Curbside Classic Outtake: Maximum Exterior Accessories Edition

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer
curbside classic outtake maximum exterior accessories edition

Is there a clinical definition for the compulsion to fit every possible exterior accessory to one’s car? J C Whitney Syndrome?

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  • Lemmy-powered Lemmy-powered on Feb 16, 2010

    This past weekend in Buffalo, I saw a fairly recent DeVille with both an aftermarket vinyl roof AND an aftermarket rear wing. It was kind of like seeing Frank Sinatra wearing a tux and running shoes. Later, browsing through Wal-Mart's auto junk section, I spotted fake port-holes where the black part (the hole) was done up to look like carbon fibre. Carbon fibre holes! Can you get any sportier than that?

  • Accs Accs on Feb 16, 2010

    In the PA / NJ / DE / MD area.. I'm constantly seeing the GMT900 frame adorned with the Tahoe / Yukon / Avalanche/ Suburban / Escalade vehicles.. and they all have, the ventiports, the chromed shade that are attached on the top of windows, the Mercury chrome light trim all over the lights, running boards, handles front and rear and I keep thinking someone is making money dipping this stuff into the chemical reaction that makes chrome. Then.. A few weeks ago I need to take my wife's car to get an oil change at Pep Boys.. and I spent a coupla minutes waiting for it.. and I encountered.. an entire AISLE with this.. chrome shit. They had piles of the handles for any GM truck. Isn't there some old saying.. If it doesn't make ya go fast.. CHROME IT?

  • PeterPuck For years, Ford has simply reworked existing designs originating from Europe and Japanese manufacturers, not being capable of designing a decent car in the USA.What’s the last clean sheet design from the USA? The 1986 Taurus?And they still can’t manage to get things right.why is this? Are they putting all of the competent engineers and designers on the F150? Is woke diversification affecting them, as some rumours suggest? Are they rewarding incompetence?
  • Brandon What is a "city crossover"?
  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.