Yard Wealth: How Working on Your Own Cars Is a Radical Act
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by Matt Crawford
2d ago
This article first appeared in Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. Join the club to receive our award-winning magazine and enjoy insider access to automotive events, discounts, roadside assistance, and more. In 2016, I got a letter from my insurance company, stating that I needed to get rid of the “debris” around my house. My best guess is that they were referring to the highly sought-after, single-side-cover VW transaxle from the mid-1970s that was sitting under an overhang. Perhaps they also meant the front end, complete from spindle to spindle, that I removed from a donor ca ..read more
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My Grand Wagoneer’s Windows Made Me Suffer the Tyranny of Obsolete Tech
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by Benjamin Hunting
2d ago
Any owner who drives their vintage car is aware of the quality gap between old-school manufacturing techniques and modern vehicle assembly. I’ve owned cars designed in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and I have little doubt that even today’s most poorly engineered and built cars exceed the standard of decades past. And I’m not even talking about major issues—failures that will leave you stranded on the side of the road, cursing your luck as your pride and joy inches up onto a flatbed. No, I’m referring to the many manufacturing inconsistencies, high tolerances, “good enough” parts designs, and lax ..read more
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Is All Fair in Love and Vintage Cars?
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by Rob Siegel
2d ago
If I’m interested in a car and make contact with a seller but it’s not a drop-everything-and-show-up-with-cash-and-a-trailer situation, I’ll often say, “Let me think about it. If it sells, it sells. All’s fair in love and vintage cars.” It’s a throw-away line, but it raises the question: What is fair? I think most of us would agree that there’s a special place in hell for people who sell a car out from under us when they’ve agreed to show it to us and we’re already on the way, but there’s even some gray in that. The question was shoved to the forefront last week in an interaction over a 1971 ..read more
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5 Tools Best Bought Secondhand
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by Kyle Smith
1w ago
Days when you buy a new tool are bright spots in the seemingly endless slog of working on a project car. Placing a shiny new tool onto a bench covered with rusty, crusty parts and pieces can reinvigorate your desire to work. Often that new tool makes or breaks our ability to get the task done. Tools are important, but that doesn’t mean you need to go into debt when buying them. Finding used tools has never been easier for people with a little grease under their fingernails. At times it’s almost easier to find used tools in good condition than it is to find new ones of high quality. Remember ..read more
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How Freddy “Tavarish” Hernandez Built a YouTube Exotic-Repair Kingdom
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by Sam Smith
1w ago
On the day I visited Freddy Hernandez in central Florida, his YouTube channel had more than 2.77 million subscribers. It hosted 571 separate videos, more than 442,792,900 views in all. Live since February 20, 2006, it is at the time of this writing the 92nd largest automotive channel by subscriber count, according to VidIQ.com. “My name is Tavarish,” Hernandez’s channel description reads, “and I make videos about buying, modifying, and breaking cars. I also have opinions, most of which are wrong.” Those traffic numbers, for context, are substantial in a general sense and massive in an automot ..read more
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The Hack Armada: Admitting the Mistake
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by Rob Siegel
1w ago
Okay. I’m calling it. Time of death of thinking that buying the 182,000-mile 2008 Nissan Armada was a good idea: June 19, 2024, 11:03 a.m. It all made sense at the time. I’d sold the giant 2008 Chevy Silverado 3500HD dually diesel because it was worth real money and I wasn’t using it, and soon I missed having something I could tow with if I needed to, so I began looking for a replacement. In the SUV-versus-pickup calculus, a big enclosed passenger vehicle made more sense to me than a truck. I didn’t want anything German as I didn’t want the expense, and I’d owned a parade of Suburbans and wan ..read more
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The Rialta Passes
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by Rob Siegel
2w ago
First, I must make this related digression, because I may never get the chance to use it anywhere else: My wife, while explaining to one of her friends what our Winnebago Rialta is, searched on her phone for “Rob Siegel Winnebago Rialta,” knowing that I’ve written multiple pieces about the vehicle. Without realizing it, she searched within Facebook Messenger, which then used its brain-damaged AI tool to generate the hilarious blurb below, which claims that I’m a “well-known enthusiast and expert on VW vans,” which I’m not. It then states that the Rialta was manufactured “from 1999 to 2010” (o ..read more
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The Lotus Takes a Step Back to Go Forward
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by Rob Siegel
3w ago
A few weeks ago, I wrote about bringing my ’74 Lotus Europa Twin Cam special back from warehouse storage. The drive home was a bit of an adventure, as the car’s fuel filter kept clogging up and strangling the gas flow into the Strombergs. This required a parking lot intervention to disconnect the filter and blow it out, which was accompanied by the quintessential gas-in-the-armpit experience that distinguishes us true wrenches from the rest of you posers. I needed to bring the Lotus home because, in addition to missing it during its September-to-May warehouse sojourn while I sorted out a regi ..read more
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5 Ways to Hide New Parts in an Old Engine Bay
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by Kyle Smith
3w ago
New parts can stick out like a sore thumb in an. . . aging. . . engine compartment. Those shiny new parts might restore the function but sometimes ruin the look. Want the best of both worlds? Here are a couple tips to make new parts blend in without losing the function. Of course, these tips are highly dependent on the goals of your project. Not everything deserves or needs restoration. In fact, the desire to keep things looking well-worn or authentic to the rest of the car can keep the whole operation from looking half-finished and more like a survivor. No one needs to know that survivor has ..read more
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Blowing a Diagnosis on a Road Trip
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by Rob Siegel
1M ago
The weekend before Memorial Day, I took my customary road trip down to “The Vintage” in Asheville, North Carolina. This is the biggest vintage BMW event on the East Coast, with 600 cars in the village of Hot Springs nestled in the mountains north of the city, and the event hotel in Asheville is a non-stop, three-day hoopla where walking round the parking lot is as much fun as the official event itself. I’d missed it last year due to a family health issue, so I was looking forward to returning. In addition, I decided to drive Hampton, my 49,000-mile survivor BMW 2002. I’ve written quite a bit ..read more
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