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.

1968 International Harvester 1200 4×4 truck for sale – eBay Motors

(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 plus lift(?) is perfect. Four speed plus V8 plus rust in the typical spots. A little over $3k right now.

1969 International Harvester Travelall for sale – eBay Motors

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.

1976 Ford Econoline Custom van for sale – eBay Motors

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.

1983 Plymouth Scamp for sale – eBay Motors

1985 land rover d110 tithonus for sale

Tithonus is a Greek Titan with a Wikipedia entry. 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.

1985 Land Rover D110 Tithonus for sale – eBay Motors

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 a perfect skeleton upon which to build a meaty rock crawler. 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 Hooniverse stingy-ass fashion?

1965 CJ6 Wrangler hybrid shell for sale – SFBay Craigslist

A Copy of a Lotus Seven Clone Nets a Bargain

Tim Odell April 19, 2016 All Things Hoon

lotus seven clone for sale

For some songs, the remix/cover eclipses the original. Such is the case with the Lotus Seven. Lotus produced the original series from 1957 to 1972, selling about 2500 units. Since then, Caterham took over production of near-complete kits. As the Caterham kits proved too expensive for some, the “Locost” and “Locust” came to be, as well as other kits. Today’s example is an “S1 clone”, and it’s not clear if they mean it is an S1 clone of the original Seven (from noted clone/replicar maker Superperformance) or just a clone of the S1.

Simply put, the looks are a bit off. The tapered fuselage and curved windshield might offer some aerodynamic advantages over the original shape, but they end up more on the fiberglass-kit-car-ordered-from-the-back-of-Motor-Trend end of the spectrum than continuation classic.

All that said, with a Buy-it-Now of $8,500 (and presumably a reserve a little lower), this might still be a great bargain. For that price, you get a Toyota 3TC motor good for mid-high double digits hp with the T50 transmission and rear axle that accompanied it in its original late-70s/early-80s Toyota donor. Unless constructed of depleted uranium, the chassis weighs next to nothing, so that Toyota drivetrain could still deliver a great driving experience for the price…so long as the conversation doesn’t shift to used Miata prices.

“1967” Lotus Seven Clone – eBay Motors



Would You Rock a 1.6L Diesel Baja Bug?

Tim Odell April 19, 2016 For Sale

1973 baja bug diesel for sale

The original VW 1100-1600cc engines weren’t great at anything in particular, save being ubiquitous enough for their quirks to enter near common knowledge for a generation of gearheads. They offered mid double-digit horsepower and 20s mpgs in exchange for major maintenance intervals shorter than today’s oil change gaps. Today’s eBay find forces us to wonder: is a 50-ish horsepower diesel a better option?

Listed only as a “1.6L diesel”, we’re left to assume it’s a non-turbo from a late-80s model. How it’s driving those wheels (adapted to Beetle transaxle or somehow using its own) remains a mystery. 40mpg is attractive, and maybe there are some tweaks to be implemented on the motor to get a few more lb-ft or hp, but even then you’re left with a clattering nag of a motor.

We could overlook the shortcomings of the oil-burner were the car in great shape, but the rustbelt location and generally half-assed looking interior suggest otherwise. When the address is in Chicago, “surface rust on floor pan” means “start shopping for replacement metal”. Luckily, it’s only a few hundred bucks to replace all the metal down there. After you’re done with the metal work, there’s the stained headliner and plumbing on the engine to deal with.

Opening bid is already optimistic at $1200, but apparently there’s a reserve. What’d you pay for something like this?

