Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Project Acquisition - 1990 Mazda Miata

I can honestly say that until a certain person bought a $500 MX-5 and whacked the front windscreen off, I hadn't thought twice about owning one. To me, they seemed common and kinda wheezy and I'm more used to rare and wheezy I guess. It wasn't until today during lunch at the local spring and frame shop where I actually saw myself getting into one of these neo-classics. The common aspect would make finding parts on craigslist a breeze and how can you pass up a 2,100lb roadster with the reliability of a Protege? It's also easy to argue that the Miata is the Austin-Healey Sprite or MGB of the younger generation; a rite of passage into the world of sports car enthusiasm. Maybe now was the time. How it all happened below.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I'm Back! A Statement of Intent...

I'm a little intimidated at the moment. I haven't posted in over a year and a lot has gone on, beater-wise. I've bought and sold several cars, fixed up a Morris Minor, built a garage, shipped a container from Australia, had a vehicle stolen, drove across Tasmania in a Charger, embarked on a restoration of my father's F-250, and lord knows what else. I've got a lot of stories that need to be jotted down and so I intend to do so with some more dedication and regularity. We shall see!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Marketplace Feature: Ford Sierra Ranchero

German ebay offers up a rare chopped into a pick-up ford Sierra complete with flared fenders and a "Cosworth" inspired body kit. While the USA had to make due with only the hatch-back Merkur XR4Ti, europe enjoyed a sedan, wagon, and 3 or 5 door hatches. Missing from Ford's line up was a car based pick-up. Seeing this absence, someone took matter into their own hands and crafted this european Ranchero. The plywood bed cover, homemade hood, and wolfs head decals have all the hallmarks of body work fuel by Jagermeister. If this could ever be driven on German streets is doubtful as Tüv vehicle inspectors will fail a car for rust holes bigger than a pencil and even small modifications require paperwork to prove the vehicle still conforms to safety standards. Without the tyranny of the Tüv, a 5-door Sierra isn't a bad candidate for camino-ization but this hack job looks like one slow mess.

ebay.de Now ended at 798 euros.