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#1901 35 days ago
Quoted from MacLean:

OMG, that paint is like glass. How may coats of clear do you have on it? Amazing.

Hey thanks, I think 5 or 6. It was the last body work and paint job the guy did before he died.

1 week later
#1902 28 days ago

Removed

#1904 21 days ago

Building another motor after breaking it at big willow last year...

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#1905 21 days ago

Car show from my high school. Some nice rides. Here’s a few.

My buddies bluish teal 1950 F1, my POS 12 and buddies 14 GT500, green cobra Factory 5 car (owns body shop and did this beautiful green) and some other nice rides.
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#1906 21 days ago

Holy Crap!! Did EVERYONE win a trophy or what? LOL.....

John

#1907 21 days ago

My Autozam finally came in. I just picked it up at port on Monday.

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#1908 21 days ago
Quoted from ntstlgl1970:

Building another motor after breaking it at big willow last year...[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Purdy. I know it's a big block but what motor?

#1909 21 days ago
Quoted from SeymorGoldfarbJr:

My Autozam finally came in. I just picked it up at port on Monday.[quoted image]

Looks interesting but never heard of it.

#1910 21 days ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

Looks interesting but never heard of it.

They're awesome....Autozam AZ-1. Made by Mazda but I think has a Suzuki engine. Engines you cant kill. Smaller than a first gen MR2. I've been looking one for a few years but havent had the balls to import one.

#1911 21 days ago
Quoted from robertmee:

They're awesome....Autozam AZ-1. Made by Mazda but I think has a Suzuki engine. Engines you cant kill. Smaller than a first gen MR2. I've been looking one for a few years but havent had the balls to import one.

657 cc, turbocharged 3 cylinder, 64hp. It’s the same engine in the AZ-1 and the Cappuccino. Both are between 1500 and 1600 lbs.

The import process has been extremely easy. I’ve now imported my Cappuccino using the informal entry process and the AZ-1 with the standard process which requires a broker. I’d definitely recommend taking the chance and importing one.

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#1912 21 days ago
Quoted from SeymorGoldfarbJr:

657 cc, turbocharged 3 cylinder, 64hp. It’s the same engine in the AZ-1 and the Cappuccino. Both are between 1500 and 1600 lbs.
The import process has been extremely easy. I’ve now imported my Cappuccino using the informal entry process and the AZ-1 with the standard process which requires a broker. I’d definitely recommend taking the chance and importing one.[quoted image]

64HP?? I think my lawnmower has more than that. What are the other benefits of vehicles like these or why are they worth importing? Sorry, I’m not familiar with them either.

#1913 21 days ago

I bought this 2001 Panoz Esperante' in 08 with 1116 miles on it.
Aluminum body and chassis, Power top, windows ect.
Power is an all aluminum 4.6L 4 cam Cobra motor Tremec 5sp manual trans.
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#1914 21 days ago
Quoted from tjprice222:

64HP?? I think my lawnmower has more than that. What are the other benefits of vehicles like these or why are they worth importing? Sorry, I’m not familiar with them either.

They are essentially street legal go karts that also have the allure of being extremely unique. I love small lightweight cars. I consider them a more modern take on early British sports cars but way more technology and near bulletproof reliability.

#1915 21 days ago
Quoted from SeymorGoldfarbJr:

They are essentially street legal go karts that also have the allure of being extremely unique. I love small lightweight cars. I consider them a more modern take on early British sports cars but way more technology and near bulletproof reliability.

That's the allure for me. I like driving something I'll never see at the stop light across the street or in the grocery store parking lot. Mustangs, Challengers, Chargers, Vettes, et al are all great performance cars, but they are far too common for me. My daily is a Alfa QV, and I've only seen one other on the road in a four city radius. My previous daily was a SC Marauder, and again, I only knew of two other non SC ones in my area. My wife drives a restored Dakota Convertible and there were only 900 made her model year, and only one with a V8 like ours, so I know it's one of a kind. You gotta dare to be different

#1916 20 days ago
Quoted from SeymorGoldfarbJr:

My Autozam finally came in. I just picked it up at port on Monday.[quoted image]

Cool!!!

