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Category Archive: Craigslist Find

Rough Start: This 1977 Lincoln Mark VII Has “Battlecruiser” Written All Over It!

Ford knew how to make a big car in the 1970s. They weren’t concerned in the least with GM’s shrinking of the Caprice and Impala, and Chrysler probably barely registered on their radar,...

Rough Start: Think About Winter When Looking At This 1984 AMC Eagle Sedan

Late July…the heat is on, the grass is tall, the sunburn cream is always a welcome sight, and everybody is complaining about how hot it is, how many bugs there are, and how sweaty they are...

Rough Start: 1986 Ford LTD Crown Victoria Pre-Runner – Go Do Something Fun!

I’ve driven expensive cars, I’ve driven new cars, I’ve driven some pretty speedy cars. But the best cars I’ve driven tended to be low-buck, broke-ass rides that earned their...

The Ultimate Rig For Easter Jeep Safari: An Aussie-Market Jeep CJ-10!

The more I deal with Jeep owners, the stranger I tend to find them. They’re as fiercely independent as most of the manufacturers that have owned the name at some point in the history of the...

Rough Start: 1994 Pontiac Firebird Formula V8 – All Thrills, Enough Frills

I came very close to buying a Firebird Formula just like this car in late 2002. It was the first fourth-gen F-body I had driven and compared to my last two cars (1978 Chrysler LeBaron, 1999 Chevrolet...

Rough Start: 1969 Baja Bug, Complete With That Stinger Exhaust Pipe!

It was the first car I knew my grandfather Ken absolutely and utterly hated. Bright red, shiny wagon wheel mags, and that exhaust pipe sticking straight up like a middle finger to the whole...

Rough Start: 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna 454 – Do What Scares Others.

It’s hot rod black. It’s got the required 7.4 liters of thumping big-block Chevrolet under the hood. It’s got the rally gauges with the tachometer, as they all should have come....

Rough Start: 1976 Oldsmobile Omega – Mostly Camaro, Kind Of Nova, Plenty Of Potential!

It’s small wonder that I like Olds Omegas…I grew up in one. We had the 1975 with the bent-nose, a Chevy straight-six, and the cool floor-shift automatic. My brother and I rode in the...

Go Hunting: This 1981 Mercury Cougar Keeps The Sleeper Vibe Going!

A quick question for you, readers: which was worse, the Ford LTD II-based Cougar or the square-Fox version that was built from 1980-82? If you are asking me, I’m going to go with the Fox...

Rough Start: Give The Neighborhood Something To Worry About With This Lifted Dodge Diplomat!

I might be completely and utterly out of love with the platform at the moment, but the Chrysler F-M-J platform series is pretty much intertwined into my history. Ever since I bought my first one in...

This 1978 Bubble Deck Eliminator Jet Boat Is Summer Fun With Big Ford Power

I’ve always wanted to own a jet boat. After all, the jet and v-drive boats are THE hot rods of the water. Big blocks, headers, cool paint, they are street machines that put up big rooster tails...

This 1976 Malibu Is An SS Tribute With A 4-Speed And All. Because A Stick Shift Makes Everything Better.

The 1973-1977 Chevelle/Malibu lineup has never been the most popular among performance enthusiasts. Stock they made no power and were such a departure in styling that they just never have gotten the...

Rough Start: Two Challengers For Half Of What You’d Normally Pay For A Rough One!

For this round of the Rough Start cheap-car project hunt, I’m suspending one rule: the cars that you will be purchasing for $5,000…yes, the entire budget…will not run and drive....

This 1971 Chrysler Newport Is A Giant Family Sedan From Days Gone By

In the 1970s the Big Three made design changes to their family sedan lineups that put the BIG in big cars. These cars were available with both big and small American V8s and became the cruisers of...