How to Prep a Hooptie for Sale

The countershaft bearing in my 1998 Honda Civic sounded like a rain stick full of rusted lug nuts, and the clutch was starting to slip.  Despite having spent only $760 to buy the black sedan, I had already injected hundreds more into a new exhaust header, aluminum radiator, stereo, and a dump bed full of other parts that hadn’t held up to 200,000 miles and almost 20 years of hard labor.  And frankly, I didn’t feel like pulling the transmission out. People think that to prep a car for sale it will take a lot of time and likely a good amount of money, but I was not willing to give up either of those thing.  It was time to sell the beast, awful paint and all.  Here’s how I got it ready.
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The End of An Era

When you lose a long-time employee, there are always mixed emotions. The boss in me races through my mind, scrambling, wondering how will we fill the gap, who will do the work? The regular guy in me is excited for the opportunities to come, the pride in seeing someone whose work you respect and like on a personal level moving forward in his career and life. All the while wondering about the anxiety and courage it requires to take that leap. Today was Andy Sheehan‘s last day and I don’t believe we yet have any idea what void he’s left in our creative and personal lives.

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Deconstructing the Final Race in the Fast and the Furious Franchise

The Fast and the Furious franchise is not what it once was.  It probably never will be again, though it may stretch beyond our living years, when Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson have used their immense riches to replace their withered forms with abnormally huge androids.  After seeing The Fate of the Furious, I know that this is no longer a car franchise, but a superhero franchise with cars.  Racing scenes have tapered off in recent movies, replaced by The Rock doing Captain America things, but Fate offered one token street race that very well may be the last in the franchise.  I have thoughts.

Spoilers ahead, but nothing you couldn’t have predicted.

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Viva La Easter Jeep Safari Concepts!

2017 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts

Jeep does this to us every year.  They break our hearts with all these incredible concepts, built for the Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, and then never release them.  In 2012, they made the Mighty FC and the J-12.  In 2015, they built the Chief and the Red Rock Responder.  This year is no exception.  Here’s a handful of the coolest machines from the 2017 event, with the coolest at the bottom.  No, they’re not building any of them for production. Continue reading “Viva La Easter Jeep Safari Concepts!”

You Should Rallycross, But Don’t

SCCA Rallycross

The Thunder Valley Sand Drags were dusty.  Dustier than a panhandle bean field during the Depression.  Dustier than the room seems to get at the end of Braveheart.  Each step and dropped cone sent up a pale cloud above the long field, but a strong, cool, southwest wind cleaned it up for us just as quickly.  Saturday was my first rallycross experience, and the racing was so awesome that I didn’t mind a little fesh fesh.  I didn’t drive this event, but by the end of it, I wished I had, and I will the next chance I get.  You should, too.  But don’t.

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Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far

Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far

This week is the coolest auto show of the year.  The show that will spawn bedroom-poster fantasy cars for years to come.  It’s not about mass-market, business-floating people’s cars.  It’s about luxury cars and exotics.  Supercars and hypercars.  The stuff dreams are made of.  It’s the Geneva Motor Show, and the coolest cars always debut there.  We’ve picked a few of the most notable examples from this year.  So far. Continue reading “Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far”

How to Replace Your Lame Stock Brakes with Better Power Stop Brakes

Replace Your Lame Stock Brakes with Better Power Stop Brakes

I was getting that shimmy and shudder, with a dash of squeak.  Any time I hit the brakes, they would emit a pulsing throb, and letting off the pedal would introduce a squeak in similar rhythm.  It was time for some brake work, but instead of simple maintenance, I went for an upgrade.  With Power Stop Brakes.

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A Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea?

Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea

Ford has been killing it in the performance department lately.  The ST twins, the Focus RS, the beautifully modernized Mustang line, and of course, the indomitable GT, which already won Le Mans.  They’re all milestones of a company that loves speed.  But yesterday we learned that Ford is planning a hybrid Mustang by 2020.  Sorry.  I should have warned you to take your glycerin before reading that.  It is, however, true, and that could mean amazing or terrible things for one of America’s most popular sports cars. Continue reading “A Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea?”

Can the remote starter end a decades-long debate?

Can the remote starter end a decades-long debate?

That’s the question.

And it really boils down to another question: Should you warm up your car in the winter?  Let’s see if we can figure this out.

Winter has arrived on our doorstep, and you’re either a) excited about it, or b) depressed about it and mad at your weird, winter-loving friends.  Whether you like cold weather or not, your car doesn’t like it- until it’s warmed up.  Then it loves winter.  We know this, so we warm up our cars before we go anywhere.

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