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This 1961 F250 is Damn Near Perfect

Tim Odell December 18, 2014 For Sale

1961 Ford F250 4x4 for saleWhat does a truck need? Ample cargo capacity, the ability to take it anywhere and the drivetrain to keep doing so forever complete my list. Looking great is sort of a nice aside. This particular 1961 Ford F250 “High Boy” checks all the boxes: 4×4, granny-low four speed, and heavy-duty solid axles sprung by leaves. The seller claims the engine is a “330”, a non-existent displacement. From the one shot of the engine bay we can see it’s an FE engine, but could be a 352, 360 or 390. It doesn’t really matter which, as all are torque monsters.

The “High Boy” term refers to the tall stance that 4×4 Ford F250s (3/4-tons) had prior to mid-1977. They’ve got what roughly amounts to a four inch lift compared to later or F100/150 half-ton trucks, fitting 35″ tires stock. Though, it seems the term usually just applies to the generation after this truck, so maybe someone more detail-oriented could weigh in.

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Are there drawbacks? Certainly, but the four-wheel drum brakes on a single-circuit master cylinder, probable manual steering, no crash engineering and a suspension endorsed by the National Academy of Reconstructive Spine Surgeons are merely opportunities for fun weekends spend upgrading.

As I type this, the bidding’s at $1,136 with an unmet reserve. The details decide how many integer multiples of that number it’s actually worth.

1961 Ford F250 4×4 – eBay Motors

This Bertone Coupe Could Make a Great Gift This Holiday Season

Robert Emslie December 15, 2014 For Sale

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Sweden’s Volvo was once the advocate of all things square and boxy. In contrast, Bertone, the Italian styling house, preferred sleeker lines in their designs. You might think that those opposed preferences mean that these two companies would have nothing in common. You would of course, be right. That however didn’t stop Volvo from commissioning Bertone to design a range topping coupe back in the seventies that would meld the Swede’s penchant for boxy design with the Italian’s demand that rooflines be as close to standing navel height as possible.

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Here’s the result of that unholy union, a 1979 Volvo 262c Bertone, otherwise known as the Bertone Coupe. As you can see, Bertone’s contribution to the car was the awkward coupĂ© roofline, luxuriously covered in vinyl and featuring a crown emblem on each sail panel. Sadly not befitting its original position atop the Volvo lineup, this one is in rough shape, and in fact needs to be towed from its San Joaquin neighborhood. Of course that also means it’s pretty cheap – $650 so – and that means a possible LeMons contender. After all, you could probably get $150 for those badges alone.

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is an extremely rare 1988 Dodge Caravan with a Stick!

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The minivan was popularized by Chrysler starting in 1983. Yes there were compact passenger vans available before these came out in the form of the VW Microbus, and the forward control Ford Econoline, Dodge A100, the Chevrolet G Series, and the Corvair Greenbriar, but it was the Chrysler twins (The Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager) that virtually dominated the market, and helped make the affordable station-wagon disappear. We all want to hate on the Minivan because of that, but I want to show you what could be one of the more interesting early example of the breed in the form of a pretty basic Caravan, with a 5-Speed Manual…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – So, What do you think about this 1974 Renault R12 found on Craigslist?

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I know it has been a little light on the weekends during the past several weeks, and I have wanted to try and bring you at least some interesting reading material, but the entire Hooniverse Staff (including myself) have been quite busy, and for that, dear reader, I apologize. So, let’s take a look at the goodies I have discovered for this Sunday… Like this very complete Renault R12 that is currently for sale. Is it worth saving?

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Lovingly Resto-Modded Kit Car is Surprisingly Enticing

Tanshanomi December 11, 2014 Dealership Fabulous

 

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While driving past Genuine Auto Repair in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit, I caught a glimpse of red fenders and a black grille inside on the showroom floor. What WAS that? My initial thought was something like an Elfin roadster, but I knew it was probably just some crappy VW kit car. I banged a youie and pulled in to check it out.

Once inside, it wasn’t an Elfin and it was a kit car, but it was neither VW-based nor crappy. This Mustang II-based Blakely Bernardi has been buffed and pimped, rebuilt and upgraded, from a previous state of dusty neglect to its current hotness. While it’s fashionable to bag on kit cars of any kind, this one possesses a surprising lustworthiness.

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Diecast Delights: The Maserati Quattroporte V in 1:18 scale

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Yeah, I’ve totally lost control. The whole idea of me rebooting the Diecast Delights thing was to make use of the several dozen 1:18th scale models which have been rotting away in various attics across Northeast Essex. Last weeks episode where I covered Maisto’s interpretation of the Morgan Aero 8, was supposed to be a hiccup. That was a model I picked up on eBay within the last fortnight. Well, so’s today’s. And I’ll admit now that I have another two coming. I’m a hopeless addict, but it’s a cheap habit so I’m not going to worry too much.

I bought today’s car, the Hotwheels rendition of the Maserati Quattroporte Mk 5 because that car is, out of all the cars I’ve ever driven, my favourite, despite the Skyhook system letting go dramatically mid roundabout and leaving me sawing at the wheel of what became a wobbly, tail-happy monster. I love that car, (read about the fun I had in it here) but alas in my current position in space, time and economy, a 1:1 scale QP is beyond my means and practicality. There are limited choices in scale model terms, too, and that’s why I ended up with this one. Take a closer look after the jump.

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eBay: 1982 Alfa Romeo GTV6 with Callaway twin turbo setup

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If I have learned only one thing from the 24 Hours of LeMons, it’s that the song of an Alfa Romeo V6 rivals the sweetest strains of polyphony from the most alluring of sirens. I want one.

And of all the American-market cars Alfa powered with their 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter V6s, the GTV6 is surely the most striking. While it produced healthy power numbers for the time, it wasn’t suitably crazy enough for an Italian car, so Alfa entered an agreement with tuners Callaway, who built the beautiful twin-turbo engine in this GTV6 up for sale on eBay.

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

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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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