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It was a fun project. I had no idea what I was doing, and most of the work I hired out to professionals, but I learned a lot and had a good time tinkering. But it was also a pain. There was always something starting to leak, something that didn't want to work, some electrical gremlin that made driving it more of a chore than it should have been.

I'm extremely glad I bought it and fixed it up, as that was something on my bucket list from a very early age... but I think I have gotten the "old car" bug out of my system. The only old car I want to mess with is the one I've been daily driving for 19 years. I'm still a car guy, but I'm a modern car guy who appreciates (but doesn't want to own) anything antique.

Maybe I'll feel differently when I'm fabulously wealthy and I can buy show-quality antiques and hire someone full time to keep them in tip-top shape, you know, like Leno's guy. But for a regular dude with basic but not extensive mechanic skills, I'm sticking to something newer.
 

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I'm extremely glad I bought it and fixed it up, as that was something on my bucket list from a very early age... but I think I have gotten the "old car" bug out of my system. The only old car I want to mess with is the one I've been daily driving for 19 years. I'm still a car guy, but I'm a modern car guy who appreciates (but doesn't want to own) anything antique.
Constantly working on something without ending in performance gains or looking cooler gets old. Leaning over the engine bay, crawling underneath the car, contortioning around the interior, busting up your knuckles, all miserable if the car only ends up no faster, louder, better looking or more comfortable than when you started.
 

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Spent the day yesterday at home sick. HBO was having a Deadwood marathon so I watched a few episodes. I like it but man every other word is "F this" and "F that". I'm no prude but I can't have that going while the kids are at home...so I ended up watching it on mute with subtitles. :rolleyes:
 

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Got my 5.1.2 sound system mostly setup yesterday.. whew! I haven't had a 'real' sound system in almost 20 years. I got a couple nice soundbars with subwoofers, but man those can't hold a candle to a real discreet sound system.

Having a dedicated center channel again is a godsend.. dialog.. where have you been all this time? Still need to dial in the settings for the surrounds and Atmos height speakers, but already watching Infinity War last night was epic.

The receiver I got was on some killer sale at Frys, but now kind of regretting getting a 7.1 and not the 9.1, but I probably don't really need or have room for rear Atmos speakers in this tiny living room.
 

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I've always set up a surround sound, even when I was younger and had my own TV! (Squeeee! 😅) and cobbled my own together with my stereo system. Fast forward lots of years, when we got our new "smart" TV I bought a smart wireless surround to go with it and moved the old 50" and wired surround system up to my new dedicated game room and toy museum. Shocker that the new wireless crap died a couple years later while the wired system is still going strong nearly 20 years later. :grumpy:
 

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Yeah, all the new fancy stuff seems to break down a lot quicker.

The whole reason I did this was a relative gave me a set of his old Boston Acoustics speakers from.. must be the late 80s or early 90s. The receiver and "CD/DVD" player are laughably out of date, so I didn't use those, but the speakers sound just as good as ever, even all these years later.. and all you need is speaker wire.. no newfangled electronics to get in the way!
 

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I haven't done a serious cinematic sound set up since we moved down about 12 years ago, despite having high aspirations because of pre-wiring in the house we bought then. I wasn't going to be satisfied with anything less than Bose mini speakers/receiver set with the speakers ceiling mounted. Anything larger or in the way bothers the wife. And... we never found the extra cash to dedicate to such an expensive system/set up. I have found and set up a couple decent soundbar/subwoofer sets, which we have used since with tolerable results.

We also have permanent wired sound to four rooms and two sets of permanent outdoor speakers in the new house, which I got up and running not long after we moved in. It's pretty tough to find an affordable system to drive all that (needs to have 12 outputs and enough juice to drive it), but it was eBay to the rescue. It took some trial and error to get it functional, particularly since it was set up for another house and could not be reprogrammed without some original code (keeps installers in business I guess). Anyway, it's cool to be able to run music to pretty much anywhere you might congregate or hang out. Crazy that the only thing connected is a cheapo Amazon Bluetooth receiver that pairs with our phones (and thereby libraries of music). The world has definitely changed...
 

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Yeah, we had a garage sale last weekend and probably this weekend, I'm trying to unload my hundreds of DVDs.. just no need anymore with streaming.. and DVD quality ain't that great on 4K tvs. I still have a ton of my CDs, and don't know if I'll ever get rid of those.. but how long before cars just come with a bluetooth connection?

