Okay, send me pictures of the worst things you see on the road, I’m ready for them. Car bras, rims worth more than the car, bad stick on customization, rolling on the donut spare, cardboard or saran wrap windows, awesome custom airbrush vistas, driving while fat, get the idea?
Marlon Bondo (Parkwood60@yahoo.com)
Some people claim 24 Hours of Lemons is a waste of good cars, but wouldn’t you rather see this 1970 Ford Mustang running around a road course than running errands to Home Depot, where I shot this? It looks as if someone in high school in 1981 tricked this thing out with shackles, big wide wheels and raised white letter tires then drove it through a time warp. I bet whomever owns it still wears a Members Only jacket.
I wish some would do us all a favor and put this out of its misery.
At this point we have less than a week until the 24 Hours of Lemons Sears Pointless and the car still doesn’t run. At this point failure is not an option. If I can’t make it run today, and make the tranny go into at least 1, 2 and 3 there is no time. I could swap the back up motor back into it, but no way we’re swapping the C4 back in. Its firing, but not quite running. There is some sort of tight spot right at TDC, but it can’t be a valve because it is tight no matter which way I rotate the crank. I imagine some bit of dust shield is rubbing on the flywheel for some reason.
Plus, I’m almost out of beers.
Dark days indeed.
Lincoln is in a sad state of affairs these day, everyone agrees. They have lost their way. They should be competitive with Cadillac, but they are having a hard time competing with Buick and Chrysler. This wasn’t always the way. There was a time when Lincoln was at least the style leader, if not the sales leader. Not sure when that time ended, but during the “Malaise Era” (copyright 1999 Murilee Martin) it was still in full swing. Does anything define Carter administration luxury better than the Lincoln Mark V Bill Blass Edition, with smog choked 200hp big block?
Note the Cartier branded clock? I did not get a good overall picture of the car, but it was in such good shape it would break your heart, so best to not look. Here is the original brochure.
Also in the same yard was a formerly cool, but now junk, Lincoln Custom from the same era.
Custom paint, Cooper Cobra tires, “Daisy” rims, somebody put a lot of time and effort into this dead president Continental Mark VI. My favorite feature though is the high performance Bilstein hood prop rod.
I have been spending a lot of time in the junkyards again, because we have a 24 Hours of Lemons race coming up 3/23-24, and we had a little problem last race. At the Sun Valley home of Jaws I found this slightly toasty Pontiac.
If he had bought a Thunderbird all he’d have is a little hearing loss, maybe.
Spotted this beautiful old land yacht at the local self serve lot (the one with the last of the Jaws sharks). As near as I can tell it was either someone’s homemade version of the Griswold’s Wagon Queen Family Truckster, or it was made here in Hollywood for a commercial or music video, or something to look like the original.
Friend will attest that I have a spot in my heart for big old wagons, or they may just say I’m not quite right, but its sad to see something like this which obviously had a ton of work put into it junked.
This interior could serve as the setting for a remake of “How Green Was My Valley”. How come no OEMs make interiors with color in them anymore?
Just a quick update on the M50: the owner called to tell me it was still marking its territory with a drop of oil now and then, and that he had sold it. I told him great, and that for the 1960s and an Italian bike that was considered oil tight.
Hopefully the new owner enjoys it and occasionally gets a chance to actually ride the thing.
Here’s Dick Van Dyke on an M50 from the Dick Van Dyke Show