Sunday, December 30, 2012

Project Update - Shelby CSX-T Fuel System Dramas

After getting the car running and gloating to my neighbors by doing WOT pulls, I ran into the brick wall of fuel starvation at around 4,000RPM. Karma's a bitch.

After initial investigations, there were found to be so many problems with the fuel system that I didn't know where to start. A few things were obvious; for one, the filter would end up with crud in it every time there was a misfire issue. Secondly, I could easily replicate the problem. Thirdly, the pump would scream like a young child all the time, problem or not. Therefore, I decided to use my handy HF fuel pressure gauge to see what the deal was.

I started by putting the fuel pressure gauge on the line right before the rail, positioned perfectly to mist fuel all over the hot turbine housing should a rupture occur. Sure enough, after two WOT pulls, I broke down. While the car was chugging on the side of the road, I popped the hood and look at the fuel pressure gauge which was hovering around 10psi, down from 55psi. I limped it home and swapped the gauge for the fuel filter and tried it again. This showed me a that there was indeed a fuel pressure problem before the filter but the pump was still running.

In my cockiness optimism, I had just filled the tank about 5 hours prior, I was not thrilled to think about the next steps...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Project Acquisition - Shelby CSX-T

Cruising craigslist has gotten me in trouble again. This time I was searching for any ol' busted Dodge 2.2 Turbo, motor or whole car, for a swap into the blue Simca 1204. I stumbled upon a Shelby CSX-T that looked like a perfect parts car, advertised as a running and moving for $750. The Shelby CSX-T was essentially a turbo Dodge Shadow built exclusively for Thrifty rental cars, a similar concept to the Shelby GT350-H Hertz Rent-a-Racer car but a bit gaudier. I went to look at it and found it far too nice to part out, even though it had the Turbo I motor and 5-speed that I was looking for. Since the car could not be started upon arrival even after an hour of fiddling, my interest was waning quickly. Sensing this, the exasperated owner offered it to me for $200 on the condition that it still couldn't be started the next day. The offer was accepted and I returned the next morning with my Dad to take another stab at driving it home but ended up dragging it on the trailer. Talk about mission creep from the original Simca plot.

Upon getting the car home, some fiddling with the Hall sensor on the distributor, cleaning out some of the corrosion on the wiring loom connectors, reading and resetting the fault codes all helped to bring it back to life in a few hours. In addition the car had no brakes but this was remedied with a new master cylinder and a quick bleed. The auto parts store also hooked me up with some hatch struts and other bits for a grand total of about $84. A trip to the junkyard got me a sweet cassette deck (with mini-joystick balance and fade) from a New Yorker and some interior pieces for around $18. Mysteriously, the car was advertised as not being driveable due to a failed clutch but I have yet to experience any trouble with it, even when doing burnouts in my hood.

Friday, December 14, 2012

How to pump an engine full of oil with a bike pump

The engine in the Turbo Van is a fresh assembly that's never seen oil. After repeated cranking on the starter left the oil pressure sensor dry I decided to force oil into it. I emptied a quart of quaker state and installed a valve stem in the cap. In the bottom of the (empty) bottle I threaded a brake line and secured it with a tube nut. An ample coating of JB Weld sealed the fitting. On the other end, the brake line threaded into the oil pressure switch boss. With everything connected I filled the bottle with oil and connected the bike pump.

At 20psi the bottle puffed out enough that I feared a Deep Water Horizon like oil explosion and I stopped pumping. It took nearly 20 minutes to transfer a quart of 10W30, not the fastest way to change your oil. After a quart and a half, I figured the oil pump should be well primed and I poured the rest in the top of the motor.

Now that the oil system is primed, I just need to figure out why it won't start.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Beater How-To: XM Radio Car and Home Docks for Cheap

Last week I bought a Jeep Cherokee as a utility vehicle and emergency daily driver. Since it looked like a JC Whitney catalog threw up all over the interior, I stripped out the air fresheners, Viper alarm, aftermarket cruise control and other miscellaneous doodads. In doing so I noticed the car was wired for an XM Radio. As the radio stations in Charleston send me into dry heaves every time I switch it on, XM Radio is a must in my opinion. I was given my first hit by GM rental cars, now I must have it.

