The Truth About Cars » Colorado http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:57:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » Colorado http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Question: What Is the Stoniest Moter Vehicle of All Time? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/question-what-is-the-stoniest-moter-vehicle-of-all-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/question-what-is-the-stoniest-moter-vehicle-of-all-time/#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 05:01:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=689090 QOTD-GreenVanAs of 12:01 AM Mountain Time on Wednesday, the first legal, open-to-the-general public cannabis shops in the United States may start selling their wares. In my Denver neighborhood, the dispensary next door to the first Chipotle restaurant opens for business at 10:00 AM, and I’m trying to guess what kind of car, truck, or other vehicle will be the first to screech to a smoky halt at this establishment’s front door. Actually, the loadiest stoners aren’t exactly conscious of, like, the clock, man, so this vehicle will probably show up on Friday at about 11:38 PM, and then the occupants will forget why they were there in the first place and go find a 7-11 to buy some Twin Bings… but for the purposes of discussion we’re going to say 10:00 AM on the dot, stoniest motor vehicle. What is it?
69BlueBeetle_RearThe good old Type 1 Beetle (and its Transporter cousin) scores pretty high on the TCH-O-Meter, though you don’t see many of them these days. Hippies back in the old days liked air-cooled Volkswagens because they’ll run like crap better than any other car, which means that you can space out on maintenance for years and still drive; the air-cooled Volks is the only four-stroke four-cylinder engine I’ve ever seen that will run on one cylinder. There’s no water to boil over, no complicated controls to confuse the driver.
85_Tercel_Emblem_LHThe 1983-86 Toyota Tercel 4WD wagon is a favorite of Denver/Boulder wastoids, and it’s also quite popular in the redwood country of California. Reliable, room for all your loser friends and their snowboards, friendly-looking, capable of chugging through fairly serious snow.
64ImpalaConvert-01The 1961-64 Chevy Impala makes this list, because Cheech drove one in Up In Smoke.
IMG_1270My vote, however, goes to any vintage scooter. One look at a group of scooter freaks and you can tell they’re smoking some stuff that would make even Willie Nelson freak out. What’s your choice for Stoniest Vehicle of All Time?

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Driving While Stoned (Slight Return). Nine Times the Legal Limit, Cop: “It’s Doubtful That I Would Have Pulled Him Over” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/driving-while-stoned-slight-return-nine-times-the-legal-limit-cop-its-doubtful-that-i-would-have-pulled-him-over/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/driving-while-stoned-slight-return-nine-times-the-legal-limit-cop-its-doubtful-that-i-would-have-pulled-him-over/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 15:10:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=628690

Some time ago, TTAC published a guest post on the topic of driving under the influence of cannabis that more or less discounted the dangers of puffing while puttering around, at least for experienced potheads. Needless to say that post provoked some heated discussion. Now that Colorado has legalized marijuana for general use, the legislature there has decided that it was necessary to officially define “too high to drive”. It’s not clear if the reason was traffic safety or revenue since instead of using a behavioral standard for impairment, the new law creates an arbitrary blood level of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, that would define a driver as illegally impaired, whether or not they were measurably impaired in their driving. Critics of the way impaired driving is enforced already say that the drive to lower legal blood alcohol content limits was intended to catch people who weren’t actually impaired, driving safely but drunk according to the law, a classic case of malum prohibitum rather than malum in se. Setting an arbitrary limit for THC would allow DUID, driving under the influence of drugs, to join DUI as a cash cow for city, county and state governments.

The new law in Colorado allows juries to convict someone of DUID if blood tests show a THC level of at least 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood. That level is the same as enacted in Washington following that state’s marijuana legalization initiative. It’s not entirely clear why the five nanogram limit was chosen. While some novice pot smokers may actually be impaired enough to affect their driving with 5ng/mL of THC in their blood, Reason, the libertarian publication, reports that many drivers are perfectly competent at many times that level of cannabinoids in their system.

One reason for establishing some kind of limit, as opposed to zero tolerance, is that in Washington and Colorado marijuana is no longer illegal for regular use. If a drug is illegal, any use should put you in a jackpot if you’re nabbed driving with it in your system. If it’s legal to use marijuana, however, the state has no compelling interest to prosecute drivers who do have some level of THC in their systems but aren’t actually impaired. KIRO, the CBS television affiliate in Seattle, decided to test both medical marijuana users and recreational pot smokers to see just how much pot they could smoke before being impaired.

Addy Norton is a 27-year-old woman who smokes medical marijuana every day. When she arrived at the KIRO test, she was already legally impaired per Washington state law, 16 ng/mL, more than three times the legal limit. According to the professional driving instructor who rode along (with a foot over the dual control brakes), she completed the baseline test on a driving course satisfactorily, though way over the legal THC limit. Then they proceeded to get Addy really high. After smoking 3/10 of a gram (% THC wasn’t specified but medical marijuana is typically over 20% THC), she tested at 36.7 ng/mL. At over 7 times the legal limit her driving was still not impaired. Smoking another 6/10ths of a gram only put her at “borderline” impairment, according to a drug recognition expert from the Thurston County, Washington Sheriff’s Office. To find out how much 0.9 gm of medical marijuana is, I checked with one of my own experts on marijuana, let’s call him Sativa Bongstein. Bongstein said that while he never measured how many joints he gets out of an eighth of an ounce of medical marijuana, an eighth will keep him continuously high for most of his waking hours over two days. So yeah, smoking about a fourth of that, almost a gram of medical marijuana, in one sitting should get you pretty high, however, according to the tests, it may barely impair your driving. It was only after Norton smoked a total of 1.4 grams and reached a THC titer of 58.8 ng/mL, more than eleven times the legal 5 nanogram limit, that she clearly failed the driving test.

