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Pictures of Monster Garage vehicles from the hit TV show where take ordinary and extrordinary cars and trucks and turn them into weird, wacky, ridiculous cliches and gags.



Monster Garage - 2004 Panoz Esperante The Flying Car
Monster Garage - 2004 Panoz Esperante The Flying Car


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Monster Garage 1929 Ford Roadster "HIGH SCHOOL T-TRACK"

Monster Garage 1929 Ford Roadster "HIGH SCHOOL T-TRACK"
15,000.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1929 Ford Roadster "HIGH SCHOOL T-TRACK" 15,000 LotNumber 66 Summary The Texas School for the Deaf proved that even with building roadsters, you don't mess with Texas. Its compact and vintage design make this Rat Rod so unique. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description Monster Garage invaded the shop class at the Texas School for the Deaf. With Jesse James as your teacher, you can imagine the kind of assignment you will be given. The nearly all deaf team, comprised of two teachers and six students under the guidance of professor Jesse James created the ultimate rough and rowdy, rusted roadster, just in time for the weekend. The team was given the frame of a 1932 Ford roadster to start. While the kids attended classes during the day, Jesse set out to find the perfect body for the car. From a local, he received a body of a 1929 Model A roadster pick-up. The students had no idea what they were in for. To get the body attached to the frame, the frame had to be pinched. So the cross member of the frame was cut so that the body would slide on. After the body was in place, the cross member was welded back to the frame. Additional cutting and welding also included lowering the window frame of the car, and mounting the 350hp Chevy engine to the frame. The team had a little trouble finding rear axel plates that fit, without correct plates, the wheel, and all hell, would break loose. On the final day of the build, determined to finish on time, the students took the wheels off an inoperable car in the parking lot of their school and placed them on their custom roadster. After the initial start-up, and a little bit of fireworks, The Rat Rod was completed. "These guys are dangerous," exclaims Jesse as the team controls a small garage fire. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Mickey Jasso, TSD Senior, Bryon Terell, TSD Senior, Greata Cole, TSD Sophomore, Michael Anglin, TSD Senior, Mickey Thomas, TSD Sophomore, Caleb Goodpastor, After School Program Hearing Student, Austin High, Keith Baker, Welding Teacher, TSD, and Donald Pekar, Auto Mechanic Teacher. VEHICLE SPECS: Engine: 350 Chevy; Height: 3' 8"; Width: 5' 7"; Length: 11'; Ground Clearance: 5". MONSTER SPECS: Special Welds: Rails from frame welded to the '29 Model A frame. The Cross member was cut and welded to pinch the frame. Also the motor mount was welded to the frame.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1954 Cadillac Hearse with Backhoe

Monster Garage 1954 Cadillac Hearse with Backhoe
7,000.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1954 Cadillac Hearse with Backhoe 7,000 LotNumber 1533.1 Monster Garage suffered its first failure with the Grim Ripper build. Immediately, discussion boards filled up with posts that the guys should be given a second chance. The original team was assembled to build the ultimate corpse delivery vehicle. Doran Hirschkorn returned to Monster Garage after the previous attempt failed. "I jumped at the chance to come back on the show. There were dozens of times I thought about what I would have done differently if I had another chance, so when they called I didn't hesitate to jump back on a plane and come out for another shot." Hirschkorn, a Bobcat manufacturing engineer, says aside from getting the hydraulics for the Bobcat arm to work, his biggest challenge in this build was fitting the backhoe into the hearse. "The backhoe frame was too wide to fit inside the car's frame, so the ends had to be torched off and reinforced. I spent 2 days just cutting through the material and welding it back together. It took more time than I expected, but we all put in a bunch of overtime on this project." THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, George Barris, custom-car designer, Barris Kustom Industries, North Hollywood, CA, Mike Desmond, custom-car designer, MAD Machines, Long Beach, CA, Tim Conder, mechanic and motorcycle customizer, Seattle, WA, Jose Gonzalez, heavy-equipment tech, Yale/Chase, Long Beach, CA, Bart Grande, software consultant, Carlsbad, CA, Doran Hirschkorn, Bobcat manufacturing engineer, Bismarck, ND, and Steve "Tombstone" Sterle, horror-prop manufacturer, Hollywood Tombstones, Woodland Hills, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 70"; Width: 77"; Length: 21'; Length With Parts Extended: 30'; Ground Clearance: 2"; Weight: approximately 4,000 pounds. Paint: By Mike Lavallee, Killer Paint, Snohomish, WA. Hydraulics: A belt-driven pump on the motor builds up pressure for the hydraulics operating the Bobcat arm. Special Welds: Includes welding the plow to the car's front end and the Bobcat loader to the back end. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes a 9' Bobcat loader (for digging the grave), a bungee-cord catapult contraption (for delivering the casket) and a plow (for filling in the grave).
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1998 Ford Crown Victoria "Doughnut Shop/Cop Car"

