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2013-07-10 01:19:45 PM  
Maybe his wife should STFU or she doesn't get a ride in it.
I'm sure a lot of young ladies will want a ride in it.

/Sold my fiat spyder because it was too much of a babe magnet.
 
2013-07-10 01:21:05 PM  
GODDAMN AUTOPLAY .
Fark, this place has gone to Hell in a handbasket.
 
2013-07-10 01:21:06 PM  
Surely the wife doesn't believe that....
 
2013-07-10 01:21:54 PM  
www.sitepoint.com
eBay
 
2013-07-10 01:22:48 PM  
"Your video will begin in 30 seconds"...I'm out.
 
2013-07-10 01:25:08 PM  

Maud Dib: GODDAMN AUTOPLAY .


Try NoScript or Flashblock.  Either will end your autoplay blues.
 
2013-07-10 01:25:25 PM  
Fark you subby and Fark you greenlighter and Fark your autoplay 30 secs of ads BS
 
2013-07-10 01:26:31 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-07-10 01:27:47 PM  
the real question is why so many of you are running around loose on the internets without noscript or adblock..
 
2013-07-10 01:27:57 PM  
The kid had the good taste at 2 years old to buy a Bug-eyed Sprite for his old man? I have a feeling he'll go far in life.
 
2013-07-10 01:28:00 PM  
yeah... Fark should require the video tag for any link that has a video. And then only green them on the Video tab so we can all avoid them.
 
2013-07-10 01:28:23 PM  

vudukungfu: Maybe his wife should STFU or she doesn't get a ride in it.
I'm sure a lot of young ladies will want a ride in it.

/Sold my fiat spyder because it was too much of a babe magnet.


I've kept my '72 Triumph all these years for that very reason. It's a cliche, but I've yet to meet a woman who didn't like to ride in a convertible.

/including my daughter, who got her first ride at 6 weeks and now that she's 26, still likes to go for a ride with dad
 
2013-07-10 01:28:36 PM  
Dude, that bag your wife is holding is not your scrotum, it's her purse. How does a man so lacking in testicles sire a child anyway? He should be getting paternity tests done right about now.
 
2013-07-10 01:28:37 PM  
What tipped her off? The massive oil stain in the garage?
 
2013-07-10 01:30:14 PM  
So don't pay.
 
2013-07-10 01:31:04 PM  

Dinjiin: Try NoScript or Flashblock. Either will end your autoplay blues.


While I use the hell out of noscript, I really shouldn't need it.
 
2013-07-10 01:33:31 PM  

vudukungfu: Maybe his wife should STFU or she doesn't get a ride in it.
I'm sure a lot of young ladies will want a ride in it.

/Sold my fiat spyder because it was too much of a babe magnet.


You didn't WTFV, did you?  It's a pile of junk.
 
2013-07-10 01:34:04 PM  

buggzzee23: The kid had the good taste at 2 years old to buy a Bug-eyed Sprite for his old man? I have a feeling he'll go far in life.


I'll bet the Sprite's engine overheated while it was being towed to its new home.
 
2013-07-10 01:34:28 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: What tipped her off? The massive oil stain in the garage?


That and the jumper cables.
 
2013-07-10 01:36:39 PM  
OldManDownDRoad

I've kept my '72 Triumph all these years for that very reason. It's a cliche, but I've yet to meet a woman who didn't like to ride in a convertible.

/including my daughter, who got her first ride at 6 weeks and now that she's 26, still likes to go for a ride with dad


The wife won't ride in the Miata (the best British sports car ever made) unless the temperature is between 75 and 70 and even then she complains about the ride, the noise, the seats that don't recline, and that she can't hear the radio. Counting the test drive, she's been in the car three time in the last 4 years. So, I drive the car and enjoy the ride, the peace and quiet, the "I can't hear the cell phone" and the radio that doesn't spew computerized idol warbling .
 
2013-07-10 01:38:14 PM  

10up: the real question is why so many of you are running around loose on the internets without noscript or adblock..


