Excellent article by automotive journalist Murilee Martin

Check out this media article on my new race car build!!! It also gives a good rundown on my team's previous builds.  The author is a long-time automotive journalist, and he's had several novels published.

Speedycop's Lancia: New Zenith, or Maybe Nadir, of Lemons Madness

Chicago Build - Some Work Left

Now to finish trimming away the two very different vehicles and mate them together.  The wheelbase of the MR2 is 4 1/2" longer than the Scorpion, so the fenders will need to be massaged...with a sawzall!  It was also nearly a foot longer overall, so the rear needs to be cut way down.

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Now I just need to spend about a month welding/patching the two together, about a week installing the full roll cage and safety gear, a day or two on brakes/tuneup/repairs, find two matching tires, find some spares, paint it, theme it, and add a custom radiator/fans.  Did I mention I have ONE WEEK to finish it, and I gotta work all but tomorrow (HEAVY rain predicted all day) and Friday?  Yay.

Chicago Build - Time to Make Two into One

Finally have the Lancia gutted, and ready to start fitting over the MR2 chassis/floors.  I kept the door sills whole for structural integrity (HAH!).  Otherwise, the doors wouldn't be open and close properly once I reinstall them...

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Chicago Build - Slight Scorpion History

Now, more cutting away of the rusty old chassis..  If this car had been more solid, I would have kept it all original.  There were only 405 made in 1977, and only 1801 made in the two year production run.  This this is incredibly rare!

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Chicago Build - Lancia Engine Out

Poncho and I got the old Fiat/Lancia 1.8L engine/trans out.

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Chicago Build - More Scorpion Interio

Bear in mind I STARTED this project this past Friday (October 8th).  No months and months of build time, just a few long days and late nights this week.  My buddy Poncho helpedd Saturday, and Jaime helped last night.  Here you see I'm starting to get the Scorpion chassis cut out:

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Chicago Build - Scorpion's interior

Here's the Scorpion interior when we started.  It had no floor pans left to speak of.  When I drove it, only the carpet kept my feet off the ground.

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Chicago Build - Trimmed Donor

My plan was to cut the body off of the wrecked MR2, drop the Scorpion drivetrain out, cut the bottom of the Scorpion out, and replace it with the MR2 chassis and wiring.  It might seem simple; TRUST ME, it's not.  Here you see the trimmed-down MR2:

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Chicago Build - Donor Car

Here's the wrecked 1993 Toyota MR2 (2.2L/5 speed) that will be donating its chassis and drivetrain to the project.  Guy was asking $500 even after he'd sold all he could off of it.  I got if for $200 when he couldn't get it to start.  Turned out to be a battery connection...

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Jeff Bloch (a.k.a. Speedycop)