Pictures - Vehicles Past and Present

    1981 Mercury Capri

1981 Mercury Capri
2.3L SOHC inline-4
4-speed manual
This was my first car. I rebuilt the engine and made modifications to this car which brought horsepower up from a stock 88 to about 115. Before the rebuild, the car lost about a quart of oil a week. After the rebuild, it didn't lose a drop! Mods included open air filter, large 2-bbl Holley carb, Offenhauser intake, long tube headers, performance camshaft and valvesprings, aluminum wheels, and 205/70 SR14 tires (replacing 185/75 R14 tires) Easy mods I should have made (but did not) include a low restriction muffler, and a new set of diff gears (stock are 3.08)
2.3L Engine Block This is the 2.3L engine block after machine work and a repaint.
2.3L Cylinder Head This is the cylinder head disassembled and before repaint
Kerosene Heater If you will be doing automotive work in the Winter in an unheated garage, get one of these portable heaters. It really puts out the heat!

    1984 Mercury Capri

Picture Lost 1984 Mercury Capri
3.8L OHV V6
3-speed C5 Automatic
Hmmm...this was a disappointment...despite having a 1.5L advantage over my 81 Capri, it was just as painfully slow. Good job Ford! Horsepower for this year's 3.8L engine is about 115. I bought the car for $150, not running. Rebuilt the engine on this one as well. Somehow the previous owner managed to tear up a camshaft bearing and break the camshaft in two. The paint was supposed to be silver, but a tough life had turned its exterior color into more of a primer gray.
Picture Lost 1984 Capri, Repainted Due to the horrible gray paint, I decided to repaint it blue. Another home project using a high quality air compressor and paint gun. If you ever try this yourself, study up, paint inside if possible, be ready for lots of overspray, and have a chemical mask ready for all parties involved. Beware of bugs; they love to land on the wet paint and stick!

    1986 Mercury Capri

1986 Mercury Capri
5.0L OHV V8
5-speed BorgWarner T-5 Manual
Finally, at long last, a car with performance that doesn't suck! This years engine was the first year for fuel injection on the V8. Horsepower was rated at 200, with torque at 285. After my previous 2 cars, this one was seemed like a race car.

    1999 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra

1999 SVT Mustang Cobra
4.6L DOHC V8
5-speed Tremec T-45 Manual
This car was better than donuts.
4.6L DOHC V8 Engine A very nice looking engine.
Engine Cut Out Here is an engine cut out that was on display at the 1999 North American International Auto Show in Chicago.

    1981 DeLorean

DeLorean Purchased in 2001 for its extreme nature and impracticality. Sold in 2002 for its extreme nature and impracticality. Actually, this was sort of a hobby project. See My DeLorean Project for more pictures and details.

    1995 Jeep Wrangler S

1995 Jeep
Front Quarter
After enjoying the Mustang Cobra for about 2 years, I decided it was costing me too much money. So I switched to another vehicle I have always wanted to try, a Jeep Wrangler 4x4.
1995 Jeep
Rear Quarter
The wheels appear to be aftermarket American Racing. The spare is mounted on a boring steel rim with a somewhat smaller tire (205/75/R15 versus 235/75/R15). Note the tires, top, and small FM antenna. Since this picture, I have replaced all of these items.
1995 Jeep
Engine
The standard 2.5L fuel-injected 4-cylinder for 1995.
1995 Jeep
Interior
The Interior is basic, yet nice. The center console is an aftermarket item that can be locked to secure the radio and any other items that will fit in its large storage compartment.
Topless This photo was taken some time after all of the other photos were taken. Note the change in tires and the addition of the wench.

    1997 Cadillac Seville STS

1997 Seville STS The 1992 to 1997 Cadillac Seville is one of the few Cadillac models I have ever liked. With only the Jeep, I have been looking for a car I can use for travel, and this car turned out to be the perfect match, having all the options I wanted. Purchased from a used car dealership in Peoria, IL.
Front View The paint is in good shape; you can see the reflection of the sky quite well.
Another Front View In this one you can see the fog lights. The little brown flecks all over the front are things falling off the tree overhead.
Northstar V8 The engine is a 4.6L DOHC Northstar V8 with 300HP. Notice that the engine sits "sideways" under the hood. Cadillac is one of the few auto makers (if not the only) who will pair front-wheel drive with a powerful V8 engine.
Front Seating The interior is comfortable and loaded with options. It has power everything, a moonroof, a Bose sound system, an auto-dimming rear view mirrow with compass, a temperature-based climate control system, etc. Best of all, I can't find a single option that doesn't work.
Rear Seating Those in the rear will be pleasantly surprised to see that they have not been forgotten. In addition to being spacious and comfortable, the rear seating area has it's own climate controls, power outlets, and a fold-down center armrest with cupholders.
Trunk Loads of storage space in the trunk. Notice the CD changer on the right side; it is a factory installed 12-disc CD changer controlled by the radio in the front and made by Delco Electronics.
Back View One thing I like about this series of models in particular is it's agressive looks (moreso than other Cadillacs), including the dual exhaust and horizontally oriented tail lights.

Reasons I Bought This 1997 Seville STS:
  • Wind Noise. No insanely loud wind noise on the highway like in my Jeep. This will be nice considering all the long-range driving I do now.
  • A/C. For once, I bought a car with A/C. You may all rejoice.
  • Style. I like the look of this series of Cadillac.
  • Power. 300HP DOHC V8.
  • Ride Comfort. The Jeep bounces around as if it had no suspension at all. The Cadillac, despite being the sport model (the luxury model is the SLS), is a far softer ride. Another nice trait for travel.
  • Moonroof. My first car had one. And until now, I've always missed it.
  • Color. Dark forest green is my favorite color for a car.
  • Chauffeur Duty. Mom and Grandma won't mind riding in this one. Plenty of luggage capacity too, though I doubt I will be able to fit our usual Christmas truckload in it.
  • Gas Mileage. Okay, not really, but it still gets better mileage than my Jeep. The trip from Peoria IL to Columbia MO yielded an average of 24.1 MPG.

    2011 Ford Mustang GT

Exterior As a general Mustang fan, I particularly liked the 2011 Mustang GT, in large part thanks to Ford's new DOHC Ti-VCT V8 that powered it.
Interior Interior color was called Stone. Took some work to remove the rear headrest so the car seat would fit better.
Engine The grand finale of internal combustion engines, before I went electric. I made an experimental gallery of engine design pictures for it.
Door Sills And what we will probably miss the most about the Mustang -- we were able to get custom door sills made for it. The car is gone now, but I still have the sills.

    2012 Chevrolet Volt

Exterior The Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that can run on both electricity and a gas engine. The 2012 Volt was capable of running electric for about the first 35 miles before switching over to gas.
Interior This Volt has the red color decor, which consists of red accents on the seats, doors, and dashboard.
Instruments and Controls The 2012 Volt has many capacitive touch sensitive "buttons" on the center stack.

    2014 Tesla Model S P85

Exterior Front Angle We have now gone fully electric. We didn't just buy this car because we like it, but also because we believe in Tesla's mission and want to support the company.
Exterior Rear Angle This model S is a rear-wheel drive performance model with performance roughly equal to my prior 2011 Mustang GT (maybe even a hair faster). Tesla also offers all-wheel-drive models.
Interior Interior is nice and spatious, though entry and exit are not quite ideal. Note the slightly different fabric texture on the seat bolsters and just below the headrest; a nice touch.
Instruments and Controls The Tesla Model S has a futuristic 17" touchscreen for controlling most of the car's functions.

Last Updated 3/24/2016 by Scott Arnold
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