Last Call: Why Are You Looking Up There? Edition

Why Are You Looking Up There
Whatever these two jet jockeys are looking at better be pretty damn’d interesting. There’s a 300SL Roadster to ogle!
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23 responses to “Last Call: Why Are You Looking Up There? Edition”

  1. ptschett Avatar

    I wish the car weren’t blocking our view of that lovely F-86D…

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    Maybe there’s a Gullwing coming in for landing?
    Anyhow, I have to do the internet commenters walk of shame. I joined the chorus of lambasting the new Prius for its ugliness based on photos. On thursday, I saw it in the wild. I’m not really there yet to have done a thorough inspection, but I found the rear design to actually be quite…nice. It’s engaging and creative and not half as ugly as it comes across in photos. I might even say that the front design is a bit of a letdown considering how daring the back end comes across.
    I may also need some help.

    1. Maymar Avatar
      It’s a bold choice, taking design inspiration from the Edsel.
      That said, I took one for a quick spin last weekend (Toyota had a display set up at a local mall), and it’s not bad. A little loud, but otherwise a perfectly fine automobile for the non-enthusiast. Still, I find it unquestionably ugly – I’m not offended by that (I appreciate something so weird on the road), but still.
      I am intrigued by a Tom’s-tweaked Prius though.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I’ve actually never driven a Prius, just an Auris hybrid – quite awful. But a manual, non-hybrid Prius+ seven seater could work as a replacement for my Stream, if they had it.
        That Tom’s Prius looks extremely stiff, doesn’t seem to have any room for wheel travel. How big might the marked for tweaked Prii be?

    2. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      cars have a tendency to look less awful in person than in real life.
      witness cars like the E60 5-Series, which turned out to be way less hideous in meatspace than in pictures….but even in person, put one next to an E39 and one cannot help but feel a great sense of loss.

  3. CruisinTime Avatar

    The old looking up in the air gag.

  4. I_Borgward Avatar

    “Sir! A squadron of airborne Wartburgs, coming in from the East, 11 o’clock!”

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      I’d never noticed that before, but that’s quite a Countach angle on the rear wheel arch.
      Are those a Gandini design as well?

    2. dukeisduke Avatar

      Yeah, I saw in the news that they were going to be in town this weekend.

      1. JayP Avatar

        What was going on?
        We saw the Metlife blimp downtown too.

    3. Alff Avatar

      On that vehicle the proper term is “dogleg”.

  5. Frank T. Cat Avatar
    Frank T. Cat

    So how has the timing chain replacement on my 9-5 been going? Allow me to show you a photo essay, comprised of photos taken on my phone. Warning that a couple of the following photos involve me flipping the bird at parts of my car out of indignation.

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    I’m still not done working on the car, btw.

    1. I_Borgward Avatar

      This may come in handy:

      1. Frank T. Cat Avatar
        Frank T. Cat

        I’ve been trying to keep myself from getting so frustrated that I hurl profanities, haha. That’s one reason why it’s taken so long to finish disassembly. It’s a lot less stressful when you only work on the car for 4-5 hours at a time, max.

  6. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

    Have you ever looked at a car and though “Hey, that might be fun to own,” but then had some interaction with it that makes you completely opposed to ownership of it? That’s kind of how I feel about TJ Wranglers right now. I’ve worked on exactly two of them (and driven one) and I haven’t been very impressed with either of them.
    Also, I think I’ve learned a truism: Never buy a Chrysler product with an engine capacity of less than 3.9 liters.

    1. Guest Avatar


      I find the 2.5L in my dad’s YJ completely useless at anything approaching road speeds, but I actively search for 4.0L Comanches online.

      1. karonetwentyc Avatar

        I support, endorse, and enable your 4.0 MJ obsession. It’d be hypocritical of me not to since I do the same.

    2. ptschett Avatar

      I’ve driven an Avenger, a Caravan & a Wrangler with the “Pentastar” 3.6L and it seemed fine in all three. The Avenger was almost musclecar-like; the Caravan got up & went just fine; the Wrangler was more of a burden, but no worse than my 230 HP 4.7L in my Dakota. I’d be willing to consider the 3.0 VM diesel if it was available in a vehicle that both fit my garage (which rules out the Ram) and was affordable after adding all the other options that are required with the diesel (which rules out the Grand Cherokee.)

      1. BigRedCaveTroll Avatar

        There are exceptions to the rule, of course.

    3. Inliner Avatar

      I’d agree, but I want a Hyperpak Valiant, or a slant six Barracuda though.

    4. karonetwentyc Avatar

      I have come to accept that seeing the Pontiac Fiero’s instrument panel in the flesh will always kill any interest in ownership I may display for those vehicles.
      Having driven them several times with the intention of purchasing and then looking one last time at the completely uninspired, circles-in-a-square gauge cluster, it’s always been enough to turn me cold on the car. It’s something I just can’t see living with.

    5. jeepjeff Avatar

      I love my TJ, but it has a 4.0, 5 speed & 3.73 gears. It ain’t fast, but it’s fun.
      And parked in the driveway with scored rotors…