Episode 735 – 365 Days of A, Chrysler’s New SRT8 Line-up

September 30th, 2011 at 11:00am

Runtime: 6:25

We interview a man that’s made it his mission to drive a vintage car as his only transportation for an entire year. Plus, a look at Chrysler’s new SRT8 lineup.

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Welcome to Autoline Daily. We’re still in our moving mode. But fear not, we haven’t forgotten about all of you. We’ve put together a couple of our favorite features and first up is an interview with a guy that’s driving a vintage car for an entire year and then, after the break, a look at Chrysler’s latest high-performance models. Enjoy!

365 DAYS OF A
Could you drive for an entire year without an automatic transmission? What about air conditioning, power windows or even headrests? Today’s vehicles come standard with so many features it’s hard to remember how basic cars used to be. Autoline Daily Correspondent and RoundAbout Host Craig Cole recently interviewed one man who’s ditching all of these modern amenities for an entire year in a project he’s calling 365DaysofA. Check it out!

To find out what else Jonathan did to get his Model A road-ready and to learn more about his year-long journey, hit the link in today’s show notes at Autoline.tv to watch the rest of this fascinating interview. Also, he appeared on the RoundAbout show, which you can listen to right here.

CHRYSLER’S NEW SRT8 LINEUP
Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology group has been promoted to a full-on division within the company, and it’s now headed by design superstar Ralph Gilles. But not only has the SRT brand and its management been upgraded, so has its all-important products.

Look at that smoke trail! It’s like someone’s having a bonfire under the rear end. Be sure to catch Autoline This Week. We have a terrific program we’re calling Sirens of Chrome. It looks at the vintage outfits that models wore at auto shows going back half a century. Not only are they fun to talk about, they’re great to look at. Check it out now at our website Autoline.tv And that’s it for this week, folks! Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday.

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6 Comments to “Episode 735 – 365 Days of A, Chrysler’s New SRT8 Line-up”

  1. HtG Says:

    SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!

    Well actually it’s tomorrow. The Petit LeMans race at Road Atlanta will be run. You can see it at americanlemans.com, live.

    Here’s a promotional clip for Michelin starring Duncan Dayton, who is developing the Delta Wing race car. A physical car was unveiled(how do you spell debued?) today at the track.

    http://www.americanlemans.com/primary1.php?cat=news|16338

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    I don’t think I’d want to use a Model A as a daily driver. It’s not so much the lack of A/C, but the 45 mph usable top speed, and the really bad brakes compared to modern cars. Also, while you wouldn’t know it from hearing one go down the street, a Model A is really noisy inside, kind of like a Cessna 152. I commend the guy for doing his adventure, though.

  3. HtG Says:

    Look a lot closer, Kit. He’s made modifications that update the car substantially. Like, he put in proper glass, has radial tires, made some windshield wiper improvement, etc. Would you drive a geezer car with original glass, no belts, and cross ply tires? In the winter? No mommy, please.

  4. W L Simpson Says:

    The A,s choke rod/mixture control protrudes from under the dash/gas tank on the passenger side. When riding with G-Pop in his 31 Cabriolet, my cousin’s job was to distract while I slowly leaned the mixture.

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    He didn’t update the car in ways that would make it operate much differently. He added overdrive near the end of the trip which increased top speed, gas mileage, and engine life. It would have worked better to have the OD from the start, but that would be “cheating” a little, from the purity of his adventure which was to keep the car as original as reasonable. The safety glass and seat belts will make it a little safer, and the radial tires will make it drive a little better, but there wouldn’t be a huge difference.

    The car would work very well in snow. There is no substitute for skinny tires and lots of ground clearance for going through snow. Rear drive cars I’ve had, like a Plymouth Duster, would go in snow until it got so deep the underside of the car dragged too much. The model A has more clearance, and skinny tires are always good in snow.

    The big issue would be lack of top speed which really limits where you can drive safely, even if you consider yourself good at driving in such a way that the weak mechanical brakes don’t get you in trouble.

  6. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Also, if he really had radial tires, where did he get them? Coker lists only bias ply tires of the correct 19 and 21 inch sizes. Who besides Coker sells tires for really old cars?