I've got plenty of tales of the wretched heaps I've owned over the years, but I lack sufficient photographic evidence of my Free Beater Era. Now, however, I've unearthed this old shot of the legendary Free '68 Volvo 144.
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!
Dropping an L28ET yanked from a Datsun 280ZX Turbo into a third-gen Firebird and racing the result was a good idea, which makes today's swap a great idea!
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.
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!
Some 24 Hours of LeMons teams simply give up when faced with mechanical woes; we've seen teams load the car on the trailer after a fuel pump failure. Not so with Police Brutality!
When your rings go bad and crankcase pressure starts a-buildin' up, you'll get oil a-gushin' out of any escape it can find: dipstick tube, filler cap, wherever. Cars dumping oil on a race track get in trouble. What to do?
When you're a 5-time DOTS honoree with no space for the '69 El Camino you just picked up, what's the next step? We say it's the addition of a parked-for-25-years S10 drag-racer project!
Sure, you've seen any number of pickup trucks with 18-wheeler-style stacks… but how many stack-equipped K cars have you encountered in your travels? If you've got 500 bucks in your jeans, this fine automobile could be yours!
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.
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!
What can you do with a beater Festiva? We all know the answer to that question!
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?
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…
When we last saw the Snoopy's Quest For The Holy Nickelbag race van, it wasn't quite running. Did you think this fine racin' machine would launch all its rods into the next county the first time it fired up? Wrong!
The first time we came to the 24 Hours Of LeMons South, we joked about the possibility of getting moonshine for LeMons Supreme Court bribes. No joke!
Twin-turbocharging your V8 doesn't have to be difficult… provided you choose the right vehicle.