I always loved the look of vintage BMW motorcycles and their engines. I figured I would build a custom BMW bike at some point.
Just to see what’s out there, I clicked on motorcycles on that local interweb classified page. One should never click in classifieds that may contain your dream ride but there it was…a 1971 R60/5 and yes, it followed me home. What can I say!
As an original unmolested bike it would be a shame to tear it apart to build a custom. I think this bike should remain pretty much stock and enjoyed as it is.
The R60/5 was produced between 1970-1973. The 599cc engine was rated at 46hp @ 6,600rpm and could move the 440 lbs. bike to a top speed of 102mph.
Prior to the R60/5 the BMW motorcycles was rather sluggish and boring.
BMW stole Hans-Günther von der Marwitz from Porsche and that was a good thing as his first job was to design a new bike…this one.
The new design called for an improved engine. The engine now uses a chain driver cam shaft and the connecting rods came from the 2.8-liter 6-cylinder car engine. The electrical system was upgraded with a 12-volt alternator and electric starter.
The new tubular frame was lightweight and 7.3-inch drum brakes were responsible for the stopping part. Another brilliant design solution by Hans-Günther (yeah, I feel like I am on a first name basis with this dude) was that the drive shaft also served as part of the swing arm.
The suitcases…ahem, the saddle bags are like new, not a scratch.
The seat is perfect as well.
It came with original keys for the saddle bags and the seat lock.
Bike cover…then again, why would you want to cover this beauty? I can just sit and look at it!
The previous owner just added these Mikuni carbs. The work well so I will just leave them. I did get the original Bing carbs with the bike.
A full set of the original tools was found under the lockable seat.
Repair manual and the original owner’s manual complete with previous owner’s handwritten notes.
I am a firm believer in “less is more” so I think this chrome bar need to go. I like chrome and cool accessories as much as the next guy but these vintage BMW bikes bring out the practical utilitarian in me.
More “take off” stuff. These LED auxiliary lights are brighter than the stock head light but they don’t look right on this bike. So off they go. Maybe they get recycled as back up lights on my truck or something.
BMW R60 diet:
None of this is needed to ride this bike and it looks better and cleaner as well.
Do like the French…use a condom…safety first you know! This cover makes the white H4 bulb emit…you guessed it…Yellow light! Looks great on a black bike.
Without the head light bar. Looks cleaner.
The bar end mirrors did not look era correct so they had to go in favor of these perfect stock units.
Sexy! The new rear shocks came delivered in red fishnet stockings. This are IKON brand and they have both adjustable pre load settings and rebound. I added for the top cover as that makes them look like a factory part.
There it is. Lighter, cleaner and meaner as in pure motorcycle.It will be a great summer.
With sunny and 80 degree weather I was looking forward to a full parking lot of vintage Fords mixed with other classics. That did not happened.
It is pretty clear that there is a generation shift going on. This very established meet get smaller for every year that goes by.
I hate to say it but the think the ’32 Ford generation is dying off and it is being replaced with something else like muscle cars. Everybody want to drive what they drove in high school. Well, anyone that drove a thirties car in high school is pretty old by now.
Having said that, there were some nice cars to check out:
This owner of this1936 Ford encurages passerby folks to help peel off the old red paint. Maybe one day it will be all black again.
A few nice hot rods were present like this cool fenderless and radically chopped 1933 Ford coupe.
Looks good coming or going.
1954 Ford convertible. How to cruise in style.
Yup, they don’t make emblems like they used to!
Buick Riviera cruising by…one of the best looking Buicks…evar!
I don’t normally like stationwagons but this makes me want one!
How refreshing! A well used un-restored 1955 T-bird. This car had a nice rebuilt engine but the owner had resisted the typical restoration. The car is very straight but shows signs of years of use.
It is clear that the owner freshened up the engine and we approve!
I guess it’s been a while but I just realized how small the 1964 Ford Fairlane is. The car is just right if you ask me.
Doug Grande’s 1930 Ford Roadster hot rod.
1930 Ford hot rod interior.
1930 Ford Hot Rod rear detail.
1936 Ford truck
Let’s round this report off with a very nice 1963 Ford Galaxie convertible.
This Swedish word translates roughly to “fun-to-drive” sort of.
This car…ahem…truck is probably the most fun-to-drive car…truck I have even owned.
It is not the most powerful vehicle but it has wonderful low end feel-in-your-spine torque and that is perfect around town. It pulls well below two thousand RPM and the fun really starts around three grand. The six speed transmission have been the subject of mixed reviews so I was not sure what to expect. At first I was rather irritated with the rev-hang but that is of course not the transmissions fault. It took me a good month to really get along with this trans and now I can drive it as smooth or aggressive as I feel like. I would like to shorten the throws a bit and there are several kits that can offer a fix.
Once I got along with the transmission I could concentrate on slinging the truck through corners and oh boy what fun. However, one small issue remained:
These Swedish words translates roughly to “Tracky tires”
The problem was those stock Bridgestone Potenza tires. More like im-Potenza! They were old and developed a flat spot from just sitting overnight and the truck had a lot of road noise. The im-Potenzas were also extremely sensitive to every little groove in the road.
