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Mid-Engined GTI Project Car Is Ambitious Nightmare

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The MkII Volkswagen GTI is a plucky little hot hatch. It’s a fun compact with great front-wheel-drive driving dynamics and an enjoyable 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. For some, however, that isn’t enough for serious fun. Take this project GTI we found on eBay.

The engine up front is gone. The rear seats are also gone, because that’s where the new engine sits. It’s a four-liter V8 plucked from under the hood of a Lexus GS400, and it’s sitting in the middle of this GTI. The gearbox is 915 Transmission, which is the kind used in examples of the Porsche 911 built between the early 1970s and mid 1980s.

So… do you think you have what it takes to finish this Lexus-engined, Porsche-transmission-having, mid-engine 1986 Volkswagen GTI?

[Source: eBay Motors]

1991 Subaru Justy Project Car: Practical Unicorn

Alan Cesar October 31, 2014 Project Cars


I had been dissatisfied with my daily driver WRX for quite some time, both in terms of economy and performance. The cargo capacity is fantastic, but fuel consumption is poor and, well, if I wanted a heavy, 200-some-horsepower car that understeers, I could buy a supercharged Pontiac. Being a Ford Escort connoisseur, I had it in mind that I’d inevitably end up in another Escort wagon, its successor Ford Focus ZTW, or distant cousin Mazda Protege5. That was when a friend asked, “Small and compact. AWD or FWD. Hatchback would be a plus. Fun to drive. Must be an automatic. Used, $10k or less. Go!”

Craigslist did not disappoint.

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The Hooniverse Dream Car Garage: Project Two-Tone Toyota UZJ60

Bradley Brownell October 30, 2014 Project Cars


How far can you go with your lust for a car before it becomes an obsession? I don’t know why the sudden change, but I have for the last two years or so grown to adore these ‘J60 generation’ Toyota Land Cruisers of the 1980s, most specifically the pre-facelift version, and even more specifically, trucks with two-tone paint jobs. There is just something about that boxed shape that has attracted my attention, and the legendary reliability surely did nothing to tarnish it’s reputation. It could have something to do with my recent move to the land of deserts and mountains. Growing up in the midwest, I had no desire for anything that was capable off road, and certainly no need for one. Now that I’m out west, however, I constantly find myself drifting into daydreams of driving the various trails around the Reno/Tahoe area. What better way to go off road than to do it in style?

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The Hooniverse Dream Car Garage: Project Kapra Streke, A Quasi-Vintage Street/Track Machine With A Twist

Bradley Brownell October 17, 2014 Project Cars

Chris Runge’s Frankfurt Flyer serves as major inspiration for this project.

I don’t quite know why, but this idea has been rolling around in my head for about two years now, I guess it’s time to get it out to the world. I want to build a quasi-street/trackday speedster to give a vintage racer sort of feel. I have a strange pull to the ‘cars of yesteryear’, specifically the 1-off racing specials built by So-Cal speed shops on a wing, a prayer, parts laying around, and practically zero budget. This idea was inspired a while ago when I was at the Monterey historics looking at some small, lightweight, sport runabouts. The swoopy fenders of Maser Birdcages, Lister Jaguars, and Porsche spyders provided the visual stimuli, but I was drawn to the simplicity of the Denzel 1500s, and was reminded of Chris Runge’s Frankfurt Flyer (as well as the original Glockler Porsches).

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Under the Hood: Valvoline explores the world of DIY mechanics
and starts off with our own Tim Odell

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Here in the Hooniverse, we love dirty hands, tools that are actually used, and project vehicles that are both a point of pride and a point of frustration. Yes, even I like getting my hands occasionally dirty… but it’s best when I have adult supervision. If you’ve been hanging around here for awhile, you know that the main man behind our own set of wrenches is Mr. Mad Science, AKA Tim Odell.

The folks at Valvoline have been paying attention, because they recently sent a small film crew over to Tim’s house to capture a quick glimpse into his world. This is the first part of a new series called Under the Hood: The Spirit of DIY. So come along as we take a look at Tim’s cars, his young kids, and what he does that gets his hands so damn dirty.

[Disclaimer: Valvoline gave Tim a few bucks to be a part of this series. He has already spent that money on beer.]

The Hooniverse Dream Car Build Garage: Project Porsche Vierundzwanzig GT

Bradley Brownell September 24, 2014 Project Cars


Those who know me, or anyone who has ever read anything I’ve written, already know that I’m an absolute Porscheholic, and love pretty much everything that has ever come out of Zuffenhausen. I might even be accused of being a ” Porsche apologist” for some of their less popular models, like the 924. As such, I’ve always wanted to build the worlds greatest 924 and prove to “the haters” just how wrong they are. Is there any reason that a 924 shouldn’t have a 400 horsepower turbocharged 3.2 liter inline four cylinder engine? Speak now, or forever hold your peace.

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Installing the 3M Paint Defender Spray
on Jason Connor’s Mountune Focus ST

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Hooniverse Associate Editor Jason Connor has a pretty rad machine in the form of his mountune Ford Focus ST. He has been taking it to the track, and hitting the canyons, while also using the car to serve as the occasional Hooniverse camera car. That means he’s getting some paint chips on the nose of his beloved vehicle.

We’ve turned to 3M for some help. They produce the Paint Defender System, which is essentially a spray-on paint protection film. It’s affordable, easy to install, and also easy to remove down the road when you need to replace it.

Take a look as Jason installs the film on his car.

For more information, head to http://www.3Mauto.com and be sure to ask them any questions you have on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/3MAutoUSA)

[Disclaimer: 3M provided the system for free. Also, they want us to give away some kits… I just need to think of a contest.]

The Hooniverse Dream Car Build Garage: Project Monster Miura SV-R Time Attack

Bradley Brownell August 22, 2014 Project Cars


Welcome to the Dream Car Build Garage. Every so often, inspiration hits in a big way. I don’t know about you, but when I get inspiration for a car build, it’s all I can think about for weeks. I literally dream about driving my crazy mental build, and make up entire forum ‘build threads’ for how the project would play out in my head. This happens probably at least once every other month, so I’ve got dozens of these crazy projects floating around in my head, plaguing my every waking moment. Many of them would require far more funds than I have access to, but it doesn’t hurt to dream, right? Actually, it hurts a lot, because I’ll never see these come to fruition.

Click through the jump to be tormented by my ideas with me. Misery loves company, right?

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Project Civic Si(gh): Guess who’s back… back again


The Civic’s back, tell a friend.

Yes folks, Project Civic Si(gh) has come home. It’s in full working order too. Richard worked hard to put it back together, and he’s done a pretty damn good job. I even took the Civic up to speeds that would get me a hefty fine, and the engine sounded great.

Want to see the engine? Hop over the jump for a picture.

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Project Car SOTU: The ’95 Mazda Miata

Miata SOTU

[Somehow we missed scheduling Bryce’s Project Car update yesterday, so the PCSOTU continues into Day Two – Ed.]

Things have been looking up for “Roadster” since the setback with the oil cooler last year. With reliability now in check, safety has been more of a focus since the last update. With the head gasket replacement right after purchase last year, much of this was delayed but now it’s getting close to where it otherwise would have been at this time last year. … Continue Reading


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