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Custom corvette HID headlight kits!

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Hey. Someone in the gearheads community told me my post sounded a little spammy, so here's the deal: My brother just started his own business that launched a website this weekend. Im just trying to help him out get the word around because he has been doing some pretty cool stuff basically making from scratch some projector HID headlight kits for corvettes. He has other corvette products too. Would you guys mind checking out his site and letting me know what you think? thanks! www.corvetteHID.com




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FOR SALE

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Car located in Perth, Australia. Must sell fast as I am about to have our baby, and this car does not have anchor points for a baby seat. Love this car but its not family friendly, unfortunately. Baby is due in the next two weeks - so urgent sale!!

[EDIT] Had the baby - still urgently need to sell... any takers?

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It would be of GREAT APPRECIATION if someone can please help me!

--Does anyone know where I can get original 1987 Buick Grand National rims? I've looked around for a while and found nothing.

Thank-youuuu. :)

Say Road Runner once, say Road Runner twice

(Being the latest in a series of entries on cars that interest, impress, or amuse me)

Unlike our previous entry, the '69 AMC-Hurst SC/Rambler, which is quite obscure, muscle car aficionados already know this one. But we were saying something about a time when a certain whimsy found its way into the automotive world...

It's 1966 or thereabouts, not long after the introduction of the 1967 models. Pontiac's GTO is the hot ticket for the muscle car set, and Ford has already sold a million Mustangs. If you're Plymouth, you are the odd man out. You have the Hemi (or I suppose I need to say Hemi® now), which cleans up at NASCAR and smack around most street machines, but it's hardly affordable -- it costs more than $800 to buy (as much as a decent used car at that point), putting it out of reach of the kids buying Mustangs and GTOs. The Barracuda, Plymouth's answer to the Mustang, was pretty much a non-starter. What to do?

The legend says that Car & Driver's Brock Yates talked to Plymouth marketing and suggested a street sleeper package for the mid-sized Plymouth Belvedere -- an unadorned model with no frills but a lot of standard performance equipment. Even if it wasn't Yates, someone might have suggested it anyway, because they saw a hole in the market between the Mustang (which started at around $2500 and could top $3000 in a hurry with options) and the GTO (which realistically ran about $3500 with desirable options, and could easily add a thousand to that with extras). Give the youth market a car with GTO-like speed potential for a base price under $3000 and perhaps you have a new niche.

This is where the whimsy kicked in. Now, if you tell a marketing staff you want an unadorned, inconspicuous performance car, they will think you are joking or perhaps drunk. A performance car must have an image, right? But an image that will appeal to kids.

So, they went to Warner Bros., paid them something like $50,000, and got a license to call it the Road Runner.

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The Road Runner cost $2,896 in basic two-door sedan. At a time when "base price" on most cars got you a six-cylinder engine incapable of getting out of its own way, a manual three-speed with unsynchronized low gear, and even a heater wasn't necessarily standard, it included a four-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty suspension, and a high-performance version of Mopar's 383 V8 (essentially the police-package engine, with heads and crankshaft from the larger 440). Rated power -- this in the old SAE gross numbers, so deduct about 30 if you want something like the net rating -- was 335 bhp @ 5200 rpm and torque was 425 lb-ft @ 3400 rpm. This was not bad: 0-60 in around 7 seconds, the quarter mile in 96-98 mph in pure stock form. If that wasn't enough, for $714 you could add a Hemi and really eat everyone else's lunch.

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Design Project on Jaguar XType


Hello People!

My name's Angeline and I'm a final year Mechanical Engineering student in the UK. Me and my mates are working on a design project for our final year group project. This MAY not be the right place to stick the entries in, but it just occured to me I could ask car experts/lovers like you for help! I would appreciate all the workable/constructive suggestions I can get.

(Please treat this seriously. Because it is causing a lot of stress just doing this project on top of my individual final year project and my computing assignment CFD. THIS IS A REAL PROJECT.)

My group project is to re-design/modify the bumper/front end of the JAGUAR X-Type to give better passive protection for pedestrians upon impact.

We've decided to modify the bumper, the bonnet (the hood), the windscreen with A pillars and the headlights/grille/license plate(hard points). The reason we are modifying those components is because we have identify them to be injury-causing factors for the pedestrians when hit at a driving speed of 5mph. (That's the speed that our car bumper is tested to and has to pass the standard tests).

Airbags in the front bumper and the bonnet springing up to cushion the head (as it hits the bonnet/hood) are all active systems and is not classified under my group's. (another group is working on the active protection bits).

(Engineering talk ahead:) We need several solution variants to get 3 concept variants and then decide the best among the 3 to deliver our design. We've been asked to follow the design process suggested by the book written by Pahl and Beitz.

Simply said, I need several ideas on what and how I can modify the front end of the car, keeping in mind manufacturing costs, repairability costs, and other issues/factors that would affect the marketability of the X-Type.



I really appreciate any help whatsoever. This project and my other assignments have kept me really busy that I have not been able to update my own blog, and I really do miss LJ. =( So this is kinda urgent!