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$100 turbo, $20,000 worth of fabrication equipment necessary to attach it. Budget power! 馃槅
It takes money to save money. ;)
 

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Nice, although it could still snowball into and expensive build. Starting at $1150 sure helps tho.
 

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Anyone cringe at that exhaust routing? Why not bring the driver's side to the turbo, then join the pass side unit that, so the exhaust flows smoother? That and the fuel pump access door馃ぃ
 

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Ya, I like Tony, he is great (and funny) on Hot Rod Garage (with Lucky, especially), drift racer guy. What I don't like about a lot of these builds, and that includes the Hot Rod Garage ones, is that many times they make it sound like they're going to make a car faster and handle better when what they really mean is they're going to butcher a car into just a weekend race car, meaning it's useless as a car. You can do anything you want to a race car as long as you don't care how uncomfortable it is and how terrible it is as a daily driver at the end.

I prefer the shows that leave a car as-is (keep/fix the air-conditioning, heating, stereo, etc.) and add to it, make it faster, handle better. Or, make a true race car that is practically unrecognizable on the street with all the race gear, ok, but stop calling it a Mark VIII or a Camaro or whatever, it's not a car anymore, just a race car. In that sense I prefer shows like Wheeler Dealers though they tend to lean too far into just bring it back to functioning stock with very minor upgrades. But this kind of build is worthless to me, there is no "Oh, I should do that to my car, too!" because of how much they removed from the engine bay.

I would have wanted the exhaust to exit out the rear, I'm tired of the steam locomotive looking turbo builds with pipes sticking out everywhere in the front. I have a question about the exhaust under the car (the big loop). Isn't it really compromising the exhaust flow to have the exhaust basically run into itself on the passenger side? I would have expected to have the 2 halves merge around the middle (at the converter) like an 'm'. Not at the exact middle, more like on the passenger side of the 'n' and then run that back forward and up into the turbo. Wouldn't that be much better for exhaust flow? I have no idea how that would help horsepower, I'm just wondering about the pressure on the passenger side where that elbow is for the up pipe.
 
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Ya, I like Tony, he is great (and funny) on Hot Rod Garage (with Lucky, especially), drift racer guy. What I don't like about a lot of these builds, and that includes the Hot Rod Garage ones, is that many times they make it sound like they're going to make a car faster and handle better when what they really mean is they're going to butcher a car into just a weekend race car, meaning it's useless as a car. You can do anything you want to a race car as long as you don't care how uncomfortable it is and how terrible it is as a daily driver at the end.

I prefer the shows that leave a car as-is (keep/fix the air-conditioning, heating, stereo, etc.) and add to it, make it faster, handle better. Or, make a true race car that is practically unrecognizable on the street with all the race gear, ok, but stop calling it a Mark VIII or a Camaro or whatever, it's not a car anymore, just a race car. In that sense I prefer shows like Wheeler Dealers though they tend to lean too far into just bring it back to functioning stock with very minor upgrades. But this kind of build is worthless to me, there is no "Oh, I should do that to my car, too!" because of how much they removed from the engine bay.

I would have wanted the exhaust to exit out the rear, I'm tired of the steam locomotive looking turbo builds with pipes sticking out everywhere in the front. I have a question about the exhaust under the car (the big loop). Isn't it really compromising the exhaust flow to have the exhaust basically run into itself on the passenger side? I would have expected to have the 2 halves merge around the middle (at the converter) like an 'm'. Not at the exact middle, more like on the passenger side of the 'n' and then run that back forward and up into the turbo. Wouldn't that be much better for exhaust flow? I have no idea how that would help horsepower, I'm just wondering about the pressure on the passenger side where that elbow is for the up pipe.
It is funny every time I watch a video and see the turbo busted out I always know the discharge pipe is going to be stupidly and lazily exiting the front somewhere. In that video I actually was pleasantly surprised it wasn鈥檛 sticking straight up out of the hood at least鈥. Until they swapped to the bigger turbo and did it anyway 馃槵 I actually liked Roadkill because they鈥檇 often buy weird sketchy builds or beyond savable cars and really put them to the test with a long roadtrip or use them in some other inappropriate format with usually hilariously predictable results, though that show has way declined into this sort of thing too, there鈥檚 too much content competing for views, so all the creators are churning out the same quick never to be revisited hack builds(which I think the parent company, Dicovery, is foisting into roadkill and hot rod garage).

