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Little Runge Coupe

Christopher Runge designs and builds cars, by hand, one at a time. Here's his "Frankfurt Flyer" Sport Racer.
posted by mattdidthat on Sep 16, 2016 - 17 comments

Harvesting Guitars from the Bones of New York City

Rick Kelly, owner of Carmine Street Guitars makes guitars from the salvaged wood from old buildings.
Every guitar has a story. (via Great Big Story)
posted by dfm500 on Jul 17, 2016 - 8 comments

"I didn't expect it to be very driver friendly,"

Behold, the World's Fastest Log Car [Road and Track]
"THE FIRST TIME YOU SEE IT, your brain almost short circuits—nope, uh-uh, that's not real. But it is, and it is exactly what it looks like: a tree car. More specifically, it is a car made out of a western red cedar log with a concave mouth for a "grille", a wooden roll bar and wooden fenders, and a pair of turbines protruding from its rear. The thing looks ludicrous, like something a crazed Woody the Woodpecker would drive, or maybe a George Barris creation if he had ever gotten lost in the Pacific Northwest with an axe and a flask of whiskey. It gets better: The log car is rear-wheel drive, uses the mechanicals from a Mazda RX-7, and is powered by eight lithium-ion batteries. More than 500 pounds of them. Why? Why would someone do this, you might ask. And who? Who in the world would devote time to such a project? Also, what? What were they smoking? Must've been some potent stuff."
posted by Fizz on Feb 11, 2016 - 38 comments


The Car, Thunder Charger, Plymouth Barracuda SSXR, Supervan, Batmobile, AMX-400 all rolled out of Barris Kustoms, home of car customiser and fabricator George Barris who passed away today at age 89. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Nov 5, 2015 - 23 comments

The horn plays "La Cucaracha".

The 1955 Ford "Beatnik Bubbletop" Custom goes up for auction. Frustrated by roof pillars blocking your line of sight when you shoulder check? Well your problems are solved. Powered by a 350-cubic-inch Chevy V8, the Beatnik lacks a blind spot completely. It previously went up for auction in 2011 - "“Chopit” started by completely removing the roof from a ’55 Ford. There’s not much left of the original Ford now. “Beatnik” rides on a modified ’88 Lincoln Town Car chassis." Separate bubble for noisy kids and/or mother-in-law not included.
posted by GuyZero on Jul 13, 2015 - 34 comments

"Can I look at it?" "No, no - you've seen enough of that one..."

Les Paul's 1954 Custom: The One & Only Original by Michael Molenda, Guitar Player. More on Les Paul, and his partnership with Mary Ford, at Gibson.com. YouTube: How High The Moon (1951). [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Mar 28, 2015 - 24 comments


The Last Billboard is a 36 foot long rooftop billboard located on the corner of Highland and Baum in Pittsburgh, PA, USA. Each month a different individual is invited to use the billboard. The custom designed billboard consists of a rail system with heavy wooden letters that are changed by hand.
posted by frimble on Jun 17, 2014 - 50 comments

Steel is real!

A great thread detailing the building of an old-school steel bike frame.
posted by pepcorn on Feb 14, 2014 - 24 comments

Ephemeral and Immortal

Along with its famous World Heritage Site rolls, UNESCO maintains lists of more intangible cultural treasures. In 2013 alone, they recognized the vertical calligraphy of Mongolia, the communal name pools of western Uganda, the 8000-year-old viticulture traditions of Georgia, the skeletal melodies of Vietnam, the forty-fold feast of the Holy Forty Martyrs, the making of kimchi, the use of the abacus, the annual rebinding of the Q’eswachaka bridge, the carol epics of Romania, and the shrimp-fishing horsemen of Belgium. These are only a few of the hundreds inscribed. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Jan 24, 2014 - 21 comments

Does he look like a bitch?

Pulp Fiction Guess Who? (via Boing Boing)
posted by davebush on Jan 16, 2014 - 18 comments

Actual game disc sold separately!

