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!
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.
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:
– 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.
– 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!
For as far back as I can remember, I have been asking Santa for many different automotive related objects. From metal working tools, to entire body panels, to lightly used engine parts, my wish list has included just about everything. Sometimes Santa and his elves pulled through for me, and other times the request was just a bit too lofty. Now that I’m a bit older, I realize just how lucky I was (still am), and how difficult it must have been for Santa’s elves to assemble all that they had back then. One of my favorite automotive related gifts that I have ever received was the “Standard Catalog of American Cars 1805-1942” and the “Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975”. I know, it seems a bit dorky, but my par…ehem… Santa gave them to me when I was a kid, and to this day, I still find myself flipping through them as excitedly as the day that I first got them. I cannot imagine how much time I have invested in those books, but it is crazy for sure.
So what’s the best automotive gift that YOU have ever received?
When Darian Grubb left Stewart-Haas Racing as the top dog, he wasn’t exactly sure where he would end up.There he sat as a champion crew chief for the 2011 season, and also without a job, as he was told that he would be let go at the end of the season by Tony Stewart.
Rumors had it that he might even stay at Stewart-Haas Racing but in a different role. Then there was an offer from Rick Hendrick at Hendrick Motorsports, who said that he would be more than happy to create a position for Darian.
After all of this, Darin Grubb has landed himself a position over at Joe Gibbs Racing as the crew chief for Denny Hamlin who drives the # 11 FedEX machine.
Denny Hamlin lost the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship in 2010 by only a few points to Mr. “Five Time” Jimmie Johnson. He wasn’t a factor for the chase in 2011, so Joe Gibbs decided it was time to change things around a bit, and plucked Darian from the unemployment pool, then decided to put him to work as Denny’s crew chief for the 2012 season.
Darin made some great calls during the Chase Race, and netted Tony Stewart 5 wins with 12 races to go in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season. This enabled Tony Stewart to inch out Carl Edwards, who ultimately tied with Stewart for the championship, however the crown went to Stewart for his 5 wins of the season to Carl Edward’s 1 win.
I think that this pairing with Darian Grubb and Denny Hamlin will really turn the 11 team around for the 2012 season. It’s going to be pretty interesting to see how all of this pans out.
Just when I thought that last night’s Volvo Bertone was the sweetness, I come across this! “Shut up and take my money!” is the first thing that comes to my mind. Seriously? $2000 for a 1979 Bertone with a V8 under the hood? Am I being punk’ed? Does such Swedish-Italian coolness normally come this cheap? Does the SBC really kill the value this much?
Okay, let’s all take a deep breath and slow things down a tick. What we are dealing with today is a 1979 Volvo Bertone 262C… as you can clearly see. These cars CAME this way, 2 inch chopped roof and all. Rad? Heck yes. It’s just like that Volvo that your friend’s mom had way back in the day, but built with Italian styling. The power options inside still work, it has been restored at some point in life, and it has a Chevy V8 swap. On one hand, this swap is preposterous and shameful. On the other hand, it is a perfect mechanical symphony that is rarely heard or seen. An automotive cornucopia it is. Take a boxy Swedish car that is well known for safety and reliability, and give it fancy Italian bodywork. Then rip all of its spinny bits out, and install American gas guzzling reliability. I must say, I am into this one deep. If my driveway is miraculously larger when I get home today, and two G’s in cash rains down from the sky on my way home, you can bet I will be cruising the streets in this thing. This week, it is Bertone Volvo’s for the ultimate, and clearly inescapable win.
Just a few hours ago, I was out and about, doing a little Christmas shopping. On one trip into a parking lot, I happened to lay my eyes upon the back side of a car that looked … well… oddly out of place. It just did not belong in the sea of beige Camry’s and Minivans. My glance happened so quickly though, that I couldn’t seem to place what the heck I had just seen. As I rounded the endless rows of the parking lot, while dodging rogue carriages, my memory was feverishly flipping pages of magazines that I had read decades ago, hoping to determine the nature of this machine. Obviously, being a stalker of unique automobiles, I had to move in for a closer look.
As it turns out, what I had spotted was in fact a unique piece of history. It was a late 1980’s Volvo 780 Bertone Coupe! Not your everyday vehicle for sure. From what I understand, these things are fairly rare with only something like 8500 of them being built over 4 years. That’s fairly rare if you ask me, especially when you consider that they were spread out over a few different continents. Seeing one in person these days is a sweet stroke of luck. With under 200 horsepower, they certainly weren’t race cars, but they sure were classy looking, in their boxy 1980’s sort of way.