Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Supra-Powered Ranchero, Why Must You Tempt Me So?

I'm talking about this guy. Here's a screenshot if the ad goes down.

I've got a soft-spot for truck-cars (El Caminos and Rancheros, et al, and the 60-65 Ranchero holds a special place in my heart.

Unfortunately, that generation has some of the worst front suspensions ever fitted to an automobile. To add insult to injury, the majority (particularly the early years) come with an undesirable I-6 + two speed auto or three-on-the-tree combo. (V8 and 4 on the floor only for Mr. Mad Science).

...and so I'm intrigued by this '63 with the 2.8L 5M-GE I-6 from an '83 Supra. It even comes with the Toyota's 5-speed transmission, addressing the typical highway insufficiency of older cars' non-overdrive transmissions.

At 150ish HP, the 2.8L 5M-GE isn't going to be King of the Strip, but&mdash lets be honest here&mdash the 260, 289 and 302 V8s of old didn't put out much more that 150HP anyway. Not sure about the 300ZX seats...but we're already in 80s Japanese Invasion territory, so why not expand to the interior as well?

I guess the final attractor is the price: $3000, while not on-a-whim money, is a pretty decent price for what could be a pretty cool car.

Assuming you've got $3k in your girlfriend's savings account lying around, it really comes down to whether you can stand the black-on-yellow bumblebee paintjob (or stand to repaint it).

This thing's been on Craigslist for a few months now...any takers?

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

flat black, period respecting seats, and a box of flowers/chocolates/foot massage cream and i think it would be a winner with all bases covered