I love anything you can drive. But I love it even more if it has a small block Chevy or Ford motor, a turbo, four wheel drive, is a hatchback, or was made in the 80s. My ideal car would be a combination of all of these things, and I'm working on building a time machine so I can go back to the 80's and convince Chevy and Ford to collaborate on a twin-engine, single turbo 4x4 XR4Ti/Fox Mustang/Third Gen F-body and hide one in a mineshaft for me to recover in brand new condition. Look for a blog post about it just as soon as it happens. Or maybe it already did, and I've already posted about it in the future and the internet just needs to catch up with it.
Okay, my head hurts, never mind.
This one speaks for itself. We rented a 2018 Escalade and put it through its paces. As you can see in the video, it cleaned up pretty well at the track, although it’s sort of an unfair advantage when you don’t mind letting your brand new vehicle scream down the track in 4 wheel low…
It’s also surprisingly good off road for having no ground clearance to speak of. Basically what we learned is that total carelessness can make up for quite a few vehicular shortcomings.
Well, we finally did a Floor it From a Stop video with Bryan’s Fleetwood, and somehow it managed to let us down yet again. It didn’t want to even spin the tires this time for some reason, which usually isn’t a problem at all for it. We really had to work for this one.
Kind of a (not so) quick update on some of our project cars.
Things are getting a little crowded these days. The Grand Marquis doesn’t want to fire up. It sounds like the fuel pump is dead just in time for summer. We never did find the Lexus key but we do have a spare.
Sure, there’s a ton of car shows out here in the southwest, especially when the weather is nice, but where else are you going to see John Lennon’s Austin Princess Hearse parked across from Justin Bieber’s painfully millennial-ed out 458? The range of cars is just overwhelming.
This truck feels like what would happen if for some reason all of the individual, fragmented automotive obsessions I have gone through in the past couple of years somehow manifested themselves into one fever-dream of an automotive singularity. And it turned out pretty damn cool.
Bryan bought this Mark VIII from a guy who had sucked a bunch of water into it after a heavy rain. For some reason, we felt that we needed to try and get the water out of it at 1:30 in the morning in the parking lot where the previous owner had left it.
This isn’t really a how to video. Actually, it’s kind of more of a how not to.
When it comes to the Tri-Five Chevys of 1955, 56, and 57, most owners fall into one of two groups. You have the cars which are restored to their full original condition, and you have the cars which have been set up for drag racing with a big block, roll cage, rear wheel tubs, and drag slicks. So it was quite unusual to see Ron ad Debbie Pfisterer’s 1955 Nomad at SEMA 2015, because it wasn’t like either of those.
In fact, the car seems to be set up more as a cruiser / pro-touring vehicle, which I’ve not seen done to one of these cars before. The first thing that caught my eye was not the bright orange color, but the directional wheels from a C4 Corvette. Continue reading →
If you have ever attended the SEMA Show before, you might have noticed that certain models of cars tend to dominate the show floor. Mustangs and Camaros (particularly first-gen Camaros) can be found at every other booth, so it takes a lot to really stand apart from the crowd. While wandering the floor at SEMA 2015, I happened upon this 1967 Camaro at the K&N Filters booth.
This car was built by East Bay Muscle Cars in Brentwood, CA. Like most of the cars at SEMA, it has been built as a pro-touring car with big power, big handling, and modern comforts and amenities for dominating the autocross course. What caught my attention was the clean and simple lines of the car, and I drew in for a closer look.