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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.

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
Going Big: The R/C Creations of Headquake

Going Big: The R/C Creations of Headquake

When I stumbled across the video of Rick White’s scale ’66 Bronco crawling over rocks (and scaring small animals), I was transfixed. The man known on the Interwebs as “Headquake” builds some of the most realistic R/C cars and trucks you’ll ever see. By hand. From wood. Check out his creations and hear what he has to say about the craft.

by 06/04/2012 28 comments Art, Cars, Gearhead Hobbies, People, 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
First Look: LeMay – America’s Car Museum

First Look: LeMay – America’s Car Museum

Words can’t describe how impressive America’s Car Museum is… even calling it a museum doesn’t feel right. Something about that word suggests a place where you silently walk around looking at static displays. What the folks at LeMay have done is different; and not just because cars are the subject matter.

by 12/09/2011 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Sweet Builds
The Secret to a Great Garage: Start With The Floor!

The Secret to a Great Garage: Start With The Floor!

You may have heard us say it now and then at Griot’s… Every great garage starts with the floor. My dad has been working piece-by-piece to transform his garage into a great one. So, with sheet rock hung and walls painted, it was time to attack the 35 year-old slab of tired looking, oil-stained concrete. I knew just what it needed.

by 08/23/2011 28 comments Garage Life, Sweet Builds, Tech
Brickwork: The LEGO Cars of Lino Martins

Brickwork: The LEGO Cars of Lino Martins

Like a lot of gearheads, I’ve always enjoyed building and collecting, even customizing scale models. When I ran across Lino Martin’s LEGO builds in our Flickr group, I was floored. It’s challenging enough to craft models from pre-molded parts with a full set of instructions. Lino does it with his imagination and a few bins of chunky bricks.

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
’65 NASCAR Impala: A Barn-to-Track Story

’65 NASCAR Impala: A Barn-to-Track Story

Hard to believe it now, but there was a time when regular Joes could drive a Chevy off the lot and straight into NASCAR. In 1965, with the help of friends, Roy Mayne did just that. His Impala SS was campaigned in 14 Grand National Races, then quietly garaged. Fast-forward to June, 2010. The car surfaces on Ebay, and as the gavel falls, Shaun Coleman readies his own team of friends.

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