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Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast
0 minutes | a month ago
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 | a month ago
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 | 2 months ago
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 | 3 months ago
Episode 37 – Upholstery Road Trips, Rivian Spy-gate 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 | 3 months ago
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! The post Episode 36 – Western Jaunts, Evil Plots and Elon vs Bernie appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
90 minutes | 4 months ago
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.
99 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 34 – Copycats, Competition and Ceramic Coatings
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/tw34-final.mp3 We’re glad you’re back for another installment of the auto podcast that values its prep time… or perhaps we’re the auto podcast that needs some Red Bull before the show. At any rate, we’re still working on the catchphrase. Thanks for catching up with us. For those who said Episode 32 was a high watermark, we appreciate that. We’ll try to top it with this episode. And the next. And the one after that. In all seriousness we have some exciting guests in the hopper for the next few shows, so be sure to subscribe and follow along. You won’t want to miss what’s coming up. Visit our Sponsors Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office Episode Highlights Projects Eric recaps his latest timed road rally in America’s Dairyland while Daryl talks about routine maintenance and putting off a major wiring harness replacement. Race | Daily | Kill Play along as we road test a new segment that’s s a play on a popular (and juvenile) locker room game where we pick three vehicles and decide which one we’d like to race on the weekends, drive every day, and send to the crusher. TWISM: This Week in Social Media While fireworks were canceled and many venues remained closed for the Fourth of July thanks to COVID-19, some 2,700 interested car folks and approximately 600 cars gathered East Peoria for the season opener of Central Illinois Cars & Coffee. We count our blessings and run down just how big of a draw the local monthly events are for gearheads across Illinois. Headlines International BMW toying with a subscription-based service model for vehicle options (Hat tip to friend-of-the-show Ben for sharing this article.) The fine folks at BMW are proud of their new Tesla-like concept of subscription-based option model. The upside? The vehicle manufacturing and service process is streamlined since there’s only one version of each model, one wiring harness, one computer system, etc. The downside? Consumers get the shaft and the manufacturer controls everything you thought you owned… but don’t actually own. National In news of the tone-deaf… Ford Motor isn’t worried about new features on its redesigned F-150 pricing people out of the increasingly expensive full-size pickup market, according to the company’s chief operating officer, Jim Farley. “This is content people want and are more than willing to pay for,” he said Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “People are happy to pay if the product is more productive.” On Thursday evening, Ford unveiled traditional and hybrid versions of the 2021 F-150 pickup. The truck is scheduled to begin arriving in dealerships this fall. An all-electric F-150 is expected sometime in the next two years. In news of the not-so-tone deaf We see a glimpse of the new Ford Bronco lineup, and we think it will be incredibly cool! Eric offers a preview into each of the three models and explains the allure of the open-air 4×4. Will other manufacturers step up to the plate and offer their own versions, or will the Jeep Wrangler continue to capture the lion’s share of the market? Local Thank God, it is now legal to a drive golf cart on city streets in Pekin, Illinois The Pekin City Council passed an ordinance to allow golf carts on public streets with certain restrictions. Per the new city ordinance, the owner of a golf cart that wishes to drive it on a public street must register the golf cart with the police department, and then they’re free to roam around town. We’ll recap the other motorized vehicles that can run around town, and explain why this is a good idea… and what the limitations are. Moment of Musk We’ve been talking about driverless cars for years now, and yet it appears many start-ups such as Rivian are having trouble getting out of first gear. Enter Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a pile of cash and a company named Zoox. As reported on the Hustle this week….Amazon’s latest acquisition could shake up the future of driverless cars and trucks. Amazon is snapping up the driverless car maker Zoox for a deal estimated at a cool $1.2B. Zoox has spent the last couple of years working on a robo-taxi. Oh, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t happy and is now calling Bezos a “copycat.” .@JeffBezos is a copy haha https://t.co/plR7uupqBG — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 26, 2020 So, there’s that. Speaking of Tesla… The Rabbit Hole Eric finishes his quest to learn about the last of the remaining descendants of Nikola Tesla, and finds him. William Terbo (Trbojevich) was the last living relative of Nikola Tesla and the last living person who actually met the visionary inventor. Did he get a free Model S that bears his family’s name? How about a free t-shirt from Elon? Riff Zone Daryl ponders the latest social media recommendations for ceramic coatings for your car. Also, Google is your friend. Most of your Facebook friends aren’t. Eric grosses everyone out with a tale of a Tesla driver on autopilot using his freed-up hands to do a little manicure job at 75 miles-per-hour along Interstate 74. Cars of the WEAK Eric 1976 450 SEL Benz with the giant 6.9L V8. Source: Bring A Trailer auction Current Bid: $15,000 Robert Loggia and Ewy Rosqvist are to blame for this one. Eric has always been drawn to the big Benz’s, and this one is no exception. With a cream exterior with tobacco leather and that monster engine, this car would eat anything on the open road. Also, everyone needs to re-watch David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Daryl: 1991 Chevrolet Blazer K5 $25,900 Buy it Now on eBay 4×4, 350 TBI with a 700R4 and all the options and only 77k miles. These were the Blazers I remember as a kid and into high school. I’d buy this, rustproof and touch up some small things and run it until it dies. Until next time, take care and let us know what you think of this show at email@example.com The post Episode 34 – Copycats, Competition and Ceramic Coatings appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
91 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 33 – Autocross , Air Compressors and Badgers
Welc0me to the Auto Podcast that … Needs more time in the saddle! http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/TW-33.mp3 Sponsors: Fort’s Toyota of Pekin. www.toyota-pekin.com CASEY LAW Office. www.CLOpeoria.com PATREON – If your a top tier Patreon Subscriber, you got a ton of free content with Epiosde 33. We recorded the Pre and Post show with you in mind! Thanks for listening. Shout out to Jason Sach who goes by @64morgan44 on Instagram. Check out his restoration of his vintage Morgan 4/4. Wood work. Metal work. It’s a craftsman’s paradise. Projects: (Where we talk about what’s going on with our cars or projects) Eric: Autocross recap! Champaign County Sports Car Club… The first event. I suck! #toomuchcar FRS vs Supra Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog reference! Who gets it? volunteer!!!! We need you to help in Central Illinois and CCSCC! The 1990 4Runner needs some help before Friday Night Lights! Daryl: Got most of my parts sorted and categorized for the ‘58 Plymouth. Found a junkyard in Wisconsin and already started buying the hard-to-find parts. Great resource and reasonable prices. Got my air compressor back and setup with a hose reel, air tools and some paint guns. I may try doing some paint work on the Volvo rockers and quarters. Amazon Sucks! I got me a garage fridge. Because that’s where I am living now in my spare time. Check out Cuban Chrome on Pluto TV. The Drive Report, Eric’s latest viewing on Amazon Prime Headlines TWISM: He doesn’t know why, but Daryl spent too much time thinking about this FB post from TestDriveJunkie. 1989: If you had to choose one. Chevy Lumina or Ford Taurus? Also, Daryl says “No Thanks” to 16 seasons of Fast and Loud with Richard Rawlings” on Motor Trend on-demand. International News: Europe Automobile Sales Show Rebound in May European car sales showed the first signs of a tepid recovery in May as showrooms reopened after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from the industry association ACEA. Passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union, the European Free Trade Association and the UK fell 57 percent. While that is the worst May since ACEA started tracking the data in 1990, it was an improvement over the 78 percent plunge in April. Lyft Promises to Switch to 100% Electric Vehicles by 2030. US and Canadian ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. said Wednesday every vehicle on its ride-hailing and rental car platform will be electric by 2030, but it would not provide direct financial support to drivers for switching from gas-powered cars. Instead, the company plans to push competitors, lawmakers and automakers to make it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles by creating financial incentives, Lyft executives said during a call. John Zimmer, Lyft’s co-founder and president, said the company has reached a scale to impact policy change. Lyft, whose vehicle fleet is currently made up of less than 1 percent electric cars, in a statement said it would aggressively promote and help drivers access incentive funds. “If policymakers do their part in the next few years, EVs should reach cost parity with gasoline vehicles by mid-decade,” the company said. Environmental activists have called on Lyft and larger rival Uber Technologies Inc. to electrify their fleets. A February study found ride-hail services create around 50 percent more carbon emissions than private car trips. “Lyft are likely to get hit with regulations pushing them in this direction anyway,” says Colin McKerracher, head of transport analysis at Bloomberg NEF. “So they may just be trying to get out in front of that and announce it on their terms.” Uber has not made a blanket commitment to electrification, but is partially subsidizing drivers’ electric vehicle purchases in London. And yet, nobody cares. National News: GM CEO Mary Barra ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ on Coronavirus Recovery, Consumer Demand General Motors CEO and Chairman Mary Barra is “cautiously optimistic” about consumer demand returning as well as a global economic recovery as businesses continue to reopen following shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve been pleasantly surprised how demand has come back,” she said Wednesday morning on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “We’re cautiously optimistic as we see demand resuming.” Barra said the company is “hopeful that we’ll have a strong recovery” overall but is planning for multiple scenarios “to make sure the company is strong from a business perspective and can weather any outcome.”= Source: CNBC Get your dream car now… Because you might have to settle on your 3rd choice color in July! At the start of June, new-vehicle inventory levels were down by one-third compared with a year ago. The situation is expected to get worse before it gets better, as automakers struggle to get production consistently up and running. Not all vehicles are affected, but certain segments such as midsize trucks are dwindling rapidly in supply. Although millions of Americans are facing financial hardship, many still need vehicles, and they will be looking for value messaging similar to the 0-percent-for-84-months incentives widely promoted in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Source: Automotive News Mobile Recall Service Ed Roberts added his second mobile service van on March 11. It has become an $80,000 tool for picking up recall work at Bozard Ford-Lincoln in St. Augustine, Fla. When the first one arrived late last year, Roberts expected it to primarily serve the dealership’s fleet customers. But things have tilted toward individual clients, with about half of the orders involving recall work. Source: Automotive News Dodge Challenger Turns 50. Celebrates with Special Edition https://www.motortrend.com/news/2020-dodge-challenger-commemorative-special-edition/ Several months ago, Dodge debuted a special-edition Challenger coupe celebrating the muscle car’s 50th birthday. The model features special badges, gold wheels, and a plush interior—but only 1,960 cars were allotted for production. Now, Dodge is offering more buyers a chance to get in on the Challenger’s anniversary magic with the 2020 Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, which features pretty much all of the same upgrades as the previous special edition and none of the pesky production caps. Dodge will build as many as people want. Local: (WEEK.com) Northwoods Mall transforming parking lot into free drive-in theater PEORIA (WEEK) — Northwoods Mall is transforming their parking lot into a free, community drive-in theater to present family-friendly movies. Starting Friday, June 19 and occurring Fridays and Saturdays (weather permitting), cars will be admitted starting at 8 p.m. with the movie beginning at 9 p.m. The series, ‘Free Cinema Under the Stars,’ will run until July 11. The movie lineup will begin with Instant Family and conclude with Transformers/Bumblebee. Moment of Musk: “Staggeringly dumb.” That’s the latest insult Elon Musk threw at Nikola Motors (NKLA), which has rocketed a crazy 500%+ since April. Love him or hate him, no one denies Musk is a genius. He built Tesla (TSLA)—easily the world’s most innovative car company—from scratch. When he’s not running Tesla, he works a “side job” as a rocket scientist for his private space company, SpaceX. The Rabbit hole… Nikola… Who is freaking Nikola Motors???