16 04, 2019

We Built a Racing Sim! Build Thread

By |2019-04-16T15:21:48-05:00April 16th, 2019|Projects|0 Comments

Who doesn’t love a good build thread? We do, so we’ve put together all the pieces that make our new iRacing Simulator a hit! Now we didn’t go over the top with everything, but we wanted to build a middle/lower tier setup. This will be used at our upcoming events, and be able to be mobile to go to our real racing events, and much more. So check out our build thread to see what we bought for parts, and what’s to come in the future! […]

18 12, 2018

How We’d Trick Out Santa’s Sleigh

By |2018-12-18T09:27:39-05:00December 18th, 2018|Projects|0 Comments

So Santa has a pretty cool sleigh already, but we thought of a few things that might make it a little better. Here at MHCC it seems like we always have a problem with leaving vehicles in stock form, so we thought we’d send a line to the South Pole about some mods. So check out what we thought would make Old St. Nicks sleigh a little better. […]

1 09, 2018

The Last Thing You Need is Another Project: Part 3

By |2018-08-31T13:47:02-05:00September 1st, 2018|Projects, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Looking back, I should've titled this series of blog posts the neverending story. There are some projects that you can quickly check off your list, but this is not one of them. Like the Energizer Bunny, this project seems to keep going. And going. And going. That said, my camper project has reached the point where it's useable and that's good enough for me. If you missed the first parts of my camper build story you can find part 1 here and part 2 here. What follows is my recap of the beginning of the end. When we last left off I had fitted the roof mechanism, including frame, hydraulic struts and roof skin. Next on my list was adding the pop-up fabric. Originally I had ambition to sew up the pop-up so it included screened windows and a precision fit. In the interest of time, and hopes of ever finishing the project, I opted for a single piece of waterproof ripstop nylon for version 1. A quick shout out ot Ripstop By The Roll from whom I ordered the fabric. They offer a variety of ripstop material that I never knew existed. I went with 2.2 oz HEX70 XL ripstop, for those keeping track, in fashionable charcoal gray. Application was relatively easy via a combination of high-bond adhesive with an overlayment of screw-fastened trim around the edges. With the exterior weatherproof I focused my efforts on the inside. I knew I wanted an internal cabinet  to house a basic [...]

21 08, 2018

The Story Of The One That Got Away, And How I Got It Back

By |2018-08-21T15:37:35-05:00August 21st, 2018|Cars We'd Like to Own, Projects|1 Comment

April 2012 was a good month for me. I had just purchased my first home and still had a little cash left over that I used to buy a 1994 Miata on a bit of a whim. My new townhouse had a two car garage and since it was just me living there at the time, I figured I should treat myself to a little something fun to fill up the garage. After about an hour on Craigslist, I found a guy in St Paul selling what looked like a really clean, well-sorted Miata. I didn’t really picture myself as a Miata owner but if I were to picture my perfect Miata, this would be it. It was jet black with a tan leather interior and matching tan top. It sat low on a gorgeous set of dark bronze BBS wheels and it had a racy looking rollbar inside that completed the look. I reluctantly went to test drive it, not really expecting to like it but figuring it would be a good place to start my search for a fun summer car. It took me less than 500 feet to decide that I had to have it. […]

27 03, 2018

Chevy Silverado Performance Exhaust Upgrade

By |2018-03-27T14:49:50-05:00March 27th, 2018|Projects|0 Comments

Performace mods to trucks usually fall under the unnecessary and/or obnoxious category because, to be honest, they usually are. With suspension lifts, oversized tires, and utterly ridiculous light bars on the rise in popularity there truly are some unnecessary trucks on the road these days. While I generally agree with these sentiments, I still grin like a little school girl when I see one on the road. I'm not proud of it but apparently, I have some back-woods country blood running through my east-coast veins. Go figure. I've had my 2015 Chevy Silverado for about 2 years and in that time I've made a few minor aesthetic upgrades. Those include a 2.5in suspension level, blacked-out grille, and the addition of a bullbar with integrated LED light bar (yes, I'm a hypocrite).  Here's a shot from a few weeks ago in all its salty glory: Since then I've done "fun things" like put a new set of Nitto tires on but that's about it. Until now. After squirreling away any spare change I could find over the last year, I finally ordered a new exhaust from Borla Performance Exhaust Systems. I went the Borla ATAK model - like they say: go big or go home. Or in this case: go loud. Everything came perfectly packaged and (to my husband's excitement) even included a hat. Most blogs like this go into a step-by-step install at this point but there simply wasn't enough to talk about to justify that. I simply disconnected the stock exhaust, spent a little [...]

