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That was for Your tuner mr Japanese cyclone man . He was talking about going manual steering in his car in here . Lol
Cycrone?

Low hanging fruit, I know.

Today I'm leaving rome, and doing the single coolest thing you can do when forced to ride at the mercy of a mass transit system:
Fly above the ground at 155 mph on a Bullet train.

Why we cant do the same thing in the US baffles me...this thing is raging along at an elevation so high, my ears are popping. The clouds are actually touching the ground in places..the one way trip costing a little more than 80.00 ea to cover the 250 miles in 1.5 hours.
Here's a good explanation of why we don't have high-speed rail in the US.
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbEfzuCLoAQ


Have fun in Italy. My wife and I visited in 2012 and it's still our #1 favorite vacation we've taken. We also took the high-speed train from Rome to Naples on our way to Sorrento.
 
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On track again with the car. After telling the Converter guy to go ahead and add the spacers to the converter, the euro3AMD ( who actually is a much later sleeper,) wakes me at 5:30.
” Hey!...I thought we sent the converter in so that we wouldn’t have one that has over an inch of spacing between the converter pads, and the flex plate?”

”That was the original intent.“ I answered myself back.

”Well,....why don’t you just cut off the 4R bell housing like you’d do if we put an ultra-bell, and make our own version out of steel?” “We could make it out of 1/8” plate, and have the best of all worlds: 1. It’d be small, only needing to be big enough in diameter to accommodate the 10” converter. 2. It would eliminate the bolt hole overlap that is now occurring trying to adapt the one bellhousing pattern to the other. 3. It will allow you to build the thing to allow the converter to bolt directly to the flex plate.
and 4. It’ll add a degree of safety back, by surrounding converter, and flex plate in steel like a scatter shield.”

“All good stuff Demie“, I thought back, “but I can’t do nothing if he’s already modified the thing, and it’s only 11:30 pm the day before anyway,..so take your ass back to bed.“
I texted him at 8am while I was having breakfast.,..it took him just just about an hour ago to reply,..looks like I caught him in time.

So,..now I’ll have a 4r70 that will no longer fit a ford engine w/o an aftermarket bell,...and a converter that only fits this combo..

Son of the monster ya think?:shrug:
 
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A better solution to the problem is what i think it is. The 4r70 is very common and your not dealing with a huge loss, it will fit the combo better and give you peace of mind. IMHO this is the way to go.
 

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Seems I’ve said this before...Two days, and a wake up. We’re in Venic. The last stop before we get on a plane bound for home. This hasn’t been like the trip to Spain. In Spain, we had no set itinerary, and always went to the city centers to stay. Here, the itinerary has us well away from the city centers ( 20-30 miles) and makes it difficult to just do stuff w/o planning.

And when it comes to planning diversions.....I’m not so good with that.

So,..I’m in “get through the last days mode” now...Me and the 3amd have cut that bellhousing off the transmission so many times now, Ill be able to do it blindfolded when I actually get the real opportunity to do it.
 

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For the record....( my last day here de-brief).

The cost of this trip was 999.00 per person for 8 nights including airfare out of Atlanta, a car rental for the duration, hotels in three regions/cities, and breakfasts for free, with returning airfare out of Venice landing back in Atlanta.

You cannot buy round trip airfare for 999.00.

Region1: Rome was cool in regards to the history, with ruins from 2000 years ago still standing, and actual renaissance era buildings still in use ( like the Vatican). The Vatican tour was really cool, ending in the Sistine chapel where you can see what the actual Michaelangelo was capable of. Paintings on the ceiling looked 3 dimensional, some tapestries on the wall actually changed perspective as you walked....statues carved out of stone and marble were so lifelike and so smooth, you had to wonder how any craftsman could chisel a stone, and be able to work its surface to the smoothness of glass. And have done all of this over 600 years ago.
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The coliseum, where thousands died in mortal combat as Gladiators, or were sacrifice or executed, is surrounded by evidence of Ancient Rome...it doesn’t require much of an imagination to wonder how those people lived.
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Food and drink was always outstanding. You could walk into any restaurant at any time, and have a great meal.The menu were always in English, and there never was any risk of some disgusting smelly blob coming out to the table, forcing a “ Uhhh what’s that ?”

The hotel was in a suburb, and away from the city center, requiring a taxi, or public transport to get into the heart of the city. But it was a nice place, and it was easy enough to get into the city,...so, no complaints there.

But....it’s a major city in Italy...and driving a car here is insane. Cars squeeze into spaces they can bare fit in. Bicycles, motorcycles,, and scooters zip in and out of the gaps between the cars with no regard for their safety.
Garbage is handled by placing dumpsters on the main streets so that trucks can get to them,..but the byproduct of that is, that you are constantly bombarded by that smell as you walk the city streets.

Region 2: From there, you go by car to the Tuscany region, where all of the country’s wine and olive mainly comes from. We opted out of the car, because of Rome driving, and rode the bullet train instead. You stay in a rural farming region, 25 miles away from Florence, where the only thing to do ( other than marvel at the scenery) is........go to Florence.
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Stop 2 is not for the “ easily bored”, and this place has me bitching at almost every turn. I don’t “ Chill”.
If I could’ve controlled this leg, id have put us outside of Florence, and we’d have taken a day trip to Tuscany.
But,...since the trip was only 999 ea...I could only bitch so much.
We cut two of the planned 4 days out of Tuscany, and stayed one day longer in Rome, and left one day earlier for Venice.
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Region 3: Venice

We took the Bullet again into Venice. That started by us actually getting on the wrong bullet bound for Milan. Fortunately, it left minutes before the actual train we were supposed to get on. But they both hub out of Bologna, and they travel on the same track, one behind the other. So in the end, the only byproduct that came from us getting on the wrong train is that we were in Bologna 15 minutes before the correct train came in.

We got off the one, stood around for 15 minutes, and then got on the right train.

Everything changes when you get off the train in Venice. When you walk out of the station, you walk right onto a movie set..no other way to describe it. If you’ve ever seen a picture of this place, it is exactly what you get when you walk through the doors of the train station. Freakin Amazing.
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Knowing what I know now,..everything that came before this is unnecessary. If I ever do this again, Venice is the only place I need to see unless I choose to go elsewhere. Innsbruck Austria is a day away, as is Zurich Switzerland. How this place has been standing in water for 1000 years is beyond me, but it’s by far the best place I’ve been to. Shops selling everything you’d want, Chocolatiers making candy right in front of you, Bake shops making breads and pastries, Glass blowers, leather craftsmen...
with hotels everywhere, and everywhere there’s a hotel, there’s a restaurant.


In the end though..I’m jonesing for tomorrow. Actually looking forward to Getting up at 4am, and starting the path back to my home. Should be home at about 8 pm.
 

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I don't expect any of you to know this, but check out Venice as of Tuesday night:

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We walked across this square on Monday...the worst flooding in over 50 years....started the day we left.

The experts are blaming rising sea levels, a strong wind from the sea creating storm surge, and a full moon creating the high tides....
I think this happened because the city was so sad to see us go, it cried itself to flood.
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The experts are blaming rising sea levels, a strong wind from the sea creating storm surge, and a full moon creating the high tides....
I think this happened because the city was so sad to see us go, it cried itself to flood.

...but we all know the [real] reason ;)

We won't rat you out. :nono: Says the finger.


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