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In the end, the desperate Honda Prelude/Ford Tempo/random parts car mix-and-match attempt to get Team Swamp Shack onto the race track (as documented here was something of a disappointment. Actually, it was a heartbreaking, miserable failure… right up until the moment when the team got both the I Got Screwed trophy and the Organizer’s Choice. [...]

Take one air-cooled Beetle, add a Type 3 Squareback engine with crank-driven cooling fan, stir in a differential set up for drag racing, and then mix in a draw-through turbocharger setup. Bake for a weekend on the Buttonwillow Raceway track. End result: a race car that can’t get cooling air to the engine, stuffs 12 [...]

Yes, this is an F150 body sitting on a Crown Victoria chassis. Backwards.

The LeMons Forum readers discovered it first, then the story got picked up by my erstwhile colleagues at Jalopnik. 24 bids and $4,494 later, the eight-wheeled, twin-Wankeled sports car is LeMons-bound!

Last time you saw my ‘66 Dodge A100 project, the “new” 318 was installed and running. Today, after a couple of weeks of procrastination and slow-motion wrenching, the van took its first drive around the block.

This time, according to LeMons wild man Speedycop, things would be different. The Lancia Scorpion on Toyota MR2 chassis would be ready before it showed up at the race. Of course, we knew better.

After fortifying ourselves with a few shots of Powers’ Irish Whiskey and some Chicago-style pizza back at the motel in Joliet, we of the LeMons HQ crew are contemplating one of the most ridiculous, yet most amazing, entries in 24 Hours of LeMons history.

I finally got around to swapping in the allegedly good 318 that came as part of the deal for my ‘66 Dodge Sportsman Custom van, and whaddya know— it is a good engine!

No, this mean-looking rod doesn’t have Rambler V8 power (though that would be cool). That’s a ‘52 Packard Straight Eight flathead engine!

Yesterday, we honored Team Police Brutality for their repeated last-minute, knuckle-shredding thrashes on cars that warm the ice-cold hearts of the LeMons HQ staff. Today we honor Morrow’s Auto, the only team that rivals Police Brutality for sheer never-say-die futility heroism!

Even though a LeMons team that swaps an MR2 chassis under a Lancia Scorpion doesn’t need a theme, I think the members of Team Police Brutality ought to go with their foaming-at-mouth lunacy and wear straitjackets to the Rod Blagojevich Never-Say-Die 500 24 Hours of LeMons.

Remember the Holy Nickelbag mid-engined, twin-turbo GMC van LeMons racer? The Morrow’s Auto maniacs have returned to Gingerman Raceway with victory in mind!

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