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Posted by Onlooker on September 23, 2007, 5:22 pm

Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

My car is modified in several ways of which one is an easily
removable hatch with a brace to minimize the loss of rigidity.
It also includes a SCANGAUGE to permit realtime monitoring of
the computer bus, so I can see any four of 14 parameters such as
engine load, water temperature, RPM, etc. One of the disk brakes
has a sensor on it to permit the display of temperature; every
degree UP is wasted gas.

There's more -- obviously this car has become something of a hobby.

Posted by Bill on September 29, 2007, 4:45 am

I have gone through the same experience a couple of times. When I owned
a 280Z, all Z owners waved to each other. We even had a Z club. Once the
ZX was introduced in 1979, the feeling of comraderie was gone. The car
with a soul had just become another car. The same thing happened with
the 1983 Tercel 4wd wagon we bought. Since Toyota only made the 1983
with a 6-speed manual and since it was so odd-looking (many called it a
'moon-mobile'), actually it was just a CUV before its time, all we
owners waved to each other. I miss the 30mpg and the huge cargo
area...fold flat split rear seats and a cover over the area from the
rear seat to the hatch...sound familiar? A guy even made a u-turn to
follow me all the way to my driveway to ask about the car. When Toyota
quit making the vehicle in 1987 and more went to the used car market,
you never knew if the driver knew they had something special. I feel
that way now about the Prius. I wouldn't dare wave because the drivers
of the other Prius would think I know them personally, not because we
share the same car choice. I'll start waving again when I'm behind the
wheel of my '09 Lith-ion Prius. In the meantime, I'll still low five
wave from my motorcycle.

Onlooker wrote:

Posted by Onlooker on September 29, 2007, 1:38 pm

At least we had our Wave Period... now, with the uniqueness gone
as Toyota ramps up Prius production, all that's left is
virtually perfect transportation.

The Ford LTD never had a WP. Neither did the Chevrolet Caprice,
the Peugeot, the Isuzu, or any of Chrysler Corporation's K-cars
(unless it was a request for road assistance).

But I once owned and relished an American car that even today
generates not only waves, but pullovers, hoodups, and parking
lot discussions. A Buick... not an ordinary one, though. It was
called the Grand National, and for two years (1986-7) its
intercooled turbo made it the fastest American car - far quicker
than a Corvette. With minor modifications, that car would do a
12-second quarter mile and still get 25 mpg on a trip.

Posted by Tom Ricostronza on September 24, 2007, 6:15 am

On Sun, 23 Sep 2007 07:25:10 -0400, "Elmo P. Shagnasty"

Guess again.  Didn't say having a car was the ONLY reason to wave.

I guess you ARE one of those people who MUST have some uber reason to
be friendly and human because it's not natural for you.

What reason is important enough for you to be get off your high horse
and be civilized and friendly?  After all, you have nothing in common
with anyone.

I guess you are the type that ignores your children because even cows
have babies.  Why should you care.  You are a real cold fish.  Sad,
pathetic.  It must really suck to be you.  You have named yourself
appropriately to warn others to avoid you.  Thanks.  No wave for you.
Just a finger.  :-)

Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on September 24, 2007, 10:07 am

So you wave at everyone as you drive down the street?

In traffic as I drive?  I'm busy driving, thank you, to wave at everyone.

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