The Truth About Cars » Don’t Try This At Home http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:27:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Hacking traffic lights for fun and profit! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/hacking-traffic-lights-for-fun-and-profit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/hacking-traffic-lights-for-fun-and-profit/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=875361 In a few weeks, at WOOT (the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies — an academic conference where security researchers demonstrate broken stuff), a team from the University of Michigan will be presenting a lovely paper, Green Lights Forever: Analyzing the Security of Traffic Infrastructure. It’s a short and fun read. In summary, it’s common for […]

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In a few weeks, at WOOT (the USENIX Workshop on Offensive Technologies — an academic conference where security researchers demonstrate broken stuff), a team from the University of Michigan will be presenting a lovely paper, Green Lights Forever: Analyzing the Security of Traffic Infrastructure. It’s a short and fun read. In summary, it’s common for […]

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EGR-equipped Buick Regal Hits 40 MPG http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/egr-equipped-buick-regal-hits-40-mpg/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/egr-equipped-buick-regal-hits-40-mpg/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=791809 The current Buick Regal is an excellent car. I know, because I have one parked in my garage (it’s sweet). Still, it could be better- and the guys at the SouthWest Research Institute (SWRI) have figured out a way to enhance the mid-range Buick so that it produces fewer harmful carbon emissions and gets better […]

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The current Buick Regal is an excellent car. I know, because I have one parked in my garage (it’s sweet). Still, it could be better- and the guys at the SouthWest Research Institute (SWRI) have figured out a way to enhance the mid-range Buick so that it produces fewer harmful carbon emissions and gets better […]

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’41 Plymouth Hell Project Puzzle Piece Scored Via Craigslist: Corvette ZR-1 6-Speed! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/41-plymouth-hell-project-puzzle-piece-scored-via-craigslist-corvette-zr-1-6-speed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/41-plymouth-hell-project-puzzle-piece-scored-via-craigslist-corvette-zr-1-6-speed/#comments Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=495712 The 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe sedan Junkyard Find that I bought from the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard last fall now has the body off the frame and is awaiting a Lexus SC400 suspension subframe swap. After much debate about what engine/transmission combo to use in this Hell Project (the plan is to build it to Pikes […]

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The 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe sedan Junkyard Find that I bought from the Brain-Melting Colorado Junkyard last fall now has the body off the frame and is awaiting a Lexus SC400 suspension subframe swap. After much debate about what engine/transmission combo to use in this Hell Project (the plan is to build it to Pikes […]

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Potential TTAC Project Car: Jeep Patriotamino http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/potential-ttac-project-car-jeep-patriotamino/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/potential-ttac-project-car-jeep-patriotamino/#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 18:31:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494935 You may have gathered from my posts and reviews that I live in a mountainous and rural area. I have 9 acres of moderately steep to rolling hillside on which I have more chickens than I can count, some crops that need tending and soon a few sheep will be tossed into the mix. Up […]

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You may have gathered from my posts and reviews that I live in a mountainous and rural area. I have 9 acres of moderately steep to rolling hillside on which I have more chickens than I can count, some crops that need tending and soon a few sheep will be tossed into the mix. Up […]

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Junkyard-Found Chevy Tribal Sticker Leads To New Meme, Blame Social Media http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/junkyard-found-chevy-tribal-sticker-leads-to-new-meme-blame-social-media/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/junkyard-found-chevy-tribal-sticker-leads-to-new-meme-blame-social-media/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486629 During one of my many junkyard trips, I spotted a Crusher-bound Chevy truck with an “EAT’N FORDS/SHIT’N RAMS” window sticker. It wasn’t really worth a separate post here on TTAC, but I figured it would be good for a laugh on the Murilee Martin Facebook page. So, I posted it with the comment “This truck […]

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During one of my many junkyard trips, I spotted a Crusher-bound Chevy truck with an “EAT’N FORDS/SHIT’N RAMS” window sticker. It wasn’t really worth a separate post here on TTAC, but I figured it would be good for a laugh on the Murilee Martin Facebook page. So, I posted it with the comment “This truck […]

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Denver Alley Scavengers Scrap-Maddened By Torqueflite Visible In Yard, Camouflage Only Option http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/denver-alley-scavengers-scrap-maddened-by-torqueflite-visible-in-yard-camouflage-only-option/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/denver-alley-scavengers-scrap-maddened-by-torqueflite-visible-in-yard-camouflage-only-option/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481885 These days, with scrappers paying $240/ton (the going rate in Denver; I hear it’s similar elsewhere) for cars and steel car parts, we’ve seen an explosion in the numbers of guys cruising around in hooptied-out minivans, pickups and the occasional bicycle with trailer, looking for metal. The older parts of the Denver urban core, where […]

