Tag: Malaise Era

Junkyard Find: Big Sexxy, the V8-6-4-powered 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

<img data-attachment-id="1670280" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1981-Cadillac-Fleetwood-Brougham-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="1600,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view" data-image-description=" 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1981-Cadillac-Fleetwood-Brougham-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1981-Cadillac-Fleetwood-Brougham-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1670280″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1981-Cadillac-Fleetwood-Brougham-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1981 Cadillac Fleetwood in Colorado wrecking yard, LH front view – […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Ford Mustang Stallion

<img data-attachment-id="1668698" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1978-Ford-Mustang-Stallion-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="1600,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1978 Ford Mustang Stallion in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view" data-image-description=" 1978 Ford Mustang Stallion in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1978-Ford-Mustang-Stallion-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1978-Ford-Mustang-Stallion-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1668698″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/00-1978-Ford-Mustang-Stallion-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1978 Ford Mustang Stallion in Denver wrecking yard, LH […]

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Rare Rides: A Beige Plymouth Champ – American Malaise From 1980

<img data-attachment-id="1667868" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900.jpg" data-orig-size="900,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1980 Plymouth Champ" data-image-description=" https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/d/portland-1980-plymouth-champ-rare/6852999373.html ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-350×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667868 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”610″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-75×75.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-350×350.jpg 350w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-768×768.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-120×120.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900.jpg 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Rare Rides has featured a couple of Plymouths before, both of which were sporty and boasted two doors. Today’s Plymouth […]

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Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Corona Wagon

<img data-attachment-id="1665756" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1981Toyota-Corona-station-wagon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin.jpg" data-orig-size="1600,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1981 Toyota Corona in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view" data-image-description=" 1981 Toyota Corona in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1981Toyota-Corona-station-wagon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1981Toyota-Corona-station-wagon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1665756″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00-1981Toyota-Corona-station-wagon-in-Colorado-wrecking-yard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”1981 Toyota Corona in Denver wrecking yard, LH front view – […]

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Piston Slap: An Emissions Digression, Dodging Diverted Air?

TTAC Commentator Nate writes: I’m working on a 1979 Dodge D200 with 360CID V8 4BBL carbureted engine, automatic trans, A.I.R. pump, EGR valve, and charcoal canister for the fuel tank hydrocarbons. The underhood factory decal says “California Medium Duty Emissions” and it has no catalytic converter from new. So here’s my situation: All hoses, pipes etc. […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Toyota Truck

The Toyota Hilux pickup truck first hit the streets in 1968, shoving aside flimsier trucks based on the Corona and Crown within a few years. While the Hilux (or “Hylux”) name got a bit of marketing use by Toyota in North America, this truck was known here as, simply, the Truck. I found this well-worn-but-unrusted […]

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Rare Rides: A Very Malaise Datsun 200SX From 1977

A fourth-generation Nissan 200SX surfaced previously in an edition of Buy/Drive/Burn, where its squared-off good looks went up against two other Japanese coupes from 1986. Today, we step back two generations and have a look at an 200SX from the Seventies. Maybe you can figure out if Datsun achieved what it was aiming for with […]

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Junkyard Find: 1978 Subaru DL Sedan

Living in Colorado, I see so many discarded Subarus during my junkyard explorations that it takes a very unusual one to make me reach for my camera. An SVX might do it (though not always), or maybe a BRAT (again, not always), or perhaps a Subaru with Saab badges. A really early Subaru, from the […]

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Junkyard Find: 1980 Datsun 310 Coupe

Nissan sold lots of the original Datsun 510s in the United States, and so the remainder of the 1970s saw a whole series of model names ending in “10” showing up in Datsun dealerships. Some (e.g., the 610 and 710) were Bluebird-based cars like the 510, but the 310 was really a Cherry-based Nissan Pulsar. […]

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Junkyard Find: 1976 MG MGB

In all of my decades of visiting junkyards, one thing has remained constant: I’ll see a handful of Fiat 124 Sport Spiders and MG MGBs every year, about the same number in 2018 as I saw each year in 2001 or 1987. Here’s the latest: a red ’76 convertible in a self-service wrecking yard in […]

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QOTD: Change Is a Bad Thing?

On the Junkyard Find post at the start of this week, conversation turned to vehicle models which resisted change from the designer’s pen (or ruler) and the engineer’s… tools. Today we talk about the good old days, and how sometimes things stay the same. The very subject of the Junkyard Find is my example for […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Coupe

GM shrank its B-Body full-sized models for the 1977 model year, including the massive-selling Chevrolet Caprice/Impala. This proved a wise move in light of certain geopolitical events a couple of years later, and the 1977-1979 full-sized Chevrolet coupes got a cool “fastback” wraparound rear glass treatment. Here is such a car, spotted in a Denver […]

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QOTD: Worst of the Worst?

In a Question of the Day post earlier this month, Matthew Guy inquired about the manufacturer which had the greatest number of great cars in their company’s history. Today we’re going to flip it, and talk about all the awful things. Prepare your fingers for the incoming salt. Reading the request for greatness, my mind […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: A Rear-drive C-body Showdown in 1980

A few months ago we selected a General Motors C-body from the three on offer in the mid-1990s, right at the end of the front-drive platform’s lifespan. Today’s trio is a variation on that theme, as suggested long ago by commenter Sgeffe. He wanted to talk about rear-drive C-platform offerings — the full-size GMs available shortly […]

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Junkyard Find: 1982 Dodge 400 Landau Coupe

Lee Iacocca’s original Chrysler K Platform spawned an incomprehensible tangle of K-related offspring between the 1981 and 1995 model years, but only a few U.S.-market models were true K-Cars: the Chrysler LeBaron, Plymouth Reliant, Dodge Aries, Dodge 600, and Dodge 400. Of these, the 400 has been the hardest for me to find in the […]

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Junkyard Find: 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Oldsmobile has been gone since 2004, which makes it hard to believe that the Olds Cutlass spent most of the period from the middle 1970s through the early 1980s as either the #1 or #2 best-selling car in the United States. For 1979, the Cutlass came in second place (behind the Chevy Caprice), and thus […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: American Wagon Life, Circa 1975

Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn setup comes to us via commenter 87 Morgan, who suggested the trio a while ago. For consideration today: Malaise Era transportation for upper middle-class families. These gigantic wagons served as family haulers before the minivan came along and ripped the sculpted carpet from under their feet. What will it be — the Chrysler, […]

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Junkyard Find: 1983 Mercury Lynx L Wagon

Before the North American Ford Escort became a Mazda 323/Protegé sibling, the folks in Dearborn masterminded a Mercurized version known as the Lynx. Escort wagons are rare now (though I have shot a couple during my junkyard wanderings), so I did a double-take when I saw this optioned-up ’83 Lynx wagon in a Phoenix self-service […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: American Malaise Sports Cars of 1982

The year is 1982. You’re a lover of domestic sports cars, but also suffer from a distinct lack of funding in this era of American Malaise. Three updated, base model, fuel sipping rides are in your purview — all of them with four-cylinder engines. Which one do you take home? Today’s Buy/Drive/Burn trio was suggested […]

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Rare Rides: The 1978 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Gives You Wood

An aluminum garage door rattles open on its track. As the goldenrod-colored panels lift up and away, a luxurious family wagon comes into view. Once the kids, parents, and Golden Retriever are lightly secured inside, the luxury wagon glides out of the lightly sloped driveway and away from the bi-level with the paneled den. It’s […]

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