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Find Of The Day: Freightliner SportChassis P2-XL

    Freightliner Sport Chassis P2-XL

    Freightliner SportChassis P2-XL is the truck you really want, a fully functional pickup truck with power and stability to haul your family and toys around town or across the country.

    I spotted this truck a few weeks ago and did not have an opportunity to get any pictures. Then I saw it again yesterday at a local restaurant in Texas. This time, I parked my van, hopped out and snapped a few pics.

    What can I say? This beast looks amazing and looks like it can handle just about anything that you throw at it. This P2XL features a full pickup bed behind the spacious cab and has an aggressive look.

    At the same time, it looks to be a ton of fun, it is very unique, eye-catching and I can certainly see it at the next show.

    Unfortunately, the owner wasn’t around but maybe next time I will get to meet him or her and I can get more information on it.

    Freightliner Pickup Truck

    Freightliner Pickup Truck


    So How Long Are Cars Good For Anyway?

    car guy speed shop

    Automobile maintenance is probably one of the most often overlooked parts of owning a car. Today’s complicated vehicles have more moving parts than ever.

    Even though they tend to be much more reliable than in years past, they still don’t take care of themselves. Certain things have to be replaced or adjusted as time goes on.

    Whether you do it yourself or take it to a mechanic is up to you. But if left ignored, vehicle maintenance quickly turns into prohibitively expensive vehicle repairs.

    Fortunately, whether you drive an old clunker or one of the world’s greatest sports cars, there are lots of relatively inexpensive things you can do to keep your car running reliably for many years to come.

    Don’t forget to check your vehicle owner’s manual. This guide is not meant to replace its factory-specified maintenance schedule.

    Drivetrain maintenance

    There’s a lot of confusion about how to keep your vehicles power system in tip top shape. Truthfully, for most vehicles, there isn’t a whole lot to it.

    One of the most common causes of internal drivetrain damage is a lack of lubrication. Be sure to change all your car’s fluids regularly. Whether it’s the engine, the transmission, or one of countless other miscellaneous drivetrain components, if it has fluid inside, it must be changed periodically.

    Another common cause of engine damage is broken belts. Most engines have two belts. One for engine timing and another to power it’s support systems.

    If either one of these fail while running it can cause major, sometimes permanent damage. Replacing these belts before they break costs pennies on the dollar compared to engine repair or replacement.

    Suspension maintenance

    Modern car suspensions are based largely on ball and socket type joints. Once these wear out, much of the car’s suspension has to be overhauled and realigned. In many cases, the joints can be greased without any disassembly required. If done regularly, this simple procedure costs almost nothing and can drastically increase the lifespan of your vehicle suspension system.


    Brakes are made of consumable materials. Period. There’s no way around it. By design, major components grind together in an effort to create as much friction as possible.

    It’s like dragging your shoes to stop a bicycle. Eventually, all the rubber wears off your sneakers. When this happens with brake components the consequences can be devastating.

    And while having your brakes serviced by a professional can cost many hundreds of dollars, it’s cheaper than repairing crash damage, paying medical bills, and losing lawsuits. Think about it.

    Automotive maintenance and repairs are a couple of things you can toss a nearly unlimited amount of money at. Even more so, if you ignore them entirely.


    While by no means is this an all-inclusive guide to maintaining a car, the ideas outlined above can add many years of service life to you and you vehicle with a minimal financial investment. Few of us can afford to just throw money away, but that doesn’t mean we can get away with never spending ANY of it either.

    Next time you get the chance, take the opportunity to fix up your car a little bit. All the people you share the road with will thank you. And your trusty transportation, whether it’s a hot rod, an exotic supercar, or an old rustbucket you got from the guy down the street, just might last longer than you ever thought possible.

    As seen on Daily Rubber

    Paper Maps Are A Thing Of The Past But We Want To Inspire You To Use One

    paper maps

    Be honest, if we took away your iPhone, Google Maps or Garmin Nuvi and handed you a road map would you be able to navigate your way around the country, or find your way around town? Would that road trip to California still be as exciting?

    Most of us know what a road map looks like, some may have had to use one year ago; but many of us grew up hearing that annoying voice from the GPS yelling at us saying Recalculating, Recalculating!

