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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 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 Custom "Jet Boat Car"

Monster Garage Custom "Jet Boat Car"
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 Custom "Jet Boat Car" 9,000 LotNumber 72 Year 2004 CarMake ULTRA CarModel SHADOW PICKLE-FORK Summary Hardly a fish-out-of-water, this Pickle-Fork jet boat turned Hot Rod is sure to make a splash. Description Why turn a pickle-fork jet boat into a one-of-a-kind Hot Rod created from boat, car and even helicopter components? Because it's wrong. The biggest challenge to face the team on this build was mounting the body to the chassis as it had to be tailored to the body specs before they were joined. Confusion sank in during the build, when the team kept confusing the car with a boat. With this body, who could blame them? The sleek and smooth design seems to coast over the track, like most boats cross the ocean. Monster Garage designer, Mike Desmond made his building debut with this car. Out of all of the builds, he likes this one the most. "No doubt, the Jet Boat Car's my favorite: It's pure, and its natural beauty comes from functional fluid dynamics - it's like a fish outta water. Plus, the only real time we ever get to see the bottom of a boat is when something's gone terribly wrong." THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Mike Desmond, graphic artist and custom-car designer, Madmachines, Long Beach, CA, Pippa Garner, artist, Santa Fe, NM, Tim McNees, racecar builder and fabricator, Salt Lake City, UT, Howard Murray, gas-turbine boat builder, Inisfil, Ontario, Canada, Brandon Smisek, 3-D designer/clay modeler, Santa Ana, CA, and John West, boat builder and owner, Ultra Custom Boats, El Cajon, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 48"; Width: 81"; Length: 19'; Ground Clearance: 3.5"; Weight: 2,650 pounds. Gel Coating: Ultra Custom Boats, El Cajon, CA. Special Welds: Special welds were formed on the frame and chassis (created from steel tubing), the rigid rear end, the motor mounts and the roll cage. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes a horizontal helicopter stabilizer, a transmission from the Remote-Control Dirt-Track Racer, a radiator and rear disc brakes. Body Modifications: The team inverted the boat body and added front-wheel blisters, a cockpit cowl and rear-wheel flares.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1988 Chevy Blazer Pike's Peak Hill Climber

Monster Garage 1988 Chevy Blazer Pike's Peak Hill Climber
15,500.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1988 Chevy Blazer Pike's Peak Hill Climber 15,500 LotNumber 431.1 Ain't no mountain high enough for Monster Garage, not even Colorado's Pikes Peak, 14,110 feet of purple mountain majesty. And what better way to test the chops of this 1988 Chevy Blazer than the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second-oldest auto race in the world, second only to the Indianapolis 500. It is held annually and consists of cars in various classes racing 12.5 miles (156 corners) on pavement and dirt, at a continuously increasing elevation and through rain, snow, hail, etc., in order to reach the summit of Pikes Peak. In other words, Jesse and his crew made this bad boy solid enough for the terrain they would be facing. The team did welding work on the climber's roll cage, front clip, rear axle and suspension mounts, engine mounts, steering system, brake pedals, fuel and water cells, and radiator core support. Includes the engine, supercharger, transmission, front end, rear end, drive shaft, wheels, tires, steering quickener, steering wheel, seats, belts, fuel cells, radiator and mister. The team cut air scoops for the rear brakes into both sides of the vehicle, lowered it 10", shaved the wheel wells, and added fiberglass front fenders and hood. The biggest challenge the team faced was mounting the Ford front end onto the Chevy truck, which needed to be aligned and calibrated correctly so that it was straight and level. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Patrick Janicke, concept designer, Los Angeles, CA, Larry Ragland, race-car driver, Cave Creek, AZ and Randy Ruyle, director of competition, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Cascade, CO. THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Mike Cook, special projects director, West Coast Choppers, Wilmington, CA, Doug Evans, fabricator/mechanic, San Marcos, TX, Sarah Grenier, mechanical engineer, Manchester, NH, Rhys Millen, racecar driver, Huntington Beach, CA, and Randy Ruyle, director of competition, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Cascade, CO. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 66"; Width: 80"; Length: 178"; Ground Clearance: 3.5"; Weight: 3,800 pounds. Painter: Pete "Hot Dog" Finlin, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 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 1959 Chevy Dairy Truck "Milk Bomb"

