Articles by: Tim

Project 280 SLeeper Part 2: Our 1970 Mercedes 280SL Gets Suspended

Project 280 SLeeper Part 2: Our 1970 Mercedes 280SL Gets Suspended

The plan for our 1970 Mercedes Benz 280SL calls for a V8 swap and a color change from a boring and unhealthy Tobacco Brown to a much more soothing Blue Gray Metallic and the interior color from brown to red. The parts are back from their various coaters, platers, and blessers… and we are putting Humpty back together again.

by 06/14/2016 1 comment Cars, Garage Life, Sweet Builds, Tech
Insider Trading: The Tale Of A Jaguar Interior

Insider Trading: The Tale Of A Jaguar Interior

Tearing a classic collector car down to its bare bones can be trying on the nerves and the hands. In some cases, like a cosmetic restoration, the drama can be diminished. Repainting, an engine refresh, or an interior update for instance are much more manageable for mind and body alike. Case in point is this 1964 Jaguar XKE Speedster.

by 02/04/2015 1 comment Car Culture, Cars, Garage Life
Unrivaled: Niki Lauda and the Ferrari 312T-022

Unrivaled: Niki Lauda and the Ferrari 312T-022

I remember the day it rolled off the trailer. I couldn’t believe the car was here. THIS car. Dirty and worn, sure, but every bit as beautiful as in my childhood memories. I had to sit in it. Hold the steering wheel HE held. Imagine the Veglia tach sweeping toward 14,000 RPM. Snap the gated shifter through the gears. I could have stayed in the seat for hours.

Reviving a Tired Bull: ’68 Lamborghini Islero Restoration II

Reviving a Tired Bull: ’68 Lamborghini Islero Restoration II

Disassembly is my favorite part of a restoration. You uncover the details that make these automobiles so unique. Unmolested cars can show you the original finishes used when the car was built at the factory. It’s especially interesting when dealing with a low production number car like the Islero.

by 08/13/2012 0 comments Cars, History, Relics, Sweet Builds
Reviving a Tired Bull: ’68 Lamborghini Islero Restoration I

Reviving a Tired Bull: ’68 Lamborghini Islero Restoration I

Lamborghini produced just 125 Series I Isleros, so seeing one in person is a rare treat. Our car, Chassis #6282, rolled out of its transporter in a foul cloud of varnished gas, and with rust bubbling through the paint on all four fenders. No matter. The old bull deserved to be revived and shared with the world. Let the restoration begin!

by 03/29/2012 1 comment Cars, History, Relics, Sweet Builds
Plum Crazy? 1973 Porsche 911S Restoration (part 2)

Plum Crazy? 1973 Porsche 911S Restoration (part 2)

In the first installment of this build, we showed you the tear-down of a well-used 911, and followed it through paint work. Now, take a look at the suspension and electrical work that was done. The before pictures show this car was driven hard! You’ll be amazed at the attention to detail that went into restoration and reassembly.

by 02/08/2011 22 comments Cars, Sweet Builds, Tech
Restoring a Rare Eagle, Part 2: The Resurrection

Restoring a Rare Eagle, Part 2: The Resurrection

In Part 1 of our Gurney Eagle restoration, we took a look at the scope of the project, reviewed the history of the car, and started tearing it down. Recently, with the chassis and body work back from the paint shop, it was time for reassembly. The goal was to have the car in race-ready condition for the Monterey Motorsports Reunion in August. Did we make it?

by 09/10/2010 14 comments Cars, History, Racing, Sweet Builds
Plum Crazy? Restoring a Rough 1973 Porsche 911S

Plum Crazy? Restoring a Rough 1973 Porsche 911S

At Griot’s Garage, we like cars. Fast cars, elegant cars, cars with style. We also believe in the preservation of cars as important documents of history and culture. Sometimes that job involves a nut-and-bolt restoration, as with the subject of this article, a 1973 Porsche 911S that likely lived most of its life parked next to — not inside — the garage.

by 07/22/2010 12 comments Cars, Sweet Builds, Tech
Porsche Speedster Gets a Lift

Porsche Speedster Gets a Lift

When Griot’s Garage President, Mark Greene, told me a generous customer was allowing us to showcase his 1957 Porsche Speedster, I was ecstatic. When he told me where he wanted the car displayed… I was floored. It’s not every day you see an automobile like this. And I bet you’ve never seen one hoisted 12 feet into the air with a forklift!

by 07/09/2010 4 comments Cars, Griot's Garage, Videos
Restoring a Rare Eagle, Part 1: Chassis Teardown

Restoring a Rare Eagle, Part 1: Chassis Teardown

If you receive the Griot’s Garage Handbook, you might remember this recent cover car, a 1966 Gurney Eagle Mk1. The very first of Dan Gurney’s legendary race cars, chassis 101 is an important piece of American motoring history. And In My Garage is fortunate enough to be able to peek over some shoulders as the Eagle undergoes a full restoration.

by 02/10/2010 9 comments Cars, History, Racing, Sweet Builds