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Cool Concepts Sinister Cadillac WTF and Hot Rods WTF

by motorfoot 1/15/2009 1:48:00 PM

I am a fan of the new Cadillac design, at least the grill end. It reminds me of a locomotive, a real fast one, with rubber wheels, and a big caboose. But I digress, or do I?

I ran across this Cadillac concept by Loren Kulesus a few days ago when scanning autoblog. Hmmm, can you stick this on a T-Rex chassis?

The above photo let me to this next one. Sinister is its name. Designed by Jason Holmes. 1930s Ford heritage. A bit too much fender for me, but cool none the less.

Then I was reminded of this one. Hmmm, I see the resemblance.

You might be wondering what the point of this post is.

One thing leads to another. Cars are cool.

Saved! Five-Window with Hemi Power -- Hot Rod Deluxe

by motorfoot 11/23/2008 11:53:00 PM

On Friday I got a little treat - a short but highly entertaining excursion in a bitchin hot rod built by Mark Ford of Austin Speed Shop, Austin Texas. This coupe caught my eye on a previous visit so it was blast to have the owner give me a ride in it.

Another cool bit is that you can read about this traditional hot rod in the January 2009 issue of Hot Rod Deluxe, on the news stand now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More

>> http://www.hotrod.com/whereitbegan/ - Hot Rod Delux returns. 

>> www.austinspeedshop.com/ - Austin Speed Shop.

>> www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=308330 - Coupe photos on Jalopy Journal.

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Atomic Punk Roth Style Hot Rod on ebay

by motorfoot 11/7/2008 12:33:00 PM

Check out the latest prize on ebay...the Ed Roth inspired Atomic Punk Hot Rod built by Aaron Grote!

 

 

More 

>> www.kustomrama.com/Atomic_Punk - More photos.

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eBay Rats Model A is for Anarchy - This Rat Rod Rocks

by motorfoot 9/1/2008 5:18:00 AM

Happy Labor Day! Check out this cool eBay Rat. It is definitely a source for some great design ideas. I think the seat design is very unique. It is on eBay right now if you are interested. I posted some of the highlights below:

  • The dash is custom made with 65 Ford gauge cluster with temp and oil pressure gauge.
  • The seats were hand made with a black leather wrap around love seat style. with side way pleats there are no side windows just front and back.
  • The body has 59 Cadillac tails frenched in and slits cut in the rear for air for the radiator. top is chopped 8 inches and body is dropped 8. car is very low! roof is waist high 41" in the front. roof is aluminum floor is sheet metal all around.
  • The wheels are Corvette Z06 17s in front and 18s on rear.
  • The suspension is leaf in the front with Corvair steering out the side with friction shocks and a parallel four bar setup. The rear is a triangled 2 four bar with a panhard and coils with shocks.

 

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>> MOTORFOOT Gallery - Check out more cool photos in the MOTORFOOT Gallery. 

The Year of the Rat - Rat Rod Inspiration - Part 1

by motorfoot 8/9/2008 4:59:00 AM

Are you looking for your dream car? Are you researching the new car offerings, but nothing is compelling you? Oh sure, there are a lot of great new cars on the market and more about to arrive in dealer show rooms, but you can't shake that feeling in your gut that something's missing, something's wrong.

Well my friend, you are not alone. The Apocalypse is neigh. Revival is on the way. Behold, the Rat Rod!

"When an industry gets too consumed with itself, whether it be politics or music, the very fans that support the industry start feeling left out..."

Rat Rod, you say? A hunk of rusty old iron? Yes, I say, and here's why. When an industry gets too consumed with itself, whether it be politics or music, the very fans that support the industry start feeling left out, disconnected, discontent. And that is the breeding ground of reform. And reform always goes back to its roots for correction and direction. The Rat Rod is having an impact on our collective psyche. And that's a good thing.

I see several positive aspects about this phenom:

  • A revival of personal creativity.
  • A reintroduction, albeit indirectly, to tratitional hot rods.
  • A reminder of our do-it-yourself roots.
  • A transformation of your garage into a workshop and social gathering spot, cause you're going to need a little help from your friends!

Maybe you have thought about taking up welding, or try your hand at spraying paint or flames, or taking apart an engine? With a rat rod, you can try stuff with no worries. What can you screw up? Can you ruin the resale value? Hell no! Well, maybe a little. But who cares, you bought it cheap!

Lets get back to the basics, back to the roots. Lets build something, and let the others buy $80,000 hot rods. And if you can't build it, so what? Just buy something cheap and do what you can. The point is to jump in and give it a try.

ebay Finds

Just within the last few weeks, I have witnessed some pretty cool rides for less than 13,500 on ebay. Below are just a few examples.

I really wanted this one. The body is original 1928 Ford and no rust holes! It had a unique side profile with 20 inch rear wheels. It sold for 13,500.

This is a 1931 Dodge 3 window coupe. I don't hear about Dodges too often but this one looks mighty fine. The current bid for this is 13,700. It will probably go for a few thousand more due to the style and paint. There is a Bacardi like bat on the rear, and the name of the car is Bootleg Special.

The bids on this 1929 were not high enough to meet reserve so it didn't sell. It has four link rear suspension with air bags. It was really bare bones with a sheet metal bench, a dash consisting of a metal rod to support a few guages. For those who don't build frames, or chop and channel, it would have been a perfect starting point for the remainder of the customization.

Agree or disagree? Do you relate? Share your thoughts here - comment on this article now. 

More

eBay Rats - More pics in MOTORFOOT Gallery.

MFTV - MOTORFOOT's collection of 30 Rat Rod / Hot Rod videos on YouTube. 

