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Sweet Swap: 240Z Meets 370Z

Sweet Swap: 240Z Meets 370Z

Fever Racing out of Tampa, Florida gets the kudos for this clean swap that drops a Nissan VQ37VHR out of a 370Z into its great-great grandfather and founder of the Zed car, the Datsun 240Z. The swap was pulled off by using a McKinney Motorsports VQ35 swap kit, and of course Fever had to inject some boost into the deal by bolting on twin Garrett GTX3071R turbochargers. The goal is to surpass 1,000 horsepower and 8,000 rpm.

by 01/12/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Featured Car, Sweet Builds
Video: Inside Griot’s Garage – Range Rover Interior Swap

Video: Inside Griot’s Garage – Range Rover Interior Swap

In this second installment on our imported Range Rover Richard outlines the improvements he’s made to the vehicle. He explains how the Rover’s rolling stock has been upgraded, highlights the SUV’s far-reaching interior transformation, and considers a wild engine swap.

by 01/04/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Garage Life, Sweet Builds
SEMA Lincoln: Built For Burnouts & Disturbing The Peace

SEMA Lincoln: Built For Burnouts & Disturbing The Peace

The best project cars start with sentimental meaning. Some conjure childhood memories, others are the stereotypical dream car, and some scratch an itch and become the memory machines or dream cars for future generations. Meet the latest addition to our family.

Ken Block’s Coyote-Swapped Classic Bronco

Ken Block’s Coyote-Swapped Classic Bronco

We’ve all heard stories of husbands buying their wife a power drill for her birthday or wives getting their hubby a foot bath for his birthday. We are wondering if such a scenario is playing out in the Ken Block household as the head hoonigan has gifted his wife a Coyote-swapped classic Bronco.

by 07/19/2017 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Star Cars, Sweet Builds
Rensselaer Motorsport Shines Bright

Rensselaer Motorsport Shines Bright

Rensselaer Motorsport is a team of volunteer students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York that spends nine months each year designing, manufacturing, and testing a small open-wheeled race car. We are proud to be part of the team.

Our Detail Wagen Delivers The Goods At SEMA

Our Detail Wagen Delivers The Goods At SEMA

We built the Griot’s Garage World’s Fastest Detail Wagen for the SEMA trade show. Standing out in a sea of flashy cars was a tall order because it would take a keen eye to notice the BMW’s subtle, well-executed customizations. Still, we hoped our two-door M3 wagon conversion would be noticed. Boy, did our dreams come true.

by 11/09/2016 2 comments Car Culture, Cars, Events, Sweet Builds
Introducing: Griot’s Garage World’s Fastest Detail Wagen

Introducing: Griot’s Garage World’s Fastest Detail Wagen

Our Detail Wagen is set to make a big splash at SEMA but in order to maximize its impact we’ve had to keep it under wraps for the last 10 months. It’s been excruciating, but the day of reckoning is here. We will quickly rundown the specs but rest assured we have a series of buildup articles in the pipeline. This thing rocks.

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
Project 280SLeeper Part 1: A Mercedes 280SL Gets Prepped For Resurrection

Project 280SLeeper Part 1: A Mercedes 280SL Gets Prepped For Resurrection

Follow along as we chronicle the revival of a 1970 Mercedes 280SL. Like a vast, open road that disappears into the horizon it is difficult to image what trials and tribulations await the Benz. As we start this series, the car has been deconstructed, bits and pieces shipped out, and the shell has just returned from the paint shop.

by 10/28/2014 2 comments Cars, Sweet Builds, Tech
The Galvanizing Metalwork of Josh Welton

The Galvanizing Metalwork of Josh Welton

From a small shop in the Detroit outlier of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Josh Welton is making art from steel, fire, and grit. In a time when when the skilled labor that built America is being sidelined, Welton reminds us there’s significant value in little pools of molten metal. His work might just inspire the next generation of artisans.