Topic: Team Police Brutality is raising the IOE contender bar yet again...
We have acquired two more IOE contenders that will see Lemons duty soon. One is a 1963 Thunderbird with a healthy case of rust, no working brakes, and a running 390. The brakes have a hole in the line, so the pedal goes right to the floor, and the radiator not only leaks, it's out of the car. Still, for $300, I wasn't about to pass it up, even if it was 2+ hours away. Guy was real nice, also sold me a rebuilt C6 with a shift kit, yoke, and the stock converter for $50, two spare alternators that work for $10 each, and a Mustang 390 4bbl intake (cast iron, weighs probably 110 pounds) for $15. He was leaving for a trip to Ohio, and wanted this stuff gone, so that his '35 Plymouth could go back in the garage.
The story behind the car is EXTREMELY cool. 93 year old woman bought it new, died at the age of 104, and left it to her daughter. Daughter stored it in a shed, where it sat for ALMOST 28 YEARS! At some point, the shed collapsed on it. The guy I bought it from had purchased it sight unseen for $900, and had to dig it out. He put a timing chain in it, and got it running. It has lots of rust underneath, and though he spent a lot of time filling the rear quarters with gallons of Bondo, it just isn't an ideal restoration candidate. We're thinking convertibleized, no theme, just classy car in a pretty dark red. The interior is too friggin cool on this thing. I was told the rear seat has never been sat in!
The '77 Lancia Scorpion I just bought last night. It's 1 of only 405 1977 models made, and there seems to be VERY few left in existence. It needs plenty of work (floors, oil and coolant leaks, tires are shot, etc), but it actually runs and drives, and has a clear title! He was asking $1250, but took my meager $600 offer just to be rid of it. After my test drive in the rain yesterday, I realized they are just as awesomely terrible as I'd read! The only thing keeping my feet off the bround when I drive it is the carpet, so yeah, it has the regular Scorpion rust issues. It will get the full Giselle treatment for Lemons, as in Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo.
So, that makes our team car count a grand total of six cars, not counting the 3 donor cars. The Lincoln will someday win overall. In the meantime, the '61 Caddy will get a very unorthodox drivetrain next weekend for Gingerman. The '42 Buick and the '57 Prefect are on the back burner at the moment as the two most involved builds, and the Lancia and the T-bird will likely be run this year. Spank has raised the bar with two IOE's, and Eyesore has 3 overall wins and two OC's, so we had to up our game. We plan to start running a new IOE car every race, once we finally get our distance win. In the meantime, we have a fleet of cool cars to build. If you are a team player with a good attitude, willing to assist in the builds, a competent driver, and financially able to carry your own weight (we split all costs equally), and you think you might like to join our team for one or more races, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a few preliminary pics:
Future Fleet: 1957 Ford Prefect 1942 Buick 1959 Bugeye Project GLCOAT