Reader Submission: Shorty Ford Fiesta

Here we have what appears to be a dramatically shortened Ford Fiesta. From what we can tell, a sedan front was combined with a hatch rear, yielding homemade three-door. If not that then maybe just the front valence from a sedan was used? What YOU think?? Continue reading Reader Submission: Shorty Ford Fiesta

Former Lane Motor Museum Push-Me-Pull-You 1979 Honda Civic!

How do we know this came from the Lane? We’ve seen it in the basement! Also, anything this weird in Nashville probably has something to do with Lane.

So, what is it? It’s two front halves of 1979 Honda Civics grafted together, resulting in two driver’s seats, side-by-side and facing opposite directions. As clearly noted in the ad, this needs some work, but maybe not too much.  We love the condition description for each side:

Side 1: Somewhat driveable. The engine runs fairly well, but we have not run for very long only around our parking lot. Lights and wipers work. Brakes work at parking lot speeds. Driver’s side window is missing.

Side 2: Not driveable at this time. Engine will run. The carburetor needs work. It leaks gas, so the fuel line has been plugged. Lights and wiper work. Brake pedal has pressure, however have not been tested. Driver’s side window is there, but is plexi-glass which has seen better days.

Would you rock this? We’re tempted, but would like to know where fuel is stored first and might need a primer on how to lock out the opposite side steering wheel to prevent unexpected turns.  Best would be to get this 100% running and execute awesome parking moves – pull in/pull out.  Technically, one is never “reversing”…

Click for eBay ad
Nashville, TN, USA
$2,500 with ZERO bids and five days to go

Front view or back view?  Who cares?  The ouch decal is a bonus.

At least a top view is well defined here, but which way is forward?

Other view of same side.

Things look normal here until one sees the two steering wheels inside.

We love this interior.

Here’s one engine, minus battery.

Here’s the other engine (note the battery and different hose clamp).

Ad text:

This 1979 Honda Civic is an incredible performance machine! It features 8 cylinders of furious power! It has 4 wheel drive making the winter weather driving a breeze! 4 powerful disc brakes bring this rocket to a safe stop. And it has two radios, so if you are a little bit country and your lady is a little bit rock-n-roll, you will both be smiling! It also has 8 forward gears and two reverse gears (not all combinations can be used simultaneously.) Four wheel steering makes parallel parking and u-turns tasks you will look forward to! Or it’s a clown car…

Side 1: Somewhat driveable. The engine runs fairly well, but we have not run for very long only around our parking lot. Lights and wipers work. Brakes work at parking lot speeds. Driver’s side window is missing.

Side 2: Not driveable at this time. Engine will run. The carburetor needs work. It leaks gas, so the fuel line has been plugged. Lights and wiper work. Brake pedal has pressure, however have not been tested. Driver’s side window is there, but is plexi-glass which has seen better days.

There is no obvious rust problems. The paint is not great. Actual mileage unknown.

Clear Tennessee title.

Get to Know this Homemade Geo Metro Pickup

That’s right, folks, 1997 represented the end of a glorious run for GM’s often-confused, import-based Geo brand.  Does that make this a collectible?  Probably not – especially considering the continuation of the Metro as a Chevrolet product for several more years.  Today’s feature, however, isn’t really about brand heritage, it’s about yet another tiny hatch (AKA shitbox) turned into a pickup. If you think a Subaru Baja is just too practical, this might be the vehicle for you.

First – yes, this makes three Suzukis in a row.  Why not?

Small, FWD hatchbacks seem to make good pickups, or at least they tempt people into making them.  We’ll venture to say that this one is pretty well done and the only issue we see is the lack of a folding tailgate.  Given the diminutive size of the “bed” and the nature of the vehicle, however, we don’t imagine it holds the type of cargo that can’t be lifted over the sides.

Think past the custom work and this is a three cylinder, manual Metro with 118K miles, which means it’s barely broken in.  The seller has provided good pics and info, including some “in progress” pics from the build.  We respect that.

