The Truth About Cars » Field Expedient Engineering http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 04 Feb 2016 19:30:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Field Expedient Engineering http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Junkyard Find: Volvo 240 With Rare BMWization Package http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/junkyard-find-volvo-240-with-rare-bmwization-package/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/junkyard-find-volvo-240-with-rare-bmwization-package/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=611537 Most of the time, a car’s final owner doesn’t realize that his or her ride’s next stop will be The Crusher, but some are very aware that the Automotive Grim Reaper will be coming for their wheels soon. Sometimes such an owner glues crap all over the car, and sometimes disturbing cut-and-paste body modifications are […]

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Most of the time, a car’s final owner doesn’t realize that his or her ride’s next stop will be The Crusher, but some are very aware that the Automotive Grim Reaper will be coming for their wheels soon. Sometimes such an owner glues crap all over the car, and sometimes disturbing cut-and-paste body modifications are […]

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Junkyard Find: 1990 Geo Metro-amino Pickup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1990-geo-metro-amino-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1990-geo-metro-amino-pickup/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491854 It takes a really special Geo Metro to achieve Junkyard Find status; the last one that managed the feat was this bright green electric-powered ’95, which turned out to be a Ree-V conversion made in Colorado during the EV optimism of the late 2000s. During a trip to my old San Francisco Bay stomping grounds […]

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It takes a really special Geo Metro to achieve Junkyard Find status; the last one that managed the feat was this bright green electric-powered ’95, which turned out to be a Ree-V conversion made in Colorado during the EV optimism of the late 2000s. During a trip to my old San Francisco Bay stomping grounds […]

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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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Because 454 Cubic Inches Just Isn’t Enough: AMC Marlin Racer Gets Twin Superchargers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/because-454-cubic-inches-just-isnt-enough-amc-marlin-racer-gets-twin-superchargers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/because-454-cubic-inches-just-isnt-enough-amc-marlin-racer-gets-twin-superchargers/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400231 The Speed Holes Racing AMC Marlin took home the Organizer’s Choice award at last year’s Colorado 24 Hours of LeMons race, because A) it has a 454 yanked from a wrecked GMC truck set back about three feet from the Marlin’s normal engine location, B) it has a Jaguar XJ6 rear suspension and differential, C) […]

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The Speed Holes Racing AMC Marlin took home the Organizer’s Choice award at last year’s Colorado 24 Hours of LeMons race, because A) it has a 454 yanked from a wrecked GMC truck set back about three feet from the Marlin’s normal engine location, B) it has a Jaguar XJ6 rear suspension and differential, C) […]

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Down On The Mile High Street: Baffling Honda Accord Pickup http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-mile-high-street-baffling-honda-accord-pickup/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/down-on-the-mile-high-street-baffling-honda-accord-pickup/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397888 Back in the “good ol’ days” at Jalopnik, Davey Johnson, Jonny Lieberman, and I would spend our days searching for examples of homemade El Camino-ized cartrucks. It sort of peaked in early ’07, when we found the Starionmino, but it’s taken until now for me to find a genuine El Accordamino live and in-person, parked […]

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Back in the “good ol’ days” at Jalopnik, Davey Johnson, Jonny Lieberman, and I would spend our days searching for examples of homemade El Camino-ized cartrucks. It sort of peaked in early ’07, when we found the Starionmino, but it’s taken until now for me to find a genuine El Accordamino live and in-person, parked […]

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Field Expedient Engineering: JB Weld Porsche Cylinder Head Repair http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/field-expedient-engineering-jb-weld-porsche-cylinder-head-repair/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/field-expedient-engineering-jb-weld-porsche-cylinder-head-repair/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:57:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393167 When your 1980 Porsche 924 craps out minutes after the start of its first race and you’re in rural Texas, parts might be a little hard to find. You won’t get far with a blown head gasket and big ol’ notches burned in the head itself. But, damn, the clock keeps ticking! The Moose Knuckles […]

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When your 1980 Porsche 924 craps out minutes after the start of its first race and you’re in rural Texas, parts might be a little hard to find. You won’t get far with a blown head gasket and big ol’ notches burned in the head itself. But, damn, the clock keeps ticking! The Moose Knuckles […]

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Fiat X1/9 + Alfa Romeo 164 + Plywood = Launcha Splatos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/fiat-x19-alfa-romeo-164-plywood-launcha-splatos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/fiat-x19-alfa-romeo-164-plywood-launcha-splatos/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:23:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393069 We’ve seen a fair number of outstanding engine swaps in 24 Hours of LeMons racing— the Saab B Turbo-powered 300ZX comes to mind— but most such projects tend to have reliability and/or performance issues in the car-slaughtering arena that is LeMons. At the frozen Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis race a couple weeks back, the much-anticipated […]

