Monday, April 27, 2015

5k: Jennered: 1987 Shebly CSX

The Shelby CSX was a Carroll Shelby hot rodded version of the Dodge Shadow that added a high power engine, stiffer springs/shocks, Shelby specific interior, and Shelby fiberglass composite wheels to what was otherwise an abysmal front driver economy car.  The CSX was meant to be a fun car for a twisty road or a track day, so this one, like all CSXs, was only available with a 5-speed manual gearbox.  However, this next CSX has pulled a bit of a Bruce Jenner.  Its had its transmission swapped into a stickless version and now its setup for the 1/4 mile sprint.  Find this 1987 Shebly CSX here on eBay currently bidding for $3,550 reserve-not-met with 1 day to go and buy-it-now of $5,999 located in Tomball, TX.


 In 1987 Shelby started acquiring incomplete Dodge Shadows from Chrysler to turn into his CSX - short for "Carroll Shelby eXperimental."  The big part of transformation was under the hood, where a version of Chrysler's 2.2 liter inline-4 cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engine - putting out 175 horsepower and 175 ft-lbs of torque was originally installed -- but, the biggest change to the character of the Shadow was the addition of stiffer suspension and proper handling dynamics.


The outside of this CSX might be a good looking survivor, but significant transformation has occurred under the sheet metal.  The original Garrett turbocharger has been tossed aside for an aftermarket Turbonetics S60 turbo and some additional supporting parts.  The biggest change under the skin is the transmission swap -- out goes the 5-speed and in its place is a built A413 automatic with a high stall torque convertor.  No longer an apex hunter, this car is strictly setup for passes at your local drag club...errr..strip.


The inside doesn't looks decent with the notable exception of the seriously bizarre "custom" gauge bar, which looks like it could easily be removed....but it would be nice to have access to the information on those extra gauges if you are going to take this thing to a Christmas tree.


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43 comments:

  1. Hey!

    I just wan't to start by letting you know I am a long time reader and huge fan of you guys, you bring a lot of light into my day posting these amazing vehicles.

    I'm writing to express my concern with the headline and content of today's entry featuring the 1987 Shelby CSX. I wouldn't want you to think I'm some pearl-clutching pinko commie free speech hating monster, but I really think this headline is neither appropriate, nice, or commensurate with the quality and lighthearted content I normally expect from Daily Turismo.

    No, it isn't the most awful thing ever said (or said within the last 5 seconds on the internet) but the car community, while a great place, does not have a historical reputation for being particularly friendly or welcoming to members of the LBGTQ community and while I recognize you aren't telling asking or demanding anyone go out and hurt these people, I think it is everyone's duty to police each other and make sure no one who already experiences an undue amount of exclusion from society (as many Transgendered individuals do) gets any more from the automobile enthusiast community.

    And while I do recognize it is a silly joke, I might point out the use of "Tranny" as a potential homophone. While the rest of the post is mostly harmless, that word is very much a slur to Transgender people on par with the "F" word and "N" word.

    I love your site, and I won't stop reading it because of this. But this isn't a place I go to for controversial content of ANY kind. I come here as an escape from the cruel and mundane realities of life and I hate thinking that a Transgendered person who also loves your site would come to it expecting an escape, and instead gets a world of hurt.

    I kindly ask that you consider altering the content.

    Thanks for all that you guys do.

    Best,
    Abe

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    abrahamdrimmer.com

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    1. Abe, agreed. This is a great site and I really enjoy the content they put out.

      The running drag/tranny joke through the article is unnecessary.

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    2. Long time listener, first time call here, I think the joke about Jenner was funny and DT shouldn't cave to the whims of the internet thought police. The biggest harm that could come from this post is that a transgender person might buy this car and suffer the consequences of ownership.

      This site has always had its share of humor in the form controversial content and that is one of the things that keeps me coming back. Even the comments are getting interesting with all the drama around K2 posting movie links. (He will probably reply with an appropriate movie clip to my comment).

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    3. One of the nice things about this site is that it is (was) free from the "This hurts my feelings, please censor it" crowd. Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom from speech. I'm sorry you are offended, but I will defend DT's right to publish what they want regardless of anyone's hurt feelings. Otherwise, its a short hop to Charlie Hebdo.

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    4. Are you trying to imply the Charlie Hebdo massacred BECAUSE of restrictions of free speech? Yikes, the things you yanks think.

