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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 1999 Reynard Racecar Streetline Painter

Monster Garage 1999 Reynard Racecar Streetline Painter
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 1999 Reynard Racecar Streetline Painter 15,000 LotNumber 1536.1 For anyone who's ever gotten stuck in traffic behind a work truck crawling along, may we present Jesse's latest attempt to create the fastest (fill-in-the-blank here) ever: turning a 1999 Champ Car into the world's swiftest street painter. The team created and customized a rear frame section that was designed to fit within the body of the Champ Car. This proved a difficult task according to team member John Gregory of Gregory Racing Fabrications. "Making the rear frame section and fastening it to the tub of the Champ Car. Because these cars don't have a chassis we had to start from scratch. I thought it would be very hard to do in the time we had to do it." For Jesse and his team, the biggest challenge was constructing a frame for the Champ Car and fastening it to a carbon-fiber tub capable of holding a Ford motor, a B&M transmission and a dragster differential. Another challenge was mounting a sizeable airless paint pump to the car. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, John Buttera, racecar builder and toy maker, Kenosha, WI, Gavin Diehl, heavy-equipment mechanic, San Jose, CA, Clyde Foss, street-line painter and owner, Four S, Long Beach, CA, John Gregory, fabricator and owner, Gregory Racing Fabrications and Racetronics, Nazareth, PA, Paul Gentilozzi, racecar driver and Champ Car team owner, Lansing, MI, Tony Giaccone, welder and fabricator, California Hot Rod/MRL Industries, Jamestown, CA, and Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations, Brea, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 32" (56" with paint system); Width: 78.5"; Length: 199"; Length With Parts Extended: 216"; Ground Clearance: 2"; Weight: 2,450 pounds; Artist: Nick Garfias, designer, Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design. Hydraulics: The team used a hydraulic pump to power an airless spray system. Special Welds: Special welds were required to create a frame linking the engine, transmission and differential. In addition, TIG welds were used on the water inlets and radiator. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes an ignition system, radiator, remote water pump, switches, hoses, front-pedal assembly and wire harness.
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 1998 Ford Crown Victoria "Doughnut Shop/Cop Car"

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

Monster Garage 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 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 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 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 1994 Ford Explorer White Trash Truck

Monster Garage 1994 Ford Explorer White Trash Truck
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 1994 Ford Explorer White Trash Truck 9,000 LotNumber 434.1 "I trashed my truck" usually implies something bad has happened. Usually. In the first episode of "Monster Garage", Jesse and his team transform a 1994 Eddie Bauer Edition Ford Explorer into a tricked-out trash truck. Jesse bet $500 that this design to transform a Ford Explorer into a garbage truck wouldn't work. He lost. How can a 1994 Ford Explorer house enough equipment to make this one killer garbage crusher? Garbage equipment and storage take space, so the team started their transformation by pulling out the Explorer's back seat. They then installed a customized hydraulically powered metal arm (designed and redesigned many, many times) to grab garbage cans and empty them into a receptacle that included a hydraulic crusher to compact the trash. The roof was cut and fitted it with a hinge and a hydraulic system to lift it up, creating room for the arm to pick up cans and dump their trash. Under its hood the Explorer has a 21hp, 4Liter V6 engine and automatic transmission. Since most trash trucks are all trash and no flash, Jesse decided that this mechanical monstrosity deserved a new sleek look. Its mechanical metamorphosis complete, the Explorer got an extreme makeover from House of Kolor, beginning with a primer sealer coat and white base coat. Two coats of Ice White Pearl were added and a silver base coat followed. Then silver metal-flake flames were applied to the vehicle, and a final clear coat of paint. KMC wheels rounded out the package. The end product was indeed a success. If you thought your garbage cans were in danger before, you should see them being picked up by this monster machine. "I can't believe this actually worked." Jesse James. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, Long Beach, CA, Brent Davis, bike builder, Brentwood, CA, Nick De Avila, off-road truck mechanic and racer, Hermosa Beach, CA, Jay LaRosa, customizer, Carson, CA, Ivan Sanchez, graphic artist and "parts guru," Long Beach, CA, J.P. Schoenbeck, tattoo artist, Highlands Ranch, CO, Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations, Brea, CA, Thom Taylor, hot-rod designer, Laguna Niguel, CA, and Gregorio Urueta, mechanic and sanitation-truck engineer, Harbor City, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: 4.0 Liter V6 engine, 210hp, automatic transmission rear-wheel drive and "Eddie Bauer" interior trim and exterior paint. Monster Machine Specs: customized hydraulically powered metal arm, hydraulic garbage-crusher, hydraulic roof-lifter, KMC wheels and House of Kolor paint.
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 Lyons Rail Hot Dogster

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

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