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Not a problem; you got the idea I was trying to make. The issue I aimed (poorly) at was that the euro manifold is as good as tube headers for all but top rpm use, so you don't give up performance while becoming closer to smog-legal....

Some of the euro manifolds have cast bosses for the air injection that was used for some years.

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post #62 of 131 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, people. Yup, I think Santo (or the closer guy, Benny) will be the first one to se what I got in my car. The pipes start as individual pipes, chrome, then merge into 2 double merged pipes (2 pipes only) at the area of the base of the steering gear box. Then of course, they head back.

Come to think of it, my son will be an intern to start, there, technically, still a student. Then probably, withing 6 months to a year, no more student status. He could easily, I believe, keep the FL lissssssssence, notifying our ins agent of the new address. Sound sensible?

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Wow, time flies. The situation is modified.....we are heading to LA in 2 weeks or so, and with no Alfa for now. Too early to ship the car until hes really settled in....So, what would you do here:

I will be dropping hinm off there, need to find a roomming house for interns/students. They have them, thats not the challenge. Silver Lake/Miracle Mile, similar. Big challenge is how will he get around temporarily without the Alfa? I cant rent a car for a month cuz I understand they wont allow a driver below 25 years old.

I doubt bus is a good option. Buying a junk toyota for $2500 , even for 2-4 months would be a hassle-registration, etc. I doubt he will be heading home-its where he must work. Internship is getting close/leads coming in, etc. I thought of a bicycle but bad idea, i think. Im afraid it might have to be the junk toyota, eh?

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Wow, time flies. The situation is modified.....we are heading to LA in 2 weeks or so, and with no Alfa for now. Too early to ship the car until hes really settled in....So, what would you do here:

I will be dropping hinm off there, need to find a roomming house for interns/students. They have them, thats not the challenge. Silver Lake/Miracle Mile, similar. Big challenge is how will he get around temporarily without the Alfa? I cant rent a car for a month cuz I understand they wont allow a driver below 25 years old.

I doubt bus is a good option. Buying a junk toyota for $2500 , even for 2-4 months would be a hassle-registration, etc. I doubt he will be heading home-its where he must work. Internship is getting close/leads coming in, etc. I thought of a bicycle but bad idea, i think. Im afraid it might have to be the junk toyota, eh?

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Correct 25 is the California limit for renting a car, generally. Check around with the different car rental agencies. I know my older daughter was able to rent a car before she was 25, but I don't remember what they required additionally, or who she rented with. They may have required Pat or I to sign also even though we would not be with her. AIR, you're a Triple A member, check with them and see if they have a solution, especially, if he's been insured under them.

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Your hunch is correct, a bike's probably not a good idea for a newcomer as a primary mode of transportation here unless he's just staying in one small area/neighborhood.
But I'm 98% sure the car rental agencies will rent to an under 25 driver- they just charge them more. Have you called the big guys, enterprise, budget etc.. to verify this age requirement? I'm wondering if it wouldn't be more cost effective to just ship the alfa out sooner? The 2500.00 you'd spend on a temporary beater car would about cover the alfa freight round trip if it came to that, no?

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Is your son 21 +?
This is from the Hertz website:

On most rentals the minimum age is 25 without an additional Age Differential Charge, and 21 with an additional Age Differential Charge.



Age Differential Charge Policy



Hertz will rent selected car class vehicles (Prestige Collection and high performance cars such as Corvettes and Shelby Mustangs excluded) to customers who are age 21-24 with an Age Differential Charge, in addition to the normal rental rate at Corporate and participating locations.



Most car classes will require a USD 15.00 per day surcharge, while higher end cars may require a USD 25.00 per day surcharge. See the counter representative for details

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Depending on where he lives and the workplace is, a bike while not the best, can work out fine. Another option would be one of those scooters or a motorcycle. You'll see them on the road when your out here. Bunch of people have started using them more and more (cheap scooters). Bus can take forever, especially if it rains. Coming out here now, he's going to be dealing with that, which makes relying on a bike, scooter, or motorcycle, a pain, but then he could take the bus on those days.

Renting a car is possible. Here's another rental place's policy


1- Qualifications

-Renters Must be at least 18 years of age with two years of driving experience.

-Renters under the age of 25 must have either,

A. a major credit card issued by a U.S. bank and their own liability insurance, Or
B. Their own full coverage insurance that bridges to non-owned (rented) vehicles.

-All drivers aged 18-21 are assessed an underage driver fee of $18.99/day

-All drivers aged 22-24 are assessed an underage driver fee of $10.99/day

-Renters must have a credit or debit card with $300 in available credit for U.S. issued credit/debit cards and $500 for foreign credit/debit cards in their possession at the time of rental, or a sufficient available credit, should the rental exceed the required deposit.

-Prepaid debit cards and cash deposits are not accepted.

-All renters must comply with California’s financial responsibility law’s.

-In an effort to maintain low cost rentals, we accept non-owner liability policies, long term renters should inquire from a local licensed insurance agent.

-All renters must have a valid drivers license in their possession at the time of rental.

- Foreign licenses are accepted if they are an international certified original, i.e carries an on draft English translation. If not, a certified international driving permit with an English translation and the country issued license is required.

-Additional drivers must present a valid drivers license and their own proof of insurance.

-Renters driving records may be checked for infractions.



I've used them when I put my Spider in the shop and have been happy and only $6.99 a day for the car (depends on the type of car and doesn't include mileage etc). I think they also do monthly.

Just checked,

Basic Daily: $6.99 + $0.23mi/day
Basic Weekly: $49.99 + $0.23 mi/day
Preferred Daily: $17.99 and 100 free miles
Preferred Weekly: $123.83 and 700 free miles
Unlimited Mileage: $23.88 per day

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Thanks, people. I didnt think of the rainy season. Bike may be useless. H eis over 22. I wasnt aware they would rent to ,25 yrs. Im happy with paying the surcharge, no big deal. Too bad LA/Cal in general is deficient in mass transportation. They like to squawk about pollution, but offer alternatives that do not work well. Geez....

Thaks for the reasearch, Shadow. Price schedule and all!

OK, I will maybe call these Hertz/Avis/etc and get the scoop. I'll be looking for the bare bones/cheapest/puniest car on the lot....LOL. A big thanks to all here !!

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Should have given you the link. Duh.

Car Rental Los Angeles Cheap Rent A Car Starting at $6.99 Per Day

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good tip! that 6.99 place looks likes a good deal shadow..much cheaper then the enterprise i normally use by benny's.

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Can be cheaper then taking a taxi around here too.

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Good site, shadow. $7/day plus mileage....gotta figure say, 10-15 miles a day, 2-3$ or so. Thats already $300/month. could be good, could be just so so. will have to compare with at least one other but Im confident they should work out! They gotta have a weekly or monthly rate too. I'll be calling them maybe after christmas.

Tanks for doing all this work!

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....gotta figure say, 10-15 miles a day...
In So Cal? you can hardly get a cup of coffee in 10 miles...



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In So Cal? you can hardly get a cup of coffee in 10 miles...



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OK, so how far is it from say, Miracle Mile to Hollywood one way? Sure, I could mapquest it, but might as well find out here since you have a good idea on this......it didnt look that far away on the map.....

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and if its too far, we'll go with a rental with unltd mileage.......

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