Austin Cars and Coffee - August 2017 August 29 2017, 0 Comments
I chased a DeTomaso Pantera through some curvy Hill Country roads, his American V8 roaring as my German inline six gave pursuit. In the morning hours, the typical Texas summer heat had yet to awaken, and our cars were loving the cool 95 degree air. We were both headed to Cars and Coffee Austin, where we would meet hundreds of other enthusiasts. Here are some highlights.
MIG vs TIG welds August 12 2017, 0 Comments
You may have seen products that feature MIG or TIG welded construction, but what are the differences, and which one is better? We'll explain some of the basics behind MIG and TIG welding and compare them. This is not really a guide for people looking to get into welding, but rather a guide for consumers who have never welded before and would like to know the pros and cons between MIG and TIG welds.
The Myth of the Bottleneck May 03 2017, 0 Comments
Before I ever cracked open a fluid dynamics book or performed flow analysis in a professional setting, I falsely believed that if you were to improve the flow of a system, you would always be limited by the most restrictive feature in the system so that improving the flow anywhere besides the most restrictive feature would be fruitless. So in other words, if your muffler was the most restrictive element of your exhaust system, deleting your catalytic converter wouldn't yield any gains. This idea of a bottleneck was reinforced by internet "experts".
Engine Oil Analysis 101 February 17 2017, 0 Comments
We recently sent a sample of engine oil out to a lab to be analyzed to look for coolant in the oil as a symptom of a failing head gasket. The test came back negative for coolant, and we later found a tiny leak on an inaccessible side of the coolant reservoir. What we didn't expect was all the additional information we got about the health of our engine. Honestly, we regret not doing this earlier. Here is what we did and this is what you can gain from having your oil tested.
Red Eye Garage Tip #8 - Head Lamps January 26 2017, 0 Comments
If you wrench at night as we often do, good lighting is one of the things that can really make the job go easier. Having a well-lit garage or several flood lamps is ideal, but situations aren't always ideal and sometimes even great shop lighting can't reach the darkest depths of the engine bay or transmission tunnel.
Headlamps are great for getting light exactly where you are working, but some are better than others. I have tried a few different styles over the years, and this is what I think of them.
Porsche Cayenne (9PA) Front Wheel Bearing Replacement January 17 2017, 2 Comments
Our Porsche Cayenne 9PA parts and people hauler started to have a whirring sound coming from the front axle that was speed dependent. It was time to remove and replace the front wheel bearings. We'll show you how we removed and replaced ours.
Red Eye Garage Tip #7 - Machining Polyurethane December 28 2016, 0 Comments
We received a set of control arm bushings that needed to be shaved down to fit. We hope you're never in this position, but if you do get stuck and have a lathe, here is a trick to have up your sleeve. We've never machined polyurethane before, but this is what we learned.
Repairing and Customizing Our Creeper August 11 2016, 1 Comment
Our creeper had served us for several years before suffering a major crack as a result of plopping down on it one too many times. We prefer repair over replacement with most things, and this was no exception. While we were at it, we decided to throw in some upgrades to make it more durable and to make it ours.
Product Spotlight: M20/M42 Intake Adapter July 06 2016, 0 Comments
Unsatisfied with the offerings on the market for our M42 engine, we took it upon ourselves to create a properly engineered AFM adapter. Our AFM adapter provides a smooth transition that helps the flow to transition from a round to a square cross section smoothly.
How We Make Our BMW E30 Door Panels December 31 2015, 1 Comment
There is a lot of love and attention to detail that goes into making our BMW E30 aluminum door panels. Here is an inside look at what goes into making them.
Why American V8's Make Low Power for Their Size December 03 2015, 6 Comments
Why do giant American V8s generally produce less horsepower per liter of displacement compared to their European and Japanese counterparts? A common answer is that American engines are tuned to favor low-end torque instead of top-end horsepower, but that really isn't the main reason.
As we talk about the reasons, we'll compare the LS3 out of a 2008 Corvette with a S65 out of a 2008 BMW M3, since this pair provides a good comparison. Both were built around the same time, and both were designed to be put in performance cars. The LS3 was one of the best American V8s at that time, and the S65 was one of the best German V8s at the time. Both engines produce similar power figures, but use different approaches to get there.
Adding War Paint to a Welding Helmet September 18 2015, 2 Comments
We recently added some war paint to our welding helmet. Graphics on a lot of helmets on the market are a little too busy for our taste, so we took matters into our own hands.
Product Spotlight: Coaster Set September 03 2015, 0 Comments
Upgrade your man cave, garage, or living room with this Red Eye Garage coaster set. Here is an inside look at how these are made.
