Saturday, August 24, 2013

it has worn out suspension, and wallows around a racetrack, but it was cheap and a lot of fun!

and if you spin out, isn't a smoky tire burnout a great way to get moving again?

Hell yes!

the Toyota Yaris... rounding all corners at last weekends SCCA races in San Diego, on 3 wheels

it's hard to see what a Yaris looks like from this angle, so here are a couple shots that show what it looks like when not going around corners fast

is it fair for me to show a car locking up the brakes when missing a corner? Maybe not, but... if you make smoke, I'm going to take pictures!

this rig started life as a Ford Model TT

It's been changed a lot from the original

craziest Mercedes I've seen in a long time

Funkiest creation I've seen in a long time

Coolest wheelchair I've seen in a while

for a couple other photos of this with it's owner:

there was a Local Motors Rally Fighter at the Charger Steve annual Pacific Beach car show

RetroHound went to the HAMB drags and filled a Flikr photo ablum, here are a couple that caught my eye

4 door, Nash? Kaiser? Hudson?

I dig the Batmobile-like red panel striping

bread delivery truck I think... cool!

All from
by Robert who has several websites, including

knitted cozy for a street sign.. first I've seen of them

found while on a walk with my girlfriend and her dog, a Datsun 610... with a Hoonigan bumpersticker

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Half Edsel, half Skyliner... by Åge Gustavsen from Southern Norway

thanks to Dan!

changing the oil filter comparison, old car (my 1969 R/T) vs new car (my 2012 Hyundai Veloster)

above, a 426 cubic inch max wedge 8 cylinder , below, a 1.2 liter 4 cylinder

the old engine has an oil filter location right in front where you can see it and reach your arm in and unscrew it, and remove the filter, from either above the bumper or below

but below, the Veloster doesn't even have enough room for a hand to wrap around and grip the oil filter

 so you have to use tools like these on a new car with such limited area around the filter, and the bottom wrench is great, I use it a lot, and recommend it
a word about oil filter tools, the upper right aluminum filter socket? Might be the best at getting an oil filter off your engine. Also, in tight spaces, it can't be beat. Now, keep in mind you can pay more for oil filters that have a nut welded onto the cap, they are 10 dollars more, every time you replace them, or you can buy the 4 dollar range filter and only get one of these filter sockets once. The upper left tool? Useless, but I don't throw away tools, and it was handy to have to use as an example of a tool I won't bother using and don't recommend

another big difference, I have no space under the old car to get the oil pan (above) and have to get the floor jack and jackstands to get the drain plug to flow into the oil pan.... but the new car has lots of clearance and no jack w/ jack stands are needed

 Size of the new Purolator oil filter relative to a normal 12 oz Coke can. It's a big one! This filter must hold at least half a quart of oil, (this is the PL30001 for big block Mopars)

and there you can see the oil filter mount on the engine block, and it's leaking into a big trans pan under the car... because I need that big catch pan to stop the old car from marking it's territory with horsepower sweat
I bought a Purolator after learning that they are said to be the inventors of the oil filter, and Wikipedia backs that up...   in 1923 two inventors named their oil filtering device the Purolator. How about that!
Ford and Chrysler have given the Purolator awards for quality, and it's an ISO 14001 certified company: 
So, what's in an oil filter that makes some cost 15 dollars, and others 4 dollars? points out the two valves, by-pass, and anit-drain back, plus the filter material are big factors