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


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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 1959 Chevy Dairy Truck "Milk Bomb"

Monster Garage 1959 Chevy Dairy Truck "Milk Bomb"
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 1959 Chevy Dairy Truck "Milk Bomb" 6,500 LotNumber 69 Summary This 1959 Chevy Apache, complete with a cow-milker/dispenser, pasteurizer and even a chocolate milk ability, leaves other dairies looking "utterly" ridiculous. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description Apparently Jesse and his team think that the local milkman isn't fast and fresh enough. Thus, the mobile milker is born. But in order to make this Milk Bomb, Jesse and his team first had to hollow out a beat-up 1959 Chevy Apache milk truck to make room for a milking machine, a custom pasteurizer, a cow stall and, finally, a 1,400-pound dairy cow. The cow enters from the rear of the truck on a custom build steel ramp and is milked. The floor, side panels and rear entrance were all modified to accommodate the cow as it does what it does best. After being milked, the milk goes into a custom pasteurizer, cooled, and then sent to a set of taps on the outside of the truck. There is even a chocolate milk dispenser. There is no milk fresher than milk straight from the monster. (The truck, not the cow.) THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Mark Clarke, marketing manager, Madison, WI, Jerry Galyen, installation manager, Modesto, CA, Kyle Brodowski, supervisor, Laguna Beach, CA, Bob Norland, overhead crane technician, Long Beach, CA, Susan Schalk, business analyst/certified master mechanic, San Diego, CA, and Craig Zell, research technician, Madison, WI. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 79"; Width: 79"; Length: 223"; Ground Clearance: 14.5"; Weight: about 9,000 pounds. RAMP MEASUREMENTS: Height: 48.5"; Width: 35"; Length: 81.5" when attached to truck; 88.5" by itself. Special Welds: Include wire welds, MIG welds, stainless steel welds, pneumatics and TIG welds. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Include milking equipment such as meters, pumps, tubes, gauges, vacuum for pump and valves. Moving Parts: There were a number of moving parts in this build: the milk pump, lock gates, heat exchangers, cooling system for milk pasteurization, rebuilt engine, new brake system (front leaf springs), motor pump, carburetor, radiator, suspension system and complete engine tune-up. Biggest Challenge: The team faced a number of challenges: First, they had to adapt the design so cows could be milked from the rear of the vehicle. Then, a part called a pinch (a nipple clamp for the hose) disappeared. The team also spent a lot of time, three of the five days, on the floor fabrication to ensure stability once the cow was inside, and working in a confined, unbearably hot space (from the welding) was no picnic. Finally, as always on Monster Garage, locating tools and parts in working condition proved a problem.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1982 Zimmer Golden Spirit Log Splitter

Monster Garage 1982 Zimmer Golden Spirit Log Splitter
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 1982 Zimmer Golden Spirit Log Splitter 15,000 LotNumber 1534 For this build it was "goodbye, crash helmet" and "hello, wool cap," as Jesse and the crew created a log splitter out of a 1982 powder blue Zimmer Golden Spirit, a car made famous in the early '80s for an over-the-top, pimped-out luxury style. Jesse and his team cut the Zimmer in half, extending the car. After a log was dropped in, the car would come back together via a couple of hydraulic cylinders and thus split the log. The Log Splitter boasts an 18hp gas-driven V-twin engine, a 4-way/3-position control valve and a 7-gallon oil reservoir. Hydraulics expert Eddie Nahir assisted with the build of the Log Splitter. He was skeptical about getting the car working properly in five days, and he became very frustrated when Jesse changed the specs of the opening from 36" to 24". Among other things, Jesse and his team struggled on how to support the car to keep it from splitting in half while splitting the wood. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Eddie Nahir, hydraulics expert and race-car driver, Woodland Hills, CA, Tim Rogers, mechanic and hydraulics expert, Benson, VT, Sam Vigliotti, welder and fabricator, Syracuse, NY, "Shovelhead" Willy Wilson, welder, fabricator, gearhead and biker, Mims, FL, Paul Hall, welder and fabricator, Moreno Valley, CA, and T. Jon Mayer, automotive designer, Philadelphia, PA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 57.5"; Width: 77"; Length: 208"; Ground Clearance: 3"; Weight: 6,000 pounds (1,500 pounds heavier than when they started). Painter: Pete "Hot Dog" Finlin, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes a log splitter, drive shaft, wheels and long lines for brakes and fuel system. Body Modifications: To make the Zimmer split in half, the team had to convert the unibody chassis into a rail-type one. Moving Parts: Includes a hydraulic cylinder and railing system. The telescopic drive shaft enables the car to lengthen 24 extra".
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1963 International Fire Truck Brewery