Monster Garage 1998 Ford Crown Victoria "Doughnut Shop/Cop Car"
12,000.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1998 Ford Crown Victoria "Doughnut Shop/Cop Car" 12,000 LotNumber 74 Summary A nearly all-cop team converted a Crown Victoria squad car into a mobile doughnut shop complete with coffee maker and pastry display case. Description This mostly all-cop team converted a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria squad car into a mobile doughnut shop complete with coffee maker and pastry display case. The moving parts are three electronic actuators. Additional machine parts were Belshaw Bros. Inc. doughnut-maker and robot. Body modification include "suiciding" the rear passenger door, removing the rear hinges, pinning down the trunk and cutting a hole out of the trunk in order to fit the doughnut maker. The biggest challenge for the team was fitting the doughnut-making mechanisms into the car. Scotia, New York Police Chief John Pytlovany who assisted on this donut driver said that building the conveyor belt was the biggest challenge. "It had to be in three sections and made out of stainless steel, and we had to be able to remove it from the car for cleaning. Our first attempt at bending the steel for the sides failed. This was a key element to the conveyor belt, and we were all worried after that day. The next day Brian Armstrong and Mike New found a place that had a large brake and were able to create the pieces perfectly. Even though we had a lot of work left to do on the conveyor we knew that we were home-free." THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Brian Armstrong, police helicopter pilot, Long Beach, CA, Alan Dively, food technologist, Dunkin' Donuts, Braintree, MA, Jay Hillebrandt, doughnut-equipment technician, Belshaw Bros. Inc., Seattle, WA, Jason Hulst, Hot Rod and custom automotive designer, Pasadena, CA, Mike New, sheriff's deputy, Chesapeake County, VA, Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations, Brea, CA, John Pytlovany, police chief, Scotia, NY, Frank Torres, police officer, Long Beach, CA and Randy Villata, firearms dealer and former motorcycle officer, Los Gatos, CA. MONSTER SPECS: Tires: 45/35/20 tires by Toyo Proxes; Wheels: 20" gold Enzo spinning wire; Interior: Stitchcraft black and white vinyl racing seat; Height: 56.8"; Width: 78.2"; Length: 212"; Ground Clearance: 6.1"; Weight: 3,900 pounds.
by Douglas

