Here's How To Detail A Boeing 707 That Was A Piece of American History

Back in 1981, this Boeing VC-137B Stratoliner (a military designation for the workhorse Boeing 707) brought 52 American hostages home from an extended stay in Iran. Now it's badly in need of a detail job. Sounds like what it needs is some Larry Kosilla. » 2/26/15 12:26pm 2/26/15 12:26pm

Watch A Cherished Ferrari F40 Get The Ultimate Detailing Makeover

While my first love was the Ferrari 288 GTO, the F40's arrival hit me with the boost pressure of a thousand suns. But actually owning such an exotic motoring icon means caring for the paint job in ways most car owners would never dream. Watch how it's done. » 1/21/15 2:34pm 1/21/15 2:34pm

This Is /DRIVE's Year In GIFs, 2013

It was quite a year for /DRIVE. We got to drive cars, meet the nerds inside sports-car production studios, sit trackside at major motorsports events and even do burnouts. Here's 2013 in GIFs. » 12/27/13 3:08pm 12/27/13 3:08pm

You Don't Just Hose Off A Dirty Motorcycle

If you ride your enduro in the dirt, it's going to get dirty. That's Broc Glover's third law of thermodynamics. But could you damage your precious steed by merely hosing the thing down? The short answer is yes. Let's see how not to let that happen. » 10/11/13 12:48pm 10/11/13 12:48pm

This Is How You Get A Perfect, OCD-Worthy, No-Swirl Paint Job

Imagine your car, only with a paint job that's so perfect you can't detect a single swirl mark. "BUT MIKE!," you say, "how is that possible?!" Three words, kid: "Dual-action flex polisher." Or is that four words? » 10/03/13 12:28pm 10/03/13 12:28pm

Don't Be Afraid To Ask How Clear Bras Work

Before you run and ask your dad, you should know a clear bra has nothing to do with nipples. It's a urethane-based film that protects a car's paint from chipping and damage from surprisingly acidic dead bugs. Kind of like a bra, only clear. » 9/13/13 10:13am 9/13/13 10:13am

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Window Tinting

When it comes to window tinting, how dark is too dark? Illegally dark? That is, what's the percentage of tint that will get you a ticket in your state? It's an important question, but not the only one. Here's everything you need to know about window tinting. » 9/07/13 4:01pm 9/07/13 4:01pm

Here's How To Clean and Restore A Dangerously Dirty Windshield

Ever get caught in a light rain when your windshield's gunked up with weird, filmy crap? It's not only annoying, but dangerous as well. Here's why that buildup happens, and how to get rid of it. » 9/02/13 4:32pm 9/02/13 4:32pm

Here's How To Make Your Car's Engine Sparkle In Eight Steps

Regular engine cleaning isn't just for vanity. Thorough detailing will increase the longevity of your powerplant by preventing corrosion and interference around exposed components. Here's how to do it right. » 8/21/13 3:49pm 8/21/13 3:49pm

Fixing Chips In A Car's Paint Is Easier And Harder Than You Think

Every time you head out for a drive, there's a risk that errant rocks — known by persnickety car owners as "those lousy earth snots" — kicked up by other cars, will rain down and chip your paint. Here's how to fix the chips. » 8/16/13 2:07pm 8/16/13 2:07pm

Learn To Fix A Dent From An Automotive Jedi Master

Dents and dings caused from daily driving are the source of many nightmares for car enthusiasts. George Gjokaj is really good at bending and shaping metal. He also has a placid mien that could shame an owl. Or that green guy with the ears and the light saber. » 8/08/13 1:54pm 8/08/13 1:54pm

This Is How You Detail Your Car's Interior

It's reasonable to assume cars have both interior and exterior surfaces that need to be cleaned. The exterior encompasses everything to the north of the inside, and the interior comprises everything to the south of Clifton, New Jersey. Following along, so far? Good. » 8/01/13 1:42pm 8/01/13 1:42pm

How To Make A Barn-Find Porsche Look Like New

With Porsche 912 prices on a steep ascent, who wouldn't love to be the guy who uncovers that one-in-a-thousand barn find? But what to do with its long-neglected finish? Can you return the original paint to its former luster? I dunno. But Larry can. » 7/25/13 11:21am 7/25/13 11:21am

The Five Tools You Need To Detail Your Car Like A Pro

Remember when the cutting-edge of automotive care was the brushless car wash? (Don't tell Larry I said that.) But when it comes to high-end car detailing, it's really just a few tools that have changed how modern car detailers clean, protect and restore a car's finish. Here they are. » 7/18/13 1:52pm 7/18/13 1:52pm

Deciphering The Voodoo Magic Of Fitting Rims To Your Car

This week on /DRIVE CLEAN, Larry takes us through the process of fixing rims damaged by "curb rashing," accidents, and potholes, and review fitment requirements and other considerations for picking the perfect tire and wheel combination. » 7/12/13 10:33am 7/12/13 10:33am

Here's How To Buy Your Dream Car, Fearlessly

What's the most overlooked part of buying a used car? If you ask Larry Kosilla, it's the pre-purchase inspection. Many a heartache could have been prevented, but for a proper, emotionless look-see before signing the check. Here's how to do it right. » 7/03/13 3:22pm 7/03/13 3:22pm

Look What Larry Kosilla Did To My Headlight Lens

Aside from famine, pestilence and war without end, there's nothing worse than a yellowy headlight lens. Check out what a pro detailer can do in 10 minutes. No toothpaste required. » 5/07/13 4:18pm 5/07/13 4:18pm

This Is What You Missed If You Didn't Come To The Latest Jalopnik NYC…

Last week's Jalopnik meetup in NYC couldn't have happened without a massive effort by Larry Kosilla's AMMO and Classic Car Club Manhattan. AMMO recorded the event for posterity, and inadvertently proved that, in certain lighting, I could pass for Janeane Garofalo's dimwitted half-brother. » 4/01/13 1:30pm 4/01/13 1:30pm

The Nerd's Way To Bring A Car's Crapped Up Paint Back To Life

Did you know you can bring a car's paint back to its original color and lustre with a little skill, knowledge, high-tech gadgetry and elbow grease? Paint correction is one of the most difficult, but most satisfying detailing skills to master. Especially on a 1958 Porsche Speedster. » 8/06/12 2:30pm 8/06/12 2:30pm