DO WANT: Monte Carlos

This week I wanted to bring up an important topic that we all need to think long and hard about.  Love for Monte Carlos.  Yes,  the Chevy Monte Carlos that were built from 1970-1988 were a beautiful bunch of machines, even the sadly forgotten 1973-77 models.   They all had giant engines, huge fenders, heavy doors, and tons of luxury options.   If you have never driven in one, I would compare it to sitting on a sofa that is strapped down to an erupting volcano.  To celebrate the true wonder that the 1970-88 Monte Carlos are, I have gathered a youtube video of each generation doing an elegant burnout, as only a high class Monte Carlo could.

Between 1970 and 1972 the Monte Carlo shared a large number of parts with the Chevelles, but for some unknown reason (to me), Monte Carlos don’t seem to rot out like the Chevelles and Malibu’s do.  Is it because beauty doesn’t age? Could it be because Monte Carlos are so full of magnificence, that rust cannot possibly break them down?  Maybe it is because they are so uncommon that deterioration itself wants them to last forever?  Whatever magical presence it is protecting these cars from rust, it deserves a high five.  With that, I give you elegant burnout number one!

I always felt bad for the 1973-77 Monte Carlos.  They were always the ugly bunch that nobody seemed to want.  They still had huge engines, and more class than you would know what to do with.  What people don’t seem to realize is that with one of these land yachts sweet rides, you have every single automotive option on earth for an unbelievable low price.  You have buttons that control other buttons, and switches that control knobs.  You have seats that move in like 879 directions, carpet that is 6 inches thick, and enough cigarette lighters to light 40 stogies at once.  The trunk is big enough to sneak 10 of your closest friends into the drive-in, which makes for 18 total passengers.  What is there not to love? As you may have guessed, this body style is the perfect candidate for elegant burnout number two!

The 78-88 Monte Carlos are unmatched in beauty and grace.  If these cars had a decent engine and transmission in them, they could have been the greatest vehicle ever built (……..by Chevy between 1978-88).  The downsides to these cars were the asthmatic V6 and V8 engines that GM loaded into them.  Chevy claimed 165 horsepower, but I assure you that it felt more like donkey power.  Yes, I would rate them at approx. 14 donkeypower.  People in horse drawn carriages would easily pass these cars in a race.  The interiors were slightly less plush than that of the 73-77 body style, but still high class compared to most.   Overall, the great looking body makes up for the lack in power.  You buy one of these cars to look awesome, not to go fast.  If you swap the engine for maximum greatness, you end up with elegant burnout number three!

Ford GT For Sale in a Front Yard Near You!

Mixed in with the lawn gnomes, pink flamingos, and dog statues, you typically find Ford Escorts, Tempos, and Taurus’s for sale in front yards. That is sooo pre-Y2K. This guy is bringing the front yard used car lot game to a whole new level. “djsheijkdfj” on the VWVortex message board spotted this 2005 Ford GT recently and I just had to show it off to the Nutt’s And Bolt’s Blog readers.  It is very much out of it’s element, and its beautiful red paint, gigantic brakes, and supercharged engine need a happy new leaf-free home.  Is it ok to sell this car this way? You decide.

Has anybody else seen any strange methods of selling exotic / rare cars?

Top 5 cars that you MUST own at some point in life.


I am a big dreamer, so I often dream about the cars that I MUST own at some point in life. I do imaginary ground up builds in my head, with awesome engines, transmissions, brakes, paint, and everything in between. The stuff I dream about is usually strange stuff that nobody else wants, but that’s the fun of it, you can build it your crazy way.

So here are MY MUST have’s, in no particular order:

1964 Chevy Impala Convertible
– Aluminum block 409 cubic inch engine, fuel injected, with twin turbo’s and a giant intercooler hiding behind the grille.
– 6-speed manual transmission
– 4 wheel, 6 piston Brembo disc brakes
– Stock looking wheels, dog dish hubcaps, with white wall tires
– Dark green paint? Maybe Black? I am undecided at this point.
– Coil over suspension, very very low to the ground.

