What’s Better Than A Barn Find?

I’ll tell you what’s better, an El Camino barn find! Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment shall we? If there are two things in the automotive world that all people truly love, it’s a good barn find story, and glorious El Caminos. I can’t pinpoint what it is about Elky’s that makes me personally, so incredibly happy. Maybe it’s the 1964+ Chevelle nose? Or could it be the ability to haul rusty junk in the back? I. Don’t. Know. By now, you can probably tell where this post is headed.  That’s right, I found a 1966 El Camino on eBay that is claiming, and appearing to be, a true barn find (so jealous). It’s quite solid, and it looks like it has some bruises, but it wears them like the boss that it knows it is. For god sakes people, it’s an El Camino with factory A/C. It is the vehicle that dreams (and nightmares) are made of. I mean this thing is terrific with a capital T. I hope that whoever lands this 100%-fun-wagon will daily drive the heck out of it as is, all while sending the 1A Blog pictures along the way.  God I love El Caminos.

 

 

See more pictures at ebay Item # 200700827614

Brake Bleeder Screw Removal Tool

It’s a known fact that working on cars can instantly turn good intentions into horrifying mistakes. You know, like when you snap a piece off of your plastic radiator by accident, when you spend an entire day failing at everything, or when you light yourself on fire. Yes, it’s times like these when you just want to roll your entire tool box into a giant smelting-hot volcano. Within minutes, your arsenal of tools collected over decades would be nothing but a gooey ball of liquid hot magma.  Then you would never have to touch a stupid wrench again. Sadly, most of us don’t live near a liquid hot magma filled volcano, and if we did, we wouldn’t have the strength to push a tool box to the summit. So, we are forced to find viable solutions to these horrific mistakes as we wrench our way into the sunset.

This brings me to bleeder screws. OMG! But how?! Well, I am fairly certain that bleeder screws are the leading cause of the current economic crisis, 98% of failed marriages, and the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Bottom line, bleeders are a black hole of happiness, and they will crush your soul. The reason for this is simple. They are made of steel, which rusts, and breaks off when you desperately need it. Every. Single. Stupid. Time. Okay, fine! To be fair, it’s more of a rust thing. It isn’t the bleeder’s fault that it rusts itself solid and becomes one with the caliper. It’s the damp weather, neglect, and road salt. LOTS of road salt. Mix iron, aluminum, salt, and time together and you have a simple recipe that encourages you to push your tools into the tar pit full of Woolly Mammoths.

That being said, there is apparently a new god-like solution to rusty bleeder screws that I found on YouTube.  A solution so great that Zeus himself would rub his chin with his hand, lean back, and with Shawn Connery’s voice declare “Not bad“! It’s called the “Phoenix System 4001 Brake Free”, and it may be the best $40-ish bucks that you ever spend if it works as well as it appears to in the video. If not, then you can write your favorite offensive word on it, and then heave it into the nearest river for satisfaction.

Here is the way it apparently works:

- You insert this tool into the business end of an air hammer.

- You then slide the bleeder-screw-sized impact socket onto the end of the tool.

- Place the air hammer and “Brake Free” tool onto the potentially (always) stuck, rusty bleeder screw.

- Crank up the air hammer, and then spin the “Brake Free” with a 3/4 wrench.

- BAM! The bleeder spins out without any danger, swearing, or hassle. Life is great am I right?

Now, the guy that made this video is a regular car-guy that makes videos as he works on cars. I’ve never met him, but he makes a fairly entertaining video for sure. I can’t speak for him, but I know I’m not getting paid by the tool maker to show it off. Mine is set to arrive in the mail today, so I will be sure to report back my own results, whether they are good or bad. If you decide that you are convinced by the video already, like I was, then you can buy your own over on SummitRacing.com like I did. That also happens to be where I borrowed the above image from. Anyway, as you can see in the video, the guy takes a VW brake setup from his back yard after it had been sitting ~20 years, and with the help of this tool, he pops the bleeder free on the first try.  The whole thing makes no sense, and yet makes perfect sense.  It is an automotive emotional roller coaster that I don’t want to end.  Does it really work? Is it a scam? I will let you know in the very near future. Looks like I’ll need to find a sacrificial caliper for the cause…

Can’t see the video? Here is the Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMVV51gyoPU

Journey WRX: A WRX Journey

Over on VWVortex, there is never a lack of greatness being posted from people that are far more creative and talented than myself. This video is from one of those posts.  From what I have gathered, the creator of the video’s friend (did I lose you there?) bought a Subaru WRX, but that isn’t his only claim to fame.  He can also tear up a basketball court like he invented the dang Reebok Pumps. Naturally, the two friends decided to combine these two passions into one cinematic adventure that strangely makes me want to purchase something at the end.  I just can’t decide whether I want some classic Air Jordan’s, or a new WRX.  In any case, it is amazing what a couple of talented folks can do behind a camera.  A simple idea turns into something that could easily be a great TV advertisement for……. something I have yet to decide. Well done!

Video originally posted by: “bmashbat” over on VWVortex

Brand New 1986 Ford Bronco XLT Found On Ebay

Just a few days ago, there was a vehicle on eBay that wouldn’t have caught your eye unless you were specifically looking for it.  It was a very simple, two tone brown 1986 Ford Bronco XLT … with just 6,980 miles on it.  Oh snap! Yes you read that right. Throughout its whole life, it has been meticulously cared for by its original owners and it really, really shows. It has original everything, right down to its perfect looking muffler. It took 37 bids to get up to its ending price of $22,810, but that was not enough to remove the reserve. I guess if you want the most perfect 1986 Bronco in existence, you’ll just have to fork out more cash than that. What’s the one problem with this vehicle you ask? Well, what the heck do you do with it?  It would be a shame to drive it, and yet it would be a shame to not drive it. I’m happy I won’t have to make that decision.

