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In May, I reported a story about a blackjack dealer who died in 1997 from an apparent explosives accident in an Arizona desert. His car, a 1980 Datsun, was left out there for 21 years, until recently, when total strangers from a Facebook group united the car with the man’s son. He got straight to wrenching, and what he discovered was a vehicle in remarkable shape.

Have you ever wondered about the electricity that courses through your car? Do you suspect that there's a captive bolt of lightning held in a magic jar? Of course you don't. You're not a Neanderthal. You know there's a battery and an alternator. You may even know your battery provides DC current that the car uses, but your alternator generates AC current. Doesn't that seem weird? Why is that?

It's Independence Day weekend, meaning thousands of Americans will drive cross-country. And many of us will wind up on the shoulder of the road next to a car with steam billowing from its hood. If you're one of these sad bastards, here's what you do.

It may be hard to believe, but most mechanical engineers designing your cars have no clue how to fix them. That's because engineering and automotive repair are two very separate entities. Here's the difference.

When the topic of 1990s Japanese performance cars comes up, we as car enthusiasts tend to beat the proverbial dead horse. We rattle off the Toyota Supra Twin Turbo, Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, Mazda RX-7, and the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo. We stake out our brand allegiances, javelin the performance specs, and take magazine shootouts as God's word. We are so very passionate about these vehicles because they represent our realistic dream cars. They are the idols we can actually strive to obtain.