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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Morning Symphony: Banging Gears In A V8 Mack R-Series In New Zealand!

There isn’t much more that we can think of that would torment a driver quite like having to row through an Eaton Roadranger gearbox while trying to hustle the rig it’s working in around...

Turbocharged Barra FTW! This Little Ford Cortina Gets Moving With Six Buzzing!

I’m still working on the culture shock I experienced when it comes to a turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine that can run. For an engine design that I’ve always figured was the...

Money No Object: This Sweet 1977 Chevrolet Monza Is The Most Wild Do-It-All Car We’ve Ever Seen!

We aren’t sold on this 1977 Chevrolet Monza because it was a magazine feature car (Super Chevy, May 2015) or because it’s eye-searing orange paint, a Lamborghini color, can be spotted by...

Project Great Pumpkin Mustang: Slow Progress Is Still Progress!

The 1980 Ford Mustang Ghia that is BangShift’s in-house Fox Body project has been progressing. Admittedly, much slower than we were anticipating work to move, but we aren’t a reality...

This 1977 Pontiac LeMans Was Supposed To Be A Figure 8 Car, But Was Spared – How Would You Finish It?

When I see things listings that say, “Figure-8” car, I automatically figure that within months, the car will be a dead carcass on a rollback headed to the crusher. Amateur racing is...

Check It Out: A 1978 Dodge Monaco That Wasn’t Crashed Or Turned Into A Fake Cop Car!

Has anybody ever bothered to count just how many 1975-78 Mopar B-body sedans were killed off in movies and on television? Lots of people know how many General Lee Chargers were launched into the...

Can’t Drive 55? Go To Nevada, Where They Just Approved An 80 MPH Speed Limit!

If you’ve driven anywhere in Nevada that isn’t around Las Vegas or Reno, you know first-hand just how desolate that state can truly be. There are some empty stretches of Interstate that...

Halfway To China: This Is How To Get A Tractor Stuck!

If you’ve gone off roading and haven’t gotten stuck in mud, then you aren’t living. There’s nothing quite like seeing a set of tires hidden under thick slop, and having to dig...

Classic YouTube: Can A Fox-Body Mustang Survive A Tough-Truck Course?

Where do you draw the line between rally racing and just simply beating the hell out of a car in the dirt for the hell of it? Tough Truck racing. That’s right, Tough Truck ain’t just for...

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Classic YouTube: A 1970s Pro Stock Matchup Between Bunny Burnett’s Pinto vs. Jungle George’s Arrow

Towards the mid and late 1970s, Pro Stock cars morphed. What had been filled with cars like Camaros and Mustangs were now filled with small cars. Pintos, Vegas, Mavericks, Monzas, Darts, Mustang IIs...

Unhinged: Ok, Survivors Of The 1970s, Let’s Have A Talk About Vanning…

At the time of writing this, I’m more or less thirty-four. That means that I was born in 1983, which means that I was lucky enough to miss the custom van craze. By the time I was a kid who was...

Unknown Parts Counter Guy: Playing “Good Idea, Bad Idea” With Customer Requests

For every day at the computer that you strive to be your absolute, most helpful and friendly self, there are days where your brain is on a vacation to Aruba while your body would rather be anywhere...

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Money No Object: We’d Use This 1965 Mercury Comet To Run Errands With…Just To Freak People Out!

The further you step out of the normal, the more uncomfortable society, on the whole, becomes about your presence. For example: the other day I had to run a few cars down to get fueled up while we...

Morning Symphony: A Chrysler Valiant Charger E48 Unleashed At Targa Tasmania

It’s been a strange week around BangShift Mid-West, with a strong focus on six-cylinder vehicles that didn’t come from the U.S.A. I’m not complaining at all about it,...