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Messages - Bill Mounteer

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General BS and Laughs / Click it or pay it
« on: April 15, 2008, 09:16:33 AM »

Hey Mobby, I hear what you are saying, in fact 30 years ago I pretty well said exactly the same things. It's very true what when you say I drove for years without seat belts, but It"s also true that like Stitcher, I've had an attitude adjustment. As a result, today I just don't feel comfortable with my seat belt. You will appreciate that my 70 Fury was the very first car I even bought that had a seat belt buzzer and that within the first week of ownership it got disconnected. Moving forward to today and my Jeep, its got so many sensors and warning lights and buzzers that you don't have any choice. Sometimes I think if I don't "follow what the car tells me" it will call the police on its own.

Your points concerning police being dependant upon ticket revenue is simply an issue that is not going to go away and in fact will get a lot worse as more jurisdictions  realize they can fund police departments outside of tax revenues. Politicians love the concept that allows the law breakers pay for police enforcement. No need to raise taxes, just pass more revenue generating laws.

In Calgary, they put red light cameras all over the city and if the camera catches you running a red light it will cost you $250 first offence. Then they added a new feature, the cameras also watch your speed and if you speed through an intersection, expect a  photo radar ticket. Boot it to catch a yellow light but end up catching the red, you will be nailed to cross with two tickets. I know of one guy who managed $600 on one light at 3 AM.

Eventually I suppose, all crimes will be assigned fines. Rob a store, $1,000 ticket, steal a car $5,000 ticket and on and on.  This part of your rant I agree with because the police will spend all their time working only the high ticket crimes. To my way of thinking the police are supposed to be impartial and enforce all laws equally.  So you might as well get used to the idea that people who fight the system are destined to pay for the system.

As far as wearing seat belts is concerned, the choice is yours as long as you can afford to be one of the key contributors to police financing. If you chose to also ignore road site safety/weight/brake/smog tests, photo radar, parking meters, red lights, stopping zones etc you could easily become a star contributor and have your portrait hung on post office walls.

I'm with Stitcher when it comes to the use of belts, they keep me and my passengers where we're supposed to be when things get bent out of shape. Steve's fire concern is real, but fortunately not that common, I think sort of like worrying about being hit by lightening.  I've seen my share of roadside carnage and have noted that most of the deaths seem to be caused when the victim was thrown out of the car. Ever wonder why race cars must have window nets?  Sure there are deaths when people were belted in, but most were crashes of such severity that survival simply wasn't an option.  Plus today's cars are designed with people cages, stay in the cage you probably will live to tell the tale, hang out a window and you'll probably become a statistic.

Personally I hate it when some law gets passed that force me to rethink my ways, but after all the grumbling is over, I usually end up looking back and wonder what the heck was I thinking. Seat belts definitely were one of those issues for me.

Now, speed limits on super highways at times when the weather is great and traffic is very light are another thing altogether.

Fury4402008-04-15 14:27:53

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / 300C slipping
« on: April 14, 2008, 05:37:48 PM »

Quote from: Potatoe
The GM dealers around here arent too great either, they have given my
poor father the run around several times. Dad hates to go to the dealer
and avoids going at all costs those turkey's call themselves
techincians yet I doubt they know the meaning of the word.

Ditto with Ford. My '95 Crown Vic came with free oil and filter changes for as long as I own the car. On my first oil change, the "extras" were over $100. That was my last Ford oil change.

Thirteen years later, my youngest daughter now drives the car with the registration is still in my name.  Couple of  months ago she found the free oil change card in the glove box and thinking "great free oil", she hit the dealer. The service guy gave her a hard time and tried to convince her she'd have to pay, however he eventually realized that when my daughter is thinking "free oil" she means to get "free oil"! 

In the end they tried to bill her $50 for some BS warranty inspection. She departed telling them the warranty expired 10 years ago and that she didn't order any stupid inspection and that she won't pay anything for a free oil change and that she thinks they are all a bunch of crooks and that she will never buy a Ford product!

Knowing her as I do, Ford has seen the last of her. .

General BS and Laughs / Click it or pay it
« on: April 14, 2008, 03:48:02 PM »
I believe the law here is "If the car came with belts, you must have them installed and working" and "If belts are installed, they must be used".  What's a real pain is most "old" 6 passenger cars had them in the front (2 sets) and optionally in the rear (2 sets). With today's laws, "If the car is belt equipped, everyone must be belted in" which is another way of saying your 6 passenger car may have just shrunk to either a 4 passenger or a 2 passenger car.

