Last Call: Fly Me Edition

pilot selfie
Every part of me wishes that this co-pilot selfie was in fact real.
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31 responses to “Last Call: Fly Me Edition”

  1. Fred Talmadge Avatar
    Fred Talmadge

    Well in a world of alt-facts, why not?

  2. 1slowvw Avatar
    1slowvw

    I bought 8 60lbs fuel injectors this evening for a steal. By my math that should support enough power to destroy all the tires. It made me so excited I made a build thread for my latest project.
    This time it’s 100% VW free!
    http://www.customobsessions.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=52927

  3. Maymar Avatar
    Maymar

    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3386/3302295731_8bf4219fc7.jpg
    Fully speculative, but if ^ this is ~100mph, I’m assuming / that is in the realm of jet speed.
    http://i.onionstatic.com/avclub/5278/28/16×9/960.jpg

    1. roguetoaster Avatar
      roguetoaster

      Some days I feel that having to click for the rest of the post on disqus is annoying, today is not one of those days.

  4. CraigSu Avatar
    CraigSu

    That’s not a selfie, he’s just trying to guide the in-flight fuel hose.

    1. Vairship Avatar
      Vairship

      Nah, it’s the rabbit ears for the in-flight entertainment.

  5. Alff Avatar
    Alff

    The only good use for a selfie-stick, aside from using one to beat people who carry selfie-sticks.

    1. P161911 Avatar
      P161911

      They are good for checking to see exactly what is leaking under your car when it is too wet or you are too old/fat/tired to crawl down and look yourself.

  6. ptschett Avatar
    ptschett

    So on Saturday I set out with two missions:
    -main mission: visit CDJR dealers in nearby towns to see Ram 1500’s* that weren’t configured by my local dealer that goes black interior / full center console on all the things, to hopefully pick exterior/interior colors and interior setup that I want
    -side mission: see used ’05-up Dakotas, focused on manuals, as a possible stopgap between my automatic that I specced that way for good reasons (but had been getting bored with) and some point in the future that the midsize pickup market has more interesting choices
    The main mission was successful, I want Blue Streak paint and the 40/20/40 front bench seat which seems so much more practical to me than the full floor console which seems designed to waste most of the space it occupies.
    Both of the Dakotas that were listed as manuals were actually automatics. I wonder how many potential buyers with untrained left feet are being scared away from those pickups without ever looking at them because the dealers couldn’t be bothered to list them correctly? One had strange modifications to the front bumper that made me suspect it had been in a severe front crash and not quite correctly repaired (e.g. the fog lights and their brackets were gone and it had an ST bumper cover without fog light holes though it was an SLT where fog lights were standard), the other was an ’06 that was more rusty with 75k miles than my ’05 had been at its demise at 130k miles.
    *and now I’m wondering, is it a make:”Ram” model:”1500″ to be designated as a “Ram 1500″, or is it make:”Ram” model:”Ram 1500″ to be a “Ram Ram 1500”? I still slip and say “Dodge” half the time…

    1. GTXcellent Avatar
      GTXcellent

      Are you sure about that center console? Do you regularly carry several people? I was the opposite when I ordered my F150 – the only trucks around were 40/20/40 bench seats.
      MiSSus GTXcellent stopped snuggling up close on car rides long, long ago, so I felt a large center console was a much better use of space. Now I have room for binoculars, hand-held GPS, a bird book, an animal track book, a flower book, a tree book, a box of Kleenix, a couple of ball caps, a cheapo socket set, couple of pairs of gloves, a filet knife, and there’s still room for her Kindle when we go anywhere. I’ve never missed not having an uncomfortable seat there.

      1. ptschett Avatar
        ptschett

        I was neutral on it at first, but after sitting in one with the console I wasn’t impressed with what it added versus the seat (which I’m familiar with already from my dad’s Laramie-package Ram); in the midrange and higher trim levels the seat is clever-er than it looks at first glance, with a compartment under the bottom cushion as well as the expected one in the backrest. There is one feature with the console that I kind of like, a small rubberized ledge set at an angle near the dash to hold a phone or tablet while driving – but I prefer having the seat and the option to put the backrest up because sometimes my right leg wants to be where a console is, and other times I get ulnar nerve issues (bad posture holding the cell phone, sitting at my desk and using the mouse at work, etc.) and need to discourage myself from leaning on my right elbow or having it at much of an angle.

  7. hwyengr Avatar
    hwyengr

    I don’t care for Doug DeMuro. Not when he was on , and I tell youtube that that I’m not interested in his videos (but they keep popping up anyway. How much does he pay them?!?), so I’ve got a system and it works.
    But whatever two-bit rag he’s working for now is advertising on facebook and his awkward face was right there on my wall, and I couldn’t get rid of it. I’m seriously considering quitting FB over this.

    1. Ol' Shel' Avatar
      Ol’ Shel’

      Auto ‘journalism’ is now dominated by rich kids who can buy expensive cars to write about. It’s a case of using money to make money. Merit is gone.

  8. hwyengr Avatar
    hwyengr

    Oh, and also in tonight’s episode of “Old Man Yells at Cloud”, does anyone know if Roy Wort survived the de-Gawkering?

    1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
      dead_elvis, inc.

      He left Gawker Media years ago, well before the lawsuit.
      Now: http://www.tinytoycar.com/

  9. nanoop Avatar

    Saw a new personal all-time high in gas prices today, 16.69NOK per L for regular. Thanks to the low USD that’s still around 7.5 USD/gal, good for.. me? You?

