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Theme Tuesdays: Another Ten Instagram Builds You Should Be Following

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Much to my dismay, many a build thread has moved over to Instagram. For the how-to enthusiast this is less than ideal, because Instagram really isn’t the best medium for in-depth mechanical break downs.

However, for quick updates, even I’ll admit it does work well. Unfortunately every time Instagram muddles with their troublesome, mysterious, algorithm builds get harder and harder to find.

For example I follow every builder in this post and I still had a heck of a time remembering the names and dredging them back up to the forefront of my timeline.

Frustrating, but it is what it is. Here are ten more Instagram builds you ought to follow.

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I was put onto this build while I was on . Ron is building a pretty wild bagged and bodied third generation Ford Bronco.

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Full disclosure his Instagram isn’t dedicated solely to this truck, but if you also like minitruck clothing then you won’t mind giving him a follow.

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The light at the end of the tunnel is a truck that will be able to skate on massive 24×15″ wheels in the rear.

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Not shying away from the OJ references he’s currently attempting to get the Juice to autography the glove box. You know, if someone out there reading this knows somebody.

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Dodge Conquests are a totally under appreciated vehicle. They look far better than most people give them credit for and they are right wheel drive.

Decently rare today, they are the perfect base for an a-typical build.

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This particular Conquest is LS powered (yay) and runs a unique cantilever suspension in the rear.

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If you’re wondering about the body panels Richard is building his own quarters, from scratch, out of carbon fiber.

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He’s currently pretty deep into the creation of said panels so if you’re into custom bodywork now is a great time to follow.

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I try to keep these posts unique, with no repeats, but sometimes exceptions have to be made.

I’ve included the Boss Roadster again because it’s been largely torn apart once more.

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Not completely happy with the car the first time around, Tommy has taken it back down to nearly nothing so he can properly address various the issues that cropped up with version 1.0.

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The old saying that projects are never ever really done applies here.

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For this second go round he’s addressing mechanical issues like drive angles, as well as aesthetic points like the tail lights.

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Pro touring trucks are awesome. And the Official Pro 10, C10, is further proof of this. Originally a Nascar short track truck, the fiberglass body has been removed, now replaced with modified factory sheet metal.

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This build actually crosses over between and Instagram so you can choose your own adventure in regards to staying up to date.

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If your into circle track cars, street cars, and c10s this is one build you should definitely be following.

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I think the intent is to have the truck ready for SEMA of this year, so things should really get cooking in a few months.

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If the truck above wasn’t quite enough, you can also follow its nasty step child the Sinster D100.

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Similar to officalpro10 it’s a short track Nascar truck that’s being converted for street use.

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This one is pretty new so if you hop on board now you won’t miss much.

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I can’t mention race trucks without posting Mark Bovey’s Targa Truck. Mark’s truck has been quite unique for a long time but, with his sights set on hill climb it’s had to go under the knife for some significant changes.

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By significant I mean he cut the darn thing in half to install a new cage and moved the motor so far back far it’s practically a passenger.

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It has since been welded back together and recently landed at . Where it goes from here, well, that’s anyone’s guess.

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This isn’t so much a solitary build as it is a collection of whatever the hell Mike is building at the time.

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Currently Mike is working on a TE72 wagon that he should will be sliding on the track as early as this Saturday.

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Mike’s attention to detail, talent and plain speed is nearly unrivaled. He took his new battle wagon from a hunk of nothing to track ready seemingly overnight.

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The craziest thing is there’s no guarantee he’ll even have it next month because something new could catch his eye seemingly at a whim.

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I could have sworn I posted Pipey’s build in a previous ‘builds you should be following’ post but alas I had not.

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This Jaguar E-type took the internet by storm a few months ago when it was debuted at Retro Rides. Then it had a Mazda20b motor under hood.

Today that motor has been yanked, and replaced with a BMW S65 V8 instead.

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The reasoning? He was tired of dealing with getting the rotary to run right.

