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Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast
80 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Episode 50 – The Broncos are coming
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/thebeerreport/TW50-1_Final.mp3 Welcome to another installment of the automotive podcast that can make the most of 60 minutes (and then some). We’re trying to keep the next few episodes a little shorter because we know everyone is busy and only has so much time to devote to ‘infotainment’ on any given day. We also know that there aren’t too many programs out there that offer a blend of automotive insight, industry news, and humor… so we’re trying to juggle it all in style. If you like what you hear, let us know. If we can dial it in a little more, let us know that, too. Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the soapbox. You won’t offend us either way! Maybe Daryl, but he’ll get over it. Please Visit Our Sponsors Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office Arena Esports Our Patreon Supporters Projects | Personal News | Purchases Eric To hear some hilarious, unscripted chatter before each episode, be sure to become a Patreon sponsor to unlock the Throwin’ Wrenches Preshow. Eric’s lovely wife tipped him off about a 1997 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 sitting on the side of the road a few miles from the family homestead. She also gave her blessing to bring it home. Eric made a deal and got it for a decent price and it now resides in the barn with dreams of being a farm truck for the remainder of its days. (Or will it be the ultimate stripped-down trail rig in a few years?) We also catch up with Eric’s recent trip to the Great Smokey Mountain Trail Ride in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. Treehugger, the Toyota 4Runner handled the rugged trails of Wind Rock Park just fine. There were a lot of other unique trail rigs on display. Watch the video below for more highlights from this year’s event. That’s not all! We also get a recap of some of the Central Illinois Region SCCA autocross action with the Fort’s Racing team. Here’s a hint: It was a great weekend out at the Mossville Tech Center. Check out the video below for more details. Daryl Check out a quick video of Daryl’s latest project, a 1947 Chevrolet Fleetline Sportmaster Sedan. After losing an axle c-clips on his ’47 Chevy Fleetline, he’s been having tons of fun trying to locate a suitable replacement. Who knew they were so hard to find for the older Chevies with the torque tube style rear end? Oh, he’s also waiting on a re-cored radiator for his ’55 Plymouth and performing an entire cooling system refresh while everything’s all apart. Someday he may actually DRIVE his old cars instead of work on them. That’s what he gets for letting them sit most of 2020. Headlines International News VW Turns to 3D Printing at Wolfsburg Plant Source: WardsAuto Volkswagen turns to an adhesive-based 3D printing process in a bid to manufacture hundreds of thousands of vehicle parts annually at one of its plants. The new process, called binder jetting, is being used to create components at the automaker’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. Conventional 3D printing uses a laser to build a component layer by layer from metallic powder, while binder jetting uses an adhesive. The resulting metallic component is then heated and shaped. The new process reduces costs and increases productivity because components can weigh only half as much as conventional parts made from sheet steel. VW currently is the only automaker using this 3D printing technology in the production process. Carsick in an autonomous EV? It’s a thing Source: Adapt Automotive Learn everything you wanted to know about the laws of physics, motion sickness, and why barf bags should be standard equipment on the autonomous cars and trucks of tomorrow. Rubber Apocolypse Means for the U.S. Economy Source: CNBC The global economy now faces a rubber shortage because of multiple supply chain disruptions. “We could be on the cusp of a rubber apocalypse,” Ohio State University professor Katrina Cornish told CNBC. Rubber producers are working against all odds: climate change, disease and the fight for shipping containers. The global rubber market was valued at nearly $40 billion in 2020, but one analysis predicts the natural rubber market could be worth nearly $68.5 billion by 2026. National News Bill Burkes and his Rovers In this next segment, we’ll discuss the debut of the Ford Bronco, and why famed Camel Trophy legend and off-road racer Bill Burkes has been running with the Ford Bronco and the Rivian crowds over the past few weeks. Why does his seal of approval matter in the race to get new 4×4 trucks and SUVs in the hands of the American consumer? Maybe a history of being a competition driver in some of the toughest conditions of Africa is the kind of credibility these manufactures are looking for when you start a war with Jeep. For more on Bill Burkes: Bill Burkes on Facebook Bill Burkes 4 Wheeling America Here are a few other Bronco news stories we’re highlighting in this episode: The Ford Bronco is finally here and Jeep should be worried Source: CNN Business The Jeep Wrangler has cornered a very nice slice of the auto market for a long time. But that appears to be over now that the new full-size Ford Bronco has arrived. Based on test drives on road and off, Jeep should be worried. We’re not talking about the Bronco Sport, which you may have already seen driving around. That model is smaller, and somewhat related to the Ford Escape and the new Ford Maverick small pickup. This new Bronco is bigger and taller and it’s made to take on far more serious off-road terrain. It’s somewhat related to the Ford Ranger truck. So while the small Bronco Sport can drive off-road, the Bronco can drive places where “road” shouldn’t even really be part of the word. The Bronco has just gone into production in Michigan. Prices start at about $28,500, a little higher than the Bronco Sport. Prices for nicer, better-equipped versions start at more than $40,000, though. 2021 Ford Bronco First Drive Review: The Long-Awaited 4×4 SUV Is Absolutely the Real Deal Source: MotorTrend Look out, Jeep Wrangler: The new Bronco is coming for you, and it’s armed to the teeth. The 2021 Ford Bronco is easily one of the most anticipated vehicles of our fledgling decade, and we won’t keep you in suspense: Our initial impression after driving the new two- and four-door Bronco is that it absolutely lives up to the hype. Driven on-road or off, viewed as a getaway/adventure vehicle, a family truckster, or as a piece of retro automotive art, the Bronco feels like a winner. Indeed, Jeep’s longtime off-road champ, the Wrangler, now has some serious 4×4 SUV competition, as does our 2021 MotorTrend SUV of the Year, Land Rover’s epic Defender. Ford Bronco Sold Out for Years, Orders Pour in for F-150 Lightning and Maverick Source: MotorTrend All these reservations for Ford’s hottest new products will take a while to fill. Ford is having a good inning. It is hitting it out of the park with interest in four new vehicles: The 2021 Ford Bronco SUV, which is finally in production; the electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning fullsize pickup truck; the smaller 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid pickup truck; and the electric 2022 Ford E-Transit commercial van. Reservations are strong, Ford CEO Jim Farley said during the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference. Filling them all will take some time. A shortage of semiconductor chips means inventory is not expected to return to normal levels until 2022. Moment of Musk It seems it’s only a matter of time before Tesla releases a new, cheaper, entry-level car. Source: Inside EVs Tesla has many upcoming vehicles in the pipeline, but it hasn’t really made much progress on bringing them to market. We’re talking about the popular Tesla Cybertruck, next-gen Roadster, and Tesla Semi. However, there has also been talk about a smaller, cheaper Tesla car, perhaps a compact hatchback that starts at $25,000. Tesla is already receiving record orders, it’s reportedly sold out in many areas for many months, and it can’t possibly produce enough vehicles to satisfy demand. Clearly, bringing more vehicles to market at this time would just make the situation even more difficult. Nonetheless, CEO Elon Musk has made it clear he thinks a future Tesla compact car good idea. In fact, the company has already gone so far as to try to recruit folks in China to design the car. More specifically, the car will be designed and produced in China, but sold across the globe. Cars of the Weak Eric 2020 Daihatsu HiJet (Made by Toyota) – $20,000 Source: US Mini Truck Sales While there are few, if any $2,000 cars left to sift through in the local classifieds these days, I have decided that the need for a small utility pickup is strong. That’s why I need to find something similar to the Tacoma I just purchased to collect sticks around the house. Only this thing has a killer lift kit and decent rims. Why aren’t there more of these cool Japanese work trucks here in the U.S.? Daryl 1990 Oldsmobile Toronado $3,500 Source: Facebook Marketplace This rare FWD Oldsmobile personal luxury coupe was ordered new by a GM executive in Ohio and managed to survive in excellent original condition for 31 years here in the Midwest. Finished in white exterior paint with a burgundy velour cloth interior, it also has an unusual front bench seat, yet came with a digital dash and full electronic display options. The seller says it runs great, and most everything works. This is a bargain for anyone wanting a peak FWD GM car with all the trimmings. As always, thanks for listening, friends. We’ll catch up again real soon. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/thebeerreport/TW50-1_Final.mp3 The post Episode 50 – The Broncos are coming appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
37 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
TW Interview – Jason Hoffman from STLCA
Eric wandered down to the Great Smokey Mountain Trail Ride and had a chance to hang out with Jason Hoffman. Jason is one of the many folks that help organize and keep this 30-year-old Toyota Landcruiser Association (TLCA) event running. It’s Eric’s second time at the event and he was thrilled to finally catch up with Jason and talk all things STLCA, GSMTR and TTAT. Sick of those acronyms? STLCA = Southeast Toyota Landcruiser Association https://stlca.org/ GSMTR = Great Smokey Mountain Trail Ride https://www.facebook.com/greatsmokymountaintrailride/ TTAT = Toyota Trucks and Trails Podcast. https://www.toyotatrucksandtrails.com/ http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Jason-Hoffman-Interview.mp3 The post TW Interview – Jason Hoffman from STLCA appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
70 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Feedback, Family Fun & Federales
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/TW49-Final.mp3 Welcome back to the auto podcast that takes care of its Patreon subscribers! (and even the non-paying ones! Check out the freebies on the Patreon site!) If you’ve been following along, Eric and the family survived their Mexican road trip, and Daryl and his wife (and their little dog, too) survived South Florida traffic. If you want to learn more about our travels, including Eric’s plantation tour in a vintage Series II Land Rover, small rental car stories, and why you shouldn’t get off thehighway… check out the special free episode of our Patreon Preshow. Thanks to our Patreon supporters for helping to make this podcast possible. Sponsors We think our sponsors are pretty cool folks. We think you’ll agree. Please consider these fine folks the next time you’re in the market for their services. Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office Arena Esports Bessler Welding Projects Eric sold Katy, the faithful 1981 Kubota tractor he had for 12 years. Somehow, the market craziness allowed him to sell it for more money than he paid for it. He also picked up some new coil-overs and radio for his 1990 MK3 Toyota Supra. Can a local body shop fix the roof after the Flying Targa Circus? Time will tell. He also talks about his lovely Chevy Aveo rental car and asks why all cheap rentals seem to have an issue with the steering and suspension. Daryl finally broke down and sold his beloved Super Tahoe! After a lot of deep thoughts and gentle prodding (kicking) from family and friends, he decided it was time to pass it along to someone who will give it a good home and install the new 4L60e transmission it had sitting in the back of it for a year or so. It was a good truck but he says he’d rather work on the older stuff he already has… which also needs work. Vaya con dios, Super Tahoe. Headlines International News VW Sees ‘Triple-Digit-Millions’ in Sales as It Rolls Out Over-the-Air Upgrades Source: Automotive News Buyers of Volkswagen brand’s ID full-electric cars will soon be able to upgrade their vehicles with over-the-air updates and transfer their personal settings between different cars, paving the way for lucrative add-on services. The use of modular software systems in new cars is one aspect of the automaker’s Accelerate digitalization strategy, outlined by executives in an online “Innovation Talk” on Tuesday. Detroit Becomes ‘Jeep City’ with First New Auto Plant in 30 Years Source: Reuters Inside the first new auto assembly plant built in the Motor City since 1991, the smell of hot metal hangs in the air as new Jeep Grand Cherokee L SUVs head down the welding line. For Stellantis NV, that is the smell of money. For the City of Detroit, it means nearly 5,000 jobs. Stellantis opened the doors of its new $1.6 billion Mack Avenue assembly complex on Thursday, showing off parts of a 3 million square foot complex completed and launched into production largely during the pandemic. National News Demand Soars for Ford’s Electric F-150 Lightning: 100,000 Pre-Orders Placed Source: Detroit Free Press Ford Motor Co. hit another milestone with its all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. The company has confirmed reaching 100,000 reservations since the Lightning’s global debut three weeks ago at the world headquarters in Dearborn. Consumers Hit the Road to Find New & Used Cars Source: Auto Remarketing Need a car, will travel. That’s been the mindset for many recent and prospective car buyers, who have gone or are willing to go the extra mile (or dozens of miles) to find that vehicle, amid shortages in both new and used cars. According to survey data from Cars.com, 9.8% of recent car buyers went to another state to make their vehicle purchase, with 56.9% of that crowd going used and 43.1% going new. Local News Peoria Man’s Truck Stolen in Broad Daylight Source: WMBD William Van Dusen just wanted to go fishing with his friends on Sunday. Van Dusen, 24, said he left his truck running outside his house on E. Wilcox St. in Peoria when he ran in to grab his fishing poles. Seconds later he came out of the house, but his truck was nowhere to be found. “At first I couldn’t believe it, because it’s 1:30 in the afternoon in the middle of the day and there are people outside everywhere,” he said. “I felt kinda violated because it’s not the first time that I’ve had my truck broken into. This is definitely one of the more risky ones they pulled off.” Police officers later found the stolen white GMC truck around 5:30 p.m. behind Big Lots on Sterling Avenue. It was technically in one piece, but very damaged. “They went for a pretty good joy ride and they also took all the thread off my tires and balded them,” Van Dusen said. Van Dusen said the estimated damage is between $5-6,000. He said insurance won’t cover anything because the truck wasn’t in the driveway and had keys in it when stolen. For those interested in helping out, Van Dusen’s friend set up a Go-Fund-Me account. Suspension of officer not enough for woman at center of traffic stop controversy Source: HOI News A Eureka woman is calling for the firing of two officers caught on tape making lewd remarks about her bodily appearance following a speeding traffic stop in March. In dashcam video obtained by Heart of Illinois ABC via a Freedom of Information Act request, Eureka Police Officer Andrew Burgess and a Woodford County Sheriff’s Deputy can be heard making lewd comments about Hannah “May” Reliford. A source with the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office says that conversation happened on a private cell phone call after Reliford’s traffic stop ended. The traffic stop occurred after Reliford was clocked at nearly 40 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone in the early morning hours of March 19. As for Woodford County, the Reliford’s say they were told the situation was dealt with internally regarding the Woodford Deputy. However, no details on the discipline have been released publicly. A source says the Woodford County Sheriff’s Office does not condone the comments made by their Deputy and emphasized the comments were not representative of their office. Moment of Musk: Source: Fox News Bitcoin tops $40,000 after Musk says Tesla could use it again Bitcoin has gyrated to Musk’s views for months since Tesla announced a $1.5 billion bitcoin purchase in February “When there’s confirmation of reasonable (~50%) clean energy usage by miners with the positive future trend, Tesla will resume allowing Bitcoin transactions,” Musk said on Twitter on Sunday. And that…is your moment of cryptocurrency! Cars of the Weak Eric 2001 Chevy Montana – $35,000 (pesos) The first… And probably the last Chevrolet you will see Eric buy on Cars of the Weak! This 2001 Montana is a mini-truck or “Ute” vehicle popular in Mexico. According to the internet, the Montana used a 1.4 L “Ecoflex” or 1.8 L 8V flex-fuel I4 engines. In some markets like South Africa where it was sold as the Opel Corsa Utility until June 2010, the vehicle was offered with more engine options. These are cheap, plentiful, and would make for a perfect daily beater for those times you don’t need a $50,000 truck to get stuff done around the house. Check out that rack in the back! Daryl 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible – $24,500 Source: Gary Miller’s Classic Auto There’s nothing quite like a classic Cadillac, and this 1976 Eldorado does not disappoint. In an era when bigger was better, this big boy fit right in with it’s long body and wheel base and a 500ci big block motor to push it down the road. One of the last years for the big blocks, this beast has a 500cid V-8 sitting under the hood pushed by an automatic transmission. With a beautiful white paint job, accented by sleek, red pinstripes, it is sure to catch attention. The white and red interior is in good condition. With a power convertible top, power seats and windows for both driver and passenger, A/C, Self Closing Trunk Mechanism, Power Steering, Tilt-Wheel, and AM/FM radio, this Caddy is fully loaded. Many new parts, including: New brakes all around All new brake lines New brake master cylinder Reconditioned/Re-cored Radiator New water pump Replaced pressure hose from power steering pump to hydro-vac booster New power steering pump and lines Freshly painted valve covers New valve cover gaskets New CV boot As always, thanks for listening. Hit us up at email@example.com for any idle chit-chat and we’ll catch you next time! The post Feedback, Family Fun & Federales appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
92 minutes | May 24, 2021
TW 48 – The Flying Targa Circus
