Battle of the Beaters

Battle of the Beaters

Hey everyone, welcome back to my vehicles and motors blog. Anyone here a fan of old 4×4 trucks? I used to have a hoot of a time with my siblings when we would go and buy some beater 4×4 for cheap (I would use for all my discounted vehicles) for under a specified amount, do anything to them we could while staying under that limit then trying them out in some sort of race. One year we even made our own snowmobile-trucks! A month ago we had a long awaited family reunion and we were able to have another Battle of the Beaters. It was me with an F-150, my brother with a Jeep Wrangler and our sister with a Chevy Silverado.

4x4 beater

Ford F-150

I found myself a used 1979 Ford F-150 was missing quite a few parts but was still driveable. I probably could have talked the guy down more because of that but it was already a great deal for a cheap vehicle thanks to . Nothing seemed to be staying on without moving fast as all the fasteners had rusted off but this thing looks like something out of Fallout.

 Ford f-150

Jeep Grand Cherokee

My brother was able to find something a little newer, and found an ad for a cheap used Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale It was not in the best shape though, I think at one point in its life it was sitting in a swamp or maybe some quicksand, disassembled and the reassembled without leaving the sand. The Jeep was actually the cheapest to buy, but after replacing everything that initially seemed to be working it come out almost 200% over budget!

1988 Grand Cherokee

Chevy Silverado

My sister found the most expensive vehicle out of the three of us, and it needed only a moderate amount of work. It wasn’t anywhere close to the beast that the new 2017 Silverado is (I reviewed the Silverado recently if you are interested) but this thing was able to sling mud around like crazy. My sister even said she might keep the truck to drive around the farm.

The Winner

After an entire afternoon of racing around the dirt track on my uncle’s property it was determined that the Silverado was the best beater there was. Of course we still had to head on over to Princess Auto to get some vehicle tape and what not during the races, but that’s part of the fun.

Try it Yourself!

Next time your together with some other vehicle enthusiasts have your own battle of the beaters! Set whatever limits you want upon yourselves and just have fun. We had so much fun during our competition and it seems my sister even found her new truck. Let me know how it goes if you decide to have your own competition in the comments below, and if you have some spare time then check out my post on the BMW 530i.


2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Hey vehicle enthusiasts, welcome back to my vehicle and motor blog. I just got back from visiting a friend who just got a new 2017 Silverado 1500 from Chevrolet on lease. And he is in love with that truck. Personally, I prefer the Ford F-150 for the best full size pickup, but the Silverado is a great truck in its own right.


Slight changes were made from last years model. With an improved towing system (something Chevrolet is well known for) and many new safety features. You can also choose between a couple special editions; the All Star or Texas editions. Each come with; power adjustable driver seats, remote start, dual zone climate control and a 110 volt AC power socket.

The top of the line Silverado comes with a 6.2 litre V8 engine that is brash,big and powerful not to mention frugal on the gas. Standard is the 4.3 litre V6 that is matched with a six speed automatic. It is quite a big step from the standard 4.3 to the increased 6.2 however with the V8 bringing in 135 more horsepower than its V6 cousin.

The truck doesn’t know how it wants you to feel regarding fuel economy. The EPA numbers are at the top of the charts, and if you actually drive one you can see how little fuel is spent. Surprisingly there is little fuel penalty for choosing the larger of the V8 engines, however when compared to others in its class the 6.2L is a bit of a guzzler. That gas guzzling equals a lot of force though, and that model is capable of getting from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds, good for second best in class. A good truck, and fast enough to speed away in. See you later folks.

2017 Chevy Silverado


2017 BMW 530i

Hey everyone, welcome back to my motors and vehicles blog. Last week I had a chance to travel to California and test drive the new BMW 530i; after a lengthy technical presentation from BMW. The presentation was definitely needed however, as the new car comes with a wealth of technological upgrades. The new 5 series from BMW includes Apple CarPlay but has no Android Auto (although this is the first instance of a Apple CarPlay working wirelessly) as well as an available wi-fi hotspot. You can also use the BMW app BMW connected to send pictures of the parked car to your smartphone or even have it connect with Amazon Alexa. It also included an automatic parking system that can slot the vehicle into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot.


Gone are the numerous different 5 series, and here are the new B46 turbocharged 2.0 litre inline four engine. The new engines produces only a smidge more power and a smidge less torque than the N20 turbo four but the new 5 series is noticeably quicker but that could be due to the use of an insane amount of aluminum. On top of the increased speed performance, the new 5 feels a lot easier to maneuver and feels more predictable. A great upgrade on a great car.

BMW 530i 2017


Hello everyone, welcome to my vehicles and motors blog! My name is Aaron, and I have an unconditional love for cars. I grew up near a racetrack that me and my dad would go to every weekend, even if it was just to stand outside the gate and watch the cars go round and round. I actually got my first job at that race track buffing the wrecked cars. Thanks to all the experience I gained working there I was able to enter my apprenticeship mechanics program in high school, and I have not looked back since. In the 20 years that I have been working in garages fixing cars and trucks I have learnt a lot, but the best thing about this industry is that you are always learning more.
I have always wanted to have my own blog, so I will try my hardest to make this something you look forward to. I plan on doing some historic pieces studying car manufacturers, and some reviews on individual cars as well. Hopefully I will have to drive to post something a little different as well, obviously something about automobiles but maybe not about cars and trucks. Thanks for sticking with me through my babbling, and I hope that I will see you on here again.