They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and they also say that nobody will ever love your car as much as you do. A more perfect example of both of these sayings could not have been found before today. Without further adieu, I now present to you … drumroll … this truck-car-thingy-ma-do that I spotted on eBay. The project initially started with a pretty fancy looking V12 Seagrave fire truck engine that makes a neck snapping 202 horsepower and 375 foot pounds of torque. The engine by itself is really a nice piece of machinery and apparently runs like a top. Unfortunately for that beautiful engine, it was then surrounded by the strangest selection of mismatched parts that any one human could have imagined. (more…)
If you enjoy the sights and sounds of engines revving to the point of explosion, cars doing 100+ through the middle of the forest, and drivers with a complete lack of fear, this video is for you. It is 14 minutes of ridiculous BMW hill climbing that will get your adrenaline pumping. By the time you are done watching it, you are going to need a shower and a nap. Enjoy!
Can’t see the video? here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhmeVz5nVHU
If you are a fan of Top Gear BBC, you have probably seen the episode with Jeremy Clarkson
driving crashing the Reliant Robin 3 wheeled car around the city. Watching this episode will make you laugh until you cry, so be prepared. In fact, I recommend watching it before we move on to the next topic at hand – Here it is:
Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQh56geU0X8
Funny right? Well, Reliant also made a pickup truck called the Reliant Ant (A.K.A – TW9, A.K.A “Three Wheeler 9″). As you have probably gathered by now, it also had just 3 wheels, and was built for … TWENTY YEARS! Yes, according to several sources, the Reliant pickup was made from 1967 to around 1987. Even after 20 years, total production #’s were not huge. They were also sold to many different countries, so seeing one isn’t very common. Guess what else? Today is YOUR lucky day because there is one for sale on eBay! (OMG Get The Checkbook!)
With a buy it now price of just $1800, you could own your very own Reliant Ant! Do they flip over as easily as the Robin? One can only assume so, and it would be a heck of a lot of fun to test out. There are just 4 days left in this auction, with 2 bidders already in the game. Bid high, and bid often because this is the only one on eBay!
eBay Item # 150613257586
Since we are on the topic of cool engines today, I figured I would throw some old school technology in your general direction. Over at the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline MA, is a collection of cars that will make your head actually explode. Along with their brand new “Curve Appeal’ exhibit is Larz Anderson’s collection which is an unbelievable array of very early 1900’s luxury cars. (more…)
Until about a week ago, I had never looked under hood of a Jensen Healey. The drivetrain could have been comprised of a gaggle of hamsters for all I knew. I snapped off this picture and did a bit of research. It turned out that only about 2500 of these cars were sold in the US between 1972 – 1976? (ish). It all made sense now. I had probably never even seen one of the cars before! That’s why I had never seen under the hood! The car itself kind of looks like the offspring of a 1960’s Mazda Cosmo and a 1999+ Toyota MR2. The shape and design of the car isn’t really too life changing, but it does have a super cool Lotus engine under the hood that I enjoyed staring at. (more…)
Hiding underneath the passenger compartment of this Dodge A-100 Pickup was a large V8. I was being rushed a bit so I didn’t identify which engine it was. We’ll assume it’s a powerful one based on the slicks and ladder bars on the rear. Does it rip wheelies? Probably. However, I didn’t see any scrapes on the rear bumper, so maybe it just does crazy burnouts. Regardless, it’s a sweet ride in my opinion, and I would like to see it in my driveway.
In New England, rust free cars don’t exist. When you buy an old car, a “solid body” means that it will only need doors, fenders, floors, and quarters. Replacing sheetmetal is just a way of life for us. So when car enthusiasts up here see a car for sale that still has good original floors in it, for cheap cash, it sends us into a panic. That is exactly what happened to me this last weekend, and it reminded me of the two most important rules to being a proper gearhead:
1) Buy now, think later.
2) Always….. ALWAYS…. keep an extra spot in your yard just in case you need to bring some rolling stock home on a whim.
I failed hard on both accounts, and can only blame my own procrastination & cheapness. (more…)