Given previously activated radios have been reactivated for two months for free, I decided to give it a try. After going to Radio Shack and digging
around in my electronics bin, I found that if you have a car that is wired for an XM radio already and you can find an XM radio and car kit on craigslist (likely less than $20), you can have a car and home system for about $25. In addition to that, you won't have to buy the home kit for $80 or pay the extra radio fee of $10/month.

Hit the jump for a tutorial.

From Craigslist to Crusher - Death of a Surf Beater

Driving around Charleston's surfside suburbs like Folly Beach, Mt. Pleasant, and Sullivan's Island, it's painfully obvious that the beater serves a purpose in the Lowcountry. There are clapped out Lancruisers, vintage station wagons, VW buses, and even vintage Land Rovers that dot the landscape. All bear the scars of hauling surfboards, beer, and coolers full of shrimp. As all cars do as they near the final stages of their lives, they pop up on craigslist before beginning their transformation into Harbor Freight tools.

While cruising the LKQ Salvage yard lot, I spotted this '73 Benzo whose reflective tape front fog lights and duck-taped-in headlight initially caught my eye. Closer inspection revealed a partially disassembled fuel system and third-world levels of automotive survival tactics.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sixth Annual Parade of Trabants Photo Gallery

When BeaterBlog learned that nearly every running Trabant on the east coast was converging on Washington D.C. we immediately flew our best photographer all the way from Los Angles to be there. He found nearly a dozen Trabis sputtering past the International Spy Museum on F street last Saturday. All the hot Ă–sser action you can handle after the jump.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gingerman Track Day photo gallery

Gingerman ended the 2012 season with a weekend of track days, beer, prizes and food. Dozens of sports car enthusiasts braved cold wet weather for a few more laps at Gingerman. I happened to be in the neighborhood celebrating an anniversary so I was allowed to stop by and take a few pictures. Bringing any of my own track toys was not approved. Hit the jump for the full photo gallery.

Chevrolet Presents the Celebrity Eurosport VR

The Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport was meant to offer buyers a modern sporty sedan with European flair. But if GM's conventional cookie-cutter styling wasn't quite sporty enough you could step up to the Eurosport VR. I have no idea what "VR" stands for but women in red tights enjoy staring disdainfully at it. But who couldn't when the Eurosport VR "fulfills the desires of drivers demanding.. something contemporary and expressive". Hit the jump for all the details.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Marketplace Feature: My 1991 Topless Miata

After a great summer, its time for me to part with my project Miata. Are you man enough to grit your teeth at highway speeds in the face of wind, bugs, and debris? Does your manhood require reverse compensation by piloting a tiny 100hp car? Got $1500 and room in your garage? If so, hit the link under my name on the right and shoot me an email. Still not convinced? Check out all the details and pictures after the jump.

Beat on the Street: Volvo S90 Limousine

While vacationing with the wife last weekend I stumbled upon the tremendously rare Volvo S90 factory limousine. No Swedish aristocracy was evident in the restaurant so the owners remain anonymous. This Volvo's extra length made our 2004 V40 seem diminutive in comparison. Apologies for the crappy pictures, I only had my phone at the time. Hit the jump for one more pic.

Marketplace Feature: Jack Kevorkian's VW Death Bus

Just in time for Halloween is this 1968 VW Bus formerly owned by Dr Jack Kevorkian. The seller doesn't have documentation that anyone actually assisted suicide in the van, but apparently Jack's signature is on the title. $15 large seems a little steep and the ad contains no details as to the condition of the bus.

Detroit Craigslist

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Latch-Key Kids Longest Day at Nelson Ledges Full Race Report

Two weeks ago the Chia Neon closed out the 2012 racing season with a 5th place finish at ChumpCar's Longest Day.  The Longest day out lasts all other road races (in this country) running a brutal 25 hours, 25 minutes and 25 seconds around Nelson Ledges.  A lot happens in more than 25 hours of racing so here's the run down as we saw it from behind the wheel of the greenest car on track.

