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Category Archive: BangShift Question Of The Day??

BangShift Question Of The Day: Cold Weather Starting Procedure – Do You Remember Yours?

The last time I saw the 1977 Chevrolet Impala I used to own, it was early summer 1999. It was an interesting machine: basic two-door, 250ci inline six, basic black bench seat interior. Other than the...

Would You Rather, The Ute Edition: 1973 GMC Sprint SP 454 or 1979 Chevrolet El Camino Super Sport Four-Speed?

More often than not, the coupe utility body style gets derided as the four-wheeled equivalent of the mullet: business in front, party in the back, and unless it’s around friends and family, no...

BangShift Question Of The Day: Ever Eat Crow On Your Opinions Of A Certain Car?

I talked so much smack. They were “cute”. They were the cars for your little sister. They looked like the well-used bar of soap that I scrubbed my backside with. This was before I had...

BangShift Question Of The Day: EV Hot Rodding…Do You See It As The Future?

It wasn’t the biggest story of SEMA…that had to have gone to the Quintin Brothers’ Challenger theft/pursuit/recovery tale that led to a wicked, 1,000 horsepower Dodge with body...

Would You Try To Paint Your Own Car At Home? Or Is The Thought Just Too Scary?

To build a car or truck at home you have to possess certain skills. Which skills depends on the depth of your project, with some requiring nothing but the ability to remove and replace parts. But...

BangShift Question Of The Day: What’s The Newest “Quintessentially American” Car, In Your Eyes?

How many of you are old enough to remember the genuine anger that would be expressed if a foreign car showed up in the driveway? How many of you got an earful about how American cars were crap and...

Would You Rather: Slammed Caravan Or Lifted Aerostar?

Do minivans suck as badly as many claim? Nope. They’re handy beaters, useful shop rigs, impromptu campers, and of course, excellent people carriers. That was the whole point of the rolling...

BangShift Question Of The Day: Don’t You Miss When Drivers Had Actual Personalities?

The other night, while in the middle of the traditional dinner-and-YouTube scene that plays out at my house, I inadvertently introduced Haley to NASCAR Radioactive videos…you know, the radio...

BangShift Question Of The Day: What Is Your Dream Project Find This Week?

Forget poetry and prose. I’m covered in coolant and grease from doing a water pump on my wife’s truck. I drove the Imperial into town to get parts and I’m pretty sure that I...

BangShift Question Of The Day: Which Off-The-Shelf Military Truck Would You Make Your Daily?

In the military, “commercial off-the-shelf” procurement (in MIL-Acronym speak, “COTS”) programs are designed to take an existing product that just about anyone can pick up,...

Question of the Day: Given $5,000 and 10 Minutes to Spend It, What Speed Parts Would You Buy?

Let’s play a high speed, gearhead version of Brewster’s Millions, except this is BangShift Thousands. You’re walking down the street and a guy hands you $5,000, sticks a Summit...

BangShift’s Question Of The Day: Which Of These Two Cars Represents The 1970s More?

We’ve played the “car from the year you were born” game here. 1983 was a crap year for cars, unless you wanted a Jeep Scrambler or have a pang in your chest for a four-eye Fox-body...

You’ve Got $1500 To Buy One Of These Vehicles, And A $12,500 Budget To Make It Into The Ultimate Pre-Runner. Which Do You Choose?

I recently filmed a new web series featuring junkyard trucks being built into off-road monsters that have to compete in several off-road challenges in order to crown a winner. Some teams went in...

With High Horsepower Coming So Easily And Economically From Modern Gas Engines, Is There Really A Reason To Spend Jillions Building A High Horsepower Diesel?

I saw a video about a 1200 Horsepower Duramax combo the other day and how expensive it is to get to that power level with a diesel, and it blew me away. Sure they make insane torque at those levels,...