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1998 Ford Explorer
Over the last few months, 1A Auto has recorded several hundred high definition how-to videos on our 1A Auto YouTube Channel and we are adding dozens more each week. We want to give our customers all the guidance that they may need when replacing the typical do-it-yourself auto parts like the ones that we provide. Our YouTube videos are all 10 minutes or less and they cover everything from the tools that you will need, to the time that it should take, and all the tips and tricks that we have learned along the way. They show you how auto parts are replaced in a real world environment, not in the fantasy TV land of rust-free metal and easy to turn bolts.
Most recently, we acquired a 1998 Ford Explorer that we will be breathing some much deserved life back into. It has typical mileage, normal wear and tear, and makes a fantastic winter vehicle in New England! Over the next month or so, we are going through it and making dozens of helpful how-to videos about the entire process. This is where you come in! We are looking for “how-to video” suggestions for this Explorer project. » Continue reading more of this post…
When the boost arrives.
This video was taken yesterday by a friend of mine at New England Dragway. It was a test & tune day, and one of the cars there ripped off a 6.92 at 210 mph. Twin turbo, G-Body, pulling the front wheels when the boost arrives. These DMC guys deserve a round of applause, and many high 5′s. Well done!
In the interest of awesome videos, I feel obligated to post up this one up for the dedicated 1A Auto Blog readers as well. It is a video of Travis Pastrana (Awesome rally car driver) planning for, and then racing up Mount Washington. It will likely be the best 5 minutes of your day, so you will want to sit down and watch it immediately….maybe even twice. FWIW, much like the Pikes Peak hill climb, these people are crazy for racing this close to a multiple thousand foot cliff. Just sayin…..
Can’t see the video? Here is the Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdXJYc4CpXA
It’s officially 9/14, and the brand new Ken Block / DC Shoes Gymkhana video has arrived as expected. You have probably already clicked on the video at this point so it is probably worthless to tell you how great it is. Enjoy!
……..If you missed Gymkhana 3 part 1, here it is below. It is more of a rap video than a driving video, but…..meh…. it is what it is.
Monday = We had an awd turbo dune buggy
Tuesday = It was old-school vs. new-school with the 1929 Whippet SRT-4
Wednesday = There was no choice but to go with the hand built Toyota 2000GT
Thursday = An incredible ’69 Porsche GT3 build.
Friday = 1993 Mustang notchback with a 2JZ Toyota Supra engine.
I know that today’s build will be hated by some and loved by others, but regardless of personal opinions, it makes an impact. Today’s project is a fox body Mustang notchback with a 2JZ Toyota Supra engine swap built by a guy named Dan (2JZstang) on supraforums.com. It makes 650 horsepower at the wheels on E85 fuel and runs a 9.74 quarter mile at 144 mph. Sick fast. It took him a few years to build it on a budget, and it was almost sold off at one point, but in the end his dream prevailed. In it’s current state, is brutally awesome, sicknasty fast, and well deserving of high 5′s from every enthusiast in his area code.
Here are a few modifications worth noting:
- 6 Point Cage
- 2JZ engine with stock internals
- Billet Precision Turbo
- 4″ exhaust
- Built 8.8 rear
The full build can be found here:
It’s Thursday folks, and since I declared this week as “Project Car Week”, you should know by now what needs to happen. I need to bring you yet ANOTHER awesome project car. Woo! Now, with so many great projects out there to choose from, I am actually having a tough time deciding which ones to share with you. Do I share my own projects? What about a friend’s? I could go with the Karmann Ghia, the turbo truck, the Rabbit, the Nova, the Impala convertible, the ’60 Ventura, the monster-trike, the RX8, the Fiero, the other Fiero, the Trans Am, the Toyota truck….. I could go on and on…… OR …… I could just pick a car off the internet that I like.
Internet it is! Today’s car is a 1969 Porsche 911. It was built and documented by a guy that goes by the name of “petevb” on pelicanparts.com. He started with a run of the mill Porsche and ever so gently turned it into a dream car of mine. The car was intended to be raced, so the first step was to add a roll cage to stiffen the chassis and protect the driver from danger. The average guy would have thrown a bunch of pipe inside and created a jungle gym, not Petevb though. He actually designed the cage, and stress tested it with the wonderous world of modern technology. Once he was happy with the test results, the cage was built and he began to make everybody else look like noobs. Tons of chassis bracing, stretching, shortening, cleaning, and repairing happened, and it was engine time.
The engine is water cooled, and was intended for a high performance GT3, but we all know by this point in the story that it landed inside this amazing 911. It’s backed up (Can I even say that with a Porsche?) with a modified 993 transmission. It makes 380 horsepower which sounds like a pretty fair number, but then I throw this little fact at you causing your jaw to drop. This car only weighs 2150 lbs. WUT! Ah yes, I remember now….. Petevb also used carbon fiber body panels for weight savings (ok, everybody calm down). Be sure to check the pictures for maximum shock factor, because the car is brilliant from every angle. The quality of work throughout the whole car is top notch, and the car as a whole is amazing because of it. With that, I present to you pictures and video for your enjoyment.
Turn Your Volume Up.
Entire build can be found here:
Over the years there have been around a million cars on my “must have” list. However, Mustangs have never made the cut…..until I saw this one. You see, I drive to work the same way each day through a couple of small towns, and about 50% of the time, I would see this car sitting in a yard, body shop, parking lot, or driving past me. It has been a highlight of my commute for a few years now, and I have seen it slowly but surely become more and more beautiful with each passing weekend. The paint is about a hot as it gets, the wheels and suspension give it a perfect stance, and the engine is quite a sight. It’s a 600+ horsepower twin turbo built 4.6L, so it’s good for smoke shows, burnouts, donuts, and more smoke shows. It looks dangerous when sitting still, and furious when in motion. Let’s sit back and appreciate for a few. Shall we?