Monster Garage 1963 International Fire Truck Brewery
16,000.00 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 1963 International Fire Truck Brewery 16,000 LotNumber 431 Teaming up with the brew masters from Coors and Stone Brewing Co. Jesse converted an old fire truck into a brewery, turning up the heat on any fire call. Most fire trucks, pump out water. Jesse took things his typical one step further, teaming up with the brewmasters from Coors and Stone Brewing Co to convert a fire truck into a brewery. Stainless-steel sanitary welds were performed on all the brewery tanks and fittings, with the stainless cooling coil requiring 23 separate welds on a 1" pipe. In addition, a perforated stainless steel screen had to be cut, welded and sized to fit a curved-bottom tank. This includes a stainless steel brewery, dairy and food-service tanks, a variable-speed (0-11) 220-volt to 110-volt frequency drive for the 1hp wash down centrifugal pump, a stainless steel counter-current water/beer heat exchanger, two 180,000BTU propane burners, a high-flow propane regulator with a 100lb propane bottle, a self-contained glycol chiller unit, miscellaneous stainless-steel fittings, hose barbs, Tri-Clover adaptors, stainless-steel valves, beer hose, stainless piping, a carbon dioxide tank, a regulator, tubing and an oxygen bottle with regulator and a draft system, cooling coil, insulated beer line and draft faucet mounted to the existing fire pump on the front bumper of fire truck. They removed all hose reels and hose from the fire truck, dismantled the storage lockers and reinforced the frame for a new steel floor, which they then fastened. They also framed the wheel well fenders and shrouded them in new steel, covered the floor frame with sheet steel, welded all brewery tanks in place and mounted the propane burners on custom stands. The team's biggest challenge was making sure all the brewery systems worked together as one unit. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, David Bright, master brewer, Coors Brewing Company, Golden, CO, Lee Chase, head brewer, Stone Brewing Co., San Diego, CA, Ron Krol, wine- and brewery-tank manufacturer, AAA Metal Fabrication, The Dalles, OR, and Ron Mendell, concept artist, Newhall, CA. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Lee Chase, head brewer, Stone Brewing Co., San Diego, CA, Ron Krol, wine- and brewery-tank manufacturer, AAA Metal Fabrication, The Dalles, OR, John Legnard, brew master, Sandlot Brewery, Denver, CO, Otto Petersen, welder and fire truck mechanic (retired), Jackson Heights, NY, and George Plumlee, firefighter and fabricator, Marshall, TX. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 98"; Width: 88"; Length: 275"; Ground Clearance: 17"; Weight: 20,000 lbs; Annual Beer Production: The Firetruck Brewery makes approximately 6 barrels of beer per batch and is capable of producing 156 barrels, which translates into 312 15.5-gal kegs or 51,584 12-ounce bottles per year. These production numbers are based on a 6 barrel brew every two weeks.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 2005 MX2 Georgia HS Junior Dragster

Monster Garage 2005 MX2 Georgia HS Junior Dragster
19,000.00 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 2005 MX2 Georgia HS Junior Dragster 19,000 LotNumber 432.1 When Monster Garage invades your school, you can be sure that the kids will be attending the after school program. Jesse tutored a team of budding mechanics from a shop class at Robert Groves High School Career Academy. Their mission was to take the frame and body of a junior dragster and transform it into a dialed-in, super-sleek racing machine in one week. No moving parts, no special welds, just, Jesse, a high school class, and an assignment they won't soon forget. THE TEACHERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Mark Clarke, collision repair tech instructor, Savannah, GA and John Freels, auto repair tech instructor, Savannah, GA. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Xiang, 17 years old, Savannah, GA, Solomon, 16 years old, Savannah, GA, Kevin, 16 years old, Savannah, GA, Tiffany, 15 years old, Savannah, GA, Jared, 17 years old, Savannah, GA, and Carlos, 16 years old, Savannah, GA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 34"; Width: 30"; Length: 174"; Ground Clearance: 3"; Weight: 225 pounds.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

