Last Call: Stacked Edition

Last Call: Stacked!
If you need to transport an Austin J40 pedal car you could put it in the back of an Austin Se7en Pick Up. Should you need to ship an Austin Se7en Pick Up you could load it onto an Austin FG flatbed. Now, if the situation arises that you need to send an Austin FG Flatbed somewhere you could just drop it onto an Austin FFK 140 and off you go. Of course should you need to whisk that whole kit and caboodle off somewhere, well then you’re going to need to pack it all up neat as you can and put it on an Austin FH three axle.
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55 responses to “Last Call: Stacked Edition”

  1. 0A5599 Avatar

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      The ‘Turducken of burnouts’
      This video makes me proud to be a New Zealander.

  2. JayP Avatar

    The HPDE group I work with had a “Women’s Only Event” in which I instructed 2 ladies. I initially cringed at the idea of a “WOE” since it wasn’t a full on HPDE but a driving skills event where daily drivers were used on a choked down track. One student had her Civic, the other in a Grand Cherokee. By the end of the weekend, both were wanting more speed and were already looking for candidates for track cars. Not sure if that was the intent. Pretty rapid progress!
    The unintentional discovery from that weekend was that the Vic on the track is a riot. On the left hand turns the passenger tires were on the curbing. An instructor saw what I was doing and said the Vic looked awesome. Since it did a good job, I bought a new set of tires. Had to really… they were starting to come apart.

    1. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      Good for them, and good for you! Job well done. More women in motorsport – this is not a bad thing. As much as I like standing around the smoky barbeque sucking a warm longneck with you greasers….

  3. Dean Bigglesworth Avatar
    Dean Bigglesworth

    I’ve gone mad. Greetings from Insaneostan.

  4. kogashiwa Avatar

    It’s starting to look like I may not have my IS300 much longer (hail damage) so in case I don’t replace it with another (not unlikely) I’m looking at other options, specifically leasing a new compact, which all seem to be just as quiet and comfortable and nearly as fast as my IS, it’s kind of disheartening actually.
    So Battle of Three Continents, Fight! between:
    Mazda 3 GS (that is the 2.0 mid-level trim, I think they’re called something else in the US?)
    Focus SE (basic model with sport and winter packages and nothing else)
    Mini Cooper (3-cylinder)
    all hatchbacks and the correct number of pedals.
    Which one and why?

    1. Maymar Avatar

      Option 4 – embrace the dents on the IS and go full Mad Max with it?
      Is a stripper Fiesta ST too much of a stretch? Looks like you’re aiming for $21k, FiST puts you at $23.5k. Otherwise, Mini should be most fun to drive (although I haven’t tried the 3-cylinder), but is also a cheap BMW with semi-BMW running costs. Focus and Mazda3 would pretty much boil down to preference (a touch more power vs a touch more engagement), and which dealer you prefer.
      Another wildcard – Golf? I mean, if you can find a dealer who’s looking to move tainted inventory, those are also decent to drive.

      1. kogashiwa Avatar

        Option 4 … maaaaybe but the problem then is it’s worth nothing so to get the value out of it I’d have to drive it into the ground and being an IS300 that could take another twenty years … which is possibly not a bad thing? I’m considering it.
        Could certainly do a Fiesta ST but I have my doubts about comfort – very long highway drives are the norm here to get basically anywhere so whatever I get has to do well for that. Might have to test one.
        I’ve considered the Golf also but the value doesn’t quite seem to add up. I haven’t gone to a dealer yet though, so the story could be different once there.

        1. dead_elvis, inc. Avatar
          dead_elvis, inc.

          Just how bad is the hail damage? (read: got pix?)

          1. kogashiwa Avatar

            No pics handy. I’ll try to get some.
            None of it is all that bad except for the roof, which is pretty golf-ballish; the problem is so many panels have at least some damage, it’s a huge job to fix everything. Apparently $7k, and the car is only worth maybe $9k, so …

    2. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Fiesta Ecoboost 1.0?

      1. kogashiwa Avatar

        I think if it’s a Fiesta it better be the ST. I really should drive one.
        1.0 extremely hard to find as well.

  5. Sean McMillan Avatar
    Sean McMillan

    So last Tuesday I was involved in a six car pileup in my work truck. It was a mess. This morning I passed the scene and there was another damn wreck in the exact same spot. Then 3 hours later I passed it again and there was yet another one!

