Monday, May 23, 2011

Beaterblog Product Review - 1 Ton Foldable Shop Crane

My progress in the garage was coming along at an unbearably slow pace as I was fighting with all three of the now inoperable forklifts to try to get one working well enough to drop a motor in the E30. No dice. Even the best of my prospects, the 8,000 lb Hyster, was sucking down batteries like both poles were bolted directly to the body - come to think of it, maybe they were. Long story short, the frustration was too much to take and I drove to Harbor Freight with a coupon and a gift card.

Harbor Freight has models of both a one ton and two ton capacity. Obviously, I didn't plan on moving entire vehicles with an engine hoist and I'm part Swabian so I got the 1 ton model. Little did I know that the two ton had some secret advantages.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Springtime Garage Update

As it appears that Michigan's 9 month long winter has finally died, it's time to get the projects rolling again. Here is a brief overview of where everything stands in my garage, in order of priority.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Artist's Rendition of the New El Camino











Rumors have been flying around that eventually the Holden Commodore Ute will make it's way Stateside and if everyone is doing their civic duty by commenting on this Jalopnik post, these rumors - or dreams - could come true.

I feel, however, that although the Aussies did invent the ute, the tastes in car-truck hybrids evolved in slightly different directions and the El Camino became an American icon complete with it's own stereotypes. So what if the new El Camino was of American content instead? If there was a 0.00% chance that the Holden would be barge delivered to our shores, does GM in the US have any chance of making a good replacement? My cousin Corey sends his prediction.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Beater Race Report: Thunderdrome w/Video

I got the 2011 racing season underway at the Thunderdrome in Dorais park last weekend. Me and my bone stock Honda Spree were ready to battle Road-Rash style for top honors in the Amateur Scooter Class. Unfortunately, all the other machines were capable of speeds well in excess of the Spree's mighty 28 mph leaving us at the back of the pack. Nonetheless, a good time was had and plenty of hot small displacement machinery was on display. Full report with photos and Video after the jump.

Monday, May 2, 2011

MGBGT 347 Update 5/2/11



Lots of progress and finally some pictures not taken from my cell phone, well most of them. This has been a prolonged project and some components have been in place long enough for a layer of dust/painting products/pollen/metal filings/who knows to collect, so you'll have to excuse the lack of cleaning. I'm waiting on the engine block to arrive which should be ready between May 9 and 13, in the mean time I'm finishing little details and trying to kill turkeys.