“Affordable” Espada Project Hell? Don’t Mind if I Do!

Tim Odell May 17, 2016 For Sale

1971 lamborghini espada for saleFew vehicles of the 1970s managed to both embrace the ethos of the ’70s and carry legitimate, unironic coolness like the . It took a while for the world to catch up to that realization, so more than almost any other Lambo they suffered heinous neglect or were robbed of their V12s so that “better” Lambos could live.

Today we’re checking both of those boxes: lousy condition and no drivetrain. However, in contrast to the ever-rising prices of Espadas in good shape, this one’s still dangerously affordable. At the current $8,150 price, it could work as the foundation for an interesting project. Personally, I’d say Step One has to be giving up on it ever being properly restored. This one’s rough enough that attempting to source or refurbish every lest Lamborghini-specific trim, wiring, or drivetrain part would be a never ending quest.

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Brown 1973 AMC Hornet Sportabout Wagon Resurfaces

Tim Odell May 12, 2016 For Sale

Redusernab is the automotive equivalent of the friends chanting “do it! do it!” when you’re considering jumping into the pool from the second story roof. We’re elated when people actually buy some of the rides we dredge up. (Side note: if you actually buy something we link to on ebay, we make a few bucks).

Back in 2014, Jim Brennan featured this brown AMC Hornet Sportabout Wagon out of Phoenix. Kevin reached out to us this week to let us know he bought it from that listing. He’s done a few upgrades on it since then, and it’s back up for sale again on . Hit the jump to check out his walk-through videos.

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Showdown: Completely Unrelated Cars Just Because I feel like it Edition

Tim Odell May 10, 2016 All Things Hoon

1986 ford crown vic for sale (3)1989 Colt turbo 4g63 swap for sale (1)

Most accurately, it’s because I spent my whole evening sprucing up , so I’m just grabbing the first two interesting cars I found from SF Bay Craigslist. They share one thing in common: both have had engine swaps. Searching for “swapped” yields some entertaining results.

In one corner we have an that may or may not have been a police car a former life. Under the hood, a swapped-in, mildly upgraded ’89 302/5.0 H.O. motor motivates. Unfortunately, the A/C system has been sacrificed to free several horsepower. The Generic Municipal Grey means it’ll blend into the background of the urban environment without notice. There’s plenty to gripe about, but ameliorates some concerns.

Heading to , we with a 4G63 swapped in. To this day, my college roommate’s boosted-to-hell Eclipse (or was it a Talon?) is one of the most incredible and terrifying vehicles I’ve ever driven. Subtracting weight and wheelbase could only make for vehicle both more terrifying and incredible. Its got the typical collection of mods you’d expect (thankfully the boost gauge is on the column, not the A-pillar) and .

Where would you spend your money?

Find a Wagoneer, Fix a Wagoneer, Drive a Wagoneer – Dirt Every Day Gets it Right

If you haven’t caught the latest episode of Dirt Every Day (DED:Roadkill as 4Wheel and Offroad:Hot Rod), well, you should. Despite the cold temps, it warms our Wagoneer-loving hearts.

This Rampage is Trying Way Too Hard, But We Love it Anyway

1984 Dodge Rampage for saleThe Rampage joins the Plymouth Scamp and Ford Durango at the bottom of the Car-Truck notoriety scale. Based on the Mopar platform, it’s by the Iacocca-era 2.2 four cylinder engine. Fortunately this particular example comes with three pedals and five gears as well. However, unfortunate are a number of stylistic choices the owner has made.

The 19″ wheels stick out most of all (literally and figuratively). While the stock 14×6″ styled steelies never got anyone laid, maybe there’s a more reasonable middle ground at 15 or 17″ that’ll actually allow more than a 12 degree turn of the front wheels. The brown-over-black (primer?) paint isn’t so bad, but that faux carbon fiber wrap on the tailgate…why? Most terrible (but most easily fixed) are the PepBoyZ special pedal covers, steering wheel and shifter. I actually like the “angry eyes” headlight things. Don’t judge me.

Un-dumbed, this could be a decent little runabout as a shop vehicle or something. Based on the number of swaps I see and literally two minutes of skimming forums, it appears raiding the 80s-90s Chrysler and Mitsubishi parts bin enables reasonably straightforward swapping of later triple-digit horsepower DOHC or even SRT Neon motors. Torque steer for days.

Anyway, the auction ends later today and as I type this no one’s taken the seller up on his $4200 opening bid.

Twin-Rotor Tuesday: Brit Madman Builds “Hoverbike”

English plumber-turned-Youtube sensation Colin Furze built a hoverbike. The contraption you see above kinda-sorta works, which is amazing given how difficult getting the thrust and center-of-mass balance on a thing like that can be. Hopefully he continues to play with it to put it to good use…whatever that might be.

Click through below for a three-part building series on how he did it. His contraptions are great, but the literal “guy in a shed” building/fab tips he has are great.

