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By Jeff MelnychukWheelbase Communications | January 4, 2008
The silence is deafening. The high-decibel roaring, screaming, vibrating and wall shaking ended only moments before. Happily, there's no gushing fluid, no smoke and no parts spit onto the floor or slung into the walls, parts that are supposed to stay on the inside of the engine. And happily, the dynamometer — the horsepower-o-meter — shows 915 ponies and 830 lb-ft. of torque, with plenty of tuning left to do. “It's still got lots left in it,” reassures the man at the controls of this fuel-injected and supercharged 7.3-liter Chrysler V8. “Probably 200 more horsepower.
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January 19, 2007
Broadway parking spaces repainted The Caltrans contractor that replaced all of the parking space markings on Broadway after repaving failed to recognize the relationship of the markings to the existing parking meters. The contractor removed and repainted the markings on Jan. 17, requiring additional lane closures on Broadway, City Manager Ken Frank said. Bluebird sewer facility upgrading begins Improvements began Tuesday at the city's largest wastewater lift station, located at Glenneyre and Calliope Streets, Frank announced Jan. 12. The two primary pumps — responsible for transporting more than 2 million gallons of raw sewage a day — are 28 years old. The two replacements weigh more than two tons and will have 150-horsepower motors with an added capability of operating while fully submerged.
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January 4, 2008
Wheelbase Communications Half car/truck from Australia in the pipeline for North America: Remember the Chevrolet El Camino, basically a two-door Chevelle with a truck bed in place of a trunk and a rear seat? It seems that General Motors will sell a rebadged/reworked version of the Holden VE Commodore Ute in North America, which emulates the El Camino at least in spirit. GM is already planning to import 50,000 Commodore sedans, which will be North Americanized and sold here as the Pontiac G8. The new Pontiac trucklet will be named the G8 ST for Sport Truck and will only be available with the 6.1-liter V8, which is the G8 sedan’s optional engine.
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January 4, 2008
Wheelbase Communications Is this what the new small Hummer will look like?: This General Motors division, which has staked a reputation as the builder of the largest off-road vehicles on the planet, has released several different design sketches of its HX Concept — the smallest Hummer — ahead of the vehicle’s Detroit Auto Show debut in early January. Designed for serious off-roading, the E85-capable HX (85 percent ethanol mixed with 15 percent gasoline) will offer removable roof panels, both front and rear.
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By Bob Proudlock | February 9, 2012
My house is at the lower end of the 400 block of Nyes Place. As a young man I was raised on automobile road racing starting out in handicap races at the now famous Goodwood Circuit in the south of England, then graduating to principally endurance racing. The sound of good engines is still an elixir and magic to me. I can tell which ones are working well and those that are not. Many times I can tell the make and model of the car or bike just by the sound it makes. Lower Nyes Place is narrow and deep in a canyon.
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By CATHARINE COOPER | October 21, 2005
A sunrise walk along the Malecón delights the senses with shades of pink, the scents of cooking, and the hustle of fisherman heading to sea. Roosters crow, chickens scratch and men along the seawall, young and old, toss single fishing lines into the water, weighted by a small metal shard and a hook. Slowly, they drag the line back to shore, some with success, others with none. One young man has a pile of maybe 12 fish as I walk past. I wonder if this is his work for the day. Val Iverson Wilkerson, my lifelong friend and an old Laguna resident, has retired to Loreto with her husband Barry.
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By Jeff MelnychukWheelbase Communications | January 4, 2008
The silence is deafening. The high-decibel roaring, screaming, vibrating and wall shaking ended only moments before. Happily, there's no gushing fluid, no smoke and no parts spit onto the floor or slung into the walls, parts that are supposed to stay on the inside of the engine. And happily, the dynamometer — the horsepower-o-meter — shows 915 ponies and 830 lb-ft. of torque, with plenty of tuning left to do. “It's still got lots left in it,” reassures the man at the controls of this fuel-injected and supercharged 7.3-liter Chrysler V8. “Probably 200 more horsepower.
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