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I pulled up to a stop light next to a white 392 last night. It was beautiful. That hood really catches my attention. I turned down the radio and rolled down the window so I could hear it when the light turned green. I really love that motor.

I started thinking about buying one AGAIN. If I was ten years younger I’d probably have to do it, but I’m not wealthy enough to comfortably pay cash for one, I’m trying to retire, and I hate the idea of returning to a monthly payment,
Retired, not wealthy— Not comfortable possibly driving a glorified golf cart the rest of my life. This IS the FIRST, LAST,and ONLY chance for a V8 Wrangler that’s On borrowed time now. Paid cash, may it and my GC SRT feed my V8 powered soul as long as I can drive. ?
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And I'll respectfully disagree....the 392 IS fast within the aerodynamic envelope that it is designed to operate in (witness the speed limiter).....just like my other two cars....of course those aero envelopes exceed 200 mph.
This is the kind of post that makes me feel like I have a REALLY small weenie! :CWL: I have zero 392s, and zero 200+ mph cars..

Guess I should have chosen another line of work! Doh!

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I hear ya — on all counts. In the early 80s I was trained through what used to be called “EMT-2D”. It was a far sight from Paramedic, or Corpsman, but I started IVs and got enough cardiac training to run the “Lifepak 5”. Until about five years ago troopers still maintained “EMR” certification, but staffing challenges, training costs, and liability have pushed us toward the minimum of First Aid and CPR. That’s fine in the urban areas, but it‘s a shame for the rural parts of the state where EMS can be more than an hour away. (I still carry an AED… it’s better than nothing.)

When my sons were reaching driving age I wanted to get them EVOC training, but I couldn’t find a way to do it. I taught them what I could, but there’s really no substitute for having the combination of videos, followed by time in skid cars, track time, and real-time video review of recruit-driver decision-making and performance. Even if I could get the private track access and the right cars, I couldn‘t afford the rest of the team or the tires… (During EVOC training our tires lasted an average of one week before needing replacement. That’s expensive even when you’re buying them by the freight-car load on the government contract at 25% below normal dealer cost.)
I was fortunate enough to have an open autocross course on an old airport tarmac to be able to take my daughters & my wife out & let them see what it is like to make panic stops & emergency maneuvers. Priceless info that I believe has kept them out of some MVCs. Can't control everything, but proper driving & being defensive, along with anticipating other drivers, can help you avoid quite a bit of trouble.

Oh man, the LP-5 was the first monitor I learned on & had used in the field. I got excited when we got a LP-10, that could pace. I used to place the paddles on a patient, move them around & do my own 12-lead. Now we have monitors that can do that & almost anything. Our Fire equipment & cabulances are like rolling emergency rooms. Thanks for the memories, made me laugh when I saw Life Pack 5. Keep that AED, they are truly a life saver. That & basic skills can make a huge difference. As a Paramedic I always say, "Paramedics save lives, but Basic EMTs save Paramedics". So, those first basic assessments & treatments are what can change a patient's outcome, dramatically.

Like you I've been at this a long time too. Getting ready to retire. So, be careful out there my friend & stay safe. Especially when on an MVC. We have had several pumpers, trucks, & ambulances hit while on an MVC this year. Thankfully they were "blocking" the scene & therefore took the hit, instead of our personnel & the police, & the civilians involved. Even had a dude speeding in the rain, run a red light, hit a 100' aerial truck & killed our driver, a 30+ year veteran that had 1 year left on his DROP & would have retired. Just senseless stupidity & we lost a great veteran brother firefighter & my friend. So, I just wish people would consider the results of their actions.

Oh well, everyone be careful out there, & have a safe & fun holiday season!
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And I'll respectfully disagree....the 392 IS fast within the aerodynamic envelope that it is designed to operate in (witness the speed limiter).....just like my other two cars....of course those aero envelopes exceed 200 mph.
Yep— aerodynamics, my engine ser #HP360 out of 500 GTX was limited to 170 mph due to front end lift. Corrected with the Aero Daytona/Superbird that set a Bonneville speed record, that held for decades as I recall.
 
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Retired, not wealthy— Not comfortable possibly driving a glorified golf cart the rest of my life. This IS the FIRST, LAST,and ONLY chance for a V8 Wrangler that’s On borrowed time now. Paid cash, may it and my GC SRT feed my V8 powered soul as long as I can drive. ?
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Got my speed thrills crossing frozen lakes at 100+ mph in Northern Wisconsin on a 160 H.P. Arctic Cat ZRT 800 three cylinder snowmobile, 25 years ago. I survived, so I’m content with the 3.6 engine in our Wrangler?
 

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Got my speed thrills crossing frozen lakes at 100+ mph in Northern Wisconsin on a 160 H.P. Arctic Cat ZRT 800 three cylinder snowmobile, 25 years ago. I survived, so I’m content with the 3.6 engine in our Wrangler?
Phew— And I thought 120 in a 911S built dune buggy was scary. ?
 
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I was fortunate enough to have an open autocross course on an old airport tarmac to be able to take my daughters & my wife out & let them see what it is like to make panic stops & emergency maneuvers. Priceless info that I believe has kept them out of some MVCs. Can't control everything, but proper driving & being defensive, along with anticipating other drivers, can help you avoid quite a bit of trouble.

Oh man, the LP-5 was the first monitor I learned on & had used in the field. I got excited when we got a LP-10, that could pace. I used to place the paddles on a patient, move them around & do my own 12-lead. Now we have monitors that can do that & almost anything. Our Fire equipment & cabulances are like rolling emergency rooms. Thanks for the memories, made me laugh when I saw Life Pack 5. Keep that AED, they are truly a life saver. That & basic skills can make a huge difference. As a Paramedic I always say, "Paramedics save lives, but Basic EMTs save Paramedics". So, those first basic assessments & treatments are what can change a patient's outcome, dramatically.

Like you I've been at this a long time too. Getting ready to retire. So, be careful out there my friend & stay safe. Especially when on an MVC. We have had several pumpers, trucks, & ambulances hit while on an MVC this year. Thankfully they were "blocking" the scene & therefore took the hit, instead of our personnel & the police, & the civilians involved. Even had a dude speeding in the rain, run a red light, hit a 100' aerial truck & killed our driver, a 30+ year veteran that had 1 year left on his DROP & would have retired. Just senseless stupidity & we lost a great veteran brother firefighter & my friend. So, I just wish people would consider the results of their actions.

Oh well, everyone be careful out there, & have a safe & fun holiday season!
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Sorry for your loss. It’s tough losing a teammate and friend.

It seems like we often lose people when they’re “short” — yet another reminder that we should retire when we can, and let the young bucks save the world.

My job used to be great fun. Plenty of moments of butt-pucker, of course, and occasional moments worse than that, but service mostly felt great. I’d do it all over during the same period of time, but I’d never sign up for it today, and I’m grateful my sons didn't follow in my footsteps. People still want firefighters and medics, but they don’t really want cops. That disdain is made apparent through policy, funding, staffing, regulations, and interactions with the public. i won’t miss that. :)

Merry Christmas to you and family.
 

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This is the kind of post that makes me feel like I have a REALLY small weenie! :CWL: I have zero 392s, and zero 200+ mph cars..

Guess I should have chosen another line of work! Doh!

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100 MPH in a Wrangler feels like 30 MPH on a bicycle.
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What other vehicle can you completely flip the windshield and remove the top/all doors that's still street legal and drive over any obstacle? Only one..

Stick to your corvette.
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