Hank Watson's Garage Hour - Cars, Trucks, Beers & Guns (gearhead personality)

You may think you drive well (be honest), but do you brake properly?  So many brake problems - the Garage Hour has your answers (plus more questions):  Heel or toe?  Slotted or drilled?  OE or aftermarket?  Repair or modify?  Good design or good practice?  There's also bits from Baer, Brembo, Stop-Tech and Stillen...

The gearhead goons have that, plus engineer-approved technique for protecting your brakes, stories from testing, and a little sideshow about taking care (bribery) of the grease monkeys who take care of you.

Direct download: HWGH011021mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:35pm EST

You may think you drive well (be honest), but do you brake properly?  So many brake problems - the Garage Hour has your answers (plus more questions):  Heel or toe?  Slotted or drilled?  OE or aftermarket?  Repair or modify?  Good design or good practice?  There's also bits from Baer, Brembo, Stop-Tech and Stillen...

The gearhead goons have that, plus engineer-approved technique for protecting your brakes, stories from testing, and a little sideshow about taking care (bribery) of the grease monkeys who take care of you.

Direct download: HWGH011021.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Candy-coated Garage Hour right here, starring Green Tip and Pepe/Frank/Derailment Monster at Freedom:30 - everything from old 870s to new bolt-carrier groups, including what coatings are the best and what parts can break (there's a good piece on this at ConcealedPatrior).  ...Plus tons of good details on cerakoting from the pros.

It's the dynamite insights on applying Cerakote that put the weight in this episode - prep, bake, temps and types, abrasion and lasangakote - it's in there.  Also in there is the growing problem of voting green-tip fraud, plus parts from Strike Industries and Geissele.

Direct download: HWGH010221mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:14pm EST

Candy-coated Garage Hour right here, starring Green Tip and Pepe/Frank/Derailment Monster at Freedom:30 - everything from old 870s to new bolt-carrier groups, including what coatings are the best and what parts can break (there's a good piece on this at ConcealedPatrior).  ...Plus tons of good details on cerakoting from the pros.

It's the dynamite insights on applying Cerakote that put the weight in this episode - prep, bake, temps and types, abrasion and lasangakote - it's in there.  Also in there is the growing problem of voting green-tip fraud, plus parts from Strike Industries and Geissele.

Direct download: HWGH010221.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

"Is something wrong, or are you a Jeeper?"  It's to the credit of the Garage Hour's fistfulls of gravity that we can sit down in a garage cold enough to hang meat with two rookie cohosts and still crush the episode... The Gearhead Consultancy gathered up Johnny the Brother and Eric the Jeeper to take an NOE run at engine swaps (and the explosions that create them), why Toyotas don't, Vise-Grips for fun and brake lines, plus binging on Golden Eye and Liquid Wrench

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Additional stars of this show include grandpa's garage, canals, Jeep parts, Umberto's TV and the sandwich couch.

Direct download: HWGH122820mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

"Is something wrong, or are you a Jeeper?"  It's to the credit of the Garage Hour's fistfulls of gravity that we can sit down in a garage cold enough to hang meat with two rookie cohosts and still crush the episode... The Gearhead Consultancy gathered up Johnny the Brother and Eric the Jeeper to take an NOE run at engine swaps (and the explosions that create them), why Toyotas don't, Vise-Grips for fun and brakes, plus binging on Golden Eye and Liquid Wrench

.

Additional stars of this show include grandpa's garage, canals, Jeep parts, Umberto's TV and the sandwich couch.

Direct download: HWGH122820.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:47pm EST

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort uncorks a killer road-trip examination of other drivers and what's wrong with them from the cab of his Powerstroked Super Duty.  100% note-free and completely unhinged, this episode is a genius pile of observations about better road trips, manipulating other drivers, mileage versus miles-per-hour, plus learning from the freeway.

This episode of the Garage Hour is joined by excellent random cohosts, including a 7.3 diesel Supe and a psychic iPod, Passat Guy, Lexus Guy, Accord Guy, Duramax Guy, the Iowa State troopers and a hillside cemetary.

Direct download: HWGH122120mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:38am EST

Hostus Maximus Justin Fort uncorks a killer road-trip examination of other drivers and what's wrong with them from the cab of his Powerstroked Super Duty.  100% note-free and completely unhinged, this episode is a genius pile of observations about better road trips, manipulating other drivers, mileage versus miles-per-hour, plus learning from the freeway.

This episode of the Garage Hour is joined by excellent random cohosts, including a 7.3 diesel Supe and a psychic iPod, Passat Guy, Lexus Guy, Accord Guy, Duramax Guy, the Iowa State troopers and a hillside cemetary.

Direct download: HWGH122120.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:25am EST

Why yes, we digress.  It's in there (this time - we promise) with everything from a murderous feline to tow truck technique, plus seasons in Chicago, the 2020 Egg Nog GP, and Ken Andrews of the band Failure.  While we're at it, there's actually a topic, too - detailing in the off-season because you care about how you look during the on-season.

Winter is mean. Keep your rig clean even it it's not pretty, because little dings get big when you neglect them.  Torn mats, harbored moisture, cracked clearcoats, destroyed fabrics - winter can make them all worse.  You're a gearhead - do it right.

Direct download: HWGH121220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:19pm EST

Why yes, we digress.  It's in there (this time - we promise) with everything from a murderous feline to tow truck technique, plus seasons in Chicago, the 2020 Egg Nog GP, and Ken Andrews of the band Failure.  While we're at it, there's actually a topic, too - detailing in the off-season because you care about how you look during the on-season.

Winter is mean. Keep your rig clean even it it's not pretty, because little dings get big when you neglect them.  Torn mats, harbored moisture, cracked clearcoats, destroyed fabrics - winter can make them all worse.  You're a gearhead - do it right.

Direct download: HWGH121220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

Don't ruin the giving season with gift cards and missed targets.  You can pimp your geek-power by thinking up ideal presents for all the aspiring gearheads on your list (and elevate your satisfaction in the process).

The Garage Hour goons lay out automotive tools you didn't know about, used tools needing using too, shopping at pawn shops, and tools that fill a need.  There's more, too: consumable gifts (drinkable, shootable or chemical), buying in bulk (don't be a cheap screw), plus parts for guns, cars and houses, as well as books (= timeless technique).

Direct download: HWGH120220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:14pm EST

Don't ruin the giving season with gift cards and missed targets.  You can pimp your geek-power by thinking up ideal presents for all the aspiring gearheads on your list (and elevate your satisfaction in the process).

The Garage Hour goons lay out automotive tools you didn't know about, used tools needing using too, shopping at pawn shops, and tools that fill a need.  There's more, too: consumable gifts (drinkable, shootable or chemical), buying in bulk (don't be a cheap screw), plus parts for guns, cars and houses, as well as books (= timeless technique).

Direct download: HWGH120220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Scratch that itch - what's that line from Dirty Harry?  "I gots to know!" The Gearhead Consultancy is fueled by the geek brain, always connecting the dots, pulling the threads, and more often than not, poking da' bears.  We got a truckload of itches scratched and laid out some questions about why the mask fear-pressure freakout ain't making sense at a nuts-and-bolts level.

Don't box yourself in with conventional logic, because it's usually wrong.  This is an experimental intellegental - spitballing the whosits and debating the whatnots about the Chinese bat plague.