Monster Garage 1959 Chevy Dairy Truck "Milk Bomb"
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 1959 Chevy Dairy Truck "Milk Bomb" 6,500 LotNumber 69 Summary This 1959 Chevy Apache, complete with a cow-milker/dispenser, pasteurizer and even a chocolate milk ability, leaves other dairies looking "utterly" ridiculous. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description Apparently Jesse and his team think that the local milkman isn't fast and fresh enough. Thus, the mobile milker is born. But in order to make this Milk Bomb, Jesse and his team first had to hollow out a beat-up 1959 Chevy Apache milk truck to make room for a milking machine, a custom pasteurizer, a cow stall and, finally, a 1,400-pound dairy cow. The cow enters from the rear of the truck on a custom build steel ramp and is milked. The floor, side panels and rear entrance were all modified to accommodate the cow as it does what it does best. After being milked, the milk goes into a custom pasteurizer, cooled, and then sent to a set of taps on the outside of the truck. There is even a chocolate milk dispenser. There is no milk fresher than milk straight from the monster. (The truck, not the cow.) THE BUILDERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Mark Clarke, marketing manager, Madison, WI, Jerry Galyen, installation manager, Modesto, CA, Kyle Brodowski, supervisor, Laguna Beach, CA, Bob Norland, overhead crane technician, Long Beach, CA, Susan Schalk, business analyst/certified master mechanic, San Diego, CA, and Craig Zell, research technician, Madison, WI. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 79"; Width: 79"; Length: 223"; Ground Clearance: 14.5"; Weight: about 9,000 pounds. RAMP MEASUREMENTS: Height: 48.5"; Width: 35"; Length: 81.5" when attached to truck; 88.5" by itself. Special Welds: Include wire welds, MIG welds, stainless steel welds, pneumatics and TIG welds. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Include milking equipment such as meters, pumps, tubes, gauges, vacuum for pump and valves. Moving Parts: There were a number of moving parts in this build: the milk pump, lock gates, heat exchangers, cooling system for milk pasteurization, rebuilt engine, new brake system (front leaf springs), motor pump, carburetor, radiator, suspension system and complete engine tune-up. Biggest Challenge: The team faced a number of challenges: First, they had to adapt the design so cows could be milked from the rear of the vehicle. Then, a part called a pinch (a nipple clamp for the hose) disappeared. The team also spent a lot of time, three of the five days, on the floor fabrication to ensure stability once the cow was inside, and working in a confined, unbearably hot space (from the welding) was no picnic. Finally, as always on Monster Garage, locating tools and parts in working condition proved a problem.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee Drifter

Monster Garage 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee Drifter
6,000.00 USD
Offered For Sale at the: Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction January, 2008, Scottsdale, Arizona Barrett-Jackson Auction Company 7400 E Monte Cristo Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85260 Phone: 480-421-6694 Facsimile: 480-421-6697 Website: www.barrett-jackson.com Monster Garage 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee Drifter 6,000 LotNumber 64 Summary Floats like a butterfly, and stings like a 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee With the help of a 280hp engine from a brand new Nissan 350Z, this car is sure to "bee" one sweet-as-honey drifter. Sold on a Bill of Sale only. Special conditions apply. Description For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, drifting calls for a high-powered car with enough rear-wheel power to slide sideways through corners at high speeds. Some compare it to Rally racing, but in drifting the winner isn't the first to cross the finish line. Rather, judges determine who wins based on execution and style. All drifting competitions take place on closed courses where racers maneuver their cars into spectacular power slides around corners. To successfully execute this type of racing, a driver must figure out the balance of the car's engine power, gears, brakes and steering to go beyond the normal limits of the suspension and tire traction. That said, Monster Garage took a classic 1975 Datsun 210 Honey Bee and transformed it into a drift car with the help of a 280hp engine from a brand new Nissan 350Z. Mario Lozano, Nissan specialist and certified engine guru stated that the steering was probably the more difficult aspects to the vehicle. Lozano also dealt with having to fabricate without any drawings or dimensions and a time limit. The team also shared the joy of fitting the new 280hp Nissan 350Z engine into the little Datsun and completing all of the wiring. Jesse, and the rest of the team finished the Honey Bee on time, and the end product was a bee-utiful drift car. THE DESIGNERS: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Toshi Hayama, vice president, A'PEX Co. Ltd., Orange, CA, Robin Scott Hoot, transportation designer, Pasadena, CA, and Naoto Negishi, engine expert and fuel-management specialist, Irvine, CA. THE BUILDERS; Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA, Jeremy Allyn, BMW technician, engine expert and hot-rodder, Van Nuys, CA, Chrissie Beavis, mechanic, fabricator and drift-car competitor, San Diego, CA, Frank Brown, mechanic and EFI engine expert, Bermuda Dunes, CA, Mario Lozano, Nissan specialist, fabricator and owner, TSR Fabrication, Carson, CA, and Naoto Negishi, engine expert and fuel-management specialist, Irvine, CA. VEHICLE SPECS: Height: 51"; Width: 56"; Length: 189"; Ground Clearance: 7.5"; Weight: 3,000 lbs. Painter: Pete "Hot Dog" Finlin, West Coast Choppers, Long Beach, CA. Special Welds: The team performed special welds on the engine mounts, steering linkage and roll cage. In addition, Mario welded an aluminum piece for the throttle body that fit onto the plate Naoto fabricated. Additional Acquired or Machined Parts: Includes a silver-plated machined part for the throttle. Body Modifications: The team modified the Datsun's front end by cutting out a large piece behind the grill and modifying the engine compartment to fit the new radiator. They also welded in a piece of stainless steel to connect to the exhaust system.
by Douglas

Monster Garage 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 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 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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