Category Archive: Apex Spotlight, Apex Tech Stories

Rockers, Patch Panels, And Tubs Oh My: The Mongrel Project Keeps Getting More Sheet Metal

Urchfab’s Mongrel Project, where a Ford 100E body is being combined with the unibody of an MX5 Miata, is moving forward like none other. We’re talking lots of work and lots of progress...

Floor And Toe Panel Rust Repair On The Mongrel. Urch Makes It Look Easy By Keeping Each Patch Panel Simple.

When you think about the skills a fabricator has, you think about welding and bending and drilling and making complex things for whatever the project may be. Usually that involves welding, machining,...

More Progress On The Mongrel Project: Sheetmetal Work Continues, Along With Some Rust Repair.

Here’s another inspiring post on the Mongrel Project in England. Take one Mazda MX5 Miata and cut the body off of it. Then take a Ford 100E and pull the chassis and floors out of it to install...

How To Build Your Own Carbon Fiber Flares! Wide Body All You Want.

The whole process of flaring a car can be pretty intimidating, but when done right it is not only good looking but also a great way to stuff more tire under your handling machine. Steel, fiberglass,...

Project Car Update: The Mongrel Is Getting Much Closer To Done And It Is Awesome!

What else can be salvaged from the donor Mazda Miata, and what to do with the header and exhaust to make it look as good as it performs? These are the questions answered in the latest installments on...

Composite Series: How To Fix Stress Cracks In Carbon Fiber Body Panels And Pieces

Race cars are under an insane amount of stress. But when those race cars have bodies made of carbon fiber or fiberglass, they tend to take an even greater hit. Tire shake, sheelstands, and just the...

Composite Series Continued: How To Repair Holes In Carbon Fiber Panels

Parts on race cars wear out and get beat up. It is just part of the deal. And sometimes parts just have to be replaced when they get worn or beat up. But some parts can be repaired or reconditioned...

The Mongrel Just Doesn’t Stop! This Ford 100E Is An Amazing Ride And Awesome Chassis Swap

The Mongrel continues! In this episode you get a little simple, but trick, tech on how to make Taco Gussetts for your roll cage as Urch installs them in the Mongrel. The cage work, gussets, and punch...

Here’s How to Cut, Drill, And Bend Carbon Fiber Panels For Your Next Build

Carbon fiber is expensive. Too expensive for me to screw up and have to throw it away! At $25-30 a square foot, this stuff is pricey. And besides being expensive, it can be challenging to work with...

Putting A Ford 100E Body On A Miata Is Lots Of Work! Meet The Mongrel. Part 6-9 Are Right Here.

Matt Urch, the owner of Urchfab is known for building some pretty cool and weird things. He’s a welder, fabricator, and gearhead that sees things just a little askew from the norm and that makes us...

This Ford 100E Is Going To Be A Bad Ass On This Miata Chassis: Mongrel Parts 1-5

Matt Urch, the owner of Urchfab is known for building some pretty cool and weird things. He’s a welder, fabricator, and gearhead that sees things just a little askew from the norm and that makes us...

Driveway Tech: How To Create A Simple, And Racing Legal, Battery Hold Down On The Cheap!

(Words and Photos by Scott Liggett) Anyone who has ever raced in a NHRA sanctioned event knows one of the most basic rules is a proper battery down is necessary to pass tech in any class. Beyond the...

AutoMeter Video: The Install of AutoMeter Extreme Environment Gauges In A Dirt Late Model Is Cool

We have been talking at you about the importance of proper instruments in your street and race car since, oh, the second day BangShift existed we think. This video which highlights the install of...

Your Shifter Might Not Be Broken! Here’s How To Adjust A Hurst Automatic Shifter The Right Way

I am a creature of habit. Years and years and years ago I replaced my aging B&M Megashifter with a Hurst Quarter Stick, and I’ve never looked back. I love them. They work great, require...