Over the past year or so, I’ve been driving my ’67 Mustang a bunch. After all, it was my first car. I purchased it 19 years ago (for $2400) when I had just turned 17 years old in 2000. It has always run really strong for me, especially after the engine rebuild around 2012, when I also replaced the factory two barrel carb with a 4 barrel Holley, added an aluminum intake manifold, and abandoned the stock camshaft in favor of a warmed up cam from Comp Cams. Since the engine rebuild, I haven’t really changed much on the car and only drove it occasionally on weekends. This past year, I’ve put the Mustang in heavy rotation for any quick runs to the grocery store, out of town day trips, and almost any other driving that I could do. I decided to give a much-needed overhaul to the brakes, steering, and exhaust. Brake Upgrade When I had the car on the lift with easy access to all the brake and steering components, it made a lot of sense to do the Shelby drop at the same … [Read more...] about Dialing in the Brakes, Steering, and Exhaust on my 1967 Mustang
Like, wow—it’s been 50 years since the original Woodstock music festival, where hundreds of thousands of hippies descended upon Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and other similarly iconic acts played over four days in the summer of 1969 at the greatest concert ever, and one of the most memorable relics of the event—besides the music, of course—lives again in the form of a 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 van called “Light.” “The bus is really about being one people on one planet,” said original artist Dr. Bob Hieronimus in a statement. “On every side of the bus is a story—many stories—and the stories all point to unification, working together and a higher consciousness, which is what Light really is all about.” Far out, man. You see, kids, back before Lyft and Uber, some folks hand-painted their vehicles and actually drove them to concerts, often picking up likeminded … [Read more...] about The Iconic VW “Light” Microbus from Woodstock (Road-)Trips Again
The Miata just celebrated its 30th anniversary, but way back in 1996, Mazda toyed with the idea of making a coupe version of the first-generation (that’s NA for the geeks) roadster. Dubbed the Miata M Coupe, the one-off concept car boasted a fixed, double-bubble roof and a rear window that recalled the third-generation Mazda RX-7, then still being sold in Japan. Alas, the car remained a concept and the roof’s construction was never really fully thought out, as it used a particularly heavy fiberglass piece that was never fully integrated into the car’s unibody. But then in 2003, just two years from the end of the second-generation (NB) Miata’s production run, Mazda’s Engineering and Technology team decided to revisit a fixed-roof Miata and the result was spectacular. A total of 179 MX-5 coupes were made for Japanese consumption and today, they’re just about the rarest production Miata going. How rare? Autoblog reports that a Hong … [Read more...] about Did You Know Mazda Built a Production Miata Coupe?
Negligent homicide.” Pluck the term from the criminal code, and it can be frequently applied to shortsighted corporations who manage to grind once-proud brands to dust by focusing more on near-term profits than long-term investment. Indeed, automotive history is littered with such examples, but perhaps the most egregious is the case of General Motors and Saab. At one time a proudly independent maker of quirky Swedish cars, Saab itself made a series of poorly considered financial decisions that combined with market realities to pull it into the General’s orbit in 1989. By the end of the 1990s, it had become a fully captive subsidiary of GM, its future entirely dependent on Detroit-based bean counters, and by the 2010s, it was all but completely gone. Here are the product milestones that put the final nails in 60 years of Saab history. The 9-3 Rots on The Vine GM’s initial 50 percent investment in 1989 saw the business behemoth make a crucial first step toward … [Read more...] about Anatomy of a Murder: How Saab Was Sent to an Early Grave
Aston Martin is a brand that prides itself on its past cars. For proof, look no further than Aston’s Works department, which can do everything from change the oil and tires on a 1990s DB7 to performing a full, ground-up restoration of a 1950s DB2/4. Aston is also active in the vintage-car community and is showing a selection of its heritage cars at this year’s London Classic Car show in England. Most are for sale, so the question is: Which one would you take home? The oldest of the group is a 1969 DB6 Mk2 Volante, fresh off a restoration at Aston Martin Works and finished in its original livery of Goodwood Green over beige. Second-series touches include flared fenders to contain wider wheels and tires, while underhood sits a 4.0-liter, twin-cam straight-six engine. When new, the model was offered by Aston Martin for scarcely over a year and just 38 were made—one of which is owned by the Prince of Wales. This car is being offered for 1.5 million … [Read more...] about Which of These Aston Martins Would You Most Want to Own?