Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Really bad update

It has been a slow news week for about everything in my life, with the Edsel, and with work.

Just a rundown of what has been happening:

We missed Jefferson, rain and too much beer Friday night deemed it a no-go. We'll wait for Spring.

Remember this Firebird? It's sold, he scored what he was hoping for. Someone in Illinois is fast now.

Brother Dan is off to Iraq to wup some arse. Brother Troy is coming home for a few days in October to help wup a Twelver or ten.

The wife said if we win the lottery I can have a new Camaro, Mobil station, here I come!

Speaking of Camaro. The Transformers movie comes out 7-7-07 and the 09' Camaro will be in it as Bumblebee.

Troy said for my 50th birthday we need to do this. Hell, I told him 40 and he was all for it. Now just to convince the wife that dropping 14K to beat the heck out of a car across country is money well spent....

And just for the fun of it. I need to make fun of this item. If you own one, throw it out before your friends rip you a new one. Really, no magic fuel saver or power maker is going to come from a tailpipe add on that makes your ride look like it came out of the cheap bin at Wal-Mart.

I'm going to go blow the dust of the Edsel and get working on it.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Fall Jefferson

This weekend the Jefferson Swap Meet put on by Madison Classics is at the Jefferson County fair grounds. In the spring we scored a few items. Nothing major but now we have a better idea of some items we need. So, another Saturday up at the ass-crack of dawn and a couple hour drive to spend the day walking around sifting threw junk hoping to find that one small item you can steal away for a couple bucks.

Just some things we are looking for on the Edsel. Hood ornament(real,aftermarket) weather stripping, trim clips, hub caps, possibly a interior. We are thinking of going custom on the interior. Possibly doing something from a Lincoln from the 90's. Leather, power seats. Who knows.

Only other items we hope to score would be a rear valance/pad for the Camaro. Outside chrome trim for the two doors and some proper bumper bolts. On the 320i I hope to find a carb intake from the late 60's mid 70's so I can toss the mechanical fuel injection as far as my puny arms can throw it. That system is so hit or miss that I would rather just throw a carb on and have it reliable.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Ford CEO drives a Lexus?

Yup. The new CEO of Ford drives a Lexus LS430. What a tool, that isn't even the best model Lexus has..

If there ever was a slap to the workers at Ford that would be one of the biggest I have seen. It would amount to Dale Jr. getting out of the car after winning Daytona and slamming a Miller Lite because "it's the best beer in the world".

How long do you want to guess before the car is egged, up on blocks, keyed, or burnt to the ground if he drives it to Ford HQ?

Then how long do you want to bet before he has a new Ford he is driving to work?

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

It's "official" Camaro a go for 09'

It was finally confirmed from GM a few days ago that the Camaro concept shown earlier in the year is a "go" for 2009 model year.

leftlanenews.com has a nice pictorial of the Camaro and a nice article on it's official status. I thought this picture was a nice way to show the 69' and 09' similarities and differences.

Chevy's own performance vehicle section of their website has some nice stuff on the Camaro too.

Now, to just get the wife working in a job that can afford another car in the garage. Mwuhahaha.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

FJ Cruiser

Last night I had the chance to test drive and look over Toyota's FJ Cruiser. A friend traded in for a 2007 model and stopped by the shop to show it off. I took it up the road and threw it on the hoist to see what Toyota had done with this reincarnation of the old 60's Crusier.

On the highway it had a real stable feel. Great acceleration in it's 4.0L engine and 6spd manual transmission. This is the same motor that Toyota has had in the 4Runner and Highlander for awhile so no worries with it's design and layout. The six speed was fun to run threw. Felt a little weird grabbing that extra gear at highway speeds. Pulling up a long hill nearby the Cruiser had no problem holding 2,000 rpm's in 5th gear and didn't even feel like it was being strained.

On the hoist it looked like a typical Toyota underneath. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary could be noticed. Everything looked pretty much easy to medium in terms of working on it. The brakes and front suspension where placed nicely and look to be no worries when maintenance comes around. In the engine bay they left tons of room to work and also if someone wants add ons put on there is plenty of space.

The interior was nice. Rubber floor to handle the mud and crud for off-roading and the dash layout was really nice. No fancy gimmicks hanging in the way and everything was within reach for my little arms when I needed to turn something on or off. I was surprised that even with the smaller windshield I could see fantastic driving down the road. It felt like I was looking threw a wide angle lense and didn't need to turn my head much to see out the side windows.

Outside I liked the retro look and thought the body lines where done nicely. Options like the top rack and bigger wheels weren't on this model but even without them it looked pretty cool. You definitely can roll in with this thing and look bad ass.

Overall a pretty decent SUV. This coming from a guy who bleeds Bowtie Chevy and wouldn't drive anything else. If your looking for a new rig and you like Toyota I would go check it out.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

One year ago today

Wow, one year of doing this blog.

I sure hope those that read it have enjoyed it. A big "Thank you" to all the readers!