This might be tough. I'll add pics as I come across them. So far I'm up to 50 cars! Don't even get me started on bikes :P

A couple pics of my faves to get started:

  1. 1947 Jeep CJ2B. Does it count if it was a project I started and never finished? To be fair it needed A LOT of work. I totally took most of it apart and put it back together though. A couple big issues which popped up stopped my inexperienced 14 year old self from finishing it.
  2. 1986 Ford F-150. This one actually ran and drove when I bought it. Then I started working on it. It's been parked for 15 years now. I'll get to it.
  3. 1990 Ford Bronco. It technically wasn't mine, but that didn't stop me from getting up to all kinds of shenanigans with it. I also crashed it. A couple times.
  4. 1996 Ford Ranger. It came and went from my hands to my parents' hands over the years but ultimately ended up mine. By the time I retired it, it had 285k km, all of which were "in the family" (mostly me). I rolled it once. It was a tank, probably the most memories were had with this unit.
  5. 1997 Lada Niva. It was technically my parents'. But I adopted it. Then a lady pulled out in front of me and I wrote it when I hit a fence avoiding her. This is the car that lit my passion for Nivas. So much fun! It's still at the farm. Due to go to scrap.
  6. 1997 Lada Niva. This replaced the one I wrote. I painted it yellow. I drove it for years. So many fun memories! It is in dry storage at the farm. Going to bring it home soon.
  7. 1996 Lada Niva. I bought this one to use as a beater. It was blue. I painted it bluer. I drove this one for years too. I ultimately lowered it, turbo'ed it, and then melted a piston. What did I know about turbocharging? It spun all 4 tires on dry pavement in 3rd gear though before the piston melted. I ended up building a nice high-compression NA motor for it and ran it for years after that. Sent it to scrap years ago.
  8. 1993 Lada Niva. Project. I bought it and "restored" it. It was supposed to be a beater. I tried to safety it and the mechanic found that the frame was rotted out. I kind of abandoned it at that point. It is due to be scrapped.
  9. 1996 Lada Niva. It was white. Had a blown motor. I started restoring it and ended up scavenging it for parts for my other Nivas. Still at the farm. Due for scrap.
  10. 1993 Lada Niva. Bought cheap and scavenged parts. Due for scrap.
  11. 1989 Lada Niva. My parents bought this new way back, I actually came home from the hospital as a newborn in this. I then scavenged parts out of it 17 years later. Went to scrap.
  12. 1987 Lada Niva. Scavenged for parts. Went o scrap.
  13. 1995 Lada Niva. Bought a shell to restore, but never did.
  14. 1998 Lada Niva. Bought a MINT shell. It will be coming home soon.
  15. 1998 Lada Niva. My parents bought this but I eventually adopted it and drove it for a couple years to school. It's sill at the farm in "storage".
  16. 1996 Lada Niva. Someone in Montreal actually gave this to me for free because it didn't run and he thought it had a blown motor. He figured I could use it for parts. The body ended up being mint, and after I replaced spark plugs, it ran like a charm. I dry stored it at he farm. It will come home soon too.
  17. 1996 Geo Something-or-other. I bought it from a guy at school for 100$. I chopped it and ripped around the farm with it, did some burnouts and blew it up, sent it to scrap.
  18. 1992 Isuzu Something-or-other. Bought it for 200$, was planning to fix it up, started and got it mostly don,e but there was some issue with it, I can't remember, and it was never going to pass safety, so I gave it to someone to go racing.
  19. 2002 Hyundai Accent. This was the first car I bought that was relatively new and nice. I drove it to college for a few years and had some adventures with it later in life as well. Ended up trading it to my parents for the 96 Ranger when I graduated and needed a truck.
  20. 1983 Mazda RX7. Bought it for the motor, I really wanted to put a rotary in a Niva. I never got past pulling the motor. But I did some burnouts with it first. It was so tight inside I could barely fit let alone move or control the car.
  21. 1996 Dodge Intrepid. I bought this on eBay and fixed a few issues. I was going to drive it. Then I was like "Why did I just buy this?". And I sold it.

Grab this unit for a song. 850 cold dineros. Partly because its FWD CVT, but what ever, it'll get the job done after the debacle of a B7 I dealt with. Its in solid shape, with documented dealer maintenance from day 1 and old man driven its entire life. So I figure, maintain the snot out of it and probably pull the 1.8 for something else later down the road.
And yes, it is pretty much the same as angs car. And yes, I now I have 2003, 2004 and 2005 B6. And every motor offered in that generation :D

The slip-on muffler is an Akrapovic 1000cc beast that almost measures 20" in length. Sean planted the idea to shorten it to a more suitable length for a 600cc bike and in the end it wasn't actually that much work.

This chapter goes with the Muffler Bracket chapter because the old bracket would not work with the shorter muffler.

First step was to drill out the rivets and start separating the end cap from the can.

I cut through most of the can with the angle grinder, and finished the cut of the titanium sheet with a hack saw to minimize the damage to the muffler packing.

After shortening the muffler (see "Muffler Shortening") I needed to make a new bracket because the old one would cover my Akrapovic decal and Sean said it looks ghetto. I figured I'd bang this out in an evening but it ended up taking several.

I always produce a detailed drawing of the part I want to make on Fusion 360, this case was no exception... except I did the drawing by hand. This is probably why it took me so long to make a simple bracket.

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