Serendipity Presents An Opportunity

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They say fate waits for no man, and we here at Hooniverse believe the case is doubly so when talking of salvage automobiles. When a man buys a massive tow truck and a Bugatti Veyron wrecks within 48 hours, does it mean the Gods of opportunity are calling?
In case you missed it,  Jalopnik Detroit editor Ben Wojdyla and apparently former intern Andy Didorosi went in on a positively epic Ford C7000 with a custom 22 foot rollback over the weekend, something a great many here certainly aspire to own one day. Adding acid to the burn, they managed to steal it from some poor schlub for a scant $3,000. We find it odd, nay, suspiciously coincidental that during the same time frame a seriously under-drivered Bugatti Veyron took a drink in a lake in Texas.  We’re just looking at things from the outside, observing unrelated events and pointing out the unique situation this cosmic folly presents. Men with a truck, and a 1000 HP W16-powered hyper car with water damage.  Seems almost too much to fathom what one could do with such a powerplant.
What do you guys think? A W16-powered  Saab 92? What would you put a Veyron engine into?

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  1. Maymar Avatar

    I'd put it in the truck itself. I mean, with 350,000 or so miles, that's only got like half its life left! It needs a new engine before it strands someone!

  2. LTDScott Avatar

    Is it bad that my eyes immediately went to the somewhat rare LTD S behind the Veyron.
    Of course it is, why am I asking.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      NO. That's awesome. You are the one person who would notice. That's why the world needs you.

      1. LTDScott Avatar

        God forbid that this is my role in life.

        1. Tanshanomi Avatar

          “Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.” – Henry Miller

          “The willing Destiny guides; the unwilling Destiny drags.” – Seneca

          “The LTD wants to be found.” – Gandalf (paraphrased)

        2. Tanshanomi Avatar

          “Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.” – Henry Miller
          “The willing Destiny guides; the unwilling Destiny drags.” – Seneca
          “The LTD wants to be found.” – Gandalf (paraphrased)

          1. Alff Avatar

            "You can point to anything in the Sears catalogue and someone, somewhere wants to sleep with it" – Detective Wojohowicz

    2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      I applaud that. The Bugatti is intersting technologically, but the LTD is interesting for other reasons.

    3. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

      Are you 100% certain it's not a <s>Grenade</s> Granada with a vinyl top?

      1. LTDScott Avatar

        I would stake my reputation on it… for what little that is worth.
        <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5a/%2779-%2780_Ford_LTD_Sedan_(Hudson).JPG/800px-%2779-%2780_Ford_LTD_Sedan_(Hudson).JPG">

        1. Mike_the_Dog Avatar

          There must be some compression weirdness going on in the greenhouse area of the white one, but I do agree that you're almost certainly right.

    4. Alff Avatar

      Riggs & Murtaugh and Foley & Rosewood applaud your taste. On the other hand, Cates thinks you need a Caddy and Hammond prefers imports.

    5. Maymar Avatar

      I still want a mid-80's Panther, I'm just torn if I'd rather have an LTD Crown Victoria like my grandparents had, or a Country Squire Family Truckster.

      1. Deartháir Avatar
        Deartháir

        I still say the better move is to buy an '06-ish ex-RCMP Crown Vic. It's the same damn car, for just a bit more, and it looks a little nicer.
        Not much, but a bit.
        Then, once you've done that, convert it to a wagon and add wood-grain paneling on the side.

        1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

          I saved this picture from a long, long time ago, when someone did a Photoshop of their interpretation of what the "aero" designed Crown Vic would have looked like as a wagon.
          I present it here for anyone's real life conversion attempts…. sorry, no wood grain.
          <img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_EB3gKlxSmQA/SwNbdeAW8SI/AAAAAAAAAVY/0sAgBnoFZwE/1998_Ford_Country_Squire.jpg"&gt;

        2. Maymar Avatar

          I like your thinking, although if I'm buying a late model P71, I'd probably just end up Mauraudering it up. As for the 80's LTD, nostalgia is a powerful beast. I'd need mine in grey (with matching landau top) and red velour interior (newer Panthers are no longer Zapp Brannigan-approved).

    6. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

      Nope, that's not bad at all, I find myself doing the same thing all the time. While the Veyron is, to say the least, quite a car, it's not my interest. I also thought it was a Granada, like Mike_the_Dog did, but maybe it's the compression. Busy days at work mean I can't go looking for the one true tell feature that would prove it, but I guess that's why you're here, so I'll believe your expert opinion!

  3. CptSevere Avatar

    W16? Don't hide it under a hood. World's sickest T Bucket.

    1. PowerTryp Avatar

      Or most insane '33 Ford Hotrod. Either one would be awesome.