Some of us are currenlty at work, and some us of are, amazingly enough, employed in the business sector of our employer's operations rather than in the IT department.  Which means that some of us do not have sufficient administrative privileges to install software (either downloaded from the internet or purchased from the store) on our work computers, and are stuck with the software that is installed and supported by our IT people, which might not include certain tools (such as those you describe) intended to make it easier to waste time on the internet at work.
 
2013-07-10 01:39:40 PM  
Eh - I can't hear anyone complain over the noise of the supercharge in the exige.

I kinda like it that way...
 
2013-07-10 01:41:05 PM  
The first car I ever bought was a 1962 Sprite when I was in College in 1969, paid $750 for it.  Was a fun little car but you needed to be a far better mechanic than me to keep it running.
 
2013-07-10 01:41:14 PM  
His wife "found out"?

She makes rules and he has to sneak around and pull sh*t behind her back like a 6 year old?

She "found out" he bought something?

Dude, i hate to break it to you but your marriage is an utter failure and you should sell the car, pack your sh*t and move into a crappy motel with a mini fridge.  Or would she "find out?"
 
2013-07-10 01:42:41 PM  

Had one of these in high school.

My stepfather had cosigned on it, one day he decided it was his.

He blew the clutch out the very next day. He demanded that I pay for the repairs. I just laughed.



secure.finishlinestudios.com
 
2013-07-10 01:45:20 PM  
So the kid buys a car dad didn't want, then dad decides... "well, may as well keep it and restore it"? Yeah, nice try dude. If your wife actually believes that story, you married a complete moran.
 
2013-07-10 01:45:54 PM  

Maud Dib: Had one of these in high school.My stepfather had cosigned on it, one day he decided it was his.He blew the clutch out the very next day. He demanded that I pay for the repairs. I just laughed.

[secure.finishlinestudios.com image 600x450]


Always wanted a GT6.

Had a line on one locally for a reasonable price and on my way over with my tow dolly, the guy called me and said he couldn't sell it after all.

I'll bet it's still sitting in his yard, rusting away.
 
2013-07-10 01:47:18 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: OldManDownDRoad

I've kept my '72 Triumph all these years for that very reason. It's a cliche, but I've yet to meet a woman who didn't like to ride in a convertible.

/including my daughter, who got her first ride at 6 weeks and now that she's 26, still likes to go for a ride with dad

The wife won't ride in the Miata (the best British sports car ever made) unless the temperature is between 75 and 70 and even then she complains about the ride, the noise, the seats that don't recline, and that she can't hear the radio. Counting the test drive, she's been in the car three time in the last 4 years. So, I drive the car and enjoy the ride, the peace and quiet, the "I can't hear the cell phone" and the radio that doesn't spew computerized idol warbling .


Yea, verily, the TRVTH.

With the top down and the vibration from the stiff shocks, you can't hear or feel the cell phone. Peace reigns.
 
2013-07-10 01:48:48 PM  

bunner: His wife "found out"?

She makes rules and he has to sneak around and pull sh*t behind her back like a 6 year old?

She "found out" he bought something?

Dude, i hate to break it to you but your marriage is an utter failure and you should sell the car, pack your sh*t and move into a crappy motel with a mini fridge.  Or would she "find out?"


Apparently you (and most other people) didn't watch TFV.  I'm guessing Subby's headline was sarcastic.  The story is some indulgent and permissive parents always let their 14-month-old girl play with their smart phones, computer, etc., and the kid allegedly somehow entered a winning bid on eBay for a POS basket case '62 Sprite, which mummy and daddy decided to honor and took delivery of the car.  Fortunately, their "winning" bid was only about 350 bucks, which seems like a good deal--hell, they could recover more than that just parting the thing out and selling the parts on eBay, or just junking it and selling it to Pick-n-Pull or something.
 
2013-07-10 01:52:07 PM  
I need that baby to get me some U2 concert tickets next tour they go on. I never get lucky enough to get any before they're sold out.
 
