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David Tracy David Tracy today at 03:42. 10 comments

How China Built Some Of The World’s Most Versatile Vehicles Around A $150 Engine

How China Built Some Of The World’s Most Versatile Vehicles Around A $150 Engine

Back in 2015, I visited China and found myself enamored by a vehicle so simple that it didn’t even have a hood to cover its single-cylinder diesel engine. That basic motor, which can be cranked by hand, is a part of what I later found to be one of the most incredible modular vehicle architectures I’d ever seen.

Shortly after arriving in Guilin following a 27 hour train-ride from X’ian that...

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David Tracy David Tracy yesterday at 22:02.

$19.8 Million Sale Proves We Should All Go Back In Time And Buy A Warehouse Full Of McLaren F1s

$19.8 Million Sale Proves We Should All Go Back In Time And Buy A Warehouse Full Of McLaren F1s

There are certain cars whose values have shot up so much that we should all kick ourselves for not having filled warehouses with them decades ago. Air-cooled Porsche 911s and mid-2000s Ford GTs come to mind, though one of the kings of collector-car appreciation has to be the McLaren F1, one of which recently sold for $19.8 million in Monterey.

Yesterday was the final day of Monterey Car Week,...

David Tracy David Tracy Aug 17, 2019 at 03:39. 16 comments

Detroit-Area Jalops: Join Us For The Woodward Dream Cruise Tomorrow Morning

Detroit-Area Jalops: Join Us For The Woodward Dream Cruise Tomorrow Morning

Lots of cars have been cruising metro Detroit’s Woodward Avenue all week, but on Saturday the Woodward Dream Cruise will turn the fabled Michigan M-1 into a genuine traffic jam of classic iron from all around the world. Erin Marquis and I are going to be there, and you should go, too. So let’s meet beforehand, shall we?

After calling dozens of businesses to find a meetup spot, I landed on one...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 16, 2019 at 21:30. 15 comments

Tesla Needs To Step Up Its Service Game, Especially In Germany

Tesla Needs To Step Up Its Service Game, Especially In Germany
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

Tesla needs to step up its service game in Germany, India is leading the charge on battery-swapping, and BMW’s new CEO wants to beat Mercedes. All that and more for The Morning Shift for Friday, August 16, 2019.

1st Gear: Tesla Needs To Step Up Its Service Game, Especially In Germany

We’ve...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 16, 2019 at 03:53. 21 comments

Homeowners' Association Finds Stolen Mud-Filled 1983 Pontiac Firebird At The Bottom Of A Lake

Homeowners' Association Finds Stolen Mud-Filled 1983 Pontiac Firebird At The Bottom Of A Lake

It seems like every story we write about HOAs involves them trying to rid their pristine neighborhoods of weird old cars (and sometimes planes ), and this one is no different. Well, actually it is a little different, because this 1983 Pontiac Firebird wasn’t in a driveway, it was at the bottom of a lake.

The Cobb County Police Department, headquartered in Marietta, GA, writes about this...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 15, 2019 at 19:45. 4 comments

The Dodge Viper in its final form sits next to a Chevrolet Corvette C8 development car in the parkin

The Dodge Viper in its final form sits next to a Chevrolet Corvette C8 development car in the parkin

The Dodge Viper in its final form sits next to a Chevrolet Corvette C8 development car in the parking lot of the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan. The snake may seem primitive compared to the dual-clutch, mid-engine ’vette, but there’s something alluring about its simplicity. 

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 10, 2019.

Two Years and 180 Cars Later, Michigan Man Forced to Sell 20 Cars A Month Has Eight Days To Clear His Lot

Two Years and 180 Cars Later, Michigan Man Forced to Sell 20 Cars A Month Has Eight Days To Clear His Lot

Roughly two years ago, a Michigan township told retired Ford powertrain dyno-cell technician Ron Dauzet that his 218-car automobile collection did not comply with a local ordinance, and so the vehicles had to go . Since then, the now-76-year-old has scrapped or sold approximately 180 cars, but the township is still after him to finish the job. And time is quickly running out.

“They’re back on...

David Tracy David Tracy Aug 09, 2019. 13 comments

A Minnesota Farmer Spent His Life Collecting Cars And Now His Gigantic Fleet Is Up For Auction

A Minnesota Farmer Spent His Life Collecting Cars And Now His Gigantic Fleet Is Up For Auction

This weekend will be a wild time near the small town of Wheaton, Minnesota, because a roughly 200-car collection belonging to a farmer who passed away in December is headed for auction. And the fleet, filled with some true gems, will no doubt bring in droves of prospective buyers.

The farmer’s name was James Graham, and he was, according to WDAY ABC News out of Fargo North Dakota, a bachelor...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 07, 2019. 24 comments

Even Jay Leno Thinks Gasoline Cars' Days Are Numbered

Even Jay Leno Thinks Gasoline Cars' Days Are Numbered

If you don’t think electric cars will eventually take the place of gasoline cars, then you should consider driving a modern EV or looking more closely at the world’s climate problem. If you’ve already done those, and you’re still not convinced, maybe take it from Jay Leno—a man with a huge garage filled with mostly gasoline-powered automobiles. He too thinks EVs are the future.

While...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 07, 2019. 20 comments

Would You Spend $40,000 On This Mint 6,000 Mile 1984 Ford F-150 Or On A Brand New F-150?

Would You Spend $40,000 On This Mint 6,000 Mile 1984 Ford F-150 Or On A Brand New F-150?
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

Found for sale in Michigan is 1984 Ford F-150 with apparently under 6,000 miles on its odometer. It looks absolutely perfect, which is why the asking price is nearly $40,000. You can buy a new F-150 for that much, but which of the two would you rather own?

