Friday Night Photos Past, Present, and Future Edition

Happy Friday everyone. As always, post any photos you like.

On Tuesday the camera club I'm in had it's monthly outing at the San Diego Automotive Museum. I think they should change their name to San Diego Automotive and Motorcycle Museum since they have more motorcycles on display than automobiles.
As automobiles go, I like our past and I like our present. Can't say I like our future.

Everybody have a great weekend, stay cool in this heat and drive safe.

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Present
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71' chevy vega hatchback

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63' Dodge D-100 named chuck the truck with a cedar shell on the back

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70 something VW transporter (mine was modified in Elkhart Indiana with a pop top)

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1990 Honda Insight (hap two of them)

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2005 astro van (had two of them too)

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92' Ford Club Wagon (called it the whale)

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Cevy Bel Air 68? called it the mud wagon

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And many others, a couple of Pintos, Buicks, International 4 wheel drive, an MGA .. not to mention the bikes.. Triumph, Harley, 3x Hondas, Yamaha and goat carts.

Gotta have wheels .. Cheers!

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@QMS
Over the years most of the cars I've owned have been Fords. The two non-fords were a 1972 Fiat 124 and a 1981 Honda Civic wagon. The Fords: 1967, 1998, 2008 Mustang (I still have the 98), 1981 Currier, 1994 Ranger, 1996 F150, 2016 Explorer, and currently a 2022 Escape hybrid.

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@QMS

Judging from your cars you are both practical and sporty ; ).

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I wonder what that says about me ; ).

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@janis b The cards say...
you are dependable and one can count on you, very good qualities of character J. Wink

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@dystopian

that I have mundane taste in cars. My two favourite cars were a small Subaru 4wd hatchback which was perfect on the slippery clay roads in the mountains of Hawaii, and later across the country on back roads. The other was my 1996 Toyota Carib 4wd which I had for 14 years until 2 1/2 years ago when I replaced it with a boring Toyota hybrid.

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@janis b
My sister has a 97 4runner with over 225k miles and it's still chugging along.

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@Socialprogressive

my last car was a 1996 Toyota Carib 4wd with close to the same amount of miles.I had it for 14 years and It was still going well, but I replaced it with a Toyota hybrid 2 1/2 years ago.

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@QMS great set of yer wheels QMS! I wish I had pics of all mine... A 62 T-bird might be the one I wish I still had most, a friggin' boat, with a sliding steering column that moved a foot to the right and the shotgun person could steer with it... ostensibly for the overweight entry and egress I believe. The 62 Falcon was neat, a 66 Chevelle with a straight 6 was awesome, a 64 VW Microbus as they were called, a Saab I can't remember which, it was neat to drive though, then a set of Detroit tanks when I was a travelling salesman, a 78 Caprice Classic, a 77 Delta Olds, and our fav a 78 Cadillac Seville, which we did a quarter of a mil miles around the country in. Then some small pickups too, a Courier, a Ranger, and now a Mazda small pickup. Another fav was the Toyo Tercel Wagon in 4WD. Birders dream car. Go anywhere, 30 mpg. And then needs work out back a 79 5 ton Ford Truck with an 18' box and liftgate. our moving truck. Moved so much had to buy one.

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Not sure if there's a computer glitch going on here. On my screen half the body of the post is missing as well as the photos and music. Please let me know if you're seeing the whole post. If not, I'll repost.

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@Socialprogressive

least wise the photos ..

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@QMS
It's all back know. I wonder what happened to cause the glitch.

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Not a picture but this is what I've been doing almost every day. I take a drone up around 4pm HST and get video of the development that is blasting away at the caves and caverns that are the only place to find the Koloa blind wolf cave spider. The golf course next to the property has USFWS designated habitat that is only feet from where they are blasting. Check out Save Koloa YouTube page for more videos.

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Do you live on Kauai? Are those Tropic birds flying below your drone?

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@janis b Aloha,
Yes I live in Koloa right next to the Big Save (Spend). I've been on Kauai for over 20 years. The corruption in the government and the local courts is ridiculous. With that said, Friends of Maha`ulepu, FOM, for whom I work, have been able to stop a 3000 cow industrial dairy from setting up shop on the South Shore and bringing flies and the smell, let alone the million of gallons of waste from the cows, to Kauai. FOM also has stopped a 789 unit development from being built in Kapaa. FOM was instrumental in helping the people of O`okala on the Big Island get their streams and gullies cleaned by helping to shut down the dairy that was literally causing waste to run through peoples front yards. We try to keep them honest but it isn't easy at all. Takes using the law and that is expensive. I only help our retired blind lawyer from Kauai give them hell. We do what we can.

