When The Noise Gets Worse, Your Bearings Are Gone.

Sometimes your engine starts making a noise, and the only way to make it go away is by turning the stereo up louder.  Time passes and the noise under the hood has progressed into a dull roar.  With a simple clockwise spin of the knob, the stereo volume increases by an equal amount.  This seesaw of events continues until your tweeters are nothing but static and you feel like you are trapped inside the woofer.  The racket from your engine bay is completely unbearable, and jerking the wheel seems like the best option.  Knowing that bad news awaits under your hood, you reluctantly pull over and take a peek.  In the spot where your tensioner bearings once lived is an empty pit of nothingness.  Sadly, the bearings are long since scattered along the roadside, never to be seen again. Your miles are officially numbered.  I’m not a gypsy, but I’d say a Belt Tensioner is in your future.

Real life? You bet it is.

This Ariel Atom Video Will Make You Giggle.

 

Last week, this video popped up on the interwebs.  It consists of a camera strapped to a 650+ horsepower Ariel Atom.  Not familiar with the Atom you say?  Well, just imagine an F1 car that you can drive on the street.  It is sort of like that, but less expensive.  It’s not a luxury or winter vehicle by any means, but it will out corner any other vehicle in your neighborhood, and make your friends shriek out profanity. The one in this video was apparently built by RealStreetPerformance in Orlando Florida. It claims to have 650+ horsepower coming from a K20 Honda engine with the help of some forced induction.  The power is sent through a 6-speed to the rear wheels, which clearly makes for one serious hell ride.

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUl-4BPLgfQ

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1964 Impala Convertible Project Part 5

We left off part four of the Chevy Impala project with me parking the car in the yard, and taking a year or two off.  Sad I know…  However, during that little break, I cleared my mind, and finally built myself a garage to work in.  On March 15th (read: cold, snow on the ground), I started building the garage from my own plans with a borrowed nail gun.  7 months later, I gathered some friends, and pushed my Impala into its new home.  By that time, it was beginning to get colder, and even though I was indoors, the non-insulated garage was too chilly to work inside.  5 more months pass, and spring 2011 has finally arrived.

We left off with the quarter panel being fitted, but it didn’t really sit on there quite right. It was also intended for a hardtop, so I had to slice the top of it off.  This update is how I went about fitting the convertible metal to the hardtop quarter.  I began with a hole where some old metal belonged.

Continue reading 1964 Impala Convertible Project Part 5

Throw Back: 1972 Roadrunner 340 Manual Edition.

1972 Plymouth Roadrunner

 

The other day I spotted this 1972 Roadrunner for sale, and today I had the opportunity to examine it up close.  What I encountered was a 2 minute emotional rollercoaster.  From 100 feet away, this car screamed “Buy me! I’m everything you’ve ever wanted“.  From 10 feet away it snickered “LoL, April Fooollzz“. Then when I peeked into the interior, my brain was thrown into a dense fog.  Continue reading Throw Back: 1972 Roadrunner 340 Manual Edition.

What goes down the 1320 in 7.04 seconds at 190 mph?

A 4G63 turbo powered rail car of course!  I know, I know, you are probably all like “Hey enough with the Mitsubishi power drag cars already!” My response to you is “Share some new, exciting, and unique non-mitsu powered stuff with me and I’ll post ’em up!

Now, I really should have far more details about this car due to it being a local guy, its sheer awesomeness, the hottness, the quickness, and its immeasurable good looks.  Unfortunately I don’t at the moment.  If this video gets a positive response though, I will be sure to get all the details, have a real write-up (not just a quicky like this) and so much more!  This car has been many years in the making, so seeing it nearly dip into the 6’s while knocking on the door of 200mph is just plain sick.  Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do.

Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVurhzRQhrY

Woodgrain Roadmaster Wagons: Discuss.

Call me old school if you must, but I looove me some Buick woody wagon.  Wagons are not for everybody though, and I’ve come to terms with that over the years.  I’ve also learned that a wagon covered in woodgrain will never be able to pass a Hennessey Venom GT, nor will they float as well as an Amphicar.  That’s not what they are about.  They are cruisers, plain and simple. Continue reading Woodgrain Roadmaster Wagons: Discuss.

My Turbo Tried Eating My Mass Airflow Sensor!

This was once a rectangle.

When your turbo is forcing 25 psi through your engine at 6000 rpm, there is a fair amount of air being drawn through your Mass Airflow Sensor.  If the honeycomb breaks free, it will eventually find itself lodged against the insides of the sensor, causing your vehicle to run quite poorly.  I haven’t checked yet, but I don’t believe any pieces made it past the sensor and into the turbo’s compressor wheel. Fingers crossed….