Saturday, April 07, 2007

Good trash talking on the Hemmings blog, as different authors one-up the others weird finds

I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

Oh, puh-LEEZE. Your crane style is no match for my monkey kung-fu, donkey donkey donkey donkey

Yes, that’s Haley, as in Haley’s Comet comin’ straight fo yoo, foo. Does it make sense to convert a 1957 Nash Metropolitan into a station wagon? Not at all. Does it peg the cool-o-meter like the Night Rider pegging the speedometer on a lonely Outback highway? Hells bells yes, son. Now sit down.

That’s nice, Dan. Now why don’t you go off and play with your little friends for a while while the grownups talk?

So, you think just because you’ve spawned, that now you can dismiss my carefree, sorta-bachelor living, non? So you think that diminutiveness equates to worthlessness? Then feast thine eyes upon the Bee break, the most awesomest break ever to wear the Scat Pack stripes! I told you, don’t mess with a man that’s been to Mopar Nats. I will accept your surrender anon.

Oh, like yawn. What is that, a Chrysler? Wow. A Chrysler wagon. What did they make, like 23 million of them?

Go back to the Amish country, beard boy. Swimming with the sharks gets you bit.

The car quiz, 50 pictures, guess the make and model 1950's through 1970's cars... American heavy steel (with a bit 'o fiberglass for the 'Vette's )

Found by looking through Its a really good blog!

For another game try the 50 celeb Harley owners quiz:

Happy Easter

New York
5th Ave

MOpar PORn

Charger / Coronet / R/T / Superbee porn... nothing but B-bodies ... set to Metallica

About 400 of them, I stopped counting at 100.

Anytime your ears need to listen to a muscle car, play this

almost as good as the Bullitt chase scene opening sequence (also on this blog)

German Shelby commercial

Why import a Shelby GT500 in to Germany? Can't find a car there you'd like?

new Shelby Mustang commercial

What cops do to Shelby Mustangs when they catch them

And Carroll talks a little about the Mustang, and how the GT500"KR" came about...

South Carolina mopar restoration company thats a great ad photo!
Just take a moment to look at the single page gallery of Mopars... this is one f two, but there's 2 dozen perfect cars at once, without hitting the forward / backward buttons, or scrolling around!;$sessionid$0NSW5SYAACWVJTZENUFJPQWPERWRJPX0

Just to get you in the right mood for the Bella Italia in 1 week

Speed cameras causing fatalities in the UK

(Keeping in mind this is United Kingdom business, not American, but the truth I'm sure, doesn't just exist on their side of the pond.)

The government decided that the side effects of blanket speed camera usage warranted investigation, the transport department discovered that neglect of a statistical bias had exaggerated the main benefit of speed cameras by 400 per cent.

In September 2006, the proportion of injury crashes involving any speeding vehicle nationally was found to be only five per cent -- not one-third as previously claimed.

And now Safe Speed has learned via a Freedom of Information request that the speed camera side effects research, announced in May 2005, had been axed. (bad information research... ain't going to continue)

According to the Safe Speed campaign: " speed cameras are making road safety worse. But the Department for Transport doesn't want to hear this, which is the only possible reason for axing the most important research."

Safe Speed campaign founder Paul Smith said: "Speed camera policy has failed catastrophically. Department for Transport knows that it has failed but won't admit its deadly mistake and pull the plug. Officials seem to be hoping that speed cameras will fade away over the next five years, yet they know that the policy isn't working and is costing lives.

Who made who, who own's what

As long as this doesn't have a blower explosion....

This motorbike known as the Rapom is built by Nick Argyle.

The builder said that the bike was spawned “from the unusual marriage of convenience and naivety”. After the chassis of his monster truck was sold, he actually used the left over engine to build this motorcycle.
Tipping the scale at 454 kg or 1,000 lb, the Rapom is equipped with a 8,2-litre supercharged Mopar V8 engine (tuned by ICE Racing) that runs on alcohol producing 1000 - 1200hp (depending on blower speed and fuel used).

I'm positive no one's done it before, this is definitely a first and 2 more big wallpaper sized pics at

Problems at Ford

$10.6 billion loss in 2005

Ford's 2006 loss totals record $12.7 billion, $5.8 billion loss for the third quarter alone, largest in 14 years ( )

38,000 union members had taken buyouts at year's end

Ford Motor Co. paid Alan Mulally (new CEO) $28.2 million in his first four months, Mulally's total compensation in 2005 at Boeing, his last full year with that company, was $9.96 million

In and Out burgers

Have given it a favorable review, but that's just something I found in passing... "Meat from shoulder and ribs only"... I didn't know that.

But I was making this entry because the new shirt has a GTX and a Super Stock Barracuda passing a In and Out side by side.