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Obviously the new motor in no way takes away from the sheer awesomeness that is a completely custom, dumped, swapped Jaguar.

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I follow a few different trucks like Project Why Wait on Instagram but Brandon Toland’s is a little different from the rest.

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First, he’s keeping the straight six motor in the truck. This isn’t really common because the straight six motors are really nothing to write home about. They often leak, are expensive to modify, and stock just make highway speeds.

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As though he’s a sucker for punishment he’s also retaining the straight axle in the front, despite making the choice to put it on air.

The road less traveled seems to be the road #slick50 is going to occupy.

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Tripling down he’s also using a very unique under-slung rear suspension set up.

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With such side wheels out rear I’m really curious how he’s going to handle the rear fenders so I’m keen to follow along.

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The final build for this post is a Triumph GT-6 project that I’ve actually had an open invite to go check out for over a year now.

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Like most of the other builds featured today Sean’s Instagram isn’t solely dedicated to his car, but it’s pretty close.

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Sean, who studied mechanical engineering, is giving his Triumph the heart of a Mazda MX-5. This will give it a bump in performance and reliability.

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But he’s not just slapping the motor in there. While the thing is blown apart he’s addressing the frame, suspension, body, and wiring.

This one’s no walk in the park and he’s also documented it a little bit more in depth .

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There’s also a few other very interesting cars in the shop that make an appearance on Sean’s Instagram, but those are another post for another time.

Want to follow more builds? Check out Ten Instagram Builds You Should Be Following Part 1 and Part 2.

Project Why Wait: Installing LS Fabrication Firewall Fillers

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After unboxing the Langes Shop (now LS Fabrication) firewall fillers in the last Project Why Wait update I had a bit of a “what have I got myself into” moment when reality set in. I’d never welded sheet metal before and I was about to cut out my firewall.

, and watching others do it, is one thing but picking up the torch and getting it done? Another entirely.

However Chris Lange (the Lange in ) reassured me that the installation is fairly straight forward. Even for the inexperienced weekend warrior typing this post.

So, instructions in one hand and a grinder in the other, it was time to make some sparks.

First things first, I had to clear the cab of anything particularly flammable. Cleaning out a 67-year-old truck, that’s spent the last few years outside, is in no way an enjoyable task.

Animal feces, cigarette butts, tools, old clothes… you’d be surprised just how much crap can hide in a truck that looked empty. I didn’t take any pics of this process as it was head down and plow through to better things ahead.

With everything cleared out, stripping what remained on the firewall off was next. Then I traced the firewall fillers with a sharpie before masking it out with tape.

With a fire extinguisher close at hand, I used an angle grinder fit with a thin cutting wheel to do the dirty work. The instructions state to leave about a 1/2″ over lap to make fit up a little easier so that’s precisely what I did.

I have to give a shout out to LS Fabrication for including two very crucial things in the instructions.

The first, was a photo of the firewall support you see above. I could have easily zipped those right off had the instructions overlooked mentioning them. Second, including what size drill bit to use for removing spot welds very helpful.

At the time I didn’t have a spot weld cutter so knowing what size to use, without several trips to the toolbox, really helped keep the pace up in the garage.

Since I’ve received my fillers, LS Fabrication has shipped several around the world. With so many builders using them each installer does things a bit differently. Some people have omitted cutting out the factory firewall entirely.

After briefly considering this approach, the fear of moisture accumulating between the factory firewall and the new panel scared me away.

During fitment checks, and before tacking, I used some Gorilla tape to hold the fillers in place.

It’s a bit crude, but, my small welding magnets were not quite up to the task.

Once I was happy with fitment I tacked the panels in and checked everything again.

I actually ended up later removing the passenger side filler to cut out more material and fit it a bit better which you may notice in some of the photos below.

At this point I could have welded the fillers in to create a lap weld. But after talking to a few friends (big thanks to Jeff Wybrow, Dennis Thorne and Pat Cheately) they all suggested running a cutting disc around the outside of the panel.

