eighties on a POC track day but I did at PCA events where owners were interested in concours and showing their cars.

MFI, on the other hand, was not something I would have removed. You could adjust it for performance-but people were lazy or too cheap and would convert to carbs for those reasons.

I also kept the CIS system complete to re-install when I wanted to too.

Of course that's why looking back there are so few un-butchered cars around these days and another reason why prices have gone up too. I thought PMO was getting their carb kit CARB certified but I don't know where that went.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 11:05 AM
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can you imagine. they test drive each car 20 miles. man, how far porsche has come, or regressed, depending on how you feel about it.


Those videos are awesome. However, Porsche would have gone bankrupt continuing with the old school quality control of finding an fixing problems along the assembly line and afterwards. The constant checking and fixing production problems is impressive but really inefficient.

That's why they brought in consultants from Toyota when the dollar/DM rate went crazy and the US market went to hell. They had to improve quality AND make production much more cost-effective to stay in business.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 06:27 AM
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I think you would need to ask what makes something desirable to you? Is it only looks? If so, then that certainly says something. I don't think anyone who is a Porsche enthusiast would make the choice you are suggesting. The history and originality are a large part of the desirability.

That may hold true for a sophisticated Porsche enthusiast. For me, the chief factors are, looks, how much i enjoy driving it, and quality.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 10:11 AM
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That may hold true for a sophisticated Porsche enthusiast. For me, the chief factors are, looks, how much i enjoy driving it, and quality.

Bruno, I think you are getting hung up on the "sophisticated Porsche enthusiast". I am by no means sophisticated when it comes to Porsches. My dad had a '82 911 that I got to drive once in a while as a kid. I loved driving that car. That being said, I never turned a wrench on a Porsche like Greg and Marcus and I don't know a damn thing about the history, but the thought of taking a later model car and making it look like an older model seems fake to me.

For me, authenticity is more important than just how the car looks and performs. On those Singers, they are so modified, they really aren't Porsches anymore. I'd see the Porsche badge and feel like a fraud. It would be like Icon taking a Series body and doing their magic with the rest of it. Being objective, it would be a better vehicle than the original, but I wouldn't want one.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 11:42 AM
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On those Singers, they are so modified, they really aren't Porsches anymore. I'd see the Porsche badge and feel like a fraud.

That makes sense to me, Mike. I don't know that i feel that way about the singer, but that certainly would ruin any love for it.
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Old May 20th, 2013, 09:12 PM
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Old May 20th, 2013, 09:16 PM
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Old June 18th, 2013, 01:55 PM
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The Fort Knox Legend:


I love the door on the Legend. I don't pretend it's any more secure than other designs. I just think it looks awesome.

That particular legend with the jeweled door and "Western Package" isn't my cup of tea, but imagine that Legend in one of these colors:


I'd love to have a couple biggie Legends in those colors.
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Old June 19th, 2013, 09:16 PM
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For Rob:


For me:

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Old June 22nd, 2013, 03:40 PM
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Rallying-The Killer Years.

Showing now on Velocity and again tomorrow morning starting at 5:00AM PCT.

Excellent documentary featuring interviews and insights of all the great drivers of the Group B era-

Recommended-Set your DVR

http://www.bbcworldwidesport.com/programming-rallying
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Old June 27th, 2013, 11:39 AM
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The Fort Knox Man Room:


Inside:


There's not a long gun in sight. Most of these vault rooms are packed with rifles and shotguns. I can't believe he built that entire room for a desk, cabinet, and a few handguns. Maybe he hates his wife or kids or just needs some alone time.

This guy has that awesome Legend door with the gearing:


Note the long gun racks and cabinets for tons of ammo. This guy knows how to live.

