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In Praise Of Coveralls

It didn’t take me long in my days of wrenching on a shitty, terrible, always-broken old Volkswagen before I realized that I was quickly running out of junky clothes. Too many of my pants and too many of my shirts retired to running duty were getting greasy beyond use. I needed something.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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I Just Contacted My Ex-Jeep’s New Owner And Got The Closure I Needed

In a moment of weakness last night, I texted my ex-Jeep’s new owner—you know, just to see how things were going. What I learned is that, as much as I miss that beautiful 4.0-liter manual transmission XJ, it doesn’t look like it misses me. It looks genuinely happy.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Here’s How To Replace The Worst Type Of Ball Joints In The Automotive World

If ball joints are allowed to degrade to the point of failure, it can lead to a wheel separating from the vehicle while driving. That is… not good. The Dodge Ram that I bought a few months back ended up having some loose joints up front, and I certainly didn’t want a nightmarish scenario like […]

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Here’s Everything Wrong With My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Off-Road Project

When I bought my 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer a few weeks ago, I’ll admit that I didn’t really look at it very carefully. “Frame doesn’t have holes, engine isn’t seized—I’ll take it,” I decided in desperation after failing to find a project for months. Now I’ve had some time to look the Woodie over, and, […]

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Here’s Why You Never Want To See Your Old Vehicle Again

If I just hadn’t gotten on Craigslist today, my conscience would have been fine. I would never have known the tragedy that had taken place to a machine I once held dear. So much time and effort was put into that bike. My poor, helpless Kawasaki. What happened to you?Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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My Jeep’s Engine Caught Fire Last Night So It’s Time To Talk About The Dangers Of Starting Fluid

Last night, a friend came over to help me shoot some video. He wanted me to crank over my 1986 Grand Wagoneer to see if it ran. I doubted it would, but I gave it a shot anyway. While I was cranking the engine over, he picked up a can of starting fluid. Big mistake.Read […]

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This Madman Is Stuffing A New Honda Civic Type R Motor Into A 1992 Civic Hatch

Miguel Carrera is a Santander, Spain-based 23 year-old automotive technician who’s in the process of stuffing a 306 horsepower Civic Type R engine into a 2,100 pound fifth-generation Honda Civic. It’s all part of an epic project aimed at achieving a power-to-weight figure on par with that of a Dodge Challenger…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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This $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Hasn’t Run In 12 Years And It’s My New Off-Road Project

Two years ago, I used junkyard parts to turn a $600 Jeep Cherokee into an off-road beast. Then I rebuilt a dilapidated 1948 Willys CJ-2A farm Jeep, took it on a 1,300 mile road trip, and wheeled the crap out of it at Moab. Now it’s time to introduce this year’s project: an $800 Jeep […]

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This $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Hasn’t Run In 12 Years And It’s My New Off-Road Project

Two years ago, I used junkyard parts to turn a $600 Jeep Cherokee into an off-road beast. Then I rebuilt a dilapidated 1948 Willys CJ-2A farm Jeep, took it on a 1,300 mile road trip, and wheeled the crap out of it at Moab. Now it’s time to introduce this year’s project: an $800 Jeep […]

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I Need Something Cheap That I Can Work On With Friends! What Car Should I Buy?

Brandon would like to spend his spare time bonding with friends under the hood of a project car. The problem with this plan is that Brandon doesn’t have a lot of experience, but what he and his friends lack in skill they will make up for in determination. What car should he buy?Read more… Continue […]

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