By Yvette VanDerBrink I have to admit; this GM gal has a dirty little secret. I love the 1930s Fords. Yep, I even have a pink V8 tattooed on my left ankle. I grew up with Chevrolets, and I never really saw or was around any of the old Fords. Though, I remember seeing them in the junkyards when we went with Dad for parts. It wasn’t until I got married to Mr. VanDerBrink that I started looking more at the prewar car and trucks. When we were dating we’d drive around and talk for hours about old cars, tractors and growing up on the farm. When he found out my dad had a salvage yard, well that was just a bonus. Starting out we bought an old farm with acreage and started fixing it up before we got married. Heck, we were working on it right up to the wedding. I even tore the tag off my dress before walking down the aisle. To make some extra money, we’d buy old tractors and Steve would fix them up and we’d sell them. I went to a lot of farm sales and bought tractors. … [Read more...] about For the Love of Old Fords and History
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What Car Should You Buy The experts at Jalopnik answer your car-buying questions. It seems that Evan’s beloved 2004 Ford Ranger has finally succumbed to winters in the Northeast and may not pass inspection due to the rust. It’s time for another vehicle to haul stuff and do light off-roading. What car should he buy? (Welcome back to What Car Should You Buy? Where we give real people real advice about buying cars.) Here is the scenario: I have driven a 2004 Ford Ranger since 2004 and I’ve just been told that it may not pass inspection next year due to frame rust problems. So now I’m looking for a replacement. It needs to have a tailgate or a hatch. I’m 6'4" so it’s got to fit a tall guy comfortably. I also go trail running frequently so it would be convenient for me to overnight in it before race day. I have a wife and we’ll need to transport two bikes and two sets of cross country skis. I absolutely love my Ranger. It’s as simple as … [Read more...] about My Old Ford Ranger Is Rusting Away! What Car Should I Buy?
Nice Price Or Crack Pipe Is this used car a good deal? You decide! The new Ford Explorer is mere months from dealers, but as nice as it is, it’s not going to be anywhere as cool as today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Adrenalin—sorry Ford. Let’s see if its is as aggressive as its look. Pretty much everybody likes the old Subaru Forester. After all, it’s a decently sized wagon that could be had with a stick and which provided standard and secure AWD. Still, not everyone can leave well enough alone, and that’s how we got to yesterday’s custom 1999 Subaru Forester. Yes, it had the AWD. And sure enough it sported a stick. The custom bit—and the part that caused the most pearl clutching—was the roots-style supercharger that had been cobbled up on top of its pancake four. That proved to be wildly contentious with half of you convinced the blower was functional and the other half was just as sure that it was just there for show. In the end, … [Read more...] about At $14,500, Could You Get Pumped For This 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Adrenalin?
Friendly Ford A Friendly Ford F-150 Platinum truck driven by dealership sales consultant Rafael De Leon pulled the Vegas Golden Knights Vegas Strong float in the 24th Summerlin Patriotic Parade July 4 in the northwest valley. Golden Knights star Deryk Engelland is seen on the the float. The 24th annual Summerlin Council Patriotic Parade is history, and Friendly Ford capitalized on its annual participation in the July 4 event presented in the northwest valley. The dealership provided Ford trucks and convertibles for the event that attracted about 40,000 enthusiasts along with 75 parade entries. In what was a brilliant marketing move conducted in conjunction with the Summerlin Council, Friendly Ford “hooked up” with the National Hockey League’s wildly popular Vegas Golden Knights and parlayed its agreement as the sole vehicle provider to escort the Golden Knights’ entry in the parade that marked the 10th time the dealership has participated. In its inaugural … [Read more...] about Friendly Ford truck pulls Vegas Golden Knights float in parade
Yesterday, I was driving on the highway and saw a flatbed hauling a filthy, rusty old pickup truck. That’s not uncommon where I live. This truck, though, was uncommon: it had a pair of tall exhaust pipes, wood panels on the sides of the bed, behind the big rear fenders, and, on the doors, a big decal that read “LI’L RED EXPRESS TRUCK.” I’ve heard of this thing. The Li’l Red Express was the vehicle that kept muscle cars alive in a time when they should all have died. I’ll explain. Now, I know a pickup truck isn’t what you normally think of when you picture a muscle car. For this to all make sense, we have to go back to the time of the Li’l Red Express, a smoggy, sleazy time called the 1970s. Muscle cars, one of the most uniquely American categories of cars, were not transitioning to the new and, let’s face it, somewhat grim realities of the 1970s. The 1973 oil crisis was the first big blow to the thirsty, V8-powered … [Read more...] about A Legal Loophole Once Made America’s Fastest Car A Ridiculous Truck