Hooniverse Asks- What's Your Dream Car Project?

 

No matter how crappy one’s life may be – even if your job involves either phrase – you want fries with that or of course we offer happy endings – you can always escape into your dreams. It’s in that dreamworld where we’re stronger, smarter, and better looking – well, in my dreams I look pretty much the same, because you can’t improve upon perfection. And sometimes in those dreams – mostly when we should be concentrating on our lifeguard duties at the kiddy pool, or making sure the shifty guy with the butt crack full of C4 doesn’t get through  your TSA line – that we fill our mind with images of that one car project that would fulfill our meager life and make existence worthwhile.

If only for a moment.

Maybe it’s a dream of building a Se7en in your garage, or a Lambo in the basement. Or perhaps it’s gymkhana hero you’ve built from your meth addict sister in law’s dead grandma’s 911, who knows! For me it’s bringing a low mileage garage-find E30 back to life as I really like that bodystyle. Don’t judge me! But what about for you? Do you have a dream project – something that may or may not actually ever happen dependent on the orientation of the stars or whether you find Trump’s wallet on a metro bus seat? What’s your dream car project?

 

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  1. I don't have any particular dream car project in mind. I'd be happy taking on any project in my dream shop, though.
    It's going to have everything you can find in Leno's shop except more of it, since I won't need to make room for that chin.

  2. First I need to get my 77 Corvette back on the road. I will probably drop an iron block LS truck engine into it.
    One of my goals for retirement is to "build a car". I still haven't decided what. Maybe a clean sheet design. Maybe something along the lines of a Factory Five GTM Supercar kit.
    <img src="http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2008/02/Factory%20Five%20GTM.jpg&quot; width="500/">
    Maybe a Lotus Elite
    <img src="http://gallery.brit-cars.com/data/536/loti_42_.jpg&quot; width="500/">
    But made out of all carbon fiber, resized to fit me, with a modern lightweight power plant. There used to be a burned out Elite shell at a junkyard around the corner from work. Need to stop by and see if it is still there, that was almost 20 years ago when I saw it. (Actually the whole place would make a good Hooniverse post.)
    Maybe a repowered Fiat 850 Spyder or an LS powered E30.
    I have another 25-30 years to decide.

  3. A filthy part of me wants to put a bruiser diesel in the Lincoln, but that's not a must. A Se7en with Miata underpinnings would be quite fun and actually was my capstone project in college (digital design, marketing, cost analysis, etc, but no car). Right now my most unrealistic, realistic project car fantasy is getting my Packard Eight built for a run in La Carerra Panamericana, I think that's enough of a challenge technically and financially.

        1. i really don't mean that as an insult….. i think that video/song is hilarious. not to mention the name!
          you are pretty god damned awesome.
          (i also enjoy just about any chance to post this video……)

  4. Fantasy Project Garage
    Turbodiesel C3 Vette Commuter
    Turbo 2.3 + T5 + various upgrades in a Pinto Cruising Wagon
    BMW 3.0 CS Undignified Tourer (mildly gutted, ratty but functional, built on the cheap with late-80s BMW bits)
    6×6 Motorhome
    '66 or 67 Chevelle…not much there, but there was a black SS396 that made an impression on me long ago, and I've wanted one ever since
    Current Project Garage:
    '64 Falcon in Operation Make it Handle a Little Better
    (more on that later)
    Near Future Project Garage:
    Wagoneer or Suburban Family Dirtwagon: (Waggy = AMC 401 + Edelbrock EFI + NV4500)
    '64 Falcon in Operation Overdrive
    '64 Falcon in Operation How Much Power Can You Get from a 260ci with 8.5:1 Compression? (roller everything)

    1. After a little Web searching, I see that the 4bt has a wet weight of 745lbs, and the NV5600 weighs 456lbs, which makes me go WTF? That's gonna need some serious springs.

