The Lada may be the most unloved vehicle on the planet. Why? Well that is because buying one brand new doesn’t guarantee a complete vehicle, or reliable starting. In fact, I have heard that most new Lada’s need to go directly to a shop to have all the bolts tightened. Of course, that is assuming that all of the bolts are at least partially installed at the Lada factory, which may or may not be the case. Assuming the Lada does run when it is new, and the owner has the bolts tightened, it usually makes it to the location of its first break-down without much effort. Sure the odometer can hit six figures, but every Lada owner knows that it is an impossible accomplishment. Chances are better that you’ll be struck by lightning while winning the lottery.
Now, this specific Lada 2110 found on eBay is surprisingly clean because it only has 15K kilometers on it! That converts to less than 10K miles for those of us in America. Unfortunately it doesn’t have a title, so if you live in a state that requires titles and you don’t happen to “know a guy“, chances are good that the mileage will stay that way forever. Then again, with the reputation that Lada’s have, even if you do have the ability to drive it legally, 16K kilometers may never be reached. In the eBay ad, the very passionate owner mentions that it is basically a show vehicle anyway, so you will want to trailer it and wax it regularly to keep it in tip top shape.
In passionate capital letters, here are the details pulled from the eBay listing:
There is no doubt that this is a show vehicle, and maybe even a show winner based on what I have seen. I just hope there is enough suspension to hold a Lada trophies. Bring this Lada home with you for a bargain basement price. Bid high and check it out at ebay item number 190829052190
There is no shortage of videos on the internet, especially when it comes to automotive hijinks. This particular one is several years old now, but it still leads the pack as far as impressive driving goes. When you combine an ultra light super 7 with a driver that knows what the heck they are doing, it is truly a sight to behold.
Got a more impressive video? Well, I’d like to see it.
This is 20 feet of 100 percent pure, swagger-coated, 1960 Pontiac. It appears to have 1959 Cadillac tail light lenses, and early 1960′s Cadillac upper tail fins. It’s sitting on monster chrome wheels that are least 20 inches, but probably more like 22′s. Air ride suspension lives underneath with fast dump valves (likely 1/2 inch at least), and they are fully connected to a keyfob. To complete the ultimate swagger package, this sexy American steel is dipped in a sweet candy red paint. I think this swagger package is complete, son.
As a car-guy, I frequently find myself staring at project cars on eBay. Typing certain words into the search box like “barn find” or “convertible parts car” is a great way to look at interesting vehicles that you wish you could hide in your yard. Another favorite eBay search method is to hop in the cars & trucks area, hit the “buy it now only” tab, and then sort by price – lowest to highest. This is where the heavy hitters are. The cars that nobody wants. The real dumpiest of dumps. The cars that are barely recognizable as cars. The ones that appear to have been submerged in the ocean, and squished through a meat grinder. Yeah, the cars that I really like looking at.
I know right? What is wrong with the youth of today anyway? Honestly, why haven’t you bought this Vega yet!?
Way more pictures and info at eBay Item Number 350743310526
You may remember my 1964 Chevy Impala project from a while ago. Unfortunately, it hasn’t changed a whole lot in the past several months because of “life” combined with horrible New England winter. Luckily, now that it is above freezing outside sometimes, I’m starting to mess around with it again. Sweet right? Yea I think so too. Most recently, I decided to tackle a small project that has been bothering me for about 10 years. I call it “The stupid exploded muffler.”
This muffler story begins about 13-14 years ago when I reinstalled the straight 6 back into the rolling 64 Impala convertible chassis that I had just rebuilt. As you can imagine, I needed a new exhaust system to attach to my fancy painted engine (it was fancy at the time – now it looks terrible again). So, I went to my local auto part store and spent about $120 on a whole new exhaust system, including the muffler. Since then, the car has probably traveled … oh… maybe 3 total miles under its own power. Every inch of that was with a crappy carburetor, idling around my driveway. AKA – worst idea ever. Letting a car sit is the meanest thing that you can do to it, and this car really did some serious sit time. It’s just not good for the car, or any part attached to a car, especially the carburetor.
As you can tell from the pictures, at some point raw fuel built up in the muffler, and it ignited with the force of one thousand squirrels. The muffler ballooned enough to rattle on the floor pan with every rotation of the six’s crankshaft. That noise will drive a person crazy. The muffler explosion also tore the muffler open slightly in 1 area, but I welded it back up years ago just to keep it sealed. Now, many years later, I have rebuilt the carburetor, and it was finally time to replace the stupid exploded muffler.
Notice the wrinkles, the thickness difference, and awesomeness that is my stupid exploded muffler.
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