MF Video - Check out the the video pictorial of this article on YouTube! 

Credits

Rat Rod photo "Gone Postal" used with permission from artist Michael Ulman. Photograph by Craig Roth.

Woodighini - The story of a Born again Fiero

by motorfoot 7/24/2008 4:30:00 PM

Job 33:28 'He has redeemed my soul from going to the pit, And my life shall see the light.'

O, Canada, home of the T-Rex and the ... Woodighini! Woodighini? WTF is that? That my friend is what you see to your right! A "born again" Pontiac Fiero! You're not going to believe this, but read on anyway!

"If you can't buy it, build it!" That's Woody's motto, and he's got the skills to back it up (and drive it).

Woody is a 33 year old gear head and steel fabricator from Cranbrook, BC, Canada, who one day decided to build a dream car. What's in that Canadian air? I want some!

MOTORFOOT spotted this project on Hub Garage and had to get the story behind it. I really wanted to see this car in person, but alas, we're here in Austin Texas and Canada is like further North than Dallas. So I interviewed Woody via email and composed the conversation for your enjoyment here. So, close your eyes and pretend we traveled to Canada to get the story on the Woodighini. Well, I guess you have to open your eyes. Nevermind. Read on!

MF: So Woody, what led you to build the Woodighini?

It started before I knew it! In July 2007 I received a call from a friend asking me if I wanted a Pontiac Fiero for only $50, so I checked it out! The only thing wrong with the car was the starter. I felt guilty so I paid $60 so I didn't feel like I robbed someone!

MF: When did you start building it?

That car sat outside my window, until the second week of December, that’s when I saw the most amazing car-the Lamborghini Reventon! Just an unbelievable military style mixed with a true exotic, I was hooked!

I found four measurements - length, width, height and wheel base, tape measure in hand to the fiero. No doubt in my mind that was to be my car! Over the Christmas holiday I ordered the first parts: wheels, tires, glass, transmission, engine parts and steel! I’m not one to mess with fiberglass even if it would be easier. Steel is my gift and I'll stick to it! I cut so much of the Fiero away that many times I was asked if I was building a dune buggy? I always gave the same reply, a smile with a Yes! Working weekends and some evenings on the drive train it seemed to look like a dune buggy for months! In June I started working on it more regularly, with the drive train complete, now on to the body.

MF: Well, speaking of drive train, what's under the hood?

The drive is a 350 ci small block Chevy, Scat crankshaft and connecting rods, Keith Black pistons, Comp cam, roller rockers and topped off with a Barry Grant blow through carb. The transmission is a new GM 6 speed standard, the same one they put in the G6 GT, with a Spec racing clutch and modified G6 axles, twin turbo’s and a huge intercooler. To stop all this I have 11 1/4 vented-slotted-crossdrilled rotors matched up with Camaro front calipers and Cadillac rear calipers.

MF: Do you have an idea about how much it might weigh?

I weighed the car on the way back from a car show and it was just over 2000 pounds without the motor/transmission/glass and some minor parts. It should be in the 3000-3500 pound range for sure, with most of the weight just ahead of the rear tires.

MF: How is the car registered? Or, what the heck is it now?

It is registered as an 87 fiero. I can register it as a custom built with a structural inspection. I can insure and drive it as a Fiero with only a safety inspection.

MF: You have come a long way in just a few months! When do you think you will have it completed?

The car should be completed in a couple more months, and then a road trip to remember! She was built to drive not trailer!

MF: Any interesting stories come from your time spend so far building the car?

When I was pulling the fiero apart I found $43 in toonies and loonies, then a friend of mine pulled $24 out of the center console. For the $60 I paid for it I made money!

MF: Do you have any advice for anyone that might attempt something like this?

My advice to others would be to have a well drafted plan of attack on any project, -parts -price -time -etc. I have learned that it doesn't matter if people think you can't do this or that. If you have the determination nothing can stop you!

MF: We can certainly relate! Any plans for another project?

I have been roughing out an idea with one of the design studio's on the Hub. If you think the Woodighini is a challenge or cool LOOK OUT!

MF: Thanks Woody. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us a bit about the Woodighini!

There are a thousand other questions we could ask, but what about you? Questions? Comments? Post em here or go visit Woody at the Hub Garage!

Links

>> HubGarage.com - For more pics you can visit Woody's garage at the Hub.

>> HubGarage.com - The HubG Homepage.

>> Wikipedia.com - The Lamborghini_Reventon.

>> MOTORFOOT Gallery - More photos in the MOTORFOOT Gallery!

>> YouTube Video Gallery -  Photos put to music by Photoshocks on YouTube.

Ford Coupe - Extremes

by motorfoot 6/3/2008 7:44:00 AM

I found this unique Ford Coupe on www.streetrodding.com and thought it was Cool Car worthy. It's interesting how my appreciation of cars has grown over the years.

A year ago I wouldn't have considered purchasing a hot rod, but now I am open to the possibility  for several reasons:

  • Hot Rods like the Ford Coupe are easier for me to work on than newer machines like my Corvette.
  • I'm less concerned about dinging it up.
  • I could try out modifications and not worry about resale value!
  • Hot Rods are just plain cool, always have been, always will be.

The Ford shown above is certainly a show quality car, but I would go for  the Coupe shown below. It's currently for sale at a local dealer.

What about you? Has your taste in cars changed? If so, why? 

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A Moment of Silence

by motorfoot 5/11/2008 12:11:00 AM

Meditation image of the day. Brethren, may we have a moment of silence...

I found this beauty at cars-on-line.com while checking out the 70 - 73 Camaros for sale. It's like the thing has life!

I think it needs a caption. Any ideas? 

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