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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Morning Symphony: V8 Diesels…From Screaming Detroits To The Big Mack, Which One Sounds Best To You?

For nearly a decade, two engines that you will hear in this compilation pretty much ruled my world: the GM/Detroit 6.2-6.5L series that every single HMMWV used, and the two-stroke Detroit Diesels...

Breathe, Dammit: Fixing The GM 1.4L Turbo’s PCV Woes – Got A Cruze Or A Sonic? This Is For You!

This April, I finally caved and bought a fuel-mileage machine, a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco. 1.4L turbo, 148 horsepower, 40 MPG average with the air conditioning on, wherever I go. Oh, and the...

Morning Symphony: Chevrolet Opalas Letting Their Six Cylinders Wake The Neighbors

It’s not an Opel. It’s not a Holden. It’s a Chevrolet Opala…rather, an Opala coupe and an Opala Caravan SS station wagon. Made for Brazil, the Opala is a blend of GM: American...

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Unhinged: Hyundai RM-19 – Embrace The Wild Past Already And Reap The Rewards

To date, one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever written for BangShift was the review of the Kia Stinger GT. The summary of the deal: Kia built a car that could legitimately take on a 5.7L powered...

Money No Object: 1978 Chevrolet Caprice Classic – Cream Puff Knockout

You know that before a gearhead got their hands on this car, that it was a picture-perfect, showroom stock ride that someone lovingly maintained. This was someone’s grandmother’s car. She...

Back To Basics: The Ins And Outs Of The Four-Barrel Holley With Uncle Tony!

EFI this, EFI that. Whatever. A lot of stories involving hopping up an engine usually start with the early bolt-on mods: new pipes, new tuning, and of course, the four-barrel. And which four-barrel...

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BangShift Question Of The Day: Why Not Own An Old Semi Tractor?

From the moment that I first saw him walk around the nose of the green Freightliner, I could tell that through and through, my father had every ounce of “trucker” in his bones. Throughout...

Boost On Demand: How Does The Electric Turbo Work On The Dragstrip?

When we last saw the little gray Chevy Cobalt that is occupying the shop that Cleetus performs his magic in, they had finished installing a device known as a Torqamp. Effectively, it’s an...

Classic YouTube: The 1984 NASA/FAA Controlled Impact Demonstration Test Footage

Aviation safety has been paramount from the moment that the passenger was added to the manifest of a flying machine. Just a single human being at the controls? They took their lives into their own...

Classic YouTube: Emerson Fittipaldi at Interlagos in a Ford Maverick

Before it was renamed “Autódromo José Carlos Pace” in 1977 following the death of the Brazillian Formula One driver, it was known as “Interlagos” (“between the...

Money No Object: 1965 Dodge D100 – When The Truck Became More

In June 1965, Popular Science compared the Ford F-250, Chevrolet C-10 and Dodge D100 in a head-to-head battle (that you can read about on Curbside Classic) to see which truck would be better suited...

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BangShift Question Of The Day: Do You Have Any Great Wintertime Hoon Stories?

For someone who spent a lot of time growing up in the shadow of Pikes Peak, I am not a fan of snow. At all. Sure, nothing’s prettier than freshly-fallen snow clinging to the trees and...

Eff Your Prius: Tuning A C5 Corvette For 40 MPG Without Giving Up A Ton Of Power

Earlier this year, I made a vehicle purchase that up until this year, I had hoped to not do: I wound up buying a car for pure fuel economy and little else. And a little secret, readers: I wish I had...

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Best of 2019: What Is The Most Used And Abused Car Ever Made?

Let’s not play nice here: there are cars that seem to exist only to be used and abused in absolutely horrific fashions. Can’t think of one? I can name you a list. How about every 1970s...