Rat Rod seems to be very loosely defined, these days, and this is an example. Most of this was once a GMC Sonoma/S15, but there’s not much left and a V8 has been shoved into it. The builder obviously likes chains (well, it is from a custom bike shop) and has done some cool little touches, but we’re not sure about the sum of the parts. Continue reading GMC Sonoma Turned Psuedo-Rat-Rod
The Singer Gazelle is a rare beast here in the USA, and is a close relative to the Hillman Minx. That means it was originally powered by a 1.5L four cylinder shared with a number of other (now mostly obscure) British cars. This one, however, has been upgraded to Datsun B-210 power, which means something like 70 horsepower! Hey, that’s up from about 50, so it’s a decent percentage increase. Continue reading 1958 Singer Gazelle with Datsun Power
Anyone who knows 80s cars knows Chevy never made a convertible S10 Blazer, so this is a custom job, but it does look like it was meant to be. The V8 swap solves the extreme slowness problem these had, but we worry that the lack of a proper top means you’re screwed if you take more than one friend with you and it starts to rain. Continue reading Open-Top S10 Blazer with SBC Swap!
We don’t think it gets much cooler than this build. Sure, this wagon gave up is all-wheel drive; but it gained a lot in performance and looks.
What we have here is a period hot rod made from a Triumph Spitfire, a Chevy 327, a Corvair transaxle and a lot of fiberglass (plus bondo?). The end result is, well, unique.
Yes, you are looking at an E-Type, or what’s left of one. Apparently, it is owned by a shop owner/car builder whose friend rolled his E-Type 2+2. So, purists can relax a bit, as 2+2 E’s frankly aren’t that good looking AND this one was damaged. The 2+2 roots also explain the long wheelbase.
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.
Click for eBay ad
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.
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.
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!
This is not subtle, not understated; but we like the swap. Can it be saved?
The engine is a Corvette-sourced 350, though we’re not sure of the generation. A Paxton supercharger was added for good measure and the seller claims 400HP. Regardless of actual output, that should be a big upgrade vs. the 160HP 4.3L V6, which was standard in 1990.
Given the interior was treated to way too much yellow, we think this only has potential if it stays close to $5K, as we’d want to paint it and reupholster. If, however, you like yellow, this may have more value to you.
The body has been converted to panel delivery, which is interesting, and it looks like a speaker panel (or box?) has replaced the back seat. We’d make different decisions there, too, as this isn’t IASCA in 1991. That being said, the seller indicates that the stereo is “optional and extra”, so there’s hope.
Our biggest concern is that the images are all taken in a garage. Does this truck actually move under its own power? Claimed mileage is 64K, but we don’t know if that’s the truck (likely) or the engine.
Click for eBay ad
West Olive, MI, USA
$4,550 with three bids, reserve not met and 5.5 days to go
Graphics don’t ooze taste or subtlety anymore than the color; but the panel delivery conversion is pretty cool.
Here’s the name inspiration. Most will agree, some using the literal interpretation, and others the street version.
Obligatory Corvette-inspired “roll pan” with tail lights is present, as one would assume. After all, this is a modified GM truck product from the 90s.
350 badge is pretty cool.
The overdone yellow theme carries over into the interior, unfortunately.
How ’bout them speakers?
And them speakers? It’s strange that unfinished particle board is present here, given all the yellow elsewhere in the interior.
Small block Chevy swaps are fairly common in these S10 Blazer and this looks pretty well done.
Here’s the small Paxton supercharger.
1990 S10 Blazer, Custom corvette yellow imron paint, Custom Corvette Roll Pan.
Custom Corvette engine, Supercharged 5.7l 350, 400hp. March pulley set, Billet brackets and accessories. Custom sewn seats and interior, All new parts, no rust, stored in heated garage.
Over $30,000 invested. Built 700R4 good to 1200hp. Stereo optional and extra.
Are you a serious Scooby fan? If so, you need this. Buy it and I’ll give you a scooby snack.
Articles have been written attempting to identify the Mystery Machine’s roots, but, if I recall correctly, the cartoon van had traits from several 60s vans, all, of course, mid-engine. This 1963 Econoline is as good a starting point as any and wears its regalia well. Further, the builder made a few mods to match the show.