    1. Sjalabais Avatar
      Sjalabais

      I have not really understand how that tiny tax hike from January 1st made the price explode that much. We have our anti-oligopoly station that sells gas at a constant 14.58. At the moment, that makes for healthy yearly savings.

    2. Papa Van Twee Avatar
      Papa Van Twee

      I just bought for $2.03 in Carmel, Indiana. If I had stopped on the way here, there were several stations under $2. Onle of the few reasons now to be living in the US. (not really)

      1. nanoop Avatar

        What I don’t really get are the heavy swings within a day. Yesterday morning: under 14.00NOK and today 20% more, for the same delivery of fuel in the tanks – it’s not that people are queuing right now, so they can allow themselves such high prices. Or are they?

        1. Papa Van Twee Avatar
          Papa Van Twee

          We get wild swings like that in this part of the country, too (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio). We have one company that controls 20-30% of the gas stations, and when they see profits dip below a certain threshold, they will raise their price 20-30 cents above the current average. Other stations see that price and follow, or so goes one theory. The other theory is the distributors set that price, and the big company is just the first to follow.

  10. Sjalabais Avatar
    Sjalabais

    I’m planning a trip to Kyrgyzstan either this Easter or summer with some friends (one can only travel in Easter, the other in summer, sigh), and, frankly, time is running out. So my home “office” today is a wee bit less offic-ey and I get to look at pictures like this:
    https://s27.postimg.org/joqt7o2mr/Kyrgyzstan_Road.png
    It’s possible to rent Sequoias and 4Runners, but…damn…it would be nice to roam such a beautiful spot in the world in an UAZ.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      The ride from Naryn to Jalal-Abad in a “GAZ Jeep” is vivid memories: the stark contrast between the beautiful landscape and the way-too-fast chauffeur, stopping to refill coolant melting water, the tire that went flat after only 30 years of duty, the crammed interior… next time I’ll take a horse and a large format camera.
      We got around as backpackers by using “marshrutkas”, the bus backbone of the country: basically Mercedes transporters from German plumbers and carpenters in the 80ies (faded ads still visible), with windows cut into the hull and benches added. We also rented long distance taxis (GAZ for Naryn-Jalal-Abad, a Golf 1 up to the Karakøl, Sovyet pride within cities, and a trusty Audi 100 with a piece of railway instead of the IRS around Koshkor), a rather comfy option.
      We’ve been on a fender bender bus accident (a car decided to drive off the main road NOW), and I saw the insurance working well: 5min discussion, handshake, drive off everyone. I would only rent something with a driver there…
      We took a plane from Osh-Bishkek, but there is a spectacular and new-ish road now, too, that reduced the trip from days to less-than-one day (drivers get tired, mind you).
      Oh, and bring some Roach-Off if you intend to prefer cheap hotels over yurts.

      1. 0A5599 Avatar
        0A5599

        I read that last line too quickly and wondered how many people choose cheap hotels over yachts. I suspect some of it depends on your access to a yacht, though.

        1. nanoop Avatar

          Can roaches swim? That would affect their access to a a yacht, definitely.

          1. 0A5599 Avatar
            0A5599

            Roaches can survive anything. Some people call them the Keith Richards of the insect world.

      2. Sjalabais Avatar
        Sjalabais

        …and I started reading that like a quote. Are you saying you’ve been there? Maybe we need to talk for real, finally.

        1. nanoop Avatar

          Been there, done that, got a felt rug – but it’s a dozen of years ago, so I am not the hottest contact, but maybe it’s time, we’ve been playing ball all the time anyway!
          Since disqus won’t be of help, may we ask the Hooniversal Senior Editor (and his email in the masthead) to help exchanging contact?

          1. Sjalabais Avatar
            Sjalabais

            I’ve lost access to my Disqus-registered account, but if I can get yours… 🙂 Interesting thing, I guess a lot has changed in 12 years.

          2. nanoop Avatar

            I’ve just sent an email to Rob, and so could you, too!

  11. Kiefmo Avatar
    Kiefmo

    I need to add “rolling the rear windows down and cleaning the place where the rubber window seal contacts glass” to the list of things to do when cleaning the family hauler.
    Yesterday morning, a buyer for the Odyssey came to exchange cheque for car. His wife hopped in the driver’s seat and started pushing buttons before we did any paper work. One of these buttons was the rear windows, which we almost never use. Sure enough, the passenger rear window made a popping sound, and the window didn’t budge while the motor was definitely actuating.
    The buyer offered a huge $$$ off of our agreed price, and I counter-offered the fix the problem if he’d keep to our agreed price. He agreed to my terms, and I popped off the door panel last night to investigate.
    As it turns out, the window is only attached to the actuator by being glued into a 1″ square plastic slot at the bottom. No rubber-grommeted through-bolts. The grime that had accumulated at aforementioned top of glass had exceeded the sheer strength of this little 1″ square slot, so the motor had pulled itself free of the glass.
    I liberally applied some handy high-strength adhesive I’d brought along to be prepared, shoved the window back into its slot, motored it up to “clamp” it in place while the adhesive cures, and put the door panel back on.
    The buyer is coming again tonight, and my only fear is that they’ll try the window too soon and undo my repair. The adhesive I used has a 24-hour curing time under warmer conditions, and if I had my choice, I would have them wait 48-72 hours before trying to roll the window down. But, buyers being who they are, they will probably try it almost immediately. I will warn them against this to the best of my ability, and if they come complaining, I will point them to the “no warranties expressed or implied” clause on the bill of sale that they signed.

  12. Harry Callahan Avatar
    Harry Callahan

    That the co-pilot looks like Elon Musk is what really makes this special!
    Thanks for the giggle!

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