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Improvised DIY Repairs: Part 2

(first posted 2/6/2012)   Body work has gotten pricey over the years, but wood is near all-time lows; so the solution is obvious. And now one can actually see the front edge of the hood; makes parking so much easier. Let’s see what other highly creative fixes today’s batch of contestants have in store for us today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Improvised DIY Car Repairs – Part 1

(first posted 2/5/2012)   The human being is infinitely resourceful; how else would we have gotten this far? And when budgetary constraints confront the overwhelming desire to maintain our mobility, the results can be truly mind boggling. CC reader AmazonRay forwarded me a batch of photos (from the web) that vividly display these talents in real-world application. There must be an award of some sort; well, the first step is to pick a winner. Which one in this first batch advances to the finals? Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Outtake: Another Mystery Car

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Not surprisingly, yesterday’s Minx was identified pronto. This one is (hopefully) a wee bit more challenging, although some distinctive details are quite visible through the cover.

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Curbside Classic: 1964 Singer 1964 Gazelle – A Once Proud Brand Ends Up As A Tarted-Up Minx

(originally posted 1/24/2012)   In 1928, Singer was the third-largest car manufacturer in Britain. By 1970, it no longer existed, despite a history of commercial success and technological innovation. Like SAAB and the other brands that were casualties of recent financial events, they had made mistakes but it was circumstance that delivered the killing blows. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Cohort Wordless Outtake: The Only Granada Police Car

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posted at the Cohort by William Oliver

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Curbside Classic: 1965 Chrysler New Yorker – The Last Great Chrysler?

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Why exactly does this car create such a powerful response (in me, anyway)? It projects such solidity, dignity, and self-assurance. It flew in the face of GM’s 1965 coke-bottle styling, and showed that hard-edged angularity still had some serious life in it. Most of all though, this Chrysler New Yorker represents a pinnacle: never again would the New Yorker attain this degree of success, prestige and quality. Read the rest of this entry »

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CC Outtake: The Mystery Car

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On our CC hunt last week, nephew Aidan and I spotted this car down at the far end of a long driveway. And I drew a blank (Aidan too). I’ve got a hunch (or two), but don’t have the time right now to spend on Google images confirming them. So we’re going to let you do the legwork, although I suspect someone going to nail it from memory pretty quickly.

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Curbsidelandia Walkabout: Portland’s Belmont Neighborhood

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What to do with a partly sunny, brisk Sunday afternoon and no real plans? Well after re-joining my gym and getting a break-in workout, I thought ‘I think Ive earned a couple slices of pizza’, and made the voyage down into Portland. As most of you know, Portland, OR has more CC’s than one can possibly document. Usually, I’m down in the area with friends or on a random date or something else that doesn’t lend itself to me snapping shots of old cars on my trusty iPhone. When friends are around, I get enough grief just for ogling random patina’d Dusters, Jeeps, Ramchargers, Imperials, rat rods, etc. as it is. But today, my dance card was empty. And I plan on covering more of Portland’s CCs in the future.

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CC Capsule: 1980 Dodge Aspen – Say Goodbye, For Now

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Today’s neo-Aspen CC give me an excuse to dust off these old Aspen pictures I shot a couple of years ago. That is, if I could dust them off, as that blurry splotch was dust stuck in the lens of my camera, a problem I no longer have by using an iPhone. Of course, that means no more zooms, but after going through four zoom cameras with that same problem, I’m over it.

Anyway, this 1980 Aspen is a bit unusual, as it has a substantially revised grille from the previous Aspens, despite this being the final year for it. It’s about as bland a grille as any car ever wore, something that might have been done for an ad requiring a non-brand generic car. Which the Aspen pulls off just about perfectly; an unmemorable farewell.

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Cohort Outtake: 1963 Falcon Ranchero V8 – Hauling Piston Rings Since 1963

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One again, the Cohort is chock full of fab finds, but we haven’t had us a Falcon Ranchero in way too long. And this one is a beaut; posted by Matthew Gagnon. Doesn’t it make a nice contrast to that big Ford in the background? Even with the 260 V8 under the hood, this Ranchero is not going to be hauling serious loads. Read the rest of this entry »

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Future Classic: 2007-2009 Chrysler Aspen – A Modern Tribute To Lido

IMG_8204(FYI, I shot this Aspen on my recent trip to Florida, outside Disney’s Hollywood Studios to be exact. We don’t have palm trees in Massachusetts.) 

As of 2014, it has been statistically proven that SUVs and CUVs are more popular than sedans, making them the most popular type of vehicle in the United States. With that in mind, it’s surprising that a mainstream brand like Chrysler does not currently sell an SUV or CUV under its own label. Of course, a Chrysler salesman would gladly direct you across the showroom, where you’ll find the Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey, and the whole Jeep lineup.

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QOTD: What Is Your Biggest CC-Related Regret?

Looking back on the past can be a tricky thing. Hindsight always has 20/20 vision, and it can be hard to know how decisions will work out without possessing a crystal ball or the ability to travel through time. But while regret often comes with negative connotations, it can be useful if a lesson can be learned from a specific mistake or error in judgement, even if said mistake is more perception than reality. Just don’t let it consume you.

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Curbside Outtake: Holden Calibra – The Sexiest Vectra

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This is the closest I’ve come to seeing a Holden Calibra in the metal in years, craning over a chain-link fence to snap a long-distance photo of a beaten up example in a body shop’s yard. When (if?) I stumble across a better example, I will do a proper Curbside Classic. The Holden (née Opel) Calibra was a shapely coupe variant of the Opel Vectra, which was launched in 1989. Upon its release, it was touted as the most aerodynamic production car, with a cD of 0.26. The Calibra would outlive the family car from which it was derived, but would die in 1997, unreplaced and, at least in Australia, unmourned.

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Cohort Outtake: 1954 Henry J – The Badges On The Front Fender Tell Its Story

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robadr1 caught this Henry J, Kaiser’s ill-fated compact, on the streets, in British Columbia (I think). He didn’t properly take in all those badges on its front fender, which explains what’s underneath. Not quite stock, in case that wasn’t already obvious. Read the rest of this entry »