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These days, with scrappers paying $240/ton (the going rate in Denver; I hear it’s similar elsewhere) for cars and steel car parts, we’ve seen an explosion in the numbers of guys cruising around in hooptied-out minivans, pickups and the occasional bicycle with trailer, looking for metal. The older parts of the Denver urban core, where […]

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Looking For an Engine Donor For Your ’53 Ford? Police Impound Auction! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/hammer-time-looking-for-an-engine-donor-for-your-53-ford-police-impound-auction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/hammer-time-looking-for-an-engine-donor-for-your-53-ford-police-impound-auction/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475889 Rich, the mastermind behind the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-VW-engined Renault 4CV, just got hired to install a daily-driver-suitable modern drivetrain in a ’53 Ford coupe. The owner wanted to keep it all Ford, EFI makes for much better real-world drivability, and so a late 1980s or newer Ford 5.0 or 5.8 (aka 302 or 351W) […]

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Rich, the mastermind behind the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-VW-engined Renault 4CV, just got hired to install a daily-driver-suitable modern drivetrain in a ’53 Ford coupe. The owner wanted to keep it all Ford, EFI makes for much better real-world drivability, and so a late 1980s or newer Ford 5.0 or 5.8 (aka 302 or 351W) […]

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Self-Driving Cars: The Legal Nitty Gritty http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/self-driving-cars-the-legal-nitty-gritty/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/self-driving-cars-the-legal-nitty-gritty/#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:49:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475368 It’s now apparently legal to have self-driving cars in California and Nevada, and this should spread across the country rapidly. One industry report predicts we’ll have them by 2019. For the purposes of this article, let’s assume that the costs will come down slowly but surely and adoption will grow quickly. Let’s jump all the […]

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It’s now apparently legal to have self-driving cars in California and Nevada, and this should spread across the country rapidly. One industry report predicts we’ll have them by 2019. For the purposes of this article, let’s assume that the costs will come down slowly but surely and adoption will grow quickly. Let’s jump all the […]

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It’s the Weekend, It’s 3 Degrees Out, and It’s Half-Price Day At the Junkyard! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/its-the-weekend-its-3-degrees-out-and-its-half-price-day-at-the-junkyard/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/its-the-weekend-its-3-degrees-out-and-its-half-price-day-at-the-junkyard/#comments Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=473239 Back when Pick-N-Pull and Pick Your Part both operated yards in Northern California, Half Price Day sales used to take place at least every couple of months. Everything was half off on those days, which meant you could get transmissions for something like 30 bucks, complete engines for $75, and so on. Then, back in […]

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Back when Pick-N-Pull and Pick Your Part both operated yards in Northern California, Half Price Day sales used to take place at least every couple of months. Everything was half off on those days, which meant you could get transmissions for something like 30 bucks, complete engines for $75, and so on. Then, back in […]

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12 Golden Country Greats: The Murilee Martin Lifestyle Brand™’s Greatest Hits of 2012 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/12-golden-country-greats-the-murilee-martin-lifestyle-brands-greatest-hits-of-2012/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/12-golden-country-greats-the-murilee-martin-lifestyle-brands-greatest-hits-of-2012/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2013 19:01:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=472133 I wrote a lot of vaguely-car-related stuff in 2012, and here’s my chance to show off the stuff that made me proudest (or at least took the most work to create). Enjoy. When I Build My Spaceship, It Will Be Equipped With This Cordia Instrument Cluster After years of an unhealthy fascination with science-fictiony Japanese […]

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I wrote a lot of vaguely-car-related stuff in 2012, and here’s my chance to show off the stuff that made me proudest (or at least took the most work to create). Enjoy. When I Build My Spaceship, It Will Be Equipped With This Cordia Instrument Cluster After years of an unhealthy fascination with science-fictiony Japanese […]

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Question: What Engine/Transmission Swap Belongs In the ’41 Plymouth? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/question-what-enginetransmission-swap-belongs-in-the-41-plymouth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/question-what-enginetransmission-swap-belongs-in-the-41-plymouth/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468464 Since my brain threw a code and made me buy the 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe Junkyard Find yesterday, I need to choose a suitable modern engine and transmission combo for the thing. I’ve hired a rocket scientist and weirdo hot-rodder (the lunatic who built the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-engined Renault 4CV) to execute a chassis […]