  4. engineerd Avatar

    I'd put it in my Mustang. It's got 10 more cylinders and 800 more horsepower. What could go wrong?
    Or, a race bus!
    [youtube n8OfM2vOkx8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8OfM2vOkx8 youtube]
    Or, a Goggomobil!
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  5. engineerd Avatar

    Apparently two different videos won't embed. Here's the Goggomobil.
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  6. engineerd Avatar

    Apparently two different videos won't embed. Here's the Goggomobil.
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  7. engineerd Avatar

    Apparently two different videos won't embed. Here's the Goggomobil.
    [youtube Xk8d-bMhViM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk8d-bMhViM youtube]

  8. engineerd Avatar

    Apparently two different videos won't embed. Here's the Goggomobil.
    [youtube Xk8d-bMhViM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xk8d-bMhViM youtube]

  9. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    Volvo Station Wagon, color yellow. Wear stodgy old clothes and birks and destroy everyone at the stop lights or on the strip.

    1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

      Incidentally, you happen to be correct on both counts.

  10. Tanshanomi Avatar

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    1. CptSevere Avatar

      That's nuts. What's even more insane, it looks like you could actually ride it. Makes those Boss Hoss behemoths look like a run of the mill slug of a Harley bagger. This would kill you even faster than my proposed T Bucket. Want.

      1. Tanshanomi Avatar

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      2. Tanshanomi Avatar

        Well of course you can ride it… it was built by Allen Effin' Millyard!
        http://www.evisor.tv/tv/hersteller/millyard-viper

  11. Alff Avatar

    15 minutes of gurgling in salt water can't have done it any favors. I'm thinking a coffee table that serves as a constant reminder to my wife of the sacrifices she makes daily.

  12. Tanshanomi Avatar

    When you squish the photo like that, it's amazing how much the Veyron looks like a hybrid of a New Beetle and an a Gen 1 Audi TT…

    1. PowerTryp Avatar

      Isn't that how you grow up through the German car range? First car VW Beetle till you're about 28-30 then you get an Audi TT for 10-15 years followed by your midlife crisis Porsche (doesn't matter which one as long as its more powerful then the TT) and finally to top it off you go with the Veyron if you struck it rich somewhere along the line.

      1. BGW, Capt (Ret.) Avatar

        In my case, it's more like watching your older brother burn through a series of basket-case Beetles, to the point that I'm sick to death of the sight of them and want to be nowhere near one. Then, 15-20 years later, realize the folly of my way of thinking back then and regret not taking Dad up on the offer of my brother's old, loud, carpeted-platform-instead-of-back-seat '70 Beet when I was 16 and instead opting for the safer, more(ish) reliable and utterly f'n boring Gutless Calais.

    2. EscortsForever Avatar

      i think you have the beginnings of a great lemons theme here. It just needs more inspiration. Oh, here we are:
      http://clunkbucket.com/mid-engine-v8-beetle/

  13. PowerTryp Avatar

    How pissed would Ford be if you crammed that thing into the rear of that Fiesta? It'd be like a sickening over the top version of the Shogun Festiva.
    OOOOOOHHH good idea for you tuners out there 3.5L EcoBoost engine rear mounted/ rear drive Fiesta! Someone get the ok from Ford and build build build! I mean if Hyundai will throw dollars at Rhys Millen to build that Mid-engine Genesis Coupe then someone should be able to get Ford to cough up a few engines and Fiesta bodys.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      I seriously want a SHOgun Fiesta.
      But with this engine, I'd prefer to use an old Rabbit, and one-up VW's W12 Golf.

  14. engineerd Avatar

    Sir Not Appearing is having technical difficulties and asked me to post this for him. It's a Mini appropriately modified to accept this engine. I think it would be epic.
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2666/4113039936_5f103111d0.jpg"&gt;

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      So is the stretch the distortion of speed or the six feet that would have to be added to the car to get it to fit?

      1. engineerd Avatar

        Both? Maybe it's FWD, and the front of the car takes off faster than the back.

      2. SirNotAppearing Avatar
        SirNotAppearing

        Ah, no longer at work.
        The original engine was something like 998cc, so I figured some extra room was needed up there. Heck, I've seen conversions that drop Honda 4-cyl engines in there, and they had to stretch it a couple inches.

  15. Tanshanomi Avatar

    Wait, I only get to vote for this comment once!?

  16. Deartháir Avatar
    Deartháir

    Gotta keep it all in the VW family, and I have a Corrado that's just begging for a donor motor like that.

  17. _Tomsk_ Avatar

    It would probably fit in the bed of this bad boy, and the camper shell would keep it hidden from view (though you could also use a tonneau cover if you wanted to maintain the cartruck profile). And best of all, it'd keep it in the VW family!
    <img src="http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2007/05/Rabbitamino_LH.jpg&quot; width="475" height="242" />

  18. Tanshanomi Avatar

    What would I want to put a Veyron W12 in, seriously? Three letters — X. J. S.

    1. TheGurneyChump Avatar

      This is genius. Finally, an engine to match what the looks promise.

  19. aerogrow aerogarden Avatar

    I want to grow fresh edible flowers within the system – Which would grow easiest in it?

  20. Jimmy Trusillo Avatar

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