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From Wreck to Race Car on a Budget Bucket List

Looking for a fun and affordable car-related hobby or bucket list check-off item? Then here’s something that just might be your ticket to fun by discovering what it takes to convert a lemon of a car into a budget racer by this popular YouTube mechanic.


Will the Second Time Be a Charm?

Last year, the host of the Chris Fix YouTube channel showed how he turned an old wreck into a race vehicle while under some significant budget restrictions. While successful in turning that lemon into a race car, the end result was that the engine blew up after only 15 laps into the race.

In an earlier article we learned that this race consists of turning an old used car or lemon into a budget racer that you can actually run in…wait for it…not the famous Le Mans race in France, but the nearly equally as much fun "24 Hours of LEMONS" race hosted in multiple venues across the good ol’ USA.

The "24 Hours of LEMONS” race is a series of race events in which teams of at least four drivers compete up to 24 hours in a race consisting of old cars that have been purchased and made race ready with a budget of $500 or less.

This year Chris’s hopes are high that a rebuild of the budget lemon will fare significantly better as Chris shows in a new video the improvements and modifications he made that illustrates just what it takes to get an old wreck into race shape AND accomplish this with a limited budget for some great racing fun.

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That said, here is a fun video with some important points toward creating a similar car project:

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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