Do-it-yourself'ing isn't for everybody. Even a job as basic as changing a car's oil is sometimes better left to a pro if you don't, I don't know, ever want to be dirty. There are some "repair jobs" that really are as easy as snapping to Legos together. Somehow, I have been vexed by one of those jobs for half a year.
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One thing I didn't mention in my writeup of the wacky Gambler 500 road rally was that my Jeep overheated, and it was all my fault. When I returned from the rally, I frantically shipped off an oil sample to a lab to have it tested. That decision may have saved my engine's life.
There's nothing more satisfying than experiencing something that feels like it was engineered with a distinct, desired purpose. Naturally, you want as much of that feeling as possible with your car, and installing racing seats is a decently inexpensive and super effective way to improve safety and driving experience in any sort of car.
Wekfest is a car show that started a decade ago in San Francisco and quickly spread to places like Japan, Chicago and Hawaii. When tuner Noel Panganiban got an invite to the latter, he knew he had to do it. But what car to build and bring? He weighed his options and decided on his Chrysler Conquest, the twin sister of our beloved Mitsubishi Starion, but had only had a little over two months to do the build.
When the topic of 1990s Japanese performance cars comes up, we as car enthusiasts tend to beat the proverbial dead horse. We rattle off the Toyota Supra Twin Turbo, Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4, Mazda RX-7, and the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo. We stake out our brand allegiances, javelin the performance specs, and take magazine shootouts as God's word. We are so very passionate about these vehicles because they represent our realistic dream cars. They are the idols we can actually strive to obtain.
"Project Ahura" is the world's first all-wheel-drive four-rotor FD Mazda RX-7, and it's exactly as insane as you'd expect it to be. It was built from a car that YouTuber Rob Dahm had since he was a teenager, and he's here with a tour of everything under the hood that makes it work.
A lot of people regard Cubans -- who have mechanical ingenuity bred from decades in a closed economic system -- as the best wrenchers on earth. I think that title belongs to the mechanics of Hong Kong, because they do their wrenching on the streets.