Last Call: Yo Mama Edition

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That’s a pretty good insult, especially coming from a scooter rider.
Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day. It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. 
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  1. I watched the last episode of the last season of Top Gear today. What a sad ending. I also read that the BBC had to lay off 1000 people after that whole debacle and also lost the 40 million pound a year revenue stream that had been coming in from Top Gear. While I don’t condone what Jeremy Clarkson did, I don’t think the BBC’s decision to let the three of them go was wise from a business standpoint.

    1. But NOT letting them go might well have been worse for them, given their involvement with the Savile coverup. As in, had they renewed Clarkson’s contract, political sentiment could’ve turned against the BBC’s very existence, as I understand.

    2. I know it’s crazy, but they demonstrate that law is the same for everybody. If you make a mistake you have to pay, we don’t care if you’re the most famous person in the world or a window-washer.
      Imagine if at work you will be treated in that way by a superboss or a V.I.P and you can’t say nothing because he’s important and can fire you in seconds.

  2. Over at Atomic Toasters there’s a discussion about what technologies will die out this year. My first candidate in the death pool is:
    The Carburetor.
    http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/jeMAAOSwBLlVDLsG/s-l300.jpg
    My brief survey of manufacturer’s websites and model specific forums revealed that very few motorcycles still use carbs. The Kawasaki KLR and Suzuki DRZ are still demonstrating Bernoulli’s Principle in the dirt bike market, but Yamaha’s WR series has gone fuelie. I figured the Hyosung and Kymco scooters would be carbed, but evidently only the tiny 50 cc Kymcos are. The Hoda Grom, god bless it, still rocks a float bowl.
    I certainly can’t think of ant carburated automobiles, and that might mean the downdraft carb has already gone the way of the buggy whip (for production engines.)
    Can anyone see the carburetor surviving much more than a couple more years?

    1. I don’t have a lot of lawn, but I do have a lot of pavement where weeds pop up at the seams. I figured a battery powered weed whacker could keep them in check. Now I think I should have spent the money on a two stroke instead.
      I don’t envision lawn equipment weaning off carburetors for at least another decade.

      1. It might not wean off carbs, but it does seem to be weaning off 2 strokes. Better than half the new stuff is 4 stroke.

    2. Considering the KLR’s lethargic major-refresh cycle, the carburetor is safe well into the 2020’s.

  3. Bucket list car for me has always been a BMW 2002. Ideally, one that’s been messed with slightly (some sort of straight 6 already installed? excellent!) so I wouldn’t feel the slightest hint of remorse doing as much performance/comfort/convenience-type modification as inclination/budget determined.
    This episode of Seinfeld’s CICGC just reinforces that: http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/kathleen-madigan-chuck-martin-stroked-out-on-a-hot-machine
    The one with Steve Martin & a stunningly beautiful, hitherto unknown to me, 1954 Siata is also well worth watching.

    1. I caught a ride home from Burnin’ Dude in a 2002 that had had a fuel injection system from some other BMW grafted on to it. The guy could write his own fuel maps (one day I’ll understand what that means.)
      Surprisingly comfortable car to ride in for 8 hours.

        1. Not sure. Everyone in San Francisco is from somewhere else, especially the Bunin’ Dude crowd. It was a light-colored 2002 with round tail lights. Might have been tan, don’t think it was yellow. Had a Ford F-150 fuel pump, but that’s another story.

  4. Yesterday, my wife took my van to work (completely and utterly unrelated to another “Are vans uncool?”-topic here, seriously, cough). It’s probably stupid to even think about it, but I can’t wrap my head around what she managed to do, again: Ice on the inside of the car’s windows. I just don’t understand it. The car has been dry as a dessert for weeks now. When it was still raining 24/7, I occasionally put a heater in it to drive out moisture. Now, it has been -5 to -10 degrees for weeks. She drives the car one day and there’s enough moisture to create art on the inside. How on earth does she do it? It’s a neverending discussion in this household.
    http://s26.postimg.org/450bepvmx/20160119_074454.jpg
    Living in a climate with 200+ days and 3000+ mm of precipitation every year, I’ve seen my share of cars with mouldy seats, doors and carpets. I guess that’s why I won’t relax about stuff like that…

    1. An attempt to explain, maybe you’ve ruled out all but one already:
      Phenomenon
      Insufficient flow through the cabin (outlets blocked, settings of the heater/blower awry, recirculation flap (partly) stuck) gets more or less damp (breathing, wet shoes drying, AC (see below)), warm air stuck. Going from +20 to -10degC, relative humidity will saturate and condensate/freeze where it’s coldest.
      The role of ACs
      ACs are like heroin: after you’ve used it once, you’ll always have to…
      If you’re using an AC while de-frosting,(actively or due some clever default configuration of the car), the cold bits in there and the water separator/dryer (tubing) will accumulate humidity/moisture. If the check valve flaps (those sealing off the AC from the interior) are not quite tight (or not quite present by design), that moisture will evaporate into the cabin air and do what moisture does. I’m not sure how to get that dry. Mondeos had this kind of challenge, guess how I know.