      1. The 396 weighed 685lbs wet and the 4 speed muncie is 100lbs. I think, with some fab work and Big Block springs, that it could work out okay or lose some of the 6 speed awesomeness and go for a 200lbs NV4500. They have the same 123 and top gears. The 5600 just has a closer 45 shift.

  5. Lately, it's been a front engine dragster, with a W2 small block Mopar, and a clutchflite.. They built 'em in the garage back in the day. Why not now?

  6. I've never been one to dream big, and it's hard to imagine ANOTHER project when I already have two sitting in my garage. So I think the closest to a dream project I have would be to completely build up my LTD to the hilt. 5.0L Coyote motor, 6 speed, 3 link rear suspension, etc.

    1. chrystlubitshi, Hoonibles has stolen your post. But in a shameless plug, check out the August 2011 issue of Car Craft magazine featuring my car!

  7. finish restoration on my Father's TR3
    Restore my mother's TR6
    Triumph Stag with some form of an LS in it

  8. This one's easy for me. 30 Model A sedan, 4 inch chop, lowboy, pagan gold with matching metallic vinyl interior. Radirs and wide whites, piecut slicks in the back. 389/6-71, lakes pipes, T56. White roof insert, green tinted windows.
    That oughta do it.

  9. I actually built a Lotus Seven and it was my dream project. Turned into a bit of a nightmare as the years dragged on as I never had any money to finish it off. Would just sit in the garage and taunt me.

  10. My dream project is to finish the wiring, battery and a set of tires for my Intermeccanica Speedster.

  11. Barring the crazy fantasy engine swaps, I always have a seemingly possible project in the back of my head that keeps me up at night. It used to be a Lexus IS300; then I'd go and swap in a 3SGE BEAMS 4-pot NA. But where would I find this engine? Still, I was on that idea for a good couple months. Then it changed to an even more seemingly possible 1998 Legacy Wagon with the high roof (chassis of an Outback, regular Legacy bumpers) and a EJ25t from an STi; I still have all the pages of Subaru forum discussion on engine, drivetrain, and wiring swaps bookmarked on my browser (the wiring harness swap looked the most intimidating). After a longer while I've included the older Legacies (maybe even a Loyale), as well as a Forester, to be subject to this mental engine swap. Towards the tail end of this, I've also taken a liking to the '06 GTOs, what with their promise of a big 6.0 in a big, handsome coupe. Plus, no engine swaps necessary for more power! Which is even more realistic for me.
    Now caught firmly by the big car, big V8 spell (this is America, dammit!), I've also realized the inadequacy of my bank account and car fixin' knowledge. Currently, the dream's this 1978 (but looks like a 1977) Chevrolet Caprice sedan for sale right now
    <img src="http://img1.classistatic.com/cps/kj/110518/624r5/86082i1_20.jpeg&quot; width=500>
    that I'll take care of by having it stashed in a friend's garage (not happening…) and having his old man teach me how to change the oil on the big girl (doubly not happening) with his tools (DREAMING.). Then it's off to Canada's Highways I go. Maybe it'll get a modern LS1 (I'm not picky anymore!) and a six-speed mounted on the floor (the bench is staying) or a Cummins later in its life. But this ain't happening yet as much as I want it to; I've got to finish something else first before I could afford to do so.

    1. as much as i like the idea of big LS power….. put a Cummins in it to start with. you might spend a bit more up front–as with all diesels– but it'll pay you back many times over… between the WTF??? looks at every stop sign/light. the WTF? looks as you pass anyone… the WTF looks as you pull up to Truck Stop Diesel pumps (used to do this with my beetle Gunter, his input pipe accepted semi-truck sized fuel nozzles– the adapter is a great investment!!!– diesel is cheaper for long-haulers) not to mention the look on peoples faces (most hybrids) as you sputter, putt, pop, and clack past them getting twice their mileage.