It's Miller Time - The Mazda Millenia S and the Miller Cylce Engine

Part of my Sunday morning was spent wandering around the LKQ salvage lot looking for one black floor mat, a stock air cleaner that will fit around a Holley, and any master cylinder with a vertical bolt pattern, the last which evidently only exists in Simcas. While taking a stroll through the import section, I stumbled across this Mazda Millenia S with the footnote-in-the-thermodynamics-book Miller Cycle KJ-ZEM V6 engine. For more details on the Miller Cycle and some more pictures, hit the jump.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Facebook Corporate Vehicle of Choice - The Simca 1204

It's no surprise to anyone that a tech company on the path to world dominance would showcase a Simca 1204 in its feature ad. It's even less of a surprise that the clip has 881,961 'Likes' on Facebook solely due to the little blue French car behind that dude hanging out in his metal chair somewhere in the Middle East.
But this day represents something special. Now when people ask "Simca, where would I even see one of those", I no longer refer them to CNN's coverage of a third world civil war, I can now point them in the direction of Facebook.

Monday, October 8, 2012

ChumpCar Longest Longest Day at Nelson Ledges photo gallery

I'm still recovering from the long, cold, and difficult weekend of racing 25 hours, 25 minutes and 25 seconds but I've managed to post some pictures of the action. The full race report (with video) will arrive later this week but the short story is the Chia Neon had its best finish of the year, 5th! For now, enjoy the pictures and if you were there get some rest.

Carburetors and Carbohydrates - Old Cars and Fresh Pasta

Every season or so the owners of Bacco restaurant in Mt. Pleasant (coastal suburb of Charleston, SC) put on a great event called Carbs & Carbs in the parking lot of the restaurant on a Sunday afternoon. They open the place up and have an all you can eat homemade pasta bar with to-go plates to take into the parking lot while you pour over vintage European iron, aluminum, and rust. Having an all-you-can eat pasta buffet at a place that definitely does not serve all-you-can-eat type food is reason enough to go - I stuffed my face full of al-dente carbonara, pesto gnocchi, ziti with meat sauce, and all sorts of other pastas that I can't identify or pronounce even with an empty mouth.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Drift Kart is massive sideways fun at 5mph w/Video

Friend of BB, Chris Baker, made the epic Craigslist trade of the century last year. He got a running Go-Kart in exchange for a non-running Ninja 250 that he didn't even pay for. While the beat up kart was fun, it only really turned to the right and the 6 hp Chinese motor wasn't enough to be dangerous. So Baker procured some 10" diameter PVC pipe, slipped it over the rear tires and Drift Kart was born. The rear tires now have Power Wheels levels of grip, which is to say almost none. Applying the right pedal means big plastic burn-outs, touching the left pedal locks the rear axle, and turning the wheel is instant spin cycle without ample counter-steer. Its everything you really need to know about car control and you're only going 15mph. More after the jump.

Post-Beating - A Torched Waaijenberg Canta

 In what could be the only documented burnout ever performed by a Dutch microcar, this Waaijenberg Canta was clearly abandoned while still rolling as it crashed into a building and continued the incineration process. The oddest thing about the whole scenario was the fact that even though the tiny invalid carriage tried to torch a historic building and an electric box in the middle of downtown Amsterdam, there was no evidence of an attempt to stop the flames from turning the vehicle into a smelly, droopy pile of molten plastic.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Chrysler Presents 1984 K-Car Limousine and Executive Sedan

K-Car Limo brochure cover page 1
Perhaps the rarest K-car variants are the Iacocca Limo and Executive Sedan. Three years ago, I found one about to be crushed at a junkyard and remembered seeing this brochure. After an exhaustive search of the BB archives I've scanned it for your enjoyment. Its not in the best condition but neither are any remaining K-bodies. Hit the jump for the other three pages of this massively luxurious 11" x 11" brochure.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Auto Zone Cars and Caffeine photo gallery

Nice fall weather brought out a crowd to Pasteiner's Auto Zone Hobbies Saturday morning. Pictures of those car's I enjoyed seeing most after the jump.

