Abandon Car Oddessy – The Beginning

There is something about abandon cars that creates a visceral response  in a car guy/gal’s heart.  For me it started as a little kid.  As some of my readers know I grew up with an Auto Body professional, my Dad.  Cars were always being worked on at home and at my Dad’s various shops.  It was at those shops that I studied (really I did) the auto body repair books he used for finding and ordering parts, to memorize the front and rear of every car from the  50’s and 60’s and early 70’s. I could tell you coming or going the make model and year of every car I spotted.

Even before that I recall being captivated by the 1930’s pickup that we drove around my grandfather’s farm.  It was not much more than two seats on a frame with a rusted front end, lift up sides hood covering the engine, no headlights or bumper. We called it the ‘Doodle Bug’ – don’t know why.  Of course that 30’s pickup was well cared for, therefore not technically abandoned, so my first abandon car was 4 door Plymouth Fury 1958, yeah the Christine car. It sat across the road from our house in a patch of tall grass, like an island in the field that my grandfather would mow  with the Doodle Bug.   I recall asking if we could move the car to our driveway, but by Dad said “It needs a carburetor.”  Not to be deterred, I talked my younger brother into helping me to make a carburetor.  Our plan was to take a tin can and pieces of metal from an old fashion ice-cube maker (for the choke plate) and get it running.   I don’t know what happened to that car (except that tin can just didn’t work) wish it was around now.

So that’s when it started.  Now every time I see a abandon car,  I feel the urge to bring it home and make it run.  Actually, it’s more than that, I instantly can picture what it use to look like new and see the potential of what it could be again.

There’s the impetus for the this series.  I’ve spent the last few years spotting and photographing these special vehicles during my wife and my many road trips, even touring around Europe.

This first is from our trip to Italy.   You don’t see too many abandon cars sitting round Europe, there are some.  For instance just outside of Florence, Italy we stopped at a petrol station and saw this abandon van.

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Van outside of Florence, Italy.

Van outside of Florence, Italy.

This van about to reclaimed by Mother Earth!  Best guess is that it’s VW made van.  The only markings is the  Autotre  on the front fender, which is a use car dealership/ franchise   I kept want to take a look at the engine and wonder if it would start.   I then took a look around back and realized it was being used for storage of CO2 tanks.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hennessey’s Twin Turbo C7 Corvette Stingray Burnout | CorvetteVideos.TV

Hennessey HPE700 708 horsepower @ 6,300 RPM Twin Turbo C7 Corvette doing a burnout at Lonestar Motorsports Park in Sealy, Texas.

Awesome!!!!

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Tim

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Hennessey Mustang GT 2015, sal y pimienta para el icono

El preparador y marca independiente estadounidense Hennessey Cars ha facilitado los detalles principales de los dos kits de mejora para el Ford Mustang GT 2015. Fruto de la incorporación de dos compresores diferentes y de diversos cambios en el motor …

 

Shout Out to All Overseas Readers

I never want to take readers for granted.  They are the life’s blood for a blogger and I appreciate all of them.

Here in the U.S. we sometimes think – just by volume of publications that we are the “hub” of the automotive  hobby, but there is so much more in all the countries listed below. Innovation from the land down-under to some cool retro stuff in Japan and some very awesome car shows in Switzerland and all those British cars!!!!

Thanks to all readers in each of the countries below!!!!!  You folks ROCK!!!!!  Keep up the great work.

UK
Canada                          Australia
France                           Mexico
Germany                      Brazil
Italy                              Portugal
Turkey                          Russian Federation
Spain                            Puerto Rico
Switzerland                 Belgium
Japan                           Ireland
Philippines                Malaysia

 

Tim

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The world’s fastest electric car? – BBC Top Gear

Remember the Detroit Electric SP:01? Announced in 2013, it followed a well-thumbed recipe and promised to be an esoteric entrant in the eco-friendly sports car class.

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SP:01

Well, it’s back and in production form ahead of official sales in 2015. And it’s a bit different to before, adopting a new fastback body which lends it bold new rear styling as well as better handling, thanks to its new rear wing and diffuser combination.

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As a result, it looks helpfully different to an Elise or a Tesla Roadster, with a hint of the wonderfully hardcore original Exige about it now. Good job, given it’s set to cost around £80,000, a figure quickly approaching BMW i8 money.

Under the skin, a 282bhp electric motor drives the rear wheels. With a hot hatch-like weight of 1175kg, it’s enough to hustle the SP:01 to 155mph via a 3.7sec 0-60mph time.

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via The world’s fastest electric car? – BBC Top Gear.

Would you consider an electric sports car like this?

By the way, if you thought this looked like a Lotus…you’d be correct, they used the base platform (frame, etc.).  Lots of heated comments on this item, some say it’s not the fastest electric car!!  Join in, let me know what you think!!