For those of you that want to see all eleventeen billion pictures that this seller has available, I recommend checking out eBay item # 160705161860.  Just be sure to give it plenty of time to load, because your computer will probably give up the ghost if you don’t.

1972 Nova Inner Wheel House Metal Fabrication.

Over the past weekend, I decided to fix a part of the 1972 Nova that has been waiting for quite some time.  It’s the passenger side rear… inner wheel house (a mouth full).  You see, it rotted away decades ago, but I couldn’t repair it because I wasn’t even sure what shape it was supposed to be!  I first had to rebuild everything around it to see where it fit in. So once I got the new outer wheel house, trunk floor, and trunk drop off attached, this project could finally be tackled.  Since people love build threads, I decided to document the fun with plenty of photos. Let me know if you like this sort of thing, and I will be sure to post tons more.  As you can see, there is plenty of work ahead. If you like the video, I can do more of that.  If you prefer strictly pictures, I can cater to that.  Tell me what you want to see and I will do my best to please the masses.  Here we go!

 

UPDATE: CHECK OUT PART 2!

Diablo in the Snow.

Normally I have absolutely nothing nice to say about winter. However, watching this video of a guy in a Lambo did remind me, that I do in-fact enjoy the heck out of some snowy parking lots. RWD, FWD, AWD, it just doesn’t matter.  Spinning around in circles, and pretending you are Ken Block for a few minutes before the police show up, makes you feel like a true champion. Doing it in a Lamborghini, well, that is probably even better, though I will likely never know.

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbd0eq110lA

 

The K24A2 Powered 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy Pickup, Not Sold.

This past week a completely wicked looking, Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck passed through the hands of eBay. The bidding was intense as it inched its way up to $15,100, but sadly, the reserve was never met. With a buy it now price of $25k, I’m not that surprised that the seller didn’t accept 10K less.

At first glance, it seems to be a super clean, hoodless, stanced, VW pickup, and it is. However, it also has a fully functioning 2005 Acura TSX engine and an RSX transmission. It’s also got a mod list than could wear out the scroll button on your mouse. From eBay:

Modifications:

Motor:
- 2005 K25A2 TSX Motor
- 2005 K20A2 RSX Transmission
- RBC Intake Manifold
- Hybrid Racing 70mm Throttle Body
- Custom Throttle Cable Bracket
- Custom Mil Spec Harness Plate on Firewall
- Custom Cold Air Intake With Vibrant Filter
- Hondata Intake Manifold Gasket
- Hybrid Racing Fuel Rail
- Hybrid Racing Temp Sensor Adapter
- K Tuned Idler Pulley
- Bolt Boys Engine Dress Up Kit
- Kokenda Customs Airbrushed Valve Cover (also have a valve cover powdercoat color matched to the truck)
- Type S Oil Cooler
- Type S Water Pump
- Custom AN-16 Radiator Hoses and Fittings
- Custom Upper and Lower Coolant Outlets
- All-In Fabrication Header
- Custom 3″ Exhaust using Vibrant Stainless Steel
- Custom Axles
- Hybrid Racing Motor Mounts from a civic
- Buddy Club Short Shifter
- Mugen Oil Cap
- Mugen Radiator Cap
- Custom Griffin Radiator
- Slim Fan
- Custom Radiator Overflow
- Custom Oil Catch Can
- Seen It! Coil Pack Cover
- Chase Bays Mil Spec Engine Harness
- Hondata KPRO ECU
- Custom Fuel Pump / FPR Mount
- Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
- Aeromotive Trick Flow FPR
- Custom 10gal Aluminum Fuel Cell
- Autometer Fuel Sending Unit
- Custom Fuel Fill and Cap
- Custom Battery Cutoff with Small Racing Battery under passenger seat.

Interior:
- Buddy Club Racing Seats
- Custom Seat Rails
- Custom Gauge Cluster
- Custom Gauge Holder in Glovebox
- STACK Classic Tachometer
- STACK Oil Pressure Gauge
- STACK Coolant Temp Gauge
- STACK Fuel Pressure Gauge
- STACK Fuel Level Gauge
- CD Player with two speakers behind seats
- Nardi Wood Steering Wheel with Gold Spokes
- Nardi VW Horn Button
- NRG Quick Release
- Custom Steering Wheel Hub
- ARC Shift Knob
- Sticker Bombed Roof
- Wood Gauge Bezel

Suspension/Brakes:
- Custom Stainless Braided Lines
- Wilwood Brake Master Cylinder
- Wilwood Clutch Master Cylinder
- Wilwood Floor Mount Pedal Holders with Custom Pedals
- Custom Stainless Steel Gas Pedal
- Wilwood Brake Proportioning Valve
- Raceland Front Coilovers
- QA1 Rear Coilovers
- Flipped Rear Axle

Exterior:
- Long Front Duckbill
- Short Front Duckbill
- Work CR-01 15×8 +20
- 15mm Spacer Front
- 20mm Spacer Rear

Once you reach the bottom of the list, you can see how all of that would add up fairly quickly. Personally, I hope he gets all the money for this so that I can watch the building of his fully funded next project. You just can’t beat a good build thread these days. So, if you find yourself with money burning a hole in your pocket, and a heart that is yearning for more Rabbit pickup in your life, you can always contact the seller and make him an offer that he can’t refuse. Good luck!

Info and images borrowed Ebay Item Number 160699014179 .  From what I can gather in the eBay listing, This is the guy that took these fantastic photos. His work is amazing, check out his website for more.

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