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Saying Goodbye to Cars?

CombatMissionary Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 4:13 AM
When I was a kid, my dad was a mechanic. He brought home a older Dodge Ram Charger and I watched as he rebuilt the engine. The addiction was on from that moment. Of course, watching The Dukes of Hazzard cemented the addiction. I STILL want to get a '69 Charger. When I was 18, I paid $1,000 for a late-70's Dodge pickup and rebuilt it with my dad. When I got married, I could do most of the servicing on the cars my wife and I drove. Now, more than a decade later, I've rebuilt two cars for my family. No car payments HERE, thank you very much. I'm addicted to Mopar Action and Mopar Muscle, and in a couple more years I'll get a shop on my house to start rebuilding and flipping used cars. This addiction PAYS. Keep your mass transit.
CombatMissionary Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 4:17 AM
The real sad thing is, the EPA SAYS they want to promote a clean environment, but they make it so expensive to commercially produce propane and natural gas cars that most manufacturers stick with making something that is proven to sell: gasoline. LPG and NG burn over 90% cleaner than gasoline, doubling or tripling engine life over gas because there's next to no carbon produced, and at a fraction of the cost. Want a clean atmosphere? Give tax incentives and emissions waivers for LPG and NG systems. Get the majority of America burning these fuels, and we'd eliminate the majority of auto-produced pollutants in our air in a decade. Not to mention it'd be a huge shot in the arm for the economy, get us off foreign oil, etc...
nimh2 Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 6:41 AM
It's NOT "carbon", but the fact that gasoline is a solvent and is constantly "fighting" the oil. This is why diesels, LPG and NG vehicle engines last much longer. Diesel fuel is a fairly good lubricant. LPG and NG have no lubricating abilities but are still better than gasoline, not being solvents.
Erwin44 Wrote: Mar 13, 2013 8:22 AM
Gasoline lubricates the internal workings of fuel pumps in some older cars (e.g., BMW E30). It is a petroleum product and certainly has some lubrication properties, even if not used in that role in an internal combustion engine.
Mass transit is for the weak, lemmings, and the collective. Americans love the open road and cars.

A shorter version of this column appeared first in the Wall Street Journal.

I recently said goodbye to car I had enjoyed and cherished for several years, repeating an experience familiar to most of my fellow baby-boomers. Bringing our twenty-year-old son into the garage the night before taking the vehicle back to the dealer at the expiration of the lease, I unsuccessfully invoked the bittersweet nature of the moment. “Take a good look,” I urged. “This is the last night he’s going to spend in this garage, the only home he’s ever known.”

My boy didn’t get it. “Sometimes you’re really...