19 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar. 19, 2018

By | 2018-03-19T15:01:43+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

The world needs more cars like this Amilcar. It’s a mix of parts from different sources and different eras, but the headlining feature is the 12-liter V8 built by Hispano-Suiza that was borrowed from a World War I era fighter plane. Although 300-hp might not sound like much by today’s standards, this car was a monster in the 1930s when it was raced. Now, it mostly gets brought out for events like the Goodwood Members’ Meetings, such as the one that just happened this past weekend. The simple 2-speed gearbox doesn’t allow for much top speed, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing since the drum brakes don’t do their job as well as they could. As you might imagine though, the car sure sounds every bit as wicked as it looks. […]

13 03, 2018

Flexin’ in Colorado

By | 2018-03-13T09:09:49+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Let me start off this blog post about a Ford Flex by saying, the Flex has never really appealed to me. Although I like the Honda Element, the Ford Flex seemed too similar to a hearse for my liking. When they first came out, my dad and I would make fun of each one we saw. Then, while planning a trip out to Colorado, I came to the realization that the Flex would be the perfect car. When I first started looking at rental cars on Turo, I knew I wanted something with AWD since we would be in the mountains, preferably a Subaru. But the more I thought about it, the more a Subaru didn’t make sense. We needed to transport 5 people, 2 snowboard bags, and 4 suitcases all in one vehicle. After much debate, I decided to go for the boxy, hearse-like Flex and rented it for our trip. As soon as we arrived and checked out the vehicle, I was immediately surprised by how much space it had. The third row of seats folds flat into the floor, so when they’re up, you have extra storage space. We were able to fold down only the right side of the second and third row so we had room for the snowboard bags, and still had enough seating for everyone in our group. I’ve heard the Flex called a “giant wagon”, and after driving it, I’d have to say that’s pretty accurate! Because of the boxy shape, I [...]

12 03, 2018

The last thing you need is another project: Part 2

By | 2018-03-12T23:22:28+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Projects|0 Comments

The title of this blog post is The last thing you need is another project: Part 2, however in retrospect it should probably be titled What the heck was I thinking. If you missed my introduction in part 1, I'll quickly bring you up to speed. I thought it would be fun to build a truck camper for my Ford F150. Why build one you ask? Well, stinky old pickup campers are a dime a dozen on Craigslist, but a nice one you'd actually want to use can cost north of $10k. With hundreds of things I could better spend thousands of dollars on I decided to build my own. "I like building things and surely it shouldn't take too long to build," I told myself. I WAS WRONG. In late-November when I started on this project things seemed to move along quickly. The frame came together in a few nights and I thought the end was in sight. Looking back, it was a lot like building a new house, not that I've ever done that. The general structure comes to together quickly, however the insulation, siding, interior work and other elements pile on the time. And that doesn't event include the custom fab work associated with building your own camper from your own design. From scratch. Without any prior experience. You live and learn, I suppose.   A successful test fit. It wouldn't be long unti I could no longer simply lift the frame in the truck by hand. [...]

12 03, 2018

MHCC Spring Open House – Join us April 7th From Noon-3:00pm

By | 2018-03-12T15:03:49+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Events|0 Comments

Come check out the MHCC warehouse after MNC&C on Saturday, April 7th at our Spring Open House From Noon – 3:00pm. We’ll have some cars available to ride in and drive, as well as snacks and drinks, and an open warehouse to explore. Take a look at the latest additions to the fleet, along with some of our classic MHCC rentals while you browse our warehouse. […]

12 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 12th, 2018

By | 2018-03-12T12:47:43+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|0 Comments

Jaguars have always been desirable cars. They’re coveted by enthusiasts and collectors alike for their beauty, character, and charm. Maybe that’s why Jon Strader’s story about a particular baby blue 1954 Jaguar XK120 and the troubles he went through to acquire it as a 17-year-old in 1971 can certainly resonate with lots of other car enthusiasts today. For more on the story of this very special Jag, head on over to Road & Track to read their story. […]

5 03, 2018

Lap Around the Web – Mar 5, 2018

By | 2018-03-05T15:14:22+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Lap Around the Web|1 Comment

Having spent a number of years working in an automotive assembly plant, I have a certain affinity towards seeing photos from inside other plants. Although the aging plant I worked in wasn't as stark, quiet, or clean as many modern-day assembly plants are, it's cool to see other old-school plants where truly desirable cars were once produced. While there are certainly differences between how a factory that assembles VW Buses or Fiat 500s would look and operate compared to one that assembled Ferraris, there are plenty of fun similarities too. And looking for those similarities is totally why I geeked out over these photos collected by Petrolicious this past weekend. Just. Look. At. This. Nothing on four wheels has any right to be this beautiful. This is the 1967 Ferrari 412 P Competizione and it's gorgeous and I think I love it. And you know what? I bet it sounds every bit as good as it looks too. There's just something special and organic about hand-formed aluminum panels. There's a soul there that modern, mass-produced cars can't emulate, no matter how beautiful they may be. This thing looks like just as much of a spaceship today as it did 51 years ago. Do you ever start driving somewhere and forget what vehicle you're in? Maybe this guy woke up on the other side of the bed and hopped into this box truck, and forgot it wasn't his drift car? Either way, watching this guy slide is huge box truck down [...]

27 02, 2018

What’s Going On – Week of 2/26/18

By | 2018-02-27T12:09:59+00:00 February 27th, 2018|What's Going On?|0 Comments

Polar Plunge – Friday, March 2nd “Every Plunge makes a difference for more than 8,100 Special Olympics Minnesota athletes. Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics’ athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world.” Check out more here: http://www.plungemn.org/events/minneapolis/ […]

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