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LS1/6-Speed Swapped & Lifted: 1990 Mazda Miata

This 1990 Mazda Miata (VIN JM1NA3514L0101777) is fresh from a round of modifications that included fitment of a 2001 Camaro-sourced LS1/6-speed combo, lifted suspension, a custom driveshaft, Ford diff, and upgraded driveshafts for the still-independently suspended rear.

The seller says that all the hard work has been done, though freely admits that the car will need quite a bit of fine-tuning before its ready for prime-time. That said, it does run and drive with no tendency to run hot, and could easily be lowered to stock ride height for more tarmac-focused driving. Find it here on eBay in Vale, North Carolina for $22k OBO.

The car wears faded paint and a tired top, but bodywork looks to be in good shape. Stock wheels have lost their center caps and gained 27″ knobblies “for that rally car look.” They’re running super-thick 1.5″ spacers in combo with a 3″ lift kit, and though it’s hard not to smile at the idea of a lifted, LS-swapped Miata, we’d have a hard time being comfortable with so much metal in between the hubs and wheels. Sourcing a different set with the right offset would definitely be a good idea.

The interior would benefit from new upholstery, and the parts store seat and steering wheel covers should be the first things to go. Manual windows and locks are ideal, and the dash, center console, and what can be seen of the door trim panels appear to be holding up perfectly well. There’s no A/C, but the tach, coolant temp, and oil pressure gauges work properly–the speedo will need an off-the-shelf converter box (according to the seller) to work with the new drivetrain. Note the longer shift lever.

Up front, the original 1.6 liter twin cam four has given up its home for a 2001 Camaro SS-sourced LS1 and T-56 6-speed, mated to a Ford 8.8″ rear end turning 400 HP-rated axles via a custom driveshaft.  New, ceramic-coated headers are coupled to downpipes with o2 sensors, but the exhaust remains unfinished and un-muffled at the moment. Cooling is handled by a aluminum radiator utilizing the original Mazda fans, and the seller reports that the car doesn’t run hot.

Says the seller: “There have been a lot of modifications made here, so recognize that and understand that you are buying it in its raw, just-finished, phase one condition. This is the cheapest way to own it and still make it yours through your own customization. The hard work has been done–I installed the sub kits, engine and transmission along with the rear end and got it all to work together, yet the fine tuning still remains.”

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New Car Covered In Rust Camouflage To Protect It From Thieves

There are plenty of different ways to protect your car from theft, but one owner of a Volkswagen Transporter van decided to protect it in a novel way – by covering the new vehicle in rust-like vinyl to make it look like a hunk of junk!

The artwork for the vinyl wrap, done by Clyde’s Wraps in Glasgow, involved taking exact measurements of the entire van. This allowed their artists to realistically model rust as if it had been formed by water running down from the vehicle’s handles, mirrors and frames.

“It only took 3 days for the police to pull him over to ask what was going on with all the rust,” Clyde’s Wraps write on their website. “Please note that there is nothing illegal about going to town with graphics on your vehicle but it may confuse others!” That’s true, but in this case, it seems like that was exactly the point – and it worked!

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New 1,000 HP Camaro named “The Exorcist” because it will send the Dodge Demon back to hell

If you’re a fan of sports cars you’ve probably been subjected to the non-stop hype surrounding the new 808 hp Dodge Challenger Demon.

Hennessey Performance has just announced an all new Camaro sporting 1,000 HP under the hood, and it’s no coincidence they’ve named this Demon-killer “The Exorcist.”

Take a first look at the mean machine in the video below.

The Exorcist Camaro is scheduled to debut at the Houston Auto Show. The Demon won’t be unveiled until the New York International Auto Show later this year.

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Bliss Mobil Expedition Vehicle

Bliss Mobil is a new concept for expedition vehicles, an innovative container-style all-in-one box, designed to fit all types of truck. Rather than the costly customising of each individual vehicle, the company has introduced five uniformed models to fit five separate truck wheelbases. The removable container sized homes range in a variety of sizes from the monstrous 23” (with enough room for 4-6 of your buddies), to their compact 11”, perfect for 2 people.

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They also come with some state of the art equipment, like a home control system, motorbike/luggage carrier, outdoor kitchen, roof terrace, solar panels, battery bank, 60 L freezer, along with numerous other travel comforts, all enough to keep you on the move for 30 days.

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APRIL FOOL’S DAY 2017 AUTOMOTIVE ROUNDUP

It’s April Fool’s Day, and in spite of all the recent concerns over fake news, a few companies chose to have a little fun and put out some phony press releases and videos. Here are a few of the best hoaxes making the rounds in the automotive sphere.

LEXUS LANE VALET

Lexus raised the hopes of drivers who are tired of cars clogging up the left lane, issuing a release on its fictitious Lane Valet system. The vehicle-to-vehicle technology automatically orders a slower car in front of you to change lanes and let you by. In a few years, such a feature might actually be possible, though perhaps a bit morally questionable.

HONDA HORN EMOJIS

The car horn can convey many different messages despite offering just a single tone. On April Fool’s Day, Honda proposes expanding the range of expressions in its cars with Honda Horn Emojis. The extra buttons on the steering wheel have faces corresponding to the emotion they convey. The horn itself can produce multiple tones to better express happiness, frustration, and more.

