That was one heck of a read. Good stuff. It reminds me of a road trip that a friend and I did a few years back - from Calgary Alberta, down to San Diego, then up the 15 back to Canada. Makes me want to do a write up of it like this. » 10/29/14 12:02am Wednesday 12:02am

Sometimes a person has to work with what they've got. Right now I don't own an air compressor, so if I was in a real bind, I'd have to use my bike pump. Mind you, I've got enough tires around (between summer and winter tires) that I doubt that'd be a problem, but still... » 10/25/14 7:55pm Saturday 7:55pm

Very interesting and good to know. My wife has a 2000 Cavalier, and the CD deck in it is scratching disks. I've got a spare deck kicking around, and was thinking about throwing it in. Now... now I'm going to have to debate doing that. » 10/25/14 7:51pm Saturday 7:51pm

The depth of field at f/1.4 is really really narrow - especially for taking pictures of an entire car.

The noise thing probably doesn't help. That was going to be my next suggestion - up the ISO. A grainy picture is probably going to be better than a blurry picture. » 10/25/14 7:46pm Saturday 7:46pm

Sometimes the defrost will also run the A/C to dry out the air prior to blowing it into the vehicle. Not sure if a '97 F150 would do that, but it's a possibility.

I'd say go take it for a drive today, and see if you can get it to do it again. » 10/25/14 4:44pm Saturday 4:44pm