You heard right, The “1989 Batmobile” from Batman Returns was just up for grabs on eBay listed as “1980 Other Makes Batman”. Apparently eBay doesn’t have a Batmobile category yet. The listing has already been pulled down though. Apparently for $450,000, you would not only get the cave dwelling Batmobile itself, which does fully function and have hydraulics (Batman, you so gangsta!), but you also get a Batman statue and a Gotham city police badge! BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! If you had bought it now, a real Batman Batarang would have also been included. Geeze, you guys really missed out on this thing. Imagine going grocery shopping in a Batmobile.
Note to self: If you are going to try to sell the Batmobile, make sure you get “the ok” from Batman, or he WILL put a stop to it.
Note to eBay: Create Batmobile category for future Batmobile listings.
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 (more…)
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.
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?
1989 Dodge Ram 50 macro cab.
The vehicles that have donated to the truck & their donations:
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”?