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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 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee Drifter

Monster Garage 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee Drifter
6,000.00 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 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee Drifter 6,000 LotNumber 64 Summary Floats like a butterfly, and stings like a 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee With the help of a 280hp engine from a brand new Nissan 350Z, this car is sure to "bee" one sweet-as-honey drifter. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, drifting calls for a high-powered car with enough rear-wheel power to slide sideways through corners at high speeds. Some compare it to Rally racing, but in drifting the winner isn't the first to cross the finish line. Rather, judges determine who wins based on execution and style. All drifting competitions take place on closed courses where racers maneuver their cars into spectacular power slides around corners. To successfully execute this type of racing, a driver must figure out the balance of the car's engine power, gears, brakes and steering to go beyond the normal limits of the suspension and tire traction. That said, Monster Garage took a classic 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee and transformed it into a drift car with the help of a 280hp engine from a brand new Nissan 350Z. Mario Lozano, Nissan specialist and certified engine guru stated that the steering was probably the more difficult aspects to the vehicle. Lozano also dealt with having to fabricate without any drawings or dimensions and a time limit. The team also shared the joy of fitting the new 280hp Nissan 350Z engine into the little Datsun and completing all of the wiring. Jesse, and the rest of the team finished the Honey Bee on time, and the end product was a bee-utiful drift car. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Toshi Hayama, vice president, A'PEX Co. Ltd., Orange, CA, Robin Scott Hoot, transportation designer, Pasadena, CA, and Naoto Negishi, engine expert and fuel-management specialist, Irvine, CA. THE BUILDERS; Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Jeremy Allyn, BMW technician, engine expert and hot-rodder, Van Nuys, CA, Chrissie Beavis, mechanic, fabricator and drift-car competitor, San Diego, CA, Frank Brown, mechanic and EFI engine expert, Bermuda Dunes, CA, Mario Lozano, Nissan specialist, fabricator and owner, TSR Fabrication, Carson, CA, and Naoto Negishi, engine expert and fuel-management specialist, Irvine, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 51"; Width: 56"; Length: 189"; Ground Clearance: 7.5"; Weight: 3,000 lbs. Painter: Pete "Hot Dog" Finlin, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA. Special Welds: The team performed special welds on the engine mounts, steering linkage and roll cage. In addition, Mario welded an aluminum piece for the throttle body that fit onto the plate Naoto fabricated. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes a silver-plated machined part for the throttle. Body Modifications: The team modified the Datsun's front end by cutting out a large piece behind the grill and modifying the engine compartment to fit the new radiator. They also welded in a piece of stainless steel to connect to the exhaust system.
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

Monster Garage 1981 Quarter Mile Cadillac

Monster Garage 1981 Quarter Mile Cadillac
19,500.00 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 1981 Quarter Mile Cadillac 19,500 LotNumber 435 The Quarter-Mile Cadillac was transformed by Jesse James from a 1981 Fleetwood Caddy to a quarter-mile dragster. Included in the car is a custom-built rear-end housing and drive shaft, and hand-made motor mounts, fire wall, dashboard, roll cage and radiator brackets. Additional acquired parts include the engine block, transmission, radiator, aluminum racing seat, fuel tank, electronic fuel ignition, two batteries, axles and internal housing. The team also modified the transmission for a better result. Parts of the car were removed in order to fit the motor. The team removed and cut out a large section of the hood to fit around it. They also cut out the Caddy's interior. This included removing the floor, trunk and wheel wells. This allowed the rear-end housing, roll cage and racing wheels to fit. The biggest challenge was building the new JEG'S engine and narrowing the rear end and chassis to fit the rear-end housing. These were the most important and time-consuming elements of the build. Pro Street Choppers owner Brett Hankins helped with the build of this pimped-out dragster. "I'd say the biggest challenge was at the end, getting everything together and working out all the little bugs. I came to the Monster Garage to get this thing done, and I never doubted we'd get it done because I knew what I was willing to do to see it through." THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Paul Dowing, owner, Duck Speed Motorsports and Rod Shop, Fresno, CA, Brett Hankins, owner, Pro Street Choppers, Sonora, CA, Kurt Forqueran, owner, Auto Kore Kustoms, Phoenix, AZ, Todd Simmon, sales manager, Berendsen Fluid Power, Brea, CA, and Rex Buxton, Buxton Motorsports Inc., Laguna Hills, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 55"; Width: 73"; Length: 232"; Ground Clearance: 6"; Weight: approximately 4,000 pounds. Artist: Feng Zhu, concept artist, Los Angeles, CA
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 1996 Lincoln Towncar "Fire Truck Limo"

