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 5:30pm Yesterday 5:30pm

Can You Use A Canned Ham As A Bumper Guard?

As an auto journalist, I get a lot of questions asked of me. "What car should I buy for my ornithologist?" "Why don't cars have good spittoons anymore?" and, the one I get most, "Can I used a canned ham or potted meat to protect my car's bumpers?" Well, friends, I finally set out to answer this question. With science. » 12/05/14 1:30pm 12/05/14 1:30pm

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 9:15pm 10/06/14 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 5:07pm 9/29/14 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 4:19pm 9/04/14 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 11:52am 8/04/14 11:52am

Guy Hacks His Truck So He's His Own Transmission Computer

I love this guy. I can tell this without even watching the video, and justly looking at that de-padded dash, those gauges crammed into the dash holes, and, most importantly, those three wall-light switches screwed into the dash. Those three switches and the guy's brain are now the computer that shifts the car. » 6/04/14 4:14pm 6/04/14 4:14pm

The Hackmobile Has Everything You Need To Make Anything You Want

I desperately want – no need – a compact commercial van. There's just something about an all-in-one, hauling, sleeping, road-tripping machine that hits all the right fuck-you-society spots. And now I have a template for the support vehicle. It's a Transit Connect Wagon built by DIYers and filled with lots of silly… » 5/16/14 3:00pm 5/16/14 3:00pm

China's Best Grandpa Builds A Mini Electric Lambo For His Grandson

In Zhengzhou, there's a man called Old Guo — who, at 50, seems a little young for his name — who wasn't crazy about taking his grandson to school on an unstable electric moped. So, he did the only thing any rational person would do: he built a little electric Lamborghini-style neighborhood car. » 3/11/14 11:45am 3/11/14 11:45am

Will This Car Named For A Cat Be The First Real Open-Source Car?

When I was a kid, there always seemed to be someone in the neighborhood building some wonderfully absurd kit car on an old VW chassis. That basic VW platform was the basis for so many DIY car projects. Sadly, there's nothing like that now. But maybe a new open-souce car called the Tabby will change that. » 3/07/14 3:20pm 3/07/14 3:20pm