2013-07-10 01:52:19 PM  

bunner: His wife "found out"?

She makes rules and he has to sneak around and pull sh*t behind her back like a 6 year old?

She "found out" he bought something?

Dude, i hate to break it to you but your marriage is an utter failure and you should sell the car, pack your sh*t and move into a crappy motel with a mini fridge.  Or would she "find out?"


Look, I realize people don't like to watch auto-play videos, enough of you have made that clear.  But please, please refrain from commenting based on your wild guess about what's in TFA.
 
2013-07-10 01:57:27 PM  
Point taken.  There are marriages like that though, so maybe it wasn't a complete waste of ascii.   :  )
 
2013-07-10 01:59:17 PM  
Pretty good taste fer a kid
What gal wouldn't want a ride in it?
His wife has control issues and this dude lies badly

My 66 manx gets mad attention, don't know any lass that wouldn't wanna go fer a scoot.
'cept for my ex wife
fark you, fatty!
 
2013-07-10 02:00:26 PM  
 the move here is to put an electric motor in it.
 Toss in some Li-ion batteris and you are good to go.

 80% of your problems go away.  Well, 60% if you count the wife.
 
2013-07-10 02:00:59 PM  
westorlandonews.com

Told ya!
 
2013-07-10 02:01:28 PM  

Cyberluddite: bunner: His wife "found out"?

She makes rules and he has to sneak around and pull sh*t behind her back like a 6 year old?

She "found out" he bought something?

Dude, i hate to break it to you but your marriage is an utter failure and you should sell the car, pack your sh*t and move into a crappy motel with a mini fridge.  Or would she "find out?"

Apparently you (and most other people) didn't watch TFV.  I'm guessing Subby's headline was sarcastic.  The story is some indulgent and permissive parents always let their 14-month-old girl play with their smart phones, computer, etc., and the kid allegedly somehow entered a winning bid on eBay for a POS basket case '62 Sprite, which mummy and daddy decided to honor and took delivery of the car.  Fortunately, their "winning" bid was only about 350 bucks, which seems like a good deal--hell, they could recover more than that just parting the thing out and selling the parts on eBay, or just junking it and selling it to Pick-n-Pull or something.


and considering they started a "fundraiser" to help pay for restoring it...the whole story reeks of bs. And when did it become acceptable to use crowd funding for hobbies? I found an awesome old stereo I want to restore but I doubt anyone wants to give me money to do it.
 
2013-07-10 02:06:47 PM  
the move here is to put an electric motor in it.
Toss in some Li-ion batteris and you are good to go.

80% of your problems go away. Well, 60% if you count the wife.


You've clearly never owned a British car. They have enough problems with electrics already.
 
2013-07-10 02:07:35 PM  

Maud Dib: Had one of these in high school.My stepfather had cosigned on it, one day he decided it was his.He blew the clutch out the very next day. He demanded that I pay for the repairs. I just laughed.

[secure.finishlinestudios.com image 600x450]


I was foolish enough to buy only one British car in my life, a 1973 Jensen-Healey roadster like this one (I don't have a picture of my actual car, but it was identical to this, same color and everything):

www.autopaedia.com

Wow, what an unreliable, awful POS.  True, if was a lot of fun to drive when it was actually running and on the road, but it was actually running and on the road about 10% of the time.  Not only did it break down more or less daily, but Jensen-Healy had gone out of business a few years before I bought the thing, so finding parts was challenging, to say the least.  The things had Lotus engines, so at least I could find engine parts from the local Lotus dealer, but being a broke college student at the time, finding the money to pay for Lotus parts was a bit of a challenge, to say the least.  And finding non-engine parts (which the Lotus dealer didn't sell) was damn near impossible.  Finally, I found a local guy who had one that he had wrecked and was parting out, so he essentially turned out be my own private junkyard.  Given the reliablity (or lack there of) of those cars, though, I called him up to get parts  a lot.

