Other Vehicles

 

My first car 1965 Corvair Monza 140 HP 4 speed 

 

 

The same car dechromed with new paint and new turbo engine. The original 140 HP engine went into the Deserter GS.

 

 

13x7 wheels

 

 

An early version of the modified turbo engine

 

Bugeye Sprite A resurrected basket case. I reassembled the engine and got it running. This was the one autocross I entered with it. Painfully slow with only 48 horsepower, it showed the virtue of small size for autocrossing.

 

 

Then came the Deserter GS. The full story is here.

 

 

1977 Dodge van that eventually got a 320 HP Racing Head Service engine and B&M transmission. It could pass traffic uphill at 10,000 feet pulling the trailer with the race car. Shown carrying a kayak and pulling a trailer with the Deserter GS on the move back to Colorado in 2003. After a quarter million miles, it is pretty well used up.

 

 

A friend found the Recaro seat in a local want ad paper for 1/3 of the original price. It was very comfortable.

The 1978 Yamaha RD-400E was very nimble and fairly quick.

The 1974 Porsche 914 was a rust bucket disguised under new paint. The rocker panel structures were severely rusted. I added reinforcement panels and then dumped it. Even with the weakened structure, the steering was very nice.

This Classic Roadsters Duchess MG TD replica with a Chevette drivetrain was an unsuccessful attempt to start a fabrication business in 1984. 

My father was quite surprised when he was offered the Duchess as a loaner car while visiting Colorado.

 

 

1964 Corvair Monza 95 HP 4 speed that soon gained a 180 turbo. It later got cut HD springs, better shocks, dual master cylinder, front disc brakes and 15x7 alloy wheels.

 

The Corbeau seats are very nice

 

 

 

 

Billet instrument panel with VDO gauges

 

 

Throttle body fuel injection conversion

 

 

The only photo I have been able to find of the 1995 BMW 325iS is on the lift in the shop. Well actually the roof is in a photo of the Dodge above. A competent car but not that interesting. The plastic water pump impeller came loose at 120,000 miles causing the engine to overheat blowing the head gasket and the plastic radiator tank - all within 1/2 mile as I was trying to get out of traffic. The repair cost was $2800. Apparently a frequent occurrence with BMWs. The radiators and water pumps are now replaced every 60,000 miles by the independent BMW mechanics. I never hear about such failures with Hondas or Subarus.

OK here is a photo of the BMW on the final day before being traded in on the Honda. The VANOS valve adjustment system was getting noisier with each cold start and the net value was less than the cost of needed repairs and maintenance.

1994 BMW R1100RS. Fast and quiet.

 

 

Pygmy Kayak. Now for something completely different, a plywood and fiberglass composite kayak. It weighs only 41 pounds.

 

 

1934 Ford Deluxe Tudor

 

 

 

 

Carolyn's 1934 Ford was restored by her father, Dr. Charles H. Zierdt, Sr., in the early 1980s.

 

 

Carolyn's 2008 Subaru Forester

I donated the Dodge to Habitat for Humanity. It was still running but they towed it away on a flatbed truck.

A 2008 Honda Odyssey EX-L replaced the Dodge. It gets more than twice the mileage and is much nicer. I hope that it will be much more reliable also.

After 20 years of buying raffle tickets supporting various charities, I actually won a car. The raffle was a fund raiser for the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky and included the Museum Delivery package. The Museum Delivery program includes a tour of the nearby Corvette Assembly Plant and the Museum collection in addition to a detailed explanation of all of the features of the car. The car is a 2009 Corvette 3LT with polished wheels, transparent roof panel, performance axle ratio, dual mode exhaust and a 6 speed paddle shift automatic transmission. It is even quicker than the Deserter on street tires and much faster on the top end.

 

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