The Truth About Cars » Project Car Hell http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 20:14:50 +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 » Project Car Hell http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Crapwagon Outtake: 1987 Porsche 924S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/crapwagon-outtake-1987-porsche-924s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/crapwagon-outtake-1987-porsche-924s/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1196426 The lure of the cheap “exotic” car can be irresistible for some gearheads. Just open up eBay Motors sometime and type “project” into the search bar. Instantly, dozens of cars, old and new, are there to haunt your bargain-hunting dreams. In a quick glance, I spotted a Viper, a Z32 300ZX, and even a Local […]

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The lure of the cheap “exotic” car can be irresistible for some gearheads. Just open up eBay Motors sometime and type “project” into the search bar. Instantly, dozens of cars, old and new, are there to haunt your bargain-hunting dreams. In a quick glance, I spotted a Viper, a Z32 300ZX, and even a Local […]

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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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Behind the Garages At Sears Point: Treasure Trove of Hell Projects! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/behind-the-garages-at-sears-point-treasure-trove-of-hell-projects/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/behind-the-garages-at-sears-point-treasure-trove-of-hell-projects/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482582 I visit Sears Point aka Sonoma Raceway a couple times a year as part of my gig as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court. That means I do a lot of roaming around the facility, in search of vantage points to shoot photos of the action. Last weekend, while covering the […]

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I visit Sears Point aka Sonoma Raceway a couple times a year as part of my gig as Chief Justice of the 24 Hours of LeMons Supreme Court. That means I do a lot of roaming around the facility, in search of vantage points to shoot photos of the action. Last weekend, while covering the […]

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G-Body Project Car Hell Part 2: Grand National Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/g-body-project-car-hell-part-2-grand-national-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/g-body-project-car-hell-part-2-grand-national-time/#comments Sat, 24 Mar 2012 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=436214 After Joey and I sat down and tallied up all of the costs of our proposed Monte Carlo G-Body project; crate motor, upgraded cooling system, differential, engine accessories, transmission not to mention bodywork, interior refurbishing, brakes, suspension and all the other fun expensive stuff, we decided to abandon the project. Instead, Joey’s getting a Grand National. […]

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After Joey and I sat down and tallied up all of the costs of our proposed Monte Carlo G-Body project; crate motor, upgraded cooling system, differential, engine accessories, transmission not to mention bodywork, interior refurbishing, brakes, suspension and all the other fun expensive stuff, we decided to abandon the project. Instead, Joey’s getting a Grand National. […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project, Part 9: Fastening Shoulder Belts, Bailing From Academia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/1965-impala-hell-project-part-9-fastening-shoulder-belts-bailing-from-academia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/1965-impala-hell-project-part-9-fastening-shoulder-belts-bailing-from-academia/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407188 Introduction • Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part 5 • Part 6 • Part 7 • Part 8 • Part 9 • Part 10 Once the Impala had been modified sufficiently to function as a 1992-grade daily driver, the long-term project of converting it into an art car […]

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Introduction • Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part 5 • Part 6 • Part 7 • Part 8 • Part 9 • Part 10 Once the Impala had been modified sufficiently to function as a 1992-grade daily driver, the long-term project of converting it into an art car […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project Part 5: Three Speeds, Two Exhaust Pipes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/1965-impala-hell-project-part-5-three-speeds-two-exhaust-pipes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/1965-impala-hell-project-part-5-three-speeds-two-exhaust-pipes/#comments Sun, 03 Jul 2011 16:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400871 In the last episode of the Impala Hell Project story, Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in the summer of 1990 made me choose a small-block engine instead of the big-block I’d originally planned as a worn-out 283 replacement. I was still running the factory single exhaust and two-speed Powerglide transmission at that point, so some more […]

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In the last episode of the Impala Hell Project story, Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in the summer of 1990 made me choose a small-block engine instead of the big-block I’d originally planned as a worn-out 283 replacement. I was still running the factory single exhaust and two-speed Powerglide transmission at that point, so some more […]

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A100 Hell Project: Finally, the Right Tachometer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/a100-hell-project-finally-the-right-tachometer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/a100-hell-project-finally-the-right-tachometer/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401199 The thing about my ’66 Dodge A100 van project that makes it a challenge is that I’m going for an early 1970s customization job, not the far easier late 1970s routine. My van won’t have Aztecs On Mars airbrush murals or a wood-burning stove (not that there’s anything wrong with those things), but it does […]

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The thing about my ’66 Dodge A100 van project that makes it a challenge is that I’m going for an early 1970s customization job, not the far easier late 1970s routine. My van won’t have Aztecs On Mars airbrush murals or a wood-burning stove (not that there’s anything wrong with those things), but it does […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project Part 4: Saddam Chooses My New Engine http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/1965-impala-hell-project-part-4-saddam-chooses-my-new-engine/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/1965-impala-hell-project-part-4-saddam-chooses-my-new-engine/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 21:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398759 When I bought my Impala, I knew that its 300,000-mile 283 engine wasn’t long for the world, what with the near-nonexistent oil pressure, clouds of oil smoke under acceleration and deceleration, and fixin’-to-toss-a-rod sound effects. Still, due to thin-wallet limitations, I was determined to squeeze one last year of property-value-lowering 283 driving before obtaining a […]

