1964 Dart GT Gets it Just Right

1964 dodge dart gt for saleWhen shopping for a first project car, 60s-70s compacts from the Big Three make great starting points, with honorable mentions to AMCs and Volvos. The point is: front-engine, RWD, solid axle and decades of shared engineering are your friends. Case in point, somewhere along the way this 1964 Dodge Dart GT dropped its slant six for a 360ci V8 (probably from a truck), but is otherwise stock. The paint looks to be in great shape, in a handsome dark-blue hue. While it seems to be suffering from years of disuse, the 904 automatic and 8.25 rearend are begging for replacement by stouter and more manual pieces, but otherwise it looks to be a prime candidate as a project driver.

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Bidding’s currently a little over two grand, with a few days left on the auction. What’s it worth to you? What do you think it’ll go for?

1964 Dodge Dart GT for sale – eBay Motors

Vintage Service Station with Attached Duplex Makes a Most Compelling Case for Moving to Detroit

Tim Odell July 29, 2014 For Sale

PortageGarage-shop interior

For many of us, a perfect home starts and ends with a giant garage with attached sleeping and eating quarters. Lawns just take up valuable parking space and dining rooms are for people who can’t find good restaurants. With as the ideal, this old service station Siamesed to a duplex is downright palatial. Courtesy of the listing on Trulia, via Curbed Detroit and tipster Merh, the Portage Garage located in Hamtramck has three bays, a hoist and huge extra shop and office spaces. Previously it served as a gas station, but the underground tanks have since been removed. The pictures from the duplex don’t really communicate what’s what (upstairs, downstairs, which unit?), but we see some intact hardwood floors and evidence of non-crackhead tenants.

While any form of continued use and semi-preservation is better than letting it rot, it’d really be a tragedy to see this repurposed for non-automotive uses. Detroit-area Hoons, you know you’ve been looking for a new residence or rental property, right?

2060 Norwalk St, Hamtramck MI – Trulia

Blown 3800 powered Super Stalker is a Se7en that Spent too Much Time in the Weight Room

bruton super stalker se7en for sale

Se7en/Caterham/Locosts occupy about 8% of my Future Car Purchase scheming time. Their adaptability and simplicity attracts me as much as the raw performance. So few things to worry about, so easy to access all the parts, so many options for the “Engine goes HERE” hole. Case in point: a blown 3.8l V6 from a Pontiac Grand Prix GXP motivates this one (to a claimed 3 second 0-60 time). Is it the most traditional/best/whatever powerplant? No, but the combination of an Eaton blower and that chassis would make me smile all the way to the emergency room.

Brunton Super Stalker Se7en for sale – eBay Motors

“4×4 Lotus Elite” Leads to a Quagmire of Fiberglass Projects

Tim Odell July 24, 2014 All Things Hoon

Lotus Elite Body I’ve had this Lotus Elite “4×4″ parked in my eBay saved items list for a few months now. It might’ve been a better fit for Truck Thursday, but it turns out there’s nothing “4×4″ about it; the seller’s just got it sitting atop a 4×4 chassis as a serving suggestion, just like the nonexistent blueberries on my cereal box. What your $650 gets you is a body shell and nothing more. No motor or chassis, though the seller has other Elite parts on offer. Hopefully he didn’t part it out, only to sell the pieces back individually.

1978 mopar racer kitLotus Elite Body

Whenever stumbling across a WTFmobile on eBay, it’s worthwhile to poke through the seller’s other offerings. You might find a level of crazy/awesome to rival our CerealMarshmallows guy. Their eBay store currently has two kit cars (a Fiberfab Aztec and a Kellison), along with various bits and pieces from interesting machinery. Additionally, this seller’s ad links to race-cardrivers.com. Aside from making me nostalgic for the mid-90s, the site seems to be a gold(?) mine of fiberglass kit cars, but those focused on actual racing, not just looking like Ferraris. Give ‘em a look and peer into a world where people live in Project Car Hell professionally.

Project Car SOTU: 1964 Falcon, 1969 Wagoneer and 1959 Project House Hell

Tim Odell July 16, 2014 Project Cars


When I penned “Zen and the Art of Overdoing it“, I confessed that three project cars, a kid and a blog were probably too much to deal with at once. Oddly enough, I’m right back in that situation as I type this: two kids, two and a half project cars, a much more involved day job and one hell of a project house. Hit the jump to find out what’s been fixed, upgraded and broken on my 1964 Falcon daily driver, 1969 Jeep Wagoneer family dirtwagon and 1959 Project House.

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These 50 Vintage Technical Education Films will Teach You Everything but How to Get your Afternoon Back

Tim Odell July 15, 2014 Hoonivercinema

Vintage Instructional Video

What better way to wile away the afternoon than listening to bold voiced mid-century American male narrators explaining the principles of operations of various pieces of equipment? What’s nice about these old technical videos explain technologies as they were being introduced as new. While automotive engineering has moved on in leaps and bounds, these were the building blocks our current machines evolved from. Hit the entire list on Jeff Quitney’s YouTube channel or click past the jump where we’ve got the playlist embedded for your time-wasting pleasure.