I opted for the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetrical 255/45/18 rubber donuts. They are definitely quieter and they have good road feel. Also, the “tracky tire” problem is also gone. Now I can have one steady hand on the directional devise and the other on the RPM selector!
Here you can see how incredibly clean this truck is. The previous adult owner put 12K miles on it in ten years! It had never seen rain.
I added a bed cover. It is soft vinyl but it is stretched well with internal springs making it look like a hard cover but it rolls up nicely behind the cab when you find that 1947 knucklehead at a garage sale!
Next would be to add a stereo with Bluetooth and aux for that streaming experience, a cold induction and a short shift kit.
So…not a lot of action on ClassicRoad.com web site lately. Why?
Well, your humble Editor have been sidetracked by a Euro car so I have been posting on VintageSwedishCars.com
I am restoring a 1961 Volvo P1800. It is a very early car with vin number 423.
I keep ClassicRoad up as I have the Model A build on here and other articles. As I get back in to more American iron there will be postings on ClassicRoad again.
Welcome to: Finville, USA
“A place where steel sharks are still lurking, flanked by rocket outlets and chrome”
Photo (and owner) Jon Radue from Wisconsin, USA
Fins doesn’t have to be stock to be enjoyed.
Steve Gould Colorado Springs, CO sent us this picture of this custom truck.
Photo: Casey Tarp
1960 Fleetwood in the rain
Photo: Wayne Liles from Asheville N.C.
1961 Cadillac fin aiming for the sky…
Photo: Heine Hansen
Jim from Canada sent us this shot of his 1960 Impala:
Lloyd , Cindy and Damiën from the Netherlands sent us this photo.
Photo: Michael Clay Andersen
Photo: Gary Baker
1958 Buick Limited Riviera
Photo: Kris Trexler
1958 Continental Mark III coupe
Photo: Kris Trexler
1960 Chrysler Imperial
The fins on the 1960 Buick became somewhat more sedate than the ’59 Delta wings, but they are very classy. This photo came from the owner of this 1960 Buick LeSabre Convertible, Denis Lachapelle from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
This 58 Ford Fairlane 500 is looking awesome at this angle.
Photo: Charlie Barone
Very few fin-cars can compete with the rocket outlets and chrome of the ’59 Dodge. Is this the ultimate set of fins??
The gull-wing fins of the 1959 Chevrolet has always been a favorite.
The Cadillac fins got smaller for every year. This 1964 Cadillac shows what’s left. Check out the reflection in the paint, a 1963 Corvette split-window!
This 1959 DeSoto Sportsman are sporting some aggressive fins.
58 Buick offered some very massive fins, as on this Century.
This 1957 Olds remind you how much the designers were inspired by space design.
Ok, these are rather modest fins for the late 1950’s…However, this 1959 Lincoln convertible is sporting a very massive rear treatment, with acres of chrome.
The 59 Cadillac is probably the most recognized fins in the world. And yes, they are still cool!
The 1959 Buick fins were called “Delta Wings”, as shown on this Electra, in a rare rose color.
The 1960 Cadillac is sporting smaller and more restrained fins. Many folks thinks the ’60 Cadillac is a better looking car than the ’59. That discussion will go on until the world ends or internet stops.
Found: 2006 Toyota Tacoma X-Runner with 12K miles.
Why is there a Japanese vehicle on this mostly American Hot Rod site?
- World War II is over.
- Because fast or fun cars are made worldwide.
- I am the Editor so I do whatever I want.
As an old car guy (yes, that means old guy that like old cars) I have no interest in owning a new car. For work and commuting I have been driving a 2003 Ford Ranger that I bought used and it has served me very well.
With the odometer approaching 140K miles on the Ranger it was time to look around for a suitable replacement truck. I think the current Ford, Dodge and Chevrolet trucks today are just so boring…and common. Non of them offers a sport truck unless you want to shell out 40K for a Dodge 1500 R/T Hemi. I pegged the Toyota Tacoma to be the best choice as it offers the right size and as we all know, they are quality rigs.
Small caveat appeared in the midst of looking for trucks!
However…big however…A quick glance at the calendar made me realize that it is time for a mid life crisis car!! You know, something flashy red with a roaring engine, stick shift and posi-traction. Yeah, I know Posi Traction is a registered trademark of Generous Motors but it sounds so much better than “limited slip”!! Slip what?? Slip on a banana peel??
There are plenty mid-life-crises vehicles to choose from these days but after some reseach a few cars rose to the surface. The Nissan 370Z and it’s sister car, Infiniti Q35/Q37 would be excellent mid life crises vehicles. They offer a powerful and great sounding V6 engines, they can be had with manual transmission and that damn limited slip that I apparently have to have.
I was flipping thru the virtual pages on the great big interweb and I found both nice Tacoma trucks and suitable coupes. By the way, one benefit with virtual pages is that you do not have to spit on your finger in order to move to the next page.
Among some of the Tacoma trucks the X-Runner made it self present. The X-Runner model was a limited production factory hot rod released in 2005 replacing the s-runner. It has a powerful V6, six speed manual transmission AND limited slip!!
