Resurrecting Retro: Salvageyard Baccara Wheels for the Renault 21

I was on tour from one salvageyard to another in search of some parts for my cars, mainly for the Renault 21, when I spotted these Baccara wheels. They were mounted on a Clio I and since I could only see one side of the car, I didn’t knew if the set was complete. Luckily, […]

Kickstarting Another Money Pit

As soon as the Renault 21 arrived at my new home, I began exploring what I could readily do, and it didn’t take long until I placed an order for the first batch of parts. Let another money pit begin. Everything is cheap for this car, although some parts may be difficult to find due […]

A Pleasant Surprise – Mazda CX3

I must say I’m not a big fan of Small SUVs. Have driven Crosslands, Capturs and 2008’s but none of them could get me impressed even by a tiny little bit. Those are just taller versions of reasonable hatchbacks like Corsas, Clios and 208s, not necessarily roomier, usually also FWD and the offroad ability is […]

Baby Steps on Project 21 – Wind Deflectors

I am a petrolhead since I was a little kid and quickly began to notice and get curious about the smallest details. Back then, everything was purely aesthethic to me and wind deflectors were maybe the first thing I can remember to dislike in a car. I wasn’t quite fond with the way it messed […]

French Quirks – Yellow Headlights

  From Xenon with a weird greenish tone to a yellow headlight wrap, this time I had to this properly. In 1930s French Government required that every new vehicle sold in France to be equipped with yellow dipped beams, either by military reasons or because those were smoother to the eyes of the oncoming drivers […]

Toolbox Therapy – How To Fix The Idle Speed (Easy Way)

First adventure under the hood of the Touring Panda was to go after this bit of hardware, the Idle Control Valve. The inline-6 M52 was pulling nicely but with the needle resting around 1200 rpm on idle, something was not right. After checking the intake for any blockages, it was time to also check the […]

E39 Chapter III – 520i Touring

My first experience with a 5 Series BMW E39 ended up being a very short one. Back then I was just searching for something to begin a project, to rebuild and learn along the way, and didn’t have any make, model, body type or fuel restrictions. In fact, the only condition was that it had […]

A Simple Recipe – Honda CR-X del Sol

What do you do when you have a soft spot for Hondas and your friend is selling his CR-X del Sol? That was a problem Rui Cota had to deal with very recently and like a true hero – if you ask me – he bought the car for himself. What a guy! I must […]

Another Project: At Last, An E34!

Another working day coming to an end, the weather was good and I took a different route to drive home. The short trip was almost done when I spotted an old BMW for sale that spiced up my curiosity enough to make me turn around and take a closer look, even when my mind began […]