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Detroit Electric shows its year-late battery sports car

Detroit Electric giving a look at the rear end of what it considers the final version of its SP:01 battery-fueled electric sports car. The car will be somewhat similar to the Tesla Roadster no longer in production. Both are pure battery-power two
Detroit Electric Unveils Revamped SP:01

While production of the Detroit Electric car is set to fire up soon, don’t expect to see too many rolling around on American streets. The company says that it will be concentrating on establishing itself in key Asian and European markets before taking

Peter Max Corvette Collection – Ultimate Barn Find? – Road & Track

The long and twisted tale of the so-called VH1 MAX

Artist Peter Max’s Corvette collection headed to auction [w/video]

Sometimes, the stories that lead to cars turning up at auction are as interesting as the vehicles themselves. That’s absolutely the case with the Peter Max (pictured above) collection of vintage Chevrolet Corvette models that are scheduled to cross the

, after sitting for nearly twenty-five years in a series of New York parking garages, has finally come to a close. According to a report in the New York Times, the thirty-six-car collection, which began as a grand prize in a television contest before finding its way into the hands of psychedelic graphic designer Peter Max, was recently purchased by a group of investors with the intent of returning the cars to their pre-infamy status.

via Peter Max Corvette Collection – Ultimate Barn Find? – Road & Track.

DAMN!!!

DAMN!!!

 

That’s an amazing find!!!!

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Shop Truck Tuesdays – Let Us See Your Parts Hauler!!!

One of the coolest and hottest collecting trends and car show interest is the old shop truck.  Old, beaten up vehicle (truck, car, van) with faded  paint and your shop ad on the door or elsewhere.  The industry is even creating replicas for sale or as a theme for the restoration of old trucks and vans (cars too!!!), giving it a patina and faded lettering.

I once purchased my wife’s family’s parts car for their towing and auto service business….it was a VW Rabbit diesel!!!!  It was stained and knocked around (one could actually get a small engine and transmission in that thing) and I drove it until the wheels fell off somewhere around the Lake Elsinore or Parris, CA (can’t remember which).

So we want to see your shop truck or parts car/truck/van or whatever you use to shlep parts around!!!!   You can drop us a pic on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AGCarRestoration) or a link to the photo in a comment to this post….or…..find me on Twitter @AGCarRestore.

In return you’ll get free advertising (that can’t hurt) with a link to your site and the image of your shop truck right here on Average Guys’ Car Restoration Mods Racing.com on our sidebar (right side of the page) and your parts getter will be on our Facebook page header.

So let’s see what you’ve got.

Want to just email them to us?  Sure use AGCRestoration@cox.net to me directly timsweete@cox.net.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

PartsTruck

Milltown Cycles: Maiden voyage of the shop truck.

Today was a perfect day to exercise the Chevy shop truck. Dry roads and temps in the high 20’s were perfect. I haven’t run the truck in about a month, and even then I didn’t drive it very far. See in MN you’re required to have …
Holley’s 1967 Chevy C10 Shop Truck | Engine Swap Depot

Holley stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage to show off their beautiful 1967 Chevy C10 shop truck. The truck runs a hot cam LS3 crate motor with a GM Performance Parts mutltiport 4BBL. The transmission is a T-56 six-speed …
1947 Chevy Pickup – Shop Truck – Street Rodder Magazine

Street Rodder built this 1947 Chevy pickup with Dean Livermore, of Hot Rods by Dean, to have a shop truck for the magazine.

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show 2014 – Prt III

Of course I can’t show you all the cars but here are a few that caught my eye.

 

This was a very nicely done '72 Karmann Ghia

This was a very nicely done ’72 Karmann Ghia

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I'd vote this one "BEST  INTERIOR"  it was so well done!!!!

I’d vote this one “BEST INTERIOR” it was so well done!!!!

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Maybe my favorite Mustang at this show.

Maybe my favorite Mustang at this show.

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Engine compartment was fantastic

Engine compartment was fantastic

I loved this  Stang with it's 'come as you are' attitude.

I loved this Stang with its “come as you are” attitude.

Paint job is priceless.

Paint job is priceless.

Can't beat an original 289 HP engine.

Can’t beat an original 289 HP engine.

The sign says "Please Touch"

The sign says “Please Touch”

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British cars were well represented with these two well maintained specimens.

This is a well restored and maintained Spitfire 1500.

This is a well restored and maintained Spitfire 1500.

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Check out all that wood!!!

Check out all that wood!!!

Sharp little car.

Sharp little car.

This TR6 was a highlight.

This TR6 was a highlight.

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More wood!!!!

More wood!!!!

 

I’ve always said that sometime there’s even a mini-car show in the parking lot of  any car show.  Often folks will drive their classic to a car show,  thinking theirs is good enough to enter (Dude, just check out the Mustang above!!!) so they keep it out side.  So don’t forget to looking around after you park, you might even find a good deal.  Check these two:

This Firebird  was there and parked outside.

This Firebird was there and parked outside.

Need some work but....!!!

Needs some work but….!!!

Here's the number.

Here’s the number.

You can't see it from this shot but it a Covair Wagon

You can’t see it from this shot but it a Covair Wagon

 

Thanks for reading.  Coming up the main attraction for this car show – 1911 Pierce Arrow Touring Car!!

