Monthly Archives: April 2010

7 New Ways to Keep Your Garage and Tools Organized


Sloppy Garage

Everyone has one: a kitchen drawer crammed full of junk that you just can’t bring yourself to chuck. Mine’s brimming with rubber bands, old batteries, mysterious keys, matchbox cars, expired coupons, dusty nunchucks and questionable aspirin. But at least it’s manageable. What isn’t manageable, though, is when your garage starts to resemble that same kitchen drawer but on a larger scale. When your sockets, wrenches and screwdrivers are spread around helter-skelter, it’s practically impossible to work through any project.

Well, we’re here with some good news. We’ve added a great new selection from Excel tools to help bring some sanity back to your garage. Not only are these garage tool boxes built strong, but they’re also available in a wide range of sizes and styles. Check it out:

Excel Tool CabinetsA rolling tool chest forms the foundation for building up a serious toolbox system that would make any mechanic proud. They range from smaller 3-drawer tool chests all the way up to gargantuan 6-drawer chests with built-in cabinets.

Excel Tool Chests—Bench top toolboxes are perfectly sized to stack on top of your rooling tool chest or sit right on your workbench. They’re ideal for expanding your chest’s carrying capacity or work great by themselves. And, they’re available in everything from 2-drawer to 6-drawer sizes.

Excel Tool CartsTool cars are the natural companion for your rolling tool chest or bench top toolbox. Simply load it up with the tools you need for the job, and you’ll always have what you need on hand when you need it. Plus, when you’re done, you can easily put everything back where it belongs instead of leaving little piles of wrenches strewn around your garage.

Excel Cantilever Tool BoxGot lots of small tools and gear that needs to stay organized? A cantilever toolbox is the way to go. They’re equipped with a bunch of individual bins that fold open and close like an accordion, keeping your monkey wrenches fully segregated from your pipe wrenches.

Excel Portable Tool BoxIf you ever have to take your tools on the go, we recommend one of these portable toolboxes. However, if you have a Goth child, we don’t recommend one of these—your son is likely to litter it up with Ministry and Emily stickers and use it as a purse.

Excel Portable Tool ChestThese portable toolboxes are just like the other portable toolboxes, but they have drawers instead of removable trays. The same precautions should be taken if your kid wears fishnet pants and black nail polish.

Dee Zee Plastic Tool BoxMetal toolboxes not your cup of tea? This utility toolbox from Dee Zee is built from lightweight polymer and gives you a wide open space to store everything that’s too bulky to fit in your tool chest (e.g. that jackhammer you don’t want your wife to know you bought). And, these garage toolboxes have built-in cup holders, so you won’t accidentally kick over your brew and muck up the new alternator you started to install.

Dee Zee Rubber Mud FlapsIf these mud flaps don’t seem like they’d help organize your garage, it’s because they won’t. However, they will step the look of your rig up a few notches and protect your rear quarter-panels from slosh spray and kicked-up gravel. Also available as dually mud flaps.

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ICONIC AC Roadster: The Rebirth Of A Rebel


ICONIC AC Roadster

The 1960s marked the apex for both British rock ‘n roll and British sports cars. The Kinks and the Beatles were tearing up the charts, and Jaguar E-Type roadsters and Aston Martin DB5s were shredding olde England’s highways. But, the undisputed king of the road was none other than the AC Cobra, a 2-seat roadster with sleek lines and a potent bite. Although the Cobra only lasted 6 short production years, it’s been resurrected by an upstart coachbuilder, ICONIC Motors, and due to reclaim its crown in August. Continue reading

5 Love Songs Best Played on Your Car Stereo


Love On The Road

Loving your woman and driving your car aren’t that different. You get excited turning her on in the morning. You love lavishing her with glimmering trinkets. And you pay dearly if you skimp on the servicing.

Because driving and loving are inextricably linked, it makes sense that certain love songs have more power and meaning played through your car stereo. The next time you’re nurturing a crush or nursing a bruised heart, you can commiserate with this list of five tracks best played when you’re behind the wheel. Continue reading

No Taxman Here: Just A Pair Of New Accessories From DICE Electronics and VIAIR


Taxman

If you’re a fan of George Harrison, then yesterday must have been like Christmas. Everywhere, everyone was dusting off their Revolver albums and putting Harrison’s “Taxman” into heavy rotation in honor of our annual duty of forking over a chunk of hard-earned cash to the IRS.

Hopefully, though, you got a tidy refund. And if it’s burning a hole in your pocket, we added a couple new accessories onto the site that are worth checking out.

DICE G2 iPod & iPhone CradlesIt’s your typical Ice-T-goes-from-singing-about-dusting-cops-off-to-playing-a-cop story: the O.G. DICE Electronics G2 had a tad too much G for middle-America, but this restyled iPod cradle with diminished G-ness is just right for the amber waves of skittish shoppers. Best of all, this iPod/iPhone car cradle works perfectly with Dice Silverline Pro iPod Car Adapters and the new Dice MediaBridge.

DICE G2 iPod and iPhone Cradles

VIAIR 85P Portable Air CompressorRemember: it’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog. And this 60 psi air compressor from VIAIR packs a mean bite even though it weighs in at a mere 4.25 lbs—that’s less than a Chihuahua!

