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  1. I guess my ad and tracker blocker must block the paywall too. I have no problem accessing that article.
  2. 9 cents per kilowatt hour during the “super off peak” rates that start at midnight. That is if you have the residential time of use rates for EV and plug in hybrid cars. This is in California in the San Diego Gas & Electric service area, one of the more expensive service areas in the state. My plug in hybrid will start charging itself in an hour from now while I am fast asleep and be full up for tomorrow by the time I wake up.
  3. I guess I should have phrased it more like “I haven’t been as worried about operating a nuclear plant safely as with the disposal of the waste.” There is an article today that says battery development is happening at a pace that will make EVs price competitive with fossil fuel based vehicles in 3 to 5 years. That is price competitive without tax or other incentives. That reinforces your “(3-10 years) alternative fuel vehicles (mostly electric cars) will dominate new car sales” prediction. Though I take exception to your statement that gasoline powered cars “will be virt
  4. Despite Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi I have never been too worried about nuclear power plants operating safely. Though I suppose with lessons learned from those disasters, newly designed and built nuclear power plants could operate with less chance of major accidents than current ones. But nobody I’ve heard or read about has a plausible plan to deal with the waste. Waste that will be dangerous for longer in the future than the entire history of civilization. Yet we are creating stuff that will take thousands of years to become safe. Such hubris to think we can
  5. I know someone who has a Toyota Mirai which is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. And I've seen some others on the highway. They exist. I personally have some doubts about the technology, specifically in the area of high pressure storage of hydrogen. But that is a whole different topic about whether they exist or not.
  6. It is the typical thing to do if the car is messed up and hard to start and you don't know how or don't care to fix it properly. First thing to check are the battery cables. Modern 12v cables are too small to carry the current needed for a 6v starter. Next thing, a bit harder to fix, is a worn out starter. A worn out starter can bind on itself. If so then it needs rebuilding. Note: If some PO tossed in an 8v battery they may have also adjusted the voltage regulator. So when putting it back right you should check the charging system and see if it is set up to
  7. An EV or a plug-in hybrid in my area isn't using any coal generated electricity. The most recent document I can find in a quick search is for 2018. At that time my local electrical company claimed the following mix of generation: Renewable: 43% Coal: 0% Large Hydroelectric: 0% Natural Gas: 29% Nuclear: 0% Other: <1% Unspecified: 27% ("Unspecified" is described as meaning "electricity from transactions that are not traceable to specific generation sources."). Things vary quite a bit by region, but nationally coal i
  8. Wow, it isn’t taking long for this thread to go off track. From my reading of the article, I think you did. That is where I first saw it the other day. My interpretation of the article is that that plug-in hybrids act like hybrids if they are not plugged in. And when running as a hybrid they get about the same fuel economy as a hybrid. Which is pretty obvious. And, apparently, there are people who will buy a plug-in hybrid even when they don't live where they can plug it in and maybe they never intend to plug it in. This bring
  9. Any idea of the back story on this photo? The clothing style looks very 1920s to me but the cars are much earlier, seems like they would have been considered obsolete if not antique at the time the photo was taken. And it is obviously some sort of event.
  10. The accelerator pedal should be available through the usual vintage Mopar parts suppliers. The engine mount too, though I'd probably get your current one revulcanized instead if I were you. Then and Now Automotive (Antique Auto Parts Cellar) has a revulcanizing service and might have the pedal. Looks like their website is being redone and is currently broken, so a phone call is probably in order. I have a list of vendors I've either used or heard of on my website that might be useful for you.
  11. I used to live in the Santa Monica Mountains and fire was a real concern. Had two big fires go through the area when we lived there. Hard, hard choices. Best of luck to you. One of the fires started while we were away and we couldn't even get back to the house to get things if we wanted. I currently have a hardened (x-ray, water resistant) USB storage device on my key ring with my car keys. On it, in an encrypted file so I don't have to worry if I lose it, are electronic copies of most of my important documents (insurance, wills, trust, password and log in information for all accou
  12. But it is “dry heat” I have one outdoor thermometer reading 101°F and another reading 94°F. The weather channel claims and even 100°F. And I live on the beach where it never gets this hot and nobody has air conditioning.
