Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5k: Blue Bunny: TDI-swapped 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit

The earliest Volkswagen Rabbit had the purest Giugiaro-penned lines, truest driving experience, and stingiest use of fuel, especially the diesel version. But with 54 diesel-sipping horses, it was as slow as a DMV line full of politicians - and smelled just as bad. This Rabbit has chucked its old 1.6-liter naturally aspirated mill in favor of a "Turbocharged Direct Injection" 1.9-liter unit, good for 90 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque. And because of the MK1's lightweight body and four-speed manual transmission, it still returns a hybrid-shaming 50 mpg. Find this TDI-swapped 1979 Volkswagen Rabbit in Tampa, FL for $5,500 via craigslist.

Reader Ride: Attention To Detail MGB GT-Sport

Time for another edition of DT's Reader Ride feature, which keeps delivering the hits like an MMA professional in a bar fight.  This next feature comes from reader KC who has what appears to be at first glance a lightly modified MGB GT.  Appearances are deceiving because this thing is anything but lightly modified and it looks like a dream come true for an MGB GT enthusiast who doesn't want something stock.

5k: Redman, Your Redmobile Awaits: 1978 Volvo 245 DL, 51k Miles

The Volvo 240 has been many things to many people since it debuted nearly 40 years ago, from sensible commuter car, to family truckster, to Group A championship winning touring car, to rally machine, and so forth. But what if the 240 was a superhero's ride, and his name was Redman? No, not Method Man's buddy Redman the rapper (aka Reginald "Reggie" Noble), but a dude dressed in red spandex who drove from public library to public library solving petty theft mysteries, sharpening pencils, and slipping on banana peels. I'm thinking of an even dorkier version of The Greatest American Hero. If that Redman existed, the wagon below would be his Redmobile. You'll see what I mean. Find this cherry 1978 Volvo 245 DL for sale in Tucson, AZ for $6500 via craigslist.

5k: Yellow Bird: 1979 Saab 99 Coupe

The Saab 99 is no stranger to the pages of this website, particularly given the gin and tonic fueled purchase of the Draken.  The number of available Saab 99s on the market at any given time is very limited given the number produced. My personal theory is that some savvy Saab collector is storing them in a giant multi-level warehouse in preparation for their inevitable ascension to overpriced collector classic status, but the sad truth is that many have been welcomed to the crusher's warm embrace on the way to being reborn as can openers, un-galvanized fencing nails, faux-antique wagon wheels and other things that rust slower than a 99.  However, if you keep your eyes open you will occasionally find a good one, like this 1979 Saab 99 Coupe offered for $3,500 in Rhode Island via craigslist.

10k: Orange Crusher: 1970 Ford Torino 429 4V

The Torino name was originally applied to an upscale version of the intermediate Fairlane sedan, but  eventually the Torino name took the lead from Fairlane.  The Torino was available in sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon trim, but none was as cool as the fastback (aka Sportsroof), plus it was available with the giant fuel guzzling and pavement shredding 429 cubic inch V8.  Find this 1970 Ford Torino 429 currently bidding for $9,837 on ebay with a few hours to go, located in Lake City, FL.

Monday, July 28, 2014

15k: Minty Classic: 1965 Mercury Comet

We've mentioned before how the Ford Falcon is the thinking man's version of the Mustang -- offering the same rugged simplicity and interchangeable parts, but for a cheaper condition-to-price tradeoff.  What if we said there was a thinking man's version of the Falcon?  An Inception-like cheaper version of the cheaper version, complete with more rarity and more funky good looks, all the while saving you cash.  Find this 1965 Mercury Comet currently bidding for $16,800 reserve-not-met with less than 24 hours to go on ebay, located in Lakeland, FL.

What Am I? Found Under A Rubble Pile

Welcome to another edition of DT's cure for the Monday morning blues -- What Am I?  In this better than being crushed by a pile of rubble game we find a random picture of a car and you get to guess what it is exactly.  Today's feature comes from DT regular reader Oakland Jeff who isn't sure what it is. Just what am I anyway?

