American Trucker BJ & The Bear Truck Restoration Episode

I was sitting down flipping through the channels last night when I stumbled upon and episode of American Trucker on the Speed channel.

The episode was about the restoration of the 18 wheeler from the hit TV show BJ & The Bear from the late 70s to the early 80s. As a kid I used to watch this show all the time and remembered that it was a pretty cool truck, not to mention that driving an 18 wheeler with a chimp in the passenger seat made things interesting.

Paul and Craig Sagehorn are the father and son team doing the restoration on the truck. When they found the cab it was in pretty tough shape, they basically had to do a frame off restoration on this rig and put everything back together. Once the original trailer was located it was missing the reefer unit, so another one had to be located that would match up to the trailer. » Continue reading more of this post…

The Worlds Fastest Dodge Caravan Is Now For Sale.

Your dreams have finally come true. The fastest Dodge Caravan is officially for sale for the nominal amount of $6500.  Considering that it is a 1989 Dodge Caravan that runs 11.76 @ 115 mph in the quarter mile, that’s not a bad price in my mind.  Seriously. That is really, really ridiculous fast, not just for a mini van, but for any car.  Mid 11 second quarter’s are as quick as a Corvette Z06 for your reference.  So doing that in a front wheel drive turbo minivan is an epic win.

Terry Ryan (AKA “Gasketmaster”), who built and owns this work of art says:

1989 White Turbo Caravan – The Fastest One!

Fresh Engine
Fresh Transmission
New Turbo

Details available to serious buyer!

Guaranteed to run 11′s with lots-o-head room left 

$6500

…..And we video of course, because that is how we roll at the 1A Auto Blog.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haPCQKOyMTo

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

Original for sale post: Turbo-Mopar.com

The Days Are Starting To Get Longer

I was heading home from work last night and I couldn’t help but notice one thing, I didn’t need my headlights on! You know what this means don’t you? we’re about 6-8 weeks away from being able to fire up a hot rod and go for a spin up here in New England.

There’s nothing like cruising home from work in your muscle car and being able to turn into a cruise night, grab a burger with your buddies and talk about what mods your going to do over the summer or what gremlins have presented themselves over your cars long winters nap.

Daylight savings time is about 10 days away (from the date of this post), not that I’m counting or anything. One more sign that warmer weather and good times are approaching. Who needs a ground hog to predict this stuff anyway?

Picture borrowed from www.camaroperformers.com

1A Auto Blog Asks: How Many Cars Do You Currently Own?

1964 Chevy Impala Convertible
I love cars more than most people do, and I often have more than my driveway can technically handle.  I have even developed a nice rotation of vehicles so that the yard stays presentable and doesn’t look like a parking lot.  Ownership? Well, I define ownership as the person that gets the cash money if it ever sells (which it won’t, I know). » Continue reading more of this post…

Exclusive Motoring: The 1983 Volvo 240 Turbo Commercial.

Volvo 240 Turbo

In the early 1980′s quite a few manufacturers wanted to get into the rally racing game, and Volvo was one of them.  Naturally they needed to produce a car that had some kind of chance of fitting into that scene.  So, they came out with a turbocharged 240 that made just a tick over 150 horsepower and about 175 ft lbs of torque.  This was sort of the “base” for the special edition racing versions that would come out shortly after with double the horsepower and torque. » Continue reading more of this post…

In the 1950′s Five Wheels Were Better Than Four.

"Park Car"

One of the reasons that I love cars from the 1940′s & 50′s so much is because they were still full of crazy ideas.  People weren’t afraid to think outside the box to try to make life easier.  If somebody decided that driving on 3 wheels was better than 4, poof, a new 3 wheeled vehicle arrived on the scene.  You want your high beam headlights to dim when another car is driving at you, poof, done!  You want an extra wheel to pop out of your trunk and help you parallel park, poof……wait, huh? » Continue reading more of this post…

Seen on eBay: 2005 or 1957 GMC Bel Air Denali Truck.

There is some weird stuff on eBay today, and this truck is no exception.  It started life as a 2005 GMC Sierra Denali, which is no slouch… and then the body mods began.  Clearly somebody was a 1957 Chevy enthusiast because they decided to graft the quarter panels from a ’57 onto the ’05 pickup.  Then they found a ’57 Chevy wagon tailgate and tossed it on the truck as well.  But wait, there’s more.  To round off the whole theme, the Belair hood gun sights were molded into the Denali hood.  Thoughts? Opinions? I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

eBay # 220742322070

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