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  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-13-2017, 04:57 PM
    Or manuals are for people who *do* understand modern engineering and want something more reliable and that responds to what *they* want the vehicle to do instead of what some engineer with possibly completely different objectives *thinks* the...
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    08-13-2017, 08:12 AM
    Or make it from just solid 2x8 or so lumber for planks and learn how to properly join the planks together to make a solid table top. It's a skill worth learning. You might need to buy a few clamps if you don't own enough already though. I built...
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  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-13-2017, 07:58 AM
    We've had this discussion before. I still prefer a manual and I find that with *my* style of driving, I get better fuel economy with a manual than with an automatic. One thing that I particularly hate about automatics is that they will downshift...
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-13-2017, 06:13 AM
    Oh, we've had that discussion in other threads. I much prefer a manual transmission. I prefer the control it gives me on what gear I'm going to be in on hills and I find that I get better gas mileage than the same car with an automatic, even if...
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-13-2017, 06:08 AM
    Well, my plane still has a magneto and it works perfectly well. And even if the battery is *completely* dead, I can still hand prop it. Many cars today will not run if the battery is completely dead. I discovered this on a car nearly 30 years ago...
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
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    08-12-2017, 06:27 AM
    They kind of quietly started changing the name of it to "parking brake" instead of "emergency brake" and that allowed them to make it electrically operated. Somewhere along the way, the engineers forgot that the brake was there as a backup to the...
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-11-2017, 01:54 PM
    Until some engineer thinks he can save a few ounces by going a bit more "drive by wire" and making brakes electrically operated. They've already done that with the 4WD and "parking brake" *buttons* these days.
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-09-2017, 08:04 PM
    I remember when some of the companies started buttons on the dash for shifting into 4WD instead of having a mechanical lever that directly did it. I didn't like that. It just seemed like it would be adding a point of failure. I also didn't like...
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
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    08-09-2017, 07:56 PM
    I recently installed a backup camera on my pickup. I already had replaced the factory AM/FM/CD with a unit with a flip up screen that could play DVDs (either video or with MP3s on the DVD) and it had RCA connectors that I could use for inputing...
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
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    08-09-2017, 07:03 PM
    I have no problem with push button start. We had that on trucks and tractors many years ago. Somewhere along the way they decided to make the ignition key do both operations -- giving it an "ON" and a "START" position. Hell, my aircraft even...
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
  • BLTsandwedge's Avatar
    08-07-2017, 06:20 PM
    My target go-to is the 200g #452630 sized to .454, BhN around 12, over 4.2g Clays. In the 5" classic I get an average 806fps with a s/d of 14. Superb accuracy. I've also had considerable luck with the old #452389 button-nose, but moulds may be a...
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    08-02-2017, 08:55 AM
    Most automotive parts would not be allowed to be installed on aircraft because of FAA traceability requirements. That's not to say that some owners don't bend the rules with respect to non-critical components that just seem to "find their way" onto...
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
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    08-01-2017, 01:10 PM
    I think that the cross sections are probably the same, but there might be a length of the "B" measurement that is different. I guess we won't know unless someone has one of those keys stumbles across this thread and chooses to take the measurements.
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    08-01-2017, 04:53 AM
    If that does not generate enough confetti, maybe just load blank shells and then stuff the barrel full of confetti from the muzzle? So, in other words, they're going to have a "shotgun wedding". Yee hawh!
    4614 replies | 321324 view(s)
  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-01-2017, 04:46 AM
    OK... So much for that idea. I had thought from looking at the keyhole itself and the photos that I had seen of the key that it was just a square piece of metal bar with half of it cut away across opposite angle on the stock in certain places. ...
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  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-01-2017, 04:42 AM
    That should be a 3-wheel lock then. Now, if someone has the 4-wheel change key and posts the measurements, then I can be sure of the difference. I'm *assuming* that there is a difference. I suspect that the "B" measurement is slightly longer. ...
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  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-01-2017, 03:12 AM
    The key looks something like this: The best I can tell, it look like perhaps just the "B" measurement is different. This would make sense since the 4 wheel lock should be slightly thicker than the same style 3 wheel lock.
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  • NavyVet1959's Avatar
    08-01-2017, 12:21 AM
    Of course, if you had a manual transmission, you wouldn't have that problem.
    77 replies | 1988 view(s)
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    08-01-2017, 12:13 AM
    Does anyone have any of these that they can take measurements off of? It seems that for the 6700 series of locks, there are 2 different keys -- one for a 3 wheel lock (4 combinations) and one for a 4 wheel lock (5 combinations). Some of the eBay...
    11 replies | 359 view(s)
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