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Comment Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 2) 368

Scaredy cat! Putting aside CVT's for a moment, all other automatics found in the majority of today's cars aren't that much different than the 60s ones. Look at the GM TH-4L60E which is (was? been awhile) used in the majority of GM vehicles that are RWD. It is almost the same tranny (with an extra gear and some solenoids replacing some manual valves) as a TH-350 which so many people know and love. Your point still applies today: If you can get it out of the car, you can rebuild it yourself. Many shops choose not to for several reasons: 1) It makes them more money. 2) It is faster. 3) Many mechanics are brilliant top notched ASE x10,000 certified...and then go stupid when they look at a transmission. So they will attempt to fix what they thought it might be, waste 6 hours doing so, and then it still doesn't work so they have to tear it back apart. That effect negates points 1 & 2. It'll also give the dealer/mechanic a bad rep which can hurt business so they just throw a whole rebuilt one in and if it doesn't work, it isn't their problem but the tranny rebuilder's. FWD transaxles are just as easy as they are functionally the same as their RWD counter parts, they just broke the gear train into 2 parallel shafts connected via chain (usually). Now about CVT's, I have not had the opportunity to work on one yet, but I'd like to. Just taking a look at some cutaways of the current Nissan model they're putting in the Maxima's and Sentra's (and probably others) it actually appears to be simpler than a standard automatic. Appearances can be deceiving of course but the overall point was, automatics of today haven't really changed much over the years much like the engine itself is pretty much the same.

Comment Out with the old (Score 1) 371

mechanical spring type vending machines

...need to die in a horrible fire. They are antiquated pieces of shit that continue to linger on like to those damned dial indicator gas pumps with the blackjack style pull handle on the side. Neither will accept credit and so have to inconvenience the users by searching for someone to make change (which most will only do if you buy something) or by forcing you to prepay inside. The whole point of using a vending machine of any sort is so you don't have to deal with real people. Keeping both of these old ass relics just holds everyone back. They should go away with much speed, preferable into the Sun.

Comment Re:Not cans (Score 1) 371

Okinawa, Japan, Kadena AFB, Gate 2 street. Go see the banana show. I dunno why they call it the banana show though, that may have been the most tame part! That mama-san could squat on an unknown amount of coinage and then count it out to you like one of those change-makers the Sonic girls carry around. She'd say something along the lines of "how much", you'd stick your hand under there, and she would pop them out one at a time into your hand. One time to be a smart ass, we told her some high amount we didn't think would be in that particular stack, like $7.25, and she started counting that shit out, click, click, click, click, but then she swayed away from my hand, shot one out off to the side, said "That was a yen", and then continued counting up to precisely $7.25. I have never been that amazed at anything in my whole life. I don't think I'll ever be that amazed at anything until I die. Ya, I'm easily amused!

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