Meet the Staff Project Cars

This week we launched a new section of this site for practical car advice, product buying guides and, of course, car projects. It’s called The Garage, and congratulations, you’re reading it right now! Since you’re here, we thought you might like to see what’s actually in our garages.

Don’t worry – the list of cars, bikes and Klein’s crazy buggy below aren’t the only vehicles we’ll be writing about. Our knowledge is deeper and we are quite capable of researching machines we are not immediately familiar with. But we’re all pretty proud of our own stuff, and I think this list will give you a good idea of ​​the personalities of the people you’ll read about in this column of The reader.

I’m going to categorize everyone’s vehicles by model year, oldest to youngest, because this group of machines is so eclectic I can’t really see any other way to sort it. Here’s what the staff are currently working and driving.

1958 Lambretta LD 125

  • Owner: Kara Snow
  • Mods: Cylinder rebored to 150 cm3 (shh!), Dellorto 28 mm carburettor with flat slide
  • Broken: Nothing, but I keep it in my living room so I can look at it lovingly

1964 Norton Atlas

  • Owner: Kara Snow
  • Mods: Coffee mods and a taillight that looks like a cat’s face
  • Broken: Throttle cable didn’t work properly and I haven’t fixed it yet

Dodge Charger 1969

  • Owner: Hank O’Hop
  • Assignment: Heavy-duty fun pilot/cruiser/machine
  • Modes: Edelbrock Torker 2 intake, Crane 312 cam, Mallory dual point distributor, Hurst shifter, Holley 800 dual pump, unknown headers, QA1 control arms, Borgeson “pump-down” mod, Hotchkiss 12:1 steering arms, Addco front and rear sway bars, Competition Engineering subframe connectors, Sure-Grip 3.55:1 rear, Mickey Thomspon Sportsman S/T 275/60R15 front, 245/60R15 rear, fiberglass hood, fiberglass front valance glass, Wilwood front disc brakes
  • Broken: The clutch is down (Centerforce ready to run), the rear axle is leaking, the windshield is cracked and it needs a lot of bodywork. The car is covered with a coat of cheap primer and needs painting before the new panels rot. I’m sitting on a stock of panels and parts to make it half decent. I just gotta stop taking it out and breaking things long enough to stick on it

1970 Vauxhall GT

  • Owner: Tony Markovitch
  • Assignment: Convert a $1,200 Field Bug into a unique second car to drive
  • Modes: Purchased with electric fuel pump, aftermarket stereo and custom rear speaker panel. The dashboard had also been painted with something similar to Rhino Liner. Recently refurbished, the entire front part with polyurethane bushings
  • Broken: All. Rust everywhere and holes in the floorboards (lots of ironwork and welding to do), been repainted several times, had an accident or two, battery was in the passenger floorboard (should be in the tray in the lower nose of vehicle), engine was leaking oil and had poor compression, all plastic and rubber needs replacing, interior carpeting needs rehab, one wheel doesn’t fit, dashboard and steering wheel are cracked, front seat is broken, front and rear lights need attention, front and rear suspension needs revisions, bondo everywhere (including in place of some old rear reflectors), and Moreover

1975 International Scout Traveler

Owner: Andrew P. Collins
Assignment: Country Road Cruiser, Ice Cream Shopper, Dog Carrier, Drive-In Movie Goer
Modes: Big bird painted on the hood (by the one and only Jules Muck), some Rancho shocks; Warn winch summarily attached, stupid heavy wheels, way too big tires, custom seat covers (by the one and only me)
Broken: It works pretty much as expected – but it’s about as refined as Fred Flintstone’s pedal car, so it feels broken if you jump into it from something modern

1984 Nissan 300ZX

Owner: Andrew P. Collins
Assignment: Time machine (I like to drive around pretending it’s the 80s)
Modes: Exhaust tips chrome, radial BFG
Broken: Really just needs painting – invested a lot of time and money to bring this car back to shine

1991 Suzuki GSXR750

Owner: Andrew P. Collins
Assignment: museum piece
Modes: Yoshimura exhaust, gold fairing bolts
Broken: Technically everything – this bike is permanently off-road and on display in my grandparents garage next to my op’s collection of model ships. I had fun restoring it around 2010 and riding it for years after, now I appreciate it like a statue

1998 Mitsubishi Montero

Owner: Andrew P. Collins
Assignment: I set this up to combine my two favorite vehicle genres: Overlanders and Tuner Cars. The idea is to have a long-range travel rig that’s slim and light with a proper 1990s JDM look.
Modes: Konig Countersteer Type-X wheels with Cooper Discoverer AT3 tires, Bilstein shocks with OME rear springs, mostly sleep custom interior, custom graphics, many small but sweet decorative upgrades
Broken: It just started making new squeaks, and I’m pretty sure there are fried bushings in the steering system somewhere.

