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  1. Years ago, when you still could, the first bluefin on the boat that season was sacrificed to the Highly Migratory Species Gods straight from the Hudson canyon to the Soy and Wasabi canyon. I'm still here. It also didn't bother the little Japanese men who would be waiting at the dock with 50 grand in their pockets to pay top dollar for whatever we had. In the 80's, one giant would pay for your slip and fuel for the season. I don't think I would eat raw Raritan bay fish or anything in close proximity to Staten Island for that matter...
  2. Mmmmmmmmmmm... anisakiasis.
  3. Raw fish over a bed of rice is chirashi.
  4. If you take it to the dealer for service, then of course you will get mugged. If you can turn a wrench, service is cheap, easy, and can be done in a a minimal amount of time. Especially on an 88. SIMPLE.
  5. How many of you who commented on the 97 Discovery have owned or spent time in one? Just what I thought... If you want honest feedback from people who actually OWN Rovers, check out some of the US based Rover groups, particularly Discoweb. There you will find some of the answers you are looking for. Shoot me a PM if you are having trouble finding links. "over priced yuppie junk" 94 D90 97 Discovery
  6. I'm still trying to figure out what math you guys are using to come to a break even number. Diesel fuel is cheaper, gives you better milage, cheaper in repair costs. 10 years ago you may have had a case, however diesel fuel prices have been competitive with premium and more recently cheaper than regular. Just wait till biodiesel stations start popping up... "Welcome to McDonalds. Would you like try a value meal or just a fill up?"
  7. Does Ford make an F-150 Super Crew with a Powerstroke? The diesel would give respectable mileage. The TRD is sweet but averages 17 mpg as my buddy's commuter vehicle.
  8. The D147 was made by Land Rover Special Vehicles. Defender 90/110/130's are common as dirt in the UK. Here, there are only about 7000 90's and 525 110's here imported by Land Rover. There are a number of Illegal, legally imported, gray market and kit cars available too. Expect to pay a premium. If you have deep pockets, you can have everything on your list short of a stainless steel frame which you can swap for a galvanized frame. To import(as a kit) a new D130 crew cab with TD5 would run you upwards of 80k. Then you have to assemble it. You could have East Coast Rovers build you one for about the same only it would be retitled as a 94, 95 or 97. If you do without the auto, you can save on the powerstroke and get a bare bones model with the 300TDi.
  9. This year everything is a few weeks behind. Might wanna reconsider a later date. Gotta love the monkey wrench. Especially the water temps. I don't think the bay will be warm enough by August.
  10. If that's still not enough room...
  11. Certainly a nice vehicle but too small. Not enough room for inside storage with 6 people in there (family). The seats take all the room. Seats 9. Sleeps 6.
  12. 2010 maybe... At that point, Ford will have completely bastardized the Defender, which will share the same platform as the new Bronco to compete with the Wrangler. The Bronco concept is currently on the Escape platform which Ford claims is a competent offroader. So that should leave you: 2. Diesel 6. Reclining front seats. 7. Air conditioning. 8. Automatic transmission.
  13. Waxoyl is an undercoat. Great stuff.
  14. The British have been using an aluminum block V8 for over 30 years. Originally developed by Buick, the 216 could be found in Land Rovers to TVRs. The Land Rover variations, while they may seem anemic in the acceleration department, have gobs of torque. The original 3.5 had 164hp and 220lbs.ft of torque for a compact lightweight engine. The last incarnation, the 4.6, puts out 225hp and 277lbs.ft. In fact, Back in the 50's, GM was looking towards aluminum for building all of its future engines from because of its efficiency and lighter weight, however it was the lobbying power of "big steel" that eventually turned GM around. That and in the 60's thin walled casting techniques improved and in effect negated the major advantages of aluminum.
  15. No confusion here. They don't sell boys size cast nets at Effenger. The ring works. Especially for short casts when you need to get the net over the gunwall or transom and still have it open fully.
  16. Look for an Easy-Throw cast net. They have them in Effengers near me for 50-60 bucks. They have a metal ring on the inside to assist in the rotation to open the net faster on throws. I can pick one up for you if you like. I have a 6' net that works great. You may need a smaller one. You more your size.
  17. The filter oil used in K&N's also tends to clog MAF sensors when over oiled. That can be an expensive repair/replacement.
  18. Tow strap or kinetic rope. NEVER use a chain to snatch a stuck vehicle.
  19. I remember. I had Trek 7000(aluminum) and 970(steel) mountain bikes bought in the 90's. Stock there was a 12oz. difference with almost identical XT/XTR components. Once I put Manatou shocks on the front and tried to shave the additional weight off with assorted Ti and 6063 goodies, they were still 22 lbs. . Honestly I never noticed how much more rigid the aluminum frame was. However, I did eventually break the downtube on the 7000 with a direct hit on a rock from about 2 feet up wheras I still have the 970. Go figure.
  20. As I said, I'm comparing apples to oranges. However, an automobile has a suspension to deflect bumps. A hull does not and can be torqued and bent in all directions at speed or even gentle chop. ANd yes the USCG does overbuild. But they overbuild using a material that will not fail, CAN NOT fail. Lives depend on it. Audi's entire line uses aluminum frames(Space Frame). They even had an all aluminum concept car a while back(AL2). If they move their Steppenwolf SUV concept into production, it too will be all aluminum.
  21. I think metal fatigue would be a non issue. Take boats for example. The hull of a boat can take far more stress than any car or truck frame. If stress were an issue, would the coast guard use welded aluminum hulls? I'm comparing apples and oranges yes, but fatigue would not come into play for either. Rigidity I believe is the issue for automobiles, whereas for boats it is a bonus.
  22. I've had 5 rovers so far from a 68 Series2a to my current 2 which is a 94 Defender 90 and a 97 Discovery. All of which have done hard time from the NJ beaches to the brutal road salted winters of Vermont. The only problems I've had with corrosion have been in the steel chassis and some galvanic corrosion in certain areas due to welds and poor drainage areas in weep holes. I would consider them minor design flaws. Other than that they are rust free.
  23. Land Rover. Aluminun body on boxed steel ladder frame. Keeps the center of gravity low for what would otherwise bee a tall tippy vehicle. There are not many vehicles left out there that are not unibody.
  24. Also remember: 1) all contracts related to fishing prior to the pregnancy are no longer in effect and 2) any deal made during the pregnancy where negotiations involve, for example the exchange of a days fishing for a 2 a.m. hot fudge sundae, are not binding even if said party has already taken delivery on the sundae.
  25. It never ends. My wife planned a birthday party for my youngest son on the opening day of fluke season. That's just un-american. My advice is to look 40 weeks ahead to see which season it corresponds to BEFORE you conceive.