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    A friend and I were chatting yesterday about his momentary joy when he thought he found a really good deal on a Ford 9" rear for his F-body project. The topic was "deals that are too good to be true", and we traded our stories about driving hours and hours just to find that the part in question was totally misrepresented.

    I shared with him my theory - the one I used as my final essay topic for Psychology 2. The instructor stated that it "presented a facet of car obsession previously unfamiliar", and stated that the article presented substantial evidence to back my claim that the addiction is legit. Here's what I posted. Read and discuss, please.

    I've long been convinced that every aspect of being a gearhead is parallel to most aspec...ts of being an addict. Think about it. Most of us choose a goal where we THINK we'll be happy - whether it's 11s in the 1/4 mile, or a kick-ass lap at a road course. We promise that once we reach that point, we'll stop - but that thought is out the window the MINUTE that timeslip hits the palm and euphoria kicks in. Sometimes, we might even kid ourselves and buy things like 12 bags of mulch for the front of the house, or two gallons of paint to freshen up a room of the house - and we THINK nobody hears us utter "Yeah, I could have had head gaskets for what this cost". And I don't think any of us can say that the evil thought of obtaining a supercharger the hard way hasn't been entertained - we see it gleaming under the hood of a car at a cruise in, and silently ponder "If I had my 195 piece tool kit, I'll bet I could have that off and in the trunk of my car in twenty minutes or less". We drive ridiculous miles, looking to "score" deals on the equivalent to automotive cocaine - hoping that it's legit, good stuff (like mentioned in my last post) but most of the time let down because the goods are subpar. So think about it. Is it a REAL addiction?

    Make sense to anyone else?


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    Yes it does!
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    I do feel better when I get my fix... I mean... go for a drive.

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    I dunno... I would bet that drugs would be cheaper!
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    So we can all agree that it's definitely a form of addiction?

    I do believe that drugs would be cheaper. Other than gambling, I don't know of many other hobbies that are more expensive.


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    Guns, maybe?
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    i know this, it is never ending.....
    we always want more,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Hammer View Post
    Guns, maybe?
    Ok, you have a point there.

    i know this, it is never ending.....
    we always want more,
    That's exactly it, Tom! Waaaaaaaaaay back in the day, I swore up and down I'd be satisfied with mid 13s. That was a full second faster than the car was out of the box.

    Well, mid 13s came and went, and suddenly, twelves just seemed to have a much nicer ring to it. So my new mission was to run a 12.99.

    July 2001 - 12.993 @ 106.65. Should have stopped there, right?



    Nope. Then came the 12.78. Then, all of a sudden, twelves were just boring.

    Ever since, 11s have been the big conquest. Last week, I told Jerry "If this car touches an 11.99................." and he stopped me.

    "Don't bullshit me. We both know it isn't about numbers anymore. No matter what it runs, how it sounds, how it accelerates, it'll NEVER be fast enough".

    He's absolutely correct.

    But the same can be said for aesthetics, too. Sometimes, I'll find the wheels of my dreams and buy them. Then a couple years later, a company will make a wheel that looks BETTER than the wheel of my dreams, so it's time to upgrade. It's a never ending cycle!


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