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  •   Antonio Ghini reacted to this post about 4 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Chevrolet Corvette C1
    / #1957-Chevrolet-Corvette / #1957 / #Chevrolet-Corvette / #1957-Chevrolet-Corvette-C1 / #Chevrolet-Corvette-C1 / #Chevrolet / #GM
    Driven 1957 Chevrolet Corvette - Jay Leno's Garage
    Sporting an America-built V8 and twin four-barrel carburetors, it's no wonder why this is one of Jay's favorite generations of Corvette.
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  •   Chris Chilton commented on this post about 4 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Detroit Barocco
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    1958 Chrysler 300D Fuel Injected - Jay Leno’s Garage
    Jay’s in-house painter and body guy, Per Blixt, just completed his rare and hugely anticipated fuel injected 300D which you have seen updates over the years ...
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  •   Chris Chilton commented on this post about 4 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Detroit Barocco
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    The Massive 1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III - Jay Leno’s Garage
    This American behemoth had a lot of impressive luxury options for its time and is a veritable living room on wheels!
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  •   Graeme Hurst reacted to this post about 4 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Questions and Rare Cars
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    1932 Mercedes-Benz SSKL - Jay Leno’s Garage
    The Mercedes-Benz Classic Center has painstakingly brought this legendary race car back to life and lets Jay open it up on public roads!
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  • Jay Leno is now friends with Ruben Mellaerts
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  •   Jon Cass reacted to this post about 4 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Alfa Romeo Montreal Club
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    1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal - Jay Leno’s Garage
    Is there any thing sexier than those headlights and the sound of its 3.0L V8? » Subscribe: http://bit.ly/JLGSubscribe » Visit the Official Site: http://bit.l...
    • "Some sort of expo..." says Jay. Expo 67 was a huge event, a World's Fair to mark Canada's centennial and while nothing much is left from it today"Some sort of expo..." says Jay. Expo 67 was a huge event, a World's Fair to mark Canada's centennial and while nothing much is left from it today the grounds where it was located is where the Canadian Grand Prix is held now. I remember when the Alfa Romeo Montreal was introduced and how gorgeous I thought it was. Although it is probably not an issue for someone like Jay, this car truly needs a specialist to work on it and what would scare me away is the unavailability of parts. Sounds wonderful, though!  More ...
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    • This was one of my early favorites as a kid. True story that my Mom came back from a business trip and told me to check the car for a Playboy (!)This was one of my early favorites as a kid. True story that my Mom came back from a business trip and told me to check the car for a Playboy (!) magazine that had a story on great Italian cars. I remember they were some true front-engine exotics including a Montreal. I was so confused as a kid looking through this Playboy magazine all the hotties and couldn’t find the story on the cars! I thought my mom was trying to set me up!! Ah yes I’m still torn between the Bella girls and the Bella cars!! ?  More ...
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    • he Alfa DNA is in the “lesser” models as well. My USA 69 GTV had four wheel disc brakes with dual vacuum boosters and a brake balance device betweenhe Alfa DNA is in the “lesser” models as well. My USA 69 GTV had four wheel disc brakes with dual vacuum boosters and a brake balance device between the front and rear., Five speed fully synchromesh transmission, independent front suspension, a live rear axle located by trailing arms and an aluminum trunnion.The engine was 1779 cc aluminum block with cast iron liners, hemispherical combustion chambers, Spica mechanical fuel injection, dual overhead cams, and a beautiful aluminum valve cover. It produced 132 horsepower and had a virtually flat torque curve from about 2500 to 5800 rpm if memory serves. The Bertone body in Giallo Ochre was gorgeous and arguably as iconic as Porsche’s 911’s of the era. Steering by worm and roller was light ( at speed) and communicative. The car was a delight to drive, to look at, and to work on. Alfa’s are underrated IMHO. They have character, beauty, charm, a jewel like engine and a delicate feel. I owned it nearly forty years.
      When I had to sell it I literally cried.
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  •   Daniel 1982 reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Questions and Rare Cars
    A few months ago a car we built was featured at the big #SEMA show in Las Vegas, the initials stand for Specialty Equipment Market Association, and it’s the biggest automotive trade show in the world. It’s held over four days and it takes that long to see it all. Taking up over a million square feet of floor space, it features over 4400 exhibitors and 1500 display vehicles as well as representatives from more than 140 countries.