The test results were reproduced by KIRO with people who used marijuana less frequently than Addy but still drove without noticeable impairment at levels far above the 5 nanogram limit. KDVR, a Fox affiliate in Denver, performed similar tests with a medical marijuana user who arrived with a 21 nanogram THC level, though he hadn’t yet smoked anything that day. Not only did he pass his driving test on a simulator as stoned as he likely already was when he walked in the door, raising his level to 47 ng/mL did not impair his simulated driving either. A drug recognition expert from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said his driving was fine. ”[He] is doing pretty well,” the police officer said as he watched the driver being tested at the higher THC level, more than 9 times the legal limit. “He’s being a safe driver. It’s doubtful that I would have pulled him over. He hasn’t shown any degree of impairment.”

While some people may indeed be impaired at 5 ng/mL, the tests show that obviously some people are not. There is some habituation and tolerance involved so regular pot smokers might learn to adapt and drive at a THC level that would impair novice users of marijuana.

THC is stored in fatty tissue so it can remain in the blood system of regular users long after the effects of the drug have worn off. Even someone who hasn’t smoked marijuana in years can test above 0.0 ng/mL and daily smokers may never fall below the 5 ng legal limit.

The Colorado General Assembly rejected the current standard five times, aware of the fact that it was an arbitrary standard and not a good indicator of impairment, but it finally passed the same week that the legislature passed a law regulating retail marijuana stores.

Though police still need “reasonable suspicion” to pull you over and request a blood test, that could mean seeing you with a hand rolled cigarette in your hand, not necessarily driving in an impaired manner. Once cited, the chances of being acquitted seem to be slim. While Colorado’s new law does not make people automatically guilty of driving under the influence of drugs if they are measured to be at or above the 5 ng limit, it still creates a presumption of impairment. Defendants can attempt to rebut the presumption, but Denver defense attorney Rob Corry, who specializes in DUID cases, says that in reality, with a “permissible inference” of impairment at 5 ng, of DUID if they test above that level. Instead it creates a presumption that defendants can try to rebut by presenting evidence that they were not in fact impaired. But Denver attorney Rob Corry, who frequently represents DUID defendants, thinks that opportunity will not make much difference in practice. With a “permissible inference” of DUID at five nanograms, he says, “A person coming into court is guilty until proven innocent. If you put a number on it, juries are going to latch onto that five-nanogram number, whether it’s a permissible inference or a per se [standard], and the effect will be that innocent people are convicted.”

Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS

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Junkyard Find: 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1962-cadillac-sedan-deville/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/junkyard-find-1962-cadillac-sedan-deville/#comments Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=495372 03 - 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Down On the Junkyard - Pictures courtesy of Murilee MartinThe brain-melting Colorado yard must have a couple thousand pre-1970 cars scattered about its several square miles of land on the Colorado High Plains just east of Pikes Peak. That means I’ll never run out of Junkyard Finds there! While most of my Brain-Melting Junkyard posts have featured non-Big-Three products, there’s some pretty good stuff made by The General among the Kaisers and Willys (Willyses?). Today we’ll look at a sunbleached but solid-looking ’62 Cadillac.
13 - 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Down On the Junkyard - Pictures courtesy of Murilee MartinThis car has been sitting for a decade of two. Every winter, it hides beneath the snow. Every summer, the High Plains sun applies jillions-o-joules.
10 - 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Down On the Junkyard - Pictures courtesy of Murilee MartinThe four-door hardtop Cadillacs of this era aren’t as desirable as the coupes and convertibles, so it’s likely that this car is worth more in parts than as a restoration candidate.
14 - 1962 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Down On the Junkyard - Pictures courtesy of Murilee MartinBut you never know what will happen to the values of cars like this; perhaps its value will be much higher in another decade.

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Down From the Mountain: 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/down-from-the-mountain-2013-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/down-from-the-mountain-2013-pikes-peak-international-hill-climb/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:15:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493986 63 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinSince I became a Coloradan a few years back, I’ve joined all the other car freaks in the Mountain Time Zone for the annual pilgrimage to the 30th-tallest mountain in the state for the big race. I shared my photos from the year Monster Tajima broke the 10-minute barrier, and from from the year the course became all-asphalt, and now I’ve got some shots from last weekend’s event.
67 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinImagine tens of thousands of rowdy race fans, mostly with better access to beer than to oxygen, scattered along the 12-mile course at elevations ranging from 9,390 feet to 14,110 feet. Most of them will bring the coolest vehicle they can lay hands on, which means you’ll see a lot of ancient German sports car, zero-ground-clearance JDM-ified street racers, camper vans outgassing That Junkyard Car Smell, and classic Italian scooters. These guys, who race a Suzuki Swift GT in the 24 Hours of LeMons, rode their scooters 100 miles from Denver and then up to 12,000 feet on the mountain.
22 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe bikes ran first, which turned out to be a good idea— thunderstorms rolled in later in the day.
66 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinEven with a dry racing surface, bad things can happen. Right off the bat, a couple of bike racers crashed and had to be airlifted out. The increased speeds resulting from the all-asphalt course meant that crashes may be even hairier than before.

