Category Archive: XL Spotlight, XL Tech Stories, XL Truck Feature, XL Videos

$1,000 Build: So Close To Done, And Ready To Be Raffled Off For A New Owner! Who’s Going Home With It?

It’s still “way” under budget, considering that the budget is just $1,000 and we love this thing. Love, love, love it. The idea behind this project is so good and we love Casey for...

Boomski: This Video Compilation Of Violent Nitrous Backfires Is Pretty Wild

Nitrous Oxide has been enhancing the horsepower of piston engines for decades now and by and large it does an awesome job. When we watch pro mods with huge engines snorting the stuff to win races and...

Look Back Video: This Review of The 2004 Ram SRT-10 Is A Reminder Of How Cool They Are

Maybe it was the overall look, maybe it was the engine, maybe it was the six speed stick, I don’t really know. What I do know is that at 24 years old, with a decent job, and no kids yet, I was...

Fun Big Rig Video: Jamming Gears in an Ultra Rare 1973 Dodge 900 Big Rig

Not many people remember that Detroit’s Big Three were heavily involved with the Big Rig business in the 1970s. Dodge was in the mix along with Ford and Chevy/GMC. In some sense, they were out...

Jumping Glory Video: Watch Every Awesome Jump The Mid-Engine Fall Guy GMC Made On TV!

If you did not grow up in the 1980s, you truly missed the golden age of automotive television. Yes, there are more shows available to watch today but few of them have even the faintest ability to...

Holy Crap, This Might Be The Baddest Throttle Body Ever Invented! Serious Game Changer. The ICON 102 From Motion Raceworks

Wow, just wow. Throttle bodies aren’t something that is super exciting because of their functionality, but they are usually made out of all kinds of billety goodness and they look awesome so...

$1,000 Build: So Close To Done! The $1,000 F100 Build Is So Close We Can Taste It, But Is Staying On Budget Even Possible?

The closer this truck gets to done the more I want to blow a few hundred dollars on two piles of steaming poo so I can weld them together and make them into something worth driving! Don’t you...

Tired Of Your Weak Little Chainsaw? Just Add Nitromethane To The Tank – This Video Is Awesome

There are plenty of guys who hot rod chainsaws, right? There’s competitions around the country for saws that have all different types of engine swaps all the way up to V8 saws. This is not...

Making History: Watch This Incredibly Brilliant And Simple 1900s Ratcheting Wrench Get Made From Scratch – Awesome Skills

We always love the work that Mr Hand Tool Rescue does. Whether he is working on a Bridgeport, making an apple peeler new again, or getting down an dirty fo fix an anvil, this guy is fun to watch. The...

Happy 5/27! Today We Celebrate The 527ci American LaFrance V12 Fire Truck Engine!

We’re sure you have all been wondering why we’ve missed this “displacement day” for years but now the wondering is over. Today we finally give the big 527ci American LaFrance...

Video: Here Are 10 Homemade Log Splitters That Are More Dangerous Than Russian Roulette

(By Greg Rourke) – I don’t know how many times I’ve thought to myself  “I could really use a bunch of firewood. Also, I’m tired of having so many fingers and limbs. I...

The Sounds Of Freedom: Watch And Listen To Every Engine Combination Sherman Tanks Used

The venerable Sherman tank used by American and Allied forces in WWII may not have been the best thing on the battlefield but it was functional, evolutionary, and they were used in volume. One of the...

The American Powertrain Monday Shift: A Big Rig Trans In A Pickup – This One Is A Total Freak And Sounds GREAT!

A week or two ago we showed you video of a guy in an older Dodge truck jamming gears with a stick attached to a Fuller 10-speed box. This week we’re back with another swapped rig but this one...

Classic Truck Prerunners Are Awesome, And This 1977 Dentside Ford Is No Exception.

If you are a lover of classic Ford trucks and also dig something that can haul ass in the dirt, then this is the Prerunner you just might fall in love with today. And while I dig this thing, it is...