Direct download: HWGH120120mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:28am EST

Scratch that itch - what's that line from Dirty Harry?  "I gots to know!" The Gearhead Consultancy is fueled by the geek brain, always connecting the dots, pulling the threads, and more often than not, poking da' bears.  We got a truckload of itches scratched and laid out some questions about why the mask fear-pressure freakout ain't making sense at a nuts-and-bolts level.

Don't box yourself in with conventional logic, because it's usually wrong.  This is an experimental intellegental - spitballing the whosits and debating the whatnots about the Chinese bat plague.

Direct download: HWGH120120.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:13am EST

If you don't take care of small repairs, they'll rot into big ones - it can be said about a million things, including ex-girlfriends and garbage disposals, but in this case, it's the easy stuff like brake pads, fuel filters, timing belts, tires, batteries and 100 other silly fixes that will bite you in the shiny metal ass if you don't deal with them pronto.  So: don't be THAT guy, because SMBF.

Joined on the episode by Tyrannosaurus Desk and Fancy Pen, Hostus Maximus delves deeply into this used-car spinoff topic, rummaging through the geek-food that comes from connecting the technical dots, one little fix at a time.

Direct download: HWGH112120mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

If you don't take care of small repairs, they'll rot into big ones - it can be said about a million things, including ex-girlfriends and garbage disposals, but in this case, it's the easy stuff like brake pads, fuel filters, timing belts, tires, batteries and 100 other silly fixes that will bite you in the shiny metal ass if you don't deal with them pronto.  So: don't be THAT guy, because SMBF.

Joined on the episode by Tyrannosaurus Desk and Fancy Pen, Hostus Maximus delves deeply into this used-car spinoff topic, rummaging through the geek-food that comes from connecting the technical dots, one little fix at a time.

Direct download: HWGH112120.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:12pm EST

Wow.  This is why we don't drink BEFORE the show - no script, bottle openers and too many secrets.  ...Somehow a fun episode happened - rare form, this one.  On-air sauce includes copious dude food, vintage rock, sunken ships and submarines, Dodge VS Ford, U.P.'s turbine locomotives and towing houses.

It doesn't stop there - introducing Mr. Three-Letter Agency himself, "Regular" Bill, as well as Silent Lauren and Tyrannosaurus Desk, plus standardbearers Wrath of God, DDH45 and 11th-Anniversary nectar from Trinity Brewing.

Direct download: HWGH111220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:41pm EST

Wow.  This is why we don't drink BEFORE the show - no script, bottle openers and too many secrets.  ...Somehow a fun episode happened - rare form, this one.  On-air sauce includes copious dude food, vintage rock, sunken ships and submarines, Dodge VS Ford, U.P.'s turbine locomotives and towing houses.

It doesn't stop there - introducing Mr. Three-Letter Agency himself, "Regular" Bill, as well as Silent Lauren and Tyrannosaurus Desk, plus standardbearers Wrath of God, DDH45 and 11th-Anniversary nectar from Trinity Brewing.

Direct download: HWGH111220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:28pm EST

Why ruin each day with two piece of shed drives from noisy kids to crappy boss and back - enjoy your commute instead.  The Garage Hour goons have been molesting traffic since watching "Bullitt" in high school, and you can too.  This episode has ideas on what to leave behind when you back out of the driveway, how to make every on-ramp an exercise of talent, and how to best time a close-fender fly-by of your boss's new Jag on the 15 South.

While we're at it, this episode's got other goodies to keep you from being traffucked - opportunities to build skillset, tricks for making the multi-lane superslab slice-and-dice a pleasurable endeavor, and how to keep traffic carma in your pocket.

Direct download: HWGH111020mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:39am EST

Why ruin each day with two piece-of-shed drives from noisy kids to crappy boss and back - enjoy your commute instead.  The Garage Hour goons have been molesting traffic since watching "Bullitt" in high school, and you can too.  This episode has ideas on what to leave behind when you back out of the driveway, how to make every on-ramp an exercise of talent, and how to best time a close-fender fly-by of your boss's new Jag on the 15 South.

While we're at it, this episode's got other goodies to keep you from being traffucked - opportunities to build skillset, tricks for making the multi-lane superslab slice-and-dice a pleasurable endeavor, and how to keep traffic carma in your pocket.

Direct download: HWGH111020.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:26am EST

The Gearhead Consultancy would like to assist you in your efforts to find a good used car. More importantly, we're geeks and we're here to help, specifically help you make hay with a $500 pony. This isn't rocket-surgery, kids, it's a few rules like working from the cheapest to most expensive parts, knowing the platform's faults, and knowing when to fix and when to live with it.

We'll walk you through a litany of easy fixes that looked like disasters (electrical gremlins - the dreaded power suck, bad brake lights, stupid switches and vaporized valve-cover gaskets). Things you can do yourself: ask a geek, lurk the forums (full of geeks), learn the "knowns" (become a geek).

Direct download: HWGH110220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:34pm EST

The Gearhead Consultancy would like to assist you in your efforts to find a good used car. More importantly, we're geeks and we're here to help, specifically help you make hay with a $500 pony. This isn't rocket-surgery, kids, it's a few rules like working from the cheapest to most expensive parts, knowing the platform's faults, and knowing when to fix and when to live with it.

We'll walk you through a litany of easy fixes that looked like disasters (electrical gremlins - the dreaded power suck, bad brake lights, stupid switches and vaporized valve-cover gaskets). Things you can do yourself: ask a geek, lurk the forums (full of geeks), learn the "knowns" (become a geek).

Direct download: HWGH110220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

It's here - beer radio with the Garage Hour goons.  What beers?  Hazy Doodle, Hype Forager, Pliny the Elder, TPS Report, Pale Pumpkin & Dark Tourist, and beer for space (cadets).  What breweries?  Pizza Port, Russian River, Metric & Red Leg, and obviously, Trinity.

There's so much more, we're just going to pile it right here: Infinite hops, beers to (plus for and from) India, mystery water, timely harvests, sizely barrels, available bottles, home-brew go-tos, (not very) automated canning lines, receycled brewery parts, San Diego beach communities (tame!) and because #geekshelp.

Direct download: HWGH102820mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:26pm EST

It's here - beer radio with the Garage Hour goons.  What beers?  Hazy Doodle, Hype Forager, Pliny the Elder, TPS Report, Pale Pumpkin & Dark Tourist, and beer for space (cadets).  What breweries?  Pizza Port, Russian River, Metric & Red Leg, and obviously, Trinity.

There's so much more, we're just going to pile it right here: Infinite hops, beers to (plus for and from) India, mystery water, timely harvests, sizely barrels, available bottles, home-brew go-tos, (not very) automated canning lines, receycled brewery parts, San Diego beach communities (tame!) and because #geekshelp.

Direct download: HWGH102820.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:15pm EST

Too much good stuff.  The Garage Hour goons got together for an hour of cars, trucks, beers and guns at F:30 in Colorado, and good talk happened all over the place.  Joined by Distraction Monster, the F.N.B., Mr. Chungus, Butters, Arson, the Russian, with a late appearance by Green Tip and some wild asses, Hostus Maximus tries to get a rope around this episode and almost pulls it off.

Good stuff may include:  silencers, Blackwater shotguns (the AR-style Century 12), Trinity's "Stay Here" stout (three years on-tap), "Typhoon of Steel" (read it), riot balls or pepper balls, and the advent of speciological appropriation!  #becausegearhead

Direct download: HWGH102120mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:54pm EST

Too much good stuff.  The Garage Hour goons got together for an hour of cars, trucks, beers and guns at F:30 in Colorado, and good talk happened all over the place.  Joined by Distraction Monster, the F.N.B., Mr. Chungus, Butters, Arson, the Russian, with a late appearance by Green Tip and some wild asses, Hostus Maximus tries to get a rope around this episode and almost pulls it off.

