Throwin' Wrenches Automotive Podcast

By Daryl Scott & Eric Stahl

Automotive News from insiders, outsiders and general people in the know. Hailing from the Midwest.

  1. 1.
    Episode 52 – Summer RV, Camper and Boat fun along with Elon’s Tesla Robot
    1:57:26
  2. 2.
    Episode 51 – 2022 Ford Bronco vs 2021 Jeep Wrangler
    1:24:09
  3. 3.
    Episode 50 – The Ford Broncos are coming
    1:19:37
  4. 4.
    TW Interview – Jason Hoffman from STLCA
    36:56
  5. 5.
    Feedback, Family Fun & Federales
    1:10:27
  6. 6.
    TW 48 – The Flying Targa Circus
    1:31:43
  7. 7.
    Episode 47 – Amigos, Anchovies and Autonomous Accidents
    1:42:40
  8. 8.
    EP 46 – Gabe Casey Version 3.0
    1:52:28
  1. 9.
    TW 45 – War and Peace on the Oklahoma Tollway
    1:39:32
  2. 10.
    Episode 44.5 – Autocross 101 During a Pandemic with Dean Plumadore
    1:09:01
  3. 11.
    Episode 44 – The Return of Dino
    1:36:32
  4. 12.
    Episode 43 – Hot Wheels vs Matchbox
    1:35:45
  5. 13.
    Episode 42 – Cannonball Run 2 – The Return of Steve Brown
    1:35:05
  6. 14.
    Episode 41 – Nuro’s and Bronco’s oh my…
    1:29:20
  7. 15.
    Christmas 2020 – Virtual Road Trip Soundtrack
    1:17:59
  8. 16.
    Episode 40 – Car Trucks, Right to Fix and Herzog Speaks
    1:49:05
  9. 17.
    Episode 39 – Stolen Supras, Cosplay and a Fox Body Education
    1:37:42
  10. 18.
    Patreon Freebie – Steve Brown Preshow
    28:00
  11. 19.
    Episode 38 – 18 Cars Between Us
    1:29:59
  12. 20.
    Episode 37 – Upholstery Road Trips and Dune Buggies
    1:25:21
  13. 21.
    Episode 36 – Western Jaunts, Evil Plots and Elon vs Bernie
    1:30:51
  14. 22.
    Episode 35 – Transcontinental Tales – The Steve Brown Interview
    1:30:27
  15. 23.
    Episode 34 – Copycats, Competition and Ceramic Coatings
    1:38:49
  16. 24.
    Episode 33 – Autocross , Air Compressors and Badgers
    1:30:57
  17. 25.
    Episode 32 – Ewy, Elon and Extradition (Send in the Green Berets)
    1:33:59
  18. 26.
    Episode 31 – The COVID Rabbit Hole
    1:19:48
  19. 27.
    Episode 30 – Essentially Distant
    1:12:57
  20. 28.
    Episode 29 – The Beast is Back
    1:22:43
  21. 29.
    Episode 28 – Cheese, Coronavirus and Commercials
    1:17:53
  22. 30.
    Episode 27 – Lawyers, LED’s and Bunnies (Autoshow 2020)
    1:32:04
  23. 31.
    The Christmas Show 2019 – Top 5 car movie countdown
    1:01:55
  24. 32.
    Episode 26 – TW at the movies – Ford v Ferrari
    1:11:58
  25. 33.
    Episode 25 – SEMA 2019, Ordinance Violations and Flo
    1:23:53
  26. 34.
    Episode 24 – The Return of Mr. Wolf
    1:26:15
  27. 35.
    TW Interview – George Beres
    1:11:44
  28. 36.
    TW Interview – Regan from Toyota
    1:09:19
  29. 37.
    Episode 23 – Donuts, Dubious Drivers, and Diesel Debacles
    1:18:48
  30. 38.
    Episode 22 : Tanned and Tuned
    1:18:12
  31. 39.
    Episode 21 – Auto Tech, Dummy Lights and El Caminos
    1:40:01

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Cars of the WEAK

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1982 Citroën 2CV- Sold for $9,500

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This is reportedly one of 300 Márcatelo edition cars built in Spain to commemorate the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Finished in red and white over an orange cloth interior, the car is powered by an air-cooled 602cc flat-twin paired with a four-speed manual transaxle and is said to have been imported to the US in the early 2000s. Features include Márcatelo-specific exterior graphics, a roll-back convertible top, and rectangular headlights. This Citroën 2CV is now offered at no reserve with a clean Florida title. One recently sold for $12k a year or so ago, so maybe this is an opportunity for a good deal.

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1979 Porsche 928 – $19,995

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Ebay Auction

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The Porsche purists still hate these, but that’s all the more reason to appreciate them. Designed as a replacement to the aging 911 platform, the 928 marked Porsche’s first foray into a V-8 powered GT car. It also was one of the most unique styling exercises in the 20th century. This first-generation model features those incredible rotary phone dial rims, brown leather seats (although the checkered cloth interiors look amazing as well), and

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all of the creature comforts you’d want. It needs a lot of TLC but it’s a 33,0000-mile original one owner car so that may help. Good examples used to fetch $6K to $8K, but today their values have soared. I still love the lines and think these are twice the car a 911 is. Mostly I blame this on seeing them in such iconic 80’s Chicago films as Risky Businessand Weird Science.

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As always, thanks for listening!

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Here at Throwin’ Wrenches Podcast, we love all things automotive.  But when the phrase Cannonball Run is uttered, our ears perk up!

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Whether its the classic 1981 Hal Needham film featuring Burt Reynolds and the hilarious cast of characters to the real-life unsanctioned Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. There’s something appealing about hopping into a purpose-built car or truck and blazing across the entire United States in just over a day’s time. It takes real guts to put it all on the line just to prove that you (and your well-oiled machine) can endure a non-stop run across the United States.  

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What started out as a cross-country driving stunt by thrill-seeker Erwin “Cannonball” Baker in 1915 later evolved into the “Cannonball Run Challenge” in 1971 thanks to the pioneering racer and journalist Brock Yates and fellow racer Dan Gurney. The traditional, roughly 2,800-mile route began at the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan, New York and finished at the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, California.

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That famous 1971 run in a Ferrari Daytona Coupe took 35 hours and 54 minutes. 

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In the years that followed, several other participants took their turns trying to break the Yates / Gurney record in various automobile configurations. There were such trios as Steve “Yogi” Behr, Bill Canfield, and Fred Olds’s 1972 run in a Cadillac Coupe DeVille to Gas Monkey Garage’s Richard Rawlings and Dennis Collins’ run in a 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello.

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Other cross-country rallies such as The 2904 would later emerge along with other transcontinental routes, including one from Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California. The spirit of adventure continues to this day.

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Occasionally we’ll read about such legends as current record-holder Fred Ashmore’s blistering fast record-setting solo run from New York to California in a Ford Mustang GT plucked from the Avis rental car fleet, or the trio who disguised a Mercedes E63 AMG to rip across the continent in 27 hours, 25 minutes.  But most of the time, these folks remain in the shadows until it’s safe to emerge.

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That’s where our guest comes in.

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Meet Steve Brown

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Solo Transcontinental World Record Holder

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Jacksonville, Florida to San Diego, California in 27 hours, 13 Minutes

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March 21-22, 2020

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Eric met up with Steve at the season opener of Central Illinois Cars and Coffee on the hottest July 4th we’ve had in Central Illinois in quite a while. The heat didn’t keep them from talking shop, and we’re grateful Steve was willing to join Eric and Daryl for an interview! 

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Episode Highlights

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In this episode, we talk with Steve Brown and his Coast-to-Coast solo record. We also learn more about how he pulled this off during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what it meant to him personally. Steve also talks about the camaraderie of the community he’s now part of. Several fellow record-holders offered advice and even helped verify Steve’s recent run. How cool is that? 

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The Vehicle

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2014 GMC Sierra Z60 Crew Cab (2WD)

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5.3 LS V-8 with Active Fuel Management deleteAir bag suspension for the rear springs
Full service and prep by Steve’s AutomotiveUniden 885 hybrid CB radio and police scanner
Custom 200-gallon fuel tank by Bessler WeldingGarmin GPS
Holley Red electric fuel transfer pumpiPad
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The Route

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The Run

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In our interview, Steve describes what it was like to depart from Jacksonville on the evening of March 21, 2020. From the last-minute mishaps to the adrenaline-fueled trek across the west… we get a first-hand account of this journey.

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We learned so much from Steve during our conversation. These types of trips are so much more than just carrying out a wild idea. They take several months of methodical planning and careful consideration to pull off. Even with all of that planning, there are so many variables that can wreak havoc on the final outcome. You won’t want to miss a minute of Steve’s interview. (And there are some pretty interesting details in our bonus pre-show conversation. To hear this, hit us up on Patreon with a few bucks and enjoy even more of this episode.)

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Check out Steve’s full time-lapse video of his Transcontinental Run on YouTube.

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Special Thanks

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We’d like to thank Steve Brown for sharing his story with us, and if you’re in the central Illinois area, be sure to watch for his truck at a local show near you!

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Cars of the WEAK

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2003 Scion TC 

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This week’s pick is a car Eric actually bought!  Will this turbocharged, stripped-down racer with relocated HVAC controls, carbon fiber hood, custom rims, racing seats and a stage one weight reduction become the next autocross star? And what will become of the fabled Red Mist?

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You’ll have to follow along as new details emerge.

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Daryl

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2000 Jaguar XK8 Coupe $6,900 

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Source: Craigslist Chicago

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Who could resist a silver British grand tourer with a 32-valve V8 and luxurious leather seats? I’ve liked these since they were new and I saw a limited-production Silverstone coupe at the Chicago Auto Show in high school. I think these 1997-2006 XK coupes and convertibles are future classics. This example is a 124k-mile California car that presents itself quite well for the price. Just be prepared for some maintenance on the transmissions or electrical.

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Steve

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1976 Mercury Montego MX Villager Wagon – $8,500

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Source: Facebook Group “Obscure Cars for Sale”

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We have to admit, Steve is possibly the first guest who fully embraced the Cars of the Weak segment. He chose this beautiful ’76 Montego Villager wagon with a super-sized 460 V-8, ice cold AC and lots of restoration already done. Finished in cream with a burgundy/brown vinyl interior, this family truckster is ready to run across the United States… as long as you have a giant aftermarket fuel tank and a Shell credit card.

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We’re glad you’re back for another installment of the auto podcast that values its prep time… or perhaps we’re the auto podcast that needs some Red Bull before the show.  At any rate, we’re still working on the catchphrase. Thanks for catching up with us.

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For those who said Episode 32 was a high watermark, we appreciate that. We’ll try to top it with this episode. And the next. And the one after that. In all seriousness we have some exciting guests in the hopper for the next few shows, so be sure to subscribe and follow along. You won’t want to miss what’s coming up.

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Episode Highlights

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Projects

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Eric recaps his latest timed road rally in America’s Dairyland while Daryl talks about routine maintenance and putting off a major wiring harness replacement.

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Race | Daily | Kill

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Play along as we road test a new segment that’s s a play on a popular (and juvenile) locker room game where we pick three vehicles and decide which one we’d like to race on the weekends, drive every day, and send to the crusher.

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TWISM: This Week in Social Media

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While fireworks were canceled and many venues remained closed for the Fourth of July thanks to COVID-19, some 2,700 interested car folks and approximately 600 cars gathered East Peoria for the season opener of Central Illinois Cars & Coffee. We count our blessings and run down just how big of a draw the local monthly events are for gearheads across Illinois.

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Headlines

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International

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BMW toying with a subscription-based service model for vehicle options (Hat tip to friend-of-the-show Ben for sharing this article.)

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The fine folks at BMW are proud of their new Tesla-like concept of subscription-based option model. The upside? The vehicle manufacturing and service process is streamlined since there’s only one version of each model, one wiring harness, one computer system, etc. The downside? Consumers get the shaft and the manufacturer controls everything you thought you owned… but don’t actually own.

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National

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In news of the tone-deaf…

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\"\"Ford Motor isn’t worried about new features on its redesigned F-150 pricing people out of the increasingly expensive full-size pickup market, according to the company’s chief operating officer, Jim Farley. “This is content people want and are more than willing to pay for,” he said Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “People are happy to pay if the product is more productive.” On Thursday evening, Ford unveiled traditional and hybrid versions of the 2021 F-150 pickup. The truck is scheduled to begin arriving in dealerships this fall. An all-electric F-150 is expected sometime in the next two years.

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In news of the not-so-tone deaf

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We see a glimpse of the new Ford Bronco lineup, and we think it will be incredibly cool! Eric offers a preview into each of the three models and explains the allure of the open-air 4×4. Will other manufacturers step up to the plate and offer their own versions, or will the Jeep Wrangler continue to capture the lion’s share of the market?

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Local

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Thank God, it is now legal to a drive golf cart on city streets in Pekin, Illinois

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The Pekin City Council passed an ordinance to allow golf carts on public streets with certain restrictions. Per the new city ordinance, the owner of a golf cart that wishes to drive it on a public street must register the golf cart with the police department, and then they’re free to roam around town. We’ll recap the other motorized vehicles that can run around town, and explain why this is a good idea… and what the limitations are. 

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Moment of Musk\"\"

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We’ve been talking about driverless cars for years now, and yet it appears many start-ups such as Rivian are having trouble getting out of first gear. Enter Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a pile of cash and a company named Zoox.

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As reported on the Hustle this week….Amazon’s latest acquisition could shake up the future of driverless cars and trucks. Amazon is snapping up the driverless car maker Zoox for a deal estimated at a cool $1.2B. Zoox has spent the last couple of years working on a robo-taxi. 

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Oh, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk isn’t happy and is now calling Bezos a “copycat.”

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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 26, 2020

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So, there’s that.

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Speaking of Tesla…

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The Rabbit Hole

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William Terbo (Trbojevich) was the last living relative of Nikola Tesla and the last living person who actually met the visionary inventor. Did he get a free Model S that bears his family’s name? How about a free t-shirt from Elon? 

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Riff Zone

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Daryl ponders the latest social media recommendations for ceramic coatings for your car. Also, Google is your friend. Most of your Facebook friends aren’t.

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Eric grosses everyone out with a tale of a Tesla driver on autopilot using his freed-up hands to do a little manicure job at 75 miles-per-hour along Interstate 74.

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Cars of the WEAK

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Source: Bring A Trailer auction

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Current Bid: $15,000 

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Robert Loggia and Ewy Rosqvist are to blame for this one. Eric has always been drawn to the big Benz’s, and this one is no exception. With a cream exterior with tobacco leather and that monster engine, this car would eat anything on the open road. Also, everyone needs to re-watch David Lynch’s Lost Highway.

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Daryl: 1991 Chevrolet Blazer K5 

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4×4, 350 TBI with a 700R4 and all the options and only 77k miles. These were the Blazers I remember as a kid and into high school. I’d buy this, rustproof and touch up some small things and run it until it dies. 

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Until next time, take care and let us know what you think of this show at info@throwinwrenches.com

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Welc0me to the Auto Podcast that …  Needs more time in the saddle!  

