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The Ford SVT That Never Was

on 20 Jun 2021  Posted by Helladamnleet  Category: Technology  Comments: 0
We miss the SVT Lightning, the most entertaining pickup ever to bolt off an assembly line. Ford offered the hot truck in two generations: Model years 1993 through ’95, and ’99 through 2004. A cool concept for a third-generation edition was presented at the 2003 North American International (Detroit) Auto Show, but for a variety of reasons Ford never followed through with production.

The first-gen Lightning was powered by a 351-cubic-inch (5.8-liter) Cleveland V-8 tuned to 240 horsepower and mated to a four-speed automatic. While it wasn’t as quick as GMC’s turbocharged Syclone compact pickup, Ford SVT’s first production effort did drive well while maintaining full F-150 towing and hauling capabilities. Since only 11,563 Lightnings were sold over three model years, this truck is on the verge of being highly collectible.

After a three-year break, SVT launched a larger and more potent Lightning for the 1999 model year based on the 10th-generation F-150 pickup. A supercharged 5.4-liter Triton V-8 delivered 360 horsepower, later increased to 380 hp, again delivered via a four-speed automatic. While chassis upgrades even further upped handling capabilities, this truck’s claim to fame was all-out speed. Guinness confirmed its 147-mph top end, making this Lightning the planet’s fastest pickup. While the six-model-year production volume of 28,124 Lightnings dented the second generation’s exclusivity a bit, these trucks are still highly sought after.

At the 2003 Detroit auto show, Ford celebrated its 100th anniversary with an all-new 11th generation F-150 pickup for the 2004 model year. The tantalizing sideshow was a new SVT Lightning concept boasting several amazing touches. An independent rear suspension borrowed from the Ford Expedition was tuned for ultimate on-road handling. Huge Brembo-vented and cross-drilled disc brakes smiled through 22-inch six-spoke aluminum wheels. Under a scooped hood, a 5.4-liter V-8 was endowed with 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, thanks to an Eaton supercharger. A Tremec T56 stick-shaft tranny contained six forward gears.

The most interesting feature Ford previewed was a device called Super Cooler using the truck’s A/C system to lower the temperature in a coolant tank to 30 degrees F. On demand, the chilled fluid would be routed through the supercharger’s intercooler to remove 20-percent additional heat from the incoming air. SVT boss O.J. Coletti was granted U.S. patent 6006540A for this clever invention in 1999. Naturally, it was nicknamed ‘Cool-etti.’

Unfortunately, Lightning never struck three. Coletti offers insight why: “The new F-150 platform was several hundred pounds heavier than its predecessor. To fulfill our internal requirement to make each new SVT better and more capable than the outgoing model, we would have needed another 100 horsepower. While the Super Cooler helped meet the power requirement, the automatic transmission we had in mind lacked sufficient torque capacity. We presented the concept vehicle with a manual transmission, but SVT’s consensus was that the stick was less than ideal for a production model so we placed the program on hold. I am glad that FCA confirmed the Super Cooler’s worth by adding a version it calls Power Chiller to their 840-hp Challenger SRT Demon.”

By the time FCA took advantage of the technology in 2017, Ford’s patent had expired.

After Coletti left Ford, his successors reopened the Lightning portfolio. Ford engineer Eric Zinkosky told a Motor Authority journalist, “In 2006, we started looking at a performance truck built on the new F-150 chassis. It would have required ample power, huge tires, and monstrous brakes. All that posed a huge challenge. To stop a fast-moving truck on a road course, six-piston Brembo calipers would have been required. This drove us to the conclusion that a big, heavy performance truck made little sense.”

Ford’s Global Performance Vehicle Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi then stepped in to steer the effort in a more fruitful direction. Zinkosky explained, “None of the original equipment makers were offering a high-performance truck aimed at off-roading. Ford seized that opportunity, resulting in the SVT Raptor which arrived in the 2010 model year to high acclaim.”

So, in the world of performance car and truck engineering, when one concept stumbles, there must always be another clever idea to take its place.

Testing out a new BBS

on 20 Jun 2021  Posted by Helladamnleet  Category: Technology  Comments: 0
Be sure to check out the new 'Forum' link at the top of the page. It leads to a new integrated BBS that I think will be a good addition to the site.
[Submitted by Helladamnleet]

YouTube Preventing Adblocking Software

on 07 Sep 2020  Posted by Helladamnleet  Category: Technology  Comments: 0

Recently users have been reporting ads appearing on YouTube videos despite the use of adblocking softwares. In addition to these ads being visible, they are also unable to be skipped, and in some cased the videos are unable to be watched at all.

