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Die-Cast Delights:- Peugeot 205 GTI in 1:18th Scale


I’ve been up in the attic, fighting my way through the cobwebs, bat shit, old luggage and decorating ephemera (on stand-by until the resumption of operation Make-House-Nice) and I have itches all over thanks to fibreglass insulation penetrating my T-shirt and jeans. And it’s all with the aim of bringing you another exciting instalment in the current series of Die-cast Delights.

Many of the 1:18th scale models I have hoarded, obsessively collected, gathered over the years have now become available second-hand via eBay and, after a quick search and with a little bidding luck, can be yours with very little financial hardship suffered. But, what to buy? I have a load of models and some of them are absolute crap. Maybe, as this series continues, I’ll suggest something that takes your fancy, if last week’s Ford Cougar didn’t already.

Today it’s the turn of Solido’s Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI.

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Found on eBay: An ‘eye stopper’ Pontiac Fiero kit car

Eric Rood November 24, 2014 eBay Insanity, For Sale


If you’re a regular visitor to Hooniverse, you probably possess a basic familiarity with Pontiac Fiero kit cars. Some are strange bespoke pieces, but most of them cash in on the Fiero’s mid-engined configuration to render them 1980s Italian exotic-car lookalikes if the observer squints a little and has recently downed a hogshead of Disaronno. At first glance, this Fiero-based, asking-$16,000 Lamborghini Countach 5000S clone—which the seller adequately describes as “one of a kind eye stopper Bat mobile looking”—almost passes the amoretto-soaked test, but after chomping on some more Italian stereotypes, you start to notice the details, some of which are after the jump.

[The Fiero-ghini you've been waiting for.

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Craigslist Phantastico – This Frankenfire Project Needs a Good Home

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I’ve got 99 problems, but one of them isn’t this 1973 Triumph Spitfire project that comes with an SBC lump where its four used to be. Oh it also comes with the original 1,296-cc four, but the SBC is now sleeping in its bed. Not only is this a full-on project, but the ad notes that it has sat for the past 12 years apparently without much attention.

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Craigslist: 1994 Land Rover Defender 90 with Chevy Power

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It’s Friday afternoon of a really busy/long week. I decided to take a mental break from the world by opened up Craig’s List with the hopes of finding a decently priced something, anything. I typed “land” into the search and viola, another over-priced Land Rover Defender 90 poped up. I’m reading the description and I’m like “Oh, ‘a Chevrolet 350 (5.7L) Vortec has been installed and mated to a NV4500 5 speed transmission’, the hoons need to see this!”

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1959 Ranchero: A LeMons Car that Can Haul its Own Parts?

1959 Ford ranchero for sale

2015 might mark my return behind the wheel of a LeMons racer. The hope is to find something that’s pre-smog to allow for street legality without worrying about regular emissions testing. Also, old cars are kinda terrible, so they don’t get too much scrutiny in BS inspection. The actual goal is to find a three-pedal 1960-1965 Ranchero and milk the Mustang parts interchange for all it’s worth. Having a trucklet around might actually prove kinda handy, too.

But then there’s this thing: even older and more terrible than the engineered-to-the-cent Falcon platform: a full-size Ford based 1959 Ford Ranchero. According to the tiny sidebar in the Craigslist ad, it’s got a V8 (would be a 292ci Y-Block if original) and an automatic. It “just needs a carb”, which might mean the current carb is in wretched shape or might mean it’s been sitting in a field with the intake and half the cylinders open to the elements since the Carter administration. There’s (literally!) a truckload of extra parts to sell off to abate the current $1500 asking price, which will in turn free up the bed for a (literal) truckload of bribes. My understanding is that late-50s Fords were early NASCAR/Dirt-oval favorites, which suggests there might still be some old-timey cheats suspension upgrades to be thrown at it. I’m thinking a gardener theme, with everyone running around the paddock with annoyingly loud leaf blowers.

Source: Gold Country Bay Craigslist

Die-Cast Delights: Ford Cougar in 1:18th Scale


Well, it happened. Collecting 1:18 Scale models was a hobby which had been put on hold since I “Grew Up”, moved out of my parents house and got a place of my own. My old bedroom used to have adjustable racking along one wall, and the shelves were stacked with so many boxed models that it was like living in a branch of ModelZone. I bought a few more during my time at University, but limited space in the Dickensian hovels I squatted in during education meant that the main collection stayed at home. It was always nice to come back to at the end of each semester; the models, which I had collected since I was seven, were a tangible link to my childhood. For about ten years now the majority of the collection has been in the attic, safely on stand-by, ready to be enjoyed again.

