Monday, October 31, 2016

One Foot In The Crusher: 1972 Datsun 240Z

The advertisement starts out in the right direction --  6cyl, 4speed stick, -- but things only turn south as the listing continues -- needs to be towed, runs and drives good but carbs need adjusted,rebuilt or replaced runs great then runs rich. At least the body doesn't look to be a total nightmare...but it is hard to tell with rattle can black paint job.  Find this 1972 Datsun 240Z offered for $2,900 in Graham, WA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

What Am I? Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween -- grab your candy bag and your toothbrush, it's time for another episode of DT's weekly What Am I? challenge.  Ghoul luck!

Horrorod From 1976: Vette verus Camaro

In the next few days, one of the biggest decisions of the decade will be upon us -- no, I'm not talking about the US presidential election where you will vote for one of two corporate approved future overlords, neither of which will do anything about the waning influence the USA has over world affairs and mostly just help pad the pockets of their billionaire friends -- NO, I'm taking about DT's Horrorod from 1976 run off -- the worst of the worst.

Rhymes with Vomit- 1971 Mercury Comet GT

If the Ford Maverick is the little known step brother of the Mustang, it's cousin the Mercury Comet is even more obscure.  The Comet GT trim level was the muscle car trim package that upped the ante with the 302 V8 engine.  These cars were originally conceived as import fighters, but in reality duked it out for sales with the Chevy Nova and Dodge Dart.  Find this 1971 Mercury Comet GT for sale in Brookfield, CT for $7,000 via craigslist.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

All Horrorod's Eve: 1973 Porsche 914 V8 Custom

Back when Ferdinand Porsche Jr was designing the iconic 914, there were rumors that he created a one-off prototype of what could have been.  This prototype sports headlights from a Chrysler 300M, an interior from a 90s BMW 3-series, tail lights from a corvette, Ferrari side vents, Chevy V8 power, and the biggest Lightning McQueen smiling grill I've seen on something that isn't a Mazda product.  Find this 1973 Porsche 914 V8 Custom offered with pre-auction estimate of $30,000 to $35,000 via 

The Other, Other Pony Car: 1988 Hyundai Pony

The average Hyundai Genesis fan may not know (unless he's Canadian and has already been scarred) that there was were two rear-wheel-drive North American market Hyundai's prior to Seoul getting all fancy in the 2000's, the Pony and the Stellar.  Find this 1988 Hyundai Pony for sale in Havelock, Ontario, Canada for $CA1,500 ($1,120 US monies today) via Kijiji.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Estate Sale: 1959 Triumph TR10 Estate

Driving to the coast with two boards hanging out of the back of a patina'd surf wagon is a played out automotive fantasy almost all of us want to live. The British sports car thing is also an appealing rabbit hole to disappear down. Why not seek to to combine those dreams, making some monumental compromises along the way with this 1959 Triumph TR10 Estate for sale in Watsonville, CA for $1,500 via craigslist.  Tip from kaibeezy

Yellow Pages: 1960 Goggomobil Dart

Microcars were hugely popular in post-war Europe where petrol was at a high premium and no one needed to travel very far. Most of the microcars were made in Britain, France, or Germany and were usually basic little blobs – like the Isetta or the Zündapp Janus. One plucky Australian designer decided to take a German Goggomobil microcar and turn it into an adorable fibreglass convertible. He sold 700 of the cars between ’59 and ’61. However, the cars truly entered the national psyche through their association with an advertisement for the Yellow Pages. Find this 1960 Goggomobil Dart in Birba Lake, WA, Australia, for $7k AUD ($5,370 USD at the time of writing) via

Friday, October 28, 2016

Where Are The Horrorods? 1965 Chevrolet Corvair 2-Door Wagon Chop

Halloween is almost upon us and we haven't featured any horrorods yet this season...WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THIS WEBSITE?  Gotta fix that...and you are gonna help. Start out with this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Custom 2-Door wagon offered for $675 near Santa Clarita, CA via craigslist.

Coffee Brake: Off Topic

It seems that the past few weeks of dedicating Coffee Brake post to an off topic free space where you college kids can share your feelings without any hints of judging or micro-transgressions has worked out well. 

