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    Air Cooled Deutz Diesel Swap, Which Engine?

    It's not uncommon knowledge that several decades ago Ford built a few experimental pickups (either Rangers or F150s, I don't immediately recall which) equipped with air cooled Deutz diesels under the hood. A quick YouTube search reveals a few videos of some of these surviving prototypes that...
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    Vehicle Modding Is Dead In the European Union; Now What?

    Owners will need to pay up to £650 just to drive their classic car once a week in London. https://www.motorious.com/articles/news ... ar-owners/
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    Vehicle Modding Is Dead In the European Union; Now What?

    Europe has so much vintage racing history and culture, my concern was that this stuff was going to be axed in one fell swoop. But now it seems this glorious stuff will survive in most countries.
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    Vehicle Modding Is Dead In the European Union; Now What?

    You're not seriously suggesting they should give up their personal chauffers and private jets, surely.
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    Vehicle Modding Is Dead In the European Union; Now What?

    Yes, multiple sources living in different European countries have verified this info to me. This EU law was just passed at the end of 2020, and is in its roll-out stage of implementation right now. You are correct in that this law specifically applies to that European classification of vehicle...
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    Vehicle Modding Is Dead In the European Union; Now What?

    Yes: their wind farm windmills literally froze. https://www.newsweek.com/texas-wind-turbines-frozen-power-why-arctic-1570173 Not all of their energy infrastructure problems are due to green energy schemes, I'll agree with that. A great many Texan Republican politicians' corruption was just as...
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    Vehicle Modding Is Dead In the European Union; Now What?

    “Newsom says the transition away from fossil fuels has left California with a gap in the reliability of its energy system. He says the state must examine its reliance on solar power and how that fits into its broader energy portfolio,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle’s Alexei Koseff. “Today...
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    I Still Like Pushrods, They're Still Viable

    I don't disagree. Air cooled engine vehicles are toys these days, and only an extremely few folks actually daily drive such vintage machines. California's problems are manifold, and of those manifold problems a large percentage are headquartered in my home city of Los Angeles. However...
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    Vehicle Modding Is Dead In the European Union; Now What?

    In summer of 2020 California's green energy infrastructure was so pathetic that the state had to enact forced rolling brownouts. The summer heat combined with a spate of wildfires literally overloaded our power grid, so that Governor Newsom was forced to put out a PSA stating the state's green...
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    Vehicle Modding Is Dead In the European Union; Now What?

    A Belgian chap over on the Speed Talk forum posted this a few months ago: "The gov here implemented tech inspection every 2 years for oldtimers between 30 and 50, every 5 years when older than 50. The sad thing is that all mods are banned. They may only be original. Right now about 50 % of all...
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    I Still Like Pushrods, They're Still Viable

    Fair warning: long post, maybe not for the faint of heart. I'm a luddite, but not an unreasonable one. You can like what you like, that's cool with me...but it's not okay for you to try forcing your likes to be my likes, too. We can disagree agreeably. I think electric everything is blind...
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    Dual Plug Heads, or, What's The Alternative Again?

    After some duckduckgo.com-ing it sure seems as though Singh grooves are snake oil. I didn't read any positive results from folks who had experimented with them.
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    Dual Plug Heads, or, What's The Alternative Again?

    Thanks so much, you hillbilly angel! 👍
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    Dual Plug Heads, or, What's The Alternative Again?

    Tuners of vintage Porsches, tuners of vintage VWs, tuners of Harley-Davidsons, pretty much tuners of any air cooled big bore engine being it vintage or modern-ish vintage likes to convert to dual plug heads for better flame propagation, especially in hemispherical combustion chambers. The...
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    Manual Decompression Buttons

    A very experienced high performance thumper tuner of the old school sort has advised against manual decomp releases for high comp single cylinders, citing problems with apparent ingestion of dirt particles into the engine. As off road specific motos such as the Yamaha XT500 and Honda XR600 are...
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    Air Cooled V-Twin In A 4x4? Yes, Seriously.

    Apologies, I shouldn't have sounded so snarky, I wasn't trying to start an argument. 😓
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    Air Cooled V-Twin In A 4x4? Yes, Seriously.

    How in the world would a Bimmer flat twin ever fit into the engine bay of a truck as small as Suzuki SJ or Jeep CJ or something similar? And how would a Bimmer flat twin ever get poked and stroked to a displacement large enough to power a 4x4 automobile? And even if an airhead could fit and...
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    Air Cooled V-Twin In A 4x4? Yes, Seriously.

    Several years ago there was some buzz in the Suzuki 4x4 community surrounding a truly wacky engine swap. A Suzuki SJ (known as the Samurai to North Americans) had been equipped with, of all things, a Harley-Davidson v-twin mounted longitudinally. I think the engine must have been poked and...
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