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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 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 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 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 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 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Wood Chipper

Monster Garage 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Wood Chipper
12,500.00 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 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser Wood Chipper 12,500 LotNumber 435.3 It was a simple plan: Take apart a PT Cruiser and transform it into the slickest tree chipper. Maybe too simple. The Cruiser didn't have much room to work, so once the car was gutted, the team turned their attention to an out-of-commission chipper. They torched the chipper's feed mechanism and engine free, then went about putting together the precise size and weight measurements necessary to squeeze the chipper mechanisms into the car. The team removed the Cruiser liftgate and fitted it with a pelican hinge, reversing the liftgate so that when functioning, the closing liftgate would pull objects directly into the chipper's feed mechanism. And since the car needed an air-bag suspension to support the excessive weight, the team removed the MacPherson strut independent suspension and rear springs and refitted them with an EAI air-suspension system. Finally, because it's just plain cool, the team decided to create a monster amplifier by directly routing both engine exhausts into the discharge tube so that the Cruiser's motor and the chipper's engine would roar together. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Johan Bakker, mechanical design engineer, Unisys, Brighton, MI, Pete Finlan, custom painter, car builder and artist, Vista, CA, Mick Gifford, tree-chipper expert, Morbark, Inc., Winn, MI Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations, Brea, CA, Erich Woodall, certified and master welder, fabricator and street racer, Edgewater, MD, and Matt Zabas, artist, engineer and fabricator, 13 Choppers, Cardiff, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Engine: 2.4 Liter DOHC 16-valve SMPI I-4; Exhaust: retrofitted with flame-thrower kit; Transmission: 5-speed manual; Converter: 150 bhp at 5,200 rpm; Drive Shaft: front-wheel drive, displacement: 148.2cid; Steering: power-assisted rack & pinion steering, 18:1 ratio; Front Suspension: independent suspension retrofitted with EAI 4-inch x 4-inch hard shaft, Parker top and side port air cylinder; Rear Suspension: solid trailing arm twist beam with EAI 255C 2,500-pound, 3/8-inch port; Brakes: front: disc; rear: drum; Tires: Toyo Proxes 245/35/20; Wheels: 20" #44 Jesse James. Electronics: stock plus EAI 5 switch air-suspension system controller. Body Honduran mahogany veneer, with ash strips and mahogany Maltese-Cross inlays. Paint: House of Kolor black base coat, Root Beer Kandy base coat and Pagan Gold Kandy base coat were blended and applied, with a clear coat sealing the deal. MONSTER SPECS: Hydraulics: Morbark hydraulic pump is Vickers vane style with a 4-gallon ring. It's engine-driven (live hydraulics) at a speed that pumps 6.5 gpm. Moving Parts: Morbark Feeder Model #2070 XL Twister Special Welds: A sub-frame was built to hold the Morbark chipper's additional weight.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 2003 Toyota Celica Jet Car

Monster Garage 2003 Toyota Celica Jet Car
17,000.00 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 Celica Jet Car 17,000 LotNumber 435.1 To date, it's the fastest monster ever, topping speeds of more than 200mph. And its engine? A Rolls Royce Viper MK22 that generates 6,300 pounds of thrust. "The biggest technical challenge was converting the suspension from wheel-driven to thrust-driven. But no, there was never a time when anyone was worried about being able to complete this challenge," Segal Motorsports owner Jerry Segal said. Segal was asked to participate after being recommended by the National Hot Rod Association. In addition to the suspension, the frame of the car needed to be extended 30" to build the sub-frame to mount the 640lb behemoth engine. Body modifications included removing the stock engine, dash and seats and lengthening the Celica's body. Jesse and his team also built a supporting sub-frame and network for the jet engine and fuel system, a roll bar around the driver's seat and parachute tubes. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers in Long Beach, CA, Joe Ruggless, racecar driver, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale, CA, Marty Schwerter, Toyota Pro-Celebrity Celica project manager, Toyota Grand Prix in Huntington Beach, CA, Ralph Snider, jet-car builder and truck driver from Mcloud, OK, Jerry Segal, owner, Segal Motorsports in Las Vegas, NV and Ben Wood, fabricator and assistant manager, Monster Garage in San Jacinto, CA. SPECS: Make: Toyota Model: Celica Year: 2003 Height: 51" Width: 63" Length: 202" Length With Parts Extended: 217" Ground Clearance: 6". Artist: Craig Kember, designer, Calty Design in Newport Beach, CA. Painter: Mike Lavallee, Killer Paint in Snohomish, WA. Special Welds: Includes those performed on the roll cage and jet engine, as well as lengthening the vehicle with the sub-frame. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: The jet engine, a Rolls Royce Viper MK22, was acquired from a two-seat British military trainer. The monster's machined parts include its tires, which were shaved, trued, balanced and spun-test to 220 mph at 60 seconds.
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 1990 Ford Mustang "Switchblade" Lawnmover

Monster Garage 1990 Ford Mustang "Switchblade" Lawnmover
7,300.00 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 1990 Ford Mustang "Switchblade" Lawnmover 7,300 LotNumber 75 Summary Loaded with a 10hp Briggs & Stratton lawn mower engine, a 48" triangular Delta Deck mower and three cylindrical rotating blades. This Mustang cuts down the competition and the lawn. Description Getting nagged to cut the lawn, but don't have the time? Call Monster Garage. In an effort to expedite one of the most common household chores, Jesse and his team embark on the adventure of turning a Mustang into a mower. It's the very first Monster Garage ever filmed: the transition of a 1990 Ford Mustang GT into a lawn mower. To transform the Mustang into a mower, the team began by throwing out the back seat, muffler and catalytic converter. Then they added a 10hp Briggs & Stratton lawn mower engine and a 48" triangular Delta Deck mower, which they installed underneath the car, just behind the rear wheels. The team also attached three cylindrical rotating blades to the doors and the rear of the car. Levers inside the cockpit lower both the Delta Deck and the rear cylindrical mower. The Mustang was then ready for its custom paint job from House of Kolor. The base coat was Lime Green Pearl, over which an Ice Gold Pearl coat was sprayed. Lime Green metal flake was applied over that, followed by two coats of Lime Green Candy Apple paint. For the flame paint details, a black smoke outline was used and a "Kameleon" green-to-silver top coat applied. A final clear coat sealed the deal, after which gold-wire rims (made with 100 spokes apiece) were fitted. The result? Let's put it this way: You should be so lucky as to have to cut your grass on a regular basis. "Mowing the grass at 100 mph rules. Doing anything at 100 miles an hour rules, for that matter, " said Jesse James. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, Long Beach, CA, George Beers, "parts guru," Stuart, FL, Bob Cleveland, lawn mower engineer and racer, Locust Grove, GA, Mike Contreras, oil-rig mechanic, Long Beach, CA, Mike Desmond, graphic artist and custom-car designer, MAD Machines, Long Beach, CA, Bill Dodge, custom-bike builder, Long Beach, CA, Carol Hodge, TV commercial director, Seattle, WA, Billy Lane, custom-bike builder, Melbourne, FL, and Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations, Brea, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: 5.0 Liter V8 engine, 200hp, 4-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Monster Machine Specs: 10hp Briggs & Stratton lawn mower engine, 48" triangular Delta Deck mower, three cylindrical rotating blades, gold-wire rims, House of Kolor paint.
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 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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