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      You should avoid that place, if possible. Bad Juju.

      1. Sean McMillan Avatar
        Sean McMillan

        Just a bunch of dumbasses driving too fast and following too close, but it is weird that it happens so frequently at that spot. From now on I’m sticking to the right lane when I pass through there.

    2. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      Perhaps there might be lessons to be learned? If you were collateral in at least three accidents in a single day, this is a highly pernicious spot. Or you brought that rain cloud. Have to shake some to bones to get to the bottom of that one…

      1. Sean McMillan Avatar
        Sean McMillan

        There may have been some confusion. I was in ONE wreck. I only mentioned the other two because I thought it interesting that they happened at the exact same spot (give or take 100 feet) nearly a week later.

  6. Batshitbox Avatar

    Speaking of Xzibits…
    You can now use Google Maps Street View to wander around in the science museum I work in, The Exploratorium. I think this link should drop you in front of the machine shop.,-122.3975935,3a,75y,334.25h,76.61t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSY6yDQuryCqOPwleWEvVdw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
    If not, map your way to Pier 15, San Francisco and drop the little pin man on the mess of blue lines around the place (over the water, too!) There are two levels which you can (this is new to me) choose between just above the compass in Google Maps.
    Pro Tip: we have a lot of mirror and camera exhibits you can see the little pod they used to capture this all.
    Atomic Toasters Tip: the giant convex mirror where everything is upside down was made by McDonnell Douglas for their flight simulator, decades and decades ago. It’s on loan from NASA, who funded its fabrication.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      beeg meerr!

    2. Scoutdude Avatar

      Sweet shop!

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        The founder of the museum insisted the workshop be exposed to the visitors, essentially being an exhibit itself. All of our exhibits are interactive and 98% of them were developed and built on site.
        Having access to that shop is definitely a perk! There’s also a full wood shop and welding shop. Another perk is that Autodesk (AutoCad) is a.) very generous with software for educational institutions and b.) right next door in Pier 9. You should see their shop!

        1. Guest Avatar

          I second the “Sweet Shop” comment!

          It looks like you really could build anything, with a pretty good variety of machines, tools, and materials to work with.

          The museum I volunteer at ( has a pretty nice restoration/fabrication shop as well. Unfortunately, I am not really allowed to touch anything in there…

          Oh, well, I guess I’ll have to “settle” for my school shop.

          We don’t really have anything resembling welding or automotive course, but somehow our shop-teacher has managed to build up a pretty impressive wood (not pictured) and machine shop (pictured), especially when you consider that the school only has ~250 kids (from Grades 7-12).

          1. Batshitbox Avatar

            I see you’ve been blessed by the Haas fairy as well! We have a Haas SR100 sheet router and a VF2 vertical machining center. (And I see on the museum website you’ve been cursed by the wildfire demon. I like that you’re waiving the admission fee for fire victims.)

          2. Guest Avatar

            Yes we have!

            The Mini-Mill came first, and was due to some serious fund gathering from our shop-teacher, while the TL1 lathe came later and paid for though a huge renovation budget.

            I haven’t had a chance to do much of anything with them yet, but that should change this year.

            Oh, and the wildfire mentioned is the Fort McMurray one that waw international news a few months ago. I also like that the museum is doing that, and am simple awed by the amount of support given by the province of Alberta, with numerous donations and fundraising, including an awesome concert.

    3. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      Exploratorium is the balls! So pissed I can’t still be twelve. A friend had a big birthday party there after hours (long past statute of limitations…) and the point was that everyone would do the Tactile Dome. Naked. And so it was. Fantastic fun, and nearly family friendly. Bestter still, was realizing, as we were on the way out, was that we had the entire place to ourselves! Pleeease, don’t ever change.

      1. Batshitbox Avatar

        Ah, the legendary naked Tactile Dome years… back then the Dome only had 4 or 5 baby monitors, this one has infrared cameras, but the naked tours are over. On the plus side, we kept a lot of textiles out of this one, so the skin-flake count is significantly lower.

