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panamericano

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  1. The numbers and title are probably the best bits on it. Someone will give it a lot of love. Rescue Car.
  2. Note, most states also require a light for the plate. Never heard of a car getting a ticket for not having one, but on commercial vehicles it's a favorite of DOT inspectors.
  3. Most jurisdictions have a group that will double check installation/use of child seats. You might start by checking county health department or fire department. It's an ongoing service that is pretty common.
  4. Thanks to all who helped me find ball joints for the Birkin. When I got it back, I went to the alignment shop. No problem, it rained a bit of a cloud burst while I sat in the car watching, but then stopped. On the drive home (1.5 miles, low speed) the roads were still very wet, and the wheels threw up water , dirt, gravel, crap, etc. It seemed less to me than I would expect. Turns out the mechanic (God love him) put the fenders on L to R, so the pointy end was at the rear and the straight cut end at front. So, the question is, do I care? The lowest point is some few inches closer to the ground towards the rear, less in the front. I did not see anything thrown forward, but also low speed. Seemed like better protection to the rear. Would the higher front fender cause more air stress on the fender? ? Does anyone know he real reason for the angled cut to the front?
  5. I would think a good hot rod, vintage shop could handle it. Please let us know how the claims process goes. Hopefully smoothly, if the P/U has clear liability.
  6. Congratulations. As always, when a bureaucrat saws NO, go to a different bureaucrat. Feels good to be legal, I bet.
  7. Same problem in Dallas heat, and the knee rubbed, not comfy. So, I cut a square of foam rubber from an old keyboard wrist rest, covered it in leather and glued to tunnel. When the knee is not in contact, the car heat is not a problem compared to the furnace in the sky.
  8. Alternative to a Stalker on BAT https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2019-troy-indy-special/?utm_source=dm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2022-04-29
  9. Thanks, guys. At last, people that know their sluff better than Moss.
  10. Help! Below are some photos of the front suspension. I need new ball joints. Tom has the uppers, but we can't ID the lower. The up-right appears to be Triumph trunnion, so I sent the photos to Moss Motors, figuring they know all things Triumph. They said that at first glance the up-right looks like Spitfire, but then decided it isn't. In the end, they say they don't have what I need. Any ideas? This a 1986-1989(?) Birkin. Thanks for any leads.
  11. Welcome. I'm sure folks here are going to enjoy photos of your car's progress.
  12. I assume FI, so the hose is under pressure. Is it old? When I had my high pressure hoses made with fittings, I found that a couple places did not do material that can stand up to gasoline. I suspect someone made hoses of the wrong material. Mind you, the ones I replaced were 25 years old and NOT leaking.
  13. What? No Shelby Cobra decor. Say it ain't so.
  14. I suppose a legal answer would be "Hell No!", but who cares? Depends on how friendly you inspector is, if applicable. It appears that most police are more interested than concerned. I recently had one pull over to talk for about 1/2 hour. I was had the Brooklands with no wipers on. He was also anxious to hear (in a good way) my exhaust on take off. I put the wipers on once a year for my safety inspection. Fortunately my inspector doesn't ask to turn them on, as they would flop over the end of the glass and then be stuck.
  15. You're still special to your mom. Besides 49 to the USA is less than one per state. Special!
  16. OK, it's not much like a Seven. But, it nice that other wacko cars are available it liberated countries. 225 hp for 680 kg., no Miata here. https://www.devalliet.fr/modeles-mugello/ Anyway, my car has a Peugeot engine. My first proper sport car was a Dinalpin. Plus, I drove a Turbo 2 from Dallas to Toluca, Mexico, and never did figure out how to turn on the headlights (other than shunting fuses with a chewing gum aluminum wrapper. Love the nutty French stuff.
  17. I tried to look at early this morning and the link kept going back to the featured cars page. Could not get to the Westy at all. Maybe BAT is overloading it's self.
  18. The Miata is dead reliable even when driven hard. I know a bunch, including mine, that autocross with over 140k miles. Full RPM used (7,200) every run and no problems, just routine maintenance. Modern tech, materials and tolerances are just so much better. Plenty modern engines make over 100 hp/liter yet are reliable. Progress. It is a shame about the weight though. Better rust proofing and very few chassis problems and reasonable mileage. If someone built a really light sport car now, it would be fabulous. Under a million $ please.
  19. "I also repositioned the clutch input and bleed and simply filled the old holes with J-B Weld, then made a cover for the bellhousing - I did drop a screw in last summer." I am so delighted that a machinist as sophisticated as you can still find a use for J-B Weld. It's all beautiful work.
  20. " I said no and that was the end of the survey that was supposed to take 15 minutes. " That's your punishment for two "wrong" answers in a row. Survey indeed.
  21. Search the web for a local. I had high pressure hoses made by a roundy/round race specialist. First I tried an industrial place, but they didn't use materials compatible with gasoline (do check that). Then I found the right shop about 30 miles away, specializing in dirt track type stuff.
  22. This may be of interest to owners/enthusiasts of older car. Lotus Sevens, etc. Even my Birkin is over 30 years old. Deep thoughts about maintaining, restoring. I also recommend the Collier auto media web site. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cars-yeah-with-mark-greene/id887248255
  23. You might try your local Discount Tire. They may have something. My car came with lock type lug nuts. Instead of $20 at Autozone, Discount had it for $5. I guess they run across locked stuff a lot.
  24. Great video. Thanks for showing it. You should hire the rig out to folks doing their fancy pants BAT blurbs.
  25. panamericano

    Bomb Girl

    OMG! The lead photo looks like it's going to bite through the chain. Hope you're better off than the car.
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