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Sponsors:  

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Fort’s Toyota of Pekin.  www.toyota-pekin.com

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CASEY LAW Office.  www.CLOpeoria.com

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PATREON – If your a top tier Patreon Subscriber, you got a ton of free content with Epiosde 33.  We recorded the Pre and Post show with you in mind!

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Thanks for listening.  Shout out to Jason Sach who goes by @64morgan44 on Instagram. Check out his restoration of his vintage Morgan 4/4. Wood work. Metal work. It’s a craftsman’s paradise. 

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Projects:  (Where we talk about what’s going on with our cars or projects) 

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Eric: 

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  1. Autocross recap!
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  3. Champaign County Sports Car Club…  The first event.
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  5. I suck!  #toomuchcar
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  7. FRS vs Supra
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  9. Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog reference!  Who gets it?
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  11. volunteer!!!!  We need you to help in Central Illinois and CCSCC!
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  13. The 1990 4Runner needs some help before Friday Night Lights!
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Daryl:
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  1. Got most of my parts sorted and categorized for the ‘58 Plymouth. Found a junkyard in Wisconsin and already started buying the hard-to-find parts. Great resource and reasonable prices.
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  3. Got my air compressor back and setup with a hose reel, air tools and some paint guns. I may try doing some paint work on the Volvo rockers and quarters.
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  5. Amazon Sucks!
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  7. I got me a garage fridge. Because that’s where I am living now in my spare time.
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The Drive Report, Eric’s latest viewing on Amazon Prime

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Headlines

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TWISM:

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He doesn’t know why, but Daryl spent too much time thinking about this FB post from TestDriveJunkie.

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1989: If you had to choose one. Chevy Lumina or Ford Taurus? 

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Also, Daryl says “No Thanks” to 16 seasons of Fast and Loud with Richard Rawlings” on Motor Trend on-demand.

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International News:

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Europe Automobile Sales Show Rebound in May

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European car sales showed the first signs of a tepid recovery in May as showrooms reopened after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from the industry association ACEA.

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Passenger vehicle registrations in the European Union, the European Free Trade Association and the UK fell 57 percent. While that is the worst May since ACEA started tracking the data in 1990, it was an improvement over the 78 percent plunge in April.

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Lyft Promises to Switch to 100% Electric Vehicles by 2030. 

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US and Canadian ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. said Wednesday every vehicle on its ride-hailing and rental car platform will be electric by 2030, but it would not provide direct financial support to drivers for switching from gas-powered cars.

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Instead, the company plans to push competitors, lawmakers and automakers to make it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles by creating financial incentives, Lyft executives said during a call.

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John Zimmer, Lyft’s co-founder and president, said the company has reached a scale to impact policy change.

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Lyft, whose vehicle fleet is currently made up of less than 1 percent electric cars, in a statement said it would aggressively promote and help drivers access incentive funds.

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“If policymakers do their part in the next few years, EVs should reach cost parity with gasoline vehicles by mid-decade,” the company said.

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Environmental activists have called on Lyft and larger rival Uber Technologies Inc. to electrify their fleets. A February study found ride-hail services create around 50 percent more carbon emissions than private car trips.

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“Lyft are likely to get hit with regulations pushing them in this direction anyway,” says Colin McKerracher, head of transport analysis at Bloomberg NEF. “So they may just be trying to get out in front of that and announce it on their terms.”

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Uber has not made a blanket commitment to electrification, but is partially subsidizing drivers’ electric vehicle purchases in London.

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And yet, nobody cares. 

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National News:

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GM CEO Mary Barra ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ on Coronavirus Recovery, Consumer Demand

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General Motors CEO and Chairman Mary Barra is “cautiously optimistic” about consumer demand returning as well as a global economic recovery as businesses continue to reopen following shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve been pleasantly surprised how demand has come back,” she said Wednesday morning on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “We’re cautiously optimistic as we see demand resuming.” Barra said the company is “hopeful that we’ll have a strong recovery” overall but is planning for multiple scenarios “to make sure the company is strong from a business perspective and can weather any outcome.”=

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Source: CNBC

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Get your dream car now…  Because you might have to settle on your 3rd choice color in July!

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At the start of June, new-vehicle inventory levels were down by one-third compared with a year ago. The situation is expected to get worse before it gets better, as automakers struggle to get production consistently up and running. Not all vehicles are affected, but certain segments such as midsize trucks are dwindling rapidly in supply. Although millions of Americans are facing financial hardship, many still need vehicles, and they will be looking for value messaging similar to the 0-percent-for-84-months incentives widely promoted in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Source: Automotive News

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Mobile Recall Service

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Ed Roberts added his second mobile service van on March 11. It has become an $80,000 tool for picking up recall work at Bozard Ford-Lincoln in St. Augustine, Fla.

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When the first one arrived late last year, Roberts expected it to primarily serve the dealership’s fleet customers. But things have tilted toward individual clients, with about half of the orders involving recall work.

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Source:  Automotive News

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Dodge Challenger Turns 50. Celebrates with Special Edition

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https://www.motortrend.com/news/2020-dodge-challenger-commemorative-special-edition/

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Several months ago, Dodge debuted a special-edition Challenger coupe celebrating the muscle car’s 50th birthday. The model features special badges, gold wheels, and a plush interior—but only 1,960 cars were allotted for production. Now, Dodge is offering more buyers a chance to get in on the Challenger’s anniversary magic with the 2020 Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, which features pretty much all of the same upgrades as the previous special edition and none of the pesky production caps. Dodge will build as many as people want.

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Local: 

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(WEEK.com)

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Northwoods Mall transforming parking lot into free drive-in theater

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PEORIA (WEEK) — Northwoods Mall is transforming their parking lot into a free, community drive-in theater to present family-friendly movies.

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Starting Friday, June 19 and occurring Fridays and Saturdays (weather permitting), cars will be admitted starting at 8 p.m. with the movie beginning at 9 p.m.

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The series, ‘Free Cinema Under the Stars,’ will run until July 11.

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The movie lineup will begin with Instant Family and conclude with Transformers/Bumblebee.

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Moment of Musk:\"\"

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“Staggeringly dumb.”

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\"\"That’s the latest insult Elon Musk threw at Nikola Motors (NKLA), which has rocketed a crazy 500%+ since April. Love him or hate him, no one denies Musk is a genius. He built Tesla (TSLA)—easily the world’s most innovative car company—from scratch. When he’s not running Tesla, he works a “side job” as a rocket scientist for his private space company, SpaceX.

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The Rabbit hole…

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Nikola…  Who is freaking Nikola Motors???… Are there anyone decedents of Tesla getting paid off his naming rights?

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BADGERS?  We don’t need no stinking badgers!

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Full disclosure… Eric signed up for updated on Starlink internet service.  If you have ever been to his house, you know why!  #1barlifestyle

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Touchscreen controls in new car suck, and now an expert verifies our claim!  

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In a recent video, Edmunds expert Mark Takahashi posted his take on the worst automotive design trends that are currently being adopted by carmakers. The list involved a number of unsurprising mentions, such as the massive grilles on vehicles from Lexus, BMW, and Genesis, as well as fake vents on the Honda Civic Type R. But within this list, Takahashi also took issue with a trend that is arguably popularized by Tesla—the use of touchscreens.

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It may look sleek, but digging through menus to access basic functionality is not.

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RIFF ZONE: 

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Daryl: Car insurance and car buying service commercials that stress the word “Fair.”
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“Is your car insurance premium fair?”  “Only pay a fair price.”   

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What are you, 5? 

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Eric: Do not come into a conversation saying you are known A-hole!  Sick of that mentality!  

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Cars of the WEAK!©®\"™\"

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Eric:  2000 MR2 SPYDER\"\"

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It was a wild and wacky situation… And Eric had a first chance at a classic MR2 that found its way in for trade…  After texting a picture to the wife, she asked why they didn’t own it…  Eric had to tell her that he got weak on the trigger!  Will another opportunity come around???

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Daryl: 1954 Studebaker Commander coupe – $5,000\"\"

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Source: FB Marketplace

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Powered by a 169 cubic inch inline 6, and a 3 speed manual, this plain yellow and black coupe is a pure example of a timeless 50’s design from the Raymond Lowey studios. It’s in Springfield, too. Not too far for a weekend road trip filled with blue smoke, roadside breakdowns and a AAA flatbed ride the rest of the way home.

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Thanks for all the love…  We have enjoyed the emails lately!

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Welcome to the Auto-podcast that did NOT get 100 mill to be on Spotify exclusively!

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Sponsors:

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Fort’s Toyota of Pekin.  www.toyota-pekin.com

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CASEY LAW Office.  CLOpeoria.com

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YOU!  You can sponsor too!  Via PATREON you can help us offset those fees that come with running an automotive podcast!  Thank you patreon subscribers!

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Tribute to John

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Loss of a fan and friend, John Deering.  Eric with him and he was a Toyota corporate colleague of Regan’s.  John passed away from complications of COVID 19 after nearly 2 months of fighting.   I know he listened to every show (That Regan was on at least!)  Good dude.  Dad.  Our prayers go out to the family.

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Feedback and Apple Reviews!\"\"

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GET THE STICKER!!!!

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Projects:

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(Where we talk about what’s going on with our cars or projects, secret loves????)

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Eric:

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Waxing lessons… Wax on…  Wax off.

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Lessons on how to wax a car with my son.\"\"\"\"

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The Chemical Guys…  Stripper…  Clay Bars … Oh mama!  Not only do they sell some amazing products… They have videos to show you how to use them!  Clay bars intimidate you?  Watch the vid!  New sponsor material???

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Ewy Roquist stole my heart in the toy aisle at Wal Mart.  Eric is pretty sure that he had a past life that involved a love for a certain Mercedes Benz female rally driver.  From the moment he saw her tribute car in the toy isle of Pekin Wal Mart… He had to find out more about this mysterious Mrs Rosqvist.  At some point… Eric was trying to see if there is anything to this Time Travel thing.  No success yet… But we are not giving up hope!

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Watch the promo video from MB that sealed the deal on Eric’s unrequited love for the Swedish speed demon!

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Daryl:

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Took the Memorial Day weekend to clean and sort all the parts for my 58 Plymouth. What a mess. Turns out I’m missing more interior stuff than I thought, but I have a lot of spare exterior trim pieces. That should offset the cost of other items I’ll need… like seats.\"\"

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I’m also tracking down parts all over the country, and responding to the old farts who say “you’ll never get that put together.” Watch me.

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Other than that, I’m rebuilding more carburetors in my spare time. I just did a Carter BBD with the later stepper motor on it for emissions compliance. Learned a lot there, and having fun. Carbs are magical.

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Headlines

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TWISM:

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Those dang kids and their burnouts in the B-Dubs parking lot.

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Cars & Coffee opener pushed to July 4th.  What time are you setting your alarm clock for?

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International:\"\"

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Midsize Pickups Auto Industry’s New MVPs

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Small trucks are the industry darling during the Covid 19 crisis…  Past situations like this have been full size trucks.  We have no idea…  But guess anyway why this is.

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New leader at Aston Martin

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Tobias Moers who is the chief executive at AMG will not take over the head of Aston Martin.  AMG already supplies a lot to Aston…  Will we see lots more German influence, or a full blown takeover sometime soon?

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Headlines that tell a story:

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According to CNN:  The nation’s rental car companies are in deep trouble. And that’s another blow for the already struggling auto industry.

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During normal times rental car companies account for 10% or more of US new car sales — an estimated 1.7 million to 1.9 million cars purchases last year. But these are not normal times. Far from it.

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But rental car companies get two-thirds of their revenue from airport locations. With flying down 94% in April and May, according to data of people passing through TSA checkpoints, there are far fewer people needing to rent cars.

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Nissan Posts Biggest Loss in 20 Years, Unveils Turnaround Plan

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Nissan, one of the largest suppliers of rental cars in the united states is not taking this downturn very well!\"\"

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Carlos Ghosn: US ex-Green Beret and son arrested over escape from Japan

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Speaking of Nissan… Its been a while since we talked about “Where in the World is Carlos Goshn”.  News about his green beret accomplices getting charged for aiding his escape from Japan bring him back into our spotlight.

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National:

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Automakers’ Catch-Up Plan? Skip Summer Breaks

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American Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have told union workers that they will not be getting their usual summer break.  This is because of all that vacation time they took this spring during the stay at home orders.  Think some grievances will be filed?

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Lets add insult to injury…  

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says it overpaid about 24,000 hourly employees will they were furloughed during the COVID crisis.  We’ll be needing that money back…  So, if you could work Saturday, that’d be great.

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In “News of the Obvious”  Electric Car Sales are hurting with the lower gas prices.

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May 21, 2020—Cheaper fuel caused by statewide shutdowns during the coronavirus could lead to electric vehicle sales slowing down, reported ABC News.

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Better than heated seats?

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Ford Motor Co. is rolling out new software for its Police Interceptor Utility vehicles to heat their passenger compartments to temperatures as hot as Death Valley on its warmest day to disinfect the interior against the coronavirus. The technology, Ford said Wednesday, heats the interior above 133 degrees for 15 minutes to kill the virus — figures that showed a quick reduction in the virus’s stability, according to a study by the World Health Organization. It is immediately available for 2013-19 model-year vehicles in the United States, Canada and other countries.
\nSource: The Detroit News
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Pandemic doesn’t detour collector car searchers

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Just because everyone was cooped up at home in April, it didn’t mean they weren’t shopping for collector cars. Nor, however, did it mean they were shopping for anything out of the ordinary.

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Monthly searches on the ClassicCars.com Marketplace website in April showed amazing consistency in both year/make/model and the more general “any year” search categories.

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In the year/make/model category, the 1967 Ford Mustang moved up from second to first place as the 1969 Dodge Charger slipped out of first place for the first time in 4 months. The Charger slipped to third, behind the Mustang and the 1967 Chevy Impala, which had been third the previous 2 months.

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The top-6 in that listing has shown strong stability in recent months, the ’67 Mustang, ’69 Charger and ’67 Impala joined by the ’69 and ’65 Mustangs and the ’69 Camaro.

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Moving up into the top-10 were the ’69 Mustang (8th) and the 1987-93 last-of-the-Fox-Body Mustangs. They replace the ’68 Charger and the ’55 Chevy Bel Air.

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“With a plethora of parts and mods available, the Fox Body is becoming an appealing old car purchase,” noted ClassicCars.com Journal managing editor Tom Stahler. “They are becoming very popular with the drifting-set. I have said it many times, that I was never a fan, but every so often I can be wrong.”

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Meanwhile, among the top-10 in the all-years category, the April searches nearly mirrored those of the previous month. Chevrolet, Ford, Mustang, Chevy C10, Volkswagen “bus,” and Dodge retained positions 1-6. Corvette moved up to 7th, swapping placed with Cadillac, while Bronco and Pontiac retaining 9th and 10th, respectively.

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Source: Journal.ClassicCars.com

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Local:

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Ford Forced to Halt Production at 2 Plants After Employees Test Positive for COVID-19

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Just days after reopening its American assembly plants, Ford temporarily shut down two separate factories in Illinois and Michigan because employees tested positive for Covid-19.

