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The Cheap(ish) Muscle Car Lives!

Tim Odell June 25, 2015 For Sale

1965 Ford LTD Muscle car for saleFour hundred twenty eight cubic inches of displacement and four gears manually selected by a floor shifter, accompanied by clean steel wheels and a mostly-straight, casually-painted body. Asking between $5,800 and 6,0000.

I’d elaborate, but I spent most of the time I should’ve been writing this or another post picking up a five-lug eight-inch rear axle for the Ranchero and figuring out what size tires to run. Instead, just substitute in the standard clichés: perfect as-is, would buy if it was closer, if you don’t like it we can’t be friends, etc.

Given that I’ll be running 3.55:1 gears in the rear axle, what wheel/tire combo ensures the best use of second and third gears? I’m still using the Vexer calculator we linked to five years ago. 205/50 R15s make a lot of sense in terms of lightness, fender fit and cheapness, but that puts us a just a little higher in the revs than I’d like for the latter portion of big straights. The other option would be 215/45 R17 (I keep hearing 16″s are on the way out), but then everything’s more. Expensive, heavy, big…more. Success with a crappy straight six and three speed requires less.

Oh, and the auction’s already over.  No one wanted to pay just under six grand for this thing which, to me, is a tragic commentary on us all.

Auction’s over, maybe the seller will re-list?



Wagon Wednesday – 1992 Honda Accord


I’m finally back online (blogging is still impractical on a smartphone) after getting moved into our new house and getting our internet set up, and I had a few minutes tonight to sit down and partake in my favorite leisure activity: trawling Craigslist. I want to show you a car that I have always admired – the fourth generation Honda Accord. Welcome to Wagon Wednesday. … Continue Reading

Retired LA School Worker Needs Good Home
We mean LA School Work Truck

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Everyone needs a good truck. So to help you on your journey, I’ve gone ahead and found one that you should buy. This is a 1969 Dodge pickup that’s finished in a delightful light shade of blue, and it’s being offered at a price below $4,000. Under the hood sits a 383 that is connected to a three-speed automatic. That 383 currently breathes through a two-barrel carb, but a little tinkering will have it breathing a lot better. Still, this is no muscle machine but rather the perfect cruise-around-town pickup.

Apparently it served for many years as a maintenance vehicle for the LA School District. Now it’s retired and needs to find a good home. Pony up the short money being asked (or negotiate an even better deal) and you’ll be riding in style. Even better is the fact that you typically see Chevy C10s and the occasional Ford F100, but you rarely see the old Dodge trucks roaming around.

Stand out in a good way… here’s the ad.

[Source: Craigslist]

I want to, but Can’t Hate this VW “Cobra” Kit

Tim Odell June 16, 2015 For Sale

1969 vw cobra kit car for sale (2)I hate Cobra kits. If you can’t afford a real one, buy a LS-swapped Caterham or Miata, as they’re the modern equivalent (and will out-perform the original). Most VW kits make me itch just from looking at them, though examples very of their time garner appreciation. I “WTF”ed out loud (WTFOLed?) when I scrolled to see its derpy face poking from my eBay search.

1969 vw cobra kit car for sale

Wrapping around to the 3/4 view, the proportions are so swoopy and cartoonish, it’s almost not trying to be a Cobra. On its own, it has a pretty jaunty look. Alas the “VWKOBRA” license plate hints at the unfortunate copying attempt. It has the vibe of a project in need of the “last 10%” finishing: tuning, hooking up gauges, touching up paint, etc. That really means the “last 50%”, but it’s a VW so that’s still only eight moving parts. For my time and money, I’d tweak the aesthetic towards a more off-road look with a couple extra lights on a small prerunner bar up front, then some grabbier old-school offroad tires out back.

Speaking of money, the seller’s asking $3700, which actually doesn’t seem to crazy for this vehicle in this condition. While rare doesn’t necessarily equal valuable, I’ve never seen a VW “Cobra” kit before, so at least you’ll never be the second one at a car show. Be sure to park in the Shelby row, by the way.

1969 Volkswagen Cobra Kit Car for sale – eBay Motors

Found on eBay: 1991 Ford SkyRanger

Scott Ith May 22, 2015 eBay Insanity


The obvious question, when looking at this Modified Ford Ranger, is, “What the hell is going on here?” It has a body kit, and a wing at the front of the bed…and at the back! Ground effects and 4×4 trucks don’t usually make great bedfellows, but that’s none of this truck’s business. Oh, and let’s not forget that convertible top and the killer tape stripes.

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Craigslist: 1949 Mercury Coupe


The Ozarks, I am quickly being reminded, is never short on rusty gold, diamonds in the rough that just need a little polishing to reveal their true quality. What we have here could be the next best thing.

