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    How much do you pay for a haircut?

    $40 including gratuity. Location: near Boston.
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    Interesting Motor Trend article about EVs

    This article makes some valid points, but it ignores the inefficiencies that result from generating electricity, losses in electric transmission lines, and battery-charging inefficiency. In other words, the energy expended to create the electricity used to charge an EV's batteries is far greater...
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    A new silicone tire sealant stops nails in their tracks

    I owned a 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum that came with self-sealing tires: Don't know if that's the only vehicle that came from the factory with these, but I never had an issue with them during the...
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    FIL dropped car off of temp jack

    Question: When you buy a $50,000 car, why do they include a jack that only costs a dollar? Answer: They ran out of 50-cent ones.
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    How to clean a sticky dashboard and rubber

    Try using 91% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove that sticky residue. Soak a microfiber cloth with the alcohol and wipe gently.
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    Recommended Oil for Small Fan Bushings?

    I have had excellent results lubricating small-motor bearings with Field Controls SWG Super Lube. I don't know what's in this stuff -- or what makes it so expensive -- but it really works well:
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    Remember the "Old Saying" thread

    "Never time to do it right; always time to do it over."
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    Possible to charge a dead battery to reverse polarity?

    My first car, a 1954 Ford Country Sedan, was equipped with a positive-ground electrical system. Not that unusual in the '40s and early '50s.
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    Possible to charge a dead battery to reverse polarity?

    Yes. A fully discharged lead-acid battery can be reverse-charged, and you'd end up with battery with reversed polarity. It may measure 12.6 volts on a multimeter, but don't expect continued long life from that battery.
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    Flywheel with broken magnets.

    Does the polarity (orientation of each magnet's poles) of the magnets matter? Looks like the magnets could be epoxied to the flywheel in one of two orientations.
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    What's my relationship to this woman?

    This thread reminds me of an old song entitled, "I'm My Own Grandpa." Many videos and lyrics of this song on the web. For example:
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    Anybody never use a car wash?

    My wife's 2002 T-Bird is now more than 20 years old and has never been through a car wash. Still looks brand new. This photo was taken last week:
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    Had to clean my sunroof drains today

    Over the years, I've cleared some very stubbornly clogged sunroof drain tubes by using an old speedometer cable chucked into a cordless drill. Ran the drill very slowly both clockwise and counterclockwise while gently feeding the (very flexible) speedometer cable into the top of the drain tube...
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    Consumer Guide : Cheap cars of '77 are ...

    My father always bought cars in pairs -- one for him and one for Mom. He did all routine maintenance and figured buying oil filters, spark plugs, points, etc. would be easier if each car used the same part numbers. In 1974, he traded-in two identical Corvair Monzas toward two identical Chevy...
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    Weird Oil Furnace Issue

    Yes, definitely check the CAD-cell flame sensor as mk378 suggested. I just went through this with the 30+ year-old oil furnace in my barn. I tried everything to get it to run consistently. In the end, a new CAD-cell sensor from Amazon did the trick.
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    How many cars have you owned?

    So far, I've owned 47 cars and trucks since I started driving in 1965. From my first car to my current daily driver: 1954 Ford Country Sedan Wagon 1959 Ford Country Squire Wagon 1960 Chevy Bel Air Wagon 1964 Ford Custom 4-Door 1958 Chevy Bel Air 4-Door 1962...
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    Not a random photo thread

    That looks like Mickey Spilotro.
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    Have you ever met anybody famous?

    Sadly, all the famous people I've met over the years are no longer with us: -- Danny Thomas (star of The Danny Thomas Show and founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) -- Telly Savalas (star of Kojac) -- Mary Tyler Moore (star of The **** Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
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    Actually Had A Good Experience At Jiffy Lube

    Massachusetts requires inspection stations to have video cameras installed in the inspection bay. During a vehicle inspection, the cameras are activated, and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) records the video that shows the inspector checking out everything on the vehicle...