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/thebeerreport/TW48_Final.mp3 Welcome to the auto podcast that loves a rainy night. Is that another early 80’s song reference? You bet it is. It’s been raining cats & dogs here in Central Illinois for the past few weeks, and for some reason, this gem of a song just stuck in our head. Don’t worry, we only sing a few bars of it in the intro. And now, for something completely different: Sponsors Thanks to our Patreon supporters, and our loyal sponsors who help make this program possible. Please consider one of our sponsors the next time you’re shopping for services. Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Arena309 CLOMorton Bessler Welding Feedback Do you consider this podcast an automotive news show, or an automotive entertainment show? After hearing from some listeners, we discover that this program may be more of the latter, which is fine. Really, it is. Just don’t tell Eric. Thanks also to T. Hanlon for dropping us a 5-star review on Apple Podcasts and giving a shout-out to the #RaceDailyKill segment. You won’t be disappointed with the lineup in this episode, T. Projects Eric: Does anyone have a Mk3 Supra sunroof laying around? There may have been an unfortunate accident where ours decided to take flight. We’ll learn all the graphic details of The Flying Targa Circus. Daryl: Our ‘55 Plymouth gets some fuel system fixes and a wet-sanding party before the first big show of the season. Meanwhile, Oscar, our ‘47 Chevy Fleetline got pulled out of long-term storage and major brake work begins. Race Daily Kill This week’s episode features a very special Bring a Trailer edition of Race, Daily Kill. While this segment isn’t endorsed or sponsored in the least by BaT, we do appreciate this auction site offers the discerning motorist. We’ve decided to line up a few choice vintage sportscars and one very special modern Porsche. All of these choices are live auction items at the time of recording. Let’s light this candle. The Contenders The Verdicts Eric: Race the Porsche, Daily the Healy and Kill the 70’s Ferrari. Daryl: Race the Healy, Daily the Porsche and Kill the Dino. (Sorry about your kid, Enzo.) Do you have a suggestion for an upcoming installment of #RaceDailyKill? Lay it on us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Headlines International News Kia is recalling more than 440,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. for a second time to fix a problem that can cause engine fires. And the automaker is telling owners to park them outdoors and away from structures because fires could happen when the engines aren’t running. The recall covers certain Optima sedans from 2013 through 2015 and Sorento SUVs from 2014 and 2015. The same vehicles were recalled last year because brake fluid can leak into a control computer, causing an electrical short. That can increase the risk of fire even when the vehicles are parked. Source: AP Hyundai is recalling more than 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada for two problems that can cause engine fires. In one recall, owners are being told to park their vehicles outdoors until repairs are made. The largest recall covers more than 203,000 Santa Fe Sport SUVs from 2013 through 2015. Some are being recalled a second time. Brake fluid can leak into the anti-lock brake computer, causing an electrical short that can lead to fires. Source: AP Toyota Motor Corp. said most of its U.S. vehicles would still run on gasoline a decade from now because it doesn’t think fully electric vehicles will have caught up in cost and convenience. Toyota doubled down on its commitment to a technology it pioneered, hybrid vehicles, which are fueled with gasoline but also have an electric motor that raises fuel efficiency. The company projected that in 2030, slightly more than half of the vehicles it sells in North America would be hybrids, while around 30% would run on traditional gasoline engines and the remainder would be fully electric. Source: The Wall Street Journal National News Empty Lots, Angry Customers: Chip Crisis Throws Wrench into Car Business Source: The Wall Street Journal Americans are shopping for cars in near-record numbers, but the world’s computer-chip shortage has left dealers with the fewest offerings in decades. The market mismatch is driving up prices, and many buyers expecting to drive new cars off the lot have to wait weeks or months for their vehicles to arrive. Some showroom models sell for thousands of dollars over the sticker price. Unfazed by Chip Scarcity, GM Expects to Hit 2021 Profit Goal Source: Bloomberg General Motors Co. isn’t fazed by a global chip shortage that has brought many auto plants to a standstill. The carmaker left its full-year outlook unchanged on Wednesday and said that, if anything, it would hit “the higher end” of its 2021 earnings target. That came as it reported stronger-than-expected profit growth in the first quarter. Buoyed by robust demand in the U.S. and China, the Detroit-based automaker posted adjusted profit of $2.25 a share, beating a consensus estimate of $1.08. GM attributed the healthy performance to booming sales of full-size and higher-margin sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. Stellantis Revenues up 14% to $44.4B in First Three Months of the Year Source: NADA Automotive News Stellantis NV on Wednesday said revenue increased 14% to $44.4 billion (27 billion euro) in the first quarter of 2021 as global shipments increased 12% despite a global semiconductor shortage. The report is the first financial results for the transatlantic automaker since its tie-up between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and French competitor Groupe PSA in January. Unlike its Detroit rivals, Stellantis only will report earnings for the first and second halves of the year. Results for the first half of 2021 are scheduled to be reported in August. Ford Posts Big April Sales Gain Amid Rebound From Pandemic Source: The Detroit News Amid a hot vehicle market and a rebound from the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Ford Motor Co. posted a nearly 65% sales gain in April compared to a year ago. The Dearborn automaker reported selling 197,813 vehicles last month, for a 64.8% gain over April 2020 when COVID-19 case numbers were growing and restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the virus hit factories and showrooms. Retail sales were up 57.1%. Local News Gas Prices Increased 5 Cents Per Gallon in Last Week in Illinois, AAA Says. Here’s Why Source: NBC Chicago/Illinois Policy Gas prices have risen across the nation following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline May 7 that forced the fuel distributor to halt operations. The pipeline supplied roughly 45% of the East Coast’s fuel While the shutdown mainly impacted the East Coast, experts suggest the closure, coupled with growing driver demand in the leadup to Memorial Day weekend, is driving price increases at the pump. Illinois began its “Bridge Phase” to reopening its economy May 14 and Pritzker has predicted Illinois will “fully reopen” by June 11. Illinois gas prices are the highest in the Midwest partly because the state tax on gasoline doubled in 2019 to 38 cents per gallon from 19 cents. It is automatically hiked every July 1 for inflation, with this year’s boost hitting $0.392 per gallon. After the last automatic increase in 2020, Illinois’ average gas taxes ranked third highest in the nation. The hike set for July 1 will see the average driver paying the state $105.67 more per year than in 2018. Moment of Musk Source: MarketWatch “A day after sparking another selloff in the world’s biggest digital asset, Tesla’s chief executive officer Elon Musk took to Twitter to say his electric-car company hasn’t done any divesting. “To clarify speculation, Tesla has not sold any bitcoin,” Musk tweeted in the early hours of Monday. He was responding to a tweet from another user who accused him of triggering losses in the cryptocurrency.” Doge Coin Doge Coin Doge Coin Say it enough times and Elon will pop on twitter and say something flippant about cryptos and make the Bi-nance groupies go crazy. He has found the excitable group response he has been lacking for the last few years. Grinding the Gears Daryl keeps hearing commercials for Take Five: The 5-Minute oil change. These franchises seem to be popping up all over the Midwest in recent years. Just like the $3 car wash phenomenon, are people really busting their hump to get a 5-minute oil change? We’d rather it take a little longer, to be honest. Their signature line is “You don’t even have to leave your car.” While the drive-through oil & lube place isn’t a new concept, the idea of staying inside your car while someone works on it just inchses below you (usually in a pit) can’t be fun. Who’s the lucky guy who gets to change the oil below a sizzling-hot Elantra with an owner inside it with an itchy trigger finger? Do they have to hold onto the customer’s keys for safety, or is that not ‘contact-free’? These are all of the things that just make us question modern times Cars of the Weak Eric: 1991 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz 300 E 4-M 4WD Sedan 4D $1,200 OBO Features Becker factory radio 4 rims for snow tires available Needs Tires Spark plug wires Fuel filter Must be towed off property. For a mere 1200 bones, Daddy needs a new hoopty for the autocross track and rally events! Daryl 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS 396 Source: Barrett-Jackson A true SS with not a lot of fanfare. Just a clean, straight original 350 horse big-block 4 speed survivor. Redlines. Rallys. Everything that a small muscle car needs, and nothing it doesn’t. Come to papa. As always, thanks for listening! Feel free to drop us a line at email@example.com with show ideas, suggestions and bad jokes. The post TW 48 – The Flying Targa Circus appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
103 minutes | May 4, 2021
Episode 47 – Amigos, Anchovies and Autonomous Accidents
Welcome back to the automotive podcast that enjoys a nice bottle of chianti when we aren’t wrenching on a project or searching the internet for the latest automotive news. In fact, several former guests of Throwin’ Wrenches Podcast could be found in Eric’s kitchen in recent weeks, devouring most of an ibérico ham from Costco and drinking fine wine on a warm spring evening. It was a bacchanalian delight that will probably be repeated in the near future. We hope everyone is also happy and healthy this Spring, and is busy making plans for summer adventures with friends and family. More on some of our adventures in this week’s episode. Sponsors Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office Arena Esports Episode Highlights https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/thebeerreport/TW47_Final.mp3 Projects Eric’s 1990 Toyota Supra has a clean bill of health after being sidelined by a faulty thermostat last fall. He’s feeling confident enough that he invested in some paintless dent removal and is bringing the finish back to its former glory. It’s only a matter of time before the car hits the Illinois highways (and backroads) for another season. He is also searching for anyone in the midwest who is participating in the 24 Hours of LEMONS racing events. He’s considering getting involved and would like to help out a pit crew. We think he’s secretly looking to build his Scion TC into LeMons racer, but that’s just a guess. Oh, and he wants a plastic welder. Meanwhile, Daryl has set May 1st as “The Day of Reckoning” for the ‘47 Chevy Fleetline. After this month’s Cars & Coffee, “Oscar” is coming out of cold storage for some brake work. The master cylinder went out, and the goal is to have him up and running for the Morton Car Fest on Saturday, May 8th. Daryl also bought and received a much nicer rear seat for the Project Plymouth. This one has more metal and isn’t destroyed by mouse whiz. The seats are now complete, so I can sandblast & paint them, then hand things off to an upholsterer to work on. Wheel Daily Kill The Contenders 1996 Isuzu Amigo 1996 Suzuki Sidekick 1996 RAV4 2DR 2.6L 119-HP I4 (standard) 3.2L 174-HP V6 (optional) 1.6L 95-HP I4 (standard) 1.8L 120-hp I4 (optional) 2.0L 119-HP I4 5-Speed Manual / 4WD 5-Speed Manual / 4WD 5-Speed Manual / AWD Labeled the MU platform by Isuzu, which stood for “Mysterious Utility”. This is 100% true. Released in the U.S. in 1992 after the success (and failure) of their Samurai 4×4. The first-generation RAV4, known as the XA10 series. 1997 Automobile Magazine Car of the year! Utilized the same platform as their pickup, and Rodeo SUV. Later shared by Honda. Still being manufactured by IKCO in Iran under license from Suzuki. The RAV4 started at $14,948 for a two-door, 2WD version with a five-speed manual transmission, and top out at $18,098 for a four-door, 4WD version with an automatic. The Verdicts Eric and Daryl were unanimous in their picks this time. Is that a first? Wheel: The Isuzu Amigo. Why? Because of the chunky fenders, the big V6, and because their commercials from the 1990s were great parodies of the 70’s Slinky commercials and Ren & Stimpy’s “Log” commercials from our childhood. Daily: The Toyota RAV4. This is an obvious choice for a couple of Toyota owners due to Toyota’s dependability. Kill: The Suzuki Sidekick. Riding in these things is like being a gallon of paint in a hardware store paint shaker. Even when they lengthened them and gave them a 4 door version, that platform was awful. Sorry. What would you Wheel, Daily, Kill out of these three 90’s soft top 4×4’s? Let us know your picks on Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share it on the next podcast. International News Stellantis Supplier Seeks Court Order to Compel Chip Supply for Jeep Plant Source: NADA Credit: Rockford Register Star A federal judge in Michigan will hear arguments on Friday on whether to issue an emergency order forcing NXP Semiconductors to provide chips to a supplier of automaker Stellantis. The global automotive chip crunch started late last year, when automakers and their suppliers failed to understand they needed to put in orders months ahead of time as the consumer electronics industry surged and took up chipmaking capacity. Toyota Says It Will Introduce 15 BEVs, Expand Electric Lineup by 2025 Source: NADA Toyota Motor Corp said on Monday it will introduce 15 battery electric vehicle (BEV) models globally by 2025, expanding the automaker’s electric vehicle lineup to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050. The company will increase its number of electric models to around 70 from currently offered 55, it said in a statement. The new BEV model Toyota bZ series, which was unveiled at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show on Monday, is aimed for China, the United States and Europe, the carmaker said. National News: Still No Auto Show, So Detroit Tries Car Crawl Source: NADA It’s been more than 800 days since the Motor City has had an auto show, and the next one is still about 500 days away. To fill the void until September 2022, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association is helping to bring a new car-focused event to the city this summer. The Motor City Car Crawl aims to bring some economic activity back to Detroit while also raising money for the children’s charities that would have benefited from the charity preview of the North American International Auto Show had it been held in 2020 and 2021. Twin Cities Auto Show: An Experiment on Experiential Source: NADA Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association President Scott Lambert says the outdoor show, which is set to take place next month at the state fairgrounds, will feature a variety of interactive elements for attendees. National News Garage-Built Toyota 4Runner with Nissan EV Drivetrain is First-of-its Kind to Run at “King of Hammers” Source: CNet Last week marked the first time an electric vehicle ran in the King of the Hammers off-road event in Johnson Valley, California. Racer Kyle Seggelin and his team finished the Every Man Challenge in truck No. 2277, a Toyota 4Runner with the powertrain from a Nissan Leaf EV. The 4Runner/Leaf rig was built by Seggelin and his team. It started the race with two 20-kilowatt-hour batteries, enough to get it to the first pit stop some 17.5 miles away. There, the team swapped out those batteries for the 62-kWh pack found in the Leaf Plus — a process that took a mere seven minutes. The key to quickly swapping batteries? Custom-built sliders. The team divided the battery packs into sections, each weighing roughly 200 pounds. They fit securely into the sliders and connected to the electric motor with a large, high-voltage connection, and one or two smaller Molex connectors, depending on the pack size. All the team had to do was disconnect, slide the packs out and then reverse the process. Easy peasy. While Seggelin and his co-driver, his sister Dahlia Seggelin, were out on the next 55 miles with the larger 62-kWh battery, the team charged the original, smaller batteries with a 12,000-watt generator. “No One Was Driving” in Tesla Crash That Killed Two In Texas: Police The Drive Source: KPRC2 Huston Two men died in a fiery Tesla crash this weekend in Texas, one where police claim one occupant was sitting in the passenger seat and another was in the back. The collision happened in the Carlton Woods subdivision in the affluent Houston-area suburb of The Woodlands, and many observers believe misuse of the car’s Autopilot semi-autonomous driver aid system may be to blame. “No one was driving,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman told KPRC2 Houston. Herman said the investigation showed that there were only two occupants in the car, and neither was found in the driver’s seat. It’s unknown how fast the 2019 Tesla Model S was driving when it crashed into a tree, but deputies claim it was traveling “at a high speed when it failed to negotiate a cul-de-sac turn.” Texas Will Serve Tesla With Search Warrants Source: ADAPT Automotive Texas investigators will serve Tesla with search warrants related to the crash near Houston that killed two occupants. No one was in the driver’s seat of the car, first responders said. Reuters reports that if Tesla was able to examine data from the crash vehicle, the company hasn’t shared it with investigators. Elon Musk had tweeted that his data showed no autopilot features were online during the crash. This is the 28th Tesla crash to be investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Elon Musk, Tesla executives dispute reports that deadly crash in The Woodlands was related to autopilot Source: KHOU Tesla says they believe someone was in the driver’s seat during the deadly crash that happened in The Woodlands earlier this week. TW – We say “stay tuned as this drama unfolds”. 2021: The Summer of Gas Shortages Source: CNN Millions of people stuck at home for more than a year are expected to hit the road for much-needed post-pandemic vacations this summer. Good luck finding gas. Not that there’s a looming shortage of crude oil or gasoline. Rather, it’s the tanker truck drivers needed to deliver the gas to stations who are in short supply. According to the National Tank Truck Carriers, the industry’s trade group, somewhere between 20% to 25% of tank trucks in the fleet are parked heading into this summer due to a paucity of qualified drivers. At this point in 2019, only 10% of trucks were sitting idle for that reason. “We’ve been dealing with a driver shortage for a while, but the pandemic took that issue and metastasized it,” said Ryan Streblow, the executive vice president of the NTTC. “It certainly has grown exponentially.” Domino’s® and Nuro Launch Autonomous Pizza Delivery with On-Road Robot Source: Domino’s Domino’s (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, and Nuro, the leading self-driving delivery company, are launching autonomous pizza delivery in Houston. Beginning this week, select customers who place a prepaid order on Dominos.com on certain days and times from Domino’s in Woodland Heights, located at 3209 Houston Ave., can choose to have their pizza delivered by Nuro’s R2 robot. Nuro’s R2 is the first completely autonomous, occupantless on-road delivery vehicle with regulatory approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This collaboration between Domino’s and Nuro will introduce an entirely new delivery experience to pizza lovers. Here’s how it works: select customers who place a prepaid website order from the participating Domino’s store can opt to have their order delivered by R2. Customers who are selected will receive text alerts, which will update them on R2’s location and provide them with a unique PIN to retrieve their order. Customers may also track the vehicle via GPS on their order confirmation page. Once R2 arrives, customers will be prompted to enter their PIN on the bot’s touchscreen. R2’s doors will then gently open upward, revealing the customer’s hot Domino’s order. Lyft to Offer Vehicle Maintenance, Repair Source: ADAPT Automotive Lyft will launch an app-based service for drivers to get service from the company’s own network of mobile techs and shops. SLive reports that the service, Lyft Auto Care, started as a network for Lyft drivers but is now available to all drivers. A mobile technician could be ordered for maintenance items like oil changes, tire rotations, and brake checks. A visit to a Lyft “Driver Center” would be needed for collision repair and mechanical repairs. According to the story, pricing is shown up front when the customer orders service. https://www.silive.com/news/2021/04/lyft-expanding-into-vehicle-maintenance-with-lyft-auto-care.html Moment of Musk: Elon Musk is hosting SNL on May 8th and the cast hates him. Source: CNN.com In a surprise move over the weekend, Saturday Night Live announced that business mogul Elon Musk would be hosting the NBC variety show on May 8. Some “SNL” cast members didn’t seem too excited about it. In an Instagram story, cast member Bowen Yang wrote “what the f— does this even mean?” as a caption to Musk’s tweet from over the weekend which read, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is.” Andrew Dismuke, another cast member, also took to Instagram to apparently address the choice. He wrote “Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri” over a photo of former “SNL” castmember Cheri Oteri. NBC did not immediately respond to CNN Business’ request for comment. TW Note: It appears that SNL Cast Member and Squeaky Wheel Bowen Yang’s Twitter account has mysteriously gone bye-bye following his criticism. #Censorship? Cars of the Weak Eric: 1994 Toyota Previa – $3,000 Source: Facebook Marketplace Sure, it’s rough and has a few dents… but those limousine seats that swivel and the mega sky roof make up for it. Did I mention this is one of the later supercharged versions of the legendary Toyota minivan? These things were ahead of their time when they debuted in the early 1990s, and owners rarely sell them since they’re super dependable and still function better than the models that followed them. Who else would love to add one of these to their car collection? Daryl: 1983 GMC Caballero Amarillo Diesel – $12,000 Source: Jalopnik / Craigslist This unicorn checks all of the boxes. One of the last of the breed, this ‘83 GMC version of the El Camino was rare to begin with. A fraction of these were built, especially in the later years. Then, top it off with an upscale trim & decor package such as the Amarillo… and stuff an optional Olds 350 Diesel V-8 under the hood. This low-mileage example was for sale in Wichita, Kansas and had to be Grandpa-spec. It even came with a matching blue tonneau cover. Loaded, rare and nobody cares. But I care, dammit. I care. The song you will never forget at this episode.. Thanks for listening! Shoot us an email if you like what you hear at email@example.com. The post Episode 47 – Amigos, Anchovies and Autonomous Accidents appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
