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Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1266 posts)

05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Clean air, old vs new.
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: May 03, 2012 03:19AM

I have this discussion every once in a while with some of my friends.
The subject is a vehicles "total" environmental footprint.
The premise is that the dirtiest time in a vehicles lifetime is when it's made, and again when it's disposed of. In particular, Hybrid vehicles.
This makes an argument against the notion that buying a new car is more environmentally responsible.
Because a used vehicle's pollution penalty has already been incurred, it's more responsible to keep it on the road and not encourage more pollution with the manufacture of another new car.
What do you think?

Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5935 posts)

10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Clean air, old vs new.
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: May 03, 2012 08:17AM

Very true, especially when you consider the resource intense nature of a new car. However, just how much less cost is incurred by a restoration or upgrade? Materials costs are pretty similar except for the basic structure. Of course all the "bells and whistles" that would not be included would come off the top. The drivetrain has the most justification, as that is where the new improvements bring in economy. So taking that to its logical conclusion, shouldn't we all be driving model T's with ecotech, direct injection, or European diesel engines?


Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3046 posts)

04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Clean air, old vs new.Why stop there ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: May 03, 2012 10:44AM

Let's cut to the chase............Rocket Belts powered by frijoles ! Best use of "old air".

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Phil Ossinger
New Brunswick, Canada
(342 posts)

02/02/2009 07:58PM

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Re: Clean air, old vs new.
Posted by: britcars
Date: May 03, 2012 07:28PM

Check out this website, their "Dust to Dust" energy report and the link to their Ford v8 MGB. Some interesting reading.



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