    The first maps made for traveling by car was created towards the end of the 19th century. The maps were complete with guide books and information for sightseeing and other places to see. These days the GPS is smart enough to do just that and more.

    Recently we were having a conversation about road maps and I remember not only using but relying on paper maps on my daily route when I used to deliver parts for a local Ford dealership on Long Island. As a matter of fact, I used them for a few of the odd jobs I had that involved navigating through the city.

    These days we suppose it is unheard of for a company to hand an employee a road map and tell them, “now go out there and do your job”.

    With all that said we cannot help but reminisce about these old vintage maps, what they meant to us and to the traveling man before us.

    They have a ton of history behind them and you can see for yourself just from a few of them that we added below:

    If you want to start any sort of vintage automobile collection we highly recommend adding a few maps to that collection to make things interesting.

    Map reading for most of us is a dead sport but we challenge you to grab a paper map one of these days and head out on a road trip, see where things take you.

    We know we aren’t the only ones inspired to drive after this post, put the Garmin away and wing it with good old vintage paper.

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    Are You A Car Guy? 10 Ways To Know


    Do you know the exact moment you realized you were a Car Guy? Maybe it was the day your dad allowed you to take his prized possession out for a spin.

    Or maybe it was way before then when he told you ‘come outside and help me get the car cleaned up’. At some point you figured out, cars are not just machines on wheels, they have history and personality, they are everything that encompasses what makes you tick.

    You are without a doubt a Car Guy and you make no apologies for it. We thought it would be fun to make a list of 10 things that make someone a Car Guy, here it goes.

    1. You are more tolerant of the stress that might come with owning your first clunker

    You have way more tolerance for your 1964 Buick breaking down and getting dirty trying to fix it than any other guy would. You do not mind getting a busted knuckle or two wrenching that thing together every two weeks if you had to.

    2. Cleaning the car takes precision for you

    You typically clear out at least half of the day to get your car in tip-top shape. Attacking every crevice and area until your baby is sparkling clean. No spot is missed and no smudge has a chance. Even your engine bay, air vents, door jams and wheel wells glisten.

    3. You buy high-quality cleaning supplies

    Only the best for your car, if you are a Car Guy then you know how important it is to have high-quality products used on your car. That other guy can go with the regular cheap stuff if he wants to, but you would much rather drive the extra mile or wait until the good stuff arrives in the mail.

    4. You never miss a car show

    Car shows and swap meets are what you do, some people like going to the movies, others may prefer the beach; you on the other hand, prefer a good old car show to get your wheels turnin! Unless the car show is at the beach, then everybody wins!

    5. You talk a lot…about your car and about cars

    Car Guys can argue and discuss cars for hours, days even if they could physically sustain it. Exchanging ideas, comparing notes on customizations, mods and how to’s.

    6. You wear car related clothing

    Some Car Guys only buy clothing that is related to what they love, cars! Car Guy shirts and work shirts are what they love and what they wear. Wearing Car Guy apparel is almost as equivalent to someone wearing their favorite sports team, except it isn’t seasonal, it is every day all day!

    7. You have generations of Car Guys before you

    Your dad was a Car Guy, your grandfather and so on and so forth, it is almost inevitable that you would be just like them; it’s as if gasoline and oil run in your blood.

    8. They love to be in their garage

    As a kid, I remember on the weekends when my dad would be in the garage, all day! I am not referring to the fancy man caves of today with showers, flat screens, laptops and plush couches where it would be easy to spend all day and night if you chose to. But I am referring to the Car Guys that go into their garage for one thing and somehow get occupied for hours at a time.

    9. You are in a car club

    Car clubs are a dime a dozen so if you are a Car Guy more than likely you are in a car club with some other Car Guys.

    10. Car Guys can appreciate other Car Guys

    Car Guys come in all shapes and sizes. He might not be in your club or even from your city. He looks nothing like you but you know he is a Car Guy.

    When you see him pull out his microfiber to erase that one small spot on his ride that nobody can see but him and you realize in that moment that this guy is just like you, he is without a doubt a Car Guy.



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