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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Rough Start: A Two-For-One Deal – A 429-Powered 1972 Ford LTD And A Parts 1972 Country Squire!

The idea behind the Rough Start budget is to get the most for your dollar, right? Ok, then, we have located a deal for you Blue Oval types who can look past Mustangs and see potential in the big...

Outlaw Street Car Reunion V: The Start Of Saturday Morning

Saturday dawned, warmer than Friday, and every racer itching to get the job done. With Tyler Crossnoe’s decision to ax Sunday off of the schedule due to incoming weather, each run had to count...

Morning Symphony: 20,000 RPM From A Cosworth-Built F1 V8

Somewhere north of about 4,500 the 368ci mill in the Cadillac limo floats the valves. Most small-block Chryslers hate life above 6,000 RPM without serious work, and the most rev-happy V8 I’ve...

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Unhinged: Ford’s Almost Total Abandonment Of The Car Market

Let this be the first thing I’ve written that comes with a prefaced warning: the opinions put here are mine and mine alone and might not completely jive with the overall view of BangShift....

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Classic YouTube: “Fiero: A Car Is Born”…See How The Pontiac P-Car Became The Affordable Mid-Engine Machine!

You can knock the Pontiac Fiero for many things: the suspension that was ganked from the Citation and Chevette  that didn’t live up to it’s promises, that small issue of engine fires, or...

This Chromalusion-Painted 1978 Ford Mustang II Is Built Perfectly! 347 Stroker, Gears And Clean!

For over twenty years, when it comes to my selection in vehicles (you know, the weird and unloved models), I get the same argument: “why would you waste the time and money putting that thing...

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Outlaw Street Car Reunion V: Wrapping Up Time Trials On Friday Afternoon

The grind of Friday wore on at Beech Bend, but the weather couldn’t have been more cooperative. Cool temperatures and clear skies made for some very happy racers, who were probably looking at...

BangShift Question Of The Day: Would You Let Your Kids Watch A Fast And Furious Cartoon Series?

It was the morning ritual: wake up well before any of the adults were even remotely willing to get out of bed, pour a bowl of cereal, and make my way to the television set for Saturday morning...

Bring Your Geiger Counter: This 1965 Chevrolet Suburban 4×4 Has Patina That Shouldn’t Be Erased!

Eighty-three years, the Chevrolet Suburban nameplate has been in use. From it’s humble beginnings as a wagon body on a truck frame to the top-of-the-line Chevrolet SUV that’s sold today,...

Unhinged: Rekindling An Old Flame With A Six-Speed SRT Challenger

As you’ve seen recently, I’ve been lucky enough to make friends at some of the local dealerships. This allows me to get behind the wheel of some vehicles that ordinarily I’d never...

Painting On A Massive Scale: Watch This Timelapse Of An Emirates Boeing 777-200 As It Gets A New Coat!

A typical fully painted Boeing 777 similar to this Emirates 777-200 wears almost a quarter-ton of paint on it’s skin, with a maximum thickness of about 0.005″ across the board....

Outlaw Street Car Reunion V: More From The Friday From Hell Time Trial Sessions!

Outlaw Street Car Reunion V was the first time that I actively watched as Tyler Crossnoe ran an event. Prior to this, I’ve seen the dude work the track surface up into racer’s paradise at...

Rough Start: This 1974 Ford Torino Needs To Be Turned Into A Hooper Clone!

For 1974, the final body of the Torino, the one best known for being the Starsky and Hutch car, appeared. Gone was the body-hugging rear bumper and in it’s place was the massive rear chromed...

BangShift Question Of The Day: What Old Nameplate Should Be Slapped Onto A New SUV?

Apparently, the way to jump-start vehicle sales at Mitsubishi is to take a storied name from the past and slap it onto a new crossover. The first shot was fired with the Eclipse Cross…the...