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CarStuff

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What's the history of stop lights? What are some common myths about car dealerships? Join Scott and Ben as they take a closer look at all things automotive in CarStuff, a podcast by HowStuffWorks.com.

Episodes

Nuts and Bolts – April 2017  

What do you do with a stack of news stories, listener mail and leftover show notes piled up on your desk? Record another episode of Nuts and Bolts!

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An Unexpected Consequence of Autonomous Cars  

We’re in the early stages of the first wave of semi-autonomous cars; but as technology begins to take over, a startling consequence has been realized.

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Abandoned Auto Factories Around the World  

Sometimes old automobile factories are put to good use when the assembly line finally stops moving. We’re not talking about those places in this episode. Join Scott and Ben as they discuss the decrepit remains of some once-great car factories.

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The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am  

Don’t call it a Camaro. (But, to be fair, the story does start there.) Join Scott and Ben as they unravel the history of this American-made automotive icon and scrutinize a few of the behind-the-scenes characters that made the Pontiac Trans Am a reality.

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The Borgward Story  

In 1957, Borgward was Germany’s second-largest auto manufacturer, right behind Volkswagen. By 1961, the company was bankrupt. But, as you might have guessed, that’s not the whole story. Listen in to hear the twists and turns in Borgward’s history, and learn how the company revived itself after a 55-year pause in production.

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Legends: Harry Miller – American Race Car Designer and Builder (Part 2)  

By the start of the 1920 racing season, Harry Miller was designing and building race cars that were decades ahead of the competition in terms of engineering as well as style. Tune in to find out what the 1920s, the 1930s and even the early part of the 1940s had in store for the legendary Harry Miller.

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Legends: Harry Miller – American Race Car Designer and Builder (Part 1)  

The legendary American race car designer and builder Harry Miller was known as 'the greatest creative figure in the history of the American racing car.' His cars and engines dominated the American oval-track racing scene for almost half a century. Tune in to hear the first half of Scott and Ben's discussion of the legendary Harry Miller.

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Cars and Trucks You'll Still Crave 10 Years from Now  

You know the ones we’re talking about: The new cars and trucks that are so cool in 2017 that you’ll spend your evenings and weekends searching for them on eBay and Craigslist when we finally make it to 2027. Listen in to find out which ones made the list.

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The MV Cougar Ace and Other Large-scale Car Disasters  

The Cougar Ace sailed out of Hiroshima in July 2006 with a cargo of 4,703 brand-new Mazdas, all 2007 model-year vehicles, plus 109 small commercial trucks strapped to its 14 decks. On July 23, things went wrong in a hurry. Listen in to learn more about the Cougar Ace and other large-scale car disasters.

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What is a "land yacht"?  

Land yachts are the biggest of the big cars. But how long are they? How much do they weigh? What about those massive trunks, cavernous interior spaces and those huge (but low-power) V-8 engines?

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Did Henry Ford build a car from hemp?  

It's no secret that Henry Ford was a brilliant inventor – but he was also incredibly eccentric, and never afraid to experiment. But did he really build a car out of hemp? Listen in to learn the facts (and fiction) surrounding this rumor.

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Nuts and Bolts - 2017  

It's time for CarStuff's first installment of Nuts and Bolts in 2017. Listen in to find out if Scott and Ben can somehow squeeze in all the news stories, anecdotes and sidebar discussions that didn't make it into earlier episodes.

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Acura NSX  

The Acura NSX is a legendary two-seater, mid-engine sports car -- but where did it come from? What made it so popular? Tune in to learn more.

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Templar Motors  

Founded in 1917 by three actual Knights Templar, this Lakewood, Ohio, based company built luxury automobiles until 1924. Listen in to hear everything Scott and Ben know about this now-defunct American automobile manufacturer — and, to find out where you can go to see several of these “Superfine Small Cars” on display.

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CarStuff Visits CES  

This week, TechStuff’s Jonathan Strickland steps into the podcast studio with Scott and Ben to discuss some of the latest-and-greatest automotive electronics and technology on display at CES 2017.

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The Apple Car (aka "Project Titan")  

The idea to manufacture an Apple car predates the iPhone — and yet, more than a decade (and several generations of iPhone models) later, we’re still waiting to see an Apple-built car. Will it ever become a reality? Listen in as Scott and Ben discuss the viability of Apple’s automotive plans.

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Craziest Custom RVs  

Custom-built recreational vehicles are a popular travel option for anyone who likes camping, family vacations or just experiencing the freedom of the open road. Join Scott and Ben as they discuss some of the latest (and the craziest) custom RV designs.

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China’s Transit Elevated Bus (TEB)  

China’s futuristic looking Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) made headlines throughout most of 2016. And when developers revealed a working, full-scale model in August, it seemed like the project was on the right track. So why did the Chinese state media label it a scam? Tune in to find out.

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The Peacekeeper Rail Garrison  

Developed by the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s, the Peacekeeper Rail Garrison was supposed to be a railroad-based, intercontinental ballistic missile transport and launching system. A prototype was built, but the plan was almost immediately cancelled. Tune in to find out what happened.

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How to Make a Car Last 300k Miles  

It's not an impossible goal. There are countless methods and suggestions that are promoted as 'proven' ways to keep your car or truck running past the 300,000-mile mark. Tune in to see if you agree with some of the ones that Scott and Ben discuss in this episode.

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