A local Frys had a very nice Denon home theater received on sale for $419 (from $999), it seems to take everything I throw at it, so I'm excited to play around with it.
 

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When I built the house, I ran pvc conduit all over the place for audio, video, security, telecom, etc. Most importantly, I ran it for hardwired 7.1 in the living room and the kids' tv room (which will someday be the home theater). I wired my office, master BR, and wife's office for just 2.1, but even that sounds miraculously better than TV speakers with a pair of Bose 161's and a sub.

My amps are nothing special, as I'm not an audiofile, just regular sony & pioneer stuff. I only regret that I bought them before bluetooth was a standard feature. I hate having to cobble together input lines or add-on bluetooth receivers, but whatcha gonna do. Regardless, my children are spoiled, as they watch everything in 7.1, and normal TV sounds like crap to them. It's a rough life.
 
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I still have a ton of my CDs, and don't know if I'll ever get rid of those.. but how long before cars just come with a bluetooth connection?
I put bluetooth sony head units in my camaro and toyota 4x4 several years ago, and it's the best money I ever spent. I don't even know where my hundreds of CD are anymore, probably a box in storage. It's been many years since I listened to a disc. Music and podcasts just live on my phone, automatically connect when I turn on the car, and I control it all with the dash. It's glorious.

Physical media that isn't comic books can suck a dick. I haven't bought a DVD or bluray in years either. Everything's digital, living on media server harddrives throughout the house. Everything I could ever want to watch, movies to tv to cartoons to old sports... all right there, bandwidth free. I know streaming is easy enough for those of you with unlimited gigabit interwebs, but I love the fact that I have everything local, nothing dependent on comcast or netflix or amazon. And it doesn't take up any space.
 

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I've been on a 4K UHD disk kick.. I don't know why. Well, I know why. The picture quality on 4K disk is way better than 4K streaming.. but I also kind of like the box art on the steelbooks. Ugh. It's a problem.

The fact that you can buy a 4K disk for $30 and get a Blu-ray and a digital copy.. or just buy the digital copy for $25.. hmmm.

I used to do the download route.. but I just don't have the time/patience to look for stuff anymore. PirateBay and me used to be such good friends..
 

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I usually scout around for sales, so most are in the $14.99-$19.99 range, and again when they come with the regular blu-ray and the digital copy (movies anywhere!) it makes me feel a little better inside. Half the time we'll just watch the digital copy through the Xbox, but if I want really good picture and sound, I pop in the disk.

At some point the streaming will catch up with the disks, just like Blu-ray, but I am guessing it'll take a bit.
 

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My son and I were actually talking about it today. The problem is that we have a winter scene planned next, and for the second straight winter, we got no snow. And I'm lazy, so figuring out the logistics of filming everything out of order is a pain in the butt. However, it appears I'm going to have to do exactly that.

It's going to be cool. Maybe not as cool as the YT video everyone loves, as we don't have the equipment, film-making skills, or editing prowess of that crew... but it'll be the best I can do with a 10-12 yo assistant. ;)
 

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The only one I ever paid for was Adam West. He didn't have a line, and I knew he wouldn't be around forever. I had him sign a headshot for my son (who was at home). He leaned over the counter he was set up behind, and said, "where is he?" as if Alex was just really short. We all had a good laugh.
 

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Only celeb I met at a con was John Schneider because he too had no line. Actually, he wasn't even standing behind the table, just in front of it. I didn't know he was going to be there because I didn't even check for celeb attendance, so I wasn't prepared. I just walked up to him, shock his hand, told him it was a pleasure to meet him and that I was a big Dukes fan and that was it. No big deal. He was a much bigger man than I expected. Catherine Bach was there too, but she actually had a line. 😄
 

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When I was in Vegas many years ago I went down to the Aladdin Planet Hollywood mall ( don’T remember which trip it was) & met Richard Kiel Jaws from the Bond movies. He seemed a bit annoyed to be signing in a random mall. At least at cons you expect to run into famous people. In Vegas the $20 to sign was more likely going to the casino
 

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Only "celeb" I ever met was Todd McFarlane, doing a signing at the Fort Hood PX, of all places. Met Gen. Franks, too, but I don't reckon he's a celebrity.
 

