Thursday, June 30, 2011

"Top of the Class" - Custom Paint Job & Suspension Mods

Brought to you by the Ghetto. Sorry for the low-res photo, I was too busy trying not to get shot.

This week's "Top of the Class" feature is a Chevrolet Caprice. Based on the side of the car, I'd wager that it belongs to a guy named Tee, and I can also tell you the car must not be too reliable, since he calls it Shit.

This technically isn't a repair, but it's classy enough that I decided to break the rules and throw it up for Top of the Class. Seriously, who puts "TEEZ SHIT" down both sides of their CAR? Really? Enough said.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

How To: Ford Crown Victoria Tune Up / Check Engine Light (Coil Boots and Spark Plugs)

Yes, it's dirty. It's a police car.

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      If you've been with me since the beginning of this blog, you might remember my first experience with buying a Police Interceptor. In that post, I mentioned a Check Engine light and a nasty misfire, but I glossed over the actual repair procedure. Well, I recently got another P71, and it too had its Check Engine light (also referred to as a CEL or MIL) illuminated. Due to popular demand, I'm going to explain how I fixed it- and how you can fix yours, too.

      This procedure applies to the most common cause of rough running / check engine light on Crown Vics: misfires caused by bad coil boots. In extreme cases, the light will actually flash, meaning that you will damage your catalytic converters if you continue to drive. Another symptom includes P0300 codes (misfires) like P0301, P0302, P0303, and so on.

      *Even if your check engine light isn't on, this is the procedure to follow when your Crown Vic needs  a "tune up," something that should be done when your car runs rough, or every 70,000 - 100,000 miles.*

      Thursday, June 23, 2011

      "Top of the Class" - Minivan Window Repair

      We've all seen them: automotive repairs that just outclass all the rest. Whether it's on the exterior or under the hood, it belongs in the latest addition to UpShift, derisively entitled "Top of the Class."

      I'll start with this rear window from a Chevy Venture minivan. I'm going to go out on a limb and say he bought this as an "OEM Equivalent" repair kit. It sure does look close to the original window, right?

      Tuesday, June 21, 2011

      1985 Volvo 740 Turbodiesel (Volkswagen D24T diesel engine)

      Check out that stylish and modern pinstriping!

      Most European car enthusiasts who watch TV will remember the BMW "Advanced Diesel" commercial that's been aired recently - the one that depicts a Benz diesel shaking like a bobblehead, followed by a Volvo wagon, presumably diesel, chugging up a hill and spewing black soot all over the road behind it.

      They've got a point. In the 1980s, when gas prices hit the equivalent of close to $5 per gallon, automakers realized that there was a huge market for "alternative fuels." This should sound familiar, but in the 80s, the craze wasn't hybrid technology: it was diesel. Some of the most memorable creations of the time period include the GM diesels developed by Oldsmobile (epic fail), the Mercedes-Benz OM603 diesels (most of which seem to still be driving down the road today!), and, of course, Volkswagen diesels, which have always been fairly popular in the US.

      Volvo, however, took a somewhat easier route and built their cars with Volkswagen diesel powerplants for those who insisted on buying an "oilburner." From 1983 to 1986, they offered the 740 and 760 with a turbodiesel straight six, and the 240 with a non-turbo diesel straight six.