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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 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 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 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 2003 Toyota Tundra 'The Tundrinator"

Monster Garage 2003 Toyota Tundra 'The Tundrinator"
20,000.00 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 2003 Toyota Tundra 'The Tundrinator" 10,000 LotNumber 1532.1 In "Terminator 3", machines battle mankind. In Monster Garage it was the other way around -- man against machine. In this episode, Jesse James paid tribute to the radical stunts and ingenuity that made the Terminator movies so awesome. He and his gang took a 2003 Toyota Tundra and transformed it into a tricked out stunt truck capable of launching a motorcycle and driver, while the truck is roaring down the highway. As the "Tundrinator" rolls along, the passenger side panels slide open revealing a hidden motorcycle and driver ready ride. A hydraulic-powered ramp pushes the bike out and lowers allowing the driver to blast off without skipping a beat. It was crazy cool and now, like the man said, "It's back!" This episode first aired: 6/30/2003 and was also commemorated as the end of a successful first season. The build team was made up of Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer from West Coast Choppers in Long Beach, CA, Tom Conard, car-maintenance adviser, Toyota, Redondo Beach, CA, Sean Gibbs, welder/pipe fitter, Middletown, CA, Dwaine Jungen, rock-crawler builder, Tucson, AZ, Jeff Mann, production designer, "Terminator 3", "Swordfish", etc., Los Angeles, CA, Paul Moore, custom racecar builder, Seaside, CA, Eric Roy Ortega, fabricator, California Street Rods, Cypress, CA and Monte Rex Perlin, stunt double, "Terminator 3", etc., Los Angeles, CA. Vehicle Specs: Exterior Length is 217.5". Wheelbase is 128".190hp, 3.4 Liter V6 engine. **SOLD WITH LOT 1532.2 AS A PAIR. SOLD ON A BILL OF SALE. SPECIAL CONDITIONS APPlY**
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 1975 Chevy Dirt Track Camaro

Monster Garage 1975 Chevy Dirt Track Camaro
10,000.00 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 Chevy Dirt Track Camaro 10,000 LotNumber 433 Third times the charm. Jesse and his all girl team decided to once again tackle the dirt track Camaro. The first attempt was a success, the second, well, not so great. However this time, they set their sights to make the sweetest dirt track Camaro that runs entirely on Girl Power. The team gutted the car, then installed a racing seat, added a fuel cell, ran all new fuel lines, altered the trunk with welds and the front and rear suspension, welded in the roll cage, safety loops under the vehicle and added a custom race exhaust system. On top of all that, the transmission came with a broken fitting for the fluid cooler. The team had to make re-machine and tap to make the transmission work. When it was done, the team had a mud-tossing, track-crossing monster. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Michelle Christensen, transportation designer, Pasadena, CA, Mandie Gordon, mechanic and drag racer, Oakland, CA and Kathy Pierson, mechanic and racecar driver, Hermitage, MO. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Wanda Sue Benton, welding instructor, Florence, SC, Mary Jo Emrick, welder and fabricator, Austin, TX, Mandie Gordon, mechanic and drag racer, Oakland, CA, Tammi Milford, welder and fabricator, Middleton, ID and Kathy Pierson, mechanic and racecar driver, Hermitage, MO. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 51"; Width: 7"; Length: 192"; Ground Clearance: 4" (lowest point underneath car); Weight: 1,200 pounds. Special Welds: Rear-end housing TIG welded. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Lots. Roll bar, wheel studs, rackets, wheel stretch with a baseball bat and seat brackets. Moving Parts: Machined rotors and axles to accept larger studs for racing wheels. Rebuilt the distributor, replaced intake manifold and carburetor. Bypassed emissions to vehicle. Degreed cam for low-end torque. Installed new rotating rear assembly and gears. Welded third member to act as a posi-traction. Installed new transmission with dirt-track race converter. Removed all unnecessary parts under the hood to save weight and horsepower. Added new performance fuel pump, battery box and hold down. Rewired and relocated electrical system to the inside of the vehicle.
by Douglas

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 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 1992 Honda Civic Nitro

Monster Garage 1992 Honda Civic Nitro
7,500.00 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 1992 Honda Civic Nitro 7,500 LotNumber 65 Summary Jesse and the students of Lakewood High School took an old Honda beater and transformed it into a street-racin', girl-chasin' monster, complete with an air ride suspension system and a nitrous system. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description Jesse headed back to school in this episode of "Monster Nation" to instruct the students of Lakewood HS on transforming a beaten-up 1992 Imported Honda Civic into a street-racin', girl-chasin' monster. Jesse James underwent surgery during the main portion of this build. Luckily the Garage Manager was there to help the students with whatever faced them. The team gutted the interior of the car, clearing out backseats, front seats, and steering wheel. New racing seats were installed, along with racing steering wheel. A nitrous tank was installed where the space that the back seats formerly occupied. An air ride hydraulic system and new exhaust was also installed in the Honda. The Nitrous tank brace was welded by Jesse James, and finished by Andrew Fifer, the schools master welder. The brace is hinged above the tire well, where the hydraulic system sets. The hoses for the Nitrous run alongside the brake cables to the front of the car to the engine. Jesse returned as the students finished the monster. Jesse took the car to Master Pin-striper Pete Finland for detail work. The Honda received a full, glossy black coat and tribal flames. The purple flames with green trim engulf the front end of the import. VEHICLE SPECS: Length: 147"; Width: 67"; Height: 48"; Ground Clearance: 6"; Transmission: 5-speed manual. Paint: Black gloss, purple tribal flames and green trim applied by West Coast Choppers, Pete Finlan. Special Welds: Jesse James and Student Master Welder Andrew Fifer welded a bracket to hold the Nitrous tank in place. It is hinged for easy access to the air tank below. The exhaust was also cut and welded to fit the shape of the Honda Import. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Front seats removed for Racing seats. Interior was removed entirely. A racing steering wheel was added and a new gearshift was installed. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James- Custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Andrew Fifer, Student Master Welder, Lakewood HS, Tony Bearden, Student, Lakewood HS, Kamran Haghbin, Student, Lakewood HS, Carlos Zazueta- Student, Lakewood HS, Jason Stoltz- Student, Lakewood HS, and Curtis Irwin, Faculty, Lakewood HS.
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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