Normally, you want to avoid bleeding. Unless you’re cleaning your prey or making a voluntary visit to the Red Cross, opening veins and arteries is best avoided. But one system you want to bleed like an 18th century doctor is your brake system. Continue reading
Citizens of Streetside, we need your nominations. We’re looking to compile a list of the ten dumbest cars ever produced. But instead of coming up with them ourselves (and we’re not without our opinions on the matter), we thought we’d ask you, dear readers, to put forth your own candidates. So submit your nominations now, and check back on Wednesday for the finalists.
This crucial civic duty must be undertaken for posterity’s sake! Think of future generations and questionable Craigslist deals! Our children and grandchildren must know what terrible cars to avoid! Nominate in the comments!
“We hope stick shifts never die,” says a stirring print ad for Dodge as part of their “Never Neutral” campaign. But that hope hasn’t amounted to much action. Currently, the only vehicle that Dodge makes with a manual is the Challenger. Enthusiasm is there for its expansion to a manual, or so claimed Dodge design guru Ralph Giles during Jay Leno’s review of the 2011 Charger R/T. He mentioned that Dodge engineers were looking into it. But despite the wealth of heartbeats skipped at this revelation, we have yet to see a manual Charger. Continue reading
Last week’s grandmamobile ’54 Plymouth Savoy scored an even 50/50 tie among you, which proves…that…some people…like…flowers. Yeah. Today’s ’57 (yes, ‘57) Chevrolet Bel Air Wagon has a higher asking price than that floral flier, but a much lower 0-60 time. Will its sleeping performance swap and murdered finish sway you toward Buy, or will its rust and customization (rustomization?) seal the deal at Pass? Continue reading
Shuffling back and forth across a mall parking lot for three hours sounds like the behavior of a nut case, but if I was crazy on Friday at the Kansas City Chevelle and El Camino Show, hosted by the American Chevelle Enthusiasts Society, I was in good company. Of about 75 Chevelles, a handful of El Caminos, and even a GMC Sprint, most were restored and maintained to a fanatical extreme. Aside from one rust bucket Chevelle whose owner brought for a few laughs, (and to sit beside his gorgeous drag car) every single machine on the lot was a near flawless show piece. Continue reading
Last week saw the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Frankfurt always provides a nice ramp-up to the auto show season, displaying a great many concepts before Tokyo in November, which tends to host more production cars. Jaguar chose Frankfurt to unveil their newest pseudo-concept, the two-seat C-X16. And it’s a hybrid. Continue reading
Last week’s twin-stack T-Bucket proved worthy among its voting constituency to score a Buy rating, even though it rocked an automatic. Today’s 1954 Plymouth Savoy doesn’t share that shortcoming, but at $4,000, will its precious little makeover win you over like grandma’s peach pie, or make you want to go cut yourself a switch? Continue reading
Among the ranks of well-known American car shows, Goodguys events tend to stand out. Known for their magazine of Biblical proportions and splendor, and the sheer volume of perfect, gorgeous, and perfectly gorgeous numbers-matched cars at their shows, the Goodguys crew travel the land promoting beauty in all things automotive. Continue reading
Vehicles that are used in racing, off-roading, or at very high speeds often have extra lamps installed to help broaden and extend the illumination field in front of the vehicle. On off-road vehicles in particular, these additional lamps are sometimes mounted along with forward-facing lights on a bar above the roof, which protects them from road hazards and raises the beams allowing for a greater projection of light forward. They may also have grilles to protect them from breakage from flying debris and static trail obstacles.
Matching the particular type of auxiliary light to your vehicle’s needs is easy once you understand what each light is intended to do and how it behaves. You should take into consideration what types of driving situations you may encounter and plan your purchases accordingly. Continue reading
Northern Indiana towns are like islands in an ocean of corn. In my growing years, I hated how boring mine was. So quiet, chained with curfews and devoid of interest. But now I love it. I never regret a sojourn to my old stomping grounds, that nice, quiet, boring place – where I can leave my car doors unlocked and take a walk after dark.
So I found myself, after my first Woodward Dream Cruise, back on Charles Street in my mom’s old farm house, built somewhere around 1865. I got a text my first morning there from my friend Troy, also in town, that we would be meeting up with Lizziey, his girlfriend, and taking the Buick into town to get pizza. Continue reading
Last week’s Wilbur of a pickup was pink all over, but its $55k price tag had every last one of you turning red. Today’s $14,000 Pass or Buy hot rod is probably the same shade of crimson, but its price may be much closer to keeping you in the black. Continue reading
Usually, when a project gets out of hand, it’s a bad thing. An owner ends up channeling six metric tons of money into something that’s grown so far beyond its original vision that it isn’t cool anymore. But sometimes, when the project slips ahead of you, it’s a good thing. Continue reading
If you’re old enough to remember where you were on September 11th, 2001, you’ll know that it was a day that changed each of our lives, and our world, forever. Such shifts come to mind this weekend as we observe the ten year anniversary of that tragic day. Some of us lost loved ones in the attack, others in the subsequent overseas conflicts. We’ll never get those years, or those friends and family, back.
But we can honor the heroes who stood on that day, the emergency workers who dove into the dust and flames, who sorted the wreckage and chaos from the injured human lives in New York and Washington. Craig Monahan was one such hero. Continue reading
Car shows come in every variety. Some are specialized for imports, trucks, hot rods, or the like. Some are mobile, like the legendary Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. Others, like Goodguys, are more like trophy shows, their winners often hauled in and rolled off of trailers.
But once in a while you find a car show that’s different from the rest, one that’s more concerned with the preservation of car culture than the cars themselves.
Enter Greaserama, a one-day car event held every Labor Day weekend at the Boulevard Drive-In Theatre in Kansas City. It’s strictly for rebels. “Nothing is stock. Nothing is untouched,” says Pat, one of our guys here at Streetside. Pat hasn’t missed a Greaserama in years, and always drives his ’65 Dodge Coronet 440 down to the drive-in for the “Beer-drinking, wrench-turning car show.” Continue reading