The bad old days

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by spangenb, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    My son discovered some article about the old Escort EXP from the '80s. Initially I didn't remember the car, but eventually it came to me and I had to go look it up on Wikipedia. It had the Escort 1.6 engine at 70 HP! A later "Turbo Coupe" was offered. That turbo 1.6 made 120 HP at 8 psi of boost! Wow. I am so glad for the technology that makes cars like the FiST possible :)
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  3. madhatter

    madhatter New Member

    and believe it or not, the 2nd gen had almost the same output from the 1.9. Still, it was fairly zippy for what it was. Most cars back then were comparable at that price point. the GTI was quicker, but still only IIRC 106 or 110hp. the AE86 corolla we got in the US was about the same as well, but did have RWD and turned better. the hotness was the Scirocco 16v though. good times.
  4. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    A friend did have a first generation GTI and it was definitely a fun little car. Yes I do recall the Scirocco ... sexy car for that day and a local guy was really fast in it at autocross events. Funny you should use the word "zippy" :) I use that word also to describe most sporty little cars that have just a little more go than a base model. A friend's early Corolla GTS comes to mind. The FiST is definitely a step up on the food chain from those zippy cars :) The first thing I can remember that compares at least from a power/weight standpoint was another friend's '86 Shelby Charger. It made your eyes widen ... and the torque steer made your butt cheeks clench LOL
  5. ISO100

    ISO100 Member

    I ran an 81 Scirocco in local autocross events years ago. If you're in the DC region it might have been me.
  6. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Nope it was Gene Kern up here in Erie, PA.
  7. ISO100

    ISO100 Member

    Was it grey? With 13x9" Compomotives? Could be the guy I sold it to.
  8. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Not likely I don't think. This was a stock class car :)
  9. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

    I used to run with the Misery Bay chapter, I think I have seen the car in question, small world.
  10. ISO100

    ISO100 Member

    Ahh. Mine was FSP.
  11. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Yup that's us :) Definitely a small world sometimes.
  12. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    The turbo coupe version was really awesome for the time. A friend had one, and I remember how he excitedly explained why I should be impressed -- only I found all cars a pale substitute for fast bikes. I couldn't afford a decent car until years later, so I stuck with bikes. Anyhow, he drove that thing like a maniac, and it looked cool (and would beat random Mustangs in stop light duels!). Thanks for the trip down memory lane! :)
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  13. sourskittle

    sourskittle Member

    Glh-S omni, buick grand national, svo mustang/ merkur, all gods among insects in the 1980's. ( ok... F40 and 1989 trans am pace car as well ).

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  14. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    Ha, yes indeed. None more than the Buick GN -- at least in my neck of the woods! There's still a pretty loyal following for those things. I've seen some very nice, very fast examples. With just a few domestic exceptions, the 80s really were the automotive Dark Ages!
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  15. sourskittle

    sourskittle Member

    I helped my friend build his 1987 GN with 32k original miles on it. It ran 11.1 on the stock motor ( intake manifold and valve covers down). But it just couldn't hold the cylinder pressures to go faster. So he built a "stage2 motor" with upgraded block and zillion dollar internals. T-88 turbo with 4.5" downpipe and all that. The motor lasted 52mile due to the machine shop installing the wrong cam bearings.

    Long story short.... He put $60k into one, 2 different "built motors" (one iron, one alum block 4.5L ), and the car never got to see a good dyno pull or track day. Between machine shop screw ups and tuners, he ended up parting the car out. He now owns a 92' GMC syclone. I just pressed in new leaf spring bushings for him this morning :)

    Put a head gasket on a friends 86' GLH turbo omni. Awesome awesome car. Gutted, intercoolered, and big turbo. Lag then DAMNNNNNNN.

    I owned a 84' mustang lx with a svo driveline swap. Intercooled, gutted to 2450lbs. (On the scale, not a guess). 87+ front end conversion. Ran 12.9 on the hottest day I've ever been to the track in Florida ( which is epicly hot ).

    The buick is my fav, but due to the cost of them now, I don't have much to do with them....

    At least the 80's car were pretty straight forward to work on :)

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