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

Tim Odell April 14, 2016 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

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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.

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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


Showdown: Piles of Nostalgia-Shaped Rust

Tim Odell March 31, 2016 Showdown

While almost any car in this condition would’ve been reduced to Chinese refrigerators by now, the ultra-rusty shells of cars like today’s contenders theoretically hold some value.

Assuming you wanted to “bring them back”, the ’65 Mustang Fastback, a “real A-code car” creeps into the low $30k range in good, restored shape. A ’67 911s comes in a little over double that, per Hagerty. The Mustang looks in a notch better shape and would obviously be easier to rebuild from less costly donor or reproduction parts. Still, it’s not hard to imagine the sum of $80/hr bodywork needed approaching either of those figures or, say, the USS Ronald Reagan.

So…what then? Aside from a few desiccated interior bits and a rear axle on the Ford, there’s nothing of value they could donate. Maybe there’s some hope for a beater-grade rebuild incorporating My First Sheetmetal® grade body work and whatever parts could be scrounged and swapped? Rusty Slammington comes to mind. The Porsche’s got a low enough opening price for that to make sense, but we can assume the reserve’s in the same prohibitively expensive territory as the Mustang’s $4k Buy It Now. Need we point out the cornucopia of better-than-beater grade classic cruisers available for less than that very starting point?

So…aside from running away laughing and/or screaming, what would you do with either of these? Which would you start with?

1965 Ford Mustang Fastback for sale – eBay Motors

1967 Porsche 911s for sale – eBay Motors

Oh, by the way: not title for either. Mustang seller refuses to give out full VIN, but that’s probably not because the car’s stolen.

1971 4×4 Eldorado Convertible May be the Zenith of Americanness

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Forget the Escalade. Forget luxury crossovers trying to also be “coupes”. Forget (if you can) the Murano CrossCabrio. This is the vehicle that combines the presence of a 4×4 with the impractical jauntiness of a drop-top two door.

We need to give credit to the builder for not just dropping the body on a Blazer frame, but actually adapting the Cadillac motor and frame to accommodate a 4×4 drivetrain and suspension. Additional points awarded for no American flag hood decal or dumbass bumper stickers. Most importantly, no longhorns on the hood. That said, the conspicuously installed aftermarket stereo system detracts from the gravitas of the whole setup.

Overall, this seems to be the perfect vehicle for a construction boss to roll up to a job site in. He’s not here to do any real dirty work, but a few measly obstacles aren’t going to hold him back.

1971 Cadillac Eldorado 4×4 for sale – eBay Motors

Hooniverse Asks Bonus – What’s Your Version of “Going Bowman”?

Tim Odell March 17, 2016 All Things Hoon

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Zach Bowman is on an odyssey. He’s sold almost all of his possessions and has hit the road with his wife and baby daughter with no particular destination in mind. If you’re not already following his trip on The Drive, you should be.

Reading his dispatches from my cubicle at work, I sigh heavily. My day is stable, pays very well and I’m genuinely applying my talents to help people in need (if you ever have a stroke, give me a call. Actually, don’t, go here instead). But still, I wouldn’t do it for free. Hooniverse has always been about encouraging people to go for it, even (especially?) when “it” is an ill-advised but awesome adventure. Project cars and LeMons fit the bill nicely, but so do road trips.

Still, there’s that next level, where you abandon some major tenet of “normal” adult living to have the adventure you just can’t have in your spare time. Commit yourself to the cause. Start or join a race team. Open a shop or dealership. Move to the country and take over some hermit’s junkyard? Things like that.

Personally, I want a warehouse for a house. 10,000-20,000 square feet of polished concrete under 24 foot ceilings. We’ll get a decent two bed, two bath manufactured home and park it in the corner (maybe even the top corner on stilts) and turn the roof into a 1/3 acre yard with a deck and garden beds. Obviously, that leaves the remainder for storage and maintenance of a giant fleet of hoopties. On a larger scale of ambition, I’d go even bigger and use the surplus space to run a sort of garage co-op where members get access to space, lifts and tools they can’t get at home.

But that’s just me. I’m sick of wistfully sighing if only I had the space.

Maybe yours is different. Maybe it’s not cars at all. What would you go off the deep end for?

This 1965 Ford F250 Makes Me Want to Buy a Ranch

Tim Odell March 10, 2016 For Sale

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Admittedly, we’re already ahead of the curve on fourth generation F-series trucks here at Hooniverse. However, after stumbling upon this stunner of a ’65 F250 4×4, we can’t not share. 390ci V8, four-speed, 4×4, a flat bed and clean cosmetics. Honestly, there’s not much more to know or share. Without any other info, we can assume that single-circuit master cylinder’s actuating drums at all four corners and there’s no AC. The tires look to be in the 32-33″ range, which probably couples with crazy-low gearing to make it more usable around town. Lest you worry about a lack of torque, one, it’s got a 390 and two, it’s got a T18 four-speed with a 6.32:1 first gear.

I can almost rationalize dropping the Wagoneer for this beast. Alas, for me, this truck is a no-go as it lacks the necessary seating for my whole clan. Sadly, early Ford crew cabs are impossibly rare (I didn’t even know they officially made a crew cab version of the fourth gen until writing this post), so I’ll just have to settle for something with crumple zones, shoulder belts and even airbags.

At $5850, it’s really a steal if you’re looking for a stylish truck that can actually earn its keep.

1965 Ford F350 4×4 for sale – Sacramento Craigslist

Axle Pivoting Propane Fueled Nailhead Powered Dune Buggy Thing Breaks Barriers in WTFery

Tim Odell March 8, 2016 All Things Hoon

custom sand rail front suspensionChances are you saw this Craigslist ad pass arc past you in social media recently. Chances are you marveled at the idea of a small tube rail powered by 425ci of Buick power or maybe the precarious seating positions. Then, that front suspension. How does it work? How could it work? There are bars and linkages and pivots, but…huh?

Intrepid reader (and occasional LeMons Judge) Shawn Rodgers headed out to take a look and sent back pictures and video of it in action. Quoth the Shawn:

That video shows the front end turning; I have seen it, watched the video several times, and even made drawings, but I still can’t make it make sense in my head. The steering shaft goes into a mystery box (the metal piece with brazing on top) and comes out the bottom to a pitman arm or drag link of some kind. Magic happens, and the entire front end turns. I’m still just baffled and I wish I had had the presence of mind to take better video.

The fabrication quality is top notch, obviously done by someone with experience and passion for their work. I didn’t get the builder’s name, but probably can if needed.
Here are the pix that I took:  http://imgur.com/a/9faG7  The black/white ones are pix of pix; they’re dated January of 1969, so this thing has existed in this form for at least 47 years(!).
Here’s my best guess on what’s going on:
  • Suspension
    • Two sets of tubular arms go forward: one pair goes up, one goes down.
    • The whole front axle pivots off of the point where the two lower tubes join
    • There are steering arms off each knuckle, but they appear to be chained to the axle to prevent extra(?) steering
    • The front suspension is the spring between the headlight thing attached to the upper two tubes and the big cast iron axle thing.
    • There are extra end link things in there probably to keep something from moving more than it should
    • In the rear, we have a pivoting shackle arrangement to allow better articulation
  • Steering
    • The magic box is some kind of giant steering box that turns a giant pitman arm (maybe surplus from a plane?)
    • The giant pitman arm grabs the rearmost part of the whole pivoting front member, causing it to sweep side-to-side.
    • That whole thing needs to move up-and-down to accommodate the difference in radii between the pitman arm and the giant pivoting front suspension.

Clear as mud, right?