For sale at a dealership called Vanguard Motor Sales in Plymouth, Michigan is a bafflingly perfect, low...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 07, 2019. 16 comments

The Jeep Wrangler Weird Grille Fetish Has Spilled Over To The Jeep Renegade

The Jeep Wrangler Weird Grille Fetish Has Spilled Over To The Jeep Renegade
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

Especially since the last-generation “JK” model debuted in 2006, Jeep folks have been installing hideous aftermarket grilles onto their Wranglers to make them look “tougher.” Now that pandemic has spilled over to the Renegade, with Italian tuner “Militem” going all-out to make the tiny, front-drive-based compact crossover look macho. For some reason.

Earlier...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 05, 2019. 11 comments

I'm In A Mad Dash To Fix My Long-Dead Jeep J10 By Friday's Toledo Jeep Fest

I'm In A Mad Dash To Fix My Long-Dead Jeep J10 By Friday's Toledo Jeep Fest

By now it should be clear that I am, often, a fool . Since buying my Jeep J10 in 2015, I haven’t driven it more than 30 miles due to copious issues like bearing noise from the trans, a major exhaust leak, electrical gremlins, engine stalling issues, and much more. Why, then, did I promise the organizers of the Toledo Jeep Fest that they could feature the truck as part of an exhibit? Because...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 05, 2019. 19 comments

This 1973 Mohs Safarikar is among the strangest automobiles I’ve ever seen

This 1973 Mohs Safarikar is among the strangest automobiles I’ve ever seen

This 1973 Mohs Safarikar is among the strangest automobiles I’ve ever seen. Featured at the Concours of America in Plymouth, Michigan in late July, this aluminum-bodied beast’s panels are covered in vinyl, which has been stretched over the contours and held in place with stainless steel staples. The V8 brute, with its wacky doors that just jut out, came from the mind of Bruce Baldwin Mohs,...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 03, 2019. 23 comments

How I Rebuilt My Jeep Truck's Transmission In My Kitchen For Under $150

How I Rebuilt My Jeep Truck's Transmission In My Kitchen For Under $150

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has been getting lots of attention lately, but unfortunately, my own Jeep pickup—a 1985 Jeep J10 —has not. The descendant of the original Gladiator in my driveway has had a broken four-speed manual transmission for years now, but I recently got around to fixing it on my kitchen counter, and it was dirt cheap. Here’s how I did it.

After completing a nearly 4,000-mile...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 01, 2019. 21 comments

Here Are The Standard Features On The Sub-$60,000 2020 Corvette C8 Base Model

Here Are The Standard Features On The Sub-$60,000 2020 Corvette C8 Base Model

When we heard that the mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette would start at under $60,000, we were impressed . Especially since we were a bit concerned that the vehicle would cost over six figures. Now Chevy’s released its order guide showing the equipment that the sub-$60,000 car comes with. Let’s take a look.

No, if you were worried (or hopeful, depending upon your perspective) that the base...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 01, 2019. 10 comments

Meet the Hero Who Owns Two of the Biggest Auto Maintenance Nightmares of the Modern Era

Meet the Hero Who Owns Two of the Biggest Auto Maintenance Nightmares of the Modern Era

Expensive Volkswagens don’t exactly have great reputations for reliability, serviceability, or cost of maintenance, so when the company decided to build the ridiculously feature-laden luxury cars known as the VW Passat W8 and VW Touareg V10 TDI , they, in some ways, unleashed two maintenance time bombs upon the earth. And one British man owns both of them.

Have You Ever Owned A W8 Passat,...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jul 31, 2019. 13 comments

European Noise Regulations Are Forcing Sports Car Makers to Resort to More Fake Engine Sounds

European Noise Regulations Are Forcing Sports Car Makers to Resort to More Fake Engine Sounds

There are certain cars that you just expect to be loud. AMG Mercedes and 600 horsepower V8 Alpinas are among them, and yet, both Alpina and AMG now have no choice but to pipe fake exhaust sounds into their cabins

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David Tracy David Tracy Jul 30, 2019. 14 comments

Fiat Mechanic Passes Away and Now His Giant Collection Is Up for Sale

Fiat Mechanic Passes Away and Now His Giant Collection Is Up for Sale

Tom Dotter, a Denver-area shop owner who specialized in Fiats and Lancias, passed away in May, leaving behind a large field of tiny four-cylinder Italian convertibles, sedans, and wagons. Autoweek’s Murilee Martin brought to our attention this lot of roughly 75 cars that are now up for grabs in what is being called the Great Fiat Yard Sale of 2019. Check out these machines.

Dotter ran Aspen...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jul 29, 2019. 17 comments

Fiat Chrysler's New CEO Is Shaking Things Up

Fiat Chrysler's New CEO Is Shaking Things Up
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

Insight into Mike Manley’s Fiat Chrysler, India’s push for electric cars, the world auto market seems to be slowing, and more on The Morning Shift for Monday, July 29, 2019.

1st Gear: Mike Manley Doing Business

Ever since the untimely death of Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and the...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jul 27, 2019. 15 comments

Alleged Uber Driver's Steering Wheel Falls Off Mid-Ride and of Course It's an Old Land Rover

Alleged Uber Driver's Steering Wheel Falls Off Mid-Ride and of Course It's an Old Land Rover

A new video shows a woman struggling to re-install her Land Rover LR2's steering wheel during what the Twitter user who uploaded the clip claims was an Uber ride. “My Uber driver [steering] wheel came off” reads the caption for what is both a perplexing and intriguing video. We wanted to know more.

I don’t have a whole lot of information about this clip itself, other than the fact that the...

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