Motorcyclists weren’t the only racers to wreck; the electric car of Latvian Janis Horeliks spun out at the end of the long straight at Halfway Picnic Ground, slid into the mountain, and sent up choking clouds of electrical-fire smoke for quite a while.
40 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinEveryone knew that Sebastien Loeb had the best shot at blowing away the record time, so the spectators were quite worked up by the time Loeb’s Peugeot screamed by. So worked up, in fact, that this one leaped right in front of my camera at the crucial moment.
37 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinIt’s going to take a few more years before the electric cars beat the gasoline ones to the top— it’s coming, though; EVs don’t need oxygen, and battery capacity isn’t a big deal when the course is only 12 miles long— but the electric motorcycles are already there. The Lightning electron-fueled bike (not the bike in this photo) beat all the fossil-fueled two-wheelers with its just-a-hair-over-10-minutes run.
64 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinHonda brought a mean-sounding Odyssey minivan.
49 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThis Pontiac Solstice clattered by, trailing a cloud of unhappy-engine smoke.
42 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinNot many vintage cars entered this race (the organizers have decreed that only race cars that have competed in a previous PPIHC race may enter the Vintage class), but at least we had a couple of yowling Minis as sort of a consolation prize.
62 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe Banks Power Freightliner was apocolyptic.
68 - 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWhen it was all over, the racers rolled back down the mountain for 12 miles of high-fives from the spectators.

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Junkyard Find: 1977 Ford LTD Country Squire http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/junkyard-find-1977-ford-ltd-country-squire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/junkyard-find-1977-ford-ltd-country-squire/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489981 02 - 1977 Ford Country Squire Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWe saw a 1976 Country Squire Junkyard Find yesterday, after going seven months since seeing this ’75 Country Squire, but this Denver yard has given us back-to-back (actually, tailgate-to-tailgate) Malaise Era Country Squires. Today’s find is in far better shape than yesterday’s (which is both cool and saddening), so let’s check it out!
11 - 1977 Ford Country Squire Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee Martin1977 was the second-to-last year of the extra-huge LTD Country Squire, and the factory shipping weight of this machine was a mighty 4,674 pounds. That’s 554 pounds more than the 2013 ZL1 Camaro, so you know we’re talking about a pretty hefty car here.
10 - 1977 Ford Country Squire Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe 400M V8 in this car didn’t make a lot of power by 21st-century standards (if I look up the horsepower number for the ’77 400, we’ll all get depressed), but the torque was sufficient to haul a family of nine in comfort. Note the high-altitude spec on this sticker.
20 - 1977 Ford Country Squire Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinLooks like this car was sold in Denver, and— 36 years later— it will die in Denver.
06 - 1977 Ford Country Squire Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinIt’s in pretty decent shape overall; no rust, most of the upholstery looks pretty good.
17 - 1977 Ford Country Squire Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinManual windows, Ford Aeronutronic AM radio, and hideaway headlights. Not exactly luxurious by current standards, but these cars were very comfy on long road trips. Anyway, Blondie sounds best on AM.
13 - 1977 Ford Country Squire Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinWith scrap cars going for $240/ton, this car was worth more as parts and steel than as a street-driven vehicle. How many remain?

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Junkyard Find: 1953 Chrysler New Yorker http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/junkyard-find-1953-chrysler-new-yorker/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/junkyard-find-1953-chrysler-new-yorker/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 13:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487882 03 - 1953 Chrysler New Yorker Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinNearly a year has passed since we took a tour of the Brain-Melting Colorado Yard, and since that time I’ve shared such diamond-in-the-rough gems as this ’57 Chrysler Windsor, this ’52 Kaiser, this ’48 Pontiac Hearse, this ’51 Nash Airflyte, and— of course— the ’41 Plymouth Special Deluxe sedan that is now in the process of getting a Lexus SC400 suspension. I need to go back to this yard (which is located in the high desert to the east of Pikes Peak) soon, because the DMV tells me I need a notarized bill of sale to get a title for the ’41, and at that point I’ll photograph some more of the thousands of 1940-70 cars awaiting new owners. For now, let’s admire this ’53 New Yorker I shot last fall.
11 - 1953 Chrysler New Yorker Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe big “V” emblem on the hood means that this car came from the factory with a great big Firepower Hemi engine installed.
21 - 1953 Chrysler New Yorker Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinUnfortunately, the 331-cubic-inch, 180-horse Hemi in this car is long gone. Perhaps the engine went into a 1960s drag car.
12 - 1953 Chrysler New Yorker Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinThe single-digit humidity in this prickly-pear-covered landscape keeps the rust down, but the the sun is rough on paint and interiors.
20 - 1953 Chrysler New Yorker Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinYou can still detect a bit of the original luxury inside.
18 - 1953 Chrysler New Yorker Down On the Junkyard - Picture courtesy of Murilee MartinIt wouldn’t be an impossible project to get a modern-ish drivetrain in this good-looking two-door, get the bodywork and interior done, and put it back on the road. Any volunteers?

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Junkyard Find: 1951 Frazer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-1951-frazer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-1951-frazer/#comments Sun, 09 Dec 2012 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469259 While I was photographing a burned-up ’61 Caddy hearse and buying a ’41 Plymouth Special Deluxe sedan at the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard last week, I stopped to admire some of the many Kaiser-Frazer products scattered around the many acres of old iron. You’ll need to drop everything and read Ate Up With Motor‘s excellent history of Kaiser-Frazer before continuing with today’s Junkyard Find, so go do that right now.
The 1951 Frazer was just a use-up-the-leftover-Frazer-parts deal, done after Henry J. Kaiser forced Joe Frazer out of company management. A quickie facelift was thrown onto the ’50 Frazer’s snout, but otherwise this car is identical to the 1950 Frazer.
Only about 10,000 ’51 Frazers were sold, making this an extremely rare car today. Valuable? Probably not, but still cool for its historical value.
I seriously considered buying a Frazer instead of the ’41 Plymouth, but these cars are just so heavy that I’d need to use tougher (i.e., more expensive) running gear to get the performance I wanted.
Check out that horn ring!
The Brain-Melting Colorado Yard has so many Frazers (the hood ornament from a late-40s Frazer is pictured here) that it may one day serve as the reservoir for all the competitors in a future Spec Frazer race series. Hey, if we can have Spec Dynasty, why not Spec Frazer?

