Monday, March 30, 2015

What Am I? Lights

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 Subaru XT steering wheel (which I thought was going to be difficult) was instantly recognized by Adam Fay, so...I need to dig deeper...or just crop more.

What am I? Comments below.

New view added 2:22PM PST.


 Congrats to RyanM for figuring out the puzzle -- this is a 1971 Volkswagen Phoenix custom with Covair found here on eBay power offered for $6,999 buy-it-now.


Currently painted red and sitting in a snowy salvage yard on Hoth, this land speeder was once the new blue machine pictured here near a river on Tatooine.

72 comments:

  1. Neato! Foreign or domestic? Stock or other?

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  2. Wow, no guesses yet. I can see that DT dug deep this time.

    I have no idea, so I will throw out: two and a half Renault 5s.

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  3. Is it street legal or am I looking at some Russian Zamboni?

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    1. In Russia, Zamboni ices you... or something.

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    2. [img]http://i.imgur.com/Py5EzC4.jpg?2[/img]

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  4. The slight lip under the middle light looks like it could be an arch for a fender. Any three wheelers out there with a bunch of lights. Street sweeper, postal vehicle, battery powered geezer-mobile?

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  5. [img]https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/99/d1/d0/99d1d04520151fc2ada7bfbaabd0a29a.jpg[/img]

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  6. For some reason, a Bond Bug comes to mind.

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  7. Some version of the Westward GO-4 Interceptor?

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  9. [img]http://i.imgur.com/SRIEv8h.png?2[/img]

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  10. Aston Martin bulldog?

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  11. It is a custom. Foreign or domestic...yes? Hard to say.

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    1. Recognizable design house or Joe Dirt? Showcar or garage creation? Supercar, truck or other? Is that a push bar and are we looking at the front, the back or rooftop?

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  12. What decade? 60s? 70s? 80s? 90s? Other?

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    1. Customization done in the 1980s to an older chassis, one of two claimed custom creations by the builder based on a kit by a more well known designer/customizer.

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    2. Push bar? Location of lights?

      Chocolate or vanilla? Boxers or briefs? Oh wait, don't answer those questions - I don't want to know!

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    3. Is a Hummbug hotter or colder?

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    4. African or European?

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    5. New larger image added above.

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  13. ITs a euro buick or olds version of a cavalier a starfire or something like that from germany i beleive

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    1. Awesome find to both Vince and RyanM!!

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    2. That thing looks like the blending of Lost in Space, Scooby Doo, Charlie's Angels and Knight Rider!

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    3. Way to go, RyanM!

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  15. Are you guys interested in another one? If you are, I've got another great one for you! Ignore the car in the picture - that's not what the visual puzzle is about.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/yEcxYI8.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. Is that building perhaps the former site of an auto manufacturing operation? Beyond that guess, I've got nuthin. I'm going to go back to being pissed off at an unnamed Mazda parts store in New England for shorting me a fog light. It's a PAIR, a PAIR means more than one you morons... geez now I have to wait another week and a half before finishing the fog light install on the CX-5. Sorry where was I?

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    2. Sounds like you're justifiably pissed off, RyanM! Sorry to hear you're having problems with a Mazda parts store. You're on the right track there regarding the building.

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    3. Is that DT HQ? I've never been there, it supposed to be "secret".

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    4. Heh heh. Sure, Kaibeezy. You're the one who made up the secret handshake. At least, that's what I hear. Here's a video containing just a tiny part of that secret handshake.

      https://youtu.be/0Cc0wDNbvJA?t=1m10s
      BTW, this is a fantastic movie. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it. Unless you hate movies. In that case, skip it.

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    5. Handshake starts at 1:10 if you can't wait for it.

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    6. It is a brick building, so it probably isn't in Quakeafornia, but the second high rise in the background looks Soviet bloc to me. So...Florida?
      What is up with the white box in that parking spot?

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    7. That is weird, isn't it? I think it was for the president/owner or something.

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  16. Any more clues? Buildings - could be SoCal could be Florida... could be former Soviet Bloc. No clue!

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  17. It's an X firehouse or a mobile home factory!
    I didn't see it related to a story four days ago....

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    1. Now THAT is funny, Tom Minch! A person who pays attention should be rewarded!

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/na2KFzC.jpg?1[/img]

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  18. To be completely truthful with you guys, I'm less interested in you guys getting this than just sharing it with you. To steal some hippy-dippy, new-agey lingo, the place definitely has an aura and an energy about it. I'm sure you would all agree that, even just standing near it, there's something very special about it. For me, it's a shrine. Two last clues; it's domestic and another image....

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/YB6KVW8.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. And I'm sure that for most of you, it's a shrine as well.

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    2. BTW, you guys are freakin' brilliant. It's takes a stupendously random and so ridiculously rare picture of part of a car to slow you guys down. That Phoenix van (sorry, El Jefe) is just so far out there...I mean, it's not even a production car! It's a homebrew that somebody whipped up in their garage then dumped out in a field to rot (the seems obsessed with getting just under $7K for his vehicles - see the rat-rod he has for sale too). To be able to identify it is just...that's some savant level stuff there, folks.

      Did you guys used to (or maybe you still do) play the same car game I did as a kid? Instead of the stupid "I Spy" game, I tried to identify cars just by their taillights or headlights at night. If you did, I think you can proudly label yourself suffering from AOCD (Automotive Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), like me! We can be in gang and run around torturing people with obscure trivia about cars nobody cars about.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/KJrzH4z.jpg?1[/img]

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  19. The first floor is largely open with offices upstairs which makes me think of an automobile storage/museum place that was maybe an auto manufacturing place once. OK, you can tell us now.

