You don’t need to take the 2018 Jeep Wrangler off-road to enjoy driving it. Every ride in this thing feels like an adventure. But when you do push it off the edge of the map, the barbarian spec Rubicon becomes the best sidekick you could ask for. (Full Disclosure: I begged Jeep for access to the new JL Wrangler, and the company was finally able to oblige me over Memorial Day Weekend. Unfortunately, the previous borrower had cracked the windshield and there was no time to repair it before my scheduled trip, so I’m obligated to inform you that the glass damage you’ll see in some pictures was battle damage, not a manufacturing defect.) The outgoing JK Jeep Wrangler was solid. And honestly, so was the short TJ before that and even the square-eyed YJ in the ’80s and early ’90s. But the new-for-2018 JL is so much nicer inside and so much easier to use, without sacrificing the capability that made Jeep famous in the first place, that driving it just made me … [Read more...] about 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: What We Learned Over 600 Hard Miles
Waymo is on track to become the first with a commercial self-driving taxi service. The service is due to start this year in Phoenix, Arizona and will cover an area of 100 square miles. Importantly, the cars within this geofenced area will be able to operate autonomously 100 percent of the time. The information was revealed by Waymo chief John Krafcik at last week's New York auto show, where he also revealed that Waymo would source 20,000 Jaguar I-Pace electric cars for its self-driving taxi service. “Members of the public will be able to take our cars anywhere in our service area,” Krafcik told media at the show, including The New York Times. “We will be driving everywhere—dense, urban centers, high-speed roads, low-speed roads, suburbs; there’s every driving scenario to be imagined.” Waymo, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project, remains undeterred by last month's crash in Tempe, Arizona in which a woman crossing a road was fatally hit by an … [Read more...] about Waymo’s self-driving taxis will cover 100 square miles of Phoenix
“I got a call from a man in West Virginia. I don’t recall his name, but he wanted advice about buying a Boss 302 Mustang,” Rick Parker said. Parker and his wife, Jacquie, operate Signature Auto Classics in Gahanna, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus specializing in Ford performance cars of the 1960s and early 1970s. Parker gave the caller some buying tips and then left him with one caveat—if he did not buy the Boss 302, maybe he would give Rick second dibs on the car. That’s exactly what happened.The Boss 302 proved to be too rough for the man in West Virginia, so he gave Rick the phone number of a man named Kenny in Pennsylvania. Kenny had the car at his house and was a neighbor friend of the two brothers that owned the Boss 302. “He did car repairs for them, if that makes sense. That’s kind of his connection. He’s a good fellow; good on cars. What a nice man, and we started talking cars.”In that conversation, Parker discovered the two … [Read more...] about Rare Find 1969 Boss 429 With Only 15,000 Miles!
High performance engine building is the art of attention to detail. Top engine builders don’t take anything for granted.John Bouchard, engine builder at Boost Addicts in Madison, Tennessee showed us that even the simple procedure of measuring piston ring gap is detailed. “If you don’t measure your ring gap consistently, you can get into trouble. Too much gap, and you’ll have blow by and waste power. Too little gap, and under boost the ring ends will hit each other and break.”Bouchard showed us first-hand how the measurements can differ, and how to get consistent results. “The rings need to sit square in the cylinder bore, otherwise you’re just guessing. I use a piston ring squaring tool to set the rings at a consistent depth.”We witnessed a five-thousandths difference after using the piston ring squaring tool. That’s the difference between fast and failure!1. Bouchard placed a ring into the cylinder by hand to first demonstrate how … [Read more...] about Quick Tips: Measuring ring gap using a piston ring squaring tool
For every creampuff or cherry farm find C10 there are at least a hundred, um, curd puffs. You know the ones I’m talking about, the “ran when last parked” deals that look fairly decent from the outside but don’t truly reveal their spoiled-filling surprise(s) till after the deal’s been made and that beauty’s all yours.I myself have experienced severe buyer’s remorse with that 1975 C10 Cheyenne some of you may recall seeing here many moons ago. My first warning sign, which obviously was clearly ignored, was the seller not permitting me to testdrive the truck on the street (the reason being “it’s not insured”), leaving me a 50-foot stretch of concrete my only means in which to run it through the gears—that being First and Reverse. So after paying the lady with the lawyer’s grin, my actual testdrive just a couple miles home divulged her real motives: a flat cam with a side of wasted valveguides. It only got worse when I … [Read more...] about The LMC Truck C10 Nationals Week to Wicked—The Square-Body Episode: Before the Build