Here's a nice and short video on what makes the B5 Audi RS4 so special. It glosses over some small stuff and is very much a tribute piece by a guy who loves his car. I'm just jealous that he gets to own one, while here in the states, it's a complicated and expensive matter to get one imported.
I finished the job! The 1995 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon now has hood pins. The fun part of this for me, besides being amusing, is that I had to fabricate brackets for the hood pins to attach to. This let me try my hand at a few skills that I don't often utilize, and work with some metal a bit. Meanwhile, the hood pins provided a safe and cost effective solution for my broken hood latch tabs.
Today, while battling mold (https://wheelwell.com/posts/6jd0/mold.), I also worked on reducing the number of squeaks and rattles my wagon makes after all of those miles it's traveled. I used something akin to dynamat to dampen rattles and reduce boom from panels. You don't need to coat the whole panel, just key areas in order to dampen the vibrations, which reduces the noise from the panel. I also use felt tape between panels, hidden of course, in order to prevent
I've lived mostly in Connecticut and Oregon, and while cars may rust in Connecticut, you do not park a car for a week and come back to a thin coat of mold on numerous surfaces inside your car in Connecticut, during the winter. So why is there water in my car? Well it starts with the car being 23 years old and having almost 200k miles. But the real reason is that I have the misfortune of rear hatch
In case you guys haven't noticed, I like ridiculous cars. I don't necessarily want all of them, (just many many of them) but I usually appreciate them regardless. I've always thought the original dodge Viper was a silly car; it's proportions are cartoonish, it's development, while effective, was rather unconventional, as was using a giant V10 truck engine for power. Then Dodge went and gave it a super American name, that every kid of the 90s probably thought was
Surely this is an exercise in nonsense, I have no place for a bus, I have no use for a bus, but I kind of wish that I did.
I mean, just look at this thing! Those rear dishes are huge! Okay, maybe that's not why I like it. It's got a lot of character and old world craftsmanship on display is why I like it. But what could I do with it? The previous owner toured Europe in
I liked this build because it is different, and I agree with the people at Bring A Trailer, it would be cool to see this car running with the usually ubiquitous old German cars at a track day. The exact year is not listed but is also kind of irrelevant. This XJS is still a street legal build, using an inline Jaguar 6 cylinder, with individual throttle bodies, a hot cam, and other modifications to deliver over 300
I strategically park all over the place. I avoid certain types of vehicles and being near shopping carts. I will park far away. I will park next to a nice car out of hope they will be more careful of my car as I am of their's. But, I would not buy two cars, that I had no intent of driving, to serve as driveway sentries because either my vehicle is too big for my driveway, or I am
Here we have a fantastic new variant of an already fast wagon, that is once again being denied to the rest of the world by the Germans. Audi says they will make 150 examples of the Nogaro Edition RS6, German market only. The car has an option of being tuned by ABT after purchase and that brings it up to just shy of 700 HP and 650 lb-ft of torque. Nogaro blue is a nostalfgia color for AUdi
I got all setup to make the steal mounts for my hood pins so that I don't ruin my composite radiator support, my hood, or my windshield. Here's my previous post with some picture of what I am working around: https://wheelwell.com/posts/6h2m/hoodpins-for-the-volvo-wagon
Today's goal was to verify that my idea for a bracket that can support a hood pin would work, and to get everything mocked up for fabricating the brackets. Above is one of the hood latches that I removed
The tabs that insert into the hood latches broke on the hood of one of my Volvo wagons, so I decided that I would fix it with hood pins. You can see the slot where there should be a hook, but there is no hook. If you look in the opposite corner, you will see a hook, but it's just flopping around in there. To get around this, my hood had been secured with a ratchet strap, but
I love these cars. I've tried to buy one on multiple occasions. Eventually, my ex-wife had to sit me down and be clear that "no" she was not going to drive around in the Mercedes I wanted. Other cars, yes, but not this Mercedes. She was and is right about many things, but this is not one of them.
Mercedes 190E 2.3-16s are fantastic! but don't take my word for it! Here's a link to an article, not an auction,
I enjoy fast wagons. I own one myself, although its not that fast by todays standards, and European manufacturers refusing to send fast wagons to the states is one of my biggest auto industry gripes. Well, here's another one we never got! So what is it? This is a Lancia Thema 8.32. What does that mean you say? Well, it means that this is a factory Ferrari 2.9L V8 powered station wagon, with optional third row seat. To make
I'm not a truck guy, but trucks are a necessary for any number of jobs. What I don't understand is, what happened to trucks?
