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- Oct 3, 2020
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- Washington State
- 2010 Ford F-150, 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance
I'm only 58 yo but I have rebuilt numerous automotive and motorcycle engines, taken many carefree joyrides (and still do), I've been up to my elbows in oil, combustion by-products, solvents and many other nasty dangerous things. Trust me, there is nothing glamorous about it. We did it out mostly out of economic economy to provide transportation for ourselves and our loved ones but also to increase the power and performance of the weak powerplants of the day. Yes, carmakers were famous for taking large displacement V-8's that were expensive, guzzled gas and required a lot of maintenance and making slow cars with them. 0-60 mph in 5 seconds was almost unheard of. My current car can do it in almost half the time. And no tune-ups, points adjustments, spark plug replacements or oil and filter changes required. My weekends can be spent skiing, hiking in the mountains or visiting family or friends instead of wrenching to keep my car or motorcycle going.But who wants a pragmatic and emotion free transportation system? One of the advantages of old age is that one remembers the heady days of youth spent in the 50's and 60's and what the automobile represented to us and our parents. The Sunday Drive was an American tradition available to a large segment of the population. We didn't worry about carbon footprint, or that it wasn't available to certain "communities" or groups with particular mental aberrations. We had fun and the country prospered. Today the pragmatisms imposed by huge population and the strictures imposed by the social problems this has caused have removed many freedoms and much enjoyment from life.
And tech has taken a lot away too. I remember days when you could fix your car or mod it and many enjoyed doing that. No Canbus reader or logic analyzer was needed. Just a set of inch sockets and spanners.
The advantages of youth are that you never knew these joys and thus don't miss them.
Trust me when I tell you, if you really enjoy those things so much, you can still do them. Just like you did in your youth. I chose not to, but I still take carefree joyrides in our two EV's and don't worry about the carbon footprint. I also don't worry about the deadly gases emitted from the tailpipe because neither of them has one.