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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles opens trading on NYSE

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles opened on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, and the price was relatively stable.

Shares opened at $8.98 when the bell rang at 9:30 a.m. ET and after bouncing around, shares are trading at $8.96 at midday. Four million shares had traded. Fiat Chrysler trades under the symbol FCA.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

 

via Fiat Chrysler Automobiles opens trading on NYSE.

Last time Chrysler sold stock on the Exchange was 1998.

To buy or not to buy?  That is the question.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Should you buy Fiat Chrysler’s stock?

Fiat Chrysler showed off its Maserati Alfieri concept car at the Paris Motor Show this month. By. Philipvan Doorn. Investing columnist. Tesla Motors Inc. may be the most exciting auto-industry story, but don’t forget Fiat Chrysler. The company’s stock
Fiat Chrysler stock up in 1st trading day on NYSE

DETROIT — Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles rose early Monday after their debut on the New York Stock Exchange as the newly merged company seeks to raise its profile and give U.S. investors a chance to own part of the Chrysler comeback story.

Road Trippin’ in AZ Wine Country – Porsches

What do you when you’ve been married to a wonderful woman for 29 years?  Take a road trip!!  We both have busy schedules so we decided to take a day trip though AZ wine country – which is a pretty drive on any day, but with all the tropical rain we’ve had here in the southern part of Arizona it is lush in the desert!!!!    It was a beautiful ride and we ran into this group of folks enjoying the day as well.

They were from all over AZ and headed to Tombstone for lunch.

Porches at play

Porches at play

Love this 1960!!!!

Love this 1960!!!!

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They were having a lot of fun and I got to talk to John who was co-piloted this beautiful 1960.

Here is a short video of their gathering place.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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1960 Porsche 356 B T5 CABRIOLET http://t.co/kmeOHt5siw http://t.co/EU9Rpvmgnn

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1960 Porsche 356 B T5 CABRIOLET http://t.co/kmeOHt5siw http://t.co/EU9Rpvmgnn
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2008 Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder & 1960 Porsche Type 718 RS 60 Spyder. http://t.co/UYJk285k0f

C6 2007 Corvette – Fuel Gauge/Low Fuel/Service Fuel System

If you’ve viewed the links below you’ll know that there are a few glitches that you need to be aware of with the some of the C6 Corvettes and most you can live with….at least for a while.

One of those is the fuel gauge issue mentioned in this  posting  C6 07 Corvette – Fuel Gauge/Low Fuel/Service Fuel System http://wp.me/p2YxYx-I4 .   So here’s the rest of the story.

The gauge issue started out as an intermittent annoyance, which only occurred when I filled the tank(s).  As you can see in the above posting and subsequent postings/comments that there was a common ‘solution’ for the problem.  Most owners believed that the use of Techron gas additive would clear that up.  But I’m betting most of them discovered that it wasn’t a dirty sensor, but a defective on.   I tried the Techron solution for months and it never seemed to clear up.  Eventually the gauge failed to work at all, except every now and then it would kick up and hang at a position on the gauge for a few miles and then drop back to the empty position.

Recently (within the last month) it began to work in the opposite direction, steadily showing some sort of fuel level, but inaccurate.

Here are the offending pieces – (there a long back story on how I got the old parts and I’ll share that in the past part of this post).

Fuel Pump

Fuel Pump

Fuel Pump with pressure fuel line fitting

Fuel Pump with pressure fuel line fitting

Bottom with sensor connection

Bottom with sensor connection

Fuel pump - Top

Fuel pump – Top

Fuel filter

Fuel filter

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Bottom

Bottom

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Fuel Pressure fitting.  You need the release tool to disconnect

Fuel Pressure fitting. You need the release tool to disconnect

Sensor and float

Sensor and float

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Sensor

Sensor

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The sensor run about $150 depending on where you find them and the fuel pump it’s self from $499 – $600.

More of the store coming up.

Stay Tuned!!!!

Tim

Also see  Livin’ with the  Glitches – 07 Corvette

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C6 07 Corvette – Fuel Gauge/Low Fuel/Service Fuel System

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» Detroit close to deal with last major creditor Alex Jones’ Infowars

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Detroit and its last major holdout creditor are hashing out a settlement that would be a major step ahead for the city as it fights to defend its bankruptcy exit plan in federal court.A deal is close but the city and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. are working out terms of the agreement, a person familiar with the matter confirmed late Monday.Details of the potential settlement were scarce Monday but likely involve giving Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., a bond insurer with a $1.1-billion claim against the city, a share of bonds Detroit plans to issue to settle debts with creditors, and potentially city real estate or other assets in downtown Detroit. The settlement would mirror one the city made with Syncora Guaranty, which had been Detroit’s staunchest opponent in bankruptcy before settling.

via » Detroit close to deal with last major creditor Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.