This van is, oddly enough, powered by a V6 from a Camaro (generation/year unknown) and is backed by a Chrysler automatic transmission and rear end. The combination is odd, but likely made of reliable, easy-to-work-on parts. It does have AC and power brakes, which we’ll take as good news.
The seller would prefer to keep it, if it wasn’t for his meddling kids growing up.
Click for eBay ad
Longwood, FL, USA
Photo quality is not great, but the van is.
Front-mounted spare (or faux spare?) looks right.
Rear ensure no excessive visibility.
Keystone wheels to as good a job as any of replicating the flower wheels in the show.
This is the only interior shot, but it appears to indicate that quite a lot was done in the cockpit. The seller indicates that the rear floor is diamond plate and the walls have been paneled. We imagine that means no seats (?)?
Scooby Doo Mystery Machine!
This Mystery Machine started life as a 1963 Ford Econoline. I built it for my kids and have had years of fun with it. They are all older now and it is time to let someone else enjoy this cool vehicle.
It took over 2 years to build and has been completely customized! This is not just a cheap replica. It was done right and look better than any other ‘Mystery Machine’ I have seen.
Here are the highlights:
– A Camaro V6 Engne
– A 700r4 Automatic Transmission
– A Dodge 8 3/4 Rear End
– New Drum Brakes
– Cold Air Products A/C System (with heat)
– Autometer gauges that light up various colors
– New Tires (under 1000 miles)
– Under-floor power brake booster system
– Mega Squirt computer system with custom tune.
– Custom orange and green seats
– Custom painted Scooby Doo interior
– Custom Mystery Machine paint job (no decals)
– Custom center console flows into the original dashboard (all metal)
– Dog paw brake pedal, human foot-shaped gas pedal
– Dogbone floor shifter (B&M shifter)
– Custom fiberglass ‘flower’ tire holder on the front
– Custom steel bumpers (chrome coated)
– Custom Mystery Machine front end (round blinkers, only one headlight per side, etc.)
– Rear floor is diaond plated and all walls have been paneled. Ready for you to customize!
I am open to trades or partial trades.
I will accept cash, cashiers check, PayPal (buyer pays the fees), or a personal check but the vehicle does not leave until that payment clears my bank.
Buyer pays shipping costs or is welcome to pick it up in-person.
Feel free to contact me with questions. 321-xxx-xxxx
This trike probably started like as an industrial vehicle, but now it’s a seriously overpowered golf cart. The engine is a 1.5 liter flat six from a Honda Goldwing motorcycle. Yes, that’s the car-sized cruiser bike with all the tail pipes which is very popular with Baby Boomers
There isn’t too much else to say about this one – it’s basically a ridiculously fast cart, likely with essentially no cornering ability and, apparently with no seat belts. If that’s your thing, go for it! Someone certainly spent a lot of money making this.
Click for eBay ad
Saint Charles, MO, USA
$1,000 with one bid, reserve not met and six days to go
Modern golf carts are just too stable. How about one less wheel?
This is certainly unique.
Things look pretty mild from this angle.
Here, the seats stand out. Are those exhaust pipes?
Why, yes, they are! One per cylinder…
“Interior” is pretty simple. Note the lack of lateral support in the seats and apparent lack of seat belts. Also note the Riviera in the background!
This does have a full complement of gauges.
Here’s the engine wedged into a tiny space. The trike layout makes this much more difficult.
TITLED AS A 1999 HONDA GL1500A MOTORCYCLE, WILL GO FASTER THAN YOUR NERVES WILL
This 1999 Honda Golfster Cushman for sale has a 1,500 C.C. Honda Goldwing Engine, 5 Speed Manual Transmission, Professional Conversion, Air Ride Suspension, Reupholstered Vega Seats, Lights & Turn Signals, Hurst Shifter, Disc Brakes in Rear, Room in Back for 2 Seats of Golf Clubs, SunPro Gauges, 14″ American Racing Aluminum Wheels, Street Legal, Titled as a 1999 Honda GL1500A Motorcycle, Will Go Faster Than Your Nerves Will Allow!