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How We Transformed A Flooded Salvage Toyota 86 Into A Race Car For Charity

The idea seemed simple: we find a Toyota 86 that damaged in Hurricane Harvey, and then do whatever it takes to transform it into an endurance race car for a charity event aimed at helping the city’s residents get back on their feet after last fall’s devastating floods. But as with all my ideas, the […]

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Here’s How Much My ‘$800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer’ Moab Adventure Really Cost

A few weeks ago, I took a rusty Jeep named Project Redwood on a 3,500 mile road trip to and from the off-road Mecca of Moab, Utah. While the aim of the trip was to show that grand off-road adventures don’t have to be pricey, I did end up spending quite a bit more than […]

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How To Make Wrenching Fun

“How do you fall in love with such a boring, tedious, frustrating pastime???” my coworker Michael Ballaban just asked me, referring to wrenching. He’s no mechanic. Here, he was taken aback by the notion that anyone could loath servicing their own automobile, I gathered my thoughts and began writing about why wrenching…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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This Weirdo Comedy Show From The 1990s Was Making Fun Of Every Car YouTube Channel

You found out the ONE TRUE WAY to protect your car from pot holes NOW?!?!?!?!?!?! Check out your custom-built VARIABLE-WHEELBASE machine!!!!!!!!! You spent HOW MUCH on a SUPRA?!!?!?!??!?!?!?!?! Okay, so that last one wasn’t featured on the Red Green Show, but the whole thing did seem like a send-up of present-day Car…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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My 265,000-Mile Turbo Toyota Pickup Had A Nasty Surprise Lurking Within

When buying a vehicle with more than a quarter of a million miles, you have to expect it’s going to need a lot of work right out of the gate. When I decided to purchase this 1986 Toyota Pickup Turbo, I may have underestimated how much work that would be.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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My 265,000-Mile Turbo Toyota Pickup Had A Nasty Surprise Lurking Within

When buying a vehicle with more than a quarter of a million miles, you have to expect it’s going to need a lot of work right out of the gate. When I decided to purchase this 1986 Toyota Pickup Turbo, I may have underestimated how much work that would be.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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My 265,000-Mile Turbo Toyota Pickup Had A Nasty Surprise Lurking Within

When buying a vehicle with more than a quarter of a million miles, you have to expect it’s going to need a lot of work right out of the gate. When I decided to purchase this 1986 Toyota Pickup Turbo, I may have underestimated how much work that would be.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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How My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Made It 1,700 Miles To Moab Despite A Scary Breakdown

Project Redwood—my $800 Craigslist Jeep Grand Wagoneer that hadn’t run in 12 years when I purchased it—just drove 1,700 miles from Michigan to the off-road trails of Utah almost flawlessly. I say “almost” because in the middle of nowhere, Colorado, the big Woodie left me and my copilot stranded. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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These Nuts Are Building A Caster-Wheeled Drift Cart Out Of A Volvo V70 Chopped In Half

The mad scientists at Hoonigan are big fans of caster-wheeled Crazy Carts—the cool little toys made for drifting—but Crazy Carts just don’t have enough power. So, they’re taking a front-wheel-drive Volvo V70, hacking it in half and making their own giant Crazy Cart for lunatic grown-ups. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Here Are The Amazing Tools You Can Borrow For Free From Your Local Car Parts Store

Here in the U.S., car parts stores rent out specialty tools for free, making wrenching accessible to the masses. It’s wonderful thing, especially since there are so many amazing tools to choose from. Here’s a look at some of the hardware you can borrow from your local auto parts retailer without spending a penny.Read more… […]

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Praise The Car Gods The Electrical Gremlins Have Left My $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer 

With only 10 days left before my $800 Jeep Grand Wagoneer has to drive 1,700 miles from Michigan to the off-road trails of Utah, I’ve been desperate for wrenching help lately. Luckily, this past weekend, some friends noticed this desperation, and helped me defeat my arch nemeses: electrical gremlins.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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