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So I have the complete engine, harness, and computer out of the 90SC I gave to Wile E. Coyote. The original plan was to swap it into a 94/95 V6 Mustang, but I think I’ll be disappointed with the results. So this begs the question, what to do with it? The goal would be something I can throw together for cheap to go hooning around with and have some fun, so requirements are
-RWD
-enough room in the engine bay for the SC engine
-as lightweight as possible, preferably something I can get under 2500lbs
-can be found for dirt cheap in non-running condition
-must be 95 or older to stay road-legal in NJ.

My first thought was a Miata, but I never find them blown up, and even beat rusted ones go for over $2000. All the wannabe drifters wrecked all the Nissan 240s. Pintos used to be the go-to lightweight $500 car, but people want $3000 for one of those now. What am I forgetting?
 

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I remember seeing pics of one in a dune buggy, too.
 

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What about an older Mustang or Tbird; 80's vintage, or even the 70's vintage cars?

They are lightweight compared to our cars, so that engine would be a beast.

My buddy has an 85 with a carbed 5.0, and it is a hellraiser; the SC would add 100hp to that mix.
 

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I wouldn’t be opposed to a fox mustang swap, but it seems even the 4-cylinder ones are going for $2500. A fox tbird will be too heavy, no way to get one of those down to 2500lbs without major work. A fairmont would be perfect, but I can’t find any for cheap.
 

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Fox birds aren’t THAT much lighter, they’re still 3400-3500lbs. You’d need to go stripper fairmont or early Fox Mustang coupe to find sub-3000 Foxes but that engine will likely push it past it. Plus they’re dynamically terrible cars that aren’t exactly lookers, so there’s not much point

My thinking is an older british sports car like a MGB or triumph, or maybe even find an alpha spider. They can be found quite cheap, though rustwill be a problem
 

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The point of this is not to be a looker or to have good dynamics. The point is to throw something together for $1500 or so total investment that will make me giggle uncontrollably every time I hit the gas.

I hadn’t thought about an alfa, I’ll see if I can find one of those. The MGBs and Triumphs I don’t think would even fit the SC engine, their engine bays are so small.
 
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Yeah, that's not going in a Triumph for sure. :)

It would hit the wheels, imho.
 

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I helped a buddy put an engine transmission in a Triumph; its engine is tiny comparatively.
We didn't use a cherry picker to get it out; we yanked the front clip, and just pulled it out one piece at a time, engine, then tranny.
 

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I helped a buddy put an engine transmission in a Triumph; its engine is tiny comparatively.
We didn't use a cherry picker to get it out; we yanked the front clip, and just pulled it out one piece at a time, engine, then tranny.
I’m not talking TR6 or older, but the TR7 with the wedge shape which was totally different and appears to have a generously sized engine bay. Those are dirt cheap too, nobody wants them
 

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Yeah, I see what you mean.

We did one of these:
 

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I’ve never actually seen under the hood of a TR7 before, but based on that picture, that might be a good option.

I’ve done the 5.0 swap ranger before, in a regular cab crank up windows fiberglass bed truck, and even with 4.10 gears behind a 4r70, I was less than impressed. It moved pretty good, but I thought it would have been ridiculous, and it wasn’t.
 
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According to this it sounds like 95 or newer would be emissions exempt:

My vote would be FB RX7 but all the folks who wrecked 240Zs might have killd them off, too. A 280Z or something slightly heavier from the late 70s/early 80s might be viable.
Or old RWD Volvo or e30 BMW or maybe Merkur XR4Ti with the Escort Cosworth wing.
 

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People want money for those RX7s and E30s. What do those old Volvo’s weigh? I just assumed they wouldn’t be light enough. I forgot about the Merkur, I’ll have to see if I can find a basket case one of those.
 

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People want money for those RX7s and E30s. What do those old Volvo’s weigh? I just assumed they wouldn’t be light enough. I forgot about the Merkur, I’ll have to see if I can find a basket case one of those.
Volvo 240 = ~2800LB. Cheap enough. Rear suspension is not fully IRS but they can handle well with parts from IPD. Also available in Wagon form. Engine bay is big enough for a 302 so the other car will fit. I think an older Volvo (Volvo Amazon) look pretty sweet when hotrodded out BUT parts availability (for things like trim) will become a challenge when you go that old.

A few years ago I helped a friend sell a clean e30 with the economy eta engine for $1500 so I'm surprised that they are money in Jersey. Mmaybe go older with an E21 (the more sharknose e30)?

If you want to win radwood, how about a Mitsu Starion or Dodge/Plymouth Conquest? 2780LB
An early Toyota Celicas were still RWD but if you go too old, some otaku will want to go full Japanese resto on it. Early RWD corollas (83 or before) might be another choice but again, too old and you run into japanese car collectors and too new (but still RWD) and you run into dorifto monkeys (AE86).
I think early Japanese interiors aren't exactly great so I'm not super inclined there.


Potential basket case cars: 80s Alfa (164 -- could probably part out and make $$$ from the 5 alfa nuts who haven't already collected piles of spares), Opel GT,

Going into a different direction - minitruck? Surely, there's a Ford Ranger or S10 that hasn't been destroyed yet which you can promptly relive the 90s with.

Finally, if you really want to set people's pants on fire: how about a 2nd gen Fbody?
Heavier than your target but dropping a SC V6 in this car would piss people off more than a 1.8Td in a fire damaged 911 chassis.
 

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"No low ballers because I know what i have"

1993 Mercedes 300E - W124 is 3800LB but just needs moar boost
1991 Chevy S10 Blazer/4WD - make your own bastard typhoon


1993 Mazda Miata Roadster Convertible All Stock Great Price z3 fiat - miata
1973 MGB - MGB to low ball

BMW 2002 Tii - engine fitment might be tough. Doesn't run.

Mazda rx7 - you should habla espanol but if there are muchos extra parts, you might be able to drop the price.
'79 Alfa spider - are your tetanus shots up to date?
Volvo 740 Wagon 1988 - still RWD
1961 Volvo 122s 2 door sedan - if you want a restoration sinkhole

1968 Lamborghini Mura P400 - Lambo fiberglass for VW money.
 

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Why not an early Honda s2000 or a Mazda RX-8? Both are near your weight targets and with enough "weight loss" will make that 2,500lb target.
 
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