… Are there anyone decedents of Tesla getting paid off his naming rights? BADGERS? We don’t need no stinking badgers! Full disclosure… Eric signed up for updated on Starlink internet service. If you have ever been to his house, you know why! #1barlifestyle Touchscreen controls in new car suck, and now an expert verifies our claim! In a recent video, Edmunds expert Mark Takahashi posted his take on the worst automotive design trends that are currently being adopted by carmakers. The list involved a number of unsurprising mentions, such as the massive grilles on vehicles from Lexus, BMW, and Genesis, as well as fake vents on the Honda Civic Type R. But within this list, Takahashi also took issue with a trend that is arguably popularized by Tesla—the use of touchscreens. It may look sleek, but digging through menus to access basic functionality is not. RIFF ZONE: Daryl: Car insurance and car buying service commercials that stress the word “Fair.” “Is your car insurance premium fair?” “Only pay a fair price.” What are you, 5? Eric: Do not come into a conversation saying you are known A-hole! Sick of that mentality! Cars of the WEAK!©® Eric: 2000 MR2 SPYDER It was a wild and wacky situation… And Eric had a first chance at a classic MR2 that found its way in for trade… After texting a picture to the wife, she asked why they didn’t own it… Eric had to tell her that he got weak on the trigger! Will another opportunity come around??? Daryl: 1954 Studebaker Commander coupe – $5,000 Source: FB Marketplace Powered by a 169 cubic inch inline 6, and a 3 speed manual, this plain yellow and black coupe is a pure example of a timeless 50’s design from the Raymond Lowey studios. It’s in Springfield, too. Not too far for a weekend road trip filled with blue smoke, roadside breakdowns and a AAA flatbed ride the rest of the way home. Thanks for all the love… We have enjoyed the emails lately! The post Episode 33 – Autocross , Air Compressors and Badgers appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
94 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 32 – Ewy, Elon and Extradition (Send in the Green Berets)
Welcome to the Auto-podcast that did NOT get 100 mill to be on Spotify exclusively! http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/TW32.mp3 Sponsors: Fort’s Toyota of Pekin. www.toyota-pekin.com CASEY LAW Office. CLOpeoria.com YOU! You can sponsor too! Via PATREON you can help us offset those fees that come with running an automotive podcast! Thank you patreon subscribers! Tribute to John Loss of a fan and friend, John Deering. Eric with him and he was a Toyota corporate colleague of Regan’s. John passed away from complications of COVID 19 after nearly 2 months of fighting. I know he listened to every show (That Regan was on at least!) Good dude. Dad. Our prayers go out to the family. Feedback and Apple Reviews! GET THE STICKER!!!! Projects: (Where we talk about what’s going on with our cars or projects, secret loves????) Eric: Waxing lessons… Wax on… Wax off. Lessons on how to wax a car with my son. The Chemical Guys… Stripper… Clay Bars … Oh mama! Not only do they sell some amazing products… They have videos to show you how to use them! Clay bars intimidate you? Watch the vid! New sponsor material??? Ewy Roquist stole my heart in the toy aisle at Wal Mart. Eric is pretty sure that he had a past life that involved a love for a certain Mercedes Benz female rally driver. From the moment he saw her tribute car in the toy isle of Pekin Wal Mart… He had to find out more about this mysterious Mrs Rosqvist. At some point… Eric was trying to see if there is anything to this Time Travel thing. No success yet… But we are not giving up hope! Watch the promo video from MB that sealed the deal on Eric’s unrequited love for the Swedish speed demon! Daryl: Took the Memorial Day weekend to clean and sort all the parts for my 58 Plymouth. What a mess. Turns out I’m missing more interior stuff than I thought, but I have a lot of spare exterior trim pieces. That should offset the cost of other items I’ll need… like seats. I’m also tracking down parts all over the country, and responding to the old farts who say “you’ll never get that put together.” Watch me. Other than that, I’m rebuilding more carburetors in my spare time. I just did a Carter BBD with the later stepper motor on it for emissions compliance. Learned a lot there, and having fun. Carbs are magical. Headlines TWISM: Those dang kids and their burnouts in the B-Dubs parking lot. Cars & Coffee opener pushed to July 4th. What time are you setting your alarm clock for? International: Midsize Pickups Auto Industry’s New MVPs Small trucks are the industry darling during the Covid 19 crisis… Past situations like this have been full size trucks. We have no idea… But guess anyway why this is. New leader at Aston Martin Tobias Moers who is the chief executive at AMG will not take over the head of Aston Martin. AMG already supplies a lot to Aston… Will we see lots more German influence, or a full blown takeover sometime soon? Headlines that tell a story: Hertz Files For Bankruptcy After 16,000 Employees Were Let Go And CEO Made Over $9 Million – FORBeS How Rental Car Companies are being disrupted – Motley Fool Car Rental Companies Selling Cars: How to Get Budget Used Vehicles From Hertz, Enterprise, Avis and Others – Newsweek COVID-19 impact on rental car companies also hurts automakers – Detroit Free Press According to CNN: The nation’s rental car companies are in deep trouble. And that’s another blow for the already struggling auto industry. During normal times rental car companies account for 10% or more of US new car sales — an estimated 1.7 million to 1.9 million cars purchases last year. But these are not normal times. Far from it. But rental car companies get two-thirds of their revenue from airport locations. With flying down 94% in April and May, according to data of people passing through TSA checkpoints, there are far fewer people needing to rent cars. Nissan Posts Biggest Loss in 20 Years, Unveils Turnaround Plan Nissan, one of the largest suppliers of rental cars in the united states is not taking this downturn very well! Carlos Ghosn: US ex-Green Beret and son arrested over escape from Japan Speaking of Nissan… Its been a while since we talked about “Where in the World is Carlos Goshn”. News about his green beret accomplices getting charged for aiding his escape from Japan bring him back into our spotlight. National: Automakers’ Catch-Up Plan? Skip Summer Breaks American Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have told union workers that they will not be getting their usual summer break. This is because of all that vacation time they took this spring during the stay at home orders. Think some grievances will be filed? Lets add insult to injury… Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says it overpaid about 24,000 hourly employees will they were furloughed during the COVID crisis. We’ll be needing that money back… So, if you could work Saturday, that’d be great. In “News of the Obvious” Electric Car Sales are hurting with the lower gas prices. May 21, 2020—Cheaper fuel caused by statewide shutdowns during the coronavirus could lead to electric vehicle sales slowing down, reported ABC News. Better than heated seats? Ford Motor Co. is rolling out new software for its Police Interceptor Utility vehicles to heat their passenger compartments to temperatures as hot as Death Valley on its warmest day to disinfect the interior against the coronavirus. The technology, Ford said Wednesday, heats the interior above 133 degrees for 15 minutes to kill the virus — figures that showed a quick reduction in the virus’s stability, according to a study by the World Health Organization. It is immediately available for 2013-19 model-year vehicles in the United States, Canada and other countries. Source: The Detroit News Pandemic doesn’t detour collector car searchers Just because everyone was cooped up at home in April, it didn’t mean they weren’t shopping for collector cars. Nor, however, did it mean they were shopping for anything out of the ordinary. Monthly searches on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace website in April showed amazing consistency in both year/make/model and the more general “any year” search categories. In the year/make/model category, the 1967 Ford Mustang moved up from second to first place as the 1969 Dodge Charger slipped out of first place for the first time in 4 months. The Charger slipped to third, behind the Mustang and the 1967 Chevy Impala, which had been third the previous 2 months. The top-6 in that listing has shown strong stability in recent months, the ’67 Mustang, ’69 Charger and ’67 Impala joined by the ’69 and ’65 Mustangs and the ’69 Camaro. Moving up into the top-10 were the ’69 Mustang (8th) and the 1987-93 last-of-the-Fox-Body Mustangs. They replace the ’68 Charger and the ’55 Chevy Bel Air. “With a plethora of parts and mods available, the Fox Body is becoming an appealing old car purchase,” noted ClassicCars.com Journal managing editor Tom Stahler. “They are becoming very popular with the drifting-set. I have said it many times, that I was never a fan, but every so often I can be wrong.” Meanwhile, among the top-10 in the all-years category, the April searches nearly mirrored those of the previous month. Chevrolet, Ford, Mustang, Chevy C10, Volkswagen “bus,” and Dodge retained positions 1-6. Corvette moved up to 7th, swapping placed with Cadillac, while Bronco and Pontiac retaining 9th and 10th, respectively. Source: Journal.ClassicCars.com Local: Ford Forced to Halt Production at 2 Plants After Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 Just days after reopening its American assembly plants, Ford temporarily shut down two separate factories in Illinois and Michigan because employees tested positive for Covid-19. Moment of Musk: Did you see it?? How about a little Jay Leno’s garage on CNBC? Elon allowed Jay to drive the new Cyber truck in the Boring Companies test tunnel that stretches for 1.1 miles underneath Los Angeles. The only way to get more musk product placement would have been to lauch them into space with a flamethrowing mounted on the hood! BTW… If you’ve been following the COVID… Elon was pro commerce and anti California! RIFF ZONE: Daryl: Folks asking ridiculous money for old, used, crappy car parts. My favorite new line “Bought this for my car but decided to go in a different direction.” What direction is that? Forward? Because the used distributor you’re selling on eBay looks like it stopped spinning 24 years ago. Also, if people can buy a new version of the same used part you’re selling for 20% more… you will never sell it. Good luck, boneheads. Eric: disgusting cars… We are reaching new levels of grossness! Cars of the WEAK! Eric: Hertz Rent Car… Deal? Eric takes his virtual currency of the mind and goes shopping for a Camaro Convertible locally… And then on the Hertz website. It appears you can save a few grand by using the Hertz portal. But… Do you really want a rental car with 30,000 hard fought miles. After that experiment… Eric finds a busted up 1997 Porsche Boxster Cabriolet 2D in Springfield on Facebook Marketplace. 1990, manual trans with 130,000. New struts and brakes. 4250! Is there any more fight left in this Boxter? (see what I did there?) Daryl: 1993 Saab 900S sedan. Cherry red, 5 speed 16 valve sedan that hearkens back to the glory days of Swedish rallying. This was the last year for the ‘classic’ body style 900 which traced its roots back to the Saab 99 of the 1968. A 2.0 liter 4 cylinder provides plenty of power and the 4 valve head meant it breathed better than the cheaper 900 cars. A turbo swap is just a junkyard away. This poor Saint Louis area more-door needs an ignition switch and some TLC but the body is clean and these cars have the easiest clutch replacement in the history of modern automobiles. Source: Facebook Marketplace Thanks for listening! Be sure to visit our sponsors and tell them that lunch is on Daryl. The post Episode 32 – Ewy, Elon and Extradition (Send in the Green Berets) appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
80 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 31 – The COVID Rabbit Hole
