What Do You Do With Your Extra Car Parts?

Image Credit: Jason Torchinsky, with a dead Lancia full of car parts
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This past weekend, David discovered what a very bad and broken manual transmission looks like on the inside. He now has a bunch of useless gears he should recycle, but he’s probably just going to keep them in a box somewhere for a really long time. Does anybody else do this?


I myself kept a tailpipe from a Kawasaki Ninja 250 on my bookshelf for a long time. I probably wouldn’t do it now, but I was in high school and still had questionable decorative tastes.

What I’d really like to do one day is to mount one of those Pagani titanium exhaust systems on my wall, but who am I kidding. I’ll never get my hands on one of those. Maybe if I win the lottery or something.

Do you hold onto your extra car parts, useless or otherwise? If so, what do you do with them? Do you make cool and interesting sculptures out of them? Are they repurposed as paperweights? Mantlepiece decorations? Let me know in the comments and include a picture!

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Kristen Lee

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