Category Archive: BangShift XL, XL Truck Feature

Gearhead Americana: Men, Women, Mechanics, Machines of Speed, and Machines of War

(All photos from Library of Congress Digital Archive) – So my romp through the seemingly endless photo archive at the Library of Congress website continues. This week I decided to hone in on...

The Crosley Farm O Road May Have Been Small Enough To Laugh At But The Tiny Truck/Tractor Was No Joke (w/Video)

We’ve told you the sad story of the Minneapolis-Moline UDLX which was one of the neatest tractors of all time but it was also one of the biggest failures of its era. Today we’re looking...

Roadside Find: This Classic B-Model Mack Wrecker Is Yankee Ingenuity At Its Finest

(By Greg Rourke) – Our recent road trip took us to New England, with Maine being our destination. The land of lobsters and Moxie, a soft drink I don’t understand the appeal of. It was...

45 Hours, Coast to Coast, In A Custom Dodge Van? This Is The Four Ball Rally

(Words and Photos by Jim Smoot) Boston, Massachusetts – June 2, 1984… In the early morning hours, in the pouring rain, more than a million dollars worth of exotic automotive machinery &...

The Turbo Titan III and Ford’s Big Red – 1960s Turbine Big Rig Brothers From Another Mother

(Editor’s note: There was some discussion on a FB group about these trucks the other day so I thought we should let people know that there was some wild development work being done by OEMs in...

Truck Feature: Dodd Bros. Wrecker Service 1941 Chevrolet Lives A New Life INSIDE A Children’s Hospital

(Words and photos by Tommy Lee Byrd) – Vintage tow trucks register pretty high on cool factor, and while the first impression of this colorful wrecker might have you scratching your head,...

Why Are Mark Williams Axles And Housings The Best In Drag Racing? They’ll Tell Ya Right Here

Mark Williams Enterprises has been a massive force in the world of drag racing chassis, drivelines, and innovation for decades now. Mark himself was one hell of a racer, competing in top fuel and...

Read The Actual Dwight Eisenhower Report From The 1919 Cross Country Expedition

Last week we told you the story of the pretty amazing cross country mission that Dwight Eisenhower and a large group of US Army soldiers took across the United States in 1919. It was a way to...

Old Land Cruisers Rule, And This Guy Is Making Sure You Can Still Buy Them, Without Breaking The Bank

The Toyota Land Cruiser is an automotive icon. Whether you are talking about an FJ40, their bigger brother the FJ45, or the FJ55, they are all cool, capable, and fun. When the FJ60 came out in 1980...

BangShift Test Drive: 2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman Hemi – The Best Option For A Late-Model Build Or A Stripped Penalty Box?

I know what you are thinking and I’ll spare you asking it yourself: why in the hell would I bother testing a two-year-old stripper work truck? Well, it comes down to a couple of facts that are...

VanGo, This Bitchin 1963 Ford Econoline Van, Was A Hit At The Hoonigan Shop

If you are a SoCal local then you know VanGo. This is one bitchin ride and one that grabs people’s attention wherever it goes. I remember the first time I saw this thing, and was as amazed by...

GM Built The World’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Vehicle In 1966 And We Found Video Of It – Sweet Van!

This unassuming GMC Handivan is actually one of the great feats of automotive engineering in the history of the disciple. Known as the “Electrovan” this was the first vehicle that ever...

Coolest Race Car Transporter Ever? The Restored Ecurie Ecosse Bus Hauler Is Absolutely Amazing

There are race car haulers and then there are RACE CAR HAULERS. This historic piece of iron from Europe is one of the coolest ever made and the video below not only profiles the rig itself but the...

A Diesel Stroker That Isn’t A Cummins: Innovative Thinking And Machine Work Make This 383cid Power Stroker Fly

Normally when we talk about stroked diesel engines around here, we’re talking about Cummins inline six power plants. There are multiple options out there on the market for stretching the...