Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Beat on the Street: Deathbed Edition

Peugeot 505 Wagon

Beater Review: 1978 Fiat 124 Spider

Cars for transportation are overrated.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Beater Project Acquisition: Cream Machine

Anyone can be that creepy guy in a van, but how often is it an over-boosted manual trans turbo van?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Beater Blog Multi-Annual Crossword Puzzle

How well do you know you useless junk car trivia? Test your beater knowledge with this Beater Blog crossword puzzle.

Beater Project Aquisition: Operation G[hett]o Kart

Moving from North Carolina to Michigan is a challenge. In order to survive the Detroit winter, one must develop a passion for activities that require the icy cold so that seasonal depression does not take hold. Under the influence of my co-workers, this year will be the year of the ice-kart.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Before They Were Beaters: Isuzu Impluse Turbo

The Isuzu Impulse Turbo was the first vehicle to be completely designed, tested, and assembled in space. The square matrix design for the wheels, tail lights, and onboard controls came to Giorgetto Giugiaro in a cosmic vision and the motor was discovered orbiting Saturn. Kim Jung Il predicted the Impulse Turbo as he emerged from a new star at birth. The Isuzu Impulse is batshit crazy, and that's why we think it's awesome.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Flashback Nb3

Who was able to play catch me if you can with the police of an whole county or state?

Who is Buford T. Justice?

Who the f..k is Gottfried?

Beat On The Street: FE Holden

Australians seem to believe, and rightly so, that the usable life of a vehicle is much longer that Americans tend to think. Driving around the streets of Melbourne, Sydney, and all country towns in between, vehicles from the 50's, 60's, and 70's are still used in daily service.
Just look at this controversial bumper sticker equipped FE Holden Special parked in Sydney's Kings Cross district, still apparently used as a daily driver. It's even ambitiously equipped with a trailer hitch, should you need to start your own outback road train.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Before They Were Beaters: Lada 1200

Attractive women, mink coats, expensive dogs, and turtlenecks. Yep, this front page spread from a French market Lada dealer handout contains pretty much everything you would typically associate with entry level Soviet vehicle ownership. Although undated, one could assume that this advertisement is circa 2006.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Beat on the Street: Malaise Edition

From Beater Blog

Beat on the Street brings you beaters in their natural habitat. Clunkers from the Carter administration are all too rare in Metro Detroit, but this 1977 Ford LTD II two door lives on.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Beater How-To: Unibody Frame Rust Repair

Beater How-To brings you how-to guides for various repairs that eventually every beater will need. This tutorial details how to undo the damage mercilessly and intentionally done to your vehicle by the Mid-West: Unibody Rust Repair.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Junk Yard Review: Parts Galore Detroit

Junk Yard Review brings you honest evaluations of automotive bone yards for when well-used is good enough. For the first installment we visit one of Detroit's largest and best know yards, Parts Galore Detroit.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Flashback Nb2

Growing up in the eastern part of germany was no fun in terms of TV shows (if you where lucky enough to have a TV at all). Luckely my family lived close enough to the border to receive western german TV. Of course all the late 70ties and 80ties american TV shows where shown also in (western) german TV. Shows like ALF or my personal favorite "The Fall Guy" aka "Colt Sievers" have been block buster. You dont know Colt Sievers?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Before They Were Beaters: Lancia Scorpion - 1977's Best Way to Combat Lonliness

Look. This guy pulled a hottie in the middle of the desert. All thanks to his velvety lapels and the new 1977 Lancia Scorpion.
Not to be confused with the FWD Beta as shown at the bottom of the ad, this mid-engined US market Beta Montecarlo was intended to be the big brother to the Fiat x1/9 until Fiat decided to pawn the car off to Lancia.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Beating in Progress: Home Made Dirt Track

What do a bunch of bored high schoolers in Raleigh, NC do after school? Build a home made dirt track at your buddy's house, of course.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wartburg 311

Allright, its time for another breathtaking mouthwatering vehicular story from overseas. This time I wanna introduce the Wartburg 311. This guy was part of our family for a long time, actually since I can think... unfortunately it got sold way to early...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Beating in Progress - SCCA Rally Cross

Beating in Progress brings you images and stories of cars taking abuse. Autocrosses and track days attract shiny Porsches and BMWs with fender lips carefully taped to avoid stone chips. At a rally cross you'd better be willing to get dirty.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Beater Road Test- 1987 Volvo 740 Wagon: Have you driven a Fjord lately?

Built for the enthusiast who wants a Fox Body Mustang but needs to haul ten sheets of plywood and some drywall, this Volvo 740 wagon has been fortified with Dearborn's finest example of V8 power.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cash for Clunkers - Attempt #1

Here it is, the original definition of "The Clunker" and the call to action to remove said 'Clunkers' from the highways.