28th Feb2020

Roll The Dice: Cheap Car of the Week

by Michael Chandler

You all seemed to hate this thing the first time around, but I don’t care. Your hatred sustains me. With that said, let’s see what the 8 sided dice has determined our budget is:

$7,000

Ok, we can definitely find something fun that nobody not as many people will hate. Initial search returns are looking pretty good:

A Z33, a Bugeye WRX, and a Speed3? Definitely off to a better start than last time. Also, that Taurus is apparently an AWD police interceptor. That said, I’ve found a few potential projects to ruin your life and bank account.

First up is this: an Ecoboost Lincoln MKS. Why this, and not the Taurus Police Interceptor? Well, it’s a bit of a nicer place to be. More creature comforts and all that. This also has the added benefit of looking like something owned by your grandma. AND it’s still the AWD twin turbo V6, so all the fun stuff you’d shove in or on an Ecoboost Taurus can go on this. I’ve seen one of these messing with an R35, and outpacing it. Imagine rolling up on someone, asking if they want the gap, having them laugh at you, then taking them to Gapplebee’s.

Here’s something completely different. Say you’ve got a bunch of crapcans you need to move. Be them your’s, or your’s and friends, but you’ve got nothing to move them with. Well look no further than this Mack Maxidyne! This will drag whatever shitboxes you and your idiot friends have, and then some. All it needs are new batteries, and you might need more than your current license to drive it, but hell you can figure that out and get to hauling your shit around.

Say you’re faced with the ultimatum of “if you get another project, then you’re out of here!” What do you do then? Buy yourself something to live in, that’s what. This thing has seen some miles, but it’s big enough to live in and it can drag something behind it. Hitch up whatever was “the last one, I swear!” and hit the open road. Live the life of a nomad! Or turn it into a rolling brothel or meth lab. It’s your broken life.

None of those tickle your fancy? Well, how about a classic Jeep project? It’s been in storage for the last 11 years, and it needs some minor bodywork done, but it’s been an Arizona truck most of its life so rust should be minimal to non-existent. Imagine cruising this thing in the summer, top off, V8 humming, you and your buddies just livin’. Or throw some 1 tons under this, and get real rowdy.

None of those are working for you? Ok, fine. I’ll address your basic ass desires…

Here you go, a 350Z that some of you will no doubt tell me is over priced. You can probably talk them down, then take your new found savings and invest that in some of the following: coilovers, hot boi wheels, a welded diff, oil, whatever the hot aero is, a big wing, track wheels, slicks, new seats, new seats that you didn’t get from Wish, oil, turbos, a supercharger, so much nitrous someone will assume you’re starting a bogus dental practice, oil. Whatever the hell you want, it’s your car.

So, what do you think of the quintet I’ve presented this time around? Which do you hate the least? Which do you hate the most? Let me know.

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14th Feb2020

Roll The Dice: Cheap Car of The Week

by Michael Chandler

While it’s nice to imagine that we can drop $30k on a car that will inevitably leave us stranded somewhere, we live in the real world. We don’t have that kind of budget for our next shitbox death trap project. So to simulate a realistic budget, I will roll an 10 sided die and then look for whatever nightmare costs that many thousands of dollars. Without further ado, the budget for this week is:

$1,000

Well… crap. Might as well see what the flea market that is Facebook Marketplace has…

100% Approval??? SIGN ME UP!

OH BOY! Only $1000 down for this A3 convertible. Doesn’t count.

Good is relative

Oooo! That’s a Buick, but it’s definitely not an Enclave.

Now here is something we can work with! This is a 1999 Infiniti G20t, which is a whole lot like the 200SX and Sentra SE-Rs of the time. This little front wheel drive sedan is powered by an SR20, and existed in the rest of the world as a Nissan Primera. What makes this appealing is the 5 speed manual, and seemingly not awful looking interior.

The interior doesn’t look too bad. It’s definitely seen its fare share of use, but from what I can see it’s not a total basket case. Toss that driver’s seat, throw in a bucket, and you’ll be good to go.

What is concerning is the chunk cut out of the quarter panel, above the driver’s rear wheel well. It’s probably an attempt at rust removal, that ended as soon as the rust was removed. Less of a concern (my middle name is Hubris) is the fact that it will crank, but won’t start. Could be simple enough to fix, or it could be the thing that finally ruins your life. Most likely scenario: it’s closer to the easy fix than the end of you as we know it.

So what say you? Would you pull the trigger on the $1000, non-running, red on black G20t? Let us know in the comments!

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13th Nov2019

CAMcast 241: Post SEMA Hangover

by Dave Rawley

Mike and Zack are reunited with Dave in the friendly confines of the basement!  They all get caught up before diving into some news, like Maserati killing off the Gran Turismo and the new Ferrari CEO finally talking to the media, and some racing, like the United States Grand Prix and Roger Penske buying Indy Motor Speedway and IndyCar. 

Then we talk about what you did and didn’t like from SEMA, and share some more SEMA stories.

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06th Sep2019

Evening RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

We can’t make traffic any better, but we can make getting stuck in it less worse.

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06th Sep2019

Morning RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

We can’t make traffic any better, but we can make getting stuck in it less worse.

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30th Aug2019

Evening RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

We can’t make traffic better, but we can make getting stuck in it suck a little less. THREE DAY WEEKEND!!! Get out and enjoy it!

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30th Aug2019

Morning RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

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23rd Aug2019

Evening RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

You’re stuck in traffic, but at least it’s the weekend! Let us make the traffic suck a little bit less.

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23rd Aug2019

Morning RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

We can’t do anything about the traffic, but we can make getting stuck in it suck less!

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16th Aug2019

Evening RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

We can’t do anything about traffic, but at least we can give you a Rush tune to listen to. Have a good weekend, everybody!

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