Monster Garage 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
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 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Sewage Sucker 8,000 LotNumber 62 Summary This tricked-out 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow designed to empty outhouses and portable toilets makes you number one in a business that's all about number two. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description If there was ever a case of worlds colliding, it was this build, in which Jesse and a team of high-class hired hands converted the notoriously temperamental 1969 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow into a plush pump vehicle designed to empty outhouses and portable toilets. Bodie Stroud, owner of the portable toilet company Portosan Company, assisted on the transformation of this sleek sewage sucker. "Portosan is one of the largest toilet and temporary-fencing companies in the nation. We provide services for construction, special events and studios." Stroud being number one in the business that's all about number two, was the guru of the vacuum pump on this build. In fact, the rest of the team turned to him so much, he hardly found time to work on anything else. Along with the vacuum concerns was the difficulty of working around the rolls original wiring and hydraulic system. The team finished on time and had one monstrous Rolls Royce that made other models look like, well┐ you know. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Bodie Stroud, co-owner/operator, Portosan Company, Sun Valley, CA, and Tony Vanderploeg, owner, Vanderploeg Motors, Carmel, CA. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Gleek Chapman, machine builder, Cookeville, TN, Matthew DeAnda, service technician, Rolls-Royce and Bentley of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, Juan Martinez, welding instructor, Boise, ID, Bodie Stroud, co-owner/operator, Portosan Company, Sun Valley, CA, and Tony Vanderploeg, owner, Vanderploeg Motors, Carmel, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 62"; Width: 76"; Length: 199"; Ground Clearance: 9"; Weight: 6,800 pounds. Painter: Pete "Hot Dog" Finlan, Hot Dog Designs. Hydraulics: The original hydraulic braking system was cleaned and recharged. Special Welds: The team welded the waste and water tanks, struts, shock mounts, tower plates, pump bracket, secondary filter trap and exhaust and pipe fittings. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes the vacuum pump, water pump, switches, brackets, secondary filter trap, pipes and fittings, hoses, ball valve, oil trap, high idle cable and wheel adapters. Body Modifications: The guys adjusted the vehicle's wheel wells, removed the trunk wall and rear seats, added a dump valve to the rear end, and gold-plated the bumpers and grille.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 2005 Dodge Magnum Train Car

Monster Garage 2005 Dodge Magnum Train Car
13,500.00 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 2005 Dodge Magnum Train Car 13,500 LotNumber 1532 Jesse has had the idea on his list of turning a fast car into train since Monster Garage began. The Dodge Train Car was transformed from a 2005 Dodge Magnum RT complete with HEMI into a speeding train. The hydraulics on this car includes a 12-volt DC motor, 1.25-gallons-per-minute pump, two-station parallel manifold, directional control valve, crossover relief valve, pilot-operated check valve and cylinders powered by nitrogen accumulators. Note: The hydraulic system was "overbuilt" due to safety concerns. The moving parts include an arm system attached to the frame, body and fender for the train wheels. The heavy load-bearing arm system that holds the four train wheels required strong vertical up-weave welds. MIG and TIG welds were both used on the "cow-catcher" in the front. Using an engine lathe, the team machined a new train wheel from a blank block of steel. The team also removed the Dodge's rear storage area to fit the hydraulic system and did minor fender work to make room for the train wheels. The team's biggest challenge was designing and assembling the train car without having the wheels available, which didn't arrive until the last day of the build. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Joe Nemmer, railroad-restoration specialist, Sonora, CA, Tony Settelmeyer, hydraulics expert, Corona, CA, and Kenny Youngblood, graphic artist and car designer, Henderson, NV. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Alton E. Burkhalter, welder and rail tank car builder, Houston, TX, Ryan Doty, Dodge Viper technician, Montclair, CA, Robert W. Morris III, manufacturing engineer, Santa Rosa, CA, Joe Nemmer, railroad-restoration specialist, Sonora, CA, and Tony Settelmeyer, hydraulics expert, Corona, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 58.4"; Width: 74"; Length: 198"; Ground Clearance: 5.6"; Weight: 4,100 pounds; Paint: black base with gold detail.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1972 Peterbilt Truck Engine Trike