1939 Graham Sharknose Supercharged Convertible
– Supercharged factory engine
– 100% bone stock. It’s a work of art, I can’t possibly modify a car that they only produced 1 of!

1989 Dodge Ram 50 Extended Cab
– Painted all black with black 18 inch wheels, and 5% tinted windows
– 4G63 turbocharged Mitsubishi Eclipse engine
– Evo VIII turbocharger, custom intake & exhaust manifolds
– 6 speed T-56 transmission
– Lowered 4 inches with coil overs and 4-linked rear suspension
– Ice cold A/C

1936 Lincoln Zephyr 2 Door Coupe (2 door sedan pictured)
– Factory V12 engine with a new centrifugal supercharger for a little fun
– Lowered about 6 inches
– Stock wheels, wide white wall tires
– Again, it is a work of art as is, why mess with perfection?

This specific pictured 1963 Chevy Corvette Split Window Coupe
– On the whole, I typically don’t like Corvettes. That being said, I want this Corvette. It also has a very interesting history that my dad is a part of. It is one-of-a-kind and I am not rich, so the chances of me owning it are anywhere from slim to none. If anybody has more pictures of it, I would love to see it. It has been 12-15 years since I have seen it in person.
– It has a 427 Big Block with enough horsepower to blow the windows out of a garage door (That’s a fact).
– Mako Shark nose
– Clean body work, great engine, unique 1963 body….. it just doesn’t get better for me as far as corvettes go.

So those are my top 5 that I HAVE to own at some point. The good news is that I actually own 2 of them right now. The bad news is that neither are anything like my dream depicts them.

Now its your turn. What cars are on your top 5 list? Keep in mind that this is a dream, so go big!

Images borrowed from:
(Graham) http://www.remarkablecars.com
(Zephyr) http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3052/2479224114_8ac03af780.jpg?v=0
(Impala) http://www.rides-mag.com/online/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/64-impala-001.jpg

Finally a Hybrid That We Can Agree On.

Terry Cook and Chip Foose have come up with a hybrid that I think most car enthusiasts will appreciate. It isn’t the kind of hybrid that has a floor pan full of giant batteries, or any electric motor powered wheels. Instead, it is the culmination of awesome automotive components and beautiful design work.  It has the boat tail and sweeping fenders that all car enthusiasts dream about, and a GM LS1 engine hiding under its bonnet. (Hey, it seems like the appropriate word in this case!) It is asymmetrical because Terry loved both designs, and since you can only see one side of the car at once anyway, he decided to have both! I think the dashboard and steering wheel could be slightly fancier, but other than that, I’m a giant fan of the car. Terry and Chip both get the thumbs up from me.

Info & pics from:
http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/05/bound-for-gotham-city-bugatti-and.html

http://www.delahayeusa.com/

Early 1900’s Donk Ride Spotted.

I’m not sure if this is a considered a Donk, Box, or Bubble, but I can tell you it was rolling on some seriously large wheels in the early 1900’s.  I would put this fine piece of machinery in the “box” category since it is 50% wood.  For those of you unfamiliar with the “Hi-Riser” scene, it is typically compiled of American brand cars with suspension lifts and giant wheels.  Why? Well… I’m not really sure.   This scene was apparently born in the south, but it has quickly spread across the country to places near you.  Although hi-risers don’t really strike my fancy, I can still appreciate them for the work that goes into them.  Love them or hate them, they catch your attention, and are likely here to stay.

Donk, Box, Bubble pictures found at:

Donk

Box

Bubble

Rat Rods…… Yes.