Cars and Caffeine takes place every Saturday from 8 am to around 10 am on Woodward just north of fourteen mile.

Waterford Hills Race 6 photo gallery

Race cars like cool air to make power and a sun warmed track to keep the tires sticky. Conditions were nearly perfect to go racing this past weekend for WHRRI's season ender. I stopped by Saturday afternoon to see friends and take a few pictures of the group 1 class race. Hit the jump for Spec Neon, Spec Miata and Spec Focus racing action.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bitter S.C. is a work of art and other 1986 Luxury car ads

Bitter S.C.
The DuPont Registry advertises luxury cars, boats, and houses to people with Scrooge McDuck levels of money. Competing for those stacks of gold are most mainstream luxury brands: Mercedes-Benz, Bitter, Lincoln, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Volvo, Saab, Peugeot, Porsche, and Maserati. Proof that money doesn't buy taste are the coachbuilders Clenet, Excalibur, and Zimmer. See all the ads after the jump.

Looking back at what was on hand in 1986, nearly all of it has devalued to fit my budget. I will eventually own E24 BMW, I've wanted one for years. I'd also take the Peugeot 505 wagon, 944 turbo, and Bitter. Got a favorite? Sound off in the comments.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I'm 'that guy' with a vanity plate now!

It was $35 plus two stamps and it was worth it. Now I must live up to its name and forever roll smoke off of the right rear tire.

This photo was taken at the local hoon park.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Beat on the Prague Street: Polski Fiat 125p

Last July I traveled briefly to Prague to take in the scenery and find beaters from Soviet times. This Polski Fiat was parked right outside our hotel and is similar to one my father drove in a visit to Poland in 1972. The condition fulfills all my stereotypes of cars from behind the iron curtain. Every body panel shows scars that appear to be repaired with whatever was on hand. One more pic after the jump.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lamborghini Presents the LM002

Decades before Porsche made and Cayenne, Lamborghini showed how a sports car brand could authentically cross over to SUV's. Take the V-12 out of your awesome super-car and mount it in a space frame off-roader with serious capability. I'll always remember seeing one of these at the Detroit Auto Show in the late 1980's. The LM002's utilitarian styling looked worlds apart from any other Lambo. The show truck had two odd posts at the rear corners. These, it was explained to me, were machine gun mounts. There's no way to impress an 8 eight year at an auto show more than showing him a Lambo with machine gun mounts. I don't remember any other car I saw that day.

I've scanned the four page brochure for the LM002, no model year is listed. The other pages are after the jump.

Beat on the Street - The 'Special' Editions of Europe

What does a Peugeot 205 'Kid' mean? Does it have extra cup holders, Scoth-Guard carpet, and a baby seat anchor? Does the VW 'Bon Jovi' Golf come equipped with a better stereo and special compartment for hair care essentials? And how about the Mitsubishi Mirage 'Tram-Line'? It probably does get knocked out of alignment quickly and I would maybe rather take the train, but no, none of these titles seem to relate to the features of the car whatsoever. It's only a sticker that appears to have been ironed on by a disparate car salesman in the mid-90's who forgot to put a number in the GTi, LX-i, and DX boxes.

I never ran out of examples, only out of interest in looking like a creeper taking close-ups of people's cars while they were walking towards me with groceries. I don't know nearly enough German to talk my way out of a situation like that.

Enjoy some of the questionably special editions spotted this time around!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Topless Miata Road Test w/Video

Project Miata has gone from a non-runner headed for the scrapper to one tremendously fun way to get to work.  Short of handing you the keys, a video is the best way I can think of to show you what it feels like to drive.  It's a lot of fun. My thoughts after the jump.

Monday, September 17, 2012

American Express Presents the Gold Plated Delorean

For the 1980 Christmas season, American Express offered a golden opportunity. For only $237,000 (adjusted for inflation) you could have driven conspicuous consumption to a whole new level.  In all only three golden examples were built before DMC went the way of the golden goose.