    / #Ford-Bronco

    SEMA does not open to the public. Its primary function is to help small automotive businesses and manufacturers. You have to be in the trade to gain entry, that said, over 150,000 people showed up this year, those of you who think our hobby is dying, think again.

    SEMA also works hard in the legal field to protect the rights of individuals who modify, or just work on, their own vehicles. I don’t know how it is in other countries but, in the United States, in many communities it is now illegal to work on your own car in your own garage, even with the door shut. Many homeowners’ associations have passed by-laws making it illegal to own and keep at home anything more than just basic hand tools. Screwdrivers, hammers and suchlike are ok; welding equipment, lathes and so on are not.

    On the last day of my late night television show, as I pulled in to work for the last time, I noticed someone had dumped a rather sad-looking #1968-Ford-Bronco in my parking space. On the windscreen was a note from my good friend and fellow late-night TV host, Craig Ferguson, the note said, ‘Dear Jay, please accept this POS [Piece of Shit], the starter motor’s fucked and the electrics are crap. It will keep you busy if you get bored. You’ll be missed. Don’t be a stranger. Your friend, Craig Ferguson.’ the Bronco sat in my garage for a good four years before I could figure out what to do with it. That’s when I decided to call my friend Mike Spagnola. Mike oversees the SEMA product development centre as well as the SEMA garage. He put me in touch with two women.

    The first was Sherry Kollien, whose area is strategy and planning. When you’re dealing with major manufacturers, you want to make sure the people supplying the parts have the proper licensing agreements in place. Use one unapproved part and you’ve seen your last #SEMA-show .

    The other was Teresa Contreras from LGE-CTS Motorsports, the award-winning women-owned restoration shop. I met with her to discuss what we wanted to do. My goal was to keep the Bronco as stock as possible and to upgrade the brakes, the suspension and powertrain as best we could.

    Starting with the powertrain, which I wanted to be all-Ford, I contacted Dave Pericak. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Dave was the driving force behind the Le Mans-winning Ford GT in 2016. Dave also oversees icon cars like the Mustang GT, the Shelby, the Bronco and the #Ford-GT . We chose a 5.2-litre #Shelby-GT-V8 rated at 760bhp, the most powerful street engine Ford had ever produced. It was designed to be hooked up to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic and nothing else.

    'IN MANY PLACES IN THE USA IT'S ILLEGAL TO WORK ON YOUR CAR IN YOUR OWN GARAGE, EVEN WITH THE DOOR SHUT'

    So Jack Silver and Jeff Kaufmann at Silver Sport Transmission adapted a TR-4050 five-speed manual and the heavy-duty four-wheel-drive components to go with it. We knew the original chassis would never handle the torque and horsepower the Shelby V8 was putting out, so we contacted Thomas Kincer of Kincer Chassis, the company has built custom chassis for Broncos for 20 years, is licensed by Ford and was able to incorporate all our components into the custom Kincer frame, so this thing wouldn’t twist itself into a pretzel as soon as you put the power down.

    I then went to my old friends at Wilwood Brakes, who made up the four-wheel discs to make sure it stopped as well as it ran. Dennis Carpenter #Ford Restoration Parts supplied any body panels we needed.

    This project showed how quickly things come together when all the suppliers and builders know and trust one another. Normally it takes us about a year to complete a project like this, this one was done in four months because we didn’t have to check that each component would do its job properly. How many restorations have been ruined because the guy building the engine didn’t know the guy grinding the cams, and when the engine didn’t run properly they all blamed each other?

    The cool part was that Ford was looking over our shoulders during the whole build, making sure everything was up to spec, and the really cool part is that I now have a brand new #1968-Ford-Bronco that looks totally stock, the tricky part is that I now have 52-year-old, 760bhp, short-wheelbase, high-centre-of-gravity monster that can beat a Hellcat. I’m just glad I’m not 16 any more.
    Jay Leno Reveals His 1968 Bronco with 760 HP and a Tremec Manual Transmission at SEMA 2019.
    Jay Leno made a guest appearance at SEMA 2019 and revealed his 1969 Bronco. He says it’s the only one in the world with a 760 HP Shelby GT 500 engine mated to a manual Tremec transmission. Let Jay tell you more about the build. You’ll even get to...
    Jay Leno made a guest appearance at SEMA 2019 and revealed his 1969 Bronco. He says it’s the only one in the world with a 760 HP Shelby GT 500 engine mated to a manual Tremec transmission. Let Jay tell you more about the build. You’ll even get to hear it started.
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  •   Steve Bennett reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Jay Leno uploaded a new video in Porsche Taycan
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    2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S- Jay Leno’s Garage
    Jay gets to road test the hotly-anticipated Porsche Taycan.
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  •   Steve Bennett reacted to this post about 5 months ago


    We’ve all worked on #MG s and #Triumph s, or maybe changed the occasional starter motor on a Mustang, These relatively simple backyard jobs give us a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment, especially when they turn out well. Does your car run better when you’ve washed it, waxed it and really cleaned the windscreen? I know it’s mostly psychological, but it does seem to be true.