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    1. don't tell us yet, i'm doing a blink GIF on your two images that look exactly identical...

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    2. Great idea! That will help you guys figure it out, I'm sure. You're going to love what you find. BTW, that photo was taken by yours truly. While there are definitely similar pics online, that's one I took with a crappy little digital camcorder I had with me at the time.

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    3. I'll give Kaibeezy a little more time, as requested. Tom, you're veeeeery close. But to directly address your observations, it is not currently a museum or a storage facility.

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    4. Well, all righty then...with the parts trays on wheels in the first big windows, and boxes in the windows upstairs in yellow and red, and that being water line going to a sprinkler system of high volume, and no huge stacks for heat or fumes, and the small employee lot, and the surfboard on the high rise deck, and being a favorite place of yours, I would say it is a marihuana packaging facility.

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    5. OK, there it is... and it is verrrrrry subtle. I had to bump up the brightness and magnify to even see it myself, and it is still hard to see, and then when you do... what does it mean? If requested, i will post an animation zooming in on the spot that's changing. No, not the numbers lower right, those are indices to prove it's even blinking.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/0FSFAO6.gifv[/img]

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    6. Nice one Blogger. Don't like animated GIFs, eh?

      I'll try it as a video link - http://i.imgur.com/0FSFAO6.gifv

      And if that fails, here's the direct link - click and go http://i.imgur.com/0FSFAO6.gifv

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    7. A regular animated gif works, but it doesn't like the gifv extension.

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    8. Damn you, Imgur!!!!

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/lHudcgL.jpg?1[/img]

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  20. Perfect! Once again, I implore you to ignore the car. It's immaterial.

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    1. Sincerely. I'm not trying to mess with you.

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    2. And no ganja for me, mon. Though I am a bit Rasta at heart.

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    3. Not a clue...in sooooo many ways.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/60WQPEQ.jpg?1[/img]

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    4. But... The license plate is the only thing I can see blinking in the comparator. What does it mean?!?

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    5. Look closer, my friend...you did such a fine job and you've revealed a HUGE clue!

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    6. Notice that the pictures in the windows are also blinking. Are those most wanted posters? Is this a police station or a post office?

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    7. The 4 areas on the door glass show some detail in the difference blinking kalibeezy...

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    8. well, i see it now, but a) why did i not see it in the first place (del, got a referral to an opthamologist?), and b) what does it have to do with what you figured out?

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    9. The pictures in the windows read "1 0 4 2" - a legendary address if there ever was one. Granted, it's nearly impossible to read unless you already know what it is.

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  21. Best I can make out on the doors is the word _hit....

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    1. Good eye! There just isn't really enough visual information to make out exactly what it is. Believe me when I suggest to you that it isn't necessary.

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  22. So I am sitting here doing my taxes and the back of the building just flashed in my brain...is it the original Shelby assembly shop?

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    1. You are good Tom!!
      [img]http://i.imgur.com/WBCpoO8.jpg?1[/img]

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    2. Very good, Tom! Street cred for you!

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/sAXQEXR.jpg?1[/img]

      If you've been following what I've been writing lately here on DT and other places on the web, I mentioned a trip home to SoCal not too long ago. Located at 1042 Princeton Drive in Marina Del Ray (not far from LAX), Shelby's shop is not his first, second or even his last shop, but it's where a lot of the magic happened back in the day. It's now a shoe company.

      I was there for my brother's funeral. He loved Mustangs and besides having lived there for years, I'd never made the pilgrimage to see the place. So in tribute to him, I flew in, got my rental and went straight there. As I mentioned the other day, then I headed for a bowl of fantastic pho in Little Saigon. It was a good day. Horrifically sad, but also a great way to remember the man that meant so much to me. His spirit was with me that day and I kept catching sight of him out of my peripheral vision. He would have loved standing in front of Shelby's building and soaking up the gearhead vibe.

      If you're ever in the area, I implore you to check it out. It's actually a bit tricky to locate, being off the main drag on a tiny side street. My GPS kept trying to have me drive down a street that had been gated off long ago, but I was probably using an ancient database. Your phone will most likely do a better job.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/ZhU8J96.jpg?1[/img]

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    3. I didn't know your story K2, and am glad you remember your brother in such great ways.
      I couldn't find the pic that triggered the memory of A few Cobras in that lot angle parked, but the memory of anything car inexplicably remains in my head once I have seen it.
      The force be with you.....

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    4. Thanks Tom! I've chosen to channel my grief into writing another book which will be out later this year, hopefully. It will be all about him, couched in fiction (or is it?). He was a monumental person with an enormous compassion for those around him. His life and our adventures together should be documented and that's what I'm gonna do.

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  24. [img]http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5151b481e4b01fd1f7075ea1/551aa7d1e4b0b640db403695/551aaadce4b06a100282f187/1427811038851/15910637584_a82a05d3bf_b.jpg?format=1000w[/img]

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    1. ~ Close- but no.

      -yeah!!! I figured out image embed-

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    2. groovy! - that sedan thing totally belongs in my weird-butt-cars twister from the other day

      and i love that line: "six headlights ... practically shout electric vehicle"

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    3. The sedan IS cool!
      The Ford Fairmont wagon with the bondo front is another story...

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