A few years ago I was a die hard Ford pickup truck owner. There was nothing you could do to convince me that a better engineered or more utilitarian vehicle could be owned. I had a big 1990 F150 and it seemed there was nothing it could not accomplish. I got married and decided I wanted to spend a month or two in Europe opening up my mind with my new bride. She brought a 1987 Jeep Cherokee into the household by marriage and firmly resisted my requests to sell it, as we only needed one car between us. Let me tell you, that Jeep was easily the worst engineered car I have ever worked on (a bad year for AMC anyway, since they were bankrupt and had just been acquired by Chrysler). She’s a pretty strong willed gal, so I knew arguing with her was useless, and I had
I grew up in the back of a SAAB 900. Weekend trips watching pine trees whip by out of a flipped out quarter window. A 16 valve turbo race to the lake, motion sickness was not an option. Every night I’d go down the basement steps to say goodnight to Dad, he’d be under a 900 until midnight, moonlighting as a SAAB and Volvo repair man on top of his full time day job. I would watch, hand tools, hold lights. This was our time as father and son; I was sometimes interested in the cars, always interested in our time together. Our family story is intertwined with the Swedish cars in the garage and spilling into our driveway. When I was 16 we dragged an old rotted ’88 900 turbo out from under a tree and turned it into a car again. We spent countless hours in the garage
When we first started going to car shows, we realized it would be fun to host our own get together here at eEuroparts.com. It was a fun time, burgers were served. In terms of event hosting, it was a good taste, but really just a side dish. The 2nd annual eEuroparts Car Show and Swap Meet went bigger, with an actual food cart this time! Too bad their frialator broke and the line for delicious fried treats extended all the way to the BMW section. More European cars full of people came, and it started to feel like the field of dreams. The swap meet section was packed with some really cool rare stuff that was actually finding new homes! The third time around, we packed the place. Multiple food carts ensured that people not only stayed fed while they hung out in our blacktop palace, they were also unable
Chances are if you are reading this, you’re what they call a ‘Petrolhead’ in England. It’s ok, so are we. With Valentine’s day coming up, we thought it would be fun to cast a net out there to get some fun, unique, interesting stories for the blog from you guys, our customers. The theme? Automotive love, of course, and you can win $500! At some point in your life, did you ever feel that you loved a car? Did you think about it while you were away? Did you ever just stare at it for probably longer than you should have? Have you ever apologized to it, after throwing a wrench at the engine bay? The eEuroparts Car Love Story Contest – Enter to win $500! Love is a very human emotion, and cars are of course mechanical contraptions that have no feelings (even though sometimes it seems that they
We go to a lot of shows a year. The slammed look is popular, most presumably because it makes a car look more performance oriented. I mean, in general full blown race cars are very close to the ground. That keeps a lower center of gravity and ensures the least amount of airflow is allowed underneath (thus reducing lift). The interesting part about stancing out a car is that, while it might actually handle better on a race track if you know what you are doing and your alignment is good, on public streets the utility of this is nearly non-existent, and even extremely inconvenient depending on your environment. I’ve noticed an interesting trend in European car shows over the years that people are looking for something different. This almost always involves a sawzall and a MIG welder, we’ve all see Monster Garage. Chopped Euros, a Ute if you will.