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I made gas prices largely obsolete

Discussion in 'Peak Oil' started by oil pan 4, May 15, 2018.


  1. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Travel cards are a passport to riches. (If you can stand it ---) A large share of the boomers I met and worked with did NOT get rich. Often drank themselves out of jobs and into debt. There were quite a few that did very well, worked into management and traveled with the company logo, and retired VERY early.
     
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  2. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    I have a diesel truck and car trailer so no need to call a tow.
    I will probably also install a flat tow rig just incase. All of our other vehicles are setup to tow a trailer, my 1989 firebird with six speed, 5.7L and corvette brakes it tows pretty good for a car it could easily pull a 3,300lb car doing a brake regen and my wifes 3.3L Hyundai does well too. And the suburban, would tow a leaf like it's not even back there.

    If I'm in the next town over I can charge on 240v power at my rental house.
     
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  3. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    I love my Hybrid! It burns Gas, Oil, and copious amounts of rubber at the slightest touch of my right foot and slip of the clutch! Minted in 1970, and has more power then 5 Nissan Leaf's, has about the same range too! LOL! I always joke, I can pass any thing but a tanker truck!
     
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  4. BenP

    BenP Monkey++ Site Supporter+

    About two years ago a friend of my bought a used Ford Focus Electric for ~$11k and drives it ~ 60 miles every day with no problems.
     
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  5. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Yeah I barely paid half that, cash.
     
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  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    No. The studies have already been done. Electric cars are far more economical (assuming you can buy one and at a good price) and cost far less to operate and maintain. Add to this the fact that you can recharge at home off peak hours and receive even more discount on energy cost, It's not even a contest. In fact, as technology progresses, EV's will only become even more efficient, widening the gap even more.



    Anything that can end our dependency on fossil fuels is good. By "our", I mean the People. I understand there's always a cost to energy, and we will most likely require oil well into the future no matter what. Here's the thing I wanted to stress, though. The oil companies bought out electric railcar companies in the early 1900's, and they've murdered their way to the top around every corner, keeping electric vehicle technology from the people. Let's stop being pawns for greedy oil tycoons, already.

    EV tech really is the future, like it or not.
     
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  7. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    You could paint that thing black with a giant skull logo on the thing and there's still no way I would be caught in one of them. :LOL:
     
  8. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Well, maybe they have small semi-trucks in Switzerland? In the US, the trucks I drove, upon impact, would turn a 1980 Cadillac Fleetwood into a sub-compact.
     
  9. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Just think, you're not paying fuel taxes, most of which obviously aren't spent on roads and bridges and not giving money to greedy oil companies or Saudi rag heads.
     
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  10. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    "greedy oil companies or Saudi rag heads"
    Have put my children through school, bought all their 1st cars, bought my ex a 350k house and a new(back then) Tundra.
    Bought this place here and a 1,000 acre ranch up in Colorado
    and a shitton of guns.
    Not too bad for a 55 yr old.
     
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  11. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Nothing wrong with that, but times are a changing.
    If Saudi Arabias economy keeps growing like it has they could stop exporting oil in as little as 8 to 10 years and may have to start importing oil in as little as 20 years.
     
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  12. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I want one of the diesel VW station wagons made in Alabama that get 75 miles per gallon.
    Uncle Fudpucker won't allow these to be sold in the US, Claim it's due to emissions.
    (Psst,Its really about fuel taxes)
    Or a 3 wheel Chinese rickshaw[woot][woot]
     
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  13. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    I still wonder what the hell they are goin to do with all those V.W.s I want a few of those nice diesel engines, would love to do one for an airplane, cut the fuel burn way the hell down from where it currently is! My latest Lycoming sucks the Arab teet to the tune of 12 gallons of 100 A.A. per hour at best cruise!:eek: and climb sucks it up at 19 gallons! Even at half, I'm still above where it should be! But it's FUN as all get out!
     
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  14. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    Those VW diesels are sitting in the AZ desert collecting sun light.
    A monument to government waste and stupidity.
     
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  15. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    I had an old VW rabbit, probably a 86 or so, that had a diesel in it....best gas mileage I ever had in a car.
     
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  16. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Yup I bought an old VW diesel hatchback with a blown engine for a work car. Had less than 500 bucks into it with a junkyard engine I rebuilt and 4 new tires. Got an honest 53 MPG in Denver area traffic.Loved that little workhorse. Sold it to a college kid when I sold the shop and took my show on the road.
     
  17. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    As far as I can tell, VW made a proper diesel car through at least 2004.
    That was the latest one I have actually worked on.
     
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  18. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Buddy of mine is a hard core W.V. fan, he especially loves collecting the odd ball camper vans and 4 door pickups. He has always swapped in the Diesels, including a couple of "Things" he has had. He fixes one up, drives it around for a whole then sells it for a YUGE profit! We started in on a Schwimwagon a few years ago, put one of the 5 cylinder turbo diesels together with a Westphalia transaxle and front end, don' know if he ever got it finished, but it would be a super cool toy to have! The diesels make awesome sand buggies too!
     
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  19. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    I've always dreamed of one of these
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  20. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    Ahhhh, yes. The Kübelwagen. Weren't they all two-wheel drive?
     
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