Hello! I'm in the states and let me just say that this site is so big and so cool, I just love it. I have done several MR2 V6 conversions and now I'm going to attempt something I've never done before. I'm going to build a road legal rally "ish" car from this old forgotten Maserati.
Here's basically the short version:
10 days ago, I saw this car for sale within an hours drive of here. The guy wanted too way much money for it.
Here's why I wanted it in the first place:
Rear Wheel Drive.
The entire car weight is 2590 pounds.
Four wheel disc brakes.
four wheel independent suspension.
It is a complete, intact car, good glass, solid (worth repairing) shell. These cars are not what I would consider "cool" and were never considered powerful or reliable, or very valuable, or well respected or drove particularly well.
BUT- if you factor in this car is automatic and I have a 1UZFE engine and automatic transmission, along with the fact that I skillfully worked this guy over for ten days of back and forth emails- I bought it cheap. It's a mess.
My plates are on it so I could have it towed free.. long story.
I am wearing a Lovely Northampton Saints Rugby shirt, sent by my good buddy Chris.
My son is wearing his similar shirt at school today, no doubt fielding many questions from the ladies.
The car has not been on the road since 1999 and has claimed to have only done 36,000 miles.
I'm not too sure I believe that, but this car is a lot more solid than the Triumph TR7 that I had previously chosen for this engine.
This engine is going into this car: