It’s finally happened! To many car enthusiasts chagrin, Chevrolet has decided to put the 2020 Camaro on a front wheel drive, hybrid platform. In a co-sponsored project with Kia, the new Camaro will shift it’s image to a sporty but fuel efficient theme. This new move is driven by increasingly tougher governmental standards resulting in very stiff Gas Guzzler taxes on many performance models. GM has decided to reserve these Gas Guzzler taxes only for their line of trucks and the Corvette….
Every so often I read an automotive editorial or blog written by another car guy and I think “Yeah! He (or she) gets it!” As many of you know, I’m a big fan of daily drivers. I own 2 old cars that share daily driving duty, as long as there is no salt on the roads up here in New York.
Shawn Brereton, writes a column for Gear Heads 4 Life. I recently came across one of his articles from 2015 describing how he decided to get a second classic car and make that his primary vehicle. I love it for several reasons!…
Want something different? How about an Iraqi Taxi?
I was perusing the Wikipedia story of the Chevy Malibu and came across this odd little car. It’s a base model 4 door 1981 Malibu with a few important options. This car was theoretically intended to be used as taxi’s in Iraq. For this order, 25,500 were made with carbureted V-6’s, 3 speed manual transmissions, and bench seats.They also came with heavy duty cooling systems, air conditioning and the heavy duty F41 sport suspensions. For those of you who have read this blog, it’s no surprise that I got excited about these cars because I love bench seats and manual transmissions. I also love 4 doors! …
This is a new idea that may turn into a regular feature on the blog, depending on how much people like it. The idea is to find a classic car in rough condition for sale and then do a Virtual Build. I may share it on Facebook but hopefully some of you will share your thoughts in our comments section here and not just on Facebook.
In this case I found a candidate right on our own classified page. This little gem can be yours for $5,500. Here’s the link (note: at some point the ad will expire and the link might not work): 1970 Monte Carlo for sale on Rubber Hits The Road
I’ve already come up with two ways to build this.
- As a luxury build with a Cadillac or old luxury car vibe from the 40’s and ’50s.
- As an all business bad-ass machine.
In both cases, contrary to my usual instincts, I would go with an automatic transmission. It fits with the luxury theme and also with the all business – ease of use concept too….
There are many car types in our hobby; hot rods, customs, street rods, rat rods, low riders, donks, pro-street, restomods, etc. I have recently been enamored by restomods.
What’s a restomod? I googled the term. Backyard Bill’s Classics defines a restomod as a classic car that has been modernized as opposed to being left in original condition or being restored to like new condition. They said “Regardless of what features are changed or added, the ultimate goal is to modify the classic car without significantly altering its outward appearance.”…
If you had to do it all over again, would you do it differently?
When I look back at the various car projects I’ve tackled, I realize I’ve learned a few lessons along the way; Which upgrades have the most impact? When are budget brands worth it? Which upgrades to tackle first? I consider the combination of cost, effort, and impact on the driving experience when setting my priorities.
I only want to drive old cars.
I decided this years ago. That meant exposing my ’67 LeMans to greater risk – parking lots, rain, and sometimes parking outdoors at night. I do have a regular car, but I happily accept these additional risks because the benefits are worth it.
In 2011 a ’65 Bel Air joined my fleet. Between the Bel Air and my LeMans, I do about 2/3 of my annual miles… and I’m pushing for more.
This blog is a brand new feature on, Rubber Hits The Road (RHTR).
As you know, RHTR helps car enthusiasts pursue their hobby through the following features (and others):
- Car Shows (Events page)
- FREE ads for classic vehicles (Specialty Classified page)
- Speed and Restoration Shops (Shops page)
- Car Clubs (Clubs page)