FATE OF THE FURIOUS/XFINITY DRIVE-OUT CINEMA

Telecommunications company Xfinity partnered with the eighth movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise, Fate of the Furious, to prank some people who think they’re getting a sneak peek at the film. The victims are skeptical from the beginning. After all, being asked to sit in an actual car from the movie and strap into a racing harness is pretty suspicious when you’re just supposed to be watching some movie clips. The participants in the driver’s seats are in on the prank, and are in fact stunt coordinator Oakley Lehman and pro drifter Ken Gushi. Eventually, the prankees get a wild ride through a movie set complete with explosions and other special effects.

LYFT MONO

Because the tech industry keeps telling us wearables are the future, this ridiculous fantasy gadget from Lyft is almost believable. Looking like a Power Glove for hitchhikers, the Lyft Mono features an illuminated thumb that lets you summon a ride by simply raising your opposable digit. Lyft writes in the YouTube video description: “Lyft has always strived to be the most intuitive app out there. But even a few taps can be reduced to one, or none, right?” The fake future sure looks lazy.

MCLAREN 570GT FEATHER WRAP

McLaren takes its biomimicry design philosophy to the next logical step with this package for the 570GT. The automaker’s quest for maximum aerodynamic performance has driven it to look at nature for ideas, and what creature in the animal kingdom is more aerodynamic than a bird? The feather wrap package uses 10,000 carbon-fiber-veined artificial feathers to “create the most aerodynamic edition of the 570GT yet.” Wondering when you can get yours? This fine-feathered upgrade is available only on April 1.

GOOGLE MAPS MS. PAC-MAN

So the automotive connection is a bit loose with this one, but Google Maps’ prank may be the best one this year. If you’ve logged on to www.google.com/maps/ or turned on the app in the past 24 hours, you’ve probably already noticed the Ms. Pac-Man icon. Click it and you’ll get to play the 1981 arcade classic at your location and on the surrounding streets. We have yet to verify if the Easter egg works on Android Auto.

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RAM 6X6 Pulled Out A Trailer From The Woods Buried Years Ago

In this video, a guy decided to unearth a trailer from the woods. …In this video, a guy decided to unearth a trailer from the woods.

Interestingly, a friend of him borrowed this trailer 6 or seven years ago and left it in the woods.

As timed passed by, the trees grew through it since no one dared to recover it.

After years of letting the trailer to rot, he decided to recover it using his Ram 6×6 pickup truck! It only took him few minutes to unearth this rusty trailer from the woods! Watch the video below!

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Mechanic Gives Pickup Trucks An Eighteen-Wheeler Makeover

If a semi-truck is your style, but getting yourself a real one just isn’t feasible for either money or space reasons, this alternative might be something that you want to look into.

Instead of a full-fledged pavement pounder, this shop gives you the alternative of turning a regular pickup truck into the miniature semi of your dreams.

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You can get into the game for as little as $1200 with a peak price of $27500 for the entire job done from start to finish. Turning heads is included!

Check out the video below that shows how these mini trucks come together to make dreams realities with these unique looking builds.

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A Powerful Winch To Get The Car Out of All Impossible Situations

Never get stuck again with the help of this powerful and inexpensive winch.

Every off-roading enthusiast knows that every once in awhile you find yourself in a position where you need just a tiny bit of help to get yourself unstuck from the clutches of mother nature.

A Powerful Winch To Get The Car Out of All Impossible Situations

So whether you are driving on a snowy range, or treading in an endless wilderness, you need the right accessories to get you out of the mayhem, and you can do that with this easy and inexpensive tool.

The Bush Winch is a lightweight self-recovery system for a four wheel drive and two wheel drive vehicles. When needed, the Bush Winch is directly attached to the front or rear tires of a vehicle. The rope is fastened with the Bush Winch at one end and the anchor point at the other end, the winch line then winds onto the Bush Winch as the wheel rotates and pulls the car along.

You can comfortably go backward and forward. The action is same, keep giving gas to the vehicle until it reaches the firm terrain.

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USSV RHINO XT

So the US Specialty Vehicles’ Rhino GX was a bit too much for your civilian needs? Worry not, because the California-based boutique brand is back with a military-grade SUV built for the streets. Meet the Rhino XT.

The SUV was inspired by the original Hummer H1, and is built on a modified Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Like its more militant brethren, this thing sports an aggressive body that includes riveted flared fenders, rugged bumpers, designer tow hooks, reinforced FRP body panels, and even a heavy-duty roll cage – just in case.

Under the hood is a 285 horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, which gives this all-terrain vehicle plenty of get up and go. Modern amenities can be found throughout the interior cabin including premium leather seats, Alpine navigation system, 3D-look digital instrument panel, and a back-up camera.

Typically rugged ATV vehicles like this sell for a small fortune, but USSV is asking $75,000 for the Rhino XT. Not too shabby.

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Shaman 8×8 All-Terrain – Every survivalist dream vehicle

Shaman 8×8 All-Terrain – Every survivalist dream vehicle – Meet the Shaman, a gigantic, yet deft, off-road vehicle made by Russian auto maker Avtoros. Regardless of the Shaman’s monstrous size, it’s staggeringly coordinated. Hold up until you see what the inside resembles.

The Shaman is approximately 20 feet long, 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide. You may surmise that is too huge for a vehicle to be viewed as spry, however take one take a gander at the controlling framework and you’ll alter your opinion.

Controlled by a 146 HP 3.0-liter turbo diesel, the Shaman’s top rate is barely short of 50 mph. It’s not made to blast down the expressway; It’s made to pioneer trails. What’s more, when you’re pioneering trails you’ll be doing it from a driver’s seat that resembles the commander’s console of top of the line angling vessel.

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