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Posted On: 11/14/2013 11:32AM
GTwildfire

After having done a lot to the outside of the car, I started cleaning out and cleaning up the interior and to see what needed to be done inside the car.

I knew the seats were in great condition, but hadn't really paid much attention till I started...

You know how even junkers can look great in online photos, a sort of Craigslist Effect, that combination of wishful thinking and limited image resolution fooling the brain into making things look great? More »



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Posted On: 11/12/2013 9:53AM
PrecisionRestor

Thinking about changing colors – What to consider.

Choosing a paint color for you restoration can be quite a struggle.  With subtle differences from one color to the next, finding that perfect color takes a little bit of patience and home work.  These are a few tips to help you choose what fits, what looks good, and what will ultimately make you happy.  More »



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Posted On: 11/8/2013 12:01PM
GTwildfire

Before:

Nice car but I had a problem with grey bumpers on a white Mercedes, a no-brainer for me to change that... More »



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Posted On: 11/4/2013 2:09PM
GTwildfire

The door of this Mercedes was bashed in pretty badly. Normally I would just replace the door and paint it, but finding one would have been difficult, and whoever had it would probably know that... so I had to work with what I had.


Body filler is like makeup on Women... less is more. I did everything I could to straighten out the dent, having worked the steel from both inside and out before going into mud mode. Several hours and about 10 applications later... More »



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Posted On: 11/4/2013 10:49AM
GTwildfire

So this is the latest acquisition, a 1989 Mercedes 300TE.

Unlike almost every car I have ever bought, I don't have to replace any bushings or ball joints. Most of the work is on the body, and there are a couple of minor fixes I need to do inside as well.



For a 24 year old car with 267,000 miles on the odometer, she looks pretty good. More »



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Posted On: 10/31/2013 12:15PM
GTwildfire

After just having one of these cars figuratively fall into my lap, I did what I always do... research.

I always do my research before I buy, but the car I bought was owned by the now-deceased Mother of a neighbor, and he wanted me to own it.

So while wading through all the search results recenty, I ran across this. The show is "Fifth Gear" mind you, not to be confused with a certain other show. There is no Captain Slow, nor a Hamster or a Palm Tree named Jeremy but there is a Blonde, and she enjoys smashing the hell out of this 300TE in a 4-part series on YouTube. More »



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Posted On: 7/10/2013 10:22AM
WaytoFurious

Recently, I ordered this fan and shroud combination. I have never been happy with the way the Valiant acts in summer, so I have decided to fix it once and for all. I simply gave the supplier the radiator measurements and a few weeks later it arrived in the post. I was fairly happy with my new purchase till I realized that there were scratches one side of the shroud. Now, I am not building a show car and, for the most part, the scratches will be hidden from view. However, I think that if you shell out good money for a product you should get something that is 100%.

Well that's my story, so what's yours? When was the last time you bought a dud car product?



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Posted On: 3/25/2013 10:58AM
kp898

As the 20th hour rolled past, Devon and I watched my good friend Rob start the engine and gingerly apply the brakes, and saw his expression turn to shock as the brake shoes abruptly grabbed the drums. Sally, our patient, a beautiful low mileage 1972 Mustang Coupe with a 302, then rolled out of the driveway. There was no hesitation, no sputtering, no telltale smoke out the side exhausts. We watched with trepidation as Rob accelerated and braked in order to check for any defects in our engine and brake modifications. As he rounded the corner, an eruption of noise greeted our ears and shook the community; and as the clock struck midnight, we listened as the exhaust note shattered the silence as she roared up the block. 

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Posted On: 9/25/2012 9:07AM
SuzyBruisy

A Bangshift reader captured the aftermath of the grenaded transmission in Denny Parker's Super Bee following a hard launch at Arroyo Seco Raceway in New Mexico. Though Denny managed to remain miraculously unhurt, the force of the explosion perforated the transmission tunnel, spraying shrapnel and hot fluid into the passenger compartment. Might be time to invest in a scatter-shiled, as Brian Lohnes suggests! More pics below the jump, and see the entire series at Bangshift.

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Posted On: 3/12/2012 10:43AM
GTwildfire

After working on the trucks at the shop today, the time finally came to get rid of the rusty appearance behind the rims of my Eclipse. I never see caliper paint in blue on the shelves at parts stores, so I used engine paint. Both are rated to 500 degrees.

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