U.S. Flood Damaged vehicles go to Canada?

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Is the U.S. dumping their flood-damaged cars into Canada

The United States has had some bad weather in the past and all the videos show cars and trucks bobbing up and down in the flood waters. Are these waterlogged vehicles heading North to Canada?.

Many of these vehicles from hurricane states have been written off by insurance companies, too unsafe for the road and too expensive to repair. BUT, are they still destined to our country as workable vehicles?

As the story goes, some of these vehicles come across legally into Canada providing they are sold as scrap. “Not fit for the road”.

 So now, you just purchased your dream car, cheap, what a deal you tell your friends.

But there’s one problem, it never made it off the car lot. The mechanic comes out, checks the no start and he says. “must have some electrical problem”. 

Two things would worry me, it’s from the United States with no history, and it has electrical problems that would raise a BIG RED flag.

Beware of those good deals.

We, in Ontario, have to purchase a “USED VEHICLE INSPECTION PACKAGE” before buying a used car. I always thought it was a government money grab, but it does somewhat protect the consumer.

The complete car history is in this package and it divulges all the previous owners, accident reports, etc. The problem stems from when a vehicle crosses the border, there is no information, no accident report, or any information of being written off by a US insurance company due to water damage (Cars being submerged in SALT water) “that would worry me”.

So that’s where the problem lies. Water on its own might not be that bad. Dry the vehicle out, it starts, it runs, and it has no miles on it. What’s not to like. CHEAP.

BUT,  SALT WATER!

We in Canada see our fair share of what salt can do to a car. It rots out the metal, the structure of your car, making it over time, unsafe for the road. Try submerging your vehicle in THE OCEAN. The salt water would discolor your interior, it would work its way into the very fabric and metal of your car. The engine could have been submerged in the salt water doing major damage to internal components and that, might not show up right away, but it will!

Salt is a form of acid and is a real killer for anything metal / cars etc.

 And let’s not forget the sensitive wiring on your car. Most automotive computer sensors and systems on new cars work on very low voltage and any disruption of bad connections, or water in the plugs, will have a major effect on the performance of your vehicle. In worst case scenarios, the car just won’t run at all and all problems in-between.

Dealerships charge major shop rates for tracing electrical problems in cars.

If you’re really hot after that car, knowing that it comes from the U.S, at least do your due diligence and check its history.

The United States insurance companies wrote these vehicles off for a good reason.

Always “try” and get a “used vehicle inspection package” history from the state that the car came from.

( in case you don’t know ) All vehicles from the U.S.have

“MILES PER HOUR” on their SPEEDOMETERS instead of kilometers per hour.

 “BEWARE OF THOSE GOOD DEALS”.

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COMPUTERS SMARTER THAN YOU

CAN YOUR COMPUTER LEARN ALL YOUR BAD HABITS?

MANY YEARS BACK WHEN THE PHYSICAL  COMPUTER WAS JUST IN INFANCY MODE, I PURCHASED A

STATE OF THE ART RADIO SHACK ELECTRONIC CHESS SET. 

YOU CAN PLAY WITH A LIVE BODY OR IF THERE’S NO ONE AROUND YOU CAN PLAY THE COMPUTER AS YOUR OPPONENT.

BUT, THAT’S OK, HOW HARD COULD IT BE? A PERSON PROGRAMMED THE MACHINE SO TO ME, IT WOULD BE THE SAME.

THERE WERE 1 TO 10 LEVELS. IST LEVEL, PIECE OF CAKE AND AS IT GOES UP THE LEVELS, THE HARDER IT WAS. ONE THING I NOTICED, WHEN I WAS CLOSE TO WINNING THE GAME, FUNNY THINGS WOULD START TO HAPPEN.

WHEN I GOT LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET IT IN CHECK AGAIN, THE GAME WOULD JUST TURN OFF. I’M THINKING, DID I HIT A WRONG BUTTON? DID SOMEBODY DISCONNECT THE POWER?

I HAD THAT STUPID CHESS GAME IN CHECK.

AND IT STILL DIDN’T DAWN ON ME.

THE FEW TIMES I HAD MY COMP-OPPONENT IN CHECK, I NOTICED THAT IT WAS THE COMPUTERIZED CHESS GAME THAT WAS GOING TILT, SHUTTING DOWN. THIS GAME BOARD COMPUTER, IT DIDN’T LIKE TO LOSE.

I WOULD GO SO FAR AS TO SAY, IT WAS LEARNING MY MOVES, MY HABITS, IT WAS ON TO ME LIKE A WET BLANKET.

THAT COULDN’T BE RIGHT, it’s ONLY A STUPID CHESS GAME. Eh

I GUESS I’M WATCHING TOO MANY STAR WAR MOVIES.

FAST FORWARD TO TODAY

FAST FORWARD TO TODAY AND THE NEW COMPUTERS ARE PROGRAMMED TO LEARN YOUR HABITS, “MAKING THINGS BETTER FOR THE CONSUMER” they say.

MAYBE THEY DO AND MAYBE THEY DONT

GO ONLINE (WWW) AND SOME COMPUTER, AND PROBABLY YOURS, IS SQUEALING ON YOU!

TELLING EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD, THIS IS WHAT I HAVE  BEEN LOOKING UP AND THE NEXT TIME YOU GO ON THE WEB, (FUNNY HOW IT HAPPENS), UP COMES EVERYTHING YOU’VE BEEN INQUIRING ABOUT FOR THE LAST WEEK.

GOOD THING OR BAD THING

YOU BE THE JUDGE.

