Rust: The Reason Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.

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In the northeastern part of the country, we live under a blanket of snow from December to March.  During this time, the roads are covered in 3 equal portions of snow, sand, and salt.  While the sand and salt mixture does in fact do amazing things when it comes to road conditions, it also removes the structure from your vehicle.  Not cool salt, not cool.

Many people ignore it until the guy at the inspection station says “I had to fail you for safety because your control arms aren’t there anymore, and neither are your rocker panels, floor pans, and rear quarter panels.”. You then look at your fresh new red “R” on your windshield and wonder where all the metal went. Continue reading Rust: The Reason Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.

Automotive Tips & Tricks: Suggestion #4

Tip #4

The Automotive lesson today is:

When you drop your cut off wheel on the ground, or step on it, the wheel is going to break and leave you standing there surprised…. again. No matter how many times you try, you can’t just fold it back and use the broken blade because you know it flies off dangerously every time.  Seriously? You gotta stop trying that.

Lincoln Mark VIII: Stink Buggin’

Between 1993 and 1998, Lincoln made two generations of the Mark VIII.  The first gen was 1993-96 and the second was 1997-98.  I always thought that they were a very underrated car, because there was much greatness hiding under their skin.

Being a rear wheel drive was the most obvious great quality, but they also had an all aluminum, 32 valve 4.6L that pushed out 280 ish horsepower and about the same amount of torque.  The power went through an automatic (hey, no car is without faults, Lincoln wasn’t doing manuals at the time.), and sent the power through its independent rear suspension.  It had enough electronics to make Kitt feel inadequate, and a massive futuristic curved dashboard that flowed into the doors.  They all had 4 wheel disc brakes, and they even ran 15 second quarter mile times in stock form.  Not too bad for a relatively heavy car right? Continue reading Lincoln Mark VIII: Stink Buggin’

Did You Know That You Can Still Buy A New VW Without A Radio?

Back in the 1950’s, car stereos were a luxury that not just anybody could afford.  In the 1960’s, they became a cool thing to “delete” on your new car order to keep the weight and 1/4 mile times as low as possible.  In the 1970’s, stereos were much more common, and if you were a big deal, you may have even had an 8-track player. Dig it?  The 1980’s happened and tape players were the pinnacle of automotive sound.  You could rewind your favorite song and listen to it over and over again. 1990’s brought compact discs, which made rewinding a laughable idea, until you scratched your $17 CD and it became only usable for hanging from your rear view mirror.  Hey, if you got it, flaunt it.  We all survived the ominous Y2K, and stereos are now standard equipment…….or are they?

VDub2625 over on VWVortex spotted this new 2011 Jetta in a local dealer.   It is the meaning of a base model, like no radio sort of “base”.  Why you ask?  Well, because they are selling it brand new for $13K, and viola, it is posted all over the interwebs for being a strange bird.  Win? Lose?  I don’t even know?   Continue reading Did You Know That You Can Still Buy A New VW Without A Radio?

Oldie But Goodie: A Rendezvous In Paris

If you are a car enthusiast, there are a few videos that you are obligated to view at some point in life.  “C’était un rendez-vous” is one of them.  Like many good things, it is surrounded in lies and controversy, but fake or not, it gets your adrenaline pumping and the sound is music to the ears.

The story goes…… that in 1976, a guy named Claude Lelouch raced through Paris at high speeds in the early morning hours driving his Ferrari 275 GTB. He scattered birds, endangered the public, and generally ignored all rules of the road.  You can distinctly hear the heel-toe shifting and the revving V12 as the car flies through narrow intersections and sharp corners.  It is 9 minutes of ear candy……as strange as that sounds. Much like yesterday, crank your volume up!

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Vo8iGLMwk

The truth is unfortunately far less thrilling than the video.  Apparently the camera is actually attached to a Claude’s Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL (yawn..) and the sound was dubbed in after.  The sound is likely from his V12 Ferrari 275 GTB though, just not the one flying through the streets of Paris, because that one never existed. Regardless of reality, it is a fun video to watch, and a great topic to bring up when you’re bench racing with your buddy’s in the garage.

Video: LS Engine Swapped Subaru Impreza.

First off, LS series engines are a new obsession of mine. Secondly, I just so happen to own a Subaru Impreza.  So, it seems fitting that I post up a video of an LS engine swapped Subaru.  The video claims LS-2, but I think it’s actually a cast iron 6.0L LQ4.  Be sure to crank your volume way up for this one. It sounds delish.

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3P0fNRk82Q