Red Eye Garage Tip #6 May 20 2015, 1 Comment
If you've ever used automotive touch up paint before, it usually comes in a bottle with a built-in brush on the cap. This brush is typically too big and leaves blobs of paint on the car. The objective is to fill in the crater of the paint chip and nothing more. Buying a set of small paint brushes from the local craft store for a few bucks can vastly improve your results.
Red Eye Garage X Winding Road Racing January 09 2015, 0 Comments
Winding Road Racing is a race shop that carries all kinds of gear for automotive enthusiasts and track day junkies. They have teamed up with Red Eye Garage to offer the highest quality apparel to the automotive community. This is their brand new showroom, and you can see some of our apparel hanging out on their rack.
Red Eye Garage Visits Winding Road Racing October 08 2014, 0 Comments
Winding Road Racing in Austin, Texas now carries Red Eye Garage apparel alongside their selection of helmets, racing suits, seats, and other track gear. Winding Road Racing carries gear for the track day enthusiast and offers expert advice on product selection. The best part is trying on gear before committing to it. Take a quick virtual tour of their store.
Project E36 M3 - CSF Radiator and Samco Silicone Hose Review June 30 2014, 0 Comments
The plastic end tanks on BMW E36 radiators get brittle and start to crack after a few years. We spoke with our friends at Bimmerworld and ordered a CSF all-aluminum radiator, which doesn't have plastic end tanks that can crack. For good measure, we also ordered a set of silicone Samco upper and lower radiator hoses, which should also be more reliable than their OEM counterparts. Catch the full unbiased review here.
Red Eye Garage Tip #5 - Repairing a Floor Jack June 12 2014, 3 Comments
Our Craftsman 2-ton jack had given up the ghost, but rather than throwing it out, we revived it with some new seals. Red Eye Garage shows you how.
Dallas Cars and Coffee - May 2014 (part 2/2) May 09 2014, 0 Comments
The warm morning air was pierced with the sounds of muscle cars and supercars screaming down Spring Creek Parkway. Performance cars of all types were rolling into the monthly Dallas Cars and Coffee meet. Here is part 2/2 of our favorites.
Dallas Cars and Coffee - May 2014 (part 1/2) May 04 2014, 0 Comments
The warm morning air was pierced with the sounds of muscle cars and supercars screaming down Spring Creek Parkway. Performance cars of all types were rolling into the monthly Dallas Cars and Coffee meet. Here were some of our favorites.
Remembering Ayrton Senna May 01 2014, 0 Comments
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Ayrton Senna's death at Imola and while Senna is most praised for his racing career, what strikes us as remarkable, is that his life off track was just as compelling. Senna was noted by his team mates as a practical jokester, and an intensely spiritual man who followed Jesus. While he was not perfect, Senna's convictions ultimately led to his repaired relationship with Jackie Stewart, and conversations with Sid Watkins to make F1 a safer sport. Leveraging his status as a 3 time world champion, they rallied for better safety regulations but in the end, his and the life of Roland Ratzenberger, were the compelling arguments that moved the sanctioning bodies into action. Because of their lives, there have been significant changes, most of which were illustrated in Mark Webber's crash in 2010.
Paintless Dent Repair April 22 2014, 0 Comments
I was walking back to the parking lot, when I noticed a huge dent in our E46 M3. There was a section pushed in about the size of a football, and there were a set of hand prints and face prints on the back window, as if someone had been slammed up against the car face first. Some people are jerks, but there's no use in getting worked up about it if you can't do anything about it.
We gave Dent Rescue a call, since one of our Porsche buddies recommended this guy.
Project E36 M3 - Xenon Headlights with Angel Eyes March 23 2014, 0 Comments
Our E36 M3 had the plastic US spec headlights, and they had gotten hazy and it was getting hard to see the road at night. We had tried using headlight polishing products, but the haze came back a few weeks later. We got on the phone with BavToys and spoke with Mike. He was very helpful and willing to educate us on what our different options were. We placed an order and this is our unbiased review of the Depo lights that we ordered.
Cup Cake Meet 19 March 15 2014, 1 Comment
It's been 5 years since Cupcake Meet started and we didn't want to miss out at all. While CCM is a great meet that brings in rides from OKC to Corpus Christi, what makes it stand out in our minds is their philanthropic work. Through the years CCM has brought in tens of thousands of dollars to support charities, and this year was no different. Kidd's Kids was the chosen organization and while the numbers have yet to be released, by the turnout of cars, it should hopefully be thousands of dollars. It's really great to be involved with meets like these.
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