MY POINT WOULD BE IF YOU USE THAT SAME TECHNOLOGY IN DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS, YOU COULD GET ENTIRELY DIFFERENT RESULTS LIKE I WROTE IN MY POST “THE OTHER ROOM”.

TECHNOLOGY IS A WONDEROUS THING.

IT WILL BE A SCARY THING WHEN THESE “MACHINES” GET SMARTER AND THEY WILL, JUST KEEP ON LEARNING AND OUR BRAINS, WELL —–

JUST GET MORE AND MORE  ……. PICKLED FROM NOT BEING USED.

SO, YOU BE THE JUDGE.

THIS IS ONLY A MOVIE, BUT IT DOES HAVE GOOD ACTORS.  .. I ROBOT

a couple of  more fun movies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0jhCZ_lo3Y

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Finding gold at a Automotive Swap Meet

Never know what you will find at Automotive Swap Meets 

∞∞ Automotive Swap Meets are where everybody brings {supposedly} automotive related items for sale or barter, but sometimes, you can find unusual things other than car related.
On one occasion I met a vendor with a wooden box filled with, well, I don’t know what they were. The vendor spotted me looking at these odd nails and came over and said, do you know what they are? .. Nope.

He told me the story of when Great Western Rail Company pulled up all the ties behind his house. He had his son’s remove all these Date Nails (he called them) from discarded ties. I did notice all these odd nails had numbers imposed on the head and it wasn’t like 1905, it was just 05, and that was the year that the railroad kept track of when that tie was installed or serviced on the tracks.

Well, that made total sense, so I bought the whole box with all these different dates on them. Now going back to my computer to do a little research on these nails, I did find this railroad company long gone from these parts and you know, one computer link takes you to another, but here is a story I didn’t expect.

Getting off Track with the story

When a railroad worker was working on top of a caboose, on a moving train no less, and forgot to look at the underpass coming up, well he was just swept off the car to his death, and the story doesn’t end there.
The other link tells the story of this #railroad worker and other shadows still walking the line after 100 years. Now, I don’t know why ghosts appear or roam at any particular place but maybe just an “unexpected demise… “Just maybe”.

These dated tie nails come from the same section of railway that this poor soul and possibly others are haunting/roaming or just plain … hanging around?

Anyway, this line is documented by the Paranormal Society as being haunted by abnormal activity.  Check out their U-tube video. These date nails are a piece of history and maybe a little on the spooky side to boot.

http://hamiltonparanormal.com/inksetter1.html

∞∞You never know what you find at these swap meets and with a little history, that’s a bonus.

(Note)…. Old Date Nails like most unusual things are collectables; however these collectors are in short supply unless you have a very crazy story behind those nails like, from the railway line of the famous (1900 “Dalton Gang” train robbery, Butch Cassidy) or haunted ones, other than that, they are just unusual nails with a number on them. 

Never know what you can find at these Swap Meets.

“Anyone want to buy some Cheap nails?” eH

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“I once found a pill bottle filled with $250. gold dust, tucked in amongst some old tools”.

 

Truck Mechanic VS Computer Guru

 

Truck Mechanic VS Computer Guru

Making this blog site does not come easy, it’s not like my family are computer gurus and just maybe some of the smarts rubbed off or could at very least helped me when I need to understand something. ..,. Nope, nobody. So I will learn to make a website on my own.

Sure I could PAY somebody but there’s no fun in that. Anyway, how does a person learn if somebody does it for you?

As a seasoned mechanic, our way of thinking is to the opposite end of the scale of the people that designed the web.

We mechanical technicians believed that when an engineer designed a car they installed the engine first and then they jammed the body over top, giving no or little thought to the fellow that had to work in that small hole.

In problem-solving, unless I’m familiar with the issue, I find it very helpful to try and think outside the box; try to understand how the makers/designers think and I find in most cases that’s all I needed. Rearrange my thinking.

The people that thought up this wondrous thing the web, well, must have been smoking some bad stuff.

The thinking then and now they seem to go out of their way to make things more difficult. The KISS rule is a thing of the past.

Making this site is taking a lot of energy out of me that I was saving for doing other things, but I will persevere and figure it out.

Once I understand the lingo, decipher that entire web (information overload and sometimes very useless information) I will build it and they will come. ….And where did I read that, anyway.

So the advertisement states

“Make your website in 20 easy minutes”……  Riiight!!

I will give these people one thing, My training, a way of thought is so much different, SO, I’ll have to think like them, smoke some Jamaican Gold and it will all come to me.  …. I will get it.

“No pain no gain”

But in our family the hand me downs, traits of my parents, will hopefully do me justice, making this site is one thing, but having something to say, well that  WILL come naturally.

So stay with me, I will beat this thing and there will be growing pains, changes as I go and with all the help of with the

10 million Plug-ins, how can I go wrong.

A plug-in for this, a plug-in for that and my all time favorite is a plug-in (computer program) that will grade my content so it would be good enough for a (human) to read. Let’s see if I got this, A computer will grade your content to see if it’s (good bad or ugly) enough for humans to read or other computers to rate it and that s on their computers rating system or something like that.

You have to ask yourself…. Who is running Who?

Told ya….. I have a long way to go.

I will share this example of thinking differently,

I took Flying lessons in a Cessna 150, and the instructor told me to go higher, (more fuel). I pulled the throttle out and down we went, instead of up we went down.

Working on old trucks, equipment, to speed the engine up you pull the throttle out, the opposite way in a small airplane.

Thanks for asking … I’m still here and ready for a new adventure.

I hope making a website is not as dangerous.

Watch for a part two, How I’m making out with my website.

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