Monster Garage Lyons Rail Hot Dogster

Monster Garage Lyons Rail Hot Dogster
23,000.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage Lyons Rail Hot Dogster 23,000 LotNumber 435.2 Take a New York City hot-dog cart and a top fuel dragster that can hit speeds over 130 mph, and you've got the ultimate hot dog serving machine. This monster was so loud and so fast that the New York City police shut down an attempt by Jesse to show it off live on Letterman. Additional machine parts included a radiator, steering wheel and fuel tank. The team also completed a number or body modifications. They cut the hot-dog cart in half, using the hot-dog dispensers and umbrella as the dragster's body. The '66 Woody Gilmore front-engine slingshot dragster served as the monster's frame. The team's greatest challenge was ensuring the hot-dog cart body was cut with enough room to allow the tires to expand as they drag-raced. They also had to make sure the coupler that rests between Jesse's legs, connecting the transmission to the rear end, was running smoothly; if something went wrong with that, Jesse could be seriously injured. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Tom Betar, senior master tech, Ford dealership, West Nyack, NY, Steve Bonge, classic customizer, New York, NY, Mike Desmond, graphic artist and custom-car designer, MAD Machines, Long Beach, CA, Louis Di Raimondo, hot-dog cart manufacturer and owner, All American Hot Dog Carts, Miami, FL, Dan Ferrazzano, mechanic, Ferrazzano Service Center, Philadelphia, PA, Pete Finlan, custom painter, car builder and artist, Hot Dog Designs, Vista, CA, Indian Larry, motorcycle builder, Gasoline Alley, New York, NY, and Dave Tucci, street-rod fabricator, Tucci Engineering, Marcy, NY. VEHICLE SPECS: Engine: GM ZZ502 crate motor with Lyons 6-71 Super-charger and scoop; Pistons: Jeg's stock; Camshaft: Jeg's stock; Ignition: MSD; Exhaust: custom headers; Transmission: B&M Racing & Performance Products; Rear Axle: 128" from center of wheel to center of wheel; Chassis: '66 Woody Gilmore front-engine slingshot dragster; Steering: custom; Brakes: Wilwood disc; Tires: Mickey Thompson 32x14x15 / 32; Wheels: original to dragster (diameter: 14"; width: 15"); Paint: Pin striping by Pete Finland of Hot Dog Designs; Height: 4.5' without umbrella; Height With Parts Extended: 7.5' with umbrella; Width: 5'; Length: 10'; Ground Clearance: 8"; Weight: 1,800 pounds.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1964 Chriscraft Steam Powered Boat

Monster Garage 1964 Chriscraft Steam Powered Boat
6,500.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1964 Chriscraft Steam Powered Boat 6,500 LotNumber 67 Summary A 1964 ChrisCraft wooden boat converted into a successful turn-of-the-last-century steam launch deserves the title of "Oldie, but Goodie." Full steam ahead. Description In a quest to harness the awesome power of steam, Jesse and his dream team attempted to convert a 1964 ChrisCraft wooden boat into a turn-of-the-last-century steam launch. The team gutted everything from the boat. They added a new propulsion system and mounted the steam engine and boiler. They created new auxiliaries to keep everything working as well. There was also a custom-made coal bunker installed on the boat. So the ship would not sink on its maiden voyage, all of the cracks, leaks, and holes in the boat were filled and sealed. This is the first time the garage has tried to harness steam power. Hydraulic lines were not up to the task of handling steam at 150 psi and 375 degrees Fahrenheit. All the steam lines were made from heavy, seamless black iron pipe with extreme schedule-80 black iron fittings. All auxiliary non-steam plumbing was made using heavy-walled 1/2" copper pipe annealed to allow the use of flare fittings. The overboard discharge for the bilge pumps was made from a garden hose. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Misc Pippa Garner, cartoonist for "Car and Driver Magazine", Santa Fe, NM, Robert Dessert, journeyman machinist/steamboat hobbyist, Standwood, WA, Dick Vennerbeck, steamboat hobbyist, Campbell, CA, Paul Boschan, boilermaker, Carson, CA, Capt. Dave Holden, firefighter/boat restorer, Long Beach, CA, and Jon Baverstock, boat restorer/fabricator, Long Beach, CA. SPECS: EXTERIOR: Height: 28"; Width: 71"; Length: 223"; Weight: Boat: 800 lbs; engine: 120 lbs; empty boiler: 550 lbs: steam auxiliaries: 25 lbs. INTERIOR: Height: 104" (including steam stack); Width: 63"; Length: 117.5". Special Welds: Jesse fabricated a nontraditional mount for the engine and V-drive. He also fabricated a special transition piece to fit from the top of the boiler to the bottom of the smokestack. It was made of copper and he made an invisible TIG weld to join the sections. Special "non-welds" were the 85 hand-rolled tubes inserted into the boiler, which were subsequently pressure tested to 275 psi with no leaks. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Robert machined a flange to adapt the engine to the V-drive. Paul supplied a code boiler shell, a reflex water gauge, steam gauge and about 50 lbs of high quality steam pipe fittings. Dick built a displacement lubricator for the engine from pipe fittings and lagged the boiler in wood scraps, which were donated from John's shop. Dick supplied the feed water pump, the injector, the engine and a historic Jesse James train robbery whistle from a train robbed in Missouri in 1859.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1997 Ford F-150 Truck Nut-Shaker

