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Motor Monday: Everything In Excess


I just got back from the 2018 Detroit Autorama and two of the most talked about cars at the show were brought out by ““.

Both owned by Brad Gray these cars are proof that anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.

The newest car in his collection is a triple charged LSX Ford Mustang.The 427 cubic inch motor is topped with Aria Hemi heads. Boost comes from a trio of Weiand superchargers.

A 871 in the middle is flanked by two 144s. The superchargers are windowed to reveal the water to air inter-coolers.

To triple (or is it quadruple at this point) down on the insanity the car also has a 200 shot of nitrous.

It even has a little bitty hood because why not.

Joining the Blown Mafia Mustang was Brad’s Camaro that uses a Littefield 1471 blower and two Precision 68mm turbos. It’s all fairly complicated but essentially the turbos feed the super, the super feeds the motor.

The supercharger in this case actually robs power, but from an engineering stand point, it’s a mechanical marvel.

Brad admits that both are show cars through and through. They’ve never made a pass, and never been on the dyno making them essentially art pieces.

Functional art is of course still art though.

Now Playing: The Bucket Seat Podcast


2018 is the year of the podcast for myself and Grosirbajuanak. This time I make an appearance on a local podcast called The Bucket Seat.

The Bucket Seat is run by long time industry veteran Trevor Byrne. Trevor is a true gear head and we hit it off instantly.

We tried not to cover the same topics as my last podcast. If you want to learn a little more about what makes me, me, then give the episode a listen below.

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Theme Tuesdays: Recently Viewed – February 2018


I know I’m a few days early for this month’s edition of Recently Viewed but next week I will be neck-deep in Detroit Autorama coverage so I’m letting things fly today.

The second month of the 2018 was pretty darn good for videos. There’s plenty from the usual suspects. And for whatever reason it also seems that vehicle jumping was a reoccurring theme.

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Event Coverage: The 2018 Canadian International Autoshow


The Canadian International Autoshow is an event that I’ve been lucky enough to attend on Media Day for the past five years.

2018 however is the first year I noticed a significant change in the vehicles present. At first blush media day is fairly similar year to year. OEM manufactures bring out some of their latest and greatest while ushering media, from one press conference to another.

For many the show is little more than a break from a long bleak winter. So what change did I notice?

Well, I noticed that in addition to jamming them with technology more and more manufacturers are touting hybrid, or straight electric, vehicles.

This change hasn’t been sudden of course, but it’s the first time I really noticed it. Fuel prices, coupled with global warming and environmental consciousness in general, has really pushed manufacturers to make more efficient vehicles.

Tie that in with the numerous driving aids (advanced traction control, lane departure warnings, cameras everywhere) and stick shifts being an endangered species and the cars on the floor are far removed from the ones we enthusiasts traditionally covet.

It’s a weird time to be an enthusiast. If I were forced to choose a vehicle to buy today, brand new and within a reasonable budget, I have no idea what I would purchase.

New cars are changing so fast that I can hardly keep up. But it isn’t all bad. Not all of the new technology is being used solely for increasing miles per charge/gallon.

The Mercedes AMG-E One is a hybrid that is capable of 217 miles per hour. Sure it’s technology comes from F1, and not the street, but it still utilizes a very small, 1.6L gas motor coupled with four electric motors.

The electric motors sit at each wheel providing an incredible all wheel drive system that allows the car to run for 16 miles without fuel.

At a rumored 2.7 million asking price it’s not a car many will own but an engineering feat none the less.

On the other side of the spectrum you have to hat tip to Dodge for unabashedly appealing to v8 lovers with their SRT line of vehicles.

I have not given a Durango a second glance in years, but I gave their newest model a long look.

A 475 horsepower SUV with three rows of seating?

Not a vehicle I can justify, but one that I’m glad exists all the same.

And what more needs to be said about the Demon? The fact this car exists today is remarkable.

It’s basically a drag car masquerading as a production car, in a time where ‘performance’ models are often little more than aesthetic packages.