Click for Craigslist ad
Redlands, CA, USA

From a distance, the profile is vaguely similar to the Metro convertible.

Here, things look a little different.  Though we partially lament the lack of opening gate, the rear panels are pretty well done.

Chrome exhaust tip is a nice touch, but may over promise.

Here’s a look inside the bed.  You could probably get a few bags of fertilizer (or “bags of sand”) in there.  A beer keg might even fit.

Hopefully, the taillight lenses can be removed from the outside, as they’re not reachable from the inside at this point.

Pep Boys seat covers usually mean shredded seats, but the rest of the interior looks pretty good.WeatherTech (or imitation?) mats fit with the pseudo-rugged image.

In case you were wondering, the spare is behind the front seat.  The builder even finished the panel with carpet, which is better than what most do.

This little beast actually came with a tach!

Here’s the three cylinder in all its glory.

And…here’s one of the in-progress pics.

Ad text:

One of a kind, 1997 Geo Metro customized into a truck. Bedliner, custom back glass, two tone paint, chrome wheels, 80% tire life, low miles, new spark plugs, starts & runs great, 40 MPG, awesome gas mileage. Current registration, ready to drive. 

One-Pic Pony: Poor Ad for Interesting, Wooden Crosley

Here we have a 1947 Crosley – something we love in any body type – with a homemade, wooden body.  Unfortunately, the seller has included only one image, which means we can’t even see the front.  Needless to say, we’re intrigued, but also worried about the mass of this beast.

Click for eBay ad
Perrysburg, OH, USA
$2,150 with 21 bids, reserve not met and one day to go

Ad text:

1947 Other Makes wood
crosley car with an award winning wooded body

Item condition:Used
“I do not have the vin at the time of the listing. we do have a clear title (Ohio)”

My father started with a crosley frame motor and driveline. Then a pile of pretty wood, table saw, jointer and lots of sand paper. then comes along Grama with the varnish. the rest is history. The car won its class in Wauseon Ohio. For more details call Clarence at 419-xxx-xxxx between 9 am and 5  pm est only PLEASE.

1991 Volvo 240 Crew Cab

We’ve seen Volvo 240 pickup conversions before, but never a crew cab!  This one retains rear doors and a rear seat, although the seat back angle doesn’t scream comfort.

This seems to be a very well done pickup conversion which started with a wagon.  The bed is even trimmed out on top and the tailgate works!

Mileage was 340K whenever the odometer stopped working, but a Volvo can do more if well maintained.  Unfortunately, this example is equipped with an automatic transmission and it’s sometimes slow to go into reverse.  That sounds like the perfect excuse to swap in a manual trans!  Supposedly, there’s a bit of rust around the wheel wells and a crack or two on the dash; but condition otherwise appears to be very good.

Given the possibility of transmission issues (and the opportunity to swap), plus perhaps an engine rebuild – or swap – in the near future, we think this is a deal at the opening bid of $1K and not so much at the $3K buy-it-now price.  Somewhere in the middle is a reasonable deal for someone with the skills to handle the mechanical bits – even better it it’s someone with a Volvo manual trans lying around.

Regardless of what the next owner does with this one, it will remain a cool curiosity that’s actually useful and well done.

Click for eBay ad
Norwich, CT, USA
$1,000 with ZERO bids, six days to go and $3,000 BIN price

Considering this is a homebrew conversion, this it a pretty well-finished truck. We see no obvious plywood or corrugated siding!

From this angle, something doesn’t look normal; but it’s hard to put a finger on it.

Let’s get back to that conversion.   Here’s the functional tailgate in the up position.  Note that the rear wiper is also present, confirming this started life as a wagon.  We love the “0.0” sticker…

Here’s the bed in all its glory and ready to accept a load of compost.  Is that a speaker on the side?