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Moment of Musk:\"\"

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Did you see it??  How about a little Jay Leno’s garage on CNBC?

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Elon allowed Jay to drive the new Cyber truck in the Boring Companies test tunnel that stretches for 1.1 miles underneath Los Angeles.

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The only way to get more musk product placement would have been to lauch them into space with a flamethrowing mounted on the hood!

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BTW… If you’ve been following the COVID…  Elon was pro commerce and anti California!

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RIFF ZONE:

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Daryl: Folks asking ridiculous money for old, used, crappy car parts. My favorite new line “Bought this for my car but decided to go in a different direction.” What direction is that? Forward? Because the used distributor you’re selling on eBay looks like it stopped spinning 24 years ago. Also, if people can buy a new version of the same used part you’re selling for 20% more… you will never sell it. Good luck, boneheads.

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Eric:  disgusting cars…  We are reaching new levels of grossness!

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Cars of the WEAK!

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Eric:

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Hertz Rent Car…  Deal?  Eric takes his virtual currency of the mind and goes shopping for a Camaro Convertible locally… And then on the Hertz website.  It appears you can save a few grand by using the Hertz portal.  But…  Do you really want a rental car with 30,000 hard fought miles.\"\"

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After that experiment…  Eric finds a busted up 1997 Porsche Boxster Cabriolet 2D in Springfield on Facebook Marketplace.

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1990, manual trans with 130,000.  New struts and brakes.  4250!  Is there any more fight left in this Boxter?  (see what I did there?)

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Daryl:

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1993 Saab 900S sedan.

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Cherry red, 5 speed 16 valve sedan that hearkens back to the glory days of Swedish rallying. This was the last year for the ‘classic’ body style 900 which traced its roots back to the Saab 99 of the 1968. A 2.0 liter 4 cylinder provides plenty of power and the 4 valve head meant it breathed better than the cheaper 900 cars. A turbo swap is just a junkyard away.\"\"

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This poor Saint Louis area more-door needs an ignition switch and some TLC but the body is clean and these cars have the easiest clutch replacement in the history of modern automobiles.

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Source: Facebook Marketplace

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Thanks for listening!  Be sure to visit our sponsors and tell them that lunch is on Daryl.

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Throwin’ Wrenches – 31

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Welcome back! It’s official, we are “The Auto podcast that will not phone-in another show!”… Well, that’s what we swore on this episode anyway. (We are still working on the catchphrase.)

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Episode 30 was our “phone-in” show, and we know that the audio quality was not to our standards. It was a tough call last month when we made the show. Content is king in the social media world, but sometimes you have to concede that no content might have been better.

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Enough with the self flagellation. On with Episode 31!

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Recorded in the Scott Garage following strict social distancing standards set in place by Illinois government, we proceeded with a show that is all COVID-19. Even when we try to get away from it, we can’t!

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Scratch that… Daryl has a neighbor with a Taurus that tries to steal the show… And that car has nothing COVID about it!

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On this Episode:

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COVID COVID COVID!

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Sponsors:

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They help the show stay in the black… And we hope you appreciate what they do!
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PATREON – Who knows what Daryl and Eric talk about before or after the show? You will if you are a patreon subscriber!

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Feedback – Even when we know the show sounded bad, we still love getting some feedback. “Sound is really poor” said Mike after Episode 31. We hear you loud and clear Mike. No more of that nonsense!
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Projects:

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Eric:

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Eric discusses rock lights, Old Celicas, Bondo and a studio renovation… Not in that order.

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Daryl:

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Daryl *might* have bought a cool new 1958 Plymouth Savoy club sedan for the classic car museum he is curating in Peoria Heights. The space-age 2 door sedan is mostly restored but needs some TLC. Will he be able to pull it off?

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Headlines

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TWISM:

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Central Illinois Automotive Cars and Coffee is cancelled!!! Friday Night Lights… Cancelled. Everything that uses official Cars and Coffee organization is cancelled. BUT! We are getting some great videos and posts from the semi-underground group gatherings that seem to occur every weekend that the sun comes out. Grab your ride, head over to a defunct business parking lot and hang with your friends regardless of permissions.

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Later when you are called out on it… “OK Boomer” is the defense statement that will be your response to any criticism. (See what we mean in this week’s episode.)

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It’s an ongoing spectacle that happens over and over on the Central Illinois Automotive Enthusiast Facebook group. It’s tiring, and hopefully ends with the stay at home orders at the end of May.

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International:

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Wholesale markets are a great unknown right now. Eric and Daryl talk a little about the misconceptions that customers may have about buying a car right now.
\nSource:WardsAuto

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National:

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Car loans are getting paid
\nCredit report giant TransUnion says that Americans will let a lot of loans go into default before they stop paying that car loan. We ponder if the ability to get to work and get the kids to school means more than having a roof over your head.
\nSource:Automotive News

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BMW manufacruring in SC is coming back online.
\nFour weeks is long enough according to BMW. They are firing up the assembly lines in early May. Other manufacturers are following suit. Will there be any buyers waiting for new cars on the lot?
\nSource:Automotive News

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Gale Halderman, the Mustang designer passes away.
\nLee Iaccoca is remembered as the father of the Mustang, but Gale made the design that became an icon. Rest in peace!
\nSource:Detroit Free Press

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Lexus Ranks First, Tesla Last in Fielding Customer Reviews
\nDid you know that responding to Google reviews is a metric manufacturers look at? We discuss how Lexus and Nissan are tops… And somehow, Elon and his new business model TESLA retailers are at the bottom. We crack the code and decided Elon just doesn’t think like a retailer.
\nSource: WardsAuto

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Local:

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Rivian and Lincoln partnership is over?
\nFord announced last week that the COVID-19 pandemic had been a catalyst for ending their relationship with Rivian and that they would not be developing a new Lincoln EV in partnership anytime soon. 
\nSource:Automotive News

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Moment of Musk:\"\"

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Elon wants those factories open… Why is that? Somebody looking for a bonus?

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RIFF ZONE:
\nDaryl: Cart patrol at grocery stores. Carts don’t kill people, they only kill paint jobs. Put the carts away in the cart returns.
\nEric: Just cant understand Jeeps with hardtops and all the windows rolled up. What gives people? Buy a Grand Cherokee!

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Cars of the WEAK!

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We forgo the virtual shopping this week, since we both bought something!!!

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Thanks for listening! We will be back sooner than later with new shows and updates!

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Oh, and for our McLaren owning friends…. This one didn’t make the show.

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If you own a Senna 720S GT or 570GT… Get that car into the shop. McLaren is recalling 2,700 cars because of a risk of fire! You don’t need that on your insurance claims!

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Source:Bloomberg

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Throwin’ Wrenches – Episode 30

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Welcome to the Auto Podcast that is hosted by “essential employees”
\nDaryl and Eric had a full week of work… Because we are essential! While navigating friends, family and kids all running amok with the social distancing orders that Illinois put into place last weekend, it made it hard to get time for a show. In the meantime, we are still working on the catchphrase. One will stick sooner or later.

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We know that Eric sometimes “phones it in” when we do the show… But that is literally what he did in this episode. Social distancing has left us in a position with both of our occupations and family occupations that it was not the wisest choice to hang out face-to-face for a few hours and record this episode. Hopefully, this is the last time we do this!

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Lets just say that Eric’s house is technology challenged!
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Sponsors:

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CASEY LAW Office. CLOpeoria.com

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Fort’s Toyota of Pekin. www.toyota-pekin.com

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PATREON – Who knows what Daryl and I talk about before a show? You will if you are a Patreon subscriber! Thanks to this week’s honored subscriber, Keith Sawyer. Swag is in the mail! We swear! Want to help the show? Click here

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Feedback

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Joel says have an “Anti” rally… A Prius and set fuel readings

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Jason asked if we are still alive… Yeah, we are getting through this! Thanks for asking!!!

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WE NEED REVIEWS! iTunes… Wherever! Get a sticker!

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Projects

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Eric

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Daryl

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Headlines

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TWISM (This week in Social Media)

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Central Illinois Automotive Cars and coffee is cancelled!!! As was Friday Night lights as of tonight. Chris Hruby and the rest of the team are doing what they have to, and we know its tough to tell a couple of thousand car freaks with varying degrees of belief in the current situation that they can’t get out for the first meetup of spring! We are bummed along with all of you guys!

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International

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Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford will defer 100 percent of his salary for at least the next five months and other top executives will defer up to half of their pay as the automaker looks to conserve cash amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said CEO Jim Hackett, COO Jim Farley and CFO Tim Stone will defer 50 percent of their salaries, effective May 1.
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China’s Passenger Car Sales Fall 80% in February on Coronavirus Epidemic

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Passenger car retail sales in China, the world’s biggest auto market, fell 80% in February because of the coronavirus epidemic, one of the country’s industry associations said on Wednesday. The China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said in a statement that China’s overall passenger car sales dropped 80%, without giving a full sales figure for the month.

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Source: Reuters

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Ford Motor, Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. on Thursday updated plans to resume North American light-vehicle output.

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Ford Motor Co. will restart production at some of the idled North American plants in early April. Toyota, citing a decline in vehicle demand, said it will extend the shutdown of all light-vehicle and components plants in North America, including Canada and Mexico, through April 17, with output to resume April 20.
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\nForecasters expect a decent increase in U.S. auto sales in February — up around 6% vs. February 2019 — but that’s due largely to the fact that 2020 is a Leap Year. That contributes an extra day’s worth of sales for the month, and it also happens to fall on a weekend at the tail end of the month to boot, a prime day for auto sales, on Saturday, Feb. 29. Auto sales usually peak at the end of every month, as dealerships try to hit their monthly sales targets.
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I cut this one short… When we first made this doc after the last episode, it seemed kinda comical that “Leap Year” was an economic boon… Unfortunately, that was short-lived as March moved on! Eric

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Waymo Halts All Automated Ride, Delivery And Trucking Services Over Coronavirus Concerns
\nWaymo, Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving tech unit, is shutting down all its automated ride, delivery and trucking services in Arizona until at least next month amid widespread moves by U.S. states and cities to keep more people at home to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
\nThe decision comes after the Mountain View, California-based company earlier this week halted rides in its on-demand Waymo One service in metro Phoenix with human backup drivers behind the wheel. At the time it said that fully automated rides, without humans in the front, would continue, along with robotic delivery vans and trucks.
\n“As we continue to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, we’re suspending all of our Waymo One rider services in Arizona until April 7th, including our service with trained drivers and our fully driverless operations within the early rider program,” the company said. “All driving operations in other locations also remain suspended for now, along with local delivery and truck testing.”

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Source: Forbes

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Keep on Trucking!

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\"\"Items are flying off the shelves in many stores. There are teams of people behind the scenes that are working around the clock to get those products back in stock.
\nTruck Drivers are one of the industries that are seeing big impacts, that can’t stop. Despite the even higher demand for the products in trucks. drivers are going up against conditions that make it much harder for them to do their job.
\nThe main impact is drivers not able to get food or use the bathroom. A number of rest areas and restaurants are not open. Truck drivers are also not able to pull the truck through a drive-through limiting the options for food.
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Why Annual Pickup Truck Sales Have More Than Doubled Over The Last Decade
\nBig pickup truck deliveries swelled by 123 percent since 2009, according to the automotive information company Edmunds’ annual Truck Report. They reached a 14-year high in 2019 and accounted for 14.5 percent of all new-vehicle sales. Demand is so strong, both General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler continued to build and successfully sell previous-generation versions of their redesigned Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, and Ram 1500 pickups for 2019 (the Ram 1500 “Classic” remains in production for 2020). Edmunds attributes this surge largely to a reliably strong economy, affordable gasoline prices, and low-interest rates, along with an explosion of technology, luxury, and safety features being offered.
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Local

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Dunlap Teachers Bring ‘Royal Road Rally’ To The Students
\nStaff of Dunlap Grade School found a way to connect with students Monday.
\nThey formed a vehicle caravan and snaked through the Village of Dunlap and the Copperfield, Timberbrook, and Wyndridge subdivisions.
\nDubbed the “Royal Road Rally,” staff waved as dozens drove through the Copperfield subdivision just after 11 a.m. Some vehicles had signs that said, “We miss you.” One passenger banged wooden drum sticks on an over-sized stainless steel bowl.
\nNearly every car horn honked. In a Facebook message announcing the rally, staff encouraged parents and students to go outside and wave from their driveways and sidewalks as the caravan passed.

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Moment of Musk

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Elon is making masks and supplies for the medical front lines… But we talk a little about that stock price. Where is that sucker going after the Coronavirus leaves? Any ideas?

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Riff Zone

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(No hate this week, just advice from Daryl)
\nDaryl made a list of things you can do in your garage or around the house while you are in social isolation… watch for the full post on these in a few days.

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Cars of the WEAK! – CANCELLED

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With a spirit of competition and gritty determination to win, we at Throwin’ Wrenches like to envision ourselves as the Cole Trickle and Rowdy Burns of the automotive podcast game. That’s our take.

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In reality, we’re more like J.J. McClure and Victor Prinzi. Those guys were still pretty cool, and if we’re being honest, they were a little more entertaining.

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Welcome to Episode 29, which should come with a full tank of gas and that brand-new podcast smell. As always, you can click the Become a Patreon link and toss a few bucks our way for some exclusive content. You’ll also be helping to keep this program rolling down the highway.

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Thank you for your support!

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Speaking of thank-you’s, please take a moment and thank our sponsors:

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Projects

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International News

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\"\"Holden Gets Axed & GM Gets Out of RHD Around The Globe

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Source: CarAdvice

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After years of sales declines, General Motors has decided to pull the plug on their Australian brand, Holden. They’ve also decided it isn’t worth their time to manufacture right hand drive versions of their vehicles. What will this mean for the handful of countries that still drive on that side of the road?

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UK plan to ban combustion-engine cars creeps forward to 2032

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Source: AutoNews

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he would like to see his country move the date for the banning of gas (petrol) and diesel-powered cars from 2040 to 2035. Automakers were already mildly freaked-out about the 2040 date and the effect on their sales. This earlier date could cause a bigger panic throughout the industry. We break things down a bit.

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Continuous Coronavirus Coverage: China Auto Sales Dip

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We continue our look at some of the supply chain disruptions and the drop in new car sales in China that have been attributed to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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National News

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\"\"The Beast takes a lap at Daytona!

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If you’ve been with us since the beginning, you know that we love “The Beast,” which is the nickname for President Donald Trump’s custom Cadillac limousine.  The Commander-in-Chief managed to take the 22,000-lb executive car on a loop around the Daytona 500 racetrack on Sunday before the big race. We discuss how we would have tossed around such a large car on the big oval. We also talk about the horrific crash at the end involving Ryan Newman update after Monday’s crash.

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Should cars be banned on Broadway in downtown L.A.?

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That is the question some city leaders are asking. We shut it down, along with some other dumb laws that may have popped up in your Facebook clickbait feed, such as the one about how Sacramento has made it illegal to do maintenance on your car at home.

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Global aftermarket industry estimated to top $1.4 trillion by 2024

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Get in the zone? AutoZone? Looks like people are doing just that, as the aftermarket parts industry is growing around the globe.

