David_Tracy
David Tracy
David_Tracy
Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).
Sep 24
25

Dang, I get those mixed up sometimes.

Sep 24
47

I feel pretty good.

The Astro is a trusty machine.

Sep 23
Save

Definitely overdue.

Sep 22
6

The Voyager will either:

A) Stay in Germany with my parents until I sell it.
B) Have its VIN scratched and plates pulled, and then be shoved into a ditch in Slovakia or Italy or wherever the heck it decides to die.
C) Go to a junkyard.
D) Become my obsession, and be shipped stateside.

Sep 22
17

If it’s stock, I want the air suspension. I need the clearance.

But if I can mod it (which is difficult to do in Germany), gimme steel.

Sep 16
4

Email me if you start having success. A story about the first Barchetta in the U.S. needs to be written by me (passive voice, I know). 

Sep 16
2

Please take this back.

Sep 13
3

He looks nothing like me.

Sep 10
1

Thank you Sovande.

My biggest concern is my lower engine torque mount (motor mount). Finding chassis parts isn’t hard, since they made these vans in the U.S.. And finding engine parts isn’t hard, either, since this VM Motori motor could be found in all sorts of vehicles.

But finding engine parts specific to this Read more

Sep 10
2

Thank you.

This part sees super low loads, so even a couple of small tacks would have done the job. My gobs of booger-welds were overkill. Read more

Sep 10
1

I definitely didn’t call my skills excellent. But I did refer to myself as foolish and stupid multiple times.

Apparently not enough times!

Sep 9
29

Wait, there’s going to be roadside wrenching?! I didn’t sign up for that!

(Kidding).

Sep 9
42

My German is getting pretty dang good. It was rusty before (like most things associated with me), but I’ve hit it with some Naval Jelly and fine steel wool.

Sep 9
3

Honestly, I considered a cotter pin, but it just wasn’t as tight. This thing is really IN THERE. I had to hammer it through the shaft pretty dang hard.

Sep 9
8

Honestly, that would have been awesome!

Sep 8
2

Haters gonna hate.