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Since my brain threw a code and made me buy the 1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe Junkyard Find yesterday, I need to choose a suitable modern engine and transmission combo for the thing. I’ve hired a rocket scientist and weirdo hot-rodder (the lunatic who built the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-engined Renault 4CV) to execute a chassis […]

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Because You Grab This Stuff While You Can: Junkyard Integra Donates Brakes For My Civic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/because-you-grab-this-stuff-while-you-can-junkyard-integra-donates-brakes-for-my-civic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/because-you-grab-this-stuff-while-you-can-junkyard-integra-donates-brakes-for-my-civic/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:30:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468195 So I’ve still got an Integra GS-R engine sitting in my garage, waiting to be swapped into my hooptie ’92 Civic DX— because the fifth-gen Civic, with its ease of parts-swapping and galaxy of aftermarket stuff, is to the present day what the ’55 Chevy was to the 1970s— and when that happens I’ll need […]

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So I’ve still got an Integra GS-R engine sitting in my garage, waiting to be swapped into my hooptie ’92 Civic DX— because the fifth-gen Civic, with its ease of parts-swapping and galaxy of aftermarket stuff, is to the present day what the ’55 Chevy was to the 1970s— and when that happens I’ll need […]

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Don’t Try This At Home: How Could Anyone Resist a Subaru XT Turbo Digital Dash? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/dont-try-this-at-home-how-could-anyone-resist-a-subaru-xt-turbo-digital-dash/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/dont-try-this-at-home-how-could-anyone-resist-a-subaru-xt-turbo-digital-dash/#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:30:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466967 After I photographed today’s Junkyard Find in a Colorado self-service wrecking yard, I agonized over that digital instrument cluster. I have this crazy idea that I can hack old digital instrument clusters and operate them with an Arduino microcontroller, so that I can have a display on my office wall to go with my collection […]

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After I photographed today’s Junkyard Find in a Colorado self-service wrecking yard, I agonized over that digital instrument cluster. I have this crazy idea that I can hack old digital instrument clusters and operate them with an Arduino microcontroller, so that I can have a display on my office wall to go with my collection […]

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Don’t Try This At Home: Another 80s Japanese Digital Dash Added To My Collection http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/dont-try-this-at-home-another-80s-japanese-digital-dash-added-to-my-collection/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/dont-try-this-at-home-another-80s-japanese-digital-dash-added-to-my-collection/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:55:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458423 There’s no way I’m going to spot a junked 80s Japanese car with the optional super-futuristic digital dash and not go back and buy that instrument cluster. So, now I’ve got a genuine digital dash collection going on, adding the Cressida cluster to my ’84 Nissan 300ZX Turbo cluster and my ’83 Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo […]

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There’s no way I’m going to spot a junked 80s Japanese car with the optional super-futuristic digital dash and not go back and buy that instrument cluster. So, now I’ve got a genuine digital dash collection going on, adding the Cressida cluster to my ’84 Nissan 300ZX Turbo cluster and my ’83 Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo […]

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Don’t Try This At Home: Yes, I Bought the 300ZX Digital Instrument Cluster http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/dont-try-this-at-home-yes-i-bought-the-300zx-digital-instrument-cluster/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/dont-try-this-at-home-yes-i-bought-the-300zx-digital-instrument-cluster/#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2012 14:30:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455866 When I saw today’s Junkyard Find at my local self-serve junkyard, I knew that I had to own that incredible digital dash. You see, I’ve already got a Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo digital instrument cluster, which means I’m collecting this stuff now. Someone had already started tearing up the dash before I got there, but the […]

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When I saw today’s Junkyard Find at my local self-serve junkyard, I knew that I had to own that incredible digital dash. You see, I’ve already got a Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo digital instrument cluster, which means I’m collecting this stuff now. Someone had already started tearing up the dash before I got there, but the […]

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What’s It Really Like To Obliterate a Press Car? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/whats-it-really-like-to-obliterate-a-press-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/whats-it-really-like-to-obliterate-a-press-car/#comments Sat, 28 Jul 2012 14:30:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454544 After reading Jack’s “mean-spiritedly annotated” interpretation of Motor Trend’s Scott Evans’ rollover of a Cadillac ATS at a press event and then Scott’s safe-n-sane account of his unfortunate off-road adventure, I remembered 24 Hours of LeMons head honcho Jay Lamm mentioning that he’d rolled a Range Rover in spectacular fashion during his car-journo days. With […]

