At SEMA 2014, I saw this Chrysler Conquest TSI lined up for the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational. It belongs to John Lazorack of Lazorack Motorsports. As you can tell, this is no ordinary Conquest – this one is powered by an LS1 engine from a 2002 Corvette!
For the second post in our series of engine swaps, I bring you this Datsun 280ZX with the rumble of a Chevrolet LS1 engine! Somebody really took their time and effort to make this an all-around fun car.
Besides the engine, this car has also been upgraded with Wilwood disc brakes, a nice stereo, custom gauges, and other comforts. The body looks sharp in red with chrome trim and a subtle body kit on the front and rear.
I’m pretty open to a lot of things in the automotive world and very rarely, if ever, would I suggest 28 inch wheels to improve the look of a car.. but I think this is one of those cases. Actually, this is the first time that thought has ever popped into my head but with as outlandish as this car looks I would highly recommend it. When you are 2/3s of the way towards going big why bother going home? Continue reading
The Mercury Cougar had a very strange 5th generation. Only being around for the 1980-1982 model years it was short lived but included a sedan and for a its last year a wagon (spotted one a while back). The car as a whole along with the 94hp I6 six on this XR7 pleased no one. Ford knew this and abandoned the whole situation by dumping this setup for another design also on the Fox platform. The next Cougars and Thunderbirds launched the Ford aero models. Continue reading
Having written about nearly every other type of neoclassic car, I was excited to see my first Zimmer at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. Like other neoclassic cars, the Zimmer combines the reliability of a modern, fuel-injected powertrain with classic styling. The prominent waterfall grille, exposed headlamps, full-length running boards, and bustleback style rear end are all design characteristics of pre-war American cars.
While there have been many companies that produced cars in this style, Zimmer was one of the most successful. Founded in Florida, the company built over 1,500 cars during their peak years of 1978-1988.
I spotted this thing stuck in rush hour traffic as I cruised on past in the HOV lane. I can’t find much about it, it may have even been imported from Mexico? It does have Arizona plates on it so who knows. There probably aren’t too many like this out there so go ahead and soak it in. Continue reading
If you’ve picked up any kind of car magazine at all in the past year, you’ve probably caught a glimpse of this 1988 Ford Mustang nicknamed “Hypersilver.” The full build has been documented in Car Craft, Hot Rod Magazine, Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords, and many other magazines made for guys with grease under their fingernails. It was neat to see the completed car in person at the Source Interlink booth at SEMA 2013!
The idea for this car was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords. The magazine’s technical editor, Mark Christ, headed up the build. Things started coming together at the Muscle Mustangs office in Florida. One article I read said that the car went from a shell to completed in just 4 weeks…an amazingly short time for a build like this!
You either love the early SVO headlights and offset hood scoop or you hate them. I for one think they look awesome, especially on a notchback, couple that with a white car from the 1980’s and you can’t go wrong. Continue reading