Category Archive: BangShift News, BangShift Projects, BangShift XL, MOPAR, XL Project Trucks

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...

Roadtrip! Crossing the country with 800 HP to Holley LSFest West!

Hello Fellow BangShifters! As I’m typing the words that you’re now reading on your screen, I’m less than twelve hours away from hopping into a turbo LS-powered car that last dyno’d at 800...

Project Binky Is Getting A Hauler! Meet Project Escargo… It Ain’t Pretty And It Never Will Be. But It Should Do Some Hauling.

Unique car haulers are cool. We’ve all seen and admired them at one point or another, but many of them have not just been built on a whim, but rather out of necessity. That necessity could be...

Introducing Project Power Laggin’: a 1979 Dodge W150 Power Wagon For Weekend Workhorse Duty!!

BangShift has a new project vehicle: 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...

Money No Object: 1993 TVR Chimaera 400 – That Other Gran Turismo-Based Dream Machine

The 1997 Playstation racing game Gran Turismo is often credited with the explosion of knowledge and desire for Japanese Domestic Market vehicles in the United States. It’s true…the...

American Horror Story: What Does A Long-Flooded Pontiac’s Engine Look Like Inside?

Winter in Iowa means that pretty much nothing gets done…or, at least, that’s what Kevin from Junkyard Digs has been telling me for the last few months. Hey, I don’t blame...

Rousing The Dead: After 24 Years Quiet, This 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Will Wake Up!

It probably seems like I’m stuck on revival videos…and I am, for good reason: inspiration. When your project car has spent five of seven years dead, sooner or later you start to lose hope...

Unhinged: The Thrown Wrench Garage Is Open For Business!

Spring has come to BangShift Mid-West. The trees have buds on them, the early flowers have started to bloom all over the place, the roses in the backyard are starting to leaf out and for the love of...

BangShift Project Files: A 1940 Ford Because If She Ain’t Happy…

You know the rest of that saying. “If she ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” We know the sentiment well…it’s why on beautiful sunny days that we saw as perfect...

The Dirty Cougar: The Final Installment Of Our $400 Revival Racer!

Three months ago, sick with a head cold, hating the automotive sickness like none other, I was laying in a muddy alleyway in Evansville, Indiana, wrenching, fighting, and cursing a 1987 Mercury...

The $1,000 Z-Car: The Straight-Six Story Is One Of Sadness

The first installment of the story of a cheap Craigslist-sourced Datsun 280Z was foreboding, to put it mildly. Nevermind the usual issues that come with an S30 that hasn’t been kept up, the...

Project Hell: This $1000 Datsun 280Z Shows That You Get What You Paid For

In the list of cars I’ve dealt with so far in life, a disproportionate amount of vehicles fall under the $1,000 and under class. At least fifteen of them, to be honest. And out of those...