Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Barrett Jackson 2009: In Search of Eight Barrel

We looked everywhere.  Seriously

Mopar Hood Scoop

Barrett Jackson 2009: 1968 Mercury Cougar

[caption id="attachment_3261" align="alignnone" width="640"]1968 Mercury Cougar The sign of the cat[/caption]

This is the cracker-mobile, right down to the color and roof, except that it lacks bondo, rust, unmatched wheels, unmatched tires, and pretty much starts when you want it too, and runs until you tell it to shut off.  Also, the lights work, 24 year after Cracker's version.

It's cousin was in the parking lot:

[caption id="attachment_3263" align="alignnone" width="640"]1970 Mercury Cougar what's with the nose, kitty?[/caption]

Barrett Jackson 2009: 1970 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="660"]1970 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet What's under the hood, I wonder[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]1970 Ford Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Smile![/caption]

 

 

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Barrett Jackson 2009: Sparty, No.

The delicious irony

MSU Calais

According to BJ
Summary
A "Spartan" special custom Calais. Perfect for the Michigan State fan. Sold on a Scrap Title.

Details
A "Spartan" special custom Calais. Perfect for the Michigan State fan. THIS IS A MODIFIED VEHICLE. NEITHER GM NOR BARRETT-JACKSON MAKE ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING THE VEHICLE, INCLUDING NO WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE VEHICLE IS NOT CERTIFIED TO COMPLY WITH ANY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAWS, RULES OR REGULATIONS AND MAY NOT BE DRIVEN ON PUBLIC ROADS. This vehicle will be conveyed to Buyer with a "scrap" title. **TITLE IN TRANSIT**

To be fair, these cars, as built, were horrendous pieces of shit, so the sparty paint job alone probably was enough to push it into unsafe at any speed territory...

Why is this a flashback?  Because Mrs. Phid went from the previous shitbox to one like this.

Barrett Jackson 2009: Name That Car

WOLSELEY HORNET MK II

Barrett Jackson 2009: Name That Car

Packard

Make is easy.  We're looking for the model.

DuPont Registry" Name That Car

KNIGHT XV

Semi-easy, if you have Stumble Upon.  At least that is where I first saw one.

TOO LATE:  IT'S THE KNIGHT XV, the world's best Ford Excusion.  Indulge your inner Enzyte customer.

duPont registry: Name That Car

NAme the car Barrett Jackson

This one will kill you, it's so tough.

Name That Car

Lamborghini Diablo

It's not a Mustang, or the interior of any other car here.

duPont Registry: Name That Car

Gumpert Apollo

Barrett Jackson 2009: Aston Martin Zagato DB AR1

Aston Martin Zagato DB AR1

Aston Martin Zagato DB AR1

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Beauty Shots

2006 Ford Mustang

 

Jesus, what now Ford Dealers?

Power Ford North Scottsdale said I didn't need an alignment.***

Discount Tire said I did.

Five Star Ford says that they need to grind the strut towers, at my expense, to properly align the car, but it's "not" a design or manufacturing issue.

WTF?

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[***Ed. Note:  to be completely fair, PFNS was not completely off base in suggesting a balancing, based on my joe six pack description.  I had the same conversation with the Five Star guy, except it was more of a conversation and i volunteered more info (having learned the perils of incurious reps) and the rep sought out info so we were both on the same page. What I was perceiving was likely road surface conditions, but I did ask for a check of steering linkages and all that stuff to weed out mechanical sources.]

Beauty Shots

2006 Ford Mustang

 

Friday, January 9, 2009

Out on the street, that's where we meet

Goodyear Eagle GT

Round and Round - New Goodyear Eagle GT Tires from Discount Tire for the Mustang.

