New F-150 Steering Recall

Ford trck.jpgFord Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for approximately 12,300 2015-model Ford F-150 vehicles in North America for an upper I-shaft that might have been riveted improperly, potentially causing it to separate. If that happens, it could result in the loss of steering control without warning, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries, but is aware of one report of loss of steering believed to be related to this condition.

Affected vehicles include certain 2015 F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from March 19, 2015 to March 21, 2015 and certain 2015 F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant from March 21, 2015 to March 30, 2015.

There are 12,328 vehicles that might be affected in North America, including 8,963 in the United States and federalized territories, 3,348 in Canada and 17 in Mexico. Of those, 6,722 vehicles are unsold, meaning 5,606 vehicles are in customer’s hands.

From MSN News




Doug Monin’s 1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

2-28-16 (5).JPGDoug Monin is always working on something. This resident of Sheridan, New York and father of three has a large car collection, but what really peaked my interest is the 1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee.

The car was last registered in Georgia in 1977 and 2-28-16 (6).JPGMonin bought this car a year ago from Earheart Collision in Dunkirk, New York. He has been working on it ever since. The first thing he did was strip the car down to nothing and replaced the rotted floor and trunk pans. To give an idea about how bad those were, this is the original rear seat. You can tell it needed work.


Monin likes his cars “sweet and clean,” meaning mostly stock and as original as possible. Besides the floor pans, the roof and engine are the few parts that are not original.

A 325 hp (estimated) 440 with a four barrel carburetor will replace the stock engine. The Pro Shop in Angola had the honor of freshening up the engine.  The transmission is the original 7727 Baby H Torque Flight and as was reworked by American Transmission in Irving, New York. The rear axil is stock with 3.23 gears.

2-28-16 (7).JPGOnce finished the Super Bee will have factory a/c, an upgraded electronic ignition and a new radio. The radio with have a factory look right down to the tuning knobs, but will be Bluetooth enabled. The car will be panted the original emerald green and have factory Super Bee graphics.

Monin hopes the car will be done in May.

“Are you every really done?” Monin said. You get them running, and you drive it down the road and think, ‘Ok, there’s one more thing I wanna do and I will do that later.’ It never ends. It’s like building a house, is it ever really done?”

Monin keeps his family involved with what he builds. His wife helps him to look up parts online, and even though his kids are very young, with the oldest being 3, they come out to help him sand.

“I hope my kids will develop a liking for it and continue to do it on their own,” Monin said.

As the car progresses, we will visit Doug Monin again to see how the car is coming along.

A Look at the Fastest Cars form 1950 to Today

Ever wonder what the fastest cars of their times were? This article is great for answering that question. Even a quick flip through shows GM staying right up there with Porsche and Ferrari in many years. The Shelby Fords are right up there to in some years. There are a lot of Corvettes naturally, but some others you may not expect to be the fastest cars of their years. The Buick GNX,  the 1958 Chevrolet 315 Delray at 7.2 seconds in the 0 to 60, and the 1966 Plymouth Satellite 426 Hemi at 5.3 seconds tying with a Porsche 904 at 5.3 seconds are some of the unsung heroes.

One of the pillars of Car and Driver—and Sports Cars Illustrated, which was our name from our founding in 1955 until 1961—has always been recording objective performance data for a wide variety of automobiles. This tradition began in 1955, and our approach progressively became increasingly scientific as manufacturers became ever more adept at wringing performance from their wares. It’s worth a note that in the fast-and-loose ’60s, carmakers regularly sent magazines “ringers” that were far quicker than what someone could buy off a showroom floor, and these same companies also often vastly underreported output figures. One of the most egregious cases of this practice involved a certain 421-cubic-inch 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2+2 that appeared in our March 1965 issue. Capable of demolishing the zero-to-60-mph measure in a blazing 3.9 seconds, that particular Catalina, we openly revealed, had been “properly set up” by famed tuner Royal Pontiac. Massive V-8s began to give way to turbocharged muscle in the ’70s, and the 5.4-second zero-to-60 time put down by the mighty 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 was tied by the 1979 Porsche 911 Turbo. The trend continued in the ’80s, and the ’90s were all about the supercar. But it’s after the turn of the century when things got real—or rather unreal—with every single car on our list of cars from 2000 to present day bursting from zero to 60 mph before the second hand ticks three times. It’s hard to imagine that cars will continue to get quicker at the same pace we’ve witnessed over the decades, but we’re eagerly awaiting the first car that breaks the mile-a-minute barrier in less than two seconds. You know it’s coming—we’re already at 2.2 seconds with the Porsche 918 Spyder. Here, find the quickest cars we tested in each decade, starting with the 1950s and continuing through today. Enjoy!