BTW Mobby & Potatoe, when I was young and stupid, I believed as you do - "I don't need no stinking seat belts!".  However, a couple of high speed loops on a wet highway convinced me to reconsider. Take it from one that knows, it's really difficult to steer out of a spin while you're hanging onto the wheel and your butt is over by the passenger door.

General BS and Laughs / California to require smog on pre-76 cars
« on: April 14, 2008, 03:31:15 PM »

Quote from: Snotty
Bet you're glad you live in Alberta, eh Bill?
Yes, no cars older than 1995!  Sure makes you want to own a dealership, doesn't it?  A guaranteed new sell to each person every ten eyars!  Wow!  What a concept.
It has been the law in certain places in Japan for over twenty years that no one can own a car older than four years.  What a boon to the new car market!

You got that right!

The "younger" guys probably don't get too excited as laws like this nibble away at their right to live in peace, but oldsters like me really get bent out of shape. Part of the reason I suppose is I remember when all these types of laws simply didn't exist. Mind you, some basic rules  to curb the idiots are required. 

Going a little off topic, but not really ....

I remember clouds of smoke that filtered through the neighbourhood every spring when it seemed every car owner decided to get out the carb cleaner. Then they'd drive around the block spewing white smoke like crazy. Nobody got upset, it was a spring ritual and besides it probably kept the bugs down.  Try that today and you'd probably get instant visits from police, fire, ambulance, dept of health and the bylaw officer. Child welfare might even place you kids in protective custody and the SPCA would rescue your dog.

Even worse I suppose was the fall ritual of setting large piles of leaves ablaze on your front yard. I still miss the smells of fall and the annual block parties where everyone stoked their leaf pile. Every once in a long while some idiot would set his house/garage/shed/fence on fire, but people were allowed to learn from their mistakes and seldom did it twice. Today you not only can't burn them, you've got to put them in a zillion bags and cart them halfway across town to a well hidden leaf depot. Makes sense I suppose, to burn fuel hauling leaves and filling our world with more non-biodegradable plastic bags that will hang around a 100 years and kill any wildlife dumb enough to live any where near us.

When I was a kid and someone was observed doing something stupid, someone was sure to yell at them to point out their stupidity and eventually someone would utter the phrase of the generation - "There otta be a law against that!" .  Unfortunately politicians took this to mean more laws equates to more votes. Today, the phrase of our generation has evolved to "What dummy dreamed up that rule!".

Forcing people to replace cars or anything else for that matter, just because a small percentage don't maintain them is ludicrous. Cars are supposed to be durable goods, we shouldn't compare them to buying dogs with 10 year life span.  Maybe we could convince  law makers to include wives in their bans, then they'll  soon see what happens when all the discards show up to vote.

Besides which, my wife seems to have finally gotten me trained and I don't think I'd want to go through that process again!

General BS and Laughs / California to require smog on pre-76 cars
« on: April 12, 2008, 11:03:59 AM »
Saw this gem in today's Calgary newspaper:

Manitoba to ban polluting old cars
NDP premier keen on Kyoto

WINNIPEG he Manitoba government will crack down on leaky attics, pig poop and turn off the key on old beaters to meet its climate change targets and, if that fails, Premier Gary Doer says he expects his government will get punted from office.

Doer unveiled long-awaited legislation Friday that obliges his province to meet its Kyoto targets — a reduction in greenhouse gases equivalent to taking every passenger car in the province and more off the road.

To get there, the New Democrat is throwing open the doors to electric vehicles — the second province to do so.

And he’s closing the door on cars older than 1995. Importing used cars that old for resale will be outlawed. Also, tailpipe standards for new cars are planned.

Manitoba must reduce its emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels by 2012 to comply with Kyoto, the global warming pact that has been abandoned by the federal Conservatives.

The omnibus bill came with few details — a host of new regulations and funding announcements are still to come. There’s also a pot of $145 million over the next four years, but that mostly includes federal cash from an eco-trust fund or money that was already budgeted for Manitoba Hydro’s PowerSmart conservation program.