112 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
EP 46 – Gabe Casey Version 3.0
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/thebeerreport/TW-46.mp3 Welcome to the auto podcast that is not afraid to play some games! Speaking of games, this week we’re basking in the glow of LED computer fans at Arena Esports in beautiful downtown Morton, Illinois. This is a premier gaming experience from Forza to… whatever else folks play these days. They’ve got PC gaming stations, X-box, PlayStation and any other console you need to be competitive. Be sure to check this place out if you’re local, otherwise they’re great on the ‘gram at @309Arena Do these PC’s ever sleep? Sponsors Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office Arena Esports Thanks to everyone who has signed up on Patreon! Every bit helps and gets us opportunities to advertise the show and get more fans! Projects Eric We have chucked a couple hundred dollars into the fading Stock and Field store in Pekin as they close out… I found a small LED assembly in the car parts for 80% off. It came with 2 LED strips and a plunger switch. Also had a battery box for watch batteries. I think I am going to hardwire it into something. Ideas? Road trip this weekend. I mean why not? Went to the surprisingly hip little downstate town of Effingham… Or Effington as we kept calling because of the Ben Folds song. Dinner at the Firefly Grill, Drinks at the Village Liquors, More drinks at Effing Brew (out of tshirts BTW) Took the movable feast to Decatur (didnt stop at the 2 story outhouse inbetween) Tap Root brewing. Then headed to Clinton. 2 Doors down brewing. We had a DD!!! Fixed the sideXside with new plugs and a battery. I think the centrifugal clutch is smoked.. But might get a new belt first. New tractor today? YanMar I blame Jacob Daryl It’s tool time at the Scott ranch. I finally got some decent spark plug crimpers so I can fab up new plug wires for the ‘55 Plymouth. It still has the original wires on it (no joke) and while it runs okay, I think it’s time to upgrade to correct lacquered cloth reproductions. I have to snake them through a wire loom and terminate them correctly. While I’m at it, I’ll toss in a new cap, rotor, points, condenser and vacuum advance setup that I’ve had for like 3 years but never tossed on because I didn’t want to buy the damn crimpers. Turns out nobody has them, so I couldn’t borrow them. Moral of the story: Even if you’ll only use it once, buy the damn special tool you need to do the job FIRST. Then loan it out for beer money. Gabe Return of the HJ61. Starter reinstalled for the 4/5th time, help from an electrical engineer at Autonomous Stuff (Very cool place) reminds us all to chase horses not zebras. I was correct that it was an issue with power delivery and electric in nature but completely overlooked routine tightening of new installed hardware to the maximum. The style of battery terminal connector was also an issue so $7.00 later she lives. Now on to seeing if it can become offroad worthy or to remain a mostly pavement queen drawing comments from drunkards on the street like “ARE YOU FROM LONDON!?” Covid drive-through only = blowing the minds of teenagers working at Taco Bell when you use the drivethrough backwards in your RHD vehicle. John deere service on an older x324 I picked up last fall. Why don’t more cars have 4 wheel steering? Tempted to jump into a new project, which Daryl has turned into an opportunity to try to unload “Super Tahoe”. Race. Daily. Kill. This week’s lineup features the “also-rans” of the GT hatch era. With stiff competition from Toyota and Nissan, these three elegant cars just couldn’t compete from a sales standpoint. Does that make them less desirable? Let’s find out! The Contenders 1985 Isuzu Impulse Turbo 1985 Renault Fuego Turbo 1985 Alfa Romeo GTV6 2.0 liter turbo 4 cyl – 140 hp 5-speed manual 1.6 liter turbo 4 cyl – 108 hp 5-speed manual 2.5 liter V6 – 158hp/157 lb-ft tq 5-speed manual 0-60 mph: 8.2 sec Top Speed: 128 mph ¼ mile: 17.6 sec 0-60 mph: 9.7 Top Speed: 124 mph ¼ mile: 16.8 0-60 mph: 8.3 sec Top Speed: 139 mph ¼ mile: 16.2 sec Curb weight: 2,646 lbs Curb weight: 2,315 lbs Curb weight: 2,668 lbs Original MSRP: $13,738 Original MSRP: $11,645 Original MSRP: $11,750 The Verdicts Eric: Race the Alfa, Daily the Impulse and Kill the Fuego with fuego. Daryl: Race the Fuego, Daily the Impulse, Kill the Alfa. It’s an Alfa… c’mon. It’s either broken or about to break. That Isuzu would be a fun yet substantial daily and the Fuego is super light and has the most potential. Turn up the boost and see what shakes loose. Gabe: Are these cars different? Race the Impulse. Best specs, mean looking front end to strike fear into the hearts of your opponents. Daily the Alfa. The interior makes this the pick. It has gorgeous leather seats with netting styled headrests that are very unique and cool. Also being a non-turbo, it is best suited to use 87 octane to save on the premium cost. Kill the Renault. Have you seen the front end? That’s a face only a mother could love. I wouldn’t want to make anyone else look at that. Headlines International News Told you so last week… Buyers Are Snapping Up New Cars, Even If They’re the Wrong Color Emboldened by signs the Covid-19 crisis may be waning and fearful of potential vehicle shortages, consumers snapped up new autos at pre-pandemic rates in the first quarter as the U.S. car market’s recovery likely gained momentum. U.S. auto sales surged by more than 8% in the first three months of the year, according to analysts’ estimates. The projected gain was powered by higher demand in anticipation of a return to offices and everyday travel as vaccination rates exceeded one-quarter of the population. Greater confidence in the economy spurred purchases as did fear of lower supplies of cars due to chip shortages. Source: Bloomberg Stellantis halts production at Italy plant due to low demand, chip shortage MILAN — Carmaker Stellantis will halt production at its plant in Melfi, southern Italy, April 2-12 because of low demand triggered by the COVID-19 crisis, the UILM union said on Monday. Production at the plant, where the world’s fourth largest automaker makes Jeep Renegade and Compass models and the Fiat 500X compact SUV, has been repeatedly disrupted due to weak demand and semiconductor supply shortages.The local automaker’s union said last week the firm was considering permanently closing one of its two production lines at the Melfi plant to address excess capacity in Italy. European car registrations fell 23% year on year in the first two months of this year, according to industry data, as protracted coronavirus lockdowns and consequent uncertainty keep impacting spending decisions among families and businesses. Source: AutoBlog VW “accidentally” leaks new name for its U.S. operations: Voltswagen Volkswagen accidentally posted a press release on its website a month early on Monday announcing a new name for its U.S. operations, Voltswagen of America, emphasizing the German automaker’s electric vehicle efforts. A spokesman for the company declined to comment on the release, which was dated April 29 and has since been taken down. A person familiar with the company’s plans confirmed the authenticity of the release to CNBC. They asked to remain anonymous because the plans were not meant to be public yet. Source: CNBC National News EV makers oppose delay to automotive emissions penalty increase Electric vehicle manufacturers are pushing back against a decision to delay penalty increases for automakers who fail to meet fuel efficiency standards. A lobbying group representing legacy automakers — many of whom are now making substantial investments in zero-emissions vehicles — said the increase would have a significant economic impact during a time when the industry is facing mass disruption from the COVID pandemic. But new EV entrants say the penalty mechanism is a powerful performance incentive to decrease tailpipe emissions and encourage investment in lower- or zero-emissions technology. The decision, issued in January by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), postpones imposing a penalty increase from the beginning of model year 2019 to model year 2022. Tesla is petitioning the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to review the ruling, saying that the delay “inflicts ongoing, irreparable injury” on the company and creates an “uneven playing field” by reducing the consequences of nonadherence. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) penalty has been increased just once — from $5 to $5.50 for every 0.1 mile per gallon that doesn’t meet the standard — since its instatement in 1975. Congress acted to rectify the effects of inflation on the penalty by raising it to $14 in 2015, but NHTSA and the courts have ping-ponged about the increase ever since. A decision from the Second Circuit last August seemed to settle the issue in favor of instating the higher penalty starting with model year 2019, but automakers last October successfully petitioned that the increase be delayed. Source: Twitter via @Breadfrom The first 2022 Hummer EV pickup sells for $2.5 million The first 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup has yet to be built, but it is already sold for a whopping $2.5 million. The buyer — a woman whose name is not public, according to a General Motors spokeswoman —will receive the vehicle with VIN 001 when it rolls off the assembly line at Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck this fall. Hummer VIN 001 was sold Saturday evening at the 2021 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the proceeds going to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a nonprofit that honors firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Source: Detroit Free Press Volvo Leaves U.S. Dealers Confused on Plans The Swedish automaker this month announced plans to become an all-electric brand globally by 2030. To sell those vehicles, Volvo wants to use an online-only, factory-set price sales model — borrowing aspects of a strategy pioneered by Tesla that has become a template for a wave of electric upstarts. But dealer associations in two states — Virginia and California — have sent letters to Volvo warning it that the strategy might violate the automaker’s dealer agreements or state laws meant to prevent automakers from competing with their franchises. The Texas dealer association is now seeking clarification from Volvo on the plan. Source: Automotive News Ford’s turbine-powered concept truck of tomorrow reappears after 40 disappearance Ford, much like GM and other automakers in the 1960s, messed around with turbine power as a proposed replacement to the tried-and-true piston engine. As a concept truck, “Big Red” used a Ford-engineered turbine engine and did publicity tours leading up to the 1964 World’s Fair. After that, the truck languished around Detroit before moving to North Carolina. It fell off the map sometime in the late 70’s only to be recently rediscovered by the folks at The Drive. After pestering Holman-Moody racing and a few Ford employees, the anonymous owner stepped forward but won’t let anyone see new photos of it… or know anything about himself. So that’s cool. Just like the original Bullitt Mustang and Phil Spector’s Sheby Daytona coupe, there’s something about old famous Fords that seem to draw out these mystery men. Why not show off these public treasures to the millions of adoring fans? Whatever. Source: TheDrive Local News Illinois dealers sue Rivian, Lucid Motors and state over direct sales Illinois car dealers sued electric truck maker Rivian in another salvo against upstart vehicle manufacturers’ direct-to-consumer sales model. Two trade groups that are plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed yesterday in Cook County Circuit Court say they acted after the Illinois Secretary of State’s office “turned a blind eye” to their complaints over several years. Amazon-backed Rivian, which plans production at a plant near Normal, Ill., had no immediate comment. The Irvine, Calif.-based company has promised that deliveries of its first pickup will begin in June. Source: Automotive News Moment of Musk Elon Musk tapped to join board of Endeavor Group, owner of UFC and Miss Universe contest Elon Musk is about to increase his already hefty workload. Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and founder of The Boring Company and Neuralink, has been nominated to join the board at Endeavor Group Holdings, according to a filing by the company on Wednesday. Endeavor began as a talent agency started by one of Hollywood’s most recognizable agents, Ari Emanuel. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions, the company has become a media and entertainment conglomerate that owns and manages live events including UFC, the Miami Open, New York Fashion Week, Frieze art fairs and the Miss Universe international beauty pageant. GRINDING the GEARS Daryl When people threaten to scrap old cars if they don’t get the price they want. Give me a break. PRICE IS FIRM. GOES TO SCRAP MONDAY. Who does this? Vintage cars and trucks are always in demand, even if it’s for parts. They aren’t making them anymore… so why not get something for it. Also, scrap values suck now, homies. The days of you getting $1000 for a lump of crap are over. Take the $400 offer and let someone get rid of your failed project. Gabe How people never learn how to park properly. Street and parking lot nonsens that will never end. No training required, just common sense stuff people are incapable of or refuse to do. Amazing. Cars of the Weak Eric Daryl 1977 GMC “Palm Beach Edition” 26-foot motorhome $22,000 Source: GMCRVForSale.com Ever since seeing the movie Stripes and the scene where a GMC Motorhome becomes the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle, I’ve wanted one of these whales. Made of fiberglass and featuring front-wheel-drive, this oddball RV was an interesting study in mass production of RV’s by the big three. While Chrysler and Ford generally sold frames to folks like Winnebago and Fleetwood, GM wanted to see if they could capture the market with their own design. Essentially this is an Oldsmobile Toronado with a bus body. Worked well, got good mileage, and sold well. This green on green on GREEN edition is super 70s and I absolutely love them. 403 V8 and a TurboHydramatic 3 speed trans propels this one. And with only 84,000 miles it’s ready for a few more trips to Disneyland before the end of the internal combustion engine. I’m in, even if the price is a bit steep. Gabe 1989 Amertex fire truck $6,000 Source: Facebook Marketplace 1989 Amertex pumper 4X4. Featuring a 92 series Detroit Diesel with automatic transmission. Plenty of storage, 2 deck guns out the front controlled from in the cab, rear hose reel, foam capable. 4300 miles 375 engine hours. Imagine modifying the back of this into a camper, or glamper. A repaint in something menacing like Black or gunmetal. It would be a go-anywhere, hope you never have to work on the engine, dream. If only it was a manual and was closer, as I seriously considered buying it. It sold before this podcast in less than a day after the listing went live. Next time I might jump on an opportunity like this. Thanks for listening! The post EP 46 – Gabe Casey Version 3.0 appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
100 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
TW 45 – War and Peace on the Oklahoma Tollway
Welcome to the Automotive podcast that is getting national attention… and it’s not just from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol! While coming home from a recent camping trip out West, Eric made his way through the Oklahoma Territory. This wild, unsettled land is home to a treacherous tollway with savage characters and unwritten rules. Pressing East with a trusty Toyota FJ Cruiser as his horse, Eric faced challenges and obstacles at every turnpike except one. Did hero make it home unscathed with a renewed faith in Oklahoma Tollway employees? Listen to the entire episode to find out… Sponsor Carly Connected Car Our friends at Carly Connected Car reached out to us recently to see if we would be interested in trying out their newest automotive diagnostic tool that uses a Bluetooth OBD2 adapter and their related smartphone app. Of course, we said “yes!” As well all know, in-depth diagnostic information on any car or truck built after 1996 can help you catch expensive hidden problems. That’s where Carly comes in. Performing regular health checks on your car enables you to identify problems before they become a major headache on the road or cost you a ton of money. Any gearhead has likely messed with an OBD2 scan tool before, or at least had their car’s computer scanned by a tool at their local auto parts store to see what that pesky “check engine” light on the dash really means. The new reality is that most auto parts stores have stopped offering that service for free, and even when it was a free service in some areas, you likely had to wait a while to get it done. The alternative? Take your car to a dealer or a mechanic’s shop and pay the $50-100 diagnostic fee. Nothing wrong with that, but Carly makes it much more simple for the everyday enthusiast. How Carly Works To start checking your car’s mechanical health, all you have to do are three easy steps: Download the Carly OBD2 Scanner app from the Apple or Google Play store. Plug the Carly OBD2 adapter into your vehicle’s diagnostic port (usually under the dash or in the footwell on 1996-up cars) Turn your ignition on and start your vehicle. Once those steps are completed, follow the on-screen prompts from the Carly app on your phone and you’ll be able to run a full diagnostic scan of your vehicle’s engine, electrical and other systems in just a few seconds. Want more? With Carly you can access real-time data of valuable data such as transmission fluid temp, engine hours, variable valve timing info, O2 sensor data and so much more. This isn’t just for your car’s computer anymore You can even do custom tuning of some settings such as locks, seat belt chimes, windows and other systems. There’s a lot of horsepower at your fingertips with Carly. The Test With most enthusiasts holding onto their cars longer these days, we wanted to put Carly through its paces and see if it could identify a few issues on one of our vehicles for a real-world test. We decided to try out the Carly on Daryl’s wife Sarah’s 2007 Toyota Solara Convertible since it was time to get the car out of storage and see if it needed any mechanical attention than was obvious to the naked eye. As it turns out, it was a great vehicle to test since there were no warning lights on the dash and every other indicator showed the car was in good condition. The Results After a brief scan of the Solara’s computer, we were surprised to learn there were a pair of faults that appeared: What this told us was that the spongy brake pedal at the end of last season may be something a little more involved than just some pads and rotors. Carly also notified us that there was a low battery condition, which made sense since Solara sits in storage over the winter months here in Illinois. With these codes, it’s now possible to search out possible causes and repairs for the car. This wouldn’t have been possible without the Carly device and app, which puts knowledge and power back into the consumer’s hands. It also saves us some coin and keeps a running total of how much money (based on AAA repair cost data figures) that you’ve saved using the device. Pretty nifty! So it seems Daryl may have to pay some attention to the little ragtop before he and the Mrs. take a summer road trip. All of this information was gleaned by Carly in less than 5 minutes. Not bad! Final Thoughts Carly is easy to use, even for those who aren’t mechanically inclined Carly lets users customize a lot of little things like using your remote to open power windows or change seat belt chimes and light settings. Carly Gives you a lot of real-time data on things like timing, misfires, oil temp and O2 sensor data without a pricey scan tool. Overall, we really liked Carly, and we know you will, too. That’s why we’re partnering to offer listeners a 15% discount on the Carly system when you purchase one and use the discount code TWA 15. Learn More Visit Carly Online at https://www.mycarly.com/ Use the Throwin’ Wrenches Discount Code to Save 15%: TWA15 Projects Eric Eric took another cross-country trip from Arizona to Illinois… he tent camped in the snow and got cold… and he somehow recovered. There’s a lot more to it than that, but let’s just say he likely won’t be breaking Steve Brown’s Transcontinental Record anytime soon. He also can tell you where the only ATM in Tulsa, Oklahoma is. Trust us, you’ll want to listen to his latest adventure in this episode. Daryl Somehow, Daryl lit a fire under himself and ordered up some stainless pre-bent brake and fuel lines for the ‘58 Plymouth project car he’s kinda-but-not-really working on. He’ll literally have no excuse for not starting in on it when the weather gets nice. Race Daily Kill After a brief hiatus, Race/Daily/Kill is back! Since it’s nearly convertible season, we’re going across the pond for a little British (Roadster) Invasion. We have three spring yellow drop-top choices for this installment of the contest where the winners may still be losers. Yeah, baby. The Choices 1962-1980 Triumph Spitfire 1962-1980 MG MGB 1958-1971 Austin-Healey Sprite Specifications 1962-66: 1147cc 4 cyl – 63hp 1967-70: 1296cc 4 cyl – 67hp 1971-80: 1493cc 4 cyl – 75hp 4 speed manual Specifications 1962-1980: 1798cc 4 cyl – 95 hp 4 speed manual Specifications 1958-1966: 948cc 4 cyl – 46 hp 1966-71: 1,098cc 4 cyl – 96 hp 4 speed manual Original MSRP $2,155 Original MSRP $2,607 Original MSRP $1,795 The Verdicts Eric: Race the MGB, Daily the Sprite and Kill the Triumph. Daryl: I actually do fit (barely) in a Sprite, but I’d have to kill it since it’s comically cute. Therefore, I’d daily the Triumph with it’s smaller motor since gas prices are on the rise. I’d Race the MGB since it’s the performer of the bunch. Moment of Musk Trouble in Paradise! The Chinese military has banned Tesla cars from entering its complexes, citing security concerns over cameras installed on the vehicles, two people who have seen notices of the directive told Reuters. The move is the latest sign of China’s growing scrutiny of the U.S. electric carmaker amid tensions with Washington.18 hours ago Elon Responds… Source: Mercury News Cars of the Weak Eric 1993 Toyota DJ81 Land Cruiser – $7,200 (current bid) Source: eBay Eric’s choice this week is a California-clean 80-series Land Cruiser. This one features the inline 6 cylinder with an automatic trans. Sadly, this model didn’t have an option for a locking differential, which would come in handy on the trails. Listed by the seller as a clean title truck with a recent repaint, this timeless SUV also has managed to rack up some 380,233 miles in its lifetime. That may be enough to keep folks away, but Eric may be willing to take a chance on this one. Virtually, at least. Daryl 1938 Chrysler Royal C-18 4 door – $12,000 Source: Facebook Marketplace This is the entire ad: “Or best offer willing to trade for mid 70’s Corvette.” Come on, dude! Give us a little more than that! A nice car with a reliable 241 flathead 6, 3-speed trans and built the year before Chrysler’s Fluid Drive debuted so parts and service are easier. A bulletproof old Mopar that you just don’t see. Johnny Carson’s first car was a similar-era Chrysler Royal and he loved it. NBC actually found his old car back in Nebraska and gave it back to him in the 80’s. As always, thanks for listening! The post TW 45 – War and Peace on the Oklahoma Tollway appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
