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1974 Land Rover SIII Restoration Video

Fantastic documentation of a 1974 Land Rover Series III restoration. Anytime you’ve got a heavily used utility vehicle that’s pushing close to four decades in age, you’re likely going to have a fair amount of rehabilitation work on your hands to get it into…

Video Fun: V8 Engine Block Machined From Solid Aluminum on a 5-Axis CNC Mill

Just a little something to fall asleep to tonight. Best comment on the video: 9:46 wish i could get the wife to move like that You’ll get it when you’re older. And if you still want more, here’s another good one — 5-axis CNC milled…

Post-accident Triathlon Training — First part of my series in Triathlete magazine

Late one night about a year and a half ago, I had a frustrating highway encounter with a big rig truck. Although, sadly, many others have fared worse in similar situations, it was still a sucky setback: three days in the hospital, a couple…

Skate Ramp Tips from the King of Built to Shred

Skate ramps are one of the most awesome expressions of DIY individuality, and I post regularly about them — check out my roundup of online ramp plans among others. Thanks to my pals at diy website Built By Kids, one of the masters of skate ramp building,…

Badass Off-Roader: All About the UMM (União Metalo-Mecânica) 4×4 Personal Utility Vehicle

Add another truck to my list of favorite 4x4s. Sure, there are Land Rovers, Landcruisers, Broncos, G-Wagens, Scouts. Even the original Hummer. But every now and then I stumble across something that I hadn’t seen before, something that makes my eyes widen and makes…

Awesome $5 Subscription Deals – Popular Science and Popular Mechanics magazines (and others too!) – UPDATE: Popular Mechanics for FREE

UPDATE: Here’s an offer to get a year of Popular Mechanics for nothing more than just a few pieces of personal information. Once again (but only until December 3), Amazon is offering a $5 magazine subscription deal on some great titles. Perfect timing for your…

Violently Graphic Danger Signs for Workshop Safety

When it comes to safety, sometimes you gotta spell it out loud and clear. “This machine will sever your hand at the wrist. This machine will crush your fingers like a garbage disposal.” You get the idea.  

Get Gnarly On Your Own Homemade Gravity Bike

Take a bike with no pedals and a super low center of gravity, head to the top of the tallest hill you can find, and let gravity do the rest. Gravity biking, kissing cousins with downhill skateboarding, is a niche sport that attracts extreme…

Cut-and-Fold Paper VW Touareg and Other Papercraft Rally Cars

Rally racing, awesome as it is, tends to be a European phenomenon. Hilly, public tracks, often off-road. Rallies have been around since the advent of the automobile (mimicking horse-and-buggy races), and nowadays are high-speed, handbrake-turning, hump-jumping affairs. Outside of the European races, a few…

How to Change the Tail Light on your Nissan Versa

A few days ago a friend asked me to help change a burnt out tail light on her Versa hatchback. Sure, piece of cake, right? Well, Nissan had other plans, and made it a little tricky. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting into your…