This Twin-Engined Escort Is A Little Lamborghini

A couple weeks back I asked for people to "go nuts, and then send me some pictures", and the good news is some of you did. The better news is the pictures have so far been of cars and not grainy pictures of genitals, which on the Internet is a big deal. This week I'd like to feature the work of one particularly… » 7/19/12 4:00pm 7/19/12 4:00pm

Why Is There A Penny Welded On My Gas Tank?

Since today's the first full day of Jalopnik's new discussion system, Kinja (a portmanteau of kinky and ninja, I'm guessing) I wanted to treat today's Car Hacks as something of a test. I'd love it if these posts could become their own discussion groups of sorts, as commenters and us writers can talk about ideas, share… » 6/28/12 4:30pm 6/28/12 4:30pm

How To Turn Old Car Parts Into A Video Game Controller

When I introduced Car Hacks last week, I mentioned that cars can be thought of as huge rolling collections of interesting parts. This week I'm putting that idea to the test, by using some of those interesting parts to do something they were never remotely meant to do. Specifically, the parts are power seat controls,… » 6/21/12 2:00pm 6/21/12 2:00pm

We're Going To Do Weird Things With Cars

Back in 2008, I conned Make: magazine into sponsoring me and three other car guys and artists to enter a car in the 24 Hours of LeMons. The way I convinced them was pretty simple: car people and DIY/maker people have lots in common, but the two groups don't have as much interaction as you'd think they would. I'd like… » 6/14/12 4:00pm 6/14/12 4:00pm

Hack Your Ride: Cheat Codes And Workarounds For Your Car's Tech…

Cheat codes aren't just for cruising past bosses in video games; there are cheat codes for a lot of cars, too, that can get you past the annoying ping of a seat belt chime, access diagnostic info only your mechanic can usually see, or give you control over features like traction control and GPS lockout. On recent and… » 3/15/12 7:00am 3/15/12 7:00am

Clever fellow sends text messages to start his car

Our pals over at Make posted this article about Will O'Brien, and how he took an old iPhone, an Arduino, and a handful of electronic crap and made a remote starter for his Subaru Outback that lets him start his car with a text message. The link to his site gives a full schematic of how it was done, and he's made the… » 12/29/11 12:30pm 12/29/11 12:30pm