Darksider's Realm

(this is not a place for lazy video game freaks. We Darksiders have been around doing our thing for decades before the mindless couch blobs latched onto the term Darksider)



DARKSIDER In the world of automotive hobbyists a Darksider is one who modifies and or customizes any and all sorts of vehicles. The Darksiders are in a class of their own simply because they endeavor to be different and do things that others would not attempt for a number of reasons mostly being related to a lack of ability and fear of non conformity.

This is a forum for people who think outside the box in everything they do. It doesn’t matter if you are modifying or building from scratch. It doesn’t matter what brand or brands of vehicles or components you are using. It doesn’t matter if you are working on a mini car or a bus.

We will not be asking you for donations or any kind of monetary payments. We will be asking for help in terms moderators and encouraging you to spread the word and add to our membership.

Darksider's Realm

A message board & forum for automotive builders, fabricators and customizers who think outside the box.


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    Darkside Dave
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    Post  Darkside Dave on Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:07 am

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    Hi Folks,

    It occurred to me that about everyone has a project, plan or idea for a project or a modification that is pretty radical. I know I have had more than a few myself and I even dismissed some of them thinking they were too far out. I even recall a few that looking back I wish I had at least tried to do. So I thought it might be interesting to see and/or hear about a few ideas and projects some of the folks here have done or are thinking about doing.

    I'll star out with just a few ideas I have had. The reality is that they will probably never get done or even started as I probably could not live long enough to get them done with all the other stuff I have going.

    When I built the Scoobygator, see that project in the off road vehicles category, http://darksidersrealm.forumotion.com/custom-home-built-f23/off-to-the-car-show-t195.htm I spent some time at a local Subaru junkyard. Although my drive train came from an older model, I looked at a lot of the newer ones and got an idea to use the later model DOHC turbocharged 2WD version in a very low two seater version as a mid engine drive set up with the steering sector from another one in front and build it all into an integrated tubular cage and chassis system. You can get some of those Subaru engines up to the 300 HP mark with mods. The thing would have been about three feet tall and about 1,500 pounds. It would have definitely been an all out screamer. I was also thinking about four wheel steering.

    Another project I once considered, and should have done because I had most of the stuff, was to make a cab for an old two ton Chevy dump truck I had out a a 70's vintage Malibu 4DR body I had by cutting the cab short right behind the front doors. The truck was a screamer because it had a big beefy engine I built up but the body was rusted and breaking apart. If I had done it I would probably still own the thing.

    OK, I think you get the idea... Let's hear about some of the stuff you have done or thought about doing. You never know, your ideas may be an inspiration for someone else to try something different. Hey, that's what the Darkside is all about.

    Later Folks...


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    Post  55f350 on Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:08 pm

    ok . i dont have either of them any more and they are the only ones that got somewhat and in the case of the chevette done , but here ya go . homebuilt go kart with a pinto 4popper sideways with a drive gear my gramps figured out and made a plate to mount to the flex plate , no brakes , and was clocked at 100 mph by a city officer , who didnt write a ticket since he figured i was crazy riding it in jeans , tshirt , and no whoa factor . then theres the buick turbo gn { fuel injected } chevette 4 door with narrow 14 inch whitewalls ............... get the pic .............
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    Post  Darkside Dave on Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:09 pm


    Man that had to be one hell of a go kart ride. The no brakes part is kind of freaky too.


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    Post  55f350 on Sat Apr 03, 2010 9:20 am

    it was " FUN " to say the least . got torn apart not too long after as it was a bit squirelly and slightly dangerous ...... LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Post  Boilermaker on Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:10 pm

    Assuming I resurect the '85 Capri (1st new car) at some point..... I have thought about the size, weight, and frontal area presented by the popular pony cars. I have drawn up some ideas of a car I would like to make when the time & funds are available.
    It would be a tube frame 1988 Ford Exp (yea the spin off of the Escort). While a stroked small block would appear to be the obvious motivator, a heavily built 2.3/2.5L turbo may have a performance advantage. The aerodynamics of the last gen EXP (with the bubble hatch) coupled with the right drivetrain could make for a very interesting ride. A Dodge Daytona of the same year has the same size and shape characteristics (except for the flat hatch glass). But I know less about the Chrysler turbo engines than I do about motorcycles.
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    Post  Darkside Dave on Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:16 am


    Definitely DARKSIDE !!!


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