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Features: Low-Buck Tech | Slow and Steady: Victory in Sight

Race an Insight? Sure, why not. It’s a lightweight, slippery chassis.

Features: Low-Buck Tech: Merging a ´47 Plymouth With a V6 Camaro and a Ford Crown Vic

Just what the endurance racing world needs: a Camaro-powered ’47 Plymouth and a ’47 Plymouth-powered Camaro.

Features: Low-Buck Tech: Why Not a Borgward Isabella?

We’ll forgive you if you’ve never heard of a Borgward Isabella, but 24 Hours of Lemons veterans A Fistful of Cotter Pins turned up to Arizona’s Inde Motorsports Ranch in 2019 with one.

Shop Work: How Dumpster Diving, Junkyard Parts and an IKEA Hack Make a LeMons Winner

How a team of engineers built a Lemons winner with dumpster diving, junkyard parts and a few IKEA bits.

Features: How Bad Could a Mercedes-Benz Diesel-Powered Mustang Be?

Putting a Mercedes-Benz diesel engine into a Mustang is peak LeMons ingenuity.

Features: What Do You Get When You Cross a Radio Flyer and an Oreo? A Race Car, Apparently

As recovering auto journalists, the 24 Hours of Lemons staff appreciates a good pun. Case in point, the Honda del Sol-based OREO Speedwagon.

Features: A Ferrari That Is “Definitely” Not A Fiero

To date, there have been no Ferraris in Lemons. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been several “Ferraris,” but the gold standard of imitation Ferraris are the Fiero-based replicas.

Features: Meet a 1UZ-Powered Volvo 940 Wagon

Since the 940 Turbo's engine is known to blow head gaskets and throw connecting rods, one 24 Hours of Lemons team replaced the engine with a 1UZ-FE from a Lexus LS400.

Features: In Hindsight, Perhaps a Ford 302-Powered Porsche 944 Wasn't the Best Idea

One 24 Hours of Lemons team was fearful enough of Porsche-wrenching hell that they swapped a trusty Ford 302 V8 into their homemade wide-body 1987 Porsche 944, thus creating the formidable “Fordsche.”

Features: When Your Lemons Race Car Transmission Blows Up

Plenty of 24 Hours of Lemons endurance racers run automatic transmissions, but like all mechanical components in Lemons racing, however, automatics can fail.

Features: The $500-Ish, Viper V10-Powered Rolls-Royce

You’re seeing this correctly, that is a Dodge Viper V10 dropped into a 1970s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow for the 24 Hours of Lemons.

Features: How to Get Downforce on a Lemons Budget

What do you do if you want a fancy wing but your team doesn’t have the money? If you’re competing in the 24 Hours of Lemons, you improvise.

Features: Low-Buck Tech: Frankenstein's Metro

Few people can match Lemons team Charnal House Racing in pure junkyard ingenuity. Their mid-engined Geo Metro includes parts from 67 different vehicle models.

Features: Low-Buck Tech: In Lemons Racing, Music Matters

A few Lemons teams have truly their race car priorities right: 1) Add a heavy sound system. Secondly) Play really good/bad songs. C) Win respect/admiration/notoriety.

Shop Work: Low-Buck Tech Tips From the Clever Readers of Grassroots Motorsports

Our readers are an endless source of clever solutions to automotive problems great and small. Their low-buck fixes and fabrications would make MacGyver proud.

Shop Work: Here Are 22 Strapped-for-Cash, Make-It-Work Tech Tips

These various tips and tricks have been collected over the past couple of seasons during our attendance at events like the One Lap of America and our $2000 Challenge.

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