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Archive for September, 2010

  • Killing the Ranger: Behind the Bullshit

    Sep 20, 10 • New Cars4 Comments
    Killing the Ranger: Behind the Bullshit

    Here’s the official word from AutoBlog.com this morning on Ford’s decision to kill off the Ranger in the United States. Let me warn you, if you ever enjoyed the compact pickup market, prepare to be enraged: US-Spec Ranger to End Production In case you’re too lazy to read the entire story, I’ll summarize: Ford is ...

  • Kraigslist Katastrophes

    Sep 14, 10 • Vintage CarsComments Off
    Kraigslist Katastrophes

    I’m an editor, so I’m hyper-attenuated to spelling and grammar errors. I also suffer from an debilitation affliction known as AADD (Automotive Attention Deficit Disorder), which forces me to read Craigslist ads every single morning before I can get any work done. The combination of these two personality disorders is enough to render me unconscious. ...

  • Corrosion Recalls: Rust Never Sleeps

    Corrosion Recalls: Rust Never Sleeps

    I just saw a news item regarding NHTSA’s probe regarding corroding fuel tank straps in Ford F-150s. Apparently, out of the 300 gagillion F-150s the manufacturer built between 1996 and 2001, 28 of them had fuel tank straps that rusted away and dropped the fuel tank on the ground. Twenty-eight trucks. Now I can certainly ...

  • When the Smothers Brothers raced from Massachusetts

    Sep 10, 10 • Vintage CarsComments Off
    When the Smothers Brothers raced from Massachusetts

    Born in 1968, I was way too young to be an original viewer of the Smothers Brothers variety show, but for some reason, Tom and Dick Smothers always fascinated me. Maybe it was because my mom and dad were fans, or maybe because even after their groundbreaking, highly controversial show was canceled, they were still ...

  • What’s the blue book value on Kelley Blue Book?

    Sep 8, 10 • Publishing, Vintage CarsComments Off
    What’s the blue book value on Kelley Blue Book?

    The Financial Times has reported that the venerable purveyor of automotive values, Kelley Blue Book, is up for sale. According to the article posted September 1, 2010, the family-owned publication has retained the services of JP Morgan to assist in the sale process. A second banker who wasn’t identified placed KBB’s value at somewhere between ...

  • Is it the new Bluesmobile or what?

    Sep 7, 10 • New CarsComments Off
    Is it the new Bluesmobile or what?

    I have always had a soft spot for police cars. When I was growing up, a guy who lived across the street from me picked up a Dodge St. Regis detective’s car, all black. This was from the period when I thought Cragar S/S mags were the coolest wheels on the face of the planet. ...

  • Blind Leading the Blind Spot II: The Sequel

    Sep 2, 10 • New Cars, Vintage Cars5 Comments
    Blind Leading the Blind Spot II: The Sequel

    So I guess I’m obsessed by this whole visibility thing. But check this out: Here’s the cover of a brochure from the 1965 Mustang Fastback. See the perfectly coiffed young lady in the passenger side? Note that you can see her head and shoulder over the frame of the door. Now look at this picture ...