Back in the 1970s there was a TV show called The Six Million Dollar Man, about a man who receives bionic implants, making him “…better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster… “ While this kind of treatment for a human being may still be in the distant future, we have seen the concept applied to cars. Known as “custom cars,” “muscle cars,” or “modified cars,” these cars have some component changed to improve performance or to make a styling statement. When it comes to performance, the cars become better, stronger, and faster. When it comes to styling, well, sometimes beauty is in the eye of the beholder (think monster trucks).
At eBay Motors, they always come up with interesting new ways to talk about people’s love affair with cars. From the eBay Motors blog focusing on affordable collector cars, to the World’s Fastest Car Show, there are entertaining and engaging stories for enthusiasts from every walk of life. Last week, the team at eBay Motors launched a new eight-episode, exclusive web show called ModJobs.
ModJobs follows the modification of a 2012 Ford Mustang GT by a team of professionals in four different auto shops throughout Los Angeles. Each week, the series features a different video focusing on one aspect of the modification, and showing you how to do something like this yourself. In fact, the producers of ModJobs actively solicit the community to share input and determine what the car will look like at the end of the process. And once the car is in tip-top, cherry condition, eBay will have it listed on auction, with the proceeds going to help the Patriot Outreach organization.
Patriot Outreach supports military personnel, retirees, veterans, contractors and their families. The mission is twofold: to provide confidential access to effective resources for those people suffering as a result of traumatic experience while in the service of our nation, and to provide a forum whereby experienced professionals can share their expertise and experience. eBay is pleased to provide exposure to this organization that supports our veterans.
If you visit the ModJobs page you will see this week’s episode of ModJobs, as well as links to past episodes. The first video introduces you to the team of well-known automotive experts who will work on the Mustang, as well as their first customization – kicking the horsepower up a notch by installing an Edelbrock E-force supercharger in the car.
The next episodes follow the modifications to the rest of the car, including interior customizations and an awesome exterior paint job. And that is where you can help out.
The ModJobs landing page asks you to cast your vote for one of the three custom paint jobs for the car — Stealth Rocket, Ballistic Blue, or the Stars & Stripes. Help determine the winner, and get your friends to join you in voting for their favorites. You can keep an eye on the progress of the car by visiting the Flickr ModJobs photo album, and maybe get inspired to try something new on your car.
Faster, better, stronger – words to live by even if you are not being implanted with bionics or getting your car modified. But it sure is cool to see what can be done if you set your mind to it.