Thursday, July 2, 2015

Little Red: 2001 Honda Acty Mini Truck

Bigger isn't always better.  Take heart attacks, for instance.  A small heart attack might trigger a change in lifestyle, while a big heart attack causes a change in life.  A small scale invasion of France is known as tourist season in Britain, while a large scale invasion of France is a World War -- so, forget everything you've read about bigger, larger, morer, et cetera. Conveniently, it just so happens that we've got a small truck today, that I propose is better than a large one. Find this 2001 Honda Acty Minitruck here on eBay currently bidding for $6000 with a few hours to go, located in Brandon, MI.

Thursday Twister: Original Equipment Tuner

Welcome back another edition of the Thursday Twister, DT's weekly quiz show where we discuss the stuff that really matters, and sometimes matter that is really a string (but that is neither here nor there...and sometimes not now or then...but I'm getting all Heisenbergy and nobody wants that when the life of a cat hangs in the balance).  Today we are looking for cars that were modified by a third party, not the original OEM, and not some "performance" group within the OEM) but an actual third party, like Carroll Shelby when he modified Mustangs for Ford.

13Buzz Power: 1970 Porsche 914

There has been a deluge of keg powered cars around here, so I figure why not continue that flood by posting a 13B powered Porsche 914.  Not only does this car have a spinning rotor (or two) tucked behind the driver, but it wears an outlandish body kit that makes it look like a red Batmobile.  Find this 1970 Porsche 914 offered for $14,500 in Franklin, NC via craigslist.  Tip from PB.

Cool To Be Square: 1987 Volvo 245 Wagon

It is quite possible that Piet Mondrian was pulling an Andy Kauffman on the art world when he released the box themed painting known as the Victory Boogie Woogie, but there is something to be said for the utility of the box shape.  Ask any UPS or FedEx driver if they would prefer a truck shaped as the Venus de Milo or a box for delivering Amazon boxes to your front door, and they'll certainly pick the box, so why shouldn't your car be square too?  Find this 1987 Volvo 245 Wagon offered for $5,000 near Seattle, WA. Tip from FuelTruck.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

24 Valves, 5 speeds, 4 doors: 1991 BMW 318i w/ S52 Swap

What's better than your average BMW E30? A 4-door E30 with moar power, of course. Although this car is sporting two more cylinders than it left the factory with, just like yesterday's V8-swapped 325e, I'd reckon that it's the smarter solution. It started life as a lowly 318i 4-cylinder and has now inherited two more slugs from an E36 offspring - a 3.2L M3 to be more precise. . Find this S52-swapped E30 4-door for sale in New York's Hudson Valley for $8,200 via craigslist.

Mid Week Match-Up: Longroof For Doctordel

This week's we've got a Mid Week Match-Up request from longtime DT commenter Doctordel:

An unfortunate and significant shift in my domestic situation has me looking for a people-mover that will accommodate two preteen boys and their attendant lacrosse gear and guitars. I find myself scouring CL for reliable yet interesting transportation but my aim is pretty scattered. I am inexplicably drawn to wagons (duh) but this purchase must be a smart one that won't wind up leaving my boys stranded after the lights get shut off at the fields twice a week. And, no, I can't use my 1800es as their mother and I agree that airbags are a good thing for risk mitigation.

Seller Submission: 2006 Volvo V70R

I can remember the first time I got a ride in a 2nd generation (2004-2007) Volvo V70R.  It was a strange sensation of bombing down a surface street with 5 full sized adults on board and thinking wow, we are going a Volvo wagon. Really fast  AAAAAAAAAAAA, WATCH OUT FOR THOSE...hey, great brakes on this thing, anybody have a spare pair of pants?  If you want to experience the thrill of going faster than everybody expects, pick up this 2006 Volvo V70R offered for $10,000 in Menifee, CA via craigslist.  Seller submission from Colin.

RX-8 Buyers Guide: How To Hit The Apex Without Getting Clubbed By A Seal

Words By DT Contributor RyanM:

Man, I miss my RX8.

If you're a gearhead / amateur grease monkey with an engine hoist, there's no better deal out there right now in the sports car world than a first generation (SE3P) 2004-2008 Mazda RX-8 . Just go into it with the right mindset and expect to spend $2k on the thing every 10 years. And throw what you know about engine maintenance out the door. They're still a Mazda, so the components of the car are solid - expect above average reliability from everything except the engine.