69 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Episode 44.5 – Autocross 101 During a Pandemic with Dean Plumadore
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/TW44-5.mp3 It was easy enough to sit around and talk tech with Dean Plumadore on Episode 44, but we are here to talk about Autocross! After all, Dean is the President of the Champaign County Sports Car Club, a group that somehow defied the odds and completed a full season of racing during a worldwide pandemic. It would have been so much easier to say “see us next year”. But taking it easy just isn’t their style. How did they pull off such a feat and what kinds of autocross action is in store for 2021? We use this entire episode to talk completely and totally about Autocross during the era of COVID-19. As always, thanks for listening! Get Involved If you’ve ever wanted to take your car out on the tarmac and see how much fun a local autocross event can be, there are many opportunities available around the country. Here in Central Illinois, the Champaign County Sports Car Club offers a safe, controlled environment to hone your driving skills and put your sports car (or any car) to good use. Get in Touch Connect with Dean or the Champaign County Sports Car Club at any time by clicking the links below: Email |Website | Instagram| Facebook | YouTube Thanks for listening! http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/TW44-5.mp3 The post Episode 44.5 – Autocross 101 During a Pandemic with Dean Plumadore appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
97 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Episode 44 – The Return of Dino
Welcome to the automotive podcast that can really “yuck some yums.” Is that even a phrase? As heard in Episode 43, Daryl seems to think it is. Eric’s still on the fence. Regardless of the weekly catchphrase, we’re glad you’re here! https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/thebeerreport/TW44_-_Final.mp3 Episode Highlights In this episode, we’ve prepared an all-new interview with a familiar voice, and a topical conversation about something we’ve been hearing a lot about in recent weeks: The chip shortage. We’re not talking about Lay’s, Ruffles or Tostitos disappearing from the snack aisle at Kroger. While a lack of salty snacks may be a serious inconvenience, the very real shortage of silicon chips is a huge problem for most of modern civilization. Think about all of the items that use chipsets in 2021. Your car. Your phone. Your toaster oven. Even your robot vacuum cleaner that whirs around the floor and scares your cats on a daily basis… that’s got ’em. The fact that they’re in short supply has caused the production lines to come to a screeching halt around the world. Everything from Fords to Frigidares now sits in limbo. Unlike Doritos Cool Ranch, we can’t simply “just make more.” Our special guest explains why. Special Guest In this episode, we let the (silicon) chips fall where they may and welcome Dean Plumadore back to the show. If you recall, Dean was a guest on one of our early episodes to discuss his role as President of the Champaign County Sports Car Club, as well as his love of Corvettes. Something else that Dean is also passionate about is technology. After retiring from Illinois State University in 2019 as Student Affairs Information Technology Project Manager, he quickly returned to the classroom to continue sharing his wealth of knowledge with younger generations. We asked Dean to drop by to help the everyday automotive enthusiast understand why the recent global chipset shortage is wreaking havoc on a multitude of industries, including the automotive industry. We learned a TON about the history of processors and how they’ve seemingly crept into everything from your car stereo to the very computer that makes it run. Trust us, you’ll enjoy this lively discussion. Thanks to Dean Plumadore for dropping some knowledge on us, and for making time to return to the studio. Get In Touch Feel free to connect with Dean or the Champaign County Sports Car Club at any time. Email |Website | Instagram| Facebook | YouTube Our Sponsors We value and appreciate the support of our local sponsors. They both help keep the show running smoothly, and we couldn’t do this without their support. Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office Arena Esports Thank you to our Patreon sponsors, as well. We can’t say enough good things about you. Especially the ones who cut us some slack when we mess up their name… or the country they live in. Thanks for putting up with us! Projects Eric Some things never go out of style. Oooga horns aren’t one of those things. Eric’s son, Aiden asked for his father’s help installing a classic horn from the Model A-era in his Toyota 4 Runner. He’ll be guaranteed to be the only high-schooler with one of those! His 4 Runner is also in the shop getting a new harmonic balancer installed since the original one wanted to start wobbling around. Glad he caught this as soon as he did. It should be good-as-new soon. Meanwhile, Eric is working to prepare the family horse trailer ready for the season. His first order of business will be to air up the tires since he seems to be the only one who will do it. Speaking of trailers, he also recently fixed part of a fence that he backed into with the trailer last year. Eric is also busy planning his off-road and autocross season. He’s officially registered for the 2021 Great Smoky Mountain Trail Ride. This is the first event of 2021 and he’s super-stoked to bring the OG Treehugger 4 Runner back down south. Daryl Zip. Zilch. Zero. Nada. Daryl has slacked off and done nothing on any of his cars this past month. It’s been cold, but also… he’s just not feeling it. In typical form, he’ll likely start violently thrashing on stuff a week before the first Central Illinois Cars and Coffee on April 3rd. Dean As President of the Champaign County Sports Car Club, Dean has been actively planning out the 2021 race season with his fellow club members. The group, which typically calls the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois its home venue, put on a successful 2020 season. (We’ll dive into their upcoming season a lot more in a follow-up episode) With all of the club business and a busy teaching schedule, Dean hasn’t had much time to work on his C7 Corvette, but something tells us he’ll make the time before the CCSCC kicks off the season on March 27th. Keep us posted, Dean! Headlines – “Who Ate All The Chips?” Edition Why We’re in the Midst of a Global Semiconductor Shortage Source: Harvard Business Review With the U.S. economy expected to gather steam this year as more and more Americans are vaccinated, one of the biggest cautions to consider is whether supply chains will be able to keep up with growing demand. Indeed, concerns about disruptions to supply chains and shortages that have occurred during the pandemic sparked the Biden administration to order a review of critical areas. A major example is semiconductors. Lead times for many semiconductors are one year out right now, and these devices are in just about everything we use. Business and financial media have detailed how the shortage of semiconductors has caused production cutbacks in the automotive industry: A thin slice of a silicon semiconductor wafer. (Dean Plumadore collection) Ford, Toyota, Nissan, VW, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (now a part of Stellantis) are among global carmakers that have scaled back output. Other carmakers have announced they’ll likely miss their 2021 targets. And it’s not just carmakers that are in trouble. The chip shortages are expected to cause widespread shortages of everything, from electronics to medical devices to technology and networking equipment. As recently reported by Reuters, automakers and medical device manufacturers have asked the Biden administration to subsidize construction of newa U.S. semiconductor manufacturing capacity. And in response to the shortages, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, has increased its 2021 capital spending budget to $28 billion. But funding and building a new semiconductor fab is at least a five-year process. To a great extent, the chip shortage has been a ticking time bomb, building since late last year due to a few (unrelated) supply-chain disruptions. When the Covid-19 pandemic caused a precipitous drop in vehicle sales in spring 2020, automakers cut their orders of all parts and materials — including the chips needed for functions ranging from touchscreen displays to collision-avoidance systems. Then in the third quarter, when demand for passenger vehicles rebounded, chip manufacturers were already committed to supplying their big customers in consumer electronics and IT. International How Hyundai Avoided The Chip Shortage Plaguing Tesla, Other Automakers Source: Yahoo Finance What Happened: The South Korean automaker managed to avoid the shortage by stockpiling semiconductors last year and even purchasing more towards the end of 2020, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Like its peers, Hyundai too planned to cut production at the beginning of 2021 because of COVID-19. “But procurement read the trend of the semiconductor industry cutting auto chips production and said, ‘if we don’t buy them as well, we’ll be in trouble later on,” according to one of the people Hyundai still purchased fewer chips last year than it did in 2020, but reportedly sharply increased purchases in the quarter ended December. National There’s A ‘Chip’ Shortage: And TSMC Holds All The Cards Source: Forbes Did you hear about the latest shortage? Japanese carmaker Toyota shut its factory in San Antonio last month. GM, Volkswagen, Ford, Honda and Fiat Chrysler were forced to idle their plants too. In fact, GM said assembly lines won’t restart until late March. An example of a 1960’s semiconductor. (Dean Plumadore collection) Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSM). And it’s ground zero for the chip shortage. Nvidia, Qualcomm QCOM +0.5%, and AMD are often referred to as “chipmakers,” but that’s a misnomer. These companies don’t actually make semiconductors. They’re more like architects, crafting blueprints and intricate designs for the chips. When it comes to physically manufacturing the chips, they hand the reins to Taiwan’s TSMC. TSMC is the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer. Today, over 70% of top-shelf chips pass through its factories. Remember, the whole world runs on chips these days. But TSMC is one of the only chipmakers capable of making the cutting-edge chips Apple and automakers need. Trump’s China Tech War Contributed to the Chip Shortage Source: Autoblog In at least one case, the shortage ties back to President Donald Trump’s policies aimed at curtailing technology transfers to China. One automaker moved chip production from China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International, or SMIC, which was hit with U.S. government restrictions in December, to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co in Taiwan, which in turn was overbooked, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. An auto supplier confirmed TSMC has been unable to keep up with demand. Growing Computer-Chip Shortage Alarms Biden and Congress Source: Washington Post President Biden will meet Wednesday (3/3/2021) with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to confront growing concern about a global shortage of semiconductors that is hobbling automakers and other manufacturers and has led to production cutbacks. News of the meeting, confirmed by people familiar with the matter, came as Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called for Congress to appropriate funds it previously had authorized for domestic semiconductor manufacturing, calling the current lack of production capacity “a dangerous weak spot in our economy and in our national security.” Moment of Musk: Porsche Taycan vs Model 3 Source: Teslarati While the Porsche Taycan Turbo S and the Tesla Model 3 Performance are very different vehicles, both electric sedans are capable of handling the demands of track driving. The Turbo S far exceeds the Model 3 Performance in terms of price, however, with the German-made super-sedan starting at a price roughly equal to three Model 3 Performance units. The wide gap between the Model 3 and the Taycan Turbo S’ price encouraged racing enthusiast and EV owner Rex Raikkonen to see just how far he could push his Tesla on the track. Going into the 2020 SCCA Time Trial Nationals, Raikkonen tried to see if his Model 3 Performance could catch the lap set by the Porsche Taycan Turbo S at the National Corvette Museum (NCM) track. Raikkonen’s Model 3 Performance did have suspension upgrades from EV tuning house Mountain Pass Performance, but the all-electric sedan was still running on street tires. The Tesla owner’s goal for the lap was ambitious, seeing as the Taycan Turbo S ran a 2:15.3 lap with professional driver Andy Pilgrim behind the wheel. The Taycan’s run, featured on Automobile Magazine’s Pro Racers show on YouTube, showed just how well-tuned the electric super-sedan was for the circuit. On Raikkonen run, he pushed his Model 3 Performance hard around the NCM track,. The Tesla Model 3 Performance was ultimately able to complete a lap around the NCM track in 2:15.8, just half a second behind the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. Comments about the run posted on the r/TeslaMotors subreddit mentioned that the Model 3 could have actually matched or even beat the Taycan Turbo S’ 2:15.3 time if Raikkonen had driven a bit more aggressively during his hot lap. With a set of better tires and a more aggressive driving style, the reasonably affordable Model 3 could have exhibited an even more impressive lap. While he fell 0.5 seconds short of the Taycan Turbo S, Raikkonen remarked that he was not disappointed with his Model 3 at all. The vehicle, after all, only cost about $70,000 including its Mountain Pass Performance upgrades. That’s just a fraction of the Taycan Turbo S’ premium price, which usually reaches well into the $200,000s when spec’d. While we are talking about misspeaking, The Drive reminded us of this tweet from back in Sept 2019: Twitter users, however, immediately reminded Musk of his own and Tesla’s lax attitude toward dictionary definitions. They pointed out that Tesla uses “Supercharger” to describe high-wattage DC charge stations rather than belt-driven air compressors that increase the power density of combustion engines. And also that Musk’s proclamation of “funding secured” didn’t survive a round of fact-checking by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Cars of the Weak Each week at this time, we pretend to have unlimited funds and we go hypothetical, “Mental” car-shopping-spree on our favorite websites to find the next project, dream car, or long-lost-love from our past. Eric 2001 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 4.2 Pickup $21,126 US / 17,500 € Source: speurders.nl What’s better than a 70-series Land Cruiser? A 70-series Land Cruiser truck, of course! This go-anywhere, do-anything truck features classic Toyota lines, a 4.2-liter diesel 6 cylinder engine and a manual transmission like God intended. Since the United States never saw these trucks, Eric located this 116,000 kilometer example in the Netherlands. If it wasn’t for the whole Atlantic Ocean being in the way, I’m sure he would fly in and drive it home. A cool little rig that would be right at home on the Stahl family ranch. Daryl 1960 Buick LeSabre 4 door hardtop Reserve not met at $5,600 Source: eBay A prime example of a Space-Age sedan, this Buick would look right at-home in the Scott museum. With a 364 ‘nailhead’ V-8 and smooth 2-speed automatic, this pillarless hardtop has room for the entire family. Even the in-laws. The flat roofline and curved back glass are a mid-century delight, along with those swept quarters and rear decklid that culminate in tasteful afterburner taillights. The reserve on this one didn’t get met, so maybe there’s a chance that Daryl could take this one home. Probably not. But maybe. Dean 2021 Jeep Wrangler 392 $77,000 (Estimated, available late spring) Source: Jeep Dean appreciates a good SUV. Dean also appreciates horsepower. Why not marry the two with a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and a 6.4 liter 470-horsepower V-8? Say what you will about Fiat Chrysler / Stellantis / Whatever-They’re-Called-Now, their formula for making something instantly cool is to drop in a massive Hemi motor and make lots of noise. Dean is 100% okay with this and so are we. Happy trails, Dean. Just be sure to budget for a few sets of tires. Don’t forget to hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback, jokes or automotive news. We’ll see you next time, friends. The post Episode 44 – The Return of Dino appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
96 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Episode 43 – Hot Wheels vs Matchbox
