Monday, January 26, 2015

5k: Meow! 1963 Buick Wildcat

 Given the price of oil these days, we should all be grateful for the early wildcatters in the oil business because they laid the foundation for an industry which is making the US the foremost producer of oil and gas again. If you're looking to pour a bunch of gasoline into a waiting tank of a previously dormant, fuel sucking 'merican ride, which is capable of carrying the entire family, while also paying tribute to those early wildcatters that made it all possible, then look no further than this LA based 1963 Buick Wildcat which we were tipped to by Randall B.

What Am I? Hatchet Job

Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- What Am I?  We find a random picture of a car and you get to guess what it is.  Last week's puzzle was obscure & tricky (expertly solved by rottenland), so let's continue with that theme.  To quote the great Corsican General Bonaparte "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." Just what am I anyway? 

2k: Unicorn Sleeper: 1992 Nissan Maxima SE

 Back in the early 1990s, if you needed a fast front-wheel-drive car to get to an MC Hammer concert, you would be best advised to avoid the popular choices like your buddy's Honda CRX, Integra GSR, or VW GTI -- and instead head to your parents garage and borrow the family Maxima.  But it couldn't be just any Maxima, it had to be the 1992-1994 Maxima SE that used the 3rd generation chassis and the powerful VE30DE V6 mated to a 5-speed manual.  Find this 1992 Nissan Maxima SE offered for an undisclosed price, located in Lancaster, CA via craigslist.

5k: Semi-Autotragic: 1966 Renault R8 Auto

 The Renault R8 was a squared off version of the curvy Dauphine (from where it borrowed its mechanical components) and is known for its crazy R8 Gordini .  The R8 used a Beetle style rear engine / rear drive setup but is an odd car to find on the road today and just odd enough to qualify as cool. Find this 1966 Renault R8 offered for $7,500 in Orange County, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Randall B.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

5k: Ford 5.0h Power: 1985 Volvo 245 Wagon

The Volvo 200 series lasted for a multi-decade production span starting way back in the hazy 70s and only ending when it was popular to "talk to the hand" (1993).  Less boxy cars needed complete redesigns to meet periodic new safety standards, but the 240/260 was build decades ahead of the competition in terms of safety - resulting in an iconic boxy Volvo shape that defined the marque for a few generations.  The biggest thing missing from the boxy is power and that can be easily solved if you've got the time...but why not pickup someone elses swapped box and save yourself the time and money.  Find this 1985 Volvo 245 Wagon with V8 swap here on craigslist offered for $3,000 in Tacoma, WA.

10k: El Diablo: 1980 GMC Caballero Diablo

Who doesn't love a good El Caminoized monster, something built from another vehicle and covered in crazy are saying this is stock?  GMC did what now?  Okay, got it.  The GMC Caballero was a badge engineered version of Chevrolet's El Camino that different in little more than the nameplate.  When Chevrolet released the Royal Knight edition, GMC wanted a similarly cool graphics package and named their badboy version the Diablo.  Find this 1980 GMC Caballero Diablo offered for $12,900 CAD ($10,384 USD at printing) here on kijiji located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. 

15k: 429 Powered Restomod: 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie

In 1958 Elvis Presley was drafted into the US Army where he spent his time as an ordinary soldier, a reflection of the Faulkner and Eisenhower culture of the times.  The world didn't change with the flick of a light switch in 1960, but it was a different place with a young John F Kennedy elected president, Bob Dylan quit college to tour with Woody Guthrie, Jerry Garcia amassed enough time AWOL to get a general discharge from service, and the seeds of the anti-war movement were germinating.  It wasn't just culture that changed in early 60s, it was also a pivotal moment for the automotive industry --just look at how different the 1959 models were from the 1960 cars. They went from standing tall with chrome & fins to a much more streamlined, hunkered down look in 1960 with nothing above the trunk line.  Nostalgic for the slick hair and pressed suit era -- buy this 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 Galaxie with 429 Cobra Jet power offered here on eBay for $17,995 buy-it-now located in Arlington, TX.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

5k: Corvette Power: 1987 Pontiac Fiero V8

The Pontiac Fiero started life as a pretty crappy car, but got a little bit better each year.  In the first year of production (1984) it was powered by the anemic iron duke 4-banger, but the following year a healthy V6 joined the ranks.  In 1986 the handsome fastback (sailback) GT was added, and a 5-speed manual replaced the earlier car's 4-speed.  1988 saw the introduction of a revised suspension setup that finally gave the mid-engined coupe proper handling...and then...just when things were getting interesting...the Fiero was killed.  Find this 1987 Fiero GM V8 Swap offered for $5,500 in Lincoln, NE via craigslist.

