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On this episode of Throwin’ Wrenches…
- Honda is gearing for a fight with China
- Ford has a roofing problem
- Peoria will soon have one more reason to be called Little Chicago
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Selling everything? I am one closer to this ep! The 1990 Supra is gone. It was time to let it go.
It went to live on a farm in the country. Or maybe enjoy some future runs down country roads with its new owner dude.
That dude says he has a friend who owns a body shop.
Good, he can fix the roof.
Back seat, sill plates and other tidbits back in the ‘55 Caddy. Need a solid weekend to finish up. WHERE IS MY GENERATOR? It’s been months! Helping That Bearded Jerk with a ‘54 Mercury hot rod build for an upcoming raffle. Should be a lot of fun once it’s ready. Great experience and happy to help.
Honda Considering Decoupling Supply Chain from China, Report Says
Honda Motor Co Ltd is considering building a separate supply chain that would reduce its dependence on China, the Sankei newspaper reported on Wednesday, in what would be a high-profile move by a major Japanese manufacturer. Many big Japanese companies have built extensive production hubs in China but have recently seen output snarled by COVID-19-related lockdowns. There are also deepening worries about the impact of tensions between the United States and China.
Roof Strength on Older Ford Trucks Called into Question by $1.7 Billion Jury Verdict
Source: Wall Street Journal
A $1.7 billion jury verdict against Ford Motor Co. involving a fatal truck crash called into question the roof strength of older-model Super Duty pickups sold by the company over a roughly 17-year period. On Friday, a jury in Georgia reached a verdict in a case involving a 2014 rollover of a Ford F-250 pickup truck that left two people dead. The Gwinnett County jury determined that punitive damages should be imposed on Ford for selling 5.2 million Super Duty trucks with what the plaintiffs’ attorneys said were dangerously weak roofs that could crush passengers in a rollover accident, according to James Butler, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the case.
California bans all new gas-powered car sales by 2035
Source: Yahoo Finance
The state of California has approved a first-of-its-kind rule that will ban the sale of all new gas-powered cars in the future.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to require automakers to only sell new electric and certain hybrids in the state by 2035.
The action is the strictest ruling banning gas-powered cars in the U.S. and worldwide. The E.U.’s proposal to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars is still being hammered out by member countries.
“The climate crisis is solvable if we focus on the big, bold steps necessary to stem the tide of carbon pollution,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday. Newsom proposed the 2035 ban two years ago with an executive order that directed CARB and others to determine how to implement the plan.
The rule requires automakers to hit milestones along the way: By 2026, 35% of new cars in the state must be zero-emission vehicles and that rises to 68% by 2030.
Peoria may ask state legislators to allow red-light camera installations
The Peoria City Council may ask state legislators to allow for the installation of red-light cameras in Peoria County.
Automated cameras monitoring intersections for motorists running red lights are currently only allowed under state law in eight Illinois counties, all in the Chicago and St. Louis metropolitan areas. Motorists caught running a red light by a camera can be issued a ticket.
Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich said some Peoria council members are concerned about traffic safety and want the county and its municipalities added to the list of eligible communities.
“It’s to try and curtail some of the illegal behavior. And with being nearly 22 police officers short, it’s difficult for us to focus on traffic enforcement when we have other needs that we have to focus on,” Urich said. “So, this would provide the city with some flexibility in terms of how we would go about addressing traffic enforcement using technology, which is being used to great effect in metropolitan Chicago.”
The city installed 16 automatic license plate readers earlier this year as a law enforcement tool. A grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity eventually could fund the purchase of 150 more. ALPRs aren’t used to issue traffic citations.
Urich said while the red-light cameras would generate revenue, the city’s primary concern is cracking down on traffic violations.
“This is not really the intent from the city council at all,” he said. “I mean, the issue more than anything is trying to curtail the behavior of drivers that continue to run red lights and drive well beyond the speed limit throughout the city.”
A memo to the city council from Urich and interim city corporation counsel Chrissie Kapustka argues the only reason most Illinois counties weren’t included in the 2006 red-light law was simply that they didn’t express interest at the time.
If approved by the city council, the request to allow red-light camera installation in Peoria County would be added to the city’s 2023 legislative wish list.
Moment of Musk
Elon Musk Tells Tesla Owner Don’t Complain About Buggy Driving System
- CEO replies to customer who was critical of a beta feature
- The carmaker will start charging $15,000 for the system next month
ByCraig Trudell @bloomburg
August 24, 2022 at 4:25 AM CDTUpdated onAugust 24, 2022 at 6:45 AM CD
Elon Musk doesn’t want to hear complaints from customers trying out the driver-assistance system that Tesla Inc. plans to start charging $15,000 for in the coming weeks.
The chief executive officer scolded a Tesla owner who posted videos to Twitter on Tuesday showing that a new beta version of the system marketed as Full Self-Driving at times struggles with right turns and other basic tasks. The customer wrote that he’s spent more than $32,000 paying for the system multiple times.
Musk announced over the weekend that Tesla will start charging $3,000 more for Full Self-Driving, which still requires active supervision and doesn’t make the company’s vehicles autonomous. California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has accused Tesla of misleading consumers about its technology, and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating whether the automaker’s Autopilot system is defective.
Grinding the Gears
Fiat-Chrysler is killing the Charger & Challenger, and while that sucks… it’s worse that they timed it with news of a Dodge Charger EV Challenger concept… complete with a fake exhaust sound.
But it sounds more like the Chrysler M4S Interceptor car from the 1986 Charlie Sheen film “The Wraith”
What a total ripoff. They should have made Clint Howard CEO and have him at the press release for this car.
The future sucks and the present is getting worse by the day.
Cars of the Weak
Eric- 1984 Suzuki Jimny – $4,688
Source: Cars from Japan
Cars from Japan wins again!
These little things are cheap, utilitarian, and the khaki color on this just works.
I have some Supra Money burning a hole in my pocket!
Daryl- 1979 Buick Park Avenue Coupe – $12,000
Source: Facebook Groups post
Man, I really like this ride. 403 V-8, Silver on Silver with road wheels. One of the nicer-looking GM full-size cars of the 70s. Couch on wheels with an 8-track. Yes, please.