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Junkyard Find: Old Truck Door Signs of Colorado http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-old-truck-door-signs-of-colorado/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-old-truck-door-signs-of-colorado/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469226 I found a nice assortment of truck door signs of the 1930s through 1960s at this old-school wrecking yard north of Denver last year, and I just had to shoot a few more at this yard south of Denver last week, while picking up my ’41 Plymouth project. The Colorado sun is hard on paint, but I was able to find some legible old signs.
I wonder what the Men In White did. House painting? Moving? Surgery? The seven-digit alphanumeric telephone number suggests that we’re looking at a truck that was retired no later than the mid-1960s.
It appears that this is the door from a Ritz Cab Company taxi, though it’s tough to read the first word. 1947 Chevrolet? 1946 DeSoto?
I can’t find much trace of the Pacific Fruit and Produce Company, though this truck shot in Seattle looks like the same outfit as the one that owned this truck door.
Seeing a reference to an ICC number reminds me of the old Dave Dudley classic.

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Junkyard Find: 1961 Cadillac Hearse http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-1961-cadillac-hearse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/junkyard-find-1961-cadillac-hearse/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=469126 When I went to the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard to buy a ’41 Plymouth Special Deluxe sedan, for the purposes of some unholy engine swap, I did some digging around through stacks of random doors to try to find a handle to fit a friend’s elderly Ford COE truck. While navigating the high desert cacti between rich veins of ancient truck doors, I happened to glance up and catch a view of this toasted-but-still-majestic hearse silhouetted against the sunset. What a Junkyard Find!
Brush fires are always a danger on the plains east of Colorado Springs, and such a fire ate a few cars last year. Most of the burn victims have since been sent to The Crusher, but this old hearse remains.
There’s not much usable stuff left on this funeral hauler (unlike the rusty but largely complete ’48 Pontiac hearse parked a few hundred yards away), so perhaps it’s just here as a sort of sculpture.
Yes, that big mountain in the background is Pikes Peak. Mount Evans is a lot closer to where I live and it’s 154 feet taller, but the racing is far superior on this mountain.
The fire seems to have been quite specific about which areas of this car it felt like ravaging. The windshield glass melted, but some of the nearby paint survived.
It’s sad to think that this hearse will never be restored and brought to HearseCon (Colorado, for reasons someone is going to have to explain to me, is the Customized Hearse Epicenter of America), but perhaps some of its parts will live on in other Cadillacs.

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Junkyard Find: 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1941-plymouth-special-deluxe-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/junkyard-find-1941-plymouth-special-deluxe-sedan/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 14:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468390 When I first visited the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard earlier this year, I was keeping my eyes open for early postwar Plymouth sedans. I’ve always liked the look of those cars, with their sailing-ship hood ornaments and suicide doors. This yard has endless 1946-1950 Dodges, plus lots of Frazers, Willys, Kaisers, but not much in the way of Plymouths. However, if I expanded my search there to include late prewar Plymouths, this car jumps right out.
This 1947 Plymouth sedan that I shot for the Down On The Street series in my former home of Alameda, California, would rumble around town on a regular basis and I thought it was the best-looking car I’d seen in a long time. Someday I’ll have one of my own, I thought.
This one is a bit rougher, having sat in a field in eastern Colorado for decades prior to showing up at the Brain-Melting Yard a few years back. As is typical for cars exposed to the elements in the high desert east of Pikes Peak, the interior is utterly nuked, but there’s not much serious rust.
It was last registered in Nebraska in 1966. 46 years of sitting, waiting to be rescued… or crushed.
All the emblems and most of the chrome are in good shape.
The Chrysler Flathead Six was built from 1929 through 1972 (in later years it was used for military trucks and then as a power source for pumps and farm equipment), a production run length surpassed by just a handful of engines (e.g., small-block Chevrolet, Ford Flathead V8, Volkswagen air-cooled). This one may be seized solid, but you never know on a car that kept its hood closed in the single-digit Colorado humidity.
I’ve been wanting to buy a postwar Plymouth sedan as a recipient for a modern drivetrain and suspension transplant, but this slightly older (yet nearly identical) car really tempted me.
So, what the hell, I went and bought it yesterday. Mine, all mine!

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Junkyard Find: 1957 Chrysler Windsor http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1957-chrysler-windsor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1957-chrysler-windsor/#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460148 It has been a while since I shared any photographs from the Brain Melting Colorado Yard, so let’s return to the amazing yard near Colorado Springs that gave us the Horizon Blue ’49 Kaiser and the ’41 Nash Airflyte. Here’s a ’57 Chrysler that’s destined to be shipped to Sweden in the near future.
The Swedes love big American cars with lots of fins and chrome, and so this car and many others near it will be dismantled and shipped to Scandinavia by a couple of Swedish restorers who make a yearly pilgrimage to the Brain Melting Yard.
The proprietor of the yard asked me to refrain from opening the hood on this car, because the hood hinges are rusty and it might be impossible to close the hood without bending the sheet metal. That means I can’t tell you for sure what engine is in this car, though I’m pretty sure it should be a 354 Poly.
Everyone thinks about Cadillacs when they picture dramatic tailfins of the late 1950s, but Chrysler made some of the wildest fins of the period. Check out the thickness of these things!

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Junkyard Find: Horizon Blue 1949 Kaiser Special http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-horizon-blue-1949-kaiser-special/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-horizon-blue-1949-kaiser-special/#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457697 Since I’m now shopping for some sort of postwar American sedan for a foolish road-racer project and the ’51 Nash Airflyte in the Brain-Melting Colorado Yard isn’t for sale, I decided to pay more attention to the large selection of Kaiser-Frazer products parked nearby. How about a car with an optional factory color so impressive that the manufacturer installed badges with that color’s name on the fenders?

