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Old 03-20-2017   #16 (permalink)
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You're mostly right, the exterior is a 1953 Nash Rambler Custom station wagon, but the interior, sub-platform and all running gear are from a turbocharged Mini Cooper. They basically removed the body from a Rambler and a Mini Cooper and welded the Rambler body onto the Mini Cooper platform. When you open the door you cannot tell it is not a production automobile, it just looks like a brand new car, no seams or hacked up pieces just a beautiful little car.

It turns out the Rambler and Mini Cooper have nearly the same wheelbase and width so the swap was somewhat of a natural. I didn't ask how much it cost!!!
Now that's cool! My hat comes off to people that have that sort of vision.

We have a guy that shows up to one of our meets with a 59 Chevy Wagon that is actually multiple cars. But, he has blended them so everything looks like it's supposed to be that way.
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The Nash is the owner's daily driver, for now anyway, he is a serious motorhead and some of the other vehicles in his garage would make your jaw drop.

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I want!


2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Although, it can't truly be a Shelby since the guy is dead!
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Last Saturday. On way home after a 1 week camping trip. F250 towing 5th wheel toy hauler. 250 miles from home. We had been camping about 30 miles from I-40 in the desert, about 8 miles from a closed section of Route 66. About 1 mile after getting on I-40 heard a hissing noise, followed by a loud bang (like a tire blew). Immediately pulled over, which happened to be in front of a rest stop. Looked at all tires, everything fine. Looked at under carriage, no sign of damage from something hitting it. Truck was idling fine, no engine lights or codes on. Decided to backup into the median between the road and the entrance to the Rest Area. The truck would barely move, kept cutting out when I pushed on the accelerator peddle. Finally got it parked it in the Rest Area. Opened the hood, figuring there would be nothing I would see out of the ordinary.

That is the pressure pipe from the turbo intercooler to the throttle body. The connection blew apart from the throttle body.



Truck was towed to Havasu City Ford Dealer - 50 miles away. A friend drove 250 miles to get us and our trailer bring us home.

Truck is fixed under warranty. Now I need to go 300 miles to go get the truck.
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Holy cow! Did they say what caused it?
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Holy cow! Did they say what caused it?
Known issue. If you look close you will see the spring clip still around the throttle body along with the seals hanging on the spring. The plastic end of the tube broke down over time where it clips to the throttle body. Cold Side Turbo charge tube under 40 PSI pressure, and you design a cheap plastic quick connect that deteriorates after a few years and under hood heat. I think accountants got involved in the design and saved some money. Will purchase a spare and carry with me. I could have easily replaced it on the side of the road.
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Known issue. If you look close you will see the spring clip still around the throttle body along with the seals hanging on the spring. The plastic end of the tube broke down over time where it clips to the throttle body. Cold Side Turbo charge tube under 40 PSI pressure, and you design a cheap plastic quick connect that deteriorates after a few years and under hood heat. I think accountants got involved in the design and saved some money. Will purchase a spare and carry with me. I could have easily replaced it on the side of the road.
That sucks. Seems like someone would have come up with an aftermarket work around.

On a separate note...here's my buddy's 39 Dodge. He did all the work by himself.

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That sucks. Seems like someone would have come up with an aftermarket work around.
Yes, they do exist. Legal in 49 states. Guess who lives in state #50, me. Smog inspection every 2 years if you own a diesel truck. My 2012 truck has been inspected 2x, while my 2007 Miata has only had 1 inspection, and will get a 2nd inspection this year.
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That sucks. Seems like someone would have come up with an aftermarket work around.

On a separate note...here's my buddy's 39 Dodge. He did all the work by himself.

And that's a sweet truck.
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It's a 39 Dodge with a few hard to find parts replaced with 39 Plymouth parts. The truck was an absolute rust bucket when he picked it up. He dropped it and relocated/reworked a lot of the parts/pieces. Put an LS1 engine in it.

All of that in his barn.

He also did this. Any guesses?


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It's a 39 Dodge with a few hard to find parts replaced with 39 Plymouth parts. The truck was an absolute rust bucket when he picked it up. He dropped it and relocated/reworked a lot of the parts/pieces. Put an LS1 engine in it.

All of that in his barn.

He also did this. Any guesses?

Nice example of the aptly named Bug Eyed Sprite or Spridget as they were later known.
Agree that the Mustang would get the job done nicely. A friend has one of the Boss 302 editions from a few years back and it is a whole lot of fun. Also had a new 350GT-R locally that the fellow drove around with the dump gates open- you'd pay money just to hear that thing go through the gears!
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Nice example of the aptly named Bug Eyed Sprite or Spridget as they were later known.
Agree that the Mustang would get the job done nicely. A friend has one of the Boss 302 editions from a few years back and it is a whole lot of fun. Also had a new 350GT-R locally that the fellow drove around with the dump gates open- you'd pay money just to hear that thing go through the gears!
Yep...it's an MG Midget with a Bug Eye Sprite front clip.
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Ahhh Yes...Lucas. The Prince of Darkness!

I think you'd have to convert it from a Negative Ground too!
I'm restoring a '59 Austin-Healey Bugeye and have become really involved lately with the electrical system, all Lucas, of course.

Recently a friend told me that Lucas Industries added a new product line.

Vacuum cleaners (Hoover's in the UK)! But, they had to discontinue them within six months.

Seems the vacuums were the only products in their line that didn't suck!
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I'm restoring a '59 Austin-Healey Bugeye and have become really involved lately with the electrical system, all Lucas, of course.

Recently a friend told me that Lucas Industries added a new product line.

Vacuum cleaners (Hoover's in the UK)! But, they had to discontinue them within six months.

Seems the vacuums were the only products in their line that didn't suck!
A Brit friend told me some years back that they don't say "I need to vacuum the rug", they say "I need to Hoover the rug". I wonder if that is still true, probably not, now it is more likely "I need to Dyson the rug".
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That sucks. Seems like someone would have come up with an aftermarket work around.

On a separate note...here's my buddy's 39 Dodge. He did all the work by himself.

Yes, that is a nice ride, it looks like your friend does excellent work.
I'm looking around for a early 50's Ford F100 4x4 but with stock mechanicals. I currently have an 88 F150 4x4 but I'm hoping to find something a little older.

Older is better.
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