Buick Wagon with a Big Block Chevy and two Blowers. I can't remember how much power it had, but the owner has driven a low 12 second ET with it on a local Drag Strip. Considering how heavy that car is, it's a pretty good ET!
This Mustang was Hot Rodded already when it was new. The owner lived in Sweden at that time, but he moved soon back to Finland bringing the car with him. It was yellow at that time, but it was soon painted with that metal flake black paint job. The car was seen in a few car shows, but soon it was parked inside a garage and last year, 31 years later it was pushed out of the garage to a new owner. The paint job was saved whereever possible, but some areas had to be repainted. A Finnish painter did the job very nicely and you can't see what is new paint and what is old.
Post by fordrodnkustom on Nov 6, 2016 14:28:03 GMT -5
More great selections! That Buick wagon is INSANE! I really like the Baker '57 but not sure about the way the Mustang is displayed...to my eye all that stuff on the floor and the bright lights take away from the lines of the car but it could just be the pic. Thanks again for posting these!
If your not grown up by the time you're 60...you don't have to.
Thanks! I think I agree on that Mustang display. With a bit less stuff in there I think it would probably look better. But luckily the car itself is nice!
Here's an older picture from 2011. This Camaro was running high 7 second ETs in Outlaw Street with a naturally aspirated engine. Once he did a loooooooong wheelstand at Alastaro as the car had no wheelie bars, but usually it ran pretty nicely. But then in 2011 the owner swapped a blown methanol Pro Mod engine under the hood. Unfortunately he didn't take it to the strip at all, it would have been interesting to see what happens!
The guy also has a Top Alcohol Dragster and he bought a real Pro Mod type '67 Camaro. After installing the TAD engine on this Camaro he showed up at local Drag Strip last summer running Top Doorslammer. Wild looking machine, best ET so far is 4.3 on 1/8th mile, but they're looking for a 3 second run in the future...
Fast '55 Chevy with a Big Block
Another fast '55 Chevy, but this one has a bit bigger Big Block than the blue one....
Friend's Chevy Monza with 400 SBC and NOS. His best ET so far is 10.003.
Well after a long silence (Been busy with 1:1 cars) I try to find time to check in a bit more often...
A Few weeks ago at a Cruise Night, a friend showed up with a Volvo 740 Wagon. These can be seen in normal traffic fairly often, but the engine sound of this thing sounded a bit different! He opened the hood and it was Mopar 440 Big Block that was shoehorned in Volvo engine bay... He told that the engine was lent from a Plymouth Valiant as they are rebuilding the body on that one. And meanwhile they had to find some use for the engine. So they installed it here. If the air cleaner would fit under the hood, it would be a perfect sleeper...
....And here are some other Misc Pictures... American Trucks were quite popular in smaller Fire Departments back in the day. Sometimes you still can see them in traffic!
It took me a while to figure out what this thing was...
Thanks! I'm not sure but the Ford Fire Truck might have somekind of Finnish bodywork on it, there were some smaller body workshops that built truck cabs here back in the day. I don't know if those companies existed in the '50s, but at least in 1930s there was a shop called "Virtanen" that did Chevy Truck cabs (Possibly other makes too). The cabs looked almost like the original cabs but were made here in Finland.
The Dodge 3700 is probably made in Spain or somewhere else like that. It took me a while to figure out what was that!
Well, almost all cars in this thread have been American Cars, which is of course no wonder since that's my main interest. In fact, most European or Japanese cars just don't do it for me, but there are some exceptions. But, I always like seeing something different on the streets, and these things definitely fit in that category!
There is a guy around here who builds Moskvitch cars and does street racing with them. He does everything himself, with low budget but despite that his cars always seem to work fine...And they're fast! And for those who don't know what a Moskvitch is, it's a car make from Soviet Union... The cars were really poor quality, but they were cheap. And because Soviet Union was our neighbour country, Moskvitch was a common car here in '60s and '70s. Nowadays it's very rare to see them on the road, but you can find lots of them abandoned in the forest.
So, his first Street Racer was a black 1980 Moskvitch Elite, nicknamed the "Killer Moskvitch", that doesn't look much like stock Elite anymore. It's chopped and it has a home made flip nose. Can't say that it's pretty, but it's not a show car anyway. The engine is stock Moskvitch 1.5 liter engine with some home made speed parts on it. Then there are three turbochargers (Yes, three!) where the backseat used to be. He has been running with 58 psi of boost with it! Engine is backed with Jerico trans and a rear axle modified from a Toyota Hiace.
The best ET with that thing is 9.118 & 150 MPH. (The video is not mine...)
