Half Ton Transformer – Style Wine Rack Made From Transmission Parts


Over the years, the 1A Auto Blog has seen some outrageous automotive-related creations.  Remember that awesome bench seat made from a truck bed? And the incredible table made of wrenches ? Both were game changers no doubt, but today your world is about to be flipped over and shaken up. Yes, today we have a 6 foot tall transformer-like wine rack that would frighten an army of cyborgs away from Sarah Connor. Without. Question. The best part you ask?  It’s for sale on Craigslist. So you can own it.

In the seller’s own words:

“For the discerning individual who appreciates artwork and wine – you now have a great opportunity to meld those together into one piece of artwork that will display your bottle collection like no other wine rack. This will make you the talk of your wine club, HOA, alcoholics anonymous support group, etc…

There are only several times in one’s life when one has the opportunity to purchase something that is RIDICULOUSLY COOL. This is one of those moments.

Need something unique? Sure, you could certainly go to the local Mercedes dealership and pick up a G55 or wait until next year’s G63 comes out and yes, it would be unique, you’d be the talk of your friends, and ride around in style but it wouldn’t be any different than the next G55 or G63 rolling around. Nooooo waaaaaaay man! Those suckers are mass produced!! You see those all over the place in Scottsdale!

What ya need is a one-off piece of artwork that you will not find anywhere else in the metropolitan area and likely – the entire state.

SPECIFICATIONS

Height: 6 feet
Weight: Approx 1,000lbs
Material contents: Used transmission parts from automobiles and motorcycles. There are even parts on the statue that are stamped with the “Ford” logo
Bottle capacity: 32 bottles depending on size of bottle.

All parts used to artistically weld together this stunning piece of artwork have been dipped into a solution to neutralize and remove any oil, grime, or chemicals to ensure there are no corrosive chemicals left. The entire piece was then painted gun metal grey and then clear coated. It has blue LED lights that have been carefully wired into the body all along the leg and up into the torso to the top of the shoulder. There are also LED lights mounted in the “calf” of the leg.

Interested in buying this ridiculously awesome wine rack that will push you into celebrity status amongst your peers/neighborhood/human race?”

 

Transformer Wine Rack Craiglist Ad

Transformer Wine Rack Screen Capture

1A Auto Video Contest Has Officially Begun

This summer, we are having the first ever 1A Auto Video Contest. For the Full Rules, and entry form, go to the 1A Auto Video Contest page.  For the cliff notes, here’s the way it works.

  • You make a video that is 1 minute or less explaining how 1A Auto has saved you time and/or money.
  • Post it on your the internet so the public can see it.
  • Go to the Video Contest Page, agree to the terms & conditions, do what it says, and fill out the form.
  • If you do everything right and follow the rules, your video entry will likely be accepted by the 1A Auto Contest Committee (…of which I happen to be proud part of.).
  • The first 100 entrees accepted get a Free T-Shirt and more!
  • The Grand Prize winner (chosen by the 1A Auto Contest Committee) gets $1000!

With the prizes so generous, and ability to enter so incredibly easy, we are obviously expecting a large number of entrees.  Make your video ASAP, and tell all of your friends about it!

JOIN THE CONTEST RIGHT NOW

Want to see who is in the contest already?

Watch The Videos We Have So Far

A Properly Built Pontiac Hotrod

It isn’t every day that you see a 1934 Pontiac 2 door sedan with dual side mounted spares. It also not super common for a stock bodied 1934 Pontiac to have a giant 428 Pontiac motor stuffed under the stock hood. The thing that really impressed me though, was the absolutely pristine, custom-built, perfectly painted chassis that was hiding the coil-over independent rear suspension and inboard disc brakes. Yes, THAT was impressive. In fact, it was so impressive that it needed a plexiglass floor pan to properly show it off. This is totally my kind of car. Under the radar. Low key. Nonchalant. Powerhouse.

Love it.

