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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Stellantis’s EV Day: Life At Chrysler, Plug-In Jeeps, An EV Ram, And What The Hell Is That Dodge?!

There was a whisper of something coming from Stellantis regarding EV cars a couple of days ago. But there was no way that anybody was prepared for the full-on battery of news that the company...

Skill Level 3: Reviving A Dodge Ramcharger That’s In Pieces

While Hot Wheels gets the credit for introducing many a budding gearhead to the world of cars, some credit must be shared with the plastic model kit. While not nearly as prevalent today as they used...

Sasquatch Alert: This 2008 Chevy Silverado “Yeti” Is, No Mistake, Heavy Duty

During my Army career, I was responsible for the vehicles more often than not due to my gearhead nature and the ability to do paperwork on them that would shut up the motor pool know-it-alls that...

A Snapshot In Time: Angus MacPhail’s Wild Three-Wheeled Ford-Powered Experimental And Jade Warrior

Everything in life starts out as an experiment. When you were crawling and saw the spring doorstop, you wanted to see what would happen if you played with it. After several minutes of springy noises...

The Charger: Paint Repair And More Instrument Cluster Investigation

The Charger Chapters: Part 1: Introduction Part 2: The Problem Areas The nice, pleasantly warm and relatively dry early summer of Kentucky has given way to the hot, humid, and hellish season that...

Old Gray Mare, Part 3: Giving The Mustang II Some Attitude Back

Mustang fans wish the history was never there. Ford themselves do their best to skirt any mention of it. Your typical hot-rodder will gag at the thought. But the 1975-78 Ford Mustang II has hope. You...

Unhinged: Christine Returns…But Will The Remake Be Worth A Second Round With The Possessed Plymouth?

Last week, the announcement was made: “Christine”, the horror-tinged tome from Stephen King that tells a tale of a boy, a car, and a lot of murders that involve tire tracks along the way...

MORE: Unhinged

The Charger – Honeymoon’s Over, Let’s Check Out The Bad Parts Of Our Late B-Body

Did you miss the introduction to the Charger? You can read about it here! Now that the odometer is reading about a thousand miles more than the day I brought it home, it’s high time I started...

Never Meet Your Heroes: Waking Up A Super-Rusty Buick Grand National

I’m always pleasantly surprised when I run into a Buick Grand National, T-Type or Turbo T that has seen legitimate road time and has some scars to prove it. The way the Internet would make...

MORE: TECH, Videos

Rough Start: 1975 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S-3

When Haley and I pulled up to the house where I would meet the Charger, I found myself immediately in a predicament: parked next to the big red Mopar was a blue Chevelle Laguna, just as nice. OOOF....

Old Gray Mare, Part Two: The Rattiest Musclecar Hits The Highway

If there ever was a face for an underdog, man, does this Mustang II Cobra have it. Covered in lichen, mold, rust, and the thick layer of hatred for the Blue Oval’s effort to keep the Mustang...

Has A Kick To It, Doesn’t It? Hoonigan’s Donk Is A Monster

BangShift has always been about everything that has an engine. Brian’s tractor fetish, McTaggart’s love of malaise sleds, Chad’s drag racing  habits, off-roading, aviation,...

Eat This, Nader: Waking Up A Dusty Corvair And Bringing It Out Into The Light

The Corvair, one of the precious few times a GM product did not truly deserve the skewering that it got in the press. The story is familiar enough to most, so here’s the short take: GM builds a...

MORE: ENGINES, Videos

Unhinged: The Final Project Car? I Believe I Have Found It

You have to hand it to my wife, Haley. She not only knew what she was signing up for when she decided that I was worth marrying, but she was on board fully. She knew I flocked to beaters. She still...