RPOTD: Ocean View 1966 Pontiac Bonneville

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Have you ever taken your car to the beach, and then forgot about it …… like …… forever?  It’s ok, that’ll buff right out.  Photoshop or not, I think it’s a cool picture.

Image borrowed from:

http://weburbanist.com/

UPDATE: AWD Mitsubishi Turbo Dune Buggy!

Back in August we had and entire week of amazing automotive projects, and many readers asked for updates as they progressed. Since 1A Auto never disappoints, and Don never stops working on this thing, we bring you Round 2 of the AWD Mitsubishi Turbo Dune Buggy (See Round 1 Here if you missed it).  Since the first 1A Auto blog post, I have gotten to know Don a bit, and he is one of the most creative and resourceful builders I have seen.  There are not enough thumbs on my hands to give him the amount of “thumbs up” that he deserves!  Keep up the great work!

As you can see:

- Many many hours of fiberglass work has been done
- Body mounts have been made
- Front bumper installed
- Strut braces have been made
- Radiator and mounted
- New tires and wheels!

RPOTD: Muddy Porsche Edition

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Freshly Washed!

Freshly Washed!

EEEEK!  Throw it Back!!!

Image borrowed from:

http://pcarblog.com/

1998 Ford Explorer How-To Video Suggestions

1A Auto Wants Your Suggestions!

1998 Ford Explorer

Over the last few months, 1A Auto has recorded several hundred high definition how-to videos on our 1A Auto YouTube Channel and we are adding dozens more each week.  We want to give our customers all the guidance that they may need when replacing the typical do-it-yourself auto parts like the ones that we provide.   Our YouTube videos are all 10 minutes or less and they cover everything from the tools that you will need, to the time that it should take, and all the tips and tricks that we have learned along the way.  They show you how auto parts are replaced in a real world environment, not in the fantasy TV land of rust-free metal and easy to turn bolts.

Most recently, we acquired a 1998 Ford Explorer that we will be breathing some much deserved life back into.  It has typical mileage, normal wear and tear, and makes a fantastic winter vehicle in New England!  Over the next month or so, we are going through it and making dozens of helpful how-to videos about the entire process. This is where you come in! We are looking for “how-to video” suggestions for this Explorer project.   » Continue reading more of this post…

This is how you run 6′s at 210 mph.

When the boost arrives.

This video was taken yesterday by a friend of mine at New England Dragway.  It was a test & tune day, and one of the cars there ripped off a 6.92 at 210 mph.  Twin turbo, G-Body, pulling the front wheels when the boost arrives. These DMC  guys deserve a round of applause, and many high 5′s.  Well done!

RPOTD: Racing to the track edition

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http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t114/dog427435/1218%20ashbridge/99020Cooper20T51.jpg

The Rust Heinz Designed Bowman & Schwartz Phantom Corsair

This picture above is what it looked like when it was new.

This is after it was modified and painted by the second owner.

This is what it looks like now.

Back in the mid 1930′s Rust Heinz (yes, the ketchup guy) decided to design a high end supercar.  He made a model out of clay, and had it built by Bowman & Schwartz (they were awesome car builders).  The car was known as the 1938 Phantom Corsair.  Rust Heinz wanted it to be a limited production car that would be sold for about $15,000, which was a massive sum of money at the time.

The car used a Cord engine in its original front wheel drive configuration. It had an automatic transmission, and they bumped the horsepower up to around 190.  Not too shabby for the 1930′s!  Once completed, Rust drove the car for a while and advertised it all over.  Unfortunately, Rust died tragically at the young age of 25 in a car accident (not in this car), and the “push” for the car to become a success was lost.  The car was stored for a few years after Rust’s death and then sold to a guy that modified it to be a more driver friendly vehicle.  Better cooling, a bigger windshield, and a modified roof were all molded into the clean original body.  It was then painted gold and driven by the new owner.

Decades later it came up for auction and landed in the Harrah Collection in Reno Nevada, which eventually became the National Automobile Museum. It was modified again back to its original design, and is currently on display in the museum today if you’d like to see it in person.   My only thought is that it needs more “low”, like at least 5 more inches of it.  Other than that, its bug eyed killer whale body is quite appealing to me.

Image Borrowed From:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t114/dog427435/1218%20ashbridge/Vintage/1039.png

http://www.supercars.net/cars/4422.html

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