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Category Archive: Cheapskate Blazer, XL Tech Stories

Bottom Dollar Blazer: Episode 8 – Rolling on the Rustoleum

  Hey, kids, it’s been a while since I’ve provided an update, but the Blazer project is coming along nicely. Using the techniques I picked up from Hot Rod, from the...

Project Raven: Interior Work, New(ish) Seats And More

If there is one thing the J-body Imperial did right, it was luxury. Forget the sad affairs under the hood and sit on those seats! Chrysler knew how to make a comfortable seat in the 1980′s....

Nut Driver: First Autocross After Driving School, But Was I Paying Attention In Class?

[“Nut Driver” features updates on Dave Nutting’s daily driver 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo] Before continuing on, if you want to catch up on the other installments click HERE. (Photos by Bryan...

Project Raven: Bringing A Cool Breeze To A Humid Summer

I will admit defeat: I absolutely, utterly hate the humid summers that Kentucky has. Nothing annoys me more than when I’m sweating out more water than I’ve drank in a week. I finally...

The Most Amazing Automotive Metal Working Project In America Is The Recreation Of An Ill-Fated 1939 Porsche Racer In A Old North Carolina VFW Hall

There are few things that impress us more than metal craftsmanship and we have never seen, nor will we probably ever see again (in person) the level of artistry and incredible talent that we saw this...

Meet The Newest BangShift Project, “Angry Grandpa”, And Check Out The First Mod: A Cat-Back Magnaflow System!

After running my 2006 Chrysler 300C at London Dragway in Kentucky, I drove away both very impressed and wanting more. The big barge had turned better times than I was expecting; honestly, instead of...

Nut Driver: Evolution Driving School And Flying Parts!

[“Nut Driver” features updates on Dave Nutting’s attempts to daily drive his 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Massachusetts 365 days a year] Before continuing on, if you want to catch up on the...

Project Raven: It’s The Little Things That Will Kill You

Summertime brings storms to the Midwest, the kind of storms that dump inches of water at a moment’s notice. Ever since I got the Imperial running, I had functioning wipers. In Arizona, they...

The Zingers inspired a generation of car geeks, and we talked to the guy who built them

  There was a time when custom car culture was as mainstream as professional sports. Back in the 1960s, custom car shows were huge events that hundreds of thousands of people saw over the course...

Unhinged: Wasps, Mustangs, And The Honey-Do List

(“Unhinged” is a new column on BangShift, where McTaggart puts all of his opinions out on the table for everyone to see.) The morning of the Fifth of July, I awoke to a sugar-induced...

Party Barge: Holley’s Project ’74 Chevelle “Low Buck Long Roof”

Some vehicles catch your eye with bright colors, big motors, loud noises, a thumping stereo system. Some are so frighteningly ugly that you’d just as soon go look at whatever’s in the parking lot...

Bottom Dollar Blazer – Episode 7: It’s Time To Start Thinking Paint, BangShift Style.

Well, it’s been a while since I posted my last update to the Blazer project. Class is wrapped up at Assabet Valley Tech, and I got a ton of the grunt work done. Now it’s time to think...

Project Raven: The Engine (And I Swear, The End of Story Time!)

The story of the Imperial’s build truly starts in December, 2010. I was preparing to move from Washington State to Arizona to attend college. The Mirada was running great…and then, one day, it...

Nut Driver: The Wheels Haven’t Fallen Off Yet, So I Took It Out For More Autocross Action

[“Nut Driver” features updates on Dave Nutting’s attempts to daily drive his 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Massachusetts 365 days a year] Before continuing on, if you want to catch up on the...