Auto Factoids and C.N.N for week of Sept 6th 2015 – TBird and Studebaker

Here is your #AutoFactoids and Car News Now for this first full week of September 2015.

Auto Factoids

Sept. 7, 1954 – Production of Ford Thunderbird begins

1955 T-Bird

1955 T-Bird

2002 Thunderbird

2002 Thunderbird







Sept. 8, 1903   Preston Tucker was born in Capac, MI.

While dubbed "Tucker Torpedo" during production no 'Torpedoes' were produced.

While dubbed “Tucker Torpedo” during production no ‘Torpedoes’ were produced.


Beautiful Cars!!























Sept. 9, 1935 – Studebaker exports 163 Presidents to England.

These are what were shipped

These are what were shipped

All Aboard!!

All Aboard!!


Car News Now (C.N.N.)

Automobile reports that the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S get Turbocharged!!!

  • That’s the 3.0 liter flat six engine.  The twin turbo will produce 379 hp w/ 331 lb-ft fo torque in the Carrera and Carrera S will have 420 hp with 368 lb-ft.   That is 20 more horses the current 3.8 liter produces for Porsches.
2017 Porsche Twin-turbo Flat 6 - smoking hot!!

2017 Porsche Twin-turbo Flat 6 – smoking hot!!











Car Buzz took a look at Audi’s A8 with Armor – it will be bullet and bomb proof – meeting VR 9 ballistics protection standards.

  • You are gonna need some extra punch to get these moving so there are two engines available. The are the 4.o liter V8 with 429 hp and a 6.0 liter W12 with 495 hp.
Armored Audi

Armored Audi



Check out the doors!!!

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Thanks for reading.



2017 porsche 911 carrera

The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Launched at IAA Frankfurt

With its world premiere headed for the IAA Frankfurt, the refreshed seventh generation Porsche 911 Carrera (991 series) should represent an epic showcase of efficiency, technological advancement, engine development and design curation. Innovative …

2015 Mercedes C63 Details, Armored Audi A8, Detroit Show Highlights: Today’s …

Mercedes-Benz’s next C63 AMG is due in about a year and we have some fresh details on the car straight from the head of AMG. The good news is that the car will continue to offer a V-8 and rear-wheel drive, but this time around it will be turbocharged.


On the Hunt for the Next Project Car: A Car Guy’s Shopping Trip.

I don’t know about every car gal and guy, but I don’t enjoy shopping as a rule, clothes, gifts and food shopping is a chore!!   To be honest shopping for new or used cars is not a great time for me.    At times, even car parts shopping can be annoying.  I’m much happier when I get what I need and get back to wrenchin’.

But today was different.  Today’s shopping experience was…well…the perfect setting for my kind of shopping.


There is nothing like a 50 degree day here in Southern Arizona and a junkyard where the newest cars there is 1970.   The weather was perfect for climbing over cars, that would normally be like walking on a 150 degree griddle in the summer time, wading through a sea of 1930, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s hub cabs and trailblazing through the tall weeds in search of my next project car.


Yes the 1970 Mustang is gone – living a life of leisure in a collection in the mid west and the 1984 C4 is in the hands of a Corvette lover – south of the border.  And after clearing the purchase of a new project car with the she who has to put up with the mess and I am on the hunt.


Today I met up with my brother-in-law and my nephew and we did execute a perfect car guy’s shopping excursion. 


This was a good sign!!!!

This was a good sign!!!!


The salvage yard has been in place for 60 years or more, I’ve known the owner for nearly 30 years and recently the place was damaged by some huge flooding issues.  The owner isn’t in great health is clearing out some of the desirable cars.  

The car gods were shine some light for this shopping trip.

The car gods were shining some light for this shopping trip.


He was mainly a Ford car, restoring and collecting Model T’s (including a Model T doing duty as a tow truck) so there are a lot of Fords – Comets, Fairlanes, Falcons, Ford Customs, Thunderbirds and on and on.  There are a few MOPARs there as well, including a 1971 Charger and a Satellite with a 400 under the hood.  There’s a few Chevys as well and Covairs, Impalas and 50’s Caddies and some very cool military Kaiser Jeeps.

We covered a lot of ground and I’m look for a complete car – mostly.  Here in Arizona the heat is not kind to the interiors, so they is little doubt that an interior will be a necessity.  I need to it to have the basics – good frame – engine, front and rear ends in-tack and depending on the car good glass.

So what caught my eye (beside everything I mentioned above)?


1961 Comet – Nice little 2 door car with 6 cylinder under the good (oh yes there’s room in there for something bigger for sure!!!).

Nice straight body - got to love those tail lights!!!

Nice straight body – got to love those tail lights!!!

Interior is mostly there!

Interior is mostly there!


There was also this Mercury Cougar, clearly used for a race car based on the stickers on the side and the tires.






I also found a car I’ve been interested in getting my hands on for a few years and that’s a 1970 Thunderbird.



Here are a few more shots from the yard.

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While I’m waiting for the owner to give an idea what he wants for the cars I’m interested in, the hunt continues!!!   This was a great day!!!!


Thanks for reading.  



Project Cars

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This eBay Isetta is the best project car ad you’ll ever see

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