Saturday, December 22, 2007

Jalopnik, good site, I recommend it highly, here's a couple reasons why

http://jalopnik.com/336930/39-percent-of-atlantas-parking-meters-stolen-during-past-year ,
A story on how over a third of Atlanta's parking meters were stolen this year... I find that interesting.

http://consumerist.com/337072/the-6-mph-crash-that-costs-8000-to-repair
And how a slow collision is incredibly expensive to repair for a minivan's bumper. Real day to day stuff, but impressively hard impacting when your car is the subject! Not news on expensive dream cars, but the things that affect us regular types.

Thread on the Jalopy Journal of snow machines, conversions of trucks, or topfuelers to ski steering, cat track powered

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=229248&showall=1

Via Dan at http://blog.hemmings.com/

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Gallery of Motorcycle wipeouts


Collectible cars, the worst choices, via NY Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/28/automobiles/collectibles/28WORST.html?_r=1&ref=collectibles&oref=slogin for the full article, good reading.

1963-64 STUDEBAKER AVANTI
1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO CONVERTIBLE
1975-76 CHEVROLET COSWORTH VEGA
1975-76 BRICKLIN SV-1
1981-82 DELOREAN DMC-12
1985-91 FERRARI TESTAROSSA
1988 35TH ANNIVERSARY CHEVROLET CORVETTE
1982-91 PORSCHE 944

No surprises for me in this list. Late 70's and early 80's cars as collectibles? Not such a good idea. With the very rare exception, late 70's and early 80's weren't very desireable cars, or bikes, or trucks. But it seems that there must have been a big enough demand for these as collectibles that the NY Times wrote the article... wouldn't a better subject be the collectibles that really paid out huge?

If you've seen this '33 candy red Ford Pheaton, please call Don at (562) 803-9484, some rat stole his trailer and car



Best luck Don!

Oil, who has it, who uses it


From the BP statistical year of 2004, and the Energy Information Administration

Amazing computer modeling website




Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The last Mercury dealership is closed.

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/12/18/last-mercury-stand-alone-dealership-closes/

Community Motor Company in Canonsburg, PA has sold only new Mercurys for 57 years.

I predicted this 2 months ago, http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2007/10/is-mercury-ready-to-have-its-plug.html#links

Maybe I should start predicting things?

Be careful of what you park under, 'cause unexpected things happen under tv towers that are shedding ice-cicles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfBp2QYOIbc&eurl=http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2007_12_09_archive.html

This is an amateur video taken during an Oklahoma ice storm this year. The huge pieces of ice falling down are actually from a TV tower. At the end of the video, you can see the damage that they caused to someone’s car that was (unfortunately) parked right under the tower.

This is an amateur video taken during an Oklahoma ice storm this year. The huge pieces of ice falling down are actually from a TV tower. At the end of the video, you can see the damage that they caused to someone’s car that was (unfortunately) parked right under the tower.

This is an amateur video taken during an Oklahoma ice storm this year. The huge pieces of ice falling down are actually from a TV tower. At the end of the video, you can see the damage that they caused to someone’s car that was (unfortunately) parked right under the tower.

Via http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2007/12/huge-ice-chunks-destroy-vehicle.html

For pictures of the Wright Brothers flights (104 yrs ago yesterday!)

http://www.old-picture.com/airplanes-index-001.htm

This website also has a huge collection of amazing photos, I recommend the "American Life 1900-1909" for famous people, early automobiles, trains, planes, and blimps.