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Category Archive: BUICK / OLDS / PONTIAC, Project Cars

The LeManster, Part Two: Going From A Flooded Hulk To A Real Car!

When Kevin told me that he was actually committed to bringing the well-flooded Pontiac LeMans back to life, I’ll admit that I was skeptical. This car has been sitting next to a creek that liked...

The Barra/Granada Swap: A Quick Update About The Progress On This Malaise Restomod

Just because the engine dropped into place like it was designed to be there doesn’t mean that a green-top Ford Barra Six is going to settle into the engine bay of a 1970s Ford Granada easily,...

Building The Widelux: How To Widen And Stretch A 1978 Toyota Before Force-Feeding It A Powerstroke!

One of the most arresting vehicles that rolled into the first Holley Intergalactic Ford Fest last year was “Fat Erik” Stacey’s 1978 Toyota Hilux. It took a split-second before my...

Rough Start Fox Body Quick Update: A Follow-Up On The Small-Block’s Internals

This isn’t so much another part of the Rough Start Fox Body Mustang’s build as it is a follow-up. Since the best case of action for anybody is to keep their backsides at home and away...

Introducing Project Phantom: Happiness Is Two Bad Ass Mustangs In The Garage. This Couple Has Got The Horsepower Fever Bad

When Joe Grippo, one of awesome freelance picture takers around here, shows up at the race track with his wheelstanding 1969 Mustang it is always a riot to watch. This is one dialed small tire care...

Rough Start Fox Body, Part 4: Tearing Into The 302 Earmarked For The Red Mustang

The time came. The sun was finally shining, the ground was drying up, and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day than to tear apart the 302 that has been sitting patiently in my...

BangShift Project Files: 1940 Ford Sedan – Metalwork Before Paint!

While it’s not the way we ever intended to receive it, if there is any spin to this whole COVID-19 mess, it’s that suddenly, you might have found yourself with a bit of spare time on your...

The Barra/Granada Project, Part 3: Feeding The Granada’s Newfound Appetite

At no point does feeding a green-top Ford Barra with the basic setup out of a Ford Granada seem like a good idea. The Granada is about as far from anything with a Barra as you can get while you still...

The Challenger Revival, Part 12: Fuel System And Replacing The Battering Ram Bumpers

When the Bradford Pear trees bloom, it means two things. One, it means that anyone with even the slightest plant allergy is going to be a walking snot well for the next month until the temperatures...

Project Raven Imperial: The Conclusion To Nearly Two Decades Of FJM Madness

It’s official, it’s gone. As of yesterday afternoon my ownership of the 1983 Imperial that we dubbed Project Raven has officially ended. The car was sold to someone who is just as...

BangShift Project Files: We Check In On The Turbo Lincoln Mark VII Build!

The three of us have our deals. Chad’s got a list of projects that he works on quietly and brings out when he feels like it. I’ve got my home for wayward, dirt-cheap, “might run...

The Barra/Granada Project, Part 2: Of Course There Will Be A Monster Turbocharger!

Okay, they’re building a Granada. I can hate the car all I want, but the platform is actually not a bad one to work with. Essentially a Ford Falcon wearing a leisure suit, the Granada was the...

The Rough Start Fox Body, Part 3: More HVAC Work And New Parts Start Appearing!

When we last updated the Rough Start Fox 1989 Ford Mustang LX, I’d decided to take on the repair of the HVAC unit single-handedly. That’s not a small feat…in fact, from everything...

The Challenger Revival, Part 11: Getting It’s Feet Back On The Ground

Is there anything worse than a car that isn’t sitting on all four tires? I’d say yes. Then again, that’s coming from the guy who left his wife’s first car up on jackstands for...