StudeBlazer: Studebaker Lark on Blazer K5 Frame

We love old Chevy Blazers, so we briefly shed a tear when we find one has been sacrificed; but it’s a relief when the end result is awesomely odd. In this case, someone decided a 1962 Studebaker Lark two-door post would make a good off-roader. We tend to agree.

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Hotbox? 1990 Mazda Bongo 4WD Van

Here was have a delightful JDM van with arguably the best collection of typical late 80s/early 90s factory decals ever applied! If you’ve never seen a Mazda Bong – er – Bongo, yet this seems familar, that could be because it was also sold as the Nissan Vannette (related to the fire-prone, US market C22 “Hibachi” van), the Ford Econovan and the Mitsubishi Delica.

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1977 Pinto Cruisin’ Wagon Meets Bronco 4WD System

WWe love Pinto Cruising Wagons in just about any condition or format. This is probably the most heavily modified we’ve seen, as it’s lifted and features a 1974 Bronco 4WD system and 1975 302 V8.  The result is beautifully ridiculous.

The seller provides a decent amount of info, but it’s not 100% clear how this was put together. We suspect – and hope – that the body is sitting on the full Bronco frame. The car seems to be well done and most of the visible interior bits look new.  Power comes from a 1975 302, which is hooked up to a C4 automatic.

Oddly the seller says the car comes with maple.  We’re not sure how much.

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West Yarmouth, MA, USA
$17,500 BIN with offers considered and seven days to go

Wagon + 4WD + V8.  We love it!

Massive, custom bumpers work nicely here.

And here.

The red seats and door cards contrast nicely with the black carpet and the silver exterior.  Nice choice!

Gauges look stock and steering wheel might have come from a Mustang II.

Cargo area is ample and clean.  Porthole windows are true classic.

Here’s the 302, which has typical dress-up goodies. It should provide plenty ‘o torque for off-roading and, despite the added weight of the 4WD system, should move this thing on the road better than the stock setup.

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Sport steering wheel, tinted windows, self-adjusting mirrors from driver’s seat, Blaupunkt stereo w/ front door speakers & 8″ rear woofer. Sport gauges, maple, custom bumper front & rear and side steps. Has 1974 Bronco drive train; limited slip Dana 44 front end C4 shift kit, rebuilt transmission 1975/302 stock 40,000 mi, towing pkg, big bearing rear end 11″ rear drums. Front and rear sway bars. 350 gears 3 Spd automatic. Tires 30×9.50 15’s. Current state inspection sticker, registered, one of a kind! Clean open title. Payment due in 48 hours by bank wire or check (wait until cleared) Title will be turned over after funds have cleared. Sold in ‘as is’ condition (windshield trim needs re-installation.) Questions? Call/text me at 774-xxx-xxxx. Thank you!

Modified 1988 Suzuki Samurai with VW TDI Power

First, this is an older TDI engine; so don’t assume VW will buy it back!

With that out of the way, we think this is a great swap idea.  Anyone worth his or her weight in compost knows that the often-disrespected Samurai is an amazingly capable off-roader.  Adding torque via a turbo-diesel is, we think, a fantastic idea.  The cosmetic mods to this trucklet can only be judged subjectively, however, and we think it’s a bit over the top.

Two Suzukis in two days?  Why not?  Yesterday’s X90, of course, couldn’t be much different, as it was a RWD version with zero odd-road cred.  This one, however, goes all the way the other direction with an assortment of serious mods.

The seller provides quite a bit of into in the text below, including a lengthy update made after the questions started to roll in.  We like that kind of responsiveness and we like the honesty in the answer that one could drive this across the country, but you likely wouldn’t want to due to ride quality.  Further, two videos are provided:

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Video 2

Cosmetically, well, almost nothing was left untouched; so this isn’t exactly a sleeper.  This has Ronin (masterless Samurai…get it?) and other script all over it and it even has a superman grill emblem.  If you want it more subtle and want to continue using it off-road, a rattle can flat black paint job sounds like a great idea!

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Gladstone, OR, USA
$3,700 with 29 bids, reserve not met and two days to go

Here it is in all its glory.  Note the lettering in various places.

