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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 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 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 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 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 1984 Porsche Golf Ball Collector

Monster Garage 1984 Porsche Golf Ball Collector
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 1984 Porsche Golf Ball Collector 8,000 LotNumber 1536 This is no ordinary range-picker. It's a 1984 Porsche 944 that Jesse and company transformed into a player-harassing, ball-snagging monster. The cars moving part is a pull-wing door powered by 300-pound AutoLoc electric linear actuator. The ball collector moves up and down by the driver's side power window mechanism. A 100V motor-driven golf ball conveyor lifts balls from lower collection bin to cannon hopper. There are animatronic golf-ball clown eyes to scare golfers. There is also a custom-built 3-barrel nitrogen-powered rapid-fire golf-ball cannon. All the glass was replaced with approximately 30 square feet of expanded steel, custom wing. The biggest challenge for the team was moving the golf balls from the lower collection basket to the cannon hopper without jamming. The transition from a stock Porsche 944 to a range picker was a challenge. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Alex Anderson, custom-car builder, Temecula, CA, Mac Gillum, former drag racer and range-picker builder, Different Designs, Stanton, CA, Pete Pepe, creative designer, Disney Animation, Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations, Brea, CA, Eric Scarlett, custom-car builder/shop owner, Ventura, CA, Wendy Schmidt, animatronics specialist, Los Angeles, CA, and Jay Skwarlo, bicycle mechanic/builder and hot-rodder, Long Beach, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Engine: 151cid aluminum block Bosch L-Jetronic Fuel Injection; Pistons: 4 Inline; Heads: aluminum; Exhaust: dual straight pipes routed through front fenders; Transmission: 5-speed rear transaxle; Rear Axle: rear-wheel drive; Steering: power; Front Suspension: Porsche stock; Rear Suspension: Porsche stock; Brakes: 4-wheel disc; Tires: P215/60R15 by Toyo Tires; Wheels: Porsche stock 15-inch aluminum, polished at West Coast Choppers. Electronics: (3) BXE 2140 15mm solenoid air valves by SMC controlling cannons, standard 110V motor driven from a Wagen Tech 600 W Inverter controlling conveyor, animatronic golf-ball clown eyes driven from windshield wiper circuit, 10W RadioShack powerhorn (for harassing golfers) and Kenwood stereo system. Interior: Front passenger seat removed to accommodate golf-ball cannon; rear seats and trunk removed to accommodate picker mechanism and conveyor system. Body: All windows replaced with expanded steel, aluminum '70s van wing custom-made by Jesse James. Paint: Damon's Motorcycle Creations House of Kolor black base coat and urethane clear coat; flames painted with House of Kolor Ultra Orange pearl, Sunrise Pearl, blue pin striping. Height: 49"; Height With Parts Extended: 54"; Width: 70"; Width With Parts Extended: 102"; Length: 170"; Ground Clearance: 8"; Weight: approximately 2,500 pounds.
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

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 1993 Chevy Zamboni Zampala

Monster Garage 1993 Chevy Zamboni Zampala
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 1993 Chevy Zamboni Zampala 8,500 LotNumber 435.4 In 1995, it was a Chevy Impala Super Sport re-creation. In 2002, Monster Garage took it to the ice and made a Chevy Impala Zamboni. The trunk opens up with a flip of a switch and an additional steering wheel emerges as well as a conveyor belt and auger. Additional acquired parts include a 36" blade, auger, conveyor belt, motor, water tank, extended drive shaft, extended accelerator pedal and brake pedal, auto-lock 12" linear actuator to open trunk and studs for tires. Major body modifications include rear-corner windows sealed and two holes in hood for exhaust pipes. The biggest challenges for the team were making the mechanism to hold the auger and blade, the steering box and extended steering shaft to allow Jesse to drive the car from the rear and making device to adjust the blade. With the help of Richard Zamboni, the team made a water-conditioning unit to clean the ice once the blade shaved it, positioned an auger behind the blade to gather the shaved ice and designed a conveyor belt to lift the shaved ice and dispose of it into the car. Each of these components is located under the trunk and once the car drives into the rink, the blade is pressed into the ice by lowering the car using custom air bags. When the car is resurfacing the ice, it is operated and driven from the back. To achieve this, the mechanics extended an additional steering wheel as well as additional brake and accelerator pedals to the trunk. With a flip of a switch, the trunk lifts and the additional steering wheel and back seat rise up ready to resurface. With its sleek Purple Candy Apple paint coat, purple neon floor lights, studded tires and dual exhaust pipes throwing flames from the hood, this monster machine is sure to change the face of all ice-resurfacing machines. THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers in Long Beach, CA, Bob Van Der Brink, retired high-school shop teacher in Chino Hills, CA, Stuart Fuller, hot-rod designer in Downey, CA, Ken Hoffman, self-employed fabricator and welder in Simi Valley, CA, Renee Newell, sculptor, in Santa Monica, CA, Dan Padilla, artist, Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations in Brea, CA, Tad Yenowine, set-builder in Los Angeles, CA and Richard Zamboni, president, Frank J. Zamboni & Co. Inc. in Paramount, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: 5.7-liter SFI V8 with electronic ignition and Dual exhaust routed through the hood flame throwers. Flames shoot straight up approximately 1'. Steering: power. Brakes: disc brakes. Suspension: air bag kits by Master Image Customs. 225-35-20 tires by Toyo Tire. 20" wheels by Alba Wheels Electronics: neon tube lighting by Auto Indulgence Inc. Interior: black and purple vinyl by Nacho's Auto Upholstery. Height: 5'. Width: 7'. Length: 18'. Ground Clearance: 2". Weight: 7,000lbs.
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

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