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Ever Wonder How a Differential Works?

Posted on 18 February 2010, 11:28 AM PST by Frugal Mechanic under Interesting


Thankfully, your car's differential doesn't need to be replaced very often (if ever). It chugs along mile after mile without a lot of drama. Maybe that's why the inner workings of a differential are a big mystery to a lot of people (myself included). If you've ever wondered how a differential works, you gotta check out this video tutorial. Not only is it extremely easy to follow but it's extra cool because it was made in the in the 1930s, so it's got a lot of cool historical flavor (black and white, old-time music, etc).


You Won’t Find These in the IKEA Catalog

Posted on 22 January 2010, 1:22 PM PST by Frugal Mechanic under Interesting


You know you're a 'car-guy' when you take parts that are lying around in your garage and turn them into furniture to display in your home.    Something tells me the skilled craftsmen who built these items aren't married.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Engine Block Coffee Table


Crankshaft Lamp


Wheel Coffee Table (it's a 14" wide Lamborghini wheel!!!)

Recaro Office Chair

Ottoman (actually 'automan')

Chess Set

Gear Bookends

Engine Block Table/Wine Bottle Holder

VW Pool Table

Mustang Pool Table

Wheel Clock

Transmission Sink

End Table - Miscellaneous VW Parts

Citroen Couch

Socket Coffee Table

Van Tool Box (great for a workshop)