Personally I feel like this could be the final nail in their coffin, or at least the beginning of the end.
[Submitted by Helladamnleet]

Retroarch "down"

on 16 Aug 2020  Posted by Helladamnleet  Category: Technology  Comments: 0

More details here: https://www.libretro.com/index.php/hacker-vandalised-our-buildbot-and-github-organization/

The short version is that the file hosts for all the core updates & the netplay servers are down thanks to some hackers. Helluva time to have a hankering for new cores :/

R.I.P Grant Imahara

on 20 Jul 2020  Posted by Helladamnleet  Category: Technology  Comments: 0

Imahara died on July 13, 2020, at the age of 49 after suffering a ruptured brain aneurysm . He shall be truly missed by many.

Grant Imahara By Gage Skidmore

Amateur Taxidermy

on 22 May 2020  Posted by e107  Category: Technology  Comments: 0

Ever think to yourself, man I wish I had a skeleton without all that pesky meat on it. Well now you can! Introducing the Dermestid. You've probably seen these little flesh eating beetles around and never given them much thought. And why would you? They don't bother anyone, they don't eat living or wet meat, and are generally harmless. They can do some damage to leather and carpet if they are left unchecked. These little buggers are use by museums and taxidermists to efficiently clean the meat off a skeleton. This skeleton can be anything, human or animal. Some people think bleaching the bones is a good idea and while that creates white bones, it also makes them brittle. Some people like to boil the meat off the bones and while that works, it often creates yellow bones that aren't pleasing to look at.

What you want to do is get a Dermestid colony and set them up. There are charts to see what size colony you need for the size of skeletons you want to clean and how long it will take. A skull for example.

Requires you to remove all the heavy meats such as the tongue, eyes, and brain. Then you have to let the meat dry for a time to get a nice jerky consistency. You can do this artificially with drying rooms or you can just leave it in a warm, dry place. Be warned though, you will attract flies and that's not the kind of crowd you want doing your taxidermy work. After the meat is dry, you just toss it in the colony making sure you don't crush any of your workers. They will go to town on it and within a few days, depending on the size of the object, it will be clean. After that you clean any bits that the bugs didn't and dunk it in peroxide. Leave it there for a few days and it will whiten the skull without making it brittle.

The bigger the carcass, the more bugs you need. The bugs themselves need a few small bones here and there to live in along with some sort of substrate type material. Your best bet is to do this outside away from your home and to lock it down tight. The smell of dead animals will attract all sorts of scavengers to your box.

Side note:

You can feed a lot of chickens cheaply with maggots. Take a bucket and drill a bunch of holes in it and then fill it up with rotten animals. Flies get in and lay eggs and maggots are born. Then dump the maggots out for the chickens.

By Das Troll

2000-2005 Buick Lesabre Window Regulator Repair

on 17 May 2020  Posted by e107  Category: Technology  Comments: 0

Just had to put on of these in because the wire came out of mine and broke a bunch of shit. It's really not hard either you just:

  • Remove plastic trim behind door handle, and light in door
  • Remove two screws hidden behind previously mentioned trim
  • Pull the door panel off CAREFULLY as the door tweeters have to be removed separately
  • If driver's door remove door module (10mm socket)
  • Remove plastic sheeting
  • IDEALLY you'll be able to have the glass all the way up to remove the retaining clip bolts (10mm socket)
  • Carefully remove glass
  • Unbolt regulator (10mm socket)
  • Swap window motor onto new regulator (10mm socket)
  • Assemble in reverse order

It's a lot of steps, but they're easy steps other than removing the glass from the regulator if it's already stuck. Otherwise worst case is you might have to just cut the regulator wires so the glass can slide freely. I opted not to because I was hoping to be able to repair the existing regulator.

GTA V Free on Epic Games

on 15 May 2020  Posted by e107  Category: Technology  Comments: 0

Welcome to the new CMS

on 31 Mar 2020  Posted by e107  Category: Technology  Comments: 0

Please go to https://newtotse.com/phpbb3 for the time being

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