Defining Perfection: The Neighborhood Truck

Seeing cars and trucks used for their intended purposes does wonderful things for me.  I like seeing trucks hauling heavy stuff, Mustangs and Camaros being brutally launched at the drag strip, and pricey exotics ripping at the corners of a road course.  It’s refreshing.  When I went to the SEMA show a few years ago, I remember being absolutely flabbergasted that people in Nevada still drive around old cars daily.  Not as show cars, but as regular vehicles.  Ah…. The beautiful thing about the dry climates…..  rust isn’t desperately clawing at the bottom of your car trying to pull it back into the earth.   As long as the engine stays spinning, and the seats don’t turn into dust, you should be able to drive your 75 Malibu as long as you want.  I love this.  These old cars that are driven daily and used for a purpose often lack some of the pinache’ that show cars have, but they have features that can’t be bought or built, it’s called character.

In my neighborhood, there is an old 58-59 Chevy truck that looks like it gets used for typical yard work, and “around town” type things.  It has more character than any other car in town, and it’s tough to pinpoint why.  It just looks sooo right from every angle.  If I ever were lucky enough to own this truck, I don’t think I would change a thing about it. It is perfection.

What’s in your neighborhood?

Most vs. Least Expensive Cars on eBay.

9/17 Most Expensive Car on EBay.

Vehicle: Prago Picalo Item # 300467016924

Buy it Now Price: $5,200,000.00

Owner Says: “The car was produce hand make in the company Böhminischen Märischen Machine in the year 1934. In this time epoch till 1945 have sitting in the car prominent people. The car is a original and in well condition. You can feel the time.”

My Thoughts: I cannot feel the time for a Prago Picalo.

9/17 Least Expensive Car on EBay.

Vehicle: 1978 Triumph Spitfire # 280562381265

Buy it Now Price: $250

Owner Says:
“For parts Still good parts left.
And take it all..Come with papers.
Can deliver short distance.
Trans / Rear /Lower motor block unit.
And a few other parts.”

My Thoughts: I STILL cannot feel the time for a Prago Picalo.

Serial Numbers On Glass?

serial number glass

I worked on an absolutely beautiful 1984 Chevy Caprice recently, and noticed that it had engraved serial numbers on all the glass.  I understand why they do it, but is this common?  I have worked on about 11 trillion cars, and this is the first that I have seen like this.

Oh great 1AAuto Blog Readers, please school me on this. Common? Not Common? Does it actually thwart thievery? Is it just another way for dealers to grab money?  Who has this on their cars?

Bonus Note: That is me in the reflection, with the camera phone. Hi.

Yes: Throw That On A 4×4 Chassis.

El Camino 4x4

Whenever you mix free time and El Camino’s, you can guarantee that something amazing will happen.   In this case,  the mid 70′s body style El Camino that everyone loves to hate became a 4 wheel drive monster.  The brush guard was functional and ready for some action, and so was the solid front axle.  In all honesty, it was put together fairly well.  Under more normal conditions, the body would have been connected to the frame with drywall screws and tie-down straps.  This one was far better.  It used real metal and wasn’t a giant turd like most 4×4 chassis swaps that I have seen.  While I can’t picture myself in this vehicle, I have great appreciation for anybody that puts their time and effort into a car.   So cheers to you mid 70′s El Camino 4×4 chassis swap dude, and to a job well done!

Widebody Wednesday: 2010 Camaro Edition

I am declaring today as Widebody Wednesday because I was hit in the face with some sweet looking 2010 Camaro widebody pictures and figured that the 1A Auto Blog readers would enjoy them as well.  This car is a work in progress being built by Extreme Dimensions in conjunction with Real Auto Works, and it looks like something I would thoroughly enjoy cruising around in.  The laid out air ride suspension compliments the custom widebody kit perfectly in my opinion, and makes it look different from every other Camaro on the street. Although I may change a little thing here or there, I’m going to have to give this one two high 5′s.  As Facebook might say: “Jeremy Like This!”

Pictures borrowed from:

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?5012975-2010-Camaro-widebody

Real Lexus LFA Spotted at a Massachusetts Dealer.

That’s right.  A real life LFA was spotted at a Massachusetts dealer yesterday.  It’s rumored to be one of 2 in the country. Where is it?  I’m not telling.  Who’s is it?  We don’t know, but it’s sold, so put your wallet back in your pocket.  Apparently it sounds like an amazing act of god when revved.  Sit back, gawk, and enjoy.

Beautiful and Likely Able to Survive a Dinosaur Attack.

They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  I know that this statement is true because this truck’s license plate told me so.  Seriously though, this truck is amazing.  I saw it at a local show and instantly had dreams of driving through the jungle, fighting off a tiger, multiple ligers, maybe giant arachnids, and a dinosaur.  It is an absolute beast of a machine that would probably go around ripping tags off mattresses if you ticked it off.  I’m not sure what its intended use is, but it appears to be limitless in its abilities.  If Jurassic park ever becomes a reality, you better believe I will be the first one making friends with this “beauty”, and guaranteeing my survival of the dinopocolipse.

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