Good stuff may include:  silencers, Blackwater shotguns (the AR-style Century 12), Trinity's "Stay Here" stout (three years on-tap), "Typhoon of Steel" (read it), riot balls or pepper balls, and the advent of speciological appropriation!  #becausegearhead

Direct download: HWGH102120.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:45pm EST

The much-requested followup to our September used-car what-the-Hell episode - it's Used Cars 101. Sadly, the Gearhead Consultancy needed about eight hours to cover all the bases on what to look for when buying something used for yourself, but there was time to hit the high points. Long story Fort, anchor your eyeballs in common sense and don't be a fool (plus some things like what to care about and questions to ask).

Have no fear - specificity IS here. We run down a checkoff list of areas to eyebang, like body, suspension, state-of-wear, overall condition, starting and running, plus traps and tricks set by flippers. Justin case, bring a geek.

Direct download: HWGH101220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:13pm EST

The much-requested followup to our September used-car what-the-Hell episode - it's Used Cars 101. Sadly, the Gearhead Consultancy needed about eight hours to cover all the bases on what to look for when buying something used for yourself, but there was time to hit the high points. Long story Fort, anchor your eyeballs in common sense and don't be a fool (plus some things like what to care about and questions to ask).

Have no fear - specificity IS here. We run down a checkoff list of areas to eyebang, like body, suspension, state-of-wear, overall condition, starting and running, plus traps and tricks set by flippers. Justin case, bring a geek.

Direct download: HWGH101220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

There is no Zuul, only Dana (50 and 60). The Garage Hour goons dove into a Dana 50 steer-axle on an F-250 and it was easy (never done it before). Career guys might laugh, but there's plenty of geeks with tool-skill who might be skeered to take one apart.  Don't be - and the Gearhead Consultancy is here to help.

From parts sources like West Coast Diffs and AutoZone, Ventures Truck Parts and Denny's, to the comfort you can get by picking up the phone (geeks unite!), the Dana 50 is easy, and any geek will do (it).

Direct download: HWGH101020mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:35pm EST

There is no Zuul, only Dana (50 and 60). The Garage Hour goons dove into a Dana 50 steer-axle on an F-250 and it was easy (never done it before). Career guys might laugh, but there's plenty of geeks with tool-skill who might be skeered to take one apart.  Don't be - and the Gearhead Consultancy is here to help.

From parts sources like West Coast Diffs and AutoZone, Ventures Truck Parts and Denny's, to the comfort you can get by picking up the phone (geeks unite!), the Dana 50 is easy, and any geek will do (it).

Direct download: HWGH101020.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:17pm EST

We're here:  It's Colorado time.  Garage Hour goons finally found a free hour (with all the minutes next to each other) to chat beer at Trinity, and it's siptastic.  Hostus Maximus Justin Fort even pinned down Matt Dettmann, the new captain of this beermaking cornerstone, and then it was trube this and yeast that, with Trinity's XToberfest, Wrath of God, Dark Passenger, and guest appearances by Inda Kunindra (YOU spell it), Quadrangle and The Compressor.

Because the Gearhead Consultancy is always looking out for you (and what you did wrong), there's also getting beer to India (not just for IPAs) and asking pro brewers and other geeks for help. Called it.

Direct download: HWGH100220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:31pm EST

We're here:  It's Colorado time.  Garage Hour goons finally found a free hour (with all the minutes next to each other) to chat beer at Trinity, and it's siptastic.  Hostus Maximus Justin Fort even pinned down Matt Dettmann, the new captain of this beermaking cornerstone, and then it was trube this and yeast that, with Trinity's XToberfest, Wrath of God, Dark Passenger, and guest appearances by Inda Kunindra (YOU spell it), Quadrangle and The Compressor.

Because the Gearhead Consultancy is always looking out for you (and what you did wrong), there's also getting beer to India (not just for IPAs) and asking pro brewers and other geeks for help. Called it.

Direct download: HWGH100220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

2020 hindsight is still coming to get you, but the Garage Hour goons are in the best place to catch it on the back foot - a gun store in Colordo.  The 2A is back and we're here to help, with Green Tip, the Russian, Wolf, and special guest The Compressor. When the die-down won't lie down and die - it's a more legitimate second wave than the Chinese bat plague ever managed...

There's also the usual awesomeness: mixing concrete (not with your hands, Marc), recalling Gov. Know-It-All, the Mask-Fart rule, putting your debris in the dumpster, and why it's stupid to shoot your TV unless you're watching at home.

Direct download: HWGH092920mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:50pm EST

2020 hindsight is still coming to get you, but the Garage Hour goons are in the best place to catch it on the back foot - a gun store in Colordo.  The 2A is back and we're here to help, with Green Tip, the Russian, Wolf, and special guest The Compressor. When the die-down won't lie down and die - it's a more legitimate second wave than the Chinese bat plague ever managed...

There's also the usual awesomeness: mixing concrete (not with your hands, Marc), recalling Gov. Know-It-All, the Mask-Fart rule, putting your debris in the dumpster, and why it's stupid to shoot your TV unless you're watching at home.

Direct download: HWGH092920.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:41pm EST

Put professional gearheads together and good tales from the crazy old days (back when SEMA was still business and not a car party) flow, with the Gravedigger, OE rules for dollar trucks, and all the plans Matt has up his sleeve to rescue 2020 from itself.  Find this guy if you're in the Chicago area - he's one of the best.

Matt Dinelli of Attitude Performance (with Mini Matt on-air too, whether he likes it or not), the Garage Hour talks about the new shop, attack racoons and trash pandas, lizards in the walls, musical cars, boating accidents, and why the Chicagoland metroclot is a suburb in search of a better city.

Direct download: HWGH092120mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:41pm EST

Put professional gearheads together and good tales from the crazy old days (back when SEMA was still business and not a car party) flow, with the Gravedigger, OE rules for dollar trucks, and all the plans Matt has up his sleeve to rescue 2020 from itself.  Find this guy if you're in the Chicago area - he's one of the best.

Matt Dinelli of Attitude Performance (with Mini Matt on-air too, whether he likes it or not), the Garage Hour talks about the new shop, attack racoons and trash pandas, lizards in the walls, musical cars, boating accidents, and why the Chicagoland metroclot is a suburb in search of a better city.

Direct download: HWGH092120.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

Used cars and trucks - tons of fun get-theres and gearhead entertainment from the candy stores at Craig's List, Bring A Trailer and 100 other used-retail platforms... Americans and geeks of all stripes (Garage Hour listeners, the lot) want to get out and do stuff because they're done with their useless governors' useless masks.  We have a good idea why - let's skillset this thing together.

There's a lot of good buys out there, from indestructible luxobarges to undefeated SUVs, handy econoboxes and heavy-duty trucks - and NONE of them are a hybrid.  Let's go drive stuff.

Direct download: HWGH091220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:34pm EST

Used cars and trucks - tons of fun get-theres and gearhead entertainment from the candy stores at Craig's List, Bring A Trailer and 100 other used-retail platforms... Americans and geeks of all stripes (Garage Hour listeners, the lot) want to get out and do stuff because they're done with their useless governors' useless masks.  We have a good idea why - let's skillset this thing together.

