Own a Willys clone
Mahindra USA Inc. sells light- and medium-duty tractors, primarily for agricultural duty. Recently, the India-based company added a strictly off-road model called the Roxor, a two-seat, four-wheel-drive convertible that slots somewhere between a side-by-side ATV and an actual World War II-era Willys Jeep. The 3,000-pound body-on-frame Roxor runs with a 2.5-liter, turbocharged diesel engine that makes 62 horsepower and 144 foot-pounds of torque. Power is sent to the rear or to all four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. The four-wheel-drive system uses a two-speed transfer case (with a low range). Prices start at $15,000, not including options such as a light bar and winch. Check with your local Mahindra dealer or go to www. roxoroffroad.com.
Safe and secure ride
Anyone who transports their rare/expensive hobby or race car (or any vehicle, for that matter) lives in fear that it could be damaged inside the trailer by all the jostling. Clearances are usually tight and the car bounces around, just like it was driving down the road. One solution is the Chassis Stabilizer from Mac's Tie Downs. This item consists of a sturdy rubber bladder that, once inflated by compressed air (up to 20 pounds per square inch) and strategically positioned beneath the vehicle, can significantly reduce the severity of undulations due to uneven or rough road surfaces. The Chassis Stabilizer sells for $300 and can be purchased at www.macscustomtiedowns.com.
A must for gusts
A strong wind can cause your car cover to flap in the breeze -- scuffing the paint and trim -- or even detach itself from the vehicle. Prevent this from happening with the Gust Guard. Each set comes with four clamps that securely attach to each corner of your cover. There's also two bungee cords that attach underneath the body between the front and rear axles. There are 12-, 24- and 36-inch lengths available, designed for automobile, motorcycle and other applications such as bicycles, barbecues and picnic tables. Prices are about $13 per set. Purchase at www.gustguard.com.
Spots be gone
Your clean garage floor and driveway are magnets for oil spills and stains. The nontoxic and biodegradable Oil Eater Cleaner Degreaser breaks down oil and grease deposits so they can be rinsed away without leaving residue. Oil Eater is claimed to be water-based and nonflammable, with no harmful petroleum-based solvents. Purchase a 32-ounce spray bottle for about $8 at auto parts and discount department stores or directly from www.oileater.com.
-- Wheelbase Media