5k: Classic Offroader: 1967 International Harvester Scout 800

The International Harvester Company was an industrial manufacturing firm that traced its roots back to the 1830s when a bushy beard sporting Virginian inventor named Cyrus Hall McCormick received a patent for a horse drawn reaper.  Many years later IHC entered the light truck/passenger vehicle market with something called the 1907 Model A Auto Wagon, but it wasn't until the 1961 introduction of the Scout that they had something that could legitimately compete with the Big 3.  Today, the Scout makes an excellent alternative to a Bronco or Blazer.  Find this 1967 International Harvester Scout 800 currently bidding for $4,617 on ebay with 3 days to go, located in Pueblo, CO.

DTM5: This is a Low-Pressure Situation, Man

by CFlo

Despite not updating you, dear reader, on a regular basis I have been thoroughly enjoying the DTM5 after sorting out some "pressing" issues. This is the 3rd installment in that vein. I had a few theories about why the DTM5 was running "popcorn fart lean," a known problem with the car when I bought it, and verified on a local chassis dyno. Could my fuel pump be dying, not able to supply enough flow to the injectors? Could the injectors themselves be clogged or dirty, or just too small for the amount of air this (modified) 3.5L can flow at WOT? Might the tuning be utter crap, and not allowing the injectors stay open long enough at higher engine speeds? I've kept you guys waiting long enough, so in this episode of DTM5 Troubleshooting, we get to the bottom of it.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

10k: Repeat Offender: 1988 Citroën CX Estate

This Citroën CX Estate was previously featured on DT, but the price has gone down by $2k, so maybe you can ignore the fact that it has more front overhang than Dolly Parton and give it another chance.  This 1988 Citroën CX Estate is back for sale on craigslist for $7,900 with new pictures (still located in Los Gatos, CA).

5k: Quick When New: 1976 Dodge Aspen R/T

The Dodge Aspen (and Plymouth Volaré) was the successor to the popular Dodge Dart platform and was bestowed with the 1976 Car of the Year award by Motor Trend.  The Aspen won't be headlining any auctions at Barrett-Jackson or Mecum in the near future, but it looks oddly cool in R/T trim and was surprisingly quick  when new.  Find this 1976 Dodge Aspen R/T offered for $6,000 in Hayward, CA via craigslist.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

5k: Classy Ragtop: 1965 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet

The Fiat 1500 was a large family car built in Italy and was available as a sedan, wagon, coupe, or cabriolet.  Some will complain that its 1.5 liter engine is light on power compared to contemporary competition, but the Pininfarina-designed body is gorgeous enough to forgive any serious shortcomings.  Find this 1965 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet currently bidding for $4,850 with 4 days to go on ebay, located in Novi, MI.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

5k: Whatta Creampuff: 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT

At the time, it seemed like a no-brainer.  Build a lightweight, two seat, plastic body sports car with an assortment of reliable inline-4 and V6 engines from the GM parts bin.  What could possibly go wrong?  For starters, the base engine was the underpowered and unloved Iron Duke, the entire car could catch fire if you ran out of oil, the heads would crack leading to more fire if oil reached the hot catalyst and the suspension was stolen from the Chevette/Citation parts bins.  In short, a lot could go wrong, but it is still the only mass produced American mid-engine car ever built and ultra low mile examples are cheap...and that isn't wrong at all.  Find this 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT offered for $5,900 in Chelsea, AL via craigslist.  Tip from Justin.

20k: Eggplant Camembert: 1975 Maserati Merak

This Maserati Merak dates from a time when Citroën owned Maserati -- say what??  From 1968 through 1975, Maserati was owned and operated by Citroën resulting in the ultimate combination of Italian style with French flair for the dramatic.  The result is a healthy serving of Eggplant Camembert...which sounds equally wonderful and horrific at the same time....but I'd take a bite.  Find this 1975 Maserati Merak offered for $23,800 in Marina del Ray, CA via craigslist.

10k: Affordable Classic: 1972 BMW 2002 Tii

The BMW 2002 is a scrumptious collectible classic that it still affordable for the average car buyer.  The Tii version (touring internationale injected) is the premium version to get -- it adds fuel injection, rarity, and some special under hood parts to up the cool factor on an already cool car.  Tii prices have been steadily increasing for the past few years and seem like a good bet for value of a drivable classic in the next decade or so.  Find this 1972 BMW 2002 Tii currently bidding for $9,600 reserve-not-met with a few hours to go, located in Happy Valley, OR via ebay.