There's a lot of good buys out there, from indestructible luxobarges to undefeated SUVs, handy econoboxes and heavy-duty trucks - and NONE of them are a hybrid.  Let's go drive stuff.

Direct download: HWGH091220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:25pm EST

The Garage Hour goons know where to go when your favorite gun store tells you that nice new Glock you ordered will arrive some time in 2021. It's all about the private sale - which forums and web platforms can help, how to use an FFL to make sure it's a good deal, when you can take a risk, and how to cultivate a good relationship with your local firearm dealer.

From GunBroker to GunsAmerica, ArmsList to TacSwap, OpticsPlanet and MidwayUSA, Brownells and Palmetto State, we've been there and bought that (then shot that) - let our experience get you to the pew pew you need (or just want, but pretend you need).

Direct download: HWGH090920mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:24pm EST

The Garage Hour goons know where to go when your favorite gun store tells you that nice new Glock you ordered will arrive some time in 2021. It's all about the private sale - which forums and web platforms can help, how to use an FFL to make sure it's a good deal, when you can take a risk, and how to cultivate a good relationship with your local firearm dealer.

From GunBroker to GunsAmerica, ArmsList to TacSwap, OpticsPlanet and MidwayUSA, Brownells and Palmetto State, we've been there and bought that (then shot that) - let our experience get you to the pew-pew you need (or just want, but pretend you need).

Direct download: HWGH090920.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:15pm EST

So much good (hillclimb) stuff!  The Garage Hour supported this year's PPIHC as a race official and, like usual, lending a helping hand also provided one of the best seats in the house for this iconic American race.  Drivers, racecars, crashes, a lot of stunningly powerful hillclimb cars (OE-based and homebrew specials) and a little bit of weather, everything from ethanol to diesel and race-gas by the gallon - so much good race.

This might be one of the cleanest PPIHCs in decades - few crashes, with legit winners and mind-blowing car-control, and the Garage Hour goons were there.

Direct download: HWGH090120mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

So much good (hillclimb) stuff!  The Garage Hour supported this year's PPIHC as a race official and, like usual, lending a helping hand also provided one of the best seats in the house for this iconic American race.  Drivers, racecars, crashes, a lot of stunningly powerful hillclimb cars (OE-based and homebrew specials) and a little bit of weather, everything from ethanol to diesel and race-gas by the gallon - so much good race.

This might be one of the cleanest PPIHCs in decades - few crashes, with legit winners and mind-blowing car-control, and the Garage Hour goons were there.

Direct download: HWGH090120.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:15pm EST

#Becauseracecar!  It's hillclimbing season (when isn't it?) and the PPIHC is running its chop fluey-addled rescheduled race.  It's a little weird being fan-free ('cause kung flu), but the racers are here to race - folks like Dallenbach, Vahsholtz, Zwart, Yoshihara, Donahue, Schranz and more are running everything like a carbon-fiber Z, JZ'd BR-Z, open-wheel this and 50-year old that, Camaros and Mustangs, factory Acuras, and Porsches by the pound.  Power is thick: V8s from the junkyard, blown everything, twin-turbo'd straight-six Buicks and VQs, with diesel power, ethanol power and even - heh - nine-volt power.

Jump on board - Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is trackside and grabs as much as iPhonely possible, which turns out to be tons of surprsingly good audio.  Now you go do something fast and awesome.

Direct download: HWGH082820mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:20pm EST

#Becauseracecar!  It's hillclimbing season (when isn't it?) and the PPIHC is running its chop fluey-addled rescheduled race.  It's a little weird being fan-free ('cause kung flu), but the racers are here to race - folks like Dallenbach, Vahsholtz, Zwart, Yoshihara, Donahue, Schranz and more are running everything like a carbon-fiber Z, JZ'd BR-Z, open-wheel this and 50-year old that, Camaros and Mustangs, factory Acuras, and Porsches by the pound.  Power is thick: V8s from the junkyard, blown everything, twin-turbo'd straight-six Buicks and VQs, with diesel power, ethanol power and even - heh - nine-volt power.

Jump on board - Hostus Maximus Justin Fort is trackside and grabs as much as iPhonely possible, which turns out to be tons of surprsingly good audio.  Now you go do something fast and awesome.

Direct download: HWGH082820.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:13pm EST

Don't be a Carl - or any other guy (or gal) like the ones we've all run across.  You know the type - paying more attention to the phone than the road, devicing all over the place, less there than Joe Biden, and making themselves a hazard to everyone they're in traffic with...  Distracted driving kills, and we're here to yell at you about it.  Well, we'll yell at the Carls.

There's a lot of basic math going on here - distractions cost lives, whether they're installed at the factory (then hack the crap out of your phone) or put there by ignorant drivers who'd rather pay attention to their ex-girlfriend's twits than the cars in traffic around them.  Oh, and there's also barbecue sauce.

Direct download: HWGH081620mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:32pm EST

Don't be a Carl - or any other guy (or gal) like the ones we've all run across.  You know the type - paying more attention to the phone than the road, devicing all over the place, less there than Joe Biden, and making themselves a hazard to everyone they're in traffic with...  Distracted driving kills, and we're here to yell at you about it.  Well, we'll yell at the Carls.

There's a lot of basic math going on here - distractions cost lives, whether they're installed at the factory (then hack the crap out of your phone) or put there by ignorant drivers who'd rather pay attention to their ex-girlfriend's twits than the cars in traffic around them.  Oh, and there's also barbecue sauce.

Direct download: HWGH081620.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 5:17pm EST

The Gearhead Consultancy has determined that 2020-hindsight is coming to get you, too, so you may as well stock up (you prepper you). More pistols, more gun food, more practice, more burying (nothing) in the backyard, and more safety-blanket buying because it makes (panicked neophytes) feel better.  What could possibly go wrong?

At Freedom:30 for another day of gunly goodness, the Garage Hour goons were joined by Green Tip, the Derailment Monster and Thom Billpson (because Vietnam vets can kill you with their cane).

Direct download: HWGH080420mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:33pm EST

The Gearhead Consultancy has determined that 2020-hindsight is coming to get you, too, so you may as well stock up (you prepper you). More pistols, more gun food, more practice, more burying (nothing) in the backyard, and more safety-blanket buying because it makes (panicked neophytes) feel better.  What could possibly go wrong?

At Freedom:30 for another day of gunly goodness, the Garage Hour goons were joined by Green Tip, the Derailment Monster and Thom Billpson (because Vietnam vets can kill you with their cane).

Direct download: HWGH080420.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:17pm EST

You don't crawl, carve, peel or plink your way into the dog days of summer without a little preventative maintenance (and some expensive new parts).  The Gearhead Consultancy took a few minutes to break down the cleanup of K&N (and K&N-style) gauze-based filters, including a few tricks from the diesel universe about getting your cotton (elements) their whitest.

There's more than filters in this one: tales of exploded radiators and exploding neighborhoods (stop trying to blow up your neighbors and just give the fertilizer to the plants next time), primers of upcoming episodes (shopping for gun parts in a seller's market), and other assorted Garage Hour goodness.  #Becausegearhead!

Direct download: HWGH081020mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

You don't crawl, carve, peel or plink your way into the dog days of summer without a little preventative maintenance (and some expensive new parts).  The Gearhead Consultancy took a few minutes to break down the cleanup of K&N (and K&N-style) gauze-based filters, including a few tricks from the diesel universe about getting your cotton (elements) their whitest.

