Chopped and Dropped

It was a scorching hot August summer day in the San Fernando Valley. I was driving my brand new 1991 Ford Escort GT through an industrial area to a muffler shop. A friend of mine told me that they could lower my car for sixty bucks. I pulled into the work bay and a guy with a welding helmet climbed down into the pit… » 2/25/13 4:36pm 2/25/13 4:36pm

Ancient Arizona Kaisers Have Never Experienced Rust, Believe Life Is…

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 11/13/08 3:00pm 11/13/08 3:00pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . You don't see many 1940s cars that live outside and haven't succumbed to the dreaded Rust Monster, but iron atoms have a tougher time getting together with oxygen in Arizona's dry climate. …

1951 Kaiser Traveler Retroactively Busts Segments

Sure, we loves us some El Camino-izations, but what if you go beyond the mere car/truck love child? What if you could have a vehicle that blends elements of sedans, trucks, and station wagons? No, we're not talking about the Twindoor Skoda Superb, or some other newfangled crossover. We're talking about real innovation!

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This Gladiator Has Fought Its Last Battle


Big, heavy-duty trucks usually manage to evade The Crusher's jaws for more years than most cars, but eventually some expensive problem or accumulation of parking tickets catches up with the best of them. Such is the case with this 1968 Jeep Gladiator J-3000 pickup, which I photographed at a local wrecking yard last… » 3/19/08 1:00pm 3/19/08 1:00pm

PCH, Factory Supercharger Edition: Kaiser Manhattan or VW Corrado G60?

It would appear that sheer number of doors trumps all other factors when it comes time to pick an airport limo for your next punitive project car, as evidenced by the results of yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll. And I've got to admit that I almost didn't include the Hexador Suburban... because I was calculating… » 1/18/08 5:00pm 1/18/08 5:00pm

Commenter of the Day: Out-of-Biz Marquee Edition

Remember Pan Am and TWA? Yeah, neither do I. But I do remember that for a time I thought I could impress girls by quoting Shakespeare from memory, specifically Macbeth. Anytime someone would mention the temporal nature of existence, which was a disturbingly common theme amongst girls that would agree to date me, I'd… » 12/13/07 5:30pm 12/13/07 5:30pm

More Brazilian Willys Action: '66 Aero Hoonage


I couldn't reach my Brazilian friend for a Portuguese-to-English translation of Senhor Hoon's opening statement, but I'm pretty sure it goes something along the lines of "Hey, watch this, y'all!" Granted, it's fairly tame hoonage, but it's a Willys Aero doing it, dammit! None of your fancy seat belts, disc brakes,… » 3/30/07 4:50pm 3/30/07 4:50pm

The Girl From Itamaraty: Willys Limo, Brazilian Style

Willys is mostly known for its iconic Willys MB (aka WW2 Jeep), but the company made a car from 1951 through 1955: the Aero-Willys. When Kaiser acquired Willys-Overland and decided to ditch cars in favor of hotter-selling Jeeps, the Aero's tooling ended up in Brazil, where production continued well into the 1970s. The… » 3/30/07 12:31pm 3/30/07 12:31pm

What Kind of Talisman is Jeep, Anyway?

What if Jeep is just bad juju? The iconic American brand has soldiered on through ownership by Willys-Overland, Kaiser, AMC and now Chrysler. What do its three previous owners have in common? They're all dead! Jeep's the carrot on a stick in any deal to sell Chrysler Group. Jeep will love you and leave you for dead as… » 2/20/07 5:15pm 2/20/07 5:15pm