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After reading Jack’s “mean-spiritedly annotated” interpretation of Motor Trend’s Scott Evans’ rollover of a Cadillac ATS at a press event and then Scott’s safe-n-sane account of his unfortunate off-road adventure, I remembered 24 Hours of LeMons head honcho Jay Lamm mentioning that he’d rolled a Range Rover in spectacular fashion during his car-journo days. With […]

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Kill Switch Thwarts Denver Civic Thieves Once Again, Junkyard Parts To the Rescue http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/kill-switch-thwarts-denver-civic-thieves-once-again-junkyard-parts-to-the-rescue/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/kill-switch-thwarts-denver-civic-thieves-once-again-junkyard-parts-to-the-rescue/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:30:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453416 I love my beater 1992 Honda Civic, and living near downtown Denver is great, but the combination of fifth-gen Civic and urban living means that thieves are going to try to steal my street-parked car on a depressingly regular basis. Would-be thieves tore up my steering column less than a year ago, and they did […]

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I love my beater 1992 Honda Civic, and living near downtown Denver is great, but the combination of fifth-gen Civic and urban living means that thieves are going to try to steal my street-parked car on a depressingly regular basis. Would-be thieves tore up my steering column less than a year ago, and they did […]

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Because Not Every Old VW Deserves To Live: Fetching Crusher Food! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/because-not-every-old-vw-deserves-to-live-fetching-crusher-food/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/because-not-every-old-vw-deserves-to-live-fetching-crusher-food/#comments Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=452542 You don’t need a good reason to visit the Mecca of Colorado wrecking yards on the Fourth of July, but we had one: I was tagging along on a mission to grab a couple of dead Rabbits that could be turned into cash at Denver’s ever-ravenous Crusher/shredder. Here’s how the scrap-metal food chain that (mostly) […]

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You don’t need a good reason to visit the Mecca of Colorado wrecking yards on the Fourth of July, but we had one: I was tagging along on a mission to grab a couple of dead Rabbits that could be turned into cash at Denver’s ever-ravenous Crusher/shredder. Here’s how the scrap-metal food chain that (mostly) […]

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Working On a Harlequin Interior For My Civic, One Junkyard Piece At a Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/working-on-a-harlequin-interior-for-my-civic-one-junkyard-piece-at-a-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/working-on-a-harlequin-interior-for-my-civic-one-junkyard-piece-at-a-time/#comments Wed, 30 May 2012 18:03:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446763 There’s a liberating feeling when you have to fix some interior component on a beater transportation car (e.g., my destined-to-become-a-track-car 1992 Civic DX) and you don’t care about color matching. Item #3,491 on the list of Parts Whose Failure Doesn’t Stop You From Driving, But Still Drives You Crazy: the glovebox door latch. My Civic […]

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There’s a liberating feeling when you have to fix some interior component on a beater transportation car (e.g., my destined-to-become-a-track-car 1992 Civic DX) and you don’t care about color matching. Item #3,491 on the list of Parts Whose Failure Doesn’t Stop You From Driving, But Still Drives You Crazy: the glovebox door latch. My Civic […]

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Finally, the A100 Does What a Van Should Do! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/finally-the-a100-does-what-a-van-should-do/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/finally-the-a100-does-what-a-van-should-do/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439284 The 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project was on hold for much of last year, getting stuck in Front Axle Rebuild Limbo for a while. I scored a bunch of junkyard parts in February, and the van came back home a few weeks back. Now, for the first time since it was parked in 1998 with […]

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The 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project was on hold for much of last year, getting stuck in Front Axle Rebuild Limbo for a while. I scored a bunch of junkyard parts in February, and the van came back home a few weeks back. Now, for the first time since it was parked in 1998 with […]

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When You Need Garage Tunes Right Now: Field Expedient Surround-Sound Audio System http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/when-you-need-garage-tunes-right-now-field-expedient-surround-sound-audio-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/when-you-need-garage-tunes-right-now-field-expedient-surround-sound-audio-system/#comments Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:20:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431624 When I moved into a Victorian near downtown Denver summer before last, I finally had something I’ve been longing for since I started messing around with cars: a garage! Since that time, I’ve been (very) gradually upgrading the place, with better wiring, insulation, beer signs, and so on. My long-term plan for the place involves […]

