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Drive Report – The 2014 Ram C/V; A surprising and versatile small cargo van…

 

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The small van category is a growing one, at least here in the States. Ford took a gamble, and introduced the Ford Transit Connect during the 2010 model year, and it was a rousing success. Here was a product, introduced at the right time to an eager buying public, and sales haven’t cooled since. In fact, the Transit Connect was just redesigned, built at a different location, and spawned a couple of new competitors in the form of the Nissan NV-200, and the soon to be introduced Ram Promaster City.

However, there has been a competitor to the small Transit almost from the beginning, and it is a very capable bargain if you can get past its looks, and I just spent some time behind the wheel of one. Introducing the Ram C/V…

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Classic Captions – The 1958 DeSoto Firemite Edition

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Welcome to the Redusernab Classic Captions Post, and it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so let’s review the premise; I search for images that were used by the car or truck companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. I found this image on Alden Jewell’s Flick Photostream, and I knew I had to look into the history of this car, but we will get to that in a moment…

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Last time, we had an image of a Great Dane in a Corvette, and the response level was pretty good, and for the most part, they were quite entertaining. I wish I could highlight all the very clever captions this time, but space dictates that I can’t. almost made the runner-up position with his usual pointed caption: “Bitches love Corvettes”. Yes, short and to the point, but the runner up caption came from long time Hoon, Batshitbox, and his caption went like this: “Driving my red sports car, I can look at all the other drivers with ‘dis Dane.” This was one of the funniest captions all year, but there was one that you guys seemed to like better…

And the winning comment once again came from , and took a turn that no one expected: “”Damn Stan, that is an awesome dog, I didn’t know you owned one.” | “I didn’t. I was just out driving in this Corvette when I came up to an intersection. A woman walking this dog took off all of her clothes and said, ‘Take what you want.'” | “Good call, the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit.”” I am still laughing at this one, and I think most of you will as well, so congratulations PotbellyJoe ❤❤❤❤♡ on winning the classic caption contest this time.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, this was just bizarre enough for the fans of this site to sink their teeth into. This is an advertising image for the 1958 DeSoto Firemite Convertible, which is a small “junior” facsimile of an actual full-sized DeSoto Adventurer Convertible. I had to do some research, and I discovered that Chrysler actually absorbed the tooling costs to build the car. The Firemite was built by the Robel Company in Pennsylvania, and the bodies were originally made out of Styrene Plastic, but because of the brittle nature of Styrene, the bodies were then produced out of fiberglass by Amroc of Long Island. They were powered by a 2 HP Briggs and Stratton 6B motor, with a go-kart like automatic centrifugal clutch type of gearbox. Only 325 of these Firemites were made, and most of them fell apart with their original Styrene Plastic Bodies. These cars were used as promotional items at DeSoto Dealers, as a way of boosting showroom traffic. It didn’t work, as sales of the 1958 DeSoto Line was down by almost 60% over the previous year. Let’s get back to the image for a moment, shall we? It shows a precocious (look it up!) young man in the drivers seat of the junior DeSoto, with a hot young thing looking at both the young man and his dashing Firemite. They are both way too young to even comprehend what type of relationship this is suppose to represent, so what the hell is this image all about? And is this really a way of selling a Full Size DeSoto to the Parents?

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (See other images for the Firemite , , and ), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this dog-gone image.

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Weekend Edition Last Call – A Chevy John Deere High Rider Broham Brougham…

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Oh Dear Lord, what do we have here? This is a 1981 Chevrolet Caprice that the seller claims is a Broham… A Broham! Anyway, this car is painted in your typical John Deere Tractor colors on the outside, and includes a stroke inducing interior to match. Make the jump after the break to see more of this Broham…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Two Texas Wagons in need of Loving Homes…

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You knew that there was going to be at least one Wagon Posting this weekend, right? Well, I found two Sun Dried and Baked Wagons that seem to be from the same seller in Fort Worth Texas, and they are both is rather pathetic shape, but they can probably be rescued to run another day. (Or Maybe Not…)

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Weekend Edition – Two Personal Luxury Coupes built ten years apart; Which would you take?

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Continuing on with the Sunday Edition of the Redusernab Weekend, and I found a couple of Personal Luxury Coupes that straddle each end of the 1980’s; A 1979 Chrysler Cordoba (last of the original “B” Bodies), and a 1989 (MN12) Mercury Cougar with an aftermarket appearance package. These two very dissimilar cars were trying to attract the same buyers 10 years apart. So, which one would you choose?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – What do you think of this 1975 AMC Matador Coupe?

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Contining on with the Sunday Edition of the Redusernab Weekend, and take a look what popped up on … This is an AMC Maador Coupe from 1975, and it’s for sale in Sacramento California. So, is this sunny yellow coupe calling out your name?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – 1965 Volvo 122s Amazon with something special…

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While former writer for Redusernab, Alex Kierstein, is selling his beloved 1967 Volvo Amazon, another Volvo Amazon popped up on Craigslist recently, and it is a whole different animal. While the Volvo that Mr. Kierstein is selling is a well loved original, this Volvo is anything but… Would you find it appealing, or appalling?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A Last Year Production 1976 Porsche 914; Lustworthy or Not?

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Continuing on with the Weekend Edition here on Redusernab, and here is a nice looking Porsche 914 Sports Car from 1976. This is the last year for production, and according to my sources, the engine is a 2.0L which produced about 87 HP by this time with Fuel Injection. So, is this little mid engined, air cooled Porsche something to be desired?

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Weekend Edition – Four Detroit Sedans; Bonneville, Ninety-Eight, New Yorker, Town Car…

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Welcome to the Weekend Edition here on Redusernab, and I thought I would start out with a couple of Craigslist Listings just to get you warmed up. Yes, these are Detroit Bardges, but I promise you that this is not the only thing that will be highlighted this weekend, as I have on tap a couple of Malaise Coupes (Yes, again), An Affordable Sports Car, A crazy Swede, and a Donkalicious Chevy… But let’s start out with this quartet of fine luxury sedans that range from the late 70’s to the early 90’s…

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Redusernab Obscure Muscle Car Garage – The Dodge Dakota 5.9 R/T

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Welcome to this edition of the Redusernab Obscure Muscle Car Garage, where I profile a car (or in this case, a truck) that you might not consider a muscle car, and try and change your thinking on what a muscle car can or should be. Dodge’s R/T performance history dates back to the late 1960’s, a time when Mopar powered Hemi, Big and Small Block muscle cars ruled the street and the drag strip. The first R/T which stands for “Road and Track” was a Hi-performance version of the 1967 Dodge Coronet equipped with a 440 Cubic Inch V-8, heavy-duty suspension, beefier brakes, larger tires, and R/T badging. If that wasn’t enough you could order the legendary 426-cubic inch (7.0L) Hemi engine rated at 425 horsepower. Over the year’s many different models had an R/T edition including, Aspen, Charger, Challenger, Neon, Viper and more. In 1998 Dodge added the Dakota to the list, the first truck to wear the R/T badge. However, does this truck really belong in the Garage?

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