Some ideas about how to build cars are so good they’re obvious from the start.
Are you not looking forward to your day at work because of all the tedious Comet v. Rambler debates you know you're going to have? Wouldn't you like to just settle it, once and for all? Well, if you're on the Comet side, you're in luck. If not, you better switch, or this'll never end.
Like so many things that once started as unique, very personal creations, many Hot Rods have now become things that fit rigidly into certain categories of design and construction. There's strict rules for what is, say, a Rat Rod or what constitutes a 'true' T-Bucket. Tom Jennings' Rambler doesn't follow these rules,…
Let me just be up front here and admit my bias: I know Tom Jennings, and love the guy. He was on my LeMons race team, and is a good friend. He's also the guy I look up to most for any hands-on project. I think "what would Tom do?" and then usually screw it up. And he's building this really interesting Rambler hot rod.
I have an unexplained soft spot for American Motors. Perhaps it’s the underdog thing or just that they dared to be different for different’s sake. Maybe it's because they teamed up with Renault in their later years to make things that looked good on paper yet were terrible in reality. Whatever the case, if I had the…
Detroit is the most American of car shows, but one American car company that sadly won't be there is American Motors. To make up for that, today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe AMC Rambler has plenty to show, but will its price make you want to ramble on?
Welcome to Found Around Town, where we feature cars we find in a city where interesting ones are rare because everyone drives a Prius or rides a bicycle: Austin, Texas.
Cars, even cars that no longer work, are still massive collections of interesting, well-engineered mechanisms. They're like massive collections of great parts just waiting to be used. And that's exactly what Tom Jennings did when he needed an X-Acto blade handle.
Because the last US built Rambler rolled off the assembly line in Kenosha, WI on June 30, 1969 they are largely forgotten by the non automotive obsessed public at large.
Although it's generally accepted the Ranchero was the first of the car/trucks, Hudson produced a more utility based truck using the front sheet metal from their cars in the late 1940s. The result was a unique mixture of car and truck that predated the Ranchero by 11 years. This very original example of a rare Hudson…
The Allman Brothers espoused being a Ramblin' Man, Led Zeppelin needed to Ramble On, and in Ramble Tamble, CCR sang down the road I go. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe American may not run, but it's a Rambler too.
We're actually up to 482 Alameda street-parked classics in this series, but I'm still working on chronicling the 450-machine milestone. The Server Hamsters resist in all their maddened rodential fury, but we press on!
Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Here's a proto-AMC to remind us of the transience of car companies.
You go to a car show featuring classic Detroit muscle, and you know who the stars will be: the same super-restored Boss 429 Mustangs, Hemi Super Bees, and GTO Judges you see every time.
As is traditional for the Woodward Dream Cruise, the best cruising is already happening, days early. Now is when all the good stuff comes out of barns and garages for a run through the cool evening air, avoiding the choking crowds and coolant-boiling traffic of the Saturday cruise. Last night we stumbled onto this…
The Pebble Beach Concours is always a spectacle of the well-heeled celebrating the well-known in the fancy-pants car show circuit. To go along with the car show wine is the cheese, also known as the Monterey Auctions, put on every year by the house of RM Auctions. There are always hit lists of the most desirable and…