I don鈥檛 like wheeler dealers though, but I simply don鈥檛 enjoy flipping (car, house et al) as entertainment.
 

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I hate watching Youtube videos of almost any sort. Especically things that are supposed to be entertainment. I hate reality shows of any sort. Won't watch at all. I watched this video only because it was a Mark 8. Most videos I can't get past 5-10 seconds. What can I say? I'm old now...
 

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I hate watching Youtube videos of almost any sort. Especically things that are supposed to be entertainment. I hate reality shows of any sort. Won't watch at all. I watched this video only because it was a Mark 8. Most videos I can't get past 5-10 seconds. What can I say? I'm old now...
Same here...don't want to watch more than a few moments/minutes. Maybe it's an age thing...or maybe we're at the point that we want our info & that's all...no fluff, no BS...just get to the point.
 

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It is funny every time I watch a video and see the turbo busted out I always know the discharge pipe is going to be stupidly and lazily exiting the front somewhere. In that video I actually was pleasantly surprised it wasn鈥檛 sticking straight up out of the hood at least鈥. Until they swapped to the bigger turbo and did it anyway 馃槵 I actually liked Roadkill because they鈥檇 often buy weird sketchy builds or beyond savable cars and really put them to the test with a long roadtrip or use them in some other inappropriate format with usually hilariously predictable results, though that show has way declined into this sort of thing too, there鈥檚 too much content competing for views, so all the creators are churning out the same quick never to be revisited hack builds(which I think the parent company, Dicovery, is foisting into roadkill and hot rod garage).
The various Motortrend shows are starting to bleed into each other but Hot Rod Garage and Roadkill Garage are probably the best ones. Roadkill tends to be too stupid, whenever I hear them say something like whoops, we sort of didn't address the sketchy radiator (or distributor or other key part) back when we were dealing with the car I'm now convinced they did that on purpose hoping that piece of **** would fail on them and they could have their roadside sloppy fix moment. But it's still a pretty good show. Roadkill Garage (I think) is where I learned about the Chrysler Jet, the small boat powered by a small-block V8 with special exhaust manifolds, and it's got a boat version of the Super Bee! I even ordered the shirt from the only place on Earth that seems to have them -


I don鈥檛 like wheeler dealers though, but I simply don鈥檛 enjoy flipping (car, house et al) as entertainment.
The flipping part interests me the least and it's, thankfully, at the end. I just like watching them go through the cars, explaining the typical problems for that particular model and how you're supposed to handle them, the obvious upgrades (brakes, bushings, etc.) and the occasional performance upgrades, the interior fixes (I can't stand car shows where the car is "done" yet the interior is gutted and they're lucky there's actual glass installed) and body work. I also like the "save money" repairs where they take the component apart and replace the worn seals, bushings or whatever so that the thing works again for the cost of parts (like $30) vs. replacing the whole thing (like $200).

I hate watching Youtube videos of almost any sort. Especically things that are supposed to be entertainment. I hate reality shows of any sort. Won't watch at all. I watched this video only because it was a Mark 8. Most videos I can't get past 5-10 seconds. What can I say? I'm old now...
I like the car YouTube videos from the people I'm already familiar with from the various TV shows. They're hit and miss but I like seeing old cars getting on the road again. There's a series I like with a guy who just rebuilds muscle car engines, all kinds like Pontiacs and Buicks and whatever, has the finished engine on a stand so he can run it and show that it works. It's usually stock specs, maybe higher compression or improved rods or something, but nothing exotic.
 