The Demon branded accessories you can get are pretty cool too. With the direct connection performance parts giving any Demon owner full access to –I assume– warranty approved speed parts.

If you’ll allow me to shed some more manufacturer praise for a second, shout out to Mazda for bringing absolutely flawless versions of some of their most popular chassis.

Most of the OEMs packed their main stage with current model vehicles so it was cool to see Mazda show love to their irreplaceable classics.

Especially considering the younger crowd looking might be blissfully unaware of their existence.

Kia brought out their new Stinger. The fact that Kia is releasing something like this is another indication that things have changed considerably.

Who would have called that Kia, of all brands, would be releasing a rear wheel drive 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, or 365-hp twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 powered Grand Tourer?

The interior looked pretty solid too. Korean interiors are usually quite ‘plasticy’ but this looked quite h.

Obviously I couldn’t tell what the road noise would be like but all in all it looks like a fairly decent little car.

A far cry from the 2015 concept though. But, that’s how the cookie crumbles.

As I made my way through the main halls I was sure to snap a few details that caught my eye. I always intend to do more of this at each autoshow but I tend to forget because I see things like this.

Who wouldn’t get distracted by a monster Sierra on Matt Tracks?

I’m not sure how much the tracks are actually put to task, but since they are built at a dealership not far from me I could get a closer look at them if you guys are interested.

Popping out of the main halls and exploring some of the smaller ones, CSCS and Performance Auto And Sound magazine split a hall dedicated to the “Tuner” genre of vehicles.

PASMAG was running one of their Tuner Battlegrounds contests out of this room. All of the cars therein had to earn their way in via votes.

Neal’s R32 GTR was completely redone the end of 2017. This car was previously pink for those of you who may recognize the name.

It’s a pretty stark change, and exactly what Neal wanted after having the car the same for over ten years.

Dylan Sharpe’s competition S15 was the only non show car to make the top eight for the PASMAG Tuner Battlegrounds room.

This car spent most of 2017 competing in the states, so I didn’t get a chance to see it, but for 2018 it will be spending more time here in Ontario.

Under the hood of Dylan’s car is a big single 2JZ. In the Nissan bay, the Toyota motor makes about 900 wheel horse power.

True to Dylan’s style it is heavily detailed with lots of bling.

Interestingly enough this car has a fairly complete interior. A couple of panels have been cut to clear the cage, but for the most part it’s a very liveable car.

In fact it’s plated and insured so he can drive it on the street.

There’s a few cars local Ontario cars rocking Marlboro livery but this 300zx the only one with the Menthol colors.

Honestly the car pulls the livery off quite well and I am not a huge fan of  metallic vinyl.

The winner of the Autoshow Tuner Battlegrounds competition this year was this screen accurate replica of Jesse’s Jetta from the first Fast and The Furious movie.

A few people are upset about this car walking away with the top spot, but it is what it is.

I’m all about faithful screen replicas and this car was damn near a dead ringer. Including the screen used plate in the rear. Congrats to the owner for putting in the effort to win this social media contest.

Did you know Hot Wheels is celebrating their 50th anniversary? Neither did I but they were ringing it in at the Autoshow.

I’m sure this display was packed throughout the show’s two-week run, but on media day I got the change to try a few of the tracks out.

Somehow I didn’t immediately go and buy track after this.

They had a few 1:1 versions of their cars on display too. Not sure if these cars were built before the toys or vice versa.

Probably some well guarded chicken/egg secret.

As always the day ended in the Autoexotica room where the media reception is held. Having a few drinks and a couple of hors d’oeuvres with media folk surrounded by high-caliber cars is always a bit surreal.

This room is for some the only room worth attending because it’s cars you can’t go see at your local dealership.

I’m sure there are other places you can see a GT40, but a stone’s through from a storied Shelby? Doubtful.

In 2018 The Autoexotica room had two major showstoppers. The first is the carbon edition Pagani Huayra. Pfaff brought this car out and everyone was trying their best to get shots of this car.