      1. Thanks for the tips! The HVAC system works as it is supposed to, indeed, there’s no trouble with moisture when I use the car myself. The AC effect can be avoided by turning it off a couple of minutes before arrival at your destination – I can occasionally see the moisture being blown out of the system when the windshield gets foggy close to the vent. That also means that AC was off when she borrowed the car, which it usually is. I guess one thing she didn’t do was to open the windows on the final stretch of slow road to blow out the warm air. But could that drop in air temperature/water-holding-capacity be enough to create a layer of “inside ice”?

        1. ” But could that drop in air temperature/water-holding-capacity be enough to create a layer of “inside ice”?”
          Oh yes – if you take some air with, say, 80% relative humidity, the dew point (the temperature when that air would have 100% r.h.) is less than 4°C away.
          https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2f/Dewpoint-RH.svg
          I figure you’ve touched the inside of a tent in the morning once… freezing makes everything more complicated, though.

          1. Well, true, but in a tent you usually have a full night of breathing to create that layer of ice? Very interesting about the dew point though, thanks! You know your stuff!

          2. Maybe the real question is, why is she breathing so heavily in the van?!
            /drives leaky 244DL with chronically damp interior

    2. This happened to me about a month ago, but that was because I left the sunroof open. Overnight. With freezing rain.

        1. It wasn’t too bad, as just the back part was open (Vent Mode?)

          The interior (mostly the windows) was simply covered in a layer of frost, which made the drive to school …interesting.

    3. I got this outcome by driving in very fine, light snow with a strong cold wind. The flakes were small enough to get through the cabin air filter (if there even was one in the car) – I could feel them blowing in through the vents. It was also windy, so every time a door was open, a lot of snow got in.

    4. My Saab has developed an inside icing problem now that winter has finally arrived. I’ve known for sometime that I’ve had a minor leak in the trunk area but haven’t been able to trace the source. In December we had 3 straight weeks of rain with at least 5 inches of rain per week. Shortly after that the temperatures plunged and the icing began. I would wipe the residue off the windows and let the car sit in sunshine. The next morning the ice would be there waiting for me again.
      I finally had the chance on Monday to get into the trunk area. I removed the cargo mat and discovered it was wet on the underside. I then lifted up the soaked trunk carpeting and discovered the spare tire was filled with water because it was acting like a bowl. Out came the spare to be dried off and coated with penetrating oil. Out came the carpeting to dry out and get several doses of Febreeze to eliminate the musty smell.
      I really need to find the source since I don’t plan to keep the Saab past this summer and I won’t feel good about passing the problem on to the next owner.

      1. is this on the 9-3? if it is you’re getting leaks from:
        1. the tail light gaskets or tail light housings themselves.
        2. from the rear bumper. the neoprene washers that are between the rear bumper bar mounting studs and the body tend to fall apart. this is where my 900 was leaking the most, surprisingly.
        3. around the fuel filler cap, if it hasn’t already had the air gap filled with RTV
        4. the sunroof drains, which exit the car through the floor behind the rear wheel wells. the little rubber boot the drain hoses go into often gets clogged with pine needles and crap.
        while you have everything torn apart to find the leak (it doesn’t take long to pull the rear end of an NG900/OG9-3 apart; maybe two hours max if you’ve never done it,) check the rear shock body mounts for rust. if there’s so much as surface rust get it treated asap.
        happy SAABING 🙂
        edit: my record for pulling apart my 900 was half an hour. that’s all the trunk lining, the rear seat, the rear speaker pods, the tail lights, and the bumper.

        1. Big applause to that here-fix-it-attitude. I was interested in an Avensis a couple of years ago that had a window seal leak in the boot. Stuff like that sounds easy to fix, but it’s often something that has to be done more than once.

        2. It is indeed the 9-3 that’s leaking. The tail light gaskets were replaced a few years ago but it’s certainly worth rechecking. The tail lights themselves are both cracked along the top where the gray horizontal surface meets the red lens. I’ve glued the cracks shut in the past but they’ve reopened. I hadn’t considered the fuel filler cap, the sunroof drains, or the bumper area. We’re expecting rain/snow/ice over the next few days so I may not be able to take things apart (no garage) for awhile. The leak seems most prominent on the right side so I’ll focus on the fuel filler cap first. Many thanks for the insights!

          1. If you know rain is coming, place toilet paper or something in the drainage path of each of the potential leaks to narrow down which one is the culprit.

          2. I did manage to stuff a towel under the bottom edge of the “hard carpet” that covers the right quarter panel area. That was as much to prevent water from running into the tire well as it was to help determine the leak source.

    1. Mine isn’t either, but Google Translate says it roughly means:

      “Your Mother! On Board”

      This could be horribly off, because Google Translate, but it seems right…

  5. Drive the last few blocks with the windows open to ‘blow out the warm air’ in the winter? Who does that?
    It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.
    A/C can wring humidity out of an interior even in the winter.
    Maybe it’s not the vehicle’s fault. Let’s go back to the description of the problem. When the wife borrows the van, the inside of the van’s windows are iced up…
    Before the windows iced up, they were foggged up. In a van.
    I think I’ll leave that right there.

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