12 03, 2018

The last thing you need is another project: Part 2

By |2018-03-12T23:22:28-05:00March 12th, 2018|Projects|0 Comments

The title of this blog post is The last thing you need is another project: Part 2, however in retrospect it should probably be titled What the heck was I thinking. If you missed my introduction in part 1, I'll quickly bring you up to speed. I thought it would be fun to build a truck camper for my Ford F150. Why build one you ask? Well, stinky old pickup campers are a dime a dozen on Craigslist, but a nice one you'd actually want to use can cost north of $10k. With hundreds of things I could better spend thousands of dollars on I decided to build my own. "I like building things and surely it shouldn't take too long to build," I told myself. I WAS WRONG. In late-November when I started on this project things seemed to move along quickly. The frame came together in a few nights and I thought the end was in sight. Looking back, it was a lot like building a new house, not that I've ever done that. The general structure comes to together quickly, however the insulation, siding, interior work and other elements pile on the time. And that doesn't event include the custom fab work associated with building your own camper from your own design. From scratch. Without any prior experience. You live and learn, I suppose.   A successful test fit. It wouldn't be long unti I could no longer simply lift the frame in the truck by hand. [...]

14 02, 2017

If you haven’t driven it, it’s new to you. Adventures in BMW 2002tii repair.

By |2017-02-14T14:57:47-05:00February 14th, 2017|Projects, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our BMW 2002tii has been kind of the forgotten child when it comes to the Heritage collection of cars. Have you ever had the project you know isn’t going to go your way so you just keep pushing it off? Well our 2002tii was mine. The tii is a mechanical fuel injected version off the BMW 2002, while it is a fairly basic system in theory, it works or doesn’t. We believe ours to be the latter. But first things first why have we been avoiding well, we weren’t the first. I have tried to have several shops track down its perplexing problems, and the number one response when you call them, “Tii? No thanks.” I guess sometimes you can’t actually pay people to fix cars. I would spend a couple days a month working little things after researching the google box. After multiple shops not being able to time the car correctly, I dug up a local resource for getting the distributor restored. This person happens to be the expert in 2002 distributors, we even featured him as a guest blog shop a few months back you may remember.  Our distributor was is rough shape, advancing the timing way before the factory setting, but that wasn’t anything Advance Distributors couldn’t handle. […]

10 01, 2017

Duct Tape & Disappointment: A mad dash to build an improved race car dash

By |2017-01-13T09:19:16-05:00January 10th, 2017|Projects|2 Comments

Long story short, a couple of years ago I had premature engine failure on my 914-6 track car. If you’re bored you can check out part 1 and part 2 of my engine misadventure. Otherwise, I’ll continue on with the regularly scheduled dash programming. We all know how the slippery slope works and before you knew it I had the car apart in hundreds of pieces tackling various “cheaper” projects while amassing engine parts and waiting for the engine builder. One of the projects I wanted to tackle for years was a dash rebuild. You see this car has been a track car since 1972 and judging by the great number of patches to the existing dash I wouldn’t be surprised if it was original to the track car build. […]

2 12, 2016

Duct Tape & Disappointment: Project Overland Misadventures Winch Install

By |2017-01-09T15:30:38-05:00December 2nd, 2016|Projects|1 Comment

It’s hard to find time to work on my own cars, and even when I can find time, I’m usually short on space, tools, or let a million other little excuses get in the way. That’s why I had a pallet of for my ’99 Toyota 4Runner taking up half a parking stall in my garage for the last month and a half, just begging to be installed. I outsourced some of the heavy lifting – such as putting in the 3″ lift and installing the ARB front bumper – to the friendly service department at Morrie’s Minnetonka Ford while I was traveling for a couple weeks, but I knew I had to get my hands dirty at some point. Luckily, over Thanksgiving weekend a buddy of mine offered up some shop space and access to his vast array of tools to install my winch. […]

10 10, 2016

Ben’s Engine (mis)Adventure Part 2

By |2016-10-10T21:54:19-05:00October 10th, 2016|Projects|0 Comments

If you are afflicted with the car disease, you know it’s hard to stop thinking about your car. Thoughts, aspirations and questions regularly cross your mind. Things like, what should I fix or upgrade next, what’s the next event I need to get ready for, how can I knock a second off my lap time, what’s up with that nagging oil leak, etc. If you’re anything like me, thoughts like these consume you. It’s funny, though, how tucking your car away impacts the thought process. Let me elaborate. My last successful outing in the 914, almost 2.5 years ago. Photo Credit: Jessica Johnk In part 1 of my engine (mis)adventure, written many months ago, I introduced you to my racing hobby and the unexpected mechanical maladies that accompany the sport. Long story short, the car that I’ve raced for nearly twenty years, and has been a part of fun family vacations (and of course heated on track racing battles) for even longer, pooped out with premature engine failure. Premature really is an understatement. The engine had something like 8 hours of run time on it. I’d just spent a fortune building it and it was rendered useless on a cold, rainy Friday afternoon at Road America. […]

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