@skyfire77 That's a beast! I did see in that video that @pip-bip posted the other day that the ekranoplan concept seems to work better the larger it is. That said, the A90 Orlyonok was supposedly capable of operating as a regular aircraft with a ceiling of several thousand feet, which is why I posted it.
I'm getting some rust repair done on my 95 Silverado at a very good body shop owned by a friend, for a shockingly good price. The problem is the schedule. In April, he told me he'd take it in three weeks and he'd have it for five days. I put on the new doors and fenders, and got it totally ready for him in May, and he's had it since early July. He's had to deal with losing employees due to Covid, etc, so I'm not upset, but this goes to the saying about picking two out of Quality, time, and price.
@huzer When it comes to the DD, I go through a laborious process before buying a new car. Between the endless research, spreadsheet analysis, and hours scouring reviews and configurators, I always end up very satisfied with my purchase (although some confirmation bias may play a hand in that). So in the end, I tend to keep new cars a long time (120k miles is my usual goal). What motivates me to sell is when the car starts to become a maintenance headache. When the car starts getting above 100k miles I start paying attention to viable replacements, and really start the research process once the car starts to show real signs of age or maintenance issues. For example, my Q5 tdi has over 110k miles on it so I have a good running list in my head of what might succeed it, but it hasn't started to give me any trouble yet and it has aged exceptionally well with zero effort on my part, so I haven't done the in-depth analysis yet.
@ibrad Yeah it's been driving me nuts for a while and not even the GM Heritage Center could decode it. I was thinking the difference might be Chevy/GMC, or 2WD/4WD... currently my best guess is light duty vs heavy duty (1500 vs 3500)
@monkeepuzzle I had no clue you weren't from here, your photos seem to show you pretty well adjusted to being upside down 😉
Speaking of "child in me", I drive a bright red Abarth with a white roof and mirrors and a white stripe, with an exhaust that farts on upshifts, so... I get you ;). I also used to have a 2003 Civic Si, so I understand the love for older Japanese econoboxes with perfect clickity clack manuals. As I said, can't wait to see it painted.
Oh, and if you aren't sure which color, Rosso Passionale 176/176A has entered the chat 😉
@veearrrsix - Stahp it. I'm already on the fence about what to do in my current situation - trade in and buy something newer and lower mileage, or go the oppo direction and buy something older and easier to wrench on.
Seeing unreliable-yet-still-sexy older wagons is not helping my decision-making process.
@shoop $30 a month for a tire warranty? I think Discount charges something like $30/tire, but it’s a one and done deal (and still not worth it since they’ll probably just put a plug in it unless there’s obvious sidewall damage). Unless you have a second car, you’re going to have to repair or replace any damaged tire yourself and fight for reimbursement (or take the bus).