Does Your Car Have A Quirky Trait That Drives You Up The Wall?

An old friend of mine is a Toyota Master Technician and when we first met about ten years ago, he was making the transition to a run of the mill Toyota dealership after spending a few years in the service center of a very nice Lexus dealership. Something didn't seem right about that because in my eyes, working on an… » 11/10/14 9:18am 11/10/14 9:18am

Being The Butt Of Bad Driving Jokes Makes You An Asshole...

I know my title sounds a bit harsh, but I have given this subject quite a bit of thought over the past week and finding a more "appropriate" set of words to string together wouldn't get the point across. Yes, I believe that anyone who is the butt of jokes about bad driving automatically falls into the category of… » 11/03/14 9:18am 11/03/14 9:18am

Can You Really Daily Drive A Classic Car?

When I was fifteen, I began restoring my 1966 Ford Mustang which I drove daily from age sixteen to seventeen - in all of its dual exhaust, low-geared, four barrel carburetor, nine mile per gallon glory (I still have that car). At age twenty-two, I bought a 1979 MGB which was the most moody little thing I have ever… » 8/14/14 9:41am 8/14/14 9:41am

My First Full Week With A 52 Year Old Daily Driver...

A little over a week ago, I picked up my "new" car because I had a somewhat crazy idea. You see, over the years I have owned quite a few vehicles and eventually came to the conclusion that for someone like myself, owning a pre-emissions regulated car so old that the plastic to steel ratio is nearly negative makes the… » 6/23/14 10:01am 6/23/14 10:01am

My Daily Driver Is A Fifty-Two Year Old Mercury. Let Me Tell You Why...

About two weeks ago, my daily driver bit the dust. Shockingly, the 1997 Thunderbird I had been driving for a few years only had 95,000 miles on the clock when it went into a massive state of overheating, which, in turn, led to a massive welding of the Modular V8's innards in such an awesomely intertwined effort that… » 6/15/14 10:10am 6/15/14 10:10am

What Do People Expect Of You As An Automotive Enthusiast?

I like people and always try to give them the benefit of the doubt as a general rule in my life, but one of the most plaguing annoyances in my current career path has to do with the expectations others hold of my abilities to aid them. I wrote an article a while back about not being taken advantage of as a gear head,… » 4/07/14 10:17am 4/07/14 10:17am

What Tesla Motors Has Taught Me About Life...

I first heard about Elon Musk well over a decade ago when I was reading a random article about his company, Paypal, being sold to eBay for an insanely deserved amount of money. Back in those days, I was a teenager and wasn't thinking about much other than finishing high school and figuring out which colleges to send… » 3/17/14 9:17am 3/17/14 9:17am

The Required Etiquette For Admiring A Stranger's Car.

I am not one of those people who tries to live their life through the lens of a smartphone camera as so many others tend to do. Admittedly, I do take pictures of my carpentry projects for Instagram to share with that community, but I don't take selfies or pictures of my food. For the most part, I don't often take… » 3/10/14 9:03am 3/10/14 9:03am

Learning About Cars And Life Through An Old Man's Toolbox...

I am a "Millennial", just under the age of thirty. This is a title I have not quite embraced because of the negative connotations associated with the word, but it is something I have come to terms with accepting. A big part of the reason I take issue with being a Millennial is because I see people get completely… » 3/04/14 11:22am 3/04/14 11:22am

Shit Can In A Jar: My Car Modification Reversal

I love cars and I love working on cars, but I am very careful about my choices when it comes to making modifications to the cars I own. My reasoning behind this decision is pretty straightforward: I know that one day the car I am modifying will belong to someone else who more than likely will have a different… » 3/03/14 10:30am 3/03/14 10:30am

Important Steps To Avoid Idiocy When Selling Your Car

Many automotive enthusiasts are fairly well-versed in the art of online "For Sale" listings posted on anything from Craigslist, to eBay, or even the perpetual dinosaur that has become AutoTrader. As someone who has been driving for about twelve years, is a deeply-rooted enthusiast, and has owned a greater volume of… » 2/24/14 10:30am 2/24/14 10:30am

Is A Love Of Racing A Prerequisite For Loving Cars?

Sports of any type have a rather rocky history with me. When I was a kid, baseball was my favorite activity by far, but around the age of ten, I put away my cleats and left that hobby behind me. Years later, as a young adult, I worked in the golf industry for a little over five years and enjoyed playing the game,… » 2/17/14 10:07am 2/17/14 10:07am

How To (Effectively) Not Get The Short End Of The Gear Head Stick...

When people find out you're "handy" with cars, a perpetual flood gate tends to open the moment they are caught in the middle of some sort of mechanically motivated crisis. Actually, I have personally figured out that being a gear-head also somehow means you are well versed in the functioning structures of things such… » 2/13/14 10:15am 2/13/14 10:15am

Dating: Put Into Perspective By An Old British Roadster...

When I was twenty-three years old and in my first "stable" career I set out to buy my first luxury car. What happened to the car I was driving prior to that point can be read here in the somewhat infamous Explorer lawsuit article I put out about a month ago. » 2/06/14 11:03am 2/06/14 11:03am

How I Proved That Nearly Everyone Has A Gear-head Within Them...

Conversations about our own personal ideals can lead to some really interesting thought provocations. I've known this for quite some time, but while talking to a good friend of mine the other day, she learned something pretty shocking about me. My friend designs sewing patterns for a living, is a little older than… » 2/03/14 10:50am 2/03/14 10:50am