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Old 04-11-2010, 06:39 PM
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The little 225 cu IN alloy Olds V-8 had liners even the TURBO charged Jetfire version ......Yes they turboed it in 1963 as I recall. GM did not due Alusil until the Vega but the cast iron head on an alloy block had issues and the "rebuilders" nearly always screwed up the bores by improper honing deglazing. The Cosworth/Vega with the race style head was an interesting car but the Vega was too heavy for it's size....later morphed into the Monza which was fited with a 350 V-8 for a while.
I had a 76 V8 Monza 2+2 with the 305, the 383 fit well.
Lowered, with some goodies, A 250 plate shot, Hooker "Pro Comp" Headers came in pieces, and the rest of the usual small block stuff, but it was quite with the right mufflers.
I had my first real N2O "Boom" with that car.

It shocked a few folks, including one police officer the day my son was born, but it was not a quality car, by any stretch.
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:02 PM
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The Vega had problems with people using the wrong coolant since few people were aware that to alloy blocks require different coolant. AMC Rambler made and sold a number of alloy straight six engines in the early 1960s again with liners and cast iron heads. The also had a lot of issues with blown head gaskets etc.....
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Although the Vega was a disaster, around the same time (late 60ĺs) Bruce McLaren was using Reynolds 390 big-block Chevy engines in his can-am cars with great success. LINK
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How about an ignition rotor hanging on by one LOOSE screw? That was a first for me when we first got the S4.
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:07 AM
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McLaren CanAm cars had some problems with piston rings at first but they got them reliable after few races.

Ferrari 275 GTB, GTB/4, 365 GTB/4 etc used TT with gearbox at the back. This was several years before 928 project got started. Their 2+2 models had gearbox at the front and rigid TT connecting it to diff starting from late sixties 365 2+2.
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:52 AM
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Pascha Baaaaaby! Can't imagine any other manufacturer did that before Porsche, or after.

Greg and Jim - I owned a 1962 Olds Jetfire (First production turbocharged car) that required 'special' turbo juice that was injected into the intake. I also owned a 1963 Olds F-85 Cutlass, my favorite of the two. Displacement was 215 CI and I often averaged 25 mpg on the highway (Cutlass). This was the same engine that was sold by GM to Rover where it was put to use in countless cars to great effect.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by S4ordie View Post
Pascha Baaaaaby! Can't imagine any other manufacturer did that before Porsche, or after.

Greg and Jim - I owned a 1962 Olds Jetfire (First production turbocharged car) that required 'special' turbo juice that was injected into the intake. I also owned a 1963 Olds F-85 Cutlass, my favorite of the two. Displacement was 215 CI and I often averaged 25 mpg on the highway (Cutlass). This was the same engine that was sold by GM to Rover where it was put to use in countless cars to great effect.
That is cool, not many cars came from the factory with Meth/water injection, in fact I can not think of another one..
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How about the first production vehicle to top 171 MPH… "It's about as fast as you can go without having to eat airline food".
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Default Torque Tubes and Transaxles

Off the top of my head, the Lancia Aurelia had this.

And the super powerful Alfetta came with a rear transaxle in 1972.

1968 or 1969 Fiat Spiders had torque tubes (but a front transmission, not a rear transaxle).

But then I bothered to google it, and there's a giant list of cars dating back to 1890 with front engines and rear transaxles!

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How about the first production vehicle to top 171 MPH… "It's about as fast as you can go without having to eat airline food".
365 GTB/4 did 174 MPH in 1968. They made 1284 of those in 1968-74.
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First car to be chased by Guido the Killer Pimp!

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