  13. Definitely some continuity in tire construction from the early days. Here is the 1930s equivalent: https://archive.org/details/UnderTheTrea
  14. A firetruck seems awful expensive for the utility you'd get out of it. There probably are much cheaper ways of preparing. I have a friend who lives in the mountains in an area that could have a significant fire. First line of defense: He has a "defensible space" around all the buildings on his property. Second line of defense: He has his own well, which he needs for his house anyway. He put in a relatively large water storage tank, got some used fire hose from the local fire department (usable but not quite up to their standards) and he has a pump, etc. to use the hose and tank to fight fir
  15. Interesting construction according to wikipedia: That savings in number of different body and door parts sure does make for “unique“ styling that is not pleasing to my eye. In my area golf carts and equivalent are pretty popular for getting around town. I think they are called “Neighborhood Electric Vehicles“ except some are gas powered. Not sure what the legalities are: Some have license plates, others do not. And I've seen them being driven by people who look far too young to have a driver’s license. I think they are limited to a specific part
  16. In the late 1970s I drove my '33 from Baltimore, MD to California (along an indirect route with a 1500 mile side trip tossed in). The desert didn’t seem too bad: I just pulled the rod that holds the front passenger bucket seat in place, moved the seat to the back and put a cooler there filled with ice, soda pop and water. But now I have become a “weather wimp”. Living on the beach where the temperature is seldom below 50°F or above 80°F can do that to you. The thought of heading east into the baking desert in a car without air conditioning becomes less appealing each year.
  17. Looking very nice. What carburetor do you have on it? Doesn’t look like a B&B
  18. Got a link showing those calculations?
  19. I wouldn't try to edit or organize the current thread. . . But adding a new category for period images, along with a suggestion for the category to include make, year, etc. (if known) would probably be a good thing.
  20. Okay, I just Googled "cars banned" and searched for the same on YouTube and came up empty. Some topics about some cities banning cars in limited cases (reasons include pollution and safety). Some YouTube on specific cars that weren't allowed to be imported into the US, usually for safety reasons. Google (and YouTube) have been known to tailor their search results based on what they think you want to be told or view. And I've made it a habit to obscure my web behavior from Google for that reason. So your search results for the same terms will likely be different from mine. So give m
  21. Boy this is inherently a political topic and I thought politics was not allowed on these forums. But before the thread gets locked and/or removed: I have never seen anything indicating that any political party, or significant faction within a political party, in the US has discussed banning cars. There is a growing number of people who are worried enough about anthropomorphic climate change caused by the use of fossil fuels. And thus some political action agitating for the elimination of fossil fuels. But that is quite different than banning self-propelled vehicles.
  22. My automatic clutch assembly does not work so I had it on for appearance only. However on the '33 the ignition timing mark is on the flywheel which makes it impossible to see when the automatic clutch is installed. I believe that they moved the timing mark to the crankshaft pully/vibration damper in 1934. Anyway, the result is that I don't have the unit on the car. Which in your case is a bonus because it allows a good photo of the cable and tube. The tube O.D. is pretty close to 0.190" on my calipers. The raised portions of the tube help anchor it in the clamp on the automatic clu
  23. Accessories (generator, waterpump, starter and distributor) all fit on lots of different engines of the L-6 era. Who ever swapped out the engine may have mixed and matched the accessories. So instead of trying to match for the distributor on a '52 Dodge, check the tag on your distributor and match up parts for it.
  24. On the '33, which I think is the same as '34, there is a cable from the dash to the transmission that has three positions: Locked out, freewheeling, and freewheeling plus automatic clutch. It attaches to a lever on the side of the transmission which moves a shifter fork that moves a collar that locks or unlocks the freewheeling. Attached to that lever on the side of the transmission is a second shorter cable in a tube that goes to the spool valve on the top of the automatic clutch and basically enables/disables that the automatic clutch. Also attached to the automatic c
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