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Posted by Mike Hornok
March 31, 2017 at 10:54 am

The 10 Best Cars to Restore

1st Gen Ford Mustang Convertible

There are seemingly endless car restoration options available for newcomers and experienced mechanics alike. But some cars stand out from the pack, whether for mechanics, available parts, resale value or available support. The Motor Bookstore presents our picks for the 10 best cars to restore:

1964-1968 Ford Mustang. With its simple mechanics, widely available parts and large support network, the first-generation Ford Mustang remains the king of car restorations and is a great first-time project. 1967-1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS. First-generation Camaros are known for being reliable, fun to drive and easy to work on. These cars share parts with same-year Pontiac Firebirds, and you can even order new bodies. 1971-1972 Pontiac GTO. While all GTOs are great restore candidates, the later second-generation models are more affordable. Interest from collectors is increasing for this classic car, giving it a high resale value. 1968-1970 AMC AMX. This muscle/sports car hybrid was one of the best handling cars of its era. Less than 20,000 were produced, so parts may be hard to find, but the final product is….

Posted by K. Michael Williams
July 16, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Muscle Car Clocks Make Great Gifts for Muscle Car Collectors, Rebuilders and Enthusiasts

Muscle car clocks are for the lovers of the Chevy Chevelle, the Ford Torino and the AMC Javelin. Whether you own one of these beauties or spend your time dreaming you’ll have one, I believe a clock that celebrates history’s most masculine vehicles should always be just above eye level. A constant reminder of how beautiful life would be if we could stay on the road.

Lighted Muscle Car Clocks - Nova, Corvette, Cuda, Chevelle, Camaro

If I owned a muscle car about the only thing I’d give it up for is family. And that would be one heck of a struggle. I mean it. If a horde of flesh-devouring zombies were about to put their dirty hands on my dream car (a detailed 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429), I’d stand my ground, flailing my arms like windmills. As the ghouls dragged me down, as they dug into my flesh, I’d go out pushing the crowd back from the….

Best Places to Drive Dune Buggy
Posted by Alexandra Martin-Banzer
April 25, 2015 at 11:24 am

Time to take playing in the sand dunes to the next level! Driving Dune Buggies allow for gear heads to get lost in a new environment with an off-roading vehicle. The beauty of this sport is that it is easy to either take along a passenger or go with your whole family in a multiple-seat dune buggy. A lot of locations also offer dune buggy tours, where they have a professional driver to give you and your gang the dune buggy ride of your life. Most guarantee that you will never look at sand again as being boring.

We have compiled a list of places to drive dune buggies that will keep you from saying, “Well, I’ve been wanting to try riding in the sand, but we don’t have the equipment.” All of the venues listed below offer rentals, tours and allow you to bring your own buggy too.

And if you’re in the mood to make your old VW-Based Car into a Baja Bug, the Motor Bookstore has the how-to book available here.  Here is another great book that describes dune buggy….

Posted by Alexandra Martin-Banzer
October 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Have you ever searched for off-roading parks with cabins right on location?  If so, you know how tough it can be to find the perfect place that isn’t a far drive… We hope you find our list of off-roading parks with cabins useful for you, your family and friends.

Family at Morrow County Parks OHV
Above: Bartsch Family at Heppner OHV Park / Morrow County Parks in Oregon

When someone asks you how your off-roading weekend was, which one of these scenarios sounds like a better time?

I woke up early, loaded up my dirt bikes and quads, drove for about two hours, unloaded the bikes, and rode trails till the sun went down, then loaded the bikes up and drove home. I woke up early, had some coffee, then walked a few feet to my dirt bike and kicked started it and then spent all day riding great trails. Repeated it on Sunday morning. No we didn’t camp; we stayed in cabins on location. It was a hassle-free weekend.

 

Most people would agree that the second option sounds like….

Posted by Alexandra Martin-Banzer
August 25, 2014 at 9:34 pm

You love to test your skills on a local motocross track near your home, or at least not too far. However, where is the nearest motocross park to learn and enhance your skill level?  Is the specific motocross track designed for your skill level?  We have attempted to answer those questions for you in our list of the best motocross tracks for all levels of learning.