There's more than filters in this one: tales of exploded radiators and exploding neighborhoods (stop trying to blow up your neighbors and just give the fertilizer to the plants next time), primers of upcoming episodes (shopping for gun parts in a seller's market), and other assorted Garage Hour goodness.  #Becausegearhead!

Direct download: HWGH081020.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

There's plenty of theory and reason supporting the hypothesis that how you drive is a good look into the issues that you haul around with you (or don't).  When you descend into a trancelike state-of-traffic that isolates you from the road and removes you from your mortal presence, all kinds of creepy stuff comes out!

The Gearhead consultancy takes this episode to peel a few layers back from your Fruedian freeway behavior, but it's only a start - your problems run pretty deep.  Let's hope this episode gives you and your enablers pause, and possibly the motivation necessary to revisit what you call driving but those in the next lane view with horror.

Direct download: HWGH073020mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:35pm EST

There's plenty of theory and reason supporting the hypothesis that how you drive is a good look into the issues that you haul around with you (or don't).  When you descend into a trancelike state-of-traffic that isolates you from the road and removes you from your mortal presence, all kinds of creepy stuff comes out!

The Gearhead consultancy takes this episode to peel a few layers back from your Fruedian freeway behavior, but it's only a start - your problems run pretty deep.  Let's hope this episode gives you and your enablers pause, and possibly the motivation necessary to revisit what you call driving but those in the next lane view with horror.

Direct download: HWGH073020.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:24pm EST

The firearm retailin' folks from Freedom:30 joined the gearhead consultancy for a chat about what to shoot at when you're shooting, including pieces of AR500, hanging targets (like Freedom:30's new mining-bit targets - only in Colorado), and nice junkyard freebies like brake rotors.  There's also yelling about cleaning up once you're done.

Because there's more to life than guns (hopefully), this episode's got more: oil leakage, Japanese engines, bench-pressing transmissions, and Yes, we catalog a few more reasons not to buy sh!t made in China.  Then Hostus Maximus Justin Fort bleeps himself.

Direct download: HWGH072120mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:27am EST

The firearm retailin' folks from Freedom:30 joined the gearhead consultancy for a chat about what to shoot at when you're shooting, including pieces of AR500, hanging targets (like Freedom:30's new mining-bit targets - only in Colorado), and nice junkyard freebies like brake rotors.  There's also yelling about cleaning up once you're done.

Because there's more to life than guns (hopefully), this episode's got more: oil leakage, Japanese engines, bench-pressing transmissions, and Yes, we catalog a few more reasons not to buy sh!t made in China.  Then Hostus Maximus Justin Fort bleeps himself.

Direct download: HWGH072120.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:15am EST

Sure, sometimes your kids don't fit, but a good day off-road just screams for accessories. Why not bring the child-units along and teach 'em what matters? The history, the technique, the parts and the how-tos - all of it makes smart boys and sharp girls. Better yet, they can't escape.

It's in there - basics like what truck and what tires, maintenance guidance, standards and rules to make a weekend with the wife and kidlike objects go right. ...And the Garage Hour is happy to welcome F:30 - that's Freedom:30 Arms of Woodland Park - to the party (pal). Because guns matter.

Direct download: HWGH071320mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:36am EST

Sure, sometimes your kids don't fit, but a good day off-road just screams for accessories. Why not bring the child-units along and teach 'em what matters? The history, the technique, the parts and the how-tos - all of it makes smart boys and sharp girls. Better yet, they can't escape.

It's in there - basics like what truck and what tires, maintenance guidance, standards and rules to make a weekend with the wife and kidlike objects go right. ...And the Garage Hour is happy to welcome F:30 - that's Freedom:30 Arms of Woodland Park - to the party (pal). Because guns matter.

Direct download: HWGH071320.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:28am EST

Gearheads love freedom - freedom to roam, freedom to experiment, freedom to build a Porsche or Chevy or Toyota or Yugo, freedom to blow up pricey parts and then buy more and blow them up too.  The Gearhead Consultancy got together at Freedom:30 Arms to figure out what to set loose - explosively or otherwise - on THIS Fourth of July.

How about some recreational shooting?  Family guns?  Camping in the woods (versus glamping and tramping)?  American flags (and where to put 'em)?  What about your freedom to vacation somewhere and stay there?  ...And introducing Silent Sean.

Episode pic courtesy of Warren Brown.

Direct download: HWGH070420.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Gearheads love freedom - freedom to roam, freedom to experiment, freedom to build a Porsche or Chevy or Toyota or Yugo, freedom to blow up pricey parts and then buy more and blow them up too.  The Gearhead Consultancy got together at Freedom:30 Arms to figure out what to set loose - explosively or otherwise - on THIS Fourth of July.

How about some recreational shooting?  Family guns?  Camping in the woods (versus glamping and tramping)?  American flags (and where to put 'em)?  What about your freedom to vacation somewhere and stay there?  ...And introducing Silent Sean.

Episode pic courtesy of Warren Brown.

Direct download: HWGH070420mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:00am EST

'Tis the season for more 'froading, but too many rock and bonkers tend to ignore a key bit of maintenance: cleaning.  It's not just ball bearings anymore, and the dirt you don't deal with can destroy your truck as much as you will.  Fortunately, the Garage Hour can help you get over the hump on "why" truck detailing matters.

From the experts, we've got answers on the important elements:  What soap?  Which water?  Two buckets?  Yellowed headlights?  How to wax?  Polish for powdercoating?  Tire juice but not snot?  What's a dirt sponge?  Can you protect grease?  What about the rubber?

Direct download: HWGH062220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:08pm EST

'Tis the season for more 'froading, but too many rock and bonkers tend to ignore a key bit of maintenance: cleaning.  It's not just ball bearings anymore, and the dirt you don't deal with can destroy your truck as much as you will.  Fortunately, the Garage Hour can help you get over the hump on "why" truck detailing matters.

From the experts, we've got answers on the important elements:  What soap?  Which water?  Two buckets?  Yellowed headlights?  How to wax?  Polish for powdercoating?  Tire juice but not snot?  What's a dirt sponge?  Can you protect grease?  What about the rubber?

Direct download: HWGH062220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

"Like a good neighbor, stay over there!"

The Garage Hour goons have been helping friends and neighborlings make their home more secure (#becausegearhead!), and for many (really many) neighborites, that means finally figuring how to turn all those AR parts they bought into a happy, healthy bouncing baby rifle.

We'll get you set up with some good ideas on tools you'll need and tools you'll have, greases and oils, benches and devices, plus the need for a knowledgeable friend (geek!) and a good book for all the steps and some of the tricks. The Garage Hour's got you covered.

 

Direct download: HWGH061420mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:05pm EST

"Like a good neighbor, stay over there!"

The Garage Hour goons have been helping friends and neighborlings make their home more secure (#becausegearhead!), and for many (really many) neighborites, that means finally figuring how to turn all those AR parts they bought into a happy, healthy bouncing baby rifle.

We'll get you set up with some good ideas on tools you'll need and tools you'll have, greases and oils, benches and devices, plus the need for a knowledgeable friend (geek!) and a good book for all the steps and some of the tricks. The Garage Hour's got you covered.

