.

the car junkie daily magazine.

.

Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Green Giant: 1972 Plymouth Fury Gran Coupe – Everybody Pile In!

Fun story: up until I came into the picture, my mother’s daily driver was a Plymouth Fury in about this same shade of green, with a worked-0ver 440 and mag wheels. It was only after this little...

MORE: eBay Find

Keep Looking Up: On The Bumper At The 2019 Byron Wheelstand Contest

Some things are just universally awesome. A desert truck flying over the desert floor at speed is awesome. A drifter nailing the perfect run while making it look easy is wicked. And the wheelstand is...

BangShift Question Of The Day: Don’t You Miss When Drivers Had Actual Personalities?

The other night, while in the middle of the traditional dinner-and-YouTube scene that plays out at my house, I inadvertently introduced Haley to NASCAR Radioactive videos…you know, the radio...

BangShift Question Of The Day: What Is Your Dream Project Find This Week?

Forget poetry and prose. I’m covered in coolant and grease from doing a water pump on my wife’s truck. I drove the Imperial into town to get parts and I’m pretty sure that I...

New Engine Break-In: The Lazarus Mustang Gets A New Heart Before Power Tour!

One of the highlights from 2019 for me was meeting the YouTubers that we highlight here in person when Power Tour 2019 swung through Sparta, Kentucky. Kevin, Luke, Derek, Stefan and Rich, and Mike...

MORE: Videos

Rough Start: 1994 Ford Mustang – Just Slip-Sliding Away!

Another day, another hypothetical $5,000 to spend on a car that is going to be more than a boring MPG machine. In fact, let’s throw “boring” out of the window altogether. You want...

Ready For Summernats? Cleetus’s Big-Boy Camaro Gets Final Dyno Runs, Including Methanol!

While chatting with the dude at Holley’s Intergalactic Ford Fest, you could tell that Cleetus McFarland’s head was elsewhere quite often. Mainly, it was rooted directly to a black Chevy...

MORE: ENGINES, Videos

Unhinged: More Mopar Musings And A Monaco With A Three On The Tree

I’ve absolutely relished my weird side here ever since Brian and Chad decided that I would make a great addition to BangShift. Pushing six years in, that hasn’t changed too much. What has...

NDRL Fall Classic 2019 Gallery: Shaking The Leaves Off Of The Trees

Sunny, cool, and racing the likes of which we go nuts for…what could have been better? The NDRL Fall Classic brought out the cool iron in numerous classes, including Pro Comp, Pro Gas,...

Nine Years And Counting: The Mud Pit In Moses Lake That Won’t Be Defeated

Let’s say, just for a moment, that you were in charge of a bounty hole mud pit that, if successfully navigated, would earn the driver coin. Would you put any rules down? Maybe one that says you...

NDRL Fall Classic 2019 Gallery: Winding The Season Down Properly

If Friday’s qualifying runs of the NDRL had been set in the perfect early Fall scene of gloomy, gray and with the threat of rain, then Saturday was the ideal Fall day: warm enough to be nice,...

The Little Black Coupe: 1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe

Earlier this evening, at the behest of Kevin from Junkyard Digs, I sat down and watched the Disney short, “Susie the Little Blue Coupe”, for the first time ever. You can look the video up...

The Cracker Box: Enjoying A Bone-Stock Six-Cylinder Ford Fairmont

We had one just like this. Those same finned hubcaps that were on my mother’s 1982 Ford Mustang GL. Same ruler-friendly lines, same basic-AF interior layout with the same basic interior...

MORE: Videos

BangShift Question Of The Day: Which Off-The-Shelf Military Truck Would You Make Your Daily?

In the military, “commercial off-the-shelf” procurement (in MIL-Acronym speak, “COTS”) programs are designed to take an existing product that just about anyone can pick up,...