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.