Chris

#1917 20 days ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

Holy Crap!! Did EVERYONE win a trophy or what? LOL.....
John

Well yeah, you don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. LOL

Chris

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#1918 20 days ago

Here is mine

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#1919 20 days ago
Quoted from dsmith:

Here is mine[quoted image]

70-73 are the best looking Camaros. Nice car

#1920 20 days ago

Thank you. It is a 70 rs split bumper. It is badged a z28 but its not a z. It has a new zz4 crate motor, vortex head, cam and headers. 4 speed car. I love it.

#1921 19 days ago
Quoted from dsmith:

Here is mine[quoted image]

Oh my that's a nice looking ride! I'm a big fan of Camaro, used to have a 1997 Z28 that I heavily modded and currently have a stock 2018 ZL1 that's a total blast to drive.

#1922 18 days ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

Purdy. I know it's a big block but what motor?It’s a g3 Hemi 4.145” x 4.00” ~430ish inches

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#1923 10 days ago

Labor day weekend fun

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#1924 10 days ago
Quoted from pinworthy:

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Very nice. Love the color!

Chris

#1925 8 days ago

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Picking up today!
1947 Willys CJ-2A - pretty much all original, including the 60hp four cylinder.

#1926 7 days ago
Quoted from dasvis:

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Picking up today!
1947 Willys CJ-2A - pretty much all original, including the 60hp four cylinder.

Thatll buff right out

#1927 7 days ago
Quoted from robertmee:

Thatll buff right out

Leaving body as is. Making it run & stop. Love the patina.

#1928 7 days ago
Quoted from dasvis:

Leaving body as is. Making it run & stop. Love the patina.

Cool deal....there is an older CJ5 up the road from me, uncovered sitting under a carport. I left the homeowner, a single older lady, a note about rescuing it. We had a nice conversation when she called, but she was persistent that she was going to restore it. That was two years ago, and it's still sitting under the same carport, uncovered with a pile of junk stacked. Makes me sad everyday I drive by it.

#1929 7 days ago
Quoted from MustangPaul:

The front and the back are finally painted and assembled but it still needs the front spoiler put on. It's gettin there.

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Nice!

#1930 7 days ago
Quoted from Roostking:

70-73 are the best looking Camaros. Nice car

1967-69 are awesome too!!

#1931 7 days ago
Quoted from pincoin:

1967-69 are awesome too!!

And of course are easily the best looking camaros.

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#1932 6 days ago

HR Holdens. 1967 was a good year here in Australia.

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#1933 6 days ago

Here is my fun car and pin hauler. Also used to be in the rx7 club. Had a 400hp FC but was always afraid it would catch fire or blow up lol.
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#1934 4 days ago
Quoted from amxfc3s:

Here is my fun car and pin hauler. Also used to be in the rx7 club. Had a 400hp FC but was always afraid it would catch fire or blow up lol.
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Greetings Subie brethren!!

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#1935 4 days ago
Quoted from dasvis:

Leaving body as is. Making it run & stop. Love the patina.

I've seen it where there's too little left to tell the original body color, so they list "patina" as the color of the car.

#1936 14 hours ago

Well this is probably a risk seeing as how muscle and exotics get all the love around here, but here’s my lead sled:

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That’s right: straight from the nadir of America’s automotive legacy, a 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV. With the EPA-edition FoMoCo 460, good for all of 215 hp and 380 lb-ft to motivate 5600 lbs of disco hippo. I lovingly dubbed it "The Angstmobile" long before "malaise era" came to define cars of its ilk.

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Backstory is my father-in-law became its second owner in 1976; 'twas his daily driver in rural KY (gravel roads and all) until 1991. It was then left in a barn / garage never to turn over until I dug it out and got it started 17 years later in 2008. The first carburetor I ever saw or touched was its Motocraft 4350; it is regarded as an abortion not for the faint of heart, but I rebuilt and got it tuned “well enough” if not without some code brown moments. I drove it in summer ‘08 and ‘09 but had nowhere to keep it until we moved in 2016. The car finally relocated to my garage in 2018, whereby I could finally dig in and address needs like brakes and exhaust among other foibles. It displays the full patina of 82,000 original miles and gravel chips but is still in great condition.

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The main reason I dared "claim" it was for hazy memories of the gold one my own grampa owned, until my drunk-fun uncle barged it up a set of concrete Chicago bungalow stairs: the car inevitably lost that battle but the house sustained a yacht-sized wound as I recall. When I disovered this baby blue one languishing at my then-gf’s homestead I was smitten as if by the odds.

