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Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

Have you ever noticed that there’s rarely ever anything sporty about Sport Utility Vehicles? Fortunately, pick up trucks often have sporting aspirations, and in fact back in ’70s Dodge’s D100 was America’s fastest production vehicle. Today there are a lot of sporty pickups to be had and you found a truckload for sale. We’ll get to the one that best hauls butt in a minute, but first let’s deal with this week’s Quixotic quest.

This week we want to soak in the tears of failure – other people’s failures of course. What we want you to find are unfinished projects, the weirder the better. Mustang-powered Corvette? Heck yeah! Half-restored MR2? Bring it on. I’m expecting that there will be a lot of half-finished former start-eyed dreams out there, and it’ll be your job to find them.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Follow any of the following advice and you’re crap will be known far and wide.

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  2. If you don’t want an IDC account, you can create a wordpress.com account and do the same thing.
  3. If you’re the Ted Kaczynski type and don’t want any kind of account, then try to place only a single link in a comment and just drop any outgoing link in via its raw URL and not as a text link
Craigslist Crapshoot doesn’t work if your candidates don’t get seen, so hopefully following one of these options will ensure that the floodgates of crap are fully open. Make the jump for a little pick-me-up.
Pickup trucks are about as American as wearing socks with sandals and super-sizing darn-near everything. Of course that handily comes to the enlarging of outputs on our pickups from time to time. One of the most noteworthy enlargements came by way of GMC and Buick, with what was probably the best small sport truck ever released (which of course meant that GM had to kill it a year later) the GMC Syclone. Scandinavian Flick found one for sale in the Bay Area, and it looks pretty sweet.
I’d also like to call out the hammer-to-the-face VelociRaptor 600 uncovered by Muthalovin, about which all I can say is DAY-um! Well done to you both!

Currently there are "63 comments" on this Article:

  1. frankthecat says:

    How about a hooptied up 1987 Shelby CSX? Only needs one of everything!
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/01313_4yvtZiHBus9_600x450.jpg&quot; width="600"> <a href="https://albany.craigslist.org/cto/4363149153.html” target=”_blank”>https://albany.craigslist.org/cto/4363149153.html

    • acarr260 says:

      The broom handle used as a door prop (is that even a real thing?!) really shows the dedication to a quality build.

      • jeepjeff says:

        Broom-handle-door-prop technology is a prominent feature of a prior HCOTY winner. (I'm referring to both the trunk and hood of the Killer ZomBee.)

      • stickmanonymous says:

        All the doors are air-actuated. Says so in the ad.

        I'm pretty sure you're imagining the broom stick. Possibly in the same way someone's imagining they're going to get $5000 for the van attached to it.

        The fronts are suicide doors.


      • dead_elvis says:

        Looks like you get the whole broom, not just the stick. Definitely makes the asking price more realistic!

    • James says:

      I dunno, that looks pretty complete to me.

    • Alcology says:

      VANcouver eh?

  2. acarr260 says:

    "1996 Ford Ranger – Rat Rod, Hot Rod, Street Rod Project ". A Ranger rat rod, you say? I was curious enough to take a peek. It doesn't look too bad from this angle…
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00N0N_9hKg0rsBB8x_600x450.jpg&quot; width=500>
    However… wait until you see the back view. Apologies if you just finished lunch.
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/01515_6XHSYgk7Ygm_600x450.jpg&quot; width=500>
    Ad link: <a href="http://fortwayne.craigslist.org/cto/4364354132.html” target=”_blank”>http://fortwayne.craigslist.org/cto/4364354132.html

  3. GTXcellent says:

    Ok, this project is finished, but this is just too cool not to share.

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00707_8jnxTOCRtSR_600x450.jpg"&gt;

  4. OA5599 says:

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/01111_jS4V5kzF3U0_600x450.jpg"&gt;

    1951 Dodge Business Coupe completely rebuilt 396 bored 30 over. Roller rockers and roller cam. Rebuilt Turbo 400 Transmission with 3800 stall. Tubbed out with Ford 9 inch rear. 4-11 gears, positive traction. Chopped top, 69 Camero front end with disc brakes on front. Centerline wheels on the rear. Tilt wheel, reuphosltered seats. Fuel cell with electric fuel pump.
    NO RUST Garage Kepts

  5. Preludacris says:

    FIRST RESULT in cars and trucks > by owner. I didn't even type in "project" to find this!
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00T0T_a77TOf4EwzU_600x450.jpg&quot; width="400"> <a href="http://abbotsford.en.craigslist.ca/cto/4371757919.html” target=”_blank”>http://abbotsford.en.craigslist.ca/cto/4371757919.html

  6. GTXcellent says:

    Looks like someone finally realized the folly of their ways.

