Before my short lived pre-teenage career in newspaper delivery, I had no idea that dogs could run 100+ mph. It turns out that every dog in my neighborhood could, and they chased me like my pockets were full of delicious steak. The highlight of every dog’s day was when I tried to sneak up to the front door with my GIANT yellow newspaper bag that might as well have said “attack me” on the side of it. Looking back, I think I spent about 10% of my delivery time actually delivering newspapers, and 90% throttling my BMX away from the fastest dogs in the entire universe. For years this traumatized me into fearing dogs and all other animals for that matter. For all I knew – horses, cows, sheep, Bison, and turtles could chase me down, knock me off my bike and bite my legs. Luckily for me, this all changed in high school. A good friend of mine got a dog that was the biggest, scariest looking, friendliest, most lovable dog you could ever imagine. This dog was the turning point for me & animals. So since cars are my passion and animals are just plain fun, I put together this animal & car – friendly photo collage for your enjoyment. Read More
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.
There is a time to buy and a time to sell, and for this Twin Engine Delorean owner…..It’s time to sell. Obviously, I could fill an entire paragraph with Back to the Future references, and maybe even include a picture of Michael J. Fox sporting red leather to really drive some points home….. but I’m not going to. I think when you look at these pictures, you will draw your own opinions, and likely want to take this car back to 1982 before it had a Cadillac V8 and a Prelude engine stuffed into it. eeeek!
Front engine: 2.0liter dual overhead cam Honda engine from a third generation Prelude.
Rear engine: 8.2liter high compression Cadillac engine, from a 1970 Eldorado.
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Has anybody ever done anything to their friends cars as an April Fools joke? I have always wanted to do something over the top to one of my friends, but never had the real audacity to do it. Here are some of my favorite ideas.
Automotive April Fools:
1) Take your friends steering wheel off. Leave it on the passenger seat, doors locked.
2) Remove your friends drivers seat. Put it in the trunk or rear hatch. Again, doors locked.
3) Remove the entire interior carpet, put everything else back in and make sure nothing else is out of place.
4) Fill your friends vehicle with crickets.
5) Disable the engine from starting, and put a giant sign under the hood that says something humorous.
6) Fill the car with balloons, don’t forget the glove box, trunk, console, etc.
7) Make a sign that says “Please stare at me awkwardly” and tape it to the outside of the passenger door.
8 ) Poke tiny holes in a carton of eggs, and hide it in a friends car. Wait patiently for epic stink.
9) Jump the horn wire to permanently be on.
10) Grease under all of the door handles, heavily. The more grease the better
What Automotive Related jokes have you played on your friends?
There are so many cars out there with a cult following these days, that I often find myself wondering if all the weird cars in the automotive world have a place to “belong”. Do people really like these oddball cars? Or do they get stuck with them and learn to love them? I have very strong affection for a many of the ugliest, most backwards, slowest, and terribly designed cars in existence. I bet I’m not alone.
For today we have a 1983 Cadillac Seville. These had amazing oil leaks V8 engines that sat way too far forward in the engine compartment because they were front wheel drive. The weight distribution felt like it was 98% on the front wheels and 2% over the rears. Luckily the power steering pumps could power a small city so turning those overloaded front wheels was easily done with your finger tip. The interior was chock full of switches, hundreds of them. Switches in the dash for everything imaginable, switches on the sides of the seats, the doors, the roof, the glove box, and if I recall correctly, the sun visors had switches as well. Nobody knows what all those switches did, but if you wanted to turn anything from off to on, you could do it successfully in this car. Cigarette lighters? Yeap, there were enough of them for you and 80 of your closest friends to have a smoke. As a kid, I enjoyed putting dimes in the lighter holes, sadly, the US didn’t mint enough dimes to stuff into every lighter hole in these cars. The trunk; “Hey GM designers, what the heck went on there?”
My opinion: If it were rear wheel drive, I would love it because of its weird looks, and gangster soul. However, being front wheel drive with the worst weight distribution in history, I am leaning on the hate meter for this one.
What’s your opinion?
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When building or restoring a car, you absolutely HAVE to take pictures.
Here are my top 7 reasons why:
1) Without pictures, nobody will ever believe that you did any of the work (unless it’s terrible, then they will believe you 100%).
2) You will never remember how things originally went together. That extra bag of bolts needs a home!
3) You can hold the photo up against your car and say “look guys, before and after”.
4) It can remind you where you came from, and how you got to where you are.
5) You can look back and laugh at the horrific work you did toward the beginning of the project. Remember when you couldn’t weld?
6) You can post them on the internet and show off all of your work to the world.
7) You don’t realize it at the time of the photograph, but there is always weird stuff going on in the background. It is fun to look for!
If you are saying to yourself “This guy is right, I don’t have any pictures of my cars…”, grab a handful of camera right now and go take some pictures. I promise you that you will appreciate it down the road. Just imagine how cool it would be to see all the cars that your parents had throughout the years.
Got before and after pictures? I want to see them! Post them up or Send them to me: email@example.com