Here we have a 1968 Chevy C10, a full size pickup, just not by modern standards. Today, a Tacoma is a larger truck, but doesn't really have a larger bed. The bed is kind of the most important part of a truck, that and payload, tow capacity, and tongue weight. Bed sizes haven't changed too
I came across this car on Bring A Trailer today and thought I would share because, well, I've never seen it before and I like it. I mostly like it because we already know that it's a good car, it's basically a tuned BMW M6, but I think it's better looking. They made a prototype and then were supposed to make 150 more cars but instead just made this one, and here it is! The front of the car
I've been working bit by bit on bringing my 1994 Audi Cabriolet back up to snuff. It's in really nice shape but it does need a little TLC. Lately I have been working on deep cleaning it's beige carpets, removing the dull colored UV damage to vinyl surfaces, conditioning some leather, and repairing a speaker and some seat guides. I needed to remove the passenger's side front seat in order to repair the seat guides. I knew that
I like the C5 chassis Audis, and I even like that the S6 as a wagon (Avant in Audi speak), but I can appreciate that, that is not everyone's cup of tea. The builder of this car decided he not only wanted a sedan C5 S6 sedan, but that he also wanted it to have a manual.
I like the understated looks of the C5, but it does benefit from a few cosmetics offered by Audi as well. In
I thought I would share some information track driving this week. Specifically, I am going to recommend a method of how to get more advice and tips from one of the most trusted names in Racing, Ross Bentley. First get his books, Speed Secrets, they're fantastic. Start with the first, it has a lot of life in it but there are more detailed books for when you progress.
Ross Bentley additionally offers books for Autocross and Professional racing.
Here it is and cotton candy pink, one ugly Lamborghini Espada. Not that I find any Espada particularly attractive. What's cool about them is 12 cylinders and a back seat, but I think that's where it stops. It looks like a less well proportioned Maserati Montreal to me. And that color...
The tail doesn't flatter either. It's reared looks oversized and a bit bread truck like to me. Luckily the pink color does everything for this style choice. And
I decided that since I was commenting on Saabs on Wilson's post, https://wheelwell.com/posts/6c24/i-decided-to-get-creative-to-see-about-removing-my-fuel-pump and was reading about Saabs on Bring a Trailer, https://bringatrailer.com/2018/01/12/why-we-love-them-saab-900/?utm_source=dailymail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2018-01-13 that I would right about Saabs as well.
First off they were hardly born from jets, but I thought those commercials were really cool when I was a kid. Yes, Saab did build jet engines, but other than a night time driving mode button that dimmed all non-essential lights, there really was no jet technology
I am one of those people who stopped watching racing back in the 1990s following the breakup of Group B Rally racing and the movement away from homologation race series. For those that don't know, homologation race series require that vehicles be production vehicles.
Homolgation once meant that special versions of cars were made so that companies like BMW could have a more competitive racer than a standard 325is. That lead to the birth of the M3, the formation
#DIY #becauseracecar I have been thinking a bit about buying an engine and building it. I want to do everything minus the machining. I don't have the time or space yet, but that might change within the next 6 months and I can't get it out of my head that I need to build an NA VW VR6 to stick in the front of my Volvo 242. So I was reading about piston rings! And I found this nice
This is a 1JZ Toyta V12. If that sounds like gibberish, it's because Toyota never made a 1JZ V12. This engine builder decided simply building an engine like a normal person wasn't good enough. They needed to go and make the rest of us look bad by welding together two 1JZ engines and then turbocharging it. It sounds amazing and I am not doing it justice. Did no one tell him that Toyota already made a similar engine?
I actually don't care if people like what are comically large wheels IMO. I do however care that many of these vehicles run around on tiny OEM brakes, which in many cases were questionably adequate from day one. For example we have here a Chevy Tahoe on 30" wheels. If you squint you might make out the front rotor. My Audi sedan came with bigger rotors than that from the factory and weighs half as much! Why does
We often look forward to newer better products to make our projects, daily drivers, or otherwise specified vehicles better than new. But maybe sometimes we are looking so far ahead that we are missing some great stuff right in front of us.
I've been thinking about wheels for my 1983 Volvo 242 and there is a tendency to look towards newer wheels. Right now I am planning on running 16 inch Volvo 850 turbo twists with 25 mm
I really enjoy old Mazdas, despite them not accommodating my 6'4" frame. They were really solid, good handling, reliable, and often stylish cars. This isn't the best looker here, but this 1982 RWD, 2 door Mazda 626 is one of the last lightweight RWD offerings Mazda had.
The styling isn't over the top, but the car has a nice shape overall, IMO. I imagined it would look even better with bumpers that weren't the 1980s USA safety bumpers, so