Tag Archives: Wrenching

This Apocalypse-Ready Nissan 300ZX Does Battle With an Unusual Infiniti V8 Swap

Nathan Churchel has always looked for ways to make his 1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo stand out, as merely being the second person he knew of to swap in the massive VH45DE V8 from an Infiniti Q45 wasn’t enough. He gave the car a truly apocalypse-ready metal widebody, and was one of the showstoppers at Radwood Philly.

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This Tire-Smoking Porsche 944 Showed Me Why You Basic Bros Love the LS Swap So Much

For years, I have been meh about the LS swap. General Motors’ ubiquitous V8 engine fits almost anywhere! It makes a lot of power! I know, I know. But it’s so common. It is the “live, laugh, love” of engine swaps, my dudes. It is as basic as pumpkin spice. I got bored of hearing about them.

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Here’s Everything I’ve Done This Year to Keep My Old Audi A6 on the Road

My 1999 Audi A6 Avant is a nice old car. The emphasis however is on old and that means it needs a good bit of attention to keep it happy. Here’s what that entailed this year, along with a handy Pain-In-The-Ass scale for each.

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This Guy Restored a BMW 2002 With Whatever He Could Find, Including a Tree Stump

Anybody who tells you that you have to enlist a pricey automotive shop to restore a basket-case car is a fool. Casey Madrick picked up one of the most beloved driver’s cars of all time—a 1976 BMW 2002—and restored it himself at home using everything from old Volvo parts to a tree stump in the process. It’s a car too…

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The Number of Nuts Stuffed Into This Nissan Murano’s Engine Bay Is Astonishing

A Nissan Murano recently rolled into Mike Thomson’s shop at a Nissan dealership in Ontario, Canada because of a check engine light. Upon popping the hood, Thomson and his team discovered hundreds of nuts stashed in every nook and cranny of the engine bay.

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‘Mission Creep’ Is Threatening to Take My 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle Project Into Infinity

I was just going to replace a single broken exhaust bolt in my 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle’s cylinder head, when I discovered some major issues that threaten to turn this “short” repair into a genuine time-suck. This phenomenon is called “mission creep” and for decades, it’s been plaguing wrenchers around the…

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Installing a Trailer Hitch on a Mazda Miata Is Incredibly Easy and Fixes the Car’s Biggest Flaw

It may sound like blasphemy adding weight to a new Mazda Miata, but the lovable convertible sports car is small, and owning one really puts a squeeze on how much stuff you can carry. So my friend David decided to install a trailer hitch, and surprisingly, the whole job was extremely easy.

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This Turbo Miata-Powered Lotus Replica Started With a Haynes Book and Went Nuts by Page Two

Building a car from scratch in your basement is hard enough to make you a bit of a hero to the rest of us. Going off-plan to completely re-engineer the design of the car, adding a turbo and doing all your own carbon fiber work is the stuff of legends. Meet Jon Frecks, whose home-built Lotus Seven replica rules hard.

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I Just Bought a $100 Welder and It’s Like I Have a New Superpower

This past weekend, I bought a dirt-cheap welder, grabbed some metal that I had sitting around the garage, and began building a skill that feels like a human superpower: fusing metal together. Picking up this contraption is a step that I wish I had taken many years ago, and one that I can’t recommend enough to anyone…

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What Is The Dumbest Way You’ve Damaged Your Car?

Inspired by a recent post over on The Concourse, which was itself inspired by a very good tweet concerning personal injury stories, I got to thinking about the dumbest things I’ve done to damage my car. A car is a little bit like a small-scale mech suit that we slip on to provide humans with the power of high speed…

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