Ageless: The BMW 635 CSI Edition

Some cars age really, really well, and the BMW 6 series is most certainly one of them. This past weekend I attended a car show at a local car dealer, and this beautifully BMW 635 CSI was in the parking lot staring at me. Amazingly, this car was not part of the car show. It was shameful really, because this car was incredibly well kept, and easily as nice as many of the show cars. The body of this BMW was flawless, the wheels were flawless, and it had clearly been loved from the moment it left the factory. Well done BMW. You made my Sunday.

1000 Old Car Wreck Pictures from the Boston Public Library

 

Okay fine, maybe it’s only 984 pictures, but sometimes in life you need to massage numbers up or down to suit your needs. This is my time to do so. Regardless, 984 pictures is still a lot of old car wreck pictures to thumb through, so you will want to grab a nice iced mocha latte or something for this little morbid afternoon journey.  I’ve gone through quite a few of these and I didn’t see any grotesque stuff (read: blood, guts, etc), but look at your own risk just in case I overlooked it.

This is the link to the 984 car accident picture slide show. (Best way to view them)

The thing that amazes me the most about them, is the picture quality.  The vast majority of these images are from between 1925 and 1955, and the clarity of the images is far better than anything that I could do right now.  Then again, I am photographically illiterate.  Anywho, enjoy the nearly one thousand pictures of old car wrecks, accidents, or whatever you prefer to call them.

This is if you don’t like slide shows and would rather click individual car accident pictures.

All images are borrowed from the links above at the Boston Public Library

 

Great Racing at Dover International Speedway the “Monster Mile”

We decided to pack up the RV on Friday night and make the 8 hour trek down to Dover International Speedway,  AKA the “Monster Mile.”

If you’re a race fan and have never been to Dover, it’s worth the trip. We had an absolute blast at this track. The racing was awesome, and it was a pretty cool place to take in a cup race.

The Monster in front of Dover International Speedway

The first thing that I didn’t realise was how steep the banks were in the turns. At 24 degrees of banking in the turns, and 9 degrees on the straights, it’s almost like a mini Daytona. Watching the race on T.V. doesn’t give the track any justice, when you go there in person, then you know why it’s called the “Monster Mile.” This track chewed up stock cars and spit them out.

The big one happened on lap 9 when Tony Stewart and the 83 tangled coming out of turn 2. The two cars spun blocking the entire speedway causing a 12-13 car pile-up. With nowhere to go, one car slammed right into another down the backstretch. They had to red flag the race for a while to clean up the carnage off of the track.

The two Busch brothers, and Jeff Burton all suffered blown motors as a result of trying to tame the monster, but their cars would have no part of it as one by one their motors decided to expire.

Jeff Gordon seemed to have the only car that could catch and pass the 48 Lowes machine of Johnson. However once again Gordon’s bad luck of 2012 continued when he left his pit stall and reported a loose wheel over the radio a few laps later, which forced him to pit under green. He came back out of the pits in around the 21st place, and luck never really seemed to be on his side to help him make his way back towards the front of the pack He finished 13th for his efforts.

There was no stopping Kevin Harvick, as he also challenged Jimmie Johnson for the lead. He even had to pick his way back through the field after missing his pit stall on pit road, and then had to go all the way around the track to try it one more time so that his car could get serviced by his pit crew. Harvick took home a second place finish.

On of the things that I had to laugh at (or didn’t expect) was that when we pulled into Lot 10 to park the RV, everyone was mowing their lawn. It was pretty comical, to see everyone with red lawn mowers strapped to their motorhomes. In NH the fans all have Radio Flyer wagons to haul stuff to the track.

 

 

1972 Nova Project: Replacing The Roof Edition

Cutting the roof off of a car can be a little intimidating, but sometimes you have no choice.  In my case, my friend’s 1972 Nova had a vinyl roof for its entire life, which rotted out the steel beneath it quite nicely. With the wheel houses repaired, and both quarter panels finally welded on, I decided to tackle the haggard looking roof skin next. » Continue reading more of this post…

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