Pilez & Driverz

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)


Like Finding a Unicorn parked on the Street

Went to the gym today at my lunch hour (or two) and coming out I thought I was hallucinating.

1976 Chevy Chevette Woody 1

Could it be? I thought these had all died out years ago! And in such great shape! Surely not just the nicest one with wood grain on its flanks, but one of the nicest ones left, period.

1976 Chevy CHevette Woody 2

Even the interior is clean.

1976 Chevy Chevette Woody 3

Unfortunately the 25 year old repair to the driver side fender is no longer the same color as the faded 35 year old rest of the car. And it looks like the passenger side has been a little banged up recently.

1976 Chevy Chevette 4

You know, if Haggerty Insurance is going to keep track of nearly extinct cars, they really ought to but a bounty on finding them in the wild, don’t you think?

Forwarding this on to the Secret Society of the Simulated Woodie.


May 1972 Cycle Magazine Honda CB750 Exhaust System Test

I got these pages at a swap meet years ago. It covers (most) of an aftermarket exhaust system shoot out between Dunstall, Triple A, Action Fours, Racecrafters and Jardine. Its missing the last page, but it does have the comparison chart with all the important numbers. Hopefully the images are big enough for you to read the text. Click the image to see it way bigger. The Jardine was the fastest, but also the loudest, Racecrafters came in second in both noise and speed. Triple A however came in third in the speed measures, but was the quietest except for the stock Honda system.

Honda CB750 Exhaust Test

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Honda CB750 Exhaust Test 003

Honda CB750 Exhaust Test 004

Honda CB750 Exhaust Test 005

Honda CB750 Exhaust Test 006

Honda CB750 Exhaust Test 007


The Poser Mobile can be yours for $1000

More gold from Craigslist, via the cars for sale section of the 24 Hours of Lemons forum. Its the Poser Mobile! I’m assuming used by Poserman, who travels the cities of the Pacific Northwest telling saving people from posers and telling bad guys their scene is OVER!!!

1985 Toyota Carolla AE86 2

From the look of this I’m assuming Poserman sports a handlebar mustache, and a crown, with a orange and blue uniform and a gold cape. His hair is a shaggy mane of unkempt white fur, much like the dash.

1985 Toyota Cororra AE86 3

Now for just $1000 you can assume the mantle of Poserman, as long as you like the AE86 BEFORE THEY WERE COOL. Oh, and the cost of fixing the cracked cylinder head (which must have been sustained in battle, because with all these gauges there’s no way it overheated”

1985 Toyota AE86 1

While it lasts, find the ad here. Also it may actually just be a tribute car to this obscure mobile phone ad.


Pile of the Week: Su. Bo. Sunday Edition

This thing is so awesome/oddball I hardly know what to say.

1970 Honda N600 2

1970 Honda N600 3

1970 Honda N600 4

No expense was spared in making this special Super Bowl XVIII promotional vehicle, except the expense of a sign big enough to write out the words “Super Bowl”

1970 Honda N600 1

1970 Honda N600 5

Found on Craigslist, in Tampa, Florida: http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/cto/4279887326.html

“This is a custom made helmet football car built on a Honda 600 microcar chassis… built for Super Bowl XVIII in 1984… football rotate end over end like it is being kicked for a field goal… One look at this car with it’s spinning football and people will want to pull over and come in and watch a game!!! This thing will pay for itself in attention getting and customer draw.”


Pile of the Week: 4 x 4 Grand Torino Wagon?

http://bakersfield.craigslist.org/cto/4218297337.html

Not much info on this ad, but you know what they say: A picture is worth a 1000 words.

1973 Ford Grand Torino Wagon


CB750 Cafe Racer Resurrection: Part 2

Put the first base coat of paint on the tank today. I think it came out pretty good. Not sure if it needs a 2nd coat, or just go straight for the metalflake top coat and then the clear.

I also mocked up the frame mounted 9″ headlight. I think its still a bit too high, and the brackets have not been finalized yet.

1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer 10

1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer 11


Pile of the week: 1990 Chevy Lumina APV Dune Buggy?

