Sometimes life hands you a 1989 Volvo 745T Wagon, and you are forced to turn lemons into lemonade. Douglas Strickler knows how to do this, and his proof is in his Volvette. I just stumbled onto it recently, and it may be old news to everytbody else in the world, but I saw the car and fell in love.
It started life as typical family truckster, and now has a fire breathing LS1 twin turbo, backed with a 6-speed manual transmission. It has 500+ horsepower and could likely get you to soccer practice at the speed of light. It’s got bigger brakes, 18 inch wheels, and wagon loads of custom parts. I can’t even imagine how fun this car must be to drive. Only two words come to mind. Do Want.
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This week I wanted to bring up an important topic that we all need to think long and hard about. Love for Monte Carlos. Yes, the Chevy Monte Carlos that were built from 1970-1988 were a beautiful bunch of machines, even the sadly forgotten 1973-77 models. They all had giant engines, huge fenders, heavy doors, and tons of luxury options. If you have never driven in one, I would compare it to sitting on a sofa that is strapped down to an erupting volcano. To celebrate the true wonder that the 1970-88 Monte Carlos are, I have gathered a youtube video of each generation doing an elegant burnout, as only a high class Monte Carlo could.
Between 1970 and 1972 the Monte Carlo shared a large number of parts with the Chevelles, but for some unknown reason (to me), Monte Carlos don’t seem to rot out like the Chevelles and Malibu’s do. Is it because beauty doesn’t age? Could it be because Monte Carlos are so full of magnificence, that rust cannot possibly break them down? Maybe it is because they are so uncommon that deterioration itself wants them to last forever? Whatever magical presence it is protecting these cars from rust, it deserves a high five. With that, I give you elegant burnout number one!
I always felt bad for the 1973-77 Monte Carlos. They were always the ugly bunch that nobody seemed to want. They still had huge engines, and more class than you would know what to do with. What people don’t seem to realize is that with one of these land yachts sweet rides, you have every single automotive option on earth for an unbelievable low price. You have buttons that control other buttons, and switches that control knobs. You have seats that move in like 879 directions, carpet that is 6 inches thick, and enough cigarette lighters to light 40 stogies at once. The trunk is big enough to sneak 10 of your closest friends into the drive-in, which makes for 18 total passengers. What is there not to love? As you may have guessed, this body style is the perfect candidate for elegant burnout number two!
The 78-88 Monte Carlos are unmatched in beauty and grace. If these cars had a decent engine and transmission in them, they could have been the greatest vehicle ever built (……..by Chevy between 1978-88). The downsides to these cars were the asthmatic V6 and V8 engines that GM loaded into them. Chevy claimed 165 horsepower, but I assure you that it felt more like donkey power. Yes, I would rate them at approx. 14 donkeypower. People in horse drawn carriages would easily pass these cars in a race. The interiors were slightly less plush than that of the 73-77 body style, but still high class compared to most. Overall, the great looking body makes up for the lack in power. You buy one of these cars to look awesome, not to go fast. If you swap the engine for maximum greatness, you end up with elegant burnout number three!
Yesterday, a co-worker asked if I had seen the new Armor All wheel protector stuff, because it looked quite impressive. I told him that I hadn’t, but I’d like to see it because cleaning wheels is the most miserable job ever. He pointed me in the direction of this video, which I found pretty darn impressive. Surely, neither you nor I will be spraying honey on our wheels anytime soon, but it’s nice to know that we can without having to use brake cleaner to get it off.
Has anybody used this stuff before in real world conditions? Maybe I will buy a bottle of this and put it to the test….
Step one: Drive through a pool of maple syrup.
Full Disclosure: I have absolutely nothing to do with Armor All. I don’t sell it, I don’t get it for free, and I don’t have any reason to promote it other than it being a clever product advertisement.
Yesterday a friend of mine showed me a pretty entertaining Nissan commercial that I hadn’t seen before. Sure it has some drifting that can’t happen in a “real” Nissan SE-R, but it’s entertainment, take it for what it is! If you like cars, drifting, or 80′s metal, this video is a win. Check it out.
Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kaj0QyAUoo
Tanner Foust has a new drift video out that you definitely need to watch. It takes place on a section of the Mulholland Highway, known as “The Snake”. I dunno how you land a gig like that, but I have to assume that he and Ken Block are two of the happiest guys on earth. I mean seriously, is there anything better than beating the snot out of a car that somebody else paid for?
I had to sneak this video onto the blog last minute today because it is truly spectacular on so many levels. It shows the valves of a BMW S1000RR engine opening and closing at an obscene RPM. After seeing this, I want to go home and take the valve covers off my engines to see how they compare. There is really not a whole lot more to say.
Ultimate win for the week!
People were more creative in the 1930′s, this video makes that quite apparent. This guy decided that 4 wheels was not the proper way to transport people, and 1 giant wobbling wheel would be waaaaay better. I am not going to say he was wrong, but maybe just a little too advanced for his era. If I’m not in a flying car by 2020, I am definitely going on search for a dynosphere. It’s the only logical thing to do if I am travelling down a beach or through a desert. Who’s with me?