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February 2008

Flashback Friday 12: My Protege

1997 Mazda Protege

Well, not exactly my Protege, the wife’s. Of course since she has had the Accord wagon for over a year now she needs a new car (and brain, but that’s another story). We decided to go cheaper and ended up trading the Accord wagon on a lovely little 1997 Mazda Protege LX like the one seen here. Continue reading “Flashback Friday 12: My Protege”

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A Moment of Silence… Now A Smoky Burnout

Boyd Coddington

Boyd would have wanted it that way. Yesterday two great, uniquely American legends passed away. I won’t get into the other one here, but considering our theme I should fire myself if I didn’t cover the death of Boyd Coddington. Unless you were into hot rods you probably hadn’t heard of him until the television show American Hot Rod came about a few years ago, but he was a legend of Hot Rods. He invented billet wheels, and you have probably seen at least one set of his wheels, or a copy. The press release tells his story far better than I ever could: Continue reading “A Moment of Silence… Now A Smoky Burnout”

Mystery Wagon Continues to Mystify

Caprice

For those of you that are new to this little waste of time, I did this via email to some friends for about a month before I started the blog. During that time I took a look at a wagon that appeared to be part Chevy Caprice and part Pontiac Safari. I was having a hard time determining which it started out as though. I see it almost daily in the parking lot at work, so I’ve gotten to see the “progress” made on this little project. One day I may even track down the owner and ask him about it. Continue reading “Mystery Wagon Continues to Mystify”

1980-85 Mazda B2000

Mazda B2000

I’m continuing my unintentional truck theme today after a break yesterday for something a little special.  It’s interesting how many good small affordable pick-ups were available 20 years ago. If I remember correctly the big selling point for these trucks was a $3,995 base price tag, which caused the American automakers to accuse Mazda of dumping. Sales were so good that a few years later the Guvment finally put a 25% tax on imported pickups, which I think is still in effect today. Continue reading “1980-85 Mazda B2000”

Farm Find: 1967 Camaro SS/RS

1967 Camaro RS/SS

In honor of the birthday of a very important person (me!) we are taking a look at one of my all time favorites. One of my favorite cars ever, one that I would buy within days of winning the lottery, is a first generation Camaro. The 1967 Camaro you see here haunts me to this day. It was so close (I took these photos, and sat in the car) but will probably never be within my reach. And it is just begging for someone who appreciates it to restore it to it’s original glory. This is one of the beauties just sitting in the Great White North. I know the history of this car back to the mid-70’s, but I’m not entirely sure where the car is right now. It may still be in the same spot, or it may have been finally sold off. Continue reading “Farm Find: 1967 Camaro SS/RS”

1982-93 Chevrolet S-10

Chevy S-10

If the first generation S-10 seemed like it was around forever it is because it was. It was produced for 12 model years with almost no visible changes. I’m not even going to try to guess what year this one is, but if I had to guess it would be in the earlier 6 years. Continue reading “1982-93 Chevrolet S-10”

Flashback Friday 11: 1997 Chevrolet S-10

1997 Chevy S-10

While the Silver Bullet was being rebuilt I had reached a big decision. I was making enough money to afford another payment as long as it was below $250. I had also decided that I really needed another truck. I had always liked the S-10, and knew that I could get a 4 cylinder with a 5 speed stick for around $13,000. That put my payment just under $240. Continue reading “Flashback Friday 11: 1997 Chevrolet S-10”

Saturn Update

2002 Saturn SL2

It’s been three months since my last Saturn update, and I’m mostly just racking up miles. I did get the K&N air filter I wanted for Christmas, and that has helped some in my quest to get the most gas mileage possible out of the little junker. With the cooling repairs I made in December and the K&N installed I am now getting 30-31 mpg in commuting despite driving like a madman, up from 27-28 when I got it. Continue reading “Saturn Update”

Review: Grand Prix

Grand Prix Special Edition

Another item on my Christmas List was the Grand Prix DVD. I finally got around to watching it in it’s entirety for the first time. Not only is it a great racing movie, it’s not that bad of a movie overall. It’s a little long (3 hours) but it actually has a good story centered around somewhat compelling characters. Continue reading “Review: Grand Prix”

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