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Junkyard Siva now a Schoolyard Siva0 Comment

Siva Saluki | Tue, 29 Aug 2006 Posted by :

I recently received some wonderful news about the junked Siva Saluki that sold on eBay recently for $750. Following is the note I got (I wish my highschool had done this!) from Wayne Griffin, an engineering studies teacher at the school:

“The Siva Saluki (or look alike) featured in the August 6th posting has been purchased by Year 11 Engineering students of Inaburra, a private School located on the southern edge of Sydney, Australia. The class of twenty students have wasted no time in starting work on the car despite its rustic charms. As their Engineering Studies teacher I was amazed when in the space of one lesson the students organised themselves to clean the vehicle of its miscellaneous tyres, beer cans, grass clippings etc, removed a large quantity of oil off the pan and then separated the various fibreglass mouldings and frames. It was as if the car was being swarmed by ants.

Click to zoom in to the Schoolyard Siva being worked on.The intention at this stage is to try something a little different and fit the car with an Electric Motor. The idea of going electric has gathered support and seems timely given the current state of Australian fuel prices. Some components that came with the car are in need of repair; there is a hand sized ding in the back corner for example and the steel reinforcement in the doors have rusted causing the skins do delaminate in places.

Whether the car is a Siva Saluki or a very close copy is a bit unclear. The car seems almost identical to Jaoa Andrade’s car and I had convinced myself (and others) before collecting it, that it was a Siva Saluki, although how it came to be in Sydney would have been a mystery. Now that we have the car it appears to be wider in the back to accommodate fatter rear tyres and there are a number of moulded lines that join the body to the rear wheel arches.

The seller maintains the car is one of two that were built from original moulds in Sydney and that the other is currently road registered. To simplify matters we will probably get the car going and consider the practicality of registration later. We also hope to have the body painted within a couple of weeks!

Thanks to our principal, Dr Paul Burgis and Inaburra P and F for their support.”

Rolls-Royce/VW Truck Kit18 Comment

Carlisle 2006, Conventions, VW Beetle | Thu, 24 Aug 2006 Posted by :

I wish I could remember the name of the kit (maybe someone can post it), but I really liked this modified VW with a truck rear and a Rolls-Royce-esque grill. Check out the custom made rear bumper/wing by the way.

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Kokopelli Lotus 11 Replicas0 Comment

Carlisle 2006, Conventions, Lotus 11 | Thu, 24 Aug 2006 Posted by :

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You can click the business card on the right for contact details, but here are a couple photos of each of Kokopelli‘s two Lotus 11 models.

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Black Avenger GT-121 Comment

Avenger, Carlisle 2006, Conventions, FiberFab | Thu, 24 Aug 2006 Posted by :

I totally forgot I had this stash of photos from Carlisle! Here’s a great looking black Fiberfab Avenger GT-12 for starters.

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Writing this feels like shooting a dude in a wheelchair5 Comment

eBay, For Sale, One-offs | Thu, 24 Aug 2006 Posted by :

I feel bad picking on this car, because it’s just so ridiculously ugly that I doubt the creator is even aware of what a monstrosity it is… I mean, it looks like it’s a destroyed Fiero that someone has stapled pieces of silver cardboard all over. The only reason I can think of that someone would bid on eBay item #270021535339 is to scavenge the two Fieros for parts. I’m sorry, but I think this may be the ugliest car I’ve ever posted here. In a way, it’s heartbreaking to imagine that this is the result of hundreds of hours of someone pouring their heart into a dream project.

Yeah, it looks promising in the first thumbnail, I know…

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Laser 917A for sale2 Comment

For Sale, Laser 917 | Tue, 22 Aug 2006 Posted by :

Mike is selling his Elite Enterprises Laser 917A Porsche replica at the Lowes Motor Speedway (SC) Autofair on September 14 – 17. Asking price is $9500 or best offer. The car has less than 4000 miles on it, and you can email Mike at mjhill@ftc-i.net. Check out the pictures, or download the video at the end of the entry.

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Crazy Canadian Hillbilly Madmax Sportscar7 Comment

One-offs | Fri, 11 Aug 2006 Posted by :

I say “crazy Canadian hillbilly” in a purely complementary fashion, being one myself. This wild one-off creation from rural Waterloo, Ontario was recently posted to eBay although it never generated bids (asking price $9,000). To me it looks like a weird hybrid of a Lancia Stratos, a Lamborghini Countach, a Delorean, and something out of Mad Max. Which is pretty much what I expect when I think of exotic cars with 20ga steel bodies built in a barn. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something endearing about this car to me. Officially it’s called the DKX.

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The car is build around a 1973 503 big block V8 Cadillac Eldorado engine (mid mounted) riding on 1985 Corvette suspension, with many of the other donor parts also coming from the Vette. The frame is two and a half inch tube with steel floor, roof, and bulkhead inserts, with 20ga satin coat steel welded and bolted to the frame. Steering is from a 92 Chrysler Daytona. The doors are gullwing, electrically activated with a hydro-electric opening device. It has full keyless entry, air conditioning, and so on, but it still needs a few parts before it’s street legal and fully running (some of the lights, the radiator, etc). Here are some construction photos:

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Maybe I’m just a sucker for crazy projects (I’m currently building a V8 snowmobile), but I’ve got a real soft spot for this car!

“Sorta” XJ-220 replica7 Comment

eBay, One-offs | Fri, 11 Aug 2006 Posted by :

This is a good example of a one-off project that someone has poured incredible amounts of work into, but sadly produced something with rather homely lines in my opinion. It had hit $10,100 on eBay when I last looked, but was removed so I can’t see if it sold or not (seller was waitinstaten). A real XJ220 is a long, low, and beautiful design. While the designer of this one claims his admittedly “aesthetically unfinished” version is more “aggressive”, I get more of a “fat and weird” vibe. Sorry. I’ll keep the fat and weird in my life to my human self and human friends.

The car is built on a 9-inch stretch Fiero chassis (also widened about two feet) and runs and drives fine. The body was actually designed before the Jaguar XJ220 actually made it to production, so it’s not a replica, nor is it a kit. It’s literally handmade and inspired by the prototypes.

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You may recognize (and I think this was a mistake) the roof and windshield from a ’92 Dodge Intrepid, and the rear hatch from a Datsun 280Z. The whole thing was smoothed with body filler and block sanded with filling primer to bring it to shape. All of this was then waxed and a mold was taken off of it, in which a new body was formed. The flip headlights are from a 90’s Corvette (the “coverless” kind that rotates 180 degrees), and the rear view mirrors are Ferrari Testarossa copies. The scissor doors (with custom glass windows) are push-button with linear actuators, and the dash is a full digital unit from Dakota Digital.

My hat’s definitely off to the effort the builder put into it and the quality car they seem to have created, but I just can’t get into the aesthetics.

Mystery VW-Corvair Sportbuggy6 Comment

eBay, For Sale, Mystery Cars | Fri, 11 Aug 2006 Posted by :

The eBay seller (item #180015447666, ending on the 13th of August) of this “sportbuggy” in Fortville, IN says that it’s one of two cars produced, with this being the only one still in existence. It looks to me like a VW buggy a la a Vokaro — a simple small body dropped on a shortened VW chassis. In this case the stock engine appears to have been swapped for a Corvair engine. If anyone knows more about the car, please post!

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