The Colorado sun and weather isn’t kind to vintage car paint, so the Horizon Blue color is no longer visible. The gold-tone emblems remain, though.
The Kaiser buffalo was one of the better symbols used on American cars.
Here’s an engine that was used in everything from boats to generators to farm equipment to cars built by dozens of manufacturers: the Continental Red Seal 226-cubic-inch flathead six. While Ford, GM, and Chrysler were developing modern overhead-valve V8s and preparing to crush the competition like annoying insects, Kaiser had to stick with this antiquated-but-reliable power plant.
This car is a bit heavy for what I had in mind, so I passed on it. I was, however, tempted to make an offer on this beautifully weathered 1965 license plate.

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Junkyard Find: 1951 Nash Airflyte http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1951-nash-airflyte/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1951-nash-airflyte/#comments Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456836 Why does a car need wheel openings in the front fenders, anyway? The Nash Airflyte, aka the “Bathtub Nash,” proved that long, low, and wide (and a postwar American car-buying public starved for anything with four wheels and an engine) would move the iron off the showroom floor in the late 1940s and early 1950s. I’ve been thinking about building an Airflyte-based project car lately, so I returned to the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard to do some window shopping.
It turned out that the yard’s owner wants to keep this ’51 for himself, so I had to content myself with shooting photos instead of wheeling and dealing for a purchase. Fortunately, I’d brought the DSLR and a 25mm lens instead of my usual battered point-and-shoot, so these shots are a little sharper than what you’ll get in most Junkyard Finds.
The days of the flathead six as the standard powerplant for full-sized American cars were coming to an end by 1951, with just about all the Detroit major players working on (or, in the case of Cadillac and Oldsmobile, delivering) overhead-valve V8s.
Through the dust, you can just make out the gorgeous font used for the speedometer numbers.
AM radios were ungodly expensive options in this era, and you had to wait quite a while for the tubes to warm up before you could listen to Ike Turner singing the first-ever rock-and-roll song.
I’m a little disappointed that this car is unavailable, but I’ve got about a thousand more to choose from in this yard.

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Junkyard Find: High Plains Chevette-O-Rama! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-high-plains-chevette-o-rama/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-high-plains-chevette-o-rama/#comments Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453398 Easily overlooked among all the Nashes and Willys of the Brain Melting Colorado Junkyard were the many Chevettes scattered across the landscape. The owner of the BMCJ has had a soft spot for Chevettes for many years, and he has acquired dozens of the little Opel-designed subcompact. Here’s a few that I photographed during my visit.
With the smell of wildfire smoke in the air and the ground choked with prickly-pear cacti, the mid-apocalyptic environment of this place made simple, rear-drive econoboxes seem quite sensible.
There’s this Limited Edition Chevette four-door, featuring… luxury?
Yes, luxury.
How about a snazzy Chevette GT?
The steering wheel and instrument cluster look of the Chevette GT appear very Vega GT-ish.
The Chevette Scooter was the stripper low-cost version, for those who wanted basic transportation a (small) step above a moped.
No collection of Chevettes is complete without an example powered by the same diesel engine used in the I-Mark Diesel.


Here’s a selling point for the Chevette that became less relevant as the Malaise Era ground on: “If you drive a foreign car, you could find yourself in foreign territory!”


By 1984, the best GM’s marketing wizards could say about the Chevette was that its design hadn’t changed during its run.

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Junkyard Find: 1973 Mercury Montego MX Brougham http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1973-mercury-montego-mx-brougham/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1973-mercury-montego-mx-brougham/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2012 13:00:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453366 We’re on a 1973 roll here in Junkyard Find land, with a ’73 Luxury LeMans yesterday and a ’73 Super Beetle the day before, so I’m going to keep it going with another car from the year everything went to hell. The Montego was the blinged-out, gingerbread-encrusted sibling of the Ford Torino during this era, so it made sense that Mercury would sell a Brougham edition.
As can be seen from this car’s surroundings, I shot these photos at the Brain Melting Colorado Yard.
This car was locked, so I couldn’t open the hood and take a look at the engine. This car could be purchased with a 92-horsepower 250 L6, a 137-horsepower 302 V8, and an assortment of 351C, 400M, and 429 V8s with distressingly low power ratings and OPEC-gratifying thirst.
Still, I think these things are cool. I’m sure Sajeev agrees.

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Junkyard Find: 1973 Volkswagen Super Beetle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1973-volkswagen-super-beetle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1973-volkswagen-super-beetle/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453306 I see many air-cooled Beetles in self-service wrecking yards these days. In fact, I have always seen many VW Type 1s in self-service wrecking yards, going back to my first junkyard adventures in early-80s Oakland. Like any car freak who came of age in that era, I’ve owned some old Beetles, and I can say from experience that there was nothing super about the Super Beetle. In fact, it’s possible that this ’73 is the Super Beetle that I sold in 1983.
I got my bright yellow Super Beetle for free after one of my mom’s coworkers got it stuck between a couple of concrete traffic barriers while driving drunk in Berkeley, tearing off the front fenders and losing her driver’s license in the process. I’d always assumed that the McPherson strut front suspension on the Super Beetle would transform the handling from scary to just bad, but in fact there wasn’t much improvement over the old torsion-bar setup (other than increased cargo space under the hood). I put junkyard fenders on it and drove it a bit, but ended up selling it for $250 to a couple of drunken sailors from the USS Coral Sea.
This car used to be yellow, too, but since my Super Beetle ended up shot full of holes and on fire in an irrigation ditch near Benicia (according to the cops who found it and called me to come deal with “my” car, the Drunken Sailors not having bothered to register the car in their names) I’m guessing this is a different yellow ’73.
This one has all the standard bolt-on upgrades that readers of Hot VWs Magazine, circa 1982, would have installed 30 years back: nerf bars, crankshaft degree wheel, Bosch 009 distributor, and so on.
It’s impressive that so many of these cars have hung on for 30 to 50 years before getting scrapped, and I’ll need to start shooting more of them in junkyards. The air-cooled Beetle was built for 65 years, which makes it the all-time production-run champion… but the Hindustan Motors Ambassador will pass it in 2020 (unless you count the 1948 Morris Oxford instead of the ’54 as the same car as the Amby, in which case it will pass the Beetle next year).

