@Manwich I'd argue the truely great thing about a panther is how comfortable the front seats are, though it sounds like GMs B body cars were better. (I certainly enjoyed the comfort my '83 LeSabre provided in the mid '90s).
That said, I'd much rather have your Fit or a panther body over quite a lot of brand new stuff. The panther is far more comfortable for a guy my size to drive and the Fit was darned intelligently put together with how flexible everything behind the front seats are. Coupled with it's small Honda reliability. Perfect.
The Ken Miles tribute one at the Shelby Museum in Boulder is pretty cool. It has a personalized Utah license plate: "Ken Won". I didn't get a great shot of any of the GTs. Seeing them in person, they really are special cars.
The display livery on that MK IV is pretty ugly. Woof.
@Ad-absurdum-per-aspera I speak from experience. Most of the older generations on my dad’s side of the family were GM retirees.
Almost all of them bought a nice Buick or Oldsmobile as a retirement gift to themselves, and then drove it between 2000-3000 miles a year till they died.
I make it to be a '68. Looks like a frugal trim, as the sedans often were--the fun crowd gravitated toward the two-doors and luxury seekers looked further up the product line. Here's one the years and weather have been a bit nicer to -- but still, she's hangin' in there!
@WasGTIthenGTOthenNOVAthenGTInowA4 If only they had written par avion on the box! In any event, If you hit the front of that window, then you can still get it sent "by January" which is the requirement.
@Brickman UPS uses seasonal workers to augment their work force, my driver Brian has a helper that hops out of the truck to hand over the package saving him time. He told me they will have temp help until at least mid-January.
So, from the looks of things it's possible to provide consistent service when demand surges. I also noticed UPS is driving around with chains on to mitigate snow/icy conditions.
@Zaphod-s-Heart-of-Gold I started on a Sony crop sensor as well, an NEX-5R in my case. A nifty fifty (50mm, f1.8, typically) makes a decent gift and they’re pretty ubiquitous and affordable used. From Sony you can get an APS-C native 50mm lens or the full frame (FE) version to future proof yourself in the event of stepping up to a full-frame camera, though the latter will then shoot more like a 75mm lens on the crop sensor. A 35mm full frame would be the APS-C equivalent of ~52mm and they’re common enough as well.
Alternatively, if manual focus isn’t too much of a hindrance (I think it’s fun but I can understand it’s not for everyone), you can adapt all sorts of old film SLR lenses to Sony’s e-mount. Adapters are cheap and so are the lenses. After the kit lens I got a bunch of Canon Fd lenses for my NEX, a 50mm f1.8, 28mm f2.8 and a 35-105mm f3.5. I still use them on my full frame A7ii and they hold up well. Some results from the 50mm Canon on said camera here: https://opposite-lock.com/topic/54010/collecting-cars-air-cooled-meet/13
@hayzer911 There's two generations of the 5.4, the first ran from '97-'03 and they're the 2V, two valves per cylinder. It isn't uncommon for them to spit spark plugs out because there's not a lot of threads, but proper torque helps a lot and if one does let go the repair kit is common and not that expensive. These are the 5.4s you want.
The second generation ran from '04-'10 and these are the 3V, three valves per cylinder. I'm on the fence with these but will generally echo the advice avoid at all costs. Cam phaser issues are the biggest issue with these and it's going to affect all of them, it's not if, it's when. And when it goes the best case you can hope for is it makes some unpleasant noises and you can replace them before anything worse happens. Worst case it slaps the timing chain against the case and sends aluminum shavings through the engine. This happened to my dad's truck. This generation also used two piece spark plugs that are notorious for breaking and being difficult to remove. Exhaust manifold leaks are also common (same for the 2v) not detrimental, but annoying and on the '04-'10 trucks very difficult and expensive to fix*. Of course all of that can be fixed with aftermarket parts and you'll have a solid engine, but with so many other options it's usually not cost effective. Aaaaallllll of that being said I actually really like the 5.4, both generations, as motors themselves. They make power and torque way down low and are excellent truck motors, far better than my 2014 5.0 despite the 5.0 being up 100hp on the earlier 5.4s, and 60hp on the later ones. It just doesn't make the bottom end.
*Because I'm already this deep in the rabbit hole. The 97-03 trucks used torsion bar suspension, and because of this there is access straight to the manifold through the fender well, it's tight and not easy, but possible. The 04+ trucks went to a strut design which blocks that side access, this means the motor has be lifted off the motor mounts to get any sort of access to the manifolds.
@M-T-Blake “ That was blatantly my fault and I’m not hearing a beep or getting the finger?”
That’s the name of the game here, as everyone has guns. A lady got shot and killed about a year ago after honking at someone. Plus our Highway Patrol have a handful of unmarked Challengers, as well as a few Cameros and Mustangs.
@Just-Jeepin I like the Crosley engine. There's something amusing about the idea of an engine so light that I could just about lift it out by hand, no lifts required..
The Packard engine amazes me too, actually. I think it's contemplating how 175hp was rather a lot for a car of that era and also even 15ish years ago we were making engines with half the cylinders, more power and a fraction of the weight..