Door logo seems to be related to seller’s business (?).

Rear shows “interesting” tail lights, massive spare and jerry cans.

Here’s that Superman emblem.  Also, the fender flares say “Point Man”, which to the best of our knowledge, is a religious-based, inspirational book.  BTW, yes, there’s a winch in the bumper.

Seats apparently came from a recent Fiat 500.  Door panels seem appropriate for this vehicle.

There is a cargo area, but is there a back seat?  We assume there isn’t…

The VW engine looks at home here.  Based on the code provided by the seller, this is a 1990s engine.

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1988 Suzuki Samurai fully custom. This vehicle is one of a kind. Here is a list of the options and mods: 

-VW 1.9 Turbo diesel engine
-Acme adapter VW 1.9 to stock manual transmission kit
-Rocky Roads SPOA YJ lift kit w/custom shackles for 7.5 inches of lift
-Over sized radiator with dual electric fans
-Heavy duty stage 3 clutch
-Oil cooler w/electric fan
-Power steering box from Toyota Landcruiser but uses stock vw ps pump
-35″ BFG MT tires with 350 miles on them and matching spare wheel and tire
-Aluminum 15 in. wheels 
-4500 lb. Superwinch with remote and inside controls
-Skyjacker steering stabilizer
-Custom bumpers front and back
-Updated carpet
40 Channel Uniden CB w/stainless whip antenna
-Custom fade 2 tone paint job and graphics
-Newer Besttop soft top
-Custom powder coated Point man fender flares
– 3 nostril custom hood scoop
-Custom spare tire and Jerry can rack w/diesel fuel cans
– Point man rock sliders
-Custom superman grill insert
-’12 Fiat 500 front seats w/ aluminum custom seat brackets
-Custom shock towers and heavy duty Deutchtech shocks made for the samurais weight
-Disc brake conversion kit for Low Range Offroad (not installed still in the box)
-5:38 ring and pinion gears front and back ( not installed still in the box)
-Fire extinguisher mounted behind passenger seat
-New Hi lift Jack installed on interior of spare tire rack
The Samurai has approximately 40k on the odometer and the diesel engine was purchased online used and was advertised as having 70k on it. Since its been installed ive driven it less than 500 miles. It has new glow plugs and runs great. I am selling this to fund my next project. Im selling it as is and no warranty is implied. 

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Ive gotten a lot of questions on the Samurai and this is my first time selling a vehicle on ebay. Ill try to sum up the questions and give answers here to help anyone else thats considering bidding on it.

How does it handle with those big tires: To be honest, it wants to follow the grooves and pot holes in the road surface and its not a rig that youre going to steer with your knees while eating a burger.

How is the ride: Its a stiff ride and it has its rattles and squeaks. It is nearly 30 years old.

Does it have rust: It has very very minimal rust and is very solid compared to most of the vehicles ive seen its age in this area. The chassis and body were purchased in a very dry part of Idaho.

What is the condition of the interior: The interior carpet and seats are nice and in great shape. The control knobs for temperature are missing and to shift from cold to hot is stiff..(probably needs cables lubed) The heater blower is extremely lethargic and I have another one I bought and will include with the vehicle that will hopefully put out more flow. The dash has no cracks and the glove box door is missing.

Do the lights and turn signals work: They all are new and all work. The back up lights are on a switch on the dash and not on the reverse switch like stock, They are bright.

It does not have A/C and it does not have door locks. It came factory without door locks and was used on a military base in its earlier life from what I gather by the DOD sticker.

Gearing: Its geared tall for trail use but not too bad for highway. It will do 65 down the road no problem. It could be used a daily driver as is. The 5:38 gearing I am including is because I planned on using it more for a toy out in the hills and not so much pavement time.

Can I mount a tow bar to the bumper: You can mount one to the frame where the bumper mounts up but I wouldnt mount directly to the bumper. Both front and back bumpers are made from 12 guage A36 and is a little light for tugging on,

Timing belt and water pump and engine questions: The engine is an AHU/1Z  mechanical fuel pump motor. The timing belt and water pump are probably original. When I bought the motor I got it online and was used and was claimed to have 70k on it.