Monster Garage 1996 Lincoln Towncar "Fire Truck Limo"
5,000.00 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 1996 Lincoln Towncar "Fire Truck Limo" 5,000 LotNumber 71 Summary It's a good thing this limo delivers 1,250 gallons per minute, otherwise this "hot" Lincoln might go up in flames. Description If you're going out to some hot night club, you'll need something to cool you down afterwards. Enter Monster Garage. The team took a 1996 Lincoln Town Car limousine and turned it to a stretched, super-soaker limo. To begin the transformation, the team ripped out the car's midsection and cut the roof so that it would open like a clamshell and allow the main nozzle to come through. A water pump was then installed capable of delivering 1,250 gallons per minute at 1,500 rpm with 150 pounds of pressure and a system of pipes that would deliver water to 2 additional hoses. Emergency lights, a chrome handrail and a diamond-plate step extending from behind the limo's front door to the rear-wheel well rounded out the town car's functional transformation. For its external makeover, House of Kolor really laid it on. The limo received a base coat of Blue-Blood Red paint and two coats of Ice-Red Pearl. Two coats of Mini-Fireball Red metal flake were then applied, followed by one coat of Fireball-Red metal flake and two coats of Candy Apple Red. A coat of clear sealer, KMC Clocker-model wheels and a metal-flake naugahyde roof with French-seam stitches all completed the job. In the end, Jesse and his team had successfully created a 5,000-pound firefighting limousine able to extinguish flames atop a six story building. "Putting out a fire is fine, but I still think we should go to the Oscars and squirt the paparazzi," said Jesse James. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, Long Beach, CA, Vini Bergman, custom-limo builder, CA, Ed Blanford, car designer, Southern CA, Steve Dennish, Hot Rod creator, La Mirada, CA, Wink Eller, custom-bike builder, Wink's Performance and Machine, Orange, CA, Rick Goodell, fire-engine engineer, WI, Paul Johnson, mechanic, Artesia, CA, Lisa Legohn, welding instructor, Los Angeles Trade Technical College and Compton Community College, Los Angeles, CA, Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations, Brea, CA, and Michael Shrout, fireman, Long Beach, CA. V8 4.65 Liter engine with rear-wheel drive and automatic transmission. Monster Machine Specs: Waterous fire pump, nozzles, emergency lights, diamond-plate step, chrome handrail, KMC wheels (Clocker model), metal-flake Naugahyde roof, and House of Kolor paint.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1964 Lincoln "Open Road Racer"

Monster Garage 1964 Lincoln "Open Road Racer"
9,500.00 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 Lincoln "Open Road Racer" 9,500 LotNumber 68 Summary Start with a '64 Lincoln Continental, then add a NASCAR chassis, a 600hp 427 Motown engine and a T-100 4-speed manual transmission and you'll have a racer thats track consists of the entire world. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description Imagine a stock '64 Lincoln Continental. Then add a NASCAR chassis, a 600hp 427 Motown engine and a T-100 4-speed manual transmission. Jesse and his crew did just that. "The biggest technical challenge was getting the old body off the chassis, as it was a unibody car. The steel was five layers thick in some places, so it took forever to plasma and saw away. I spent at least two full days of the build plasma-cutting that body off. They definitely knew how to build cars back in '64!" says racecar engineer Craig Jull. Jull smashed his tooth out on a grinder during the build of this car. His sweat and blood literally went into the creation of this monster. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, John Caswell, car designer, Glendale, CA, David Golder, apparel-store owner, Highland, CA, and Craig Jull, racecar engineer, Bellflower, CA. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, David Golder, apparel-store owner, Highland, CA, Matt Goodsell, fabricator/designer, Orange, CA, Brian Haynes, construction supervisor, Janesville, CA, Craig Jull, racecar engineer, Bellflower, CA, and Pat McElreath, racecar consultant, Portland, OR. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 52"; Width: 78"; Length: 203"; Ground Clearance: 7"; Weight: 3,400 pounds. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes fabricated brake components and a front-bearing retainer for the transmission. Body Modifications: The team separated the unibody from the Lincoln and removed 17" (lengthwise) from the middle of the body. They also fabricated a spoiler for the rear and an air dampener for the front.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1986 International Armored Truck Dunk Tank

Monster Garage 1986 International Armored Truck Dunk Tank
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 1986 International Armored Truck Dunk Tank 6,500 LotNumber 63 Summary Any robber trying to break into this money-hauling armored truck will end up all wet. This splash sensation can hold over 7,000 pounds of water in its customized dunk tank. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description Jesse and his team turned a money-hauling armored truck into a crowd-pleasing mobile dunk tank complete with hydraulic doors and a power seat-trigger mechanism. Sounds easy enough for Monster Garage, right? Well, not when you consider the watertight requirements, on-the-fly design changes, budget issues, miscommunication and a late-week injury that made this undertaking anything but a slam dunk. The team cut the roof out in two sections for the tank, ladder and dunk seat. And cut two side holes on truck to install windows. They also reinforced the framing underneath and welded a new floor for the tank to sustain the weight of the acrylic and water. The hydraulics for the rear door and the roof of the truck are controlled in the cab by a series of levers. Keeping the tank watertight proved to be a bigger task than anticipated. There were leak problems with the tank due to the sealant no having enough time to set, but the "Special Scottie Welds" from Scottie, Larry and Wayde. Helped make the tank, watertight. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Wayde King, acrylic tank manufacturer, Las Vegas, NV, Harry Sze, transportation design student, Chino Hills, CA, and Mark Willett, carnival supply company manager and fabricator, Long Beach, CA. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Larry Archuleta, armored car designer and fabricator, Roy, UT, Scottie Chapman, welder and fabricator, Oakland, CA, Wayde King, acrylic tank manufacturer, Las Vegas, NV, Christian Ristow, effects and animatronics specialist, Los Angeles, CA, and Mark Willett, carnival supply company manager and fabricator, Long Beach, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: Tank: 57.5", without tires: 72" and with tires: 100"; Width: Tank: 75"/ 93"; Length: 57.5"/ 210"; Weight: 13,716 pounds empty/ 21,000 pounds full. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Neoprene to line the acrylic sheets to keep the water in, and special washers on the acrylic sheets. Had to use the armored truck's cylinoids instead of new ones because of budget constraints. Kept having to get new batteries because the truck used up so much juice.
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 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 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

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