While many automotive videos on YouTube are relatively tame, the guys from Garage 54 are not afraid to get their hands dirty. The team has appeared in classics such as painting a car with 35 layers of clearcoat, freezing a BMW in an ice cube, and replacing a Lada’s rear wheels with legs. The last video shows a rim transformation using 100 nails to reconstruct a steel into an elegant spoke classic.
Fortunately, they didn’t have to reinvent the wheel as the steel starter piece was used to keep things aligned. The process started by gradually cutting sections of the starter and replacing the airspace with nails welded to both the rim and the hub – as the nail and the wheel are steel parts, they were very easy to assemble. .
Once the rim was assembled, it didn’t stop there, carefully crafting an old-fashioned center lug nut from a metal tube they’d dragged out. Not a functional piece obviously, but it certainly added to the steampunk aesthetic. The best was yet to come, as both pieces were primed and ready for a coat of paint.
After an abbreviated coverage of the painting process, the pieces appeared very professional in a glossy black finish. Whether he was hiding welds or blends in the Mercedes-Benz test vehicle, he was shod in rubber and thrown in the test phase on Russian public roads.
We certainly wouldn’t recommend testing a prototype in such a public way, but it handled everything surprisingly well – it didn’t fall apart or collapse after running on an amoeba. Fortunately, these guys have the craftsmanship to match their particular ideas.