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15 Aug

LSU 2018 College Football Season Opener

LSU LogoLSU faces Miami in the season opener for both teams. LSU has played in the Cowboy’s stadium for openers before, beating Oregon soundly a few years back. (They were scheduled to play their opening game in Houston last year but the game was moved to New Orleans due to hurricane issues.)

Miami was fantastic last year. They opened 10-0 and the “Turnover Chain” got lots of screen time. They stumbled at the end, losing to Pitt in their season final, losing to Clemson in the ACC Championship game, and losing to Wisconsin in their bowl game. They have opened the season as a top-ten team.

Meanwhile LSU had a good (not great) year in 2017, finishing with a 9-4 record and playing in what was certainly one of the more exciting bowl games, losing to Notre Dame. They are ranked #24 to begin the season, but have more questions than answers at this point. Mostly at QB, which is not new for them. 😕 With two players at that position tranfering out (and one coming in from Ohio State) the uncertainty continues!

04 Aug

End of an Era

The Sunset Vette is gone. 🙁

A few years ago (yes, it has been that long, I’ve been trying to decide what to do with this blog) I was negotiating to buy a new truck. My old truck was mechanically sound; the diesel engine they put in the Dodge trucks is amazing. But I was having electrical problems. Little things like the right tail light would burn out frequently. Bigger things like the connection for one of the trailers I wanted to be able to pull would not work; no lights, no brakes, nothing. Annoying but also sometimes funny things like when I would hit a bump or turn the steering wheel to make a turn my radio would change stations. 😆 Anyway, despite there being plenty of life left in the drive train I decided to take advantage of a special offer presented by my dealer.

Side note: I have two sons. One of them was just starting to learn to drive at this same time.

Long story short, I traded in my old truck and my car on my new truck, partially to get the cash outlay down to a more manageable amount, but mostly to avoid having to carry two teenage boys on my car insurance with a Corvette in the garage. 😯

All this means I have been Vette-less for about two years.

But the blog will continue, for anyone out there listening. We’ll see what happens.

21 Jan

Jet Vette?

http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/21/autos/jet-turbine-corvette/index.html

12 Mar

Fuel System Repair Update

I have been driving a 2014 Impala for the past week while my car gets fixed. It’s a nice car, but you would not expect a new car to have issues, right? Well, so far I have discovered that the air conditioner doesn’t work (we had two days in the near 80’s this week) and the electronic entertainment system (My Link) doesn’t like my iPod. It’s probably because it has over 35,000 songs. 😯

Hopefully I get my car back tomorrow.

Hopefully I won’t have to take out a small loan to pay for it.

07 Mar

Corvette Fuel System Issue

For some time now, I have noticed a significant issue with fuel odor after filling the tank. It was especially noticeable in the early morning after the car had been shut in the garage overnight. Yesterday I got my car inspected (making it legal to drive again) and this morning I dropped it off at the shop. I just got “the call” with the results.

There is a crack in the cross-over tube between the two tanks. Because the fuel system is kept pressurized, when the tanks were both full that meant that fuel was basically leaking out inside the car and then evaporating. That’s not the only news. While I was waiting for the shuttle van to take me to work, the service tech came over to me and asked if I had checked my tires lately. Well, no, because I had less than 5,000 miles on them. It turns out that my front-end alignment was completely out of wack, and the passenger tire was bald on the inside and the driver tire was down to fibers showing.

So here I was, driving to work on one bald tire and one with fibers showing, with gas fumes collecting behind the seat. 😯 Not a fun place to be. I’m fortunate that the two issues are both being fixed, and that nobody got hurt.

Wow.

I did find this article that details the Corvette fuel system. It’s an interesting read. I knew there were two tanks, but seeing the actual system diagrams was interesting.

12 Feb

Museum Sinkhole

A sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum. According to various news reports, several cars were consumed but the unique 1983 prototype C4 was saved.

Full store on CNN.com

01 Oct

C7 Quarter Mile

First Corvette C7 Drag Video

16 Sep

Vette Sells For Record 3.2MM

http://autos.yahoo.com/photos/record-3-2-million-corvette-convertible-1378747173-slideshow/

23 Jun

Music Library… Now Less Filling, Still Tastes Great!

I have a fairly large collection of music compact discs. I’ve mentioned several other tools that I use to help manage my collection (including the Easy Pro disc polisher). Today I wanted to post a review about the cd storage sleeves formerly from Jazz Loft. They are attractive, reduce the amount of space required to store my collection, weigh less, and provide 100% of the functionality of regular jewel cases. For details, read on. Continue Reading »

21 Feb

Corvette Nomad Concept Car

Someone has spent a boatload of money recreating a Corvette Nomad concept car, and it’s up for sale on eBay! They’ve written up a nice article about it on the eBay Stories web site.