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Local

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Illinois Senator Targets Gas-Powered Leafblowers

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Electric everything, coming to a garage near you? Stacks and stacks of useless batteries and outdated chargers soon to follow! We break down the lunacy that is Illinois State Senator Laura Fine’s Senate Bill 3313 that would ban the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers in Illinois after 2022.

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Riff Zone

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\"\"Daryl: The DeLorean posts on Facebook… they’re cute. But nobody cares. If it were 1985 and Marty and Doc were looking to build another time machine… cool. But that time has come. We have to stop fantasizing about what was moderately cool.

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Eric: For God’s sake, off-road folks, can we stay on the trails?!!  We keep seeing photos and news about people tearing things up.  Is it the same as it ever was, but now we have social media to show off our stupidity?  Hard to say!

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Cars of the WEAK

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Eric:  1958 Morris Minor

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$7,800

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This British classic is a hard-to-find model; it is a repainted original survivor, while the front bumper was removed for trans. California car with current/clear title.

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OR

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1989 Porsche 944 S2

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$17,900

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This is a race car that’s ready to go!

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From the listing: For sale is this Brumos Porsche tribute livery 944 S2 race car.  This car was an SP3 class PCA Club Racer put in storage around 2010.  Was pulled out of storage in 2018 to be purpose-built for WRL GP2 Class racing.  With minor adjustments will meet PCA SP3 classing or NASA ST4. Full rebuild including a new cage was completed in early 2019.  Engine refresh completed in 2019.

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This car ran in GP2 Class in 2019 and earned a Podium in it’s first full race weekend.  It contains a complete data acquisition system

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If you are looking to get into PCA, NASA or Endurance Racing this is your car!

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Details:

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* Fresh 3.0L engine rebuild in 2019 >20hrs

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* Hanks Hot Rods chromoly cage professionally TIG’d by 515 Motorsport

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* AIM MXP Data acquisition unit GPS and engine data include Coolant Temp, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp and Brake Pressure

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* New Spec 3 Clutch

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* Stahl header and custom exhaust

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Many, many other specs and details upon request. Spares and wheel options to be negotiated.

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Daryl: 1967 Ford Mustang 390 Coupe

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$26,900

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\"\"Yellow and black CA car located in AZ with zero rust! Features the big 390 along with AC and an overhead console and tons of options. Loaded up like Cougar XR7. This is truly a grown-up Pony car with the brute power to back up its good looks. My kind of car.

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Keep in touch with us at info@throwinwrenches.com

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Thanks for listening!

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We have the C’s for you this week.  Eric and his Wife drove like crazy people over the back-roads of Wisconsin in the Cheese Freeze Rally.  We talk about the Coronavirus attacking China and how that might affect part distribution for months to come.  We also get caught up in Superbowl commercials.  We run down all the automotive ads from the big game and decide which ones we liked best.  Sorry… “Smart Paaaahk” does not start with a C…  otherwise I would have integrated it into the title.

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We are one again indebted to our show sponsors:

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Casey Law Office

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Fort’s Toyota of Pekin

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Episode Highlights

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Projects

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Where Eric and Daryl talk about what’s going on in their garages…  Or trips… Or car-related activities.

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TWISM  (This week in Social Media)\"\"

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International News

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National News

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Local News

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Moment of Musk

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Riff Zone

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Where Eric and Daryl scratch their heads about everyday human beings.  Or show off our crotchety-old-man sides.

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Cars of the Weak

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\"\"\"\"As always, we pick a pair of cars for sale that should make it into our respective garages if money wasn’t an object. This week, we rock a Toyota Land Cruiser that needs some TLC and a classic Chevy Caprice police car.

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Get Yourself a Cool Sticker!

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Remember…  You can get a sticker by leaving us a review on iTunes!

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It’s easy…  Copy this:\"sticker

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I was lost in a sea of worthless automotive podcasts until my saviors showed up in their podcast dingy.  Daryl “smooth vocals” Scott and Eric “hugs like Richard Dawson” Stahl are my new favorite hosts.  Watch out, they are going to slam Joe Rogan off the top of the Podcast Charts like an MMA big fighter person.  My new favorite show.

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Welcome to 2020 and thanks for tuning in for our first show of the year! We will admit to being a little rusty after nearly a month off, but hang in there with us! Are we the auto podcast with 20/20 vision? (Aren’t you already sick of that?) Probably not, but we will keep working on the catchphrase!

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We hope you had an amazing holiday season. Did you get that thing you wanted for your car? The racing thing? Did it get you a 100 more horsepower?

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If not, maybe we will fill that void in your automotive soul with Episode 27.

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Highlights

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We have our first sponsor and our show’s legal consultant, Gabe Casey with us to make sure we aren’t sued for any scandalous statements on this episode. Gabe talks about what’s new since he was last on the program, what’s currently in his stable, and some driving impressions now that he’s had some seat time in his GR Supra Launch Edition.

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Visit Our Sponsors

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Casey Law Office

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Fort’s Toyota of Pekin

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And believe it or not, we are still a member of the Peoria Podcast Alliance.

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Stay Connected

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There’s a bazillion ways to keep in touch with your favorite car podcast. Here’s a few.

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Support This Show

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And finally, several listeners have expressed an interest in supporting the show financially. We truly appreciate this gesture as hosting fees are a very real cost. Eric and Daryl aren’t getting rich off of this show, we keep it going with the help of our amazing sponsors. If you’d like to toss a few bucks our way, we will gladly send you some schwag in return and some on-air props. Thank you for your support.

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Corrections

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In this edition of the Throwin’ Wrenches apology segment, Eric is working on his vocabulary words.

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Today’s word is Protagonist.

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If you’ll recall our Christmas Movie Spectacular, Eric used this word incorrectly. In the words of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

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While Eric has what we call a teachable moment, Daryl refuses to back down from his poor movie choices involving Jessica Tandy in that same episode. He also corrects his confusion over the movies Rush, Rush and Driven. Here’s a hint: Only two of these are car flicks.

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Projects

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Even in the winter, there’s always something going on in the garage.

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Eric

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I spent some time installing new speakers in my son’s 4-Runner. It was a good Father/Son moment since we broke out the tools and soldering irons.

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I also got a new truck fridge for Christmas.

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Oh, and a rabbit did some serious damage to Red Mist, our 1990 Celica race car. That’s right… a rabbit!

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For those who missed the original Facebook post, here it is below:

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Daryl

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I bought a pickup truck! A 2017 Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab with the TRD Off-Road package, to be exact. Don’t worry, I christened it with some Toby Keith and WeatherTech floor mats. The plan is to keep this beautiful beast clean and mostly stock but still use it as a truck… not a toy.  I absolutely love having a truck again (last truck was sold in 2002 and our ‘76 C20 has been in storage for 3 years.) The folks at Fort’s Toyota took good care of me, and my wife and I are very happy.

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Gabe

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\"GRDid you know that when you purchase a Launch Edition Supra you get to do cool stuff with NASA? Not the NASA, but the  National Auto Sport Association. We’ll discuss some of the opportunities for Supra owners and perhaps we’ll dabble in some track time in 2020.

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The 2019 Peoria Metro Car Dealers Auto Show Review

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\"AutoWe saw the new C8 Corvette, we walked around a bit, and recapped some of the offerings of all the manufacturers at the Central Illinois Auto Show. Will the Peoria audience embrace the earlier event date (formerly April), or is it too close to the holidays to draw people in?

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We also give the Chevrolet reps the business for not letting people sit in the new #NotMyVette. With a $92,000 sticker price, we understand the car is worth some coin. But seriously, how can you sell a brand when you have everything behind a metal fence? Youngsters will remember that time at the auto show when they sat behind the wheel of something cool, and ideally, they’ll be in a showroom in 10-20 years putting some money down on the next-generation Corvette, Equinox, or whatever else they’ll sell in 2040. Give them a chance to taste the best they have to offer. It’s not made of glass. They aren’t going to break it.

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Headlines

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George gets stuck in the mud.  Long story that was solved by social media?

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Source: Jalopnik

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George Sukhanov is an intrepid Canadian engineer who got himself stuck in the middle of absolutely nowhere on a surface that will soon be totally impassable. The lakebed is dry in the summer and fall, usually, but as winter comes it starts to become an actual lake.

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Why is someone rolling solo like this?  I loved his message when it was all over. Very self-deprecating!

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International

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Where in the world is Carlos Goshn?

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Check out this Bloomberg article that reads like a pulp fiction novel. Carlos Goshn, the former Nissan-Renault CEO avoided going to prison (so far) by being smuggled out of Tokyo and made it to his native Beirut.

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Ghosn had been under house arrest in Tokyo for months before showing up in Beirut. According to the Wall Street Journal, Ghosn hid in a large black box that was loaded onto a plane then flown to Lebanon

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For months, a team of more than a dozen security operatives, led by a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran, had been designing a plan to get him to Lebanon, the country where Ghosn has the most extensive connections. The secrecy was intense: Some of the participants, according to a person familiar with the operation, didn’t know the identity of the person they were going to extract, even after they’d accepted the job.

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We riff on this for a bit, and recap our thoughts from previous episodes on the topic. We also query our resident legal expert Gabe Casey on the Japanese legal system.

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Hint: Don’t commit a crime in Japan. Ever. 

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Excerpt: Wonder why Mazda’s MX-30 only has a modest 35.5kWh battery when its competition frequently has more? According to the brand’s European research director Christian Schultze, it’s to help the planet. He told Automotive News that the small pack is “responsibly” sized to have an overall CO2 emission footprint (including manufacturing and energy consumption) comparable to a diesel Mazda 3 hatchback, even after you replace the battery 100,000 miles into ownership. Long-range batteries would be worse for the environment, Schultze claimed, pointing to Mazda’s calculations for long-term CO2 output.

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The company determined that a 95kWh battery (close to what you’d see in Tesla’s higher-end Model S and X) would require more emissions from the very start due to both the larger pack and extended use while driving. That situation would only get worse if you replace the battery around the same interval, according to Mazda.

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This article later goes on to claim Schultze’s figures are based on 2016 European electrical figures, and that isn’t accurate since many cities run on zero-emission power. But that’s not entirely true, either. This is proof, once again, that there is no such thing as clean energy.

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#LithiumMines

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World’s Coolest Dad Helps 3D Print a Lambo With His Son. Lambo Lends a Hand.

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When future Father-of-the-Year, Sterling Backus decided to make a full-scale replica of a Lamborghini Aventador with his 12-year-old son Xander as part of a STEM learning project, the powers that be at Lambo responded in the best way possible: They loaned the family a real Aventador! Think about how cool it would be to have a real supercar at your disposal for ‘research purposes’ while you build your own replica. This is so much cooler than the Lego cars we built as kids.

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Xander is no doubt, the coolest kid on the block. He has his own Lamborghini. His dad is probably dropping him off at school in one, at least for a while. Would Ferrari’s leadership do something similar? Somehow the phrase ‘cease and dissist’ comes to mind.

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Farmers Drive Up The Price of 40+ Year-Old Ag Equipment

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It seems that more Midwestern farmers are following the automotive community in seeking out gently-used, simpler, and much cheaper tractors from the 1970s and ’80s. The complex tech, ‘permitted use, not ownership’ laws, and high cost has them rebuilding their faithful machines to extend their service life for another few decades. This makes sense to us, and helps keep money in the farmer’s pockets… but for how long? This reminded us of the period of time in the early 2000’s when some police departments in the U.S. decided to refurbish their Caprices instead of downsizing to the FWD Impalas because they were a far superior police cruiser. Call them holdouts, call them dinosaurs, but the fact is not ALL change is for the better. Just try to use a gas can made after 2009 and you’ll see what we mean.

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Moment of  Musk:  Tesla Stock Price Hits 420, Dude\"\"

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On a recent CCN podcast, Elon Musk walked back his robotaxi claim.

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In May 2019, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) raised $2.3 billion on the promise that Tesla will have a million robotaxis on the road by 2020. It’s been less than a year, and it seems like Musk is already walking back on the promise. In a recent podcast, the Tesla CEO softened the claims by saying that Tesla will have a million “robotaxi-capable” cars on the road by the end of 2020.

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Robotaxi-capable means the cars sold will have the technology to run Tesla’s Robotaxi software. But it won’t be driverless cars operating as taxis and making their owners money (which is what Musk promised).

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Just before Tesla raised the $2.3 billion, the company paid its bondholders $920 million and was running low on cash. The subtle walk back on the robotaxi promise qualifies as blatant securities fraud.

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The Next Web

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Full Self Driving is an upcoming Tesla feature that currently exists in an unfinished form. According to Musk, the feature will eventually make it possible for a Tesla vehicle to drive itself from an owner’s driveway in the suburbs, onto the highway at high speeds, into the city where there’s traffic, weather, pedestrians, and who-knows-what-else, and into your office parking lot.

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Musk also claimed that by the end of 2020 Tesla would have fully-autonomous robotaxis operating unrestricted on city streets – which, if true, a couple of AI experts are going to literally eat them.

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Business Insider

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When word got out last year that disgraced multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein had been known to fraternize with Silicon Valley moguls, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk was quick to release a statement minimizing their relationship: He had attended a dinner organized by LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman where Epstein was present, he said, and “was at his house in Manhattan for about 30 minutes in the middle of the afternoon” at the urging of his then-wife, Talulah Riley, who wanted to meet him “for a novel she was writing.” He was “obviously a creep,” Musk told Vanity Fair.

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But the social connection between Epstein and Musk may be more complicated than that, Business Insider has learned. Jeffrey Epstein was in regular contact with Elon’s brother Kimbal Musk, the tech millionaire turned restaurateur who serves on the boards of his older brother’s companies Tesla and SpaceX, according to two people familiar with their relationship.

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It’s unclear how Epstein and Kimbal Musk met initially, but they saw each other occasionally because Kimbal was dating a woman in Epstein’s entourage at the time, the people said. The woman had previously dated Epstein and lived in an apartment building that Epstein’s brother owned, which Epstein had used to house people close to him, including models from Eastern Europe.

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Riff Zone

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Daryl

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LED headlights: Why are they the hot new mod? A lot of forums I’m on have blown up in the last year over LED headlight kits and swaps. Look, LED’s are great since they should last a long time, especially in automotive situations where vibration & temperatures are harsh. But I’m also seeing a lot of “blue light specials” going down the road and bad aftermarket housings that aren’t properly designed for the LED bulbs, or aimed correctly. Do it the right way and spend the money on something DOT approved and safe. Retinas are nice to have.

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Edit: CNET explains GM’s reasoning for this “safety feature.”

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Since, this has been rattled on before…Eric then goes on to describe a hairy moment when a customer left his nose hair trimmer in the cupholder of his car while it was in for service at Forts.

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Cars of the WEAK!

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Eric: FIAT X1/9

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This Bertone-styled mid-engined coupe popped while I was searching. With only 52,000 miles, a spirited 1200cc 4-cylinder with a manual trans, and super-scarce factor… is this car really worth $7k? What the heck is going on out there? Old car values are going through the roof and I am not sure when it ends! Just like the stock market.

