Tag: Colorado

By on June 24, 2019

The 4WD Station Wagon, known in its homeland as the , sold very well in Colorado, where I live, and tended to be both reliable and well-loved by owners. I here, so many that I don’t photograph any but the most interesting. This one in a Denver yard had an impressive-even-by-Toyota-standards odometer reading, so it made the cut for a . (Find Out…)

By on June 10, 2019

Some of the most interesting examples of GM badge engineering during the last few decades involved the Isuzu brand; first, the () arrived during the late 1970s, followed by the Chevrolet/Geo Spectrum () and (Isuzu Impulse), and finally the Trailblazer-based . Mixed in there was the Isuzu-ized second-gen Chevy S-10, also known as .

You won’t find many Hombres in your local wrecking yard, but I kept my eyes open for one until this ’96 showed up in Denver. (Find Out…)

By on May 20, 2019

After the , Chrysler didn’t have the resources needed to design and build a subcompact economy car from scratch. Fortunately, Chrysler’s Japanese ally, Mitsubishi, was willing to ship over plenty of cars to be sold as Dodge and Plymouth Colts (we will not discuss the wretched at this time). The Colt didn’t get front-wheel-drive until 1979, though, so Chrysler USA turned to Chrysler Europe for the Simca-designed Horizon platform and began selling in 1978.

Here’s an early Horizon in a Denver self-service yard. (Find Out…)

By on May 7, 2019

It’s no secret that California plans to ignore any federal ruling that soften emissions regulations on automobiles. The state’s already suing the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the data used to justify the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of vehicle emission standards. It has also recruited leadership in other states to join the cause and adopt its zero-emission-vehicle strategy.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has already signed an executive order directing the state to follow California’s path — joining with Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and other participating states toward a common cause. However, the battle isn’t over yet. Industry lobbyist are hard at work changing minds, and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM) seems to be making progress with Colorado.  (Find Out…)

By on April 22, 2019

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Your author tries not to create too much of a stir with his vibrant and eventful Chevy Cruze, but sometimes it’s hard. Still, there’s at least an attempt to keep the peace, ensuring owners of alternative-fuel vehicles feel respected in the presence of my potent 1.4-liter studcarriage.

Others aren’t quite as respectful, as documented in certain videos. “ICEing” Teslas isn’t cool. As public charging stations proliferate, it’s bringing the two sides into direct conflict with each other — especially in areas where parking is a limited commodity. What to do? Impose fines and hope for the best, it seems. (Find Out…)

By on April 22, 2019

Finding a Malaise Era Cadillac is interesting, especially when at a cylinder-deactivation engine. Those cars don’t make me sad, though.

A nicely customized show-car Cadillac with metalflake paint and pro-applied airbrush work in a junkyard — that makes me sad, even if it did suffer from . I found this once-glorious Cad in a Denver-area yard last summer. (Find Out…)

By on April 15, 2019

The early-21st century fad for retro-styled cars, including the PT Cruiser, Chevrolet HHR, Mini Cooper, and Fiat 500, got its start with the late-1990s introduction of the (we’re still waiting for a Nissan model made to look like ). Like most people (and especially like most who had ever ), I grew weary of the sight of these allegedly cute cars after a few years, and as a result I’ve been ignoring the many examples I find during .

These cars make up an important piece of our collective automotive history, though, and I resolved that I’d shoot the first one I found on a recent wrecking-yard trip. Here it is, straight from the Denver U-Pull-&-Pay! (Find Out…)

By on April 10, 2019

Yes, the ZR2 is far from a base truck. But based on a suggestion from the peanut gallery  (*waves at PrincipalDan*) we thought it would be a good idea to see if a “base” off-roader is a healthier bet than upgrading to the full meal deal.

In fact, calling the ZR2 a base truck – with its DSSV dampers and other gonzo off-road kit – seems like heresy to your author. Jumping a Colorado ZR2 at 40 mph over an obstacle on a trophy truck track proves just how capable the thing is.

(How’s that Ranger Raptor coming, Ford? Oh, it isn’t? I see. Thanks for the mobility scooter, then.)

Chevy has, however, added another layer onto the ZR2 cake. Called the Bison, is its extra gear worth the cash? Or are gearheads better off with a “base” ZR2 and spending the money on mods of their own? Let’s see.

(Find Out…)

By on April 8, 2019

After the first-generation Mustang went from to , Ford transferred the name over to an economy car based on . This proved to be a wise move, in light of that took place right around the time the first Mustang IIs began rolling into showrooms, but most of the old Mustang magic was lost during the Pinto-ization process.

Ford created a bunch of flashy trim packages for the car, and I spotted one of the more unusual ones in a Denver self-serve yard a couple of weeks back: the Stallion. (Find Out…)

By on April 1, 2019

Ordinary family sedans of the 1940s and 1950s look cool and everyone claims to love them, but the sad reality is that hardly anyone with the time, money, space, and skills to restore an old Detroit car bothers with the postwar four-doors. I see 1946-1959 American sedans, mostly in pretty solid condition, with depressing regularity in the big self-service wrecking yards , and this ’52 Mercury in Denver is the latest one. (Find Out…)

By on March 18, 2019

Because my very first car was , I always when I see them in wrecking yards. Sadly, Toyota stopped selling in North America in 1982, which means that I might see one every couple of years these days. Here’s a luxurious, fully loaded 1981 Toyota Corona wagon in a Denver self-service yard. (Find Out…)

By on February 25, 2019

If you’re a European car manufacturer in the middle 1980s, what do you do when Tercels and Excels and Justys make seem too expensive in North America? If you’re Volkswagen, you call up your Brazilian operation and start building of the , successor to the Type 1 Beetle in the South American market.

Here’s a very early example of the first-year Fox, found in a Denver-area self-service wrecking yard. (Find Out…)

By on February 18, 2019

Since The General built cars on from the 1982 through 2005 model years, I still see numerous examples of the J during . Most of those are late-production Cavaliers and Sunfires — not so interesting — but today we’ve got a genuine high-performance bearing one of the : TURBO! (Find Out…)

By on February 11, 2019

The first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the and within a few years. While the Hilux (or ) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted ’78 in a Denver self-service yard last month. (Find Out…)

By on February 4, 2019

are so plentiful in U-Wrench-It yards that I don’t even notice them as searching for the elusive Suzuki Equator (no luck there, yet). In fact, none of prior to today’s Junkyard Find have been XJ40s, but we’ve got a one-of-121-built super-rarity here in Denver: a genuine (Find Out…)

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