In 2006, BAR Honda went to the Bonneville Salt Flats and became the fastest outright F1 car ever made at a bit over 248 miles per hour. It was an incredible project. I just never thought about what it would take to clean up afterwards.
One of the fun things about working on cars is you get to assemble a tool kit. You never knew you needed a circuit tester, but once you realize it can let you do static timing off the coil, it’s a fun thing to have around. One tool it took me a while to realize I needed was a bit less obvious.
Over the past week I had been thinking about selling my sweet little old Volkswagen. It had a few things wrong with it, and was something I had to deal with more than something I felt was indispensable. So to fix it, I drove it.
Look at the picture above. That’s the dream. Your beautiful old car, out in some picturesque corner of the world, far from the rest of everything, idling perfectly, running great. I’m here to tell you that you don’t get that photo unless your car is dinged, scratched, and torn.
DETROIT, MI.—The moment I heard the plan, I knew what I figured would be the hardest part. Driving this 1970 BMW 2500 from Seattle to NYC meant crossing the Cascades and the Rockies. But that ended up being easy. What was hard was, of all things, getting from Minneapolis to Detroit.
Some of you hardcore machining enthusiasts have probably known about abrasive flow, also known as extrude honing, for a while now. I just discovered it, and I can’t stop watching the cleansing metallic ooze flowing through manifolds, leaving clean and polished intakes in their wake. They’re like those awful…
My 2008 Honda Fit Sport had been a model of reliability until, a few weeks ago while driving back from upstate, I began to smell something, like plastic burning. I pulled over and opened the hood and saw a puff of smoke rise out. About $1,600 and several days later, I began to contemplate if my 10-year-old car was in…
I’m not sure what’s going on this week that’s bringing us all this disgusting stuff, but here we are. At least this time there’s a journey from revolting to acceptable, a pattern we should all strive for in our lives. The car here is a 1994 Eagle Talon TSI that’s spent a decade in the woods, and has accumulated a…
It’s a hard day for all of us when it’s time to give up on a car, especially if it has high personal value. If you’re on the fence about this very decision yourself, you might find some answers here.
The kicker for Car And Driver’s 10,000 mile check-in report for its Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio long-term loan reads: “When we have it, we love driving it. We just wish we had it more.” It perfectly represents the disappointment of having such a fun new car plagued with so many problems, but who is surprised?
What is the state of the American parking lot? Go out to one near you and you’ll probably find cars just like these, and at least one of them will have terrifyingly bald tires.
That oil change can definitely wait a few more months, right? After all, the gas powers the car and that’s the main thing that gets it from A to B.
That headline pretty much sums this up: a guy was working at a car wash, pressure-washing the inside of the car wash, because things that clean things sometimes need to be cleaned themselves. In the process, he gets whipped around like crazy by a huge brush. That’s it!
The engine in your car is much like you: quite fussy about what fluids go where. Just like you’d freak out if, say, your tear ducts became full of urine or blood, you average engine doesn’t want, say, washer fluid where oil should go. Which just happens to be what happened to this poor, now-disgusting Mini.
As a junky old VW owner, I have about the easiest time of anybody in the car world when it comes to dropping an engine. There are four bolts to undo, a handful of wires and lines to unplug and the whole thing can come out. The rest of you have a tougher time, but it can be made easier.
It seems like skipping small repairs or maintenance when it comes to car ownership is saving money in the short term. In reality, it can get you into a pretty bad situation if and when sometimes goes wrong.
Whoa my god is that a solid?
Today we will discuss the intertwining emotions of spite and acceptance. Also, duct tape.
Never have I wanted to go into a garage, tear an entire car apart and put it back together more than after watching this video.
The story of my once-abandoned 1966 Ford Mustang is complicated. It involves a dead professor, a lawyer, Matt Hardigree and my brother.