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Old Mar 23rd 2016, 7:37 am
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Originally Posted by Nutek
I had the 2008 hardtop. That added (I think) 60lb or so over the ragtop... I couldn't tell the difference.
So you just left some of your cake supply at home?
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Old Mar 23rd 2016, 7:52 am
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
So you just left some of your cake supply at home?
Never divulge the whereabouts of your cake supply.
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Old Mar 23rd 2016, 7:53 am
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Well yeah, but for you 60lb is about the same as your lunch, so that's understandable...
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Can he drive?
Too young.
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Too young.
Based on dog years ?
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Based on dog years ?
They do not take that into account, shame he aced the written test.
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http://www.maxim.com/rides/trans-am-...-bandit-2016-3

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With the current trend for modern homages to the Mustang, Camero, and Challenger, I have long thought it a crying shame that GM killed off Pontiac, therefore preventing a modern interpretation of the 1970's Firebird. I used to pass one on the way to high school in Gloucester, and long dreamed of owning one.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
With the current trend for modern homages to the Mustang, Camero, and Challenger, I have long thought it a crying shame that GM killed off Pontiac, therefore preventing a modern interpretation of the 1970's Firebird. I used to pass one on the way to high school in Gloucester, and long dreamed of owning one.

I bought a new, canary-yellow Formula 400 Firebird in 1972 (price about $3,600 + tax). It looked great, was powerful, fast and handled quite well, considering it only had belted bias-ply tyres. One thing that always annoyed me was that the hood "air intakes" were non-functional. It got 10 mpg but ran on Gulftane without complaint.

After six months someone stole the carburetors (no internal lock on the hood). The replacements never produced the original power. After a year the filler tube separated from the fuel tank. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the tank and filler tube, but stupidly poured the gas back into the new tank (claimed they used a Mercedes filter). The sludge ruined everything and it would stall out on the thruway. I traded the damn thing in on a Datsun 260Z, which ran perfectly for about 5 years until I traded it on a BMW 320i - and never looked back and never bought another GM product.

If they produced a retro Firebird, there would have to be a host of improvements and actual quality control needed for it to be a good vehicle. I believe the picture is of a 1970 Formula 400, but the 1972 looked pretty similar except it had the honey-comb wheels and some minor ornament differences.


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Originally Posted by FlaviusAetius
I bought a new, canary-yellow Formula 400 Firebird in 1972 (price about $3,600 + tax). It looked great, was powerful, fast and handled quite well, considering it only had belted bias-ply tyres. One thing that always annoyed me was that the hood "air intakes" were non-functional. It got 10 mpg but ran on Gulftane without complaint.

After six months someone stole the carburetors (no internal lock on the hood). The replacements never produced the original power. After a year the filler tube separated from the fuel tank. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the tank and filler tube, but stupidly poured the gas back into the new tank (claimed they used a Mercedes filter). The sludge ruined everything and it would stall out on the thruway. I traded the damn thing in on a Datsun 260Z, which ran perfectly for about 5 years until I traded it on a BMW 320i - and never looked back and never bought another GM product.

If they produced a retro Firebird, there would have to be a host of improvements and actual quality control needed for it to be a good vehicle.

http://www.firebirdgallery.com/2nd%2...ges/73fr11.jpg
GM in the 70's was pure junk, well the 80's also. I remember that the 'Z' cars were a hot ticket in the early thru mid 70's provided you could keep the front end down.
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Old Mar 27th 2016, 10:43 pm
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Originally Posted by FlaviusAetius
..... If they produced a retro Firebird, there would have to be a host of improvements and actual quality control needed for it to be a good vehicle. ....
Maybe it was significant that the one I used to pass was always parked outside the owner's home.
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Burt Reynolds Is Why I Can't Hate This 'Bandit' Camaro-Trans Am Conversion

Looks pretty bad to me. The bad bad not the good bad.
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Old Mar 28th 2016, 1:44 pm
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The issie for me in the Mazda is a clear view from the drivers seat. Doing left turnss suck due to lack of clear view because of how the frame of the car is. And the mirrors dont have a good enough range to make them useful. And poor view of stop lights due to lack of visibility as well.

Perfect car for my wife though so she does 99% of the driving and well she gets a 43% insurance discount if she is primary driver so that is a reason as well.

Legroom wise, havent ever driven a car I would say was comfortable in leg room department.




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I agree, somewhat, as he could read reviews of other tall drivers. I am 6'5", but then you probably already know that Jeremy Clarkson is 6'5"

It is fairly random as to which cars are driveable for me, though smaller cars are generally less roomy, unsurprisingly. My father had a proper Mini, a van actually, and that was perfectly OK for me, despite being much smaller than a MINI. I learnt to drive in a Mini Metro, which was a small ugly eggbox of a car, but which had adequate leg room and generous head room. ..... My Mustang fits like a glove, and only someone with no legs at all could sit behind me in that.
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Old Mar 28th 2016, 2:01 pm
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..... Legroom wise, havent ever driven a car I would say was comfortable in leg room department.
Get yourself an F250 Crew Cab. It is the only vehicle I have ever driven without the seat all the way back AND even then it leaves ample room for me to sit behind the drivers seat. Unless buy a limo, it is likely to remain the most spacious vehicle I ever own. ..... Probably falls short on your expectations of gas mileage though.
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I dont think we could afford the gas...lol



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Get yourself an F250 Crew Cab. It is the only vehicle I have ever driven without the seat all the way back AND even then it leaves ample room for me to sit behind the drivers seat. Unless buy a limo, it is likely to remain the most spacious vehicle I ever own. ..... Probably falls short on your expectations of gas mileage though.
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