    My first car was actually a truck. A #1934-Ford-pick-up with a flat-head V8. It was easy to change the plugs and adjust the carburettor. I remember opening the hood of a friend’s #1968 #Mustang at the time and thinking, oh my God, what a complicated mess this is. Compared with today’s vehicles, that ’ #1968-Ford-Mustang engine seems like a single-cylinder lawnmower.

    I have a friend with a late-model BMW . When the battery went dead, the dealer told him not to change it himself because it would negate all the codes on the car’s computer. So he had it towed to the dealer, they changed the battery and it cost $600. Had he known to run jumper cables to the positive and negative terminals to keep the computer codes alive, he could have done the job himself for a third of the price.

    The greatest gift to buy yourself if you have a modern car is a code-reader to plug into your onboard diagnostic (OBD) system. When I took my 2005 SLR Mercedes-McLaren to be smog-tested, the ‘check engine’ light was on. I listened politely as my dealer explained all the expensive parts that needed to be replaced. I thanked him, went back to my garage, plugged in my code-reader and got a reading of 442. That pertained to the EVAP system, which prevents petrol vapour from escaping from your fuel system into the atmosphere. It usually requires no maintenance but can turn your ‘check engine’ light on.

    Your fuel system up to the tank is pressurised, so a loose petrol cap can activate the light, but it wasn’t that. My next thought was the gasket on the gauge sender unit - after all, the car’s 15 years old - but after dismantling the rear of the SLR I found no dampness or weeping there.

    This was getting scary. How much more of this car do I have to dismantle? I decided to follow the fuel lines, and I came to a plastic T-fitting that had a hairline crack in it. Not enough to leak fuel, but perhaps enough to suck air? As I examined this fitting it broke in my hand. Could it be this simple? Never a fan of plastic fittings - after all, this one had lasted only 15 years - I got one made of brass, installed it, tightened all the fittings... and voila! The ‘check engine’ light was out.

    I plugged in my code reader, the code had cleared. I drove it to the smog station and passed the test, the cost, about three bucks. My little $30 code-reader had saved me thousands of dollars. I have to admit that accomplishing this little task was as much fun as actually driving the car. Rather than looking like a rich guy driving it around, I had actually fixed my automobile.

    Old cars are simple but faults can be hard to diagnose. New cars are very complex, but with code-readers you can find the problem quickly. Who’d have thought it?

    My second supercar problem concerned my #2005-Ford-GT . It ran fine but would not pass the California smog test. Once again, I plugged in my handy code-reader and it told me that all my codes were fine, except for the catalytic converter, The dealer told me how much a catalytic converter would cost and how complicated it was to install. ‘After all, Mr Leno, the car is 15 years old.’

    Could it be something else? I took the car for a long drive and noticed the temperature gauge was reading about 160°F. Most modern supercars tend to run close to 200°F. Asking around, I ascertained that the GT was running too cool to activate the computer that regulated the catalytic converter. We pulled out the thermostat and found that a build-up of limescale was holding it open, so it was allowing more cooling water through than was necessary.

    I picked up a new thermostat at my Ford dealer, that’s the thing about a Ford GT: it might be a supercar, but it’s still a Ford. Once it was installed, the car ran at between 195 and 205 degrees. I took it for a drive, about 15 miles at 45mph, plugged in my code-reader and all the codes read OK, including the catalytic converter. I then drove to the smog station and passed the test. Supercars might be complicated, but they’re still cars. And for all the electronics that make supercars complicated, there are other electronics that help make life easier.

    ‘THE CODE CLEARED AND THE SLR PASSED THE SMOG TEST. MY LITTLE $30 CODE-READER HAD SAVED ME THOUSANDS’

    Do yourself a favour. Buy a halfway-decent code-reader and find your modern car’s OBD port, then, the next time your dealer tells you ‘This is going to be complicated’, why not just plug it in and find out for yourself?
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