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Spoolpigeon
Spoolpigeon PowerDork
4/14/17 7:10 p.m.
Wall-e wrote:

Toyman01
Toyman01 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/14/17 9:06 p.m.

Toyman01
Toyman01 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/14/17 9:09 p.m.

This is brilliant. I will happen to have a spare Spitfire hood in a few weeks and a pass door in my shop that needs a canopy.

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/15/17 6:52 a.m.

A tank collector in the United Kingdom and his mechanic opened his newly purchased tank's diesel fuel tanks. Inside were gold bars totaling approximately $2.4 million dollars. Mead found the tank, an ex-Iraqi Army Type 69, on sale on eBay.

The collector and his mechanic had already found machine gun ammunition in the armored vehicle and wanted video proof in case more ammunition was found. They pulled out five gold bars weighing about twelve pounds worth an estimated $2.4 million.

Six months after the end of the war, Iraqi authorities returned 3,216 gold bars under UN supervision. Others they either didn't know about, or missed

The exact history of this tank is unknown but it was built in the early 1980s and has just 1507 miles on the clock.

chandlerGTi
chandlerGTi UberDork
4/15/17 7:00 a.m.

I'm weird but I read that as a "tank" collector; who collects fuel tanks haha.

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Knurled
Knurled MegaDork
4/15/17 7:26 a.m.
914Driver wrote: The exact history of this tank is unknown but it was built in the early 1980s and has just 1507 miles on the clock.

I had things to do today but now I am going to spend it trying to figure how how many miles the average tank moved in wartime before it was either abandoned or blown up. I am thinking that it's probably around 1507, give or take a few.

Knurled
Knurled MegaDork
4/15/17 7:32 a.m.
Keith Tanner wrote:
Streetwiseguy wrote: This seems like a good time to ask- Why do we want a heavy shift knob?
I think they damp vibrations and give a bit more meat to the shift. Even stock knobs are weighted.

But then when you hit rough parts the shifter bounces out of gear. The car currently in my driveway has no 3rd or 2nd gear synchros because I put a shift knob on it and the added weight on the end of the stick made it bounce out of gear under power. I didn't realize what was happening until too late. Previous to that day, my "shift knob" was a bare stick, with a vacuum cap, and a larger vacuum cap over that, and a half roll of golf club grip tape.

Hotlink of the shift knob that I'd put on:

NickD
NickD SuperDork
4/15/17 9:43 a.m.

Clearly katana shift knobs are the best option.

mapper
mapper HalfDork
4/15/17 7:29 p.m.

Happy Easter!

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
4/15/17 9:21 p.m.

aircooled
aircooled MegaDork
4/15/17 9:22 p.m.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy Dork
4/15/17 11:28 p.m.

HAPPY EASTER !

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy Dork
4/15/17 11:31 p.m.

Donebrokeit
Donebrokeit Dork
4/15/17 11:48 p.m.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/16/17 12:06 a.m.
Knurled wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote:
Streetwiseguy wrote: This seems like a good time to ask- Why do we want a heavy shift knob?
I think they damp vibrations and give a bit more meat to the shift. Even stock knobs are weighted.
But then when you hit rough parts the shifter bounces out of gear. The car currently in my driveway has no 3rd or 2nd gear synchros because I put a shift knob on it and the added weight on the end of the stick made it bounce out of gear under power. I didn't realize what was happening until too late. Previous to that day, my "shift knob" was a bare stick, with a vacuum cap, and a larger vacuum cap over that, and a half roll of golf club grip tape. Hotlink of the shift knob that I'd put on:

Must depend on the shifter. A Miata trans with a light knob feels like crap. All VW shifts feel like crap anyhow I've got aluminum and titanium knobs on my Miatas and T56s and they feel a lot more precise. Never had one pop out of gear. It's about the RIGHT weight, not necessarily heavy or light.

914Driver
914Driver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/16/17 7:20 a.m.

