Last Call: Upgrade Edition

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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27 responses to “Last Call: Upgrade Edition”

  1. wunno sev Avatar
    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!

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      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.

      Endurance Racing for $500 Cars

      1. wunno sev Avatar
        wunno sev

        b-but i’m scared

        1. mdharrell Avatar

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

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      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.

      1. nanoop Avatar

        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!

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          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?

          1. dukeisduke Avatar

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

          2. Sjalabais Avatar

            There you have it: Nanoop found one. I haven’t pursued this much, the Honda barely gets out of its own way, and we can tow with the Camry. The Honda also got its spare wheel right behind that plastic bumper, hanging exposed to the elements.

          3. nanoop Avatar

            I’m relieved to hear that your household has a towing-able vehicle!

          4. nanoop Avatar

            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.

          5. Victor Avatar

            That must have been a nightmare to drive,looks like a wanderer.

          6. nanoop Avatar

            I certainly haven’t – but if that had been a Wanderer….
            But really, why is that blue camping trailer humping a white baseball cap?

          7. mdharrell Avatar

            Curiously enough the baseball cap portion is stock ToteMotel. It’s the lower section that was fabricated to make the whole thing work on a cut-up Pontiac.

          8. nanoop Avatar

            My job will put me close to Phoenix for a couple of days this spring, probably, so I wonder if I could talk to the president of the camper manufacturing firm (wearing hat) about their toad (baseball cap).

          9. outback_ute Avatar

            I like that at some point they said “need moar camper”!
            Nanoop I am curious (rhetorically) how the non-ABS zealots manage to brake wheels individually?

    3. JayP Avatar

      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.

      1. wunno sev Avatar
        wunno sev

        Waco. i was thinking of doing that very thing!

  2. ptschett Avatar

    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. 🙁

    1. nanoop Avatar

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

      1. caltemus Avatar

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

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      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.

      1. ptschett Avatar

        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.

  3. discontinuuity Avatar

    I think you mean “Upgrayedd”

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