Ham People Have No Shame (Antennas)

I recently attended the annual Dayton (Ohio) Hamfest and as you cam imagine the antennas were out in full force. Some are clearly up just to seem goofy or ridiculous, others are dead serious. Whatever the case may be the ham folk have no shame. Continue reading

Fiberfab Avenger GT/Valkyrie Kit Car (what remains)

A few weeks back I took a trip to California, naturally I was on the lookout for anything interesting or uncommon.  At some point I ended up walking through a small field of grass that had within it a little square area surrounded by a fence.  Inside was what appeared to be a very sad looking GT40 type mid engined kit car.

From what I have gathered this is either a Fiberfab Avenger GT or Valkyrie.  Unless there are subtle differences that I haven’t found a mention of the only real difference is towards the rear of the car where it is either a bit longer or shorter depending on the engine/donor setup.  The Avenger was the shorter of the two, designed for a Corvair or VW setup.  The longer Valkyrie model was setup for a larger V8 engine. Continue reading

1980-82 VW Rabbit Oettinger

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I was a little confused when I first spotted this MK1 Rabbit. Was this a real Oettinger-tuned GTi 16S, somehow imported from France? As I got closer I noticed the lack of badging, the white deck on the hatch and the body cladding was a little off. My Volkswagen noob-status had betrayed me. This is just one of the lesser-versions of the USDM VW Rabbit with an Oettinger body kit. A “Malibuized” creation by former Chevy engineer James McLernon. Coincidentally enough, it foreshadows a tactic that the German V-dubbers are trying again, in the opposition of just about every other automaker today. Continue reading

Electric Conversion VW Rabbit – Revisited

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I was going through some of my photos and found this. It’s the same electric Rabbit that I posted about before, only this is a shot of it driving at 40th Street and Indian School. I had forgotten that I had this picture. It was taken long before I saw it at the Pavilions when I took the pictures for the other post. I now recall seeing it driving around in the Arcadia area all the time about two years ago. Hopefully it’s still driving, but I don’t live around there any more so I couldn’t tell you for sure.

From this photo, the motivation behind the electric conversion is pretty clear. Apparently, it was built in 1993 because “screw OPEC”.

Electric Rabbit Pickup

Ok, well… I apologize, I thought I had pictures of the outside of this thing but I can’t find them anywhere so I guess I don’t have any. But it’s still pretty interesting to see what’s going on under the hood and inside the truck. That “Battery Managerial System” is cool looking.

I wish I knew more about the car and if I ever see it again I’ll get some information from the owner but for now just enjoy the pictures and use your imagination.

VTAK Just Swapped In Yo

I saw this at the Ecology junkyard down on Broadway and it made me smile. I wonder how long this car drove around with that on there. It’s kind of funny, since it’s not a Honda. It’s  actually a Mk2 Golf, but of course, you probably already guessed that. Who else but a VW super-hipster would take a sharpie to his valve cover just for the sake of a little internet meme-derived irony?

Green tea is good.