      It would be fine to crack jokes at Jenner's expense, but the drag/tranny thing is tired and there is no debate about the hurtful nature of the word "Tranny". Regardless, I would like to modify my statement and say that I think it should stay, that we may continue this discussion.

      It is fine to crack jokes at people's expense but like I said, it is a community's obligation to police itself and people should feel free to speak out when they feel the comfort of others in it are being infringed upon. This has nothing to do with rights, and everything to do with courtesy. I will repeat the point in my post where I point out that historically the car community has been very socially conservative. Now more than ever, as the hobby is threatened, we should feel obligated to make sure people who don't already get a bit of a raw deal from society feel excluded from something they might love.

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    5. I'd like to point out that I am *NOT* offended by this. I just feel saddened that someone (or a lot of people) could come to this site expecting a temporary vacation form their day-to-day troubles only to be met with a hurtful slur.

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    6. Uh, no. you might want to think about the calls for censorship that the aggrieved community was calling for and lost in court. Because they were not able to restrict free speech, they took matters into their own hands.

      I could be wrong, I'm just a dumb new world-er and not as sophisticated as yourself. Maybe DT should begin submitting copy to you for review and approval. I'm sure this site will be a better place.

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    7. Ironic that the guy who busted DT's chops for using the word "tranny" in innuendo drops that pejorative "yank" directly at a person of American heritage.

      MLT

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    8. Gianni - I'm glad you feel so strongly about retaining your right to mock people without being called on it. I explicitly rescinded my request that they rewrite it, instead with the suggestion that they add a disclaimer that no harm was meant. TBH you know your suggestions are absurd and not at all what I want. You are using hyperbole to try and discredit me and anyone with half a brain sees right through it. That said if they did submit copy I could probably help, I had a bit of a career in the auto journalism world...

      anonymous - yank is hardly a pejorative, your baseball teams call themselves it.

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    9. Sorry I was off cleanin' my guns after driving my lifted 4x4 out to the back 40, did I miss something? We had a BBQ with some burgers and freedom fries and then shot up all the empties. I'm off to watch the View now. Man, that Blake Shelton is sumthin'.

      Maybe afterwards I can come up with some pithy, sophisticated rejoinders that both simultaneously put down the target and build myself up at the same time.

      I'm fine with you calling DT on the tranny bit. That is your right. It is not your right to make them edit it out. Sorry, you don't get to choose.

      BTW it is the Yankees and not the yanks.

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    10. ALCON:

      Please submit this form in triplicate to tips@dailyturismo.com.

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    11. Fleetwood T. BroughamApril 28, 2015 at 7:56 AM

      No joke Ryan.....It's humorous how many new and creative ways we humans devise to become offended

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    12. @FTB: I'm offended that you're offended at the new and creative ways we've devised to become offended. Offended, I say. But so help me, I'll turn this car around right now and leave forever if you start to make fun of [cancer survivors, veterans, rednecks, the poor, gingers, the Irish etc all of which I identify as].

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    13. @Ryan and Gianni +1 !

      BTW...the car is STILL crap

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    14. @gianni I didn't make DT do anything, I respectfully asked that he alter the content or make a note about it being of no offense. I think you have me confused with a figment of your imagination.

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    15. aaaaand, it's a wrap - now we wait for stan to come back

      @4be - would you please send in a couple of tips for cars you like, and add some comments too - you're clearly a thinking person, so let's get a chance to know you on our common ground

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    16. @kaibeezy I would love to, I think I have contributed in the past. I like JDM oddballs, especially ones that crossed the gap between "classic" and modern cars. Things like the S10 "200SX" Silvia. Etc.

      I would love to contribute. I am a former writer for Road & Track as well as Hooniverse and TTAC.

      here are some of the articles I'm most proud at having written.

      http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/autonomy-and-the-1939-worlds-fair/

      http://hooniverse.com/2014/04/16/thread-the-needle-5/

      http://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/videos/a6145/two-stroke-supercar-better-than-coffee/

      http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/features/a7771/bobby-allison-talladega-and-the-restrictor-plate/

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    17. Dang it kaibeezy, why do you always have to be so level headed and mature about things like this?

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    18. Other than this posting, the only time the 4be ID has shown up on the site was on May 27, 2014: What was the last car to have a 4 speed manual.