2003 BMW 330ci ZSP

Owner: Andrew P. Collins (wife of Andrew P. Collins)
Assignment: Backroad galloper, daily driver
Modes: Just a set of Michelin Pilot Sport tires (the least intense all-season variant), in the ZSP Sport group staging
Broken: I have a small bend in a rear suspension arm and I think the transmission mounts are a bit tired

2003 Acura RSX

  • Owner: Tony Markovitch
  • Assignment: Daily driver
  • Modes: Completely original, apart from a single-DIN Pioneer radio which replaced a broken original stereo
  • Broken: Torn leather seat on driver’s side, rough idle, glove box light comes on during acceleration.

Honda Civic 2006

  • Owner: Andrew P. Collins
  • Assignment: I want to build my definition of the ultimate Civic Si – not the fastest or the most hardcore – but the most faithful to the essence of the car: sporty, dynamic, simple, engaging, without being punitive.
  • Modes: Injen CAI, A’pexi WS2 exhaust, Enkei RS5 wheels, Koni STR.T shock absorbers with Tein High.Tech springs, SPC camber bolts, aluminum adjustable rear suspension arms, ZEVO bulbs
  • Broken: You have heavily smoked headliner, tie rod ends are fried, compliance bushings are cracked (work in progress)

BMW 128i 6MT 2011

  • Owner: Peter Nelson
  • Modes: Dinan camber plates, Koni Sport shocks, Eibach Pro-Kit springs, E90 M3 suspension arms, slightly track-oriented Yokohama Apex 225/45/17 tires and Hawk HPS pads on all four corners boosted by Motul RBF 600 brake fluid. More fun stuff coming!
  • Broken: Recently I ran over an ABS sensor wire while installing the shocks and springs, so I got this for me, some interior items need replacing, and there’s a slight oil pan leak, but otherwise it works like a top

Yamaha WR250F 2008

  • Owner: Chris Rosales
  • Assignment: dirt bike
  • Modes: CA approved hose, sprinkler kit, revalved suspension
  • Broken: Nothing!

Volkswagen GTI 2010

  • Owner: Chris Rosales
  • Assignment: My ultimate street car
  • Modes: Unitronic intake, ECS charge pipes, APR Stage 1+ low torque setting, Forge oil catch can, iABED external oil cooler, Fluidampr, 034 Motorsport Density engine and gearbox mounts, Neuspeed mounting insert Dogbone, Dieselgeek Sigma 6 short shift kit, Dieselgeek slop eliminator shift rings, Stoptech ST41 front BBK, Hawk HPS 5.0 bushings all around, aluminum front lower control arms and knuckles of a Passat, Whiteline anti-lift kit , Whiteline 24mm 3-way adjustable sway bars front and rear, Tyrolsport rigid clamp kit, Integrated Engineering camber plates, 225/45/17 Falken Azenis RT660 tires with optional 245 reverse offset, Wedssport SA-97F wheels in 17×7+ 48, original springs and shock absorbers. Original VW Euro taillights, original VW 2013+ headlights with LED DRL, Mk7 GTI air directors on the tailgate, full length VW Golf R32 wheel arch, Audi RS3 brake air directors, PolarFIS CAN interface to MFA
  • Broken: Oil leaks out of nowhere and usually breaks something new every two weeks, tailgate area rattles, and I’m suspicious of the health of the turbocharger

2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

  • Owner: Kevin Williams
  • Assignment: I don’t believe any of you all, I needed to know if this car was what you all said it was in 2012
  • Mods: None
  • Broken: Nothing, apart from standard battery degradation

Fiat 500 Abarth 2013

  • Owner: Kevin Williams
  • Assignment: Never had one, I’m just going with the flow, baby
  • Mods: The head unit has been upgraded to a Kenwood aftermarket unit with Apple Carplay and Android auto. The stock 16-inch wheels have been replaced with OEM 17-inch white OZ wheels with Kumho PA31s wrapped around them
  • Broken: Just a small oil leak from a vacuum pump

Chevrolet Camaro 2012

  • Owner: Kara Snow
  • Mods: Infotainment system upgrade to include rear view camera, Bluetooth, Sirius XM and a very nice touchscreen
  • Broken: Nothing, but this prompt will bring me bad luck

2019 Honda Ridgeline

  • Owner: Jonathan Klein
  • Mods: None… yet
  • Broken:There’s a clicking sound in the passenger side door frame that I can’t find and, yes, my teeth are gritted as I type this

Can-Am Maverick X3 Max DS Turbo R 2021

  • Owner: Jonathan Klein
  • Mods: A windshield (and more) to come
  • Broken: I condemn myself, but nothing for the moment

That’s a really nice list of machines if I do say so myself – and we didn’t even get into the press crew cars (Kyle’s K5 Blazer, Caleb’s dump truck, the Kristen’s AMG and the rest). They’ll get their chance, but now it’s up to you: tell us what you’re working on in the comments! And if you’re so inclined, or are currently between projects, let us know which machines you’d like to learn more about from The Garage’s stable.

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