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The various Motortrend shows are starting to bleed into each other but Hot Rod Garage and Roadkill Garage are probably the best ones. Roadkill tends to be too stupid, whenever I hear them say something like whoops, we sort of didn't address the sketchy radiator (or distributor or other key part) back when we were dealing with the car I'm now convinced they did that on purpose hoping that piece of **** would fail on them and they could have their roadside sloppy fix moment. But it's still a pretty good show. Roadkill Garage (I think) is where I learned about the Chrysler Jet, the small boat powered by a small-block V8 with special exhaust manifolds, and it's got a boat version of the Super Bee! I even ordered the shirt from the only place on Earth that seems to have them -




The flipping part interests me the least and it's, thankfully, at the end. I just like watching them go through the cars, explaining the typical problems for that particular model and how you're supposed to handle them, the obvious upgrades (brakes, bushings, etc.) and the occasional performance upgrades, the interior fixes (I can't stand car shows where the car is "done" yet the interior is gutted and they're lucky there's actual glass installed) and body work. I also like the "save money" repairs where they take the component apart and replace the worn seals, bushings or whatever so that the thing works again for the cost of parts (like $30) vs. replacing the whole thing (like $200).



I like the car YouTube videos from the people I'm already familiar with from the various TV shows. They're hit and miss but I like seeing old cars getting on the road again. There's a series I like with a guy who just rebuilds muscle car engines, all kinds like Pontiacs and Buicks and whatever, has the finished engine on a stand so he can run it and show that it works. It's usually stock specs, maybe higher compression or improved rods or something, but nothing exotic.
I get to antsy sitting around watching videos. I don't understand myself in the situation. But I typically have too much to do every day to want to entertain myself in that fashion. Also with the reality based shows they always script things. Like you mentioned possibly doing things on purpose to have something fail. That stuff annoys me. Like Neuro stated, just give me the info. That's all I want.
 

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The various Motortrend shows are starting to bleed into each other but Hot Rod Garage and Roadkill Garage are probably the best ones. Roadkill tends to be too stupid, whenever I hear them say something like whoops, we sort of didn't address the sketchy radiator (or distributor or other key part) back when we were dealing with the car I'm now convinced they did that on purpose hoping that piece of **** would fail on them and they could have their roadside sloppy fix moment. But it's still a pretty good show. Roadkill Garage (I think) is where I learned about the Chrysler Jet, the small boat powered by a small-block V8 with special exhaust manifolds, and it's got a boat version of the Super Bee! I even ordered the shirt from the only place on Earth that seems to have them -

Roadkill is at its best when it features ongoing project cars Freiberger or Finnegan actually care about or their own car - crusher Camaro, General Mayhem, Disgustang, Blasphemi, etc. Roadkill Garage is usually good because it鈥檚 mostly cars plucked off of Dulcich鈥檚 property. I think the main show鈥檚 been declining since Dodge started sponsoring them, Discovery yanking them off of YouTube made it even worse. I heard Freiberger and Finnegan aren鈥檛 too fond of that move either.

Hot Rod garage I liked squarely because of Tony and Lucky, but few of the builds really interested me, too much high buck, fab heavy, build everything on a 4 post lift kind of stuff like the rest of the car TV shows.



The flipping part interests me the least and it's, thankfully, at the end. I just like watching them go through the cars, explaining the typical problems for that particular model and how you're supposed to handle them, the obvious upgrades (brakes, bushings, etc.) and the occasional performance upgrades, the interior fixes (I can't stand car shows where the car is "done" yet the interior is gutted and they're lucky there's actual glass installed) and body work. I also like the "save money" repairs where they take the component apart and replace the worn seals, bushings or whatever so that the thing works again for the cost of parts (like $30) vs. replacing the whole thing (like $200).
Maybe in this case the show hits too close to home lol Moreover I don鈥檛 particularly like the host, and don鈥檛 really like the selection of cars they use, it鈥檚 mostly dull Euro cars, and watching a 2005 Mercedes get tie rod ends with the host shouting excitedly about every mundane feature in his cockney accent makes that show feel like it鈥檚 two hours long.
 

