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Air-cooled Hell Projects just make the inferno burn hotter!
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The Golden Age of Aftermarket VW Upgrades was 1975, at least according to the 1975 JC Whitney catalog.
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I wonder if anybody crammed a turbo Corvair engine in with this and lived long enough to get home...
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A 54-year-old crew-cab pickup built by a farm-equipment manufacturer. No rust, just not worth fixing up.
There was once a time when you could buy street vehicles made by a farm equipment manufacturer, and IHC products still show up in self-service wrecking yards today. In this series so far, we've seen this '70 Scout, this '71 Travelall, this '71 Scout, this '72 1010 pickup, this '73 Scout, and this '74 Scout. The crew-ca
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Digging around for an answer to that bumper learned me this:
http://www.farmshow.com/a_article.php?aid=9500

Which is neat, but given the wooden extensions and rather rudimentary appearance of the taillight wiring, my guess is that the last owner wanted the old beater to carry longer stuff but still wanted some kind of semi-functional bumper on the back. A hack, if you will.
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Say you want an Italian car and you're broke? Project Car Hell has the solution to your dilemma!
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In which I explain the much-misunderstood claimer rule in LeMons racing.
You want to race in 24 Hours of LeMons, and you have a perfect car in the garage—say, a Buick Somerset with an LZ9 V-6 swap— but you’re afraid to cage it and race it because . . . why? In many cases, potential LeMons teams fear getting their car destroyed by the People’s Curse […]
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I've found two 262C Bertone Coupes in SF Bay Area junkyards in the last year. Poor bankrupt Bertone.
Only 6,622 Volvo 262C Bertone Coupes were built during the Italo-Swedish machine's 1978-1981 production run, and I've found two of them in California self-serve wrecking yards during the last year. We saw this silver '79 (actually, all '78 and '79 262Cs were painted in Mystic Silver) last summer, and now there's today'
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If you're a plutocrat drinking the blood of the workers and seek a fine luxury sedan that renders you invisible to the rabble when the revolution comes, this is the one. While all those Benz drivers are fighting for their groat rations in the Frederich Engels Re-Education Center, you'll be blending in with the proles' Camrys and Tauruses.
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I sat in one at the auto show, last October.

Damned  nice car.
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These guys fly from Germany to the US four times a year, hit junkyard after junkyard, and ship back container-loads of European car parts.
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Every time I go to Sears Point, I see a new batch of cool cars parked by the garages behind Turn 10. Here's a nice selection of West German stuff, including the first Glas GT I've seen in 30 years.
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This week's Project Car Hell allows you to choose eternity with one of two excruciatingly cool Simcas with 3-figure price tags, including one with factory Ford V8-60 power.
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