Would I drive it acrossed the country: I personally wouldnt want to drive it acrossed the country. Its a little bit of a rough ride. Its noisy inside. I dont like the brakes very much. The disc brake conversion will make a big difference im sure. When I drive it i give myself and extra car length or so that I would in my truck. Ive driven it round trip 60 miles back and forth to work several times and taken it up in the woods a bit but Ive never taken it on an all day road trip or for more than a 100 miles stretch. Its doable im sure but I wouldnt want to do it.

Here are  two videos I took of it showing it running and a drive down the road going through the gears. I tried pasting the links here but it didnt meet ebays criteria for some reason. If you go on you tube and type in Ability mfg look for on video named Samurai 03/06/17 and another that is named Samurai drive 03/06/17. Im new to posting videos here. Sorry for the inconvenience.

1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara

Here’s one of our favorites, which is basically a Citroen 2CV with dual engine to yield four wheel drive.  This was specifically built four exploring the French colonies in Africa, but we assume it was expensive or not too competitive with the Land Rover, given production under 700 units total.

These are now collector cars and, unfortunately, well out of our price range.  Still, we love ’em and, oddly, we had never featured one!  The seller provides decent information and images here.  Enjoy and drool!

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Fletcher, NC, USA
$99,500 BIN with offers considered and one day to go

From this angle, this may appear to just be a 2CV with an extra spare. Enthusiasts know what it is, though.

Just a 2CV with some odd vents at the rear?  I think not!

Here’s a giveaway that there power in the stern. We’re not sure that’s a stock fan, though.

Interior is 2CV simple.  Note seat frames and gas tank.

Controls are different from a standard 2CV in that the shifter is on the floor, rather than high in the dash.

Here’s that shifter.  No, we don’t know exactly what the lower level does, but it must have something to do with engaging the second engine (?).

This is the closest thing to an engine shot provided by the seller.

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the world’s first dual-engine 4×4 vehicle; just 694 were built, and less than 30 survive today

1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara Bi Moteur

Quickly, how many dual engine street legal cars were manufactured in the last half of the twentieth century? You may be hard pressed to find another. The Citroen Sahara was a utility model built to navigate the oil rich North African terrain. It featured identical front and rear engines and could be driven using either engine or both. Unique chassis modifications resulted in durability and off road utility. The cars were hand built by the Panhard division in separate facilities from the main production plants. 694 trickled out beginning in 1958 and few survive today.

SERIAL NUMBER: 0233

After years of looking, uber micro car collector, Dr. Mac Jones, had found his Sahara. A noted broker who specializes in museum acquisitions located a French built car in the Netherlands. It had been owned by a former Citroen employee and had its original engines, transmissions, body and chassis parts. The exhaust system had been replaced. Mac refurbished suspension pieces, cleaned out both gas tanks, replaced the fuel lines and top canvas and enjoyed the car on his farm maintaining it, driving it and enjoying it for 14 years before relinquishing it to us. 

After we acquired it, this Sahara has undergone a sympathetic restoration with parts sourced from Citroen Concours of America (Citroen Pieces) a former Citroen dealer who had purchased an extensive supply of OEM parts. Engine (two) out service was done; carburetors, brakes, and hydraulics were rebuilt. Paint and body panels were preserved. Wipers, brake lines, floor mats, door panels and seat covers were replaced as was a missing driver’s side mirror. Where possible, the originals were saved and will accompany the car.

It’s rare to find a Sahara in this condition, with an original hood for example; most rusted beneath the mounted spare. Most survivors had engine replacements and this example has it’s original matching numbers powerplants. This is a remarkable survivor, able to be enjoyed on road, off road or in a collection of unique vehicles.

