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calendar   Tuesday - November 26, 2019

Time to get focused

Ok, I’ve bopped around the internet long enough this morning. Time to get cleaned up, go to the grocery store, and get some last minute housework done because tomorrow is The Day Before and we’ve got guests coming by.

So, enough reading and research into the international donkey shortage and global population decimation. All because of a major rise in China for some traditional folk medicine. They take donkey hides, boil them down, and make gelatin out of them. For snacks, for face cream, and for medicine to improve the yin and yang. Am I the only one who notices that a huge part of their pharmacopeia is all about improving the sex bits? And instead of killing off the wild animals all around the world, why not look into this stuff scientifically and see if a) it actually works, and b) if it does, is there any difference between the donkey killer based stuff and Knox gelatin made with mineral water?

Right, and no more reading up on the hot rod stuff. Yeah, if I had the time, money, space, inclination, and access to some skilled machine shops, I would enjoy building up a Mopar 340 or an old school Pontiac V8. Hell, I can dream of an aluminum 455 SD with modern fuel injection. Torque monster!! And drop it into a 1974 Ventura for the ultimate sleeper rod. Looks like granny’s old grocery getter, runs in the mid 10s. On pump gas. And with a lightweight block it might even handle a bit. Throw in a DNE+5 style trans and some highway gears in the back, and it will probably get 30mpg on the highway too. DNE = Doug Nash Engineering, a custom kind of transmission that is not only super strong, it puts all the gear multiplication in the transmission, European style. This lets you use pitiful numbered highway gears in the back, but the car revs up like it has a 3.75, but when you get to 4th gear it’s kind of game over, and 5th gives you an overdrive on an already numb rear axle, which makes for highway cruising at just over idle speed. That gives you great mpg but you need an engine with good and smooth low low end torque. You also get a top speed in the Indy 500 realm, but who cares? I’m just thinking of ways to have my cake and eat it too, without going to some computer owned sewing machine size mini-mill with lots of turbo bits temporarily attached.

To work then. Woo hoo.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/26/2019 at 10:57 AM   
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