What a drive for a daydream
But back to my daydreams. Sometimes they come to me during boring drives. Sometimes they just come to me. My daydreams usually focus on cars I would like to build. Not cars I'd like to buy; that's too easy. And because I'm getting older and it's harder for me to get off my lazy butt and actually finish the Ranchero (I'm going to get to it), often my daydreams are about overseeing the building of cars.
First up in my dreams is a Track Roadster. I've been in love with the concept of a Track Roadster for ever. I just love the look. I saw one, a really nice one, at SEMA one year. It was a recreation if I remember correctly of one built in the early '50s so it wasn't too sophisticated. But it was powered by a Offy 4-cylinder!
I've settled on my Track Roadster. It will have independent suspension front and rear. Four-wheel disc brakes. The body will be stretched just enough to provide decent leg room. And the whole power train will come from a Subaru/Toyota BRZ/86. I've toyed with the idea of slipping in a Subaru WRX STi engine but I'm aiming for a total weight of about a ton so the stock 200 hp (+/-) should be okay. The stock BRZ/86 turns 0-60 in the low 7s and it weighs close to 3,000 lbs.
That's dream #1. Dream number two seems to vary between a '65/66 Mustang or a '67/68 Mustang. But instead of a fastback I want a coupe. I don't know why a coupe appeals to me more than a fastback but the upside is coupes are less expensive. Right now I favor the '67/68, it's got enough upgrades to make it more attractive to me (front disc brakes, rag joint in the steering column, and dual chamber master cylinder).
The interior would remain almost stock looking although I'd like more real gauges. A full roll cage might be nice just in case (and it would add rigidity to the body).
I'm not going to change the suspension layout. I know, I know it's from an econo car (Falcon) but if it was good enough for Shelby it's good enough for me.
The exterior will look like an FIA coupe. And that will be my Mustang.
#3 would be a pickup truck. Now you all know I'm a Ford guy so my choice for a pickup may shock you. It's going to be a '72-'75 Dodge D100 short bed (I stop at '75 for smog reasons). I vacillate between a 225 6-cylinder or a 340/360. If it's the 225 it's going to be backed by a 5-speed manual; if it's the V8 it will be an automatic. Either engine will get a mild work over.
#4 is going to be something like a Beck 550 Spyder. Most 550 kits use Volkswagen engines with a VW 4-speed manual. Nothing wrong with the VW engine that a little massaging won't cure. But why stick with a 4-speed? I think I'd use a wrecked Porsche 914 as a donor and get a 2-liter VW engine with a 5-speed. I'm pretty sure that engine could be built to put out a reliable 150-200 hp.
All my cars, even the 550, will have the best brakes available. Like I said, stopping is more important to me than going.
I can always dream of more but for now these will do. Unless I win the lottery or some unknown relative leaves me a few mil these are going to remain dreams.
I guess that means I need to finish the Ranchero.