Posts from ‘Engines’

Sep
24
1962 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire Hardtop Coupe

1962 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire Hardtop Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

General Motors was flexing its engineering muscles in the early Sixties, especially when it came to the corporation’s new Y-body small cars. The line of 112-inch-wheelbase premium compacts included the Pontiac Tempest with independent rear suspension and curved “rope drive” driveshaft. Meanwhile, the Buick Special and Oldsmobile F-85 bowed in 1961 with an aluminum V8, followed in ’62 by a 90-degree V6 initially exclusive to Buick. 

Apr
03
Coronavirus Word Search, Social Distancing

This word-search puzzle is best enjoyed with beer. We recommend a bright Polish Pilsner.

If you’re at all like us, odds are you’re going a little stir crazy right now. I know I’ve got a lot of reading to catch up on, but I seem to have lost the ability to finish a magazine in a single sitting. Maybe you’re in the same boat.

Feb
18
Shifter of a 2020 Ford Mustang.

2020 Ford Mustang manual-transmission shifter

I don’t know why this surprised me, but my daughter has no idea what UHF TV channels are … or more correctly were.

I just turned 55, and well recall the TV channels of my youth. I grew up in Chicago, and available to us in the Seventies and Eighties were CBS (channel 2), NBC (channel 5), ABC (Channel 7), popular local WGN (channel 9), and our area public-television affiliate WTTW (channel 11).

Feb
06
2020 Nissan Frontier

2020 Nissan Frontier

If you’re looking at the photo above and thinking, “Boy, that 2020 Nissan Frontier sure doesn’t look much different than it did last year,” you’d be right; the changes aren’t visible — at least, not unless you open the hood. Which is what Nissan did just prior to the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.

Nov
11
2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

Consumer Guide Automotive

Jeep’s iconic Wrangler has been selling like the proverbial hotcakes of late, its 2018 redesign making it all the more popular. So some might question what the company expects to gain by adding a turbodiesel engine to the Wrangler’s option list.

The answer? Torque …

… lots and lots of torque.

Oct
29
20119 GT500

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Consumer Guide Automotive

Just how many ponies does a pony car need? Well, certainly not 760 ….

That will undoubtedly raise the eyebrows of my fellow enthusiasts, to whom “too much power” is a phrase bordering on blasphemy. But honestly, it’s really hard to make use of that much power on the street … at least, for very long.

Sep
16
What Is Midgrade Gas?

Are there any vehicles that require the use of midgrade gasoline? Read on…

You see it every time you pull in to the gas station to fill up. Situated there, between the regular and premium gasoline options on the fuel pump, is a mysterious third choice: Midgrade. What is midgrade gas? Read on…

Sep
09
Top Tier Gasoline Stickers, What is Top Tier Gasoline?

What is Top Tier Gasoline?

For most new-vehicle shoppers, the purchase of a new car or crossover is a significant life event—one preceded by at least a little worry, uncertainty, and a search for confirmation that the decision to acquire a particular vehicle isn’t a bad one.

Jun
28
Chevrolet Colorado 3LT V8

2012 Chevrolet Colorado 3LT

Automotive marketing types enjoy a fine tradition of branding things that aren’t always that noteworthy. Consider the 1980 launch of Chrysler’s first “K-Cars.” Advertising in support of the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant touted the cars’ “Iso-Strut” suspension and “Trans 4” engine.

Jun
19
1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire

1963 Oldsmobile Jetfire

Legendary Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg racked up nine Gold Gloves during his 17-year career as a big-league ball player. That’s a number Ryno can point to with pride, and it’s a number even casual baseball fans can appreciate. Not that the famously modest ex-Cub spends much time defending his career, but if he had to, the stats are there.