This would create a gap so I could butt weld the panels together versus lap welding them. Lap welding opens up an opportunity for moisture to accumulate and moisture leads to rust. That said butt welding is a somewhat more challenging because it is easier to burn through.

My machine set up for this job was a Lincoln MIG Pack 10, 110amp, welder and .030 wire. Machine settings were pretty close to what was prescribed on the inside cover, save for minor wire speed adjustments as I went.

On the driver’s side, after I cut all the way around, I ended up performing about a half-inch weld at a time. Alternating in a star pattern across the panel.

This method worked pretty well but it wasn’t the typical method I read in similar how to articles.

So, for the passenger side I did the tack, tack again, then tack between those tacks, method. I did that until there were no holes left in my line of tacks.

Using my air blower throughout helped minimize warping of the metal.

To be entirely honest both methods took about the same amount of time and looked reasonably similar after grinding.

Admittedly I think the heat affected the passenger panel a bit more (not to a noticeable degree once I finish it out) so my suggestion here would be use whichever method you feel most comfortable with.

Because I am learning, I tried both.

Following the initial passes were steps I was familiar with; weld, grind, weld repeat.

The tools you see below got a lot of use this month, along with a set of safety goggles and a dust mask.

After making a lot of noise and plenty of sparks I was able to get the firewall fairly blended in.

Once I finish replacing the front of my floors (to be covered in another update) I’ll put a little more metal work in before I break out the various body fillers.

I will also show you how I plan to tackle the inside of the firewall to make sure this job holds up to the tests of time.

To get a head start on the bodywork I dug out some paint stripper and stripped everything off the firewall in the areas I will be working over.

Eventually the entire firewall will be completely stripped before it goes to . Any guesses on the color I’m having the engine bay sprayed?

At first glance the job might look daunting but it’s really not too bad provided you have a welder and a slight bit of experience with it.

The visual change, even incomplete, is remarkable.

Hopefully walking you guys through install of the fillers helps remove any hesitation you might have in regards to tackling something similar.

If I can make it through so can you, and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Motor Monday: Rotary Powered Datsun 1600

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The Datsun 1600 is not on the short list of vehicles I would expect to see at the Detroit Autorama.

Actually, truth be told, I don’t know where I’d expect to see one because before this one I’d never seen one in person before.

I feel a little bad for any of the 1600s I from here out because  has set the bar pretty high with this example.

Set up as a quarter mile machine this car no longer has a Datsun/Nissan motor underhood. Instead there’s what looks to be a 13b joined by a turbo and a plethora of goodies.

The appearance of a –an Australian based rotary engine builder– sticker on the side suggests the rotary engine found in the Datsun is quite stout.

However I can’t much firm information about this car online, on PACs page, Horspower Techs page or anywhere else.

What I do know is that this is at least the cars second time at Autorama.

In 2016 it appeared at the show less complete than it is now. Today, minus a driveshaft, it looks about ready to go.

So, internet, this is where I turn to you for help. Does anyone know the history on this little weapon? It looks like it’s ready to tear a drag strip to pieces and look good doing it.

WTF Friday: The World’s Biggest Body Drop?

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Minitruckers have been chasing ‘more low’ ever since the first coils were cut. When frames hit the ground it wasn’t too long before rockers did.

Then, soon after rockers were planted doors hit the dirt as well. Traditional body drops gave way to stock floor body drops, and after that people went even further eyeing up the lower body line.

A lot of these more drastic body drops were featured in a 2015 WTF Friday post appropriately titled Extreme Body Drops.

The  fullsize Chevy featured in this post was the inspiration for that post.

Gregors Garage took a rough Chevy and went straight up to the lower body line without hesitation. Presumably this was done because everything below that point had returned to the earth.

The truck debuted at a show about this time two years ago under construction. It obviously turned a few heads and I remember seeing the truck on SpeedHunters.

Personally though I forgot the truck shortly after and definitely wasn’t expecting to see it again this clean.

