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:
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...
This week I am finishing a Lancia Scorpion for next weekend's 24 Hours of Lemons race in Chicago. According to experts this is "one of the worst cars ever made." A race organizer convinced me to do a drivetrain/suspension swap to something a bit more modern and theoretically reliable.
Team Police Brutality---Beating Up Breast Cancer has won the top prize in the 24 Hours of LeMons!
That's right, folks, we finally did it! This past weekend at the 2010 LeMons New England race, we achieved our goal, winning the Index of Effluency. Most of the previous winners have done it in a single attempt. It took us no less than four tries! Here's a look back at what it took for us to finally claim the big one:
Team Police Brutality is going to race in New England next weekend! The 24 Hours of LeMons staff has graciously accepted us at the last second, despite a long waiting list of teams still trying to get in to the overbooked, sold-out race. They expressed great appreciation for our recent efforts, and helped us out tremendously in return! Now, I've gotta decide between competing for the overall win with the Lincoln, running the Tbird with a different motor, or running the mystery car, one that Jay Lamm called "one of the worst cars ever built!"
Jeff (a.k.a. Speedycop) did a nice little write up of the racing events at Summit Point for the 24 Hours of Lemons Capitol Offense 2010. It was originally posted at the 24 Hours of Lemons forums (http://forums.24hoursoflemons.com/viewtopic.php?pid=51068#p51068) but it was such a nice summary, it should be here as well.
This is the post...
[Regarding the Thunderbird] Technically, the carb adapter was bolted to the lid of the ammo can with a proper gasket. As the lid wasn't rigid enough, it flexed and blew out the gasket. Because I had welded the lid onto the cut-down ammo can bottom, I couldn't replace the gasket, hence all the JB weld. Hey, it worked!
For day 2, we got the Lincoln out on the track for a few more laps. With all eight cylinders, we beat the Day 1 best lap time with 1:55.113. Two whole seconds faster than Day 1. However, the clutch cable started to go on the Lincoln. Rather than risk damage to a real contender, we played it safe and brought it in to the paddock. Then we focused ALL our efforts on the Rocketbird.
Here at the Summit Point track on the 24 Hours of Lemons circuit, Jeff Bloch took the fastest lap time of the day in the Lincoln Mark VIII on only seven of eight cylinders. On Day 2, after replacing a messed up coil, we have all eight cylinders firing right, so we should be able to retain the fastest lap time.
Hit up the read more to get a follow up on the 63 Thunderbird with the BMW V12 engine, and a video!