Saturday, September 29, 2018

Find Me A Car For: Boeing 502-7 Gas Turbine Jet Engine

Okay, this is easy. I've found a 60's era Boeing gas turbine engine on ebay and you need to find me the vehicle that it should go into.  A Prius, a Pontiac Aztec, a Tesla, a Model A -- it really doesn't matter the price or cost or value of said vehicle -- you just need to justify your decision.  Find a good home for this Boeing 502-7 Gas Turbine Jet Engine here on eBay bidding for $4,500 with a few hours to go, located in Punta Gorda, FL.


Friday, September 28, 2018

192MPH & $62k Invested: 1998 Ford Mustang Cobra Racer

The Silver State Classic Challenge is a nutty twice-a-year event where roads are closed and people drive highly modified vehicles at highly modified speeds.  The event website says anyone can race, all you need is a car that can average 95mph or greater...but the truth is that you'll want something that can go at least 190mph and full safety equipment to have a good time.  Like this 1998 Ford Mustang Cobra Racer here on eBay offered for $12,000 buy-it-now located in Sacramento, CA.



Hatch Camper: 1975 Oldsmobile Omega

The '75-79 Oldsmobile Omega offered all of the reliability and road manners of the Nova, but with an upscale Oldsmobile grill and some wood trim on the inside -- this was some serious mid 70s luxury folks.  Suspension in the 1975 version, of course, shared with the Nova, but very similar to the one used in GM's 2nd generation Camaro/Firebird F-body cars. It was equally as wonderful or terrible depending on who you ask...but this one comes with the rare rear-hatch camper tent option...which is the big orange tent you see pictured below that looks like something you'd deploy to warn people that your Omega had broken down on the side of the road or was about to.  Find this 1975 Oldsmobile Omega here on eBay offered for $7,500 buy-it-now or make-offer located in St Louis, MO.



Thursday, September 27, 2018

Pick Your Poison: '72, '73, '74 Datsun Z Turbo Swaps

How do you like your eggs?  Fried, scrambled or poached?  That is an easy question, but I think a much harder one is how do you like your vintage turbo swapped Datsun Z cars-- with a Toyota 2JZ, Nissan RB20DET, or L28ET?  Because you can't have them all...you could, but I think it would be like eating 24 eggs for breakfast.  Which would you drive?



Hatch A Plan: 2006 Audi A3

A high mileage complex luxury cars with scary electronic integrated gizmos should put the fear of the electron into any sane person...and I count myself in that small group.  A mid 2000s Audi A8, for instance, is going to be overly complicated and certainly cheap because it is going to cost arms/legs/kidneys/children to repair...but if you step downmarket into something like a low spec Audi A3 that doesn't have all the complicated rube goldberg auto-driving features...you might just be able to drive it for a few years and sell without doing anything other than adding gas.  Maybe.  Got a lucky rabbits foot keychain? Find this 2006 Audi A3 offered for $5,500 in SF Bay Area, CA via craigslist.



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Corvair Powered: 1970 Meyers Manx SR2

The Meyers Manx was the original dune buggy for the everyman, but the roofless, doorless, and dry-weather-only setup isn't for everyone, so Bruce Meyers designed the SR2 version which added a small top and gullwing scissors doors. The builder of this example ditched the typical VW flat-4 and instead went for a quad-carbed Corvair flat-6 for ultimate awesome. Find this 1970 Meyers Manx SR2 here on ebay bidding for $10,300 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go.


50% Off: Half of a 1981 Ferrari Mondial

I've known quite a few automotive enthusiasts who have casually tossed out the idea of owning a portion of some exotic sports car -- you won't drive a Ferrari every day, so why not split the cost of purchasing and maintaining it with another like minded car guy/gal. However, this next car is for the guy/gal who wants half a super car but doesn't like to share. Now, you can have your half a cake and eat it too!  Find this half of a 1981 Ferrari Mondial offered for $8000 in Orange County, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Oil Stain Slow: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 240D

If "slow and steady" does indeed win the race, then you'll be the king of the trophies with this next featured car, because the only thing slower on the road is the oil that drips from your neighbor's pickup truck -- and why does he always park that thing in front of your house? Doesn't he have space in his driveway? Find this 1981 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $4,250 in Anaheim, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!