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00C0C_DgUQOwPNPt_600x450.jpg"&gt;
    <a href="http://stcloud.craigslist.org/cto/4378418879.html” target=”_blank”>http://stcloud.craigslist.org/cto/4378418879.html

  7. muthalovin says:

    "Project Penny"

    Sure, not a disaster of a project, but more like turn-key.

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00606_dEXvZKOf5Jv_600x450.jpg"&gt;

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00O0O_5GmjKlZIkNh_600x450.jpg"&gt;

    I can already tell that this CL Crapshoot is going to be difficult. Mostly because I have found plenty that I wants, including this.

    975 Porsche 914 – Subaru Conversion – $5000
    <a href="http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/4334164873.html” target=”_blank”>http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/4334164873.html

  8. muthalovin says:

    What is the craziest thing you could drop into a Boxster?

    Volvo inline 5?

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00y0y_4zE2O635b0w_600x450.jpg"&gt;

    2002 Porsche Boxster (No Engine)
    <a href="http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/4322203083.html” target=”_blank”>http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/4322203083.html

  9. jeepjeff says:

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/01212_6R9uQFj5sJ6_600x450.jpg&quot; width=500>

    The old girl has some tin-worm, and needs restoration, but still looks good.
    <a href="http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/4381453802.html” target=”_blank”>http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/4381453802.html

  10. James says:

    $3800 for a project E30 convertible
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00E0E_4zZbxxNyYnb_600x450.jpg&quot; width="600">

  11. muthalovin says:

    2 Vetts enter. 1 Vett leaves!

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00r0r_6Yy8wungcOq_600x450.jpg"&gt;

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00I0I_klC76amAUUE_600x450.jpg"&gt;

    All for the surprisingly low price of 3 grand.

    1984 Corvette Project Car (2 cars) – $3000
    <a href="http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/4322219508.html” target=”_blank”>http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/4322219508.html

  12. mkep819 says:

    1926 Model T Touring Car (proj) – $2900
    The ad states the car is “somewhat apart”…

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00Z0Z_eYt8TfDtTJI_600x450.jpg"&gt;
    <a href="http://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto/4326087813.html” target=”_blank”>http://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto/4326087813.html

  13. Eric Rood says:

    KA24 Caterham kit / $1000 of square tubing and a KA24.

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00z0z_447Jzmy8K7p_600x450.jpg&quot; width="300">

    • jeepjeff says:

      I am sad that I only have one thumbs up to give this one. No really good close up shots of the welds, and some of the low detail shots have stuff that looks like it might be dodgy… Good find.

      • Eric Rood says:

        The KA24 seems like an odd choice to me, too. Is that a thing people put in Caterhams?

        • jeepjeff says:

          I wouldn't call that a Caterham. He points at the LocostUSA forums in the ad, and the first picture has the plywood jig straight out of the Haynes Build Your Own Sports Car manual. I'm pretty sure the proper Caterham kits come with the frame welded for you. Just have to bolt the thing together. This is a Locost. And in the Locost community, if it's a longitudinally mounted four banger, someone has probably stuffed it in a Locost. If it hasn't been done, it's been discussed.

          They are complete omnivores as far as power plant choice is concerned. The only engines I've come up with that might get you scowled at nearly universally is probably any of the big, iron, American inline sixes. Mostly because they're heavy and too long. Pushrod V8s cause division, but you'll have comrades within the community.

          So, KA24? Not at all odd. Miata running gear is the goto choice anymore, but small trucks get a lot of play thanks to junk yard availability and the shift to FWD for the segments that used to make up the donor base. EDIT: Looking back at wikipedia and the ad, he got the KA24 from a 240SX, so even better, since it will have a cam for a car, and a gear box for a car. Totally within the norms of that community.

