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Old 03 May 2004, 04:44 pm
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I saw an episode of "Pimp my Ride" where they put flamethrowers on a girl's old Mustang. My wife says she loves them and needs them on her car! We had a good laugh. They are funny to see.
Has anyone put these on a PT? Seems it would be keeping with the retro vibe. I think they also would discourage tailgaters!
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Old 03 May 2004, 04:46 pm
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Dream2,

I was thinking the same thing when I saw that! I was disappointed that they had to take them off, but I could definitely see how that wouldn't be a good idea on a daily driver.

Would be cool for a show car, though!

you could probably get some info from west coast customs, who did the work on that mustang.

If you get a chance, check out their site, it's got pics of some great custom work!

http://www.westcoastcustoms.com/index2.html
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I also saw how it had a steamer and a cappchino machine in it too. Thats too much for me.
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The ones I have seen are for old carburated engines.

It works by shutting down some cylinders ignition and letting the raw fuel go down the exhaust. Then, an external sparkplug will ignite in the exhaust and, wala! Flame trowers...

Don't try this in a computer controlled car. I will go crazy.

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Old 03 May 2004, 05:01 pm
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Probably loose a lot of horses too.
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Old 03 May 2004, 05:28 pm
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I was wondering why they didn't show them to her when she saw the car! I must have missed that.
I remember hearing about how they worked, dumping fuel in the exhaust, probably not a good thing for cars equipped with a catalytic converter! Or for your plugs for that matter.
Still looks cool![?]
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Old 03 May 2004, 05:56 pm
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The Blaster, video below:

http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/africa/9812...r/240x180.html

Crime-obsessed South Africans have a powerful new weapon with which to stop likely criminals: the car flamethrower.

Casting a man-high fireball, reportedly with no damage to the paint, the Blaster has been placed on 25 South African vehicles since its introduction last month.

At 3,900 rand ($655), it offers a cheap, dramatic defense against carjackers. It has yet to be deemed illegal.

South African courts allow killing if convinced that it's in self-defense. The defense is not unheard of. In last year's 13,000 carjackings, criminals often brandished weapons or used them with little provocation.

The Blaster squirts liquefied gas from a bottle in the automobile's trunk through two nozzles, located under the front doors. The gas is then ignited by an electric spark, with fiery consequences.

Both sides flame at the same time, regardless of whether the attack is coming from just one side of the vehicle, or whether passersby are on the other side. But the breadth and depth of blast can be modified according to individual preference.

Fire blinds, not kills, maker assures
Blaster inventor Charl Fourie, 33, disputed concerns that the flamethrower could burn someone to death.

"My personal feeling is that it would definitely blind a person. He will never see again," he said

Firefighters, medical personnel and the police agree 100 percent "that it will never kill a person," Fourie asserted. "This is definitely non-lethal.... A person is not going to stand there for a minute while you roast him. It will fend off the attacker, and that's the end of it."

Fourie has filed an international patent application. He anticipates thousands of orders nationally and from abroad. "The demand is huge," he said.

First customer a Johannesburg police official
The first buyer, Police Superintendent David Walkley of Johannesburg's crime intelligence unit, is satisfied the Blaster is legal, provided it is used correctly.

"It depends entirely on the circumstances and whether you can justify self-defense," he said.

"Yes, there are certain risks in using it, but there are also risks in not having anything at all."
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Old 03 May 2004, 06:54 pm
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I read about that before. Could you imagine that being legal in the US with all the road rage here? What a mess. Good for the economy though, body shop business would be up a whole bunch repainting cars!
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Hehehe...was just kidding around. Actually the flames you are talking about shooting from the pipes are actually spark plugs or ignitors drilled into exhaust tips (some have openings in the front to allow additional clean/fresh air to enter so the introduced mixture can be ignited and are longer or projected/extended far enough away from the body/bumper as to not cause any damage to the car/paint) and a line for gasoline or propane is placed there too. There are kits available on the net, but are highly illegal.

http://www.sfxperformance.com/catalo...xhaust+Systems
http://www.gotflames.net/
Videos: http://www.gotflames.net/hypercart/videos.asp
http://www.autoloc.com/detail.lasso?itemid=FLAME
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Got to be careful with the plastic rearends. Don't want to melt anything.
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