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When I bought my Impala, I knew that its 300,000-mile 283 engine wasn’t long for the world, what with the near-nonexistent oil pressure, clouds of oil smoke under acceleration and deceleration, and fixin’-to-toss-a-rod sound effects. Still, due to thin-wallet limitations, I was determined to squeeze one last year of property-value-lowering 283 driving before obtaining a […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project Part 3: Lowering Property Values http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/1965-impala-hell-project-part-3-lowering-property-values/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/1965-impala-hell-project-part-3-lowering-property-values/#comments Sat, 11 Jun 2011 19:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398210 In Part 2 of this series, I began the process of modifying my newly-obtained ’65 Impala sedan to suit my concept of a true art car. Once I’d sprayed the chrome flat black, replaced the skinny back tires with fat Radial TAs on universal slot mags, pried off most of the emblems, and torn out […]

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In Part 2 of this series, I began the process of modifying my newly-obtained ’65 Impala sedan to suit my concept of a true art car. Once I’d sprayed the chrome flat black, replaced the skinny back tires with fat Radial TAs on universal slot mags, pried off most of the emblems, and torn out […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project Part 2: The Modifications Begin http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/1965-impala-hell-project-part-2-the-modifications-begin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/1965-impala-hell-project-part-2-the-modifications-begin/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:45:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397067 In Part 1 of this series, I described the purchase of a 1965 Chevrolet Impala in early 1990, for use as the raw material in a complex performance/installation art piece. Within a single day of taking ownership of the car, I began the process of modifying it to suit my artistic vision. In harsh daylight, […]

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In Part 1 of this series, I described the purchase of a 1965 Chevrolet Impala in early 1990, for use as the raw material in a complex performance/installation art piece. Within a single day of taking ownership of the car, I began the process of modifying it to suit my artistic vision. In harsh daylight, […]

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1965 Impala Hell Project Part 1: So It Begins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/1965-impala-hell-project-part-1-so-it-begins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/1965-impala-hell-project-part-1-so-it-begins/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 01:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396134 As I explained in the introduction to this series last week, I’m finally tackling the story of the most significant car I’ve ever owned. This ’65 Impala went through ten years, 100,000 miles, and many conceptual shifts during its time with me, but it all started out as my attempt to make an art car […]

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As I explained in the introduction to this series last week, I’m finally tackling the story of the most significant car I’ve ever owned. This ’65 Impala went through ten years, 100,000 miles, and many conceptual shifts during its time with me, but it all started out as my attempt to make an art car […]

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Art Car to Daily Driver to Drag Racer: 10 Years of My 1965 Impala Hell Project http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/art-car-to-daily-driver-to-drag-racer-10-years-of-my-1965-impala-hell-project/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/art-car-to-daily-driver-to-drag-racer-10-years-of-my-1965-impala-hell-project/#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 21:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395412 I put in four years and thousands of posts at Jalopnik, writing about most of my formative cars… but never once did I write the story of the car that served me longest, gave me the most miles, endured the most engine swaps, and generally laid claim to a bigger piece of my heart than […]

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I put in four years and thousands of posts at Jalopnik, writing about most of my formative cars… but never once did I write the story of the car that served me longest, gave me the most miles, endured the most engine swaps, and generally laid claim to a bigger piece of my heart than […]

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Put Up Or Shut Up Challenge: Fiat 131S Mirafiori Climatizzata http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/put-up-or-shut-up-challenge-fiat-131s-mirafiori-climatizzata/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/put-up-or-shut-up-challenge-fiat-131s-mirafiori-climatizzata/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 20:30:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393652 Nobody rescued the low-mile ’66 Coronet from its date with The Crusher (though as far as I know it’s still alive), but now we’ve got a new Put Up Or Shut Up Challenge! When was the last time you saw a car with “Climatizzata” badges? Not many 131s were sold in North America (the later […]

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Nobody rescued the low-mile ’66 Coronet from its date with The Crusher (though as far as I know it’s still alive), but now we’ve got a new Put Up Or Shut Up Challenge! When was the last time you saw a car with “Climatizzata” badges? Not many 131s were sold in North America (the later […]

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Project Car Hell, Soviet Edition: GAZ Volga 21 or ZAZ-966 Zaporozhets? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/project-car-hell-soviet-edition-gaz-volga-21-or-zaz-966/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/project-car-hell-soviet-edition-gaz-volga-21-or-zaz-966/#comments Fri, 25 Feb 2011 15:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385107 I’ve already got a custom-van project and a basket-case Toyota 20R-powered Sprite project, but what I really want is a genuine, red-flag-waving Warsaw Pact machine to cruise around Denver. I don’t mean any Lada, either— it’s got to be a genuine, designed-and-built-in-the-USSR car, not a Fiat clone! Fortunately, I have a car-freak friend in the […]

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I’ve already got a custom-van project and a basket-case Toyota 20R-powered Sprite project, but what I really want is a genuine, red-flag-waving Warsaw Pact machine to cruise around Denver. I don’t mean any Lada, either— it’s got to be a genuine, designed-and-built-in-the-USSR car, not a Fiat clone! Fortunately, I have a car-freak friend in the […]

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