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Fastback Friday – 1972 Mercury Montego


For your Fastback Friday enjoyment, I give you the 1972Mercury Montego GT. Big, brown, and beautiful, this high-performance luxury machine brings back memories of better, bygone days, with billowing big hair and blue blazers.

OK, enough alliteration already. Let’s check out this beast. … Continue Reading

Craigslist Find: 1974 Plymouth Gold Duster


In past posts, I’ve shared with you my finely honed skill for trawling the list that is Craig’s, and my fondness for finding great deals. Sometimes, they make it here. I start to research one car/model, and wind up reading a compendium on the history of an entire car company. This is one such time. … Continue Reading

Craigslist Find: 1964 Ford Econoline Ready to Take You Away


Brothers and sisters, hearken unto me, and I will share with you a tale of a holy wagon gone on before. … Continue Reading

Roadside Attractions: 1984 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds


Here’s a sweet, silver machine for your enjoyment. Let’s take a look, shall we? … Continue Reading

Wagon Wednesday – 1992 Honda Accord


I’m finally back online (blogging is still impractical on a smartphone) after getting moved into our new house and getting our internet set up, and I had a few minutes tonight to sit down and partake in my favorite leisure activity: trawling Craigslist. I want to show you a car that I have always admired – the fourth generation Honda Accord. Welcome to Wagon Wednesday. … Continue Reading

Retired LA School Worker Needs Good Home
We mean LA School Work Truck

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Everyone needs a good truck. So to help you on your journey, I’ve gone ahead and found one that you should buy. This is a 1969 Dodge pickup that’s finished in a delightful light shade of blue, and it’s being offered at a price below $4,000. Under the hood sits a 383 that is connected to a three-speed automatic. That 383 currently breathes through a two-barrel carb, but a little tinkering will have it breathing a lot better. Still, this is no muscle machine but rather the perfect cruise-around-town pickup.

Apparently it served for many years as a maintenance vehicle for the LA School District. Now it’s retired and needs to find a good home. Pony up the short money being asked (or negotiate an even better deal) and you’ll be riding in style. Even better is the fact that you typically see Chevy C10s and the occasional Ford F100, but you rarely see the old Dodge trucks roaming around.

Stand out in a good way… here’s the ad.

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Craigslist: 1949 Mercury Coupe


The Ozarks, I am quickly being reminded, is never short on rusty gold, diamonds in the rough that just need a little polishing to reveal their true quality. What we have here could be the next best thing.

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Craigslist Find – 1994 Ford Centurion is the Truck You Didn’t Know You Needed


It’s no secret that I’m a Craigslist hound, always trolling the bowels of the cars/trucks section for some interesting, rare, or just weird. Since moving to Springfield, I usually find the obligatory lifted trucks, clapped out rice rockets, or rust buckets that are only a few years old.

Today, though, I found something which is both interesting and rare, and I’ve only seen a handful of times in my entire life. In terms of style, it falls somewhere between a conversion van and a mail Jeep. Check it out!

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Craigslist: First-Gen F150 Lightning Muscle Truck


Yeah, it’s got a lot of miles, but it’s a Ford F150, it’ll probably run forever without any problems, right? Too much wishful thinking? I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been a really big fan of these first-gen Lightning trucks. There’s something about 1990s ‘sport trucks’ that I really dig, and the fact that this “full size” is about half the size of the current F150 is a laughable concept. Remember when you could get a small single cab pickup with a hot V8 up front, and rear wheel drive? Pepperidge Farm remembers. I remember.

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Diesel Oldsmobile Wagon is a Generation Gap Encarnate

1979 Olds Diesel Wagon for sale

There are about four Blipshift shirts I regret purchasing; with the Unicorn being the most recent. The brown diesel manual wagon, hoo boy! …except I can already hear my dad doing that dismissive scoff/chuckle that he does when presented with irony-steeped anti-cool that’s so popular with Gen X…or is that Y? (I fall in-between). Boomers, despite being the first major counter-culture movement, aren’t wired to accept the deliberately uncool. Anyway, this Olds Diesel is among the worst cars ever made, a car that turned lifelong GM buyers into Honda and Toyota customers, a stunning monument to The General’s inability to execute what might’ve been a good idea.

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No doubt about it, this car is awful…but it’s in pretty good condition. The interior looks better than our four-year-old prime kid hauler and the exterior’s got sun-burnt paint over straight panels. A diesel title makes it exempt from California’s malaise-hating smog checks, opening the door for a few creative liberties under the hood. LSX FTW BRO! would be a little too obvious (remember: self-conscious irony), but maybe a beefed up 6.5 turbo or Duramax would check both the horsepower and thematic boxes? Hell, maybe just keep it as-is as a mandatory experience for any auto writer ranting about low diesel adoption.

Anyway, it’s $1450 on SF Bay craigslist.

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