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    19. well, not everyone is K2 - maybe uses other aliases or sent in tips and ideas that were used - i like (but probably won't buy, right CFlo?) older Japanese cars and would appreciate more such posts and comments - also Alfas, even the (face it) ugly late-90's ones - who drives a 90's Alfa??? - why not zoidbeezy?

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    20. Maybe he is K2? Maybe everyone in the comments is K2 except for you?
      [img]https://i.imgflip.com/kt3w2.jpg[/img]

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    21. Damn I'm good-lookin' (I wish).

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  2. I am a product of the 80's and always wanted one of these. You know when there is a cool kid in high school that had a car you were envious of? Gavin had an electric blue Shelby CSX that was bought for him new. One day I was rolling along side him in my 79 rx7, gave him the nod and got my doors blow off. Didn't help that he always had the best looking girls riding shotgun.
    I also want a 5.0lx, a Pontiac GTA (withe with gold), and an Iroc (I Reek Of Cologne) -
    curse of being a teen in the 80's I guess

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  3. I agree...total fail with this write-up. I usually enjoy your pithy prose but this was just lame.

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  4. If I may, I'd like to remind our readers of the tenets set forth in the DT Manifesto, namely On fun:

    "We are going to make fun of things from time to time and these might include one or more of the following: French cars, cars made by Frenchmen, cars designed in France but assembled in Wisconsin, Porsche 914s, hipsters, hats, the San Diego Padres, you, your favorite car, cats (who likes cats anyway, dogs rule!) [Back off, mudflap, I love my cat. -KBZ], incurable diseases (Lyme disease is a giggle, but terminal abdominal cancer, that is a gut buster), Italy, soccer fans, front wheel drive, slushboxes, and skinny jeans. Deal with it. This is a humor site; if you don't have a sense of humor, please buy one in our online store here."

    http://www.dailyturismo.com/2014/08/the-dt-manifesto.html

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    1. I get that, but I would like to point out that all of those things are either inanimate objects incapable of feeling emotional pain, animals whose nervous systems are incapable of processing emotional pain, diseases that affect everyone regardless of race or socio-economic status and people for whom the occasional jab is nothing that can really hurt them.

      Transgendered people are regularly maligned, made fun of, physically assaulted for no reason, and ostracized for being different. They deserve places where they can expect to not have to encounter the hurtful words they might here day in day out. I am not asking this site become a lifeless, boring, droll place without humor. I am asking that for the most part it punch up or sideways, never down at people who already get punched enough.

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    2. Thank you for clarifying your position. I will assume the use of "our readers" means you are a moderator or owner of this site. After I publish this reply, I will delete your website link from my favorites list, and not return to the site.

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    3. Oh no Stan! I know I, for one will miss everything you've ever contributed to this site over the past 45 minutes.

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  5. As Robert Klein once said "if you want to do a cancer joke fine, but it better damn well be funny!" Thumbs up all around even when you make fun of my vtec.....yo. Don't take yourself or your gender so seriously after all we're all just mammals baby.

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    1. I agree with you wholeheartedly but remember that most of the people who DO take gender SERIOUSLY are the people trying to enforce arbitrary rules about who can be what, not the people just trying to be themselves.

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    2. @4be: A noble but unecessary defense of a miniscule part of the population who suffer from gender identity issues. THEIR feelings and problems are theirs to deal with.not ours to trim our sails in response to fear that a well turned phrase will offend them. I assume you are English and as the original offenders of worldwide enslavement of the African, I can see why you are intent on piping up in defense of the "Jennered". You folks in the Empire have much to apologize for. That said, nt NO WAY are the travails of the car loving Transgendered community similar to what befell the African race at the hands of the British slave traders and their American pals. So enough of the moral equivalency of language........"Tranny" is not the same as the N word. No matter how you wish to make it so. THAT offends ME! Engarde!

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  6. Of all the crappy FWD turbo mopars still banging around out there, why would you choose to hack up A Shelby? Choose a Dodge 600 or a LeBaron that already has an auto.

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    1. Dodge 600 lol that was the one that had badging like a Mercedes 600 on it. I wonder if anyone ever, on any planet got the Dodge 600 confused with a Mercedes.... When I was a kid my next door neighbor had one. It was not very old but yet the engine was so noisy/rattly/high fecal contented that when it started up it sounded like a drum solo..... but they drove that thing for 15 years... mostly to the Chrysler dealer for repairs (rim shot) thanks I'll be here all week, try the veal and don't forget to tip your waitress...

