Whenever I see a 1998 Acura Integra with a cursive decal on the front window saying “Daily Driven,” my reaction is a curt “Yeah, no shit.” However, if you own a heavily depreciated and insanely complex luxury car like I do, the prospect of driving it daily on a shoestring budget becomes exponentially more interesting,…
There are plenty of good reasons to keep a car a long time. Maybe it’s all you can afford, or you just plain love what you’ve got. I drive an 11-year-old Acura TL with a little over 200,000 miles on it. The major components have been fine, but once I hit that milestone, the bits you’d never even think about breaking…
My piece of crap Honda Accord, which has been ruining my life since day one, is finally sold and out of my hair. Okay, actually it’s not, because I’m a genius and sold it to my landlord. Who happens to live 50 feet away. And who can’t drive a stick.
An article in Modern Farmer yesterday (I like to keep up on farming, since I have a small plot of sorghum growing in my shower) reminded me of the plight of farmers to keep the right to fix their own machinery. Gearheads managed to get this right protected last year, but, right now, farmers are still under John…
The good news is that my Baja Bug is up and running again. The bad news is that it shoots fireballs.
A Mercedes-Benz S-Class should be a few things: luxurious, comfortable, and above all, quiet. My car was two of those things, but failed pretty miserably on the last bit because of one common component failing in spectacular form. Here’s how I fixed it with my bank account and sanity intact.
Ford has decorated a Shelby GT350 as a tribute to legendary U.S. Air Force pilot Bob Hoover and his P-51 stunt plane “Ole Yeller.” It will be auctioned off for charity, which is wonderful. But why’d they have to go and make it look like a tuner car from 2001?
AutoFlex is not a vinyl wrap. It’s definitely not paint. It’s not exactly Plasti Dip or any other “removable coating” products we love covering our cars in, either. But it sure is pretty.
Ah, the spindle nut: it is among the most derided nuts in all of nut-dom. This little one on a Honda single-handedly destroyed (nearly) every tool with which its owner tried to remove it.
There’s a Fiat 850 for sale not too far from me. The ad caught my eye, because I love rear-engined Fiats. This one looks like a decent candidate for restoration, but the way it’s being sold is peculiar. The owner is pitching it as a huge carrying case for a pair of headlights, and maybe some wheels.
“Old Start Cold Start” videos are among the greatest contributions YouTube has ever made to humanity. The videos show ambitious wrenchers trying to fire up the most horribly dilapidated cars you’ve ever seen—cars that, based on their appearances, really shouldn’t have a chance in hell at running.
The one thing I fear the most in life is a missed opportunity. The idea that I’m missing out on something great in the future for a present-day luxury literally keeps me up at night. So, in order to secure said future, I’ve finally sold my ridiculously rare 1999 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4. This sucks.
The BMW M3 is a (virtually) universally appreciated car. Pretty, practical, fun to drive—there’s not much to dislike. If you want one today, the E36 body style of the 1990s tends to be the cheapest. But, the question becomes, how much “M3” is still left in a decent example after all that time?
Wait, how is that intake going to work?
Well, this is one of the more interesting engine swaps in recent years.
This is a 1JZ-swapped 1980s rear-wheel-drive Toyota Cressida with a five-speed manual and it’s near me and please just buy this so I don’t do it myself.
Nobody can MacGyver a fix for a car like Cuban mechanics. All they need is a handful of dirt, some spit and a chewed up shoestring, and—boom—they’ve got a rebuilt transmission. Here’s Ray Magliozzi from Car Talk showing just how resourceful the Cubans are with a wrench.
You’ve got to respect this kind of dedication to tremendously bad decisions.
Bargain hunting is fun. It’s the act of finding something that someone has apparently undervalued and using it for its original purpose, but for a fraction of its original price. However, as is the case with my criminally cheap Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, sometimes one man’s junk is just junk, no matter how much you…
My Willys CJ-2A project has commenced. And while I’ve already shown its copious flaws in my intro post, now it’s time for an in-depth look. If there’s anything you’d like to see, hop on FB Live and start commenting! Just don’t say anything mean about the Willys. He’s a bit self conscious, especially about his welded…