Matt discovered a classified listing for such a car earlier this year. If Wikipedia is to be believed, that car is VIN 4300 and now resides in a museum in Reno Nevada. Hit the jump for the full advert. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thunderdrome! photo gallery (Now with more pics)

The Thunderdrome! was alive yesterday with the sounds and smells of two-stroke. Although my Honda Spree was ready to return and race again, I decided to drink beer, take pictures and enjoy the spectacle. And what a spectacle it was racing under the lights. More after the jump.

(EDIT: Due to this post's popularity I've added a whole bunch more pictures. Enjoy.)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Battle of the Brits photo gallery

Battle of the Brits is metro-Detroit's tribute to Lucas Electronics, Solex carbs, oil leaks, and everything else that makes English motoring special. I dropped by this afternoon and took a few photos. Hit the jump to see more.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Project Miata Roadster Windscreen Install

When I first envisioned my roadster project it was defined by the short windscreen. Its a drastic modification, fundamentally altering not only the styling but the driving experience as well. Those few inches of plastic transform my Miata from a cute convertible into a purpose built driving machine. Here's how I did it.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Only Neon I Saw in Germany Was in a Junkyard

I know American junkyards are full of Neons so I shouldn't be surprised it's a worldwide phenomena. My 1998 ACR coupe was the same color and this car and has the same DOHC engine and manual transmission. Beyond that, this Neon has a black interior with leather seats that I've never seen stateside. At some point the windows were tinted and it traded alloy wheels for steelies. Otherwise its a complete car that's relatively clean.

This example ended up at a small wrecking yard in Weil der Stadt, Germany where my brother-in-laws lives with his family. To learn more about the car, I attempted communication in my limited German. The owner isn't willing to part it out and he started negotiations at 300 euros. I guess stuff is more expensive in Europe. He provided some explanation for its mechanical difficulties but it was far beyond my vocabulary.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Beat on the Spanish Street: Skirts and Scooters Photo Gallery

The scooter's step-through layout allows women to mount a two wheeler without the un-lady like motion of raising a leg over the saddle.  I knew this, but I didn't really comprehend it.  It's the difference between knowing a 600hp car can travel 200mph and actually driving that speed.  It must be experienced to be known.

When I stepped off the bus in Barcelona I immediately noticed the motorcycles and scooters.  They're everywhere.  Shortly thereafter an attractive girl in a skirt zipped by.  I love Spain.

Beat on the Street: Merkur XR4Ti

I've been stalking this car since I first spotted it almost a year ago. In that time its moved about ten feet and the notes I've left on the car have gone unanswered.

Its a rough Rosso Red example from 1988 or 1989. Despite its current neglect, at one point someone cared enough to install euro glass headlights, cosworth sierra grill, cossie front bumper, cossie hood vents, RS wheels, a Rapido intercooler, Borla exhaust, and lowered suspension. This car has everything I wanted from the BAT catalogue but couldn't afford in my college days when I still owned one of these.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Beat on the Street: Tracer Pack Mule

This Escort's Tracer's roof is not only carrying a full size refrigerator; its also supporting a dishwasher and a bicycle thrown on top for good measure. I don't have a Tracer owner's manual nearby but I suspect this load far exceeds the rated roof carrying capacity.

Hat tip to intern Dan for snapping the pic.

Legal Disclaimer: While BB endorses the abuse of automobiles, please properly secure all cargo. I do not need to be dodging your fridge on I-275.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

How to Remove the Rustiest of Brake Rotors

After sitting for two years the brake rotors on project Miata were solidly fused to the hubs. They were also badly warped and needed to be changed. Armed with a twenty pound sledge, propane-oxygen torch, three jaw puller and a lot of profanity, I was able to break them free. Here's how I did it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chia Neon Leaves it Mark at MIS, the Full Race Report

VIR was so much fun we had to race with ChumpCar again. So, we slapped a fresh set of brakes and tires on the Chia-Neon to tackle the high banking at Michigan International Speedway. It was a roller coater ride for the Latch-Key Kids. We led the race, battled near the front, tackled mechanical issues, and then I ran into the wall. Full report after the jump.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Marketplace Feature: Rare but Worthless Renault Caravelle

The Renault Caravelle is like a French Karmann Ghia but not as desirable. This Renault has been on Detroit Craigslist for months and finally the seller has added some fuzzy pictures to generate interest. From the rust in the pictures, I can see why they might be counter productive. The underside must have holes like a Kwame Kilpatric cover story. Previous ads listed a price of $1100 and some suggested swapping the running gear into a less rusty body. I've always disliked the idea of parting a running car but most likely the body is beyond salvaging. For a few hundred dollars, this could be well bought parts car.

