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  • Opportunists: Assemble! 1970 Toyota Corona Wagon MUST SELL SOON!

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    I’ve never been in a position to prey on the desperation of a seller in order to score a deal (it’s usually closer to the reverse). Were you located remotely near the SF Bay Area and shopping for a classic Toyota wagon, this is your week! This 1970 Corona wagon needs a new home by […]

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  • A Near-Perfect Corvair only Costs Nine Grand

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    Legend has it that GM scrambled to launch the Camaro, having failed to anticipate how much of a success the Mustang would be. The lack of a dedicated long-running design study mean the Camaro actually borrowed a lot of its shape from the second generation Corvair. For me, the second generation Corvair is really the […]

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  • Project Car SOTU 2016: The Falcon

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    Using cheap pliers from a cheap tool kit to tighten an alternator pulley nut at 11:00pm atop the SFO long-term parking garage in business attire isn’t particularly enjoyable, but it’s voluntary misery like that that us car idiots wear like a badge of honor.

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  • Project Car SOTU 2016: 2002 Ford Excursion

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    If you want to call me an idiot for buying this vehicle I won’t blame you, but I’m secretly hoping to be validated about five years from now. Daisy still loves it for a new reason every day: great A/C, tons of interior room, a half-dozen always-on 12V outlets, and an infinitum of little storage […]

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  • Project Car SOTU 2016: 1962 Ford Ranchero… er, Rancheros actually

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    To be quite honest, progress has been minimal. To date, the activity’s been mostly shopping and disassembly, with little to indicate progress towards this thing becoming a race car. I’m typing this on a plane on my way to a multi-week work trip overseas, which definitely isn’t helping things.

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  • This Early Mustang Just Keeps Chugging Along

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    Typically the lowest-spec examples of a car don’t make it to advanced old age in original condition, if at all. They’re un-special enough to give to new drivers or get stripped of their original drivetrain in favor of something more extreme. And yet, here’s this first-generation Mustang parked at a boat launch ramp in California’s […]

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  • Truck Hunt 2016: Wherein We Buy An Excursion and Break All the Rules

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    Three hundred eleven thousand miles, lifted, tuned, and salvage-titled, for sale in notoriously sketchy part of Sacramento for almost exactly what I sold my Wagoneer for. In short, this thing is everything I was trying not to buy this time around. “I kinda really like it” she said with a self-conscious grimace, sitting back in our car […]

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  • Evil Genius Cage Class: Learn to Build a Cage the Right Way

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    I burned all of last weekend building a cage on someone else’s car and paid for the privilege to do so. Our instructor was John Pagel, the evil genius of Evil Genius Racing, but he might sometimes go by Tom Sawyer as well. Nine of us met up at the Bay Area wrenching co-op Rack […]

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  • A Copy of a Lotus Seven Clone Nets a Bargain

    A Copy of a Lotus Seven Clone Nets a Bargain

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    For some songs, the remix/cover eclipses the original. Such is the case with the Lotus Seven. Lotus produced the original series from 1957 to 1972, selling about 2500 units. Since then, Caterham took over production of near-complete kits. As the Caterham kits proved too expensive for some, the “Locost” and “Locust” came to be, as […]

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  • Someone in the Southwest Needs to Rescue this Truckified Eagle Wagon

    Someone in the Southwest Needs to Rescue this Truckified Eagle Wagon

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    A stickshift AMC wagon would be postworth enough, but this one’s received some special treatment leaving it entirely ill-prepared for its current environment. Specifically, car ain’t got no roof. At least, ain’t got about 7/8ths of its roof. Which would leave it wonderfully suited for life at a San Diego Beach or ranch in Arizona. […]

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