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Built, Not Bought. Episode 7

What is the opposite of a Rat Rod? Waaay over on the other side of the spectrum of hot rods you will find “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster.” This coveted title is awarded annually at the Grand National Roadster Show, and the winner is honored by being added to the huge AMBR trophy and receiving a $10,000 grand prize check. The 2016 winner is a first-time entrant!

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Evolution of the Man Cave

Taking the concept of the Man Cave or Taj Ma Garage one step further, we arrive at the Garage Condo. This is way beyond just fixing up the attached garage at your homestead, or even building a separate building on your lot somewhere. This is a...

Stroke 4: Blow. Fourth in a Four-Part Series

After the Big Bang of combustion when we made [most of] our coveted horsepower, we have to eliminate the waste – blow the by-products of the explosion out of the engine. It’s really just housekeeping – the cleanup phase, right?  A throw away stroke in the four-stroke internal combustion engine? Au contraire mon frère! The exhaust stroke is important to us petrol heads for at least a couple of reasons. One is a technical reason and one is a spiritual reason.

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Stroke 3: Bang! Third in a Four-Part Series

You can call it “ignition” or “combustion.” Here at the QCrew we call the third stroke “Bang!”  Let’s review: Some gorgeous intake systems have been created to Suck the combined air and fuel into the cylinders where the handsome high-compression pistons we stared at for hours before installing in our engines where their beauty can no longer be appreciated except in our fond memories have now Squeezed the mixture into a potent bomb waiting to explode. Bang! The spark plug provides the triggering event.

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Built, Not Bought. Episode 5.

What are a father and son to do with a free weekend when Mom is away?  Let’s build a car.  Let’s build a rat rod. Start with a [poorly] chopped 1927 Ford Model T sedan body, purchased as an abandoned project, add 40 feet of 2X4x3/16” steel tubing in the garage, and a set of axles just laying around.  This was Father’s Day weekend 2013.  By Sunday night, the body was sitting on a frame and the suspension mocked up. 

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Built, Not Bought. Episode 4

While we love custom built high displacement bikes, there is still room in our fantasy garage for the right two-stroke.  Not just a ringy-ding-ding bike, but a cool urban hipster on which we can arrive at our favorite mid-town watering hole with a roar and a glorious cloud of fragrant purple smoke.

Chris Zahner (of NYC, natch) has built just such a bike.  This is his creation, built from the bones of a 1975 Yamaha DT 250.

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Stroke 2: Squeeze. Second in a Four-Part Series

Engineers would refer to this phase as “compression,” but we like “squeeze.” All valves closed and and the piston and ring assembly rushing upward to turn a little air and fuel into a horsepower-producing bomb. Ah, it’s a beautiful thing. In fact, we think its even art; the hardware is sculpture and the diagrams make the perfect wall deco for the aesthetically minded petrol head.

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Stroke 1: Suck. First in a Four-Part Series

OK, technically the first stroke of a four stroke engine is called “intake,” but you know what we mean.  There are many ways to get air and fuel into the combustion chamber – we’ve picked out a few examples of intake systems that look as beautiful as they perform.  

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Built, not Bought. episode 3

Our friend Matt is in Wisconsin, where summers are glorious (and, if you are a hot rodder winters are for planning projects), sent us these pics of his latest project.   This looks like fun from start to finish.  Here’s Matt’s story.

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Built, Not Bought. Episode 2

Bill and Gary Fenrich build a Chrysler 300 and a tribute to early NASCAR Racing by Mercury Marine; here's the story as told by Gary. My father was hired by Carl Kiekhaefer, founder of Mercury Marine back in 1954 as an Engineering Technician at  Plant 6 in...

Built, not Bought. episode 1

Over the past year our friend Jay documented Virginia's creation of this motorcycle. The bike started as a stock '96 XL1200c, and through many hours of late nights, dirty fingernails and torn gloves, Virginia was able to complete the bike you see her riding today....