Welcome to the auto podcast that can’t have Steve Brown on two shows in a row… but we probably should because he’s a great interview and a cool dude overall. If you haven’t listened to the last episode, you’ll certainly want to take it for a spin around the block. Winter is in full effect here in the Midwest, but the days are longer. In a month or so, we’ll dig the summer cars out of hibernation and prep for an exciting season of autocross, trail-running, and car shows. Until that time we have some fresh podcast content for you. In this episode, we bring everyone up-to-speed on President Biden’s plan to electrify the federal vehicle fleet, catch up with Carlos Ghosn’s soldier of fortune, and discuss why you should always leave your car in PARK while you’re paying for parking. All that and more in Episode 43. Enjoy! Thanks to our Sponsors Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office Arena Esports Projects Eric recaps the tragic death of Eric’s beloved daily driver and trail rig, Treehugger 2.0, which met its fate one afternoon while running errands. We discuss the accident, how it happened and why it’s a good to have extra Treehuggers on hand so you can dust them off and put them right back into daily service. RIP, 2.0… you will be missed. Daryl purchased a crapload of parts from RockAuto for the ‘58 Plymouth, including ball joints (closeout) and wheel cylinders and wheel bearings. With the new master cylinder, he should be set to have working brakes as soon as it gets warm enough. That also means he’ll have a total of three cars that need brake work this spring. He also ‘waxes poetic’ about Jax Wax ceramic wax, which he put on his 2017 Tundra before winter set in. The ice and snow glide off the Tundra, which is another reason to keep your un-garaged daily drivers clean and protected before the snow flies. Race Daily Kill Hot Wheels vs Matchbox In a previous show, Eric talked about how 3D BotMaker’s YouTube channel helped rekindle his interest in Hot Wheels cars. Like any red-blooded American gearhead, we both love model cars and trucks of yesteryear. They’re also way easier to bring home than actual cars. Our good friend and lister Jake Irish took things a bit further by offering us a wonderful suggestion: Explain whether you were a Hot Wheels kid or a Matchbox kid. Great idea, Jake! You’ve heard of Ford vs Ferrari. Well, this is Hot Wheels vs Matchbox. Introduced by Mattel in 1968 Featured race track sets Custom cars featured prominently in the early 70s Introduced by Lesney in 1953 Pioneered ‘low-friction’ wheels in the 1960’s Purchased by Mattel in 1997 and now shares a parent company with Hot Wheels. Top three most valuable vintage Hot Wheels* cars (1969) Rear-loading Volkswagen Microbus Beach Bomb (pink): $100,000 to $150,000 (1971) Olds 442, Hot Wheels (purple): $4,682 (1969) Custom AMX, Hot Wheels (blue): $4,357 Top three most valuable vintage Matchbox cars* (1961) Magirus-Deutz Truck, Matchbox (tan/orange): $11,822 (1966) Opel Diplomat, Matchbox (sea foam green): $6,682 (1965) Dodge Wreck Truck, Matchbox (green/yellow): $5,911 *Value data from the Detroit Free Press The Verdicts Eric: We have a Matchbox display at the local soda fountain in Fairbury, called Bellot’s. You could spin the cars around and pick your number, and they’d pull up a small box and sell you the car you picked. I distinctly remember buying this camper truck model. Maybe it was foreshadowing my future. So wild when I think back. Daryl: I was definitely a Matchbox fan as a kid, and still am today. I thought they were more realistic than Hot Wheels, which I always appreciated. I collected their “World Class” series with painted headlights and taillights and real rubber tires! I even had the display stand for them and had them on my dresser for way too long. They’re in a closet now covered in dust. What about you? Are you #TeamHotWheels or #TeamMatchbox? Let us know at email@example.com and we’ll give you a shout-out on the next episode. Special thanks to Jake Irish for letting us run with this segment. Headlines International News Man Wanted in Carlos Ghosn’s Escape Accuses US of ‘Betrayal’ Source: Associated Press A U.S. Army Special Forces veteran accused, along with his son, of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chair Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box is imploring U.S. officials to block their extradition BOSTON — A U.S. Army Special Forces veteran accused, along with his son, of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co. Chair Carlos Ghosn out of Japan in a box is imploring U.S. officials to block their extradition. Photo: AP In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, days after a judge cleared the way for the pair to be handed over to Japan, Michael Taylor said he fears they will be treated unfairly in the Japanese legal system. Taylor, a former Green Beret and private security specialist from Massachusetts, said he feels betrayed that the U.S. would try to turn him over to Japan after his service to the country. You dedicate your time in the military and you serve in combat and you do a whole bunch of other things,” Taylor said from the suburban Boston jail where he and his son, Peter Taylor, have been locked up since May. “And now they volunteer to extradite me and my son to Japan for something like this? Yeah, you feel a great sense of betrayal. National News: Legendary Auto Parts Manufacturer Edelbrock is Shutting its California Headquarters Source: The Drive According to a January filing with California’s Economic Development Department, longtime parts-maker Edelbrock announced it would be permanently closing its Torrance base, affecting the facility’s 270 employees with an unconfirmed number of layoffs. This includes workers in the company’s office-based divisions like sales and advertising, as well as employees in the research and development, testing, and manufacturing areas. It did not list a reason for the closure. Edelbrock has been headquartered in Torrance since its inception in 1938. As the story goes, Kansas-born Vic Edelbrock Sr. moved to California in the early 1930s and fell in love with hot rod culture. Edelbrock has been owned by Industrial Opportunity Partners (IOP), a private equity firm, since 2010. IOP also acquired COMP Performance Group in February 2020. President Biden to Make Entire 645k Federal Vehicle Fleet Electric Source: Eletrek.co President Joe Biden has just announced that he will replace the entire US federal fleet with electric vehicles made in the US. The US federal fleet consists of over 645,000 vehicles, according to the latest Federal Fleet Report. This includes 245k civilian vehicles, 173k military vehicles, and 225k post office vehicles. Dealers Call on Nissan to Revive Xterra Source: Automotive News Stoked by the market frenzy now greeting the return of long-dormant SUVs such as the Ford Bronco and Land Rover Defender, some wishful Nissan dealers are calling for the return of their own long-absent model — the funky Xterra SUV. And according to dealers, the automaker is now listening. The pickup-based sport-ute, once referred to as “the car that saved Nissan” for bringing an infusion of sales to the then-struggling brand in 1999, was discontinued after the 2015 model year, a casualty of new safety regulations and a consumer pivot from truck-based utility vehicles to lighter unibody crossovers. “Other than the Z car in 1970, the Xterra was the best launch we’ve ever had. It would be great if Nissan would recognize that the Xterra should come back.” – Scott Smith, Smith Automotive Group President and Nissan National Dealer Advisory Board Chairman, Automotive News, Jan. 25 EVs Don’t Like Winter Weather Source: WardsAuto In News of the obvious… The barriers to EV ownership are coming down. Battery costs are dropping and will reach parity with Internal combustion engine powertrains in just a few years. Range anxiety is becoming less of an issue as more public charging stations get built. And consumers soon will have a rich choice of models to choose from in almost every showroom. But the auto industry faces a major development challenge with EVs: They don’t like winter weather. Or, more properly stated, EV batteries don’t like cold temperatures. Tundra V6 News Source: Torque News Things are evolving and about to change in the Toyota truck world. You see, a next-generation Tundra is coming for the 2022 model year. And we really do not know much about specifics yet. We expect an official announcement within the next month or so, but time will tell where this timeline ends up falling. But what about the new engine (or engines)? People have associated Tundra with its trusty 5.7-liter engine for what seems like a lifetime. It produces 381 horsepower and 401 lb.-ft. torque. Rumors are circling. We may see a twin-turbo Toyota Tundra engine. There could be a hybrid option. Maybe even keeping the 5.7 as an alternative – or a different V8. (insider scoop… no go!) Local News: 3,500 Signed Petitions may Save Small Peoria Businesses From Relocating Source: CIProud.com Glen Haven shopping center on the corner of Glen Ave. and University St. in Peoria is home to 7 small businesses, and Club Car Wash intends to build its third facility in Peoria at the shopping center. In efforts to save the shopping center, Erica Pamson created the petition on Monday and currently has over 3,500 signatures. During Tuesday’s Peoria City Council meeting, the city decided to postpone taking any further action on the site for another 30 days. Illinois Rate Cap Bill Would Impact Auto Lending Source: Automotive News An Illinois Senate bill that would place a 36 percent cap on interest charged on all loans extended in the state below $40,000 is drawing concern from dealership and auto finance leaders. The Illinois Legislature passed SB 1792 on Jan. 13, which includes a provision titled the Predatory Loan Prevention Act, which some experts say limits credit access to consumers who fail to qualify for lower interest rate terms. It now goes to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature. The bill illustrates the tightrope regulators and government bodies walk-in crafting rules that expand credit access for high-risk populations without burying those borrowers under insurmountable debt. Moment of Musk Elon Musk Loses Round One Vs Indian American Student Who Sued Him Source: news.google.com A California state judge rejected Musk’s argument that the suit filed by Randeep Hothi was baseless and should be thrown out as an attempt to silence the billionaire’s free speech. Randeep Hothi Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk failed to turn the tables on a critic of the company who sued him for defamation. A California state judge rejected Musk’s argument that the suit filed by Randeep Hothi was baseless and should be thrown out as an attempt to silence the billionaire’s free speech. Hothi, a University of Michigan graduate student known as “@skabooshka” on Twitter, drew Musk’s wrath two years ago after two incidents, both of which Hothi claims were harmless. Someone even set up a GoFundMe for Hothi’s legal defense fund. In the first, in February 2019, Hothi was confronted by a security guard when he showed up — to do research, he says — at the Tesla sales center in Fremont, California. In the second, in April 2019, Hothi said he was driving when he spotted a Tesla test car and took photos of it, which he later posted online. Musk complained about Hothi in an email to an online tech editor, describing him as a liar and accusing him of “almost” killing Tesla employees when he was trying to drive away from the sales center. Hothi claimed that Musk triggered an online hate campaign against him in the complaint he filed in August in Alameda County Superior Court. GRINDING the GEARS Ford Mach-E Easter Egg Found! Source: Mach-E Forum.com The rear axle in Ford’s new 346 horsepower Mach-e has an Easter egg in the rear differential casting that says “Electric Ponies Live Here”. How cute. How lame. Real performance cars don’t have to advertise they’re powerful. They just bark and everyone listens. We think it’s safe to say this is #NotMyMustang. Cars of the Weak Eric: 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider 1600 Bring a Trailer listing $56,000 Eric’s pick this week is a very sleek Italian roadster. More specifically, a 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider in a non-traditional blue with a black convertible top. Powered comes from a 1,570cc twin-cam aluminum four-cylinder shifted through a five-speed manual transmission. The seller claims this car was sold new in Milan, Italy, and is only a two-owner car hailing from the San Francisco area since 1980. Eric likes the smaller chrome bumpers, 15-inch Borrani wheels, Veglia gauges, and the newer black leather with red piping. This would be a lovely addition to Eric’s virtual garage. Daryl: 1950 Chevrolet Styleline DeLuxe 2 Door Sedan Vintage Chevrolet Club of America listing. $12,500 Daryl’s friend John is selling his ‘50 Chevy after enjoying it a few years. It’s a 61,000-mile cream puff that still sports its original paint and interior – Just how Daryl likes them! Mechanically the car has been gone through and the 235 and first-year Powerglide 2-speed trans go like new. While in Florida in 2016, Daryl and his Dad stopped by to visit John and spent an afternoon driving this beautiful Styleline through the backroads of horse country in Ocala. It was such a sweet old car if you’re not in a hurry since it’s slow as molasses… but even still, he wouldn’t mind owning it. Thanks for listening, everyone! Feel free to share this episode with another person who ‘gets it’ and we’ll catch you on the next episode! The post Episode 43 – Hot Wheels vs Matchbox appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
95 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Episode 42 – Cannonball Run 2 – The Return of Steve Brown
Welcome to the auto podcast that knows Cannonball Run 2 carries an odor that is not easily shaken. We will do everything in our power to avoid making a stinker of an episode to rival that movie. Obviously, if we are talking Cannonball and VinWiki, that must mean we’re hanging out with our new favorite guest, Steve Brown. You may remember Steve from Episode 35 as we recounted his epic run on the coast-to-coast route that spans from Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego California. He did it solo and holds a record for that run at 27 hours and 13 minutes! https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/thebeerreport/TW_42_Final.mp3 In This Episode This week, we catch up and talk about how Steve spent the latter half of 2020 Running the classic Cannonball route from New York to Los Angeles. We Ask All of the Important Questions *Actual experience may vary. Who helped inspire Steve to make a second run across the U.S.? What happened between the last time we talked and today? When did Steve make the N.Y to L.A. run? Where did he run into obstacles along the way? How did the truck hold up on the second cross-country run? Were their bikini-clad babes with “Farah Fawcett hair” waiting at the finish line? You’ll hear answers to these hard-hitting questions and a whole lot more in Episode 42! Enjoy the ride. The post Episode 42 – Cannonball Run 2 – The Return of Steve Brown appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
89 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
Episode 41 – Nuro’s and Bronco’s oh my…
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/thebeerreport/TW_41_-_Final.mp3 The Autopodcast that can still have fun at Christmas Shows! #ICYMI, here are our last few year’s worth. We hope everyone had a happy holiday season, and 2021 is treating you well. We hope to roll into the spring with even more new episodes, guests and automotive conversation for you all to enjoy. Maybe a few Chevy Berettas to laugh at, too. Sponsors Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office / Arena Esports Patreon Thanks to everyone who has signed up to support us on Patreon! Your preshow for Episode 41 was extra fun, hope you enjoyed it! Feedback Marvin sent us a great email and told us he is starting a DIY garage in North Carolina… We are very curious about this and hope that we can get some more details on a future show. The Honey Do Garage Shanon works at a car dealership out east and wanted us to be a little more clear about the name of the website… It’s Throwin’ Wrenches dot com… No G’s here peeps! Race Daily Kill Today, we’re rolling back the clock to 1993, when there were still such things as modestly-priced performance coupes. $20k could get you some spicy new wheels and leave enough left in your account for a Taco Bell Chalupa or two. Out of these three cars, which one would you choose to #RaceDailyKill? Car 1993 Honda Prelude Si 1993 Ford Probe GT 1993 Chevy Beretta GTZ Engine 2.3 / 160hp H23A1 DOHC 4-cylinder 2.5 / 164hp 4EAT DOHC V-6 2.3 / 180hp Quad 4 DOHC N/A 4-cylinder Transmission 5-speed manual 5-speed manual 5-speed manual Original MSRP $20,000 $15,174 $15,995 International News Criticizing Tokyo Prosecutors, U.N. Panel Says Carlos Ghosn’s Human Rights Were Violated (Forbes) Peter Lyon “In a harsh criticism of Tokyo prosecutors, human rights were violated during Carlos Ghosn’s 130-day detention in a Japanese jail says a U.N. panel. The ex-Nissan CEO was arrested in November 2018 in Tokyo for under-reporting his compensation to the tune of £80 million. He was later rearrested on related charges and then a third and fourth time on suspicion of using company assets improperly.” In the meantime, former Nissan CEO Carlos Goshn has been shooting his mouth off at the Japanese while sitting in his Lebanon holdout, asking why they don’t come and question him. (Remember Pearl Harbor Carlos? Careful what you ask for!) The French, on the other hand, are planning on a visit very soon! Good luck with that! Potential Rabbit hole material: Peter Lyons or Peter Lyon? What are the chances that two automotive writers share a common name? Pete Lyons and Pete Lyon Kia Unveils New Brand Logo and Slogan Source: Automotive News Kia has unveiled a new, more modern, script-like brand logo to replace its aged oval mark and help jumpstart the South Korean carmaker’s planned brand relaunch. As part of the makeover, Kia Motors Corp. has also adopted a new slogan: Movement that Inspires. The new emblem and catchphrase were both unveiled Wednesday during a pyrotechnical display in the skies above Incheon, South Korea, that used 303 drones launching fireworks. Peugeot Shareholders Approve Autos Mega-Merger with Fiat Source: Rueters Shareholders in Peugeot owner PSA gave the green light on Monday to the French company’s merger with Fiat Chrysler (FCA), one of the last steps towards creating the world’s fourth largest automaker. At a special shareholder meeting, the deal to form the new company called Stellantis was first backed by top investors with double voting rights, including the Peugeot family, China’s Dongfeng and the French state, via Bpifrance Electric Cars Hit Record 54% of Sales in Norway as VW eclipses Tesla Source: CNN Business Battery electric vehicles accounted for more than half of all cars sold in Norway last year, putting the country way out in front in efforts to kill off the internal combustion engine. And Tesla (TSLA) lost its sales crown to the Volkswagen Group. Norway is using huge tax incentives to help ensure that every new passenger car and van sold in the country by the end of 2025 is a zero-emission vehicle. Record electric vehicle sales in 2020 means the country is now ahead of schedule, according to Oyvind Solberg Thorsen, CEO of the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV). The market share of electric cars in Norway increased to 54% in 2020 from 42% the previous year, according to data published by OFV on Tuesday. When hybrid vehicles are included, the share of electrified vehicles hit 83% last year. Petrol and diesel cars, which had a combined market share of 71% in 2015, now have just 17% The Reason Apple did not buy Tesla Source: The Hustle According to a hip Email that Eric gets, The Hustle, there are a few reasons that Elon and Apple just don’t mix. It’s actually a fun newsletter that comes out a few times a week. Of course, they are trying to sell you something, but who isn’t? Did I mention the Scion I have for sale? Subscribe here: https://thehustle.co/?ref=313c0d2cf9 National News Calif. Awards First Autonomous Permit Source: AdaptAutomotive.com Dec. 31, 2020—California’s Department of Motor Vehicles has issued the state’s first autonomous vehicle deployment permit. According to Palo Alto online, Nuro, a technology company, received the permit in order to operate autonomous vehicles to make grocery deliveries to the public. Now that Nuro has acquired the permit, it can begin to profit off of its deliveries. Broncos will be delayed Source: Car and Driver The 2021 Ford Bronco off-road-focused SUV’s arrival is being delayed a few months due to coronavirus-related supplier delays, Ford confirmed to Car and Driver this afternoon. It was originally scheduled for a spring 2021 launch, but now the two- and four-door models won’t arrive until the end of the summer, and the Sasquatch version with the manual transmission will be even later. Ford did not disclose which suppliers are experiencing COVID-19-related issues. Orders were originally set to open on December 7 but are now delayed until mid-January. Jeep Upfitting… Done Before it Hits the Local Car Lot Source: Car and Driver Jeep is reportedly planning to expand further into the world of factory customs by opening a dedicated facility near where it builds the Wrangler and Gladiator in Toledo, Ohio. According to the Toledo Blade, Jeep will build a customization facility on a complex of properties formerly owned by Textileather and MedCorp, the most recent of which shut down in 2013. Fiat Chrysler is paying $1 for the site and plans to build a new 250,000-square-foot facility on it. Orphan Car Show Creator, Jack Carl Miller, Passes Source: The Detroit Bureau Many new car dealers love the brands they sell. But few, if any, continue to sell the brand once it’s failed. That wasn’t true of Jack Carl Miller, who died Mon., Dec. 28, 2020, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Miller was 82, and known for running the business his father started, Miller Motor Sales, long after the brand it sold, Hudson, had faded from the scene. Later on, he went on to establish the Orphan Car Show with Randy Mason. Local News Illinois DOT Projects Aim to Bolster Peoria Source: Transport Topics News Magazine BTW… TTNEW.com? Who knew that a publication devoted to tranportation topics existed? Moment of Musk Tesla Model S “Plaid”: Price, Release Date and Specs for the Supercharged EV 0 to 60 in 2.1 seconds… Fastest production car in history… And this news story is old… That’s all you need to know! Eric apologizes for not vetting his Elon intrigue a little harder. It will not happen again! In the meantime: Are Tesla owners all “down” with Mel Brooks references and fart jokes? We totally get it, but wonder if the folks in the black Northface coats drinking expensive Starbucks drinks know how to laugh at that kind of humor. (The world needs more of it!) Cars of the “WEAK” Eric: 2005 Toyota Century 14,919 with 75000 Kilometers on an importer site. Carfromjapan.com We talked about the Toyota Century a few times off the air and Eric finally pulled the trigger (mentally) and found a sweet 2005 Toyota Century sitting in Japan just waiting to be imported to Baltimore in 6 months. No worries, Eric will have this Japanese monster in his virtual garage in minutes. Now the real question: Can you drive this car without feeling like you’re the hired help? Daryl: 1939 Plymouth Deluxe 2-door sedan- $6,500. From the Plymouth Owner’s Club on Facebook: I’m listing my 1939 Plymouth P8 Deluxe for sale for $6,500. I bought this recently and have done nothing to it. It had been garaged for 20 years. Engine turns freely but doesn’t run. I don’t have the time to work on this like I had expected. Located in Cleveland, Ohio. Super easy fix or rebuild. This likely has sold already, but it would be a prime example of stuff that’s out there and just begging for someone to take it to the next level or put it back on the road. Look at this Art Deco masterpiece. Cheap for what it is… and would fill a nice void for a 30’s car in the Scott collection. Thanks for listening! The post Episode 41 – Nuro’s and Bronco’s oh my… appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