The bottom line here is to go into the RX8 experience with your eyes wide open.  Don't go into it expecting an economy car and economy car reliability.  Go into it expecting the reliability of an exotic, with the driving dynamics of an exotic, and engine maintenance costs (and frequency) of a Land Rover. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#5 of 32: 1980 Chevrolet Duntov Turbo Corvette Convertible

Toss the name Robert Schuller out in polite conversation and some folks will recall a TV evangelist known for his Hour of Power show and now bankrupt Crystal Cathedral (which is currently being re-purposed as the seat for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange county), but not around these water coolers.  Around here (in less than polite conversation) the name Robert Schuller is associated with American Custom Industries out of Toledo Ohio, who did very irreverent (un-Reverend?) things to Corvettes back in the day.  In 1980, with the blessing of Zora Arkus-Duntov, the recently retired father of the Corvette, a handful of custom turbocharged beauties were sold for $37,500 ($108,000 in 2015 money) and here we've got one that is being offered for less than its original MSRP.  Find this 1980 Chevrolet Duntov Turbo Corvette #005 of 32 offered for $32,000 in Eastpointe, MI via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

M60 V8 Swap: 1986 BMW 325e E30

The E30 generation BMW 3-series is popular choice for budget car buyers who want something that looks classy, drives decent, and doesn't cost an arm and leg.   It won't offer the same amenities or speed as newer iterations of BMW's compact sedan, but swap in a V8 from a 5 Series and you are halfway there.  Find this 1986 BMW 325e E30 with M60 V8 swap offered for $6,500 in Mamaroneck, NY via craigslist.  Tip from Cory.

El Camino All Things: 1999 Ford E350 Pickup

The fourth generation Ford E-series van may have shared many of its components with the F-series pickup, but it was technically built on its own platform.  However, most of the mechanical components are shared, starting with powertrains and continuing to interior parts, so you can expect a degree of similarity.  What you won't expect to see is an F-series van or an E-series pickup, but here we find this thing, putting the E in El Camino.  Find this 1999 Ford E350 Pickup offered for $6,000 in Bonaire, GA via craigslist.

#518 of 750: 1987 Dodge Shelby CSX

I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- anything touched by the ten gallon hat sporting Texas chicken farmer is gonna be worth something in the future.  It doesn't really matter how terrible the donor chassis was, or what sort of shortsighted bean counters ruined the original version, but if Carroll Shelby put his name on the side of a Radio Flyer, fat cats would drop big money on clean examples under air conditioned tents at big name auctions.  The bare bones could even be the totally underwhelming Dodge Shadow/Plymouth Sundance...or have I gone too far?  Find this 1987 Dodge Shelby CSX offered for $5,700 via Cincinnati craigslist.   Tip from FuelTruck.

Monday, June 29, 2015

1k: Hot Mess: 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R B13

The B13 generation Nissan Sentra isn't a particularly memorable car in basic spec, but the factory hod rod SE-R offers an oddly fun package.  The combination of a robust and torquey inline-4, good brakes, light curb weight, and limited slip differential puts the SE-R into the ugly-but-good category of used cars.  Find this 1992 Nissan Sentra SE-R B13 offered for $1,000 near Pittsburgh, PA.

What Am I? Fuzzy Logic

Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues, everybody's favorite killing guessing game -- What Am I?.  This week we take a look a pixelated mess and you get to decide what kind of car it belongs to.

20k: Custom Dually Wagon: 1972 Ford Country Squire

A few years ago I had this TV that would stick between channels, the image would become a blurred amalgam of two channels, and the consequences could be interesting.  Gilligan as Tom Selleck in Magnum's Private Island was bad enough, but the time National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation got jumbled with Duck Dynasty was amazing, and this is what the bearded Griswold family drove as their family truckster.  Find this 1972 Ford Country Squire Custom offered for $22,000 in San Diego, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rob "The Hack Mechanic".

5k: Yellow Jacket: 1979 Triumph Spitfire 12A Rotary Power

If you fancy your afternoon tea with a dollop of wasabi, you might have the right attitude for this next feature.  It is a not to uncommon combination of British chassis with Japanese power, but a particularly potent version.  Find this 1979 Triumph Spitfire 12A Rotary Power here on eBay currently bidding for $6,199 with a few hours to go.