After college, I decided to buy a crappy used Porsche from a dealer (which also turned out to be a mistake), and planned to trade the POS in on the Porsche.  They gave me an insultingly low (or so I thought) trade-in offer, so I told them no deal and walked away.  Two days later, a rod started knocking in the Jensen-Healey, and I knew the engine was going to blow in a matter of days, so I called up the Porsche dealer and said I'd reconsidered and that I was now willing to take the deal if it was still good.  They said OK, I drove the car there (they didn't bother driving it or inspecting it since they had just done so two days before), did the deal, got the keys to the Porsche, handed them the keys to the Jensen-Healey, and drove home the Porsche.  I'm sure they had quite a surprise when they started it up and sounded like a rock crushing machine, but for what they gave me as a trade-in value, that was about what they deserved to get.
 
2013-07-10 02:08:40 PM  
Why would anyone buy a pop that old?! 1962!!!!! I mean maybe for collectros is would be pretty sweet but sheesh!
 
2013-07-10 02:09:57 PM  

hogans: You've clearly never owned a British car. They have enough problems with electrics already.


As the old joke goes:

Q: Why do the Brits drink their beer warm?
A: Because their refrigerators are wired by Lucas.
 
2013-07-10 02:11:14 PM  

vudukungfu: Maybe his wife should STFU or she doesn't get a ride in it.
I'm sure a lot of young ladies will want a ride in it.

/Sold my fiat spyder because it was too much of a babe magnet.


Always wanted one of those, but a former boss talked me out of it because she said it was always in the shop... "Fix it again, Tony".

Is the maintenance really that bad, or should I still look into one?
 
2013-07-10 02:12:29 PM  

Tellingthem: and considering they started a "fundraiser" to help pay for restoring it...the whole story reeks of bs. And when did it become acceptable to use crowd funding for hobbies? I found an awesome old stereo I want to restore but I doubt anyone wants to give me money to do it.


I liked the screenshot.  $10.05 saved/$5,000 goal.  Who was the smartass who pledged a nickel?

Come to think of it, if this goes viral and they find enough smartasses, maybe eventually they'll have some real money.
 
2013-07-10 02:12:40 PM  
There once was a man from Boston
Who drove around in an Austin
He had room for his ass
And a gallon of gas
But his balls hung out and he lost 'em


/ My sweet saintly grandmother recited this to me
// I didn't even know she knew what "balls" meant
 
2013-07-10 02:12:45 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: OldManDownDRoad

I've kept my '72 Triumph all these years for that very reason. It's a cliche, but I've yet to meet a woman who didn't like to ride in a convertible.

/including my daughter, who got her first ride at 6 weeks and now that she's 26, still likes to go for a ride with dad

The wife won't ride in the Miata (the best British sports car ever made) unless the temperature is between 75 and 70 and even then she complains about the ride, the noise, the seats that don't recline, and that she can't hear the radio. Counting the test drive, she's been in the car three time in the last 4 years. So, I drive the car and enjoy the ride, the peace and quiet, the "I can't hear the cell phone" and the radio that doesn't spew computerized idol warbling .


I had one too. This is an awesome car. My favorite part are the warning labels on the visor about how children should be kept in the "back seat".

-ending up buying a Mazda CX9 because we're having kids... not quite the same, but Mazda makes a good car.
 
2013-07-10 02:16:44 PM  

Gabrielmot: vudukungfu: Maybe his wife should STFU or she doesn't get a ride in it.
I'm sure a lot of young ladies will want a ride in it.

/Sold my fiat spyder because it was too much of a babe magnet.

Always wanted one of those, but a former boss talked me out of it because she said it was always in the shop... "Fix it again, Tony".

Is the maintenance really that bad, or should I still look into one?


