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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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eBay: Snowmobile-powered Yugo GV project is the best Yugo project

Eric Rood November 5, 2014 eBay Insanity, For Sale


Look, I know what you’re saying after reading that headline: “Project…I know what that means.” And you’re probably right, because people abandoning projects is usually a recipe for long, sleepless nights wondering what the heck the original builder was thinking and trying to put yourself into their deranged-in-similar-ways-but-just-differently-enough-to-make-it-hair-ripping state of mind.

And you probably already know that crazy things can be done with a snowmobile engine and its continuously variable transmission. And crazy things can be done with a Yugo. And, and, and.

Read this:

Up for auction is my 1987 Yugo Gv. Its a pretty clean little Hot Rod with some rust but still very solid. Its now rear wheel drive and has nothing in the front under the hood except for the radiator and fan.

Its got a 1995 Arctic Cat Thundercat 900cc snowmobile engine (180 horsepower) mated to a Franklin Quick Change rear end with a reverse rotation 4:56 ring and pinion and final driven at 8:50 gear. Power is transmitted thru a CVT Comet drive with a comet pro4 primary clutch and puck style secondary. This car does not have reverse…it pushed very easy. Both the engine and rearend are rebuilt with all new parts. It does run and drive but still needs a few things to finish it up like a permanent fuel cell and lights/turn signals wired. This car is crazy fast and I would bet it would do mid to high 11’s with no problem. Im moving and cant afford to ship my YUGO across the country!

Last auction winner was not prepared to buy so its back up for auction. It was being sold locally for $2500.00 but now its a NO RESERVE auction.

Snowmobile-powered Yugo GV on eBay

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Well, this is the second Faux Ferrari for the Weekend; A 1983 Stiletto Camaro

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What is is with phony Ferraris in the first place? They really don’t look like the real thing to knowledgeable enthusiasts, they tend to have very poor build quality, and the image goes all to hell when the engine fires up… So, for the second time this weekend, I am highlighting another Phony Ferrari, though this one looks ten times better than the last one…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Here is an Obscure Muscle Car you can call your own; A 1973 Chevy Chevelle SS Wagon!

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As many of you know, I have a weekly feature here on the Hooniverse called the Hooniverse Obscure Muscle Car Garage. I feature truly bizzarro cars that many of you have never heard of, and then I try and convince you that they really are Muscle Cars. Well, there is one example of an Obscure Muscle Car currently on eBay, and it’s packing some heat… Take a look at this 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Wagon, and tell me you don’t want it…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – Your Ready Made Art Car for Burning Man 2015…

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You know, I really don’t get Burning Man at all… This is an event that takes place the week leading up to and including Labor Day, in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. According to the official Burning Man Web Site, the attendees (or “participants”) dedicate themselves to the spirit of community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, leaving no trace. It also seems that trying to explain Burning Man to someone like myself is like trying to describe a color to a blind person… Well, here is a vehicle that seems to fit into the whole scene, and it’s for sale…

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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – How about this Fiero Abomination of a Ferrari 512BB…

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Welcome to the first weekend of November here on Hooniverse, and I thought I would spend a little time showing you all the abominations that I have found on eBay and Craigslist that are currently on fire-sale prices due to the fact that winter is just over the horizon, and these abominations have to be cast off to the next lucky owner… Like this fake Ferrari 512BB…

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Mid-Engined Rat Rod Pickup Gets an A for Concept, C+ for Execution

1935 mid engine rat rod pickup for saleWe try not to be in the business of too much mockery or negativity here at Hooniverse. It’s not that we’ve got no teeth, but that we do Car Stuff (writing, wrenching, racing, driving, etc) for fun. The world’s a serious place with enough serious business going on; we use Car Stuff as a refuge. When we run out of awesome stuff to talk about we can traffic in outrage and cynicism.

That said, there’s room for commentary and critique. The idea of a mid-engine-ed (sigh…) rat rod pickup is an attractive one. Plenty of room and frame rail to mount up a bitchin’ powertrain for the world to see…or maybe better hide it under a toolbox or something like these guys from this year’s Thunderhill LeMons. With so much room, one could drop in a cool I-8, a gnarly industrial/aircraft/marine powerplant or a unique FWD choice like a Cadillac 472/500. Alas, the (sadly, deceased) builder of this car elected for a more obvious choice: Chevy 350/350 combo on a big box-steel frame attached to a Jag IRS.

But maybe we can salvage it to something a dash more creative. First off, we need to fabricate a functional frunk. There’s ample room up front for luggage or kegs. The radiator’s currently in the grille, but were it relocated to the bed a much more aggressive chop could be taken out of the grille/hood area. That, or replace the grill with a solid “shield” of polished or die-rolled metal or something cool. Out back, we need to lower that IRS some (looks like it’s trying to avoid being kicked in the nuts), ditch those fuel tanks (for a single unit up front?) and fab some semblance of a bed. If you wanted to get really “theme-y” with it, you could add an engine stand/hoist and make it look like it’s hauling its own engine as cargo. Put the radiator in there askew to add to the effect. goofiness aside, this thing could probably be made into a decent performer. Also, can you think of any other vehicle with independent rear, but solid-axle front suspension?

Anyway, the current bid’s $4,000 with the auction ending Friday afternoon.

1935 Rat Rod Mid Engine Pickup for sale – eBay Motors


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