MOOOOOOM, WE'RE BOOOORED Didn't I buy you that Mario Kart game for your Wii, like, two years ago? Five? YEAH, BUT WE'RE BOOOOOORED But kids, didn't it include something like thirty tracks? YEAH, BUT WE'RE TIIIIIRED OF THOOOOOSE Well, I didn't want to do this so early in the year, but I've got a Christmas present for you that I've been holding on to. You know how you've been saying how you wanted 184 new tracks for Mario Kart Wii? YEAH! WE WERE REALLY SPECIFIC ABOUT THAT NUMBER Well, bust out that Mario Kart Wii disc and an SD card, because Merry Christmas, kids!
posted by DoctorFedora on May 14, 2013 - 30 comments

Custom knifemaking

Custom knives by Jay Fisher, Tomas Rucker, Ivan Campos, and Rich Derespina. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Nov 2, 2012 - 14 comments

Custom Culture

"swiss cheese dirt moto3 bruce brown snowflakes digger zebra candy flake dust speed master rigid k180 smiley firestone barn find swap meet junk tempter ape 2 stroke soup magneto sumo triple dubble white wall twin garage build amal webco roses beehive bates sissy air head bahnburner bacon slicer baloney bob bone shaker bonnie continental circus cowhorn dog bone hole shot mouse trap new york steak pancake rice rocket sharkfin trumpet" [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Oct 31, 2012 - 19 comments

All dolled up, Nigerian style

Barbie and Ken's Traditional Nigerian Wedding
posted by infini on Aug 8, 2012 - 21 comments

A living doll

The Decorated Bride - "In Lubinje, a small, picturesque village of 3500 inhabitants, a few hours from Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo, members of the Trebesh community live in colorful houses. They also have a colorful custom - or rite - of beautifying brides on their wedding day."
posted by madamjujujive on Nov 18, 2011 - 46 comments

If This Van's a-Rockin'

posted by dersins on Nov 23, 2009 - 42 comments

When mod doesn't mean truck nutz

Whether it's trailer hitches or complete rebody customizations; Ford, GM and Dodge all provide guides to body builders or upfitters to make safe and reliable modifications to light and medium duty trucks and vans. The guides contain wiring diagrams; dimensions and specifications (eg: how much weight can you put on your van's roof); emissions information; and information on areas to avoid mounting equipment in for safety. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Oct 10, 2009 - 9 comments

Pimp my (board) game

Geeky? Crafty? Got some time on your hands? Make your own boardgame pieces! Tutorials for making custom 3-d Settlers of Catan tiles (and gorgeous custom sets here, and here, although with no instructions,alas). Agricola more your style? Grab some polymer clay and get making resources, more resources, food, sheep, more sheep, boars, cattle, and (of course) farmers, farmers, farmers, farmers, farmers, and farmers. Don't forget fences, tiles, and a starting player piece. Lots more in the image gallery at BoardGameGeek.
posted by arcticwoman on Mar 2, 2009 - 15 comments

Anything you want, for $2

Webcomic artist D.J. Coffman offers to draw anything you want for $2 apiece.
posted by divabat on Jul 23, 2008 - 42 comments


In a time before the Prius, the custom conversion van ruled the roadways. Pushing the boundaries of the airbrush form, testing the limits of mobile interior design, featuring the latest in automatic pink leather bed, compact toaster, 8-track, and love machine technology, the 70s van was celebrated in song and cinema. You started with a factory model, new or used, and ended at a place limited onlyby your creativity, your budget, and your old lady's patience (NSFW). Ford could make you a man.If push came to shove, you could even live in your van. It was fantasy on wheels: van-tastic, man. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jul 18, 2008 - 43 comments


