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From avatar to reality? (OT?)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Slimegreeeeeen, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. [​IMG]My son, aka DREWDAY, got inspired by the snubnose C10 on the photoshop thread so he whipped a little mojo on the HouseOspeed shop truck. The more I look at it, the more I like it. So I made it my avatar. Now I'm really digging it. It got me wondering? Hey, could this actually be done? If so, how? Olds Toranado transaxle in rear? Corvair drivetrain? Any thoughts from fellow HAMBERS are most appreciated.
  2. JLasvegas
    Joined: Nov 28, 2008
    Posts: 207

    from Skin city

    looks like a fat econoline, can you imagine how squirley that would be
  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,479


    That looks suspiciously like a little toy car we got in a kids meal recently....
  4. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,879


    I'd ride with you.... do it!

  5. Looks cool put it on a late mod Chevy van chassis Build it
  6. taco bell?
  7. lostn51
    Joined: Jan 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,667


    Back in high school a group of us built a 55 Chevy 4dr wagon into a "shortie". Mainly because we were bored and my friends dad had one sitting in the back yard not doing anything. It took us about a year to get it finished but when it was done it was a head turner and brought a few trophies home from local shows.

    So I say do it!!
  8. Okievoodoo
    Joined: Jul 12, 2007
    Posts: 253


    Go for it... Anything creative... we need some show cars from this generation! I know there are quite a few, but not like back in the day... Very Cool, I'd roll in it...

    But I'd roll in a Short Bus Too...:D
  9. Preacher
    Joined: Dec 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,956

    Member Emeritus

    Neat idea, actually look a little like a Honda Element
  10. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,728


    There are some Scion XB's in Japan that the have grafted on sheet metal from chevy trucks. They look pretty cool.
  11. Mattilac
    Joined: Oct 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,149


    That's a tad to short for my liking, but still very cool! Do it!
  12. Goztrider
    Joined: Feb 17, 2007
    Posts: 3,066

    from Tulsa, OK

    You could possibly use the front clip from under a late 90s Chrysler/Dodge Intrepid type car. Just remove the steering and replace with solid arms. I've considered doing something like that before... using this motor/trans setup that is. The trans is mounted normally with the engine in normal front to rear placement, but the driveshafts come out the side of the transmission.
  13. Saxon
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,157

    from MN

    If you brought the rear wheel back about a foot that would help. The look and the performance.
  14. fisher_man_matt
    Joined: Jul 22, 2006
    Posts: 147


    There used to be an old van parked at a used car lot in Albemarle, NC that had been shortened like your avatar. I seem to remember a monster arm and shifter being added through the roof for the "Rat Fink" look. Like others have mentioned, I'd be worried about it being driveable.
  15. twofosho
    Joined: Nov 10, 2005
    Posts: 1,153


    By using the the later Chev van for the frame, front suspension, and cowl/door section and putting an Eldo/Toro setup in the rear you would be able to make the front passenger compartment very nearly "normal", with a bench seat for three people even.

    Any Eldo/Toro powertrain/ suspension from 66 to the late 70s/ early 80s could be used at the rear and you could always add a breathed on 500 to give it some "pep". Although off topic here, my buddy and I have even considered beefing up the Turbo 325 OD in his 84 Eldo with aftermarket 200R4 parts so that it might stand a chance of living behind the 500 he wants to drop in.
  16. Pauly da mick
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 245

    Pauly da mick

    Mount the V8 & auto of your choice a-mid-ships & bolt it directly to an IRS...:D
  17. Moe
    Joined: Dec 2, 2003
    Posts: 197


    I know .... A "Guy" .. that could do the metal fab / the build ...:D
    That would be to cool ....
    My vote ... Build a mid engine corvair chassie ... and go from there ...
  18. KreaturesCCaustin
    Joined: Sep 3, 2008
    Posts: 1,258

    from Austin, TX

    Why not just add a dog house and drop a 250 between the seats like an early chevy van? No reason that wouldn't work. They didn't have any room in front of the windshield either. I dig it. Do it!
  19. KreaturesCCaustin
    Joined: Sep 3, 2008
    Posts: 1,258

    from Austin, TX

  20. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 4,964

    Shifty Shifterton

    I'd put a 4 or 6 cyl late model front drive cradle assembly in the back. Something small and compact and not producing a ton of heat. Probably something from the early 90s with simple electronics.

    By morphing that thing up to 500ci, all the size and heat issues resulting will double the project's complexity. And it'll still have terrible dynamics to use as a true high performance machine, making all that power a big waste.

    kind of neet looking

    good luck
  21. custom50
    Joined: Dec 29, 2007
    Posts: 396

    from Indiana

    Looks like you may have to have your feet on the dash.
  22. Good point. I'll put my best man on it. Oh, son.....

  23. Saxon
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,157

    from MN

    Like this... while your at it. :]
  24. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,293

    Member Emeritus

    step away from the bong water ! :)
  25. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,919


    +1 for this idea, those engines have pretty good torque, and you're not going to want to go TOO fast with that wheelbase. Cool idea!:)
  26. Gotcha. Thanks!

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