VIAIR 85P Portable Air Compressor

And if these aren’t of interest to you, here are a few timeless classics worthy of any tax rebate:

  • Trailer Hitches: Get where you’re going and bring what you need in style with a beefy trailer hitch. There are many manufacturers to choose from, but Curt Hitch has a solid reputation for superior fitment and quality that can’t be beat.
  • Tonneau Covers: Nothing beats the slicked n’ tricked look of a custom truck. Give yours that little extra by donning it with a shiny new truck bed cover from Bak tonneau.
  • Performance Chips: Just because your ride looks and sounds stock doesn’t mean it is. Give your ride a stealthy boost of power by tuning it with a Superchips, Hypertech or DiabloSport power programmer.
  • Brakes: If you want to stop faster, you gotta beef up those discs and pads. EBC rotors keep their cool under pressure, much better than those stock rotors you got.  Mate them to a set of Hawk brake pads and you’ve got a winning combination.

Need a Job? AutoAnything is Hiring!


AutoAnything Wants You

If you follow this blog, you know that we are passionate about cars and we work pretty hard (…sure hope the bosses read this!).  But working at AutoAnything has it’s benefits too.

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Exciting New Auto Accessories Available: Tonneau Covers, Off-Road Light, iPod Adapters & More


Drinking on the Job

Ever wish you could throw back a couple of ice-cold, frosty brews at the office? We think about it. A lot. In fact, we think it’d probably be the best way to keep our hands from shaking after our breakfast beer wears off.

That’s why we were so surprised to hear that production workers and truck drivers at the Carlsberg brewery went on strike because the company rewrote their policy and banned drinking on the job. We feel for the brewers and brew deliverers, and we offer up this latest crop of new automotive accessories in their honor. Keep the dream alive!

Lund Revelation Roll Up Tonneau CoverTransform your truck into the fifth horseman of the apocalypse. Well, if not the fifth horseman of the apocalypse, your rig will look sharper, your gear will be protected, and your MPGs will improve when you slip on this deluxe soft tonneau cover from Lund.

Lund Revelation Roll Up Tonneau Cover

Vision X Solstice LED Off-Road LightsBrighter than the ear-to-ear grins of sun-worshiping druids on June 21st, these powerful LED off road lights from Vision X are sure to blind any woodland creature or desert beast you drive past. Pick from a massive array of styles, sizes and strengths.

Vision S Solstice LED Off-Road Lights

Vision X Xmitter Tube Frame MountsSure, they cost Xtra, but you can always Xpect an Xtreme Xhibition of lighting Xecution with these off road light accessories.

Vision X Xmitter Tube Frame Mounts

Wheelskins EuroTone Leather Steering Wheel CoversAlong with soccer, siestas and socialism, you can thank our friendly continent across the pond for this sumptuous steering wheel cover from none other than the best-known brand in the hive: Wheelskins.

Wheelskins EuroTone Leather Steering Wheel Covers

Coverking Autobody Armor Car CoverAlong with werewolf folklore, hossenfeffer and the antonymous collective, you can thank the middle ages for body armor. Since chain mail isn’t gentle enough on your finish, turn to the next best thing: the latest outdoor car cover from Coverking.

Coverking Autobody Armor Car Cover

Dash Designs Original Car Sun Shade—Just because you can cook a steak and eggs breakfast on your searing-hot dashboard doesn’t mean you’d ever want to, especially since most of your egg would ooze down into your dash through the heat cracks. Protect your ride from harm with the deluxe windshield sun shade from Dash Designs.

Dash Designs Original Car Sun Shade

DICE MediaBridge iPod Car AdaptersCompared to the mainstream media, this new iPod car adapter from DICE Electronics is more like a hologram-projected reporter yakkity-yakking with the Blitz and less like a doughy dude scribbling mad screeds on a chalkboard.

DICE MediaBridge iPod Car Adapters

A New Red Light That’s As Lovable As A Red-Light District?


Kabukicho Gate Shinjuku

We used to think that nothing could beat a good red-light district. From Japan’s sudsy soaplands in Kojo to Germany’s anything-goes go-gos in Reeperbahn, red-light districts are magical oases for releasing the pent-up tension of the daily grind. However, a newly designed traffic light has forced us to consider this question: can a red light be as lovable as a red-light district? Continue reading

It’s a Good Friday For New Camping Gear


Jean Paul Sartre

Life’s full of questions, but answers are hard to come by. For example, I’ve always wondered why it is that if existence precedes essence, why did I know my neighbor’s BO before I knew my neighbor? Troubling your mind with these kinds of thoughts, though, is not going to answer the really important question: now that spring has sprung, is your rig ready to go camping? Here are a couple of choice new accessories to make your next trip more comfortable.

CARPOD Cargo CarrierWithout the locking lid option, the CARPOD a spacious, versatile hitch cargo carrier. With the locking lid, it’s a metaphoric prop for a Lars von Trier film to remind us of humankind’s propensity for violence, the inherent meaninglessness of life, and nature’s indifference to the pain it blindly inflicts. Wicked awesome for camping trips, too!

CARPOD Cargo Carrier

AirBedz Truck Bed Air Mattress—Because roughin’ it while camping is a sure-fire recipe for a mangled back, a twisted neck, and a rock embedded in your solar plexus, get comfortable on a truck mattress. AirBedz custom shapes your mattress for a perfect fit in the bed of your pickup.

AirBedz Air Mattress

The New 2011 Subaru WRX STI With A Side Of Wing!


2001 Subaru WRX STI Sedan

Fresh news from the New York Auto Show: Subaru is bringing out a new STI sedan, and the wing is back! I’m glad that the WRX design crew likes ordering their late night ‘zas from Pizza Hut. Had they not been constantly badgered by the script-reading order taker asking if they wanted to upgrade with a side of honey BBQ wings, they might never have been inspired to bring back the WRX wing. Thank you, Pizza Hut. You may clog our colons, but also inspire greatness. Continue reading