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Thank you for writing about the effort you and the Friends of Maha`ulepu are undertaking, and about the rewards they are yielding. Contributing to the protection of the natural beauty and life of the islands must be very challenging, and clearly fulfilling at times.

I lived on Kauai for 3 years from 1982-1985. I moved to Kauai for the sole purpose of living in the most beautiful place I knew of.

I wish you and all continued success.

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@The Hindsight Times
at the end of my street that is owned by Home Fed bank. They want to build 3000 homes there. Needless to say nobody (other than the bought and paid for city council) wants that.

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The future Nissan looks like future armour. It looks like our cars will be equiped for anything that might threaten us. What are we in for? I thought guns were bad enough.

On a brighter note ...

Enjoy the weekend all

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@janis b
Boy, that's one big web. I'd hate to walk into that.
Nice shot of the moon through the clouds.

The Nissan is supposed to be a new form of "wearable machine" concept that is not a vehicle to ride, but the space where machine and human become one.
Sound like some sort of weird Volcan mind meld to me.

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@Socialprogressive

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have crept closer to reality.

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@janis b Beautiful back-lighting Janis. Gorgeous. Wonderful. Fantastic work! I love that type of light, and it is very hard to capture well. Great job! Outstanding images. Thanks!

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Great photos SP! Cool stuff man! Love that old Harley. When I was a kid my Grandpa had an Indian. What is the make and model of that first car, do you know? Very cool. Awesome shots man!

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@dystopian
The first car is a 1931 Ford model A. The Harley is mid 20's.

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Just a few miles east of your picture.

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My first car was a Honda hatchback and I had 3 Honda, 2 Ford which were slugs, 4 Toyota 1 Saab, 1 Mazda seen here which I loved and drove till the engine died and now the Nissan beast and 1 more Toyota. The Saab was a blast to drive as is the current Yota and the beast is a huge gas guzzler, but I need it to pull the trailer and drive in the winter while I park the convertible. I got so many cars because I was keeping up with the Jones. Wasted tons of money buying new ones and only paid off 3. Now 5.

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looks like it's pasted onto the landscape, which looks just like the one in the film trailer minus the snow or ice.

A hug for you and Sam.

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I no longer have the Mazda that I bought 1 month after my back surgery. I drove my last Honda back from the Bay Area and turned into the first used car place I saw. Bought the Mazda even though I couldn’t afford it because it was easier on my back. I’m driving a Nissan Armada now so I can pull my trailer. But the Mazda pulled my old trailer better than the 4 runners did.

Here’s what I mean about Biden’s cruelty since the other thread is dead. "It’s dead Jim!"

Karma is appropriate for Biden.

Hope you are surviving in NZ with all the craziness.

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If anything were to "tip the balance" regarding Biden, this video would be a good contender.

As you know, it's easier to survive the craziness if one has an outlet that includes an escape into nature.

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Across the street is a ton of aspens and it’s the only spot up there where I can get internet. It’s also the place that Sam chases squirrels and butterflies.

Here it is at the spot just over the mountain and our trailer. The back is where Sam’s bedroom is.

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to tow and manoeuvre the trailer. Do you get help from Sam ; ).

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I’m still a novice at backing up but getting better. I have a camera on the back of the trailer so I can see if I’m going to back it into a tree or off a cliff. Smile

But it let’s me see if it’s safe to change lanes or if I’m holding up traffic. It’s extra extra wide angle so it looks like cars behind me are actually past the back of the trailer.

And the camp spot is much prettier than shown here.

Yes Sam is a backseat driver and I’m thankful she can’t talk when I’m backing up. I can only imagine what she’d say… "let me do it."

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I'm glad she can't interfere with your concentration.

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called 'Offerings to the God of Speed'

He's a record setter for speed on his modified 1920 Indian motorcycle. He was 68 and riding a 47-year-old machine when he set his last record at Bonneville.

Does he remind you of your grandfather?

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@janis b @janis b Hi J, sorry to be slow getting back to you...