  12. My miniature mid-engine Ford 5.0 design continues to evolve, through at this point its starting to look as though I'll need to comission a custom transverse transaxle from Weissman if I'm going to hit my design target for wheelbase and total length – at one point I was routing power through a 4 inch HyVo chain to a modified Richmond Gear 5-speed mated directly to a mythical high-pinion Ford 8.8 IRS pumpkin (all of which was slung under the left cylinder bank), but the setup was ugly as hell and I still wasn't getting the length I was after. Once I've got engine packaging figured out, it's on to roughing in the suspension. Problem there is that suspensions are HARD. From there, all I need to do is design the tube frame and interior components, learn how to weld, build a 3 axis CNC, learn fiberglass layup, find a workshop to put everything in, source glass, build jigs, etc, etc, etc… How hard could it possibly be?! 🙂

  13. I guess the most attainable of my current dreams is a warmed-over drivetrain and general freshening-up for the Alpine. I'm pretty sure I can figure out a way to squeeze 100 horses out of the mill, and I've got an overdrive transmission (of unknown condition) sitting in my parents' basement, and those two things plus a new interior would make the car a hell of a grand tourer. Not anything too hot for the street, mind you, but enough to put the 356s and Alfa Giuliettas on notice.
    We might as well dream big, though. And my dream is a fully stocked restoration shop with a fleet of cars to screw around with. I just turned 27, but I'm pretty sure I have more than enough projects to keep me busy until I'm 100. Besides the Sunbeam, how about a Morgan? A hot Karmann-Ghia for the Significant Other? A Peugeot 404 with a 2.2-liter engine from a 505? A fintail Mercedes? A LeMons Nash Rambler, painted in AMC red-white-and-blue? The list goes on and on, and gets weirder and weirder.

  14. One block away from here is a '64 Bel Air sedan, that is in great shape. This is Arizona, so no rust except for the normal surface patina, which looks fine. The car is dead stock, it even has one or two dog dish hubcaps. 283 and a Powerglide. I want it bad, but of course it's a family heirloom and is not for sale. Dammit. I would rebuild the 283, balanced and blueprinted, forged everything, hot cam, tri-power, etc. Get rid of the powerglide, put in a 5 speed (keep the bench seat), upgrade the suspension, disc brakes all around, and redo the interior to look like new. Cragars and sixty series radials. Keep the exterior as is. Drive the hell out of it. All this will never happen, and the BelAir will continue to sit right over there in the sun. Once again, Dammit.

  15. I used to have dreams….big ones. Delusional ones. Dreams of Porsche powered Corvairs, Hemi-6 powered A-body Barracudas, a W109 6.3, and much more. The last 5 years, I've lost both parents, my marriage, the house, while taking a severe fiscal ass kicking in the process. I've had to start over at 45. Suffice it to say, these dreams instantly turned into unobtanium. And, barring a winning lottery ticket or an appearence from heretofore unknown rich uncle, those dreams will stay that way for a long time to come.
    So, right now, I'd be content to have the scratch to get the A/C fixed on my 10 year old Accord. The fun, vehicular stuff will come later.

  16. Definitely somthing along the lines of a Locost. Even recently had 220v wired into the garage and am actively looking for a welder. Let's see…so far I have a racing seat and a steering wheel. Hmmm…not quite enough but it does give me the ability to sit in it and make driving noises while sawing away at the wheel held a full arm's length away. "Brrrrrrrrraaaaaahhhhh……BRRRRAAAaaaaaahhhh…………Brraaaaahhhhhhh!!"

  17. For a while a nice BMW 2002 was on the list. Then I switched to wanting to put a V8 into an MGB (or an X19 that was for sale for really cheap). These days, a Se7en is on the short list alongside some 1960s roadster that is in decent but not great shape. Honestly, nothing is going to happen in the project department until my kids stop being such an enjoyable time-suck. It's going to be a few years or more.