After that Killer Moskvitch he built another Moskvitch that is one of the best Sleepers that I've seen. It's a Moskvitch 412 and just like the black one, this also has the stock Moskvitch 1.5 liter engine under the hood, but with only one turbocharger... It looks completely stock from outside and inside, only thing that gives it away is when he either pops up the hood or does a huge burnout.
He has never been on a prepped track with this, but on a slippery airport runway with those super narrow rear tires he has done low 13 second ETs with that thing, often having some major traction problems...
And now in the spring of 2017 he arrived to a local Cruising Night with his new creation, a Moskvitch 407. He had to build a new Moskvitch as the orange one didn't fool anyone anymore in traffic. This new one is an exception, under the hood is something else than the stock Moskvitch engine, this is powered by a turbocharged Saab engine. It can be classified as a Sleeper too, unless he is burning rubber with it or driving with the exhaust cut out open...
This car did the best ET of 10.4 on a prepped track... And on standing mile he ran 174 MPH with it! He said that it was a bit interesting to drive it there, as Moskvitch wasn't originally meant to go that fast...
Post by fordrodnkustom on Oct 30, 2017 18:06:39 GMT -5
Now there's something you don't see everyday! I really dig the old beater/sleeper that looks like it was drug out of the forest. Extremely cool! That shot of him towing home another one is perfect. Thanks for posting!
If your not grown up by the time you're 60...you don't have to.
Yep, those cars always bring a smile on my face when I see them. And for sure I wouldn't like to be his opponent on a Street Race no matter which one of those Moskvitches he is driving...
Here are pics from a Cruise Night around my neighborhood last evening. In the summer the place is full of cars and there's usually lots of burning rubber as well, but this time of the year most of the cars are already in storage waiting for next summer. But a few cars showed up anyway.
Friend's 2004 Pontiac GTO. All of these new American cars like Camaro, Challenger, Mustang, Charger, GTO etc are pretty rare around here, because the car taxes pop the price really high. And for some reason, the GTO is definitely the rarest of those, I've seen only a couple of them here in Finland. Of course there are bunch of old GTOs though.
Customized '67 Volvo Amazon that was originally built like this in the late '80s. It has been rebuilt after that, but the body mods are kept the way the original builder did them. It's powered by the original Volvo engine that has been souped up a little.
'69 Mustang Fastback was the oldest US car this time. It sounded like the engine had a healthy cam in it, and it seemed to smoke the tires easily when he left home.
Deuce, you're right that many Pontiacs end up with a Chevy mill under the hood. Personally, as a Chevy guy, I'm fine with either way, as I know that Pontiac engines aren't bad either. But as long as anyone doesn't install a Mopar engine in GM car, all is good.
Ron, those Volvos aren't very common around here either. In the summer they can be seen sometimes, but they're definitely getting rare. Those are very good looking cars though.
Here are a few pictures from the same Cruising Night, but these pics were taken in October. There were more cars than in November, but still the cold weather probably scared some people away.
When was the last time when you saw a factory stock Plymouth Duster? I can tell you that at least here in Finland almost all of these have been modified in one way or another. Even though I'm not a factory stock guy, it was nice to see one as it came from the factory lane.
This Dart has a healthy sounding Mopar Small Block under the hood. It's just a shame that he hasn't been on the Drag Strip with it in a long time...
As I'm building a '62 Chevy II, it was nice to see this '62 Chevy II 300.
'62 Dart with a BBM Stroker under the hood. I wish I could find a picture of the engine bay. I know I have it somewhere, but anyway, the engine looks just like the old Super Stock car engines did. Cross Ram intake and everything is there... He was one of them who lighted up the rear tires when leaving...
This Chevy Vega ran 11.3 at the Strip. It has N/A 355 SBC under the hood. Oh boy that Burnout sounded so good. Loud exhaust and a high revving V8 engine...Couldn't get any better!
And a very clean Buick Skylark. These two door sedans are not common around here, this was in a very nice condition and I gotta love the steel wheels with those Dog Dish hubcaps!
And because burnouts are fun, here's a video with a bunch of Burnouts from that Cruise Night! All kinds of cool cars were seen in action.
I've always liked seeing some obscure engine swaps so here is one Opel Kadett that has made several people scratch their heads while they're trying to figure out what they just saw (or heard!). The owner and builder is actually a brother of that guy with those Moskvitches above. The Opel looks completely stock from outside (despite the exhaust pipe coming out right behind the front tire and with no mufflers) but the engine sounds a bit different than on your normal Kadett...
Under the hood there is a two stroke engine from a Wartburg car! And if that wasn't unique enough, the engine has a big turbocharger on it and it's running on ethanol (with some additional two stroke oil of course). I saw him at a New Year Party on my friend's garage so I had to take a short video of it.
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