How to Remove an Engine in 30 Seconds

 

Not much to say here.  Just removing the engine in 30 seconds or less.

 

 

Rusty Hoods Are Cool?

Waaaaay back in January 2010 I shared some pictures  of my friend’s plaid painted hood on his Subaru. Today, we have a different style of customized hood, and you guessed it!  It’s a Volkswagen! This one has more…..well, rust. BUT. It also had equally as much creativity. Haters gon’ hate rusty hoods, but I appreciate seeing some things that are outside the box every once in a while.  This VW most certainly fit the bill.

The K24A2 Powered 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Caddy Pickup, Not Sold.

This past week a completely wicked looking, Volkswagen Rabbit pickup truck passed through the hands of eBay. The bidding was intense as it inched its way up to $15,100, but sadly, the reserve was never met. With a buy it now price of $25k, I’m not that surprised that the seller didn’t accept 10K less.

At first glance, it seems to be a super clean, hoodless, stanced, VW pickup, and it is. However, it also has a fully functioning 2005 Acura TSX engine and an RSX transmission. It’s also got a mod list than could wear out the scroll button on your mouse. From eBay:

Modifications:

Motor:
- 2005 K25A2 TSX Motor
- 2005 K20A2 RSX Transmission
- RBC Intake Manifold
- Hybrid Racing 70mm Throttle Body
- Custom Throttle Cable Bracket
- Custom Mil Spec Harness Plate on Firewall
- Custom Cold Air Intake With Vibrant Filter
- Hondata Intake Manifold Gasket
- Hybrid Racing Fuel Rail
- Hybrid Racing Temp Sensor Adapter
- K Tuned Idler Pulley
- Bolt Boys Engine Dress Up Kit
- Kokenda Customs Airbrushed Valve Cover (also have a valve cover powdercoat color matched to the truck)
- Type S Oil Cooler
- Type S Water Pump
- Custom AN-16 Radiator Hoses and Fittings
- Custom Upper and Lower Coolant Outlets
- All-In Fabrication Header
- Custom 3″ Exhaust using Vibrant Stainless Steel
- Custom Axles
- Hybrid Racing Motor Mounts from a civic
- Buddy Club Short Shifter
- Mugen Oil Cap
- Mugen Radiator Cap
- Custom Griffin Radiator
- Slim Fan
- Custom Radiator Overflow
- Custom Oil Catch Can
- Seen It! Coil Pack Cover
- Chase Bays Mil Spec Engine Harness
- Hondata KPRO ECU
- Custom Fuel Pump / FPR Mount
- Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
- Aeromotive Trick Flow FPR
- Custom 10gal Aluminum Fuel Cell
- Autometer Fuel Sending Unit
- Custom Fuel Fill and Cap
- Custom Battery Cutoff with Small Racing Battery under passenger seat.

Interior:
- Buddy Club Racing Seats
- Custom Seat Rails
- Custom Gauge Cluster
- Custom Gauge Holder in Glovebox
- STACK Classic Tachometer
- STACK Oil Pressure Gauge
- STACK Coolant Temp Gauge
- STACK Fuel Pressure Gauge
- STACK Fuel Level Gauge
- CD Player with two speakers behind seats
- Nardi Wood Steering Wheel with Gold Spokes
- Nardi VW Horn Button
- NRG Quick Release
- Custom Steering Wheel Hub
- ARC Shift Knob
- Sticker Bombed Roof
- Wood Gauge Bezel

Suspension/Brakes:
- Custom Stainless Braided Lines
- Wilwood Brake Master Cylinder
- Wilwood Clutch Master Cylinder
- Wilwood Floor Mount Pedal Holders with Custom Pedals
- Custom Stainless Steel Gas Pedal
- Wilwood Brake Proportioning Valve
- Raceland Front Coilovers
- QA1 Rear Coilovers
- Flipped Rear Axle

Exterior:
- Long Front Duckbill
- Short Front Duckbill
- Work CR-01 15×8 +20
- 15mm Spacer Front
- 20mm Spacer Rear

Once you reach the bottom of the list, you can see how all of that would add up fairly quickly. Personally, I hope he gets all the money for this so that I can watch the building of his fully funded next project. You just can’t beat a good build thread these days. So, if you find yourself with money burning a hole in your pocket, and a heart that is yearning for more Rabbit pickup in your life, you can always contact the seller and make him an offer that he can’t refuse. Good luck!

Info and images borrowed Ebay Item Number 160699014179 .  From what I can gather in the eBay listing, This is the guy that took these fantastic photos. His work is amazing, check out his website for more.

Nothing Too Crazy Here, Just A Few Karmann Ghia Pictures For Your Enjoyment.

Yea, I could probably write something more clever here, but I think that a chameleon painted ’69 Karmann Ghia speaks for itself. 1600cc’s / Automatic Stickshift.   There is nothing left to be said.

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Is This Spot Taken? KTHXBYE.

Car shows are always great time, but the Broke Down 2011 car show flipped my world inside out, wrapped it in hickory smoked bacon, and then dipped it into an enthusiasm bisque. It was 1000+ cars, thousands of great people, fantastic music, and delicious food.  Oh yea, there were some cars there too.  Tons of people took far better pictures than I will ever be capable of and posted them on the Broke.Down facebook page.  If you have a few dozen hours to use up, I recommend flipping through some of the albums that are on there (at your own risk of course!)

Now, you may be saying to yourself “Jeremy, did the wacky chameleon painted Karmann Ghia make it to the show?”  Well, no. However,  it wasn’t due to lack of effort, that’s for sure. Let’s just say that the ol’ KG automatic stickshift input shaft seal wasn’t quite ready for 1600cc’s of spiciness.  That’s a story for another day though.  Who knows, I may even have some pictures!

Simply a Volksrod.

With clouds from the Simpson’s floating high overhead, I snapped a picture of something that I need more of in my life. The “less is more” attitude was incredibly strong with this one. Now if only I knew how to use a camera…

You Like Legos? You Like VW Buses? Well Then You Like This!

Over the last few weeks, I have spent a fair amount of time wrenching on an early 1970′s 1600cc air cooled Volkswagen engine. Before I acquired this relic, it had been sitting for oh… maybe… 20 years or so. Needless to say, it needed a teeny bit o’ lovin’ before hitting the streets again. In the days ahead, I will be tossing it into the back of a 1969 Karmann Ghia, so that my mom & dad will be able to attend Broke Down 2011.  Yes, you read that right.  Anyway… with the VW juices at an all time high this week, it was an absolute pleasure to lay my eyes upon this video posted up on Jalopnik. It instantly reminded me of two things. The first is just how much I loved Legos when I was younger, and secondly, I probably have a TON of Legos buried somewhere in my attic. Hmm. Regardless, whether it is built of fine metals or fresh Legos, watching a vehicle assembled from nothing is always a pleasure to me.  I hope that you thoroughly enjoy the video, as I surely did.

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Xn4VMCEB3A

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