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Subject: Re: OT-Tesla Date: 4/23/2013 4:21 PM
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We can probably expect to see more of this until things settle down. Already we've had Fisker.

In about 1964, I bought a Lotus 26 convertible, and I liked it a lot except it had all the problems of English cars at the time: sloppy workmanship, poor materials, Lucas electrical systems, ... I mean it was as though they used aluminum bolts and lead nuts. I drove it 400 miles an most everything fell off the dashboard (beautiful oiled teak). If you did not tighten the bolts enough, they came undone. If you tried to tighten them, they stripped. I had to replace them all with SAE rated ones. The connection from the gas pedal to the dual Weber carburettors was amusing... Except when accelerating up an entrance onto the Garden State Parkway and the wire came loose and the engine dropped to idle just as some cars were coming up behind me at 60 miles per hour. And so it went.

I am small enough I could get in and out OK, but I did have to wear 9C shoes (my shoe size is 9D) so I did not hit the clutch, brake, and gas all at the same time.

I had two of them, the convertible and the hard top: convertible tops in New Jersey rot out too fast. Also, try to get a transmission countershaft when you need one. Forget it.
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