I had several friends who owned them back in the day.  No, the maintenance isn't as bad as you've heard--however bad you heard it was, in reality it's actually  far worse than than that.  Even the owners of British cars could be justified in laughing at Fiat owners as drivers of unreliable pieces of shiat.  But at least they were relatively cheap to fix back in the day, though I'm sure that parts for those vintage pieces of crap are far more expensive today.
 
2013-07-10 02:16:59 PM  

Cyberluddite: Maud Dib: Had one of these in high school.My stepfather had cosigned on it, one day he decided it was his.He blew the clutch out the very next day. He demanded that I pay for the repairs. I just laughed.

[secure.finishlinestudios.com image 600x450]

I was foolish enough to buy only one British car in my life, a 1973 Jensen-Healey roadster like this one (I don't have a picture of my actual car, but it was identical to this, same color and everything):

[www.autopaedia.com image 694x521]

Wow, what an unreliable, awful POS.


Oh, yes, the Interceptor. The only car I've ever worked on/had to deal with that was as unreliable and crappy as a Triumph Stag - and for a lot of the same reasons. Unproven technology, poor engineering, shiatty materials. It was a perfect storm of Bad Ideas.

In the Stag, the heads were at the same level as the radiator overflow, so if you lost even a little bit of coolant the heads would overheat and warp. The Interceptor suffered from poor oil supply over just about the entire engine. In the Triumph engines, the rockers always seemed to need a little more oil. In the Jensen, just about every moving part in the engine didn't have enough lubricant.

Which is too bad - both cars were absolutely beautiful examples of mid-70s styling.

Triumph, of course, went on to double down with the TR-8, a car with an engine so bad that many were replaced by dealers before they were even sold. And most of the interior was made of a plastic so brittle it seemed to be made of dried peanut butter.

Stick with the Triumph 4- or 6-cyl inline engines. Essentially designed in 1910 for trucks, but dependable and solid.

/the transmissions, however . . .
 
2013-07-10 02:17:47 PM  

Cyberluddite: 10up: the real question is why so many of you are running around loose on the internets without noscript or adblock..

Some of us are currenlty at work, and some us of are, amazingly enough, employed in the business sector of our employer's operations rather than in the IT department.  Which means that some of us do not have sufficient administrative privileges to install software (either downloaded from the internet or purchased from the store) on our work computers, and are stuck with the software that is installed and supported by our IT people, which might not include certain tools (such as those you describe) intended to make it easier to waste time on the internet at work.


If you're not in IT, you have no business Farking at work.
 
Ant
2013-07-10 02:19:30 PM  

Cyberluddite: 10up: the real question is why so many of you are running around loose on the internets without noscript or adblock..

Some of us are currenlty at work, and some us of are, amazingly enough, employed in the business sector of our employer's operations rather than in the IT department.  Which means that some of us do not have sufficient administrative privileges to install software (either downloaded from the internet or purchased from the store) on our work computers, and are stuck with the software that is installed and supported by our IT people, which might not include certain tools (such as those you describe) intended to make it easier to waste time on the internet at work.


Wow. Work must really suck in non-IT. ;-)
 
2013-07-10 02:19:35 PM  

Cyberluddite: Maud Dib: Had one of these in high school.My stepfather had cosigned on it, one day he decided it was his.He blew the clutch out the very next day. He demanded that I pay for the repairs. I just laughed.

[secure.finishlinestudios.com image 600x450]

I was foolish enough to buy only one British car in my life, a 1973 Jensen-Healey roadster like this one (I don't have a picture of my actual car, but it was identical to this, same color and everything):

[www.autopaedia.com image 694x521]

Wow, what an unreliable, awful POS.


I worked in Hilliside NJ in the early '80's  where someone drove a yellow one.  I used to park my 72 MGB near it.  One day it (the JH)  was hemorrhaging oil  and I never saw it again.  'Twasn't you was it?
 
2013-07-10 02:20:46 PM  
The only things made by Lucas that don't suck?
Lucas vacuums.

www.rrbew.co.uk

When the smoke leaks from the wires, it chould be replaced with genuine Lucas Wiring Smoke.
 
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