Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Two clues:
1977 1978 Pontiac Firebird
Clue #1
1977 1978 Pontiac Firebird
and Clue #2

Did you spot it?  The answer after the jump...

Maybe THIS

should be the new Bluesmobile.
1974 Plymouth Fury
It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?

I know, I know. Fix the cigarette lighter

Monday, May 27, 2013

Spied in the Side Yard: 1980 Ford Thunderbird

Another day, another survivor, sort of.  It's not clear if this still runs.
Who in Dearborn thought this was a better idea? It could have been. It almost was, but...
1. Shrinkage. This wasn't just 79 to 80 Lincoln Continental, this was like 78 to 86 Eldorado.

Wacky Races

Wacky Racers was a Hanna-Barbera cartoon from the 1968-1970. According to IMDB
The Wacky Races are a series of car competitions in which 11 racers race in locations throughout North America. The rules are extremely lax and allow for almost any vehicle design, power system and a wide range of tactics like combat and shortcuts. Despite this loose rule structure, competitors Dick Dastardly and his dog sidekick, Muttley, are still determined to cheat in their own ineffectual way.Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>
Peugeot Brazil has brought them back to advertise the 208.  It's everything I imagined it could be. especially Dick Dastardly.  Penelope Pitstop is even better,. but maybe that is because I am not 7 years old any more, and can appreciate the illustration.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Project InContinental

The Backstory
I live in metro Phoenix.  They call this the Sonoran desert, which is not Hopi for “cactus-littered wasteland.” To people who hail from places with real seasons, and real weather (and water), Phoenix is like Mars.  Kalamazoo is a virtual rain forest compared to this place.  Here, everything you don’t water (except cacti) withers and dies in the sun.  The lush greens in the travel brochures stop at the city limits, or the extent of irrigation, whichever is shorter.  Hence, “Mars.”

But this is not a hate piece about the weather.  It’s about the upside for car guys: survivor cars. They are everywhere. The weather kills the paint, but rotting away takes decades, not seasons.  Lots of old soldiers are still on the road.  Some at least offer sturdy bones for some foolhardy motivated zombie car reanimator.
"Ran when parked"

The Adventure
My particular flavor of survivor car poison is the from Quinn Martin era of TV.  Big 1970s Ford/Mercury/Lincoln sedans are the Holy Grail; Plymouths, Chrysler sedans, big Pontiacs or Cadillacs work almost as well. They are all over out here. In April last year, a 1978 Continental dropped anchor in my driveway.  Blue velour seats, padded vinyl roof and, most importantly, a 460 4-bbl honest-to-God V8.  The power windows were finicky; the “twilight sentinel” automatic headlights worked, technically, if you’re fond of blepharospasms. Over the course of the Phoenix summer, something just didn’t seem right.  The car ran hot.  It fell out of the weekly commuting rotation.  Radiator leaks, intransigent thermostats and 115° F in the shade will do that.

1978 Lincoln Continental
Feeling a little bleary-eyed at the moment

At the moment, its chief duty is floating over to the Kwik-E-Mart for an energy drink on Sunday mornings, while I save and track down parts.  I am not driving it father than I am willing to walk in the summer.

Plans?  We got plans.

First on deck for this car are some obvious repairs.  We fixed the starting problem with a new cable and a courtesy charge at the parts store. It needs a cooling system overhaul before it goes rolling to the office again. The front power windows are finicky.  And then there are the leaks: Oil, diff, tranny, rain (hence, “Project InContinental”).

If money were no object, it would do more than let me blockade narrow lanes and parking lots in pillowy isolation
·         Ford Racing engine
·         Remove the bumper shocks and fit the bumpers flush to the body.
·         Paint like a Bill Blass Mark V.
·         Cragars and some Eagle GTs.
·         Otherwise the full presidential treatment – black paint, fender flags and a black Suburban or two for my entourage.

One winning Powerball ticket and the word is given. Stay tuned.

Editor's Note: This is the first of an ephemeral series of posts that will follow this car from recovered tree fertilizer to semi-functional style box for me and/or my kid. Keep your eyes peeled for wholly irregular and whiny updates, and feel free to ask questions in the comments. Especially questions like “how can I help?” or “when did you go off your meds and think this was a good idea?” I absolutely love that second one.

Legacy Car Problems


2015 Ford Mustang: 25 Cars Worth Waiting For 2014–2017 – Future Cars – Car and Driver.
While the current Mustang is slavishly, unimaginatively retro, Ford has pretty much mined out its glory days, the as-yet unrealized Mustang II redux notwithstanding. So the next car will be fearlessly modern. Many Mustang faithful are up in arms at the ­prospect of Ford's next hot rod looking too much like the 2011 Evos concept car, but we have confidence. Between the Focus and the Fusion, Ford's styling department is on a hot streak.

The current S197 Mustang has been a wild success for Ford, recalling, and sometimes relentlessly aping the styling of late 1966-1970 Mustangs.  This latest rendering of the 2015 Ford Mustang by Car and Driver switches the derivative look  from its own storied history to its Ford stablemates, particularly the Fusion, and to would-be competitors like the Hyundai Genesis Coupe (and maybe even the Nissan 370Z).

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Size Matters

We're working on some real life stuff, so the posting is light for now, but here is a common thread from tonight at the Pavillions...
Lincoln Continental Mark V

Lincoln Continental Mark V 1959 Cadillac Eldorado
In Fins and ass humps

and pipes and forks and sidewalls
pretty much everything is look how long and low and circumferential I can make my ride. (And yours, baby. You know that is the subtext.)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Guest Post: Modern Cars: Touring vs. Performance Tires – What’s Your Pick?

By Olivia Kane
The purpose of the tire is mainly to act as a cushion between the road and the car. Most of the tires available today are pneumatic, which means they are oval shaped and made of inflated wires and cords. They are mainly made from rubber and fabric. There is also inclusion of compound chemicals. However these chemicals may differ among different rubber manufacturers. While buying tires, one quickly notices whether it is performance tire or touring tire. The type required depends on the need, quality of car, terrain and other factors. Both the tires are different. Rubber machinery produces many different types of tires but its main production is performance tires, touring tires and all season tires. The different types of tires emerge due to the required needs of the drivers.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Guest Art: Blur

Our guest artist DJ Jet drops some literal drive bys - long exposure/lowlight shots from the preppy, trust-funded streets of Tempe.  Twitter:  @JetMusake

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Shelby Series 1

Shelby Series 1

Don't Fence Me In


Jeep CJ-5

1974 Ford Ranchero

Apropos of Nothing

related to the title of this site -  We stumbled across this social club next to a bail bondsman. HAMC

Kneel Before Zod

Bugattiis come in more flavors than Veyron and fake.
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Body Count

I have a love/hate relationship with cops as it is. Seeing this brought a smile to my heart, though.

This is the Porsche 944 graveyard.
Spock:  Jim, they are dying.
Kirk:  Let them die.

We know the Porsche 944.  We know cop detectives.  We know DUI collisions by cop detectives. rolling into the back of motorcycles.  So, there is some measure of Karma in seeing the rotted corpses, and a front clip on a pike.
I got my black shirt on.I got my black gloves on.I got my ski mask on.This shit's been too long.

The new Bluesmobile?

Or what?
1971 Plymouth Fury

1971 Plymouth Fury

1971 Plymouth Fury


in need of welfare.
1967 Cadillac sedan de Ville
Mirror, mirror
1967 Cadillac sedan de Ville
An ass lift for starters

General Eisenhower, your car is waiting

but what is it?

Name That Car

Have at it. It is NOT a Peterbilt.