Mercedes Turbodiesel Swapped YJ Wrangler Depicts an Earlier Bizzaro World Daimler Chrysler

Tim Odell October 6, 2015 For Sale

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Last week we showed you the more typical level of attention to detail associated with interesting engine swaps; this YJ Wrangler with a 3.0l Mercedes turbodiesel represents the opposite end of the spectrum. It’s restrained, clean and potentially incredibly useful in daily driving. Since Jeep seems determined to forever tease us about a diesel Wrangler, this seller built his own.

Based on the description 3.0L, turbo and five cylinders, it’s likely an OM617 making somewhere in the neighborhood of 125hp and 170 ft-lb. Not going to counter-rotate the earth any time soon, but still better stats than the four cylinder AMC motor that so many YJs came with. While we’re a bit skeptical of the seller’s 40mpg claim, there’s no reason to doubt this could be the most efficient Wrangler this side of an air-drop. The searing question on my mind is what’s downstream of that motor. Either someone fab’ed a crazy adapter between the MB powerplant and Jeep Aisin transmission or it’s got the trans and transfer case out of an OM617 powered G Wagen.

Thanks to user Jeepster for the find via last week’s Craigslist Crapshoot

1989 Jeep Wrangler with Diesel Swap – Nashville Craigslist

This 5.0L Powered E30 is Somewhere Between a Hopeless Pile of Parts and a Kickass Race Car

Tim Odell October 1, 2015 eBay Insanity, For Sale

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BMW’s E30 chassis lives on for enthusiasts (outside the rust belt) as a well balanced paragon of durability, sport and efficiency. So obviously it’s a great candidate for a drift car. Personally drifting’s not my thing, but any activity that has guys building unconventional high horsepower machines on the cheap can’t be too bad, right? Besides, cheap E30s are hardly rare in my neck of the woods, so it’s unlikely a rare classic was butchered just to smoke tires.

The seller/builder juiced this one up with all-iron, carbed Ford 302, thankfully backed by a T-5. He didn’t just drop the V8 in a call it a day, though. The rear diff is a welded 3.73:1 unit that enables easy slides through third gear. Plenty of fun/stupid to be had there. It’s the rest of the mods list that leaves me wondering if this is just a bunch of shit bolted together, or if it just needs a little…um…social norming to be a fun track or touring car.

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New Hampshire Estate Auction is a Euro-centric LeMons Goldmine

Tim Odell September 29, 2015 For Sale

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I resisted the urge to click on this hopeless project 914, but the X-1/9 lured me in. Per the seller’s description they’re auctioning off “70 plus” vintage European cars from an estate sale, nary a title among them. From the backgrounds of a few of the current listings, we can see a capri, a Triumph or two, a flock of minis and some kind of station wagon all share this lush barnyard together. Currently they’ve got the following on auction…

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Dune Limo? Patio Boat for the Sand? Regardless, We Love It

dunes limo“Oldsmobile Other Awesome” works just as well. What we have here is a failure to communicate an Oldsmobile aluminum 215ci V8 powered vaguely VW-based six seater buggy/sand rail. Literally atop all that awesomeness is a massive platform/roof rack sporting an ambulance light…because why not? Apparently, it’s somewhat famous thanks to appearances in videos from the dune scene out at Glamis.

The seller highlights the highlights without overselling it as some kind of priceless piece of fabrication excellence. I’d be curious to see how it drives with six adults on board, as at a certain point it’s gotta get troublingly tippy. Aside from thinking you and your bros are automatically going to attract the hottest babes at the dunes, this thing could serve some real utility as a shuttle for some remote resort, filming or job site work.

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Bidding’s at $3k with an $8k asking price, which seems a little steep depending on just how fun this thing is to drive.

1963? Oldsmobile Powered six seat Dune Buggy – eBay Motors

Project Cars Update: LeMons Ranchero and Falcon

Tim Odell September 22, 2015 Project Cars

ranchero lemons project carInterchangeable parts, platform sharing and shared engineering are wonderful things. As an engineer, nothing scares me more than low-volume, one-off craftsmanship. On a high level, Ford used The Falcon Platform from the 1960 Falcon to the 1980 Granada/Monarch/Versailles, but their insistence on minor changes over the years has me nearly stymied.

