This one’s a lefty. Paul
Darn near $70,000 for a lump? That’s about $50,000 too much IMO. It looks like they might have gotten by without cutting any of the engine frame tubes.
And to me de-chroming an E-type make it look like a kit car (JMO, save your flames).
Painfully dated custom interior.
What do you have against shag carpet?
There’s a lot if expense and a lot of value lost!
… specially poiple!
![quote=“John_Walker1, post:2, topic:370447”] It looks like they might have gotten by without cutting any of the engine frame tubes.
That’s what I thought when I bought my 289 Mustang-limped (sic) OTS. Ford exhausts usually clear the top tubes unlike Chebbys. However, I expect the motor mounts are on slabs of steel plate welded to the lower tubes, so the frames are scrap anyway.
You re way too generous
And yes it looks like a kit car.
On the other hand… It was prolly parked rotted out, engine blown just a week from being parted out.
Dismal fate either way, but at least it can be brought back. Maybe.
…but the price will have to be adjusted a bit.
Maybe not. The most popular conversion parts from John’s cars in years gone by (when Es were cheap) requires no cutting or welding when installing a 289/302 in a 6 cyld E.
He also makes headers that clear the frame rails. This looks like one of his kits because the engine sits low and back where it belongs. Others were too high and forward. Now, if some dork didn’t build it to 500hp and twist everything it might be ok.
how is that street legal without parking/directional lights?
Another good question.
Also, does the proud new owner get all the chrome and other bits that were removed during the “improvements”?
That car is about 3km from me - it looks like one of the old Dunster Bros (old Jag Specialists in Canberra) race cars - they also maintained the black Series 3 prototype that is also now a historic racer - Dunsters repaired it after each racing incident).
I remember seeing something like that about 20 years ago in their shop when it was still in race trim. When they closed their business they sold off all their parts and it looks as if someone bought the old race car and has tried to put it back on the road.
As I do my best to “live on the sunny side of the mountain”, I kinda like this car. As some one mentioned, it may have been a rotted chassis with a blown engine !! Bound for the scrap heap,. as parts or worse, the crusher !!
Yes, the little 289 seems to be well installed. But, 500 HP, not likely. too bad it didn’t get the four on the floor option of some Fords.
My attention was drawn as well to the milled alloy on the facia. Could not tell, f original instruments or later SW"s.
I’d not be ashamed to have it adorn my driveway at all.
As to transformation? From junk to a neat car. or from a classic to something apart?
Indeed, I do respect the car as it once was, but,
Caveat, I am only visitor here. But, I did save my XJ from “Jaguar Heaven”. Now, English elegance with an Italian flair and American power. A neat Cadillac LT1.
Those are SW Stage III for sure. They were the very top of the line in the '70s and marketed as “instruments” , not gauges. I had a set in my '63 Alpine and my hot rod '71 Capri.