Friday, November 14, 2008

Neil's LincVolt

Check out Neil Young, cruising around the Peninsula here, in his beauty eco-friendly Lincoln:



There's a lot to like about this project. The green fuel aspect, obviously. But the whole basic notion of refurbishing old gas guzzlers offers extra benefits:

* 7/8s of a car's total carbon footprint is due to its manufacture (I probably should fact-check that, but would Neil Young lie?). A new vehicle has to be 800% more fuel efficient to match the LV's TCF.
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* Older cars are gorgeous! I mean, just look at that Lincoln. Pure and simple - they really don't make them like they used to. What a shame it would be to see all that classic styling reduced to static artifacts, in some auto museum. As much as I like my Prius, I'd much rather be tooling around in a '57 Chevy roadster, or a '66 E-Type Jag. Cake and eat it? Yes please!
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* The past 25 years, give or take, of automobile technology 'advancements' have left us amateur garage tinkerers stranded by the side of the road. Who even bothers to open the hood anymore, except to add necessary fluids, replace an air filter... big whup, right? There's nothing in there you can mess around with, unless you have all that professional computer-aided monitoring stuff. Bring back those sublime saturdays in the garage. My fingernails haven't had a serious packing of grease under them for far too long.
And there's nothing that attracts a certain nosey neighbor personality type like an open car hood. Unasked-for advice gets you a cold brew - that's proper grease-monkey etiquette. This is how I grew up. Rat fink clubbers everywhere, reclaim your garage for a cleaner planet!
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More on Neil's adventure here & here & here.

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