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Apparently all the big celebs I wanted to catch a glimpse of were not there on Sunday and any of the B list names I recognized were kept behind curtains. Kinda shitty they've gotten so drastic in their approach that you are not even allowed to look at them without paying.
 

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Only celeb I met at a con was John Schneider because he too had no line. Actually, he wasn't even standing behind the table, just in front of it. I didn't know he was going to be there because I didn't even check for celeb attendance, so I wasn't prepared. I just walked up to him, shock his hand, told him it was a pleasure to meet him and that I was a big Dukes fan and that was it. No big deal. He was a much bigger man than I expected. Catherine Bach was there too, but she actually had a line. 😄
I went to a signing appearance of John Schneider in the early 80's, around the peak of his Dukes stardom. I was probably about 7 years old. The line was about 3-hrs long. We waited a looooong time, but I still have the signed headshot I got back then.

About two decades later, I went to a Dukesfest in Bristol ('04 IIRC), and everyone was there except Tom and John (of course, Jesse and Boss were long since passed). Every one of the actors had a line too long (even Cletus!), but the highlight of the show for me was just walking past Jimmy Best's table and hearing him tell some guy that he was gonna "Cuff you and stuff you!" Then he did the little giggle. There is something really cool about actors who "lean in" to their geek popularity. It's so much more interesting if the actors are having as much fun as you are, and I think Best absolutely loved playing Roscoe.

Forgive the crappy video, but it was all my digital camera was capable of 15 years ago. Also note, I do not know the excited kids or their annoyed parents heard in the audio. Redneck crowds!

 

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That's a great story about "Roscoe". That something overheard could be so memorable.

My dad went to a local car show and made it a point to make a bigger deal about the Hazzard cop car than the General Lee to make the owner feel good. Safely assuming that the cop car always got the least attention. 😄

The jumps make me sad knowing that every time another Charger gets wrecked.
 

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Read an article about dukes of hazard cars, I believe there were about 22 cars. Jump cars were rebuilt regularly. Close up cars for actors & some regular driving cars which saw mixed damage. They had a similar set up for the kit cars.

If it makes you feel better i’m Not sure how much of those jump cars were 100% charger at some point it’s better to put a cover on a junk car then wreck a usable Charger.
 
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Read an article about dukes of hazard cars, I believe there were about 22 cars. Jump cars were rebuilt regularly. Close up cars for actors & some regular driving cars which saw mixed damage. They had a similar set up for the kit cars.

If it makes you feel better i’m Not sure how much of those jump cars were 100% charger at some point it’s better to put a cover on a junk car then wreck a usable Charger.
Everything I've ever read said there were about 22 cars per season, and that around 212 were used over the entire series. Most, but not all were destroyed. A dozen or so of the junkers were found on WB's back-lot and "rescued" about 15-20 years ago by a group of DoH superfans, many of whom completely restored theirs.

In the later years of the show, many of the jumps were done using models, or in some cases, just reused older footage... so I don't think they destroyed as many in the final couple of years.

In restoring my dodge, I had a book all about the production of the charger. They made enough of them that the 212 Warner Brothers destroyed were not even a drop in the bucket. So while it's sad, it was a small fraction of a single percent of all the 68-70 chargers made. Remember, one of the reasons that model was chosen was because it was plentiful and cheap. It would be like us destroying a Ford Taurus today or something. The assumption being that they wouldn't be missed... On the other hand, they never dreamed the show would run past the first season, so planning was probably minimal at best.

Overall, the impact of the show on chargers is far greater outside of it's production. Mopar enthusiasts have a love/hate with the General. They hate that so many chargers are "ruined" by painting them orange and installing roll cages... but on the other hand, they love that so many people are into the cars and want to preserve them. The one I saw jumped was a complete junker, while there were dozens of show-quality cars to admire. So it wasn't exactly a major loss.
 
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I shudder to think I'll have to get the lawn mower running. At the start of every season there's ALWAYS something wrong, and it already is. Two flat tires. So now I have to wrestle those off and get them aired, put them back on probably to find out they need to be replaced, so I'll have to take them off again and switch them out. And when I go to crank it up for the first time, the batter will probably be dead so I'll have to borrow a battery charger from my father in law, wait around a couple of days for that, and THEN maybe I'll get to mow.

And then the deck will fall off......again.

I fucking hate that machine. We probably could have bought a new one but we had our water heater give out on us last month and that cost us $900 to replace. No way we'll be getting a new mower now.