Category Archive: BangShift XL, Cheapskate Blazer, XL Tech Stories

Bottom Dollar Blazer Project – Episode 4: Off to the body shop

As you’ve probably seen the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of prep work on the Blazer to get it ready to head to the body shop. It needs new rockers, new doors and a bit of work to the...

eBay Find: This 1977 GMC Astro 95 Is A Barn Find Big Rig Formerly Owned By NASA

The GMC Astro 95 had a good, long production run. Starting in the late 1960s and ending in the later 1980s, GM produced LOTS of these trucks in varying lengths and with all different kinds of...

When The Billet Cam In A Worked Up Diesel Fails At 4,000 RPM and 100psi Of Boost On The Dyno Bad Things Happen

One of the events I am super excited to be back at this year is the Diesel Power Challenge. This is the diesel truck guy equivalent to Drag Week that pits some of the nation’s hairiest...

eBay Find: Bobbed Deuce And A Half + 1970 Chevy Truck = Tough Job With Stunning Results

The only crappy part about owning this truck is that people will just look at it and assume all the builder did was to somehow jam a Chevy body onto a frame from an M35A deuce and a half army truck,...

Accidental Treasures: Stuff I Found in my ’79 Blazer

Over the last few weeks, I’ve published a few stories about the work I’m doing on my ’79 Blazer. You’ll read more about it every Friday for the next few months. I really got...

eBay Find: This 1964 Ford F-250 4×4 Is Pretty Rare, Really Awesome, And Totally Something We Need

Listen, I know that I have a problem. I should be stalking eBay and getting the flop sweats for big block Chevelles, worked up first gen Camaros, and wild hot rods with huge motors and way more power...

Bottom Dollar Blazer Project – Episode 3: Starting the Bodywork

When last I wrote and you read, I had fixed up a bunch of the mechanical issues on the ’79 Blazer, to make sure it ran ok, and could stop safely without killing myself and all those around me....

One Of World’s Largest Private Military Vehicle Collections To Be Auctioned This July – Tanks, Trucks, A Flippin’ SCUD! Over 100 Vehicles

Over the course of his life and especially over the last 20 years or so, Californian Jacques Littlefield accumulated one of the greatest and largest private collections of military vehicles in the...

eBay Find: This 1949 Dodge Power Wagon Is Almost (and we mean ALMOST) Perfect

Look at this awesome hunk of steel, would you? Is there anything finer than a classic Dodge Power Wagon? Honestly, if you can lay our eyes on this truck and not get any sort of a gearhead tingle than...

Gallery: Monster Trucks Invade And Occupy The Shop At MSD Performance!

(Photos by MSD Performance) – When your job is to maintain 10,000+ trucks that routinely jump 20-feet in the air and land on cars, buses, RVs, and concrete floors fixing stuff is pretty much a...

On This Date In 1893 The Diesel Engine Was Patented In Germany – Here’s Our Video Tribute To Compression Ignition Engines!

Rudolph Diesel would be so flipping happy at the way things are turning out for his basic engine design today, mainly because he would be wealthy beyond anyone’s imagination so it is too bad...

Video: Proof That The King Of The Hammers 2014 Is The Most Bat Crap Nuts Off Road Race In The World

We linked you to the live stream of the 2014 King Of The Hammers event in Johnson Valley, California and have been telling you how full on crazy it is for years but this single clip may do more to...

Video Bonanza: The Sound And Fury Of Bad Ass Diesel Air Starters – Loud, Proud, And Scaring Old Ladies For Decades!

(Words by Greg Rourke) – Cranking over big diesel engines takes a lot of power.  Plants of 850 plus cubic inches and over 15:1 compression are common in semi trucks. Imagine trying to spin...

eBay Find: This 1964 Chevy Truck (With A GMC Face) Is Lifted, Has A Stick, And Packs Detroit Diesel Power

This is a proud moment at BangShift Eastern World HQ because my seven year old literally found this truck for sale on eBay. We were chatting yesterday and he mentioned that he had seen an old truck...