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Junkyard Find: 1952 Kaiser http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1952-kaiser/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1952-kaiser/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453035 After checking out a bullet-riddled ’91 Mitsubishi Galant yesterday, I think it’s time to return to the inmates of the Brain Melting Colorado Yard that I visited on the Fourth of July. We’ve seen the ’48 Pontiac hearse, the ’75 Plymouth Road Runner, and the ’76 AMC Matador Barcelona so far, and today we’re going to admire a car that I’m dangerously tempted to buy for myself.
This is the greatest speedometer I’ve ever seen. Check out that font on the numerals!
All the emblems are gone, as is most of the trim, so I can’t say whether this is a Deluxe or a Manhattan (my Kaiser knowledge is spotty, but I think the low-end ’52 Virginian had a different grille).
The presence of a factory radio and automatic transmission suggests that this may be a high-rollin’ Manhattan. Kaiser-Frazer was taking a beating from the Detroit Big Three by 1952; the company’s rise and fall is chronicled in great detail by this excellent Ate Up With Motor piece.
Does this car have snakeskin door panels? How can I resist?
Pre-PRNDL automatic shifters are always interesting. This car has everything! Sorry, I couldn’t get the hood latch open, so no engine photos.

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Junkyard Find: 1948 Pontiac Hearse http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1948-pontiac-hearse/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1948-pontiac-hearse/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452734 As I’ve mentioned before, Colorado is a hotbed of recreational hearse activity. This means that today’s Junkyard Find— spotted at the Brain Melting Colorado Junkyard— might be able to find someone willing to brave the rust and get this super-rare hearse back among the living.
Pontiacs built between World War II and John Delorean can be a bit frumpy-looking, with cheap-out features such as a big chrome strip down the hood to hide the fact that GM didn’t want to pay to make hoods out of one piece of metal, but then you look more closely and see all the great Indian-head decorations.
Who doesn’t like an illuminated chrome hood ornament representing Chief Pontiac? Bad people, that’s who.
This hearse is very, very, very rough.
There’s no telling how long the right rear door has been sitting in the weeds, or how many seasons of snow have melted on the floors.
But still, imagine having this brute on the street, maybe complete with vintage coffin in the back.

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Junkyard Find: 1975 Plymouth Road Runner http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1975-plymouth-road-runner/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1975-plymouth-road-runner/#comments Sat, 14 Jul 2012 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452679 We got an overview of Colorado’s Brain-Melting Junkyard yesterday, and today we’ll take a closer look at one of its residents. This is one of the rarest of Road Runners, a one-year-only version that was based on the downsized B-Body Fury
The original 1968-70 Road Runner was quite a deal for muscle car shoppers; you got the same kind of absurd power as the Pontiac GTO and Ford Cobra Jet Torino, but cheaper. Plenty of these cars survive today, but most of us can’t afford a nice one (though a Road Runner-ized Belvedere could be built on a more limited budget). However, you can afford a genuine 1975 Road Runner… if you can find one.
The interior shows some Cordoba influence. I wonder if those buckets are covered in Corinthian Leather.
I always enjoy the simplicity of factory AM radios of the 1960s and 1970s. The crazy thing is how expensive car audio gear was back then; this radio was probably a $200 option.
The hood release was broken, so I didn’t get any shots of the smog-gear-strangled 318 or 360 that almost certainly lives in this car. 1975 model-year cars are emissions-exempt in most states, so it would be easy to upgrade this car to proper power levels.
Here’s the only thing I bought during my visit to this yard; I saw the Kansas Wheat Centennial license plate on this car and had to have it for garage decoration. Five bucks well spent!

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Because Not Every Old VW Deserves To Live: Fetching Crusher Food! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/because-not-every-old-vw-deserves-to-live-fetching-crusher-food/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/because-not-every-old-vw-deserves-to-live-fetching-crusher-food/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452542 You don’t need a good reason to visit the Mecca of Colorado wrecking yards on the Fourth of July, but we had one: I was tagging along on a mission to grab a couple of dead Rabbits that could be turned into cash at Denver’s ever-ravenous Crusher/shredder. Here’s how the scrap-metal food chain that (mostly) ends in a Chinese foundry gets its roughage.
Andy, LeMons racer, automotive entrepreneur, and owner of a righteous yard-o-cars himself, had bought a couple of Malaise Era Volkswagen Rabbits at the Junkyard of Melted Brains a decade or so back, and he decided to celebrate our nation’s 236th birthday by driving 100 miles each way to pick them up. The key to this journey was his recent obtainment of a 1975 Chevrolet Scottsdale flatbed truck with a vintage flame job and a sufficiently low bed to allow Rabbit stacking.
It was 100 degrees out and the air conditioning was broken, but the bigger worry was the 454′s problem with fuel starvation due to bad-gas-induced clogging. Andy had flushed the tank and cleaned out the lines, but bad gas is sort of like nuclear waste; it tends to keep on contaminating for years.
The truck had problems climbing grades in hot weather, and you get plenty of grades and heat on I-25 on the Fourth of July. A stop to replace the fuel filter seemed to help.
Finally, we reached the dirt road that led to the JOMB.
Located way in the back of the yard were the VWs: a light blue Rabbit C Diesel and a gray Rabbit LS.
I was so mesmerized by the acres of vintage machinery that I didn’t offer much help loading the Rabbits. Just as well, because Andy mashed a middle finger right off the bat, and I probably would have found a way to smash the other one.
Rich has a GTI project that could use a radiator, and the Diesel Rabbit had a good one. Out it came!
These guys have a lot of experience hauling cars to The Crusher, so they knew they had to shorten the bottom car of the stack. Rabbits aren’t exactly substantial, particularly when built in Pennsylvania, so the Sawzall didn’t meet with much resistance.
After cutting the pillars and bending the roof back, the second car was ready for its parking space.
The LS got tipped up on its side, so that Andy could harvest the catalytic converter. It turns out that this was a very rare LS with factory air conditioning but not power steering. Is it worth anything? Yes, about $200/ton.
Next, the LS is eased into its position atop the Diesel.
Plenty of space for low bridges!
After the attachment of endless hooks, tie-downs, and cables, we were ready to go.
The truck ran much better in the cool evening air. Here’s my view out the rear cab window.
We stopped for a nice meal during our journey north to Denver.
Meanwhile, property values for the entire neighborhood plummeted. Multiply this trip to The Crusher by several thousand, every day, and you’ll get an idea of how the global steel industry gets much of its raw material.

