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...
Camry TRD

Camry TRD

The Toyota Camry TRD is a head-turner… no 2 ways about it. Here’s why: Expectation vs reality.  With the new ...
Holley Ford Fest PT2

Holley Ford Fest PT2

Here's a 2nd lesson that's been settling-in with me from Holley's Intergalactic Ford Fest: You don’t necessarily ...
Holley Ford Fest PT1

Holley Ford Fest PT1

Coming off the Holley Ford Fest buzz… I realized I learned a little something from my fellow Ford bros this ...
Forged Fitment Subaru WRX

Forged Fitment Subaru WRX

In this car community, we’re all students, and we’re all teachers... simultaneously.  There’s no 1 role here. It ...
40 Ford

40 Ford

There ain’t much that separates Hot-rodders from Honda Boys… other than the decade. Alex McGinnis is a longbeard ...
Okeydoke IS300

Okeydoke IS300

A Little Background I remember when the original IS300/Altezza was first introduced in the states around 2000 or ...
Chopped & Slammed Corvair

Chopped & Slammed Corvair

Talk about engulfing yourself in car culture. It’s one thing to drive a cool car, and it’s next-level to build a ...

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Shane Whalley’s LS Swapped Mustang

Shane Whalley’s LS Swapped Mustang

You don’t usually see the newer & current chassis built-out to this extent… at a privateer level. But Shane Whalley had a unique opportunity with this car, and he grabbed it straight by the balls.  This Mustang was originally a Coyote GT, and it was being used as...

Victory 4×4 Tacoma

Victory 4×4 Tacoma

Daryl Hutson here... from JCR Off-Road & Victory 4x4! I'm a Jeep guy. That means I 'wave back'. I think crossover SUVs are basically minivans, and I'm probably going to have an eclectic collection of rusting junk in my backyard one day. I blame my father for this...

James Wood’s FC Mazda RX7

James Wood’s FC Mazda RX7

Sucking At Something… is the first step towards being Sorta Good At Something.  I call up James Wood to talk about his RX-7. I ask him what he’s doing. And he says, “Working on my RX-7.” If you own an RX-7… are you ever really not working on it?  [gallery...

Bricknose F150 Barn Truck: Project

Bricknose F150 Barn Truck: Project

This was my wife’s grandfather’s truck. He bought it new in 1990. It was swiftly dubbed amongst the family as ‘Ford Country’… since it says Ford Country in that awesome font on the doors lol. Nevertheless, it was his favorite truck. He got a newer F150 one a little...

Sam Holzmann’s E30 BMW

Sam Holzmann’s E30 BMW

When you part-out your daily running BMW E36 M3, so that you can put the engine in your BMW E30 drift car & use the extra money to boost it… you’ve got a lot of problems that's for sure. But a slow drift car ain’t one of ‘em ya feel me!! [gallery...

Derek Yarbrough’s NC Miata

Derek Yarbrough’s NC Miata

DOWNGRADE?? The NC MX-5 is an under-appreciated chassis in the Miata world. Kind of a “black sheep” if you will. I get that it’s kind of bulky-looking, & rounded-off like a sightly used bar of soap. But I think the main reality is: NCs aren’t cheap enough yet....

Wooley’s $500 BMW Project

Wooley’s $500 BMW Project

Welcome to my $500 BMW 5-speed junk box! Please remove your shoes & mahalo. lol I wanted a new project car. I really didn't care too much what it was. But the challenge I put forth on myself for this new project - was that I do NO research! As both an enthusiast...

Island Style Lexus GX470

Island Style Lexus GX470

Text by Wooley     Photos by Brian McGee (From Issue 53) Everyday we get out of bed & test our character. Everyday is an opportunity to prove what we stand for. Something bigger than just another a daily commute to a superficial desk job.  See - it’s not like that...

Mishimoto Goodies | Civic Type-R

Mishimoto Goodies | Civic Type-R

Type-Rs are cool, because they really open up power-wise & hit a sweet spot with just a few mods: Intake, exhaust, intercooler, & tune. With quality parts, you’ll be in the 360-370hp range… and have a REALLY fun, well engineered car.  OVERHEATING, however, is...