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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remember the scene from “The Muppet Movie” where the Electric Mayhem repainted Fozie’s car to help them hide out?
Later they were able to blend in perfectly with a psychedelic rainbow soda pop ad. What are the odds!
Well, what we have here is a Mercury Villager that would also fit right in, if you happen to know where that billboard is.
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.
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.
To a certain type of person, this estate sale was the event of the season. If you were into drag racing, Indy cars, hot rods, or sci-fi movies, the estate sale at Dean Jeffries shop on Cahuenga Blvd was a place to score some mementos, random parts at below swap meet prices or pay your last respects to a legend in the automotive world.
George Barris, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and Von Dutch may be more well known, but Jeffries should be right up there with them in the pantheon of car culture. It was Dean who was commissioned to do the Batmobile in 1965 before handing it off to Barris because he couldn’t finish it under the studio deadline. It was Dean who built the Green Hornet “Black Beauty” which we all know is a better car anyway. It was Dean who built the Mantaray, which not only looked as good as any of Roth’s cars, but I bet handled better (after all it was based on an old Maserati F1 car chassis). He built & painted Indy cars, the first Cobra, helped on the GT40 project and more. To sci-fi fans he will always be the man who built the amphibious, fully functional, 8 wheel drive Landmaster for “Damnation Alley” as well as countless other cars for Logan’s Run, “Diamonds Are Forever”, “Roger Rabbit” and more.
Anyway, so it all had to go, and they were selling it cheap. I bet $2500 would have gotten you the entire contents of the place, including the 2 original bucks for the Kyote dune buggies. Here’s some stuff I scored.
Replacement speedo cable for your Landmaster? I may go back tomorrow and pick up the Landmaster/bus shift lever & console that is still sitting there.
Not sure if this is from the Landmaster or maybe from the “Diamonds are Forever” moon buggy
This I was told is definitely from the “Logan’s Run” car.
All this stuff? $20! Next time I am shaping some metal I will feel better knowing I’m using Dean’s hammer and tin snips.
No idea what these were for. They are actually fiberglass, not metal. Inside is marked left and right. No idea what exactly I will use them for, but that pair was only $10.
Adventure touring isn’t as big with the hipster set as cafe racing, but among the burning man hippie hipster set its huge. This biker combined them all and came up with this bobber dual sport cafe racer sporting a set of custom plumbing pipe clubman bars.
I want to take it home and save it, but I’ve got no room at the moment
UPDATE 10/13/2013 – If I’m not mistaken this bike, with nothing more than a swap of the correct handel bars was at the Hell on Wheels Hillclimb this weekend. So looks like it all worked out okay.
So what do you drive on your weekend run to the hardware store while doing errands? Many people have a dedicated, slightly beat up, more utilitarian vehicle just for this purpose. If this is “I <3 Neddy” weekend errand runner I have to wonder what else is in the garage?
Of course, since a mid-80s Rolls recently appeared in a 24 Hours of Lemons race (purchased for $1500 out of someones back yard) I guess these are down to regular used car prices. Of course some people need more utility in their weekend luxury errand runner. One such person was recently spotted at a yard sale driving this this Mercedes Benz El Class.
A friend sent me this recent shot of a Camry “Collector Edition”
Yes, the best selling car in the country for the last 30 years, and someone somewhere (the dealer? Toyota USA?) thought they could move a few more units by slapping “Collector Edition” decals all over it.
Once again the Onion is more real that reality: Everything In Entire World Now Collectible
But maybe I’m wrong? Now that I look at it, it’s not a “Collector’s Edition” it’s the “Collector Edition” so maybe its a tie in to Comic Book Guy’s villain in that 1 episode of the Simpsons?
Sent in by Rob Type44
Back in June of 2011 I spotted this off-road ready Mercedes Benz Gazelle replica kit car in the parking lot of the junk yard.
Well, today I saw it cruising down the street and it appears to have sprouted a full off road spec roll cage since the last time I saw it.