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Things That Go

Welcome to my personal website. I am posting many of my automotive experiences here. I favor GM but also work on just about anything. Currently over 45 years as an automotive tech. I got my start on VW's way back when they were air cooled. I've owned over 35 of them, from the common Beetle to Karman Ghia, Type2 and Type3. I worked at several Volkswagen dealerships in the '80s and also a few independent shops. I've installed several propane systems when I worked at one shop that did installations. I've had much experience with many Japanese vehicles.

I will post articles on how to use an Android app to read OBD2 on your car or truck. I will explain in simple language how to interpret those readings.

I will post some information on projects present and past.

Things you will find on here!

A short list of some of my past projects.

A tube frame Dune Buggy
This had a Type 4 engine, Type 2 transaxle using Type 3 suspension and a Type 1 front axle. I riveted aluminium panels on to skin it. It was fun to drive and would wheelie if I took of fast.

A rotary engine powered Super Beetle
I bought a 1973 Super Beetle and installed a 13B rotary engine mounted to a Type 2 transaxle. The radiator was mounted where the spare tire was and and I even fabricated a heater under the rear seat that feed hot air into the stock heater channels! It was a real sleeper. It ran 14.4 in the ¼ mile @ 96 MPH. Later I discovered that it was only running on one distributor and would have run much quicker.

I had a Suzuki LJ80 that I installed a 1400cc Datsun motor into. The original engine was a tiny 800cc job.

My current project is a GM 6.0L LS powered Jeep Cherokee. I have obtained the Cherokee and engine and the Ford Explorer 8.8 rear end. It will be a two wheel drive street machine, never off-road again. It will be a low budget project, no big dollars spent here! The engine will be near stock as will the rest of the components. Stay tuned for updates.

AWD Jimmy