February 2016 – Barn find, claimed to have 11,000 original kilometers. sold for €172,840 at Artcurial Paris retromobile auction. I saw this car and it was dusty and crusty and needed a lot of work. 
February 2013 – Nice driver quality car, sold for $80,300 at Bonhams Boca Raton auction
October 2012 – unrestored car, similar to mine, sold for $142,500 Bonhams Simeone sale
August 2008 – Over restored shiny green one, sold for $93,600 Bonhams Quail Lodge

Upcoming:

Bonhams Paris February 2017, Estimate $90,000 to $120,000

What’s Better than an AWD, Manual Wagon?

How about one modified to be a pseudo-Subaru Baja?

This was once an AMC Eagle wagon; but someone took an angle grinder to it and added too much diamond plate.  The end result is a not-so-weatherproof mini trucklet with a carpeted bed.  Wasn’t that one of the downfalls of the Lincoln Blackwood?

Fittingly bidding sits at $666 at press time. That’s not a lot of money, you’ll have to decide what this is worth.  Also, the reserve hasn’t been met; so who knows whether this will sell.

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Palos Park, IL, USA (surely nicer than Palos Verdes)
$666 with 7 bids, reserve not met and 6 days to go

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Profile is just as groovy.  Wheels should be familiar to anyone around Jeeps in the 80s and early 90s.

The front…well, we’re not sure what all is going on there.  Bumper appears to be a rear unit from something else – perhaps the Cherokee that gave up its wheels for this car?  Mesh?  Check!

The “bed” is still carpeted and it

This “closed” shot reveals the full tailgate and some attempt at sealing off the rear.

Delightfully brown interior with plenty of faux wood grain are awesome; but the clutch pedal and shifter mean business.  Yes, that’s a hint of cool, plaid cloth, too. Considering the apparent lack of security in this car, the lack of a radio might be a good idea, although we’re not sure two-shaft radios get stolen anymore.

Let’s get one more look at that cloth.

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Manual 1979 Subaru Wagon in Beautiful Brown!

After our recent “Monster Legacy” post, here’s a very original, very nice 1979 Subaru wagon to make things right.

The seller claims to have sold this car new while working at a local dealership in 1979 and has subsequently found the car via an estate sale. It’s now being kicked out of the house by a spouse. His loss could be your gain!

All-wheel drive, wagon body and manual trans combine to make this an ideal vehicle, save for the limited power.  This is too nice to modify, though, unless you’re interested in taking on a really cool ‘stealth’ upgrade with some sort of modern Subie H4 turbo power plant.

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Arlington, TX, USA
$1,925 with 6 bids, reserve not met and 6 days to go

Damn, this is brown.

How about that aggressive front end?

4WD!

4 Wheel Drive!

The pics aren’t the best, but the interior appears to be in great shape.

Yugo (old Fiat?) and Citroen enthusiasts will find this spare tire location familiar.

Supposedly, this is the wagon on top (third from the rear).

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This is a very clean 1979 Subaru, runs and drives AC was cold the last time I drove it in the summer.  I started selling Subaru’s in 1974 as a authorized dealer,  Arlington Subaru and I sold this car new in 1979 to a elderly man in Arlington, Tx,, has roof rack, AC and a factory AM radio.  I recall this sale because brown and green were the rarest colors, see the picture of the arriving new Subaru’s, this is the car on the top,  this car has always been kept inside and seldom ever been in bad weather, years ago I came across this car at an estate sale and bought it back, done a few things, tires, etc, but overall it is almost all original, the interior is in great shape except the drivers seat, unusual pattern or I would of recovered the seat. I have thought about redoing all the interior in leather, or someday finding a NOS tan seat cover,  dash is cracked and some of the plastic parts here and there but for the most part it can be on a showroom almost as-is, all chrome is shinny and the original mud flaps are like new. The outside is really great, never in any accidents, the front bumper is dented from me double parking in the garage a few years ago and can be straightened or replaced, every now and then I look on eBay for a front bumper, if anyone has a near new or a good one,  I am a cash buyer and same for the drivers seat cover. Email for more pictures or come take a look, car is in Arlington, Texas 76016    

Have thought about buying or starting a Subaru dealership and still may if one ever comes up, however I am just out of room, we have a 7 car garage, and this Subaru is taking the place of a 2016 Lexus, my wife says the Subaru must go. May consider trading in on a new Outback or a Harley?