How To Screw Up A Toyota Prius (Solar/Plug In)

It starts with actual screws and ends with genuine wood trim. You see, nothing screams “I care about the environment” quite like Chinese solar panels and sheet metal screws. Don’t get me wrong, I think converting a Prius into a full on plug in hybrid or possibly a low speed electric only vehicle is pretty cool.. but not like this, never like this. Continue reading

Hurting Heeding Retinas

This is owned by someone who served for our country, which I respect. Unfortunately I can’t respect the aesthetics of the their method of transportation so feel free to label me a terrorist and an asshole. I feel bad already, believe me. Continue reading

Rare Factory Supercharged AWD Mid-Engined 1990’s Toyota Pickup

Actually, if you haven’t figured it out, it’s a near topless Toyota Previa.  My brother snapped this picture last weekend at the Glendale 9 swapmeet.  The odd thing is that the rear is not sagging at all, which leads me to believe that this was a purpose built machine (hauling one mans junk) with at least some thought put into it, however strange it may look.

Hella-tyte wagon

I love wagons so much, so it pains me to see this very attractive Accord wagon with these Jet-Set-Radio looking stickers on the back, rocking some wheels that were probably brand new when the car was. Don’t you wonder what connects our generation’s enthusiast to the utilitarian wagon?

One of my favorite cars I owned was a 1994 Mercury Sable wagon with a 3.8L V6. I got rid of it after it blew a head gasket (don’t act surprised) but man did I love mobbing that thing around town with it’s torque-steer inducing big six (compared to the 3.0L Vulcan) and the back seats folded flat. I would love to have another, it’s just too bad that the front transaxle would probably spew its guts if I did anything to hop up the Essex underneath.

UPDATE 05/23/13:

After posting this article on facebook it’s gotten a lot attention. Mostly negative towards me and my dislike for all things big-wheeled and ground-dragging. To each their own, I suppose. However, the owner Brian Salamunec has a pretty good sense of humor and enjoyed seeing the article. For those interested in this kind of car, I’m providing some links to the above 1996 Accord Wagon, and an even further modified 1997 wagon that was completed approximately a decade ago according to the owner.

1997 Accord EX Wagon link 1

1997 Accord EX Wagon link 2

1996 Accord Wagon Link 1 (the above car)

 

Identity Crisis

While fellow editor Mike Ross and I were (at the time) unsuccessfully shopping for the vehicle that was to be my significant other’s daily driver we came across this vehicle. Now this is for those of you that haven’t lived in, or spent a lot of time in South Phoenix. For those of us who have, prepared to be unsurprised.

I really have to appreciate the fact that this owner settled on making sure it was properly re-badged a Diamante, despite all of it’s other more glaring cosmetic flaws. They apparently didn’t have the wherewithal to get rid of the adhesive from the old badges, especially the plainly noticeable right adhesive telegraphing an old 740IL badge. What I have to chuckle at is the Bimmer badges are on straighter than the Mitsu ones.

Fake-Fake Patina

This whole “patina” thing is really starting to get on my nerves. Even the word bothers me now. Some cars have nice paint, some cars have shitty paint. Some fall in between. It’s pretty simple. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Read on if you want to see me make it into one…

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Love Is Blind

And apparently, so are a lot of the drivers in Phoenix. These examples of poor taste were all spotted this last week. Enjoy them.

XOXO

Mike

The words “green” and “Buick” don’t even belong in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence, but someone didn’t get the memo. It looks like an ex-forest service car.

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