The other night, I helped my friend swap out the two universal joints on the rear drive shaft of his 1986 GMC Jimmy (full size). He said it was getting a little bit scary drive. That means a lot coming from him because he has been known to blissfully drive vehicles that others fear to sit in, never mind take the helm of. His last few jaunts to work and back were full of brain numbing vibrations that made the world around him appear to be a blur.
We removed the drive shaft after feeling the sloppiness in it, and we were both confident that there was going to be a serious lack of needle bearings inside. We were not disappointed. When we knocked the u-joint out of the yoke, there were no bearings left in one of the caps. Very niiiice. Where the bearings once lived, sat a pile of the finest metal dust that destruction can provide. A few laughs were had, the new universal joints slid right in, and the big honkin’ GMC Jimmy lives again.
Rachel Gilbert of Laconia NH has been a life long fan of stock car racing. She has been following the sport since 1960, and was hooked on the sport when she attended the Daytona 500 and watched guys like Richard Petty and Bobby Allison run side by side and battle their way around the track.
So for her 100th birthday her family and Jerry Gappens from New Hampshire Motor Speedway set up a birthday celebration that would surely excite any hardcore race fan.
As part of her birthday celebration package presented by NHMS, Rachel got to drive the tracks pace car around the speedway with Gappens riding shotgun and showing her how to drive around the track.
She was also presented with a race car cake, a Lenox Industrial Tools Hat, and a NHMS jacket along with a birthday card. She said that Carl Edwards was her favorite driver, so Edwards sent her a signed official crew shirt.
Rachel says that she never misses a race on TV.
Picture Borrowed from NHMS.com
After 40+ years of existence, the time has finally arrived for the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (MGM, 1968) “GEN 11″ car to land itself on eBay. The starting bid is 1 million dollars, and it has a higher reserve price, so if you are expecting to snipe this relic at the last minute for $450 before anybody else notices it, sorry, it just isn’t happening.
This massive car… boat…er…. plane weighs 2 tons, and was hand crafted with old school tools way back in the 1960′s. It runs, drives, and stops, but it doesn’t fly or float. It’s got an aluminum hood, cedar boat body, a few plane parts here and there, and enough brass to make you want to never polish again. It also has a fairly famous history that you may have heard about. » Continue reading more of this post…
If you like camping as much as I do, once the warm weather hits, its hard to contain yourself. There are some great places to go camping in New England, especially up in the White Mountain region. In the mountains you can find anything from state parks to places like Tripoli Road where you can pretty much just pull off and setup camp.
If you own an RV, take the time to mechanically go through your rig before heading out on your first trip. Make sure all of the brake lines are intact and not rotting, inspect the tires for wear and dry rot, take a look at the exhaust system, and also during the spring is a great time to change the oil and do a tune up if you need to. » Continue reading more of this post…
When I was in middle school, probably around 16 years ago, a Jaguar XJS showed up in a parking lot near my friend’s house. It made a lasting impression on me because at the time, it was an absolutely beautiful car with exceptionally rich black paint, a low roof line, sleek body contours, and I’m quite confident that it had a V12 emblem on the back. It proudly announced its luxury and prominent heritage to any car that parked next to it. “Hey Chevy Cavalier, look at me, I’m a fancy Jaaaaguar… Did I mention I have a V12?…. meowww…..” There was something very odd about this car though – it never, ever, ever, moved! It sat in the middle of this big newly paved parking lot, waiting for somebody to drive it home. First it was waiting for weeks, then months….then years….and now decades? The only time that I saw it move was when it landed in the dirt corner of the parking lot. At the time, I remember thinking “that car looks like it was dragged there with force -ouch!” Was it abandoned? Was it just being stored there until the restoration could begin? For 17 years? Who knows. The only confirmed fact that we have to work with, is that each winter it becomes the bottom of a very, very large snow pile. » Continue reading more of this post…
During the Nascar All-Star Race on May 21st, Mark Martin will be sporting a red Chevy Impala sponsored by Farmers Insurance. Farmers Insurance will be a primary sponsor for five races during the 2011 season.
Mark Martins car for the All-Star Race will be a throwback to 1986 when Hendrick Motorsports fielded the Folgers Monte Carlo driven by Tim Richmond. In 1986 Tim Richmond had Harry Hyde as his crew chief, which proved to be a potent combination. Tim Richmond won seven races and eight pole positions during that season.
Mark Martin has been with Farmers Insurance for over five years and stated that it was a great deal for the fans to bring back this paint scheme, and that he was pretty excited to be a part of it.
Picture borrowed from http://www.hendrickmotorsports.com
While looking for a delicious place to eat dinner last week, I stumbled upon this “100+ MPG” Prius with an “OILFREE” license plate. I immediately thought to myself “no and no”, and quickly snapped a picture. Now for the last few days this car has been haunting my brain. I just can’t wrap my brain around how they add 50 more miles per gallon because it is now able to be plugged-in. I feel like it is false advertising. Maybe I just don’t understand hybrid technology or maybe it’s the hybrid language that I don’t speak. The one thing I do know is that I have many more questions now than I did before I saw this thing. Here are a few of the questions that I can’t stop thinking about:
- Did that car really get 100+ mpg? Really?
- Do electric/gas hybrid owners count fully electric-powered miles as “miles per gallon“? Is that fair?
- If the above statement is true, can I build a fully electric vehicle, and put a sticker on my car that says “infinite MPG” ?
- The kits to convert these cars to be a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) are about $3000 on eBay not including labor for installation. To keep things simple, we’ll just assume that owners install it themselves. At $3.85 per gallon for regular unleaded gas, you could buy yourself 779 gallons of gas with that money instead and drive yourself about 38,950 miles. This also means that at 12K miles per year on average, it will take 3 years for the PHEV to pay for itself, and that is assuming that you get free electricity at your house to plug the car in to. Car math is fun.
- I bet I could find oil inside that car.