  7. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    If we want to keep the focus on old Austins. This was in the news today…
    Kiwi Mini Project 64 sets new land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats, 146.76 mph×349.1dig4o.png/1471304378433.jpg

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      They are up to 158 mph now (per the link), and they haven’t even de-seamed the car!

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Now that would be cheating.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          Depending on the specifics of the class regulations it may well be, but it would be a help when I gather the competition is a much more aerodynamic Suzuki

  8. spotarama Avatar

    on a totally unrelated matter, something of interest for the volvisti out there

    1. GForce917 Avatar


      1. Tanshanomi Avatar

        I’d seen the startup but not the test drive. And Holy Cheez-Its do I love the sound of two-strokes.

        1. Tanshanomi Avatar

          Ignore the fact that you’re looking at his butt, and drink in the best quality on-bike audio I think I’ve ever heard.

  9. Sjalabais Avatar

    Legendary Volvo designer Jan Wilsgaard died in early august. He was the king of Swedish automobile cubism.
    “The Functional is often the Beautiful. Follow the laws of nature and do not make things more complicated than they really are. Functional and reasonable solutions are often the most attractive.”

  10. Jofes2 Avatar


    1. outback_ute Avatar
      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Uh… yeah, see first post above.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          Fair go, it shows at the bottom of the screen for me!

  11. mdharrell Avatar

    Yet another attempt of mine to reach the Concours d’LeMons in a yellow, belt-driven vehicle ended poorly Sunday morning:
    As near as I can tell without disassembling it further, the input shaft to the forward transmission unit failed when I was about five miles outside of Florence, OR. I got it back to Seattle on a tow dolly last night and am about to leave in the International to join the LeMons rally in Fallon, NV, at the end of Day One. I’ll throw the American Microcar Tri-Ped in the back so I’ll still have something to enter in the concours, assuming this trip works out any better.
    At least I made it farther this time than last time.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Bummer. Keep the faith.

    2. Sjalabais Avatar

      Something about that yellow paint…? Have good spirits and a great journey!

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Yellow is the international colour of distress isn’t it ?

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          …and warnings. Lots of warnings.

    3. outback_ute Avatar

      You made it further than me back at Easter – not even out of the driveway…

    4. Van_Sarockin Avatar

      Shoulda been a contendah.

  12. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    This is last call so I can go off topic. So I had two things up on Craigslist since Sunday. I had toiled in the oppresive heat to clean my Spitfire and my scooter to put them up for sale. I list my Verucci 150cc Chinese scooter for $650 and my Spitfire for $3700. The texts, emails, and even calls came in pretty quickly starting Monday morning. So did the scams as well but I’m not new to Craigslist. I know to watch the area codes and when the one sale looked way too good to be true that’s when I started to pay closer attention. It turned out to be the same scam as I had dealt with on my conversion van when i sold it. Both times I didn’t get caught up in it. Thankfully since it involves my paypal account which is tied to my checking account. Due to this prick I had temporarily pulled the ad. I realized it was a scam and put the ad back up and the calls, texts and such started back up. I had put the scooter up for sale at a time when cheap Chinese scooters just werent on the market. Add in that mine had 600 miles on it and it was priced right. In the end i sold it to a person that I had started talking to at 8am. By 6pm she had showed up and test ridden it. She gave me half of the price in cash and will be here today to give me the other half and take it away on a pickup. Further showing up a third time to meet me when I get home from work to do the title work. I’m going to call this a win all the way around since I only reduced the price by $50.
    Now to sell the Spitfire. I need to simplify the ad.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Selling some of my shootin’ irons on Midwest Gun Trader. One guy talked me down, down, down. When I finally agreed to his price, he strung me a long for a week before he admitted that he didn’t have any cash.

  13. Tanshanomi Avatar

    My 20-year old niece got t-boned a couple weeks ago in the Santa Fe daddy’d bought her for college. While he was busy shopping replacement cute-utes, she went out and bought this: 6MT RX-8. She’s been saying that someday she would own a rotary since middle school. She may be a legit gearhead.

      1. Tanshanomi Avatar

        I said, “you know that’s going to use oil. Check it every 400 miles or so.” She texted back, “Um, YEAH.” I think I insulted her by implying she didn’t know that.

        1. The Real Number_Six Avatar
          The Real Number_Six

          You must be very proud!

  14. Lex Avatar

    Looks like good architecture lego old classic cars