Throwin’ Wrenches – 31 http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/tw31.mp3 Welcome back! It’s official, we are “The Auto podcast that will not phone-in another show!”… Well, that’s what we swore on this episode anyway. (We are still working on the catchphrase.) Episode 30 was our “phone-in” show, and we know that the audio quality was not to our standards. It was a tough call last month when we made the show. Content is king in the social media world, but sometimes you have to concede that no content might have been better. Enough with the self flagellation. On with Episode 31! Recorded in the Scott Garage following strict social distancing standards set in place by Illinois government, we proceeded with a show that is all COVID-19. Even when we try to get away from it, we can’t! Scratch that… Daryl has a neighbor with a Taurus that tries to steal the show… And that car has nothing COVID about it! On this Episode: COVID COVID COVID! Sponsors: They help the show stay in the black… And we hope you appreciate what they do! Need to sue someone? Have a family squabble that needs some closure? How about just some legal advice? We recommend Gabe Casey and the Casey Law Office in Peoria. Get more info at: www.CLOpeoria.com If you’re in the market for a new or used car, or need top ranked service for your Toyota… Look no further than the fine folks at Fort’s Toyota of Pekin. Everything you need to buy a new car or schedule service is on their website, www.toyota-pekin.com PATREON – Who knows what Daryl and Eric talk about before or after the show? You will if you are a patreon subscriber! Feedback – Even when we know the show sounded bad, we still love getting some feedback. “Sound is really poor” said Mike after Episode 31. We hear you loud and clear Mike. No more of that nonsense! Feedback and Apple Reviews! GET THE STICKER!!!! Projects: Eric: Eric discusses rock lights, Old Celicas, Bondo and a studio renovation… Not in that order. Daryl: Daryl *might* have bought a cool new 1958 Plymouth Savoy club sedan for the classic car museum he is curating in Peoria Heights. The space-age 2 door sedan is mostly restored but needs some TLC. Will he be able to pull it off? Headlines TWISM: Central Illinois Automotive Cars and Coffee is cancelled!!! Friday Night Lights… Cancelled. Everything that uses official Cars and Coffee organization is cancelled. BUT! We are getting some great videos and posts from the semi-underground group gatherings that seem to occur every weekend that the sun comes out. Grab your ride, head over to a defunct business parking lot and hang with your friends regardless of permissions. Later when you are called out on it… “OK Boomer” is the defense statement that will be your response to any criticism. (See what we mean in this week’s episode.) It’s an ongoing spectacle that happens over and over on the Central Illinois Automotive Enthusiast Facebook group. It’s tiring, and hopefully ends with the stay at home orders at the end of May. International: Wholesale markets are a great unknown right now. Eric and Daryl talk a little about the misconceptions that customers may have about buying a car right now. Source: WardsAuto National: Car loans are getting paid Credit report giant TransUnion says that Americans will let a lot of loans go into default before they stop paying that car loan. We ponder if the ability to get to work and get the kids to school means more than having a roof over your head. Source: Automotive News BMW manufacruring in SC is coming back online. Four weeks is long enough according to BMW. They are firing up the assembly lines in early May. Other manufacturers are following suit. Will there be any buyers waiting for new cars on the lot? Source: Automotive News Gale Halderman, the Mustang designer passes away. Lee Iaccoca is remembered as the father of the Mustang, but Gale made the design that became an icon. Rest in peace! Source: Detroit Free Press Lexus Ranks First, Tesla Last in Fielding Customer Reviews Did you know that responding to Google reviews is a metric manufacturers look at? We discuss how Lexus and Nissan are tops… And somehow, Elon and his new business model TESLA retailers are at the bottom. We crack the code and decided Elon just doesn’t think like a retailer. Source: WardsAuto Local: Rivian and Lincoln partnership is over? Ford announced last week that the COVID-19 pandemic had been a catalyst for ending their relationship with Rivian and that they would not be developing a new Lincoln EV in partnership anytime soon. We smell something stinky and wonder out loud what is going on. We hope for the best but are expecting the worst? Source: Automotive News Moment of Musk: Elon wants those factories open… Why is that? Somebody looking for a bonus? RIFF ZONE: Daryl: Cart patrol at grocery stores. Carts don’t kill people, they only kill paint jobs. Put the carts away in the cart returns. Eric: Just cant understand Jeeps with hardtops and all the windows rolled up. What gives people? Buy a Grand Cherokee! Cars of the WEAK! We forgo the virtual shopping this week, since we both bought something!!! Thanks for listening! We will be back sooner than later with new shows and updates! Oh, and for our McLaren owning friends…. This one didn’t make the show. If you own a Senna 720S GT or 570GT… Get that car into the shop. McLaren is recalling 2,700 cars because of a risk of fire! You don’t need that on your insurance claims! Source: Bloomberg The post Episode 31 – The COVID Rabbit Hole appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
73 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 30 – Essentially Distant
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TW-Episode-30.mp3 Throwin’ Wrenches – Episode 30 Welcome to the Auto Podcast that is hosted by “essential employees” Daryl and Eric had a full week of work… Because we are essential! While navigating friends, family and kids all running amok with the social distancing orders that Illinois put into place last weekend, it made it hard to get time for a show. In the meantime, we are still working on the catchphrase. One will stick sooner or later. We know that Eric sometimes “phones it in” when we do the show… But that is literally what he did in this episode. Social distancing has left us in a position with both of our occupations and family occupations that it was not the wisest choice to hang out face-to-face for a few hours and record this episode. Hopefully, this is the last time we do this! Lets just say that Eric’s house is technology challenged! Sponsors: CASEY LAW Office. CLOpeoria.com Fort’s Toyota of Pekin. www.toyota-pekin.com PATREON – Who knows what Daryl and I talk about before a show? You will if you are a Patreon subscriber! Thanks to this week’s honored subscriber, Keith Sawyer. Swag is in the mail! We swear! Want to help the show? Click here Feedback Joel says have an “Anti” rally… A Prius and set fuel readings Jason asked if we are still alive… Yeah, we are getting through this! Thanks for asking!!! WE NEED REVIEWS! iTunes… Wherever! Get a sticker! Projects Eric Lost my spring break Tailgate fail while removing the daughter from SIU Wheeling events cancelled. Autocross cancelled. PIP and the supra wrap Daryl New Sabre mower Headlines TWISM (This week in Social Media) Central Illinois Automotive Cars and coffee is cancelled!!! As was Friday Night lights as of tonight. Chris Hruby and the rest of the team are doing what they have to, and we know its tough to tell a couple of thousand car freaks with varying degrees of belief in the current situation that they can’t get out for the first meetup of spring! We are bummed along with all of you guys! International Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford will defer 100 percent of his salary for at least the next five months and other top executives will defer up to half of their pay as the automaker looks to conserve cash amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said CEO Jim Hackett, COO Jim Farley and CFO Tim Stone will defer 50 percent of their salaries, effective May 1. Source: Automotive News China’s Passenger Car Sales Fall 80% in February on Coronavirus Epidemic Passenger car retail sales in China, the world’s biggest auto market, fell 80% in February because of the coronavirus epidemic, one of the country’s industry associations said on Wednesday. The China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said in a statement that China’s overall passenger car sales dropped 80%, without giving a full sales figure for the month. Source: Reuters National Ford Motor, Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. on Thursday updated plans to resume North American light-vehicle output. Ford Motor Co. will restart production at some of the idled North American plants in early April. Toyota, citing a decline in vehicle demand, said it will extend the shutdown of all light-vehicle and components plants in North America, including Canada and Mexico, through April 17, with output to resume April 20. Source: Automotive News Forecasters expect a decent increase in U.S. auto sales in February — up around 6% vs. February 2019 — but that’s due largely to the fact that 2020 is a Leap Year. That contributes an extra day’s worth of sales for the month, and it also happens to fall on a weekend at the tail end of the month to boot, a prime day for auto sales, on Saturday, Feb. 29. Auto sales usually peak at the end of every month, as dealerships try to hit their monthly sales targets. Source: Forbes I cut this one short… When we first made this doc after the last episode, it seemed kinda comical that “Leap Year” was an economic boon… Unfortunately, that was short-lived as March moved on! Eric Waymo Halts All Automated Ride, Delivery And Trucking Services Over Coronavirus Concerns Waymo, Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving tech unit, is shutting down all its automated ride, delivery and trucking services in Arizona until at least next month amid widespread moves by U.S. states and cities to keep more people at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision comes after the Mountain View, California-based company earlier this week halted rides in its on-demand Waymo One service in metro Phoenix with human backup drivers behind the wheel. At the time it said that fully automated rides, without humans in the front, would continue, along with robotic delivery vans and trucks. “As we continue to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, we’re suspending all of our Waymo One rider services in Arizona until April 7th, including our service with trained drivers and our fully driverless operations within the early rider program,” the company said. “All driving operations in other locations also remain suspended for now, along with local delivery and truck testing.” Source: Forbes Keep on Trucking! Items are flying off the shelves in many stores. There are teams of people behind the scenes that are working around the clock to get those products back in stock. Truck Drivers are one of the industries that are seeing big impacts, that can’t stop. Despite the even higher demand for the products in trucks. drivers are going up against conditions that make it much harder for them to do their job. The main impact is drivers not able to get food or use the bathroom. A number of rest areas and restaurants are not open. Truck drivers are also not able to pull the truck through a drive-through limiting the options for food. But despite the closures of other things- they must get to their destinations to deliver their goods. Source: WSET.com Why Annual Pickup Truck Sales Have More Than Doubled Over The Last Decade Big pickup truck deliveries swelled by 123 percent since 2009, according to the automotive information company Edmunds’ annual Truck Report. They reached a 14-year high in 2019 and accounted for 14.5 percent of all new-vehicle sales. Demand is so strong, both General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler continued to build and successfully sell previous-generation versions of their redesigned Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Ram 1500 pickups for 2019 (the Ram 1500 “Classic” remains in production for 2020). Edmunds attributes this surge largely to a reliably strong economy, affordable gasoline prices, and low-interest rates, along with an explosion of technology, luxury, and safety features being offered. Source: Forbes Local Dunlap Teachers Bring ‘Royal Road Rally’ To The Students Staff of Dunlap Grade School found a way to connect with students Monday. They formed a vehicle caravan and snaked through the Village of Dunlap and the Copperfield, Timberbrook, and Wyndridge subdivisions. Dubbed the “Royal Road Rally,” staff waved as dozens drove through the Copperfield subdivision just after 11 a.m. Some vehicles had signs that said, “We miss you.” One passenger banged wooden drum sticks on an over-sized stainless steel bowl. Nearly every car horn honked. In a Facebook message announcing the rally, staff encouraged parents and students to go outside and wave from their driveways and sidewalks as the caravan passed. Source: WCBU Radio Peoria Moment of Musk Elon is making masks and supplies for the medical front lines… But we talk a little about that stock price. Where is that sucker going after the Coronavirus leaves? Any ideas? Riff Zone (No hate this week, just advice from Daryl) Daryl made a list of things you can do in your garage or around the house while you are in social isolation… watch for the full post on these in a few days. Cars of the WEAK! – CANCELLED http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/TW-Episode-30.mp3 The post Episode 30 – Essentially Distant appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
