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As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of old school muscle cars. Their looks are timeless, their sound is legendary and their attitudes simply can’t be matched. In short, they’re a way of life if you happen to own one. However living the muscle car lifestyle does not come without its headaches. For example, old school engines, while easy to work on, are simply not as reliable or efficient as anything that’s being produced today. Sure having big cubic inches under the hood sounds great, but in the end it gets tiresome paying $4.50 per gallon whilst only getting about 8-10 mpg on a daily basis. Recently at a car show I saw a gentleman with a 1973 Plymouth Road Runner with a modern day 400 hp Chevrolet LS2 under the hood. Now for some, sticking a brand X engine in a brand Y car is a huge no no, but after talking to the owner for a bit, the swap made perfect sense.
He explained that his Road Runner had been parked about 4 years ago due to his stock 400 cubic inch engine taking a dump. Not having the money to rebuild the engine, the car just sat until one day a buddy who owned a wrecking yard called him letting him know that a wrecked 2006 Pontiac GTO had just come in. The body was trashed but the engine, transmission and wiring harness were all in tip top shape. Excited, a low buck deal was struck and presto! The old Mopar was given a new lease on life thanks to a donor Pontiac. As we talked I watched the reaction of those who passed by and viewed the car. Some thought it was cool, others (Mopar guys mostly) thought it was an atrocity, but most simply looked confused. As for me, I thought it was the right thing to do considering the owners situation. In the end the owner couldn’t have been happier. He explained that he now has a car that’s reliable, gets 22 mpg and has the power to shred the tires with ease. Hmm… sound like the right choice to me. What do you guys think? – right, wrong or indifferent?