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Friday, July 31, 2009
CommunityWalk Map - Art Cars

This so cool, now art cars can be mapped all over the world on google maps community walk. If you have an art car you can click on the link above, create and account and post you car and up load a picture of you car. You can also post art car events and you can pretty much plan an entire summer vacation from art car to art car.

Used Vehicle Inspections - Inspecting the Body

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The main things to look for in vehicle inspections are collision and care. How well the car body was cared for and are there indications that the car was in a collision.

Consider the general appearance of the car. People who care for their vehicle properly care for the obvious things first; this indicates how well the entire vehicle was cared for. Record any defects you find. After inspecting five cars you won’t even remember what color your own car is.

Look for windshield dings and cracks, worn out wiper blades, mismatched or missing wheel covers, fender damage and dents, cracked headlight or tail light lenses and damaged mirrors. Later on you can use these to negotiate a lower price or get the dealer to repair them.

Look for corrosion and collision. Both are bad. Corrosion never heals itself; it only corrodes more with time. The problem with collision is you have no idea how well the repair was made. Sometimes the repair shop cuts corners on the quality; sometimes it is the previous owner. You should avoid a car that has obviously been involved in a major collision. The potential future problems include early corrosion, air conditioning problems and bad tire wear.

Don’t rush through the car body inspection, a small thing undetected now can grow into a major problem later. Look down the side from about 10 feet in front and behind the car for each side. The lines on adjacent panels should be straight. Look in the paint for a smooth reflection. Look especially for ripples. They didn’t make the car with sides like a rippled potato chip.

Look at the color of the paint from near and far and various angles. The color should be uniform and similar in smoothness if it was all painted at the same time (when the car was new). If not it may have a repainted section.

When the car was new, the gaps between body panels were straight and all the gaps were the same size. Check for corrosion. Corrosion only gets worse. If you can see surface corrosion, there is probably much that you can’t see.

Frame parts and many other components that are hidden under the car corrode also. Use a magnet to find body filler. The Magnet won’t be attractive to body filler only metal. The car wasn’t built with any body filler.

As soon as you determine the car has been in a major collision, it’s time to move on to the next car. Sometimes the repair is done with non-OEM substitute parts to save money. In a front end collision the air conditioner condenser can be damaged. It will only work for a while and fail later on, a costly repair. Some front end collisions cause frame damage which will impact the structural integrity of the car and can adversely affect tire wear.

What is the best way to keep from buying a car that has been in a major collision? People don’t volunteer information about collisions involving the car.

Boatmobile by Bob Sokol - Video

Monday, July 27, 2009

Art Parking Garage from Perth Australia

Saturday, July 25, 2009

This private parking garage is located at the Condor Tower Car Park in Perth Australia was created by the Perth street art production group Ololo.They approached the construction manager of an inner-city skyscraper when they heard he hated the grey walls of the recently built Condor Tower five-storey car park. The three creative friends – Hurben, Shensing and Griv proposed a far more whimsical and creative solution to the bare walls, by allowing the group and their friends to embellish the interior with street art-inspired murals. Each floor has a theme based on the elemental planes of Earth - Space, Sky, Land, Underwater and Core; with both local and inter-state artists coming together to fill the space with color. Participating street artist ‘Creepy’ hopes the project will encourage similar ventures between urban developers and the creative community within Perth.
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Hamster Tread Mill Car Races

Friday, July 24, 2009

When I saw this this hamster art car race on the Internet I new I had to post it on art car central. Necessity is the mother of invention but Boredom, money and booze is the father of the rest. Hamster tread mill cars are here to stay.

Pestilencia Art Car by Cheri Brugman

Thursday, July 23, 2009
Pestilencia Art Car by Cheri Brugman
Pestilencia Art Car by Cheri Brugman Shooting Flames
photos by Harrod Blank

Cheri Brugman is the creator of this now non existent art car called Pestilencia that was featured in Harrod Blanks Automorphosis movie that just came out. Pestilencia was covered with decapitated body parts and heads and "Stop Greed”, an art car created in response to how she felt about the world at the time. The most obvious part of this car is the flames shooting out from the hood of the car, which is definitely good for roasted marshmallows in a pinch. Pestilencia was eventually crushed at an art car festival in San Francisco called Art Car Fest.