Allegedly,  I’m now a grown-up, and have easy access to 1:1 scale cars. However, I also have occasional spare time in close proximity to a web-enabled computer. eBay is prominently bookmarked. Inevitably, my fever for 1:18 has been rebooted, and a package arrived for me on Thursday from Germany. It’s a 1998 Ford Cougar, and it may well put me on a slippery slope back towards obsessive collecting.

Click the jump for the first in a series of reviews as I look back at the good, the bad and the downright inexcusable from my collection. Click the images to activate the Enormocator.

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Mid-Engined GTI Project Car Is Ambitious Nightmare

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The MkII Volkswagen GTI is a plucky little hot hatch. It’s a fun compact with great front-wheel-drive driving dynamics and an enjoyable 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. For some, however, that isn’t enough for serious fun. Take this project GTI we found on eBay.

The engine up front is gone. The rear seats are also gone, because that’s where the new engine sits. It’s a four-liter V8 plucked from under the hood of a Lexus GS400, and it’s sitting in the middle of this GTI. The gearbox is 915 Transmission, which is the kind used in examples of the Porsche 911 built between the early 1970s and mid 1980s.

So… do you think you have what it takes to finish this Lexus-engined, Porsche-transmission-having, mid-engine 1986 Volkswagen GTI?

[Source: eBay Motors]

Finally, an International Harvester You Can Live In!

Tim Odell November 11, 2014 eBay Insanity, For Sale

1967 IH 4x4 ambulanceI wanted to make a quick Travels With Charley reference, relating to one’s occasional desire to pack it all up and hit the road in a slow truck with a box on the back. Unfortunately, I fell down a Wikipedia hole and really haven’t accomplished much. So maybe, without even going beyond viewing the eBay listing, this 1967 International Harvester 4×4 Ambulance has already lead me on a rambling journey of discovery. Having never read Travels, I expected it to be great but the reviews I just poured through make me think it’d sound more like a dated old man rant about “kids these days” than anything.

Still, the idea of having a rig big enough to sleep several and tote all their gear across traction-challenged surfaces holds some attraction. This example’s described as mechanically functional, but in need of cosmetic attention. Specifically, the interior’s begging for a undoing of the previous owner’s efforts and a renovation to match your intended use.

While the four speed and 4×4 system of this old IH are nothing to sneeze at, the I-6 and GIANT BOX shape might make for interesting times in anything but a brisk tailwind. Maybe the I-H faithful would refrain gathering with pitchforks and torches if a later 392 were dropped in instead.

Auction ends Thursday and the reserve’s unmet at just under $1,300. Is this a valuable rare truck or (like a 6×6) a novelty with limited buyer base due it its size?

1967 International Harvester 4×4 Ambulance for sale – eBay Motors

Found on eBay: 1992 Pontiac Firebird Formula Firehawk

Jason Connor November 7, 2014 eBay Insanity

The third generation Firebird and Trans Am maintain a special place in my automotive heart to this day. I spent a considerable amount of time in a 1989 Formula 350 and it was one of the first cars I genuinely considered fast. Times changed and the upgraded fourth generation offered more modern styling and better powertrain options, but the swan song for the third generation was the wildly insane and quite rare 1992 Firebird Formula Firehawk.

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If this were an Action Movie, Someone Would Hotwire this 50 Year Old Landcruiser and Drive to Safety

1964 toyota land cruiser fj45lv wagonToday I lamented to a co-worker that our labs (at my day job) never look like movie science labs. In place of all glass-and-steel rooms, they’re typically the drop-ceiling-and-fluorescent-lights ambiance of every other cubicle farm. Similarly, a decrepit 4×4 like today’s 1964 Toyota Land Cruiser tends to miraculously come to life after a an hour of fiddling. Alternately, there’s something needed (gas, part, oil, etc) that sends one or more people on a mission that results in death, discovery of some new fact or revealing of secrets (“I’m not sure I trust Steve…”), then it starts right up just as the bad guys arrive.

Now, in fairness, if any vehicle could be resurrected in the span of a plot point it’s an F-powered Land Cruiser. This one’s got a three-speed, power nothing and most of the parts needed to make a driver out of it. Leaving the Zombie Apocalypse behind, we applaud the seller on a no-reserve auction and no claims of five or six figure valuations “if you can put in the work”. It’s $750 as I type this, which is still below the part-out value.

First step is to put that “new owner” energy to use and install/mend all the simplest items available, with a fast track towards driving it around the block. Clean out the carb, flush the fluids and feed it off of a gas can if you need to. Long-term, there’s a case to be made for a more modern, but still in the family drivetrain swap (pushing horsepower into the triple digits!). Upgraded brakes might come in handy as well. I’ll do what the seller’s too good to and point out that FJ45 wagons are actually quite valuable, so taking this one from “abandoned side-yard special” to some form of project driver could well be a cash-positive venture (provided you assign $0/hr to your own time).

1964 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45LV for sale – eBay Motors


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