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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

The Joys Of Pre-Painting: Jamming New Quarters Onto A 1968 Road Runner

When it comes to the fans of Big Three automobiles, it’s a pretty well known fact that those of the Mopar persuasion are the most vicious. They’d eat their kids if it meant that the...

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Go Home And Drink: The Chrysler 300 SRT Is No Longer Available In Australia

The process is called “de-contenting” and it’s the fastest way to kill off a vehicle brand. Pull the models people like, reduce the model spread, and once you can justify the...

LeWhoa: Renault Is Bringing Back The Little 5 Hatchback As An EV City Car

At the rate electric vehicles are being debuted, normally the gut reaction is to roll eyes, mutter something derogatory under breath, and move on. The speculation that Chevrolet has hidden a Corvette...

Rough Start: 1977 Pontiac Bonneville – Last Call For Pontiac Power!

When GM put the full-size B-body platform on a diet, there was no singling out a brand that would be spared the crash diet. Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Chevrolet…all of the full-sizers lost a...

The Proper Way To Count Spokes: Crafting Borrani Wire Wheels

Find me a Ferrari made between the 1940s and the early 1970s that shouldn’t be wearing a set of these. I don’t care if it’s a 166MM or a 365 GTB/4 “Daytona”, they just...

Unhinged: If Chrysler Isn’t Dead By The End Of The Week, I’ll Be Stunned.

Two years ago, I thought we were going to see Chrysler go away. Admittedly, I was surprised it lasted this long. But with all signs pointing to the company disappearing soon, I felt that it was worth...

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Morning Symphony: Snowdrifting At Livigno, Italy

Far as we’re concerned, ski resorts are wasted on the skiers and snowboarders. With fresh snow everywhere in abundance, a good ski resort is simply a few good decisions away from being a wicked...

Classic YouTube: The 1988 Chicago Auto Show

1988 is the year that I figured out that I was a gearhead, and that it was a permanent fixation. I was learning about classic Mustangs and disco Camaros, was focused on the clean orange El Camino...

This Old Shop: The Process Behind Turning An Empty Building Into A Full-On Workplace!

Carpentry. Drywall. Plumbing. Carpet laying. Insulation. Ever since my enforced vacation from my junior year of high school, I’ve had my hands in the elements of construction whether I wanted...

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BangShift Question Of The Day: Who Thought Changing GM’s Badge Was A Good Idea?

Yes, it’s a rhetorical question, because the answer is known: GM’s own marketing team have made the decision to move to a new marketing plan called “Everybody In” and is meant...

The Beater Dream: Chasing Sports Cars On A Race Track In A Worn-Out Four-Door Nova

If there was a car I ever felt sorry for, it was the 1975 Olds Omega two-door that served as the family beater for years when we were kids. Well, that’s ONE of that car’s roles in life....

Money No Object: You Can Now Buy A Brand-New Escort Mk2, If You Have The Coin!

Most Americans, especially those who have distinct and clear memories of the 1980s and 1990s, understand what a Ford Escort is: cheap front-drive transportation that went from the mildly inspired...

Wee-Woo, Fun Police Are Here: A Toyota Yaris Ad Got Banned For Showing Speeding And Dangerous Driving

Three cylinders, 257 horsepower, all wheel drive and brakes from the new Supra…it might say “Yaris” on the body, but Toyota’s latest little psycho rally knockoff is exactly...

Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Inside The Revitalizing Chrysler Of 1992!

Dodge Dynastys on the assembly line, Lee Iacocca and Bob Lutz high in the offices. Revitalizing Chrysler in 1992? Oh, absolutely. No, seriously, stop laughing for a moment. Yes, this is the dawn of...