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Category Archive: Craigslist Find, OTHER

Rough Start: Want Funky? How About A 1985 Trabant Wagon?

Sometimes the strangest cars can be the most rewarding to own, especially if one of your biggest kicks is to have someone come up to you at a gas station just to ask you what kind of car it is you...

First Look: This 1963 Rambler American 440 Wagon Is Going To Be Sweet When Done, But We Got To See It Before It Went In For Paint!

The frenzy that is LS Fest is over and on my schedule, and in my world that means that the next major event I have to gear up for is SEMA in Las Vegas. I’m always looking forward to the week of...

Not An LS Swap: How About A 5.0L Powered Subaru Impreza Drift Car?

Ok, we’ve been beating you over the head about LS this and that for a few days now. Surely there are more than a couple of you out there who could stand to have some relief from the Bowtie...

Shut Up, It’s A Great Idea: Does 400 Horsepower In A 1,500 Pound Street Kart With License Plates Sound Good To You?

The year before I graduated from university, I almost made a very interesting purchase: a tube-frame kart packing the 200 horsepower, 2.5L V6 from a Ford Contour SVT in a rear-mount setup. In...

Long-Roof Rarity: This 1972 AMC Ambassador SST Would Make A Neat Fall Cruiser

If you are sitting here reading this, chances are good that you aren’t at the 2017 LS Fest in Bowling Green. I will be, and like past years, I’ll be looking at every possible vehicle that...

How Would You Build It? Or Them? These Two Opel Mantas Could Be Wicked!

Drag Week is coming up fast, and there is one car that I have always loved seeing: Mike Angerer’s 1974 Opel Manta. My heart might be set on the 1980s Mantas due to their Group B Rally...

Turn-Key Rocket: This Drag-Prepared 2002 Saturn SC2 Is Built To Run Tens!

Ok, yesterday’s foray into the world of Saturn automobiles was pushing an envelope, one the size of a freaking Post Office. I knew that. But I honestly like early Saturns, before they became...

This Kid’s First Car Is An V8-Swapped Studebaker He Built For Under $2000, And It Absolutely Rips!

Here’s a question for all you BangShifters that you’ve probably been asked a million times by now: What was your first car? Mine was a 1964 Buick Skylark Hardtop Coupe with the Fireball...

The “WTF?” Files: Have You Heard Of A VW Phoenix? Neither Have We…Check Out This Fiberglass Freak!

The old-school, air cooled Volkswagens lend themselves to many different interpretations. The Beetle and Bus are classics, but not everybody wanted to be seen in a German take on an...

How Honda Forced General Motors To Eat Their Words, A Story Of Pride Going Before The Fall

General Motors has often found itself suffering from a sharp case of foot-in-mouth disease as the years pass on. From such fun issues as the X-body screwup and badge-engineering a Chevrolet Cavalier...

BangShift Test Drive: 1990 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R – We Finally Take On Godzilla

A couple of weeks ago, we checked out Roadtrip Motorcars’ selection of Japanese-market vehicles (which you can see HERE and HERE) and I made mention that there was a possibility that there...

What On Earth Would You Use A 1968 Checker Aerobus For Other Than A Killer Roadtrip?

It takes a very special kind of person to drive a Checker of any kind. Composed of GM guts, enough metal to crush the pavement, and a durability not seen since the car-manufacturing side of Checker...

This 1976 AMC Pacer 4×4 Build Looks Surprisingly Good! V8, 4-speed And Ready To Go!

American Motors built some really cool machines during their short span. The Hornet is a neat little compact that was vital to the company’s overall health for decades. The Eagle 4×4...

Craigslist Rarity: Have You Ever Heard Of The 1971 Hurst Jeepster? We Hadn’t!

Believe it or not, but Jeeps haven’t always sold purely on utility or their military heritage throughout the years. Sure, that was the initial attraction of the early Willys CJ line, but over...