  18. My dream car project is to have unlimited dream car projects. Suck it mister one wish genie.
    Barring that, it's currently the swapping of an LS1 into my 951. Or replacing much of the sheet metal with carbon fiber & aluminum panels (with magically perfect panel fitments). Or swapping in a turbo 968 engine…I defer to my previous statement.

  19. Currently I'd like to just get some more work done on my accord. The idea is to turn it into a fairly legitimate sports sedan that is easy to live with every day, while looking a whole lot better and also properly taking advantage of the excellent suspension geometry (double wishbones all around) that lives underneath, but was sadly jacked up too high and undersprung. First I want to get the bodywork and handling all sorted out, then I'm going about adding more power in the form of a turbo kit (second one I've built for this car, first one never got installed though).
    Don't need or want big numbers, but 200whp out of the 2.2L 4 cylinder with a small quick spooling turbo and a quiet exhaust would be perfect. Loads of low-rpm and midrange torque to play with around town, while still pulling decent fuel economy. Oh, and it should be able to walk my friend's '06 Si, so that should be fast enough.
    Its an accord, not a race car. I want it sportier, but I'm not going to go out and ruin the thing trying to make it a track monster. Just lowering the suspension slightly, stiffer shocks (probably either konis or bilstein HDs), and thick swaybars. Bump the wheel size up to a set of 16' from an acura CL.
    I also need to finish the stereo (downsize from two 12" subwoofers to a single one at the same power, and install my rear door speakers and amps bringing the count up to two tweeters, a 6.5 in each front door, one in each rear, and two in the rear deck in addition to the bass channels). I really need to get paid, because most of this is happening this summer.
    Its eventually getting a manual transmission swapped in, but the honda automatics are kinda neat, and I'd like to see how they feel with some decent power running through them. The last turbo automatic cars I drove were really fun, spooling the turbo to full boost in the time it took for a kickdown.
    Its still getting driven every day, and its still getting driven in the snow.

  20. mine just so happens to be a tiger supercat kit car, which looks incredibly similar to the one pictured (if it isnt, which it may in fact be) 2.0 zetec, rwd, 550ish kg, under 4ft tall roofline

  21. Some of my favorite dream projects:
    -Mustang II hatchback or Pinto wagon with a Cosworth BDA/Hewland or ZF 5-speed
    -First-gen Seville "V" (eRod LS3 or LSA, 6-speed, full Detroit Speed and Engineering Chevy Nova suspension setup)
    -new CTS-V rebodied as a last-gen Eldorado
    -Chevette or Vega with Solstice GXP/Sky Redline underpinnings
    -'81-'83 Imperial (or an R-body Newport or Gran Fury) with a 6.1L Hemi and 6-speed
    -Corvair Lakewood with a hot-rodded Subaru EJ20 and Gen 2 Corvair suspension
    -NASCAR-look (i.e. lowered, sheetmetal spoiler, wheels and tires, side pipes, slightly flared fenders) '78-'80 Cutlass or Century 2-door fastback with a '81-'87 Cutlass Supreme or Regal front clip and an LS motor (or, if originally a diesel and thereby smog exempt in CA, a hopped-up Olds or Buick 350)
    -Mark VII with a Coyote and '99-'04 Mustang Cobra IRS
    -Porsche 914 with a 1.9L TDI
    -Toyota Venza (brown, of course) with Camry SE suspension, steering, etc.

  22. 4 Wheels: I've been dreaming for a while of something I've nicknamed the "Street Jeep": SHO V6 and T5 in a 2WD DJ5 postal Jeep frame. Topless re-pop fiberglass CJ5 tub with side pipes, Brooklands windscreen, single chrome Cobra-style roll hoop, old-style Cragar SS wheels, and RWL street tires. Some sort of '70-ish purple or burnt orange metal-flake, please.
    The 6.5L turbodiesel XJS gets honorable mention.
    3 Wheels: This —
    <img src="http://www.tanshanomi.com/temp/cyrobuka_web.jpg"&gt;
    2 Wheels: [Not even going there. Too numerous to count.]

