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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 17, 2020. 15 comments

Can You Guess All The Vehicle Parts That Were Used To Build This Bizarre Craigslist Three-Wheeler?

Can You Guess All The Vehicle Parts That Were Used To Build This Bizarre Craigslist Three-Wheeler?

“I really want to know what these dudes were smoking” reads a message from a reader named Nick, whose email—eloquently titled “uhhh what.”—includes a link to one of the wackiest automotive (ish) contraptions I’ve ever seen on Craigslist. It’s made of a bunch of vehicle parts bolted and welded and probably taped together—let’s see if you can guess which vehicles those parts come from.

I don’t...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 16, 2020. 14 comments

Renault Thinks It Can Work It Out

Renault Thinks It Can Work It Out
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

News on Renault and Nissan’s contentious relationship, labor costs are expected to go up for the “Big Three” as a result of UAW contracts, automakers are investing in flying taxis and electric vans, and exciting 2019 sales results for Europe. All of this and more in The Morning Shift for...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 16, 2020. 9 comments

Here's Everything That's Still Wrong With My 260,000 Mile 'Holy Grail' Jeep Grand Cherokee

Here's Everything That's Still Wrong With My 260,000 Mile 'Holy Grail' Jeep Grand Cherokee

Last month, I went through hell trying to fix and drive home a supremely rare, 260,000 mile, manual transmission Jeep Grand Cherokee that I’d bought sight unseen for $700 from the Middle Of Nowhere, Colorado. Ultimately, my friend Brandon and I pulled off a miracle, and the Jeep now sits in my backyard in Michigan. But just because it made the trip doesn’t mean The Grail is without flaws. No...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 16, 2020. 5 comments

This 'One Owner' 1946 Farm Jeep Has A Fascinating And Mysterious History

This 'One Owner' 1946 Farm Jeep Has A Fascinating And Mysterious History

I still own my first car. It’s a 1992 Jeep Cherokee XJ that I bought in college in 2010. It’s a vehicle that I crashed, hydrolocked , and ruined with a lift kit , and yet I can’t get let go. That’s why this “one owner” 1946 Willys CJ-2A is so fascinating to me. I get why somebody would want to own a car this long, but how? That’s just one of many questions I have about this mysterious...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 14, 2020. 18 comments

Turn All Of Your Veggies Into Noodles With This $3 Spiralizer

Turn All Of Your Veggies Into Noodles With This $3 Spiralizer

One of the most famous automobile roof designs ever debuted at the Geneva Motor show in 1963 on the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL , also called the “W113.” The lid, with its concave shape, earned the car the name “Pagoda,” a term alluding to “curved roofs of Far Eastern temples.” But the shape didn’t exist for just aesthetic reasons, it also offered practical benefits including visibility and ease of...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 14, 2020. 8 comments

Are You An Engineer In The Automotive Industry? Jalopnik Wants To Talk With You

Are You An Engineer In The Automotive Industry? Jalopnik Wants To Talk With You

In any story Jalopnik writes, the goal is to provide insight and entertainment. While you can’t really help us improve the latter, you can help with the former, especially if you’re an auto engineer. That’s because many stories in this field can benefit from some level of technical discussion, since cars are inherently technical . But including such a discussion in as many articles as...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 13, 2020. 11 comments

The 2021 GMC Canyon Gets A New AT4 Off-Road Trim And The Big-Ass Grille From The Sierra

The 2021 GMC Canyon Gets A New AT4 Off-Road Trim And The Big-Ass Grille From The Sierra
Truck Yeah The trucks are good!