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We’ve seen a fair number of outstanding engine swaps in 24 Hours of LeMons racing— the Saab B Turbo-powered 300ZX comes to mind— but most such projects tend to have reliability and/or performance issues in the car-slaughtering arena that is LeMons. At the frozen Campaign To Prevent Gingervitis race a couple weeks back, the much-anticipated […]

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Molvo! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/molvo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/molvo/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389300 When you’ve got a team of LeMons veterans who have been racing a Volvo 245 wagon since the earliest days of the 24 Hours of LeMons and you want to add a second car to the stable, you’re going to face stern disapproval if that second car happens to be a BMW E30 or a […]

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When you’ve got a team of LeMons veterans who have been racing a Volvo 245 wagon since the earliest days of the 24 Hours of LeMons and you want to add a second car to the stable, you’re going to face stern disapproval if that second car happens to be a BMW E30 or a […]

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Two Engines Equals Twice As Good: Toyota MR2olla! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/two-engines-equals-twice-as-good-toyota-mr2olla/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/two-engines-equals-twice-as-good-toyota-mr2olla/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386846 The crazy thing about 24 Hours of LeMons racers is that they actually follow through with their terrible ideas. Maybe it’s the urgency of the deadline, or maybe it’s the peer pressure to keep one-upping the last ridiculous project. Last month we admired the radial aircraft-engine-powered MR2, and now we’ve got another MR2-based team taking […]

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The crazy thing about 24 Hours of LeMons racers is that they actually follow through with their terrible ideas. Maybe it’s the urgency of the deadline, or maybe it’s the peer pressure to keep one-upping the last ridiculous project. Last month we admired the radial aircraft-engine-powered MR2, and now we’ve got another MR2-based team taking […]

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You Say Your Civic Has a Cracked Cylinder Liner? Sawzall, Meet Rocker Arms! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/you-say-your-civic-has-a-cracked-cylinder-liner-sawzall-meet-rocker-arms/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/you-say-your-civic-has-a-cracked-cylinder-liner-sawzall-meet-rocker-arms/#comments Wed, 23 Feb 2011 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=384786 What does it take to win the Heroic Fix trophy at the heroism-heavy Southern Discomfort 24 Hours of LeMons? Frantic engine swaps are a dime a dozen in LeMons racing, but what happens when the replacement engine goes bad? The Terminally Confused team got sweated pretty hard at the last race, what with the newness […]

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What does it take to win the Heroic Fix trophy at the heroism-heavy Southern Discomfort 24 Hours of LeMons? Frantic engine swaps are a dime a dozen in LeMons racing, but what happens when the replacement engine goes bad? The Terminally Confused team got sweated pretty hard at the last race, what with the newness […]

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Ratty’s Jamaican Muffler Shop and Bar: Fix It Up, Forget It! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/rattys-jamaican-muffler-shop-and-bar-fix-it-up-forget-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/rattys-jamaican-muffler-shop-and-bar-fix-it-up-forget-it/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2011 02:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379480 When the 24 Hours of LeMons HQ crew left the season-ending Miami race on New Year’s Day, we didn’t go back home. No, we got right on a plane to northern Jamaica for our corporate retreat! Of course, a LeMons corporate retreat means that we spend most of our time washing down curry goat, mannish […]

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When the 24 Hours of LeMons HQ crew left the season-ending Miami race on New Year’s Day, we didn’t go back home. No, we got right on a plane to northern Jamaica for our corporate retreat! Of course, a LeMons corporate retreat means that we spend most of our time washing down curry goat, mannish […]

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It’s 10:00 PM And Your Van Needs a New Gas Pedal: FrankenPedal! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/its-1000-pm-and-your-van-needs-a-new-gas-pedal-frankenpedal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/its-1000-pm-and-your-van-needs-a-new-gas-pedal-frankenpedal/#comments Thu, 25 Nov 2010 19:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374395 The ’66 A100 Hell Project van came to me in shockingly good shape for a 44-year-old vehicle that sat dead for over a decade, but it still needed endless a few repairs before being really roadworthy. Some get-this-thang-onna-road-now fixes are temporary, while others start out seeming temporary but then win me over. The Hell Project […]

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The ’66 A100 Hell Project van came to me in shockingly good shape for a 44-year-old vehicle that sat dead for over a decade, but it still needed endless a few repairs before being really roadworthy. Some get-this-thang-onna-road-now fixes are temporary, while others start out seeming temporary but then win me over. The Hell Project […]

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