Tim

 

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show 2014

This weekend I attended the 8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show put on by the Rotary Club of Tucson. I’ve attend the last 5 of these shows, twice as a participant (once.
8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show – Garagistry Blog

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show – Real stories about Classic Cars and the people who own them.

1971 Mach 1 Mustang – Restore

One of my readers stopped by my Facebook page for Average Guy’s Car Restoration, Mods and Racing and dropped me a note about his 1971 Mustang Mach 1 he is restoring.

He wrote: “Guys – been lurking here and can’t get enough. I’m restoring a 1971 Mustang Mach 1 which I just made a video of – would be great if everyone could hit “LOVE IT” on the video link: http://bet.votigo.com/fbcontests/showentry/Ford-Contest-1/137096

Here is the video he posted. Lot of work went into this car.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

1971 ford mustang mach 1

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RT @Motor_Roar: #MuscleCarMonday 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 http://t.co/3DDyjrJ8LN

Ford Mustang Mach 1

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is an performance-oriented option package of the Ford A 1971 Mustang Mach 1 was featured in the James Bond film,

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show 2014 – Prt II

I could spend all day taking pictures of every car at any car show I attend, but that’s crazy (or so I’ve been told…whatever!!!). So here are some highlights.

Some Corvettes:

C3 and C4 arriving...there was only 1 C4 in the field!!!

C3 and C4 arriving…there was only 1 C4 in the field!!!

One of the beautiful 60's vettes - this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60’s vettes – this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60's vettes - this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60’s vettes – this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60's vettes - this one a 1967

One of the beautiful 60’s vettes – this one a 1967

Got to love those PIPES!!!!

Got to love those PIPES!!!!

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There were multiple row of corvettes, here's just one.

There were multiple row of corvettes, here’s just one.

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Oh..and there was this other ...Sting Ray

Oh..and there was this other …Sting Ray

Oh..and there was this other ...Sting Ray

Oh..and there was this other …Sting Ray

 

More coming up.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show – Garagistry Blog

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show – Real stories about Classic Cars and the people who own them.
Tucson Classic Car Show – N2HotRods

Taken in Tucson, Arizona Oct. 19, 2013. Beautiful day in Tucson, AZ. Over 600 cars! 1383526_10202333085394786_257906437_n. Tucson Classic Car Show – Oct. 19, 2013. N2HotRods, LLC. Design By yesimarobot.com.
Tucson Classic Car Show October 22nd » Blue Knights AZ IX

Tucson Classic is having their 5th Annual Car Show on Saturday October 22nd from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. Location is the St. Gregory Preparatory School @ 3231 N. Craycroft Rd.

8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show 2014

This weekend I attended the 8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show put on by the Rotary Club of Tucson.  I’ve attend the last 5 of these shows, twice as a participant (once with my ’84 Vette and ’70 Mustang and then once again with just the Mustang) and it has never disappointed and it’s on GRASS!!! Yes!!! No hot sticky black top parking lot or weed ridden field, but an actual grassy sports field, it’s fantastic!!!!

This year was no different and in fact it exceeded the past two years by the number of cars, value of cars and in two other aspects.  This year the show was opened up to motorcycles (way cool!!) and toss in the display of one of the rarest early and privately owned cars that hasn’t been seen in public in many years (more on that in next post).

The cars were outstanding as always and covered just about any era, from the 1911 to 2014 Corvette Sting Ray (classic from day one).  I’ll show a few of those in the a later post.

For this post I want to extol the motorcycle corral, it was small – but awesome!

I love getting to a car show early – before all the exhibitors arrive.  Getting my car set up and then watching the other participants bring their cars in.  It’s a great what to select the ‘gotta see first’ cars.  I didn’t make it that early to this year’s event, but was early enough to see the a few of the motorcycles show up and there were some fantastic bikes.   It’s a treat to see someone ride up in one of the first Indian motorcycles or a Royal Enfield…yes….they were ridden in!!!

One of the oldest Indians I've every seen running!!!

One of the oldest Indians I’ve every seen running!!!

Very Cool Bike!!!

Very Cool Bike!!!

There were some other great bikes there, like the Triumph and Norton.

Norton Commando 750 - Awesome bike!!!

Norton Commando 750 – Awesome bike!!!

1976 BMW - Norton in the background

1976 BMW – Norton in the background

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Another great looking Indian

Another great looking Indian

Classic Indian - love the fenders.

Classic Indian – love the fenders.

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So my goal is to get my 1966 Bridgestone Dual Twin ready for next year!!   Fingers Crossed!!!!

Thanks for reading more coming up on the 8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show!!!

Tim

 

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2014 Rotary Club Tucson Classic Car Show: http://t.co/XiRYrf8Agq via @YouTube
VeroAmoreAZ

Catch the Vero Amore Fire Truck at Tucson Classic Car Show at the Gregory School today till 4pm!
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8th Annual Tucson Classic Car Show A WONDERFUL WAY TO SPEND A FALL SATURDAY GREAT WEATHER IS IN THE FORECAST TOO! http://t.co/yrVEEPu6YK