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January 26th, 2005

Everyone recognizes this as a Jeep; the more inveterate spotters among us will call it an M38, the military version of the CJ-3A built by Willys-Overland. The eagle-eyed will suspect that the maple leaf flag has some significance and well it does. This a Canadian Jeep, designated M38-CDN, built for the armed forces of Canada.….
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January 19th, 2005

For all its popularity as an automobile powerplant, the internal combustion engine has one basic flaw: it develops its maximum power and torque in a relatively narrow band of engine speeds – and no power at all when it’s not rotating. Making the engine useful in a car requires multiple ratios of gears, belts or….
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January 12th, 2005

If you have puzzled your way through the Where’s Waldo books you know how Wayne Graefen felt. He had come to California to buy a Plymouth, and he was feeling like the child looking for Martin Handford’s cheeky little bespectacled gent. All he could see was a huge heap of ivy. In tribute to Walter….
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January 5th, 2005

Some of us consider old cars to be legitimate lawn sculpture, although spouses and neighbors tend to disagree. A few merchants, however, appreciate the attention-getting properties of cars, like this “clothes horse” Volvo in front of the Fat Hat Factory in Quechee, Vermont. At first glance I considered this Volvo, the station wagon version of….
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Serendipity: n. An aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
“They were always making discoveries, by accident and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Horace Walpole, The Three Princes of Serendip
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