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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...

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...

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...