There is however an inherent risk in buying a used X-Runner: the kid factor. Most of these were bought by testosterone laden young men that always wanted to explore the extreme limits of everything including the syncros, rev limiter and of course…the limited slip. A bit of a generalization perhaps but those boys also tend to modify factory these rigs and many times not for the better.
Eventually this 2006 X-Runner popped up on the interweb and I contacted the seller immediately. That was a good thing!
One local adult owner since new, non smoker and under 13K miles. It has never seen rain. The black undercarriage and wheel wells are still…black. Not a scratch…anywhere!
It is truly NEW.
This owner changed oil change every year. Yup, that is about every 1000 miles. Yeah, I was thinking the same: give me your old oil!
It killed me to pull it out in the rain but like someone said: it’s just water. So true.
The original owner even had a floor mat to protect the floor mat!
The Bridgestone Potenza 255/45/18 tyres are partially responsible for the 0.90 G rating on the skid pad. When WOT is enjoyed these rubber donuts are screaming for traction but at least the effort is evenly distributed with the help from the limited slip.
The truck also came with much sought after and very collectible TRD hat, TRD watch, car cover…well, truck cover, all paperwork including window sticker, invoice and service record.
Initially I thought to upgrade the exhaust with something with more of a rumble but it turns out that the stock exhaust offers plenty of rumble so I will leave it alone and rumble on. The size of the exhaust pipe is directly related to manliness. This pipe is BIG!
The bed is equipped with a 110 volt power outlet and I can’t wait to go camping and hook up a toaster oven and make myself a grilled cheese sandwich!
The 4.0 liter engine with the purdy plastic engine cover is rated 240 hp and 270 foot pounds of torque. To keep that power to the ground the frame is braced with an X-frame, stiffer and shorter TRD springs, Bilstein shocks and anti roll bars in both ends..
Toyota claims that this 4000 lbs truck can haul from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds. I will be sure to test this.
So there it is: A perfect mid life crises vehicle…with a bed! Haul stuff and haul ass!
1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod
I sold this coupe back in 2010 locally but a year or two later it found itself in Germany where it lives an active life in the hands of Marco and Silvia Wenzel. They are in to American cars of all shapes. I get regular up-dates from Marco and I felt it was time to share.
It is used the best way possible: By driving it!…a lot.
The hot rod is a frequent guest at many events in Germany with likeminded guys and gals.
Staging in at the drags.
The car was sporting black walls when it left the States but now it is back to wide white walls and I think it looks much better.
The hot rod was invited to a Finish Hot Rod show and Marco was quick to oblige, It was tucked in a trailer and off to Finland it went.
Marco’s hot rod was listed in the show programme the Guest from Germany. That is what “Saksan vieras” means. “PAKKO NÄHDÄ” means don’t miss! So don’t miss the Guest from Germany!
One of the show visitors was Mika Kari. Mika lived in Washington state for a year and I met him several times. He did a feature of the car for the Finish magazine Primer at the time. Mika stopped by and visited with Marco. Mika on the left and Marco on the…you get it.
Thanks for sharing your adventures with us, Marco.
Photo: Marco Wenzel
The best part of this annual historic race event is all the great classic cars that shows up. They had a car corral for several brands and clubs to display their beautiful cars.
Here is a sampling of some that caught your Editor’s eye.
Jaguar XK-120, 3.4 litre
1953 Jaguar XKC-041, 3.4 litre, 4 speed
So you think Panhard only made bars? Here is a car.
1964 Datsun pickup
Sleeper of the day. MGB with small block Ford.
We like the fact that the owner resisted conventional dual exhaust. Classy!
SNORTHY is a 1956 MGA
Some folks know how to pit: Huge Kenworth with monster trailer, Cadillac Biarritz convertible for pit car, matching scooter and six white table cloth tables for your crew and friends to dine at. It’s a rough life.
Somewhere along the lines of this project I decided to do some body work and then I shot the truck it hot rod matte black. I am not a fan of the “rat rod” look but I prefer it was uniform than spot painted. I left the interior in the Cadillac Poly green metallic as I think it is a nice color and it may get that shade added later.
Since this is going to be a driver, I added spray on protective bed liner.
Once I got it rolling again I brought it out for the whole picture look. Those polished Americans Racing wheels with rubber band tires ain’t makin’ it!!
As much as I like shiny stuff it has to be the right shiny stuff. A friend told me that there was a time when hot rodders thought that adding polished Americans will beautify anything. I bet that is true but it sure does not work right here in my driveway.
Traditional style have been popular for some time now and it is over used as well but is also timeless so let’s go with that.
Just like Clint Eastwood can draw his trusty 45 faster that any of the bad guys I can draw my Visa card. Swoosh! …and there it was next to the lap top.
A week later the brown truck stopped by and gave birth to these!
15X6 for the front and 15X7 for the rear, chrome OE steel wheels. OE stands for Original Equipment as in stock style wheels. Much better!
Well, let’s pop them on and have a look see shall we?
Much better. After alignment and charge of the A/C system I got myself a great parts chaser.