GrifBall! Red Vs. Blue's Sarge and Caboose introduce the rules. A sample match: Bungie Vs. RvB. Context: Since the release of online multiplayer first-person shooter Halo 3, Bungie have allowed players to customise maps with the placement of objects, weapons, spawn points etc. using the Forge feature. Combined with customisable rule sets, unusually innovative custom games are possible. [more inside]
posted by nthdegx on Jun 17, 2008 - 4 comments

Kleine Dampfblöcke

First there was the Dardenbahst now comes:Kriegerhund, Sentinel of the Deutsches Reich. Plenty more lego steampunk goodness at the Brothers Brick. Via
posted by Smedleyman on Mar 19, 2008 - 9 comments

I've stolen all my wives

Wife thief - the Wodaabe of Nigeria are one of the world's few remaining Nomadic peoples, retaining age-old customs and ways. Physical beauty and charm are highly prized, qualities much in evidence at the annual Gerewol ceremonies. After donning elaborate makeup and clothing, men engage in stylized dance and preening to win the favor of a desired woman - often one who is already married. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Nov 26, 2007 - 20 comments

Nice Ride

Extreme Custom Vans from Japan, from Pink Tentacle.
posted by serazin on Jul 2, 2007 - 17 comments

You lookin at me???

The Wagah border, that separates the countries of Pakistan and India, is the scene of some very eccentric pomp and ceremony during the lowering of the flags on either side, and the opening and closing of the gates of the opposing forces.
posted by hadjiboy on May 27, 2007 - 57 comments

Rabbit, rabbit

Today is the first day of the month of August!

Did you remember to say "Rabbit, Rabbit" (or, "White Rabbit") upon waking this morning in order to insure yourself good luck for the remainder of the month? There are competing theories as to the origin of this superstition. It was a commonly held superstition in the 1920's in the United Kingdom. Many variations of the custom exist.
posted by ericb on Aug 1, 2006 - 24 comments


Custom Flickr photo books & posters.
posted by Vidiot on Sep 7, 2005 - 23 comments

Customized Classics

Custom paperback editions of classic novels starring YOU! Now also available in a "happy ending" edition! Didn't like that Romeo and Juliet die at the end? Choose the Happy Ending Version a new scene is added with a twist — the lovers live happily ever after! A short scene is added after Act V Scene III. It turns out the apothecary's poison didn't work and Romeo survives, and Juliet's stabbing of herself merely made her pass out. The problem with public domain is that the integrity of the original is lost once it's Disneyfied.
posted by riffola on Apr 30, 2003 - 20 comments

Sony's Custom Mix CD

Custom Mix CD - Sony Music is burning to sell 12 track Bob Dylan and Train mixes to continental US customers. [via AO]
posted by boost ventilator on Mar 10, 2003 - 7 comments

It looks like a Radio Shack exploded inside...

It looks like a Radio Shack exploded inside... possibly one of the most astonishing cars I've ever seen. Just wait until you find out what it started its life as.
posted by adrianhon on Jan 23, 2002 - 19 comments

Zed's dead. It's a chopper, baby.

Zed's dead. It's a chopper, baby. I remember kids in the neighborhood making custom bikes. The choppers weren't the easiest to handle or most practical but they looked hella cool. Now they're selling for $2500US. Check out the showroom and the photo video gallery.
posted by suprfli on Dec 10, 2001 - 9 comments

Make your own custom warning signs

Make your own custom warning signs with a killer web app that produces surprisingly authentic and official looking signs in sharp, ready to print PDF. Fool your friends and neighbors by warning them of infectious waste. Fun for the whole family [via boingboing]
posted by mathowie on Nov 19, 2001 - 18 comments

Instant Design at the touch of a button

Instant Design at the touch of a button More good news for designers -- not only has the ad market bottomed out, now this software from move design spits out instant layouts. Just add the text you want, choose the style, and hit Ctrl-G. The results are surprisingly tasteful. Is this the end of design as we know it, or just a toy for generating new ideas? Would you like fries with that?
posted by fellorwaspushed on Sep 10, 2001 - 23 comments

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