The interior of Pagani vehicles blow me away. I imagine if you could sit inside a designer watch this is what it wold be like.

Eh, maybe that analogy doesn’t completely hold up, but either way they are ridiculous.

The Koenigsegg Agera RS made its Canadian debut at the 2018 Canadian International Autoshow. Naturally it too was a highlight of the Autoexotica room. Presented by Christian von Koenigsegg himself several people were lined up for autographs.

This is the car that managed to eclipse five existing production car speed records. Setting the highest top speed at 284.55 miles per hour.

It got there thanks to a pile of engineering, lightweight materials and twin turbo 5.0L motor that puts out 1160 horsepower on pump gas.

That’s basically 232 horsepower per liter. Which is truthfully pretty insane.

Similar to the Pagani, the interior is quite magnificent. Especially when you consider that the same interior treatment flows into the trunk that sits forward of the driver.

On a vehicle of this prestigious I guess you can’t really expect anything less than perfection.

Cheers to the Autoshow for another acceptance into Media day and thank you for being patient waiting for this coverage.

I started a new day job last week so the post schedule might be a little erratic for a bit, but don’t worry content will keep moving.

WTF Friday: Floor It Again Tony


For most of my youth –actually up until their Chrysler re-branding– Fiats were the butt of reliability jokes. The most familiar being “fix it again Tony”.

The joke was of course not all that funny, not all that accurate and perhaps a bit racist. But it was the 80/90s and darn near every joke ticked all the same boxes.

I’ve never driven a Fiat, nor have I ever seen one broken down at the side of the road. So my opinion of them is fairly neutral.

That is outside of a few pretty cool ones I have seen over the years, and this ’37 Topolino is one of the cool ones.

As you can see the silver Topolino is a far cry from its original form. In reality it’s actually a fiberglass body that mimics a Topolino.

Built by RCD Race cars the car has a roomy 112″ wheel base thanks to a custom 4130 cro-moly chassis. The front suspension is RCD inboard rocker arm while the rear is and RCD built four link.

As it’s size and shape suggests this car is not a canyon carver.

Instead it is built for the 1/4 mile, capable of low 9 seconds at 149 miles per hour.

Sticking through the hood is a healthy Rodeck 6 bolt main 406 cubic inch aluminum small block. Fit with BRODIX heads, new cranks and rods, and an 8 trumpet stack the car is no slouch.

A reverse manual valve body turbo 400 transmission backs it up, supported by a Ford 9 inch and upgraded center section.

It also fully opens up, just like a Funny Car would, to allow the occupants to get in and out and giving onlookers a gander at what lies within.

The car was quite successful in the early 2000 show scene wining a variety of Best engineered awards and shows such as the Detroit Autorama.

Now though, the Fiat for sale on  waiting for the right owner to come scoop it up.

The 95k asking price isn’t chump change but, it looks like you get a decent amount for the cash. According to the owner 125k was invested overall.

If you want to take a look,

Using a Bead Roller and an English Wheel to make Patch Panels


Metal working is a skill I am extremely envious of. Cutting a patch panel with a grinder and zapping it in is one thing, but to making a panel look like a work of art? That not only takes tools I don’t have, but skills currently not in my wheel house.

Most of the panels I drool over on completed vehicles have some sort of bead rolling done to them. Bead rolling adds that extra custom touch to panel. It’s an extra bit of flare that works really well on any style of vehicle.

The firewall fillers I purchased for Project Why Wait are bead rolled. As is the bed on “Tiffany” C10 and the interior of the Distorted Vision Fargo project.

Getting started with a however is a daunting task. To remove some of the edge from the learning curve, and get you mastering your new shop tool,  sent through the following tips:

When working with older vehicles, rust is unavoidable and eventually certain panels will get to the point where they need to be replaced. In some cases, you could source the part and just buy it online, however with some vehicles that can be quite difficult.

