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 26
5

The good news is that I found the right engine mount on German eBay, but unfortunately, it had a manufacturing defect, so I had to do a bit of drilling to get it to work:” Read more

Sep 26
3

Dear Universe, David is holding back Entropy and the Heat Death of You in his own unique ways. Please leave him alone and bring him the correct part for Xmas. Thank You from someone who lives in you.

Sep 26
2

Good luck with your endeavors.

Sep 25
9

Got to say that optics are unfortunately everything. Give that car a good detail and polish before you take it in to inspection. It takes your car from being deathtrap that you drive because you can’t afford anything else to eccentric retro car that you are looking after (which you are) in eyes of not only the law but Read more

Sep 25
3

I’m colorblind and I can’t smell it but it’s not coolant. It’s got to be oil, but it’s not very thick, but it is a diesel... hm.

Sep 25
11

David, even though things have been a rollercoaster of ups and downs on your latest adventure, we’re all cheering you on. Have you had a chance to do any putzing around town or check out local sights? Even if it’s not automotive related, I doubt I’m the only one who’d love to read about the other day to day stuff.

Sep 25
1

Now THIS is an article I want while I’m drinking my first beer of the weekend! Read more

Sep 25
16

I’m just waiting for the full series of David Tracy wrenches a shit box through roadworthy inspections of the world. Read more

Sep 25
7

“:When it comes to German TÜV inspection, I’m told that optics matter. Show up in a dirty old shitbox with body panels painted different colors, and there’s a chance you’ll be written up for every small infraction. Show up in something that looks well cared for, and you might get away with a bit more. At least, that’s

Sep 25
10

I appreciate the entertainment value of this saga, but for anyone whose job is something other than writing such tales, it obviously makes a lot more sense to spend the time working and then spend that money on a functioning vehicle.

Sep 25
18

Congrats, David. Don’t ever stop.

Sep 25
26

Expect an article soon about how the inspection went. I’d say “well” is not the appropriate term.

Sep 25
13

David, this van seems to have visibly aged you a few years. 

Sep 25
21

I applaud your dedication to seeing this project through. It’s refreshing to watch a wrenching video where the person is genuine, the car is not showroom quality, the shop is not a hermetically sealed lab, and the mistakes are out in the open for all to see. It looks like TUV did not go to plan, but I know you will Read more

Sep 25
6

Truly an amazing effort.... The van would’ve had me sobbing and giving up weeks ago if it was me. Read more

Sep 25
8

I desperately want to know what caused the smoke/steam from under the hood.  I’ve been impatiently waiting since you first grammed the video!

Sep 25
4

I did i word search to confirm I didn’t miss the part where you admit to being glutton for punishment....