COMPASSING: Livin’ in a Van.

Posted in Educational, General, Off-Roading, Repair, Road Trips, Roads, Videos by MrAngry | September 22nd, 2013 | Leave a Reply |


If your an automotive enthusiast then the odds of you enjoying a big-ass road trip are pretty good. Whereby some people see traveling a long distance by automobile to be a hellish endeavor, some folks (like me) see it as the only way to go. Compassing is one man’s journey through Mexico in a late model Ford van that’s been outfitted with all (okay some) of the comforts of home. It’s not pretty, but it is functional, and helped to take a young surfer named Cyrus Sutton on the journey of a lifetime.


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Differentials For Dummies

Posted in Animation, Best of, General, Promoted, Rants & Raves, Repair, Tips, Videos by MrAngry | April 1st, 2011 | 18 Responses |

Rear Differential

I’ll be honest, there is a very distinct possibility that I’ve posted this before, but quite honestly I don’t care because this video should be watched by anyone who drives a car. Rear differentials for some reason seem to confuse and mystify people as to what they do and how they function. Sure you hear people talk about them, but in reality few individuals actually understand them. The basic jist of a rear differential is to modulate the speed of the rear wheels so that an even rotation occurs between the tires when your automobile goes around a corner. This video not only shows, but explains exactly how a differential works in a manner that’s clear, concise and easy to understand. Wouldn’t it be great if everything could be explained this easily? Click through for the video.
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Irony: Chinese Auto Industry Plagued By Counterfeit Parts

Posted in auto industry, Mechanics, News, Repair, Safety by Kurt Ernst | February 18th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Getting new pads in China? You may want to see the box they shipped in.

Want to look like a millionaire on a minimum wage budget? Spend an afternoon shopping in New York City, where you can find any Chinese-made, counterfeit luxury goods you’d ever want. Just like the real stuff, the quality depends on your budget. Spend $20, and your newly acquired Faulex watch may keep time for a day or so. Spend a few hundred in the right shops, and you probably find a Faulex that’s nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. No matter how aggressively manufacturers try to shut down Chinese counterfeit manufacturers, nothing seems to stem the tide of counterfeit goods coming into the country. As long as consumers worship a logo and check their morality at the door, counterfeit goods will continue to be a problem. Read More…

Most Expensive States to Buy a Car In

Posted in Maintenance, Repair by Frank | December 21st, 2010 | 11 Responses |

We all have assumptions. We think New York is the most expensive place to own and maintain vehicles (gas prices, maintenance costs, etc) but you might be surprised at what other areas actually have a high cost of car ownership.

Hawaii (surprisingly) is the most expensive- from insurance to depreciation. It’s not so sunny over there when you see those numbers, huh?

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The Idiot’s Guide To Idiot Lights

Posted in Car Care, Car Tech, Cars, driving, Featured, General, Guide, Maintenance, Promoted, Repair by Kurt Ernst | December 14th, 2010 | 10 Responses |

Back in the stone ages of motoring, cars came with real instrumentation, typically including a tachometer (to measure engine speed), a speedometer (to measure road speed), a voltage gauge or an ammeter (to measure voltage or current to the battery), an oil pressure gauge, an oil temperature gauge, fuel gauge and a coolant temperature gauge. Over the years, car makers realized two things: it was cheaper to replace functional gauges with idiot lights, and people actually paid more attention to idiot lights than they did gauges. Thus was born the modern instrument panel, which now typically includes a speedometer, a fuel gauge and (maybe) a temperature gauge and tachometer. All of the other critical information your car can display to you is now done via the driver information display or via idiot lights.

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A Quick Tour Of Porsche’s Classic Restoration Shop

Posted in Cars, Classic, Cool Stuff, Favorite Cars, Maintenance, Porsche, Repair by Kurt Ernst | December 3rd, 2010 | 4 Responses |

Do you believe in reincarnation? For automobiles, at least, there’s documented proof of its existence, in the form of Porsche’s Classic Workshop. Cars show up at the end of their lives, and roll out the doors reborn as new. It doesn’t matter which type of Porsche you drive, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a street car or a race car; if it needs restoration, the Porsche Classic Workshop is the place to take it. The Workshop stocks over 35,000 parts, for vehicles as recent as the 993 variant of the 911. If a part is no longer available, the workshop has the ability to recreate it using the original documentation and tooling. In some cases, duplicate or equivalent parts are sourced from Porsche suppliers.

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Swap Meets: From Garbarge to Gold!

Posted in Recreational Vehicles, Repair by MrAngry | October 15th, 2010 | 1 Response |

Swap Meet

For those of you out there who have never been to a real live automotive swap meet let me just say that you’re missing out. Sure the majority of the stuff for sale is just about as old and useless as a 1985 Yugo, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less fun. You see the real thrill of the swap meet is the hunt. People generally go to them not to find anything in particular, but more or less to just see if they can find that needle in a haystack. Car guys are notorious hoarders. We keep everything from the smallest screw, to the biggest fender in the hopes that one day we may in fact find an application for it. Sometimes in digging through our little stockpiles of stuff we come across a useful item, but most things just lay buried in the cockles of our garages.
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New iPhone App Gives You Instant Car Repair Estimates

Posted in Car Care, Cars, Cool Stuff, General, How To, Maintenance, Repair by Kurt Ernst | September 17th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

Wouldn't it be good to know what a repair should cost?

Wouldn’t it be cool if there was an app that told you, based on local rates in your area, just how much a specific repair should cost? Wouldn’t it be even better if it broke things down separately by parts and labor? How about if it gave you steep by step directions, compiled by mechanics and complete with photos, on how to do the repair yourself?

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Ooh Laa Laa!! 1986 Renault R5 Turbo 2 for Sale.

Posted in Racing, Rally, Renault, Repair, Videos by MrAngry | August 31st, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

1986 Renault R5 Turbo 2

This little bugger is probably the only thing ever produced by the French that gets me excited. What you are seeing is a 1986 Renault R5 Turbo 2 that is up for sale over at Two Seats or Less. Produced by Renault back in the early 1980’s the R5 Turbo was built specifically for rally racing. With a rear engine and rear drive configuration, and a mill that could put out between 185 bhp to 300 bhp, the R5 was as fast as it was flickable.
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Five Bolt Ons That Will Make Your Car Slower

Posted in Car Accessories, Car Tech, Cars, General, Horsepower, How To, Maintenance, Repair, Tips, Tires by Kurt Ernst | August 25th, 2010 | 12 Responses |
2009 Chevy Camaro

Wouldn't a chrome boat anchor be cool, too?

I’ve always been about function over form, and can’t think of very many upgrades I’ve done on cars or bikes that haven’t added either straight line speed, improved braking or enhanced grip in corners. Before I change a part, I try to find out exactly what it’s going to do for me; if the benefit is just enhanced appearance, chances are good I won’t spend my money. If it enhances appearance but slows the car down, I definitely won’t be spending my hard earned dollars on it.

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