Monthly Archives: September 2010

Killing the Ranger: Behind the Bullshit

Here’s the official word from AutoBlog.com this morning on Ford’s decision to kill off the Ranger in the United States. Let me warn you, if you ever enjoyed the compact pickup market, prepare to be enraged: US-Spec Ranger to End … Continue reading

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Kraigslist Katastrophes

I’m an editor, so I’m hyper-attenuated to spelling and grammar errors. I also suffer from an debilitation affliction known as AADD (Automotive Attention Deficit Disorder), which forces me to read Craigslist ads every single morning before I can get any … Continue reading

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Corrosion Recalls: Rust Never Sleeps

I just saw a news item regarding NHTSA’s probe regarding corroding fuel tank straps in Ford F-150s. Apparently, out of the 300 gagillion F-150s the manufacturer built between 1996 and 2001, 28 of them had fuel tank straps that rusted … Continue reading

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When the Smothers Brothers raced from Massachusetts

Born in 1968, I was way too young to be an original viewer of the Smothers Brothers variety show, but for some reason, Tom and Dick Smothers always fascinated me. Maybe it was because my mom and dad were fans, … Continue reading

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What’s the blue book value on Kelley Blue Book?

The Financial Times has reported that the venerable purveyor of automotive values, Kelley Blue Book, is up for sale. According to the article posted September 1, 2010, the family-owned publication has retained the services of JP Morgan to assist in … Continue reading

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Is it the new Bluesmobile or what?

I have always had a soft spot for police cars. When I was growing up, a guy who lived across the street from me picked up a Dodge St. Regis detective’s car, all black. This was from the period when … Continue reading

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Blind Leading the Blind Spot II: The Sequel

So I guess I’m obsessed by this whole visibility thing. But check this out: Here’s the cover of a brochure from the 1965 Mustang Fastback. See the perfectly coiffed young lady in the passenger side? Note that you can see … Continue reading

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