Fordlandia was Ford's effort to build not some mere product, but a whole new damn society. Yes, it's automotive related because Ford's ultimate goal was to vertically integrate rubber/tire manufacturing, but Ford felt it had it had to transform the people of Brazil first. » 2/24/15 11:57am 2/24/15 11:57am

13 speed truck! Back in high school I had a job driving a truck with a 13-speed Road Ranger in it. I honestly don't think I could drive one again without being retrained. Note: It's not all transmission as one of the shift steps switches the rear-end, but it was still fun to row through them. Here's a tutorial. » 2/19/15 11:43am 2/19/15 11:43am

Have to say that the maintenance/repair cost per mile on my M Coupe (Z3) is about 20% of what my Subaru Legacy GT has been. Not 20% less than the Subaru, 20% OF the Subaru. The Subaru repairs to date have been horrendous, especially since hitting the 100K mark. Even before everything went to hell on the Subaru at… » 2/07/15 7:03pm 2/07/15 7:03pm

Yeah well, back in the 80's I did a comic book for a girl I was smitten with. Might call it a graphic novel these days. I was an art major and working my way through college, so money for anything substantive was out of the question. IIRC she "Xed" out each page and sent it back. » 1/20/15 5:58pm 1/20/15 5:58pm