I think it took a special sort that were riding Indians. The similarity I see is the drive to discover and push into the unknown. To try the untried, to do the undone. My Grandpa did not go to college, but he was a supervisor at Rocketdyne working on solid rocket boosters for the Gemini and Apollo programs. Signed a line saying they would work every launch. Which BTW he could not watch, because it was bubble gum, paper clips and band-aids in his words.

They repaid him by laying him off at 19 years and 6 months, so as to not have to pay retirement. Which was one of my first early experiences with corporate. So his story of being a hero did not end as pretty.

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I hope your grandfather and family managed okay after such an injustice. I’m sure it required a lot of tenacity and resourcefulness to be thrown into that unknown.

Have a good week

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was a '71 Ford Pinto with a stick shift, no A/C, but I had a great sound system. Smile
The body was an eggshell, colored forest green, black interior. The engine and drive train were built like tanks--no lie. It was used so I had to have repairs done on the transmission. Once I did, that baby ran forever. All it needed was regular oil changes and yearly radiator flushes. I had 2 Pintos. They got great gas mileage, too. Ford builds a good product. Great pics and fascinating comments. Rec'd!!

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Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

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If I remember correctly you also have some motorcycle experience? I'm thinking back to when NC Tim was posting.

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@orlbucfan if you think Pinto bodies were egg shells, try breathing on the sheetmetal of some british ancestors.
some kind of stingy with materials.

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First car I owned was a red VW Beetle I begged off my parents for a graduation present (it was the family bug first). Had it for maybe two years, then it got crunched at a stoplight on a rainy road (car in front of me stopped, I stopped, car behind, a Yank Tank, didn't).

Replaced it with a white VW Beetle, which lasted a few more years until I moved up to Boston and some local jerks made off with it to go joyriding (and cracked it up).

Did without for a year or two, bar an old beater Dodge Dart driven for six months while visiting Florida, sold off on return.

Next there was a red Datsun 510 sedan with amazing powers of survival (rear-ended twice and kept running), but I let myself be talked into giving it to my little brother and he wrecked it (he had a record of wrecking cars and it got worse until he got clean and sober).

Replaced it with a green Datsun 510 station wagon that lasted until it was replaced in a trade-in with a yellow Honda Civic hatchback, which was good for a few more years until oil somehow got into the transmission fluid and ruined the engine.

Next there was a Dodge Colt hatchback, and I forget what the story was with that - something dismal I am sure.

Had to make do for a while with a cheap old beater Oldsmobile sedan which was really too big for me, and it was a relief when I was able to sell/give it to a friend who needed a big car for a big man (like, 6'4" and almost as broad).

For a while after that I drove a Plymouth Voyager hatchback which was a near-twin to the old Dodge Colt, except black, until the front axle shattered and I couldn't afford to fix it.

Once I was able to scrape together a bit of cash, I got the only car I ever had any real luck with, a red 1993 Suzuki Swift, which I bought nearly-new with a loan and drove for 22 years even though it had no AC and I was now in Virginia (not a good place to be without AC in the summer). But each year it was harder to get it past inspection, and finally they said I had to replace it.

So I'm currently driving a blue 2016 Honda Fit, which is more than enough for my limited needs (everything including work is within a few miles). But if gas prices keep going up....

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You weren't kidding when you said you haven't had much luck with cars. The rising cost of gas was why I got rid of the Explorer and got a hybrid.

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Thanks for writing the story in such an enjoyable way.

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Compensated Spokes Model for Big Poor.

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@GreatLakeSailor great pics GLS! Our family car 60-64 was a booger green Rambler Station Wagon. Had tall pointed shaped tail lights but they had enlarged the red lens to about 3" wide and 6" tall. Parents and 4 kids, week or two camping trips, all over CA and AZ in particular. Birders beat the shat out of cars. Four years was it.

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Thanks for letting us join you at the car show. That Rambler wagon brings back memories. When I was a kid, one of the families in the neighborhood only owned Rambler/AMC cars. They had a wagon similar to the one you posted.

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It was a green Studebaker Wagoneer. The cool thing was how the rear roof slid forward,
effectively giving you a pick-up truck. Rear seats folded down for more storage.

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Also had a Studebaker Lark about the same time (early 60's).

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Similar to Wilbur's car in Mr. Ed

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@QMS Wow that wagon is awesome, amazing roof. The Lark was nice. Was there was a fancier Hawk model as well? I think a guy near here has one...

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