96 VW Golf Harlequin Art Car - And the Harlequin Wannabe Registry

Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The Original 1996 VW Golf Harlequin Art Car
The Original 1996 VW Golf Harlequin Art Car
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A 1996 Volkswagen magazine ad said, “Can’t decide on a color? Try a Harlequin Golf.” The 1996 Golf Harlequin is one of the most limited production cars VW has ever produced and presumably only 264 of these car are know to exists. Currently there is a VW Golf Harlequin registry at and so far only 91 of these car have been accounted for. If you own one of these Harlequin VW cars laying around the garage let Ross know and will add you to his registry.

Since creation of the Harlequin VW there have been others who have tried to make their own Harlequin version since the originals are so hard to get. That is why I started my own Harlequin Wannabe Registry here on art car central and if any you have one let me know and I will add you to my own registry.

VW Bug Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #1
VW Bug Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #1

Trabant Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #2
Trabant Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #2

Ferrari Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #3
Ferrari Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #3

Motorcycle Harlequin Art Bike Wannabe #4
Motorcycle Harlequin Art Bike Wannabe #4

Home Made Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #5
Home Made Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #5

VW Pickup Art Truck Harlequin Wannabe #6
VW Pickup Art Truck Harlequin Wannabe #6

Audi TT Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #7
Audi TT Harlequin Art Car Wannabe #7

Redneck Limo Art Car Harlequin Wannabe #8
Redneck Limo Art Car Harlequin Wannabe #8
Not there yet, but gets an "A" for effort

Art Car Movie - Automorphosis by Harrod Blank

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Here is a great video interview with Harrod Blank and Camera Van Art Car. In this video he talk a little bit about his movie Automorphosis and the reason behind why he does what he does. He book about art car was my inspiration for creating the Mercedes Pens Art Car and has inspired many many more to go out and create their own art cars.

Art Helicopter on Wheels - The art of flying Low

Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Helicopter on Wheels Art Vehicle
Photo by MR38
This has to be the first Art Helicopter on Wheels I have ever seen. It's a very cool way to ride and travel the country. I am not sure if its got all the amenities for cross country travel but it sure looks fantastic. Its got a great American flag paint job on the nose with shark teeth as well. Nice use of an old and classic helicopter.

Ghostbusters Art Car Ecto-1 For Sale on eBay

Ghostbusters Art Car Ecto-1 For Sale on eBay
Ghostbusters Art Car Ecto-1 For Sale on eBay

photos by Chad Davis

Its about time we got the chance to get our hands on one of the most famous art cars out there. The original Ecto-1 from the movie Ghostbusters is finally up for sale on eBay. The Excto-1 is a 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor ambulance limo that was transformed by Universal Studios seen in the Ghostbusters movie.

The Phenomabomber Beta Art Van- The Phenomenauts and their Intergalactic Mission

Friday, July 10, 2009

A band of space cadets came together in 2000 to form what is now known as the The Phenomenauts. This intergalactic band of pioneers led by Commanders Angel Nova and Joe Bot, are a blend rockabilly, punk, and good old-fashioned rock‘n’roll. This this quintet has quickly become well known and loved by all who have witnessed their amazing shows. Their space adventures are made possible by the use of their space ship called "The Phenomabomber Beta" seen here parked in dry dock.

Dino Ride For Sale - 1961 Ford Psychedelic Fairlane - $900

Dino Ride For Sale

The Dino Ride Art Car is up for sale now at craigslist. Have you ever wanted to own a piece of classic art history? The now for only $900 you can own the Dino Ride Art Car with a 223 CID 6 cylinder engine...rebuilt about 50K miles ago, 3 on the Tree manual tranny, manual choke, bench seats...nearly new tires and battery...runs good, starts right up...

I have owned the car for 22 years, I just don't drive it anymore...This will make a great basic car, goes anywhere, rides like a dream...Hey, if you don't like the paint job, it could easily be painted flat black and made a cool Rat Rod!...However, the upholstery is shot, speedo and dash lites aren't working, other than that it will drive away... Original yellow on black plates, registration is current. I am not parting this car out. Please leave your phone # with a message...Peace

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Pimp my Stroller Video - Rhett&Link

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Don't tell me you never though of this, I know I have. Now finally, the first ever episode of "Pimp my Stroller" by the famous and most amazing music duo, Rhett&Link. Many of us have them, a worn out, beat down, cheerio in the crack riding ghetto stroller that is now on its final trip to McDonald's. This first installment of Pimp my Stroller is all the rage right now with the kids, sick paint job, 14" spinning rims and crazy seat covers. I think I even saw a stereo system.

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