B-Team: 1990ish Cushman Van

Television creatives in the 21st century have lost their mojo, and the current trend is to create remakes or reboots of classic, successful shows -- perhaps with a twist.  Change ethnicity or gender of the lead characters (compared to the original whitewashed 50s/60s versions...) and you've got instant gold.  Imagine if you rebooted the original A-Team, but used vertically challenged actors instead -- John "Hannibal" Smith is played by Danny DeVito, Templeton "Face" Peck played by Tom Cruise, "Mad" Murdock played by Wee Man, and B.A. Baracus is played by Steve Urkel.  Now...for the pièce de résistance, the GMC Vandura is replaced by this 1990ish Cushman Van here on eBay offered for $6,950 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Mundelein, IL.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

SHO Off:1992 Ford Taurus SHO

Ford Exec's circa 1984: "Man...other than the Mustang our line up is B-O-R-I-N-G!!!  We need to have some fun with a sedan, throw some smack down on them-der Germans ya know.  Screw the Europeans...let's get a Japanese company to massage us a proper engine for shits & giggles!"  Find this 1992 Ford Taurus SHO for sale in Scottsbluff, NE for $3,000 via craigslist.

Thursday Twister: Best Car For Fleeing After Nov 8th

No matter which way you swing politically (or otherwise) there is a good chance that you are going to be upset with the direction of the USA on November 5th 9th.  Nothing short of convincing Ohio, Michigan and Florida to cast their electoral college votes for Alfred E Newman (and enforced those odd rules around someone not reaching the 270 electoral college votes), will stop most of the population from packing up their stuff on the 9th of November and heading for greener pastures.  SO, my question to you for today's Thursday Twister is: what is the best car for bugging out before the crooked, crotch grabbing, married to a pedophile, married 47 times, dirtbag gets swore in on a Bible that will probably burst into flames when his/her hands touch it?

Heebie-GV's: 1988 Yugo GV

When you eventually do buy a Yugo, might I recommend buying it from someone who posts pictures of his cul-de-sac packed with GV's and a few shots of the NATO bombing of the Yugoslavian production facility? Find this 1988 Yugo GV for sale by the world's premier Yugo enthusiast in Concord, NC for $1,500 via craigslist.

Fond Memories: 1984 Datsun Stanza

The year was 2001. The place; a bit outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. My buddy Steve and I pulled a free 1983 Stanza from some guy's wood pile and got stung by yellow jackets trying to get it out. We got it running on a Carter YF carburetor from my AMC Javelin using a manifold adapter made from a 2x4 block and nails. As you may guess, we started a large field on fire during a drought and hydro-locked the CA18 motor on Mountain Dew trying to extinguish the flames which were dripping from the manifold. Then we rolled it. Find this piece of my adolescence, a 1984 Datsun Stanza, for sale in Seattle, WA for $1,590 via craigslist.

Supernova Remnant: 1981 Chevrolet Citation

Supernova remnants are the pieces left over from the destruction of a this case that star happens to be Chevrolet's well loved Nova.  After producing umpteen versions of the Nova over 17 years, Chevrolet finally wired up a detonating plunger and the resulting implosion gave us this mess of debris.  Find this 1981 Chevrolet Citation for sale in San Diego, CA for $1,900 via craigslist.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

No Tme: 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce

Back about 25 years ago when I bought my GTV, they were cool,old interesting cars you could pick up for not much money. Now GTV's seem to be following the air-cooled 911 into terra expensiva. That's great if you are a hedge fund manager, but for the rest of us, if we want to make our GTV dreams a reality, we will need to bring a little sweat equity.  Find this 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce for sale in Pacifica, CA for $7,000 via craigslist.

When LS Is More: 1986 Porsche 944

The lure of more power is always tempting. For those with the ability to stick it out and finish a project the rewards can be worth the wait. The rest of us can get a head start by finding a well sorted, but not yet finished project. The key is to plan your own swap and compare the components being used in the car you intend to buy. Quality parts signal you have a better chance of a well thought out swap by the prior owner rather than something your crazy uncle Charlie thought up while drinking his dinner. Find this almost completed 1986 Porsche 944 with a V8 swap for $8,800 in Kansas City, Missouri via Craigslist.