Direct download: HWGH061420.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:57pm EST

This is the only time the Garage Hour will tell you to think defensively - eat it up. Whether you're a 2A guy (or gal!) - or the merits of the Second Amendment are just now making sense to you - preparing to defend your family, your freedoms and your property with deadly force is a little more complicated than buying a gun. The Gearhead Consultancy knows how.What's in there? Capability VS Capacity VS Manageability. Is your home secure? Are you willing to practice and train? Are your family members ready? Are you able to be honest with yourself about risks, threats, consequences and what lines you're ready to cross?

Direct download: HWGH060220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:23pm EST

This is the only time the Garage Hour will tell you to think defensively - eat it up. Whether you're a 2A guy (or gal!) - or the merits of the Second Amendment are just now making sense to you - preparing to defend your family, your freedoms and your property with deadly force is a little more complicated than buying a gun. The Gearhead Consultancy knows how.What's in there? Capability VS Capacity VS Manageability. Is your home secure? Are you willing to practice and train? Are your family members ready? Are you able to be honest with yourself about risks, threats, consequences and what lines you're ready to cross?

Direct download: HWGH060220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:09pm EST

You don't hit the junkyard to look at stuff, it's about parts. Oh, wait, you totally go to geek out on cool bits you don't need, then rush to get everything you came for after wasting an hour fiddling with a set of pulleys that don't fit anything you own. The Garage Hour goons are here to help: a list of tools you need to succeed at the bone yard.

Don't worry, it's easy - not what you should get, but what you should bring. There's also a great layer of rock and/or roll, with Primus (Lee Van Cleef!), Dire Straits, Tom Waits, Living Colour, Snail, Sword, Faith No More, Piece Machine, Megadeth, Volbeat, 16-Volt, Perfect Circle and Man Or Astro-man.

Direct download: HWGH053020mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:12pm EST

You don't hit the junkyard to look at stuff, it's about parts. Oh, wait, you totally go to geek out on cool bits you don't need, then rush to get everything you came for after wasting an hour fiddling with a set of pulleys that don't fit anything you own. The Garage Hour goons are here to help: a list of tools you need to succeed at the bone yard.

Don't worry, it's easy - not what you should get, but what you should bring. There's also a great layer of rock and/or roll, with Primus (Lee Van Cleef!), Dire Straits, Tom Waits, Living Colour, Snail, Sword, Faith No More, Piece Machine, Megadeth, Volbeat, 16-Volt, Perfect Circle and Man Or Astro-man.

Direct download: HWGH053020.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:00pm EST

Make Sunday funday a run to remember, or country road playtime will wind up being something to regret. The Garage Hour goons are pros at a few things, and a little gearhead gusto on the two-lane blacktop is one of them - the curvier the better. We'll get you a few of the basics in this episode, including obvious stuff like knowing your tires, and weird bits you might've missed (straightening the curve and looking past traffic included).

When you're done eyeballing the brake juice and kvetching about the cost of another set of stickies, let's think a few other thoughts about going fast for fun: Who's giving you advice? Who are you running with? Can you ensure your car can take a beating and are you prepared to give it?

Direct download: HWGH051520mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:47am EST

Make Sunday funday a run to remember, or country road playtime will wind up being something to regret. The Garage Hour goons are pros at a few things, and a little gearhead gusto on the two-lane blacktop is one of them - the curvier the better. We'll get you a few of the basics in this episode, including obvious stuff like knowing your tires, and weird bits you might've missed (straightening the curve and looking past traffic included).

When you're done eyeballing the brake juice and kvetching about the cost of another set of stickies, let's think a few other thoughts about going fast for fun: Who's giving you advice? Who are you running with? Can you ensure your car can take a beating and are you prepared to give it?

Direct download: HWGH051520.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:34am EST

Arm yourself with some facts for the next time you walk into a word-fight about AR-platform rifles. The Gearhead Consultancy got together with shooters and military men at Freedom:30 Arms for a walk-through of the basic bits of knowledge necessary for knowin' the AR-15 a little bit better.

Where to start? What kind of twist is right for you? How about barrel length? How about shined up GI triggers compared with fancy Geissele single-stagers? What kind of hand-guard do you like (and why?) ... And the best side topic ever: did you know LEGO Man's head is a .40 bullet?

Direct download: HWGH050320mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

Arm yourself with some facts for the next time you walk into a word-fight about AR-platform rifles. The Gearhead Consultancy got together with shooters and military men at Freedom:30 Arms for a walk-through of the basic bits of knowledge necessary for knowin' the AR-15 a little bit better.

Where to start? What kind of twist is right for you? How about barrel length? How about shined up GI triggers compared with fancy Geissele single-stagers? What kind of hand-guard do you like (and why?) ... And the best side topic ever: did you know LEGO Man's head is a .40 bullet?

Direct download: HWGH050320.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 1:54pm EST

Don't let the Chinese bat plague get you down - with all this spare time to watch crap governors hold your paycheck ransom, there's time to finish what you started. Whether it's yours, your kids', in the kitchen, out in the garadtch, built from scratch or just because, the Garage Hour goons demand you proceed.

If not now, when?  We're building rifles, polishing combat boots, nailing bird feeders, disassembling suspension assemblies, taking apart phones and putting meals together.  Nike can shove it - it's time YOU just do it.

Direct download: HWGH042420mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:43pm EST

Don't let the Chinese bat plague get you down - with all this spare time to watch crap governors hold your paycheck ransom, there's time to finish what you started. Whether it's yours, your kids', in the kitchen, out in the garadtch, built from scratch or just because, the Garage Hour goons demand you proceed.

If not now, when?  We're building rifles, polishing combat boots, nailing bird feeders, disassembling suspension assemblies, taking apart phones and putting meals together.  Nike can shove it - it's time YOU just do it.

Direct download: HWGH042420.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:34pm EST

All the cool stuff that's sitting right there that fell off somebody's truck that they'd really like back but they forgot it fell off so now it's yours!  The Garage Hour goons gather up for another #FoundOnRoadAwesome compendium in the 2A-Sanctuary city of Woodland Park with the Top Men at Freedom:30 Arms.

This drive-by episode with the super-shooters at Freedom:30 isn't just tools and barbecues, however - we've got a look at "Road Warrior", more movie rules, .300 Blackout VS .300 Win-Mag VS 7.62x.39 VS .308 VS green tips (just the tip), and jerkbot tourist elk poachers too.

Direct download: HWGH041620mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:25pm EST

All the cool stuff that's sitting right there that fell off somebody's truck that they'd really like back but they forgot it fell off so now it's yours!  The Garage Hour goons gather up for another #FoundOnRoadAwesome compendium in the 2A-Sanctuary city of Woodland Park with the Top Men at Freedom:30 Arms.

This drive-by episode with the super-shooters at Freedom:30 isn't just tools and barbecues, however - we've got a look at "Road Warrior", more movie rules, .300 Blackout VS .300 Win-Mag VS 7.62x.39 VS .308 VS green tips (just the tip), and jerkbot tourist elk poachers too.

Direct download: HWGH041620.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 6:19pm EST

Dynamite gearhead randomsauce right here: you can't get this kind of military-grade digression without a warrant (or a prescription). The gearhead goons cornered the guys from Freedom:30 Arms for another Colorado special, with everything from oil-drunk Subarus (and their supplement-stoned owners) to why home break-ins are so rare in Teller County.

When the smoke clears, there's even more: tourniquets, beer, the theory of "firearms-appreciation distributionism", crawling the Collegiates and sticking up Taco Bells. #becausegearhead!

