Dodge Rampart

On Wednesday morning, I got to work early to find 2 cars in the parking lot.  One was a ford ranger that has been around for a month, waiting for someone to get around to it.  It was a lean-sale that needed major engine work.  The other was a Mitsubishi Id never seen before.   One […]

A Tale of Two Shittys

During the slow seasons, we often take up projects we normally wouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pipe wrench.   Some cars do not age well, but these old cars teach us the physics of auto wear, and often, quite a bit about the people behind the pile. Pile 1:  1994 Jaguar XJ6. This is actually […]

Junk in the trunk: A Real Spare

Always carry a spare tire that is at least as adequate as the four bolted on. Most cars come standard with a spare tire that has the range and capacity of an American Idol reject.  Too many times, I have seen people take these things too far, and drive down the freeway at 80 mph.  […]

Junk in the Trunk: Primate

Junk in the Trunk: The Old Bag

No, not my wife.  I technically do not have a trunk to house her in, since I drive a pick-up.  Since room is cramped behind the seats, and I don’t drive that far anymore, I no longer carry an old bag. This is an overnight bag, with a change of clothes and a small bath […]

The Greener side of the Slipery slope.

There has been much upheaval in the local media about water conservation.  None of it seems to focus on 2 simple facts:  1.  This is a desert, there is no water here, we import our water.  2.  There are too many houses built on it.  If the authorities want any real impact, the solution would […]

More Tooth Pics.

Some of you are about to be amazed.   Well, at least some people that haven’t seen me in a while. I no longer have crooked teeth,  but I may still be subject to the name “Can-opener” Last Monday, the dentist said that my teeth were ready for the next phase.  The following conversation between the […]


For those of you who are familiar, but uninterested in the Build-a-bear phenomenon, Something new has come to us in SoCal.   Its like build-a-bear, but its cars.  Its called “Build Your Ride”.  the website is It looks kinda neat for a guy like me, you pick a body, wheels, accessories, and you get to […]

Geek + Bad Idea.

Hack-a-day posted an interesting article that scares the crap out of me.   Its not that he is using a Chrysler product  (read the comments, they are hilarious)  But that the iphone is using the AT&T network to control this thing.

Junk in the Trunk: “Something else”

Or, as most know it,  a giant screwdriver Some of you may have noticed by now, I have not mentioned a tool kit.   Don’t worry, its coming.  ‘Problem is, the tool kit I will mention doesn’t include a lot of important stuff.  For instance;  too many times, there will be a situation where you just […]