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Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by Dean, May 27, 2014.

  1. Dean

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    I have been shopping for the right corvette for about 3 weeks now and have narrowed it down to a Grand Sport or Z06 with the Z06 leading the way.
    How many of you current Vet owners use it as a daily driver? If I buy one it will be used daily except for snowy conditions.
     
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    I drive mine ery where.
     
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    Sun is out fun is out. Mine is stored from snow fall to snow melt. If it is raining and I'm just sticking around town, I get in the truck. If I'm going anywhere more than 50 miles I take the vette even if raining. Funny thing is even when raining, I still don't use the wipers.
     
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    Well I won't take it out in the snow or if it's a storm because I do have about 475rwhp and 200 more on tap. Typically I have drag radials on, which aren't any good in the rain. But I'll drive it ever where I can
     
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    Yeah but in Texas you guys don't know how to drive in the snow even with 4WD. "Oh we got 1/2" of snow, shut down the state!". :D
     
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    Lol no argument there. 1/2" of snow and the vette can't come out and play.
     
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    I have a C5 Z06 that is in mint condition. I do not use it for a daily driver. During the week while I'm working it stays in the garage with a cover on it. I drive it on weekends if the weather is good and for road trips. I do consulting work and fly back and forth to work each week. I have other vehicles to use at each airport. I absolutely love driving my Vette but just can't see leaving it in an airport, hotel or work parking lot to cook in the sun and get door dings.
     
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    I didn't use either of my vettes as daily drivers. When I sold my first vette the guy test driving it asked how it did in the snow. :yikes: I cut that ride short. Once back at the house I got out of the car and told him thanks for stopping by, I changed my mind it's not for sale. My Bride said his look was priceless, I really didn't care.

    Two weeks later sold it to a guy that wanted it for his wife for a play toy since he had one too. I still see the car, she keeps it immaculate.

    Oh yeah....:thumbsup: on the Z06
     
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    I have a 2004 C5 coupe that has never seen rain or snow. It also has 7800 original miles. Obviously it is not a daily driver. Owning a Vette is a challenge. I didn't want to take and park it anywhere out of fear of theft or damage. I have seen people try driving them in winter -- and it is ugly. It doesn't take much to stop them.

    They are fun to drive but from a practicality perspective, the novelty wears off.




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    I've tried several times to own nice and/or fast cars, but I always get bored after 6 months to a year and sell. Nothing clicks for me like bikes, soooo much more fun than even a fast car.

    I've learned my lesson, for 4-wheels, I'll just keep my long paid for but still runs great 2001 F-150 Supercrew.
     
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    Were I in the market for a super car I'd buy a Vette in a heartbeat. It'll do 90% of what the best super car will do, and all at a quarter the price.
     
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    Bikes are so much better. But trouble, I drive a truck as well as any reasonably fast car causes trouble. Either legal trouble or worse troubling my soul with unused performance. Driving a fast vehicle slow is bad for the soul and mind.
     
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    Bingo. I'm about to sell my Mustang 5.0 Trackpack, driving that car is like opening a can of instant jackass. On the bikes, speed is somewhat tempered by vulnerability.
     
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    After nearly getting run off the road 3 times in one day - the last one the driver made eye contact with me and then tried to kill me with his car - I put the bike away, bought the Corvette, and haven't gotten back on the bike since.
     
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    You rode too slow.
     
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    Can't go fast when in city traffic. White lining is illegal here. Going faster would put me in the rear end of the car in front of me.
     
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    I've been commuting almost daily for 20 years, you get used to it. You also develop Spidey sense, and learn which cages contain the asshats and when they will pull an asshat maneuver.

    These days I am VERY seldom surprised by what transpires on the roads. You also must always be looking in your mirrors and have your head on a swivel, you must have a 360 picture in your mind of where everyone and everything is at all times. Then you can react instantly and know where the holes are, where you can go to bail.

    It's quite the interesting game, actually.
     
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    I call mine my Steiny sense, but same idea. Gets unconscious after awhile.

    Yeah, cagers are worse. Too damn many screens. Might be uncomfortable, but the sport bike can pull me out of near anything, so it stays around.
     
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    Oh, so your bike has phase shifting that allows you to pass through solid objects. Good to know. I didn't get that option with mine. The instances where I had trouble, I had nowhere to go.

    Open roads and interstates, no problem. But when there's two lanes of oncoming traffic, someone on your ass, and someone in front of you, and the person to your right looks at you and decides 3000lbs weighs more than 400lbs, there's nowhere to go.

    If I gun it, I hit the car in front of me. If I hit my brakes I get run over from behind, if I go left I get to experience a head on with another car. I will look for the phase shifting option you have if I ever get a bike again.
     
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    No offense, but I bet I'd have found someplace. They haven't caught me yet after 30 years, but not for a lack of trying.

    Middle of the lane, outside of the lane, curbs, sidewalks, lawns, all kinds of places. Used them all to escape at one point or another. Danger comes, you do what you gotta do. That said, you were there and I wasn't, so maybe I'm wrong. It wouldn't surprise me to hear Michigan drivers are that much worse than anywhere else.
     
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    Keep your Vettes, I will be driving around in a Restomod 68 Chevelle with a big block 572, 742HP at 5500 RPM.

    At least until my son gets home from Bahrain and takes of off my hands.
     
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    Flywheel HP:lol:
     
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    How come most Corvette owners are middle age bald men?
     
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    Nope, thats wheel HP on a Dyno
     
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    Buy new rear tires much?

    :rofl:
     
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    Remains to be seen Bill, When he headed to Bahrain he said he wanted to get a classic muscle car with his extra pay. He has purchased the one described and plans to have it shipped to me to keep till he returns this November. Asked me to drive it from time to time till he gets home. I said well, if I have to!!!!!

    I have his HD Nightster also. Love my son, yes I do.
     
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    Hey! Who gave you my picture? :) You forgot to mention the fat part...


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    Here you go[​IMG]
     
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    And the power plant

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    Very nice ride!
     
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    I need to get this kid buying airplanes and sending them to me!!!!!
     
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    Tim, your telling me that your flywheel HP is around 860HP?!

    That has to be a crazy N/A engine, please tell the specs if you know them. I cant imagine it running on pump gas. Im a gear head so of course im interested.
     
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    I only know that the dyno printout states around 742 at 5500 rpm, is doesn't state how the test was ran I assumed it was the a wheel dyno. Perhaps it isn't. Tell you what, I will send the report to your PM!!!
     
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    I had an idiot in a 1968 Ford Mustang run a stop sign and hit our motorcycle broadside. We survived, but my wife hasn't been on a bike since and I sold it when we graduated from college. Thank goodness he wasn't driving our 1954 Buick.

    That's about the age where typically you can afford one. Yes, there were students in college who had them, but most of us just looked.
     
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    We have to have something to get the girls attention.
     
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    Why didn't you bring it out to TMS last weekend? You could have raced it on the road course.
     
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    I'm at work right now. And I haven't really gotten into road racing. I'd like to try it for sure.
     
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    The Z06 is a great vette but only comes in a standard. If you are driving it daily and in traffic I would consider a automatic. The Grand Sport has the body panels of the Z06 so it is a good alturnative if you are not racing it.
     
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    Well, there are performance shops that do 6L80E and 4L80E conversions. With the latter being more expensive and better for racing or high HP applications.
     
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    You have ABS brakes and traction control, what more do you want ;-)

    Reminds me of time I came over a hill that sun had melted the previous day, but was now a sheet of ice, ABS pump for several hundred yards before I came to intersection that was dry, I didn't lose control, but pretty sure even a jeep would have had the same problem.