Subaru Wagon: Plaid is Not Just for Lumberjacks Anymore.

You drive a 96 Subaru wagon.  Clearly you are aware of the greatness lurking under its discrete wagon skin.  Before long, an EJ20 will power the beast to bring new life back into her old soul.  However, for right now there is only one thing on your mind. It is the most wonderful fabric on earth through your eyes, better known as Plaid.  Sleep, plaid.  Breakfast, plaid.  Lunch, plaid.  Work, plaid.  Subaru, plaid….. Subaru, plaid… Wait a minute.

Greatest Tow Vehicle: Lincoln Town Car Limousine

What does one do when one needs to arrive in high style, yet also needs to do a little 4 wheeling?  You guessed it!  Simply add a tow hitch and declare yourself the coolest guy to ever hit the streets of New Hampshire.  Let us pause for a quick moment to appreciate the extraordinary amount of greatness that is going on here….

Yes. Very nice.

1994 Lincoln Town Car Limo + Mud = Best day ever.

Replacing a Grille and Headlights on a GM Full Size Truck

Chances are good that you or somebody you know has one of these beautiful trucks.  That’s because they are awesome in nearly every category.  They have reliable small block engines, rugged drivetrain parts, comfy interiors, and dashing good looks.  The Suburban’s hold about 47 people, the 4×4 trucks are great fun when stuck in mud, and the 2 wheel drive trucks looks fantastic when slammed to the ground on 22′s.  Let us not forget the 2 door Tahoes, Yukons and full size Blazers though.  I mean what is better than a bohemouth of a vehicle with only two doors?  You are left wondering “am I in a 4×4 monster truck or an exotic sports car?”  No matter which model Chevy or GMC full size truck you drive, you could benefit from watching this video.  Our own supermodel, better known as “Mike”, proudly displays the best way to swap out the grille and headlights.

Brake Fail: Smashing your Rotors off with an Axe.

 

Broken Brake Rotors

A simple task that you’ve done a million times before can often take a horrible turn faster than you can say, “where’s my biggest hammer”?   I really thought this brake job was going to be a quick 30 minute pad and rotor slap, like it should be.  Not so much, let’s review.

Step 1: Jack up the vehicle in a safe manner. “Check!”

Step 2: Remove the wheels. “Check!”

Step 3: Remove caliper & caliper bracket bolts. “Check!”

Step 4: Tie up calipers with mechanics wire to prevent them from hanging from the rubber brake hoses. “Check!”

Step 5: Slide the worn out rotors off the hub. “Umm, not sliding. What the heck is going on here?”

Step 6: Clean oily substance off new rotors, and slide new rotors into place. “Whoa….back it up instruction guy! We need to hop in the Delorean and zoom back to step 5. These rotors are stuck, no joke.  What now?”

Step 7: Compress the caliper piston and replace the old brake pads with new brake pads.  Don’t forget to lube the sliders.  “This hammer is not nearly big enough.  Does anybody know where my axe is?”

Step 8: Slide the caliper brackets and caliper over the new rotor and reinstall the caliper bolts. “Ok guys, the rotors are really getting destroyed now. We need torches, cut off wheels, grinders, and a sawzall!”

Step 9: Reinstall the wheels, and torque the lug nuts to your vehicle’s torque specifications. “Hello? instruction guy….I hate you. This is the Worst job EVER!”

Step 10: Before starting vehicle, be sure to recheck brake fluid level and pump the brake pedal to set the pads in place. “……….disappoint………”

You want to see an Engine Explode at High RPM?

Last week we discussed the Top 3 Most Awesome Ways To Destroy Your Engine.  This week, a video popped up in front of me that documented a very special event.  It was as if the video was saying “Hey Jeremy, I was just reading your totally radical automotive blog and I would like to share a video example of something on your Top 3 list”.  Well, thank you Mr.Awesome Video, I accept your greetings and your offer.  The only thing missing in the video is the super high speed camera slow-motion replay button.

Absolute Win: Pictures of Old Abandoned Roads

We drive on the open roads each day never giving a whole lot of thought about them.   Do you ever begin to wonder what happens when a road becomes less traveled?  How about when it’s blocked off and forgotten about?  Have you ever seen one built but never actually opened to traffic?  How about when the land reclaims the asphalt by force?  You may not realize it, but pictures of abandoned roads are an absolute win on many levels.  Is it lame to say that these roads have reached the end of the road? You decide.

All of these great photos from a www.Motivemag.com discussion forum.

Truck Customization in New Zealand.

As an avid car enthusiast, I find myself frequently drooling over customized vehicles that I find on the internet.  I’m not picky, if it has wheels and an engine, I’m probably drooling over it.  This is one that I originally came across on a truck forum, and saved the pictures because I think it is intriguingly awesome.

It was built by a guy in New Zealand and it is was a Mitsubishi L200, which are known as Mitsubishi Mightymax’s in the United States.   He chopped the roof, bobbed the bed, body-dropped it, and added some much needed air ride suspension.  Overall, very cool.  This is obviously a work in progress, but from what I remember, it was getting a turbocharged 4G63 engine from a Galant VR4 shortly after these pictures were taken.  These are from a year or two ago, does anybody out there have updates? I sure can’t find any.

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