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Old 09-30-2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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Fun/cheap power...

Ok, so the corevette thread got me thinking...

What do we all think is a great "project" car to build a lot of usable power, (I.E.- FWD is less usable imo) without breaking the bank?

The first thing that comes to mind is Cobras...they seem to be the most popular mustang breaking 800hp (based on my trusty YouTube reference haha) whether its SC or TT setups

Anyways, I thought it'd be fun to bounce around ideas on what cars would be fun to make huge power out of.

I think down the road I'd like to have a project car like a Cobra, and a nice AWD car for the winters. This 3.7 is an awesome happy medium for now, but it kills me to detail it, knowing New Jersey winters are on their way. It's good at many things, but glaringly apparent that its "great" at none.

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Triple turbo honda civic with 500 shot of nitrous
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The older camaros make crazy good power off of HCI and bolt ons.
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Kenne bell weed whacker would be fun project
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Kenne bell weed whacker would be fun project
That would be scary
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1. Get a foxbody
2. Drop in an LS7
3. Fully forge with H/C/I
4. Twin Turbo

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Triple turbo honda civic with 500 shot of nitrous
you'll blow the welds on your intake
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My recipe for fun and cheap would be..

Find a nice, clean, Mazda RX7 FC (86 - 91) with a blown engine (basically all of them).

Buy a GM 5.3L or 6.0L pullout with harness.
Buy an LS6 or Fast intake, LS1 water pump, buy a decent cam, port the heads, better valve springs and push-rods, a bit of nitrous and your exhaust.

Buy a T56 and spec stg3 clutch with aluminum flywheel.

Buy a Hinson LSx mounting kit and driveshaft.

Spend a few weeks/months working on this and have a reliable car that has 550 - 650 rwhp (depending on cam and nitrous), weighs about 2900 lbs, could pull down over 30 mpg on the highway, runs low 10s at 135+, has near 50/50 f/r weight distribution and can handle the corners as well as the straights.

Put good tires on it and you have a $6,000 - $7,500 beater car that will make all but the fastest of super cars look slow in a straight line.

Upgrade the brakes and suspension and you have a super car slayer for $8k-$10k.
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My recipe for fun and cheap would be..

Find a nice, clean, Mazda RX7 FC (86 - 91) with a blown engine (basically all of them).

Buy a GM 5.3L or 6.0L pullout with harness.
Buy an LS6 or Fast intake, LS1 water pump, buy a decent cam, port the heads, better valve springs and push-rods, a bit of nitrous and your exhaust.

Buy a T56 and spec stg3 clutch with aluminum flywheel.

Buy a Hinson LSx mounting kit and driveshaft.

Spend a few weeks/months working on this and have a reliable car that has 550 - 650 rwhp (depending on cam and nitrous), weighs about 2900 lbs, could pull down over 30 mpg on the highway, runs low 10s at 135+, has near 50/50 f/r weight distribution and can handle the corners as well as the straights.

Put good tires on it and you have a $6,000 - $7,500 beater car that will make all but the fastest of super cars look slow in a straight line.

Upgrade the brakes and suspension and you have a super car slayer for $8k-$10k.
Made me lol but probably the best thought out build project I've ever seen. And the look on peoples faces when the 80's RX7 beats them
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Stay away from the Hinson stuff, there are better kits out now. Go with Samberg.

IMO a better candidate for the LS swap is the E36 BMW 3 series. Better in EVERY way actually unless you want pure all out handling and then you need the FD RX7, not the FC.

BMW 3 series with LS1

However, for a fun fast cheap car... lol its the 5.0 Mustang. Get yourself a cheap fox, rip out some interior, buy some budget but still good parts, GT40 heads/intake and a 150 shot of nitrous. 11 second car that'll get 20mpg and be dead nuts reliable and look good doing it. The grass is not always greener...
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Yeh...started a fd ls project with a friend and his wife made him sell it. So instead we went stroked lq4 in a standard cab colorado with a huge cam and 5 speed. Sick truck but useless for anything.
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Stay away from the Hinson stuff, there are better kits out now. Go with Samberg.

IMO a better candidate for the LS swap is the E36 BMW 3 series. Better in EVERY way actually unless you want pure all out handling and then you need the FD RX7, not the FC.

BMW 3 series with LS1
I've always been told the Hinson stuff is better for the FC where the Samberg/Ronin is better for the FD and pretty much everything else.

I've used the Hinson kit before on an FC and had no issues, given, this was around 2006. I've heard the newer kits can have bad welds.

My dream car is an FD with an LS7, but that is not anything close to cheap. That is why I said the FC.
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Actually the bad welds were from a single employee that Hinson hired I want to say in the late 2000s. Dude was cutting corners by just tacking them together and then coating them so it looked like full welds. I don't think anyone died from a failed subframe thank god but Hinson did find out, fired the guy on the spot and replaced all the bad subframes. I would hope he pressed charges but doubt it.
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