Make Your Own Animatronic Screaming Skull Brake Lights With Junkyard…

As you know, I like building dumb projects using junkyard parts, particularly when they're all about safety! This tale of building your very own Skull Brake Lights has more than the usual twists and turns, so buckle up! » 10/26/12 4:00pm 10/26/12 4:00pm

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Speedometer Edition: USA vs Germany…

Many of our readers were shocked by Germany's big win in the Door Panel Edition of the Junkyard Build Quality challenge, with an Audi 80 beating a Lexus ES250 and a Buick LeSabre. Today's challenge: Speedometers! » 9/26/10 11:30pm 9/26/10 11:30pm

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Speedometer Edition: Germany

When we did the Junkyard Build Quality challenge with door panels, the Audi 80 won handily, with top-shelf fasteners, few hidden corners cut, and well-thought-out design. We're moving into sportier— and pricier— territory here, with a 1993 BMW E36 yielding its speedometer to Shawn's crude-yet-effective junkyard… » 9/26/10 11:30pm 9/26/10 11:30pm

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Speedometer Edition: Japan

The '93 BMW E36 did pretty well in the Speedometer Edition of the Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, with excellent marks for component quality, but the Germans are vulnerable in the areas of complexity and general pain-in-assness. We'll see if Nissan can do better, with this '93 Infiniti J30 up next. » 9/26/10 11:30pm 9/26/10 11:30pm

60-Year-Old Chrysler Royal Won't Get Royal Treatment From The Crusher

You don't see many cars this old at the self-service, fast-turnover wrecking yard chains that I tend to frequent; generally the pre-1960 stuff gets snapped up at the pre-junkyard auction. Sometimes, however, an ancient car slips through the cracks. » 8/07/10 11:00am 8/07/10 11:00am

Project Car Hell, Junkyard Fixer-Upper Edition: Fiat Spider, VW…

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! I walked into an East Bay self-service junkyard a few weeks back, and look what they had for sale! » 7/18/10 4:30pm 7/18/10 4:30pm

Vauxhall Astra Stripdown at Strangely Regimented Scottish Junkyard

The first self-service junkyard I ever experienced was an Oakland outfit called U-Pull-It. Its logo featured a Q*bert-esque alien raygunning parts and the whole outfit was housed in a roofless abandoned factory building. This U-Pull-it in Scotland isn't like that. » 7/17/10 11:00am 7/17/10 11:00am