Michael Hickey’s 2,200HP GT-R: A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing

How do you define fast? For most of us, looking at 0-60 times is an easy way of determining how fast a certain car is. Daily driver cars like a Toyota Camry or Volkswagen Jetta tend to hit 60 in about 7-7.5 seconds, give or take. Performance cars like the new Honda...

Lifted Civic Update #5: CR-V Engine is OUT, Civic Swap Prep

Last week, we ran into some issues... If you recall last week's update, we had a bit of a rust issue with the final 2 motor mount bolts. We successfully pulled the motor and transmission out the rest of the way! Now, we pulled the CR-V back out of the garage to make...

Battles’ Archives: Alex Perrucci’s Slammed Mazda Protege

One of the most well done Mazda's I have ever seen. Once upon a time at the very first Riverside show in Chattanooga, TN, I met Alex Perrucci. We got to ride around my hometown in his slammed 2002 Mazda Protege with some friends for a photoshoot. We ended up getting...

Lifted Civic Update #4 – CR-V is (Mostly) Stripped!

So close, yet, so far... This week, we put the CR-V onto the lift and began removing components for the swap. Tuesday, we started at the rear of the vehicle and pulled the differential out, along with the mounts. Next we moved to the front of the vehicle. That's where...

Soulful Oldschool R32 Skyline

Any of y’all ever get this deal from your dad?? “Save your money… and I’ll double whatever you save.”  Well me personally - I got that deal when I was about 11 years old. And man I saved every dollar of my allowance, Christmas, birthday… all of it. But at the end of...

Battles’ Archives: Nate Cagle’s ’73 240Z – A Passion Project

It all started 6 years ago... My long-time friend Nate Cagle purchased a 1973 Datsun 240Z with the goal of turning it into a 80's-esque modified car. It didn't take long for the car to turn into exactly that. Picture this: November 5th, 2015 was the first day the...

Project: Lifted Civic – Update #3 – Civic OUT, CR-V IN!

This week's Lifted Civic update will be brief, but BIG! Jake and I finished putting the suspension on the Civic and rolled it out of the garage to make room for the CR-V. We then drove the CR-V on the lift to prepare it for cleanup and first prep. Basically, getting...

A Tale of Two Bagged Volkswagens

I bought this perfect spec B7 Passat... Back in 2018, I found an absolute unicorn of a Passat. It was a 2015 model with the dealer optioned Votex body kit. The best part? - A 3.6L VR6 engine. This, in my opinion, is the best engine offered in modern Passats. A few...

Why Small Town Car Shows Are The Best

There's something about a local car show... I can remember being in middle school, obsessed with cars. One of the things I looked forward to the most was going to local car shows with my dad. Almost every show we attended was local, so I got to see a lot of the same...

Project: Lifted Civic – Build Update #2 – Engine is OUT!

The engine is FINALLY out of our Lifted Civic project! After some minor setbacks, we pulled the motor out of the Civic. The stock engine in this car is a single cam, 1.6 liter D16Y7, non-VTEC head. The engine we are swapping it with is a twin cam, 2 liter B20Z1, also...

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A Tale of Two Bagged Volkswagens

A Tale of Two Bagged Volkswagens

I bought this perfect spec B7 Passat... Back in 2018, I found an absolute unicorn of a Passat. It was a 2015 model with the dealer optioned Votex body kit. The best part? - A 3.6L VR6 engine. This, in my opinion, is the best engine offered in modern Passats. A few...

Why Small Town Car Shows Are The Best

Why Small Town Car Shows Are The Best

There's something about a local car show... I can remember being in middle school, obsessed with cars. One of the things I looked forward to the most was going to local car shows with my dad. Almost every show we attended was local, so I got to see a lot of the same...

Ford F100 suspension upgrades

Ford F100 suspension upgrades

There’s an extra level of sport in 'doing things with a vehicle' that it was never supposed to do. Auto-crossing a Mazda Miata is fun no doubt. But auto-crossing a ’68 Ford truck is… much more erratic. Like taking the brakes off your bike to save a little weight, or...

Yo Corrado!

Yo Corrado!

RIP Yohannes Gebrekidan... we miss you man. This feature goes back to 2012-ish?? And I remember the day these pics were taken. I had just decided to give up caffeine that morning (didn't stick), and my head was killing me! lol Orrrr maybe it was my gutted Honda CRX in...

Shakedown 1979 // LS swapped Jeep Cherokee Chief

Shakedown 1979 // LS swapped Jeep Cherokee Chief

My wife, Amber, and I have always talked about building a muscle car together. She's fond of the first few years of the Mustang; I'd love a Mopar. Maybe a Charger R/T, a Cuda? So many good choices. So anyway, we bought a 1979 Jeep Cherokee Chief lol. Well… I did....