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"Bling" - The Bane Of Those With Taste  
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2193 times:

This is getting rather silly, don't you think?

http://www.shoplaser.com/index.html

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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3506 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2190 times:

The things that people spend money on for their cars...

Can anyone cite the origin of "bling bling" in American popular culture without using Wikipedia? If you'd been aware of it at its emergence, you'd have never seen it coming!



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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2184 times:
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It seems that we have no limit to the number of tacky bits that can be glued onto a car.

I think it's funny that someone is going to spend $1,000 for an exhaust and then install this part that increases backpressure.



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User currently offlineDoona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3771 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2178 times:

I never thought I'd agree with you on anything Cfalk, but on this, we are eye-to-eye. Big grin

Cheers
Mats



Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

Quoting Molykote (Reply 2):
I think it's funny that someone is going to spend $1,000 for an exhaust and then install this part that increases backpressure.

That's the interesting thing. When I was a kid in High School, the last thing we wanted was a flashy car that didn't perform well. In fact, we were looking for Q-Ships.

For those of you who don't know, Q-Ships were ships used in WWI and WWII. They looked like normal merchant ships, but had masses of hidden guns, depth charges and torbedo launchers. Their purpose was to lure enemy submarines by presenting an apparently easy target, and then blowing him away.

The ideal car for the poor high school student was therefore a rusted out junker, which hid a suped-up engine, rock-crusher manual transmission, tricked out differential and suspension tuning. Surprise the hell out of the driver of a Porsche or Corvette who pulls up next to you at the light.

Now it's the opposite. People put all their money one shiny stuff, video screens inside the car, etc. All it does is weigh down the car with useless stuff. It's a Q-ship in reverse.


User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
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Quoting Cfalk (Reply 4):
The ideal car for the poor high school student was therefore a rusted out junker,

1987 Audi 4000S
5sp manual
250,000 miles

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 4):
, which hid a suped-up engine

not mine

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 4):
rock-crusher manual transmission,

I had a manual but what does rock-crusher mean?

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 4):
tricked out differential

not an issue when your car is FWD and can't break the tires loose!

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 4):
suspension tuning

Each corner of my high school car was "independently tuned" (i.e. - shod with a unique tire).



This is prompting me to start a new thread about the tackiest car accessories.



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User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

What's wrong with just drilling holes in the silencer like we used to do in the days of B$W TV??????

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

Quoting Molykote (Reply 5):
I had a manual but what does rock-crusher mean?

"Rock-Crusher" was a nickname given to the classic Muncie M22 4-speed manual that was installed in some of the great muscle cars of the 60s and early 70s. They were not very sophisticated, noisy, and shifting gears needed a hammer, but they were rugged and worked, and could withstand just about whatever power you could give it.

Quoting Molykote (Reply 5):
Each corner of my high school car was "independently tuned" (i.e. - shod with a unique tire).

LOL  Silly

Quoting Molykote (Reply 5):
This is prompting me to start a new thread about the tackiest car accessories.

Good idea.

Quoting Jafa39 (Reply 6):
What's wrong with just drilling holes in the silencer like we used to do in the days of B$W TV??????

Hell, we'd just remove the silencer altogether and replace them with glass packs. Or you installed a cut-out - a valve which would open the exhaust right after the headers. Illegal as hell, but as long as you kept your eyes out for the cops and did not use it too much, you could get away with it.


User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8451 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2145 times:

I saw some tool the other day driving around in bogan bling car. Had a crappy home made spoiler. Tail pipes were cut off at the rear muffler to give it that V8 sound.

Quite sad in my opinion.


User currently offlineFumanchewd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

This stuff is for red necks and lough ghriders. I have a friend who is real OG from LA. He is not a man that I would mess with, and he has always been into the lowrider scene. However, even I was suprised when he was disgusted by spinners. This is even though he would always keep on top of new rims. Just goes to show you that even gangstars know what has no taste.d

User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Fumanchewed; no self-respecting redneck would be caught dead even looking at this crap, at least not here in middle Tennessee. Dress-up items include true dual exhausts, artful renditions of the rebel flag (some very nicely executed, I might add) plus Dale and Dale Jr. stickers and front license plates.
Those with wheel spinners and other distasteful exhibitions of poor financial planning are either usually of Mexican heritage, too young to have a red neck because they haven't yet experienced outside work or transplants from other areas of the country.

In reference to the above-pictured low-taste bling, even I didn't see this coming although there is precedent...occassionally I see a trailer hitch cover with a free spinning propeller blade. I've yet to ask an owner if he is advertising his envolvement in bass-masters competition or flies a spam can.

Cfalk; we must have been interested in similar things in our earlier years. I had a 409/409 Impala SS (when SS meant something) that used to eat the Borg Warner T10s. The Muncie was du jour, but I sold the car before a retrofit.

Our cutouts were "poor man's lake pipes"...we welded matching size pieces of plumbing pipe into the header pipes on each side and simply corked them with a threaded cap (plumbing nipple). Easy-on, easy-off for those impromptu midnight drag races. BTW, this type of cutout was standard factory equipment on the early/mid sixties Plymouth (Super Stock) and Dodge (Ram Charger) models with the 413 and later 426 CID engines. As you say, illegal as hell in (in most states), but Chrysler got around the law by having four bolts plus a tack-weld holding on the plug from the factory. Regards...jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6818 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2094 times:

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 4):
That's the interesting thing. When I was a kid in High School, the last thing we wanted was a flashy car that didn't perform well. In fact, we were looking for Q-Ships.

