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    Sailor joke

    The captain of a famous English warship was patrolling off the Spanish main. Suddenly the first mate burst into the captain's quarters and relays that the man on watch reports one enemy ship has been sighted directly in the course of the ship. The captain replies, "get my red shirt ready"...
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    December 16, 2005 - Peak Oil Day on earth

    (Peak Oil was discussed <a href=";f=4;t=000534" target="_blank">here</a>.) But if this is true, it will be a day mankind will share. Using Hubbert's methodology (who calculated accurately when production in the U.S. would peak in...
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    If you ever had trouble putting up a tent ...

    Very funny ad on craigslist, and seems every reference is getting quickly deleted by craigslist moderators ... Anyway the wording is of Biblical proportions and well done: <a href=""...
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    Village name is the "F" word

    This just gets funnier as you read more: <a href=";_ylt=AkmR5nG101tGM5cm.N6AsxWs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3ODdxdHBhBHNlYwM5NjQ-"...
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    Extended drain and engine longetivity

    For those with extended oil drains (Amsoil folks and others), say greater than 7500 miles ... How many have cars with 150,000 miles or more on the odometer? And how are they doing? My personal reservation is that it's not the oil that kills the engine, it the acids that kill the seals. I never...
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    Do it yourself biodiesel

    Anyone game to try home-brew biodiesel: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> While your reading, check out the radioactive <a href="" target="_blank">Boy Scout</a> .
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    Simplicity 4211 riding mower transmission oil

    Has anyone changed their fluid in a Simplicity rider? I got this mower free, so no manual; and nothing on servicing it on the Company web site (and no reply to email). It looks like you have to drop the whole trans off the chasis to access any fill/drain plugs. <small>[ May 09, 2005, 08:47...
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    SUV's for business-use get tax breaks

    <a href="" target="_blank">News story</a> "If you use a vehicle 100% for business and purchase it, new or used, from a select list of big-time gas-guzzlers, Uncle Sam is ready to help you out."
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    Q Oils - Quaker State's new ads

    Pure Madison Avenue - 'new' Q oils from Quaker State. I saw this on cable today. I wonder if it's just a regional test market plan? Nothing substantive on the ads. And nothing on their website yet. <img border="0" alt="[I dont know]" title="" src="/forums/graemlins/dunno.gif" /> Wasn't Q...
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    Champion Engine Protectant

    I saw this for the first time in the local Walmart. What category of additive is this? Here is the <a href="" target="_blank">MSDS</a> . Is it like a Marvel Mystery oil with ZDDP? Just curious...
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    Tire bead lubricants

    I have numerous tires to fix (riding mower, wheel barrow, log splitter) and bought a Central Machinery Mini-tire Changer. The manual calls for tire bead lubricant. Searching the web there is 'Tire Snot', 'Slip-Tac' and other products. Anyone have first-hand experience?
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    Best oil for an abused Honda Civic

    My daughter has this '92 Honda [automatic]. She and her twin brother never give this poor thing a break. She bought it with 160K on the ticker and proceeded to fry it's head gasket. So we popped in a new engine (off ebay + her brother's Auto shop class at tech school put a rebuilt engine in for...
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    DuPont "Performance" as chain lube

    I was in a store and saw this product for the first time. Anyone have any experience on their motorcycle chain? Sounds so good I'm trying it on my bike chain. Seems to have dried up nicely and is kinda like those car waxes with polymers that leave your hands water-repellant. Says it's got moly...
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    B-12 vs FP in the gas tank

    OK, I thought Fuel power was going to win this one. But after alternating treatments (like 5 tanks @2 gallons) it seems the B-12 is better than Fuel Pwr. This is in a 1986 Suzuki 550cc. Any ideas why? I bought the bike used. And it hates the cold weather (as in it won't start). So it's...
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    Gummed up internals?

    Took the old reliable push mower out and it would not pull. I checked, the deadman lever was working, ie the little brake pad and kill switch were working perfect. So I work the blade, pull, and it starts and runs. What's going on? I pulled the plug, still very resistive to rotation. I ran some...
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    Did I make the right choice?

    FWIW - seems like the folks who dissect these things think they are good, middle of the road. I use them because I go to Pep Boys who carries them as their Proline brand for $1 cheaper. Personally the spin-on filter categories to me are: 1. Standard filters - like the Purolator ($4), Napa's Wix...
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    Poor man's AutoRx

    I have this '85 Plymouth Voyager parked (for 1 year) in my driveway. Has about 140K on the engine and was subjected to all the snake oils (Dura-sludge, Slick-n-filthy, and maybe even Prolonge the agony). Anyway, it is now serving as a shed. And got to thinking, since Auto-Rx is something akin to...