78 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Christmas 2020 – Virtual Road Trip Soundtrack
Welcome to the auto podcast that gives you the best Christmas Episodes! It’s okay to admit you loved last year’s Christmas episode. This year, we thought we’d put together another list of our ‘favorite things.’ And while you may not be able to drive to Grandma’s house this Christmas, you can still pretend we’re all driving the Dan Ryan, headed to a party in an old Chevy Astro van, all the while hoping the Christmas tree doesn’t fall off the roof. Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, we proudly present our Christmas gift to the world for 2020: The Throwin’ Wrenches Virtual Road Trip Soundtrack. http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/TW-XMAS-2020-FULL.mp3 The Ground Rules Sure, it’s easy to come up with a few of our favorite road trip songs at the drop of a hat. But Eric suggested we dig a little deeper into the vinyl collection and purposefully select only driving songs. What is a driving song? It’s not just a song about a car (sons like The Dead Milkmen’s Bitchin Camaro and Commander Cody’s Hot Rod Lincoln instantly come to mind. While those are great songs, they are not what we’d consider ‘sit back and cruise’ songs. All of the songs we compiled for this episode are not only amazeballs, they also contain some reference to driving. With the abbreviated car show and event season, we both felt as though we needed more windshield time to crank the radio up and let the good times roll. As winter rolls in, consider this a reminder that the sunny days and good times are just around the corner. Turn up the bass, roll down the windows and rock these playlists at your leisure. Oh, and one more thing… Merry Christmas! Red Barchetta – Rush Nada – The Refreshments Get to You – Joe Ely Long Way Home (cover) – Hot Club of Cowtown Everybody’s Talking (cover) – Glen Campbell Eric’s YouTube Playlist Mix Eric’s Honorable Mentions Double Life – Cars Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge – Screaming Blue Messiahs Welcome to the Pleasuredome – Frankie Goes to Hollywood Letter From America – The Proclaimers Keys to Her Ferrari – Thomas Dolby I’m on Fire – The Boss – Bruce Springsteen (It’s all about that video!) Check it Out – John Cougar Mellencamp Open All Night – Son Volt Let’s Go For a Ride – Cracker Tryin’ to Get to You – Roy Orbison (And the Teen Kings) Hey, Pretty – Poe Daryl’s YouTube Playlist Mix Daryl’s Honorable Mentions All Night Diner – Santo and Johnny Look Out Any Window – Bruce Hornsby and the Range The Distance – Cake Used Cars – Ani DiFranco Drive – Incubus You didn’t think we would forget our regular #MomentOfMusk segment just because this is a Christmas episode, did you? Of course, we wouldn’t! Did you know that according to Entrepreneur Magazine, the always-festive Elon Musk has a favorite music playlist? He allegedly whistles the following five tunes while shuffling about the office every so often. We riff on his musical tastes and try to explore what it says about the man, the myth, the legend. Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python America F Yeah – Team America Con Te Partiro – Andrea Bocelli Santa Claus is coming to town – Fred Astaire Elon’s* YouTube Playlist Mix *alleged Thanks for listening, and we look forward to bringing you more new episodes in 2021. All the best, -Eric & Daryl The post Christmas 2020 – Virtual Road Trip Soundtrack appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
109 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
Episode 40 – Car Trucks, Right to Fix and Herzog Speaks
Welcome to the auto podcast that can appreciate a well-run amateur sporting organization. That’s some love aimed directly at the Champaign County Sports Car Club. We had hopes of getting with Dean Plumadore for Episode 40, but it didn’t work out for this time. Nevertheless, we’ll be sure to wrangle Dean for a future show to hear all of the latest escapades. Meanwhile, you’re stuck with the two regulars. Enjoy! This show is extra long to make up for the delay! http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/TW40-FULL-64.mp3 Thanks again to our Sponsors Fort’s Toyota of Pekin | Instagram Casey Law Office | Also check out Gabe’s other venture, 309Arena. Patreon A big thanks and kudos to those of you who support the show on Patreon. It means the world to us to have your support! We are glad to share our amazing pre-shows with you! Feedback Listener Mike says we need to “figure out a way to do remote interviews!” We hear you, Mike. COVID is making that request a necessity! Eric’s TikTok handle is Planetstahl. Daryl does not have a TikTok because he is an adult. Projects Eric That damn ’90 Supra. A new clutch master cylinder here, a coolant leak there. It’s starting to need a few things, but they’ll wait until Spring. Race Day with the GR Supra. Beat the child, lost to an Audi Sedan by .5 seconds. Dean says I need training! Kevin Berba sent me a link to youtube videos from the 1970’s. Daryl Upholstery videos on YouTube have been in heavy rotation in preparation for what’s next on the ‘58 Plymouth. Mrs. Scott is not so sure she wants anything to do with it, so it will likely be farmed out. Race. Daily. Kill. In this episode, Eric pulled out all the stops. After reminiscing about the short-lived popularity of the car-based pickup here in the United States, he wrangled up all of the options to create our first-ever 4-way deathmatch on Race Daily Kill. While popular in Australia for many years as “utes” or utility vehicles, the wagon-based trucks briefly sold stateside and were often used by businesses for commercial delivery vehicles. Folks in the skilled trades used them for work trucks, even if they weren’t trucks. They were also popular among the mulleted folks who enjoyed rocking out to Molly Hatchet and jumping railroad tracks. We start with the granddaddy of them all, the Ford Ranchero (introduced in 1957), then the Chevy El Camino (introduced in 1959), and then their much later pint-sized competitors the Subaru Brat (introduced in 1978) and Dodge Rampage (introduced in 1982). Vehicle Lineup 1979 Ford Ranchero 5.8 liter V-8/ 3-speed Automatic 151 horsepower / RWD MSRP: $5,866 1979 Chevrolet El Camino 3.3 liter V-6/3-speed Automatic 93 horsepower / RWD MSRP: $5,377 1981 Subaru BRAT 1.6 liter flat 4 / 4-speed manual 68 horsepower / 4WD MSRP: $6,739 1982 Dodge Rampage 2.2 liter 4 cylinder / 5 speed manual 84 horsepower /FWD MSRP: $5, 500 Here are our picks for this killer lineup. Eric Race the El Camino. Daily the Ranchero. Kill the Subaru & Rampage. Daryl Race the Subaru Brat. Daily the El Camino. Kill the Ranchero & Rampage. Headlines International News Honda Looks to New Civic to Help Keep Its Edge in Smaller Sedan Market Honda Motor Co. is trying to reinvigorate sales of one of its most recognizable nameplates, the Civic, as Americans’ interest in sedan cars wanes. The Japanese automaker on Tuesday night, via the Twitch streaming platform, gave buyers a first look at the next-generation Civic, a model that accounts for roughly one-quarter of Honda’s U.S. sales and that executives said is critical to attracting younger and more price-sensitive buyers to the brand. The company’s U.S. sales have slipped in recent years as car shoppers have flocked to bigger and pricier vehicles, moving away from the economical small cars like the Civic that helped turn Honda into a household name. Source: The Wall Street Journal National News EV-Wary Dealers Offered Upward of $500,000 to Drop Cadillac Cadillac dealers who don’t see a place for themselves in the luxury brand’s all-electric future can walk away with more than half a million dollars instead. General Motors last week showed the breadth of its commitment to electric vehicles as the future of Cadillac and its other brands, boosting its EV and autonomy budget by 35 percent through 2025. Cadillac’s first full EV, the Lyriq, will launch in early 2022, nine months sooner than initially planned, and the brand expects to be selling only EVs by 2030, as long as GM feels the market is ready. Some dealers, on the other hand, aren’t ready to make that shift — or to spend at least $200,000 on the chargers, tooling and training that GM is requiring. They have until Nov. 30 to decide whether they’d rather just get out instead. Source: Automotive News Alliance Calls Mass. ‘Right to Repair’ Law Unconstitutional in Lawsuit The Alliance for Automotive Innovation on Friday filed a federal lawsuit over a recently enacted ballot measure in Massachusetts that updates an existing state law, expanding access to data related to vehicle maintenance and repair. Starting with the 2022 model year, the updated “right to repair” law requires makers of vehicles sold in Massachusetts to equip vehicles that use telematics systems — which collect and wirelessly transmit mechanical data to a remote server — with a standardized, open-access data platform. It also gives vehicle owners and independent repair shops access to real-time information from the telematics such as crash notifications, remote diagnostics and navigation. The law is scheduled to take effect Dec. 3. The alliance said automakers, which can begin selling 2022 model-year vehicles as early as Jan. 2, 2021, could face “impossible compliance obstacles.” Source: Automotive News Alliance Supports Calif. Incentive for New EVs The Alliance for Automotive Innovation on Tuesday applauded a new incentive plan for EVs in California. The collaboration between the California Air Resources Board and the state’s electric utilities offers consumers up to $1,500 up front for the purchase or lease of eligible new battery-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles from a participating auto retailer. The California Clean Fuel Reward program launched Tuesday and will help support Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ambitious move to stop the sale of new passenger cars and trucks with internal combustion engines by 2035. The plan aims to transition California away from fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the state’s air regulators said. Source: Automotive News Local News Rivian Sells out… Of R1T’s that is Rivian confirmed that it has already sold out the reservation slots for the first version of its electric pickup truck. All without even giving the wider public access to the configurator. Last week, Rivian unveiled its final pricing and configurations for the first version of the R1T and R1S. The startup then opened up its configurator for people who have placed reservations with a $1,000 deposit on its vehicles over the last 2 years. Despite this limitation, they have managed to sell out the ‘Launch Edition’ of their new electric vehicles within a week. Source: Electrek Our Take: Is this the new business model of the future? Amazon did it for years by losing money upfront until they conquered the whole market on EVERYTHING. Maybe if you can find enough folks willing to prepay for an electric truck, you can make a company that sells EV trucks? Watch and learn Atlas and Nikola. Moment of Musk Werner vs. Elon Our favorite dry German documentary director had some words for Elon and Space X this past week while thinking about humankinds inevitable expansion to the red planet. https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-mars-city-werner-herzog-mistake-obscenity-2020-11 “I think Elon Musk stylizes himself as some sort of a technological visionary,” Werner Herzog told Inverse. “Because he has to sell his electric cars. Wonderful that he does that. He has to sell his reusable rockets. Wonderful that he’s doing it.” But, he added, “I disagree with him when he postulates and preaches about colonizing Mars.” Humans should “not be like the locusts,” Herzog said, but instead should “look to keep our planet inhabitable.” Still, Herzog said he would “love to go [to Mars] with a camera with scientists.” Eric’s Take: Is Business Insider even a business publication? As I write this they have a whole section blogging on the best black Friday deals … LIVE! Grinding the Gears Daryl The ‘collector’ car market is getting weird now. Super weird. Values are all over the place, and utilitarian cars that happen to be old are now being considered ‘collectors’ while actual collectible cars are undervalued. Meanwhile, look at the values of the old Jeep Grand Waggoneers, Squarebody pickups, old GM B-body wagons and even RamChargers. They’re everywhere in ads these days and people can’t get enough. I blame hipsters and marketing firms who use old station wagons and anything from our Gen-X childhood to sell us stuff. Examples An ‘86 Chevy Celebrity sold for $3,500 + 10% buyer’s premium at Mecum auction in Las Vegas this week. Gateway Classic Cars in O’Fallon, Illinois has an ‘86 GMC conversion van listed in the $40K price range. This non-LT1 ‘93 Buick Roadmaster Estate is listed for $13,500 and it’s missing a piece of side trim. Wagonmaster frequently sells refurbished Grand Wagoneers for nearly $100K. We should be happy about this phenomenon, since we love strange cars and survivor types, but we’re not. We worry that values will continue to slide on the cool stuff, while the quirky oddball survivors will get even more ridiculously bought and sold. Bottom Line: Hipsters, please save some of the old cheap weird stuff for us! Eric What is up with Bogus Facebook Marketplace sellers? I thought it was harder to get a spam account on Facebook than Craigslist? I guess those days, like commercial-free YouTube, are gone. I have recently been bombarded by super-cheap used Toyota trucks and Airstream campers for the past month. When you click the link to the “dealer” selling them in the Peoria area, you get a weirdly-named store, then the same item repeated over and over. Here is a classic example: A $1000 RAV4 pops up for sale in Pekin from an account titled “RAV4 SUV Dealership.” See the pic… RAV4Dealer is a new dealership in Peoria… Selling… RAV4s! Well… Only one RAV4. But they have a dealer page! I ditched Craigslist because of its propensity for fake ads. Now it appears that Facebook has succumbed to the same creeps with too much time on their hands! Zuk… If you can verify fake news articles about a scandalous presidential candidates first cousin’s watermelon seed spitting contest, how can you not see that “AIRSTREAM4U” with a $1200.00 mint condition Bambi trailer is not worth “flagging” for questionable validity? Daryl and I can sit in a room looking at marketplace ads all day if thats what it takes! Cars of the WEAK Eric and Daryl love to cruise the cyber lots and kick the virtual tires… to the point that we can almost imagine a full ownership experience with our newly purchased (in our mind) auto, motorcycle or whatever. It’s not until we show the item to our wives that we get that kick in the head of reality that shuts down the whole purchasing process! We can share with you though, and you won’t judge us… Will you? Eric 1973 Triumph STAG for sale on Car Gurus Dealer’s Price:$24,999 Location: Nashville, TN Mileage:42,333 miles Transmission: Manual I fell in love with this guy when I first glanced at those 4 round headlights… beautiful. I already imagined owning this car and breaking it out on the summer weekends for a stroll up 116 along the river road. T-Tops and chrome. Lovely! Then I googled the car… and look at that… A V-8! Then I accidentally hit the link for searching the Triumph V8. Immediately, 3 articles “right off the bat” saying this engine was the worst thing Triumph ever built! And just like that… I went from buying a car as a virtual summer driver to parking it in the virtual museum, only to be driven to virtual events in my mind (when it wasn’t being virtually repaired). Ahhh, the virtual car collector blues! Daryl 1991 BMW 325 iX Coupe on Nitro Auto Deals Price: $10,500 Mileage: Unknown Made from 1986 to 1991, and sold here in the states from 88-91, the 325 iX is probably my favorite E30 because it’s all-wheel-drive, it’s over-engineered and even better… it has factory fender flares! Capable in most of the bad weather, one of these with a 5 speed and a good set of snow tires should get you anywhere you need to go. This baby is finished in Alpine White (like my favorite Nestle candy bar) and has the great basketweave rims. I’d swap them for BBS’s and call it a day. A perfect winter beater with a heater! Thanks for listening! The post Episode 40 – Car Trucks, Right to Fix and Herzog Speaks appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
98 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Episode 39 – Stolen Supras, Cosplay and a Fox Body Education
Thanks for tuning in to the Automotive Podcast that CAN actually sell a car! Eric unloaded Red Mist last week, and now can boast that he has one less car than Daryl. Baby steps, people! We’ve got a lot of content packed into this latest show, and you won’t want to miss some of the local news updates. We also talk a fair amount about Knight Rider and why role-playing is kinda cool if your wardrobe ensemble happens to include a wicked cool 70s or 80s car. Thanks to our sponsors! Forts Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office of Morton Yes, you read that correctly. There’s a fresh new local venue and web domain for the Casey Law Office. More to come – Stay tuned for details! Get Even More Throwin’ Wrenches on Patreon We’d also like to give a big shoutout to our Patreon Subscribers. Patreon is an easy way to support the show and get access to the super cool Throwin’ Wrenches Pre Show. This episode rang in at a hefty 58 minutes. Lots of non-show content and a much longer conversation about the stolen 2020 GR Supra from Fort’s this past week. You can join at any time and plans for the preshow start at $5/mo. Episode Highlights Stolen Supra Update Many of you have followed along as Eric brought us live updates on the Fort’s Toyota 2020 GR Supra race car which was stolen earlier in October and thankfully recovered by the Peoria Police Department. The case is still ongoing, but what we’ve learned is this: Not all auto thefts are carried out by an international crime syndicate with a network of high-tech gear and access to chop shops. Sometimes they are (allegedly) carried out by young kids with nothing better to do. Thanks to Central Illinois Cars & Coffee and everyone in the local and regional automotive community for sharing this story on social media when it broke, and to the Peoria Police Department for recovering both the GR Supra and the 2020 Toyota Tundra CrewMax that was stolen in the same incident. Both are back safely in their rightful home. Race. Daily. Kill. Eric lined up this week’s picks for our Race, Daily, Kill segment… and it’s another epic field of automotive talent. If this is your first time, this show segment is where we select three cars or trucks and then pluck out one we’d race, one we’d drive daily, and one that we would take out back and kill. First, let’s set the stage. The Year… is 1984. Denim and leather jackets were in. Van Halen blasted on every radio station across the nation. Aqua Net hairspray depleted much of the ozone layer, which helped everyone tan better. Pizza Hut was actually edible. Meanwhile, most of the new cars were choked by early emissions equipment. The Big Three’s offerings were mostly stale, but a single black Trans Am ruled the high-tech automotive world thanks to its computer control center, turbo boost and voice command system. Alexa, who? This is 1984, son!!! Of course, we’re talking about the sleek Pontiac Trans Am, K.I.T.T. (aka Knight Industries Two Thousand). Ladies and Gentlemen, we proudly present this week’s lineup. Year: 1984 1984 1984 Make: Pontiac Ford Jaguar Model: Firebird Trans Am/K.I.T.T. Mustang SVO XJS Engine (HP): 5.0 Liter V-8 (190 hp) 2.3 liter turbo 4-cylinder (170hp) 5.3 liter V-12 (262 hp) MSRP: $11,103 $16,500 $34,700 Verdicts Eric: Race the SVO. Daily the T/A. Kill the Jaguar. Maintenance alone would kill any fun that V-12 had to offer. Daryl: Race the SVO. Daily the Jaguar. Kill the T/A. Turbo 2.3’s are fun, and Jags are classy even on a flatbed trailer. As always, we’d love to hear your picks this time around. Feel free to play along on Facebook or hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rabbit Hole While researching cars for our Race, Daily, Kill segment, Eric spent a few days/weeks/months on the interwebz discovering just how many Ford models shared the same platform as the Fox body Mustangs, similar to our SVO this week. Not only did Ford use the Fox platform for the Mustang from 1979 to 1993, it also used the same underpinnings to roll out dozens of other models in that time frame. Some of these include: Ford Fairmont Ford Thunderbird / Mercury Cougar Ford Granda / Mercury Cougar Ford LTD / Mercury Marquis Mercury Capri Lincoln Continental Ford Mustang Lincoln Mark VII That’s what we call