Monster Garage 1997 Ford F-150 Truck Nut-Shaker
8,500.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1997 Ford F-150 Truck Nut-Shaker 8,500 LotNumber 61 Summary This tough Ford F-150, complete with a 800-pound shaker head from Orchard Machinery Corporation, is sure to leave the trees shaken in their roots - literally. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description Monster Garage do something strange and obscure!? Never! Okay so we lied. Jesse took a 1997 Ford F-150 and monsterized it into a tree shaker. Using a hydraulically powered clamp and rotating mass device, this harvesting device latches onto a tree, shakes vigorously, then collects the falling nuts in an umbrella, all without damaging the tree. Able to shake up to three trees a minute, this machine has revolutionized the agricultural industry. The main component of this build was an 800 lb hydraulically powered shaker head, custom-made for Monster Garage by Orchard Machinery Corporation. The team removed the bed so the head could be mounted directly onto the truck's rear frame. To hold the 800 lb device, the team reinforced the pickup's frame with steel and created a 4-link suspension system, which included 2,500 lb air bags. As directed by Jesse, the team went on to build a canopy to catch the falling nuts (and fruit) from the tree as well as a conveyer belt to take the captured produce to a hopper. The finished tree shaker became one of the most successful builds in Monster Garage history. The biggest challenge was: running the hydraulic pump off the engine and constructing the conveyer belt and nut-catcher structure. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Russ Angold, agricultural engineer, San Luis Obispo, CA, Tim Beghoefer, hydraulics technician/ journeyman mechanic, Milwaukee, WI, Mike Pittinger, mechanical engineer/underwater welder, Baltimore, MD, Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations, Brea, CA, Dan Robinson, farm equipment repairman/welder, Omaha, NE, and Ralph Westerhoff, service manager, Orchard Machinery Corporation, Tulare, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Engine: 4.2L V6 split port intake; Transmission: 5-speed; Rear Axle: 3.08; Steering: power; Front Suspension: 2500 coil replaced with air bags; Rear Suspension: leaf springs replaced with 4-link suspension; Brakes: power; Tires: 23" wheels by Alba Wheels; Wheels: Toyo Tires. Paint: House of Kolor Dark Teal Pearl Shimeron with wood-grain flames. Height: 7.5'; Width: 8'; Width With Parts Extended: 10.5'; Length: 21'; Length With Parts Extended: 21'; Ground Clearance: 1.5' MONSTER SPECS: Hydraulics: 2,500 lb Firestone air bags. Moving Parts: conveyer belt, nut-catcher canopy and nut-shaker head. Special Welds: hydraulic pump welded to engine, and truck's frame reinforced with steel. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: includes 800-pound shaker head from Orchard Machinery Corporation, conveyer belt, hydraulic pump and motor, bushing adaptor for engine pulley (to power hydraulic pump), hydraulic hose and air bags, 4-link suspension system
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1984 Porsche Golf Ball Collector

