Thursday, February 28, 2013

Motor City Break Up

Dear Metro-Detroit,

I know this is tough for both of us, but I need some time apart. How long has it been, nearly thirty years? That's a really long time and we've both changed. When we first met I was blown away by how ingrained the car culture is to your very nature. Every third garage in this town conceals some project, classic, or race car with a story and a club. A week doesn't go by without seeing a camouflaged prototype on the street and if you don't work in the industry, your neighbor does.

I was intoxicated by the technology, glamour, and speed this town manufactures so I became a part of it. I got an engineering degree and job. I wanted to be the guy that makes cars awesome to drive and in my small way, I've done it. Along the way I've raced three cars, explored incredible junk yards, attended some great car shows and met the most die-hard car guys in the world. Please understand that you'll always have a special place in my heart but I need to explore. You see Mo-Town, it's not you, it's me.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Beat on the Street - Scout Diesel with Bonus 929

While I was back in my hometown stomping grounds of Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, North Carolina, I was just leaving Cup-o-Joe coffee when I spotted this beat up ol' Scout II sitting in a repair lot. It was my ideal IH (not including Monteverdi Safari) - late model, beat all to hell, Nissan Diesel, manual transmission, and converted to pickup.

Raleigh is packed full of old cars and when downtown, you can't drive a block in the old neighborhoods without finding something awesome. Within one block of this truck, I know of a beater '54 Buick, a Ford Lotus Cortina, an M6, and a Citroen DS.

Monday, February 25, 2013

BeaterBlog Recommended Attraction: Terlingua Ranch

Every boy in Texas dreams of owning his own Ranch. When Texan, Racer, and All-American bad ass Carroll Shelby made it big he bought 220,000 acres of West Texas desert near the big bend in the Rio Grande. If the stories are true (and I really want them to be) Carroll and Co would fly in a DC-3 full of show girls for wild parties, desert races, good eating and whatever one cares to do far away from everything.  It's remote, but if you're in the neighborhood you might as well stop by.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Project Update: The Turbo Van runs

Three years after it entered my garage, the Turbo Van project rolled out under its own boosted power. It took five weeks of late night wrenching, lots of frozen fingers, air shipped parts from Texas, and a lot of help and advice from my friends to get it done before I had to vacate the premisis of my old house. Well, done on the day I had to be out. Nothing like a deadline to push a project out of the garage. Highlights and more pictures after the jump.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Triumph over good taste with a TR7 based kit car

It would be unfair to call it the mother of all bad ideas because I know I've had worse. However, if you want something unreliable that kinda-sorta looks like an F40 from a football field away, there's always the Mondial.

Though I have no need for a Triumph TR7 based Fauxrrari at this point in my life, I would love pricing and availability on Dodge Shadow based Pantera kit.