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Robert Emslie April 17, 2017 Last Call 27 Comments

I appreciate the effort, but if this were a real Mercedes Benz I’m sure the masking tape would match the paint.

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  • wunno sev


    you owe it to yourself to get out on a race track at some point in your life. i went for my second track day last Tuesday and it was even more fun than the first time.

    hit up the SCCA’s Track Night in America and PDX pages to see what options you have. i found out that i have a PDX coming up so i signed up for it. i’ve done autocross a few times and it’s fun, but i have had way more fun at these track days. it’s worth being up at 6 or taking a day off work. i signed up for a PDX event on an upcoming Sunday, and a coworker who’s knee-deep in motorsport is talking about getting a some work friends together and renting out Texas Motor Speedway for a full day of track sessions in a few months.

    two or three track days does not a seasoned track rat make, but i’m hooked. go do it!

    • That’s right. Now swim out just a little farther; the water’s fine. Don’t worry, you can quit any time you want. I promise.


      • wunno sev

        b-but i’m scared

        • That’s just Nature’s way of telling you it’s going to be awesome.

    • Sjalabais

      I tried as a teenager, having a fantastic stint with gokarts, doing really well, too. But…I threw up afterwards, reliably. So one day my cardiologist heard of it by accident, and alarmed me that I am not fit to do this. By some sort of heart mistake I’ve had since birth, but which doesn’t bother me at all in everyday life. Don’t know if it is related, but I also get sick on boats rather quick, or just by reversing longer distances, like yesterday, when I finally got my winter’s firewood cut home (six trips):
      But “normal” fun on gravelroads is well within what works, I guess. Never had issues with that.

      • Oh, that’s probably a good intervention by your cardiol..wait what – no trailer hitch? In this country? Please don’t tell me you don’t have a roofbox neither, or I’ll have to file a grief report to the minestery of integration!


        • Sjalabais

          Haha, that is SO spot on! I believe it is also the sole reason why the Stream didn’t sell. Honda teased what they could out of the Civic platform to create a seven seater, according to my dealer, a trailer hitch is not available. Which, honestly, surprised me after I had bought the car, assuming, but not checking that it had one.

          How is the Transporter-story evolving btw?

          • dukeisduke

            If it were sold here in the US, somebody would make a hitch for it, whether it was Curt, Draw-Tite, or someone else.

          • Slowly, slowly:

            I’ve learned now that the legal definition of “camper car” requires a free standing height of 1.7m throughout the car permanently, so this eliminates the import of folding roof tops on the premise of RV taxation – Alternatively, go for a stupid, droning, energy eating glass fiber bubble, which I won’t.

            Wife wants five seats, I don’t want to cram a third row into an SWB T5 California Beach -> T4 Multivan Westfalia it is.

            Now there are two or three in the country with ABS (a must, we’re dumb southerners on ice, not brake pedal virtuosi like everybody else here claims), but they are too expensive (~200kNOK), considering they are by now 13+ years old (with according restrictions for city entry and soon, autobahn fees).

            Either bite the bullet and pay for T4 Westy, or buy a regular T5 Multivan and get an aftermarket popup roof/bed in Germany, which is about 40kNOK incl. work.

    • JayP

      Are you in DFW?
      My pal runs The Driver’s Edge, I instruct with them.
      Come out and see how it’s run, come drive sometime.

      • wunno sev

        Waco. i was thinking of doing that very thing!

  • ptschett

    I brought my new Ram 1500 home! It’s pretty neat!
    …and I promptly put a scratch in it (through the paint, above the left tail light) while trying to figure out how to shoehorn it into my absurdly small garage. 🙁

    • Don’t be sour about this: This will not inflict performance or functionality at all, it’s now simply yours.

      • caltemus

        Just make sure you rustproof it if it’s down to bare metal; you’d hate to see it spread

    • dukeisduke

      Oh crap. What trim level is it? I was driving a 2017 RAM 1500 Big Horn Quad Cab for a couple of weeks, while the Tacoma was getting all the hail dents PDR’d. Hemi, UConnect 8.4, automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, remote start, it had lots of goodies.

      • ptschett

        Big Horn Quad Cab here too. All the standard goodies plus spray-in bedliner, 3.92 axles with limited slip, navigation and the better of the two speaker systems.
        I may just touch it up and leave it be for now, since I hate the thought of having an entire panel of brand-new paint re-clearcoated.

  • discontinuuity

    I think you mean “Upgrayedd”