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wheeljack

@wheeljack@weird.autos

aka Wheeljack@retro.pizza
previously Wheeljack@mas.to

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Basmitharts, to random
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Late afternoon for y'all.

What is the most 80s car that isn't a DeLorean or 308?

wheeljack,
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@Basmitharts Widebody Starion and nothing else is close.

This car can't even exist outside of the '80s. That laggy turbo, that boxy yet sleek body, that combination of Chrysler and Mitsubishi build quality... The -purest- of the 1980s automotive landscape.

Basmitharts, to random
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You could hear the blower on this thing from 4 blocks away.

wheeljack,
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@Dylan @John @Basmitharts

I'm with you. I want to -reduce- getting attention in my car. I want to be totally unnoticed and just go along my merry way at [REDACTED] over the speed limit.

Dylan, to random
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My dad & step-mom are on a trip in France and I just got this message from pops:

“This our little Fiat 500. It’s a 6-speed manual transmission hybrid. The “streets” in this village are about 12” wider than the car with stone walls on both sides! It’s the first time I’ve driven a stick shift in almost 30 years! We both are doing fine with smooth shifts and no stalls.”

So proud of them :’)

wheeljack,
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@Dylan

Manual hybrid 2-door hatch 🤤

Thankfully it's a boring color so I'm not overwhelmed with envy.

wheeljack, to random
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#MorningJam

This one was suggested to me by a friend (the same one that got me into vinyl).

Some dope early '80s dance/soul/R&B

https://songwhip.com/rene-and-angela/walltowall

wheeljack,
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@Dylan Glad you like it!

Basmitharts, to random
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#weirdcarmastodon #carsofmastodon

Morning friends! QOTD for today...

What car design has had the worst decline or improvement over it's model life?

I'll start us off with the decline of the Toyota Tacoma.

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wheeljack,
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@Dylan @Basmitharts

😬

I don't -dislike- the current gen, but to my eyes the first-gen 3 is easily the best looking of the bunch.

wheeljack, to random
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People who drive with just their rear windows down must experience some sort of masochistic joy from buffeting.

mighty_orbot, to random
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wheeljack,
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@mighty_orbot

I didn't realize Deadspin was anything more than an animated husk since the bulk of the orignal crew created Defector.

wheeljack, to random
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#MorningJam

I love that of all the people to potentially do a cover of Cobrastyle, Robyn nails it.

https://songwhip.com/robyn/cobrastyle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zVECruSI3k

wheeljack,
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Thought this was interesting in Robyn's wikipedia entry:

When Robyn turned down Jive Records' attempt to sign her in the United States, the label shifted their focus to a young artist named Britney Spears, with the head of Jive calling Spears "an American Robyn – a Europop teen queen, with an added dash of 'girl next door.'" Martin ended up producing much of Spears's debut album ...Baby One More Time, and she was seen as "easier to control than the 'forceful' Swedish teenager."

Dylan, to random
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Gotta say, not having the Miata has been bumming me out a lot. The shitty rental car adds insult to injury.

I got a little bit of news about my car today and it seems like everything's repairable -- no frame damage. That's a huge relief. Gonna call the shop tomorrow to see what they think the repair timeline's gonna look like.

wheeljack,
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@Dylan Did they stick you with a Malibu?

wheeljack, to random
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#WeirdCarMastodon

I'm 99% sure this is a Subaru, but which one? Is this a Justy? Maybe one of the 2-door GLs?

wheeljack, to random
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#MorningJam

It's here!!!

20 year old me is -very- confused as to why I'm so excited for this. But he's an insufferable dick and this album is a gottamn delight.

Dylan, to vinyl
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For my #vinyl friends:

I have an Audio Technica LP120 and I’m thinking of upgrading the stock cartridge.

Anyone have suggestions?

wheeljack,
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@Dylan What preamp are you using?

I actually know almost nothing about styli/cartridges, I just know that my preamp has a ton of different settings to best take advantage of different cartridges, so it might be worth looking at what your preamp is set up for/capable of handling.

RickiTarr, to random
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It has been a minute since I've done a music question, and it seems like a fun day for it, so:

What is your Pump Yourself Up Kickass Song?

Here's one of my favorites:

https://youtu.be/3CGxxJeQ6Tk?si=1cVMNoZWQzNOSpOA

wheeljack,
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@RickiTarr Pretty much anything by Planet Booty, but right now I'd go with Not Afraid:

https://youtu.be/tE6OO4c6DT0

Mark, to random
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My google ads representative just signed off a call telling me to "stay safe" like he's my therapist or drug dealer. It's honestly weird and I don't exactly understand why.

wheeljack,
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@Dylan @Mark

Ooof, quite a fall to go from dealing weed to dealing ads. Hopefully he can get his life together and back to where it was before whatever happened.

Konghammer, to random
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I'm not the judgemental type, but I would definitely judge you if you had one of these.

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wheeljack,
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@Konghammer Becuase it's even more creepy when it's just a torso.

wheeljack, to spotted
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#OnTheStreet #Carspotting

E30s used to be ubiquitous, but this is the first I've seen in a while. This one was done up well, and a 2-door manual like an E30 should be.

I've never seen a Mazda3 in this color. On closer inspection it was an unfortunately orange-peeled respray. Super eye-catching, assuming that eye is attached to someone who cares about Mazda3s, hahaha

A white BMW car parked on a street with trees and a house in the background.

pytyrh, to random
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The challenge tonight,
Banking upon my tablet,
To transfer the cash

wheeljack,
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@pytyrh

Funds have multiplied
Where is all this money from?
Matters not, yours now!

wheeljack, to random
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Remember kids, when you post Youtube links (and others), remove the "si=" and whatever is after that equal sign. That's how they track who's sharing things to whom. (You'll also need to remove the question mark if that's the only something=something in the url.)

wheeljack, to Sacramento
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🙌✨THE BEAM✨🙌

#Sacramento

Basmitharts, to random
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First neighborhood power outage of the year this afternoon. #justTexasshit

wheeljack,
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@Basmitharts It's a good thing you've got that independent grid, free of all that nasty federal regulation and redundancy.

Basmitharts, to random
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#weirdcarmastodon

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wheeljack,
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@gpowerf @Basmitharts That sounds like a good #QOTD: What was your dream car as a teenager?

Mine was a Saleen S351. Supercharged 351 Windsor, biplane spoiler, I was ABOUT it.

mighty_orbot, to ai
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Attention all / developers out there: the hashtag is already taken by a bunch of overgrown robot toy collectors! Go find your own!

wheeljack,
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@mighty_orbot Sounds like we just need to post more. If the hastag is full of robots, it's not going to be useful for the AI folks.

Dylan, to random
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I rushed to school for my 11am class and got here right before it started... only to realize I was an hour ahead of schedule 😅

Woke up a few times last night because our power flickered off & on. Forgot that my “smart” lights turn on when they get power-cycled. Damn bulbs turned on to default-warm-white at 100% brightness three mfin’ times last night.

Maybe I should do a little research to see if this can be avoided at all. We don’t lose power often so I haven’t put much thought into it.

wheeljack,
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@Dylan More fuel for my zero smart devices fire. I'd have a dumb tv if I could find a 4k panel that didn't have "smart" features.

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