I want something like this Jack & Jill set-up:








How awesome is that? Both doors are all hooked out for handguns. I wish Jack were set up for ammo and Jill for long guns, but it's still a very nice pairing.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 12:29 PM
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Fort Knox Man room is sweet. I wish I had one.
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Old June 27th, 2013, 02:49 PM
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This guy has to be single:


What woman would agree to having that much of the master closet taken up by a huge gun safe?
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Old June 29th, 2013, 11:29 PM
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The best documentary I've seen about the dangers of Grand Prix racing and the unpopular drive for safety that was largely pushed by Jackie Stewart after the death of fellow Scotsman Jim Clark.

Grand Prix: The Killer Years from Formula1Blogger on Vimeo.

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Old June 30th, 2013, 12:47 AM
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Good documentary of 50 years of rallying (if you have 1 1/2 hours to burn)

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Old June 30th, 2013, 12:58 AM
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While Porsche's double victory this year at Le Mans in the GTE class was nice after so many years away-next year's Porsche LMP1 entry is the real deal:

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Old July 1st, 2013, 11:56 AM
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I'm really excited that Mark Webber will be joining the team.

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...48705608,d.cGE
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Old July 1st, 2013, 11:41 PM
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I am too-he is a very experienced and competent driver. I especially like that he is a long-time Porsche enthusiast too-

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Old July 1st, 2013, 11:48 PM
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Jackie Stewart is a world-class badass.

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Old July 3rd, 2013, 12:52 PM
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In commemoration of Sebastien Loeb's record braking run aboard the 208 T16;

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Old July 3rd, 2013, 02:05 PM
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how about this:

http://youtu.be/4EsRyhxa5Tg

Check out the heart rate monitor at 6:20
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Old July 4th, 2013, 12:51 PM
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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:44 AM
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Expedition 39 Speedmaster porn:


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JSC2013-E-013614 (5 March 2013) --- At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 35/36 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy (right), Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov (center) and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin clasp hands for photographers prior to the start of qualification simulation runs in a Soyuz spacecraft mock-up March 5. The three crew members are training for launch March 29, Kazakh time, to the International Space Station in their Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA


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201305290001hq (29 May 2013) --- Expedition 36/37 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), suited at top, along with Flight Engineers Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Karen Nyberg of NASA wave farewell as they board the Soyuz rocket prior to their launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan to the International Space Station May 29, 2013. The crew's Soyuz rocket is scheduled to launch at 2:31a.m., May 29, Kazakh time. Yurchikhin, Nyberg and Parmitano will remain aboard the station until mid-November. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls


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ISS036-E-009793 (21 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin (left) and Alexander Misurkin, both Expedition 36 flight engineers, participate in a suited exercise dry run in preparation for a spacewalk in their Russian Orlan spacesuits, which is scheduled for June 24 from the International Space Station's Pirs docking compartment. Russian cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov (mostly out of frame at right), Expedition 36 commander, assists Yurchikhin and Misurkin.


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ISS036-E-011481 (24 June 2013) --- Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, Expedition 36 flight engineer, participates in a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as work continues on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 34-minute spacewalk, Yurchikhin and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin (out of frame), Expedition 36 flight engineer, replaced an aging fluid flow control panel on the station's Zarya module as preventative maintenance on the cooling system for the Russian segment of the station. They also installed clamps for future power cables as an early step toward swapping the Pirs airlock with a new multipurpose laboratory module. The Russian Federal Space Agency plans to launch a combination research facility, airlock and docking port late this year on a Proton rocket. Yurchikhin and Misurkin also retrieved two science experiments and installed a new one.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 10:55 AM
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I've been learning something new on my horse and it has brought back a lot of M&P love.

The narration is by Humberto Saenz III, the grandson of the owner of the ranch. This kid cracks me up.




Because I largely do all of my bird hunting in Mexico now, I haven't been carrying the M&P and it's been largely untouched for a few years. Dusting it off has been a happy homecoming. The K frame feels great and the 5th model trigger is smooth enough for this kind of challenging shooting. It's just a lot of fun.

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Old July 19th, 2013, 12:06 PM
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That looks like tons of fun.

With the equine love, I'd love to see a lanyard for that M&P. Something like this:


or this:


or this:


Both factory and drop-in lanyard loops are on eBay:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40

Congratulations on your new ride.

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