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Dan Hankin of Parts and Projects, playing in the mud.

Hi! Thanks for checking out Parts and Projects. Parts and Projects is full of auto and motorcycle project and feature stories, DIY repair and mod articles, photo galleries, and new and used auto parts for sale. I’m a fan of the unusual, and you’ll see that in the mix of gearhead content on the site.


Like most of you reading this page, machines stir my soul. Though I don’t recall a time I wasn’t fascinated with cars and motorcycles, I do remember the most impressionable moments in great detail.

My first ride in a sports car was in a friend of the family’s blue Austin-Healey when I was about ten. Hearing that I was into hot rods, a car buddy of his blasted me around town in his canary yellow ’23 t-bucket. Around that same time I bought my first car magazine with my allowance. I don’t remember the title, but I can still see the cover – a black background with the brand new Ferrari 288 GTO on the cover. Ferrari ownership is on my bucket list, probably because of that photo. I was riding my bicycle the first time I heard the surge and whine of a belt driven supercharger. It was a hoodless black 1968 Charger with a polished 6-71 blower trying to idle down the main street of my town. I stalked the car on the sidewalk for five blocks before the driver noticed me, set the trans brake and launched the car down Deer Park Avenue. Up to that point in my life it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen…or heard. The list goes on.


I’ve been a gearhead since long before I could drive, and have enjoyed getting my hands dirty and fixing my own junk since I figured out how to flip over my bicycle to roll its chain back on the sprockets. I still don’t feel like a machine is truly mine until we’ve swapped blood and grease. These days there are few projects I’m not willing to tackle. I still have a lot to learn, and I still make plenty of mistakes, but with that thirst for knowledge and willingness to screw up comes a great freedom and confidence. Over the years I’ve learned that the best way to figure out how to do something is just to do it, and that very few things cannot be repaired if you mess it up. It also doesn’t hurt to have friends talented in the skill sets you lack.


Some of the stories and content on Parts and Projects originated with Octane Magazine, a regional motorsports publication I created and ran from 2003 through 2007. Some will be generated through my documentation of projects I’ve done in years since, as well as things I’m working on now. If you have an idea or you’re working on something cool you’d like to share, I’d like to post that too. If you’ve got some good photos to go with your project or feature, get in touch with me.


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