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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Unhinged: Beware Of The LS-Powered S%*tbox!

Where does the line end for the term “sleeper”? The sleeper is meant to be a hide-in-plain-sight kind of car, the sucker punch out of nowhere that catches the unwary dead, the one that...

Don’t Want To See The Oceano Dunes Closed To OHV Use? You Might Want To Act Now!

In case you were not aware of it, the California Coastal Commission has been actively going after off-highway vehicle use around the Pismo Dunes and the Oceano Dunes, both located northwest of Los...

BangShift Question Of The Day: If They Would Listen, What Would You Tell The Auto CEOs?

If someone showed up at your desk today, tapped you on the shoulder, and told you that you were officially the head honcho of Nissan, what would you do? If it were me, I’d jam my fingers into...

Godzilla Fits: Yes, Someone Has Already Started Cramming Ford’s New 7.3L V8 Into A Fox Body!

445 cubic inches, cam-in-block, 4.22 x 3.976 bore/stroke, iron block, and mains that are designed to hold up for grunt work in the Super Duty trucks. Ford’s “Godzilla” V8 might be...

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2020 Liwa Hillclimb at Moreeb Dune: The Sand Beckons The Brave

Going to the Middle East might not be on your bucket list, but for me, I’d go back for a few reasons. I actually kind of liked my time spent over there. I enjoyed the food, met some interesting...

Ruh-Roh: Meet The Rotary Burnout Microvan That Cleetus And Crew Built!

In the grand scheme of things, this might be one of the most unsafe things that Cleetus and his friends have ever done. Keep in mind that we are talking about the guy who’s claim to fame...

Livin’ The Dream: 1972 Ford LTD – Big, Brash And Beautiful

I blame you, BangShift. I don’t think that I would’ve given early 1970s full-size Ford products any more than a passing glance had it not been for you introducing me to a movie I never...

Random Car Review: 1984-88 Ford Sierra XR8

So, here’s a bit of a brain tease for you: It’s a four-door 1980s era Ford product, wearing wheels you might see on an all-wheel-drive Tempo, sporting a bit of the Aero look that Ford was...

Your Science Lesson For The Day: Seeing The Inner Workings Of A 9-Cylinder Radial Solenoid Engine

Ever since the advance of jet engines for aircraft, radial engines have declined to being something of a niche powerplant. Classic aircraft, certain stunt aircraft, and model airplanes are pretty...

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Wintertime Daydreaming: 1961 Chrysler 300G – Springtime’s Siren Song

Days like today are why I detest winter months. I wake up, I look outside and I see beautiful, clear skies, sun forever, birds attacking the feeders in flocks. It’s a reprieve from the wet, the...

Eating Dirt: Serious Mud-Romper Mangling Footage From All Over The Place!

“The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” That’s the quote, right? The big dude in the corner who usually gets by on sheer intimidation factor alone can get walloped by the...

Because GM Wouldn’t Do It: 1979 Pontiac Grand Am With A 455

If you look back at some of my musings of Pontiac in the late 1970s, you will often see me refer to a civil war kind of mentality within the GM division. On one hand you had those who were all about...

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Classic YouTube: LeMans 1966 And How Ken Miles Really Lost First Place

Between the Ford v Ferrari film and a general knowledge of the 1966 sweep at the 24 Hours of LeMans for Ford, you probably have a fair understand of what happened to Shelby American driver Ken Miles...

Restrained Yet Deeply Customized, The “Volkstream” VW Bus Is Handcrafted Beauty

This is one of those SEMA vehicles from last year that caught me up for a moment…mainly because I had spent nearly most of the week walking by it not noticing it. When I walked down the aisle...

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