Wednesday, March 28, 2012

BeaterBlog Shop Review: Auto Electric International

Project Miata sat for two years rendering the alternator completely seized. My favorite local auto parts store wanted $150 and didn't have it in stock. Since I'm trying to get this thing running for as little cash as possible I called up Auto Electric International who had it in stock for $66 including tax.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Roo Chaser Engine Project - Part 1

 After surviving 5,000 miles of abusive driving, the Roo Chaser's bottom end knock was getting more and more fierce by the moment. Remembering the E30 ordeal from last February, I was not in the mood for picking up bits of the rotating assembly on a forced walk home. Therefore, I decided to do the sensible thing and fix it before total harmonic destruction occurred. The best guess as to what was prompting the noise was wagered by a very experienced machinist in North Charleston, who swore up and down wristpin. However, I don't think any amount of experience would have guessed what was actually wrong.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cars of Adventure Bound with Alby Mangels

Back in the 80's, there lived a man who embodied all of the claims of Chuck Norris jokes in real life. His name was Alby Mangels, a Dutch born Australian adventurer who traveled the globe, making a series of documentaries along the way entitled World Safari. Back in the day (late 1990's anyway...) when The Travel Channel did not suck and aired programming like Lonely Planet, World Safari could be seen in a series called Adventure Bound with Alby Mangels. It came right after The Dukes of Hazzard at 4PM, giving me a solid hour and a half of influence when my brain was being shaped as a young'un. Although thankfully not specifically a car show, Alby had commendable tastes in automobiles. Whether it was powering through the Amazon in CJ5s while wearing an AMC t-shirt, driving a double decker International through the Coorong, or piloting a DAF through sub-Saharan Africa, Alby always got around in serious style. Hit the jump for a short list of some of the cars used on the show.

Monday, March 12, 2012

MGB GT 302 (Stroked to 347 ci)

It's a little faster than it used to be, and some have described it as raw. The Ford V8 really pulls hard and the rear suspension setup can put it to the ground surprisingly well for the car's light weight. The satin black and gloss black paint job really fits the car and helps visually shrink the 17 inch wheels.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Beaterblog Product Review - HF Tie Rod End Separator and 8lb Sledge Hammer

When the time came to start rebuilding everything on my old rally car, I decided to start with the easy bits first and tear down the suspension and brakes. After some Saturday morning coffee-and-planning time I decided to go down to Harbor Freight and see if there were any large hammers for the inevitable persuasion that goes along with suspension work. As I was in the sledge hammer aisle, this tie rod separator caught my eye. Follow the jump to see why you should just grab the sledge hammer in the first place.

Colt: It's all the Japanese you need to know...

Behold my most recent automotive obsession: the Dodge Colt and Mitsubishi Tredia Turbo!

With an ad tagline more aptly found written in flickering neon on the side of  low rent all-you-can-eat Japanese Steakhouse Buffet, Dodge wasn't too keen on people digging too deep into this whole Japanese car fad. A Colt was probably a step above an Aires in quality and fuel consumption but heaven forbid prior Dodge customers on an economy kick start to look beyond the Diamond Stars.

But who cares about quality and fuel economy? The Dodge Colt Turbo was a fast car for the day. With high eight second 0-60 times, it was every bit as fast as an IROC-Z, 325es, or GTV-6 or pretty much anything sold in 1985.

If anyone has one of these, feel free to drop me a line.