PCH, Mysterious But Cheap Edition: 1919 Dodge or 1948 Morris?

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The Itchy Fiberglass Hell that is the '57 Devin managed to beat out the Dodgy Deal Hell of the Hemi Bantam in yesterday's Choose Your Eternity poll. Of course, we all want basket-case old race car projects against which to dash our hopes and empty our bank accounts, but there's a lot to be said for cheap projects that you can't even identify in their ads. See, there's the "how bad can it be?" lure that suckers you in when the gatekeeper to Hell only charges you a few hundred bucks... but those few hundred bucks are like the few hundred "advisers" Eisenhower sent into French Indochina. Thanks to Jonee (who already has a PCH Tipster T-shirt) for sending the tips on these fine automobiles!

You know, these newfangled cars just don't have the style of the postwar stuff... and we're not talking post-World War II here! Nope, we mean the Great War! Ah, 1919, a year when tens of millions dropped dead of influenza and Red Summer raged across America, with lynchings aplenty. Plenty to be nostalgic about! And you'll conjure up the spirit of that wonderful year as you drive this 1919 Dodge T on a Chevy Luv chassis (go here if the ad disappears), which can be yours for the 24 Hours of LeMons-friendly price of just $400. In fact, anyone who enters this car in LeMons is 100% certain to win the coveted People's Choice award, no arguments... but we figure it would be just as much fun as a daily driver. It's got Isuzu running gear, so you figure you might be able to get drivetrain parts, and you've already enraged the Dodge purists at that point... so you might as well go all the way with a huge 1919 Influenza Epidemic-themed mural airbrushed onto the thing. There's no way to tell what kind of condition it's in from the photos, and the description is sketchy to put it mildly, but we're guessing it needs more than a bit of TLC.

The problem with that Dodge is that you can kinda see what you're buying in the photo, plus the Isuzu chassis might actually be capable of moving under its own power. You can avoid those problems by simply taking the plunge on this 1948 Morris Minor truck (go here if the ad disappears). There seems to be an engine in that photo, and what might be some body parts, but otherwise we're stumped. The seller's description may have to be enshrined as the Official Poem of Project Car Hell:

1948 Morris Minor
good parts truck
rear end

So there you have it! Imagine heaving these rusty Morris-themed parts into your garage and staring blankly at them, wondering if there's any combination of blood, sweat, and cash that might cause them to resemble a running motor vehicle.


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Rob Emslie

I had to go with the Morris. The Dodge does actually be identifiable as "some form or automobile" however your contention that the Isuzu running gear increases the likelihood of motivation under its own steam is questionable.

The picture of the Morris, on the other hand, looks like one of those images from the African plains of a zebra following a gorging-upon by a pack of lions. Unlike the Six Million Dollar Man, I'm not convinced it can be rebuilt, and doing so would take a whole lotta' guesswork. In the end you'd probably end up with something more akin to Edward Scissorhands than the Steve Austin.