When Life Gives You LeMons…

…It’s time to make LeMonade!

All too often we come across some crazy beater on Craigslist that’s just begging to go out in a blaze of glory. That, or it comes with a ready-made theme too awesome to pass up. Regardless, it’s tricky to wring 150-ish words of description out of 3 blurry cell phone pics (only 1 of which shows the car) and a short stream of consciousness ramble in ALLCAPS. orthe increasing ly common nocaps poorly space dstyle. Rather than pass on these sub-prime posting opportunities, we’re taking a queue from the lending industry and bundling them together for your consumption!

Audi Coupe 2 Audi Coupe 1

ZOMFG Audi Quattro! Oh wait, just kidding. It’s a front-wheel-drive Coupe GT. Upside: 5 speed and it’s $400. Downsides: “It is missing a few parts of the engine including the injection pump”, been sitting for a few months.

ToyotaCoronaThis 1975 Corona has been on Craigslist for months, now. You’d think over the course of six months he’d be able to elaborate beyond “Engine Runs…Need interior and body work…..NO PAPER WORK!…I HAVE DRIVESHAFT…BUT IT NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED”. Oh well. $500? Hopefully he’s flexible.

CapriceTaxi and/or Cop themes on Caprices like this are forbidden (or should be), so you’ll need to figure something else out…maybe do it up to look like the prototype 1994 Volvo 1180 that never made it? Regardless, the 350 + 700R4 + standard GM everything would make wringing some more PAH! (but more importantly some more stop and turn) out of this beast a breeze.

Mark 7Ah, the Mark VII: the Pimp’s Five-O. Another vehicle with massive junkyard support. In Pimpalicious Purple, you could run a Big Pimpin’ Barney Theme with little-to-no effort. Just stock up on gold paint for the rims and all the other trim. Price? $DCC

Corvair 1Corvair engine

The big problem with Corvairs in LeMons is that they’re Corvairs, what were you thinking? they never have enough power. The best way to solve that? More carburetors! With the 140hp motor and a 4-speed, this example’s got all the right parts. For your $500 you get 3 other engines and some other spares. Might just be enough to get through a race…

turbo brick

Turbo Brick For the Win! Probable Finish! $600, obo.

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  1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    I have a car I'll gladly slap the official Hooniverse Bumpersticker (that makes it the second sponsored car!) on For Omaha, if we can figure out a freaking theme and get in the race.

    1. Alff Avatar

      What is it? Saw a Series 2 RX-7 convertible on KC CL for $475 yesterday that's calling my name, but since I've already spent every night this week wrenching on another of my jalopies, I'm not sure the Mrs. would approve.

      1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

        $200 Rx-7 one of my teammates bought. Blown motor, should be lots of fun.

        1. Thrashy Avatar

          Blown motor as in boosted, or as in exploded? …Or wait, it's a rotary, the former is synonymous with the latter.
          Lemons has been on my bucket list since they started the series, but I'm plagued by a damnable lack of time and financing. It's nice to know there will at least be a team or two from this area, though.

          1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

            Read as explodicated…

          2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

            I don't think the team will have anything against honorary members either.

        2. Rockford_Brodie Avatar

          How about dressing up as pharmacists and driving a Rexall-7?

  2. CptSevere Avatar

    I like the Caprice. They're bulletproof. Caminoize it, paint it black, fill it full of plastic flowers, go for a mob funeral theme. I'm on my first cup of coffee, that's the best I can do right now.
    The Lincoln would be a hoot, but I think someone raced one and had trouble with the complex DOHC V8. Ran like stink until the cam chain broke, or something.

    1. PowerTryp Avatar

      No problem with this Mark, it'll be a 302ci in that version. Team Police Brutality had a MarkVIII with the DOHC 4.6L.

    2. citroen67 Avatar

      I like the way you think, sir!

  3. PowerTryp Avatar

    Ok a $400 Audi without an injection pump is like a hooker without tits, you don't want to touch it much less see it. Trust me guys I've worked on that Bosch system before and you'll end up shooting yourself trying to figure it out and keep replacement parts under $100.
    I'm going to say either the Mark VII or the Caprice for most LeMon capable.

  4. citroen67 Avatar

    Is that a 69 Charger in the background of the Corvair pic?

  5. Virus Removal philadelphia Avatar

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