carmudgeons.com  

Go Back   carmudgeons.com > Automotive Forums > Keepin' it local

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-13-2010, 04:00 PM   #11
Optimus Prime
Carmudgeon
 
Optimus Prime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Carmudgeonly Ride: Golf TDi
Location: Peoria, IL
Posts: 3,283
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terry Kennedy View Post
I've actually been to Peoria a few times, mostly boating on the lake and river. There are these crazy fish (IIRC, some invasive species) that apparently get so mad at boaters that they fling themselves out of the water at people.
Asian carp, they're totally mucking up the rivers and starting to get into the great lakes. It's a big deal around here.

although, it's now a fun way to fish with a compound bow. Rile them up and shoot them in the air, then reel them in.
__________________
Jason
Optimus Prime is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2010, 01:58 AM   #12
3LOU5
Slacker Extraordinaire
 
3LOU5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 2,505
I see you're passing by Reno.

Just to let you know, I've never seen an Atom up close.

__________________
2016 Toyota Sienna SE - hers
2002 BMW 325i - his
1994 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Sportside Z71 - whoevers vehicle is in the shop
2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Vivid Black) - his
2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Pearl White) - hers
2011 Tao Tao 50 - whoevers bike is in the shop
2007 Reinell 186 FNS - the dog's
1995 Fleetwood Flair 27R - EVERYBODY'S !
3LOU5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2010, 02:02 AM   #13
Terry Kennedy
There and back again
 
Terry Kennedy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Carmudgeonly Ride: 2003 BMW 325xiT; looking for a new fun car
Location: New York
Posts: 2,473
Quote:
Originally Posted by 3LOU5 View Post
I see you're passing by Reno.

Just to let you know, I've never seen an Atom up close.
This may be your chance
Terry Kennedy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2010, 11:58 AM   #14
Terry Kennedy
There and back again
 
Terry Kennedy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Carmudgeonly Ride: 2003 BMW 325xiT; looking for a new fun car
Location: New York
Posts: 2,473
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terry Kennedy View Post
I'll be driving the Atom to Laguna Seca (what the heck, it's just all the way across the country ) for an event from the 8th to the 10th of July and then back later in the month.
I'm leaving in a few minutes, so my postings here will probably drop off quite a bit. Follow me at http://www.atomacrossamerica.org
Terry Kennedy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2010, 02:02 AM   #15
Terry Kennedy
There and back again
 
Terry Kennedy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Carmudgeonly Ride: 2003 BMW 325xiT; looking for a new fun car
Location: New York
Posts: 2,473
Sabotage?!?!

As far as I (and a Chevy dealer) can tell, someone performed some late-night adjustments on the Atom (which was under a car cover at the time) just outside of Indianapolis a couple days ago.

After a day and a half of troubleshooting, we determined that the powertrain control relay wasn't kicking in. The dealer rigged a bypass to get me going, since I was way behind schedule at that point.

About 150 miles down the road from the dealer, I noticed that my TomTom GPS had shut down due to a low battery condition. That's odd, as it is connected to the car wiring for power.

On investigating, I discovered that the latching power connector for the TomTom dock (which could not have come apart by accident) was unplugged. While looking around under there, I found that one of the 2 smaller wires to the master disconnect switch was unplugged and dangling.

Reconnecting that got my powertrain relay working again, so I removed the bypass the dealer had put in.

I have no idea why anyone would do such a thing. I'd accept that one of these might just be from vibration, but 2 in the same area (one of which is a locking connector) is really suspicious.

I've made up a half a day and am now only one day behind schedule. I'm in Lincoln, NE tonight. This means that I rushed past and didn't get a chance to visit w/ Kognito, unfortunately. But if I'm to make the start of the race, I have to go flat out every day to get to CA in time.
Terry Kennedy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2010, 10:46 AM   #16
kognito
older fart than ZBB
 
kognito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: On the road again
Posts: 6,458
Think it is possible that a complete moron tried to hot wire, and steal it??

Sorry for your delays, I would really like to see your Atom one day.