Carry On My Wayward Son: 1985 Suzuki Every

It isn't every day that you find a sweet microvan offered for a reasonable price, but we'll feature every one we find because life is too short to driving something lame.  This might not make the best trans-continental road trip car, but it'll certainly make a good city commuter and get smiles everywhere you go. Find this 1985 Suzuki Every offered for $6,400 in Olympia, WA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Rock Bottom: 2000 Porsche Boxster

DT regular tipper/commenter Jeff sent in a tip with a low buck Porsche Boxster and asked the question "have these things hit bottom yet?"  Not sure if they've hit absolute bottom, but if they get much cheaper they'll be giving them away when you upgrade your phone plan.  Find this 2000 Porsche Boxster here on eBay offered for $5,800 buy-it-now located in Takoma Park, MD.


Rice Crispy Exhaust: 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth

One of the problems with driving a fast factory sports car (like a newish Corvette, M3, 911..etc) is that random people want to race you...which leaves you with the conundrum of winning these on-ramp derbys and looking like a rich buy-your-way-into-first-douche and losing your license as you murder innocent strangers in a fiery crash....so the best alternative is just to drive like a dowager in your fancy sports car confident that its Nurburgring track time is better than the next guy's.  Alternatively you could buy a sleeper V8 powered Chevette, but then you need to convince those new Vette owners to race against you instead of driving like grandpa, and you still won't win the race because your wheels fall off and you still end up in jail after crashing into a crowd of nuns waiting for the bus.  So...what you really need is a car that looks like it is fast, sounds like it is fast, makes you feel good about mashing the loud pedal, but is really slow and you barely exceed the speed limit.  You need the automotive equivalent of a Harley...like this 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth here on eBay bidding for $8,100 reserve-not-met with $10,500 buy-it-now located in White Plains, NY.



Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday Screamer: 1955 Diamond T Rat Rod

File this next classic car find under the heading "I don't know what it is...but I like it!"  And for some stranger reason, the seller isn't asking some ridiculous amount of money for his...umm...thing.  Yeah.  Does it float? Find this 1955 Diamond T Rat Rod offered for $6,500 near Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.


Friday, September 21, 2018

4Motion Equipped: 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Wagon

The B5 generation Volkswagen Passat had an interesting model lineup during its 1997 through 2005 lifecycle.  It started with the basic 1.8T powered 5-spd stripper models that offered a surprisingly fun drive for economy car price and included a turbo-diesel option, but went all the way upmarket to a 4.0 liter W8 powered leather infused luxury cruiser.  Not many cars have that range, and the W8 powered wagon models are particularly interesting to the low buck car enthusiast. Find this 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Wagon offered for $2,500 in Dallas, GA via craigslist. Tip from Matt C.



Thursday, September 20, 2018

Honk If Parts Fall Off: 1961 Volvo PV544

It is Thursday, time for the classic American tradition called Thorsday where we celebrate Scandinavian stuff that is from those wacky Swedes/Finns/Nors/Danes (HEY, Don't forget about the Icelanders you lattelepjandi lopatrefill) and Icies.  Anyway, this next car is a classic from yesteryear that looks like it is from yestercentury...which is actually true...ANYWAY, find this 1961 Volvo PV544 here on eBay offered for $6750 buy-it-now located in Coloma, MI



Beat The Drum Slowly: 1992 Honda Beat

Another Kei-car?  Yes, that is correct, they don't call this site DailyKeismo for NOTHING.  We've got a reputation and a revelation to maintain. Anyway, the next precious little keitora class machine we are going to feature is from Honda Giken Kōgyō KK and you can't beat the price.  Find this 1992 Honda Beat offered for $3,800 in Spring, TX. Tip from Jeff.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Alto In The Name of Love: 1987 Suzuki Alto Works RS-R

The Suzuki Alto was a cheap and uninspiring little keconobox, but if you had the scratch, you could upgrade some of the metal bits (and plastic pieces) to the Works version, or better yet, the RS-R.  The Works upgrades unleashed the full potential of the little s-box and turned it into a plastic scoop bedazzled fun box.  Find this 1987 Suzuki Alto Works RS-R offered for $7000 near Cincinnati, OH via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!



SR20DET Powered: 1997 Subaru Impreza GC8

This next car comes as a tip from Art C who writes: Haha, a Nibaru? Sussan? Any way you put it, I bet it'll be fast and very sideways with a  little work. Assume around 275whp with the SR20 at reasonable boost levels, and about 2700 lbs on the GC8 with the AWD hardware removed, and probably pretty close to 50/50 weight distribution and you have a nice track toy. Find this 1997 Subaru Impreza offered for $5000 in Hartford, CT via craigslist.