For 2021, General Motors has updated the grille of its “premium” mid-size pickup, the GMC Canyon, to look like the monstrous face found on the Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD . On top of that, there’s a new “AT4" off-road trim for those who want to take a mid-size GM truck out on the trails, but who for whatever reason don’t want to buy the Chevy Colorado Z71 or the...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 11, 2020. 12 comments

Hummer Is Coming Back As An Electric Off-Road Pickup By GMC: Wall Street Journal

Hummer Is Coming Back As An Electric Off-Road Pickup By GMC: Wall Street Journal

In the latest and juiciest of Hummer-related rumors, the Wall Street Journal claims that “people familiar with the matter” say GM is bringing back Hummer as an off-road electric pickup model under the GMC brand. Set to debut in early 2022, the truck will be shown off by basketball genius LeBron James during this year’s Super Bowl, the news site’s sources say.

We’ve heard rumors about GM...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 09, 2020. 18 comments

If You Want To Learn How To Fix Cars, Small DIY YouTube Channels Are A Godsend

If You Want To Learn How To Fix Cars, Small DIY YouTube Channels Are A Godsend

I didn’t start fixing cars until I was a freshman in college, and by then, the internet was filling with how-to DIY YouTube videos that helped me get up to speed in short order. Lots of YouTubers spend tons of time making videos to show the rest of us how to fix things, and I think they deserve appreciation. So here’s a bit of that.

For the first few years of wrenching, I used to reference...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 08, 2020. 24 comments

Gas Stations Across The Country Are In A Mad Rush To Add Credit Card Chip Readers To Pumps

Gas Stations Across The Country Are In A Mad Rush To Add Credit Card Chip Readers To Pumps
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?

Why fuel retailers are rushing to change their pumps’ payment systems, Elon Musk dances hilariously, Nissan names its dual-motor all-wheel-drive EV setup, and some fun talk about German car sales. All that and more in The Morning Shift for January 8, 2020.

1st Gear: Why Gas Stations Across The...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 08, 2020. 10 comments

I'm Reviving The Totaled Kia That Sank Into My Backyard To Run It In The Gambler 500

I'm Reviving The Totaled Kia That Sank Into My Backyard To Run It In The Gambler 500

I was going to write my annual “New Year’s Wrencholutions ” post wherein I lie about how I’m going to sell some of the cars in my oversized fleet, and fix the ones that are actually in decent shape. But this time, I’ll just hit you with the truth: I’m going to repair the most worthless, decrepit piece of junk I own. And solidly at the top of that list is my totaled 2003 Kia Rio . But before...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 08, 2020. 22 comments

I Bought A 260,000-Mile 'Holy Grail' Jeep Grand Cherokee Sight Unseen From The Middle Of Nowhere. Getting It Home Nearly Broke Me

I Bought A 260,000-Mile 'Holy Grail' Jeep Grand Cherokee Sight Unseen From The Middle Of Nowhere. Getting It Home Nearly Broke Me

“I think I’m going to fly home. I can’t take this anymore,” Brandon mumbled as he sat slouched in the corner of a Denver bar. It was approaching midnight, and my friend was in shambles, his spirits having been crushed by 12 straight hours of extreme, high-intensity wrenching on the rare, manual transmission Jeep Grand Cherokee that I’d foolishly purchased sight unseen for $700 . We were 1,300...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 07, 2020. 23 comments

This $600 Dodge Ramcharger Decorated With 14 Bald Eagles May Be The Most 'Murica Truck Ever

This $600 Dodge Ramcharger Decorated With 14 Bald Eagles May Be The Most 'Murica Truck Ever
Truck Yeah The trucks are good!

After reading about my recent $700 “Holy Grail” Jeep , a Virginia accountant named Charles sent me an email titled “My one in a million purchase.” Attached were photos of one of the most soulful automobiles I’ve ever seen: a 1991 Dodge Ramcharger with a spectacular Rocky Mountain-themed art scheme featuring 14 (!!!) bald eagles. It is one of the most “Murica”...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 03, 2020. 8 comments

A Quick Look At What Made 2019 A Huge Year For Electric Cars

A Quick Look At What Made 2019 A Huge Year For Electric Cars

In a few years, when much of the world’s highway system is dominated with electric cars, we’ll all look back upon 2019 as a pivotal year. Perhaps not the pivotal year, but an important one nonetheless in the automobile’s transition away from internal combustion. Let’s have a quick peek at what happened in the EV world in 2019.