Detroit Craigslist Ad posted 2012-08-21

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How not to remove your windshield

Most of the time I enter the garage, I successfully accomplish my tasks. Frequently things take longer than I'd like. But once in a while, the going gets so tough I want to strangle puppies. Removing the windshield from my Miata was one of those times.

Monday, August 20, 2012

How to Rattle Can Your Wheels Without Looking Completely Trashy

Top Right: as received. Bottom Right: stripped. Bottom Left: Primed. Top Left: Painted
Project Miata came with a set of oddly light 14" rims that I really wanted to use.  In their favor are the facts that they're light, I've got a bunch of 14" tires laying around, and I like the shape.  The downside is the ugly clear coat that's pealing off and corrosion that lies underneath.  These wheels need an eye popping new color but I don't want to spend any money.  Details after the jump.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Project Miata Gets Hurculiner'd

My project Miata is a true roadster so the interior will be permanently exposed to the elements.  This is not an environment for carpet.  So to prevent rust and keep the interior looking slightly presentable I gave it the pick-up truck bed liner treatment.  Details after the jump.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Latch-Key Kids ChumpCar VIR Full Race Report

Last weekend we hauled our veteran 24 Hours of LeMons racer to ChumpCar's 24 hour classic at Virginia International Raceway. The Chia-Neon was far from home facing a crowded field full of local talent and plenty of horsepower. Yet, we managed to hold our own and had a great time doing it. Full report after the jump.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

In the Garage - Foolish Aquisitions - FA Vauxhall Victor

Fueled completely by jealousy of the Latch-Key-Kids blistering VIR all weekend in the Chia Neon without me, I was forced to act out. Perhaps dumber than buying the Falcon that is still in Australia, the non-running yet solid bodied Simca that I can't bear to part out, or the Fiat 124 with no floor or roof, I believe I have outdone my own abilities by agreeing to purchase a 1958 FA Vauxhall Victor Super for the princely sum of $300. This dried-blood colored British hulk has been sitting since Princess Diana was a kindergartener and somewhere in it's 40,000 miles of travel since it left the Pontiac dealership, it managed to part with it's motor...likely towards the end. The real rub is that it's 1800 miles away, patiently waiting for next year's travel adventure.

How it gets back and what happens to it when it arrives is for later. For now, I will just marvel at my two pictures of the only FA Vauxhall I have ever seen and the only solid 50+ year old English car I've laid eyes on.

Ideas for the future include the following:
  • English themed gasser, Sir Gasalot, with a solid front axle and Rover 3.5
  • Bone stock looking, ratty drift car with a 283 V8 and three on the tree, with tall bias plies and Detroit Locker
  • Put it back to stock (unacceptable, sub-Simca levels of performance)
  • Track day car with EcoTech LNF motor and 5 speed
  • LeMons Racer sorry, can't bear it

Ideas for how it gets back is another matter. Opinions on either topic are encouraged in the comments.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Marketplace Feature - Triple carbed and cammed '60 Falcon Six

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It has been said that craigslist was built on the roofs of old muscle cars. A search in any city across the country will churn up enough V8-swapped Mavericks, Novas, Falcons, and Vegas to make your head spin. There is nothing wrong with that, not in the least, but it's nice to see something different every once in a while...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Beat on the Street - OSI 20M and Citroen Mahari

Today, In one fell swoop, I saw two cars together that I had never seen before independently; an OSI 20M 2.3 Coupe and a Citroen Mahari. The main focus here being the Taunus 20M-based OSI 2.3 Coupe, of which 220 were built.