We’ve converted the Ranchero LeMons Racer to nearly full 1965 GT350 front suspension and brakes with minimal effort, but I can’t get the right steering parts to do the same for my daily driver Falcon.

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24 Hours of LeMons: Justice Comes on Tiny Wheels

Tim Odell September 15, 2015 24 Hours of Lemons

Get too many black flags behind the wheel of your LeMons steed and this could be your fate: lapping the Thunderhill paddock on a hilariously undersized bike apologizing to the other teams for your lousy driving. The cruelty’s amplified by the nearly triple-digit temps and terrible air quality courtesy of a massive brush fire elsewhere in California (though the 191 crapcans present couldn’t be helping either).

Thanks to the team (whose name I forgot) who donated the monkey bike. Apologies to the dude I just made famous (?), as I’ve since forgotten what team you were from, but props for having a good attitude about it.

Old Vs New Bench Racing, Courtesy of Monterey Historics and Motor Trend‘s Laguna Lap Database

Tim Odell September 10, 2015 All Things Hoon

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Not unlike the author of Rome Sweet Rome, I’ve often wondered if one could show up to a vintage TransAm race with a showroom stock 2015 Mustang and win the whole thing. Aside from actually doing an Old Vs New comparison–the logistics of which well exceed our meager resources–it’s nearly impossible to find old race lap-time data from a track configuration that’s the same as today. Even when we have that, we don’t have a collection of lap times from new cars on the same track.

Fortuitously, Motor Trend has used Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to benchmark a number of sports cars. Meanwhile, we’ve got this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion results to go through and compare.

Spoiler: The New Boss is better than the Old Boss. Some interesting comparisons and further analysis after the jump.

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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion – Nothin’ But Corkscrew

Monterey Historics laguna seca corkscrewOnward with our continued “coverage” (in the form of massive picture dumps) of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Upon receipt of my media band and a photographer’s vest, you can be damn sure the first locked gate I bypassed was the Corkscrew’s. What follows are some highlights from Saturday’s Shelby GT350-specific (this year’s featured marque), the ’55-’62 Sports Cars (Vettes, 356s and some priceless Ferraris), Pre-1940 Sports Racing/Touring, and ’73-81 IMSA GT-GTX, AAGT, GTU (BMW CSLs, Turbo Porsches and some fast but offensively ugly Vettes and Monzas) races.

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Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion: Wandering the Paddock

Tim Odell August 25, 2015 Pebble Beach

formula 5000 rear tireUnrestricted paddock access is arguably the best part of your admission to the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion (“Monterey Historics” from here on out). We’re talking several acres of cars so incredible, seeing one on a random Tuesday afternoon, you’d tell your friends about it for a week. Walking the rows with one’s wife and kids lends opposite joy and stress of seeing them pick their own favorites (and even get to sit in a couple!) and OMFGDONTTOUCHTHAT! 

With no particular order or logic, here are some snaps courtesy of either myself or The Missus from around the paddock. While you’re at it, be sure to check out Greg and Badley’s (probably better) shots as well.

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A Westy Syncro isn’t Ten Times Better than this 4×4 E350

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We try to keep it positive here at Hooniverse; we do this not because we feel a need to pull punches, but because we do cars for fun, so why traffic in outrage or misery? Maybe when we run out of awesome stuff to talk about we’ll go negative. All that said, WTF is it with the pricing on Vanagon Westfalia campers?

One one hand we have a pretty redneck-y, but undeniably badass 4×4 Econoline for $5500, while the contrasting Westy Syncro is $54,500. I can appreciate the compact packaging, efficiency and overall Indie Kid cred afforded by the Westy. This particular example is in unbelievably perfect condition, possibly the nicest one anywhere. For its part, the Ford sports a 460ci big block backed by one-ton running gear, with an LSD up front and locker in the rear. It manages to wear 36″ mud tires without looking like a Jenga tower. Don’t even start about the 460’s thirst, because you’d have to drive to the moon to recoup the gas savings(1).

Can someone explain to me why that Syncro’s worth somewhere between double and triple what I would’ve guessed?





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