It’s 2020, and I bet if most of you look out of your window at the...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 02, 2020. 24 comments

Germany Is Full Of Diesel Manual Chrysler Minivans And They Are Dirt Cheap

Germany Is Full Of Diesel Manual Chrysler Minivans And They Are Dirt Cheap

Today I bring you a revelation: Germany is chock-full of absurdly cheap Chrysler minivans equipped with two coveted features never offered in the U.S.: a manual transmission and a diesel engine. Yes, I’m talking about the torquey and fuel efficient glory of a compression engine bolted to fun-to-drive transmission, all encapsulated in an efficient minivan body. Just look at these deals.

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 01, 2020. 22 comments

The Nissan Frontier Is Underrated: What I Learned Abusing America's Oldest Pickup Off-Road

The Nissan Frontier Is Underrated: What I Learned Abusing America's Oldest Pickup Off-Road
Truck Yeah The trucks are good!

The Nissan Frontier gets a lot of hate. The current version’s been in production for 15 years and the design, powertrain, and interior quality are now thoroughly outdated. To see if the old truck has any redeeming qualities, I took two through muddy forests trails in central Michigan. It was a shitshow resulting in damaged vehicles, but I came away convinced the...

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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 31, 2019. 14 comments

Ford Stuffed 20,000 HP Worth Of Ford Mustangs Into An Echoey LA Parking Garage And The Sound Was Unbelievable

Ford Stuffed 20,000 HP Worth Of Ford Mustangs Into An Echoey LA Parking Garage And The Sound Was Unbelievable

Before the Los Angeles Auto Show this past November, Ford parked a bunch of Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 s, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 s, and Ford Mustang Bullitt s in the parking garage under a hotel, and gave the keys to journalists. Prior to taking the sports coupes on a beautiful canyon drive, journalists fired up the V8 motors and revved them in the garage, creating the greatest sound...

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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 31, 2019. 8 comments

How A Stranger's Old Chevy Pickup Got Me Over The Snowy Rockies To The 'Holy Grail' Jeep Grand Cherokee

How A Stranger's Old Chevy Pickup Got Me Over The Snowy Rockies To The 'Holy Grail' Jeep Grand Cherokee

“Would you like help not dying in Colorado?” asked Denver reader Jason in an email. I’d soon be flying and renting a car to drive over the Rockies during a bad snowstorm and Jason, whom I’d never met, was offering me the keys to an old Chevy GMT400 -series pickup truck—one that would capture my heart and change the entire tone of my trip to the middle of nowhere to rescue a 260,000 mile “Holy...

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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 28, 2019. 11 comments

Hero Saves 20,000-Mile 1992 Honda Accord Coupe From The Crusher, Scores 'Barn Find' For $800

Hero Saves 20,000-Mile 1992 Honda Accord Coupe From The Crusher, Scores 'Barn Find' For $800

After writing about a perfect 1990 Toyota 4Runner with only 12,700 miles getting snagged by a Texas car salesman for a modest $4,000 , I received an email from a reader showing off another amazing find: a 1992 Honda Accord Coupe with only 20,628 miles on the odometer. The car, I’m told, was actually destined for the crusher until the reader swept in and saved it, armed with nothing more than...

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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 25, 2019. 19 comments

What It Was Like Traveling On An Airplane With 120 Pounds Of Car Parts And Tools

What It Was Like Traveling On An Airplane With 120 Pounds Of Car Parts And Tools

Earlier this month, I devised an absolutely idiotic plan to pick up from the middle of nowhere a rare, manual transmission 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee that I’d bought sight unseen for $700. It’s a vehicle that I refer to as the “Holy Grail of Jeep Grand Cherokees,” except its condition was far from holy. With a bad clutch and loose steering, the 260,000 mile Jeep needed work, and since it was...

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