Craigslist Crapshoot

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.

If you were born in the U.S. you are automatically American. Every time you go to the bathroom however, Yur-a-peein.’ Oh man I love that joke, but not half as much as I love all the ’70s and ’80s American cars playing European that you all found last week. We’ll see those in a sec, but first, this week’s quest.
My middle name is Danger. Actually it’s Bruce, but Danger sounds… I don’t know, more dangerous? Since I’m not actually all that dangerous, why don’t we find this week some cars that are? Let’s see what dangers lurk in the current classifieds. VW 181s? Sure! Mexican Nissans? Why not? If they’ve got a reputation for being dangerous, we want to see ’em!
As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.
Got that? Good, now let’s go continental!

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Redusernab Asks: Have You Ever Gotten Screwed Over at a Car Show?

I have served as a Concours d’Elegance judge at a number of events across Souther California, but there’s one event where I will never judge again. That’s the San Marino Motor Classic, a young event just celebrating its fourth anniversary this year. Youth doesn’t excuse the incredibly poorly handled trophying system that took place a couple of years ago however, and that was what  ended my association with the event.

A Concours trophy is an important accolade for a show car’s owner, and their accumulation can help in increasing a car’s value. That means accurate and honest judging is a must, and in the case of the San Marino show, neither attribute was maintained by the chief judges. What happened was that a major error was made in the rules, which allowed a car that had trophied the year before to be eligible for a trophy this year. That resulted in a number of cars repeating their performance of a year prior, and the head judge literally running after owners after they had collected their trophies demanding their return. In my case, I had my 1st and 3rd place winners in the Morgan Class flipped because the 1st-place Plus 4 Plus had won the year prior. Needless to say, I was livid, and vowed never to participate in so Mickey Mouse an operation again. You may not know it from reading all my crap all the years, but even I have my standards.

I bring this up to ask if this event might be an isolated occurrence, or if you’ve found other instances of car show shenanigans that have possibly affected you. With a heavy preamble, that’s our question for today: have you ever gotten screwed over at a car show?

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Last Call: For What It’s Girth Edition

Robert Emslie May 23, 2017 Last Call

If you’re like me then you probably still have the scar on the soft inside of your ankle from where you once drove your foot down to extend the kickstand on your Schwinn only to miss by a hair and have it make a nice gouge down the side of your foot. Yep, that’ll scab up nicely. The , built by Joel Wilmoth of Phoenix, Arizona solves that problem. It also solves the problem of falling over because you’re drunk or maybe just a total klutz. Whatever, Fat Bikes Rule!

Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

Track Tuesday: Name That Track

Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s a snippet. Good luck!

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Redusernab Asks: What Other Mistakes Do You Think Ford is Making?

Late Sunday night Ford Motor Company announced that the company was parting ways with its CEO and former mullet-sporter Mark Fields. The corporate line is that Fields retired, but everyone knows that’s bullshite. One has to wonder if he got to keep the little Ford emblem lapel pin, and whether or not his order for a 2017 Ford GT has now been put on hold “indefinitely?”

Ford’s official reason for kicking Fields to the curb and replacing him with former Steelcase turnaround guru James Hackett was the former CEO’s inability to keep up with the industry’s emerging technologies. Undisclosed officially, but a likely additional reason was Fields’ debacle with then candidate Trump where he made Ford the whipping boy for outsourcing of labor. Seeing as Ford is a truly global manufacturer, I don’t really believe they could outsource anywhere, other than perhaps Mars. Maybe Matt Damon needs a job while he’s up there.

Okay, the first step towards solving your problems is admitting that you have a problem. It’s pretty obvious that Mark Fields was part of Ford’s problem, but their aged product line and lack of role in autonomous vehicles and long range electrics also seems glaring. I’m sure you all have your issues with the marque too, and today I want to hear ’em! In addition to Fields, what other mistakes do you think Ford has been making of late?


Last Call: Choose Wisely Edition

Robert Emslie May 22, 2017 Last Call

Most Millennials won’t get this joke.

Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.


Because it’s Monday: Let’s Gear Up

The reason I’m comfortable with having Hagerty as an insurer is because they really seem to get what the whole old car experience is all about. (Full disclosure: I insure my old cars through Hagerty, but they don’t pay me shit to link to their videos, I just think they’re stinkin’ cool.)
Here we have one of their amazing Redline Rebuild time lapse repair videos; the dismantling and rebuilding of a Ford-O-Matic transmission out of a Bullet Bird. The Ford-O-Matic was a Borg Warner design originally introduced in 1951 and serving with updates for decades after. This one appears to be a medium-length case which, according to , makes it more commonly referred to as a Merc-O-Matic. Whatever the moniker, it sure is complicated. That matters little to us since we’re not doing the work. So, sit back and enjoy a little old school automatic innards on a Monday morning.


Redusernab Asks: What Ad Campaign Made its Marque?

Let’s think a minute about advertisements. You remember those, they’re the things you’re using an ad blocker not to have to look at on Web sites right now. At one point in time, ad campaigns for cars established or enhanced the personality of that marque, sometimes it even rejuvenated it.
Today we want your opinion on what car model, or perhaps entire brand, was made more popular by an advertising campaign. What ads really made their marque?


Last Call: The Last Whimsy Edition

Robert Emslie May 19, 2017 Last Call

While he did assume a controlling interest in the extremely lucrative candy enterprise, Charlie ultimately had to turn down Willy Wonka’s offer to move to the factory grounds as the CEO’s house had but only a one car garage, and Charlie was planning to use his new-found fortune to amass a huge collection of epic whips.

Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.


Mystery Car

Robert Emslie May 19, 2017 Mystery Car

Today is a day of historical note as it was on this date in 1539 that Henry the VIII had his wife, Anne Boleyn beheaded after she was found guilty of a number of serious, and wholly trumpeted up charges.

Let’s hope that you don’t lose your head trying to solve this week’s Mystery Car. Make and model if you please.

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