83 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 29 – The Beast is Back
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/TW-Episode-29.mp3 With a spirit of competition and gritty determination to win, we at Throwin’ Wrenches like to envision ourselves as the Cole Trickle and Rowdy Burns of the automotive podcast game. That’s our take. In reality, we’re more like J.J. McClure and Victor Prinzi. Those guys were still pretty cool, and if we’re being honest, they were a little more entertaining. Welcome to Episode 29, which should come with a full tank of gas and that brand-new podcast smell. As always, you can click the Become a Patreon link and toss a few bucks our way for some exclusive content. You’ll also be helping to keep this program rolling down the highway. Thank you for your support! Speaking of thank-you’s, please take a moment and thank our sponsors: Casey Law Office Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Episode Highlights Projects We talk about projects in the Throwin’ Wrenches garages, including boring stuff that we manage to twist into a mildy-amusing podcast segment. Eric: Currently on a quest for used tires and new CV Joints and axles for the legendary autocross car known as Red Mist. Daryl: Picked up some $50 tires for Börk, the 1969 Volvo 144s that currently rolls on fossilized rubber. International News Holden Gets Axed & GM Gets Out of RHD Around The Globe Source: CarAdvice After years of sales declines, General Motors has decided to pull the plug on their Australian brand, Holden. They’ve also decided it isn’t worth their time to manufacture right hand drive versions of their vehicles. What will this mean for the handful of countries that still drive on that side of the road? UK plan to ban combustion-engine cars creeps forward to 2032 Source: AutoNews UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he would like to see his country move the date for the banning of gas (petrol) and diesel-powered cars from 2040 to 2035. Automakers were already mildly freaked-out about the 2040 date and the effect on their sales. This earlier date could cause a bigger panic throughout the industry. We break things down a bit. Continuous Coronavirus Coverage: China Auto Sales Dip We continue our look at some of the supply chain disruptions and the drop in new car sales in China that have been attributed to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. National News The Beast takes a lap at Daytona! If you’ve been with us since the beginning, you know that we love “The Beast,” which is the nickname for President Donald Trump’s custom Cadillac limousine. The Commander-in-Chief managed to take the 22,000-lb executive car on a loop around the Daytona 500 racetrack on Sunday before the big race. We discuss how we would have tossed around such a large car on the big oval. We also talk about the horrific crash at the end involving Ryan Newman update after Monday’s crash. Should cars be banned on Broadway in downtown L.A.? That is the question some city leaders are asking. We shut it down, along with some other dumb laws that may have popped up in your Facebook clickbait feed, such as the one about how Sacramento has made it illegal to do maintenance on your car at home. Global aftermarket industry estimated to top $1.4 trillion by 2024 Get in the zone? AutoZone? Looks like people are doing just that, as the aftermarket parts industry is growing around the globe. Local Photo Credit: Dan Horsch / Flickr Illinois Senator Targets Gas-Powered Leafblowers Electric everything, coming to a garage near you? Stacks and stacks of useless batteries and outdated chargers soon to follow! We break down the lunacy that is Illinois State Senator Laura Fine’s Senate Bill 3313 that would ban the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers in Illinois after 2022. Riff Zone Daryl: The DeLorean posts on Facebook… they’re cute. But nobody cares. If it were 1985 and Marty and Doc were looking to build another time machine… cool. But that time has come. We have to stop fantasizing about what was moderately cool. Eric: For God’s sake, off-road folks, can we stay on the trails?!! We keep seeing photos and news about people tearing things up. Is it the same as it ever was, but now we have social media to show off our stupidity? Hard to say! Cars of the WEAK Eric: 1958 Morris Minor $7,800 Found on Facebook Marketplace This British classic is a hard-to-find model; it is a repainted original survivor, while the front bumper was removed for trans. California car with current/clear title. OR 1989 Porsche 944 S2 $17,900 This is a race car that’s ready to go! From the listing: For sale is this Brumos Porsche tribute livery 944 S2 race car. This car was an SP3 class PCA Club Racer put in storage around 2010. Was pulled out of storage in 2018 to be purpose-built for WRL GP2 Class racing. With minor adjustments will meet PCA SP3 classing or NASA ST4. Full rebuild including a new cage was completed in early 2019. Engine refresh completed in 2019. This car ran in GP2 Class in 2019 and earned a Podium in it’s first full race weekend. It contains a complete data acquisition system If you are looking to get into PCA, NASA or Endurance Racing this is your car! Details: * Fresh 3.0L engine rebuild in 2019 >20hrs * Hanks Hot Rods chromoly cage professionally TIG’d by 515 Motorsport * AIM MXP Data acquisition unit GPS and engine data include Coolant Temp, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp and Brake Pressure * New Spec 3 Clutch * Stahl header and custom exhaust Many, many other specs and details upon request. Spares and wheel options to be negotiated. Daryl: 1967 Ford Mustang 390 Coupe $26,900 Yellow and black CA car located in AZ with zero rust! Features the big 390 along with AC and an overhead console and tons of options. Loaded up like Cougar XR7. This is truly a grown-up Pony car with the brute power to back up its good looks. My kind of car. Keep in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for listening! The post Episode 29 – The Beast is Back appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
78 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 28 – Cheese, Coronavirus and Commercials
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/TW-28.mp3 We have the C’s for you this week. Eric and his Wife drove like crazy people over the back-roads of Wisconsin in the Cheese Freeze Rally. We talk about the Coronavirus attacking China and how that might affect part distribution for months to come. We also get caught up in Superbowl commercials. We run down all the automotive ads from the big game and decide which ones we liked best. Sorry… “Smart Paaaahk” does not start with a C… otherwise I would have integrated it into the title. We are one again indebted to our show sponsors: Casey Law Office Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Episode Highlights Projects Where Eric and Daryl talk about what’s going on in their garages… Or trips… Or car-related activities. Eric: Cheese Freeze Rally talk. A ton of fun. Why can’t we do this in Peoria? Is it time to try again? Daryl: It’s too warm? Daryl has tree sap on his cars and it sounds like some Chainsaws will be fired up this spring! TWISM (This week in Social Media) Mini Car show on Superbowl Sunday. Cheers to Nate Sosa and others for wanting to do something locally when the weather was nice in February! Superbowl Commercials. It’s not totally a social media thing, but who didn’t see the Jeep commercial on Facebook before or after the game? Genius move Jeep. International News China and the outbreak of the Corona Virus. How will this affect the distribution of cars and parts over the 2020 model year? National News Electric conversions? Who is taking a 911 and ripping out the petrol motor? Somebody did… It’s newsworthy! But, will it be more obsolete in a decade with new EV gear vs. just leaving it alone? Local News Are There Enough Old Guys to Keep Vintage Car Clubs Running? A recent Autoweek article spawned some insightful discussion on social media this week. We keep the conversation going. Want to buy a dragstrip? We’ve got one for sale in Havana, Illinois. Moment of Musk Elon drops his latest single. We’ll give you a listen! (Please don’t turn off the show!) Riff Zone Where Eric and Daryl scratch their heads about everyday human beings. Or show off our crotchety-old-man sides. Using free vacuums at the 3 buck wash??? Saving thousands on a used car, only to be upset you don’t get 3 free rotations??? Cars of the Weak As always, we pick a pair of cars for sale that should make it into our respective garages if money wasn’t an object. This week, we rock a Toyota Land Cruiser that needs some TLC and a classic Chevy Caprice police car. Get Yourself a Cool Sticker! Remember… You can get a sticker by leaving us a review on iTunes! It’s easy… Copy this: I was lost in a sea of worthless automotive podcasts until my saviors showed up in their podcast dingy. Daryl “smooth vocals” Scott and Eric “hugs like Richard Dawson” Stahl are my new favorite hosts. Watch out, they are going to slam Joe Rogan off the top of the Podcast Charts like an MMA big fighter person. My new favorite show. Can you do that? Copy and Paste? How hard was that? Now you get a sticker! Thanks again for listening! We appreciate all of your support! The post Episode 28 – Cheese, Coronavirus and Commercials appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
92 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 27 – Lawyers, LED’s and Bunnies (Autoshow 2020)
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/TW27-Final.mp3 Welcome to 2020 and thanks for tuning in for our first show of the year! We will admit to being a little rusty after nearly a month off, but hang in there with us! Are we the auto podcast with 20/20 vision? (Aren’t you already sick of that?) Probably not, but we will keep working on the catchphrase! We hope you had an amazing holiday season. Did you get that thing you wanted for your car? The racing thing? Did it get you a 100 more horsepower? If not, maybe we will fill that void in your automotive soul with Episode 27. Highlights We have our first sponsor and our show’s legal consultant, Gabe Casey with us to make sure we aren’t sued for any scandalous statements on this episode. Gabe talks about what’s new since he was last on the program, what’s currently in his stable, and some driving impressions now that he’s had some seat time in his GR Supra Launch Edition. Visit Our Sponsors Casey Law Office Fort’s Toyota of Pekin And believe it or not, we are still a member of the Peoria Podcast Alliance. Stay Connected There’s a bazillion ways to keep in touch with your favorite car podcast. Here’s a few. Download | Subscribe | Email | Donate Support This Show And finally, several listeners have expressed an interest in supporting the show financially. We truly appreciate this gesture as hosting fees are a very real cost. Eric and Daryl aren’t getting rich off of this show, we keep it going with the help of our amazing sponsors. If you’d like to toss a few bucks our way, we will gladly send you some schwag in return and some on-air props. Thank you for your support. Support Throwin’ Wrenches Podcast on Patreon Corrections In this edition of the Throwin’ Wrenches apology segment, Eric is working on his vocabulary words. Today’s word is Protagonist. pro·tag·o·nist noun the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text. the main figure or one of the most prominent figures in a real situation. “in this colonial struggle, the main protagonists were Great Britain and France” an advocate or champion of a particular cause or idea. “a strenuous protagonist of the new agricultural policy” If you’ll recall our Christmas Movie Spectacular, Eric used this word incorrectly. In the words of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” While Eric has what we call a teachable moment, Daryl refuses to back down from his poor movie choices involving Jessica Tandy in that same episode. He also corrects his confusion over the movies Rush, Rush and Driven. Here’s a hint: Only two of these are car flicks. Projects Even in the winter, there’s always something going on in the garage. Eric I spent some time installing new speakers in my son’s 4-Runner. It was a good Father/Son moment since we broke out the tools and soldering irons. I also got a new truck fridge for Christmas. Oh, and a rabbit did some serious damage to Red Mist, our 1990 Celica race car. That’s right… a rabbit! For those who missed the original Facebook post, here it is below: Daryl I bought a pickup truck! A 2017 Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab with the TRD Off-Road package, to be exact. Don’t worry, I christened it with some Toby Keith and WeatherTech floor mats. The plan is to keep this beautiful beast clean and mostly stock but still use it as a truck… not a toy. I absolutely love having a truck again (last truck was sold in 2002 and our ‘76 C20 has been in storage for 3 years.) The folks