1973 Baja Bug with diesel motor – eBay Motors

Sort Beverly Hills Car Club’s Listings by Price for an Endless Supply of Bad Ideas

Tim Odell April 14, 2016 eBay Insanity, For Sale

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Nothing more expensive than a cheap luxury car, they say. The Beverly Hills Car Club–actually, we’re going to digress right now. “Beverly Hills Car Club” is neither a car club nor in Beverly Hills. They’re a dealership that traffics cheaper examples of classics and exotics. Their address is a small warehouse in Lincoln Park, a gritty working class neighborhood about 30 minutes east of Beverly Hills. That said, their collection is extensive and actually pretty interesting…

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Showdown: Raygun Gothic Edition

Tim Odell April 12, 2016 Showdown

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Automotive styling went through a bit of a “phase” in the ’59-62ish timeframe. Gone were the iconic shapes of 55-57, but the solid lines of the mid-60s had yet to materialize. Instead, we got a mix of wannabe-rockets (See: Ford tail lights of the era) and Googie architecture inspired swoops and gauge-pods. We’ve got examples from each camp in this edition.

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Three Way Three-Pedal Showdown: Pony(ish) Cars Representing the Beginning, Middle and End of the Malaise Era

Tim Odell April 12, 2016 Showdown

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Let’s take three distinctly different looks at a common formula: two doors, eight cylinders and three pedals. Most interestingly, they capture three specific moments in time: a Camaro ushering the descent into the Malaise Era, the very mascot of the Malaise Era: a Ford Granada and the car that best embodied the end of the Malaise Era: a Foxbody 5.0 Mustang.

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Someone in the Southwest Needs to Rescue this Truckified Eagle Wagon

Tim Odell April 7, 2016 For Sale

1983 eagle wagon for sale

A stickshift AMC wagon would be postworth enough, but this one’s received some special treatment leaving it entirely ill-prepared for its current environment. Specifically, car ain’t got no roof. At least, ain’t got about 7/8ths of its roof. Which would leave it wonderfully suited for life at a San Diego Beach or ranch in Arizona. Alas, it’s in a Chicago exurb, slowly being snowed and salted to death.

The beauty of the AMC Eagle is its parts commonality with the contemporary Jeep line. Typically oddball early 4×4 cars have drivetrains of pure unobtainium, but not here. And the parts that were Eagle-only are probably best swapped for Wrangler bits anyway.

Anyway, this one’s had everything from the B-pillars back removed, some diamond plate and questionable carpeting added. If you really wanted to show it some love, you could swap the carpet for DIY bedliner and spend a few hundred bucks to have a custom canvas top made.

It’s sitting just over a grand right now, but the reserve’s unmet. Curious what the seller thinks he can get for it.

1983 AMC Eagle Wagon Convertible(?) for sale – eBay Motors

Pick Up this JDM Toyota Soarer Before Someone Drifts it into a Curb

Tim Odell April 5, 2016 For Sale

1986 toyota soarer for saleThe 1986-1991 Japan-only Toyota Soarer shared its chassis with the same era’s Supra, which we did get. That era’s Supras earned a reputation for joylessness, despite the 7M-GTE motor’s tolerance to turbo boost pressures commonly found on the ocean floor. The Soarer made fewer sporting claims in favor of being a grand tourer. Nevertheless, they tend to be magnets for all the worst of treatments JDM cars receive: bosuzuku, VIP, hella stanced, etc.

Thankfully, this one’s been spared that treatment. It was imported to Texas legally under the 25 year rule and is ready for use anywhere that won’t require an emissions test (you’re killing me, California). Per the seller, it’s in excellent, but not perfect cosmetic shape and runs well. Having been in and out of a few late-80s Toyotas, I can tell exactly how that interior corduroy and plastic would feel. Same with the shifter and other driver controls. What I can’t comment on is what the 200-ish HP 1G-GTE twin-turbo 2.0L straight six feels like to drive. If that’s not enough grunt (and front-end weight) for you, the seller has all the necessary parts to drop in a 7M-GTE, as well.

1986 toyota soarer for sale

Hopefully the next owner doesn’t modify it further and instead keeps things on the mellow track they’re on today. For somewhere between $5,500 and $6,500, that could be your call to make.

1986 JDM RHD Toyota Soarer for sale – eBay Motors