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6eBay find: Global Union EV prototype could use some TLC

"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid." That classic line from Star Wars, entered the popular culture lexicon just about the same time as this quirky electric car we recently found on eBay. Based on a 1977-ish Endura (possibly) this one may have been originally converted by the Globe-Union company as a showcase for the their automotive replacement batteries. According to a Hemmings article on the Endura EV, you might know Globe-Union as the company as the manufacture

25Meet Urban Tabby, the DIY EV you can build in 60 minutes or less

Earlier this month, EZ EV founder Gary Krysztopik told Plug In Cars that his DIY electric vehicle kit could be built in a week. Who knew that we'd be able to think of this as a near eternity so soon? That's because we've got another company that says its do-it-yourself EV can be built in an hour. Times are changing, rapidly.

31Tesla tires turning on Stretchla Vanagon EV conversion project

It is one thing to say you are going to Frankenstein a Tesla Model S with a pair of Siamese-twinned Volkswagen Vanagons and quite another to actually start taking your newly-acquired, smashed-up electric sedan apart in an effort to bring it back to life. Otmar Ebenhoech is doing just that, and having no small successes along the way.

AddEZ EV will be a DIY electric vehicle you can build in a week

Anyone thinking that the era of converting gas-engined cars to electric power is over should pay attention. Gary Krysztopik has been working on converting ICEs to EVs for years recently told Plug In Cars that, when people ask about conversions now, "I tell people to go out and buy a Leaf."

26Watch how to charge your car battery using a... chainsaw?

This video is neither as dangerous nor as insane as the title indicates, if only because you're only using the chainsaw's motor and not the actual chain itself. Do not take a chainsaw to your engine without first removing the chain. It would be bad.

45DIY: Turn your GoPro into a 24-hour dash cam [w/video]

If you've noticed a disturbing lack of dash cam in your life, our friends at sister site Translogic have just the thing for you. They've worked up a quick play-by-play for how to turn your GoPro Hero3 into a go-anywhere camera to record everything that goes on in front of your vehicle.

8Turn A GoPro Into A 24-Hour Dash Cam [VIDEO]

Dashboard cameras have drastically grown in popularity ever since a video of a meteor falling through the sky in Russia went viral last February. While you may never catch a glimpse of a meteor, these cameras can be great for proving fault in an auto accident, or even making sure your teen is driving safely. You can purchase a dedicated dash cam for under $100, but the video quality isn't great and you can't easily use the camera for anything else. On the other hand, the GoPro Hero 3 is a small

29Nearly two years later, we get our hands on Lubricheck's "blood tester"

In May of 2011, we ran a story about a small company seeking backers for an innovative do-it-yourself device engineered to measure the level of contaminants in a vehicle's motor oil. Armed with the knowledge, consumers could extend oil change intervals, save money and help the environment. Things apparently went well for the startup, as its Lubricheck hit the market this year and it wasn't long before a sample landed in our hands.

59CNN chronicles young girl building Pontiac Fiero

At fourteen years of age, Kathryn DiMaria has already done what many self-proclaimed gearheads won't even attempt in their lifetimes. The Dearborn, Michigan teen is rebuilding a car from the ground up.

AddJay-Z & Kanye West Music Video Features Heavily Modified, Fire Breathing Maybach

Hov is back, rejoining frequent collaborator Kanye West on the new album Watch The Throne. What does that have to do with exciting innovations in transportation technology? Very little we assumed, outside of the many luxury carmakers sure to be name dropped throughout the album's lyrics. That is, until we saw this music video for the album's first single Otis featuring a modded Maybach that spits flames from its exhaust. What more can I say?

37How to build your own hidden racing sim setup and keep your wife happy

DIY Racing Cockpit Ottoman – Click above for high-res image gallery

27Build your own remote starter with a pre-paid mobile phone

There are a lot of reasons for invention that goes beyond necessity, and pure want is right up there at the top. A clever gent named Dave tired of making the 15-minute walk to his freezing cold car, so he built a long-distance remote starter from a prepaid cellphone.

AddWant an electric Trabant? It's already here

DIY electric Trabant conversion - click above for high res gallery

73UK entrepreneurs open Pit Start, the country's first self-service garage

If you're a London gearhead and want to work on your car but have no place to do it, you'll want to check out Pit Start, a new self-service garage. It is exactly what it sounds like – a communal pay-by-the-hour workspace. Would-be tinkerers can pre-book a space or drop in, and upon arrival, a Pit Start employee will assign you one of the twenty repair bays depending on the kind of work you'll be doing.

AddeBay find of the Day: electric Chevrolet S10

Click to see more shots of the S10 EV

AddHomebrew electric Bradley GT II in Texas teenager's garage

Photo by internets_dairy. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

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