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Corvairs, Kaisers, and Cadillacs: Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard Is a Mile High… and a Mile Wide http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/corvairs-kaisers-and-cadillacs-brain-melting-colorado-junkyard-is-a-mile-high-and-a-mile-wide/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/corvairs-kaisers-and-cadillacs-brain-melting-colorado-junkyard-is-a-mile-high-and-a-mile-wide/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452449 That AMC Matador Barcelona we saw last week was quite a Junkyard Find, but it represents approximately 0.01% of the staggeringly tempting potential Hell Projects in this particular Colorado yard. Located not far from Pikes Peak (which I couldn’t see because of all the wildfire smoke), this not-open-to-the-public junkyard/open-air automotive museum is owned by a man with an eye for interesting Detroit iron and all the land he needs to store what he finds. After all my years of junkyard crawling, I think this may well be the Greatest Yard of Them All, and that includes the now-defunct Seven Sons yard and this 70-year-old yard north of Denver. Let’s take a little tour, shall we?
I got an invitation to this exclusive venue from a couple of friends who were picking up a pair of scrap-ready VW Rabbits that had been stored there for a decade. In the un-air-conditioned cab of the bad-gas-contaminated big-block ’75 Chevy Scottsdale are me and a pair of LeMons racers who like to build weird projects. That mission was an adventure in itself.
The air was a wildfire-smoky 100 degrees on the Great Plains when we got to our destination, and I couldn’t quite comprehend the size of the place. As far as I could see in all directions were rows of old and interesting vehicles.
The proprietor of this collection has been accumulating vehicles for several decades. There’s a little of everything, but several themes stand out. First, Chevrolet Corvairs and International Harvester Travelalls are everywhere.
I can’t tell you how many Corvairs— cars and vans— I saw as I staggered among the prickly-pears, but the total must be better than 100.
Travelalls, Scouts, and IHC pickups are also present in large quantities.
Once my shock over the Corvairs and IHCs had subsided, I began to notice the clusters of old school buses and vintage step vans. Can anybody put a rough model-year date on this hyper-cool GMC? Plenty more nearby!
Ever seen an Olds Cutlass coupe with diesel engine and factory four-on-the-floor? Yes, GM built at least one.
Speaking of diesels, oil-burning (and gasoline-fueled) Chevettes are also present in large quantities. Here’s a very rare Diesel Chevette Limited Edition.
I was looking for parts for my ’66 Dodge A100, though after picking this junkyard example clean over the winter my shopping list is down to a few rare trim bits.
This toy Trans Am has been baking on an A100 dash for decades. I am going to frame this image and hang it up in my office, for inspiration.
In addition to several A100s, the other members of the 1960s forward-control van clan are well-represented in this yard.
I may have to make another visit just to chronicle the dozens of FC vans to be seen in this magical place.
Another theme of this yard is the GM H Platform; I didn’t see many Vegas, but this must be the heaviest concentration of H-Body Monzas, Starfires, Skyhawks, and Sunbirds in the Western Hemisphere.
AMCs? Of course! In addition to several Marlins and the Matador we saw earlier, Pacers and Gremlins lurk in the tall grass.
I am profoundly tempted to adopt this (proto-AMC) Nash Ambassador as my next project. How hard could it be?
The really old stuff got me the most hypnotized. Much of the 1950s and 1960s Big Three machinery is now being shipped to restorers in Europe, leaving behind a lot of 1940s and off-brand stuff.
DeSotos, Willys, Kaisers, Nashes. Firedomes, Airflytes, Aeros.
Even Crosleys!
A photographer with more skill than I have could probably make a career out of nothing but closeups of patinas in this yard.
Even though Rich of Rocket Surgery Racing has an overwhelming number of projects going on, he took a look at the many Willys Aeros here and decided that he needed to drop one of his small-block Chevy engines in one. Sounds like a fine idea to me!
Finally, the Rabbits were loaded on the flatbed, we were all exhausted, and even the junkyard cat needed a rest. I’ll be focusing on some individual cars and trucks from this expedition in future Junkyard Finds, so you haven’t seen the end of this collection yet. For now, check out the even older stuff at this Colorado yard.