Seeing the truck with fresh paint laid out on carpet really puts into perspective how damn low the thing really is.

The fact that the hood closes and the wheels don’t pop up over the the bedsides is truly impressive. Accomplishing this was no easy feat.

A factory small block would have had no hope of fitting under the hood, so it’s been replaced with a motor from an Alfa Romeo of all things.

Being fairly flat the motor allowed the hood to close fully. More importantly the hood does so without a cowl. Huge cowls or just plain motors protruding damn near over the roof is usually what kills the lines on these types of body drops.

Inside the floor, tunnel, dash, and really everything else has been completely redesigned and reconfigured to make everything work.

Notice the brake master cylder is now behind the dash because there was simply no room for it under hood.

The truck doesn’t appear to be fully complete quite yet, but it’s pretty close. if you want to see this one scrape past the finish line.

Wonder what it looks like driving…

Theme Tuesdays: Recently Viewed – March 2018

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Spring has sprung and we’re now one month closer to summer, thankfully. With the season kicking off with Motorama and Autorama I’ve had my second monitor playing Netflix or YouTube videos non stop.

Here’s a few of the videos that I’ve been watching this month. As always I’m down for new channels if you’ve got some to recommend.












Motor Monday: The Berlin Buick

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I’ve wanted to see the Berlin Buick in person ever since it graced the pages of .

It’s name Berlin Buick, is a bit of a play on words. On the exterior the car is 100% Beetle.

The Buick part of the equation lies beneath the skin. Behind the driver’s and passenger seats is a 215 cubic inch Buick motor. Hence the name; Berlin Buick.

It’s an insane combination, but it’s been executed as elegantly as such an unorthodox union could ever be.

The motor, which has been fully painted, detailed, and topped with a Hilborn injection system, sits within an equally beautiful interior.

Inside the car actually no longer has a Volkswagen dash. The new one is from an early Buick motorcar.

The rest of the car, from the custom air ride equipped chassis, to the beautiful body is thoroughly detailed.

In the realm of Volkrods this car is wildly different. Built less rat rod and more street rod it’s a car that is easy to appreciate.

While the lack of firewall might provoke down the car is completely operable.  did a phenomenal job with this one.

Hopefully I get the chance to see this car again. I’d really love to shoot it in a slightly more photogenic setting.

WTF Friday: Little Red Trailer

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With the fall of message boards has often become my go to source for WTF Friday content.

Half baked, half started ideas, abandoned projects, dusty show cars. There’s so much on Kijiji to see.

Since spring officially spring just two days ago the real “perfect” summer toys are yet to come. However, there are still some funky gems ripe for the impulse buy. One such example is this little red MG trailer.

Vehicles made into trailers are far from a new idea, but this is the first time I’ve seen the front half used of a vehicle used.

Most trailers use the back half like below:

As a trailer the MG really isn’t the right car. It’s a small two-seater that didn’t have much cargo room stock.

However, motor removed, and spun around it does offer, some level of cargo room.

Designed to be tugged along by a motorcycle rather than a car, the little trailer more than doubles the average motorcycles cargo space.

What it does for the gas mileage is of course up for debate. But above and beyond all that it makes an interesting visual statement, especially when paired with a three-wheeler (that may or may not tip at any time).

The combination of these two odd balls, three-wheeler, and MG trailer, was enough to warrant re-posting.

Buy it to use as a trailer, or buy it for MG parts. Whichever you fancy it is currently listed for $1,700 .

Event Coverage: Spring Fever At Motorama 2018

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Putting on a car show in Ontario is a bit of a thankless job. Maybe that is true everywhere, but it’s especially true in Ontario. No matter what you do you are not going to please everyone.

All that planning you put in before hand to make things seamless is just going to open the window for someone to nitpick elements outside of your control.

Food prices, parking, the color of lighting in the venue the list goes on.

That’s why I have a lot of respect for those who put on shows year after year. You need to have thick skin to go into something knowing people are going to turn mole hills  into mole mountains.

