Friday, July 3, 2020

It Means The Camino: 1974 Chevrolet El Camino

This next thing is a hunk of old American iron for $3800...which isn't a bad thing at all. It is certainly better than a fancy premium Wordpress theme that crashed an entire installation and required a complete nuke and rebuild of a website.  I should really stick to cars and pay someone to deal with these electrons.  Find this 1974 Chevrolet El Camino offered for $3800 in Rumney, NH via craigslist. Tip from TeleArrow.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

No Fire Yet...Lots of Smoke

I hate to be a complainer, but this migration to Wordpress was far more complicated than I expected...but with a big help from Hugh (regular DT tipper and commenter) I was able to install Wordpress on a server twice (the first installation had to get nuked from orbit after a plugin went was the only way to be safe) and use a nifty blogger to Wordpress conversion tool, which is a pure brute force method and has about as much subtly as a winged midget racer.  This conversion tool is currently importing the almost 10,000 stories and 50,000 comments into the new piece at a time. Once that is done, we can get to the business of implementing the new look/feel and commenting system.

DT Transition to Wordpress

Just a quick update from the front office...or is this the back office...I dunno...anyway, we're still polishing the paint on the DT migration from Blogger to Wordpress, so please accept my apologies if feature content is low.  We will get back to posting the best collection of custom junk on the internet just as soon as this old paint buffs up to a nice shine.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Fire Sale: 1982 Renault Fuego

The Fuego was built by Renault from 1980 to 1986, sold in the US through AMC dealers and featured such innovations as the world's first keyless remote system...which is funny because this next Fuego is being offered sans keys.  And it's on a trailer....but at least the listed price is low and this appears to be a turbocharged manual transmission equipped Fuego...future classic for sure. Find this 1982 Renault Fuego offered for a 24 Hrs of LeMons friendly $700 CAD ($515 USD) via theFacebook themarketplace. Tip from Erik202.

See Five Season: 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Ah, the C5 Corvette Z06. The cheapest way to go fast, and the fastest way to lose your license. It is a formidable track machine, tuned by the wizards at Chevy's performance group to take the standard C5 from fast enough to faster. When introduced in 2001, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was the fastest production car for less than $100k, and today, a used Z06 is the fastest stock car for less than $15k in just about any competition environment (drag, track, autox, etc). Find this 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 offered for $12,900 in Glendale, AZ via craigslist.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

DT Upgrades Planned For Later This Week

We've got some big changes planned for your favorite internet watering hole...but let me start at the beginning.  DailyTurismo was launched 8 years ago under the simple statement: This blog is a collection of the internet's best daily drivers on the road for $5-15k.  A few years later we amended our tag line to "the Internet's best fun cars, cheap daily drivers, vintage classics and custom junk, on the road for less than $20k" and did a massive site upgrade with new graphics from reader turned contributor Kaibeezy.  The new graphic elements and a few new tricks (recent comments widget, etc) were deployed but the site was still the same basic blog running on the blogger platform.  Fast forward to the year 2020 and DT hasn't changed much, but the internet has and scammers/spammers have certainly have. The blogger platform, which served us well in the beginning, has shown its age and is getting replaced with expect a new look to DT, but with the same cool cars, cheap junk, wacky comments, and focused mission statement.

Project Car Blues: 1979 Porsche 924

I've been a fan of the transaxle equipped front-engine Porsches before someone gave me a derelict 928 for free...but that was a long time ago and you shouldn't consider that an example of where values for these cars are headed. The 924 was certainly a cheaper car when new compared to a 928, but today I have to think that a cheap project 924 is a better bet than a cheap project 928...mostly because the 924 will likely have a manual gearbox and it has half as many cylinders to chernobyl into a costly puddle of aluminum alloy in your driveway.  Find this 1979 Porsche 924 offered for $2400 in Westchester, CA via craigslist.

Little Blue Coupe: 1996 Toyota RAV4

You don't see a lot of Toyota RAV4s on the pages of DailyTurismo...but that doesn't mean you shouldn't own one because they offer a level of usability and reliability for a light crossover that is almost unmatched...and the older ones are starting to become a goofy way.  Today's first generation RAV4 is a 3-door version with electric blue paint and Lexus ES300h wheels. Find this 1996 Toyota RAV4 offered for $4900 in Florida via Dave's blogger site.  Seller submission from Dave.

Monday, June 29, 2020

I Will Survive: 1984 Toyota Corolla LE

At first I was afraid, I was econofied,
Kept thinking I could never live with my engine turned to its side
But my front wheels plowed so many miles thinking how you did me wrong
And I grew strong
And I learned how to live with bronze
And my plastics black
My seats are tan
I seat as many people as your crummy old van
I should have changed my steering lock, I should have made you leave your key
If I'd known for just one second that you'd try to hot wire me
Go on now, go, slam that mint condition door
Just do some front-wheel peel now
'Cause you're not rear drive anymore
Weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with a slide
Do you think my interior would crumble
Did you think my clearcoat would lay down and die?

Oh no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to change gears, I know I'll stay alive
I've got all my clutch to slip
And I've got all that 4A torque to give and I'll survive
I will survive, hey, hey...Find this 1984 Toyota Corolla LE offered for $4200 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

Ferrari Testac4ossa: 1984 Chevrolet Corvette Custom

The C4 generation Corvette is the unloved sibling in the Vette family, the red-headed step child that was born in the Malaise era and surprisingly transformed into a sophisticated and remarkably fast car by the end of its production run.  But today's example is something else...something so utterly blasphemous to the Corvette faithful that I have to admit I'm drawing like a moth to a nuclear reactor core.  But...I dunno, the styling isn't for everybody, but it certainly is priced reasonably. Find this 1984 Chevrolet Corvette Custom offered for $4250 in Valencia, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

A 1939 Chevy rebodied with a... 1991 Geo Metro?!?

This next car comes as a tip from Matt C who writes: If I needed to say something nice about it, I'd say that it succeeds much better than attempting to make a 1957 Chevy out of a 2002 Camaro. And it is probably considerably more exciting to drive then when (a small portion of) it rolled off the line in 1991. Find this 19XX hot rod offered for $8000 in Wilmot, WI via craigslist.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Longbed Shortfuse: 1978 Toyota Pickup

The HiLux is legendary for its rugged chassis and bulletproof R-series engines...that's certainly part of the reason it is the favorite for lawn care workers in the USA and militias around the globe. Toyota released in the first HiLux back in 1968 as a replacement for their Stout pickup, and production of the little machine lasted through 1995 for the US market, but it continues to be built in various other markets and we get the larger Tacoma pickup. Today's Pickup looks in great shape, but it needs a new headgasket -- how hard can that be? Find this 1978 Toyota Pickup offered for $2000 in Gilbert, AZ via craigslist.