Put Motorcycle Engines Into Cars

Motorcycle engine in a car

A hot rod is, by a definition I just made up, a small vehicle with large vehicle parts. Years ago, someone figured out that you could take the engine out of a truck and put it in a roadster, and bam! Fast car. This modification has spanned the history of the automobile, from a hundred years ago in the California deserts to any one of a thousand LS engine swaps happening as you read this. [Continue Reading]

My Doctor Told Me I Needed A Cane, So I Made One With Stuff In My Garage

When confronted with the opportunity to buy something for twenty dollars, I always think “I bet I could build that for free,” and then proceed to spend a hundred dollars in tools so that I can build it for free. Then I spend twenty dollars on beer to celebrate the money I saved. So when my doctor said “You’ll need to buy a walking cane,” I thought, Buy? I have a pile of metal and a welder. So I bought twenty dollars of beer and got to work. [Continue Reading]

Honda S600 – Acquisition and Deconstruction

Honda S600 In Malibu

I fell in love with the 60’s Honda S600 after driving it in a video game years ago. I don’t remember the game, I just remember driving the tiny car around like a go-kart, weaving through traffic and laughing, thinking about how fun it would be to drive the little clown car on twisty mountain roads. Years later, after a stint making Formula SAE cars in college, I had the itch to build a motorcycle engine powered car and I remembered the tiny little Honda-kart.

The S600 is a weird part of automotive history; [Continue Reading]

The Most Dangerous Parts of Riding A Motorcycle; Safety With Statistics

Matt in the hospital after a motorcycle wreck
Cool thing about the hospital? All the pillows you can handle. Totally worth it.

You suck at driving. Well, I mean, not you specifically. You are great at driving. And me, I’m also great at driving. But everyone else? Everyone else sucks at driving. This is especially disconcerting for those of us who travel on two wheels, because while automotive safety has been steadily improving for vehicle occupants, it is still quite dangerous to be outside the car that drifts into oncoming traffic while the driver is liking his friend’s swipe-chat, or whatever it is you kids do these days. I mean, not you, but, you know, other people.

I’ve been dodging lunatic four wheelers for 15 years now and managed to not get hit by any of them up until a couple months ago when another driver decided my left leg should have 17 degrees of freedom. [Continue Reading]