As difficult as putting on a car show is, putting on the first one of the season must be doubly difficult.

Spectators and participants want to see quality, and fresh builds, but there are only so many ready to go before spring.

Spring Fever did a pretty good job overall of bringing out vehicles people wanted to see.

Sure, a few cars that made it in the show that were of “parking lot” quality, but if any of you remember how barren the halls of Megaspeed were I’m not sure the alternative is better.

So, being the first show of the year what was there to see?

Well, Swift, Noktournal, Team Mayazn and Next Level Car Clubs all brought heavy hitters from their roster. Add in a few cars rocking no club banner and you end up with just over a hall and half of show entrants.

Some were ready to go, and a few were under construction to some degree but still presentable.

This swapped turbo Jetta was one of the under construction vehicles. All the titanium charge piping was tacked into place but final welding was still to be completed.

However all the bones are there and this is going to be one hell of a car complete.

One car that wasn’t under construction this year was the Dynamotorsports Celica. I’ve taken nearly every possible photograph of this engine bay, but never one through the hood simply because there never was one.

Now the car runs and moves under its own power and it has a valid sticker. Will we see this beast on the streets soon? I sure hope so!

The Next Level/Dynamotorsports connection at Motorama continued with two more high horsepower street cars.

If you’re a long time reader of this site this F20 swapped AE86 should look fairly familiar.

If not here’s a closer look, and that baby eater turbo, along with a healthy amount of tuning from Dynmotorsports equals a dyno proven 1000+ horse power AE86.

No joke.

Also over 1000 horse, and tuned by the same magacian is this R32. The tail end of this car is likely what a lot of people see.

I don’t know the numbers, but I think there were actually more performance minded vehicles in the Spring Fever hall this year than any year prior.

It seemed like everywhere I looked there was a cleaned up bay, with a hot turbo four-cylinder sitting under the hood. And believe me, I wasn’t mad about it.

It’s the mix of style and performance that keeps people interested in shows like this.

This RX-7 was equal parts style and performance.

I absolutely loved the car, from the black on black look, purposeful fitment and subtle wide body.

Obviously I had no issues with the power plant choice either.

Rotary fans don’t get too upset, the owner had a rotary in this car for over 15 years before deciding to do something a little different.

If there was any one vehicle at the show that was upsetting people, or at least splitting opinions, it was the Team Mayzn Jeep Wrangler JK.

This Jeep has been on air for probably the past four years but this winter they put a signficant amount of work in to get this jeep down.

It’s currently tucking 26s and tire and if there were small wheels on it I imagine it would lay frame.  Or at least come pretty close.

The fit, finish and detail on this jeep is top-notch and there are a plethora of modifications (like rear suicide doors) that only die-hard Jeep fans would pick up on.

The truck took home a truly deserving best of show. Haters be damned.

Confused by what you’re looking at above? Well don’t feel ashamed, I was too. It’s an all metal wide-body Nissan Sentra done up in a modern VIP style.

The owner of the car and I had a good long chat about it and I was surprised to learn that this is his first build of this caliber.

This car came straight out of left field and had people talking all weekend.

It’s absolutely packed with audio too which is something you don’t see too often anymore.

All that in car entertainment is put into a custom diamond stitched interior. Aside from engine mods (of which there might be few for a Sentra) this car is a full pull.

It’s still early in the year and depending on where you’re at there might still be snow but good weather is ahead. If Motorama/Spring Fever are any indication of what’s to come 2018 it should be a good year.

That’s it for this one see you on the next. Pat your local event organizer on the back on your way out.

Theme Tuesdays: Non Traditional, Traditional Lowriders: Euro Edition

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Those of you who are over 25 probably remember a time when non traditional, traditional lowriders were called “Euros”.

Now, I’m not quite old enough to know why cars like Honda Civics, Fords Escorts, Nissan Altimas, and Toyota Tercels were called Euros, but they were.

