Much like the crazy Fire Truck we saw the other day on eBay, today we have a Craigslist find that will make you wonder what was in your cereal this morning. Let me preface this by saying, I have a HUGE respect for anybody that takes on a major project like this, and actually follows through to witness its completion. Whether it is space-ship-esque or not, you have to give the guy credit for getting these parts to actually mate up to each other. That being said, your eyes are in for a candy treat this morning, in the form of a 3rd Gen F-Body.
It’s yellow. It’s packing some serious punch with a V6 and “chop head and roller rocker arm“. It’s got 20 speakers, a 7 inch tv in the dash, and a 16 inch monitor in the roof. It’s got even more yellow. It’s got a Mitsubishi front bumper and headlights from a 92-94 DSM. What else could you want?
There are a few cars out there that I’m basically in love with, and this is one of them. I see this car at all the local car shows, and my friends have to literally drag me away from it kicking and screaming every time. I can’t get enough of it. If you think it looks good in the picture, you should see it in person. The body lines, the stance, chopped roof, stainless trim, subtle body mods, engine bay, and interior are all perfection. As far as 1950’s customs go, it just doesn’t get any better than this in my mind.
In the early days of hot rodding, there were guys putting big engines from big cars into vehicles that they had no business powering. Flathead V8’s, Zephyr transmissions, multiple carb’s (sometimes even hooked up!), and quick change rear ends were all the rage. Each hot rod builder wanted to be faster, lower, smoother, and more custom than the next guy. Car customizing was pushing the limits of what could safely be driven on the street. As cars evolved so did the hot rodding scene. Muscle cars came and went and so did the days of factory emissions parts stealing your horsepower. After writing yesterday’s blog about what to do with my 1960 Pontiac project car, I began to wonder who really is driving this hot rod scene forward in 2010? What is a hot rod? Who is still customizing cars and is it the same style as it was several decades ago? Has everything been done?! Is hot rodding only hot rodding if it is an old car? American? Foreign? Gosh, so many tough questions.
In high school, my friends and I were minitruckers (don’t hate!), so we were all about laying our trucks as low to the ground as possible and tucking lug nuts in the fenders. If some part of the truck prevented us from being low, it would simply be removed. One cool fall day I was building a boxed steel frame, triangulated 4-link suspension, and air ride setup for a friends Toyota truck, and my dad walked outside and watched me work for a few minutes. He then said “This is just like what we used to do when I was a kid. This is hot rodding.” For whatever reason those words stuck with me, and in my mind it holds true. I feel like if you are modifying your car in a way that other people aren’t doing, don’t like, or don’t understand, you are probably hot rodding.
What’s your definition of Hotrodding? Who is doing it?
People like different cars for different reasons, and some people even like Toyota Previa Vans. “shawnthemonster” on VWVortex.com is one of them. He took a stock Previa (…basically, an Egg) and made it rad in every way. Custom body mods, slammed to the ground, amazing paint job, super hottt wheels, and even a red interior. I mean this thing is sexy from every angle. Continue reading Rad Previa Van: Let’s Check It Out.