7k: Old Dog, New Gears: 1997 Lincol Mark VIII, 5-speed

Lest there be any doubt of the Lincoln Mark VIII's sole purpose in life, our answer to Matthew McConaughey's often parodied Lincoln ads in October settled the matter for good. Its raison d'être is simply this: existence as the ultimate domestic personal luxury car - not slalom speed, volumetric efficiency, fuel efficiency, or randomly peppering conversations with French phrases like a complete jerk. But what it wasn't pigeonholed into a one-dimensional use? With a handful of modifications, could it become an entirely new car and assume an entirely new driving experience? Probably not, but that didn't stop this guy from trying. Find this 1997 Lincoln Mark VIII with five-speed conversion for sale in Peoria, IL for $6,500 via craigslist.

15k: Sue Has Side Doors: 1961 Lincoln Continental Hardtop

 The 4th generation Lincoln Continental (1961-1969) is one of the most recognizable cars with a Lincoln badge on it that hasn't been driven around by a xanaxed Matthew McConaughey.  The suicide door equipped Conti gets plenty of screen time (Goldfinger, The Matrix, etc) but values are still low enough that the average Joe can afford one...for now.  Find this 1961 Lincoln Continental Hardtop here on eBay offered for $14,900 buy-it-now or make-offer located in San Pedro, CA.  Tip from Ignacio.

Friday, January 23, 2015

5k: No Pictures No Problem: 1974 BMW 2002 Tii

Any advertising man worth his salt will tell you that you've got to woo your buyer with sights, sounds, and smells within the first few seconds of introducing your product to him.  Conversely, a shrewd buyer will tell you that the best deal is often found when no slick advertising schmuck is involved on the other side of the deal.  We at DT are not advertisers...nor are we buyers...but we are middle men who try to help buyers find sellers (and sometimes the other way around). When a listing shows up completely free from sights, sounds, or smells -- it could be a great deal.  Find this 1974 BMW 2002 Tii offered for $4,000 in Wilkesboro, NC.

Coffee Brake: Road Sander

Time for our weekly episode of Coffee Brake, where the coffee tastes like asbestos and the brakes are short pressed.   Today, we hand the keys over to DT regular contributor K2 Mystery Car who sent us an idea, a few pictures, and words to go with it -- here it is:

(K2 Mystery Car) So this is one of my Holy Grails of Cardom, a real unicorn and I am a unicorn hunter...For years I've heard that Packard offered a rare option for an automated "sander" system controlled by the driver. When stuck in snow or on ice, drivers could dump sand in front (the attached photo is not of an exhaust!) of the rear tires via a switch. 

5k: Swivel Seats: 1975 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S-3

With the 1973 release of the third generation Chevrolet Chevelle, GM paid homage to yet another Southern California beach town, the highest trim was designated the Laguna.  At the time Malibu and Laguna Beach were small surfer towns void of the legions of botox'd buxom babes more commonly associated with the names today, but that didn't stop GM from making a version with plastic bolt-on front bits called the Laguna S-3 from '74 through '76. Find this 1975 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S-3 offered for $7,500 in Santa Rosa, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

Could You Do It For Less? Manual Trans Jaguar XJS

The following was written by DT reader AW:

Tuesday's manual Jaguar XJS left me wondering.  And my wondering led to looking, which leads me to propose a new type of submission - a 'could you do it for less?'

On the one hand, it's just a collection of parts held together with  story.  On the other hand it's quite a good story, and the numbers add up.  

Allow me to demonstrate. I quite like this 1993 Jaguar XJS, with an $8000 buy it now:

5k: Gold on Green Naugahyde : 1972 Ford E-100 Van

Sometimes a craigslist listing is so awesome that it doesn't need a bunch of hyperbole, conjecture, and ridicule from the authors on this without further ado, checkout this 1972 Ford E-100 Van offered for $8,200 in Caldwell, ID via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.