Is there a Classic Car thread in here somewhere?

Is there a thread where forum members talk about their classic cars (resto projects, rebuilds, etc.) ?

DS

My project…

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the only one I’ve ever seen. What on earth kinda Batmobile are you working on??? I’ve never seen that car. Looks awesome.

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The only one I’ve ever seen. What on earth kinda Batmobile are you working on??? I’ve never seen that car. Looks awesome.[/quote]

So with that, basically there isn’t one… ok, well maybe this can be the start of something new then.

Thanks for the kudos, but this isn’t in the Batmobile realm, not even close.

What you see there is a 1964 Corvette Convertible that had a wide body kit installed on it back in the late '60s.

Also, sometime in the late '60s early '70s timeframe the original owner decided to highly modify the car for road racing.

Souped-up engine was dropped in, fuel injection added, various parts deleted for weight loss (bumpers, AC, etc.), customized the paint and interior (was originally a red/black car out of the factory).

Too bad the powertrain wasn’t sold along with the car when it changed hands either - my guess is that they tried to heavily modify the engine and blew it up.

The other non-standard stuff you see there are superwide tires, 10" in the front and 12" in the rear (also added for road racing ‘back when’), it’s got a 1967 427 hood on it as well (which was not stock for a '64 w/ an original 327), exhausts are Hooker Headers and Pipes, wheels are original Ansen Sprint Mags, as well as multiple other stuff not seen from the outside… :sunglasses:

DS

I’ve hardly ever seen any classic cars here, the oldest I’ve seen was a 1970 Porshe.

Yes.

And No

Not exactly what I was looking for, but… Was thinking about something more along the lines of members thread of their projects and collectibles.

Usually turns into a gear-head type discussion string as people are swapping stories of how to fix x, y, z, where to find parts for a, b, c… etc.

DS

maybe you will have better luck with scooters:)

[quote=“DesertSpider”]Not exactly what I was looking for, but… Was thinking about something more along the lines of members thread of their projects and collectibles.

Usually turns into a gear-head type discussion string as people are swapping stories of how to fix x, y, z, where to find parts for a, b, c… etc.

DS[/quote]

Not here it wouldn’t, or it’d be largely nostalgia for cars left elsewhere.

There’s a negligable classic “scene” in Taiwan, and most people get things done for them, because the pros are cheap, and its very difficult to find parts/slightly specialist tools, especially if you don’t speak Chinese/mechanical Japlish.

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Not here it wouldn’t, or it’d be largely nostalgia for cars left elsewhere.

There’s a negligable classic “scene” in Taiwan, and most people get things done for them, because the pros are cheap, and its very difficult to find parts/slightly specialist tools, especially if you don’t speak Chinese/mechanical Japlish.[/quote]

Shame…

DesertSpider, nice Vette! While there isn’t much of an cultural appreciation for classics here from the older generation, mainly because there really weren’t any cars in China or Taiwan in the 50s and 60s or even 70s and 80s, young folks do appreciate British and American retro, mostly for fashion. There are small clubs of Taiwanese people who do up Minis and old VWs.

There is also the practical aspect of getting an older car into Taiwan, which while it can be done, is not going to be easy or cheap. There are other logistical hurdles, for example, there’s basically no such thing as a street-licensed two-axle car trailer in Taiwan, and thus, there’s no such thing as a “trailer queen” car.

To navigate this, you’re going to need to hunker down and learn Chinese and also find a local friend who knows about the scene. It’s best that this person is a male, ABC. The guys who grew up here don’t fully appreciate car culture, especially not DIYing, and a long-hair dictionary friend is definitely not going to appreciate it at all.

You definitely won’t find many of these car people at all on this board. I’ve tried so hard like you have to get people to identify themselves so we can start to have some semblance of a foreigner car scene, and there are a few guys here who truly do love wrenching and driving/racing, but I’ve come to realize that a foreigner car scene is basically not going to happen. The reality is that there aren’t many foreigners in Taiwan, and even fewer who appreciate cars, otherwise why would they come to an island that until recently didn’t really have any real motorsports facilities? The land of JDM and the birthplace of Time Attack and Drifting is like a 2 hour plane flight northeast of here. There are far fewer still who have the financial means to be in the car hobby, which let’s admit is, in the grand scheme of things, a rich man’s sport. The ones who can, simply keep their toys in their home countries and go back there to play.

But it’s getting better…

My guess is that with so many people in Taiwan getting money, and with the new Penbay track, that the real tuner scene will actually start to pick up. There is already a small but dedicated set of people who build up mid 90s to early 2000s Japanese cars in the same way the States went crazy for JDM 10 years ago. You’ll see a lot of these cars owned by guys at the karting tracks or at the Longtan Track, and definitely at the Penbay Track. So if you’re just into cars in general, I’d start hanging out around the tracks and meet people that way.

Sweet ride, I would kill to get a classic vette on this island

I hate to say it but your going to have to adapt :cry: I was in the same boat. I was a die hard air-cooled VW fan for over 15 years…Then I moved here :unamused: However, I quickly found that Jeeps are almost as fun to tinker on, and even more fun to drive. And they fall nearly into the same social class. Before I was a “dirty hippie”. Now I’m a “dirty redneck” :roflmao: Neither of which is true of course, but folks do love to label. After three years here I’m just as obsessed with my Jeep as I was with the beautiful vintage camper I let go to move here. :wink:

I suppose these are “classics” now . I was fortunate enough to rally one back in the day /

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Didn’t you once say you owned an MG 6R4?

Yes , I did . Worth 3 times the price I sold it for now … sigh . Noisy thing :yum:
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So the race version, not the street version?
I always thought those were cool.
Collectible car values have skyrocketed it seems.