  23. surely you jest. Your awesomeness is a fact proven by your garage, resume, & blog. and yes. great video.

  24. all three of those sound pretty damned awesome. I'd jump at the '49 and Ford myself… get those working as good drivers to use/haul stuff for the eventual '69 money winner of a camaro (they sell for ridiculous prices in any condition… get it good and running… (in the next 10 years or so) and it'll be either a shload of fun to drive around town or it'll pay for the restoration of the other two and more if sold)*
    (*this is not sound financial advice. just my observation and what i'd do if i had *some* money to play with… instead of living paycheck to paycheck…..)

  25. more insight into myself and my dad who made me the car fan I am today soon. We are going to have a "get together" at his shop in July. Stay tuned to your friendly Hooniverse station (or the LeMons forum) for more details (as soon as I get around to it). 🙂

  26. Someday, I will drive EVERY vehicle in my driveway/garage on the same day, one after the other just to be able to say "WOOT! I did it".
    More realistically, I'd be happy just to hear them all run on the same day. Or hell even month.
    Year?
    (phuk me)

    1. I've pushed all of mine on the same day, one after the other, so at least they all roll. Or, rather, they did at that time.
      Sigh.

  27. A few months ago I had a dream where I bought a Mk1 Ford Cortina sans engine and put a SHO V8 in it. It would be the SHOCort.
    I woke up with a giant grin on my face.

    1. A friend of mine is working on a Cortina with a Honda S2000 motor in it. I have a sneaking suspicion that it's going to be terrifyingly fast.

  28. I've had dreams of the hearse with a drag racing setup, an LSI kit car, a street legal dune buggy, and even an electric RV in the past.
    But the one that visits my thoughts time and again is the heirloom 1929 Chevrolet.

  29. My dream would be a touch out there:
    Ingrediants:
    1 GM "Dustbuster" minivan (Olds Shilouette, Lumina APV, or Pontiac TransSport)
    1 Caddliac Northstar V8
    1 manual FWD transmission that can handel the torque
    a few suspension tweaks
    What you'd get would be an oddball sleeper that could beat the pants off many imports.

  30. I've always wanted to get my dad's '74 SD-455 Trans Am going again. The engine lost oil pressure and broke something major about 30 years ago, and it's sat in a barn ever since.

  31. I've built a Se7en several years ago.It was my dream project for as long as I can remenber.Took 7! months to complete and was a complete pleasure.I'd recomment one to anyone although choosing the right kit is probably a major consideration.Still have the car and it's still a blast..Current project is a 1974 CB750 powered road race Sidecar.Does this count? Through pure coincidence I've found the first owner and learnt a lot of it's history(with photos) and it's proving to be as satisfying a project as the Clubbie.Looking forward to scaring myself and my Mate with it!

  32. I'm looking to build a Kirkham framed and bodied, (you build at their factory) Daytona Coupe with a donor Maserati 4.2 or 4.7 modern engine because I hate carburetors. It would be as luxurious as I could build it, but unlike most Kirkhams it wouldn't be polished aluminium. Something more subtle like burgundy exterior. More along the lines of donor Maserati interior so I keep the gauge package and electronics for fewer hassles.
    And I definitely want the flappy paddle gearbox. Drove every BMW over the weekend because I won the Super Bowl contest, and I learned to love flappy paddle gearboxes.

  33. I wanted a 1930s street rod. I had a 1980s datsun station wagon. The obvious solution was to put the drive train into something more fun; i.e. fabricate a replica of this
    <img src=http://images.businessweek.com/ss/06/02/nissan_museum/image/datsun-12-phaeton-1933.jpg>
    I have gotten this far
    <img src=https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_xs_sdehiuFA/TYPg0nEA-eI/AAAAAAAADAU/X2oXV1gIYdg/IMG_0583.jpg>

  34. Something that looks like a track t, but is formula car underneath. Powered by an inline 6 turbocharged to within an inch of it's life, on out to a 6-speed gearbox.
    <img src="http://www.captainjakes.com/abcd2004/TrackT01.jpg&quot; width=500>
    Of course, I have to finish the v-8 RX-7 and the family van build befor I could even think of that. Then there's the touring-style Valkrye, the cb400f runabout, the Argo… It goes on and on.

