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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

Last Call: Project SOTU: The Charles Barrett Special

LongRoofian July 16, 2014 Project Cars

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Today here in the Hooniverse, we have spent the day reviewing the status of our Project Cars. Well, it is only appropriate this olelongrooffan should share the status of The Charles Barrett Special. I am embarrassed enough but I have to share this with all ya’all. My 1973 AMC Jeep Commando has spent the better part of the last year resting comfortably beneath a canvas top pole barn up in The Birthplace of Speed, totally neglected by thejeepjunkie and this olelongrooffan. My apologies to Charles Barrett.

Well, there is always next year.

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Project Car SOTU: The 1990 Ford Sierra


The call came in: we’re doing a project car post series. In these posts, we deliver the report on how our respective fixer-uppers are doing.

I took a deep breath. What would I cover this time around, regarding my Beaterland fleet? The Saab, the crown jewel of my old cars? Nope, sold it a while ago to raise a bit of travel cash for my two weeks in California. The Xantia? I’ve delegated it to parts hauler duty, with no meaningful repairs being performed except a rear brake caliper getting a look at so the car passed inspection. The 205? It’ll just get driven, but the appearance remains the same save for a set of aluminum steelies. The Polo I’m actually somewhat ashamed about, as I haven’t still put the cylinder head back on it and it remains a non-runner. It’s not getting worse, but it’s not getting better.

Fittingly, there’s a new blank canvas on my doorstep. Another fresh start, yet another cheap beater that will get the skipped maintenance forced back on the schedule again. It’s old, it’s quirky-looking, it’s rear wheel drive. It has the Bob Lutz seal of approval. It’s a Ford Sierra.

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Project Car SOTU: An AMC Eagle with Provenance


[Editor's Note - Say hello to Alan everyone. You'll immediately be able to tell that he's in the right place.]

A red, white, and blue logo. An all-iron pushrod engine and four-wheel drive. Designed in Kenosha, Wisconsin (and built in Brampton, Ontario). Formerly the official vehicle of the National Ski Patrol. Its name is shared with this country’s national bird and the lunar module that carried Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins to the moon’s surface. It’s the Eagle, made by the American Motor Company. It’s overtly patriotic, but not quite to the point of being indistinguishable from parody. … Continue Reading



It’s not peer pressure. Just because I don’t lay on my back every evening with warm multigrade running down the inside of my sleeves doesn’t make me any less of a man. Much as I’d have liked one, I’ve never had a project car because I’ve never really had the time, the space, the funds nor the knowledge to take one on. Well, we all have to start somewhere.

Suddenly, and probably misguidedly, my daily driver Audi has become my project car. Take the jump for all the how on Earths and the why the hells.

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Project Car SOTU: Bultakenstein & The Honda CL125S

Tanshanomi July 16, 2014 Project Cars


My custom Bultaco roadster project, which I began in earnest over 2-1/2 years ago, is still not quite a roller. Readers familiar with the project would be excused for thinking that things have stalled, however “stalled” isn’t really an applicable term to this project, given its nearly glacial development. Like one of NASA’s crawler-transporters headed toward the launch pad, things are steadily crawling forward, albeit at an extremely slow, careful pace. I knew it would take years to complete when I started it, so that’s okay.

Now on the other hand, I bought the CL125S to ride, not wrench on eternally. And yet, despite buying it in nominally running condition, I have not ridden it a full mile so far. That’s kind of a bummer. …And the bad news keeps on coming.

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Project Car SOTU: The 1971 Datsun 240Z

Robert Emslie July 16, 2014 Project Cars


My S30 is – amazingly – the project that does double duty as a daily driver. Of late within my family there has been a good bit of car juggling, for reasons that will go unexplained. It’s tough, I’ll admit it, but it’s far better than juggling chainsaws or bowling balls. Fortunately, the Datsun has become a stalwart addition to the fleet, and has yet to let me down. Perhaps a good deal of that is due to the work I’ve put into it so far. Come along after the jump and see the progress to date, and the plans for the next round of wallet emptying!

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Project Car SOTU: 1964 Falcon, 1969 Wagoneer and 1959 Project House Hell

Tim Odell July 16, 2014 Project Cars


When I penned “Zen and the Art of Overdoing it“, I confessed that three project cars, a kid and a blog were probably too much to deal with at once. Oddly enough, I’m right back in that situation as I type this: two kids, two and a half project cars, a much more involved day job and one hell of a project house. Hit the jump to find out what’s been fixed, upgraded and broken on my 1964 Falcon daily driver, 1969 Jeep Wagoneer family dirtwagon and 1959 Project House.

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Project Car SOTU: The 1968 Twin Turbo Eleanor GT500

Jason Connor July 16, 2014 Project Cars

The GT500 needed some final bodywork, so for the past few weeks she has been getting some final “prettiness” before final assembly. Since I got the car in 2009 many changes have happened since then. With the car came a 351 Windsor which made around 375 ponies, and I wanted to dial the car up to 11. Being a bit crazy I decided a 408 stroker kit with a twin turbo setup was something I wanted to do. Eventually it would cause the downward spiral in what has taken so long to complete.

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