Direct download: HWGH032020mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:28pm EST

Dynamite gearhead randomsauce right here: you can't get this kind of military-grade digression without a warrant (or a prescription). The gearhead goons cornered the guys from Freedom:30 Arms for another Colorado special, with everything from oil-drunk Subarus (and their supplement-stoned owners) to why home break-ins are so rare in Teller County.

When the smoke clears, there's even more: tourniquets, beer, the theory of "firearms-appreciation distributionism", crawling the Collegiates and sticking up Taco Bells. #becausegearhead!

Direct download: HWGH032020.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:15pm EST

Reach into the Wayback Machine for a Garage Hour Reload - this is the big-AM gearhead randomsauce we're known for.  From ten years ago, the Gearhead Consultancy crammed the studio with dogs, doctors, drivers and Dirty Dave for F1, bad behavior on YouBoob, burning rivers in Ohio and everything between.

It wouldn't be gearhead radio without beating up on Priuses and the Pridiots who still think they're the solution to all of life's problems - they're just an answer to why you hate your commute.  Also, they're a rolling Superfund site, and we know why.

Direct download: HWGH031310mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:16am EST

Reach into the Wayback Machine for a Garage Hour Reload - this is the big-AM gearhead randomsauce we're known for.  From ten years ago, the Gearhead Consultancy crammed the studio with dogs, doctors, drivers and Dirty Dave for F1, bad behavior on YouBoob, burning rivers in Ohio and everything between.

It wouldn't be gearhead radio without beating up on Priuses and the Pridiots who still think they're the solution to all of life's problems - they're just an answer to why you hate your commute.  Also, they're a rolling Superfund site, and we know why.

Direct download: HWGH031310.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:09am EST

Once again, life proves that a little preparation goes a long way (to making prepping look like a good idea). The Garage Hour did a recon of why you're already in good shape because you're a gearhead, and you're ready (four out of five geeks agree).

So kick back, stretch your sack, and join us in a little bit of good-natured back-patting - you're already on it. Double-check your stock, ignore panicky media reports (and do your own math), clean a few guns, finish a few projects, pet your kids, gargle some vodka, and look out for idiots.

 

Direct download: HWGH031020mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:43pm EST

Once again, life proves that a little preparation goes a long way (to making prepping look like a good idea). The Garage Hour did a recon of why you're already in good shape because you're a gearhead, and you're ready (four out of five geeks agree).

So kick back, stretch your sack, and join us in a little bit of good-natured back-patting - you're already on it. Double-check your stock, ignore panicky media reports (and do your own math), clean a few guns, finish a few projects, pet your kids, gargle some vodka, and look out for idiots.

Direct download: HWGH031020.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 4:28pm EST

#Becauseworkbench: you know you need it, and preferably with all the function necessary for your gearhead existence, whether that means building engines, guns or laptops.  The Gearhead Consultancy does a teardown on the breakdown of the working surface you need to turn your projects into your successes.

There's also the standard gearhead excellence - beer tasting from Oskar Blues (G'Knight Imperial Red IPA), reasons not to open a used fuel filter in a closed office, and dinner with "the Keith Richards of the Tire Industry".

Direct download: HWGH030120mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

#Becauseworkbench: you know you need it, and preferably with all the function necessary for your gearhead existence, whether that means building engines, guns or laptops.  The Gearhead Consultancy does a teardown on the breakdown of the working surface you need to turn your projects into your successes.

There's also the standard gearhead excellence - beer tasting from Oskar Blues (G'Knight Imperial Red IPA), reasons not to open a used fuel filter in a closed office, and dinner with "the Keith Richards of the Tire Industry".

Direct download: HWGH030120.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 10:05pm EST

It's good to get lost in nice places. The Garage Hour made new friends at Freedom Arms in Woodland Park, CO on our most recent breakfast run (this truck ain't going to wheel itself), and gearhead talk radio happened. Whatever would we talk about when we're in a Second Amendment Sanctuary city in a Second Amendment Sanctuary county?

Between due process and the statist witch trials that misguided officials in Denver would push on lawful citizens, plus the negative impact of unconstitutional gun bans and the red-flag laws that represent them, we take it all apart.

Direct download: HWGH021520mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:44am EST

It's good to get lost in nice places. The Garage Hour made new friends at Freedom Arms in Woodland Park, CO on our most recent breakfast run (this truck ain't going to wheel itself), and gearhead talk radio happened.  Whatever would we talk about when we're in a Second Amendment Sanctuary city in a Second Amendment Sanctuary county?

Between due process and the statist witch trials that misguided officials in Denver would push on lawful citizens, plus the negative impact of unconstitutional gun bans and the red-flag laws that represent them, we take it all apart.

Direct download: HWGH021520.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:32am EST

Garage Hour Reload: the gang's all here, pillaging your village with everything from feedback dynos, DSM and EVO-guy fails, how to explode your whale, the Japanese Overgrowth Syndrome, and every sad failing of Priuses and Children of the Prius we can dig up.

Additional goodness from the Garage Hour goons includes bands like Contagion, traffic like New York City, disdain like Porsche owners, barfing on Black Mountain, why driving skill helps mileage, and what the Hell a haversack is. Why not? It's the Garage Hour.

Direct download: HWGH032010mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:34pm EST

Garage Hour Reload: the gang's all here, pillaging your village with everything from feedback dynos, DSM and EVO-guy fails, how to explode your whale, the Japanese Overgrowth Syndrome, and every sad failing of Priuses and Children of the Prius we can dig up.

Additional goodness from the Garage Hour goons includes bands like Contagion, traffic like New York City, disdain like Porsche owners, barfing on Black Mountain, why driving skill helps mileage, and what the Hell a haversack is. Why not?  It's the Garage Hour.

Direct download: HWGH032010.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 8:24pm EST

Geeks like to share - well, it's time to share the regard for the Second Amendment felt by our fellow geeks - builders, shooters, trap and skeet folks, hunters, gunsmiths, home-defenders, law and orderers, and the men and women in America's military.  Because of the attacks on our god-given freedoms (as enshrined in the constitution) by the bureaucrats and statists temporarily in office, we all need to stand up for our freedoms, and learning where things stand is a good place to start.

The Garage Hour is here to help: we've got updates on the weird state of VA, how West Virginia is ready to save Virginians, the failures of Gov. "Blackface" Northam and his ilk, other states' examples of where this is going, and how to save your state from this state.

Direct download: HWGH012120mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:58pm EST

Geeks like to share - well, it's time to share the regard for the Second Amendment felt by our fellow geeks - builders, shooters, trap and skeet folks, hunters, gunsmiths, home-defenders, law and orderers, and the men and women in America's military.  Because of the attacks on our god-given freedoms (as enshrined in the constitution) by the bureaucrats and statists temporarily in office, we all need to stand up for our freedoms, and learning where things stand is a good place to start.

The Garage Hour is here to help: we've got updates on the weird state of VA, how West Virginia is ready to save Virginians, the failures of Gov. "Blackface" Northam and his ilk, other states' examples of where this is going, and how to save your state from this state.

Direct download: HWGH012120.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:48pm EST

The Diesel Ayatollah & Dustin v2 went to town with an engine swap for the trail-happy 4Runner, so we put together an episode all about engine swaps. It's got everything from factory-built specials and tales from the Death Star, to the weird sh!t that is birthed in every gearhead's brain - we hit it all. Well, not even close, but we wanted to.