 

TIME FOR A COME BACK!!!

Let's Do This!!!

Let’s Do This!!!

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

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RT @TheD_Zone: We have confirmed that former OLSM/California 2016 LB Daelin Hayes has transferred to Detroit Cass Tech. http://t.co/XaVo6…

Four pre-war Harley-Davidsons stolen – Reward Offered – UPDATE – RECOVERED!!!

Stolen Motorcycle Cannonball Harleys Recovered
September 24, 2014 by Buzz 6 Comments

Thanks to an amazing on line effort by so many caring people the 4 stolen Harleys from the Motorcycle Cannonball have been recovered. Also the stolen trailer and truck.

All the spare parts, tools, luggage and crates are still missing and there is little chance of recovering them, but the motorcycle owners must be so relieved.

The stolen trailer was recovered in the Port of Tacoma.

 

REWARD! Motorcycle Cannonball Truck, Trailer and Harley Motorcycles Stolen

chase the link:  $10K REWARD: http://bit.ly/1CbtbT

The day after completing the grueling ride (nearly 4,000 miles) across the U.S. on antique motorcycles on the Motorcycle Cannonball endurance run there is bad news. A truck, trailer and 4 classic Harleys were stolen from the parking lot of the Murano Hotel in Tacoma, WA.

American Iron Magazine is posting this info here and asking everyone to please share this in the hope that we can track down and recover the stolen machines and parts.

THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT $10,000 REWARD FOR THE RETURN OF THESE MACHINES.

 

STOLEN CLASSIC HARLEY 1919 Harley J – Mississippi Antique Plate #9620.

STOLEN CLASSIC HARLEY 1919 Harley J – Mississippi Antique Plate #9620.

STOLEN HARLEY. 1926 Harley JD – Texas Antique Plate #BDKX4

STOLEN HARLEY. 1926 Harley JD – Texas Antique Plate #BDKX4

STOLEN Harley 1928 Harley Davidson JD – Texas Antique Plate # BFGV2

STOLEN Harley 1928 Harley Davidson JD – Texas Antique Plate # BFGV2

STOLEN HARLEY – 1931 Harley-Davidson VL – Texas Antique Plate #BFGR3

STOLEN HARLEY – 1931 Harley-Davidson VL – Texas Antique Plate #BFGR3

 

In addition to these four classic Harleys, a 2001 Ford F250 (Texas plate 89LBC7), and a 2007 Doolittle trailer (Texas plate 41968M) were also stolen.

We at American Iron Magazine ask that you share this info with everyone you can think of to help us try recover these stolen vehicles as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Dearborn Steel Tubing celebrates Thunderbolt’s 50th anniversary by building a | Hemmings Daily

 

'64 Thunderbolt

’64 Thunderbolt

It’s been 50 years since Ford took the drag racing world by storm with its lightweight Thunderbolt, and to celebrate, Dearborn Steel Tubing, the original manufacturer of the Thunderbolt in 1964, has just produced a new Thunderbolt.

via Dearborn Steel Tubing celebrates Thunderbolt’s 50th anniversary by building a | Hemmings Daily.

 

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Tim

 

The Dynamat AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour – Part 2

We were able to see the very first Ford Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt #100 which was the last one made. There were also three other Thunderbolts, two factory Pontiac “Swiss cheese” race cars and significant race cars from the 60’s and 70’s. We were able

The Legendary Cord Brand Is For Sale

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Cord is one of those iconic automobile brands that seems to come from a mythical era of the past; they don’t quite seem of the world we know today. The legendary Cord 810 gave us pop-up headlights, was a FWD pioneer, and is considered one of the most beautiful cars ever. Now you can own the name!Yes, Leake Auctions is putting the Cord trademark up for bid — actually even more than just the name: Leake Auction Company is proud to announce a rare opportunity to purchase and own one of the most revered names in the world of American classic automobiles, the trademark, licensing and manufacturing rights to the CORD Automobile.

via The Legendary Cord Brand Is For Sale.

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim