Until about a week ago, I had never looked under hood of a Jensen Healey. The drivetrain could have been comprised of a gaggle of hamsters for all I knew. I snapped off this picture and did a bit of research. It turned out that only about 2500 of these cars were sold in the US between 1972 – 1976? (ish). It all made sense now. I had probably never even seen one of the cars before! That’s why I had never seen under the hood! The car itself kind of looks like the offspring of a 1960′s Mazda Cosmo and a 1999+ Toyota MR2. The shape and design of the car isn’t really too life changing, but it does have a super cool Lotus engine under the hood that I enjoyed staring at. » Continue reading more of this post…
Hiding underneath the passenger compartment of this Dodge A-100 Pickup was a large V8. I was being rushed a bit so I didn’t identify which engine it was. We’ll assume it’s a powerful one based on the slicks and ladder bars on the rear. Does it rip wheelies? Probably. However, I didn’t see any scrapes on the rear bumper, so maybe it just does crazy burnouts. Regardless, it’s a sweet ride in my opinion, and I would like to see it in my driveway.
In New England, rust free cars don’t exist. When you buy an old car, a “solid body” means that it will only need doors, fenders, floors, and quarters. Replacing sheetmetal is just a way of life for us. So when car enthusiasts up here see a car for sale that still has good original floors in it, for cheap cash, it sends us into a panic. That is exactly what happened to me this last weekend, and it reminded me of the two most important rules to being a proper gearhead:
1) Buy now, think later.
2) Always….. ALWAYS…. keep an extra spot in your yard just in case you need to bring some rolling stock home on a whim.
I failed hard on both accounts, and can only blame my own procrastination & cheapness. » Continue reading more of this post…
If you haven’t see this video yet, you are in for a treat, because Tanner Foust takes flight in a truck for Hot Wheels, and jumps 332 foot like it’s his job. Oddly enough, it sort of is. Either way, enjoy this insanity.
Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xwfoLraLkA
This morning I landed on a crash test video that was made by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. When I was done watching the crash test, I realized that there were about 590 more to watch! GOLD MINE! There is no denying it, watching cars smash into each other without real lives at stake is really about as good as it gets. Most of the videos are short, sweet, and all business. Car enters at stage right with a high rate of speed, smashes object at stage left. Then they do a slow motion replay, and it’s a wrap. Next! It isn’t just brand new cars either, there are a variety of older car tests too! Here are 4 of my favorites so far.
Here is a 1996 Chevy Astro Van folding up:
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NAME THAT SEAT!
Last weekend I went to the monthly car show / swap meet in Amherst NH and I saw this bench seat that had me quite intrigued. I am pretty sure that I have never seen one of these seats before. The owner of this seat thinks that it is from a 1968+ GTO, though he isn’t 100% sure.
So I ask you – What in the world did this seat originally come out of? Is it really a GTO seat? Some other A-Body? Drop some knowledge on me.
During my lunch yesterday, before I even got off the motorcycle, I was told by the local inspection station that I needed new tires, a license plate light, and a more visible location for my license plate. Apparently I have been riding dirty for a while now. “Oopsy! You caught me!” I won’t lie though, I was aware of all of this, and figured somebody would call me out on it eventually. As it turns out, that time was yesterday. Ah well, at least once I fix it all I won’t have to cross my fingers, toes, and bring a lucky rabbit’s foot to the inspection station each year. What a relief.
Since I was replacing my tires this year whether I had an inspection sticker or not, I ordered them about a week ago. Now, I have never had new tires on my bike, so I had no idea that shops charge anywhere from $25 – 50 per tire for mounting and balancing. Surprise! Yea, no. I am way too cheap, and I tend to stress out when people touch my vehicles. I have trust issues I suppose. Anyway, when I got home yesterday, my fresh new tires were waiting for me, and “operation tire swap” was about to commence. I had swapped car tires without machines before, but never motorcycle tires, but how different could it be?
I began by hanging my bike from my garage rafters and popping the rear wheel off. I laid it on a piece of cardboard, and pulled the schrader valve out of the valve stem to let all of the pressure out.
With my fingers crossed and happy thoughts in my head, I broke the bead loose on the old tire with a shovel. » Continue reading more of this post…