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Junkyard Find: 1976 AMC Matador Barcelona http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1976-amc-matador-barcelona/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1976-amc-matador-barcelona/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451460 A couple of days ago, I accompanied a friend on a journey to pick up a couple of Rabbits at a mysterious not-open-to-the-public yard that sprawls across a couple of square miles of prickly-pear-covered prairie east of Colorado Springs. I’ll tell the story of that adventure soon, but I just couldn’t wait to share this car that I spotted during our visit: one of the finest examples of Malaise Era special-edition marketing madness in the history of the universe!
After Chrysler scored big with the vaguely Spanish-themed Cordoba personal luxury coupe in 1975, the marketing wizards in Kenosha knew they had to fight back with their own crypto-Iberian-themed machine. Unfortunately, AMC had a budget of about 19 bucks to work with, so they couldn’t afford to hire their own Ricardo Montalban counterpart… but they could spray the Matador coupe in two-tone brown and put some special badges on it.
I already had a pretty severe case of Junkyard Stendhal Syndrome by the time I spotted the Matador Barcelona, having been wandering around endless fields of Willys Aeros, IHC Travelalls, and the like in 100-degree air full of smoke from all the nearby wildfires. Sort of a mid-apocalyptic environment, and then this brown-on-brown apparition appeared out of the haze, parked between a Cordoba and the only Integra for miles.
I may be the only person in this time zone who thinks that the Matador coupe is a good-looking car, and someday I will own one. Sadly, this car is already spoken for. By the way, the official names for the paint colors are “Golden Ginger Metallic” and “Sand Tan.”
Life at 6,000 feet on the High Plains is not kind to car interiors, but you can get a sense of the former majesty of this soft velour upholstery.
Imagine this car with a built 401 and a 4-speed… and a Montalban-esque Spanish accent, of course.

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Junkyard Find, Dude: 1988 Skater-ized Chevrolet Van http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/junkyard-find-dude-1988-skater-ized-chevrolet-van/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/junkyard-find-dude-1988-skater-ized-chevrolet-van/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439355 When a truck gets turned into a band’s wretched gig-rig, you know it’s on its last owner prior to entering The Crusher’s waiting room. The same can be said about any car owned by Juggalos. Likewise, when a bunch of Denver/Boulder skater/snowboarder dudes get hold of a cargo van, that’s the end of the line. Here’s a thoroughly used-up Chevy G20 van that I spotted at a Denver self-service yard earlier in the week.
When you need to haul a dozen or so of your ragin’-est, board-equipped droogs to the mountains/the pot dispensary/the dry swimming pool, nothing beats a great big windowless Molester Van for the task. You’ve got room for all your gear, plus cases of the local suds (and maybe even stronger stuff), and The Man can’t see everyone passing around the Sour-Diesel-packed four-footer in the back. Can you smell the stale weed smoke and sweaty socks through your computer screen?
Of course, sometimes conflicts arise over who gets the only passenger seat in the van. You can sit on a case of beer in the back and fight over who gets the proper seat… or you can establish a “Shotgun Code” for passengers. Note the enlightened vagina-beats-marijuana policy— these smooth-talkin’ dudes probably had no difficulty enticing XX-chromosome-equipped individuals into this totally unthreatening vehicle! There’s a stonily-executed nekkid-chick mural in the gallery, for those of you who aren’t reading this in The Man’s uptight cube farm.
Personally, I think the irony of using a GM “Dustbuster” minivan makes for a better Dudely Van™, but you take what you can get for $200 on Craigslist.
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Junkyard Find: 1992 Mitsubishi Diamante LS http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1992-mitsubishi-diamante-ls/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/junkyard-find-1992-mitsubishi-diamante-ls/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=435207 Mitsubishi has struggled mightily to get a solid toehold in the North American market. The Eclipse sold fairly well, but Mitsubishi’s top-of-the-line (for America; we never got the Debonair) luxury sedan never really emerged from obscurity. Here’s an example I found yesterday at a Denver self-service wrecking yard.
The interior looks quite comfortable, with luxury rivaling its Lexus, Infiniti, and Acura competition.
The ’92 Diamante LS listed at $25,503, which was $503 more than the (rear-wheel-drive) Mazda 929 S. The Lexus ES300 listed at $25,250, the Infiniti M30 was 25 grand even, and the cheapest Acura Legend was $28,000. The Diamante seemed like a lot of car for the money.
The engine in the LS made 202 horsepower, which was pretty good for an early-90s front-wheel-drive sedan.
However, Mitsubishi never established a strong reputation for build quality or reliability, and perhaps the Diamante didn’t seem as safe an investment as its rivals.

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Fake In China: More On The Faux F150, And Its Chevy Precursor http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/fake-in-china-more-on-the-faux-f150-and-its-chevy-precursor/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/fake-in-china-more-on-the-faux-f150-and-its-chevy-precursor/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:06:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=429320

Tycho, my Dutch friend in Beijing, scored the big one with his fake F150 story. After we wrote about it, everybody from  Motor Trend to Pickupinfo.ru wrote about it as well, taking the Carnewschina.com server on a shakedown tour. Tycho does what a good journo needs to do: Feed the beast. He found even better pictures of the pseudo Ford. And he found imagery of its older brother. Which is a Chevy copypaste.

JAC’s Ford-clone JAC 4R3 pickup truck is not available yet, and will be shown at the Beijing auto show end of April. JAC is headquartered in the village of Jingxin in Hebei Province. Villagers there are fiercely loyal to their largest employer, and when uncamouflaged preproduction models of the JAC 4R3 showed up — pictures of the truck appeared minutes later on the Internet.

Tycho has a whole collection, courtesy of the fiercely loyal villagers

On further digging, Tycho unearthed that the truck’s older brother also looks like a Detroit lovechild. According to a new report in Carnewschina, “the JAC 43R is based on another existing JAC pickup truck, the JAC Ruiling. The Ruiling, meaning ‘Lucky Bell’, is a copy of the 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, with a Ford-style oval on the grille.”

Some commenters think it looks more like a 2005 Chevy Colorado. Opinions?

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