Monster Garage 1984 Porsche Golf Ball Collector
8,000.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1984 Porsche Golf Ball Collector 8,000 LotNumber 1536 This is no ordinary range-picker. It's a 1984 Porsche 944 that Jesse and company transformed into a player-harassing, ball-snagging monster. The cars moving part is a pull-wing door powered by 300-pound AutoLoc electric linear actuator. The ball collector moves up and down by the driver's side power window mechanism. A 100V motor-driven golf ball conveyor lifts balls from lower collection bin to cannon hopper. There are animatronic golf-ball clown eyes to scare golfers. There is also a custom-built 3-barrel nitrogen-powered rapid-fire golf-ball cannon. All the glass was replaced with approximately 30 square feet of expanded steel, custom wing. The biggest challenge for the team was moving the golf balls from the lower collection basket to the cannon hopper without jamming. The transition from a stock Porsche 944 to a range picker was a challenge. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Alex Anderson, custom-car builder, Temecula, CA, Mac Gillum, former drag racer and range-picker builder, Different Designs, Stanton, CA, Pete Pepe, creative designer, Disney Animation, Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations, Brea, CA, Eric Scarlett, custom-car builder/shop owner, Ventura, CA, Wendy Schmidt, animatronics specialist, Los Angeles, CA, and Jay Skwarlo, bicycle mechanic/builder and hot-rodder, Long Beach, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Engine: 151cid aluminum block Bosch L-Jetronic Fuel Injection; Pistons: 4 Inline; Heads: aluminum; Exhaust: dual straight pipes routed through front fenders; Transmission: 5-speed rear transaxle; Rear Axle: rear-wheel drive; Steering: power; Front Suspension: Porsche stock; Rear Suspension: Porsche stock; Brakes: 4-wheel disc; Tires: P215/60R15 by Toyo Tires; Wheels: Porsche stock 15-inch aluminum, polished at West Coast Choppers. Electronics: (3) BXE 2140 15mm solenoid air valves by SMC controlling cannons, standard 110V motor driven from a Wagen Tech 600 W Inverter controlling conveyor, animatronic golf-ball clown eyes driven from windshield wiper circuit, 10W RadioShack powerhorn (for harassing golfers) and Kenwood stereo system. Interior: Front passenger seat removed to accommodate golf-ball cannon; rear seats and trunk removed to accommodate picker mechanism and conveyor system. Body: All windows replaced with expanded steel, aluminum '70s van wing custom-made by Jesse James. Paint: Damon's Motorcycle Creations House of Kolor black base coat and urethane clear coat; flames painted with House of Kolor Ultra Orange pearl, Sunrise Pearl, blue pin striping. Height: 49"; Height With Parts Extended: 54"; Width: 70"; Width With Parts Extended: 102"; Length: 170"; Ground Clearance: 8"; Weight: approximately 2,500 pounds.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1950 Ford Woody Surfmobile

Monster Garage 1950 Ford Woody Surfmobile
28,000.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1950 Ford Woody Surfmobile 28,000 LotNumber 430.1 It took six builders and live music from Dick Dale, The King of Surf Guitar himself, to complete the challenge of transforming a broken-down, rusted-out 1950 Ford Woody station wagon into the ultimate wave-chasing, 4-wheelin' off-road machine. Dealing with the Woody's rusted-out body and parts of the frame proved to be a major obstacle. The team swapped out the front end of a donor Ford Bronco and fit the transfer case and larger engine into the old Woody. Woody fabricator. Getting the engine timing and wiring correct also became nerve-racking toward the end of the build on the final day. We still can't get over the fact that Dick Dale performed during this build. Sorry, we just can't. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Doug Carr, Woody restorer/builder and owner, Wood N' Carr, Signal Hill, CA, Mike Desmond, graphic artist and custom-car designer, MAD Machines, Long Beach, CA, and David Snoddy, off-road vehicle fabricator and chief engineer/mechanic, Wide Open Baja, Chino, CA. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Jim T. Cocores, Woody enthusiast and owner, Jim's VW Service and Thalia St. Surf Shop, Laguna Beach, CA, Nicole Downey, sales representative, NAPA Auto Parts, Escondido, CA, Ron Heiden, Woody fabricator and owner, Heiden's Woodworking, Carlsbad, CA, Jay Hodge, surfboard shaper and owner, jhodge Island Shapes Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, Bob Lopez, Woody restorer and artist, Lake Tahoe, CA, and David Snoddy, off-road vehicle fabricator and chief engineer/mechanic, Wide Open Baja, Chino, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 92"; Width: 77"; Length: 214"; Ground Clearance: 24"; Weight: 4,800 pounds. Painter: Pete "Hot Dog" Finlin, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes a lift kit, four-wheel-drive transfer case, rims, all-terrain tires, Ford Bronco front end and off-road suspension. Special Welds: Special welds were performed on the engine and fuel-cell mounts, battery box, floor, front and rear bumpers, tailgate hinges and the Bronco front end. Body Modifications: The team installed a 1950s wood-panel kit, replaced the front and rear bumpers, and added an interior surf rack, spare-tire holder and off-road lights.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 2004 Panoz Esperante The Flying Car

