KM132 Transmission Gear Comparison

Last week I wrote about how I broke the KM132 transmission in my truck.  Luckily for me, I am an auto parts hoarder, and had a couple spare KM132 transmissions “just in case”.  My life isn’t as easy as pulling the old transmission out and slapping a spare one in though because the one in my truck was fairly heavily customized.  Not only that, but the spare KM132’s I had were intended for a wide block…. You know what, let’s back up the train a bit. (more…)

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More Problems With The 18

Man-O-Man Mr. Kyle Busch seems to be in the news quite a bit lately. From speeding at 125 down a public road which he was served with a town penalty.

Then two weeks ago he was rubbing fenders with Richard Childress’s grandson during a cool down lap,which earned him a head lock and a complimentary 2-3 shots to the face courtesy of Mr. Childress (he was fined 150,000 for this by the way). Now his number 18 Toyota was found to be 1/16″ to low in the front during a post race tech inspection after the Pocono 5-Hour Energy 500.

I’m not sure if Jimmy Spencer “Mr. Excitement” even caused this much of a stir back in the day. Kyle was served with a loss of 6 championship points as a driver; Joe Gibbs was served with a loss of 6 owner points; crew chief Dave Rogers was also handed a 25,000 fine according to

Kyle’s car did pass the pre-race inspection.Back at the shop team owner Joe Gibbs stated that they did find the issue as to why the car failed the post race inspection and also informed Nascar of their findings.

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Somewhere In Oregon There Is A Man….

….and that man found the remains of an old truck in the beautiful countryside.  Naturally he grabbed the helm of the prehistoric ship and took it for an imaginary sail around the luscious green field.

Don’t even think about saying that you have never done this before, because you know you have.  Just think about how many times you have been in the drivers seat of a car making high revving engine sounds while rowing the gears of the missing transmission. It’s what we do, no reason to deny it. The only question about this image that I have is: “Is that really a hand crank for the engine on the front?!!!” You’d have to be completely nuts the to spin that engine over by hand with intentions of keeping all your limbs. Yikes!

The early 1900’s – When men were men.

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Jeff Gordon Win’s His Second Victory In 2011

When the dust settled it was Jeff Gordon who walked away with the checkered flag during yesterdays 5-Hour Energy 500.Gordon jokingly said in victory lane that it felt great to be part of the sport and that it also felt good to win as he’s creeping up on 40.

Denney Hamlin was favored to win the event, and lead for almost half of the race. Hamlin’s day took a turn for the worst when he came in to make a pit stop and took on a fresh set of tires. While leaving the pit stall he had a rear tire go down due to a valve stem that managed to work it’s way out of the rim. Hamlin had to make the long journey around the track and in the process tore the rear tire up on the rim which then managed to wrap itself around the rear axle housing ultimately tearing the rear brake line from the back of the caliper. Hamlin had what was shaping up to be a great day go from bad to worse by none other then just bad luck. It was really a weird set of circumstances.

Carl Edwards finished 140+ laps down due to dropping a valve into the cylinder. Jack Roush made the call to repair the 99 AFLAC machine of Edwards to make one final lap since Carl is the points leader. (more…)

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Start Your Monday With 12 Shots Of Engines.

Can you believe that it’s already June 13th? Half way through 2011, and I feel like I haven’t had time to work on any of my automotive projects yet. I really wish I could slow time down a bit, because I really have no idea where all of these days are going. Do days go by faster as you get older? I think they might. Shucks. Well, let’s focus on something positive this beautiful Monday morning, like 12 great looking engines. ——–> (more…)

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1966 Ford MustaBird Now For Sale

There is no shortage of oddities on Craigslist these days.  Sometimes you find the deal of the century and other times you find a ThunderStang, or is it a MustaBird?  Either way, the owner says:

What we have here is a 1966 Mustang.. sort of. The body and doors have been shortened by about 20″, and made to resemble an early T-Bird. The car was originally ‘modified’ 20+ years ago, then was ‘rebuilt’ after that. It now sits with NO ENGINE nor TRANS! The shortened drive shaft is still there. Needs total restoration. Was a 2-time World of Wheels winner in a previous life. I found it with thoughts of restoring it. I’ve decided to sell it instead. Hood is fiberglass. You will be buying a shell.

For 12 Benjamins, I can’t say that this is a bad deal. I mean where else are you going to find a BirdStang for less? I’ll tell you, you won’t. Somebody needs to snatch this thing up, drop a 429 in it and love life. Will that person be you?

Here is the Craigslist Listing

Special Thanks to Joe L. for spotting this little gem… and I do mean little.

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