1930 Chevy Rat Rod 3 Window Coupe

Rat Rods are cool, and I am here to tell you my top 10 reasons why:

1) They are cheap to build – You don’t need rust free metal, so you are often able to put cars back on the road that never would have been restored otherwise.
2) You can build it yourself – It gives you an amazing sense of pride to drive something that you built, and even more when you get a “thumbs up” from a fellow gearhead.
3) Lowered cars and trucks are cooler – That’s just a fact.
4) Raw metal – Unpainted metal is a great way to show off your fabricating skills.
5) Simplicity – These cars work off the bare essentials. Windows, heat, seats and suspension are optional.
6) No Fear – You don’t have to worry about parking your clean car in a grocery store parking lot. If somebody swings their caravan door into it, it doesn’t even matter!
7) Wiring – All you need is power for the ignition coil, alternator, lights, and a horn. That is like 8 wires. Anybody could handle that.
8 ) Typically a two seater – This means you don’t have to cart your friends around all over town. “Can you give us a ride to blah blah somewhere place?…….” “nope sorry, I only have two seats….”
9) Exposed engine – Watching mechanical things move is awesome on every level. There is no denying it.
10) Part availability – All parts that you will ever need can be found in a junk yard, swap meet, home depot, or convenience store.

Picture borrowed from eBay Item number: 18049680146

Favorite Food While Wrenching on Cars?

Imagine it is summer time and you are doing an engine swap with a few friends in the driveway. Lunch time finally arrives, and you need to decide what the perfect food to compliment car-wrenching is.  For me, in the summer, it’s gotta be a delicious home-made cheeseburger.  Heck no, we don’t do frozen pre-made stuff, we have a legit recipe of our own.  Here is an amazing burger that my greasy handed friends and I often devour during a summertime wrench-fest.

Ingredients to make a burger as awesome as ours:
Ground Beef
Jack Daniels Original #7 BBQ Sauce
A-1 Extra Thick Steak Sauce
Land O’ Lakes American Cheese
Martins Potato Rolls
Red Onions
Ketchup

Optional:
Bacon (Let’s be honest, it makes every food better, but its a lot of work.)
Heinz Sweet Relish (I’m the only one that likes it on my burger.)
Marie’s Blue Cheese Dressing (Dip the burger in it, I know, strange…. just try it.)

Instructions to make a delicious burger:
1) In a bowl, combine the beef and some BBQ sauce together. Add BBQ sauce in small portions so that the meat doesn’t lose its ability to hold itself together. You only have one chance to do this right, so take baby steps. Once you overdose the beef with bbq sauce, you fail, because the burger patty falls apart on the grill, leaving you with a bunch of crunchy beef morsels. This is not what we are shooting for.
2) Combine the beef & bbq sauce into ~ 1/4 lb patties. Lay them on a plate with wax paper between layers of patties, that way they don’t stick together.
3) Heat that grill up! Turn it on in advance, and make sure it is hot when the burgers land on it.
4) Drop the burgers onto the hot grill, and let them sit that way until the tops of them start “sweating”. When that begins to happen, flip them. If you flip them early, you burn the outsides, and have a uncooked center. Nobody wants a burnt burger right?
5) IMPORTANT NOTE: Don’t press down on the burgers with the spatula at any point in time. People that do this squeeze all the deliciousness out of them! Sure watching the grill fire flare up is fun, but eating a flavorless, dry, hockey puck is not.
6) When the burger is almost cooked to your liking, dump some A-1 Sauce on it, and then drop the cheese over it. This locks the A-1 steak sauce in with cheesy goodness.
7) Let the cheese melt for a few minutes, and then place the burger onto a potato roll.
8 ) Add diced onions, bacon, relish, ketchup & blue cheese to your liking. I recommend adding the first 4, and then dipping it in blue cheese for the ultimate Nutt’s & Bolt’s Burger.

By no stretch of the imagination is this burger healthy, but it is delicious, and really hits the spot at lunch time after a hard morning’s work.

So what’s your favorite food to eat while wrenching on cars?

Images from:
http://ayahfoods.com/products/_pics/BBQ%20Chicken%20Wings%201kg.jpg
http://www.watchmojo.com/blogs/images/pizza.jpg
http://www.streetsedge.com/images/cheeseburger.jpg