at Fort’s Toyota took good care of me, and my wife and I are very happy. Gabe Did you know that when you purchase a Launch Edition Supra you get to do cool stuff with NASA? Not the NASA, but the National Auto Sport Association. We’ll discuss some of the opportunities for Supra owners and perhaps we’ll dabble in some track time in 2020. The 2019 Peoria Metro Car Dealers Auto Show Review We saw the new C8 Corvette, we walked around a bit, and recapped some of the offerings of all the manufacturers at the Central Illinois Auto Show. Will the Peoria audience embrace the earlier event date (formerly April), or is it too close to the holidays to draw people in? We also give the Chevrolet reps the business for not letting people sit in the new #NotMyVette. With a $92,000 sticker price, we understand the car is worth some coin. But seriously, how can you sell a brand when you have everything behind a metal fence? Youngsters will remember that time at the auto show when they sat behind the wheel of something cool, and ideally, they’ll be in a showroom in 10-20 years putting some money down on the next-generation Corvette, Equinox, or whatever else they’ll sell in 2040. Give them a chance to taste the best they have to offer. It’s not made of glass. They aren’t going to break it. Headlines #TWISM, or This Week in Social Media George gets stuck in the mud. Long story that was solved by social media? Source: Jalopnik George Sukhanov is an intrepid Canadian engineer who got himself stuck in the middle of absolutely nowhere on a surface that will soon be totally impassable. The lakebed is dry in the summer and fall, usually, but as winter comes it starts to become an actual lake. Why is someone rolling solo like this? I loved his message when it was all over. Very self-deprecating! International Where in the world is Carlos Goshn? Check out this Bloomberg article that reads like a pulp fiction novel. Carlos Goshn, the former Nissan-Renault CEO avoided going to prison (so far) by being smuggled out of Tokyo and made it to his native Beirut. Ghosn had been under house arrest in Tokyo for months before showing up in Beirut. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ghosn hid in a large black box that was loaded onto a plane then flown to Lebanon For months, a team of more than a dozen security operatives, led by a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran, had been designing a plan to get him to Lebanon, the country where Ghosn has the most extensive connections. The secrecy was intense: Some of the participants, according to a person familiar with the operation, didn’t know the identity of the person they were going to extract, even after they’d accepted the job. We riff on this for a bit, and recap our thoughts from previous episodes on the topic. We also query our resident legal expert Gabe Casey on the Japanese legal system. Hint: Don’t commit a crime in Japan. Ever. Mazda Engineer speaks out of turn? Source: Engadget Excerpt: Wonder why Mazda’s MX-30 only has a modest 35.5kWh battery when its competition frequently has more? According to the brand’s European research director Christian Schultze, it’s to help the planet. He told Automotive News that the small pack is “responsibly” sized to have an overall CO2 emission footprint (including manufacturing and energy consumption) comparable to a diesel Mazda 3 hatchback, even after you replace the battery 100,000 miles into ownership. Long-range batteries would be worse for the environment, Schultze claimed, pointing to Mazda’s calculations for long-term CO2 output. The company determined that a 95kWh battery (close to what you’d see in Tesla’s higher-end Model S and X) would require more emissions from the very start due to both the larger pack and extended use while driving. That situation would only get worse if you replace the battery around the same interval, according to Mazda. This article later goes on to claim Schultze’s figures are based on 2016 European electrical figures, and that isn’t accurate since many cities run on zero-emission power. But that’s not entirely true, either. This is proof, once again, that there is no such thing as clean energy. #NuclearWaste #BirdDeaths #LithiumMines National World’s Coolest Dad Helps 3D Print a Lambo With His Son. Lambo Lends a Hand. Source: CBS 46 When future Father-of-the-Year, Sterling Backus decided to make a full-scale replica of a Lamborghini Aventador with his 12-year-old son Xander as part of a STEM learning project, the powers that be at Lambo responded in the best way possible: They loaned the family a real Aventador! Think about how cool it would be to have a real supercar at your disposal for ‘research purposes’ while you build your own replica. This is so much cooler than the Lego cars we built as kids. Xander is no doubt, the coolest kid on the block. He has his own Lamborghini. His dad is probably dropping him off at school in one, at least for a while. Would Ferrari’s leadership do something similar? Somehow the phrase ‘cease and dissist’ comes to mind. Local Farmers Drive Up The Price of 40+ Year-Old Ag Equipment Source: The Drive & shared from our FB Page It seems that more Midwestern farmers are following the automotive community in seeking out gently-used, simpler, and much cheaper tractors from the 1970s and ’80s. The complex tech, ‘permitted use, not ownership’ laws, and high cost has them rebuilding their faithful machines to extend their service life for another few decades. This makes sense to us, and helps keep money in the farmer’s pockets… but for how long? This reminded us of the period of time in the early 2000’s when some police departments in the U.S. decided to refurbish their Caprices instead of downsizing to the FWD Impalas because they were a far superior police cruiser. Call them holdouts, call them dinosaurs, but the fact is not ALL change is for the better. Just try to use a gas can made after 2009 and you’ll see what we mean. Moment of Musk: Tesla Stock Price Hits 420, Dude On a recent CCN podcast, Elon Musk walked back his robotaxi claim. Instead of a million robotaxis, Tesla is now claiming it will have a million robotaxi-capable cars on the road by the end of 2020. Musk used the robotaxi lie to raise $2.3 billion last year, and walking back on those claims qualifies as securities fraud. In May 2019, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) raised $2.3 billion on the promise that Tesla will have a million robotaxis on the road by 2020. It’s been less than a year, and it seems like Musk is already walking back on the promise. In a recent podcast, the Tesla CEO softened the claims by saying that Tesla will have a million “robotaxi-capable” cars on the road by the end of 2020. Robotaxi-capable means the cars sold will have the technology to run Tesla’s Robotaxi software. But it won’t be driverless cars operating as taxis and making their owners money (which is what Musk promised). Just before Tesla raised the $2.3 billion, the company paid its bondholders $920 million and was running low on cash. The subtle walk back on the robotaxi promise qualifies as blatant securities fraud. The Next Web Full Self Driving is an upcoming Tesla feature that currently exists in an unfinished form. According to Musk, the feature will eventually make it possible for a Tesla vehicle to drive itself from an owner’s driveway in the suburbs, onto the highway at high speeds, into the city where there’s traffic, weather, pedestrians, and who-knows-what-else, and into your office parking lot. Musk also claimed that by the end of 2020 Tesla would have fully-autonomous robotaxis operating unrestricted on city streets – which, if true, a couple of AI experts are going to literally eat them. Business Insider When word got out last year that disgraced multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein had been known to fraternize with Silicon Valley moguls, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk was quick to release a statement minimizing their relationship: He had attended a dinner organized by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman where Epstein was present, he said, and “was at his house in Manhattan for about 30 minutes in the middle of the afternoon” at the urging of his then-wife, Talulah Riley, who wanted to meet him “for a novel she was writing.” He was “obviously a creep,” Musk told Vanity Fair. But the social connection between Epstein and Musk may be more complicated than that, Business Insider has learned. Jeffrey Epstein was in regular contact with Elon’s brother Kimbal Musk, the tech millionaire turned restaurateur who serves on the boards of his older brother’s companies Tesla and SpaceX, according to two people familiar with their relationship. It’s unclear how Epstein and Kimbal Musk met initially, but they saw each other occasionally because Kimbal was dating a woman in Epstein’s entourage at the time, the people said. The woman had previously dated Epstein and lived in an apartment building that Epstein’s brother owned, which Epstein had used to house people close to him, including models from Eastern Europe. Riff Zone Daryl LED headlights: Why are they the hot new mod? A lot of forums I’m on have blown up in the last year over LED headlight kits and swaps. Look, LED’s are great since they should last a long time, especially in automotive situations where vibration & temperatures are harsh. But I’m also seeing a lot of “blue light specials” going down the road and bad aftermarket housings that aren’t properly designed for the LED bulbs, or aimed correctly. Do it the right way and spend the money on something DOT approved and safe. Retinas are nice to have. Eric Can we get a class action lawsuit on GM for their use of reverse lights for every time a door is open on the car? How many hours am I going to waste for the rest of my life while waiting for a parking spot? Edit: CNET explains GM’s reasoning for this “safety feature.” Since, this has been rattled on before…Eric then goes on to describe a hairy moment when a customer left his nose hair trimmer in the cupholder of his car while it was in for service at Forts. Cars of the WEAK! Eric: FIAT X1/9 This Bertone-styled mid-engined coupe popped while I was searching. With only 52,000 miles, a spirited 1200cc 4-cylinder with a manual trans, and super-scarce factor… is this car really worth $7k? What the heck is going on out there? Old car values are going through the roof and I am not sure when it ends! Just like the stock market. Daryl: 1924 Chrysler Six Coupe This coupe is a first model year for Chrysler featuring a nice green and black two-tone paint combo, which is refreshing to see in contrast to the all-black Model T’s! This rumble seat six-cylinder coupe would be an easy restoration as long as the parts are all there. Plus, this baby is almost 100 years old. It’s time to get into 20’s cars. Then 30’s. #CollectThemAll Gabe: 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ61 VX Gabe Casey’s pick this time around is this beautiful, rare and super rad RHD Land Cruiser. Imported from Japan with low miles and unique options, this is not your average Land Cruiser. Featuring a 12HT turbo diesel inline-six and backed by an H55f 5 speed, this rig would get you anywhere you’d like to go. The factory PTO winch would help get you out of any jams along the way. With documented authenticity and a rockin’ 80’s interior and stripe package, this silver JDM ‘Yota also happens to be for sale. For more information, text or call Gabe at (309) 397-8763. Quick New Year’s Resolution Check Eric already admits to failing on painting the race car in 2019, but he did manage to paint his son’s 4-Runner. That counts, right? Post Show Can we talk about the two scrapyard guys from Queens that run the Neutral Drop channel on YouTube? These clowns, who go by the nicknames Stuntman and Cameraman, film themselves beating on old cars share the evidence on social media. From actual neutral drops, to feeding dirt and leaves into a running engine’s throttle body, to running over garbage in the street… they are the Uncle Rob of junk cars. Sure, their crazy car stunts are hilarious but it’s only a matter of time before the EPA pulls a John Taffer and tells them to SHUT IT DOWN. Check them out if you need to rage out. Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next time! 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62 minutes | a year ago
The Christmas Show 2019 – Top 5 car movie countdown