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  7. I'm ashamed to say that with all the really important things going on in the world, our whole family gathered around the tube for some first class celebrity gawking. The interview was a spectacle, not a thoughtful expose of the agony that those seeking gender reassignment go through. Having watched an hour of it (we couldn't take any more) This morning's joke was funny because the interview was weak. Separate of all the highbrow analysis of what's funny and what's not. The joke was timely, had sufficient double entendre content to make it relevant to the blog and as usual, made me wince just a little.
    Jenner came across as vapid in his interview. Had the interview been capable of capturing something deep within him, or been thought provoking, or even emotionally wrenching, the joke might have fallen flat.
    As it was, I could hardly watch due to his really out of synch blink rate and laughed this morning.
    The joke helped me rinse the memory of a really bad interview out of my mind.

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  8. Okay guys. This is my fault. When I wrote the article I was having fun at Mr Jenner's expense and I tossed in the tranny double entendre and that is where I shoved my foot in my mouth. I have to admit that if I had googled "is tranny a slur" before the article I would have had second thoughts about hitting publish...as it happened...I didn't...and hit the publish blissfully unaware.

    If it upset you, I'm sorry, and although I agree with CFlo that this site lives by a we are all big boys credo, I should have been a big enough boy to understand that I had just violated commenting commandment number I (Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading) in the body of the post.

    Sticks and stones notwithstanding, I am editing the body of the text, but I should have known better.

    As A.Nonymous above says, there are far more terrible things happening around the world, so I am donating 100% of all proceeds for this week's banner ads and affiliate earnings to the Red Cross in support of emergency relief efforts for those affected by the earthquake tragedy in Nepal. It isn't the first time I've put my foot in my mouth and it probably won't be the last...but thanks for the support from readers on all sides of the spectrum.

    Vince
    DT Editor-in-Chief

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    2. Mensch. Transgender people get more than their fair share of hassle. Good on you for taking the side of compassion, and to everyone here for keeping it fairly civil.

      On behalf of big hairy nerdy beardy guys with station wagons, you may make fun of us instead.

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    3. I'm late to the party but I wanted to thank 4be for speaking up and taking an unpopular position.Thanks.

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  9. DT you guys are hilarious. It is precisely because you write as you do that the site is successful. Who cares what overly sensitive whiners think? What happened to our collective senses of humor. I for one COME HERE for the irreverence. I dont want some tight skirted pious whiner dictating your content. EVERYTHING can be made fun of. Certainly a joke of a has been celebrity chopping off his gear shift and sitting there talking about his travails! Enough of the Oprahization of America! Get 'em DT! BTW, I will be listing my personal demons and closeted weird thoughts at a future time so you can mock me

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  10. After reading the article and then reading all the comments here, I'd just like to say I'm surprised at how many people take the time and effort to "defend" such a huge attention whore's "feelings". Perhaps all you libtard minions are attention sluts for these people as well, makes sense. Allow me to elaborate, BRUCE JENNER IS AN ATTENTION WHORE... He is a rich celebrity. He got to bang a Kardashian, specifically for which he "put his transition on hold for her". Well, I would do that too if I were him. All you thought police whiners here, you've NEVER met this person. You don't know ANYTHING about their true personality. He's pixels on a display... Just like "America's father / rapist" Bill Cosby was. They could just hire actors to do this and you'd "protect their" fake "feelings" as well. You're all bunch of drones. You "see" and "perceive" this person only when you are sitting on your ass in front of some screen while you drone out the rest of the world. He makes money off attention, he loves attention. He got to blow his load inside a Kardashian vagina and then decided no I want to cut this thing off instead now. He panders his ego and "celebrity personality" because the media makes money off reporting a sex change as news. He panders it on public national television. Anytime someone gets to make a lot of money off the media making a big deal out of something that's basically been around for as long as humans have been in existence, is a money grubbing attention whore in my book. I will say whatever the fuck I want about Bruce Jenner and the blog author should be able to as well. His comments were humerous and NOT intended to be hateful. But alas things can only be your version of black and your version of white the all-sensitive thought police. No one should be told by anyone to be sensitive and obey the thought police all for someone who invites the public perception of his own self. If you pander to the public, you invite all the public's opinoin, bad or good all shades controversial. God you dumb liberals astound me.

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    1. Vince? Hey, Vince, wake up man. You're sleep-blogging again.

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