I don't think they clock miles but hours, like a boat.

akamcfly
akamcfly Dork
4/16/17 8:06 a.m.

Knurled
Knurled MegaDork
4/16/17 8:10 a.m.
Keith Tanner wrote:
Knurled wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote:
Streetwiseguy wrote: This seems like a good time to ask- Why do we want a heavy shift knob?
I think they damp vibrations and give a bit more meat to the shift. Even stock knobs are weighted.
But then when you hit rough parts the shifter bounces out of gear. The car currently in my driveway has no 3rd or 2nd gear synchros because I put a shift knob on it and the added weight on the end of the stick made it bounce out of gear under power. I didn't realize what was happening until too late. Previous to that day, my "shift knob" was a bare stick, with a vacuum cap, and a larger vacuum cap over that, and a half roll of golf club grip tape. Hotlink of the shift knob that I'd put on:
Must depend on the shifter. A Miata trans with a light knob feels like crap. All VW shifts feel like crap anyhow I've got aluminum and titanium knobs on my Miatas and T56s and they feel a lot more precise. Never had one pop out of gear. It's about the RIGHT weight, not necessarily heavy or light.

It's an RX-7 trans (think Miata but not as strong) with a chunk of Escort/Tempo inner tie rod welded to the base to extend it out to my extended steering wheel. I can touch the steering wheel and shifter at the same time when in 5th, and easily shift left-handed if I need to. It rules. But putting the VW shift knob on it (which is all plastic/rubber, no metal) adds too much mass to the end and makes it bounce out of gear. Cuts up your hand less than grabbing bare M12x1.25/1.5 threads.

Spoolpigeon
Spoolpigeon PowerDork
4/16/17 8:25 a.m.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/16/17 10:02 a.m.
Knurled wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote:
Knurled wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote:
Streetwiseguy wrote: This seems like a good time to ask- Why do we want a heavy shift knob?
I think they damp vibrations and give a bit more meat to the shift. Even stock knobs are weighted.
But then when you hit rough parts the shifter bounces out of gear. The car currently in my driveway has no 3rd or 2nd gear synchros because I put a shift knob on it and the added weight on the end of the stick made it bounce out of gear under power. I didn't realize what was happening until too late. Previous to that day, my "shift knob" was a bare stick, with a vacuum cap, and a larger vacuum cap over that, and a half roll of golf club grip tape. Hotlink of the shift knob that I'd put on:
Must depend on the shifter. A Miata trans with a light knob feels like crap. All VW shifts feel like crap anyhow I've got aluminum and titanium knobs on my Miatas and T56s and they feel a lot more precise. Never had one pop out of gear. It's about the RIGHT weight, not necessarily heavy or light.
It's an RX-7 trans (think Miata but not as strong) with a chunk of Escort/Tempo inner tie rod welded to the base to extend it out to my extended steering wheel. I can touch the steering wheel and shifter at the same time when in 5th, and easily shift left-handed if I need to. It rules. But putting the VW shift knob on it (which is all plastic/rubber, no metal) adds too much mass to the end and makes it bounce out of gear. Cuts up your hand less than grabbing bare M12x1.25/1.5 threads.

So you've already got a lot of mass in what sounds like a very long shift level, and of course the length amplifies the weight of the knob. So yeah, I can see how you might not want a lot of mass on the end. My Vanagon shifter is much the same - very light knob, massive lever.

So I shall amend my statement. An unmodified Miata shifter with a light knob...

FlightService
FlightService MegaDork
4/16/17 10:41 a.m.

knob...snicker you said knob....

FlightService
FlightService MegaDork
4/16/17 10:42 a.m.

FlightService
FlightService MegaDork
4/16/17 12:47 p.m.

RX Reven'
RX Reven' Dork
4/16/17 2:54 p.m.

Dusterbd13
Dusterbd13 UltimaDork
4/16/17 3:06 p.m.

My English teacher in high school was a Jewish lady named ms Godwin.

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