getting your money’s worth out of your engineering team. We discuss the history of the Fox cars and link them all the way back to the “Father of the Mustang”, none other than Lee Iacocca himself. International News Maybach or May-Blah? You Decide! Mercedes will have a shiny new bauble for America’s 1-percenters to park in their driveways for Christmas — a Mercedes Maybach SUV. In early December, Mercedes-Benz will enter the rarefied world of ultraluxe SUVs with the most expensive passenger vehicle made in America. The 2021 Maybach GLS 600 4MATIC starts at $161,550, including shipping. Fully loaded, the SUV tops out at nearly $200,000. Source: Automotive News Eric’s Take: Perhaps it’s time to admit that a luxury SUV by any brand (even Lamborghini, Rolls or Mercedes-Benze) will always look terrible? Give it up! National News GM Debuts Electric Hummer Pickup With $80,000 Starting Price General Motors Co. showed its much-anticipated battery-powered Hummer pickup in an online video, spearheading the automaker’s renewed push into the electric-vehicle market. The 2022 model-year truck will have a starting price of $80,000 and a range of 350 miles when fully charged. GM will sell it at GMC brand dealerships once production starts in the fall of 2021, the automaker said late Tuesday. The GMC Hummer’s driving range is about the same as Tesla Inc.’s Model 3, and the truck’s zero-to-60 miles per hour acceleration in three seconds is equivalent to a gasoline-powered sports car. With the new truck, GM is seeking to retain its traditional strength in pickups. Source: Bloomberg Shaken Up By Trump, Auto Lobby Eyes Impact of Biden Presidency A Biden administration would be likely to restore aggressive Obama-era emission targets that Trump has tried to roll back. In addition, the former vice president would likely put more of Washington’s focus on electric and autonomous cars going forward to ensure American autoworkers build “the vehicle of the future.” An extension of the $7,500 per EV tax credit is more likely if Biden becomes president, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Conversely, four more years of Trump would see a continuation of efforts to rollback auto mileage standards and revoke California’s power to issue its own standards. As much as anything, the carmakers say they want certainty on matters such as trade and mileage rules. Source: Bloomberg It’s Not DiGiorno: Most Recent Car Buyers Now Want Home Delivery Real-time messaging and chat functionality, virtual vehicle walk-arounds and test drives with video, and completing financing and trade-ins online. Those are some of the new methods consumers are using to purchase their new or used cars from local dealerships. Consumers have turned to personal car ownership as their “preferred and safe mode of transportation” at the start of the pandemic and far beyond, Cars.com chief executive officer Alex Vetter said in a news release. Source: Auto Remarketing Recalls Ford Motor Co. warned Monday that certain 2019-2020 Ford Transit Connect vans have an engine flaw that could create fire risk while certain 2020 Ford Escape SUVs have tire pressure monitoring flaws that could lead to loss of control. Both vehicles are the subject of recalls, along with the high-performance of the Mustang Shelby GT350 and Mustang Shelby GT500 for its light system. The company said it is unaware of any accident or injury related to these situations. Source: Detroit Free Press Local News Amazon Shows Off New 100% Electric Rivian Delivery Vehicle Amazon and Rivian have pulled the sheet off the first four-wheeled product of their new sustainability venture. This custom, all-electric delivery van is the first of many Amazon plans to introduce to its fleet in the coming years. The van itself is fairly barebones and practical, as you’d expect from a delivery vehicle. While Amazon and Rivian remain tight-lipped regarding the van’s exact specifications, they say it will offer 150 miles of total range (which would be class-leading). Rivian will announce its battery supplier for the project later in 2020. “The vehicle we’ve developed with Amazon is not just electric. We prioritized safety and functionality to create a vehicle that’s optimized for package delivery,” said RJ Scaringe, Rivian CEO. “We thought through how drivers get in and out of the van, what the workspace feels like and what the work flow is for delivering packages.” While Amazon is heavily invested in the electric startup, that is not the only avenue it has explored. While the size of the order may pale in comparison, Daimler is slated to provide 1,800 electric Mercedes-Benz delivery vans to Amazon’s European operations. Source: Autoblog Moment of Musk “The acid test, really, is, if the ships from Earth stop coming from any reason, does Mars die out?” Musk told interviewer Robert Zubrin during the live-streamed event. “For any reason. It could be banal, or it could be nuclear armageddon,” he added. Let’s unpack some of the questions this open-ended comment raises. First, Musk recently also said that he expects many Mars settlers will die during the process of traveling to and settling on Mars in the longer term. That’s a common theme, from imperialist settlements like Jamestown or Roanoke to the explorers who first crossed Antarctica or sailed across the Pacific Ocean. Source: Popular Science Grinding the Gears Daryl thinks the day of the alloy wheel has run its course. They scuff, they suck to clean and they are expensive. Most aren’t even lighter than steel rims, which was the point of having them in the first place. Bad. Good. Can’t we just go back to steel wheels and dog dish caps? Land Rover is on their new Defenders… and so does Ford on the new Bronco and they look pretty slick. Need a change of attitude? Paint your wheels. Done. Cars of the WEAK Eric: 1972 Lotus Europa S2 – $13,900 Source: Craigslist Eric’s occasional taste for the exotic brought him to the greater St. Louis area this week for a butterscotch-flavored Brit. Check out this elegantly-written description of the lovely Lotus, and tell us if this car isn’t a well-loved machine: It has the original 1565 CC Renault 4 cyl engine. The engine head was obtained from an early Lotus 46, it has larger intake valves, siamessed ports, and has had .030 inches machined from the face; this gives a compression ratio of 12:1. It has a Weber 45 DC0E13 carburetor and equal length headers, this produces about 120 bhp at 6500 rpms. It has a four speed manual trans with new linkage. It has new brakes, new master cylinder, new rear wheel cylinders, the front calipers are rebuilt, and it has new rubber brake lines. It has a new water pump, the radiator has been recored, new radiator hoses, new thermostat, and new coolant. It has a new alternator and a new battery. It has a new breather and it has had a fresh oil and trans oil change. It has five original steel wheels and four original Lotus mag wheels. The windshield is in very good condition. It runs and shifts fine. This ol’ girl gets up and goes! The car does need cosmetic work inside and out but it is very solid. For more information call Keith Could you see Eric buzzing around a road course in this low-slung Europa? Perhaps it should / could find a new home in the cozy confines of the Stahl ranch now that Red Mist has been sold. Just a thought. Daryl: 64 Chevy Bel Air Sedan – $3,900 Source: Sullivan Auctions Daryl says this base-model ’64 Chevy is just like my first love… his high school car. He owned one from 1995 to 1997 and he will always have a soft spot for these Giant rectangles with room for 9 people. Built with an X-frame, they are solid and sturdy sedans and hold up to the elements fairly well. A skinnier Daryl in 1997 with his ’64 Bel Air This low-mileage example from Missouri is equipped with a 230 six and a Powerglide trans would run forever and deliver decent mileage in the upper teens or low 20s. He’d rock this in a heartbeat for under $5K, but it doesn’t make sense to bring home another car right now. He needs to follow Eric’s example and release one back into the wild. Thanks for listening! Keep in touch with us in between episodes at email@example.com. The post Episode 39 – Stolen Supras, Cosplay and a Fox Body Education appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
28 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Patreon Freebie – Steve Brown Preshow
If you follow along with the comings and goings of the show staff and guests… You might have witnessed online that Steve Brown made a road trip from NY to San Diego this last weekend. More details soon! As a tribute to another epic story… We share this Patreon Preshow for all the show listeners… Hear a little material that was not on ep 35. Listen Here: http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/TW-35-patreon.mp3 Link to the Patreon Post The post Patreon Freebie – Steve Brown Preshow appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
90 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Episode 38 – 18 Cars Between Us
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/tw38-Final.mp3 Welcome back to the auto podcast that can’t seem to find a good reason for you all to re-share! Guilt-trips aside, we love the fact that you’re here with us, week after week. We also love bringing you automotive news, project updates, and hearing from folks like you. Speaking of hearing from you, we’d like to congratulate longtime listener Don S for winning our recent book giveaway. Don snagged a copy of A Trucker’s Tale: Wit, Wisdom, and True Stories from 60 Years on the Road by Ed Miller for sharing a post about Throwin’ Wrenches Podcast on Facebook. Mad props, Don. Mad props. If anyone is interested in a great collection of stories about life as a long-haul truck driver in the era before GPS, electronic logging and creature comforts like air conditioning, grab a copy of Ed’s book on Amazon. It’s also available as an audiobook if that’s more your speed. Either way, it’s a great read and we hope you enjoy it. Thanks to Apollo Publishers for the generous giveaway offer! Thanks to our Sponsors Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office Thanks to our Patreon Supporters Thanks to everyone who has signed up to be a Patreon supporter of our show. We were able to scrape a few schekels together to spring for a shiny new SSL certificate to keep our website secure. In all seriousness, your contribution helps us do all this behind-the-scenes stuff to put out a show we’re proud of and you (hopefully) enjoy. Thank you. Feedback Jameson Elder of Neosho, Missouri tells us he listens to our podcast nearly every night at work and he loves the Moment of Musk. He also says to keep up the great work. Thanks so much for listening, Jameson! We’re glad you’re enjoying the show! We also heard from a listener, Ryan, who ranked his Race, Daily, Kill choices from Episode 36, which included a Fiero, an RX-7 and a Honda CRX. More in our latest episode. Projects Eric recaps his latest trip to Nashville with his beloved Treehugger, a 2010 Toyota 4Runner with 200k well-traveled miles. What does the future hold for this soon-t0-be-retired trail rig? You’ll be happy to know there’s a Treehugger 2.0 in the works! Also, ERIC BOUGHT ANOTHER CAR. That brings the total number in his fleet to 9. We’ll also give you a few guesses as to what kind of car it is. Here’s a hint: It’s a 1990 Toyota Supra with the awesome targa roof. Daryl recalls his latest hunt for rusty parts for his 1958 Plymouth project. “Operation Iowa” was successful, and he didn’t get murdered. He also tried out a new buffer and brought some life back into the finish of his wife’s 2007 Toyota Solara convertible without burning a hole into the finish… so that’s what we call a “success story”. Episode Highlights Race. Daily. Kill. Year: 1978 1978 1978 Make: VW Chevrolet Dodge Model: Type II (Bus) Chevy Van G10 (1/2 ton) Sportsman 100 (1/2 ton) Engine / HP: 2.0 liter air-cooled 4-cylinder (70 hp) 250 cid inline 6-cylinder (155 hp) 318 cid V-8 (147 hp) Price : $6,185 MSRP $5,468 MSRP $5,813 MSRP Eric Race the Dodge. Daily the Chevy. Kill the VW. Daryl Race the Dodge. Daily the Chevy and Kill the VW. For once, they agree! Headlines International News Ford Commits $1.5 Billion to Build EVs in Canada Ford Motor Co. has reached a tentative labor deal with its 5,400 unionized employees in Canada, in a settlement that also secures a nearly $1.5 billion investment in two plants and a commitment to build electric cars in suburban Toronto. The decision from the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker represents a shot of confidence for Canada’s auto sector. Factories in the country produce roughly two million vehicles annually, but that is down 25% from 2000 as car makers invested in lower-cost regions such as Mexico and the U.S. Sunbelt. Source: The Wall Street Journal VW to Offer Unlimited Charging for 3 years on New EVs. Volkswagen AG will provide owners of its ID.4 compact electric sport utility vehicle with three years of unlimited charging in the United States at no additional cost to the vehicle’s price, the German automaker said on Monday. Volkswagen said customers, who lease or purchase the electric SUV that was launched last month, can access the company’s unit Electrify America’s U.S. network of more than 470 charging stations and over 2,000 fast chargers. Source: Reuters National News GM: We’re Okay Not Being the Biggest Nearly a decade ago, Toyota Motor Corp. dethroned General Motors Co. as the world’s largest car company, leaving some GM executives wringing their hands. Mary Barra wasn’t among them. When she took the CEO job in early 2014, she inherited a company that for decades was so large and unwieldy executives sometimes didn’t know whether parts of the business were making or losing money. On a visit to GM’s unprofitable operations in Thailand that year, she signaled a readiness to curb the company’s fixation on size. She criticized her Asian executive team’s five year-plan to introduce several new models, according to people who attended. Source: The Wall Street Journal Hyundai Wants to Restart Facility Upgrades; Dealers Wary Hyundai and Genesis are resuming their dealership upgrade programs after halting them six months ago when the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the U.S. auto market. And some dealers are pushing back. Retailers say economic conditions remain uncertain in the U.S. and car buyers are increasingly moving online, especially under the shadow of the pandemic, making major investments in physical stores less appealing. But executives at Hyundai Motor America say they feel the company’s retail sales have rebounded from the coronavirus crisis thanks to aggressive factory promotions and hard work by dealers. And now is the time to move forward. Source: Automotive News EV Upgrades May be Final Straw for Some Cadillac Dealers The dawning electric-vehicle era is likely to mark the end of the road for some low-volume, rural Cadillac dealerships. The luxury brand is requiring U.S. dealers who want to keep their franchises after 2022 to spend at least $200,000 installing chargers, buying special tooling and training employees to handle a lineup that’s planned to be fully electric within a decade. Cadillac officials and top dealers believe that’s a worthwhile investment to give customers a first-class experience, but they acknowledge it could be too much for retailers that don’t have enough volume to recoup those costs in a reasonable period of time. Source: Automotive News Kansas City Auto Show Bans Tesla Since Tesla sells directly to customers, it was excluded from the Kansas City Auto Show, reported CleanTechnica. The Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City puts on the auto show. According to the report, a sales and service agreement with an automaker is criteria to join the association. Tesla’s business model lacks franchised dealerships. However, local Tesla owners and enthusiasts set up outside the auto show. The Tesla Owners Club gave test rides of their cars. Source: Clean Technica Local News Michigan auto dealers are trying to block startup electric carmakers including Rivian Automotive Inc. and Lucid Motors Inc. from following in Tesla Inc.’s footsteps by selling vehicles directly to consumers and servicing them in the state. A bill introduced in the Michigan legislature last week would block any manufacturer other than Tesla from selling cars to customers without a dealer as an intermediary and from owning and operating service and repair facilities. It could come up for a vote as soon as Tuesday, according to a Rivian official. Source: Bloomberg Rabbit Hole Eric discovers a story about the recent shake-up at EV manufacturer Nikola Motors and some stock squabbles, and decided to do a little investigative journalism. We also call this “stalking”. In true #RabbitHole fashion, he dives into allegations of nepotism, short-selling, and a lot of other fun stuff. After a $2 billion infusion from General Motors, will this startup ever really materialize, or is this all just a big waste? Who wants to place bets that Nikola won’t be around in a few years? GrInDiNg the GeArS This week, Eric sets his laser beams on SuperCar Blondie, the Gucci ballcap and silver leather pant-wearing YouTube sensation that has an audience of zillions, yet somehow manages to get under Eric’s skin. He lays out the reasons why she needs to dial it back a notch. He also talks about one of the most disgusting cars he’s had to service in recent years. Seriously, when will people stop being so gross? Meanwhile, Daryl gets all torqued off over how city folks are driving on two-lane country highways on their way to pick apples. It seems a lot of folks don’t know how to properly pass on these roads anymore and could make a deadly mistake. Are Honeycrisps and fresh apple cider really worth dying for? Cars of the WEAK Eric: Segway Dirt E-Bike X160 – $2,999.00 $3,499.00 Source: Segway Eric goes for another e-bike, only this time it’s built by Segway and features a 76 mile range, 40 mph top speed, and would be a perfect off-road toy. Enjoy unforgettable off-road adventures with the Segway Dirt eBike X160. Riding this high-performance electric dirt bike is pure joy. Weighing only 105.8 lbs the bike is super lightweight and easy to maneuver, whether you are an experienced rider or a complete beginner. However, the best part about this dirt bike is its electric motor which provides an absolutely crazy acceleration of 184.3 FT-LBS! In only 4 seconds this beast will sprint from 0 to 31 mph making even experienced riders smile. Daryl: 1982 Checker A11 (Marathon) taxi – $15,750 Source: Checker Motor Cars This final model-year Checker was originally ordered as a cab by Black & White Taxi in Little Rock, Arkansas but was never put into service. The owners drove it as their personal transportation. Featuring an underpowered, wheezy, carbureted GM 3.8 V6 and slushbox automatic, this iconic sedan would get respectable mileage and is easy to maintain with a stockpile of NOS parts thanks to Checker’s long run as America’s taxicab from 1961 to 1982. I’ve always loved these and someday will own one. It’s nice to see this one survived without being abused in daily service on the streets. Prices for these goofy things are getting steep for a good-running original. Thanks for listening to our podcast! Feel free to keep in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. The post Episode 38 – 18 Cars Between Us appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
85 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Episode 37 – Upholstery Road Trips and Dune Buggies