The “Cars for Sale” section of the 24 Hours of Lemons Forum  is like having hundreds of crazy car nuts sifting thru and posting the worst of Craigslist every day, which is where I found this: http://muskegon.craigslist.org/cto/4164718647.html

Sorry, the seller doesn’t have much to offer in the way of textual details, he lets the pictures tell the story.

1990 Chevy Lumina APV Dune Buggy 1

1990 Chevy Lumina APV Dune Buggy 2

1990 Chevy Lumina APV Dune Buggy 3

1990 Chevy Lumina APV Dune Buggy 4


Honda CB750 Cafe Resurrection Continues

Nearly a year and a 1/2 ago I posted this inventory of my garage/projects, Well I’m finally starting to see the end of the tunnel on 2 of them. The Honda MT125 Elsinore is within spitting distance of being “done” and the CB750 cafe racer is nearly a whole bike again.

Back in August it looked like this
1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Before 1

Stripped naked with naught but a fresh coat of Rustoleum on the frame to protect it.
1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Before 2

I ground about, no lie, 1/8″ of old paint off the tank surface, and cleaned the rust out of the innards with 5 gallons of white vinegar and time.
1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Before 3

I wish I could get away with no Bondo, but its not going to happen.
1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Before 4

The tank is starting to look real smooth. You know if the lines look straight in flat black they are going to be awesome with a bright metal flake on them.

1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Before 5

I think I still need to spray and sand about 2 more coats of primer, but not to the underside. So I decides to shoot some color on the bottom to see what its going to look like.

1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Before 6

Its not particularly smooth, and there is some lint, so sue me. No one will ever see 90% of the underside of the tank, and the edges you may see are all nicely finished.

1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer 7

Still tons of work to be done here. The combination of neglect, deferred maintenance, Venice beach and age have taken their toll on this poor bike.

I need a different master cylinder. I needed a new one anyway, but no way I can run drag bars, clubmans, or clip-ons with this monstrosity.

1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Before 9

I discovered a 2002 Yamaha R6 K & N air filter is about the same size & shape as the bottom half of the Honda CB750 airbox. I have a set of spun aluminum velocity stacks, but I don’t want to run them all the time, so I am mating the R6 filter to the Honda box.

1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer Before 10

SOMETHING must be done about the goonie bird look of that way too high headlight on the stock 1982 Honda CB900F fork and ears. I may fab up a frame mounted headlight now, just to get it in the right spot, before I find a 1/2 fairing to hang on it. Anything is better than this.

1972 Honda CB750 Cafe Racer 8

And here’s some old pictures of how the bike has looked at various stages between 1972 (when new), 1994 (when I bought it) and now.

When its done, and it will be before the end of the year, I believe it will be the first official bike from Piledriverz Customs.


The 2nd Battle of Little Big Rig

A friend found this Ranger, owned by someone who isn’t aware of how small it is last year. I spotted this one cruising the I-210 freeway near Los Angeles.

2003 Ford Ranger 1

If I had to guess I would say fully 1/4 of his payload is being eaten up by stick on chrome planted gee-gaws from J.C. Whitney and Pep Boys.

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I regret I couldn’t get a better shot than this of the car customizing cowboy, but I was driving at 70mph at the time.


Pile of the Week: Nice Van

Remember the scene from “The Muppet Movie” where the Electric Mayhem repainted Fozie’s car to help them hide out?
Fozie Rainbow Studebaker 1
Later they were able to blend in perfectly with a psychedelic rainbow soda pop ad. What are the odds!
Fozie Rainbow Studebaker 2

Well, what we have here is a Mercury Villager that would also fit right in, if you happen to know where that billboard is.
1995 Mercury Villager 1
Though, depending on which side is facing outward, you’d better hope its a psychedelic bate shop billboard. Maybe there is some hip bate shop the kids hang out at in Eastern Kentucky where this is for sale.
1995 Mercury Villager 2
At least you get a sweet set of raised white letter tires in the deal! For sale here, for just $1000!?!? Think about that, $1000 for the van, and you get the art for free, or $1000 original piece of outsider art and you get free transportation too.


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