For a few years the “Euro” style was incredibly popular, almost as popular as today’s “Euro” styling.

These days og “Euro” cars are few and far between. If you look hard enough a few remain kicking around message boards and under tarps in garages.

If you don’t want to go crate digging though, this week’s Theme Tuesday brings this eclectic style to you.

Can’t do this post without leading off with a local “Euro”, this car pops up for sale every few weeks
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I actually learned to drive on one of these cars, never thought there would be a lowrider version
So you can imagine my surprise to learn there were at least two lowrider Altimas
And this one could get damn busy
I love doing these posts because I have a giant grin on my face pulling the photos together. This is likely the only time I will ever post a Beretta
Plastic low
80s Hondas work surprisingly well as lowriders, must be the flip up headlights
A little less gold, and a little more camber, and this would fit right in with the aggressive fitment crowd today
A newer Accord given similar treatment to it’s bigger brother
Japan doesn’t mess around in the least!
DA Integras were also the subject of “Euro” Style
This particular one made a BF GoodRich AD
How about this insanity? A six wheeled Honda
I really wonder where this car ended up, junk yard or storage?
Digitalwheels.net (now defunct) popped up several times in my search
No wires on this e36 but I couldn’t leave it out
For whatever reason there were a lot of Lowrider Escorts
The trunk set up on this car is super clean, nice flake too
Hands up if you completely forgot mid 80s Mercury Cougars
Beetles on wires are not terrible uncommon, but I couldn’t pass up this one throwin’ sparks
Not the type of articulation Jimny owners are normally after
A hopping Celica!
A bit of contemporary “euro”

If you want an almost daily dose of Euro Lowriders, and other somewhat niche modification styles, check out . He and I are cut from similar cloth, in that we both like a lot of random cars.

Check out some of the gems he has posted recently:

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We might have to team up on the next one!

The 2018 Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo

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As the first custom car show of the year Motorama marks the upcoming arrival of spring for hibernating enthusiasts of Ontario. Where the Autoshow is for the general automotive public Motorama is for us.

For the eager it’s a chance to show off what they’ve been up to all winter. And for everyone else it’s a break from our projects and a reminder that there are plenty of cool cars set to roam the streets or track in the upcoming season.

Always a busy event, this year I got through the door early on the show’s opening day to check out the show a few minutes before it was packed with people.

As a showcase of the best the show had to offer shooting the main hall is a challenge when the doors kick open.

My first stop in the main hall was actually to the booth. While they were still setting up I said my ‘hellos’ and snapped some photos of Ted Barnes Datsun 510.

Barnes Motorsports and Performance Improvements have had a relationship for nearly as long as Ted has had this car.

Wearing refreshed colors the small block swapped drag prepared 510 looked better than ever.

It currently runs 10.405 at 130.80 mph, and is constantly improving their program so it’s likely going to keep getting faster.

My next stop was to check out “Fine Wine” the latest build from . It’s an LS powered Task Force truck that sits on the lowered version of their made to order, chassis.

The team at Hitman thrashed to the finish line for this one with final assembly happening the week of the show.

The thrash was worth it because Fine Wine ended up taking home several awards including the “Grand Champion” award. Which is essentially the “best of” out of the entire show.

More importantly, the owner was absolutely thrilled with the build and is looking forward to driving the wheels off it when summer hits.

Whoever curated the front hall this year did an outstanding job. Something for everybody seemed to be the focus.

Hot rods, street rods, customs, there were even a few European classics in the front hall as well.

Keith, at Binbrook Speed shop, had two of his builds in the front hall in 2018. His own Binbrook Coupe and a customer commissioned ’27 Ford.

Both cars are done in the traditional hot rod style he’s known for.

It’s been super cool watching Keith get better, and better, at what he does.

I’ve already dropped the hint that I want to shoot both cars this summer so hopefully we can make that happen.

On Friday this “C7 Corvette” had the hood installed and naturally assumed there was an LS lurking within.

