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brandyv73's 1968 Firebird

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    Well despite the horrible start to the 13th Annual Charleston WV Rod Run and Doo Wop, I'm having a great time!!! The first car is dedicated to Pro. This car belongs to my other Canuckstani buddy from East Toronto, Dual Quad Pete. He bought this car out of Vancouver. It's a '64 Parisienne wagon, copper top, 327 "Pontiac" small block, 3-speed stick shift! Yup, it's a manual transmission car. Zombie catcher and flame thrower! Brought to you by the Cemetery Knights car club. This one is for JUSTA and me. H-bodies forever! Imagine - an unmolested 1974 Vega! Nice scallops on the this '56 Sedan delivery There are 2 Lil' Red Express' running around this show! Tricked out GMC pickup with an LS2. This '61 Chevy Parkwood station wagon was totally done up in Rat Fink and Van Dutch! I told the owner this car belongs at next year's Rat Fink Reunion. She had never heard of it!?!?! Found this customized '92 Buick Roadmaster wagon in the swap meet area....$4950. Of the hearse from the Cemetary Knights....I think this thing should have been in a "Mad Max" movie. A Chevy SS - the replacement for the Pontiac G8 - with a Holden badge on the front.
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    Wow! I hate to see classic cars smashed up. Be careful everyone. I drive my car like im on a motorcycle,checking and rechecking all the time. We have this driven into us regularly. It is the smith system 5 rules. It really helps. The always leave an out has saved me Many times,i drive for GE 30k a year at this point. (Not Guitars extreme LOL ) Aim High The first rule for this method is “Aim high in steering”. Staying alert of the dangers and traffic ahead not only avoids rear-end collisions, but it also alerts other drivers behind your vehicle to slow down. The driver should steer and focus their attention high, so as to view the road as whole and not just a few feet ahead. 2. The Big Picture “Be aware of your surroundings at all times” may seem obvious to say, but distracted drivers are just as dangerous as intoxicated ones. Erratic and angry drivers take up a large portion of the traffic we see daily, so avoid major accidents by noticing how other drivers behave on the road. Having the whole picture means that you are doing your part to keep your vehicle as safe as possible while moving 1000ft a second. There are a variety of hazards between your own vehicle and other drivers, and a keen awareness of these dangers will reduce these risks. 3. Keep Your Eyes Moving The third standard of the Smith System asks drivers to remain alert. Energy drinks can only do so much before they cause the body to crash, and any repetitive motion sends us into a trance. Consistent eye movement prevents your body from entering the trance state, keeping you alert to every driving condition ahead of you. 4. Leave Yourself an Out The fourth principle of the Smith System states to leave yourself a way out. This means ensure that other drivers do not box you in while selecting their lanes. Do not follow other vehicles too closely, and always anticipate what choices other drivers make. 5. Make Sure They See You The worst thing a driver can do is assume. Assume other drivers can see them, assume other drivers are not dangerous, or even assume that they will just get to their destination safely. The final rule for the Smith System is “Make Sure You Are Seen”. This rule prevents accidents by removing assumptions made behind the wheel. As a driver, make sure that other drivers can see you and anticipate your move.
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    360, I’m just catching up after being out of touch for a while, but you’re not OCD, you’re quite wise! I do very similar, minus the cardboard though. Flushing an engine with a new filter and fresh oil is the ultimate way in which to effectively clean, flush and rejuvenate mechanical parts as well as seals. While moving all that unwanted debris out of an engine. You hit the nail on the head when you noted that synthetic or not the oil still gets dirty. I’ve commented on the subject before on this site! Synthetic oil serves only one purpose, that is to maintain a constant viscosity! Synthetic oil is a shear stable product, that’s it! Everything else is the same as conventional oil, providing they have the same additive package. Conventional oil holds it’s viscosity for about 2000 to 3500 miles depending on oil quality and additive package. At some point shear starts to take hold and the first thing that happens is the oil starts to thin than after a short time it begins to thicken. Frosty mentions the engine specs of the Corvette requiring synthetic oil! The reason for that on that engine and engines like it are bearing clearances and other contact parts. One experiment I ran at work was to show the effect of increasingly smaller gaps in bearing tolerances and their effect on oil viscosity especially with soot. This phenomenon can drastically reduce viscosity locally in the bearing journal as opposed to the bulk viscosity of the oil. This occurs because the debris hits/rubs together creating friction/heat elevating the local temperature thus lowering viscosity. When we would run a field test on a specific oil chemistry and then run the next test on that motor we always flushed it twice! And we would run the engine for 15 to 20 minutes after it reached temperature. So the only real change you could make is to run the motor a little longer on the flush. I could go in to more detail if you want, but I think you see the point! The only additional thing I would say is, a synthetic oil will still oxidize, it still is contaminated with acid (tan), still becomes fuel diluted, still becomes heat stressed which consumes the additive package. So at 3000 or 4000 miles everything that the conventional oil has been through so has the synthetic and the only difference between the two will be the viscosity! Fact, 90 percent of engine failures from oil related issues are from the additive package failure, not viscosity!
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