Author Archive: Jim Pickering

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2005 Ford-Mustang Cervini body kit
08 Nov

Upgrading Your Car 101, Part 1

Is your car perfectly capable of getting you from point A to B in totally stock, original form? Sure. But is it as good as it could possibly be as delivered from the factory? Absolutely not! If you want better handling, better power, better stopping, and better comfort, the aftermarket industry can help. You need […]

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audi-7-speed-direct-shift-gearbox
19 Oct

Transmissions 101 – Automatic Transmissions Tutorial

Shifting your own gears is great, but sometimes you’d just rather let the transmission take care of itself. Why bother with a clutch pedal when you don’t have to? That’s where the automatic transmission comes in, and since their introduction in the early 1940s, they’ve come a long way in terms of design and performance. […]

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6-speed manual transmission
16 Oct

Transmissions 101 – Manual Gearbox Tutorial

Engines are great at making power, but without a good gearbox to channel that power to the ground, your car isn’t much of a car. That’s exactly what a transmission does – it takes rotational force from the engine’s crankshaft and gears it up or down, allowing you to make the most of the engine’s […]

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1969 Plymouth Road Runner
24 Sep

eBay Listing: 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

In the late ’60s, if you wanted to go fast for not a lot of money, Plymouth was your brand and the Road Runner was your car. Launched in 1968, the Road Runner catered to the bare-bones racer who wanted performance over options. For about $3,000, the Road Runner outran a lot of other higher-priced […]

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1952 Dodge Power Wagon
18 Sep

eBay Listing: 1952 Dodge Power Wagon

Take one part military truck, one part early 4×4, and one part tractor, and you get the Dodge Power Wagon. Based on the WWII Dodge 3/4-ton truck, these were built for the civilian market from 1945 through the late 1960s. They were the go-anywhere workhorses of the Dodge line, and their PTOs allowed you to […]

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1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
14 Sep

eBay Listing: 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Most people probably don’t think of second-gen Camaros as top-level collectibles. The vast majority of their 12-year production run took place in the depth of the smoggy 1970s, when performance took a back seat to huge bumpers and early emissions controls. But interest in pre-1974 examples is growing, and cars like this ’73 Z have […]

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1967 Jaguar E-type
11 Sep

eBay Listing: 1967 Jaguar E-Type Roadster

This Series 1 E-type looks like a sleek and sexy driver. As a ’67, it offers the best of both worlds – you get the smaller bumpers of the earlier cars without the pollution controls that robbed some of the performance of the later ones. And on top of that, it’s in a great color […]

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