Canaan Manley is a mechanical engineer who has worked on cars for over 30 years. He helps us with the more technical aspects of cars.


I have been around cars and trucks for decades. I currently reside in a small town in south-central Oregon after spending 15 years in the OEM automotive industry. I have a passion for rebuilding cars, creating one-off parts, and talking about cars in general.

My background is in Engineering, so I describe myself as an automotive nerd.

I have been into cars since I was a wee knipper playing with Hot Wheels. That evolved into scale models and into my teen years I started tinkering with real cars and trucks. I attended college in Colorado and then moved to the South-East where I started in the OEM side of the automotive industry.

I raced motorcycles in the southeastern US in the early 2000s and taught basic motorcycle riding through the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation). I write on motorcycle maintenance, apparel choices, and what motorcycle is the best for each riding situation.

After 15 years making parts and cars, I moved to the West Coast. I have been a freelance writer for the last 6 years covering automotive topics.


Automotive Expert

Canaan has worked with cars for the last 30+ years. He has rebuilt cars from the ground up, designed new parts from scratch, and has been an automotive content creator for the last 13 years. He’s written over 1,000 articles covering injection molding, automotive parts, rebuilding cars, and product reviews.

Restoring Classics

Canaan’s current project car is a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Past car projects include a 2009 Nissan Versa/Tiida hatchback, a 1995 Nissan 240sx S14, a 1992 Ford Mustang Foxbody Notchback, a 1980 Ford Mustang Notchback, a 1986 Ford Mustang LX (The Gray Lady), a 1987 Porsche 944 (The Phoenix), and a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (The BatVette).

But he has always wanted a Lamborghini Countach or a DeTomaso Pantera (can’t blame him!).

Custom Builds

Canaan has his own business that builds custom cars, and 3D prints automotive parts in his two-car garage. Canaan has been a YouTuber for 13 years.

Motorcycle Teaching

Canaan has taught basic motorcycle riding through the MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation).

Roadtrip Adventures

Canaan recently drove from Oregon to Colorado and back over a long weekend. It covered 2,400 miles over 5 days of driving.