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When I moved into a Victorian near downtown Denver summer before last, I finally had something I’ve been longing for since I started messing around with cars: a garage! Since that time, I’ve been (very) gradually upgrading the place, with better wiring, insulation, beer signs, and so on. My long-term plan for the place involves […]

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Junkyard Jackpot: The Missing Pieces For the A100 Hell Project Puzzle http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-jackpot-the-missing-pieces-for-the-a100-hell-project-puzzle/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/junkyard-jackpot-the-missing-pieces-for-the-a100-hell-project-puzzle/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:30:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431198 My 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project has been in semi-hibernation since the summer, but now it has a rebuilt front end and I’m ready to get back into turning it into the 8-track-equipped custom van of my dreams. Since I bought my van project, the toughest problem has been finding junked A100s to provide a […]

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My 1966 Dodge A100 Hell Project has been in semi-hibernation since the summer, but now it has a rebuilt front end and I’m ready to get back into turning it into the 8-track-equipped custom van of my dreams. Since I bought my van project, the toughest problem has been finding junked A100s to provide a […]

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When You See a Clean Corinthian Leather Bench Seat In the Junkyard, You Buy It! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/when-you-see-a-clean-corinthian-leather-bench-seat-in-the-junkyard-you-buy-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/when-you-see-a-clean-corinthian-leather-bench-seat-in-the-junkyard-you-buy-it/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428125 When I saw the interior of today’s Junkyard Find, I knew: I must have that Corinthian Leather bench seat! Maybe I’ll put it in the back of my ’66 Dodge A100 van, or maybe I’ll just convert it into a comfy, Ricardo Montalban-grade garage couch. Either way, I returned to the junkyard yesterday with a […]

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When I saw the interior of today’s Junkyard Find, I knew: I must have that Corinthian Leather bench seat! Maybe I’ll put it in the back of my ’66 Dodge A100 van, or maybe I’ll just convert it into a comfy, Ricardo Montalban-grade garage couch. Either way, I returned to the junkyard yesterday with a […]

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When I Build My Spaceship, It Will Be Equipped With This Mitsubishi Cordia Instrument Cluster http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/when-i-build-my-spaceship-it-will-be-equipped-with-this-mitsubishi-cordia-instrument-cluster/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/when-i-build-my-spaceship-it-will-be-equipped-with-this-mitsubishi-cordia-instrument-cluster/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 18:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=424093 After seeing the intensely early-1980s-Japan instrument cluster in this ’83 Cordia in a Northern California wrecking yard a few weeks back, it gnawed at me that I hadn’t brought the tools to pull the thing on the spot. I kept thinking about the amazing big-nosed climate-control humanoid diagram, and the even-better-than-the-280ZX-Turbo “bar graph” tachometer. Finally, […]

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After seeing the intensely early-1980s-Japan instrument cluster in this ’83 Cordia in a Northern California wrecking yard a few weeks back, it gnawed at me that I hadn’t brought the tools to pull the thing on the spot. I kept thinking about the amazing big-nosed climate-control humanoid diagram, and the even-better-than-the-280ZX-Turbo “bar graph” tachometer. Finally, […]

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When You Need a Sensible Tow Vehicle: Cab-Over Ford With Nowhere-Near-Finished Toronado FWD Drivetrain Swap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/when-you-need-a-sensible-tow-vehicle-cab-over-ford-with-nowhere-near-finished-toronado-fwd-drivetrain-swap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/when-you-need-a-sensible-tow-vehicle-cab-over-ford-with-nowhere-near-finished-toronado-fwd-drivetrain-swap/#comments Wed, 21 Dec 2011 16:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423030 It’s always good to have friends with way crazier more ambitious vehicular projects than one’s own not-making-much-forward-progress Hell Projects. Rich, captain of the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-VW-engined Renault 4CV, has a snake pit cornucopia of such projects at his place, not far from Chez Murilee in Denver. Rich, last seen by TTAC readers helping me […]

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It’s always good to have friends with way crazier more ambitious vehicular projects than one’s own not-making-much-forward-progress Hell Projects. Rich, captain of the Rocket Surgery Racing mid-VW-engined Renault 4CV, has a snake pit cornucopia of such projects at his place, not far from Chez Murilee in Denver. Rich, last seen by TTAC readers helping me […]

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