The premier says Manitoba’s plan will start to produce cleaner air in a couple of years with the big bang delivered by 2012, unlike many provinces whose climate change plans that don’t kick in for decades.

“This is not a situation where we sign on to Kyoto and don’t have a plan to deliver,” said Doer.

Not sure what the qualifier "for resale" means, could be some period of ownership requirement before a car could be resold.

I don't know about you, but I really don't consider a 1994 car to be that antiquated.

Considering all the computers used to keep "modern" cars running, I don't see much point in tail pipe checks, all that's required is to look at the dash for a "Check Engine" light.

Won't be long before this hobby is dead if this crap keeps up.

General Tech- - BRAKES / How do you test a brake booster???
« on: April 10, 2008, 06:56:09 PM »

Quote from: CBarge
If it is the 5TH thats having trouble--I am not surprised.
I had to replace my booster in the Dippy.
Boosters are a common problem on M bodies.
My symptoms were rough idle-almost stalling when applying the brake.
When applying light pressure you can hear a hiss,and releasing the pedal it may pppfft.
Apply some liquid soap/water to the shaft/bellows under the dash and see if it bubbles with the engine running and applying/releasing the pedal.This is where it will most likely leak.

After reading this a couple of times, I'm confused, considering any leak will be a vacuum leak, why would liquid soap/water application bubble? Wouldn't it just suck up the soap?

Tech- - DRIVE TRAIN / 300C slipping
« on: April 07, 2008, 05:49:15 PM »
Never mind dip sticks and holes ...

 I'm still stuck on "not engaging in drive when cold".

What's that mean, less than 80 ?

Or maybe a cold snap all the way down to 75 ?

Your oil cooler is probably working too well, put a piece of cardboard in front of it!

General BS and Laughs / Our trip to Erie, and why...
« on: April 04, 2008, 04:41:33 PM »

Great news!

General BS and Laughs / Our trip to Erie, and why...
« on: March 11, 2008, 10:40:26 PM »
Your Mom, from your description, sounds a lot like mine. She's also very short, about 5' 0",  tougher than nails and will turn 91 this year after experiencing lots of medical emergencies over the years. I stopped worrying about her ailments years ago because I know she's not going any where until she's darn good and ready and not one second sooner.

If I was you, I sure wouldn't be telling momma much about the road conditions you drove through.  

My prayers will include both your mother and mine - but I suspect both would tell us to "just settle down!"

General Mopar Discussions / Miss Belvedere vs. Stitcherbob & Polaraco
« on: March 11, 2008, 12:05:16 PM »

I would think acid could be used based upon the assumption that the scale will dissolve faster than the the acid would react with the steel. Especially where the scale is covering a painted surface acting as a barrier to keep the acid from direct contact with steel underneath. If acid was brushed on, allowed to work for a few seconds then flushed off with running water, you should be able to dissolve just to top surface of the scale. Would take a lot of passes and take a lot of time but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I think the secret is how long to wait between applying the acid and flushing it off.

Fury4402008-03-11 16:06:43

General Mopar Discussions / Miss Belvedere vs. Stitcherbob & Polaraco
« on: March 10, 2008, 08:26:57 PM »

General BS and Laughs / Rail Road Bridges Forgotten Icons
« on: January 10, 2008, 06:41:20 PM »
Cool, I like train stuff.

BTW we got a few up here in the frozen north! Check this one.  It's the longest and highest of its kind in the world.

General Mopar Discussions / AIG Insurance Company is a bunch of Liars!!!
« on: October 30, 2007, 08:51:47 PM »
Did my own Google search and found this

The lowest overall score belongs to American International Group (AIG), the world’s biggest insurer by market value.

AIG said the flagship of its car insurance operations, AIG Direct, has done well in previous J.D. Power surveys but has been obligated by state regulators to take on many clients who had a higher risk of accidents. AIG also noted that its auto insurance business composes a small part of the company.

From that I read the company is the biggest frog in the pond and the last line essentially says, "Who cares if we're last, we're still the biggest"

MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress / TC's T/C...update..Aug 2012
« on: October 16, 2007, 05:27:14 PM »
I drove wagons for 18 consecutive years but had to switch to a sedan because they quit making wagons.  When I got tired of the sedan,  I switched to an SUV which was the closest I could get to a wagon. Sure do like wagons.

Yours is going to be sweet when you've done.

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