When I returned Saturday to find the hood removed I realized that I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Instead of a v8 there as an alcohol fueled Nissan six cylinder sitting between the rails of a custom chassis.

The Vette is a 10.5″ tire 1/8 mile car, and the latest build from local drag racing and restoration shop

Not big in the drag scene I’d never heard of them prior to the show, but now I’m certainly paying attention.

From drag cars to time attack cars Motorama had a fair-sized grouping of Motorsports vehicles.

Quarter mile, time attack heck even a few racing lawn mowers.

One of the feature attendees of this year’s show was Jeff Lutz who brought his latest build, a very bright, very fast ’57 Chevy. This car has a 540 big block with twin 98mm Precision turbos.

Around the big block is a mostly carbon fiber body save for the roof cowl and windshield frame.

Joining Jeff in the ‘Drag Week’ display was Dave Schroeder and his Corvette. His car runs a Pro mod motor, that’s 872 cubic inches, and has a ton of (four stages worth) nitrous flowing through it.

All that power, and of course a lot of driving ability is why Dave took home the Drag week title in 2017.

Oh he’s Canadian to boot, so score one for Canada.

One of the more interesting performance builds at the show was the Audi Quattro.

Destined for the scrap heap the Deboss garage built this car to compete in a YouTube challenge organized by .

Today, as you can see, the Audi is LS powered. Despite that fact it retains its Quattro system thanks to a built Audi RS2 six-speed transmission.

As you’ve no doubt already noticed there is no radiator in the front, and in my hunt to find said radiator I found it and two compound turbos lifted from a Power Stroke diesel.

At the show the motor on the car was slightly hurt, but it should be all back up and ready to go soon. When it was in top shape the car made 694 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque.

All this insanity still wears plates, so it could, theoretically, still drive on the street.

The Dodge Dart that I often run into at Durham cruise ins was at also posted up at Motorama looking quite a bit different from the last time I’d seen it.Still running a blow through turbo set up the turbos have been lifted above the grill and heat wrapped.

I really ought to figure out exactly how much jam this car makes one day because there’s no way it’s not getting faster every time I see it.

The car was parked beside this C10 that was also set up for the 1/4 mile. It’s exciting that there are still plenty of cars left in Durham for me to check out.

Potentially as heavily modified as these two if not more.

Kevin and Dutch Grasley brought Thunderball to the show as part of a ‘barn find’ display.

The car got a lot of foot traffic at the event. A few of the people who stopped by even remembered the car from its heyday where it won some of the awards you see pictured.

Almost directly opposite from Kevin sat the Cadimax. A black bagged Cadillac sitting on .

The Cadimax gets its name from the Duramax motor that’s been swapped in. I’m sure it gets a bit better mileage now versus the Caddillac V8 that usually sits under the hood of these behemoths.

Eddie’s Rod And Custom brought their split window, named ‘Split Second’ to Toronto for Autorama 2018. Split Second is a front hall worthy car that had previously debuted at the Detroit Autorama in 2017.

Exploring the rest of the halls I was impressed at the variety of vehicles that filled the halls.

I’ve wanted to see the above hauler trailer combination ever since it debuted at SEMA, but of a shame it was so tightly surrounded by metal guards preventing me from lining up the shot I wanted.

Reisinger Customs positioned two cars side by side, each, top caliber traditional hot rods. The blue Ford featured a huge flat head Lincoln v12. Supercharged the motor that was a thing of beauty.

With not much weight to the car I bet it would go like stink with the pedal to the floor.

One car that had a lot of people talking at Motorama was the Datsun 280z 2+2 that debuted.

Using the same tb48de Nissan motor the Corvette in the front hall had this car was also set up to be a straight line terror.

With an engine bay full of Vibrant Performance parts, a water to air inter-cooler and a giant Precision Turbo this car was a favorite of many.

There’s plenty more from Motorama to come next week, from Spring Fever, the tuner hall that takes place in the back.

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