Lost Car Show Videos

Here are a couple of videos I forgot to post up.

The first is my friend Steve Fagan’s 427 vette he just finished restoring.  Took 2nd place in his class at one of the largest car shows in the areas.

And here is my Mustang at the same show.



BOSS 302: Scary Test Result as Brakes Fail

Don Royby Don Roy on April 26, 2011

It is easy to envy the job of a road test editor for a magazine or web site. After all, when it comes to the world of automotive enthusiasts, you’re pretty much living the dream. Often flown at other’s expense to exotic locations, you’re wined and dined in expensive establishments and given the latest high performance hardware to thrash around in. Other times, you just get really neat stuff to park in your driveway and make your neighbors jealous.

Generally, the only rule is ‘bring it back in one piece’ and given today’s anti-lock braking, electronic stability control, hugely capable tires and other modern developments, it’s pretty hard to break that rule. So, imagine that you are on a quarter-mile track, running some brake tests for which you run up to 70 mph and stand on the brake pedal and mostly let the electronics keep the shiny side up. Say you’ve done this dozens of times on all manner of performance cars, but this time the pedal goes right to the floor just as a metallic ‘snap’ registers in your brain.

Perhaps it is not always such an enviable position to be in because that is just what happened recently to Motor Trend editor, Scott Mortara, while evaluating a Boss 302 Mustang. Fortunately, the experienced tester was able to slow the car by downshifting the manual transmission and get off the track without serious incident. What followed from there, as reported by MT senior editor Angus McKenzie, is both a PR nightmare and a curiously unsatisfying conclusion for all.

An immediate and thorough investigation by Ford, which also involved stopping production temporarily at the Flat Rock, MI, assembly plant, revealed no inherent problem with production cars. The test car, however, appeared to have its brake pedal incorrectly assembled, so that a pivot pin sheared under the extreme load and master cylinder actuation was lost.

No conclusive evidence has been identified as to how this car’s brake pedal got to the state it was in, but once you let these cars out into the hands of others, anything is possible. This is the type of thing that Ford will continue to pursue internally until there is nothing left to investigate. In the meantime, this set of freaky circumstances serves well to remind all of us that bantha poo-doo happens and paying continual attention while driving is highly justified.

Name that Car – #5A – Answer

Steve Sears get this one correct.

It is a 1974 Mustang II.

Check out my post on the mid-late 70’s Mustangs – http://wp.me/pKHNM-uY

1974 Mustang Ghia

Thanks for playing…more coming up.


Name that Car – #5A

This  mid 70’s car got no respect.  Its older siblings were and still are hot and its younger siblings were foxy and the new members of its family are flying out of show rooms.

Contest #5A

Good luck and thanks for playing.


Engine Mini-Series – Pontiac’s 326 Prt 1

Even while operating within the huge conglomerate that is (was)  GM, the divisions all strived to retain some semblance of their earlier identity or develop a separate identity. Even with continued mounting to conform (within reason) to use standard tooling and
engines parts out of the GM bins they strove to be unique.

The Pontiac division made this effort “job one” with slightly different body parts and paint schemes (Trans Am paint schemes).  What I think made them standout was the effort to stuff unique power plants in their offerings’ engine bays.

With this in mind, I selected Pontiac’s 326 CID engine.  This short production run engine had some special Detroit steel wrapped around it. But we’ll get to its uses and an interesting note about its purpose as related to circumventing a rule or two.

The 326 (restored)

This engine came about as a need to replace Pontiac’s aluminum 215 V8 engine. (It was actually built by Buick.) It was expensive to
build and not well received by the public, most just couldn’t get over the aluminum part and worried about durability and even about the ability for it to
say lubricated and whether coolant would eat way at the aluminum.  Of course we not differently now where aluminum is desired in many, especially with heads.

The 215 Aluminum (Buick built)

Coming up how –  Pontiac used the 326 –  a unique dealer trick that put this engine between the fenders of famous car and the difference between a 326 and a 327.

Thanks for reading.



Pontiac V8 engine

Pontiac 326 engine in 1967 Firebird

Name That Car – #4A – Answer

1936 Cord

Yup…it’s a 1930 Cord.  Mark Anderson took this one.

Beautiful car.  Love that front end.

Thanks for playing.


Name That Car – #4A

Ok..hope everyone had a nice Easter…Passover.

Next car is an American car, but not one of the Big 3 but a popular car in the 1930’s.


Good Luck


Checker Cab Note from a Reader

Thanks Bill.

This web site claims you CANNOT tell Checker years 1960 to 1982 apart:


I still wonder what would have happened to Checker if Ed Cole had not died in a plane crash. Ed Cole was a GM Engineer who was ‘the father’ of the Chevy 283. The story goes that Checker was about to go out of business, and Ed Cole had accepted an offer to take the company over. Ed had retired ‘comfortably’ from GM, and wanted to have some fun with Checker. Legend has it that Ed planned to get the GM Impala/Roadmaster RWD chassis, drop in a a Mitusbishi V6 drivetrain from the Diamante, and keep the SAME Checker body panels. His goal was to keep the car in fleet sales with great MPG and long term reliability,

Knowing what I know today about Government regulation for automobiles, I have to think that Ed Cole would have prolonged Checker perhaps another few years, or so. Crash test alone cost about 1 million dollars per car model today.

My THREE cents for the day!

Happy Easter, Bill

Name That Car – #3A Answer

The correct answer is  1982 Checker – Famous round the world.   Mark Anderson got that one correct.

1982 Checker.

I’d  own of these.!!!

Thanks for playing.


Name That Car – #3A


From 1909 to something much more recent.  We’ll bring up about 70 years.

Remember you need to get the year and the brand.

If you are following on Facebook you need to chase the link over to the blog and post your answer.

This is a U.S. made car.  Famous for its toughness.

Remember you need the year and make.  If you are following this on Facebook you’ll need to chase the link to the blog and post up your answer.

First to get 5 correct will win.

Good Luck.

Thanks for playing.


Good luck.

Thanks for Playing.