Sunday, November 18, 2012

Beater How-To: XM Radio Car and Home Docks for Cheap

Last week I bought a Jeep Cherokee as a utility vehicle and emergency daily driver. Since it looked like a JC Whitney catalog threw up all over the interior, I stripped out the air fresheners, Viper alarm, aftermarket cruise control and other miscellaneous doodads. In doing so I noticed the car was wired for an XM Radio. As the radio stations in Charleston send me into dry heaves every time I switch it on, XM Radio is a must in my opinion. I was given my first hit by GM rental cars, now I must have it.

Given previously activated radios have been reactivated for two months for free, I decided to give it a try. After going to Radio Shack and digging
around in my electronics bin, I found that if you have a car that is wired for an XM radio already and you can find an XM radio and car kit on craigslist (likely less than $20), you can have a car and home system for about $25. In addition to that, you won't have to buy the home kit for $80 or pay the extra radio fee of $10/month.

Hit the jump for a tutorial.

From Craigslist to Crusher - Death of a Surf Beater

Driving around Charleston's surfside suburbs like Folly Beach, Mt. Pleasant, and Sullivan's Island, it's painfully obvious that the beater serves a purpose in the Lowcountry. There are clapped out Lancruisers, vintage station wagons, VW buses, and even vintage Land Rovers that dot the landscape. All bear the scars of hauling surfboards, beer, and coolers full of shrimp. As all cars do as they near the final stages of their lives, they pop up on craigslist before beginning their transformation into Harbor Freight tools.

While cruising the LKQ Salvage yard lot, I spotted this '73 Benzo whose reflective tape front fog lights and duck-taped-in headlight initially caught my eye. Closer inspection revealed a partially disassembled fuel system and third-world levels of automotive survival tactics.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sixth Annual Parade of Trabants Photo Gallery

When BeaterBlog learned that nearly every running Trabant on the east coast was converging on Washington D.C. we immediately flew our best photographer all the way from Los Angles to be there. He found nearly a dozen Trabis sputtering past the International Spy Museum on F street last Saturday. All the hot Ă–sser action you can handle after the jump.