Tag Archives: DIY

  • How To Spray your first Wild Kustom Paintjob- Custom Lined, Candy and Flaked Skateboard Deck

    Flake, Pearl, Candy, Lace, and all things flashy are what full blown Kustom Paintjobs are all about. If you want to flex your painting skills and standout with your paint job you'll need to learn the process of custom taping, spaying candy, flake, and pearl. We decided to let Eastwood Tech Mike L. paint a skateboard to show you the basic steps to achieving a wild paint job like the pros do.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Hands On Cars Ep. 4 - Replacing a Rusty Roof

    In this episode Kevin is all about undoing the errors of some previous owner of the Zed Sled Camaro Z28. He finishes up with the rust replacement on the bottom of the car, and tackles the cause of all the rot in the first place: A leaking aftermarket sunroof installation.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Upgrading your forced induction system- Installing V-Band Clamps

    Evolution is the way of the world in all aspects and your car projects will evolve as you tinker with them or build new projects. Turbo charging or supercharging an engine is fairly simple and can be done inexpensively, but there's a few places where skimping can cause headaches. Leaking boost flex hoses and clamps are the bane of existence with many DIY turbo setups. A good way to correct this issue is by replacing the silicone or rubber hose connections with V-Band clamps.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Beginners Metal Shaping Project- Making a panel blister.

    Metal shaping is one of those things that seems like black magic to beginners. There really is a science behind the process that takes quite some time to learn and understand. The quickest and easiest way to understand how metal shaping works on the granular level is by comparing it to pizza dough. The more you stretch it out, the thinner it gets and the excess material has to go somewhere (in the pizza's case its the rolled up crust) and the more you shrink the metal the thicker it gets and again it has to "go somewhere". I decided to demonstrate a great beginner project for gaining experience in metal shaping by making a panel blister out of a 12"x12"x12" piece of 5053 .035 aluminum. This process is great to help you understand the process and is pretty straight forward.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How Fast Does $2014 Take You?- 2014 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge

    How Fast Does $2014 Take You?


    Gainesville, Florida¬ - 28 October, 2014 – A turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Honda Civic masquerading as a Subaru WRC car; an open-wheel MG Midget built by college kids; and a Pontiac Sunbird clicking off 10-second quarter-mile times: They can all be found together in only one place, the Grassroots Motorsports $2014 Challenge. The event meets every year at Auto-Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, seeking the finest and fastest cars it’s possible to build on a budget of two grand and change. The Challengers are judged based on their autocross performance, quarter-mile times and concours scores.

    The Grassroots Motorsports $2014 Challenge powered by [eBay Motors](http://www.ebay.com/motors), driven by [General Tire](http://www.generaltire.com/), and sponsored by [CRC Industries](http://www.crcindustries.com/auto/) and [Eastwood](http://www.eastwood.com/) kicked off on Friday, October 24, with the autocross portion of the competition. The course was fast, ultimately rewarding some of the higher-powered cars. Team Gutty, in the Subaru WRC-liveried, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Civic, made a single pass to claim the lead. After blowing an engine in the autocross portion last year, they played it safe and immediately parked, not intending to put more strain on their car than necessary. That single pass proved to be enough as they walked off with the top autocross time, beating Ed Malle's lightweight Mustang full of home-brew aero by 0.43 seconds.

    Next came the General Tire Challenge. This was a new event added to this year's program that pitted 20 Challengers against each other on an autocross course using identical Fiat 500 Abarths fitted with General Tire G-Max as-03 high performance rubber. Sixty autocross runs later, Ed Malle claimed top honors and a free set of General Tires.

    As evening fell, Challengers moved over to the Auto-Plus Raceway drag strip for the quarter-mile portion of the Challenge. Andrew Nelson, known for posting 10-second Challenge drag times, again proved to be top dog in the drags, pulling off a 10.776 time in his 1980 Pontiac Sunbird. Ed Malle followed up again with a quality second-place finish thanks to an 11.031 quarter-mile. Team Gutty managed an impressive 13.115 with their turbocharged Honda powerplant.


    With just the concours segment to go, it looked like the event was Ed Malle's to lose. However, Team Gutty gave him a run for his money, posting the first-ever perfect concours score across all judges—read [this article](https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/articles/civic-subaru/) to understand why. In the end, Ed Malle squeaked through as the $2014 Challenge overall winner and claimed the top trophy, an oversized check for $2014 from [eBay Motors](http://www.ebay.com/motors) and a fancy winner's jacket.

    [Click here for full results](https://classicmotorsports.net/media/img/2014challenge/$2014 Score Sheet-Final Standings SCORING.pdf). A photo album will be added to our [Facebook page](https://www.facebook.com/grassrootsmotorsports?ref=br_tf) with more images from this year's event.

    Another new addition to this year's event was the Last Chance Challenger Award, created to welcome cars purchased and prepared within 2 weeks of the event date. With a $1000 check on the line—courtesy eBay Motors, John Welsh and his personal DJ, Fina-T, flew down to Florida and picked up their Infinity Q45 on the way to the Challenge, complete with filigree badges. They managed to fend off a Toyota Echo as well as a Pontiac Fiero that had been built in the hotel parking lot the night before the Challenge.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out and making this year's Grassroots Motorsports Challenge one of the best yet.
    And thank you to our partners [eBay Motors](http://www.ebay.com/motors), [General Tire](http://www.generaltire.com/), [CRC Industries](http://www.crcindustries.com/auto/) and [Eastwood](http://www.eastwood.com/) for making it possible.

    Not a subscriber? You're not getting the full story. Read all about every car that made its way to the challenge in an upcoming issue of Grassroots Motorsports. We're running a buy one, get one deal on subscriptions until Thanksgiving. Get your friend a subscription and we'll send you one for free. Just go to [grassrootsmotorsports.com/bogo](http://www.grassrootsmotorsports.com/bogo/).

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