New Fuel Tanks Can Prevent Explosions Despite More Than 600 Hits

It's the easiest way to blow up a vehicle in Grand Theft Auto. Just shoot up the gas tank, boom, and you've got a nifty little explosion on your hands. That's entertaining in video games, sure, but when it's real life and you're in a real war zone, the prospect of such an event occurring is downright terrifying. » 9/07/13 11:05am 9/07/13 11:05am

1966 Dodge Sportsman Hell Project Begins: Hide The Metric Tools!

With some help from Rambler Marlin-racin' Cadillac Bob and his trailer, my latest Hell Project has now arrived in the garage. Once I started taking stuff apart, I got a vivid reminder of how incredibly uncomplicated Detroit trucks once were. » 9/18/10 11:00am 9/18/10 11:00am

Let's Hear It For Parts Standardization: $19.95 a Pop For New Civic…

Much as I hate working on the daily driver— where's the fun in that?— the warped rotors on my much-traveled '92 Honda Civic got to shaking enough to detach my pineal gland. Next stop, Lee Auto Supply! » 8/01/10 11:00am 8/01/10 11:00am

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

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

Improved Timelapse BumperCam Proves Reliable, Still Getting Good Race…

The first BumperCam, an ancient Kodak bolted to the rear bumper of a LeMons Volvo, took good photos but its large size made it vulnerable to crash damage. Not so with BumperCam II, survivor of three punishing races! » 1/31/10 5:00pm 1/31/10 5:00pm

Junkyard Boombox Virus Spreads: Meet The Catbox, Featuring Genuine…

More than two years have passed since I built the car-battery-powered Turbo II, Junkard Boogaloo boombox, and finally some other masochist innovator has decided to experience the headaches joy of a homemade boombox afflicted blessed with genuine Jaguar components: Catbox! » 1/16/10 1:00pm 1/16/10 1:00pm

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Door Panel Edition: USA vs Germany…

Those of you who read my posts about easy Honda speedometer replacement and hellish Ford window regulator replacement know my oft-repeated rants about German over-complexity, Detroit quality corner-cutting, and Japanese cheap-but-well-thought-out engineering. Where do I get my facts? The junkyard! » 12/13/09 11:30pm 12/13/09 11:30pm

Inside The Angry Hamster V65 Magna-Powered Honda Z600

Never mind that the Angry Hamster Honda Z600 finished in 140th place at the 2009 Arse Freeze-A-Palooza, because the team took home the coveted Dangerous Homemade Technology trophy and generally knocked us on our asses with their car's awesomeness. » 12/12/09 4:00pm 12/12/09 4:00pm

Adventures In Speedometer Replacement, or: How Honda Builds Good Stuff …

Since I'd already fixed an annoying problem in my Crown Vic, I figured I might as well fix an equally annoying problem in my '92 Civic: when the temperature dropped below about 50°, the speedometer stopped working. » 12/12/09 2:00pm 12/12/09 2:00pm

Crown Victoria Power Window Regulator Replacement #8, or: How Detroit…

A couple weeks ago, when I debuted the Ghost Ride The Whip Box at the '09 Arse Freeze-a-Palooza LeMons, I decided I needed to roll my Crown Vic's balky driver's window down all the way… and heard a terrible CLUNK! » 12/06/09 7:30pm 12/06/09 7:30pm

Cracked Brake Hoses, Baaaad. New Brake Hoses, Gooooood.

Much as I like to get my parts at the junkyard, I tend to feel a little uncomfortable using junkyard brake hoses. Anyway, there's been a real Spridget drought at my local self-service yards. » 11/28/09 1:00pm 11/28/09 1:00pm