Drive safe!

Doug

They are hosting the national "Wing-Ding" for Honda Goldwing owners, and GoodGuy's car show/swap meet here in Des Moines this weekend. . . .Bikes and Hot Rods (3500 of them) are all over the place here this week. I seriously need to get a digital camera for the car. Some incredible restored cars cruizing around
__________________
2014 Ford Edge Limited AWD
2016 Focus SE
kognito is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 12:15 AM   #17
Terry Kennedy
There and back again
 
Terry Kennedy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Carmudgeonly Ride: 2003 BMW 325xiT; looking for a new fun car
Location: New York
Posts: 2,473
Quote:
Originally Posted by 3LOU5 View Post
I see you're passing by Reno.

Just to let you know, I've never seen an Atom up close.
I'm in Lovelock, NV tonight. (For a fun experience, Google for "Lovelock hellhole").

I have to do 400+ miles tomorrow to get to Salinas.

I'm not sure what time I'll be passing through Reno, or what time(s) you're free. If you PM me a phone number, I'll call you in the morning.
Terry Kennedy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 01:38 AM   #18
3LOU5
Slacker Extraordinaire
 
3LOU5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Reno, NV
Posts: 2,505
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terry Kennedy View Post
I'm in Lovelock, NV tonight. (For a fun experience, Google for "Lovelock hellhole").

I have to do 400+ miles tomorrow to get to Salinas.

I'm not sure what time I'll be passing through Reno, or what time(s) you're free. If you PM me a phone number, I'll call you in the morning.
Oh man, you're only 90 miles or so from Reno.

I'm usually free in the mornings, and work 1530 till 0200 (four 10-hour shifts....gotta love them !).

I'll PM my number, maybe we can meet somewhere off I-80. (If you have time, I live 10 miles north of the interstate in Sparks).
__________________
2016 Toyota Sienna SE - hers
2002 BMW 325i - his
1994 Chevrolet Silverado K1500 Sportside Z71 - whoevers vehicle is in the shop
2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Vivid Black) - his
2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL883 Low (Pearl White) - hers
2011 Tao Tao 50 - whoevers bike is in the shop
2007 Reinell 186 FNS - the dog's
1995 Fleetwood Flair 27R - EVERYBODY'S !
3LOU5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 03:01 AM   #19
Terry Kennedy
There and back again
 
Terry Kennedy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Carmudgeonly Ride: 2003 BMW 325xiT; looking for a new fun car
Location: New York
Posts: 2,473
Quote:
Originally Posted by 3LOU5 View Post
Oh man, you're only 90 miles or so from Reno.
Yup. And if I could have, I would have continued on to at least Fernley. But after 500+ miles in the Atom I needed to stop for the day. So I wound up here. I need to wind up in Salinas by tonight, so I can meet the installer that has my tires (a new set of AO48's from Tire Rack) and get them on the Atom before the track day.
Terry Kennedy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2010, 12:53 PM   #20
lip277
The old cranky SOB....
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Carmudgeonly Ride: several cars... way too many....
Location: Near Seattle
Posts: 3,811
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terry Kennedy View Post

I have to do 400+ miles tomorrow to get to Salinas.
Haha - That is the town I grew up in.

And near where I'll be towards the end of the month.
Nuts.... Timing sucks....
__________________
Kevin


1970 2800CS - - 2001 740iL - - 2001 Yukon - - 2006 997.1
1968 Mustang GT Convertible - - 2003 Ford F250 PSD
lip277 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NYT Reviews the Ariel Atom 3 TD Car Talk 4 04-28-2010 12:10 AM
Hey Terry, want a 2nd Atom? rumatt Car Talk 4 05-27-2007 08:50 PM
Jay Leno on the A. Atom equ Car Talk 5 04-02-2007 04:12 PM
Saw an Ariel Atom today nate Car Talk 43 02-13-2007 05:15 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Forums 2003-2008, 'Mudgeon Enterprises - Site hosting by AYN & Associates, LLC