What Would You Do With A……….. Mint Chevette?

Chevette’s don’t exist anymore because they were considered “throw away cars” that were so cheap and slow that nobody cared about them. They were rarely, if ever, loved by their owners, and never taken car of.  All, except this one.  This car is owned by a coworker that has owned it since it was practically new.  It has something like 30K original miles, and it is pristine from every angle.  Every time I walk buy it I battle ideas in my head of what I would do with it if it were mine.  On one hand, this little Scooter would be incredible with a new turbocharged ECOTEC engine, 6 gears, and tires wide enough to make it corner like an Enzo.  Then on the other hand, it would be an absolute tragedy to cut up such a perfect low mileage original car.  I just can’t make sense of it all. » Continue reading more of this post…

Did You Know: 3 Door Suburbans?

Did you know that between 1967 and 1972 Suburbans only had 3 side doors?  That’s right folks…  One door on the driver side and two on the passenger side.  Cool right?  Sadly General Motors decided that an even number of doors was in fact more popular and added the 4th door in 1973 with the new body style.  I personally feel like the three door ‘Burban is the mullet haircut of the automotive world (business in the front, party in the back).  Let’s face it, its 20 feet of sports car down the left side, yet a family friendly sedan on the right.  The best of both worlds.  Am I right or am I right?

 

Picture Credit:

Found on eBay Item # 160520630101

Gas Prices: Anybody Else Notice The Sneakiness?

It didn’t really hit me until this weekend, but I think gas prices have been sneaking their way back up again.  Those little rascals….  According to Gasbuddy.com, we are currently averaging around $3.00 per gallon for regular gas in the US.  While that certainly isn’t as bad as the $4.00 per Gallon in 2007, it is not as nice as the wonderful days in mid-2008 when we were dancing in the streets over the sub-$2.00 gas average.  It definitely makes me consider creating an 87 octane tune for my truck so that I can run it on 87 whenever I want to be cheap, and then swap to 93 when I want to force 25 psi through it. Is it summer yet?

What are the gas prices like where you live?

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GasBuddy.com

How Can Such A Little Subaru Handle So Much WIN!!

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It would be untrue for me to say that I don’t need a 1970 Subaru Samvar 360 Van in my life in a big way.  A fellow Subaru enthusiast passed this eBay listing over to me (Item # 250742053151) because a car soooo spectacular obviously deserves to be put on a pedestal in public view. Just look at how ridiculous it is!  I’m not sure if it belongs in the circus, on the grass at the Concourse D’Elegance, doing AWD turbo time trials up Pikes Peak, or hanging the front wheels while burning nitromethane at the drag strip.   The possibilities are endless!   Could this Samvar actually » Continue reading more of this post…

Automotive Tips & Tricks: Suggestion #1

The Automotive lesson today is:

“When using a DVOM (Digital Volt Ohm Meter), don’t put your finger on the backside of the wire that you are stabbing into.  There is a 102% chance that you will stab yourself in your finger. Anybody that owns a multimeter has done it….. and it hurts…. every time.”

Also, I took this picture by myself, without a timer or tripod. Think about that for a moment.

Jeremy Clarkson, His Books, and The United Kingdom Location.

Pop Quiz:

1) Do you watch Top Gear UK?

2) Do you enjoy Jeremy Clarkson style humor?

3) Do you know the difference between the UK, Great Britain, and England?

If you answered “yes” to number 1 & 2 above, you will definitely enjoy this book.  If you answered “no” to question 3, don’t worry about it, we’ll cover that in a few minutes.  I’ll save you from lying when somebody asks you if you know the difference.

The Book:

I was recently in a used book store (so what?), and I spotted a copy of “Motorworld” by Jeremy Clarkson for $2. My first thought was: “Jeremy Clarkson writes books? How did I not know this?” I grabbed it and hoped it wouldn’t be a giant letdown like my 59 ounce “half gallon” bottle of orange juice.  I got the book home and flipped through a page or two to get a little taste of what it was like.  Hysterical gasping-for-air laughter ensued, and before long, I was done with half the book.  What I’m getting at is that it’s a pretty flippin’ funny book if you read it with Jeremy Clarkson’s sarcasm and panache.  It’s covers Jeremy’s thoughts on 12 places around the world that build cars, yes, even Detroit. It’s rich to say the least.  Grab it online for cheap cash monies if you get the chance, it’s worth your time.

Now The World:

While reading this book and watching TGUK, I often find myself (embarrassingly) saying “I have absolutely no clue where in the world these guys are”.  I mean I knew that they were in between the United States and Russia, and probably close to Ireland.  However,  as far as UK vs. England vs. Great Britain, I was lost worse than a out-of-state’r in Boston.  Let’s dig in deeper so that we all can act smarter. » Continue reading more of this post…

Chevelle SS Hood Pins: Why?

First off, I love Chevelle’s in a very bad way, especially the front end of a 1970, and the back of a 71-72.  Combining those two aspects together would make the ideal A-Body in my mind.  But anywho, that’s not the topic at hand.  I want to know why the heck GM decided that the SS packages so desperately needed hood pins?  Was there really a chance of a hood flying up?  “Hi Chevy (Sorry, Chevrolet), the Chevelle hood weighs in at just less than 400,000 lbs, do you really think it’s going to fly away?”  Maybe the latch just wasn’t able to handle the job alone?  Or maybe it was done strictly for the badass muscle car look?  I don’t know, I’m probably alone here, but I just think the hood pins take away from the clean Chevelle hood lines, and they make it look like a factory installed hack job.  Hey, just my 2 cents.

Somebody please school me.

Oh yeah, here are some pictures of an absolutely mint ’70 SS with a 582 cubic inch engine, pushing out ~750hp, through a 5 speed manual transmission at the 1A Auto car show. MMMMMM,

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