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Diecast Delights: Lotus Elise 111S in 1/18 Scale


You know, collecting diecast models is a peculiar hobby that everybody goes about in different ways. There are dozens of forums out there devoted to it, but a common theme is people fawning over the latest releases by companies like Exoto, Spark and CMC. These models are often made in extremely limited numbers, and the first person to flex their chequebook wins. The thing is, is this really collecting, or is it just shopping? And does it even matter?

With neither of my daily drivers being worth much more than £500, I have neither the funds nor the stomach to pump several hundred quid at a time into buying toys. Besides which, models at the high end of the industry are like jewellery, and end up being displayed in a similar way. It can end up being more about the model itself than the actual car it represents. For me the car is paramount, and if 85% of the detail can be bought for 15% of the price, then I’m all for it.

Hence this Lotus Elise now appearing in my collection after an eBay bidding war in which my maximum bid was £20.

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This Beater Marauder Convertible is Hotrodding at its Finest

1961 mercury marauder for saleThis 1961 Mercury Marauder has all the necessary equipment: A tri-power 390ci V8, four-speed transmission, nice seats, intact floors and power brakes. Intact sheet metal, a roof and hood? These things only serve to confine.

From context it seems the seller yanked it out of a barn somewhere then paid attention to getting the floors and mechanical bits sorted, swiped the interior out of what looks like an 80s Mercedes (that MB-Tex lasts forever) and called it a day. He drives it daily. For some reason I imagine the seller played by Woody Harrelson with a just bit of a Florida Man vibe.

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Which, honestly, is exactly what I’d do all day every day if I could: start with cars a week away from The Crusher and bring the back to some form of functionality. Let someone else worry about getting the quarter panels patched perfectly or finding the factory-correct hose clamps.

The auction ends today and as I type this it’s sitting at $4000 with 16 bids, which…ok, honestly that’s a bit steep. I’m curious where it ends up.

1961 Mercury Marauder for sale – eBay Motors

Black and Tan 1958 Mercury Wagon: I must have you

Tim Odell May 12, 2015 For Sale

1958 mercury wagon for sale
Ford did some weird things with Mercury engines in the late 50s. This wagon has a four-barrel 383ci V8, but thankfully not the ubiquitous Chevy stroker. Nope, this particular 383 is from the MEL family with a claimed 300-330hp and 400-something lb-ft of torque. Those figures are impressive, it’s been said those early power numbers came more from the marketing department than the R&D group. Still, in proper tune that lump has the low-end grunt to haul this beast around just fine. Beyond the drivetrain and the sweet paintjob, this one’s got a squeaky clean interior and enough power convenience features (brakes, steering) to cruise in comfort…provided it’s not too warm out.

Personally, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of slapping any of the recent crop of TBI carb-replacement EFI systems on an ancient, thirsty motor just to see what happens. Back that up by a C6 with an overdrive unit, and you’ve got a remarkably versatile cruiser/hauler. I was about to go into a “you don’t surf” rant about classic wagons always having a board on the roof, but this guy actually uses it to go to the beach, so I’ll leave off for now.

Anyway, it’s $7500 on SF Bay Craigslist. Please buy it so I can stop thinking about it.



Showdown: Non-Wretched Jeep FC Vs Detroit-Diesel Swapped International

Tim Odell May 7, 2015 For Sale, Showdown

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It’s been forever since our last showdown, but when I had these two tabs open adjacent to each other (and a primordial version of my Falcon next to them), it was clearly time to dust off the category.

In one corner, a ’57 Jeep FC in rare mid-grade condition. Typically we find these in end-stage terminal corrosion or as $20k restoration queens. This one’s generally intact, running and driving, with a $6300 asking price. The flathead four cylinder and insanely low gearing aren’t going to win any races on paved ground but with some vintage mud tires and a locker or two, it’ll out-climb anything this side of a mountain goat. And it’ll do so with that bed full of cut firewood.

Representing the “Ugh, it’s not a Jeep, it’s an International” faction, we’ve got this 1960 International Travelall. As if an early Travelall wasn’t unique enough, it’s had a Detroit 4-53 swapped in. Fun fact: those Detroit Diesel engine names are the number of cylinders and the displacement for each. Thus 4-53 = 212ci (3.5l) four cylinder. These are good for somewhere just north of 100hp, meaning this leviathan will also be an exercise in patience. Mechanically, “everything’s in order”, but it’s evident that some paint and body work top the To-Do list. The $5000 asking price feels about $1500 too high, but maybe that’s just me.

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On this truckiest of Truck Thursdays, what would you pick?

Pokey FC or Pokier Travelall?

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