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Daryl: 1924 Chrysler Six Coupe

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This coupe is a first model year for Chrysler featuring a nice green and black two-tone paint combo, which is refreshing to see in contrast to the all-black Model T’s! This rumble seat six-cylinder coupe would be an easy restoration as long as the parts are all there. Plus, this baby is almost 100 years old. It’s time to get into 20’s cars. Then 30’s. #CollectThemAll

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Gabe: 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ61 VX

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Gabe Casey’s pick this time around is this beautiful, rare and super rad RHD Land Cruiser. Imported from Japan with low miles and unique options, this is not your average Land Cruiser. Featuring a 12HT turbo diesel inline-six and backed by an H55f 5 speed, this rig would get you anywhere you’d like to go. The factory PTO winch would help get you out of any jams along the way. With documented authenticity and a rockin’ 80’s interior and stripe package, this silver JDM ‘Yota also happens to be for sale. For more information, text or call Gabe at (309) 397-8763.

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Quick New Year’s Resolution Check

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Eric already admits to failing on painting the race car in 2019, but he did manage to paint his son’s 4-Runner. That counts, right?

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Post Show

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Can we talk about the two scrapyard guys from Queens that run the Neutral Drop channel on YouTube? These clowns, who go by the nicknames Stuntman and Cameraman, film themselves beating on old cars share the evidence on social media. From actual neutral drops, to feeding dirt and leaves into a running engine’s throttle body, to running over garbage in the street… they are the Uncle Rob of junk cars. Sure, their crazy car stunts are hilarious but it’s only a matter of time before the EPA pulls a John Taffer and tells them to SHUT IT DOWN. Check them out if you need to rage out.

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Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next time!

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The stage is set. Christmas is here, and you don’t have to roll into work for the next few days. Perhaps the family is in town and you’re looking for things to do. Why not introduce your friends and loved ones to the Throwin’ Wrenches Christmas Podcast? This year’s episode doesn’t \"\"feature Chevrolet Astro or Plymouth Volare stories. Instead, Eric and Daryl decided after watching Ford V Ferrari that it might be fun to rattle off a list of car films they enjoy watching.  Films we enjoy watching over and over… Much to our wives dismay!

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Not every film on Eric and Daryl’s “Top 5” lists are action-packed Jerry Bruckheimer thrillers. Quite the contrary, some of these are family-friendly dramas adapted from classic novels and stage plays. Then there’s a few comedies, and even a Steve McQueen film involving a combine chase scene through a cornfield.

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Over the coming weeks, winter will finally settle in. The garage projects and summer car shows are as far away as the moon. Now is the perfect time to let the kids play with their new Christmas gifts, pour yourself a tasty beverage and disappear for a few hours with one of these stellar movie picks from your friends at Throwin’ Wrenches.

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Enjoy responsibly.

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Eric’s Top 5

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5.  MAD MAX (1979)

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Why it’s Cool

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Mel Gibson… He was the ultimate driver before he was getting pulled over in Hollywood for hitting the bottle too hard.  This is the origin story that usually gets left out of the conversation when talking to people who have a slight “know” of the franchise.  Long before the newest Mad Max movie, with its giant production value and with vehicles equipped with all kinds of killing contraptions… There was ex-police officer, Max, who was raging down Australian roads with a muscle car police cruiser.  This movie is raw, brutal and filmed in a frantic style that was ahead of its time.  Seek it out!

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As usual, the Internet Movie Car Database saved me on this one.  I didn’t even know that the police interceptors were Ford Falcons from 73 and 74.  They look like cool movie props created for the movie.  

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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4.  Better off Dead (1985)

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Why it’s Cool

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Savage Steve Holland’s masterpiece starring John Cusak.  Its an 80’s sleeper with a cool car, street racing and its a Christmas movie!

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The 1973 Ford LTD Wagon resonated with the kid who drove a 78 Volare.  If Lane Myers was stuck in a bad family sedan and could still win a few girls… There was still hope for the rest of us adolescent slobs!

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Who didn’t love the 1967 Chevy Camaro?   It started the movie in a state of disrepair.  Only to be resurrected by a LA Dodgers loving, french exchange student names Monique.  Long story short: Guy falls into friend zone with a girl while working on his beat-up old car… And turns this $500 purchase into a sleek and sexy black beast.

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If you have seen this movie, you will be hard pressed to forget the 1965 Ford Falcon Brothers… Who learned how to speak English from watching Howard Kossel and the Wide World of Sports.  They are show up several times to test Lanes courage.  

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The website is down… but you can find a few articles about the Better Off Dead Camaro online.  Or maybe betteroffdeadcamaro.com will show up again???

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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3. The Hunter (1980)

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Why it’s Cool

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Its Steve McQueen.  Isn’t that enough? 

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Steve McQueen – America’s last bounty hunter!  Ralph Thorson.  Its a dated tough guy movie that features a Steve McQueen that is about as human as he has ever played.  

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The reason its on this list are the iconic scenes with a Trans Am being destroyed in a cornfield as its chased by a combine.  (Filmed in a cornfield in Manteno IL).   This film also features the all-time classic scene of a car falling countless stories into the Chicago river from the Marina City Towers.   A scene that plays in my head every time I am looking at the towers from Dearborn and Wacker drive.  

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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2. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

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Why it’s Cool

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The makers of the movie actually fitted the Lotus with the gear to go underwater.  Air system, electric navigation motors and that the missile launcher in the back window was real!  All told, they spent 100K in 1977 dollars in the Lotus!  

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Bond movies are known for all the cool gizmos and tech that seems on the edge of reality.  This car was one of the best Bond gadgets of all time.  The villains were also showing off some cool tech, the motorcycle side-car bomb was a nice touch during the car chase before launching off a pier.  

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\"\"Most Any James Bond movie are cool to boys of the generation who grew up watching them.  If you were truly a fan, there was nothing finer than grabbing the collectible Corgi cars at the KB Toys in Eastland Mall.  My brother and I both collected the Corgi Bond cars.  His fave was the silver dB7 with its ejector seat. Mine was a white Lotus Esprit with hydroplanes that popped out of the sides and shot missles (that could actually take an eye out).  

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Low point:   Watching James receive a message on his watch that is printed out like a label maker.  It looks terrible and was not very \"\"visionary for the future.  That said, Brother Office Equipment might be able to replicate this device today!

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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Moment of Musk!

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From Autoblog:  The time Elon Musk paid $1 million for James Bond submarine car that cost a couple $100.  The trust is stranger than fiction sometimes!

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    The Cannonball Run (1981)

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Why it’s Cool  

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Car movies should be fun.  A few of the ones I have on this list involve violence and some light maiming.  Not this  Hal Needam directed Burt Reynolds movie.   This one was an all-star excuse to cause chaos across the USA.  

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The cast list is all over the board.  Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin dressed as priests driving a Ferrari.  Terry Bradshaw and Mel Tillis in the Hawaiian Tropic NASCAR.  Roger Moore driving the DB7 thinking he is still James Bond.  A young Jackie Chan adds to the comedy as the team from Japan that seem oblivious to everything going on around them in their supercharged Subaru.

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The power team in this movie though it Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise.  My God were these guys funny together.  If you cant laugh with these two guys…  Stop being my friend!

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Smokey and the Bandit – This could have been a separate entry, but we will leave the Hal and Burt movies as one entry.   

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Don’t forget Hooper and Stroker Ace.  A few more of Hal and Burts classic films.

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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Daryl’s Top 5

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5. Rain Man (1988)

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Why it’s Cool

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Dustin Hoffman may have won the Oscar, but the 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible in this Barry Levinson film was the real star. The Buick was also the root of the family drama in this story. The story takes Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman through the country’s two-lane U.S. highways where their characters learn about themselves and the roots of a strained family relationships. Great performances all-around here. There’s also some epic Tom Cruise freakouts. Hans Zimmer won an Oscar for best musical score. Perfect cruise music, too. Check this one out for some great road scenes. 

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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4. Driving Miss Daisy(1989)

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Why it’s Cool

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From the poor late 40’s Chrysler in the beginning to the Hudson Commodore sedan to the beautiful ‘55 Cadillac… the vehicles move through time in this Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman classic. Yes, this movie is as exciting as prune juice, but it’s a healthy serving of true friendship. A heartwarming story with a talented pair of actors and some lovely cars. Hans Zimmer also did the soundtrack in this one.  (I’m also a soundtrack nerd.)

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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3. Blues Brothers  (1980)

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Why it’s Cool

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Director John Landis said the cars in this film danced. He actually related the driving stunts to choreography, and I think he nailed it. ‘Nuff said. This is a perennial classic that I’ll stop everything and finish watching no matter when I join it in-progress. As a Chicagoland native, this movie speaks to me in so many ways. Mostly what speaks to me are the big-block Mopars at wide-open throttle for 75% of the film. Our Lady of Blessed Accelerationalways comes through. Humor by the truckload and a lot of chase scenes and carnage add up to a winning combination. 

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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2. Christine (1983)

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Why it’s Cool

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Anyone with an evil car can relate to this. Some of you know what I’m talking about. This Stephen King classic adapted for the big screen by Halloween (1978) director John Carpenter is all about loners and ghosts. I saw this movie in high school and it stuck with me as I was a little nerdy and drove a ‘64 Chevy. I did not run anyone over, or turn into a jerk. My car also didn’t rebuild itself, but everything else was pretty similar to my formative years. Great synthesizer-heavy soundtrack by director John Carpenter. Always fear the Plymouth! 

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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1. Ronin (1998)

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Why it’s Cool

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EuroTRASHED! Jean Reno, DeNiro, and the talented Skip Sudduth did most of the driving in the Audi S8 that takes quite a beating in this John Frankenheimer film about mercenaries who get double-crossed. Frankenheimer also did The French Connection (1971) and knew how to film a car chase!  With heart-racing driving stunts involving a ton of European gems like a BMW E34 M5, and great audio for the time, Ronin still holds up as a great film for gearheads.  

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Every car in this film according to IMCDB

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What Films Did We Miss?

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We know there are hundreds of other great films that feature cars in some way, shape, or form. What are your go-to flicks? Share your top 5 with us at info@throwinwrenches.com and we’ll make sure to give you a shout-out on the next show.

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We hope you enjoyed this holiday wrap-up of our favorite gearhead movies. If you haven’t seen any of these, the holidays are a perfect time to catch up and enjoy some rest & relaxation.

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In the meantime, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and we’ll see you next year!

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Thank our Sponsors

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Special thanks to our sponsors for helping to make this program possible.

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Projects

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Eric

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Red Mist – The 1990 Celica is back out and driving.  She’s a gas-sipper and totally fun to drive!

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Maybe she will make it to the Cheese Freeze Rally in January?

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Daryl

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Finally, Daryl has enough trickle chargers to go around the garage to keep all of his steel babies’ batteries topped off while they’re in hibernation mode for the winter. Meanwhile, he’s buying parts over the winter and trying to figure out what project he really wants to tackle. He needs an easy win.

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Recap

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Catch Eric’s Interview on the Toyota Trucks and Trails Podcast\"\"

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We want to give another shout-out to Toyota Trucks and Trails Podcast.  Eric was a little bashful on the last episode and may not have let you know how much fun he had doing his recording with Jason from TTaT.  If you have interest in trucks, offroading or even Leave No Trace principles…  We cover it.   Jason also is an organizer for Great Smokey Mountain Trail Ride…  And a lot of the conversation goes into talking about the setup and work that goes into making a successful TLCA event.

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Throwin’ Wrenches at the Movies\"\"

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We are not Siskel & Ebert, but we know a thing or two about car movies. In this episode, we breakdown the Ford v Ferrari film and try not to lay out too many spoilers.

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Leo Beebe, as far as we can tell, was much maligned in the screenplay. From the light research we’ve done after watching the movie, we are pretty sure that Henry Ford II was not a nincompoop. He was the mastermind behind the machinations that film attributed to Beebe.

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If you’ve got high-test racing fuel coursing through your veins, we recommend that you check out the following two documentaries:

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The 24 Hour War

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Shelby American

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Adam Corolla and his buddy made two overlapping documentaries about the subject of Ford v Ferrari. They are definitely worth watching if you’ve got the time. Once you’ve viewed those docs, you’ll be well-versed in Le Mans, Enzo Ferrari and the Carroll Shelby story.  Eric highly recommends them.

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Pro Tip: It was actually better to watch them after the movies, as they do have tons of spoilers!

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Headlines

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TWISM\"™\"  (This Week in Social Media)

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The $4K car debate was rolling on the Central Illinois Automotive Enthusiast group page. If you want to know what’s doing on in the Peoria car scene, you need to subscribe to this Facebook group.

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International News

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\"AudiCars That Will Die in 2020

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Daryl quickly touches on the many car nameplates that will no longer be produced after 2019. Some of the highlights include the Audi TT, Cadillac CTS, and Nissan Titan XD.

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Source: IBI Times

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Nissan to Furlough U.S. Workers for Two Days in January

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Speaking of Nissan, the Japanese automaker is requiring nearly all of its U.S. workforce to take two days of unpaid furlough next month as it tries to reverse declining sales and profits here and globally.

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Japan’s second-largest automaker employs about 21,000 people in the U.S., spanning its U.S. headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., two plants in Tennessee and one in Canton, Mississippi.

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Employees at Nissan and Infiniti dealerships will not be affected by the furlough.

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Workers will not be paid for Jan. 2 and 3. The company said the furloughs will “optimize business performance and competitiveness.”

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Source: Forbes

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National

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Top Gear USA Returns This Coming Spring With Three New Hosts

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After it’s debut in 2002, Top Gear has wowed audiences around the world with car reviews, tests, stunts, and gimmicky challenges. After the first go-around with a US-spec show featuring hosts Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara sorta fizzled in 2016, another trio sucked it up in 2017 and were canned after 1 season. Enter the next trio of hosts that may be a decent mix,  just because it seems to make sense. 

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Not Jethro Bovington
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Hosts will include Jethro Bovington (journalist), Dax Shepard (Mr. Kristen Bell and a Michigan gearhead) and comedian Rob Cordry. who is nuts and has no fear. So yeah. Catch it on the Motor Trend streaming app once it’s warm outside. 

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That means Dax Sheppard and Rutledge Wood are now officially two Top Gear hosts who happen to drive Buick Roadmaster wagons as a daily driver. We think that’s pretty cool. 

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So what are your thoughts on the new Top Gear USA hosts? Let us know in the comments below.

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Source: Motor1

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19 Car Publications Get Sacked in 2020

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TEN Publishing will shutter 19 of its 22 automotive magazines by the end of the year, leaving MotorTrend, Hot Rod and Four Wheeler as the only three titles that will continue to be published in print in 2020.

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Titles going out of print include the following: 

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R. I. P.
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We break down what this means for enthusiasts, and look at where the future of automotive journalism and niche publications could be headed.

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Source: Folio Mag

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Local

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Sears is dying. Go Exchange Your Craftsman Stuff.

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Read all about Daryl’s adventure at the Peoria Sears here.

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Local Traffic Stop Results in Nothing but Bothering a Guy at 3 A.M.!

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Photo Credit: Scott Davidson/Flickr
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Phil Luciano of the Peoria Journal Star wrote this one, and we talk a bit about how sad it is that this story was at the top of the news feed on the PJStar Twitter account.  

