I want you to soak in for a moment at what you are seeing. It may have started life as a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, but it is now one of reportedly two Panther-platform cars that have been converted to be one man’s vision of what a modern-day Edsel Citation could have, should have, might have been if it wasn’t for the Edsel brand’s nosedive directly into failure. How deep a devotee to a particular model do you have to be to do this? Edsel was killed in November 1959, with the 1960 cars being more-or-less castoffs to clear production lines. In modern money, Ford sank nearly four billion dollars into launching the brand and lost at least 2.3 billion dollars on the project. Just the name Edsel alone is a synonym for abject failure after proclaiming that the move is infallible. Part of the reason a 2008 Citation exists is the “what if?” line of thinking, the same one that wonders what a Hemi-powered, rear-drive, four door sedan would be called if Plymouth … [Read more...] about BangShift Question Of The Day: Make A Modern Version Of An Older Model!
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Instead of a Harley-Davidson XR-750, the bike will be an Indian Scout FTR750. Instead of a white suit, it’ll be black. And instead of Evel Knievel, one of the stunt world’s most iconic figureheads, the man who will attempt three of Evel’s most ambitious…and absolutely dangerous…stunts live on the History Channel will be Travis Pastrana, who will attempt all three jumps within a three-hour timetable, while showing interviews with members of both Knievel’s and Pastrana’s family members, plus the footage of Evel that cemented his place in legend…including the bits where there were crunching sounds heard upon impact, we’re sure. Pastrana’s three jumps are as follows: fifty-two crushed cars, sixteen Greyhound buses, and just because something isn’t quite right in that head of his, to top off the list, his finale will be the fountain at Caesar’s Palace. That is the site of Evel’s most harrowing crash, the infamous … [Read more...] about BangShift Question Of The Day: Will You Be Watching The “Evel Live” Event?
Nothing like looking through old pictures to remember bad decisions in past car sales, is there? That photo dates back to 2005…the silver Ram is a 2001 5.9-powered Quad Cab that took the place of the worst vehicle in my history, a 1999 Blazer that broke down more often than a teenage girl that got dumped before prom. It was a good truck, performed well enough, but didn’t have the excitement that I wanted. The other truck is a 1984 Dodge Ram D150, a 318/four-speed shortbed I found in a front yard in Illinois with a “FOR SALE” sign in the windshield. $1,700 took it home, and after a set of tires, new shocks all the way around and a basic sound system was installed, it was a sweetheart of a truck. I had intended to give the D150 to my dad, but he wasn’t having any of that, soI drove it across the country that summer after my first deployment to Iraq before heading back to Texas, where my Diplomat was going to come out of paint. I wound up selling it to a … [Read more...] about BangShift Question Of The Day: Which Would You Rather Take, Brand New Truck Or Proven Workhorse Pickup?
Does it really make sense to own the vehicle that you drive only because you have to, not because you want to? It’s debatable to some. My grandfather tried his best to convince me that leasing a vehicle would be the way to go in life, but the second my brain heard “mileage limits” I was completely against the idea, nevermind the idea of paying on something I’d never own. If I’m throwing good money at a car, I should expect to own it, like a house…right? Am I wrong in that thinking? I must be, because a couple hours’ drive south of me in Nashville, BMW is kicking off a pilot program of offering a “subscription” to BMW models for a single monthly charge. The program itself has two levels: “Legend”, which opens up a wide array of the standard BMW fare plus such models such as the (deep breath) X5 xDrive40e iPerformance, M2, and 530e iPerformance hybrid. Or you pay a higher rate, and you open up the “M” level, … [Read more...] about BangShift Question Of The Day: What Would It Take For You To Rent Your Daily Per Month?
Sergeant Tracy Frost, a school resource officer, had noticed a hopped-up pickup truck with a high-school kid at the wheel last week. The driver noticed the cop, looked him dead-square in the eyes, and proceeded to light ’em up…the rear tires, boiling, in front of the school cop. That takes shiny brass ones…or overconfidence bolstered by a slight oversight. Once Frost had the kid pulled over and had proceeded to lay into him left, right and center, he learned why the kid had no trouble going full John Force right in front of the cruiser. Per the Boston Globe: The student, confident he did nothing wrong, told Frost, “You can’t do anything about it anymore,” Frost said, and then pulled out his smartphone to show the officer a news article that claimed Maine’s Supreme Court had ruled recently that burning rubber is “now protected free speech.” Oh, if only. What happened was that the student had read a satirical bit of writing that had a … [Read more...] about BangShift Question Of The Day: What Was Your Dumbest Teenage Stunt, And Did You Get Away With It?