The builder even put in a Ridgeline-style, hidden storage area.  We don’t know if it works as a cooler.

This fits…

Interior appears to be in very good condition and is essentially stock.

Here’s where it’s not so stock.  Seatback angle and lack of padding mean adults probably shouldn’t ride back there.  As the seller suggests, however, a child seat might fit.  Hopefully, there are seat belts or anchor points.

Ad text:

Hi eveyone! Check it out!
91 240 
I did the truck conversion back when I first got it just about four years ago.Its been a very good car to me it’s never given me a problem and it’s been on many many road trips.Couple things that don’t work like the odometer stopped working at 340k and that was some time ago.
Fuel gauge also doesn’t work but in four years I’ve never run out of gas.
Blower motor works on high but only sometimes although with the vent open it gets plenty warm in the winter,reverse can take a few seconds to engage after a long trip but hasn’t got any worse since I’ve owned it.I wouldn’t have a problem driving it anywhere farthest I’ve gone was key west about 3000k round trip.
Volvo truck drives straight with no issues or noises,It’s had recent brakes and tires.The wheels are actually super rare gotti’s and it’s the only set I’ve ever seen with the Volvo bolt pattern there’s no adapters like most.The back is completely water tight.The bed floor does lift up and has some storage.The back window is the original window just moved foward.The tailgate is fully functional and with it down it holds a dirt bike or four wheeler no problem and it’s low and easy to load with no ramps.
Volvo truck is one of a kind and if you love old volvos it doesn’t get much cooler if you ask me.
The body has some rust mostly on rear wheel arches nothing structural.
The interior is all black cloth and I keep it as clean as possible it looks almost new.dash is cracked.The back seat isn’t used for people but I guess it could be I’m sure a child seat would still work back there if needed. All in all it’s an awesome old volvo and I hope it finds a great new owner.
Best thing is to ask any questions you might have I’ll be glad to answer them. You can txt me for quickest response 8052867174
Thanks for checking out my listing 🙂

Homebuilt, Kohler-Powered Sports Car

This was supposedly built by a shop teacher in the late 1970s as a possible answer to the gas crisis.   The end result looks just plain fun!

This is no Lotus Elan; but claimed weight under 1,000 pounds should, at least, make it interesting.  Of course, whatever mass there is receives motivation from a single cylinder Kohler engine rated at 16HP.  That’s competitive with microcars from the 50s; so perhaps not terrible.

The fiberglass body is claimed to be custom, as is most of the structure.  A Fiat 128 transaxle drives the front wheels, which are also stopped by 128 brakes.  The seller claims to have had this up to about 45 MPH, which probably felt a lot faster.  Lots of basic maintenance is claimed to have recently been done, so one can hope this is ready for the road, if not the freeway.

Anyone interested in something genuinely unique should consider anything under $1,000 to be something of a steal here; but uniqueness means this doesn’t really have upside investment potential.  Who cares, though, if it really is fun to drive?

Update: A helpful Redditor identified this body as a Volkaro kit car.  And, yes, it’s a VW kit adapted for this custom usage…

Click for eBay ad
West Falls, NY, USA
$560 with six bids, reserve not met and one day to go

We’d like to see something for scale, but the seats appear to indicate that this is tiny.  The style had all the classic 70s fiberglass elements, with a little Opel GT here and some Spitfire there.

We included images of both sides because not all homebuilt cars look so consistent.

There’s no denying that the hood is an afterthought.  Was this body based on a kit made for a VW platform and thus with a rear engine??

Here’s the rear.  Again, it looks like this might have been made for a rear-engine platform.

One more rear 3/4 shot…

Straight on, the rear is remarkably flat, considering the curvaceous fenders in front.

Interior is very basic, is it should be.

Here’s the front-mounted, single-cylinder engine, which drives the front wheels.

Here’s another angle.  While the open fenders may give away the homebuilt nature, the fitment of the engine looks pretty clean.

Ad text: