Sep 2006

Changes to the site
by Fat Cat on Sat, Sep 02 2006, 5:27 pm
I have been making some changes to the site. I have updated the forum software and included some new features. One of those is the printer friendly pages for the forums. Another is an update of the user birthday feature. This one broke everyones birthday in the database though. So you need to go to your profile and update it yourself.

There are still some problems in the forums that need fixing. One of thos is the image upload function. For some reason the words for those features are not appearing on any page.

I have also made changes to the index page of the site. More changes will follow in the coming months. Some will be slower than others but I am doing my best with the schedule my school work is allowing for me.
Recent Events
by Fat Cat on Sat, Sep 02 2006, 7:16 pm
There is a thread in the forums titled "##### invades our hobby...." the ##### is blanking out a word that was listed in the forum word sensor. When I first read the thread my first reaction was to delete the thread. But I did not do that. My reason was that maybe the topic was something that needed to be addressed. After more of the detail was brought to light I found that I should have gone with my first reaction. I don't like having to delete threads.

The poster of the thread has pointed out that the actions of some third parties have introduced some unsavory events into our hobby. My biggest issue with this is that his actions have introduced it to my 12 year old daughter by posting it on this forum. Yes, my daughter is a member of this forum and reads messages here regularly. Many of the regular crowd have met her at shows. The mention that the poster was not here to preach morality seemed lost on me. By telling us that if we did nothing we were a part of the problem seemed to be damning us for our moral views. It would be better for all of us if we can just leave the politics and fundamentally argumentative topics for some place else and just have fun and talk about our hobbies.

There was also the mention of having me delete the users account because I don't agree with them. Let me point out right now, I don't just delete accounts for reasons like that. But if you are going to make a point of telling me to delete your user account make sure that is is what you want. It only takes a couple of clicks to remove and account and once that happens it is permanent. I won't hesitate to do it at your request either, nor will I try to talk you out of it. So be sure that is what you want.

My point about all this is that when you post a message on a public forum on the Internet you need to think about the potential viewers of the post. You may be an adult but some of the readers here might not be.
Another season coming to a close
by Fat Cat on Tue, Sep 05 2006, 8:39 pm
We are starting to see the end of the 2006 rodding season. For me the end of the season culminates with the Street Rod Nationals North at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds in Kalamazoo, Michigan on September 15-17th. I usually do not go to any shows after that date.

So for me this is the big event of the year. It also means that winter will soon be here. For you guys and gals on the west coast that's when the rain comes down frozen and stays there for 3 months. You also don't have near the down time without a show to go to. Around here that means time to go into the shop and work on projects for the winter. Or make trips to the weekend indoor swap meets that seem to get fewer and fewer every year.

This year I will be doing things a little different. I started school about 3 months ago. So I will be doing school work instead of playing with cars.

So if you are planning to go to the Zoo for the show I hope to see you there. If not I hope what ever you have planned is just as much fun. Enjoy the last events of the season and hope to see you all in the Spring. As always you can find me hanging out here on the forums
Southern Motor 408 Pickup
by Fat Cat on Sat, Sep 23 2006, 5:40 pm
Yesterday one of our members posted a message on the forums about a new truck that will be produced by a company that seems to be trying a new tactic on custom vehicles and marketing. The truck in questions is the The Southern 358 from Southern Motor Company

It looks from all intents and purposes to be a newly built truck that has the appearance of a 50 year old one. This has many benefits in that you do not have to worry about hidden problems or errors. It is being built with 21st century technology. It also has all the advantages of a new car as well. This one is even going to be equipped with air bags on both the drivers and passengers sides.

The press release states that they will be making only 1200 of them total. With only 100 being built the first year which will be 2008. They will be covering this vehicle with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. Which is not something you see very often when dealing with a custom vehicle builder. One of the items that most concerns me is that they do not spend much time addressing how they will be addressing the emmisions issues. Just because they will be using a new 5.4L chevy motor does not mean that they will be using the factory settings. Which means that it might not meets the standards of your community.

I think it is an ingenious plan but I worry that it is too ambitious. I would hope that the backers of this project have taken note of the problems that faced the debacle of the Street Beast. They also need to make sure that it is built in much the same fashion as the original so that the parts interchange with stock trucks too. Marketing aside when you advertise a product you need to give the consumer a product that they will be willing to trumpet the praises of. It is a reality of today's society that any mistake that is made when dealing with a customer is going to be spread across the Internet in short order. I do think they might have worked on this, they have made it clear that you are required to make a deposit of $10,000 to order one. This money will be put into an escrow account and if you choose to not purchase the truck your money and any interest it accrues will be returned to you.

I would like to see this become successful for them as they would probably branch out into other models after this run is over.

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