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Old 01-19-2011, 08:57 AM   #4006
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I like the US version more than the AUS version (think the hosts have more chemistry), and it's getting better. Remember, the Brits have been at it for a few decades now, and about a decade with the Current trio. The budgets are most likely no where NEAR the same, and yet the production value on the US version is right up there with the Brits. I've laughed pretty hard at a couple of the US moments (blind drifter doing the handbrake parking), which makes it worthwhile for me. Their Stig segments and interviews suck dirty donkey balls though.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:05 AM   #4007
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Wouldn't a regular hydraulic floor jack and a piece of wood work? Thats what I use when I'm putting in or taking out a VW motor from a VW (the way God intended numbnuts) Surely you have a floor jack with as much jacking around with VWs you do.

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I do have a floor jack, but it wont work because the only thing to lift by thats centered is the oil sump, and its quite tall and round. Heavy motor, unstable lifting, i like all my fingers attached thank you :P
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:08 AM   #4008
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I have a motorcycle/atv jack (Harbor Freight) but I live near E470 & Smoky Hill. You're welcome to use it if you can't find anything closer to you.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:09 AM   #4009
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The American version is growing on us. We enjoy it a little more each episode.
Same here!

Pickups in Alaska was a hoot... (or as Geek would say, a hewt!) I think at first they tried to hard to exactly mimic the original Top Gear formula, now they are developing their own rhythm.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:09 AM   #4010
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I do have a floor jack, but it wont work because the only thing to lift by thats centered is the oil sump, and its quite tall and round. Heavy motor, unstable lifting, i like all my fingers attached thank you :P
Lift the back bumper with the jack.
Take the rear wheels off.
Lower the van onto the engine
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:15 AM   #4011
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I will be SO glad when the franken-subie-vw is done. Seeing the frequent posts on it is like a passing a car wreck. Even though I don't want to see them I just can't look away...

But hats off to IC, he is now the recipient of the semi-official pfb non-moto project persistance award...
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:16 AM   #4012
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Lift the back bumper with the jack.
Take the rear wheels off.
Lower the van onto the engine
Almost, but i have to be able to wiggle it up and down and side to side. As well as i think the bumper would break off if i tried to lift the whole thing like that. Too much thinking outside the box here :P

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Old 01-19-2011, 12:40 PM   #4013
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Should we start a pool on "will it start?" and if it starts "will it move?" ?


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Old 01-19-2011, 12:56 PM   #4014
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Top Gear America

I havent really enjoyed American top gear till the Alaska Episode. Something about a bunch of big beefy trucks

But those guys dont seem to know much about cars, like the part where he stalled it in the river and it was amazing that it started afterwards (Even thoough the sparkplugs, and carb were still above the water). GOod episode though.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:26 PM   #4015
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I will be SO glad when the franken-subie-vw is done.
It will never be done. That's the whole point of any project that involves a VW
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:30 PM   #4016
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I havent really enjoyed American top gear till the Alaska Episode. Something about a bunch of big beefy trucks

But those guys dont seem to know much about cars, like the part where he stalled it in the river and it was amazing that it started afterwards (Even thoough the sparkplugs, and carb were still above the water). GOod episode though.
Agreed that Rutledge and Adam aren't the savviest motorheads (but as we get to know them better that's becoming more endearing as they are very much just average/normal guys).

I dunno if you can say that about Tanner though - he is quite accomplished.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanner_Foust

In the past (pre-topgear) I've not been a fan of Tanner as he always seamed a bit arrogant (though he does have the skills to back it up) - that said; as the series has gone on I've not found him arrogant at all and find myself enjoying his mix in the show.


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2010 Gymkhana Grid Gold Medalist AWD Division [Rockstar-Etnies Ford Fiesta]
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2010 X Games Rally Gold Medalist [Rockstar-Etnies Ford Fiesta]
2010 X Games Super Rally Gold Medalist [Rockstar-Etnies Ford Fiesta]
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2009 Fast & Furious (stunt double)
2007 Numb3rs (TV series) (stunt driver - 1 episode)
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum (stunt performer: US)
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Should we start a pool on "will it start?" and if it starts "will it move?" ?
Perhaps tie it to pass openings? Before/After Webster? Mosquito? Pearl? It would bring some bike content back in!
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In the past (pre-topgear) I've not been a fan of Tanner as he always seamed a bit arrogant (though he does have the skills to back it up) - that said; as the series has gone on I've not found him arrogant at all and find myself enjoying his mix in the show.
Have you checked out Battle of the Supercars? Tanner and Paul Tracy hurling insults at each other and going head to head on two semi-matched semi-supercars... Of course Paul Tracy is acerbic enough to make Tanner easy to like!

Kind of entertaining though! On Speed channel and Comcast on-demand.
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:P

You forgot i already did this once. I've put 15k miles on the other project that-will-never-be-finished
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OT: Laptop computer shopping...

...Fifinella and I are both in need of replacements for our current notebook computers.

A company that has done work for us in the past claims that they never have Sony VAIO's in their shop for repair.

Any inmates able to weigh in on notebook advice?

Geek?

Cheers and Happy New Year!

PS, school is off to a very exciting start.
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