Coolest shirt yet, and I'm getting the feeling that the company is partial to Mopars.

Last couple of years have had a black Charger, and a purple Road Runner. Also the intro to their website shows a ton of Darts, and not much else. Cool!

Mike's truck part 2

the Grill Craft insert was about 130 with shipping, and looks so much better than stock, it's galvanized and powder coated steel,  preventing branches from poking holes in the radiator. The TRD emblem just adds flair! (its a panty melter)

this is a good view of the custom shifter on the left that activates the Inchworm 4.7 gear driven lefty transfer case, without electronics.  This can only be engaged when stopped, and in neutral, to activate 4hi and low. The custom shifter is exactly where an original would have been, this was a cupholder location in the 2wd Tacoma console piece. So I removed the 2wd console, notch a 4 inch by 3/4" hole in the floor pan with a Dremel for the shifter rod. The factory Toyota 4wd console part was about 70 bucks at a Toyota dealership parts dept. The shifter handle was cut off a couple inches above the trans, a right angle was made and welded together, then another welded on at a right angle to get back vertical and was measured to be as tall as the shifter boot.

Notice the above seat bottom bolster hasn't held up. This are Corbeau  and just didn't stand up to the daily in and out activity. The foam is shot, and the steel frame work of the seat should have been covered by a stronger material,. maybe foam rubber, or rubber air bags maybe. The seat material was stained from rain, and nothing has removed the rain stain. Avoid these seats.

Doug Thorley header purchased from LC Engineering in Arizona, Lake Havasu area. This aluminized replacement header for the factory original, is smog legal for California. This is about 250, vs a factory stock replacement costing about 600. And it keep the underhood temps lover, and might be worth a couple HP and Ft Lbs

The Warn wireless winch remote controller unit. This controls the M8000S Warn winch, which is mounted in a Shrockworks bumper (bumper info later)

The winch controller is mounted with a custom plate that goes under the battery, which uses the factory battery hold downs, and the custom plate was fabbed on a sheet metal brake. Mocked with a piece of cardboard, then the dimensions were transferred to steel

The blue is the new Inchworm transfer case, and front driveshaft mount. Why Inchworm? Everyone else discontinued these, and even Inchworm had to scrounge to get this assembled. Marlin Crawler had them listed on their website for sale, but had zero on hand. Only Marlin Crawler and Inchworm built them, and many other retailers were trying to sell them, but no one had them in stock, it's out of demand, and this is likely the last one sold new. The blue transfer case pieces, are factory cast, the aluminum in the center is billet, and manufactured by Inchworm, and is oversized to clear 4.7 :1 gears, for the crawl ratio to go from a stock 2.28:1... huge difference from stock. This is far different from a 3.4 liter Tacoma, and is just part of the math of determining what's needed based on the engine size, auto or manual transmission, and the gear ratio in the read end, plus the tire size


The above wiring harness is going to be moved later for a steering box when the front end is ditched for a solid axle swap (SAS)

U bolt flip kit from All Pro Off Road, needed to get the u-bolt nuts and threaded ends over the axle for a couple more inches of ground clearance and peace of mind that rock wouldn't destroy the nuts and threaded ends. Cost - about 60 bucks, new u bolts, 4 plates, nuts and washers, and two relocation tabs for the shock mounts

New Icon VS Series 2.0 aluminum shocks, they are awesome. Cost 270 a pair, these are cheaper than stock. From Down South Motorsports, talk to Neal, he hooks it up

Both the ubolt relocation and the Icon shocks

The Schrockworks bumper did take 6 1/2 fucking months to the day to get. This is to be expected, as Schrockworks is about the best in the business, and are backlogged with orders. Powder coated to epicness, 3/8" steel, standard Toyota bumper, without options, and the foglights are PIAA 4" had to be relayed, and the switch is next to the dome light switch.


Notice the rear bumper, custom made by Mike, so the license plate flips up for the D-Ring recovery point. And the bumper is snugged into the quarter panels, and the bottom is level with the quarter panel bottom. The original bumper was replaced because the factory bumper bottom was 6 inches lower than this, and would hit ground on some ascents and descents when going from a steep incline to level ground. Also, this is 1/4" steel powder coated.  6 x6 x 1/4" steel tubing.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Not once, but twice. Chrysler warranties Ford parts

Once when Chrysler acquired the parent company of the Sunbeam Tiger ( covered elsewhere in this blog ), and I just learned from that Ford owned and sold a car factory in France named Poissy, to Simca, who was acquired by Chrysler, who was then warrantying the Ford powerplants in the Simca's they now made. Huh.

What do the Gremlin, the Amphicar, and the Barracuda have in common?

All were introduced to the world on April 1st.... go figure.

From a really great car blog.,

to be used as a gallery link