Monday, August 31, 2009

Before They Were Beaters: Why America Hates Diesels - The Diesel Cadillacs for '79!



Ever wonder why Diesels are still a rarity in the US? Well here's the reason your grandparents are still bitching about them: the GM 260 and 350 Diesels. Whether the main bearing cap bolts pulled out of the block and emancipated your entire rotating assembly, your head bolts broke in half, or your oil pump stopped turning, you could always count on some sort of spectacular failure mode within the first 20,000 miles. Even if you drove like Nanny and Pop-Pop.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Beater How-To: Beater to Derby in 10 Easy Steps


At some point, all beaters will be beyond their usable life and difficult choices must be made. Sell the car to an unsuspecting craigslister? Let it shamefully return to the earth in a junkyard? Or shall it go out in a blaze of Americana glory? Once the sensible decision is made, this is a guide to help you make the transition: Beater to Derby car.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Trabant - eastern german racing paper

Hi Folks, I am pleased to contribute to your little discussion platform with some unique Eastern German vehicular experiences.


Today I will introduce the classic of Eastern German automotive engineering. This guy is the one I learned driving on. This is impressive since it has unique shifting attached to the steering wheel. Kind of what Audi has today with shifting pedals, just with a looong lever. So if you start driving with this stuff its difficult.. but if you are able to handle that one, you can drive everything.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Beat on the Street: Museum Edition

Ok, so technically it's not Beat on the Street if it's seen in the Australian National History Museum in Canberra, but taking beater modification this far deserves some kind of honorable mention.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Beat on the Street: Hobo Edition


Beat on the Street (BOTS) brings you tough cars that have taken abuse. Need to haul a ceiling fan, golf bag, stuffed Pluto doll, satellite dish, dinning room set, and a couple dozen boxes? Well grab some bungee cords and a tetanus booster to load up this Jeep XJ.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Before They Were Beaters: Stalker Edition

This relic from the old car ad collection shows just how much automobile advertising has changed over the years. Before Sync technology and stability control could be flaunted to the potential customer, the Big 3 had two back pocket aces: burgundy and a material called velour.

Aside from what's being sold, what the hell is going on here? Why is that ghost man haunting the new '74 Birds? Why is that lady OK with it? Why Burgundy?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mopar Or No Car?


Remember these? No? Of course not, who would remember a French car? Better yet, who in America would buy a French car?

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