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  1. Sold the 99 V70XC a few days ago. Still rocking the 08 XC90.
  2. That sounds ridiculous! On another note. Does anyone remember a post here about a pipe mount for storing wheels in a garage?
  3. Is Off Topic: The Thread dead? Man I used to come here every night and read y'all's funny AF comments.
  4. "Appraised at $75,000" lol by the owner I'm sure. Excellent condition minus the torn seat and nowhere near enough pics even for the asking price let alone at $75k car. Joker. To bad after modding a car you don't get the cost or time back, ever. I can hear him telling lookers, I have $$$ into it! Oh and the engine pic does seem to show the hood open further than the pic with the hood only partially opened.
  5. Wow, quite a range of price, $50-75 on fb and there was one that went recently on eBay for $300 BIN. I'll have to unbox mine and take a bunch of pics. I'm trying to remember the details, I picked it up from a SS user in Florida who works at an auto salvage place but I can't remember who that was and I haven't found the PMs about it yet either it was from a low mileage GLT but it should be in very good condition.
  6. What fb groups did you use for BST Volvo stuff?
  7. What is a 16T with angled flange going for these days? I have a low mileage one that has been in a box for a couple years that I don't think I'm going to use.
  8. Replaced the fuel pump. I hated cutting my floor open but its running. Well I still need to add some split loom to protect my wires, close up the incision, dress my metal work, prime and paint, secure the panel, seal it up, etc.
  9. I totally get the sarcasm, I'm in IT in a school system which means doubly underpaid. I don't oh yeah! about it because some of my fellow school IT peeps have it much worse and teachers would throw a fit if they knew what I got paid but the stress is crazy and not worth it. And yes, working in a closet to keep YouTube running smoothly and it always works so they figure WTF do we need the IT staff for, f$/& 'em! On another note, I ditched the iPhone and picked up a Droid Turbo 64GB. The first couple days were painful, I made the home screens 'kinda laid out like the iPhone icon arrangement (not because it was great but simply for my sanity finding stuff). Now after a few days of figuring and customizing, holy crap, I can customize this thing, wow! Thanks for turning me on the the Droid Turbo guys, it's great so far.
  10. My Brother in law rolled a car; around a corner at high speed, down a bank and into a creek when he was a dumb teenager. No seat belts, broke through the glass sunroof mid-roll and was completely ejected and thrown free. The roof was caved in so badly, the responders told him if he had he stayed in the car, even buckled he'd surely be dead. I've always wondered what that was like being launched out of a rolling car, maybe even seeing it tumbling as your in mid-flight. Maybe busting through the glass, he wasn't conscious, I don't know. We don't talk about it so I assume others in the car weren't as fortunate. This was before I was even dating my now wife so I wasn't privy to the details and she says she doesn't remember.
  11. What high end smartphone models do you like right now? I'm needing to replace a phone and don't care about OS wars or carrier preference. What brand and model of smartphone do you like? Why? I'm thinking 6S or S5. Plus and Note are too big but I will spend money on features and quality. Is S6 edge worth the wait? I actually hate Google and Apple but don't want a Windows Mobile phone, Amazon Fire phone or Blackberry that I can't get any decent apps for. So I don't really give a stuff about if anyone thinks Apple or Droid is better, they both suck and I can adapt to either. Show me your cool phones!
  12. Testicle testicle one.. two.. three!? Is this thing on?
  13. IT Director for a private preK-12 school district. 1000 students, 125 staff, a few hundred mostly Windows stations, 20 or so iMacs, dozens of iPads, about 500 wireless nodes on our wifi all day every school day...
  14. OH SNAP! Yeah, that reminds me of the Blues Brothers when they're all comparing prison food, "They're all pretty bad." And the comment above is pretty much right, anything below -10 and I dress and prepare for the same way. At lower than -20 like today though we do start to see other effects like tires failing for no apparent reason, underground pipes freezing as I mentioned, etc. Another friend of mine in the mountains who I keep in contact with through ham radio, it's 39 inside their house, brrrr! Stay warm y'all!
  15. Started it. That doesn't sound like much but in this weather everything is a challenge. Thankfully I was (and usually am) able to start it. It was a balmy 15 degrees in my garage, significantly warmer than outside! I usually don't park inside but I don't have a block heater and my Suburban does so it was out and plugged in. At these temps, the foam in the seats even gets stiff. Getting in to start the engine is like sitting on a board. Even breathing hurts but we're all at work and school and carrying on as usual. In this weather, just breaking down on the side of the road can become a life threatening ordeal especially for people who think they should try to walk to find help or are injured in a damaged car that no longer runs or provides shelter due to broken glass etc... A friend of mine outside of town has no runinning water because either the submersible pump or the buried pipes froze. Around here we call that a hard freeze. Not your usual 0 deg F sissy freeze But no complaints here, I'm just sharing and NOT feeling sorry for the rest of the country. At least we didn't get two feet of snow...
