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Category Archive: BangShift Projects, Raven Imperial

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...

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...

Project Raven: The History Behind Why I Adopted One Of The Most Unloved Mopars Ever

Easily, one of the most asked questions about the Imperial is, “Why?” A lot of people don’t understand why I chose to work on a Chrysler with no aftermarket support or rarity. So, I’ll...

Meet the Newest BangShift Project Car: Project Raven, McTaggart’s 1983 Chrysler Imperial

Project Raven is my 1983 Imperial. It is the latest in a string of Mopars that I’ve owned, is my daily driver, my toy, my racer, and a significant source of automotive frustration at times, like...

Nut Driver: 4 AM Repairs And Autocross Action!

(Photos by Phil Trzcinski and the author) [“Nut Driver” features updates on Dave Nutting’s attempts to daily drive his 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Massachusetts 365 days a year] Before...

Bottom Dollar Blazer Project – Episode 7: We’re back

It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted an update on the Blazer. It’s not because I haven’t been working on it, but Lohnes convinced me to go on that trip to Detroit and I got...

Project Buford T Justice Update: Where The Heck It’s Been And Where The Hell It is Going -

Remember this car? Yeah, it has been MIA for months and for that I am sorry. The reality is that (as I have been whining about) we had a winter that pegged the crap-meter at 11 for a long damned time...

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...

Nut Driver: I Put A Set Of Snow Tires On the Monte Carlo and Do Donuts (w/Video)

[“Nut Driver” features updates on Dave Nutting’s attempts to daily drive his 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Massachusetts 365 days a year] A few weeks ago I detailed my complete lack of time...

Nut Driver: I screw up a suspension install and drive a Toyota Highlander for the week

[“Nut Driver” is a new series that will feature updates on Dave Nutting’s attempts to daily drive his 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Massachusetts 365 days a year] We last left off with an...

Nut Driver: Dave Nutting’s Life With A 25+ Year Old Car – An Introduction To Actually Taking The Plunge And Making An Old Car Your DD

[“Nut Driver” is a new series that will feature updates on Dave Nutting’s attempts to daily drive his 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in Massachusetts 365 days a year] “Forget this nonsense, I...

Buford T Justice Update: We Bolt On Power From Trick Flow And Snappy Looks From Trans Dapt!

This update is all about the motor. Last fall, as you’ll remember we had the stock iron 083 heads worked on at the machine shop with a valve job, some mild port and bowl work, and a slight cut...