As I look back on my journey through life, I think about those neat little cars we had in the late seventies. One of my favorites was the Mazda push rod 1200 cc commuters that sold for about $1800. According to a Boeing Engineer that commuted from Kent to Everett 5 days a week, he was getting a >real< 38.x miles a gallon measured by neck to neck fill ups.
Eighteen Hundred dollars actually bought something back then, but still… these cars were a bargain at that price in the day, and seldom did anything break. They were strippers by today’s standards, and the deluxe model meant you had an automatic choke and a radio! The Mazda 1200 was a pushrod marvel! A cross flow head, strong lower end, and the little engine would rev 8000 RPMs! When I visited the race track at SIR back in the days, the Mazda Rotary was on the track at SCCA races, so was the much inferior 1200 cc Datsun, and some racers spent a fortune getting power out of them, but no Mazda 1200s did I ever see.
Here I am looking back on these light weight wonders, and that little Mazda 1200cc I once owned and loved. The drive train a mechanical marvel of lightweight alloys and simplicity! Aluminum being one of the most abundant elements was inexpensive then. These old designs are the DIYer EV builders dream as well, or at least in my mind.
The cycles we see during our lives. Commodities higher than a kite, and then so low that people won’t pick up some of them if they are offered free! It seems timing has been important up until now, but doesn’t now look different? Haven’t we moved off the map of the known into the unknown?
One of the more expensive components for a solar system is the panels themselves, and through the Magic of Government Involvement , Wealth Transfer, and Colossal failures, Solar Panels can be purchased inexpensively. Is it time you considered taking some of your hard earned dollars that are evaporating in your savings account and buying panels?
My answer.. yes, if you have the skills to roll your own, or friends that can help you meet code, and steer clear of problems, like neighbors who might plant trees to the south of your panels.
If I were buying panels, I’d sure consider the tried and true, following is news of yet another company setting up in or near Portland Oregon. A Mecca of Liberal thought, where many think that supply and demand can be manipulated by the all knowing, all seeing Deities in Washington DC, ‘their Gods’. If you have ever taken a moment to read of Shiva, of the Hunter, of the Illusionary world. Of the warnings that it is not just our youth who have no direction, but man in General. The illusionary world, full of Lies, Deceit, hypocrisy, and IPOs!
Thin film roll on roofing.. in thirty 30 years, we could know if it’s as reliable as the stuff we’re familiar with. If you were considering buying panels now as a hedge, and you have a safe place to store them until you fly them.. Consider buying the proven stuff by the pallet, the cost goes way down, and pallets are packed for shipping. With individual panels, the packing need be good, and it’s expensive for those who do the shipping to you. Consider a group purchase with other DIYers in your area and target the pallet load.. normally 20 panels..
We currently see a total disregard for the Value of Coal, we know it’s just another hydro carbon we can easily manipulate into clean forms of energy, and even stock to make plastics, clothes, housing, and far more. But we need also recognize that Aluminum is an energy intensive material, and a key material. Could the Deities in DC destroy the Industry before they understand it’s a cornerstone? Who in their right mind would think any reality would stand between them and their re-election?
What’s your guess, is the world ready for this product? I say there’s the chance it’ll go over like the EV.. everyone wants it.. if the government will only destroy more of our currency to help deliver it to them for an attractive price 🙂
After this election, that $1800 car will likely cost you $18,000. DC will say it is a good thing.. it might cause you to move to the city, and ride the bus… it’s where you belong..