In this situation, you might be tempted to just replace the panel with some sheet metal and be done with it. However, if you’re wanting to recreate the original look then there is a way; bead rolling.

Bead rollers use male and female dies to press form the metal into shape. Using this tool allows you to achieve the same intricate designs that were present on the original parts. Using a bead roller on a flat piece of metal will cause it to bend, but luckily there is also a solution to this problem. By using an English wheel on the areas that you intend to bead roll, you can stretch the metal so that when you bead roll, it will use the ‘extra’ metal to create the corrugations that you make.

In our example, we’ll be going over how to carry out this process on a flat sheet of metal:

Step 1 – Marking your metal

Before you do anything, its important to mark the desired bead lines on your metal. These will be your guide throughout the entire process.

Step 2 – The

To prepare your metal for bead rolling, you’ll want to prepare it in the English Wheel. Firstly, put your panel into the wheel and tighten the wheel down so that it applies a moderate amount of pressure to the metal. Then, proceed to wheel the area that you would like to bead, ensuring that you keep your passes close together, trying not to stray too far from either side of your line (0.25” is about as far as you should go). Once you have done this, there should be a slight bulge in the metal where you have wheeled it.

Step 3 – The

To get your wheeled metal into the bead roller, then you may have to straighten it out by hand as the process will have caused it to curve. Once the panel is in the machine you can begin to roll over your lines, pushing the areas that you stretched with the wheel back down the opposite way. If you do this correctly, then you should end up with a flat, beaded panel.

Hopefully these tips, along with the video above, have helped you out with your next metal project. Balielgih tools are readily available online at retails like , and if you can think of another DIY fabrication topic that should be covered here on Grosirbajuanak let me know in the comments below!

Theme Tuesday: 2018 Canadian International Autoshow Wheel Gallery


The is currently running now through February 25th at the International Center in downtown Toronto.

Like the previous five or so years I had the privilege of being accepted as media. Being able to attend the show before the massive, record beaking,  crowds is always appreciated.

Broader coverage of the event will of course be coming later this week, but in the meantime here’s a quick wheel gallery I was able to pull together from the forthcoming coverage.

OZ Racing Superturismo GT wheels under a Fiat Rally car
Crazy looking wheels on the Toyota i-Tril a unique tilting two-seater car Toyota debuted in 2017
The new Porsche 911 Turbo S 20″ wheels. These wheels use a center locking system and a two-tone finish. These wheels are nearly as impressive as the massive brakes they sit in front of.
Enkei RS05RRs underneath Can Jam Motorsports “Black Storm” which was on display in a room dedicated to tuners
This is a bit of a combo breaker, with the angle the photo is shot at, but shout out to Mazda Canada for bringing this killer line up of their most well-known classics
The lightweight 18″ wheels on the Dodge Demon are shod in hefty 315/40/18 tires
This ’69 GT 40 was one of the highlights of the always popular ‘Auto Exotica’ room at the Autoshow
Mills Motors brought out another one of their crazy lifted GMCS on Matttracks, not exactly wheels but a noteworthy addition to this gallery 
There will be lots of Pagani Huayra photos in the forthcoming coverage
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is an easy highlight of the show, this car is… ridiculous to say the least
End things off with the ultra light wheels that sit under the AMG Project One

Check back later this week for more coverage from the 2018 Canadian International Autoshow.

Theme Tuesdays: ‘First’ On Air


Saying ‘first’ on the internet always causes a bit of controversy. Especially when it comes to car modifications. Typically the instant you say you’re first somebody, somewhere, says their brother’s friend’s sister’s cousin did it before you.

That’s what made the “Anyone else the first person to ever bag your specific car?” post on so interesting. While there may have been a little posturing, for the most part, people who contributed were within the first three to put their chassis on the ground.

There were even a few legitimate one of ones.

