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Posts by: Chad Tyson

After all that work to restore your car’s interior to pristine condition, you’re going to want to keep it in good shape. Sure, you could shell out a couple hundred dollars for a professional detailing shop to make your interior spic and span, but if you can spare a few hours on the weekend, you can get the job done,...

If you’ve ever taken your car out in rough weather, chances are the interior isn’t in the same condition as it was when it was new. Dirt, leaves, and moisture can be really hard on carpet, cloth, and even leather – especially over a long period of time. How do I know? Well, I’m right in the middle of trying to clean...

While the wheel is dated at 3,500 BCE, the tire is a much newer invention. Many of the names involved with the development of tires are still around today. In 1844 Charles Goodyear patented (U.S. #3,633) the process to create vulcanized rubber. He discovered that if the rubber was combined with a curing agent, in this...

After fire, the wheel provided the greatest technological thrust for human survival and subsequent domination of the planet in ancient times. We could travel faster and farther, filling in the blank edges of the maps, shrinking the known world. The first time we can place a date and origin on the wheel is 3,500 BCE,...

We take advantage of dozens automatic features and functions of our everyday, modern cars whether sitting in a parking lot or bolting down the highway. The one thing linking them all? Electricity. The three key components of electricity in general are voltage, current and resistance. It’s often understood as a water...

The most important part of going fast is stopping. Skydivers use parachutes and your car uses brakes. Bad things happen when parachutes or brakes fail. This eBay Motors 101 will focus on disc brakes, and we’ll look at drum brakes later in the week. In a nutshell, the basic operation of braking is stepping on the brake...

Having all the horsepower in the world won’t do you any good unless you’re able to properly transfer it to the pavement. And that involves, in some form or another, a vehicle’s suspension. Suspension is a broad term given to a vehicle’s systems of linkages, springs and shocks/struts to control ride and handling. Ride...

Few pop culture connections are as strong as the link between James Bond and Aston Martin. Astons make appearances in nine of the 23 James Bond films. Bond and the Aston came together in 1964’s “Goldfinger,” but the pairing almost didn’t happen. After the success of “Dr. No” and “From Russia with Love,” the producers...

eBay Catch of the Day: Ford F-150 Raptor SVT “Born and raised on the grueling trails of the Baja.” Ford apparently heard the prayers of truck buyers asking for something they could race off-road. Or just maybe someone high up at Ford believed in a forthcoming zombie apocalypse — and wanted to make a truck for those...

Most of us drive gasoline- or diesel-powered cars, but we can’t ignore the ever-growing number of hybrid- and electric-powered cars on the roads. eBay Motors is your source for purchasing and equipping your alternative-energy vehicles. Gas/electric hybrids come in a couple different flavors — full and mild. Full...

What’s the first thing you think of when it comes to getting your car from Point A to Point B? Many different systems come into play getting your car down the road, but the heart of most cars and trucks is the internal-combustion engine. Gasoline engines — by far the most common on the road today — come in...

Fiat returned to the United States in 2011 for the first time since 1984. The giant Italian car maker brought the small, city-car Fiat 500 with them. The 500s sold well, but they were just cute, underpowered economy cars with a bit of Italian flair. But all that changed when Fiat revived the name best associated with...

When Ford launched the hot-selling, redesigned Mustang in 2005, it didn’t take very long for custom and tuner shops to churn out performance parts and kits. Saleen, a famous Mustang tuning shop, introduced several packages the first few years. The H281 Heritage edition is built on top of the base S281 ‘Stang. Saleen...

eBay is the world’s largest parts warehouse/swap meet/garage sale with many sellers, rebuilders and manufacturers offering everything to keep your car on the road and looking good. In this part of the series, we’ll examine the different systems of your cars and highlight the newest and best parts and accessories on...

Are you looking for a knock-you-back, wild ride that is sure to scare the pants off anyone brave enough to get behind the wheel? This hot-rodded 1961 Nash Metropolitan ticks all the right boxes. It comes with a small-block Chevy, Mustang II front end and Ford 9-inch diff. That’s all the right stuff for a modern...

Japanese collectibles are starting to get hot. Why? Because they were daily workhorses and commuters, which meant they got used up instead of preserved. So finding good low-mile examples of cars like this Celica Supra can be pretty hard today. And prices are starting to move accordingly. This 1985 Supra is a...

When it comes to 1969 Mustangs, there’s a little secret the Boss 429 owners don’t want you to know: The Q-code 428 CJ — in stock form — was faster in the quarter mile. They can have their rarity and six-figure entrance fee. I’ll take the quicker E.T. This Candy Apple Red Mach 1 428 CJ underwent a nut and bolt...

Buick introduced the Gran Sport package into the Skylark line up as an option mid-1965 model year. It brought a lot of grunt and attitude to the plush intermediate; not unlike the GTO package did for Pontiac’s LeMans. A 401-ci “Wildcat 445” V8 wedged between the inner fenders pumped out 325 horsepower and a massive...

Lamborghini’s Countach was the poster car in every boy’s room in the ’80s, and the follow-up Diablo proved a worthy successor in the ’90s. The design was penned by Marcello Gandini (the man responsible for the Miura and Countach) and finished by Tom Gale when Chrysler bought Lamborghini. A top speed of 202 mph, 4.5...

Four doors are often found at the end of car collectors’ turned-up noses. But they’re great cars, even if you think they have two too many doors. If you’d like ’50s style and would like to take a few friends with you to the local cruise spot, this 1957 Buick Roadmaster 75 could be just the car for you. Buick’s...

There are few more exhilarating moments with American cars than stomping the go pedal, dumping the clutch and holding the steering wheel straight. And that’s the experience you get with the Viper. Think of it like a modern-day Shelby 427 Cobra – only this one has a few more safety features and won’t overheat in...