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Cliff Notes: On November 9th, at some ungodly hour of the morning,  Peoria police pulled over a man driving on Farmington Road and decided it would be fun to work him over with a drug-sniffing dog.  Long story short: The Police had nothing, even if the dog said otherwise, and the man was allowed to leave. Also- Strippers may have been involved in this story.

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Riff Zone

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Daryl

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Please don’t do this.
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The reindeer nose and antlers on your Ford Escape isn’t cute. It’s going to break, fall onto the highway, and I’m going to run it over. That plastic is going to ruin your weatherstripping. The slush will stain the faux fur. It’s best to just forget it.

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Want to show off your holiday spirit? Try decorating something that doesn’t go 80 miles an hour. Bah humbug.

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Eric

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I dealt with a classic scenario this week. A 200,000 mile car comes in for service, and upon driving away, the Airbag light comes on.  Whose problem is it?

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Also, the auto gypsy strikes again and gets away with a free tire repair.

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Cars of the WEAK\"™\"

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Eric

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1993 Lotus Esprit Coupe – $38,500\"\"

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Lakewood, CO

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I found this one while I was prepping for our Christmas Episode.  Lotus Esprit’s all seem to fall into a mid-30’s range whether they are early or late models.  This ’93 looks like new with its painted to match body moldings.  It’s a pretty car I think it would still be fun to drive!

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BTW, Car Gurus may be one of my new favorite websites right now. Lookup anything like Search Tempest in the glory days of Craigslist.

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Daryl

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1983 Land Rover 109 – Sold for $18,000 on BaT

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Chicago, IL

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A LHD Spanish-built Santana model riding on a 109-inch wheelbase (hence model 109), this Land Rover features the classic rugged lines and 4 door versatility that I love.

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My wife would let me buy this one, if we had room. She LOVES these. Based in Chicago, this 2.25 liter turbo-diesel has dual tanks and a 5 speed gearbox. The mileage should be decent enough to get me home. This particular Land Rover sold for $18,000, which is a decent price but not as much as their British counterparts. 

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You can follow all of our Cars of the Weak picks here.

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Bonus News

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Chevrolet Suburban Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame?

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\"\"Yes. This is for real. 

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The Chevrolet Suburban has officially become the first vehicle ever to be given the Award of Excellence star at Hollywood and Highland, recognizing its almost 70-year career in show business.

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“For six decades the Chevrolet Suburban has been Hollywood’s longest-working actor,” said Rana Ghadban, president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “Appearing in classic feature films and on must-see television shows, the Suburban is a well-established industry mainstay. With the Chevrolet Tahoe also making an impact in movies and on television, it’s impressive to have both vehicles now join an illustrious group of actors and characters that are forever known as Hollywood legends.” 

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Our Take: To quote Ralphie from A Christmas Story- “A Crummy Commercial?” This is no better than the Ovaltine commercial from Little Orphan Annie masquerading as a news item. We love Suburbans, for real, but can someone please send us some info on famous Suburbans? We couldn’t think of more than a couple of films in which Suburbans played a role in.

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Soure: Motor 1

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Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to all of our friends and followers.

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Catch our Christmas 2019 Episode Soon!

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We are back!  Eric and Daryl saddled up for a new Throwin’ Wrenches podcast to keep you warm as we roll into December.  Throw some wood in your Franklin Stove and get the chestnuts warming…  Christmas is around the corner.  And lucky for you, So is our Christmas show.  Watch for it next! (Here is last year’s holiday yule log to tie you over.)
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\"🎧\"Download | \"🔔\"Subscribe | \"📬\"Email

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Thanks for listening and being active members of the show.  Please share our little automotive podcast on Facebook and other social media sites so that we can spread that word that cars and the car biz are fun to talk about!

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We have been thrilled to have some amazing guests on the show over 2019.  From SCCA and CCSCC Presidents to ICC Program directors, we have had some great conversations.  But we don’t know them all. There are thousands of gearheads out there that we would love to have on the show. If you’re one of them, or you know someone who deserves a little air time, let’s get in touch! 

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Feedback and Apple Reviews

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PLEASE!  Help your auto bothers out by dropping a review on iTunes or Google Play.  Reviews play a ridiculously powerful role in show exposure.  We need your help, and thank you! 

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Episode Highlights

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\"treehugger

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Over the last few weeks, Eric has been told that he needs to use some formulas from the “Truck Show Podcast“.  Apparently, these guys have a formula that is similar to Throwin’ Wrenches…  Radio Jock (Daryl character) and Industry Guy (Eric’s doppelganger).  While we have listened to their show a few 

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times depending on who they are talking too, we don’t plan on stealing their material anytime soon.  You will know we have gone all-in on intellectual property theft when we start strumming a guitar between segments!

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We would like to give a big shoutout to the Toyota Trucks and Trails Podcast.  They recently had Eric on their show their “Toyota Centric” show to talk aboutSEMA and give a rundown on what Fort’s Trail Team is all about.  It was a great insight into what Eric has been up to for the past 5 or 6 years out on the trails.

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Check it out at: Toyota Trucks and Trails Podcast

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About Our Sponsors

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As always.  We must thank our sponsors!  Without their assistance, the wives would be all over Eric and Daryl about their little “show”.

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Be sure to think of the folks at Fort’s when buying or servicing a new or used Toyota, and we would be nowhere if it wasn’t for our first sponsor and legal eagle, Gabe Casey.  If it’s law-related, you’d best give him a call.

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Forts Toyota of Pekin

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Casey Law Office, Peoria IL.

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Projects:

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Eric

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Daryl

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Headlines

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TWISM©  (This week in Social Media)

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Ordinance Violations?  North Pekin and other communities are now issuing citations that avoid the normal traffic court system and possibly also bypass state coffers.  How long can this gambit play out before someone in the State of Illinois realizes they are the ones getting hosed for a change?

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Daryl is hanging with the new Toyota Highlander Owners group on Facebook to see what’s going on.  It’s not going well.  If they are not asking him what he paid for his rig, they are fretting over the cold antifreeze light or a snow button that was accidentally activated.

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International News

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Automakers Awaiting Decision President Trump on 25% Tariffs on U.S. Car & Auto Part Imports  

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Source:  Reuters

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Dust-up Over California Emissions Causes New Vehicle Purchase Stalemate

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\"CHiPs

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California said on Monday it will halt all purchases of new vehicles for state government fleets from GM, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler and other automakers backing President Donald Trump in a battle to strip the state of authority to regulate tailpipe emissions. Does this mean that Ford and some other small brands will be picking up the 100 million dollar slack over the next few years? 

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Source:  Automotive News

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The Well-Traveled American V6

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How do you feel about free trade across the borders of Canada, the USA, and Mexico?  We found a great little article that illustrates the life and times of pistons being built and machined for GM V6 engines.  It gives you a clear picture of how complicated the trade routes are for something so simple.

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Source Reuters

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National News

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Millennial’s want a car?  Who knew? 

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Nobody apparently.  As marketing and industry insiders have been pulling out their hair and grinding their hands in grief worrying about a non-car-loving American populace…  Something happened…  Or was misread.  Millennials actually want cars.

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Source NADA

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Lordstown EV Trucks 

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The Verge had this article and news about a new electric truck company that is going to make electric trucks from an old GM factory.  Sound familiar?  See our coverage of Rivian.  Time will tell who starts to get trucks on the road after they keep securing heaping mounds of cash.

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#NotMyVette

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SEMA talk eventually leads to mid-engined Corvette conversation.  Will #notmyvette be the next big thing?  Haters gonna hate, but can you really hate a C8?

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MOMENT OF MUSK©

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We might be siding with Elon’s design team after Ford released information about the new Mustang EV Crossover.  While we missed the Cybertruck announcement a day after recording this show, it’s still fun to catch up with this story!

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Seems like Elon is not talking smack to Porsche anymore. The big blue oval in Detroit has caught his attention for now.  So much so that he was pulling one of their full-sized trucks around in his Cybertruck intro.

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Congratulations on the Mach E! Sustainable/electric cars are the future!! Excited to see this announcement from Ford, as it will encourage other carmakers to go electric too.

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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2019

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The Mustang logo being planted on this car leads to some hate for Eddie Bauer Editions or Harley Davidson versions of the new Mustang.

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Riff Zone

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Eric came across the article from the “Points Guy” about the declining standards of Uber and Lyft.  It was contrary to recent experiences that Eric has had while on the road.  Two good drivers and great drives to and from airports out west.

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\"\"

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Meanwhile, Daryl strongly declares that Flo from Progressive insurance needs to retire. She was funny at first, but it’s time for her to consider Scottsdale. Maybe a small condo in one of the Carolinas. Maybe Altamonte Springs, Florida. Wherever she goes, Daryl would just like her to stop showing up in his Facebook feed. Stop appearing on TV, and streaming apps. After ten long years, perhaps it’s time for Flo to ride off into that sunset in her 87 Accord hatchback with all of those sacks of money she wisely saved on car insurance, and never come back. Progressive has shamelessly driven this marketing campaign into the ground.

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Cars of the Weak©

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Our weekly segment where we break out the virtual wallets and come up from the local online listings with more gems for you.

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Eric

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\"Jeep

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Is it something from my youth that makes me think that 80’s models Comanche Trucks were what a truck should look like?  Pre-Cybertruck… These harsh lines were all the rage on our Cherokee-hooded single-cab trucks.

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This 1989 model is still kicking in Bloomington, Illinois after driving 128,000 miles.  It was on sale on Facebook Marketplace for the bargain price of $1,950.00.

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Daryl

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Another classic from the late 80’s was found on Facebook Marketplace this week, a 1988 Oldsmobile 98 Touring Sedan for just $3,000

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This car sold in record time, but if I had the room I would have grabbed it. This totally unique sport sedan was based on the GM C-body chassis and stuffed with leather buckets, a console, FE-3 sport suspension, turbine rims, and a bulletproof 3800 Series 1 V6. Hands-free steering wheel controls for the Auto Climate control and stereo. It also featured a trip computer with an engine oil life meter and fuel economy display. This car was simply 25 years ahead of its time. A 1-owner car with 71K on the clock, I strongly feel this beautiful machine was easily worth twice the price.

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Sign-Off

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Thanks again for listening!  We appreciate the support.  Make sure to support our sponsors!  Tell them “Throwin Wrenches sent me!”.  It will freak the salesmen out at Fort’s, and Gabe will have some fun with that as well!

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Don’t worry, in the next episode, we will talk about Ford v Ferrari… and that damned Cybertruck!

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Greetings, speed demons. Welcome back to another episode of Throwin’ Wrenches, where “That’s the way this podcast heard it.”

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Eric has decided to channel a little bit of the Mike Rowe with this week’s catchphrase. We’ll see if that sticks, but for now, we’ll promise to keep working on that catchphrase.

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\"🎧\"Download | \"🔔\"Subscribe| \"📬\"Email

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Our guest this week is the ever-knowledgeable Regan from Toyota, who is officially our most frequent returning guest. Thanks for not getting scared off easily, Regan.

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We should point out that Regan is very much like Mr. Wolf from Pulp Fiction. He’s the guy that everybody calls to help get them out of a jam. He fixes things. He solves problems. He also has great stories of late-night shenanigans in a V6 Camaro and a killer Model A Ford pickup hot rod. Thanks for dropping by again, Regan. You’re a good sport!

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Speaking of hard-working folks, we’d like to give a shout-out to our two dedicated sponsors. Without their help, this program would be much more lackluster than it already is. We appreciate their support over the past year, and we feel confident in recommending their services. We only ask that you consider them in the future if you’re in the market. Thank you.

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Sponsors

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Fort’s Toyota of Pekin

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We are also a member of the Peoria Podcast Alliance
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Episode Highlights

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Eric and his son wrap up their Plasti-Dip job on the 4-Runner, along with some wheel paint and finishing touched. It’s ready to roll from here on out.

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He also recaps his most recent off-road excursion,  Southern Cruiser Crawl.

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Don’t just take his word for it, though.  Here’s some photographic evidence of his trusty “Treehugger” 4-Runner in action along with some friends from the Fort’s Trail Team.

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Daryl hasn’t spent much time in the garage these past few weeks, but he did track down a good used brake booster for his ‘69 Volvo. He’s happy to report the car now stops without having to press the pedal with both feet and Hulk-like force.

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Regan updates us on his nicely warmed-over 400 cubic inch small-block Chevy motor that he’s prepping for his Model A pickup project. To back up the beefy motor, he plans to install a T5 5-speed transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear axle. He hints that there may be some noises coming from his garage this winter, and we’re all pulling for him.

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Headlines

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Police on Google Maps: The Right Waze or the Wrong Waze?

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Source: Inc.

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Google has introduced a new feature, similar to apps like Waze, that lets motorists report police activity on Google Maps. The technology is commonly used to notify drivers of traffic hazards such as accidents, but it’s also a back-channel way of warning of speed traps and DUI checkpoints.
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There’s plenty of support from app users for this sort of thing, but not everybody’s happy. The law enforcement community doesn’t support the police-locating feature. 

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Some groups, such as the NYPD, have written to Google in an effort to remove the functionality Waze application. We’ll dive into this one a little further.
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But, seriously… how good is Waze vs Google Maps?

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We’ll share the results of an experiment involving our friend and fellow enthusiast, Jake Irish and Eric as they both try using Google Maps and Waze in a no-holds-barred cage match. Which app helped its user navigate to the finish line first? Listen to this week’s episode to find out the answer!

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‘World’s fastest car’ unveiled – and it can reach staggering speeds of over 600 mph

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Source: Mirror UK

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\"\"UPDATE: We just learned that this very machine just reached 628 miles per hour on a run in South Africa, shattering a previous world record. Wow!

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Meet the former jet fighter that wanted to become a car. That car, engineered by the Bloodhound Land Speed Record (BLSR) team, can travel at 600 miles/hour and could possibly break the world land speed record in 2020 thanks to driver Andy Green and a team of mechanics. 

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Could you imagine rocketing to 200 miles per hour in eight seconds? Who would have the guts to ride this beast?

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How Much is a Traffic Light Worth?

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Source: PJ Star

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\"\"To some municipalities, the cost is somewhere in the neighborhood of 100,000 dollars.

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You read that correctly.

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After a single-vehicle crash wrecked a set of traffic lights in Downtown Peoria recently, the price tag of the replacement may have caused sticker shock. Eric questions the replacement value of such lights and also tosses out a few cost-saving suggestions for cities looking to keep traffic moving safely while meeting their pension obligations.

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Moment of  Musk  

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Elon has been pretty quiet lately, but we still manage to cobble a Moment of Musk together.

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Riff Zone

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Road rage isn’t pretty. We’ve all been guilty of it, to some extent. Eric bears witness to a road rage incident while on the way back from the Southern Cruiser Crawl, and that leads into a deep, and rather dark discussion of times we all wish we just turned the other cheek and drove off instead of going “caveman” on the other motorist.

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Who loves malaise-era cars on the silver screen? We do. We talk about some of the cool rides from the 1970’s and 80’s that are quickly becoming stars in their own right.

