I have spent quite a bit of time working on a chameleon painted Karmann Ghia, and I liked it. There, I said it. No, the car doesn’t have a V8, and it doesn’t have a clutch pedal for its manual transmission. However, it does have windshield squirters that are activated by the air pressure in the spare tire (seriously).
When this flamboyant automobile entered my family, I was a bit confused because I was used to the big American muscle cars, and modern sports cars. This Volkswagen was just a wee-bit different. It was not only the antithesis of all the vehicles I was used to, but it came with free pass into a bizarre automotive culture. I would put the VW culture in the same genre as minitruckers, but just a touch more viral. The Volkswagen crowd will convert you to one of their own before you even realize it happened. One thing then leads to another and pretty soon you are replacing your oil pan and pulling a 23 window VW Bus out of a river.
What I am getting at here is that old VW’s are something that you need to mess around with at some point in life. By no means am I saying that they are “the greatest car evah!”, or the only thing that can possibly save us from 2012. What I am saying is that they are put together in a way like none other of their era, and aside from the windshield squirters and the missing pedals, I kind of like them. Working on one of these foreign oddballs really opens a whole new thought process on how to put a car together.
There has been talk about Cadillac CTS Coupes for quite some time now, and also chatter about just how spectacular the CTS-V Coupe will be when it eventually arrives. Well, the time is now upon us. Cadillac is saying that the the CTS-V Coupe is really available for the 2011 year, and from the looks of the pictures, it is as beautiful as ever. Lucky for us, it still has the magnificent work of art under the hood, and it is just as beautifully supercharged and powerful as ever. The magnetic ride control, 14.7 inch rotors, and 6 piston Brembos matched with 19 inch wheels wrapped in Michelins, is truly the exact package that every vehicle needs. This car appears to be what happens when the GM engineers get together and say, “Let’s just put the best of everything we have on a car and see what happens”. If Cadillac wants to donate one of these to a good home for some real world testing, I will be willing to donate my time, gas, and opinions to their cause.
The other day, while installing some auto parts, it dawned on us that we could be sharing the thrill and excitement of installing car parts with the entire world! Naturally, we considered using supermodels for these how-to videos, but after careful consideration, we decided that you would rather see us instead. Your Welcome! We may not be in bikinis (thank goodness), and we may drop a headlight from time to time (2.55 minutes in), but this is real life and things happen . Take a look and let us know what you think.
At 1AAuto we are always helping our customers in every way we can. One of the things that we are trying out is installation videos for a variety of our parts. It is really us, installing our own 1AAuto parts for our friends, family, and many of our own cars. Let us know what you think.
This video is how to install a new set of headlights on a 1998-2002 Dodge Ram Truck.
Instead of a complete rotting car today, we have a couple Hemi engines in the woods. One still sits between some frame rails and the other was found hiding under an old hood. I am not sure if they are 331’s or 392’s, but it’s obvious that they are the “old” style Hemis. I looked around the area and sadly there were not any 426 blocks hanging out nearby.
Can anybody provide some stats of these? Size? Horsepower? Torque? There must be some old school Mopar guys out there that know this kind of stuff. Enjoy the rotting muscle !
Ford recently announced that the 5.0L V8 engine is back for the 2011 Mustang. You may remember the 5.0L from the the days when your hair was a bit longer, and your jean jacket was the coolest thing in town. Back in the 1980’s the big bad Ford V8 had about half the horsepower of what the automotive world is receiving in 2011. Yes, Ford is claiming 412 hp, and 390 ft lbs of torque. It should be scary to say the least. www.Burlappcars.com has the photos to prove it. Well done Ford, it’s a great looking engine so far, hopefully it holds up to abuse like the last 5.0L did.
Recently Mark Smith of Factory 5 (www.ffcobra.com) arrived on some VW discussion forums. He quickly made it known that he had a VW kit car project in the works that looks conceptually outstanding. Apparently you start with a Gen IV Golf or Jetta, and slice and dice it into a GTM-inspired (my words) supercar. Overall, it looks like a massively epic win for Volkswagen enthusiasts, and the car world in general, because an economic supercar will soon be within the average DIY’ers budget! There isn’t a descriptive enough word in the English language to describe the kind of automotive passion that comes out of the Factory 5 guys hands, so I have no doubt that this will be more of the same. If you want to follow the progress there are two areas you may want to venture into. Thecarlounge.net is the first, and there is also a slightly more in depth build thread going on within the TDIclub