Monster Garage 2004 Panoz Esperante The Flying Car
45,000.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 2004 Panoz Esperante The Flying Car 45,000 LotNumber 1264 Ever since "Monster Garage" premiered on Discovery Channel in June 2002, Jesse James led teams to build vehicles that make beer, do wheelies, shake trees, even transport gorillas. But all the while, Jesse was turning his thoughts and his dreams to the sky. Everyone said he couldn't do it, and the lawyers begged him not to do it, but Jesse James and his 9 man team managed to take a $100,000 Panoz Esperante sports car and create an airborne vehicle whose first flight matched the success of the Wright Brothers'. After the team tore out the Panoz's plush interior to make room for a roll cage, installed a used propeller engine in the trunk, mounted 36' handmade wings to the car's exact center and secured a rear tail with a 15" fuselage, the flying car was taken to Kitty Hawk, NC, home of the Wright Brothers' first flight. Under the power of the original Panoz engine, Jesse taxied the flying car onto the runway, started the propeller engine and, after hitting 80mph, guided the automobile off the ground for 280 feet, landing safely without even a scratch to the Red Baron paint job. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Fireball Tim, artist and car designer, Malibu, CA, Dan Panoz, founder and owner, Panoz Auto Development Company, Braselton, GA, Ed Sweeney, aircraft mechanic, Black Forest, CO, and Neal Willford, engineer, new product development, Cessna Aviation, Andover, KS. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Jason Barnes, vehicle engineer, Panoz Auto Development Company, Flowery Branch, GA, Niclas Jancic, Panoz Auto expert, GA, Mark Palmer, aircraft-design engineer, Peru, KS, Ronnie Powers, airplane builder and owner, Atlanta Air Salvage, Griffith, GA, Johan Ragnarsson, custom-car builder, Beuford, GA, Chris Rusch, fabricator, Two Rivers, WI, Andre Stowe, welder and metal-shop owner, San Diego, CA, Ed Sweeney, aircraft mechanic, Black Forest, CO, JD Terry, avionics/electrical engineer, Cessna Aviation, Wichita, KS, and Neal Willford, aircraft engineer, Cessna Aviation, Andover, KS. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 80"; Width: 38'; Length With Parts Extended: 26'; Ground Clearance: 2.5".
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1988 Chevy Blazer Pike's Peak Hill Climber

Monster Garage 1988 Chevy Blazer Pike's Peak Hill Climber
15,500.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1988 Chevy Blazer Pike's Peak Hill Climber 15,500 LotNumber 431.1 Ain't no mountain high enough for Monster Garage, not even Colorado's Pikes Peak, 14,110 feet of purple mountain majesty. And what better way to test the chops of this 1988 Chevy Blazer than the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second-oldest auto race in the world, second only to the Indianapolis 500. It is held annually and consists of cars in various classes racing 12.5 miles (156 corners) on pavement and dirt, at a continuously increasing elevation and through rain, snow, hail, etc., in order to reach the summit of Pikes Peak. In other words, Jesse and his crew made this bad boy solid enough for the terrain they would be facing. The team did welding work on the climber's roll cage, front clip, rear axle and suspension mounts, engine mounts, steering system, brake pedals, fuel and water cells, and radiator core support. Includes the engine, supercharger, transmission, front end, rear end, drive shaft, wheels, tires, steering quickener, steering wheel, seats, belts, fuel cells, radiator and mister. The team cut air scoops for the rear brakes into both sides of the vehicle, lowered it 10", shaved the wheel wells, and added fiberglass front fenders and hood. The biggest challenge the team faced was mounting the Ford front end onto the Chevy truck, which needed to be aligned and calibrated correctly so that it was straight and level. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Patrick Janicke, concept designer, Los Angeles, CA, Larry Ragland, race-car driver, Cave Creek, AZ and Randy Ruyle, director of competition, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Cascade, CO. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Mike Cook, special projects director, West Coast Choppers, Wilmington, CA, Doug Evans, fabricator/mechanic, San Marcos, TX, Sarah Grenier, mechanical engineer, Manchester, NH, Rhys Millen, racecar driver, Huntington Beach, CA, and Randy Ruyle, director of competition, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Cascade, CO. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 66"; Width: 80"; Length: 178"; Ground Clearance: 3.5"; Weight: 3,800 pounds. Painter: Pete "Hot Dog" Finlin, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA.
by Douglas

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