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Cars of the Weak

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Eric:

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1929 Ford MODEL A RACE C Roadster Flathead XF-BGMR ECTA SCTA – $49,500

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Maybe its all the talk about salt flat racing thats got Eric all excited…  He found this little car for racing but its still street legal and can seat two when the roll bar is removed.  If you’re going to tear up the track, you may as well look good doing it.   Eric would rock it on mean streets of Pekin.  

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 Found on Racing Junk.com

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Daryl 

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1952 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan – $8995

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\"\"Never one to pass up a sad, forgotten four-door sedan, Daryl has a crush on this Korean War-era Cadillac that’s been sitting on a used car lot near his folks for a year or so. It is clean, original, and looks pretty good. What’s the catch? Ah, who cares. Let’s buy it.

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Found at Mr. J’s Super Center

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Regan

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1993 Cadillac Sedan DeVille Gold Key Edition – $18-20,000

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Found on Barnfinds

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\"\"We can always count on Regan to pull one out of thin air, and this week he’s pulled out some solid gold. It’s a solid FWD Caddy from the early 90’s that has only 889 miles on the odometer. It also happens to be a rare Gold Key Edition car, which means you get to show off your prized DeVille to all of your bridge club friends before you head to Sizzler for an early dinner. Jokes aside, this baby is clean.

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Is it worth 20K?

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Will Eric get an aneurysm hearing Regan expand on this car’s many virtues?

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Tune in to find out…

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Thanks for listening!

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We’ll catch up with you again soon. Meanwhile, send us something that isn’t spam. (For the record, we love actual Spam.) Hit up some actual humans at info@throwinwrenches.com with show ideas, feedback, or Harbor Freight coupons. Whatevs.

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These fine folks help us keep the show rolling down the information superhighway. We hope you consider them the next time you’re in the market for legal services or a new vehicle.

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Daryl and Eric are pretty thrilled to share this interview.  Sometimes we work and struggle to get guests on the show…  and other times an opportunity falls in our lap.  This was the latter.

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While talking to a customer a few weeks ago, the customer made mention that his Grandfather was George Beres.  That name might ring a bell as it was synonymous with auto sales in Pekin since the 1950’s.  One thing lead to another, and Eric is giving his 30-second “elevator pitch” to Mr. Beres in hopes he would do the show.

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George gladly accepted.

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Candy to Cars

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Beres Motor Company TV commercial (1979) 
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We sat down at George’s house and wandered down a timeline that starts in a popular hangout called Princess Candy Kitchen and ends up with the first car dealership on “Auto Row” in Pekin.

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Beres Motorcars was founded in Pekin, Illinois in the days when salesmen sold cars from a storefront downtown.  Packard and Studebaker were the foundation of his career and were longtime independent staples for Midwestern motorists. Through this interview, you will find out how Mercedes-Benz comes into the Beres Motorcars story.

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If you are a lover of Central Illinois history or a fan of the Mercedes Benz franchise…  This is a great show for you.   George is sharp as a tack and remembers all the details!

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We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to George for taking the time to share some automotive history with us, and thank you for listening.

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Enjoy!

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We have had him on the show a few times… But we have never dove into the story of how Regan got to the hallowed position of Field Technical Specialist with Toyota.

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Along the way during this “interview”…  We talk about how a kid from the Northern Illinois town of Freeport goes from vocational classes at High School to the Automotive Engineering program at SIU Carbondale.   The options were unlimited when it comes to taking a job post-college.  Why did he choose Toyota?

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Also in this show we touch on a subject that has been making the news.  We talk about the loomi\"\"ng tech crisis and what can we expect in our service centers as techs become short supply.  Is it real?  Is it a media scare.  Regan has some thoughts on this subject and we talk a lot about future tech and how it will be applied at the dealer level in the coming years.

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We hope you enjoy this show.   We love getting “car folks” on the show.  If you know someone who might make a great interview.  Let us know!

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Thanks again for listening!

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Eric and Daryl

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https://automotive.siu.edu

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Welcome to the latest episode of The Auto Podcast… for people who get it.   (Eric’s toes are curling)

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We love when people listen, so thanks for listening.  We also love when people share this goofy show, so feel free to share this episode on Facebook and other social media sites.  Thanks for your support.

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Sponsors

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Casey Law Office

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Fort’s Toyota of Pekin

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Our few minutes of sponsor talk on every episode helps the show stay online.  Otherwise… We are just two guys telling the wives we are paying out of our pockets to do this!

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Projects 

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This week, we check in with Eric and his son’s ongoing Plasti-Dip project on the 4-Runner. Will they get it done before the next episode?

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Eric also discusses his upcoming trip to SEMA 2019 in the coming months and what’s been popular in the shop. Here’s a hint: lift kits and rooftop tents for the outdoorsy-types.

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Meanwhile, Daryl managed to track down a good brake booster for the ‘69 Volvo and bought it online using a questionable app. Hopefully, his credit card info isn’t on the Dark Web.

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Headlines

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Facebook Headlines

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We break down the story of the not-so-good-kind-of-donuts that made an appearance at Friday Night Lights and discuss why folks shouldn’t mess around at cruise-ins. We also spotlight the good-natured folks who make up the majority of the local car culture and why it’s always best to ‘do the right thing’ when others act inappropriately. 

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International

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Nissan, Ghosn fined $16 million by SEC for failing to disclose pay\"\"

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Nissan Motor Co. and former CEO Carlos Ghosn have agreed to settle claims from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over false financial disclosures related to Ghosn’s compensation, an SEC statement said on Monday.

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Nissan will pay $15 million, while Ghosn agreed to a $1 million civil penalty and a 10-year ban from serving as an officer or director of a publicly traded U.S. company, the SEC statement said.

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Ghosn was arrested in Japan and fired by Nissan last year. He is awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges that he denies.

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Ghosn’s legal team said in a statement they were “pleased to have resolved this matter in the U.S. with no findings or admission of wrongdoing …

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Source: AutoNews

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National

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GM UAW Strike Stretches On

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The UAW and General Motors are far apart on several key issues that could take a week or more to resolve before a tentative agreement is reached, two people familiar with the talks told the Free Press on Thursday. 

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That also means the strike could last at least two weeks longer if the UAW acts on a plan it is considering to keep members on the picket lines until the GM rank and file votes to ratify the deal, as the Free Press has reported.

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About 46,000 GM UAW members have been on strike at GM’s plants nationwide since Sept. 16. The 2015 contract with GM expired at midnight Sept. 14. GM had made an initial proposal for a new contract two hours earlier, but the UAW turned it down.

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In a letter to members, the UAW said Wednesday that “all unsettled proposals are now at the main table and have been presented to General Motors and we are awaiting their response. This back and forth will continue until negotiations are complete.” 

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Those unsettled proposals were described Thursday as key economic issues. These are the main ones:

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During the first half of the 20th century, General Motors produced cars using a just-in-time delivery system called “flexible production.” The automaker carried no stockpiles of inventory; it ordered vehicle components as it needed them. It also clustered its suppliers around its American plants, where virtually all of its cars were built at the time.

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This made it easy for striking workers to cause the disruption they needed to extract major concessions from GM. For example, the Flint strike in 1936 and 1937 resulted in the closure of key plants, which shut down 75% of GM’s production.

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This high level of structural leverage helped UAW strikes to be consistently successful, whether they were national strikes or small wildcat strikes conducted by workers against the will of leadership.

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Things look different today.

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GM and other U.S. auto companies abandoned flexible production during the 1950s and ‘60s to weaken labor’s leverage, as we learned in our research. Today GM carries large stockpiles of inventory, and its suppliers and assembly plants are located all over the world. Just 28% of its workforce is in the U.S., and its cars don’t rank high on an index measuring how much of a car is made in the United States.

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Kevin Hart is likely to be slapped with a lawsuit following the Sept 1 car crash. Sources close to the situation tell TMZ that Kevin and the two other people in his car – the driver, who sustained serious neck and back injuries – as well as the other backseat passenger — have all lawyered up. While Kevin wasn’t behind the wheel of the car, his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda did not have safety harnesses or airbags. This could constitute negligence, according to the website.

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But Kevin isn’t the only person who could be on the hook. After the California Highway Patrol’s investigation, the driver could also be responsible as well as the company who customized the classic car. According to TMZ, “the company is the expert and even if Kevin wanted a custom job without safety harnesses, the company should have refused the job because it wasn’t safe … especially with a powerful, 720 horsepower engine.”

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They also claim that law enforcement sources have revealed to them the CHP may lobby the California State Legislature in order to prohibit custom car companies from rebuilding cars without harnesses … whether the customer wants them or not.

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In better news, Kevin returned back home this week, is walking again and immersed in physical therapy. A source previously told the webloid that the actor “a new perspective on life” and is “grateful” and “shocked” that he is alive.

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Source: MSN.com

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Hart was riding shotgun in his 720-hp Speedkore Barracuda SEMA car with friend Jared Black behind the wheel when Black lost control and sent them through a fence and down into a ditch. The roof of the car was crushed, as were Hart’s and Black’s backs. Both have been through surgery and will survive with a lot of physical therapy to come.

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Vice President Mike Pence Ticks Off Michiganders With 8-Car Motorcade on Mackinac Island

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Cars have been prohibited on Michigan’s Mackinac Island for 121 years. Previous Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Ford, Bush, and Clinton managed to visit without a set of wheels, but this week, VP Pence rolled into town in a motorcade of not one, but eight black SUVs for the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Apparently the locals didn’t like it.  

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#Murica

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Source: HuffPost

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Local

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Sure, Illinois Roads Suck, but They Don’t Actually Suck THAT Much. 

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An analysis of Federal Highway Administration data shows Illinois ranks 22nd among all 50 states when it comes to “Worst Road Infrastructure”. The report, which looked at the following criteria: 

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Moment of  Musk

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Musk jokingly tweeted at Porsche about the use of “turbo” as a name for a vehicle that doesn’t actually contain a turbocharger.

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Porsche Taycan’s P.R. manager, Mayk Wienkötter is quoted as saying. “Free P.R. for us,” . “I’m not sure everyone was aware of the Taycan,” 

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asked whether Porsche planned to respond to Tesla’s recent unofficial lap time, which was set by a pre-production Model S and which undercut the Taycan’s lap by roughly 20 seconds.

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Wienkötter said Porsche is a highly competitive brand when it comes to racing, but that it doesn’t plan to make a one-off car just to beat Tesla., Porsche wants to make sure its comparing “apples to apples.”   

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The P.R. manager said it’s not clear if the Model S that ran the Nürburgring contained standard production-intent components like suspension parts, brakes, cooling, and tires. Plus, he mentioned that he doesn’t know what sacrifices Tesla had to make to score that lap, specifically mentioning battery longevity.

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With that said, if Tesla does release a production vehicle that outdoes the Taycan’s lap, Porsche will respond, with Wienkötter saying: “We will definitely try to give an answer,” before saying: “If another apple is better than our apple, we will have to find an answer.” The manager didn’t mention exactly how Porsche would go about answering. When I asked if Porsche was planning a dual rear-motor Taycan, Wienkötter answered with a negative.

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Riff Zone

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We report. You decide (whether or not you want to check it out on Netflix.)

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Eric reviews some more Netflix goodness, including the conclusion of Hyperdrive and Fastest Car Season 2.

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Daryl gets the garden hose out and yells at those meddling kids who still think running glass pack mufflers in 2019 is acceptable.

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Cars of the “Weak”

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Eric

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After getting my most recent copy of WIRED magazine in the mail this month… I became enamored with this Electric Motorcycle from ZERO.

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“The designers of Zero’s latest electric ride left the 14-kWh battery exposed, as if to trumpet the potential of our high-performance, rechargeable future. Nestled behind that power cell is an air-cooled 110-hp motor, which puts out 140 pound-feet of torque that can rocket the bike from 0 to 60 in under two seconds. Four default ride modes dictate the amount of traction control and the rate of acceleration.

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Cruise downtown in Street mode, choose Rain when things get slick, or create custom settings via Zero’s smartphone app. The 161-mile range is just enough for a week’s worth of there-and-back commutes. To replenish your electrons, either hook it to a standard J1772 charging station (4.5 hours to 100 percent at a level 2 station) or use a wall socket (8.5 hours). Best of all, there’s no transmission, so there are no clutch-grabbing gear shifts required. A twist of the throttle jets you all the way to the office—or as far from work as your charge allows.”

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All of this for only $18,995.

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Yeah, we’re in.  But maybe when these reach half this price.  Bleeding edge is not my style!

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Daryl\"\"

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1962 Airstream Bambi Camper

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$42,000 current bid on eBay

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When fall finally arrives in the Midwest, my mind wanders to fall camping trips to Wisconsin and traveling at the crack of dawn with a weekend’s worth of essentials to a remote place… probably filled with spiders and other random bugs. Because of many years on bedrolls and faulty air mattresses, I’ve always wanted to step up our camping game, but not with some fiberglass bucket of formaldehyde foam. No, I want a REAL camper.

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A Vintage Airstream much like this 16-foot 1962 Bambi model. Totally restored to like-new original condition, the folks who redid this one kept it just like it looked in the brochure. No satellite dish. No XM radio and LED lights. These tiny things were only made from 1961-63 and are highly sought after today since most Airstreams are much larger. This would look great pulled behind the ‘55 Plymouth… or perhaps an early 60’s Country Squire with a big 390 V8 under the hood. 

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Think Diesel cars are going to be popular in the US ever???  Probably not. Thanks again, Germany! 

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In other news… 

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Source:CNN

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And finally, because modern oils aren’t meeting the performance demands being placed on today’s overworked, forced-induction, stop-start, we-want-300-horsepower-from-a-2-liter-motor world… the International Lubricant Specification Advisory Committee (ILSAC) will begin licensing sales of a new oil designated the GF-6 standard. This is mainly to address pre-ignition and excess timing chain wear that has occurred on newer engines with existing motor oils. 

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Two new types will appear after May 1, 2020. 

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GF6-A:backward-compatible standard for SAE 0W-20, SAE 5W-20, SAE 0W-30, SAE 5W-30, and SAE 10W-30, but not SAE 0W-16 viscosity grades.

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GF6-B: OW-16 standard for newer vehicles that are originally equipped for this oil. 

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Talk to your service folks for the best advice on how to navigate this minefield.

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Source: Motor Magazine

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No matter where you live you’re never far from great customer service at Fort’s Toyota of Pekin. Visit Toyota-Pekin.com for more information, or call (309)382 – 4000

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We’re also a probationary member of the Peoria Podcast Alliance. Be sure to check out the pledge pins on our uniform.

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Thanks for listening. Please share us on Facebook and other social media sites so we can infect others with our sickness promote the show.

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One more quick note- we know there’s thousands of gearheads out there that we should probably have on the podcast. If you’re one of them, or you know someone who deserves a little air time, let’s get in touch. Hit us up at info@throwinwrenches.com with the deets.

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Projects

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Eric

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Eric shares his latest autocross experience with aftermarket tuning on the Fort’s Toyota FRS race car, and how the fine folks at West Peoria Performance were able to lend a helpful hand in a pinch. We discuss the art of tuning and the steps involved in getting your toy to run after adding forced induction and few other mods.

