I think the Vega and Pinto wagons of that era were pretty slick looking
little rides. Both could have a small block shoehorned in without too much
effort and parts were all over the place. Surprising that as many of those
that were made there aren't that many still around.
You hit the nail on the head with that one. The short wheel base with all of
the weight in the front made it hard to keep pointed forward. My brother
built a chevy 2 with a high compression (12.5to1) 327 back in the day. It
was damn fast if you could ever get the engine started, but would go
sideways in a heartbeat. It was "rolled". Fortunately no serious injuries.
We learned a valuable lesson about short wheelbases.
Safety concerns is the main reason I'm hesitating about going after a v8
I saw one at the Car Craft Summer Nationals last weekend, it had big Mickey
on the back, the damn thing looked like a tiny steam roller, seems like it
want to wander at highway speeds....
Yeah, really. But why hunt for a Vega to put a V8 in when you can find S-10s
by the dozen for $200 each?
We dropped the engine I built for my car into an S-10 to break it in, at the
track. Did a 1/8 mile burnout. Smoked the tires clean thru the lights. I got
it on video. Do they make an extended cab S-10? One of the fastest low buck
jobs I saw at the track was an S-10 Blazer. It actually had some weight over
the back wheels.
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