One Of Few

David Caron started the post, and he was the first SVX on air, quickly followed by approximately four afterward – Photo: Dave Caron
There have been a few bagged limos but David Withrow figures he’s one of the few with this generation  – Photo: David Withrow
Similarly, I don’t imagine there are a tremendous number of bagged Hi-Aces  – Photo: Jackson Healey
This Fusion, which I’ve seen at SEMA and The Air Lift Performance Facility is one of few of its kind

Steve Gyrbell’s ’72 Corvette just might be the only one of it’s kind but he hasn’t actively looked to see if there are more

One Of The First

Paul Tait has the the first bagged 6th generation Accord SIR, which is drilling down really far, but it’s really cool  – Photo: Paul Tait
Alfred Acosta’s Jeep is one of the few in this post I’ve had the pleasure of seeing in person
Though it was a night and oddly missing a taillight
Here’s a better photo of the entire Jeep  – Photo: Alfred Acosta
Another bagged and bodied Jeep, owned by Russell Barnes this turck looks crazy  – Photo: Russell Barnes
He’s putting an SRT 8 drive line in it as well  – Photo: Russell Barnes
Dean Thurman’s dad bagged and bodied one of the first quad Cab Dodges  – Photo: Dean Thurman
Jamie Webster posted what he said was the first bagged second generation Ford Lightnings  – Photo: Jamie Webster
Rodeo’s are so rare and this was the first bagged and body dropped one –  Photo: Brian Splawn
Craig Christian’s ’59 Mercury Monterey  – Photo: Craig Christian
The first 4th gen Fourrunner bagged  – Photo: Tony Rispoli

One Of One

It’s pretty cool that the first –and only– bagged H3 was built right here in Ontario
Last I saw it, it was white but who knows what it will roll out as this year
I’ve posted Sean Veva’s 454 SS before, or at least thought of it, I love this truck – Photo: Sean Veva
I always assumed the chassis was fairly straight forward but it looks like I was quite wrong – Photo:Sean Veva
Jim Harbe has the only, actual, bagged Syclone, the rest are clones or Sonoma GTs maintaining the all wheel drive angles at ride height is what has caused the camber laid out – Photo: Jim-hrabe
I feel safe in saying AJ Hoover’s Subaru is the only SBC swapped bagged Legacy, with no roof – Photo: AJ Hoover
It’s certainly unique – Photo: AJ Hoover
Miles is definitely the only bagged Isuzu NPR
Richard Peterson figures he just might own the only bagged 56 Hudson Hornet – Photo: Richard Peterson

If you want to dispute some of these claims, or join in on the conversation, hit up

Motor Monday: LS4 Cavalier


Ontario has, or at least had, an oddly ambitious J-Body community. Jeff’s famous, yet unfinished, right-hand drive Cavalier was from here. L67 supercharged examples are not uncommon. And most notably the Northstar V8 swapped example was from here.

Continuing with the trend of ridiculous today’s #motormonday features a LS4 swapped Cavalier.

This red devil was spotted at the 2017 Truck and Tuner Expo.

The car is owned by a local female enthusiast named Alysha who did all of the work to the car herself. When I say all of it I mean all of it. Including all the carbon fiber she does under the name AK Carbon Fiber.

The motor is mated to a 4T65E-HD transabd has a 3″ exhaust all the way back. It is more or less stock but really that is more than enough for a front wheel drive car of this size.

It runs and does drive, but it is predominantly a show car so it doesn’t see a lot of miles. Still though, it’s a FWD LS Cavalier.

Now Playing: Our Lifestyle The Podcast


When I’m out in the garage working on Project Why Wait I always have something cranking through the speakers. One of the podcasts I listen to the most is ““. I got hooked on it after  where they had fellow Canadian Todd Robinson on.

Near the end of 2017 host Jason Ballard reached out asking if I’d like to be on the show. Obviously I said yes.

It took a bit for our schedules to connect but we recorded it last week and it’s live now as Episode 52. We covered a wide range of topics as the two of us are quite similar. Cars, BMX, the start of the website nothing was off-limits. I’ve embedded the episode below, give it a listen and go easy, it’s my first one!