Engine Swap of the Day: BMW M21 Turbodiesel Into 1963 Ford Thunderbird!

You probably remember the Police Brutality BMW M70 V12-Powered '63 Thunderbird, which suffered from some teething problems on the track. If so, you'll be pleased to know that it now sports reliable German diesel power! » 7/25/10 1:00pm 7/25/10 1:00pm

92 Pounds Of Junkyardy Glory: The Junkyard Boogaloo Boombox, Revisited!

Since I still get emails from boombox freaks who want to buy the Junkyard Boogaloo Boombox (sorry, can't part with it), three years after the original post went up, I've decided to drag the post from Murilee's Writing Wrecking Yard. » 6/05/10 2:00pm 6/05/10 2:00pm

There's Nothing Wrong With a Renault Dauphine That 625% More Horsepower …

My favorite thing about working for the 24 Hours of LeMons is experiencing the completely stupid engine swaps done by so many teams. From a ghettocharged 351W in an XR4Ti to a V65 Magna-powered Honda Z600, they're all winners! » 5/30/10 4:00pm 5/30/10 4:00pm

Better RX-7 Burnouts, With The Help of a Block of Wood: LeMons Line…

Falling squarely into the "Don't try this at home" department comes the latest ill-advised engineering breakthrough: LeMons Line-Lock! Say you're taking your LeMons RX-7 drag racing and want to show those 900-horsepower Novas some real burnout action. Here's how! » 5/02/10 2:30am 5/02/10 2:30am

Never Give Up: One-Cylinder Fiero, One-Speed Thunderbird!

You know about the Police Brutality 1963 Thunderbird blowing its transmission at the Detroit Irony race, but you may not know the glorious ending to that story. And you've heard of Cadillac's V8-6-4 engine? How about a 4-2-1 Fiero? » 4/25/10 11:45pm 4/25/10 11:45pm

For The Well-Dressed Judge: Turbo Cimarron Cowboy Hat!

I've been wanting to do a Stupid Murilee Junkyard Project™ with a Dodge Conquest TURBO seat belt for quite some time, and now I've found a junked Conquest! Combine the TURBO belt with a Cadillac Cimarron seat emblem and… win! » 3/27/10 4:00pm 3/27/10 4:00pm

Why Didn't Mitsubishi Offer a Mid-Drive Position On The Mirage?

We've been led to believe that the driver's seat on street cars should be one side or the other, but why? Team Mid-Drive Crisis converted their LeMons Mirage to mid-drive, and we can see that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. » 3/20/10 3:00pm 3/20/10 3:00pm

How To Get Your BMW E30 Accepted For a LeMons Race: Bavarian Ranchero!

The folks at LeMons HQ have become quite weary of the BMW E30. However, it remains possible to get your allegedly 500-buck E30 into even the most overcrowded race. How? Do what Team Special Deliverance did and Ford Ranchero-ize it! » 3/06/10 8:00am 3/06/10 8:00am

Connect An iPod To Your Beater's Theft-Deterring Radio With A Wired FM…

The sub-$20 theft-proof stereo installation works pretty well, but let's say your local crackheads aren't desperate enough to bust your windows to steal a factory AM/FM radio, yet they will steal anything nicer? How will you listen to your MP3s? » 2/15/10 6:00am 2/15/10 6:00am

Can You Spot The Problem With This Corolla's Center Link?

There's much more to an engine swap than making the new engine fit under the hood. Say you're trying to drop a Ford 302 into an '82 Corolla, and the Toyota center link won't clear the new engine's oil pan… » 2/13/10 1:00pm 2/13/10 1:00pm