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Old 16 November 2018, 05:47 AM
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Old 16 November 2018, 03:19 PM
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So "Explorer" wasn't a trim level, but an optional package available on the "Ranger" trim. So all those badges make sense now.
What confused me is that during the mid 80s "Ranger" is what Ford was calling their small trucks (Toyota Tacoma sized). So I was like "how can a 250 (the next step up from a 150) be a Ranger, too?" Thanks for the info, WildaBeast.

Yesterday I took a good look at the Jaguar XJR that lives in the parking lot of the local 7-11 (well, it's an inanimate object, so it doesn't literally live there--but it's been parked there so long there is moss growing beneath it). Nothing special about it, except that I thought it was an unusual car to be permanently parked at a convenience store.

This morning (and every day that I walk the dog down 88th toward 8th) I saw an old and very small Toyota Motor Home (probably 16'). So I looked up why there aren't any Toyota Motor Homes anymore (at least, not in the US). Turns out American manufacturers overloaded the pickup truck frames which caused axle failures.

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Old 16 November 2018, 04:03 PM
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We call those chihuahuas on steroids.
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Old 18 November 2018, 12:47 AM
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One of the trucks I see when I go to the farmers market is this 1970s era Ford F350 flatbed. It's also in the Ranger trim. But this one doesn't have the Explorer package.

F350 by mtwilda, on Flickr
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Old 18 November 2018, 03:13 AM
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Went to a small car show today, sponsored by a local veterans organization. There weren't that many cars. The prettiest was a 1956 Studebaker Hawk. I pushed a 1953 model of those across Memphis in the late 60s, early 70s. One of my friends in college bought one at least 10 miles from campus. We went with him to help get it back. It would start with a push and then run about 1 minute. We ran like mad to catch up with it, push and repeat all the way back to campus. Not sure what ever become of it.
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Old 18 November 2018, 04:26 AM
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IMO the 1953 Studebaker Starliner Coupe was one of the most beautiful American cars of that era. Unfortunately for Studebaker's sales, however, it was a rather radical design for the time, almost looking more like a European car than an American one. To my eyes it almost looks sort of like an Americanized Citroen DS, which is appealing to me looking at them 65 years in the future, but wasn't what American car buyers wanted at the time. The 1956 Hawk, on the other hand, just looks like an awkward low budget update of the 1953 design, which is pretty much what it was as Studebaker didn't have the funds to design any more totally new cars by that point.
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Old 19 November 2018, 04:12 AM
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My wife and I took our Miata for a spin and found a Ferrari 360 parked on the street in the smallish town of Jackson CA. I'm not familiar with Ferrari models, and they seem not to have much in the way of badges, so I had to look it up on the Ferrari website to tell what it was. It had clean lines and a monstrous V8 engine under the back glass.
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Old 19 November 2018, 12:48 PM
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I saw an MGA last week, a bit more unusual than an MGB. Then an MGB hard-top model which is a bit more unusual than the convertible model. Yesterday I saw a nice white Mark 2 Jaguar from the top deck of a rail replacement bus.

(eta) Actually now that I look, I think it was a Midget rather than an MGA so not quite so unusual. (Although it was a while ago now and I can't remember what made me think it was an MGA at the time, so I might be wrong still). The MGB was unusual because it had a removable hard top, I think - it didn't have the usual roof line merging with the sort of hatchback effect, but it had a hard-top sitting on top of it with the same profile as the soft-top version with its hood up.
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Old 20 November 2018, 02:44 PM
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I saw an Edsel Ranchero Sunday in a consignment lot. I wasn't sure I really saw it so when we drove that way yesterday, DW confirmed that it really was there. I still wasn't sure so I looked it up. They do exist.
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Old 24 November 2018, 10:59 AM
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Drove past a Ferrari Testarossa today. Also yesterday I saw a Nissan Leaf. Not a high end car by any means, but unusual around here.
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Old 24 November 2018, 08:03 PM
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Drove past a Ferrari Testarossa today.

50s or 80s?
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Old 24 November 2018, 09:39 PM
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80s - and for extra characters it was yellow
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Old 25 November 2018, 02:11 AM
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Saw an early 50s cab forward Ford truck. The bed appeared to be a roll on car hauler.
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Old 25 November 2018, 11:13 AM
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80s - and for extra characters it was yellow
My favourite colour for Ferrari
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Old 26 November 2018, 03:57 PM
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Also yesterday I saw a Nissan Leaf. Not a high end car by any means, but unusual around here.
I like the original Nissan Leaf because it is instantly recognizable from the rear. I'm tremendously disappointed that they have redesigned it to look like every other car on the road.

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Old 27 November 2018, 03:40 PM
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Today I followed what I think was a 1960s era Dodge Coronet down the street. It was dark, and I could just barely tell that it said Dodge, so I'm not sure of the model. Definitely 1960s, and it looked to be a full-sized sedan, which is why I think it was a Coronet.

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Old 29 November 2018, 12:18 PM
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Last evening I saw an ordinary Beamer with a very strange vanity tag:
1 I 1 I 1 I 1.
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Old 29 November 2018, 02:23 PM
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Anti-photo radar licence number?
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Old 29 November 2018, 03:02 PM
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How could that be anti-photo? It has to be registered somewhere. Or do you mean because the machine won't be able to tell the eyes from the ones?

I saw a Honda Del Sol yesterday (it was hard to find a good picture because the headlights on the one I saw were round, and I didn't see any pictures with round headlights--so here's a picture of the back end). I'd never heard of it, but apparently it's considered one of the worst sports cars ever.

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Old 29 November 2018, 03:11 PM
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That's what I meant, that the thought behind it could be that it would be hard to tell via a photo if the plate is 1111111, IIIIIII, or some other combination. Don't know if that is accurate or not, just that's my thinking on the thinking behind that plate.
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