Hey, I was just wanting "reliable transportation" on account of having to pay for it, and insurance, myself!

These little tuner wankers today are so out of touch, it's incredible. Spinners on exhaust pipes. Honestly.


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12113 posts, RR: 49
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2086 times:
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Well like the expression goes, "A fool and his money are soon parted!"


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User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20671 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 7):
glass packs.

My god, I haven't heard that term in 30 years.



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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2056 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 13):
My god, I haven't heard that term in 30 years.

Damn, I'm starting to feel old. You know you are old when a car you used to think of as new, or even a clunker, is now considered a rare classic worth 6 figures.


User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
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Quoting Cfalk (Thread starter):
This is getting rather silly, don't you think?

Now don't tell me you don't have one.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 13):
My god, I haven't heard that term in 30 years.

Never heard of it, period.



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User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20671 posts, RR: 62
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

Quoting Jetjack74 (Reply 15):
Never heard of it, period.

A type of muffler:

http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/tbolt1.htm

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 14):
a car you used to think of as new, or even a clunker, is now considered a rare classic worth 6 figures.

Who woulda thought? When I was in high school a '57 Chevy or '64-'65 Mustang went for less than a grand.



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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4897 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Shit like this basically encapsulates everything that's wrong with my generation. I'm 23 and most people my age and under are obsessed with image and perceived wealth, it's ridiculous! The easy thing is to balme pop culture but I think it's just that we're lazy as a generation and we have not been in a position where we've been pusehd that hard, that duty was left to our parents.

I work (reasonably) hard and I get paid very well for what I do but if I look around, people my age do not have the same ambition. They would rather buy a shit car and make it look nice than run nice, which is just stupid.

We need to wake up and get back to work. Modelling our own existence on that of say 50 Cent is ridiculous because he doesn't own that Jet, that Maserati is going back to the rental office after the video shoot is done and all those "btiches" are only there for a couple hours.

YOWza



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 56
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

Sheesh, I still think a clothes pin and a playing card in the spokes of the back wheel of a bike with a banana seat is cool.


You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 17):
Shit like this basically encapsulates everything that's wrong with my generation. I'm 23 and most people my age and under are obsessed with image and perceived wealth, it's ridiculous! The easy thing is to balme pop culture but I think it's just that we're lazy as a generation and we have not been in a position where we've been pusehd that hard, that duty was left to our parents.

I work (reasonably) hard and I get paid very well for what I do but if I look around, people my age do not have the same ambition. They would rather buy a shit car and make it look nice than run nice, which is just stupid.

We need to wake up and get back to work. Modelling our own existence on that of say 50 Cent is ridiculous because he doesn't own that Jet, that Maserati is going back to the rental office after the video shoot is done and all those "btiches" are only there for a couple hours.

There is still hope........I'm glad there are some young men out there with a brain and a work ethic!!!


User currently offlineScrappy74 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 97 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

Quoting Molykote (Reply 2):
we have no limit to the number of tacky bits that can be glued onto a car.

Let's not forget gold-front TEETH....

I didn't need a muffler "kit" in h.s., my car sounded like crap anyway and it didn't need to be lowered or get "ground effects" because it was a Honda stationwagon and had a bum suspension. But I can honestly say that I took pride in my Beast, because now I have money to pay off my student loans before I'm 50  Silly



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User currently onlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8292 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1911 times:

I gotta wonder why people spend thousands on economy cars. I respect cars like the Civic for their engineering quality and reliability, but when I see them all riced out with a giant wing on the back (mind you it's front wheel drive, so that's pointless) I typically just flick them off and pass them making the "pbbbbt" fart noise of their muffler with my tounge. If you're spending that much money why not just get a better car that can actually race? Hell I beat 90% of these ricers off the line and I drive a Jeep. (Not like I care, anyway.)


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User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6818 posts, RR: 34
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

Quoting YOWza (Reply 17):
Shit like this basically encapsulates everything that's wrong with my generation. I'm 23 and most people my age and under are obsessed with image and perceived wealth, it's ridiculous! The easy thing is to balme pop culture but I think it's just that we're lazy as a generation and we have not been in a position where we've been pusehd that hard, that duty was left to our parents.

I work (reasonably) hard and I get paid very well for what I do but if I look around, people my age do not have the same ambition. They would rather buy a shit car and make it look nice than run nice, which is just stupid.

We need to wake up and get back to work. Modelling our own existence on that of say 50 Cent is ridiculous because he doesn't own that Jet, that Maserati is going back to the rental office after the video shoot is done and all those "btiches" are only there for a couple hours.

Excellent post- keep your eyes on the prize and don't be distracted by the noise out there. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to be part of that generation. Keep the faith!

Quoting EWRCabincrew (Reply 18):
Sheesh, I still think a clothes pin and a playing card in the spokes of the back wheel of a bike with a banana seat is cool.

 rotfl  Ain't that the truth? But don't use a baseball card!!


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