Stories From the Garage
Paradise Garage

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© 1998-2003 Brian F. Schreurs
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At Paradise Garage, we love to do our own car work. It's fun, and we usually learn something about our cars, too. We often learn these things the hard way, and one day it dawned on us that it would be nice to share our knowledge so the next guy doesn't have to go through the same trauma. Thus, we have Stories From the Garage. Telling you how we did it -- what we did wrong, what they did wrong (believe us, instructions are often not worth the paper they're printed on), so you have a better chance of getting it right the first time.

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Engine Articles

Air Flow (Intake & Exhaust)

     Installing a Cat-Back Exhaust
     Gutting the Catalytic Converter
     Creating a Cold Air Induction System
     Building a Custom Exhaust System
     Replacing the H-Pipe
     Replacing the Headers
     Installing a Low-Restriction Airbox
     Creating a Ram Air Volvo

Cooling System
     Installing a Coolant Filter

     Rewiring the Fan Relay
     Installing a Low-Temperature Thermostat
     Installing an Oil Cooler
     Replacing the Radiator
     Replacing the Thermostat

Fuel System
     Installing an Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator

     Adjusting an Edelbrock Carburetor
     Installing Fuel Injectors
     Installing an In-Tank Fuel Pump
     Replacing the Throttle Cable
     Installing a Custom Throttle Cable

     Dirt Cheap Engine Series

     Replacing the Engine Mounts
     Replacing the Starter
     Supercharger Series
     Synthetic Oil Life Study
     Installing Underdrive Pulleys
     Replacing the Vacuum Advance
     Accessing the Vee

Drivetrain Articles

     Installing an Aluminum Driveshaft

     Replacing the Clutch
     Installing a Shifter
     Installing a Shift Kit
     Replacing the Torque Converter
     Installing a Transmission Cooler
     Fabricating Transmission Lines

Chassis Articles

Brake System
     Rebuilding Brake Calipers

     Upgrading the Brake Fluid Reservoir
     Replacing the Brake Pads
     Replacing the Brake Rotors
     Replacing the Front Brake Pads & Rotors
     Replacing the Master Cylinder
     Replacing the Power Brake Booster

     Removing the Cage

     Disassembling the Cage
     Rebuilding the Front Suspension
     Replacing the Front Shock Absorbers
     Replacing the Rear Shock Absorbers
     Replacing the Shock Mounting Plate

     Replacing the Front Wheel Bearings

Body Articles

     Replacing the Bonnet Struts

     Replacing the Hatch Struts
     Installing a Ski Rack

Interior Articles

     Installing an Air/Fuel Ratio Gauge

     Installing a Boost Gauge
     Installing a Fuel Pressure Gauge
     Installing an Oil Pressure Gauge
     Installing a Transmission Temperature Gauge

     Disarming an Air Bag

     Creating a Change Holder
     Replacing Climate Control Knobs
     Rewiring Fog Lights
     Replacing the Heater Core
     Replacing the Seat Cover
     Disassembling a Trunk

Other Articles

     Adja Comes Home

     Disassembling a Truck
     Dragstrip Baseline
     Dynamometer Baseline
     Inspecting the Chrysler
     Weight Distribution

1940 Chrysler Royal

     Basic Statistics
     Related Articles

1970 Dodge Charger

     Basic Statistics
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1974 Dodge 100 Adventurer

     Basic Statistics
     Related Articles

1980 Volvo 240DL

     Basic Statistics
     Related Articles

1984 Porsche 928S

     Basic Statistics
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1985 Jaguar XJ-S H.E.

     Basic Statistics
     Related Articles

1986 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

     Basic Statistics
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1992 Eagle Talon TSi

     Basic Statistics
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1993 Pontiac Bonneville SE

     Basic Statistics
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1995 Ford Mustang GT

     Basic Statistics
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1998 Pontiac Firebird Formula

     Basic Statistics
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2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport

     Basic Statistics
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