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/tw-christmas-2019-mono.mp3 The stage is set. Christmas is here, and you don’t have to roll into work for the next few days. Perhaps the family is in town and you’re looking for things to do. Why not introduce your friends and loved ones to the Throwin’ Wrenches Christmas Podcast? This year’s episode doesn’t feature Chevrolet Astro or Plymouth Volare stories. Instead, Eric and Daryl decided after watching Ford V Ferrari that it might be fun to rattle off a list of car films they enjoy watching. Films we enjoy watching over and over… Much to our wives dismay! Not every film on Eric and Daryl’s “Top 5” lists are action-packed Jerry Bruckheimer thrillers. Quite the contrary, some of these are family-friendly dramas adapted from classic novels and stage plays. Then there’s a few comedies, and even a Steve McQueen film involving a combine chase scene through a cornfield. Over the coming weeks, winter will finally settle in. The garage projects and summer car shows are as far away as the moon. Now is the perfect time to let the kids play with their new Christmas gifts, pour yourself a tasty beverage and disappear for a few hours with one of these stellar movie picks from your friends at Throwin’ Wrenches. Enjoy responsibly. Eric’s Top 5 5. MAD MAX (1979) Why it’s Cool Mel Gibson… He was the ultimate driver before he was getting pulled over in Hollywood for hitting the bottle too hard. This is the origin story that usually gets left out of the conversation when talking to people who have a slight “know” of the franchise. Long before the newest Mad Max movie, with its giant production value and with vehicles equipped with all kinds of killing contraptions… There was ex-police officer, Max, who was raging down Australian roads with a muscle car police cruiser. This movie is raw, brutal and filmed in a frantic style that was ahead of its time. Seek it out! As usual, the Internet Movie Car Database saved me on this one. I didn’t even know that the police interceptors were Ford Falcons from 73 and 74. They look like cool movie props created for the movie. Every car in this film according to IMCDB 4. Better off Dead (1985) Why it’s Cool Savage Steve Holland’s masterpiece starring John Cusak. Its an 80’s sleeper with a cool car, street racing and its a Christmas movie! The 1973 Ford LTD Wagon resonated with the kid who drove a 78 Volare. If Lane Myers was stuck in a bad family sedan and could still win a few girls… There was still hope for the rest of us adolescent slobs! Who didn’t love the 1967 Chevy Camaro? It started the movie in a state of disrepair. Only to be resurrected by a LA Dodgers loving, french exchange student names Monique. Long story short: Guy falls into friend zone with a girl while working on his beat-up old car… And turns this $500 purchase into a sleek and sexy black beast. If you have seen this movie, you will be hard pressed to forget the 1965 Ford Falcon Brothers… Who learned how to speak English from watching Howard Kossel and the Wide World of Sports. They are show up several times to test Lanes courage. The website is down… but you can find a few articles about the Better Off Dead Camaro online. Or maybe betteroffdeadcamaro.com will show up again??? Every car in this film according to IMCDB 3. The Hunter (1980) Why it’s Cool Its Steve McQueen. Isn’t that enough? Steve McQueen – America’s last bounty hunter! Ralph Thorson. Its a dated tough guy movie that features a Steve McQueen that is about as human as he has ever played. The reason its on this list are the iconic scenes with a Trans Am being destroyed in a cornfield as its chased by a combine. (Filmed in a cornfield in Manteno IL). This film also features the all-time classic scene of a car falling countless stories into the Chicago river from the Marina City Towers. A scene that plays in my head every time I am looking at the towers from Dearborn and Wacker drive. Every car in this film according to IMCDB 2. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Why it’s Cool The makers of the movie actually fitted the Lotus with the gear to go underwater. Air system, electric navigation motors and that the missile launcher in the back window was real! All told, they spent 100K in 1977 dollars in the Lotus! Bond movies are known for all the cool gizmos and tech that seems on the edge of reality. This car was one of the best Bond gadgets of all time. The villains were also showing off some cool tech, the motorcycle side-car bomb was a nice touch during the car chase before launching off a pier. Most Any James Bond movie are cool to boys of the generation who grew up watching them. If you were truly a fan, there was nothing finer than grabbing the collectible Corgi cars at the KB Toys in Eastland Mall. My brother and I both collected the Corgi Bond cars. His fave was the silver dB7 with its ejector seat. Mine was a white Lotus Esprit with hydroplanes that popped out of the sides and shot missles (that could actually take an eye out). Low point: Watching James receive a message on his watch that is printed out like a label maker. It looks terrible and was not very visionary for the future. That said, Brother Office Equipment might be able to replicate this device today! Every car in this film according to IMCDB Moment of Musk! From Autoblog: The time Elon Musk paid $1 million for James Bond submarine car that cost a couple $100. The trust is stranger than fiction sometimes! The Cannonball Run (1981) Why it’s Cool Car movies should be fun. A few of the ones I have on this list involve violence and some light maiming. Not this Hal Needam directed Burt Reynolds movie. This one was an all-star excuse to cause chaos across the USA. The cast list is all over the board. Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin dressed as priests driving a Ferrari. Terry Bradshaw and Mel Tillis in the Hawaiian Tropic NASCAR. Roger Moore driving the DB7 thinking he is still James Bond. A young Jackie Chan adds to the comedy as the team from Japan that seem oblivious to everything going on around them in their supercharged Subaru. The power team in this movie though it Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise. My God were these guys funny together. If you cant laugh with these two guys… Stop being my friend! Smokey and the Bandit – This could have been a separate entry, but we will leave the Hal and Burt movies as one entry. Don’t forget Hooper and Stroker Ace. A few more of Hal and Burts classic films. Every car in this film according to IMCDB Daryl’s Top 5 5. Rain Man (1988) Why it’s Cool Dustin Hoffman may have won the Oscar, but the 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible in this Barry Levinson film was the real star. The Buick was also the root of the family drama in this story. The story takes Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman through the country’s two-lane U.S. highways where their characters learn about themselves and the roots of a strained family relationships. Great performances all-around here. There’s also some epic Tom Cruise freakouts. Hans Zimmer won an Oscar for best musical score. Perfect cruise music, too. Check this one out for some great road scenes. Every car in this film according to IMCDB 4. Driving Miss Daisy(1989) Why it’s Cool From the poor late 40’s Chrysler in the beginning to the Hudson Commodore sedan to the beautiful ‘55 Cadillac… the vehicles move through time in this Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman classic. Yes, this movie is as exciting as prune juice, but it’s a healthy serving of true friendship. A heartwarming story with a talented pair of actors and some lovely cars. Hans Zimmer also did the soundtrack in this one. (I’m also a soundtrack nerd.) Every car in this film according to IMCDB 3. Blues Brothers (1980) Why it’s Cool Director John Landis said the cars in this film danced. He actually related the driving stunts to choreography, and I think he nailed it. ‘Nuff said. This is a perennial classic that I’ll stop everything and finish watching no matter when I join it in-progress. As a Chicagoland native, this movie speaks to me in so many ways. Mostly what speaks to me are the big-block Mopars at wide-open throttle for 75% of the film. Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration always comes through. Humor by the truckload and a lot of chase scenes and carnage add up to a winning combination. Every car in this film according to IMCDB 2. Christine (1983) Why it’s Cool Anyone with an evil car can relate to this. Some of you know what I’m talking about. This Stephen King classic adapted for the big screen by Halloween (1978) director John Carpenter is all about loners and ghosts. I saw this movie in high school and it stuck with me as I was a little nerdy and drove a ‘64 Chevy. I did not run anyone over, or turn into a jerk. My car also didn’t rebuild itself, but everything else was pretty similar to my formative years. Great synthesizer-heavy soundtrack by director John Carpenter. Always fear the Plymouth! Every car in this film according to IMCDB 1. Ronin (1998) Why it’s Cool EuroTRASHED! Jean Reno, DeNiro, and the talented Skip Sudduth did most of the driving in the Audi S8 that takes quite a beating in this John Frankenheimer film about mercenaries who get double-crossed. Frankenheimer also did The French Connection (1971) and knew how to film a car chase! With heart-racing driving stunts involving a ton of European gems like a BMW E34 M5, and great audio for the time, Ronin still holds up as a great film for gearheads. Every car in this film according to IMCDB What Films Did We Miss? We know there are hundreds of other great films that feature cars in some way, shape, or form. What are your go-to flicks? Share your top 5 with us at email@example.com and we’ll make sure to give you a shout-out on the next show. We hope you enjoyed this holiday wrap-up of our favorite gearhead movies. If you haven’t seen any of these, the holidays are a perfect time to catch up and enjoy some rest & relaxation. In the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you next year! Thank our Sponsors Special thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this program possible. Casey Law Office Fort’s Toyota of Pekin The post The Christmas Show 2019 – Top 5 car movie countdown appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
72 minutes | a year ago
Episode 26 – TW at the movies – Ford v Ferrari
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/TW26.mp3 Welcome to Episode 26 of the Throwin’ Wrenches Podcast. This is our last regular podcast of 2019! Thanks for riding along with us on this automotive adventure throughout the year, and we hope you are buckled up for the 2020 season. Download | Subscribe | Email Here’s a catchphrase for ya: We are the automotive podcast with the best Christmas Episodes! While there has been some contention that last year’s show was “not that great”, we hope you give our Christmas 2019 a chance when it comes out in a week or so. We promise there won’t be any Chevy Astro stories this time around. Stay tuned for details! Contest Want a totally Sweet Throwin’ Wrenches sticker for your ride or toolbox? We have a few set aside just for you! We know what you’re thinking. “Eric & Daryl, how can I get the world’s greatest sticker?” It’s easy. We have 50 stickers. We want to give them out in a fair and equitable fashion, which also helps promote our show. How to get a TW Sticker in 2 Easy Steps Just post a review on iTunes, Stitcher or another platform. Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org once you’ve done the deed and let us know where to mail your prize! ^ This could be you ^ That’s all there is to it. Simple. Fair. Free. Fair warning, if you use a funny screen name like “Irockherculestires”, we can’t figure out who you are, so please get in touch with your contact info. Soon you will be sporting the coolest podcast swag ever made (to date), and that’s not saying a lot! As always, thanks for your support. We love hearing from listeners and appreciate your time. Our Sponsors In addition to awesome listeners, we also have some pretty amazing sponsors! You can click on their pictures on the right. Make sure to tell them that Throwin’ Wrenches sent you! Casey Law Office Fort’s Toyota of Pekin Projects Eric Red Mist – The 1990 Celica is back out and driving. She’s a gas-sipper and totally fun to drive! Maybe she will make it to the Cheese Freeze Rally in January? Daryl Finally, Daryl has enough trickle chargers to go around the garage to keep all of his steel babies’ batteries topped off while they’re in hibernation mode for the winter. Meanwhile, he’s buying parts over the winter and trying to figure out what project he really wants to tackle. He needs an easy win. Recap Catch Eric’s Interview on the Toyota Trucks and Trails Podcast We want to give another shout-out to Toyota Trucks and Trails Podcast. Eric was a little bashful on the last episode and may not have let you know how much fun he had doing his recording with Jason from TTaT. If you have interest in trucks, offroading or even Leave No Trace principles… We cover it. Jason also is an organizer for Great Smokey Mountain Trail Ride… And a lot of the conversation goes into talking about the setup and work that goes into making a successful TLCA event. Throwin’ Wrenches at the Movies We are not Siskel & Ebert, but we know a thing or two about car movies. In this episode, we breakdown the Ford v Ferrari film and try not to lay out too many spoilers. Leo Beebe, as far as we can tell, was much maligned in the screenplay. From the light research we’ve done after watching the movie, we are pretty sure that Henry Ford II was not a nincompoop. He was the mastermind behind the machinations that film attributed to Beebe. If you’ve got high-test racing fuel coursing through your veins, we recommend that you check out the following two documentaries: The 24 Hour War Shelby American Adam Corolla and his buddy made two overlapping documentaries about the subject of Ford v Ferrari. They are definitely worth watching if you’ve got the time. Once you’ve viewed those docs, you’ll be well-versed in Le Mans, Enzo Ferrari and the Carroll Shelby story. Eric