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I get to antsy sitting around watching videos. I don't understand myself in the situation. But I typically have too much to do every day to want to entertain myself in that fashion. Also with the reality based shows they always script things. Like you mentioned possibly doing things on purpose to have something fail. That stuff annoys me. Like Neuro stated, just give me the info. That's all I want.
Ya, some are worse than others. I love Mopars but I can't stand watching Graveyard Carz, even with all the rare Dodge/Plymouth knowledge in that guy's head, because of his insistence in trying to be funny (he isn't) and constantly insulting his crew, like they're borderline retarded but he must be dumb, too, to keep them around. It's even worse on Bitchin' Rides, they actually try to do comedy that doesn't really have anything to do with the cars themselves, just lame moments between Kindig an Kevdogg (or whatever ridiculous, lazy nickname he has) that wastes around 5 minutes at a time. Thanks for nothing, jackasses, I want to hear about the cars, not you!

Hot Rod garage I liked squarely because of Tony and Lucky, but few of the builds really interested me, too much high buck, fab heavy, build everything on a 4 post lift kind of stuff like the rest of the car TV shows.
That doesn't bother me as much, I see it as options for someone who has the money to hire someone to get those mods done on their cars. I hate converting good cars to dedicated track cars because of all the tech necessary that makes the car useless as a car, but there are parts of the build that can be applied more generally, usually.

Maybe in this case the show hits too close to home lol Moreover I don鈥檛 particularly like the host, and don鈥檛 really like the selection of cars they use, it鈥檚 mostly dull Euro cars, and watching a 2005 Mercedes get tie rod ends with the host shouting excitedly about every mundane feature in his cockney accent makes that show feel like it鈥檚 two hours long.
In principle I agree. The main host has gotten more fake actor as the show progresses. I'm in it more for the mechanical aspects, and all his mechanics have been solid. Also, I much prefer American muscle cars but I am intrigued by how Europe went through that whole timeframe so it's interesting to me to see "new" cars that I had no idea existed. But Europeans were insane to be excited about "hot hatch" cars, nobody here ever gave a goddamn about VW Rabbits.
 
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Ya, some are worse than others. I love Mopars but I can't stand watching Graveyard Carz, even with all the rare Dodge/Plymouth knowledge in that guy's head, because of his insistence in trying to be funny (he isn't) and constantly insulting his crew, like they're borderline retarded but he must be dumb, too, to keep them around. It's even worse on Bitchin' Rides, they actually try to do comedy that doesn't really have anything to do with the cars themselves, just lame moments between Kindig an Kevdogg (or whatever ridiculous, lazy nickname he has) that wastes around 5 minutes at a time. Thanks for nothing, jackasses, I want to hear about the cars, not you!
If you want graveyard carz like mopar content without the fake reality show shop nonsense, check out junkerup on YouTube. He鈥檚 roadkill adjacent, he did the 鈥渞estoration鈥 of general mayhem and a few other projects for them behind the scenes in his little car port, like everybody else a little bit of his personality goes a long way but his restoration videos and workmanship are superb.

 

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If you want graveyard carz like mopar content without the fake reality show shop nonsense, check out junkerup on YouTube. He鈥檚 roadkill adjacent, he did the 鈥渞estoration鈥 of general mayhem and a few other projects for them behind the scenes in his little car port, like everybody else a little bit of his personality goes a long way but his restoration videos and workmanship are superb.

Oh cool, thanks for that, I'll definitely check that out. Another show that is great to watch for the cars and the repairs is Fantomworks which I think is no longer running but it had a lot of episodes. There is very slight drama, usually aimed at the occasional owner who far under or overestimated the condition of the car being restored. And the rare stress of one of the mechanics making a legitimate mistake. But they handle it and it's forgotten.
 
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