Why Mod a Car?

June 11, 2006

From Wiktionary

mod (plural mods)

  1. An unconventionally modern style of fashionable dress originating in England in the 1960s, characterized by ankle-length black trenchcoats and sunglasses.
  2. A person who dresses in such a style.
  3. (slang) A modification to an object, typically for the purpose of individualizing and/or enhancing the performance of the object.

to mod

  1. (slang) To modify an object from its original condition, typically for the purposes of individualizing and/or enhancing the performance of the object.

Obviously, that slang meaning is what we’re after here. The definition is not a bad one, either.

Some people mod stuff, some people don’t. A few people mod cars, other people can’t imagine why.

Well, why not?

Why do you have the car you drive?
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The Chrysler 300C – Gearhead Phase pt. IV

June 7, 2006

I have to admit that I loved the looks of the 300C at first sight. The huge doors and small windows brought back memories of classic chopped street rods, and the stance said “aggressive” all over it.

Up close, the car was even more appealing. The damn thing was HUGE. You really do not realize just how big this car is until you get close to it.

They put the room to good use, too. I not only have trouble being too tall for little roadsters, I even have problems in sedans. When I decided I wanted the Lincoln LS a few years back, I had to do a fair amount of shopping around for a V8 model that didn’t have the sunroof — since I typically end up in the headliner of cars with sunroofs.

Not in this thing.
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The Too Tall Roadster Blues – Gearhead Phase pt. III

June 7, 2006

Shopping for a little toy ‘vert is a little more challenging than it sounds.

I’m 6’ 3″, which rules a lot of them out to begin with.

I can’t sit in a Mazda MX-5 or a Honda S-2000 with the top up; my head sticks into the top about 2″.

The roof on a Nissan 350Z is high enough, but even with the seat all the way back, I couldn’t pull my left leg back to use the clutch without hitting the massive door speaker pod.

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Tired of kicking my horse (or why Mustangs suck) – Gearhead Phase pt. II

June 7, 2006

So, there I was with a 10 year old Mustang ‘vert as a daily driver…

At that point, I remembered the hard way all of the things I’ve hated about Mustangs over the years (and I’ve owned a few) — if they’re not brand new (I’ve never had a new one – maybe they’re better), they break on a pretty regular basis (or they do the way I drive them), they have a rear suspension that was pretty much state of the art for Roman Empire ox carts, and thus they handle like crap, and ride slightly worse.
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Gearhead Phase

June 7, 2006

Like many geeks, I have interests that wax and wane over time… Lately, I’ve not been spending a lot of geek-energy on the various gadgetry and other things that I’ve tended to write about here, so I’ve not been posting much.

Of course, it dawns on me that if I’m not posting anything, the site isn’t really about anything anyway. So it’s my site and I might as well write about what’s interesting me at the moment.

Lately, I’ve been largely in my gearhead phase…
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Transportation “Oops” List

April 23, 2005

For your weekend pleasure, it’s The Oops List—a collection of amazing images of transportation problems, disasters, and just plain f***-ups.

It’s mostly planes (crashes, over-taxiing, so overloaded that it tips over backwards) but there are also quite a few other transportation-related pics—tanks off embankments, subs aground, cars hanging from power lines, as well as the occasional disaster-in-the-making.

Some of this had to be fairly hair-raising when it happened, but many of these are absolutely laugh-out-loud funny…


What about Juan Valdez?

April 2, 2004

Juan Valdez is a most popular figure in the advertising world and the symbol of the Columbian ‘cafetelero’ since 1959.

Juan Valdez is a fictious character created in 1959 to represent the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Columbia (founded 1926).

His appearance is one of the steadiest in the advertising world, including allmost mythical moustace, sombrero, poncho and a mule-companion called Lana.
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