highly recommends them. Pro Tip: It was actually better to watch them after the movies, as they do have tons of spoilers! Headlines TWISM (This Week in Social Media) The $4K car debate was rolling on the Central Illinois Automotive Enthusiast group page. If you want to know what’s doing on in the Peoria car scene, you need to subscribe to this Facebook group. International News Cars That Will Die in 2020 Daryl quickly touches on the many car nameplates that will no longer be produced after 2019. Some of the highlights include the Audi TT, Cadillac CTS, and Nissan Titan XD. Source: IBI Times Nissan to Furlough U.S. Workers for Two Days in January Speaking of Nissan, the Japanese automaker is requiring nearly all of its U.S. workforce to take two days of unpaid furlough next month as it tries to reverse declining sales and profits here and globally. Japan’s second-largest automaker employs about 21,000 people in the U.S., spanning its U.S. headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., two plants in Tennessee and one in Canton, Mississippi. Employees at Nissan and Infiniti dealerships will not be affected by the furlough. Workers will not be paid for Jan. 2 and 3. The company said the furloughs will “optimize business performance and competitiveness.” Source: Forbes National Top Gear USA Returns This Coming Spring With Three New Hosts Photo Credit: Collider.com After it’s debut in 2002, Top Gear has wowed audiences around the world with car reviews, tests, stunts, and gimmicky challenges. After the first go-around with a US-spec show featuring hosts Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara sorta fizzled in 2016, another trio sucked it up in 2017 and were canned after 1 season. Enter the next trio of hosts that may be a decent mix, just because it seems to make sense. Not Jethro Bovington Hosts will include Jethro Bovington (journalist), Dax Shepard (Mr. Kristen Bell and a Michigan gearhead) and comedian Rob Cordry. who is nuts and has no fear. So yeah. Catch it on the Motor Trend streaming app once it’s warm outside. That means Dax Sheppard and Rutledge Wood are now officially two Top Gear hosts who happen to drive Buick Roadmaster wagons as a daily driver. We think that’s pretty cool. So what are your thoughts on the new Top Gear USA hosts? Let us know in the comments below. Source: Motor1 19 Car Publications Get Sacked in 2020 TEN Publishing will shutter 19 of its 22 automotive magazines by the end of the year, leaving MotorTrend, Hot Rod and Four Wheeler as the only three titles that will continue to be published in print in 2020. Titles going out of print include the following: R. I. P. 4-Wheel & Off-Road Automobile Car Craft Chevy High Performance Classic Trucks Diesel Power Hot Rod Deluxe Jp Lowrider Mopar Muscle Muscle Car Review Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Mustang Monthly Street Rodder Super Chevy Super Street Truck Trend Truckin’ Vette We break down what this means for enthusiasts, and look at where the future of automotive journalism and niche publications could be headed. Source: Folio Mag Local Sears is dying. Go Exchange Your Craftsman Stuff. Read all about Daryl’s adventure at the Peoria Sears here. Local Traffic Stop Results in Nothing but Bothering a Guy at 3 A.M.! Photo Credit: Scott Davidson/FlickrCC by 2.0) Phil Luciano of the Peoria Journal Star wrote this one, and we talk a bit about how sad it is that this story was at the top of the news feed on the PJStar Twitter account. Cliff Notes: On November 9th, at some ungodly hour of the morning, Peoria police pulled over a man driving on Farmington Road and decided it would be fun to work him over with a drug-sniffing dog. Long story short: The Police had nothing, even if the dog said otherwise, and the man was allowed to leave. Also- Strippers may have been involved in this story. Riff Zone Daryl Please don’t do this. The reindeer nose and antlers on your Ford Escape isn’t cute. It’s going to break, fall onto the highway, and I’m going to run it over. That plastic is going to ruin your weatherstripping. The slush will stain the faux fur. It’s best to just forget it. Want to show off your holiday spirit? Try decorating something that doesn’t go 80 miles an hour. Bah humbug. Eric I dealt with a classic scenario this week. A 200,000 mile car comes in for service, and upon driving away, the Airbag light comes on. Whose problem is it? Also, the auto gypsy strikes again and gets away with a free tire repair. Cars of the WEAK Eric 1993 Lotus Esprit Coupe – $38,500 Lakewood, CO I found this one while I was prepping for our Christmas Episode. Lotus Esprit’s all seem to fall into a mid-30’s range whether they are early or late models. This ’93 looks like new with its painted to match body moldings. It’s a pretty car I think it would still be fun to drive! BTW, Car Gurus may be one of my new favorite websites right now. Lookup anything like Search Tempest in the glory days of Craigslist. Daryl 1983 Land Rover 109 – Sold for $18,000 on BaT Chicago, IL A LHD Spanish-built Santana model riding on a 109-inch wheelbase (hence model 109), this Land Rover features the classic rugged lines and 4 door versatility that I love. My wife would let me buy this one, if we had room. She LOVES these. Based in Chicago, this 2.25 liter turbo-diesel has dual tanks and a 5 speed gearbox. The mileage should be decent enough to get me home. This particular Land Rover sold for $18,000, which is a decent price but not as much as their British counterparts. You can follow all of our Cars of the Weak picks here. Bonus News Chevrolet Suburban Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame? Yes. This is for real. The Chevrolet Suburban has officially become the first vehicle ever to be given the Award of Excellence star at Hollywood and Highland, recognizing its almost 70-year career in show business. “For six decades the Chevrolet Suburban has been Hollywood’s longest-working actor,” said Rana Ghadban, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Appearing in classic feature films and on must-see television shows, the Suburban is a well-established industry mainstay. With the Chevrolet Tahoe also making an impact in movies and on television, it’s impressive to have both vehicles now join an illustrious group of actors and characters that are forever known as Hollywood legends.” Our Take: To quote Ralphie from A Christmas Story- “A Crummy Commercial?” This is no better than the Ovaltine commercial from Little Orphan Annie masquerading as a news item. We love Suburbans, for real, but can someone please send us some info on famous Suburbans? We couldn’t think of more than a couple of films in which Suburbans played a role in. Soure: Motor 1 Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to all of our friends and followers. Catch our Christmas 2019 Episode Soon! The post Episode 26 – TW at the movies – Ford v Ferrari appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
84 minutes | a year ago
Episode 25 – SEMA 2019, Ordinance Violations and Flo
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/TW-25.mp3 We are back! Eric and Daryl saddled up for a new Throwin’ Wrenches podcast to keep you warm as we roll into December. Throw some wood in your Franklin Stove and get the chestnuts warming… Christmas is around the corner. And lucky for you, So is our Christmas show. Watch for it next! (Here is last year’s holiday yule log to tie you over.) Download | Subscribe | Email Thanks for listening and being active members of the show. Please share our little automotive podcast on Facebook and other social media sites so that we can spread that word that cars and the car biz are fun to talk about! We have been thrilled to have some amazing guests on the show over 2019. From SCCA and CCSCC Presidents to ICC Program directors, we have had some great conversations. But we don’t know them all. There are thousands of gearheads out there that we would love to have on the show. If you’re one of them, or you know someone who deserves a little air time, let’s get in touch! Feedback and Apple Reviews PLEASE! Help your auto bothers out by dropping a review on iTunes or Google Play. Reviews play a ridiculously powerful role in show exposure. We need your help, and thank you! Episode Highlights Over the last few weeks, Eric has been told that he needs to use some formulas from the “Truck Show Podcast“. Apparently, these guys have a formula that is similar to Throwin’ Wrenches… Radio Jock (Daryl character) and Industry Guy (Eric’s doppelganger). While we have listened to their show a few times depending on who they are talking too, we don’t plan on stealing their material anytime soon. You will know we have gone all-in on intellectual property theft when we start strumming a guitar between segments! We would like to give a big shoutout to the Toyota Trucks and Trails Podcast. They recently had Eric on their show their “Toyota Centric” show to talk about SEMA and give a rundown on what Fort’s Trail Team is all about. It was a great insight into what Eric has been up to for the past 5 or 6 years out on the trails. Check it out at: Toyota Trucks and Trails Podcast About Our Sponsors As always. We must thank our sponsors! Without their assistance, the wives would be all over Eric and Daryl about their little “show”. Be sure to think of the folks at Fort’s when buying or servicing a new or used Toyota, and we would be nowhere if it wasn’t for our first sponsor and legal eagle, Gabe Casey. If it’s law-related, you’d best give him a call. Forts Toyota of Pekin Casey Law Office, Peoria IL. Projects: Eric Eric hits SEMA and brings back some news from the big show in Las Vegas. We talk about Vegas owning the convention business and also praise the fortitude of Hoonigan fans with front row seats. Can you say Black Lung? Eric and son will be working on the freshly plastidipped 4Runner. He whacked a mailbox. Rodent abatement in the 2007 Tundra. Eric hit Mojave Road. Read about it at www.fortstrailteam.com Daryl Daryl has loaded the garage! 4 cars in a 3 car garage. Super Tahoe is slipping and it’s not old age… or is it? Daryl seems to have another winter project. Will it be a new transmission or a total rebuild? A new-to-him 2013 Jeep Patriot Latitude is now Daryl’s ride because his wife got the real new ride… a new 2019 Toyota Highlander. Daryl gives us a rundown on salesmen not being the classic checkered suit schlock-meister from the 70’s. Headlines TWISM© (This week in Social Media) Ordinance Violations? North Pekin and other communities are now issuing citations that avoid the normal traffic court system and possibly also bypass state coffers. How long can this gambit play out before someone in the State of Illinois realizes they are the ones getting hosed for a change? Daryl is hanging with the new Toyota Highlander Owners group on Facebook to see what’s going on. It’s not going well. If they are not asking him what he paid for his rig, they are fretting over the cold antifreeze light or a snow button that was accidentally activated. International News Automakers Awaiting Decision President Trump on 25% Tariffs on U.S. Car & Auto Part Imports Source: Reuters Dust-up Over California Emissions Causes New Vehicle Purchase Stalemate California said on Monday it will halt all purchases of new vehicles for state government fleets from GM, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler and other automakers backing President Donald Trump in a battle to strip the state of authority to regulate tailpipe emissions. Does this mean that Ford and some other small brands will be picking up the 100 million dollar slack over the next few years? Source: Automotive News The Well-Traveled American V6 How do you feel about free trade across the borders of Canada, the USA, and Mexico? We found a great little article that illustrates the life and times of pistons being built and machined for GM V6 engines. It gives you a clear picture of how complicated the trade routes are for something so simple. Source Reuters National News Millennial’s want a car? Who knew? Nobody apparently. As marketing and industry insiders have been pulling out their hair and grinding their hands in grief worrying about a non-car-loving American populace… Something happened… Or was misread. Millennials actually want cars. Source NADA Lordstown EV Trucks The Verge had this article and news about a new electric truck company that is going to make electric trucks from an old GM factory. Sound familiar? See our coverage of Rivian. Time will tell who starts to get trucks on the road after they keep securing heaping mounds of cash. #NotMyVette SEMA talk eventually leads to mid-engined Corvette conversation. Will #notmyvette be the next big thing? Haters gonna hate, but can you really hate a C8? MOMENT OF MUSK© We might be siding with Elon’s design team after Ford released information about the new Mustang EV Crossover. While we missed the Cybertruck announcement a day after recording this show, it’s still fun to catch up with this story! Seems like Elon is not talking smack to Porsche anymore. The big blue oval in Detroit has caught his attention for now. So much so that he was pulling one of their full-sized trucks around in his Cybertruck intro. Congratulations on the Mach E! Sustainable/electric cars are the future!! Excited to see this announcement from Ford, as it will encourage other carmakers to go electric too. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2019 The Mustang logo being planted on this car leads to some hate for Eddie Bauer Editions or Harley Davidson versions of the new Mustang. Riff Zone Eric came across the article from the “Points Guy” about the declining standards of Uber and Lyft. It was contrary to recent experiences that Eric has had while on the road. Two good drivers and great drives to and from airports out west. Meanwhile, Daryl strongly declares that Flo from Progressive insurance needs to retire. She was funny at first, but it’s time for her to consider Scottsdale. Maybe a small condo in one of the Carolinas. Maybe Altamonte Springs, Florida. Wherever she goes, Daryl would just like her to stop showing up in his Facebook feed. Stop appearing on TV, and streaming apps. After ten long years, perhaps it’s time for Flo to ride off into that sunset in her 87 Accord hatchback with all of those sacks of money she wisely saved on car insurance, and never come back. Progressive has shamelessly driven this marketing campaign into the ground. Cars of the Weak© Our weekly segment where we break out the virtual wallets and come up from the local online listings with more gems for you. Eric Is it something from my youth that makes me think that 80’s models Comanche Trucks were what a truck should look like? Pre-Cybertruck… These harsh lines were all the rage on our Cherokee-hooded single-cab trucks. This 1989 model is still kicking in Bloomington, Illinois after driving 128,000 miles. It was on sale on Facebook Marketplace for the bargain price of $1,950.00. Daryl Another classic from the late 80’s was found on Facebook Marketplace this week, a 1988 Oldsmobile 98 Touring Sedan for just $3,000 This car sold in record time, but if I had the room I would have grabbed it. This totally unique sport sedan was based on the GM C-body chassis and stuffed with leather buckets, a console, FE-3 sport suspension, turbine rims, and a bulletproof 3800 Series 1 V6. Hands-free steering wheel controls for the Auto Climate control and stereo. It also featured a trip computer with an engine oil life meter and fuel economy display. This car was simply 25 years ahead of its time. A 1-owner car with 71K on the clock, I strongly feel this beautiful machine was easily worth twice the price. Sign-Off Thanks again for listening! We appreciate the support. Make sure to support our sponsors! Tell them “Throwin Wrenches sent me!”. It will freak the salesmen out at Fort’s, and Gabe will have some fun with that as well! Don’t worry, in the next episode, we will talk about Ford v Ferrari… and that damned Cybertruck! The post Episode 25 – SEMA 2019, Ordinance Violations and Flo appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
86 minutes | a year ago
Episode 24 – The Return of Mr. Wolf
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/TW-Episode-24.mp3 Greetings, speed demons. Welcome back to another episode of Throwin’ Wrenches, where “That’s the way this podcast heard it.” Eric has decided to channel a little bit of the Mike Rowe with this week’s catchphrase. We’ll see if that sticks, but for now, we’ll promise to keep working on that catchphrase. Download | Subscribe | Email Our guest this week is the ever-knowledgeable Regan from Toyota, who is officially our most frequent returning guest. Thanks for not getting scared off easily, Regan. We should point out that Regan is very much like Mr. Wolf from Pulp Fiction. He’s the guy that everybody calls to help get them out of a jam. He fixes things. He solves problems. He also has great stories of late-night shenanigans in a V6 Camaro and a killer Model A Ford pickup hot rod. Thanks for dropping by again, Regan. You’re a good sport! Speaking of hard-working folks, we’d like to give a shout-out to our two dedicated sponsors. Without their help, this program would be much more lackluster than it already is. We appreciate their support over the past year, and we feel confident in recommending their services. We only ask that you consider them in the future if you’re in the market. Thank you. Sponsors Casey Law Office Fort’s Toyota of Pekin We are also a member of the Peoria Podcast Alliance Episode Highlights Eric and his son wrap up their Plasti-Dip job on the 4-Runner, along with some wheel paint and finishing touched. It’s ready to roll from here on out. He also recaps his most recent off-road excursion, Southern Cruiser Crawl. Don’t just take his word for it, though. Here’s some photographic evidence of his trusty “Treehugger” 4-Runner in action along with some friends from the Fort’s Trail Team. Daryl hasn’t spent much time in the garage these past few weeks, but he did track down a good used brake booster for his ‘69 Volvo. He’s happy to report the car now stops without having to press the pedal with both feet and Hulk-like force. Regan updates us on his nicely warmed-over 400 cubic inch small-block Chevy motor that he’s prepping for his Model A pickup project. To back up the beefy motor, he plans to install a T5 5-speed transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear axle. He hints that there may be some noises coming from his garage this winter, and we’re all pulling for him. Headlines Police on Google Maps: The Right Waze or the Wrong Waze? Source: Inc. Google has introduced a new feature, similar to apps like Waze, that lets motorists report police activity on Google Maps. The technology is commonly used to notify drivers of traffic hazards such as accidents, but it’s also a back-channel way of warning of speed traps and DUI checkpoints. There’s plenty of support from app users for this sort of thing, but not everybody’s happy. The law enforcement community doesn’t support the police-locating feature. Some groups, such as the NYPD, have written to Google in an effort to remove the functionality Waze application. We’ll dive into this one a little further. But, seriously… how good is Waze vs Google Maps? We’ll share the results of an experiment involving our friend and fellow enthusiast, Jake Irish and Eric as they both try using Google Maps and Waze in a no-holds-barred cage match. Which app helped its user navigate to the finish line first? Listen to this week’s episode to find out the answer! ‘World’s fastest car’ unveiled – and it can reach staggering speeds of over 600 mph Source: Mirror UK UPDATE: We just learned that this very machine just reached 628 miles per hour on a run in South Africa, shattering a previous world record. Wow! Meet the former jet fighter that wanted to become a car. That car, engineered by the Bloodhound Land Speed Record (BLSR) team, can travel at 600 miles/hour and could possibly break the world land speed record in 2020 thanks to driver Andy Green and a team of mechanics. Could you imagine rocketing to 200 miles per hour in eight seconds? Who would have the guts to ride this beast? How Much is a Traffic Light Worth? Source: PJ Star To some municipalities, the cost is somewhere in the neighborhood of 100,000 dollars. You read that correctly. After a single-vehicle crash wrecked a set of traffic lights in Downtown Peoria recently, the price tag of the replacement may have caused sticker shock. Eric questions the replacement value of such lights and also tosses out a few cost-saving suggestions for cities looking to keep traffic moving safely while meeting their pension obligations. Moment of Musk Elon has been pretty quiet lately, but we still manage to cobble a Moment of Musk together. Riff Zone Road rage isn’t pretty. We’ve all been guilty of it, to some extent. Eric bears witness to a road rage incident while on the way back from the Southern Cruiser Crawl, and that leads into a deep, and rather dark discussion of times we all wish we just turned the other cheek and drove off instead of going “caveman” on the other motorist. Who loves malaise-era cars on the silver screen? We do. We talk about some of the cool rides from the 1970’s and 80’s that are quickly becoming stars in their own right. Cars of the Weak Eric: 1929 Ford MODEL A RACE C Roadster Flathead XF-BGMR ECTA SCTA – $49,500 Maybe its all the talk about salt flat racing thats got Eric all excited… He found this little car for racing but its still street legal and can seat two when the roll bar is removed. If you’re going to tear up the track, you may as well look good doing it. Eric would rock it on mean streets of Pekin. Found on Racing Junk.com Daryl 1952 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan – $8995 Never one to pass up a sad, forgotten four-door sedan, Daryl has a crush on this Korean War-era Cadillac that’s been sitting on a used car lot near his folks for a year or so. It is clean, original, and looks pretty good. What’s the catch? Ah, who cares. Let’s buy it. Found at Mr. J’s Super Center Regan 1993 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Gold Key Edition – $18-20,000 Found on Barnfinds We can always count on Regan to pull one out of thin air, and this week he’s pulled out some solid gold. It’s a solid FWD Caddy from the early 90’s that has only 889 miles on the odometer. It also happens to be a rare Gold Key Edition car, which means you get to show off your prized DeVille to all of your bridge club friends before you head to Sizzler for an early dinner. Jokes aside, this baby is clean. Is it worth 20K? Will Eric get an aneurysm hearing Regan expand on this car’s many virtues? Tune in to find out… Thanks for listening! We’ll catch up with you again soon. Meanwhile, send us something that isn’t spam. (For the record, we love actual Spam.) Hit up some actual humans at email@example.com with show ideas, feedback, or Harbor Freight coupons. Whatevs. Speaking of hitting things up, be sure to visit our amazing sponsors. Casey Law Office Fort’s Toyota of Pekin These fine folks help us keep the show rolling down the information superhighway. We hope you consider them the next time you’re in the market for legal services or a new vehicle. Take care! http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/TW-Episode-24.mp3 The post Episode 24 – The Return of Mr. Wolf appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
72 minutes | a year ago
TW Interview – George Beres
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/TW-George-Beres-Interview.mp3 Welcome to the automotive podcast that continues to get the best guests! Daryl and Eric are pretty thrilled to share this interview. Sometimes we work and struggle to get guests on the show… and other times an opportunity falls in our lap. This was the latter. While talking to a customer a few weeks ago, the customer made mention that his Grandfather was George Beres. That name might ring a bell as it was synonymous with auto sales in Pekin since the 1950’s. One thing lead to another, and Eric is giving his 30-second “elevator pitch” to Mr. Beres in hopes he would do the show. George gladly accepted. Candy to Cars Beres Motor Company TV commercial (1979) Video Credit: Steve Shaw, Retro Peoria We sat down at George’s house and wandered down a timeline that starts in a popular hangout called Princess Candy Kitchen and ends up with the first car dealership on “Auto Row” in Pekin. Beres Motorcars was founded in Pekin, Illinois in the days when salesmen sold cars from a storefront downtown. Packard and Studebaker were the foundation of his career and were longtime independent staples for Midwestern motorists. Through this interview, you will find out how Mercedes-Benz comes into the Beres Motorcars story. If you are a lover of Central Illinois history or a fan of the Mercedes Benz franchise… This is a great show for you. George is sharp as a tack and remembers all the details! We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to George for taking the time to share some automotive history with us, and thank you for listening. Enjoy! The post TW Interview – George Beres appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
69 minutes | a year ago
TW Interview – Regan from Toyota
http://throwinwrenches.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/TW-Episode24-Regan-Interview.mp3 We have had him on the show a few times… But we have never dove into the story of how Regan got to the hallowed position of Field Technical Specialist with Toyota. Along the way during this “interview”… We talk about how a kid from the Northern Illinois town of Freeport goes from vocational classes at High School to the Automotive Engineering program at SIU Carbondale. The options were unlimited when it comes to taking a job post-college. Why did he choose Toyota? Also in this show we touch on a subject that has been making the news. We talk about the looming tech crisis and what can we expect in our service centers as techs become short supply. Is it real? Is it a media scare. Regan has some thoughts on this subject and we talk a lot about future tech and how it will be applied at the dealer level in the coming years. We hope you enjoy this show. We love getting “car folks” on the show. If you know someone who might make a great interview. Let us know! Thanks again for listening! Eric and Daryl Links: https://www.toyota.com/usa/ https://automotive.siu.edu The post TW Interview – Regan from Toyota appeared first on Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast.
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