Jonathan Ward has made quite a name for himself turning old utility vehicles into art on wheels at his shop Icon 4x4. The Toyota FJs and Ford Broncos he’s reimagined are already famous, but his Dodge F-250 is one of the wildest work rigs you’ll ever see. And as beautiful as it is outside, you have to look close to see…
This video gets uncomfortably close to the chemical processes at work during a comprehensive re-paint of a Porsche 911. And man, it’s stranger to watch than alien eggs hatching. Even if you already know how filthy and laborious car painting is, these guys take detail-work to another level.
You are awoken by the distant sound of a low, confident horn. The time is earlier than you normally get up in the morning, but you are calm and surprisingly clear headed, not upset. The air is cool and damp, and something draws you out into the street. You look down the foggy road, the blue light of morning not yet…
Did you wake up feeling different this morning? Like your alarm buzzer’d been replaced by a chorus of singing angels? That wasn’t in your head, it was coming from Japan, where Mazda has announced it’s going to start officially restoring first-gen Miatas.
It’s been twelve months since I finally got the vehicle I’ve wanted forever: a 1975 International Scout. It’s taught me a lot. Well, mostly it’s taught me that the cool old truck you’ve had your eye on can cost as much to run as a supercar.
Early Range Rovers have managed to stay stately looking no matter where automotive design trends go. Over in England, you can find really old ones with just two doors that are especially cool. And if you look hard enough, you just might find one with royal blood.
The original Toyota Land Cruiser you know as a rugged adventure icon is called the FJ40, or “Shorty Forty” because of its relatively short wheelbase. Since then there have been many Cruiser variants over the years, but the 40’s big brother the FJ45 is one of the coolest and least-appreciated. This restored and…
Want to feel the satisfaction of doing a comprehensive engine overhaul without getting off your ass? I know I do, and watching this video really made me feel accomplished. Vicariously. Which, today, seems like enough.
In an era that seems dominated by cynicism and corporate greed, the story of some Nissan engineers spending nights and weekends to restore a piece of automotive history “just because” is enough to lift anyone’s spirits. Behold: the 1987 Nissan Patrol Fanta Limon Paris-Dakar rally car, returned to its former racing…
A “parts car” is a spare car you have solely to harvest pieces from to keep another car alive. Sounds like a great thing to have, right? I thought so too, but in case you needed more convincing here’s the business case for a parts car. And a guide on how to find one.
Tim Mings, possibly the only full-time Honda N and Z600-mechanic left on Earth, spent a good chunk of this year restoring the very first Honda in America after realizing Serial Number 1000001 was sitting on his lot. Now we finally get to see the finished product.
Yes, this bright orange Lamborghini Murcielago lived a glorious life racking up an unfathomable 258,098 miles. Unfortunately a high speed crash turned it into an exotic paperweight in 2012, but after months of labor and a ton of money it’s now better than new. Want to guess how much?
Harry Donovan is a 95-year-old World War II veteran who flew more than 20 missions over Germany. Now living in Indiana, he had a 1967 Mustang that he paid someone $10,000 to restore. That never happened because Donovan was scammed out of his money. But some gearheads came together to help him out.
The 1970's were a simpler time, friends. And cars just didn’t get put together to the exacting standards we (for the most part) see today. Check out what’s really under the skin of this “rust-free” barn find classic.
It’s one of the most recognizable props in pop culture history, so it’s only fitting that the Smithsonian recently spent almost two years restoring the USS Enterprise model used in the original Star Trek TV series. The paint work alone was a painstaking process, as detailed in this new behind-the-scenes look at the…
I had bought my car knowing fairly well what sort of attention it needed. Its mechanicals were mostly taken care of by the super-major service that I gave it in late 2014; there is another write-up dedicated to that. This time I will share the cosmetic restoration that I have been undertaking—OK, I will admit the…
Curse the BMW 2002 for being so darn lovable that poors like me can’t afford one anymore. Alas, there will always be a place in my heart for this car. If you feel the same, you’ll find this complete factory-spec restoration most cathartic.
Think the only way to come away with a trophy at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is with a fat stack of money and your best spats on? Guess again.
Ever had a car that makes you think irrationally? One that grabs at your heartstrings and makes you say and do very strange things? That car, for me, is the Jeep J10. My weak spot for the J10 has existed for many years now, so finally I bought one. But it’s pretty rough.
Deep down we all know a project car is a dangerous proposition. But the “ran when parked” siren song can be hard to ignore when you’re looking at a rusty version of your dream car. Let us be the devil and the angel on your shoulders here... Do it. Here’s what you’re in for.