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TW37-Final.mp3 Throwin’ Wrenches – 37 The Autopodcast that … can switch from Evil Knievel to Betsy Ross quicker than you say Joe Rogan’s mushroom coffee Thanks to our Sponsors: A Truckers Tale by Ed Miller. Apollo Publishers sent us a copy of Ed’s book. We are happy to talk about it and send a copy to a loyal listener. All you have to do is share our Facebook post onto your page to be entered. (Must be a public share!!!) Buy it here on Amazon Fort’s Toyota of Pekin. www.toyota-pekin.com CASEY LAW Office. CLOpeoria.com A big shout-out to our PATREON subscribers- Thanks to everyone who has signed up! You got a big bonus episode this month! Join here! Thanks for listening. Even you folks who emailed in and said you have gone back and listened from episode one on… God help you! On this episode of the big show… Eric talks about hitting the sand dunes with the Fort’s Trail Team. He also had a chance to get some staff out to Autocross a few weeks ago at Champaign County Sports Car Club. Photos from Eric’s last adventure can be seen here Daryl, He’s doing some house work… And planning a big solo trip to Iowa to get some interior trim for his Project Plymouth. Also, he’s got the ‘55’s brakes dialed in and put some miles on it. Cars and Coffee… And Delavan car show ready? Summer is coming to an end… What have you been working on? Race Daily Kill The year is 1985… Select from this page: https://blog.consumerguide.com/consumer-guide-tests-affordable-sporty-coupes-1985/ International News: VW Bus dete’s are released According to Adaptive Automotive… We have pricing and details on the all electric “bus” that is driving the kids nuts! Can Tesla compete with this??? Aug. 26, 2020—Volkswagen is crafting a vehicle that is both nostalgic and retro. The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz is reminiscent of VW vans in the 70s, but will be the brand’s first all-electric microbus. The microbus is said to have a driving range of 270 to 373 miles. The I.D. Buzz is among the latest autonomous models that Volkswagen has invested in, in an effort to keep pace with the evolving industry and environmental concerns. According to CleanTechnica, Volkswagen board member, Josef Baumert, says “With the current measures we are systematically further implementing our strategy of automating and digitizing production.” The I.D. Buzz is rumored to cost around $40,000 and will enter production in 2022 to meet its 2023 release date. National News: According to the Detroit Free Press, People are taking solitude in their vehicles. Since the proliferation of the coronavirus pandemic, cars are taking on even more functions, proving they’re not just for transporting people from point A to point B. Two separate surveys showed that many people are increasingly using their cars to get away from the people they live with, get a change of scenery, take a nap, make a personal or business call, get some “me” time or just to feel normal again. Can read between the lines at BMW? Talk about a rough year! Where does the industry go with sales reports like this? Source, Automotive News BMW will make work force cuts in the U.S. to adjust for a business slowdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesman declined to disclose the number of jobs being axed but noted the cuts do not affect the automaker’s large assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C. BMW sales in the first half of the year tumbled 28 percent, with second-quarter sales down nearly 40 percent from a year earlier, as many dealerships were forced into a COVID-19 lockdown in the spring. Local News: Rivian is stealing talent from TESLA? Say its not so RJ! On the flip side… We think this is awesome… It means they may actually be building cars in Normal Illinois after-all! From CARBUZ.com BY JAY TRAUGOTT It was last month when Tesla filed a lawsuit against rival electric vehicle automaker Rivian over allegations the latter stole employees as well as sensitive trade secrets. Rivian, as expected, quickly denied the accusations and filed a request to dismiss the suit in the California Superior Court. Rivian stated Tesla’s accusations were not only flat-out wrong but are really nothing more than an attempt to harm its industry reputation and to make recruitment all the more difficult. Tesla even sued four of now-former employees after they joined Rivian. Rivian maintains all employees are required never to “introduce former employers’ intellectual property into [its] systems.” The lawsuit’s status has yet to be decided, but now there’s another reason for Tesla to be annoyed at Rivian. According to Bloomberg, Rivian has just hired Nick Kalayjian, an 11-year Tesla veteran who served as vice president of engineering for nearly three years. Moment of Musk Elon got really rich last week… That is all! GRINDING the GEARS Daryl: Tired of hearing commercials lobbying for electric cars. Normal Now Campaign:https://normalnow.com/ Cars of the WEAK Eric: I was on a quest for the cheapest Ferrari near me… Why? Not sure. I was noodling for the cheapest Supra… But tht turned into a mess of old vs new and so many aftermarket bits and odd paint jobs that I had to walk away! How about a $29000 1982 Ferrari Mondial with 22000 miles on it. In British Racing Green???? Its in Rockford. Its got 4 seats and actually looks great. “Low mileage Ferrari mechanically identical to the more familiar 308 GTSI except with a back seat. The family Ferrari. V8 with 5-speed manual with traditional gated shifter. Updated with Ferrari 360 wheels and radio.Unusual but beautiful color of British Racing Green (not original but well done). Chance to own a real Ferrari for less than some kit cars. Must see” Then I found a 1985 Modial with 33000 miles for 31000 in St. Joseph MO. I’ll take the red… Sorry repaint Ferrari dude! Daryl – 1961 Lincoln Continental $39,995 I don’t know why, but I have been looking at old 4 door Lincoln Continentals lately, and it got me thinking about how pure (but not well-liked) the first model year ‘61 cars were. They were quickly restyled but I don’t know why. The ‘61 grille is the best one, and the rear tail treatment is perfect. Giant 430 V8 and a tiny 2 bbl, and acres of room inside for anyone you want to carry in style. 5,000 pounds of iron… so it’s really only $1.99 a pound. https://classics.autotrader.com/classic-cars/1961/lincoln/continental/101076621 Thanks for listening!!!! 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91 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
Episode 36 – Western Jaunts, Evil Plots and Elon vs Bernie
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/TW-36-Final.mp3 Greetings from Throwin’ Wrenches Studio A, where this week we’re calling ourselves the auto podcast that doesn’t stay parked for too long. Eric and Daryl have been enjoying some late summer outdoor time and we have tons to talk about! We’re also hoping that everyone is taking care and enjoying what’s left of the summer season. If you aren’t a Patreon supporter, then you missed an exclusive 49-minute pre-show recording that talks about Eric’s stinky feet. (True story) Does that help make the sale? Patreon supporters help make this great programming possible and we promise to only mention trench foot a few times a year. As the old Bartles & Jaymes ads used to say: “Thank you for your support.” As always, we’d like to thank our sponsors! Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office Episode Highlights No, you didn’t wander into the Hair Club for Men podcast, but we did begin this week by straying into the land of facial hair, including an assessment of our favorite lawyer’s recent look. Unfortunately or fortunately (your choice) – it turns into a whole male grooming segment! Mustaches are making a comeback, just you wait and see! Later, we discover that George Hamilton and Daryl have a lot in common, apparently? #ExtraCrispy Feedback Listener and fellow podcaster Mark Narx gave our show some props and we wanted to say thanks for the kind words, Mark. Mark runs Narxoleptic Customs in Arkansas and specializes in cool old stuff and modern LS Swaps. He recently finished an LS swap in a Jeep Grand Waggoneer. You can check out his work on Instagram @narxolepticcusoms. Thanks, Mark! Projects Eric fills us in on his recent trip to Moab, Utah and Ouray, Colorado. Of course he hit some great trails with a perfectly-prepared supercharged Toyota Tacoma, which you see by following Fort’s Trail Team on Facebook. Eric also said the towns out west were packed with tourists, whom the locals were likely eager to see head back home. If that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, right after he arrived back in the Midwest, Eric and family headed to Wisconsin to participate in the Badger Burrow Rallye. Who do you think had the better time, Eric or his daughter? Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Daryl celebrated a few small, quick wins on his wife’s recently-purchased 2007 Toyota Solara convertible. The car came along at the right time, so the droptop is now part of the trio of Toyotas in the Scott household. He’s been working on cosmetic improvements, such as touch-up paint and buffing some older bodywork that isn’t perfect. He also ordered a TON of brake parts to do a major overhaul so the car can stop safely. Speaking of brakes, he’s also doing more brake work on the two oldest cars in the fleet, the ’47 Chevy and ’55 Plymouth. Race Daily Kill Our newest segment #RaceDailyKill is back with three fresh choices of vehicles to categorize by the three magical categories. Pick one to race, pick one car to drive daily, and one to kill without mercy. This week’s challengers (pun intended) are below. 2020 Dodge Challenger SXT Coupe 3.6 292hp V6 / 8 speed (auto) MSRP: $28,095 2020 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS Coupe 2.0 275hp 4 / 6 speed MSRP: $25,000 2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Fastback 2.0 300hp 4 / 6-speed MSRP: $26,670 Eric’s picks Race the Challenger. (It’s got a 3.6 liter V-6. That makes it cooler than the other two!) Daily the Camaro. It’s cool-looking and I respect Bumblebee. Kill the Mustang. With fire. What the heck is this aberration of the Mustang name? It may as well be electric. Daryl picks Race the Mustang. The Mustang is the powerful one of the lot and would be fun to mod. Daily the Challenger. The V-6 torque and automatic would make for easy daily driving. Kill the Camaro. The Camaro is 100% plastic inside and has the smallest cabin. Also, I’m huge. Sound Off: What’s your Race, Daily, Kill pick with this chosen lineup? Are we off-base? Show us the error of our ways at email@example.com Headlines International News GM and FCA are in a turf war! For our younger fans: This is a Godfather reference. GM alleges that FCA paid off the local union bosses to get big pay raises for their works at GM plants… Thus making it harder to compete with FCA in manufacturing. This sounds like some serious mafia stuff going on! But it also sounds like a plot that would take eons to have an effect! Talk about glacial pace. We compare it to an idiotic Dr. Evil plot to take over the world… The hard way! Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is calling bribery allegations by General Motors “preposterous” and from a “third-rate spy movie.”. GM, in a motion last week, alleged that Fiat Chrysler used foreign bank accounts to bribe union officials so they would stick GM with higher labor costs. Fiat Chrysler has called allegations it planted a spy on General Motors’ board “despicable” and accused its rival of running “a smear campaign”, in the latest twist in a bitter legal battle between the two carmakers. Last November, GM accused FCA of causing it harm by paying bribes to union officials that corrupted pay negotiations and resulted in it having to pay higher wages. Judge Paul Borman dismissed GM’s case in July. Last week, GM claimed to have uncovered fresh details about FCA, including that a union member on GM’s board was a “paid mole” for FCA, and that the company used a network of offshore accounts to hide bribes paid to unions. FCA stringently denied the claims in its rebuttal filed on Monday. “GM must know that the prospect of the court changing its mind . . . is slim to none, so this motion is apparently a vehicle for GM to make more defamatory and baseless accusations about a competitor that is winning in the marketplace,” it said. The allegations “reads like a script from a third-rate spy movie” and “would make John le Carré cringe,” it added, saying that GM “is engaged in a smear campaign”. Sources: Financial Times & Detroit Free Press Where in the World is Carlos Goshn? The father and son accused of helping former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn escape house arrest in Tokyo were denied bail for a third time as they battle an extradition request from Japan. A federal judge in Massachusetts ruled this month that the ex-Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter must remain in custody outside Boston while another judge weighs whether they are eligible for extradition under the U.S. treaty with Japan. “While the Taylors may well seek to remain in the United States to fight extradition,” Talwani wrote, they “have not established sufficiently that if they find their extradition fight difficult, they will not flaunt the rules of release on bail and flee the country.” Source: Japan Times National News Chevy Trailblazer Small SUV Scores a Hit as Fastest-Selling New Vehicle in US Chevy’s affordable Trailblazer small SUV may be 2021’s most unexpected hit, flying off dealer lots faster than any new other vehicle since the pandemic struck. The little SUV spent an average of just 19 days on dealer lots from March through June, a fraction of the 96.9-day industry average for new vehicles and nearly a week less than No. 2, the acclaimed Kia Telluride. Yeah, but is it a smart buy? We weigh-in, and it isn’t pretty. Source: Nada Flying Cars Are (Kinda) Almost Here! Are you ready for an automotive/aviation podcasts? In New Hampshire, Governor Chris Sununu, signed the nation’s first state law regulating flying cars late last month, in a move experts say could serve as a “stepping-stone” towards the technology becoming more widely available. eVTOLs… Electric, vertical, Take-Off and Landing vehicles! More acronyms! Yay! Even with the car/planes being a way off… This legislation is laying the groundwork for the technology to mature. Source: Smart Cities Drive Local News Juveniles Arrested for String of Auto Thefts Peoria Police have arrested several juveniles in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries and thefts in recent weeks. The youths, ranging in age from 10 to 15, allegedly broke into dealerships to obtain keys, then later returned to steal multiple automobiles from two dealerships. The four juveniles, ranging in age from 13 to 15, were arrested for a number of incidents, and currently face charges that include Motor Vehicle Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft Conspiracy, Obstructing Police, Business Burglary, and Possession of Stolen Property over $5000.” We question how such crimes can occur in the year 2020, and why youngsters are being recruited to carry out such acts. Source: WBMD Story 1 / WMBD Story 2 Moment of Musk This happened. Every time Elon Musk pokes fun at government assistance for the 99%, remember that he would be worth nothing without $4.9 billion in corporate welfare. Oh, Elon just l-o-v-e-s corporate socialism for himself, rugged capitalism for everyone else. https://t.co/rj8FgwEDMQ pic.twitter.com/bxHcXul925 — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 7, 2020 Cars of the WEAK Eric 1982 Citroën 2CV- Sold for $9,500 Bring a Trailer This is reportedly one of 300 Márcatelo edition cars built in Spain to commemorate the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Finished in red and white over an orange cloth interior, the car is powered by an air-cooled 602cc flat-twin paired with a four-speed manual transaxle and is said to have been imported to the US in the early 2000s. Features include Márcatelo-specific exterior graphics, a roll-back convertible top, and rectangular headlights. This Citroën 2CV is now offered at no reserve with a clean Florida title. One recently sold for $12k a year or so ago, so maybe this is an opportunity for a good deal. Daryl 1979 Porsche 928 – $19,995 Ebay Auction The Porsche purists still hate these, but that’s all the more reason to appreciate them. Designed as a replacement to the aging 911 platform, the 928 marked Porsche’s first foray into a V-8 powered GT car. It also was one of the most unique styling exercises in the 20th century. This first-generation model features those incredible rotary phone dial rims, brown leather seats (although the checkered cloth interiors look amazing as well), and all of the creature comforts you’d want. It needs a lot of TLC but it’s a 33,0000-mile original one owner car so that may help. Good examples used to fetch $6K to $8K, but today their values have soared. I still love the lines and think these are twice the car a 911 is. Mostly I blame this on seeing them in such iconic 80’s Chicago films as Risky Business and Weird Science. As always, thanks for listening! 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90 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Episode 35 – Transcontinental Tales – The Steve Brown Interview
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/TW-35-Final.mp3 Here at Throwin’ Wrenches Podcast, we love all things automotive. But when the phrase Cannonball Run is uttered, our ears perk up! Whether its the classic 1981 Hal Needham film featuring Burt Reynolds and the hilarious cast of characters to the real-life unsanctioned Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. There’s something appealing about hopping into a purpose-built car or truck and blazing across the entire United States in just over a day’s time. It takes real guts to put it all on the line just to prove that you (and your well-oiled machine) can endure a non-stop run across the United States. Erwin “Cannonball” Baker What started out as a cross-country driving stunt by thrill-seeker Erwin “Cannonball” Baker in 1915 later evolved into the “Cannonball Run Challenge” in 1971 thanks to the pioneering racer and journalist Brock Yates and fellow racer Dan Gurney. The traditional, roughly 2,800-mile route began at the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan, New York and finished at the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California. That famous 1971 run in a Ferrari Daytona Coupe took 35 hours and 54 minutes. In the years that followed, several other participants took their turns trying to break the Yates / Gurney record in various automobile configurations. There were such trios as Steve “Yogi” Behr, Bill Canfield, and Fred Olds’s 1972 run in a Cadillac Coupe DeVille to Gas Monkey Garage’s Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins’ run in a 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello. Other cross-country rallies such as The 2904 would later emerge along with other transcontinental routes, including one from Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California. The spirit of adventure continues to this day. Occasionally we’ll read about such legends as current record-holder Fred Ashmore’s blistering fast record-setting solo run from New York to California in a Ford Mustang GT plucked from the Avis rental car fleet, or the trio who disguised a Mercedes E63 AMG to rip across the continent in 27 hours, 25 minutes. But most of the time, these folks remain in the shadows until it’s safe to emerge. That’s where our guest comes in. Meet Steve Brown Solo Transcontinental World Record Holder Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California in 27 hours, 13 Minutes March 21-22, 2020 Eric met up with Steve at the season opener of Central Illinois Cars and Coffee on the hottest July 4th we’ve had in Central Illinois in quite a while. The heat didn’t keep them from talking shop, and we’re grateful Steve was willing to join Eric and Daryl for an interview! Episode Highlights In this episode, we talk with Steve Brown and his Coast-to-Coast solo record. We also learn more about how he pulled this off during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what it meant to him personally. Steve also talks about the camaraderie of the community he’s now part of. Several fellow record-holders offered advice and even helped verify Steve’s recent run. How cool is that? The Vehicle 2014 GMC Sierra Z60 Crew Cab (2WD) 5.3 LS V-8 with Active Fuel Management delete Air bag suspension for the rear springs Full service and prep by Steve’s Automotive Uniden 885 hybrid CB radio and police scanner Custom 200-gallon fuel tank by Bessler Welding Garmin GPS Holley Red electric fuel transfer pump iPad The Route The Run In our interview, Steve describes what it was like to depart from Jacksonville on the evening of March 21, 2020. From the last-minute mishaps to the adrenaline-fueled trek across the west… we get a first-hand account of this journey. We learned so much from Steve during our conversation. These types of trips are so much more than just carrying out a wild idea. They take several months of methodical planning and careful consideration to pull off. Even with all of that planning, there are so many variables that can wreak havoc on the final outcome. You won’t want to miss a minute of Steve’s interview. (And there are some pretty interesting details in our bonus pre-show conversation. To hear this, hit us up on Patreon with a few bucks and enjoy even more of this episode.) Check out Steve’s full time-lapse video of his Transcontinental Run on YouTube. Special Thanks We’d like to thank Steve Brown for sharing his story with us, and if you’re in the central Illinois area, be sure to watch for his truck at a local show near you! Cars of the WEAK Eric 2003 Scion TC This week’s pick is a car Eric actually bought! Will this turbocharged, stripped-down racer with relocated HVAC controls, carbon fiber hood, custom rims, racing seats and a stage one weight reduction become the next autocross star? And what will become of the fabled Red Mist? You’ll have to follow along as new details emerge. Daryl 2000 Jaguar XK8 Coupe $6,900 Source: Craigslist Chicago Who could resist a silver British grand tourer with a 32-valve V8 and luxurious leather seats? I’ve liked these since they were new and I saw a limited-production Silverstone coupe at the Chicago Auto Show in high school. I think these 1997-2006 XK coupes and convertibles are future classics. This example is a 124k-mile California car that presents itself quite well for the price. Just be prepared for some maintenance on the transmissions or electrical. Steve 1976 Mercury Montego MX Villager Wagon – $8,500 Source: Facebook Group “Obscure Cars for Sale” We have to admit, Steve is possibly the first guest who fully embraced the Cars of the Weak segment. He chose this beautiful ’76 Montego Villager wagon with a super-sized 460 V-8, ice cold AC and lots of restoration already done. Finished in cream with a burgundy/brown vinyl interior, this family truckster is ready to run across the United States… as long as you have a giant aftermarket fuel tank and a Shell credit card. Thanks for listening! Send us feedback anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org Please Visit our Sponsors Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office The post Episode 35 – Transcontinental Tales – The Steve Brown Interview appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
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