  16. Vehicle brand public PERCEPTION. USA TODAY: Car brands with best, worst image with public http://usat.ly/1na1RuN Spoiler alert: Volvo is #8
  17. Usually I wish I could be at Nellis during red flag exercises or numerous other places. We do occasionally get B1-Bs from Ellsworth AFB South Dakota or more frequently EA-18G Growlers en route to or from Whidbey Island Washington. Other than that about the only other excitement is an uncommon aircraft type like a 747 being diverted due to medical or other emergencies. We're along a route where flights between London and the Southwest US like PHX or LAX go directly over us. My equipment is a Nikon D40 with the 18-55 kit lens (non-VR) and a 55-200 VR
  18. Removed some dead weight Then I happened to see an unusual airplane so I ran up to the airport (BIL) and saw this, a Boeing corporate 787-9 still labeled experimental, flight # Boeing 002. And no, I didn't notice any smoking batteries. It did touch and gos for several hours. Plowed some snow too, notice in front of and behind the car...
  19. In Montana, women used to be charged more based on actual costs but since it targeted women, that was ruled illegal and now insurance companies can't use gender to determine rates so yes, it went up for men to make everyone feel better. Funny, I'm all for equal rights but I never hear women's rights groups demanding to have more women in prison, driving dump trucks or die on the job (I don't advocate for this either of course). Only some things should be fair I guess. I wonder how it would go over for me to get into a women's locker room with a press credential and some cameras???
  20. No salt here either. We have packed powder today and it has decent grip except at some intersections where people can't get going from a stop and polish it to a nice shiny patch of ice with their spinning wheels. In those areas we have trucks that spread sand and that works pretty well. We do have just a few major intersections where they use some awful sodium based liquid that is a oh yeah! to get off of our cars. Salt would just make a mushy mess, and kill fish in our river where it all would drain to. When it is well below freezing for days at a time or below zero for weeks on end, salt doesn't help. Of course an XC with good winter tires is my cure for all the bad conditions. As far as I knew, driving in today in the snow was the same as yesterday on clear roads. Yes I drive more carefully but unless I need to make an emergency maneuver (which I'm always mindful of), I can't tell the diff. I thought I would have had comments on my vulvapedia find in my last post. Imagine my surprise when trying for volvopedia.de and ending up at vulvapedia. Well Google, or G as I call it I guess does know what I want ;)
  21. We get a good LOL out of watching most of the country freak out about 1" of snow and 30 degrees F closing schools. I know they're not used to it and such but still hilarious. We go to school in -20 F, feet of snow, whatever. I've been here since '84 and don't remember school being closed. Our attitude is you're in Montana, it's going to snow and get cold, deal with it! At a recent council meeting, something came up about plowing residential streets and the mayor said, “This is Montana, I think the thought of clearing residential streets is totally out of character.” and I couldn't agree more. Of course two of my three vehicles are AWD with good tires and I know how to dress me and my kids so bring it on. We're expecting more tomorrow. I hope I get to blast through some big drifts! But that's not why I'm here. I was trying to go to volvopedia.de and landed here: http://www.vaginapagina.com/index.php?title=Main_Page
  22. 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo produces 400 horsepower from a 40kg engine More power per kilo than a Formula 1 engine Sounds pretty amazing. In tech I see a lot of concepts that never come true, I hope this one works out. It is a far cry from the 3 cyl I had in a Subaru Justy that felt like it was powered by a lawn tractor engine.
  23. Billings drivers paying lowest gas prices in nation http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/billings-drivers-paying-lowest-gas-prices-in-nation/article_b9eaa5a8-48f1-5642-89a5-895b43e9d2c1.html I know some of you, no all of you have it worse but I've never had the privilege of lowest in the nation so go me! Usually we are on the tail end of the trend of whatever the national average is doing. When prices are rising ours usually rise a bit more slowly than the average and once we top out above average and prices fall, it takes our prices forever to get down to or below average. Of course this is the crappy E10 that I try to avoid but still, no complaints. Our E0 Premium is about 30 cents higher than the lowest posted unleaded price.
  24. Doh! I knew about LEDs but just haven't tried them. If I just did two and the color didn't match, well that wouldn't do and I'm not up for replacing them all right now. I didn't know Brian sold them.
  25. I hate the cost of these bulbs but now every interior light works. Small victories I guess. These were for the Sunroof and rear defroster / mirror heat switches. Usually I grab extras from junkyards when I am there but my spares were bad too.