You Need New Struts….. 3 Years Ago….

Last night I had the pleasure of working on a truly amazing 1992 Chevy Lumina. I am forced to describe it this way for two distinct reasons.   The first one being that it was daily driving with two front strut spring mounts that were moments away from catastrophic failure.   I’m not talking about a small scale failure here like when you step on a rake, it’s way more unpredictable than that.  Just imagine stepping on the end of a rake, and when it swings up to whack you in the forehead, you get hit with a lemon maringue pie instead.  Yes, strut failure would be that crazy.  I’m talking about the kind of failure that you read about in text books, and the type that induces Y2K sort of fear.   I mean if these struts had failed, it would have blown out the new tires in grand fashion.  There would have been violent bull-ride steering,  foot-through-the-floor braking, and enough spinning to find yourself being the first one at the scene of the accident.  At that point, the car is totaled because let’s be honest, its a 1992 Lumina.  NADA values it between $362 – $2062.  Ouch.  The second reason that this car was truly amazing is that » Continue reading more of this post…

1995 Just Called, They Want Their Bag Phone Back.

The year is 1995 and you have spare cash burning a hole in your pocket because eBay and Craigslist don’t exist yet.  You could spend it on upgrades for your Dodge Spirit, but you recently heard about some pretty boss cellular telephone technology out there, and you want in.  Not to mention, chicks will dig it.  You flip through the yellow pages and find the nearest “CellularOne” store.  ”Ugh, 40 miles away, awful” you think to yourself.  Nevertheless you hop in your Dodge with a paper map in hand, pop in your Paperboy CD, and you do the Ditty all the way to the cellular telephone store.

You walk in like you are a big shot, and say “I want to put a telephone in my car” (Gasp!).  The employee responds with some basic questions to make sure you are able to handle such a serious endeavor.

- Do you have a working cigarette lighter in your vehicle?
- Is this for emergency use only?
- Can you really afford a 20 cents per minute?
- Do you have a safe place to hide this when you park your car?
- Is your ego big enough to handle being part of “The Digital Network”?
- Can you lift 10 lbs?

You pass the test, slap down the cash, and end up taking home the latest and greatest communication technology.  Sure you still have a cord going from the phone to the bag, but you are the coolest guy on the block.  You’re such a trend setter.  The world is officially your oyster.

 

Chalkboard Paint, Please Say Hello To Hyundai Tiburon.

On the day before Thanksgiving 2010, the 1A Auto Blog obviously needed something really clever.  I knew that there was really only 1 option….

Meet Todd’s car.  It’s a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon. Pretty clean right?

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Illegal U-Turn: Over the Steps and Through The Door Edition.

Car Projects: Do You Have a Frankenstein Too?

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Over the past weekend, while making a new alternator mount for my truck on the wrong side of the engine, I began thinking ….. just how many vehicles have donated parts to this Ram 50 truck project?  Hmmm, maybe I will start a list?

The Truck:

1989 Dodge Ram 50 macro cab.

The vehicles that have donated to the truck & their donations:

1983? Mitsubishi Mightymax Bellhousing Cut-out, Clutch Fork, Pivot Ball, Slave Cylinder, Clutch Master Cylinder
1985 Mitsubishi Montero Limited Slip Differential
1986? Mitsubishi Starion Transmission Tail Section & Shifter
1987 Dodge Ram 50 5-Speed Manual Transmission & Manual Steering Box
1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse Ignition Coil
1991 Plymouth Laser AWD 4G63 2.0L Turbo Engine
1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse 2.0L Front Wheel Drive Flywheel & Pressure Plate
1991 Mitsubishi Mightymax 2.4L Waterpump (modified)
1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse 1.8L Thermostat Housing Cap
1993 Honda Accord Wagon Bucket Seats.
1993-96 Mitsubishi Mightymax Grille & Front Bumper
2002 Dodge Viper Front/Rear Brake Calipers, 13″ Rear Rotors, Brake Master Cylinder
2005 Cadillac CTS-V Front Cross Drill Rotors
2006 Mitsubishi Evolution 16G Turbo, Exhaust Manifold & Intercooler
2007 Cadillac Escalade 18″ Wheels

Got A Frankenstein’ed car or truck?  I want to know about it!  Post a Comment or Send Pictures & Info to me at blog@1aauto.com

Today’s Crazy Idea: Turn 1960′s Metal Into 1930′s Metal.

If you have been following the 1A Auto Nutt’s and Bolts blog, you have no doubt seen the pictures of the 60 Pontiac Ventura rot box that is waiting patiently awaiting some love in my garage.  If you are sick of hearing about it, I’m sorry, but it is weighing on my brain, and I need to get my thoughts straightened out.  So yea, I have spent a lot of time recently trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to do with it.  It definitely doesn’t make sense financially to restore it back to original, because you can easily find clean drivable examples for sale for less money than it would be to restore this (and that doesn’t include my 1000+ hours of my “free” labor.)  That fact has definitely been established.

So my latest wild and crazy idea is to turn it into a 1930′s style hot rod. (Disclosure: Yes, I was somewhat inspired from Gary Campesi’s paintings from the other day.)  Anyway, I would do this by cutting it up and shrinking the body into a 2 seater, almost like a T-bucket but with all the sexy 1960′s body lines.  Then I would drop it on a home made chassis and suspension. I’d probably power it with something more modern like a 4G64, L92, 2JZ, or maybe a KA24DET. No matter which I choose, it would be backed by a manual transmission, because that’s how I roll.  Wrap some giant brakes and big wheels around the whole thing, and I feel like it could be pretty slick.  Other than the injected engine, I would keep everything super simple, no crazy options.  Just simplistic beauty.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything similar on the internet (imagine that?), but these four pictures are the closest to the idea itself.  Obviously none are 1960 Pontiac’s, but…. well…. you get the idea…

So what do you think? Stupid? Awesome? or just plain “no”?

Picture Credit:

Willys: http://randyellisdesign.com/photo-gallery/custom-fabrication/willys-hot-rod/

Gary’s amazing art : http://www.hubgarage.com/mygarage/GaryC/vehicles

RPOTD: The Lines of a ’60 Edition

Random Picture Of The Day

While staring at the back of the soda blasted 60 Pontiac Ventura in my garage yesterday I realized just how cool the lines are on the back of it.  If you love bare metal, leave me a comment below.  Who’s with me?

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