Fact or Fiction: 203(k) Rehabilitation Loans

Many people in the market for a home shy away from those in severe disrepair because they can’t pay for the renovations

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1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

Here’s a funny thing: Many of Detroit’s “last convertibles” were more numerous than earlier models. Take Chevrolet’s last big ragtop, the 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, which saw 8349 copies versus 4670 for the similar ’74. Well

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Of course, there have been other ragtop Chevys since, but none as sumptuous as this Caprice. And sadly for convertible lovers, there probably won’t be again.
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What does the computer in a car do?

All cars manufactured today contain at least one computer. It is in charge of monitoring engine emissions and adjusting the engine to keep emissions as low as possible. The computer receives information from a many different sensors, including:
Using the information from these sensors, the computer can control things like the fuel injectors, spark plugs and the idle speed to get the best performance possible from the engine while keeping emissions low. The computer can also sense when something has gone wrong and can inform the driver with the “Check Engine” light. A mechanic can read a diagnostic code from the computer and fix the problem.
Depending on how expensive the car is, there can be all sorts of other computers. For example:
In other words, a modern luxury car is a rolling computer network. It is amazing how many embedded controllers a car can have.
So what was the deal about whether our cars would start on January 1, 2000? Nothing. The computers in our cars have no idea what today’s date is because it is irrelevant to their calculations. If you take the battery out of your car to replace it

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Aston Martin DBC Concept: Dear Santa …

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Ah, who am I kidding? If I were to inexplicably find the keys to this car under my Christmas tree I’d probably be on the “Naughty List” even before Boxing Day.
Also, that’s not a real car. Not yet, anyway. It’s a mid-engined Aston Martin

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. Things like other supercars, race cars, luxury cars, a couple of not-your-ordinary SUVs and even a private jet, so you might want to click around in his portfolio (and his design blog) for a few minutes while you’re there.
I think the DBC is an exceptionally good-looking concept. This would be something completely different for Aston Martin, too. They haven’t really thrown around the idea of a mid-engined car since the Bulldog Concept in 1980. I guess we can only hope that someone from the Aston Martin design studio is paying attention to the DBC Concept sketches.
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Automatic Driving Systems

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1964 Pontiac GTO

There are a lot of stories about the 1964 Pontiac GTO, most of them well-known and committed to memory by fans of the pioneer that blazed the trail for midsize muscle cars.
Among them is the one about how first-year orders came to about six times the number Pontiac management expected when it turned the seriously amped-up LeMans loose. It makes you wonder if any of those 32,450 buyers had bothered to read the GTO sales catalog first.
Said Pontiac, “To be perfectly honest, the GTO is not everyone’s cup of tea. бн Its suspension is firm, tuned more to the open road than to wafting gently over bumpy city streets. Its dual exhausts won’t win any prizes for whispering. And, unless you order it with our lazy 3.08 low-ratio rear axle, its gas economy won’t be anything to write home about.” Apparently, one man’s warning is another’s ringing endorsement.
The 1964 GTO came three ways

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. There were the expected sporty-car styles of the day, a convertible and a two-door hardtop, but there was also a coupe with a fixed B-pillar, which Pontiac called the Sports Coupe.
For a car created on the GTO’s premise — stuff the largest available engine into the lightest possible body — the Sports Coupe came closest to the mark. At 3,000 pounds, it was 20 pounds lighter than the hardtop and 150 lighter than the convertible. Plus, with the lowest starting price of the three ($3,200), there was a little more left over for the buyer to start equipping a “Goat” the way he wanted.
The original owner of our the above car went in big for performance options and easy on the luxuries. The 389-cid V-8 engine is the triple two-barrel-carburetor version, good for 348 bhp at 4900 rpm. The transmission is the close-ratio M-21 four-speed stickshift

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. The final drive is a 3.90:1 ratio with the Safe-T-Track limited-slip differential. Meanwhile, everything is manually operated: seats, windows, even steering and brakes.
The GTO coupe shown here, one of 7,384 made for ’64, is now in the hands of its third owner, Brian Thomason, of Aurora, Colorado. He bought the Gulfstream Aqua car in 1988, but it’s been in its present condition since 2002, when a full restoration was completed. A documented matching-numbers car, it has won several top awards for Brian at GTO and Pontiac-Oakland club meets.

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You don’t need a passport to honeymoon in Puerto Rico! This U.S. commonwealth boasts Caribbean culture along with eye-catching architecture and sumptuous cuisine. Honeymooning history buffs and hikers will enjoy a visit to the El Morro national monument

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The Best Watches to Wear in the Gym

When choosing a workout watch, you want it to incorporate all the attributes a gym watch needs without sacrificing style. Unlike the watch you wear to work or your dress watch, a gym watch needs to be able to take a beating. In addition, you want your watch to add to your workout, not just take up space on your wrist. Choosing a well-made watch is essential for everyone in the gym, from the most experienced fitness buff to the after-work rookie.
Although a lot of people go to the gym because they want to look better, it’s easy to forget how you look while you’re there. Wearing your dress watch to the gym is not only terrible for your timepiece but sends the message that you don’t belong. A watch with a leather strap or heavy bracelet is best left at home. When it comes to gym watches, look for matte color rather than shine, and style emphasis on the band and case rather than the face. For example, choose a watch with a sleek case and color or detailing on the band, rather than having unnecessary elements on the face that detract from your ability to read the time and use the watch’s features.
When you buy a workout watch, look for something durable, made of a tough plastic, rubber, or a lighter titanium or ceramic. Your gym watch should be water resistant and able to take scratches and sweat without discoloration. Shy away from a glass crystal or anything else that could shatter

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Gym watches boast a variety of unique features not available on casual or dress watches. Essential features include a stopwatch and heart rate monitor, while other options depend on how you work out. For runners, a lap counter, chronograph, distance calculator and GPS can be beneficial. If you primarily lift, look for a watch that tracks recovery time and workout intensity. Other features can include touchscreen interfaces and comfort options such as interchangeable bands.
Some watches can integrate with a smartphone, mp3 player or computer to create a complete workout analysis and enhancement plan. While some watches track workout times, workout intensity and other data, others can combine with calorie-counting apps to give you a better understanding of what your workout is doing. Other watches can choose music to match the pace of your workout, while some send data to your computer, allowing you to see how your fitness improves over time. With thousands of watches to choose from, finding the best watch to wear in the gym has never been easier. Remember to pick a watch that lasts and suits your workout needs, incorporating up-to-date features that will help you look great and motivate you to look and feel even better.