Hat tip to Josh!

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Seconds Saturday at Hanzels Auto Body Works, 12 July, 2014


Last weekend at Hanzel’s Auto Body works we saw one of the biggest Seconds Saturdays turnouts yet. On a typically overcast morning such notable automobiles spanning the spectrum from a Pinto Cruising Wagon to a Rolls Royce Phantom appeared. Coffee was consumed and project cars were schemed. Hit the jump for a gallery.

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Get Your Vintage 4×4 Fix for Cheap with this Scout 800A

1968 scout 800 for saleVintage 4x4s are getting more expensive by the day. This guy just got $31 grand for a ’69 Wagoneer (which puts the scheming portion of my brain into overdrive). Land Rovers, Cruisers, Classic Broncos and K5s are rapidly graduating to collectible status, with the accompanied price jumps. Bare-bones utilitarian vehicles meant for park rangers, selling as luxury items, huh. Luckily, Scout 800s are still widely acknowledged as being the crappy little 4x4s they always were. As such, they’re still available with prices like “will trade for 5hp chipper shredder”.

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This one’s a nice exception to the general crappiness of the 800, as it’s equipped with a 266ci V8 and a 4-speed manual. That said, plan near total dis- and re-assembly to get drain every fluid and replace every seal and hose. There’s more rust than we’d expect from an Arizona car, but it’s still on the low end for an ancient Scout. The nice part is you’re really under no obligation to restore it beyond grinding down the worst of it and getting the thing running. I’d keep it basically stock, save a grumbly exhaust and skinny mud terrain tires.

Opening bid is a mere $1500: 1968 IH Scout 800A for sale – eBay Motors


Crypto NASCAR/TransAm Road Runner Begs for a Flogging

Tim Odell July 10, 2014 For Sale

1971 plymouth road runner for saleKnow how to make a small fortune in vintage racing? Start with a large one. That’s particularly true when it comes to very strictly controlled classes and cars with historical provenance. The 1971 Road Runner we’re looking at today has no such pretensions.

While it looks like a classic racer pulled from a garage or museum, it was created from scratch in 2000 as a promotional tool for MicroSleeve, as a mish-mash of early 70s racing cues. The upgrade list is extensive, including a built 426 wedge (not Hemi), full cage and HD suspension that leaves a perfect stance over the massive tires stuffed in expanded wheel wells. Oddly, it’s equipped with a 727 automatic, but has a four-speed shifter and a clutch pedal. The add copy suggests it’s set up that way to help expedite the assumed four-speed swap the next owner would perform.

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Unfortunately this car suffers from the “collection of racy parts” treatment. It’s not clear it’s legal for any vintage class anywhere and is a few key details (like headlights) away from being street legal. Save for a few open test days, it’s not clear where you could ever drive it. Personally, I’d consider de-stickering it and throwing some headlights back on and making a scene at vintage rallies.

So…price: the reserve’s unmet at $8,100 right now. Final sale price? Probably mid $20s would be our guess.

1971 Plymouth Roadrunner for sale – eBay Motors

Kit that’s Not a Replica: 1970 Manx SR

Meyers Manx SR for saleWhat’s your take on kit/replica cars? Thankfully (sort of) we’re past the 70s-80s heyday of terrible fake Bugattis, Fieraris and the like, having moved on to actually well engineered Cobra, Shelby Daytona and GT4o Replicas worth a damn on a racetrack. Personally, the only kits that interest me are Miata-based Locosts and other “Se7en” ilk. These are already about as minimalist of a car as you can get, so there’s not much to “copy”. Meanwhile, driving a replica GT40 makes as much sense as walking around in a Batman outfit, expecting people to take you seriously.

Anyway, the arguable genesis of the “hey, let’s make a different car out of this car” movement was the Meyers Manx. As the knockoffs of Mr Manx’s Manx spread, he tried to evolve and differentiate my making the “Street Roadster” Manx SR. Unfortunately, the SR is a more complicated operation than the original Manx. In the end people still preferred the iconic dune buggy look, though not enough to buy the an original over a copy kit. Meyers sold everything and got out of the business, so the SR rights passed through a few different manufacturers, this one being made by Heartland sometime in the early 80s.

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As a general suggestion, leading with your car on a flatbed isn’t the best way to open an eBay ad. The seller gets points for honesty, pointing out that this is a total project that’s partially disassembled. Most interestingly, it’s never even seen the road. The kit was partially assembled, but never completed. Ever the optimist and bad influence, I’ll point out it’s a pretty simple collection of parts to be resurfaced, replaced and reassembled…not sure how that translates to the current $3,000 price tag, though.

Meyers Manx SR Kit for sale – eBay Motors


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