Monster Garage 1972 Peterbilt Truck Engine Trike
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 1972 Peterbilt Truck Engine Trike 23,000 LotNumber 73 Summary Picture your parent's pushing you on your very first trike. Now picture your parents as a 3,000-pound Peterbilt Semi. Get the picture? Description Jesse is a master bike builder. So it's no surprise to see him conquer the challenge of transforming a semi truck, of all things, into a diesel-fueled 3-wheeled trike. Team member and co-owner of Blastolene Brothers in Santa Cruz said the toughest obstacle in this build was the front end. "The steering and mounting of the front wheel. There were a lot of design changes and a lot of thoughts about the design. A lot of mental effort was expended on that front end. And the final solution was great because it really utilized the truck parts, including a piece of the front axle and the steering box." The team also had problems adjusting to changes in the design. It went from being a 2-wheeled chopper to a three-wheeled trike. The axle of the semi soon became the front end of the trike. "Failure is an impossibility to a Blastolene Brother. It was merely what design would be executed, that was the only challenge. We had three or four different options for the front end; we just had to choose one." This kind of determination on the team led them to victory on this build. In the end, Jesse and his team a tremendously loud trike, whose main body consisted of a 3,000-pound Peterbilt semi engine. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Randy Grubb, glass artist, engineer and co-owner, Blastolene Brothers, Grant's Pass, OR, Michael Leeds, artist and co-owner, Blastolene Brothers, Santa Cruz, CA, Bernard Juckli, Jay Leno's chief mechanic and former aircraft mechanic, Los Angeles, CA, Dan Owens, head machinist, Panavision, Wenatchee, WA, and Robert Vaughan, maintenance engineer, Vanguard Plastics, Wylie, TX. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 59.5"; Width: 88"; Length: 158"; Ground Clearance: 3.5"; Weight: approximately 4,000 pounds. Artist: Michael Leeds, artist and co-owner, Blastolene Brothers, Santa Cruz, CA. MONSTER SPECS: Special Welds: Special welds were performed on Jesse's custom-built side pod and the fabricated gas tank. Body Modifications: A 3,000-pound Peterbilt Motors Company semi served as the trike frame. The semi's air brakes, foot pedals, air horn, five-speed transmission, clutch and steering box were also used.
by Douglas

Monster Garage Custom "Jet Boat Car"

Monster Garage Custom "Jet Boat Car"
9,000.00 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 Custom "Jet Boat Car" 9,000 LotNumber 72 Year 2004 CarMake ULTRA CarModel SHADOW PICKLE-FORK Summary Hardly a fish-out-of-water, this Pickle-Fork jet boat turned Hot Rod is sure to make a splash. Description Why turn a pickle-fork jet boat into a one-of-a-kind Hot Rod created from boat, car and even helicopter components? Because it's wrong. The biggest challenge to face the team on this build was mounting the body to the chassis as it had to be tailored to the body specs before they were joined. Confusion sank in during the build, when the team kept confusing the car with a boat. With this body, who could blame them? The sleek and smooth design seems to coast over the track, like most boats cross the ocean. Monster Garage designer, Mike Desmond made his building debut with this car. Out of all of the builds, he likes this one the most. "No doubt, the Jet Boat Car's my favorite: It's pure, and its natural beauty comes from functional fluid dynamics - it's like a fish outta water. Plus, the only real time we ever get to see the bottom of a boat is when something's gone terribly wrong." THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Mike Desmond, graphic artist and custom-car designer, Madmachines, Long Beach, CA, Pippa Garner, artist, Santa Fe, NM, Tim McNees, racecar builder and fabricator, Salt Lake City, UT, Howard Murray, gas-turbine boat builder, Inisfil, Ontario, Canada, Brandon Smisek, 3-D designer/clay modeler, Santa Ana, CA, and John West, boat builder and owner, Ultra Custom Boats, El Cajon, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 48"; Width: 81"; Length: 19'; Ground Clearance: 3.5"; Weight: 2,650 pounds. Gel Coating: Ultra Custom Boats, El Cajon, CA. Special Welds: Special welds were formed on the frame and chassis (created from steel tubing), the rigid rear end, the motor mounts and the roll cage. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes a horizontal helicopter stabilizer, a transmission from the Remote-Control Dirt-Track Racer, a radiator and rear disc brakes. Body Modifications: The team inverted the boat body and added front-wheel blisters, a cockpit cowl and rear-wheel flares.
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

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