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Yes, it's every bit as woefully abysmal in handling and mileage and cynical design as you might expect. Its baroque aesthetics are dated in the best and worst ways. And yet… it's remarkably refined and well-built for what it is. Once you understand its purpose and limitations, it doesn’t handle bad for 5600 pounds of cloud-like bliss. I want to take it to the Tail of the Dragon for the lulz , maybe in a few weeks, but have a couple things to button up first. I've done a few twisties nearby and it's quite the fun experience.

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Like a stupid backwards TARDIS, its interior space is the inverse of the land it consumes. I love and hate it at the same time, and other folks are amused so if nothing else it definitely has character - for better and (mostly) worse. Truth be told I love its color combo more than anything. That, and the fact it had zero cupholders but four cigar lighters

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While on the subject of cars, there’s another dear to my heart even though it reminds me how stupid I was and still am on a daily basis: my first car, a strangely-optioned 1988 Thunderbird “almost LX” I bought in 1997 with 72K miles on its 3.8 timebomb. I essentially doubled the mileage in just 3 years before it finally said *enough* at 140+K in late 2000, which was a feat almost unheard of for those engines.

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Anyway, I know few truly lament or miss those cars. But I always loved them and regardless there’s always something special about your first, right? And the stories I could tell (and others probably have) about this particular specimen are almost supernatural. Though it also had its fits and tantrums, it never, ever left me stranded (even when it probably should have) and probably saved my life in more ways than one. So even then I didn’t want to envision myself looking back in 20 or 30 or whatever years with means and wishing I had it back.

Well, all this time later thanks to life, I still don’t really have the means (guess I could blame pinball for that ), but at least I still have the car. As mentioned earlier I only finally got a garage a couple years ago. Which means after first enduring more than a decade of Chicago winters, this poor soldier languished immobile outside for even longer. It deserved so much better!

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To be frank, underneath the “lovely patina” is a cheeto. In both color and texture.

Did I mention I’m an idiot?

More helpfully, my 14yo daughter was accepted into her high school’s vocational welding program. So… until we finally break it apart enough to make me fatally weep in the fetal position, there is still hope. Or lessons to be learned in the attempt. The one and only full car restoration project I'll be able to do in this life will encompass rust, chassis, body, engine, trans, and more. Any success will take years to realize but I can’t think of a better way to attempt rebuilding a car - or a first one - than with my kids. After all, they helped restore our Bad Cats that made TV, so we obviously have some ability between us. Whether we come into the resources and the skill (we surely don’t have enough of either right now and money is always tight) remains to be seen.

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So if you’re bored and have some YouTube time to kill, I started a channel a few weeks ago as we began to get underway… the first episode for way of introduction is here:

And last weekend we finally started taking apart the beleaguered but beloved Thunderturd (time-lapse begins at 20 min mark):

Well I've spewn more than enough on junk cars for now. To my own detriment I’ve little time for social media and these days wouldn’t even know where to begin in the “car restoration for broke morons” webhole. But if anyone here wants to lend sympathetic pointers or advice, I’m grateful for any PMs on the subject

To everyone else, just for the record, I'm way jealous in the nicest possible way

Thanks for reading...

#1937 13 hours ago

Cool story and the 70’s era cars are finally making a comeback. It’s cool to see Lincoln’s of this era as you rarely do. Thanks for sharing the stories!

#1938 13 hours ago

Cool lincoln... brings back memories of my dads brown Mark III...used to love laying in the back seat of that car as a kid.

#1939 8 hours ago

I think that Lincoln was the basis for the movie The Car, pretty cool.

#1940 7 hours ago

This is my 12 that I’ve been good keeping fairly stock over the first two years. It had 3400 miles on it stock and now just over 6k. It’s not a project but the 90LX I redid right before was too hard to use the cable clutch. So sold for this and wife even likes to drive it. I do all the work on it but it doesn’t need much.

I put on a VMP gen2r with injectors and boost-a-pumps with fully stock exhaust to make 641hp 619trq on their dyno in May on pump 93. No boosters, race gas, or E85. Some minor suspension mods, and window tint.

It’s a fun car to take to shows, long weekends down in OC MD fall cruise weekends, and quick strolls through Mexico.

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#1941 6 hours ago

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Picked this up yesterday. 1990 LX Sport. it appears that it was originally sold in Japan.
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