Apparently the spider didn't make the move to the new site... so a recap is in order.
I bought this car to settle a discussion with my wife about current cars. She thinks she needs electric to get better than 50 mpg, and wistfully thinks back to her GEO that got 60 mpg all while travelling at speeds approaching plaid in Indiana. I say "no" you can get (and okay, my mouth runnith over) 65 mpg by using a modern motor in a light weight 2 seat sports car.
so I bought this for $300 last winter
then had a great discussion on here about how to power it to get the MPG target. Everyone said "diesel", and they're right - with diesel it'd be a piece of cake... but who wants a diesel two seat sportscar? not me... and since I'm building it - the decision was made - gas powered... but what?
I seriously considered dumping this car for a Porsche after their "pet carrier commercial"
and here's why
and in its fuller sized version
anyway.... after all the discussion and figuring for who the driver and passenger would be... here's the project
the motor is a 59k CTS motor... gets 30+ mpg in a car that weighs 4200 lbs (the Spider weighs 2k)
A friend 'donate' running gear from a thunderbird - and the last piece of the puzzle will either be a T5 or (if I can't make it fit), a 6 speed from LKQ
stay tuned for more installments...
this is also the reason I've been busting hump to get the truck done because the motor is in Portland