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Category Archive: BangShift Projects, ENGINE, Project Cars, Raven Imperial, Tech Stories

Project Raven Imperial: Ditching Some Sketchy Junk With Help From Lokar! New Throttle Cable And Kickdown Cable!

In the last update, we got Raven, the 1983 Imperial that is doubling as my penance for something I did in a past life, up and running after the 367ci small-block Mopar ate a camshaft keyway. Happily,...

Finnegan’s Death Metal Charger Finally Hits The Streets. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!

After a heap of work and realizations, Finnegan has finally got the Death Metal Charger on the road and driving. It is a miracle in many ways, considering the battles they faced just to get it...

The Escargot: Taking A Big, Yellow Truck And Making It A Dream Car Hauler-Slash-RV

Between Chad’s obsession with strange and unique recreational vehicles and my desire for a “mobile command unit” that would function as a mobile hot spot, camera perch and bed on...

Project Raven: Back Into The Engine We Go – Why Did The Imperial Die?

For a few weeks, I’ve sat, grinding my teeth every time I looked at the Imperial. I couldn’t speak anything about it without dropping F-bombs left, right and center. I didn’t want...

Commuting Done Right: This Manual-Swapped Ford Crown Victoria Is A Budget Daily Build!

Four years ago, I coined the phrase “Pro Commuter” while describing an Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera GT that had been L67-swapped that I found for sale. The premise was simple enough: an...

Unhinged: When You Learn It’s Time To Cut Your Losses

“This car has been the most abusive relationship I’ve ever been in.” I used those words to describe the 1983 Imperial that currently sitting in front of the garage at BangShift...

Project Bottle Rocket: Gears And Gas For The Lightweight Coronet Drag Car Project!

Work never ceases at Uncle Tony’s Garage. There’s lots going on…whether it’s detailing the Nashville Rash that Tony’s daily-driver Swinger received, taking care of the...

Is This The World’s Best Hot Rod? The Guys At Nelson Think So. All Wheel Drive, Mid-Engine GTO!

Tom Nelson and the crew at Nelson Racing Engines have built some bad ass cars in their time, and are known for building big turbocharged power of course, but this is a car that is taking things to...

BangShift Project Files: Make It Quick, Make It Safe…Follow Along As This 1990 Volvo Gets V8 Swapped!

Deep within the BangShift Forums you will find all manner of vehicles that readers are building. Land-speed racers, drag monsters, road course warriors, in-depth and highly detailed work and the...

Wasn’t Expecting That: Check Out This 3.6L Pentastar-Powered Dart Swinger!

Chrysler’s A-body lineup has a lot going for it: they’re still very affordable for builds, they’re relatively light, the aftermarket makes parts for them and plenty of models have...

This 1965 Mustang Was Hidden For Over Four Decades…Now It’s Being Prepared For Power Tour!

It seems that this is the year that YouTubers will invade Power Tour. So far, I know of at least three different cars that are being prepared and one guy in particular who is on his second Power Tour...

BangShift Power Laggin’ Project Truck Update: What The Heck Did We Get Ourselves Into?

Welcome back to our coverage of Project Power Laggin’! Follow along as we take a tired 1979 Dodge W150 Power Wagon we found in Central Maine and transform it from a derelict roadside attraction to...

The Road Less Traveled: This 1975 Pontiac LeMans Needs An Alternative Build Plan!

My normal reaction whenever I see a clean 1970s-era GM A-body: “Oh, cool, it’s kind of like the Chevelle I used to own. Make power, praise handling, decry gigantic bumpers.”...

Unglamorous And Necessary: Scraping Undercoating From The Bottle Rocket Coronet

The rust-adverse among us might be ever grateful that factory undercoating was hosed all over the underside of the car but if you are honest about being hard-core about racing, all you see is...