    • Vairship says:

      Clearly it's a Lotus, as lots of lightness has been added.

  14. Devin says:

    This is the most amazing picture in the history of online listings.
    <img src="http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/OTYwWDY0MA==/z/KGIAAOxyUI1TImwf/$_20.JPG"&gt;
    The computer is right there!

  15. I_Borgward says:

    This poor thing has been listed for months now. What did it do to deserve such a fate?:

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00Q0Q_d9OGlEpo3z_600x450.jpg&quot; width="600">


    • jeepjeff says:

      Aw man. Sort of want. Forget about chopping the roof and the ratrod stuff. Finish removing the roof for a roadster conversion, put a decent AMCish drive train in it and get it painted and looking nice rather than ratty.

  16. mkep819 says:

    At least at this price, you can afford some eye bleach!

    73 vega – $1500

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00z0z_epvKbYfBi3s_600x450.jpg"&gt;
    <a href="http://allentown.craigslist.org/cto/4356095182.html” target=”_blank”>http://allentown.craigslist.org/cto/4356095182.html

  17. Tomsk says:

    A '67 Land Cruiser body on a '70 Blazer frame (with a Big Block Chevy) for $1,500. You'll be the envy of the weekend crowd at Glamis…after many, many months of work and many, many thousands of dollars.

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00o0o_9TZIoxybuA_600x450.jpg&quot; />

    *Dog presumably not included*

  18. Sjalabais says:

    Volvo 740 project, with a T5 engine and the looks of a wreck. Elegantly und unashamedly asking for ~5000$.

    "Store bilder" = big pictures

    With this atrocity, I can see how the beaver falls – and never comes back. Finished project though, at an outrageous price.

    <img src="http://images.classiccars.com/preview/509817_16997853_1978_Volvo_Bertone.jpg&quot; width="600">

  19. FuzzyPlushroom says:

    For certain definitions of 'project' that involve helping a guy purchase cough syrup:

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00a0a_gHDOZnlQqO8_600x450.jpg"&gt;
    Dodge Ram Monster Truck Project

    For a car that won't pass inspection, owned by a guy who lives in a city where the cops are, I can confirm, sometimes dickheads:

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/01515_hN2L6LwYdfW_600x450.jpg"&gt;
    1999 Honda Civic EJ8 JDM – $2800 (Keene)

    For a Juggalo looking to help out the kid who's buying meth from the guy who's buying cough syrup:
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00i0i_eiNu9vJq9LM_600x450.jpg"&gt;
    Chevy caviler 2001 runs & drives – $850 (claremont)

    For a chance to have a gun pointed at you:
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/00J0J_8WHnuK6ZUfg_600x450.jpg"&gt;
    chevy blazer project – $900 – $900 (new ipswich nh / pepperell ma)

    And for a project that's actually worth considering:
    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/01414_iIG1RKeiiGH_600x450.jpg"&gt;
    1949 Desoto Carryall (Easton)

    • Sjalabais says:

      Do the car gods allow people to write this: "The body is pretty clean and rust free!" when it looks like one most tread carefully on the floor? Lots and lots of work on the DeSoto, but it is a pretty car. Preferable, I'd move the body to more modern underpinnings and drive it every day.

  20. Sjalabais says:

    Street-legal and unfinished 1973 Volvo 142 rallye car that hasn't been registered since 2007. Engine build by "reknown [yet unnamed] Swedish engine builder", and some work "has to be expected" before it can compete in a rallye. Low on info, high on price: 8000$.

    <img src="http://finncdn.no/mmo/2014/3/vertical-3/19/5/473/251/55_554259506_xl.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://finncdn.no/mmo/2014/3/vertical-3/19/5/473/251/55_1015367072_xl.jpg&quot; width="600">

  21. RahRahRecords says:

    A 26 T on a ranger chassis for 6100$ http://charleston.craigslist.org/cto/4356690826.h
    A pair of scary rough challengers for 4 grand http://charleston.craigslist.org/cto/4381363480.h
    Even scarier impala http://charleston.craigslist.org/cto/4357071474.h
    This sport fury actually has some potential if I had 3 grand I'd be on it


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