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November 28th, 2008

The day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday.” Reportedly it’s the time when eager pre-Christmas shoppers put merchants’ businesses into the black, or a least they hope so. In any case, Black Friday has become like Punxsutawney Phil, a harbinger of things to come. Excellent sales on this one day are considered a portent for….
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November 22nd, 2008

The name “Willys” conjures up thoughts of Jeeps and their many variations, not ordinary passenger cars. This is despite the fact that the Jeep’s ancestor, the Overland, was second only to Ford from 1912 to 1918, and that until World War II Willys trucks were relatively rare. The company’s Whippet was the third-best selling car….
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November 15th, 2008

Many months ago, the CarPort explored the marvels and mysteries of Fluid Drive. That installment covered only through 1948, a turning point of sorts. In this episode we tell, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story. Actually, changes for 1949 were fairly minor. A new M-6 transmission replaced the M-5 unit, but….
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November 7th, 2008

Many American presidents have been identified with cars, either a certain type of car or somethings a particular car. Lyndon Johnson was fond of Lincoln Continental convertibles of the type current during his 1963-69 presidency. Many were the stories of LBJ driving hell-bent across his Texas ranch with the white-knuckled press corps trying to keep….
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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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