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Great LeMons Starter Volvo for $1,000

1968 Volvo 142 Lemons race car

Interested in getting started in LeMons? A good first step would be to buy an ancient or hopeless  to start with. Wait, no. The best way to get started in LeMons is to hitch a ride as an “arrive-and-drive” to see if it’s really for you. Suppose you failed to learn your lesson then, and instead want a bigger piece of the misery pie in the form of your own car. You could start with any number of hopeless craigslist or eBay finds, but buying an already-built car could definitely save a bundle of cash. As we know all too well, previous owner mods go back at half-price on any project car, LeMons included. As we also know, previous owner mods can be done properly or, well, not. Buying a car with a cage that’ll fail tech is a great way to screw yourself.

It ran one race at Sonoma sometime in 2015 (judging by the livery on Eyesore in that picture), so the cage is definitely up to current spec. It’s been sitting since then, will need some motor work and other minor sorting

Here’s what Steve, the seller has to say:

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What do You Call a Siren That’s Fat and Ugly? Quadravan, Apparently

1978 ford quadravan 4x4 for sale

I have a problem with negative absolutes. “It’s impossible.” “It’s worthless.” “There’s no way you could…” My immediate response? “Is that a challenge?!“. Nothing makes me happier than rescuing something from the scrap bin to extract a bit more utility from it for free.

With all that background, you can imagine what this ’78 Quadravan that’s dropped to $295 is doing to me.

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Truck Thursday eBay Dump: 2 Internationals, a Groovy Van, a Scamp and Tithonus

Tim Odell April 21, 2016 For Sale

All too often I queue up eBay and Craigslist finds, but never get the time to write about them. As I’m rich in finds, but low on time, we’re going with quantity over quality today.

(And to be honest, was the quality ever that great?)

This IH Pickup with a utility bed and shell will be sold by the time you read this. As I type, it’s a mere $1,584, which would be too much for a “ran when parked” special, were it not this burly of an IH.

(see above for picture) Keeping it late-60s IH, we’ve got this fncking superb Travelall. It was on eBay some time ago, so either it failed to sell or the buyer flaked. Either way, the overall look of oversized tire lift(?) is perfect. Four speed V8 rust in the typical spots. A little over $3k right now.

1976 ford econoline custom van for sale

I contend faded van mural art is better than originally pristine van mural art. Here’s a ’76 Ford van known as “Cool Blue” according to its etched glass windows. Shag, interesting seating, groovy stripes, stained glass sunroof. Oh yes.

1983 plymouth scamp for sale

I was into truck cars before they were cool. Seems like everyone these days wants an El Camino or Ranchero. Hell, even a Rampage or Durango doesn’t get autohipster elite cred. A Scamp, however, represents the pinnacle of “I have to tell everyone what it is” haughtiness. 2.2L 4 cylinder and manual trans for potential, “sitting in barn for several years” and specific mention of “as is” to drive home the hopelessness.

1985 land rover d110 tithonus for sale

Tithonus is a . Apparently Land Rover Defender 110 Panel Wagons are also nicknamed “Tithonus”. We’re talking about a mil-spec, diesel, manual 1985 Land Rover D110 here. It’s got a host of cool mil-spec goodies and was modernized with newer seats and endo/exocage. Current bid is $6k, but reserve is unmet. Would love to see it put to use as a camping rig rather than just hoarded as a “collectible” by someone with too much money.

Is a “Just Add Drivetrain” Jeep a Good Idea?

Tim Odell April 21, 2016 For Sale

1965 cj6 wrangler shell

You know what sucks? Bodywork. Dents, rust, paint? BAH. You now what’s not too bad? Nuts-and-bolts drivetrain and suspension work. Then again, as I advised you all long ago, starting with a non-runner really hurts the probability your project car will ever amount to anything.

With all that in mind, let’s take a minute to ponder what looks like . Despite the TJ front clip and YJ tub, its ’65 CJ6 origin mean it’s smog exempt and sports a slightly-more-useful 109″ wheelbase. The body and frame are in perfect shape. It’s fully caged. In contrast to most “build a rockcrawler from it” donor nuclei, the title and registration are squeaky clean.

Atop the $4,000 asking price, you’ll need to add a complete drivetrain and interior at a minimum. Wiring? Fuel tank? Top? Doors? We’re left to wonder. Were this a typical magazine build we’d be looking at a mid-teens to mid-20s pricetag (ignoring the fact they get most of the parts for free).

Personally, I’d skip well past the top few obvious drivetrain choices (LS, 350, 5.0, 4.3, 4.0, 4BT) in favor of something more asinine, like a 2-barrel 390 with a retrofit TBI EFI system. In fact, the whole drivetrain out of an early-70s F250 would do the job nicely. Then again, we could go more lightweight and grab an all-aluminum Buick 215. Honestly, almost anything can make a mid-sized Wrangler(ish) move just fine. How would you complete this in typical Redusernab stingy-ass fashion?


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