Project: Make The Weirdest Period-Correct Digital Dash For My '73 Beetle

Just in case you haven’t spent two painful minutes talking to me, I should probably come out and admit that I’m a huge dork. As a huge dork, I have hugely dorky interests, like woefully obsolete display technologies and woefully primitive cars. It seems like the right thing to do would be to combine these interests.… »9/03/15 1:21pm9/03/15 1:21pm

How To Pee In Your Car And Keep Your Pants Dry

I’ve always felt that if I could change one thing about myself, I’d have a bigger bladder installed. My main reason would be because of driving — I hate having to stop to pee while driving. So, the idea of being able to drive and pee without using to diapers — popular among jealous astronauts — has long been a dream. »4/10/15 12:30pm4/10/15 12:30pm

How To Turn Your Whole Car Into A Video Game Simulator

Along with doing dumb things with old cars, I also sometimes like to do dumb things with old computers and video games. Occasionally, I can convince someone to let me parade these things out in front of a lot of people. That’s why the Indianapolis Museum of Art will let you play Pole Position with an actual car this… »4/07/15 12:30pm4/07/15 12:30pm

​This Elaborate Automation Formula Controls Your Computer From Your Car

We've been promised lots of things in The Future. Some of are panning out (see: autonomous vehicles) and others are still pipe dreams (see: flying cars). But we're getting closer to Jetsons-style home automation, and one enterprising Mac nerd isn't waiting around for automakers and consumer electronics companies to… »2/16/15 8:15pm2/16/15 8:15pm

This Rambler American Hot Rod Is Everything Right About Hot Rods

Like so many things that once started as unique, very personal creations, many Hot Rods have now become things that fit rigidly into certain categories of design and construction. There's strict rules for what is, say, a Rat Rod or what constitutes a 'true' T-Bucket. Tom Jennings' Rambler doesn't follow these rules,… »12/19/14 5:30pm12/19/14 5:30pm

Is This USB Thumb Drive To Car Key Idea Useful At All?

I had an idea recently that initially seemed like a good idea, but got worse and worse the more I thought about it. Even so, I think there's still the germ of something useful in here, and, since I trust you, my dashing readers, I thought I may as well bring it up. It's about using a USB flash drive as a car key. For… »10/06/14 9:15pm10/06/14 9:15pm

The Kurdish Homemade Tanks May Look Funny But They're No Joke

There's been a lot of attention on the internet recently to the funny-looking home-made tanks Kurdish forces have been building to help with their fight against ISIS, or ISIL, or whatever we call that pack of assholes. Most of that attention has been, frankly, ridicule. I'm not so sure that ridicule is warranted here. »9/29/14 5:07pm9/29/14 5:07pm

This Will Be The Best Rambler American Roadster Hot Rod Ever

Let me just be up front here and admit my bias: I know Tom Jennings, and love the guy. He was on my LeMons race team, and is a good friend. He's also the guy I look up to most for any hands-on project. I think "what would Tom do?" and then usually screw it up. And he's building this really interesting Rambler hot rod. »9/04/14 4:19pm9/04/14 4:19pm

Wirelessly Hacking--And Unlocking--Cars Is Easier Than It Should Be

At the Black Hat security conference later this week, an Australian security researcher will reveal a method for wirelessly unlocking a car with nothing but some radio equipment and ingenuity. It's not an easy hack, and there are a lot of caveats. But it's certainly a lot easier than it should be. See for yourself. »8/04/14 11:52am8/04/14 11:52am