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Keep the (tire) pres­sure on

Most tire-pres­sure-mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems let you know when your tires are un­der­in­flated, but they don’t all tell you which one, or ones, are prob­lem­atic. The Pa­pago TPMS 100 wire­less mon­i­tor lets you know how your tires are do­ing at all times. The sys­tem in­cludes four tire sen­sors plus an LED mon­i­tor that plugs into the ve­hi­cle’s 12-volt socket. It dis­plays each tire’s sta­tus and is­sues an alert if any of them are un­der or over­in­flated, or if any of their tem­per­a­tures be­come too high. At the same time, the mon­i­tor’s built-in USB port lets you charge your cell phone. Pur­chase the Pa­pago 100 for $75 from a num­ber of on­line re­tail­ers in­clud­ing www. ama­zon.com. You can also view Pa­pago’s com­plete lineup at us.pa­pagoinc.com.

A fla­vor for fine art

Cal­i­for­nia-based Tom Fritz cre­ates art de­pict­ing a va­ri­ety of themes, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive and mo­tor­cy­cle cul­ture (his work has been fea­tured on a se­ries of U.S. postage stamps). Fritz’s paint­ings in­clude old pickup trucks, race cars, clas­sics and mus­cle cars, al­though hotrods and their driv­ers from the 1940s and ’50s ap­pear to be his fa­vorite sub­jects. Rather than static por­tray­als, many works show the ve­hi­cles in ac­tion. Most of the orig­i­nal paint­ings are marked as sold, but the fine-art-poster ver­sions (num­bered and signed by the artist) range from $140 to $400, depend­ing on size and sub­ject mat­ter. You can ad­mire and pur­chase Fritz’s work at www.fritzart.com.

Own a clas­sic Dodge wagon

Legacy Power Wagon of Jack­son, Wy­oming, takes the bones of orig­i­nal 1945-’57 Dodge Power Wag­ons and re­builds them to or­der with ei­ther Chevro­let V8 or Cum­mins six-cylin­der turbo-diesel en­gines. In­cluded are modern front and rear axles, front and rear lock­ing dif­fer­en­tials, four-wheel disc brakes, Bil­stein shocks and 16,500-pound ca­pac­ity winches. Crea­ture comforts in­clude air con­di­tion­ing, leather-cov­ered cap­tain’s chairs and a modern 10-gauge in­stru­ment clus­ter. Buy­ers can choose from the ba­sic pickup body style, the cus­tom crew cab or the Car­ryall wagon. Pric­ing starts at $185,000 and in­creases to more than $255,000, depend­ing on model and equip­ment. Full de­tails at www.lega­cy­pow­er­wagon.com.

This map’s a puz­zle

Roadmaps might be on their last legs, thanks to GPS nav­i­ga­tion and Google Earth, but if you want to un­der­stand how to nav­i­gate around some of the world’s ma­jor cities and get a his­tory les­son at the same time, check out the se­lec­tion of re­lief maps from 4D Ci­tyscape Time Puz­zles. As­sem­bling these multi-di­men­sional maps lets you learn how var­i­ous ur­ban cen­ters have evolved from their ear­li­est be­gin­nings, up to their present-day ap­pear­ances. North Amer­i­can city puz­zles in­clude New York, New York; Chicago, Illi­nois; Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and Toronto, Canada, but sev­eral for­eign-city puz­zles are also avail­able. Each one sells for $40 from www.4dc­i­tyscape.com.

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