Rider at Seminole Motocross Park
Above: Rider at Seminole Motocross Park

Mud, rain, two-strokes, and adrenaline, motocross brings a unique type of racing competitiveness that has been deemed an extreme sport for very good reasons. Racers are competing on off-road circuits that contain various difficult elements such as hill climbs and table tops. These motocross tracks are designed to test the riders, allowing for the very best to pull the win. When attending an event, it almost feels like the riders have been training their whole life for these off-road circuits. And most of them have been. So how does a rider inch their way into the motocross world comfortably?

We….

Posted by Alexandra Martin-Banzer
August 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Are you looking for legal places to drive your Off Highway Vehicle (OHV)? In this article, The Motor Bookstore takes a stab at providing a list of the best OHV parks by City and State to legally drive your Jeep or other 4×4 vehicle.

Best OHV Parks - 2008 Jeep Wrangler

No matter the season, your Jeep is constantly waiting to be taken off-road. That is the beauty of owning one.  An apocalypse happens during your daily commute to work? Your Jeep has you covered. Earthquake causes your driveway to become covered in boulders and rocks? Your 4×4 will crawl right over them, giving you plenty of time to drop the kids off at school. Owning an OHV approved car that can handle almost any terrain you take it on is a great feeling. Though it is not such a great feeling when you accidentally trespass on private property when you attempt to do some quick off-roading in your apocalypse car. To avoid getting in the bad kind of trouble with your Jeep, we recommend getting in the good kind of trouble that….

Posted by Mike Hornok
June 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Toyota’s Air Bag Recall Continues to Rock the Industry

Toyota Motor Corp. has definitely seen better days. The world’s largest and most dependable automaker has had to recall millions of vehicles around the world. Just this recent June the auto giant recalled close to 650,000 models in Japan alone. Some vehicles have been recalled twice for the same issue.
Toyota Air Bag Recall: Tundra, Sequoia, Corolla, Matrix, Lexus SC 430
According to Toyota, a stunning portion of their cars feature airbag inflators that were engineered using defective parts. The inflators contain poorly constructed propellant wafers. This could create a rupture in the inflator causing the front passenger airbag to deploy abnormally if the vehicle were in an accident. Specifically, the front passenger air bag will burst because of the defective inflator. To date, a number of accidents and at least two fatalities have been linked to the faulty air bags.

This recall is tied to Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp., who have had to warn other auto manufacturers they too may have to initiate….

Posted by Mike Hornok
April 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Me, My Bev & Our Harleys

Me and the wife been riding hogs for nearly forty years. I’m on a classic V-Rod. Bought that baby in ’97. This genius decided to cross the engineering of a Porsche with a Harley. Ended up with the very first liquid cooled, fuel injected, overhead cam 60 degree Harley V-twin. My Bev was on a Switchback. This was only after finally getting her to admit that ’76 Shovelhead was done. It was her first hog and she wanted it to be her last. But after a bad fall, even she couldn’t deny that her beloved bike was ready for pasture. Even the best Harley-Davidson repair manuals couldn’t help. Still, she couldn’t bear parting with it. It’s sitting in our garage. For a long time, she went out there with a chamois to wipe it down.

Harley Davidson Repair Manuals, A DIY Love Story

Harley-Davidson Repair Manuals & A DIY’ers Love Story

We lived for those manuals. Keeping a hog can be an expensive hobby, especially if you choose to….

Posted by Mike Hornok
January 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm

The Citroen SM (Sport Maserati) high performance coupe was manufactured in France between 1970-1975.  About 12,900 cars were manufactured and only 2000 of these were sold in the United States during 1972-1973.

We were so happy and shocked to see a 1972 Citroen SM at a local car show in early January 2014 that we just could not help but write about it – what a treat!.
Engine and Front End 1972 Citroen
Above: Front view of a nice 1972 Citroen SM (Sport Maseratti)

The Citroen SM won its first competitive Motorsport event at the 1971 Rallye du Maroc.  It quickly became known for its technical innovations during the early 1970’s.  In fact, some of its innovative features are just being introduced in some of today’s cars, like hydropleumatic self-leveling suspension and self-leveling lights that swiveled with the steering wheel – cool.

The Citroen D Series beginning in 1955 introduced slippery aerodynamics into the design. In 1968, Citroen purchased Maserati and the goal was to….