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Eric also took the family on quick weekend trip to southern Indiana in the Prius. With the money he saved on fuel, he paid for their hotel room. Not too shabby, Eric.

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Daryl

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With fall approaching in a few days, Daryl is working to prepare one of his antique cars for the Illinois Valley Antique Automobile Club’s fall tour later this month. The club heads to Starved Rock and the LaSalle-Peru area for an early fall tour, with an estimated round trip somewhere around 250 miles. Which car will make it with the least amount of headache? That’s a really good question! Most likely his ’55 Plymouth because it has more room for spare parts and tools in the trunk.

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Headlines

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International

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Electric Cars Dominate Frankfurt Auto Show

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European automakers and suppliers have plowed tens of billions of dollars into developing electric cars and hybrids to meet the continent’s stricter restrictions on tailpipe emissions. Now, many of those models have made their public debuts at the show and will be heading to dealerships soon.

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Volkswagen AG, the world’s largest automaker, rolled out a new all-electric compact car Tuesday called the ID.3, while sports car maker Porsche showed off the Taycan, a powerful, four-door sedan that runs on battery power only. Mercedes-Benz, the luxury car brand owned by Daimler AG, unveiled a concept for a full-electric version of its flagship S-class sedan at this week’s motor show, which is among the world’s largest. Honda launched a battery-electric hatchback designed for city driving, and even Lamborghini, a maker of Italian supercars, revealed its first hybrid model.
\nSource: The Wall Street Journal

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Nissan’s Abrupt CEO Exit Complicates Turnaround Efforts as Corruption Scandal Spreads

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The abrupt resignation Monday of Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, after an internal investigation uncovered falsified documents that boosted his compensation, marks a dramatic shift in an ongoing scandal that broke open last November with the arrest of then-Chairman Carlos Ghosn. Suddenly, Saikawa — who ordered the investigation into his former mentor — finds himself in the spotlight and standing accused of pocketing excess pay, too.

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It also compounds the woes facing a company that appears to have done little in the past to monitor or rein in its top executives. And the lack of oversight comes to light at a time when Nissan’s sales and earnings have taken a sharp tumble, forcing substantial cuts in production capacity and the elimination of thousands of jobs worldwide.
\nSource: CNBC

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National

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In a recent program, Eric and Todd Fortier recalled riding the back of pickup trucks in their youth. Kids don’t seem to do that anymore. Here are two reasons why they shouldn’t:

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FCA adds 693,000 Rams to tailgate recall

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has recalled 693,000 Ram pickups to fix tailgates that can open while the trucks are operating. It is the latest in a series of recalls totaling more than 1.1 million vehicles.

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Source: Automotive News

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GM Recalls 3.5 million SUV’s and trucks over brake issues
\nGeneral Motors is recalling some of its most popular 2014-2018 truck models such as the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, as well as the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Suburban, and Cadillac Escalade SUVs after a 10-month investigation spawned by a series of crashes where the brake system lost pressure and suddenly got harder to use.

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Other sources say the electronic brake controller and pumps are to blame, and GM will recalibrate the units under the recall. Some 113 crashes have been linked to this problem, no deaths were reported. That’s a good thing, a fully loaded Escalade weighs 5,800 lbs!

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Source: Consumer Reports

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Rivian Update

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Rivian Automotive, an electric pickup-truck startup backed by automotive and technology giants including Amazon.com Inc., has landed $350 million from privately held Cox Enterprises as it prepares to launch its first vehicle next year. Cox and Rivian will look to partner in areas such as vehicle maintenance and digital sales, Rivian Chief Executive R.J. Scaringe said in an interview.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Local

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Average American spends $397 a year on car repairs.
\nAccording to a recent Harris poll, it seems most Americans only shell out $397 per year for car repairs on average. The results were compiled based on a 5-year average over a broad demographic. It also found older motorists were the least likely to spend as much over a 5-year period.

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Results were as follows:

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That seems really cheap to us. Are people running their stuff into the ground these days?

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The article also touted the maintenance savings with hybrid & electric vehicles, including the RAV-4 Hybrid and Nissan Leaf vs. traditional gasoline and diesel vehicles. So, that’s pretty cool.

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Source: PJ Star

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Moment of Musk

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There’s a lot of chatter about Rivian Automotive’s soon-to-debut entry into the EV truck market, but Elon has a plan up his sleeve for truck buyers. Calling it “the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen”, Musk is hyping things up before the truck’s debut in November.

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Or will it be December?

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Or next year?

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And frankly… from the spy photos we saw… Rivian still has a sexier truck. Sorry Elon!

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Riff Zone

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What do Rutledge Wood and Charize Theron have in common?

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Hyperdrive: Now streaming on Netflix

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Charlize Theron has a need for speed. “I mean, I love the speed,” the Oscar winner tells Entertainment Weekly about her new Netflix show Hyperdrive. “Something about driving fast just gives you an adrenaline rush you can’t get anywhere else.”

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Eric describes the new series, which some are calling “American Ninja Warrior for cars.”

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Source: EW Weekly

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Need a little cheddar to make your life better? Try HyreCar. Or don’t.

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Do you have an under-utilized car that’s just sitting in your driveway collecting dust and depreciating in value? Why not rent it out to ridesharing drivers? That’s what car-sharing service HyreCar wants folks to do. According to the company’s marketing materials, car owners who list their vehicles with HyreCar make up to $12,000/year for each car listed!

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Is Hyrecar side hustling the side hustlers?

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Would you do this with your car?

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Who thinks this is a good idea in the ‘gig economy’ these days?

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Does their name sound British?

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We have so many questions.

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Source: Hyrecar

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Pro Tip: Company cars aren’t ‘your cars’.
\nNext up, Daryl whines about driving behind a work truck the other day where someone had hung a dreamcatcher on the mirror, smoking something stronger than tobacco, and had some Bob Marley music blasting at the stoplight. The Chevy Colorado work truck was pretty scuffed up, too with a big company logo plastered on the side. Do they condone smoking herbs while behind the wheel? It definitely made him question the business’ reputation. If your employer’s name is on the door, you’re never really ‘off the clock’. Act accordingly.

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Then, Eric chimes in about similar issues with plumbers & HVAC guys driving corporate trucks with vape smoke blowing all over like a blown heater core. As a business owner or manager, what do you do about this kind of thing?

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Cars of the “Weak”

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Eric

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1967 Mercedes Benz 250 SL

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Eric is sick of showing off amazing JDM Celicas to his wife… So this week he threw her a curveball on social media and found this gem. The Mrs. has always had a soft spot for old Benz models and this one connected with her as he had hoped… She said “sure, lets get it”… Then the bid got over 5000… LOL… Ultimately getting to its well earned price of 46,000 on Bring a Trailer.

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This was all so confusing on Facebook that members of Eric’s family were asking when he was picking up his Benz. Not to worry dear listener… I am still just a “Cyber-Stroke” on any cars over 1K!

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Sold on Bring a Trailer: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1967-mercedes-benz-250sl-18/

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Daryl

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1962 Olds F-85 Jetfire Coupe
\nCurrent eBay Bid: $9,000

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In 1962 General Motors released their first turbochargers on two of their existing models. One was the Chevrolet Corvair, the second was the Oldsmobile F-85. This is the grandfather of the Grand National. The 180 horsepower Corvair Monza got most of the love since it was fun and sporty and unique with it’s rear-engine and spirited handling (ahem). The Oldsmobile F-85, meanwhile, was not as well-received. Only 3,765 were made in ‘62 and 5,842 in 1963 before the model was discontinued. With a methanol injection system to help detonation, an aluminum 215 cubic-inch v8, and 38,000 original miles, this one-family-owned example is a prime example of a milestone car.

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Source: Barnfinds

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Okay, so we’re trying that catchphrase on for size. Don’t worry, we’ll probably change it in the next episode. Meanwhile, we’ve got a terrific episode for you this week with special guest, Todd Fortier, Program Chair of Automotive Technology at Illinois Central College.

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Headlines

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BMW Invests in Tech Training Center for EV expansion

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Source: Automotive News

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\"BMW
Photo Credit: Kev Haworth Photography
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With the rise of EV’s popularity, BMW is pushing for more EV-specific training and putting their money where their mouth is. BMW aims to have 25 EV models on the road by 2023, or several years earlier than previously announced. Since more techs will be needed, BMW is investing some $56 million in training centers in Atlanta, California, and New York. We think this is a great investment in the company’s future, as well as future automotive service techs. Education is always important.

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Customer Demand for Safety Technology Threatened by Overbearing Alerts

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Source: J.D. Power
\nAutomakers are spending lots of money on advanced technology development, but the constant alerts can confuse and frustrate drivers,” said Kristin Kolodge, Executive Director of Driver Interaction & Human Machine Interface Research at J.D. Power. “The technology can’t come across as a nagging parent; no one wants to be constantly told they aren’t driving correctly.

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Will humans learn their lesson about these on-board electronic safety systems sooner rather than later? Or will we simply disable these systems and learn the hard way?

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BTW: It was people that ruined talking cars for us in the 1980’s.

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About Our Guest

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Todd Fortier
\nProgram Chair of Automotive Technology
\nIllinois Central College

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Todd Fortier in action.
(Photo courtesy of ICC Automotive Facebook Page)
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Todd Fortier runs the Automotive Technology program at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Illinois. He’s charged with leading the next generation of automotive technicians down the vocational education path to a successful career. In an era where the technology behind the wheel (and under the hood) is rapidly evolving, Todd brings a mix of historical reference and modern diagnostic know-how to the classroom. But as Todd himself states, he doesn’t teach… he presents information. What the students choose to do with it after that point, is up to them. Todd mentors. He guides. He coaches. He’s also a big fan of the Chevy El Camino, which we think is totally cool.

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Let’s get to know Todd a little bit more.

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Talking Tech With Todd Fortier

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Engines ready for fall classes at Illinois Central College’s Automotive Tech shop.
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How long have you been teaching automotive technology?

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(I’ve been) teaching for 22 years. ICC for 20.

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Did you come to ICC for this position?

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Yes and No. I came in under CATTK program and slid into Automotive Tech. I started teaching, in general by accident. The department evolved in GM-ASEP (Automotive Service Education Program and General Automotive

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Is there a new urgency to Vocational Tech today with folks like Mike Rowe and others pushing these career paths?

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No, nothing new here, other than who’s getting the spotlight. When I was a student in 1991 we had a shortage of 5000 techs and has grown. Industry perspective has changed.

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Let’s talk electric vehicles. What training programs do those manufacturers have?

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Rivian and Tesla both have similar training philosophies. They want an Associate of Applied Science first then they take the best.

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In the year 2030, several automakers have committed to phasing out gasoline-powered cars and making the shift to 100% electric vehicles. Thoughts?

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In the year 2030, (I hope) I am camping a lot more and working a lot less! The industry has a lot more useful gadgets making the drivers a lot more worthless, but ultimately safer. We have to maintain these systems so they control the car because the loose nut behind the wheel won’t stop texting. I want my CCC carburetors and HEI distributors back. Unfortunately, they are gone for good… along with my mullet.

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Were you always a car guy?

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I am a renaissance man, that’s a fancy way to say we were poor so we fixed things when they were broken. My dad said ”It doesn’t get worse then broke.” Which I learned isn’t the case. So my career was born out of need rather than passion and the passion grew from that. Now the passion is to “present material”. I don’t teach.

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Do you wrench at home?

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Only when teen driver makes it impossible to take into the shop here.

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So you use the college resources and have your car worked on by students?

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I do, in fact, have the students work on my vehicle. If I am going to have them working on faculty and staff vehicles, I have to put my trust in them.

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Why ICC?

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Value, “The smart choice”, administrative and board support. There’s a commitment to (training students to earn) a family-sustaining wage.

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Other schools talk about how great their automotive tech program is.

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Other schools don’t have me. Cost versus trade school. Educational guarantee

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What was the tech school that famously collapsed? ITT?

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Yes.

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What happened to those students who could not finish?

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I did not see any of them. It’s hard with trade schools working on quarters or tri-semesters don’t equate to credit hours. The Higher Learning Commision and Community College Board along with Automotive Service Excellence all have their eyes on our curriculum. That’s what you get with a degree program.

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One of three Hunter Engineering alignment racks used by ICC students in Todd’s shop.
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What is the future of college? Are the 4 year colleges changing to accommodate?

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We have capstone with SIU, Pitt State, Ferris State.

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Will schools like ICC see more growth?

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There is a commitment from every single person involved to grow Automotive Education at ICC. The industry need supports trade schools. I don’t find the $60,000 price tag appealing but they have the full time recruiters holding Johnny’s hand right to the loan office.

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Is the stigma gone from vocational training?

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Not completely but people are starting to “get it.” You have to have placement, and or SAT scores to get into all of our Auto and Diesel programs.

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This is no longer the area where we send the kids who are “hard to educate”?

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I will take number one in the class down to the last person in the class. This is hands-on and theory. We take the bored kids and they get straight A’s

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Are you seeing a demographic change in the students?

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Our most successful demographic the underemployed 20-something getting a new skill. We have a small percentage of traditional students. It took me two years of ISU accounting before I found the greatest industry in the world.

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Listen to the full interview with Todd in this episode.

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Learn More

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ICC Automotive Tech website

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ICC Automotive Tech on Facebook

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Moment of Musk

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is going to Shanghai later this week, and he is now rumored to unveil the first China-made Tesla Model 3 at an event on Thursday.
\nOn Thursday, Musk is set to kick off the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai with a fireside chat with Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma.
\nMusk confirmed that he also plans to launch a Chinese division of his Boring Company during the trip.
\nBoth of those things don’t have much to do with Tesla, but Shanghai is also where Tesla is currently building Gigafactory 3, the automaker’s first Chinese factory.
\nNow local media reports are suggesting that Musk also plans to unveil the first China-made Tesla Model 3 at the WAIC.

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Cars of the Week

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Eric

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\"\"1986 Subaru Brat 4 Speed

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Yes, this is the one with the sweet rear jump seats!
\nThis AWD wagon-turned-almost-truck sold for $22,000! So worth it, though.

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BaT Auction Link

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Daryl

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2014 Audi A8L TDI

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With all of the TDI talk lately on our show, I’ve been hankering for a diesel German car. Instead of aiming low, maybe I should reach for the moon. My good friend Ben, also a friend of the podcast, says that Audi’s flagship A8L sedans are the best value of all the TDI ‘buyback’ cars. These retailed for $75-90K new, and were available with the same 3.0 TDI V6 that came in the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 SUV’s. Today, these sleek sedans can be had for $25-30K with under 100K miles, which for a diesel isn’t much. You could live like a king for a ¼ of the cost, if you’re willing to cross your fingers and avoid big dealer repair bills.

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Sale Listing on Car Gurus

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Todd

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\"\"1985 Chevrolet El Camino V8 $12,00

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This is the one that got away.

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Auto Trader Link

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Thanks again to our sponsors for making this program possible.

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Casey Law Office Peoria

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Fort’s Toyota of Pekin

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Catch you next time, and have a safe Labor Day weekend!

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