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  1. ptschett Avatar

    A combination cattle guard and gate seems unnecessary. Cattle apparently tend to not want to walk in places where they think their feet will get stuck between the rungs.
    …and having crossed a number of cattle guards in my former dual-sport motorcycling time, I’m wondering how you activate this system with a vehicle+operator combination that only masses about, say, 700 lb and has more than half that weight on the rear wheel.

    1. David Avatar

      Yeah, but duuude! Lambo doors on a GATE!

  2. dukeisduke Avatar

    It’s weird, the way the picture goes dark when the car drives onto the cattle guard. I can appreciate cattle guards, especially after spending summers at my uncle’s ranch in East Texas. We’d drive into or out of one of his pastures, and I’ve have to get out of his ’62 Ford F-100 to open the gate, and then close it behind us. It got old after awhile.
    What was fun was the way the cows would follow us, when they knew it was feeding time, and we had bags of range pellets in the back. They’re like big dogs. 🙂

  3. ConstantReader Avatar

    This is very cool! Ingenious!
    Bikers could use the conventional gate to the left of this that you see in the first few frames.

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Agreed, I love it. Would be interesting to see the mechanics and how well they keep up with regards to dust, rain, possibly snow.

      1. BЯдΖǐL-ЯЄРΘЯΤЄЯ Avatar

        As I can see from car and license plate it´s anywhere in Brazil, so snow is not realy a problem! 😉

  4. Tamerlane's Thoughts Avatar
    Tamerlane’s Thoughts

    I have a CarMax question, fellas:
    Friend’s aunt has a 2003 Taurus with virtually no miles. Surface street errand runs its whole life. All the maintenance. She finally bought a newer car. Dealership offered her $500 for the Taurus. She said no thanks.
    My godson is turning 16 and I thought, perfect, I’ll offer $500 and buy the Taurus. Friend says he wants to try to see what CarMax will offer for the Taurus. Will they even buy it? Will they offer any more than $500?

    1. CraigSu Avatar

      It’s certainly worth taking the Taurus to CarMax. Even with extremely low miles a 2003 Taurus isn’t something they’ll put on the lot but they would inspect it, make a buy offer, then resell it at a wholesale auction. If you have a large local car dealer who moves a lot of used cars you could do the same thing with them. Used cars typically have a larger profit margin for dealers so most of them would be happy to make you an offer regardless of whether you want to trade for one of their cars. Another option would be to use or to plug in the relevant numbers for mileage, condition, etc., and see what kind of results you get. Both sites will give you expected value for trade-in, private sale, or dealer purchase.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      How did they justify LeMons-money for a 12 year old well-kept car? That’s an insult…

      1. nanoop Avatar

        Unlike us, they don’t live in a country where the annual tax alone exceeds the Lemons threshold. Every time I ask for a price for fixing something on our 2001 Focus I get the impression they want to tell me: “we understood your request, but we do not want to do it. Here is our ridiculous price: “

    3. Hatchtopia Avatar

      I wouldn’t be surprised if CarMax offered $2k. Take it in. Worst they can say is no. Secret is to sell cars to CarMax, then take the cash to a lower-priced alternative. Done it a couple of times and made out like a bandit.

  5. Batshitbox Avatar

    Free Ninja: The Reckoning
    Yesterday was DMV day. Three items to process. 1987 Honda Elite 50 S needed to get a title, because we found it in the garbage, in 2007, with the original tires and 800 miles on the clock; now in Lien Sale process.
    ’62 IH Scout RHD 2WD will probably never get a title, and will,be sold for parts. I’d have to pass a brake & lamp (those early 2WD brakes are unobtainable, and 4-lug, so you have to switch up to 5-lug axles to pass that inspection!) and have it weighed to get a title, and I just don’t want the truck anymore. I may still get it to run and drive. I’ll have to change my avatar!
    1994 Kawasaki Ninja 500, a.k.a. “Free Ninja!” actually cost $410 in back reg and title fees, But, hey! $400 Ninja! Also, $400 Ninja immediately snapped a clutch cable, so I can’t ride it for a couple days. Poop.
    Not bad for $410,eh? Free Ninja is the 7th motorcycle I’ve had reg’d and running, and the second Kawasaki.

  6. Krautwursten Avatar

    Meanwhile in Slovakia …
    The spartanic description is babbling something about group C prototypes and a patented prototype Slovakian engine. Interest sparked, anyone?

    1. Joe Dunlap Avatar
      Joe Dunlap

      Plywood is such a wonderful medium to work in. :-).

  7. Lokki Avatar

    I had a post that disappeared – was it something I said? Yeah, I posted as a guest, but I used the Nick I always do,and a valid email…
    I didn’t even say anything mean

  8. Lokki Avatar

    Random question: I’ve noticed a slight increase in my gas mileage in the past month or so – about 10% or maybe a bit less. Has anyone else noticed this? I’m wondering if it is because of winter formulation gasoline, or if -perhaps- the cheaper cost of gasoline has made it cheaper for the stations to sell 100 percent gasoline rather than mixing in ethanol .
    Bueller? Anybody?

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Prevailing Tailwinds?
      Winter gas has more cheap additives like Butane in it, and summer gas is more gasoline-y. No one seems to want to talk about mileage on the different fuels, though. As rougetoaster says, the usual increase in summer mileage is due to warm oil, warm tires, warm (low pressure) air, etc.
      I’m in Northern California and we’ve had an unseasonably warm winter, which might make this winter’s mileage better than last. I’m not kidding about the prevailing winds, though. If you drive fairly regular routes it could be that this past month’s weather was just freakishly on your side. I commute by bicycle and the summer is always headwinds in the morning and headwinds in the evening on my route. San Francisco is crazy with the cold Pacific on one side and the warm bay on the other.

    2. roguetoaster Avatar

      Yes, winter MPG drops are partly due to the slightly less energetic mix we often get, but are more due to the prevailing conditions. A quick overview:

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        In Lokki‘s case, it was an increase in winter mileage, though.

      2. mrh1965 Avatar

        That darn mpg-sucking heater fan will get ya every time..