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Category Archive: Unhinged

Unhinged: Ignoring The Show Crowds And Just Driving Something Cool

Is it me, or has everyone in the car hobby become more venomous over the last few years? What happened to building something for yourself while simultaneously telling naysayers what they can do and...

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Unhinged: When The Nannies Won’t Let You Have Any More Fun, Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

You can refer to me as a dinosaur, a Luddite, or whatever else you wish to refer to me as, but from where I stand, anything that involves technology to save a human from the vehicle they are driving...

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Unhinged: Bringing Hummer Back As An Electric Vehicle Brand?

During GM’s major rework following the financial hellscape that was 2008, the government got to direct some moves that have left many in the auto world shaking their heads. In short terms,...

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Unhinged: The Unpleasant Bits Of The American Roadtrip

I love being out on the open road. Whether I’m just rolling through the miles lazily or I need to haul ass across several states for a purpose, if I’m behind the wheel and moving along,...

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Unhinged: The Thirty-Cent Clip And A Lesson In Humility

So, if you weren’t aware, last month I purchased a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco with a six-speed that is being pressed in as a pure MPG car. Honest truth: I love this little thing. It’s just...

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Unhinged: Learning And Re-Learning The Fine Art Of Manual Transmission Operations

My first lesson on working a do-it-yourself transmission is still clear in my mind: I’m on a Honda Trail 70 that was painted Ford engine blue. I’m in an open-faced helmet, wearing a thick...

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Unhinged: We Need More Airboat Racing Around Here! …right?

Oh, Mother Nature…you are a solid pain in my butt this week. Where to begin? My yard has the consistency of chocolate pudding because everything is saturated. I was supposed to be livestreaming...

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Unhinged: The Lemons Rally Retreat From Moscow And The Beauty Of The Beater

How, exactly, do you explain the automotive sickness to someone who simply doesn’t understand what everything is about? Can you properly explain it? As far as I can tell, you can’t....

Unhinged: The 288 GTO, The Only Ferrari I Would Ever Own

My memories of grade school are fairly blurred…thank a career in the Army that included explosions, chemicals and “heroic” levels of drinking, plus other issues that come with time....

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Unhinged: Motorpool Daydreams Brought To Life

During my military days, I was often tagged as a go-to know-it-all for any work that needed to get done in the motorpool. Apparently, the thought process of my immediate supervisors and fellow...

Unhinged: The Thrown Wrench Garage Is Open For Business!

Spring has come to BangShift Mid-West. The trees have buds on them, the early flowers have started to bloom all over the place, the roses in the backyard are starting to leaf out and for the love of...

Unhinged: This 1977 Chevrolet Camaro Is Giving Me Bad, Bad Ideas

One of the biggest misconceptions I deal with when it comes to readers, friends, and the like is that I’m all-Mopar. Yeah, I’ve owned a pretty sizable roster of Chrysler products so far...

Unhinged: A Toast To The Chevrolet Volt And It’s Untimely Passing

The Chevrolet Volt isn’t, on the surface, a BangShift-worthy car. At the best, it is a hybrid option that we don’t automatically and outright hate. In fact, in a strange way I actually...

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Unhinged: Now The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Is Saying That They Don’t Trust You To Hit The Brakes

How important are you behind the wheel? As the human being in control of the two-ton mass of metal, plastic, glass and gas, how in control do you feel? How in control should you be? Should you be in...

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