I stopped into the repair shop where these were parked and got an in-depth look at both cars. Being the owners were not present, I just took this streetside shot. The OSI's body was perfect with the Taunus V6 in running order. The Mahari was waiting on parts but was in running condition as well. Both were very nice cars in daily-driver type condition.

I hope to see both of these ultra rare cars on the road again soon.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beaterblog Low Budget Road Trip 2012 Summary

Our bar-planned trip to bring a pair of severely rusted Simcas, a valueless sixty year old aluminium boat, and a bent trailer from Detroit to Charleston South Carolina finally became a reality. Fuelled by gas station Bud Light Michelada tall boys and unrelenting stupidity, we fearlessly built a tow bar to link a rotten Yellow 1204 to the scrap metal floatilla, a 1955 Alumacraft fishing boat, and set off. Funded by the sale of scrap metal, Stauffer and I headed down South with Simca and Simca in tow. Unlike last year, there weren't enough breakdown induced adventures to be able to write the sequel to 2011's Illiad. My enabler (wife) provided me with a birthday present Go-Pro Motorsport camera to get it all on film. I'm still figuring it all out but I've taken a crack at video editing. Some of the sound was screwed up due to my own ignorance so I just dubbed it with Drive By Truckers. It just seemed appropriate.

In addition to the video, the full trip report comes after the jump.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Project Status - Roo Chaser (XE Falcon Ute Build)

Ever since the Roo Chaser was pulled apart to correct the horrendous overheating and coolant drinking issues, not to mention some severe knocking, I have been without pickup truck in my life. This is not easy and must be corrected soon. Luckily, things have progressed well at the machine shop and I now have all of my pieces back. It took for friggin' ever but it got done and got done right. Hit the jump for autopsy results and the new 351 Cleveland build up.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beat on the Street Tucker Snow Cat

July is just around the corner and the weather is scorching. Time to cool off with dreams of the perfect winter beater. While any douche with a Hummer can mount Mattracks, this Tucker Snow Cat offers even more capability at a BB friendly price. Friend of BeaterBlog, Ike discovered this beauty near Laporte IN.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This Summer's Road Trip - French Cars and Boats from Detroit to Charleston

When I left Detroit, I left a lot of stuff behind; practically everything ever featured on Beaterblog except the Roo Chaser and E30. Not that I have anywhere to put it but somehow this stuff must be brought south of the Mason-Dixon. Eager to follow up on last year's road trip, Stauffer has again graciously agreed to provide an essential role.

So now the question to be answered: what must I bring back and why? Obviously, this must be a practical and pragmatic decision. Now that I'm living in downtown Charleston, it would be foolishness not to have a small car on hand for the ancient narrow streets containing parking spots oft passed up by gluttonous tanks like Sentras and Corollas. And what good is one small French car when you don't have a backup? Not any good at all, so I've found. And what good are two French cars without a trailer? I don't even need to answer that. Furthermore, it would also be nonsense to not have a boat, being jammed between two rivers on one side and a beach on the other. The Roo Chaser can handle burnouts and laps of King Street, negating the need for a boosted Javelin. Therefore, the choice was made: The Simcas, trailer, and boat must come. But how?

By my logic, here's how it works out. A Simca can not tow a Simca, this is known. A truck can tow a Simca but not (legally) a Simca and a boat together. Simcas were built  from paper thin materials and were never meant  to tow anything heavier than a crepe stand  so I  ask that all supreme beings collectively shed mercy on those who  do not anticipate problems  when ignoring these facts. A truck towing a parts-Simca on a trailer hauling a 2-post hoist solves three problems. A Simca towing a 1955 Alumacraft 14 footer solves another two. Five problems solved in one trip, what could go wrong?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Waterford Hills Race 1 Photos

WHRRI opened the 2012 season this past weekend so I stopped by Sunday afternoon to catch some of the action. Hit the jump for more pictures of Groups one (FC and DSR) and two (SM and SN) Sunday Feature.

Market Place Featue: Chevy Powered XR4TI

The Merkur XR4TI occupies a special place in my heart.  While I don't have any use for another one I do occasionally check CL to see what's out there.