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

“Fun Ride” Custom Buggy with Miata bits and GM V6 Power

This little beast was first built in 2000, and the owner supposedly COMPLETELY (his or her caps, not mine) rebuilt it in 2013. Per the seller, the suspension, steering, brakes, differential & axles all came from a Mazda Miata originally, but the seller reworked the suspension; so it’s not clear how much Miata is left. This is claimed to be an adult go-kart and we can see how it could be lots of fun, but we’d sure like to know how it handles, given the unknown suspension. Continue reading “Fun Ride” Custom Buggy with Miata bits and GM V6 Power

Dismantling a 1986 Corvette Yields a Unique Hot Rod

Here we have an interesting idea. The owner apparently had T-bucket hot rods before and noted (correctly) that they’re not really long-distance cars. We don’t know how, but he ended up with a 1986 Corvette and proceeded to remove most of the body panels, then construct a Model T-type “trunk” and add an old school radiator frame. The result sorta-kinda resembles a hot rod, but maintains Corvette running gear and suspension; so it theoretically is perfectly driveable for the long haul, assuming the lack of a top doesn’t bother you.

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May Cause Heart Attacks in Purists: 1968 Jaguar E-Type

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.

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“Stoopid” 1990 S10 Blazer with Supercharged SBC Swap and Too Much Yellow

This is not subtle, not understated; but we like the swap. Can it be saved?

Someone put a lot of time and money into this truck and the work looks to have been well done.  We wonder what it would cost to change this to more of a sleeper look in black or another dark color.

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.

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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.

Ad text:

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.

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”…

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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.

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:

Video 1
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. 

Updated text (question response):

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.

Donkilicious Cadillac Fleetwood Limo

Because the 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood just wasn’t outlandish enough when stock, we hereby present one made into both a donk and a limo.

There’s not much we need to add here. This is an already-giant Caddy Fleetwood stretched and then made into a donk. Be sure to take a look at the videos in the ad text below!

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Miami, FL, USA (no shit!)
$17,100 with 49 bids and four days to go

Yes, there’s a limo in this shot…

Confidence-inspiring handling?

Can these brakes REALLY stop this thing?

Here’s one shot where things aren’t 100% f’ed up.

Then there’s this.

Note the leather, which seems to match nothing else.

Lots of MB Quart goodies and zero cargo capacity!

Even a few bits are color-keyed under the hood, though you’ll need a ladder to confirm.

Ad text:

1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Limo Donk Style!

Up for consideration is my fully custom 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Limo. This isn’t your ordinary limo, this limo has over $150,000 invested… as is up for auction at an extremely low reserve. This limo has been featured in TV commercials, music videos, many magazines and articles, movies, and more (links included). The Fleetwood was featured in a Pitbull Dr. Pepper Commercial, as well as a Rick Ross and DJ Khaled Music Video. Has also been showcased at opening games for the University of Miami. The vehicle has been to SEMA in 2007 and 2008. Has been to several Dub Shows, US TOP CUSTOM SHOWS, and many many more. The truck has won awards like Best Car, Best Suspension. Crowned the Best Lifted Donk Style Vehicle of its era by many. This is the definition of a one of a kind vehicle. None of the work on this truck is a hack job, this is all professionally done by nationally renowned custom car builder Frank Carralero from Red’s Hydraulics Miami.

This 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood limo was fully customized by Red’s Miami. The front suspension is a Red’s 20” spindle with 8” Slam Specialties bags and Red’s pro steering kit. The rear suspension comes with a long travel 4 link with bags by Slam Specialties and Rancho Reservoir shocks. The compressors are 7-gallon Air Zeniths. The brakes consist of 13 ½” cross dilled, slotted, zinc plated rotors with a four-piston billet caliper. The wheels are 30” TIS Modular and the tires are Pirelli Scorpions. The front grill is an E&G Classics and the paint was done by EZ Mobil Paint with pinstripes by Al Torres of Red’s. The seats are customized brown and green suede. This Cadillac comes complete with a full audio/video setup. A Jensen DVD/TV radio was installed along with two 26” LCD Displays. Also installed was eight sets of MB Quart components 6 ½” PBH216 and 5 ¼” PBH213, audio control, EQL, two MB Quart PAB4100 amplifiers for highs and two MB Quart PAB1200 amplifiers for lows. Four 12” PWH304 subwoofers, five Red Top Optimas, two Tsunami, two Farao digital capacitors, and tsunami wires. Custom fiberglass door panels and sub box were also built. Custom Johnny Walker custom built by Premier Custom Sound.

Video Rolling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3NALSZ9DWk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVxMEo1ejR4

Music Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlHOg-tCdDw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4RurMSkCXs

^^DR. PEPPER COMMERICAL^^

HAPPY BIDDING! GOOD LUCK!