About Jeff

After waking up and realizing my paid-for Civic Si left me empty and bored, I’ve been on a bender of daily-driving BMWs that constantly test my love affair with vintage machinery. I’ve tried Miatas and Mustangs but keep coming back to the church of blue-and-white, despite their best efforts to test my devotion. Although I’m still searching for that next great barn find, I’m content to own two projects that were headed straight past storage and into the scrap pile if it weren't for some divine intervention and an understanding wife, two things no gearhead should be without.

Solid Underneath: 1971 BMW 2002

When I purchased my 1981 HiAce, I did so knowing full well there were some rust issues. But the big thing for me – after going through several body shop projects on other cars – was… more»

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Catskill Mountain Carry-All: 1977 Chevy Impala

So, a little bit of history: there are areas in the Catskill regions of New York State where you can still find the remnants of once-grand resorts where wealthy New York City residents would retreat on… more»

Time Machine Tragedy: 1981 DeLorean DMC-12

There are some project cars that seem like they go from one bad owner to the next. What I mean is that you start to see them on a sort of downward trajectory, perhaps getting modified… more»

Just Needs Paint: 1969 Triumph Spitfire

Sometimes, even I’ll admit that a car is simply destined for the scrapyard. Now, as any of you who visit this site regularly know, I often lament how many good cars end up junked (and celebrate… more»

Former Feed Station: 1958 23-Window VW Bus

The epic rise in prices for early VW Buses with either a lot of glass or a lot of extra headroom shows little indication of abating. Stories like the one David F. wrote up about the… more»

The Ultimate E28: BMW B7 Alpina Turbo/3

As it so happens, I’m currently attending the annual meeting for the BMW Car Club of America. And as you might expect, we all like to talk about our cars. It’s what makes the hobby fun,… more»

2,900 Mile Z28: 1980 Chevy Camaro

Sometimes, it seems like we can become a bit numb to low mileage claims. 30,000 miles used to be impressive; now, it just passes for “OK.” That’s not to say I’d kick a car with under… more»

Daily Driver Shelby: 1983 Dodge Charger

When we write about Shelbys, it’s often in hushed tones or excited yammering about how much money it will bring at auction. However, you don’t often hear the words “daily driver” and “Shelby” in the same… more»

DSM Unicorn: 27K-Mile Eagle Talon TSi

A sad fact of life is that some vehicles just lead hard lives. As someone who occasionally flirts with the idea of buying a first-generation Subaru WRX as a project, I can’t get over how many… more»

5 Cylinder, 4-Speed: 1979 Mercedes 300D

Most of you by now know that I am a bit obsessed with genuine European-market cars. It’s not hard to see why – typically, better power, less restrictive emissions equipment and more attractive bumpers are all… more»

Build an Alger: Sunbeam Tiger + Alpine Projects

When I first glanced at this Sunbeam Alpine / Tiger duo project, I thought for sure the blue car was the Tiger and the red one was the Alpine. Nope – turns out the blue coupe… more»

Home Reno Forces Sale: 1973 Opel GT

Here’s something I don’t always get: when a seller claims their project vehicle is for sale as a means of financing a new business or a home renovation project. Those are the two most common excuses… more»

Must Not Look: 1991 Toyota HiAce 4WD

One thing I always hate to do is look at other variants of project cars I own. Whether it’s finding out I like a certain year better, or there were better options for an earlier or… more»