Way back in 2012 my mate Brenden bought a sweet ’62 Pontiac from a bloke in Western Sydney. The Vista four-door hardtop was long, low and a very cool cruiser as it was a proper American-spec Bonneville (not a Canadian Parisienne, which was basically a Chevy with Pontiac panels), but had been converted to right-hand … More Losing a ’62 Pontiac Bonneville in a fire led me to buy the ’64.
One of the biggest individual projects I’ve undertaken is fitting fully programmable EFI to my ’64 Pontiac’s engine. One thing which is important to point out is that EFI isn’t a magic bullet to cure car set-up problems or find a million horsepower – a good standalone ECU makes it easy to get a good … More The Ultimate Guide to EFI, Part 1 – Don’t fear wiring EFI in as Haltech makes it easy!
I’m not sure if I flat-out wasn’t told – maybe I wasn’t listening. Knowing how I am, I may well have been distracted by shiny things when the sage advice was imparted that could have steered me away from embarking on my folly-filled journey to build my Pontiac. The fact remains what really causes large … More Electric power steering is immeasurably better than old school hydraulic power assistance. Fact.
Getting into the garage and making stuff using your hands and an assortment of power tools is good for you. Your brain gets drunk on solving issues and fixing things, making you feel good. Sometimes I feel so good I celebrate by getting physically drunk. As a self-taught garage stooge I learned an important lesson … More Fabrication is good for the soul (aka I ditched my mechanical fuel pump)
I have zero training when it comes to fixing or modifying cars. My father was a property manager, not a mechanic, and I never grew up around guys in the automotive trade. When my cars broke, generally I was too poor to afford to pay someone to fix them for me, so I had to … More Being a self-taught amateur mechanic means I know it is OK to screw-up and have to redo work.