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Volvo V50 T5 MT AWD Flood Car is Quite the Swedish Siren

volvo v50 for saleIn the ’00s Volvo went through an awesome phase, moving on from all FWD automatics to offering a few great vehicles in turbocharged manual transmission AWD form (see also: V70R). Alas, People in General have terrible taste in cars, so very of them were willing to plunk down Volvo’s painful asking price for three pedal turbo wagons (Three Pedal Turbo Wagon: also a great band name). That’s why the $3500 price on this ’07 V50 (T5MTAWDFTMFW) had my jaw on the floor. Then I noticed the picture set has copious amounts of snow in the background. Cars with months-old pictures usually have a back-story. In the case of this Volvo, that back-story involves a big girl named Sandy and an influx of saltwater up to about the level of the shifter.

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The seller does a good job of listing what’s known and unknown in terms of electrical system corrosion, highlighting some major hurdles in the project to turn this back into a runner. Specifically, the main fuse box (which is apparently so over-engineered it needs dealer reprogramming to work again) will need replacing, along with most of the interior electronics. Based on the description, I can’t help but think this would be a great candidate for race/rally car conversion. Gut the (dried out, but suspicious) interior, replace the destroyed circuitry with something simpler, add a megasquirt or other stand-alone ECU and head for your local rallycross event.

On the other hand, why not pull the drivetrain and make the world’s most awesome Pinto Cruising Wagon?

2007 Volvo V50 T5 AWD MT for sale – eBay Motors


VW Flippers

I probably don’t need to mention that I spend a lot of time on the Craigslsists. I mean, a lot of time. Because of that I occasionally come across some stuff that makes me go ‘OMG,’ or sometimes even ‘LOL.’ Do the kids still say OMG and LOL? Anyway, I was trolling the classifieds recently and I came across the perfect item to turn your Backyard BBQ into a Backyard Vee-Duba-Que. That’s right, stainless steel VW logo spatulas! If you flip over both burgers and VWs then these 13″ pan slappers are going to be just your cup of weird car-related accoutrements. You can find them here, for $15 each, that is if they haven’t totally sold out by now.

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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

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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

Weekend Edition – Two Wagons from the Same eBay Seller; Are They Desirable or Not?

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Continuing on with the Weekend Edition,and I thought I would share a couple of unique Wagons that are currently on eBay, and they are both from the same seller. They are both part of a fleet of Wagons that come from Speed City Cycle, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since the shop is closed on Sundays and Mondays (!), I will try and get the back story on these (and other) Wagons that the currently have. I love vintage wagons, and I even nominated one for HCoTY, so let’s discover two of the most fascinating wagons currently on eBay…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A Mint 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbriar Van now on eBay…

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It is the Sunday Edition of the Hooniverse Weekend, and in conjunction with Eric’s Liveblog at the 24 Hours of LeMons’ Doing Time in Joliet Crapcan Race, I thought i would highlight some vehicles that you can acquire to either tow your racing heap, or at least crash in the pit area while you’re rebuilding you magnificent machine. This Greenbriar Van falls into the latter category, as a Corvair Flat 6 may be perfect for racing, it’s not quite set up to tow anything. So, could you see yourself piloting this forward control van?

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – The Single Most Awesome K20 Diesel Suburban on the Planet…

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Here we are on the last weekend of July, and in celebration of the Live Postings Eric is doing for the 24 Hours of LeMons’ Doing Time in Joliet Crapcan race, I thought I would continue with highlighting some Tow Rigs you may want to use to haul your team’s prize winning “Race Car” to and (not always) from the track. And look what I found… I can only describe it as probably the single greatest K20 Diesel Suburban in existence, and you can own it…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A 1992 Dodge Ram D-350 Diesel Cabriolet; Tell me this wouldn’t make a great Racecar Hauler

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So, in honor of Eric’s Weekend of covering the 24 Hours of LeMons’ Doing Time in Joliet crapcan race, I thought I would throw out a few vehicles that you can possibly use as either tow rigs, or living quarters if you ever want to get into the league of other disturbed individuals who frequent these venues. Everyone knows that after you spend your time and hard earned money on a $500 Racing Machine for either the 24-Hours-of-Lemons, or the other $500 racecar series that is ChumpCar, you need a tow rig to get your crapcan to the race (getting it back is a whole different matter). The LUV Pickup really wasn’t a tow rig, but this is; Introducing a low mileage Dodge Ram D-350 Cabriolet Conversion…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A Remarkably Intact 1980 Chevy LUV Truck on Craigslist…

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Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend, and I thought I would start out with one on my Quick Hits, in which I find something interesting that is currently on Craigslist, and here is a fine example. This is a 1980 Chevy LUV Pickup that is not only running, but a lot of work has been done to the engine. So, do you think you have what it takes to finish this project?

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MGTD Kit Car With Limo Stretch Is Horrible, Yet Oddly Intriguing


The MG-TD was and is a very desirable vehicle. That’s why Fiberfab and other kit car companies successfully sold knockoffs that could be easily bolted to a VW floorplan. Today, those VW-powered kit replicas are largely considered to be, um, “less desirable.” So, what would make it better? The same answer as any other car: a limo stretch! American Eagle Motors in Virginia is offering this “one of a kind” custom stretched Fiberfab TD replica for an undisclosed sum. The price is listed as “Call Us”, so maybe they’re so desperately lonely they’ll give you car just for calling and talking a while. More pics and details after the jump.

Would you want your bride or prom date to show up in this?

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