"How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive," by John Muir, helped VW owners everywhere repair their cars themselves. See more classic car pictures. Courtesy John Muir Publications By 1969, auto mechanic John Muir was a master at repairing Volkswagen (VW) automobiles. Muir was a former aerospace engineer who'd designed missiles for defense contractor Lockheed. However, he gave up his engineering career, opting for a quiet life as a mechanic to New Mexico's growing counterculture, which embraced Volkswagen as its vehicle of choice. As his reputation for fixing VWs grew, he was searched out for free advice. Muir apparently had no problem with these solicitations other than they forced him to repeat the same information over and over. His solution was to write a how-to guide for fixing VWs -- "How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-By-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot." The book became a cult classic among VW drivers, largely due to Muir's down-to-earth advice. With the … [Read more...] about Will car repairs in the future financially cripple you?
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Let us bow our heads: Father God, I come to you in inquiry and with a hopeful heart. You see, I believe in you and I believe in your methods. You have ordered my steps in your word, dear Lord, and while you lead me and guide me...ev-er-ee daaaaay, I kind of be wondering about your plans on occasion. Just on occasion. But you see, Oh Omnipotent One, I live in Washington, D.C., and I lay my burdens down in the southeastern quadrant of the city. Thank you for your pillows of plentifulness, savior homie. But my question, nay curiosity, is rooted in the fact that I be seeing sooooo many tracks, braids, (un)sew-ins, (de)laced fronts laying in the streets that I’m curious about the goals of your hair ministry. Again, I’m not questioning, just...curious about your plans. Your holiness, it is my understanding that that good Yaki is not cheap. Those Brazilian sew-ins are fairly pricey. Lord, even when you buy your extensions from a vending machine, it runs you a solid, $70-$80 on … [Read more...] about A Prayer of Financial Stability for Those Who Keep Losing Their Weaves in the Streets
Eventually Dan Snyder is going to get around to demanding public money for a new stadium for his crappy team, and brother, when he gets there, it’s going to be huge. But between now and then he has to figure out which plot of land in which municipality will become the site of his obscene moat-encircled football monstrosity, and that process is already scuzzy and underhanded as hell. Here’s a cursed lede: Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is getting help from District officials, congressional Republicans and the Trump administration as he tries to clear a major roadblock to building a new, 60,000-seat stadium on the site of RFK Stadium. The Washington Post reported last week that Snyder and certain slimy allies are working behind the scenes to get a provision squeezed into this month’s massive federal spending bill that will grease the skids for his lousy, dysfunctional team’s triumphant return to the District of Columbia. The long and short of it is … [Read more...] about Reports: Dan Snyder Is Conspiring With Congressional Republicans And The White House To Screw D.C. Residents
Nice Price Or Crack Pipe Is this used car a good deal? You decide! You know what you don’t see much of any more? T-Tops, that’s what. Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe 280ZX has them and an almost new interior underneath those glass majesties. Let’s see if the price makes it something you’d like to see a lot more of. I think it’s fun that yesterday’s 1955 Citroën Traction Avant was named for its being front-wheel drive. I get the same pleasure from Maserati naming one of their cars for the mundane fact that it has four-doors. I do sometimes wonder what other automotive attributes might make for good naming conventions. Another of the Citroën’s attributes that brought a modicum of joy to the table was its $8,950 price. That was seen by 68 percent of you as solid Nice Price territory. Today we have another car named for one of its attributes. Unlike the Citroën however, which took its name from which set of wheels did the … [Read more...] about At $7,600, Could This T-Roofed 1982 Datsun 280ZX be the Tops?
Image Gallery: Car Safety Not all cars are created equal. See pictures of car safety features. ©iStockphoto.com/Peter McKinnon Before automobile manufacturers began paying J.D. Power and Associates for insights into their clientele, Dave Power was a Ford employee who didn't find management especially receptive to consumer opinions. That would change in time, but not before Power launched what would become the world's largest automobile consumer-research company. In the beginning, J. D. "Dave" Power III worked around the periphery of the auto industry, taking early jobs as a financial analyst for Ford and doing marketing research for Buick. He briefly worked for a company that produced chainsaws, where he convinced management that chainsaws shouldn't be made and marketed with only the tree in mind, but the consumer as well. A switch to a lighter chainsaw that the company's customer base wanted proved Power right, and sales for the company soared. Power's early experience in … [Read more...] about How J.D. Power Ratings Work