There's also blown Super Duty bolts, lots of rock, grunge, industrial and electronica, tales from Ministry shows with Chef Jeff, and the broken icon that was Hunter S. Thompson. #Becausegearhead.

Direct download: HWGH011220mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:08am EST

The Diesel Ayatollah & Dustin v2 went to town with an engine swap for the trail-happy 4Runner, so we put together an episode all about engine swaps. It's got everything from factory-built specials and tales from the Death Star, to the weird sh!t that is birthed in every gearhead's brain - we hit it all. Well, not even close, but we wanted to.

There's also blown Super Duty bolts, lots of rock, grunge, industrial and electronica, tales from Ministry shows with Chef Jeff, and the broken icon that was Hunter S. Thompson. #Becausegearhead.

Direct download: HWGH011220.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 12:02am EST

Don't fool yourself: "new" frequently means "worse", and in few places does this show itself better than the automotive industry.  Real gems must be found, and bad ideas must be tied to the mast and whipped.  Huge in-car touch-screens?  Horrible.  High-end exotic SUVs?  A joke on humanity.  Electric-car viability as a replacement for internat combustion?  Getting to the moon for vacation is more likely.  The Garage Hour can tell you why.

More depth: electric cars and why they're less safe, less clean, less functional, get crappy mileage, are more expensive, more egocentric, and more likely to fail you.  Big screens in cars and trucks?  How isn't that encouraging distracted driving?  How are more faceless features making you a better driver?  Duhh.

Direct download: HWGH122919mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

Don't fool yourself: "new" frequently means "worse", and in few places does this show itself better than the automotive industry.  Real gems must be found, and bad ideas must be tied to the mast and whipped.  Huge in-car touch-screens?  Horrible.  High-end exotic SUVs?  A joke on humanity.  Electric-car viability as a replacement for internat combustion?  Getting to the moon for vacation is more likely.  The Garage Hour can tell you why.

More depth: electric cars and why they're less safe, less clean, less functional, get crappy mileage, are more expensive, more egocentric, and more likely to fail you.  Big screens in cars and trucks?  How isn't that encouraging distracted driving?  How are more faceless features making you a better driver?  Duhh.

Direct download: HWGH122919.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:42pm EST

It's simple: you hate your tires. At least, you're acting like you hate your tires. Nails and bolts, curbs and rocks, dub-physics and China-quality, it all screams that a lot of people are missing the point: black tires matter.

We're here to help. Everything from air-pressure to maintenance ideas, some of the arguments against cool-guy skinny sidewalls, and how you're going to learn to love your contact patch. It's a Garage Hour, though, so there's also new parts, new workbenches, new beers, new cohosts and Pizza Port's Shark Attack double-red ale.

Direct download: HWGH120919mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:28pm EST

It's simple: you hate your tires. At least, you're acting like you hate your tires. Nails and bolts, curbs and rocks, dub-physics and China-quality, it all screams that a lot of people are missing the point: black tires matter.

We're here to help. Everything from air-pressure to maintenance ideas, some of the arguments against cool-guy skinny sidewalls, and how you're going to learn to love your contact patch. It's a Garage Hour, though, so there's also new parts, new workbenches, new beers, new cohosts and Pizza Port's Shark Attack double-red ale.

Direct download: HWGH120919.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 11:21pm EST

Cold weather got your power down? Does your starter crank like an anemic 16-year old anti-First Amendment weenie? Worried the next icy night will put your battery to bed? The Garage Hour charges to the rescue with a totally sensible gearhead episode about how to understand, manage and maintain the power well you depend upon when the high temperature is lower than a hipster's pull ups.

With a horde of Electric Wizard tracks to keep you wired, the Garage Hour goons talk what kills batteries, how to notice a dying battery before it's too late, tricks for keep them healthy like float charging and block heating, and what to do when it's too late (incluing calling your gearhead brother, who was smart enough to listen to this episode beforehand...).  Snow and ice should be an excuse for donuts and drifting, not dead car batteries and freezing to death.

Direct download: HWGH110919mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:05pm EST

Cold weather got your power down? Does your starter crank like an anemic 16-year old anti-First Amendment weenie? Worried the next icy night will put your battery to bed? The Garage Hour charges to the rescue with a totally sensible gearhead episode about how to understand, manage and maintain the power well you depend upon when the high temperature is lower than a hipster's pull ups.

With a horde of Electric Wizard tracks to keep you wired, the Garage Hour goons talk what kills batteries, how to notice a dying battery before it's too late, tricks for keep them healthy like float charging and block heating, and what to do when it's too late (incluing calling your gearhead brother, who was smart enough to listen to this episode beforehand...).  Snow and ice should be an excuse for donuts and drifting, not dead car batteries and freezing to death.

Direct download: HWGH110919.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

Remember when prepping was a bad thing?  Gearheads and geeks call it #because, and Kalifornistan is proving the point.  Join us for the sort'a annual Bagels, Batteries and Bullets show as the Gearhead Consultancy discusses some of the basics of being ready when the bureaucracy hits the fan.

Let's keep it simple (stupid): bagels, batteries and bullets mean being prepared to cope with the needs presented by food, supplies and society.  You need to be able to last three days on your own, and experts warn society is only four meals from a riot.  Don't be one of them.

Direct download: HWGH103119mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:46pm EST

Remember when prepping was a bad thing?  Gearheads and geeks call it #because, and Kalifornistan is proving the point.  Join us for the sort'a annual Bagels, Batteries and Bullets show as the Gearhead Consultancy discusses some of the basics of being ready when the bureaucracy hits the fan.

Let's keep it simple (stupid): bagels, batteries and bullets mean being prepared to cope with the needs presented by food, supplies and society.  You need to be able to last three days on your own, and experts warn society is only four meals from a riot.  Don't be one of them.

Direct download: HWGH103119.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 7:41pm EST

From the garage - the Garage Hour is all gearhead, all the time.  This one-man episode (we'll summon the cohosts shortly - too many are still overseas staring down Putin) visits with a little auto-detailing logic, powered by Mother's product and a truckload of elbow grease, then veers off into the importance of geeks and gearheads of all stripes being aware of when the faceless little man with the big eraser is eyeballing their freedom to shoot, drive, build, wire, fry, brew, chop, punch and practice.

There's always more in a garage - you know that - so tune in for beers and breweries we discovered in Colorado during recent off-road adventures, the importance of having a proper funtioning workbench (instead of a soggy old desk that can't take a hammering and won't support your vise), Super Duties and their messy, messy owners, and why your hobbies and freedoms are a bureacrat's leverage (ie, licensing your rights back to you).

Direct download: HWGH100919mp3.mp3
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

From the garage - the Garage Hour is all gearhead, all the time.  This one-man episode (we'll summon the cohosts shortly - too many are still overseas staring down Putin) visits with a little auto-detailing logic, powered by Mother's product and a truckload of elbow grease, then veers off into the importance of geeks and gearheads of all stripes being aware of when the faceless little man with the big eraser is eyeballing their freedom to shoot, drive, build, wire, fry, brew, chop, punch and practice.

There's always more in a garage - you know that - so tune in for beers and breweries we discovered in Colorado during recent off-road adventures, the importance of having a proper funtioning workbench (instead of a soggy old desk that can't take a hammering and won't support your vise), Super Duties and their messy, messy owners, and why your hobbies and freedoms are a bureacrat's leverage (ie, licensing your rights back to you).

Direct download: HWGH100919.m4a
Category:gearhead personality -- posted at: 2:53pm EST