2006 Ford Mustang Picture 9192

Dear Power Ford North Scottsdale: We're done

Dear Power Ford North Scottsdale doorknobs

In December, 2007, I came to you with a little steering wiggle.
Me:  I have had cars for 30 years - I know I need an alignment
PFNS:  No, you just need a $70 wheel balancing.  Alignments are for pussies.
GF: You guys are dead now.
Me:  Well, you're the experts.

May 2008 - time for an oil change, under the new 5000 mile interval specified by Ford.
PFNS: Let us give you a courtesy checkup
PFNS: Rear brakes are at 6 mm - condition yellow (fix soon, but not right now).  Tread depth yellow, tread wear (I don't remember what they checked, or even if)
Me:  Well, you're the experts.

January 5 2009- time for an oil change, under the new 5000 mile interval specified by Ford.
PFNS: You need the 30K service on this sheet
Me:  looks like an oil change and courtesy checkup.  Let's call it that, since that is what it is, and save me $100.
PFNS 90 minutes later: 10 min. Oil change is done.  Rear brakes are still at 6 mm - condition yellow (fix soon, but not right now).  Tread depth yellow, tread wear yellow (i.e., something is wrong)
Me:  Well, you're the experts.
PFNS service advisor who has the report because he is handing it to the cashier in my presence:  You're good to go.  Thanks!
Me:  Well, you're the experts.

LATER...

Me:  Tread wear?  Yellow?  WTF?  90 minutes with my car and there is no explanation on the report, or from the service advisor?  WTF?

January 8, 2009
Me: Hi guys - Ford says "treadwear" is yellowy.  Please tell me why.
Discount Tire:  Dude, you needed an alignment about 10K miles ago.  Your tires are shit due to excessive toe-out.  A cursory inspection by a trained Ford service department could have picked this out long ago.
Me:  D-ooh
Mastercard:  Mmmm... impending interest charges.

So that's the story, PFNS.  You told me I was wrong, when I was right.  You were indifferent this last time about my service, because I would not buy into your dealer-designated profit service, that differs from the Ford recommended service.  You were indifferent about my 20 mile drive to your store.  You were indifferent about the hour and a half for an oil change.  You were indifferent about the areas of concern noted on your own report, so indifferent, you could not be bothered to explain.  And, your superior knowledge has cost me a new set of tires.  Thanks.

Here is a hint - not all customers are idiots when it comes to car repair.  Here is another - when the tech sees iffy treadwear, look further. Treadwear problems do not cure themselves.  They are symptoms of mechanical issues to fix. If i knew I was going to be stuck there all morning, I would have let you do the alignment I asked for a year ago.  More money for you, my car is fixed, and I remain a customer.  Instead, I had to buy new tires, and I am giving my alignment business to someone who wants my business and understands the simple concept that while you guys might service 100 Mustangs that all look the same, this is the only one that matters to me, and it's my money.  If you want my money, you need to pretend to understand that.

xxoo

 

P.S.  All those expensive plate frames you sell are illegal, and will subject your customers to $135 tickets.  Darwin is laughing, but your dwindling customer base won't be.

P.P.S.  Since I needed tires, and you sell tires, you missed that $, too.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Commuting in Phoenix Doesn't ALWAYS Completely Suck

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="660" caption="Porsche 911 Turbo"]Porsche 911 Turbo[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="660" caption="incongruity"]Porsche 911 Turbo[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="660" caption="Also available in black"]Porsche 911 GT3[/caption]

Grand Theft Auto

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="660" caption="You haven't unlocked this territory yet"]fuck your motorcade[/caption]

It's New Year's Eve.  I am in the middle of a jam to go over the Rural road bridge.  (A little space opened up on the red light, but the traffic you see ahead did not move from that spot for 10 minutes.)

Anyway, this view is right out of GTA, except with fewer cops.  I am sitting there thinking, will I immediately jump to a 5 star wanted level?

Arizona sucks

[caption id="attachment_16940" align="alignnone" width="640" caption="Overkill much?"]photo radar cops[/caption]

Your tax dollars at work.