  35. Right now I've got a project moped that I'm planning to soup up with a few mild exhaust and intake mods.
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/keeWDh.jpg&quot; width=500>
    Although I'd really like to make some kind of uber-moped with crazy power. Maybe a 50cc wankel like this chain saw:
    Or maybe a supercharged Honda four stroke:
    <img src="http://thekneeslider.com/images/elsberghonda2.jpg"&gt;
    As far as a car, I'd like to do some kind of Se7en (maybe with a Buick/Rover 215 V8) or maybe build a Ford Model A hotrod with an old-skool hemi. <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_tmvAWdpNYRg/S784Rgb9X3I/AAAAAAAADfk/FylDE8aoyng/s1600/4503981407_8456814a57_o.jpg&quot; width=500>
    I've often thought it would be fun to hotrod a Toyota MR2
    <img src="http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2007/05/12/11/42/1989_toyota_mr2-pic-32245.jpeg&quot; width="500/">
    Maybe with a 4A-GZE supercharged motor, or a 20 valve 4A-GE<img src="http://www.speedracersportscars.com.au/pictures/drysump1.jpg"&gt;
    Or maybe a 7A-GE, with the 1.8L lower end from a 7A-FE engine and the 20 valve head. It also might be fun to swap in a Northstar V8, which I've heard bolts up nicely to a Pontiac G6 manual transaxle.
    <img src="http://www.autointhenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/northstar-v8-engine-image.jpg&quot; width="500/">
    And I'd love to have a Volvo 240 wagon with some kind of V8. <img src="http://automotion-saabvolvo.com/motorsports/images/v8volvo.jpg"&gt;

  36. 'I am 57'* answer:
    I'm having sort of a crisis (not the good kind). What the hell would I do with a sports car? I love sports cars, but I can't think of any use I'd have for one. I'm not really interested in drag racing or autocross, there's no tracks around here, and I'm deathly afraid of the police (on the street). I can either spend a lot of money finding out if I can learn to like the motorsport available to me, or I can just keep doing what I'm doing; reading all about everybody else enjoying cars and curating my silly 1200 car fantasy garage (that has a track next to it).
    'I am 16'* answer:
    <img src="http://chrisnz.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/06/grey-r34-gtr-nur-ztune-kit.jpg&quot; width=500>
    (AWD)
    <img src="http://www.topgear.com/uk/assets/cms/fbfc9c26-1ed8-4175-a4d8-78ae08658edd/Large Image (optional).jpg" width=500>
    (engine)
    <img src="http://www.fas.org/man//dod-101/sys/ac/f-14-dvic223.jpg&quot; width=500>
    (styling)
    *: I'm not.

  37. Hell, till I land another job, even finishing Bessie is a dream….
    But after that, something really challenging:
    Like a Citroen SM with a Hartley H1 v8 and a retro-
    fitted Xantia Activa suspension fitted…..
    Rebuilding a Tatraplan or T77/87/600
    and hopping it up……….
    A Red Pig/Swedish(?) Drifting Wagon
    diesel mashup…………
    I can always think up something to keep
    busy with. Just need the crisp lettuce to
    fund it with.

  38. Take the biggest, ugliest wagon from '62 to '72 and drop in a modern diesel in the 6 litre range. Modern brakes and suspension upgrades along with a vintage look audio unit that will play MP3's. Get a period matching travel trailer loaded up with vintage camp gear, a suitcase full of gas money and you'll never see me again!

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